Win a Coleman® Ultra Lightweight Camper

Have you registered to win yet? There’s still time!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts has teamed up with Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles and RVTrader.com to bring you a very special giveaway – just in time for camping season!

Grand Prize: Win a Coleman® Ultra Lightweight Automotive Tent Camper – a state-of-the-art pop-up trailer than can be towed even by small cars. Grand prize winner will be announced in July.

Weekly Prize: Twelve winners will receive a 2-night camping stay at any of the 81 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts in the U.S. or Canada. One winner will be announced each week starting Monday, April 7, 2014.

Visit www.WinAColemanCamper.com between now and June 30 to enter.

Don’t miss your opportunity to win a brand-new pop-up camper – we’re rooting for your family to win!

 

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RV Trader’s Top 5 Buying & Selling Tips

Top 5 Buying Tips

Buying an RV can be an exciting, yet stressful time.  Properly educating yourself prior to beginning your search can help you make confident and well-informed purchasing decisions.  Follow these five simple steps to make buying your RV an easy and enjoyable experience.

1)     DO YOUR RESEARCH!

Determine your budget, what you want to use the RV for, and how often. Research the types of RV’s available, as well as different manufacturers.

2)     DETERMINE THE RIGHT RV FOR YOU.

Browse a large selection of RVs online to narrow down what interests you most. You can easily conduct your research AND find RV’s for your sale in your area by visiting www.RVTrader.com.

3)     CONTACT SELLERS ABOUT RV’S.

Email or call dealers or private sellers in your area that have RV’s for sale that match your buying criteria.

4)     SELECT YOUR TOP RV CHOICES.

After gathering the information from the sellers, select the top 3 or 4 RV’s that you are interested in, and physically visit the dealer or private seller to do a thorough inspection of the vehicle.

5)     SELECT YOUR RV.

Review your buying criteria, RV’s for sale in your area, your budget, price and anything else critical to your buying decision. Determine the RV that best suits your needs.

Top 5 Selling Tips

Are you considering selling your RV? Whether you’re looking upgrade or downgrade, you’ll want to make sure you have utilized every resource available to ensure you receive the best return for your sale.  Follow these five simple steps and you’ll be on your way to selling your RV in no time.

1)     DO YOUR RESEARCH!

Look up similar RV’s for sale and determine the average selling price, so you can list a price that is competitive with others in your market.  Place an ad online at www.RVtrader.com/sell.

2)     ADVERTISE A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF YOUR UNIT.

When you place your RV for sale, be sure to provide a thorough description of your unit, including year, make, model, amenities, slide-outs, price and other defining features.

3)     INCLUDE MULTIPLE PHOTOS OF YOUR RV.

Be sure to also include multiple photos of the inside and outside of your RV. Include as many photos as possible!

4)     PROVIDE A BRIEF VIDEO WALK-THRU OF YOUR RV.

Give a quick walk-thru of your RV on your phone or camera to post online. Videos can really help showcase a unit to a potential buyer.

5)     FOLLOW UP WITH ANY AND ALL INCOMING LEADS.

Be sure to follow up with any and all leads you receive. You never know who might just be the future owner. Don’t forget to be kind and courteous!

Whether you’re new to RV’ing or an avid enthusiast, these tips will provide the guidance necessary to confidently buy or sell your RV.  Do your research, make educated decisions and above all, enjoy the experience!

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Congratulations to Our 2013 Guest Survey Winners

We love our guests – and we love to hear what they have to say about what we do well and what we can do better. That’s why we ask you to participate in our annual Guest Survey Sweepstakes. We want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our 2013 Survey. Congratulations to our four randomly-chosen Survey Sweepstakes winners, each of whom received a $500 cash gift card! Here’s a little bit about three of our lucky winners:

Stan S. of Mt. Sterling, KY, camps at Jellystone Park™ Cave City with his wife and daughters. They enjoy staying in the park’s cabins while checking out nearby Mammoth Cave, Beech Bend Park and Dinosaur World. Stan says the park’s Yogi Bear™ theme and cartoons provide “a little nostalgia for Dad” and he enjoys sharing something from his childhood with his kids. Stan’s family plans to use their $500 gift card to visit the Cave City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort again.

Milton, VT’s Aimee S. camps with her friends and family at several Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts, including North Hudson, NY, and Ashland, NH. A Club Yogi™ Rewards member, Aimee and her family camp in their 36′ travel trailer. She says camping is a great way to get away with family and friends, and plans to spend her $500 prize to – what else? – camp!

And Angela R. visited our Burleson, TX, park with her husband and son, where they “totally enjoyed their stay.” Angela’s family also plans to use their award to take another family vacation.

Here’s another heartfelt thank-you to all our wonderful guests. We love being part of your family’s memories

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Which RV is Right for ME?

When you’re looking to buy an RV, sometimes the hardest part of the decision process is just figuring out what type of RV is right for you!

Looking across an RV lot, you see bunches of different styles, sizes and feature sets.  Big RV’s, small RV’s and everything in between!

RV TYPES DEMYSTIFIED – A, B AND C CLASS

When you’re looking at an RV dealer, you’re going to see rigs split into 3 main groups, or classes – A, B and C.  These classes are separated based on the structural design of the recreational vehicle, but they also do a great job of separating the RV’s by price as well.

Before you go shopping, it’s a great idea to have an idea of which type you are in the market for.  Having this in mind will help you wade through the barrage of options and focus on units that are best for your family!

STARTING OFF – CLASS A – “THE BUS”

The largest, fanciest RV’s you can buy are the class A RV.  As you can see in the picture, these RV’s most resemble a bus since they don’t have a separated cab and are very rectangular.

TYPES OF USE

The top of the line, these are the best, biggest RV’s for camping!  Since they’re built like a bus, they’re long and flat from the very front of the cab to the very back of the bedroom.  Class A’s tend to ride very comfortably as many units come equipped with air ride or other heavy-duty shocks and springs that really even out the bumps!

COMFORT LEVEL

Class A’s are incredibly comfortable and easy to live in.  As I mentioned above, there’s no more comfortable rig than a class A.  Since all of the beds are on one level, you don’t have to do any acrobatics to get to sleep!

Additionally, there is a TON of storage underneath the living area, accessible from the outside of your unit!  Because of this, you can keep a lot of your “camping stuff” down below to avoid cluttering up the interior.  Because of the really big windshield, you also get an amazing view of the road from every seat inside the unit, especially the driver’s seat!

DRIVING MANEUVERABILITY AND SAFETY

While Class A’s are easy to drive on highways, this isn’t the type of motorhome that you want to drive through the downtown area of a city.  Experienced drivers may be able to do that, but this is a unit that is as big as a bus, so drive with caution, especially if you’re new to RVing.

Safety wise, Class A’s do have one ding against them.  In the front-end collision, you, the driver, are right in the very front of the rig!  There’s little to no “crumble zone” like our cars and class C/B RV’s have, so you may become that zone!

It’s very important to stick with popular RV brands like Winnebago, Tiffin, Jayco and Itasca.  Survey the rig you’re considering carefully and keep crash safety in mind and you’ll be able to weed out the unsafe motorhomes.

The other safety concern that all RV’s have is weight.

The next weight that’s really important is your GVWRor Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.  This is the maximum amount that your RV is rated for, and is really important to pay attention to.   Going above this rating will cause major safety issues with your tire life and durability as well as causing your brakes to be overloaded, keeping you from stopping in a reasonable distance!When you look at the weight rating tag on your RV, you’ll see how much the unit weighs without any of your possessions.  This is called the UVW, or unloaded vehicle weight.  This does include full tanks of engine and generator fuel, but no other fluids and no dealer add-ons.

To figure out how much “stuff” you can have on board, you subtract the UVW from the GVWR.  It’s really important to check this out at the dealer.  If this number is low, you may have serious issues down the road.  This is a known problem with some Class A RV’s that are not built on bus chassis!

I don’t want to scare you away from a class A with this safety information, but it’s really important to understand.  There are many great Class A’s out there, and I want this information to help you find them!

In the future, I am writing a complete guide to weighing your RV to go deeper into this topic!  I’ll link to it from here when it’s written!

COST OF FUEL

Being the largest RV’s on the road, Class A’s cost the most to keep fueled up.

Diesel or Gas, Class A RV’s can run anywhere from 5-15mpg on average.  Of course, this is really, really dependant on the type of fuel, weight, length and aerodynamics of the motorhome that you are driving, so it’s a very broad number that I am painting for you!

Make sure to have a rough idea of how much fuel will cost to run your RV before you go and make that cross-country trip!  Nothing ruins a fun time like money problems!

WRAP UP

Class A RV’s are a really great buy for the person who likes the space it provides, but isn’t looking for a tight-turning, city driving machine.

Follow all the rules and make sure not to overweigh your rig, and you’ll have years of great vacations and travels to look forward to!

NEXT UP – CLASS C – “LOFT BED!”


The truth is, while Class B may be 2nd alphabetically, it’s definitely third in size!  I don’t know who named these classes, but they certainly don’t go in order.  This, however, won’t stop me from re-ordering them!
We jump next in our tour to Class C.  Straight from Class A, which may leave you wondering, “What in the wide world of sports happened to Class B?”.

Class C RV’s are distinct in that they have a front cab and cutaway rear of the motorhome.  While the cab and rear are definitely connected, there is an obvious step down to the cab, unlike a Class A.  The great bonus that Class C’s feature is the over-cab area which is typically used for either large cabinets or up to a queen-sized bed!

Class C RV’s offer the most beds and seats possible for the amount of square footage they have.  They are highly efficient in this regard.

TYPES OF USE

If you want a versatile machine, look no further than a Class C.  Built like a U-Haul rental truck, a Class C is easy to drive.  They have a good turning radius and you really only need to watch the rear end swing if you make tight turns.

These are great RV’s for camping, races, cross-country drives and anything else you want to throw at them!  Small enough to drive around anywhere, but also big enough to fit a family in for camping!

COMFORT LEVEL

Though small, these motorhomes are also very comfortable and versatile.  They typically feature a couch, table, small kitchen and at least 2 full-size beds.  They do typically also have a passenger seat in the cab, which can be a helpful place to seat your navigator and/or spouse!

Because a Class C is built on a box truck or van frame, it sits higher off of the ground than a Class A.  While this is a plus if you take your unit camping slightly off-road, it does mean that there is less under-carriage storage space than a Class A.  Expect a Class C to only have enough space underneath for a ladder or 2 and other skinny, long items like that!

DRIVING MANEUVERABILITY AND SAFETY

As I mentioned above, Class C’s are pretty simple to drive.  They turn fairly tight, and are in the middle of the road for getting wind-blown.

If you’ve ever driven a U-Haul or similar rental truck for moving your home, you know what it feels like to drive a Class C RV…Except for the excited kids in the back!

COST OF FUEL

Like any RV’s, the fuel mileage out of Class C’s varies a bunch across the different lines, but you can expect to get anywhere from 7-18 mpg.  They do a little better than the Class A’s due to their improved aerodynamics and smaller size.

Class C’s are available in either gasoline or diesel powered models, though the more populous choice is the gasoline engine because Class C’s just weigh less than A’s!

WRAP UP

The Class C RV is the middle of the road, versatile motorhome.  It sits in the middle of the big Class A and the tiny Class B, providing excellent value and space efficiency for its owners.  They’re easy to drive, and a perfect starting point for a family looking to get into RVing!

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST – CLASS B – “THE MINI”

If Class C is small and efficient, than Class B is the small and super-efficient!  Simply put, today’s van-RV’s are a far cry from the Volkswagen busses of last century!

Perfect for single people and couples, the class B RV can really pack a lot of gear while staying small, fuel efficient and easy to drive.

TYPES OF USE

While these small homes can’t fit as many people as a Class C, their chief advantage is their mobility.  You can easily take a Class B off-road camping in the wild, whereas most Class A’s and B’s are stuck using RV campgrounds.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but if you’re the wilderness camping type, a Class B is probably the right rig for you.Class B RV’s are very suitable for all of the same uses as Class C- and more!

However, if you’re not that wilderness camping person, don’t fear!  You can still use your Class B for excellent RV campground living, and it can be just as luxurious as a Class C or A for 2 people!

COMFORT LEVEL

Cozy is a really great way to describe a Class B RV.  You probably don’t want to squeeze more than 3 people at most inside one of these – in fact, they’re really only designed for 2!

While a Class B is a van, they can actually feel very spacious on the inside.  Most Class B’s have an extended roof or are built on a Sprinter chassis, allowing people up to 6 feet tall to stand inside – I’m living proof of this at 6’1″!

Modern Class B’s also have all the conveniences of the bigger RV’s, so you really aren’t missing out on anything except space when you choose one of these dwellings – and that’s really not a huge deal for 1-2 people!

DRIVING MANEUVERABILITY AND SAFETY

As we already know, Class B RV’s are the smallest, and therefore also the simplest to drive.  If you’ve ever driven a 15-passenger van, then you have a rough idea of how a Class B feels on the road.

They’re great to drive, and like I mentioned above, they can go off-road camping as well as into cities, and anywhere else you can think to take them.  In addition, this makes it easier to park your RV pretty much anywhere you can park a car!

COST OF FUEL

Whether diesel or gasoline powered, the Class B RV by far has the best gas mileage of any RV!

You’ll expect to see anywhere from 10-25mpg, the higher numbers being reserved for diesel engines.  This is a huge plus if you log a lot of miles, as the fuel cost can get crazy in larger RV’s!  If you think you can fit, a Class B is the perfect RV for a first-time buyer.

WRAP UP

Like any RV type, the Class B RV has it’s pluses and minuses.  It’s the perfect RV for you if you plan to travel with only 2-3 people, and want to save money on fuel!

The accommodations may be tight, but once you pull up to that campsite, you can set up your outdoor living space and suddenly, things feel spacious again!

This article was written by: David Henry from http://www.smallspacehighmileage.com/class-a-b-or-c/

 

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Explore Scenic Amish Country from our New Ohio Park

The Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort family is excited to welcome a new member: Whispering Hills RV Park, nestled in the heart of Ohio’s beautiful Holmes County – also known as Amish Country. If you’ve always wanted to explore the simple pleasures and breathtaking scenery of this unique area of the country, here’s the perfect chance.

The newest Jellystone Park™ Camp Resort offers 250 spacious campsites, ranging from tents to full hook-ups, as well as rustic and deluxe cabins for rent. Beautifully wooded hills and lush, rolling farmlands come together here, creating the perfect setting for the quiet, traditional values of the Amish tradition. Spend a relaxing morning enjoying your coffee in one of the park’s A-frame swings, and then explore the hiking trails and lush gardens. Miniature golf, an Olympic-size swimming pool, disc golf, a playground, volleyball and basketball are there when you’re ready to get active. Or enjoy the onsite lake with fishing, kayak and paddleboat rentals. Jellystone Park’s beloved themed weekends are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day, and many Sundays guests are inspired and entertained with live gospel music. Kid’s will love Grandpa’s Farm, the onsite petting zoo. And don’t forget the family dog – this park is pet-friendly.

While you’re here, visit a working Amish farm; sample wholesome, delicious hand-made jams, jellies, pastries and more; shop for handcrafted furniture; check out the Amish flea market; and even listen for the clip-clop of horse-drawn buggies. There’s lots to enjoy – visit www.visitamishcountry.com for local events and attractions.

Whispering Hills is located at 8248 State Route 514 in Big Prairie, Ohio, just three miles south of Shreve, the world’s largest Amish community. To make a reservation, call toll-free at 800-992-2435.

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Camping Tips

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CAMPP J 1Check out Jellystone’s new infographic about camping tips.

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All About Camping Trips

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Camp JJ 1Check out the new infographic on Camp Jellystone’s blog.

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Family Camping Trips

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Family Camping Camp Jelly 1Check out Camp Jellystone’s new infographic on family camping.

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Want to Spend Some Quality Time With Your Family? Try Camping!

If you have children, you know from experience that taking them on a family vacation requires a great deal of planning and patience. And yet, the experience is always worth it: not only does a family vacation take you away from the common stresses of everyday life, it gives your kids a break from their TV and video games, helping them engage with the world around them. So if you’re thinking about your next family vacation, why not try a simpler, easier way to experience the joys of a family trip? Why not consider a family camping trip?

Approximately 43 million Americans went camping last year in the many campgrounds that are located across the United States. Camping, whether referring to tent camping, cabin camping, or more modern RV camping, is a classic American pastime, but is no longer synonymous with “roughing it”; instead, camping can be very comfortable, and even luxurious. Camping has always been a great way to spend time as a family, but due to the rise of family campgrounds, family camping also offers a number of activities beyond pitching a tent and enjoying the woods. Many campgrounds offer activities and amenities to entertain campers, both adults and children; according to the American Camp Association, 74% of campers reported that they had tried new activities while camping that they had previously been afraid to experience.

There are a number of things you can do to prepare for camping life, especially if you have children. Before embarking on a family camping trip, for example, try pitching a tent in your backyard to acclimate your kids to the idea of sleeping outdoors and away from home. Also, when you are in a campground, remember that most parks observe a carry-in, carry-out policy, and you should take great care not to litter. But otherwise, get ready for a simple, easy, fun vacation with your family on your family camping trip.

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Tent Camping with Your Family

Nothing beats the great outdoors! And when you are going for an authentic camp experience, the ultimate vacation is to go tent camping.

The tradition of tent camping goes way back, and is an integral part of America’s vacation culture. Viewed by many as the best way to experience nature, tent camping has become a beloved tradition in many families in the United States and beyond — and family campgrounds are just the place to go.

It is truly authentic. While tent camping is perfectly safe, especially when the tent is pitched within family camping resorts, it is always good to do a tent trial run in your backyard with the younger ones, mostly so they know what to expect. Maybe, if they are not quite ready, an RV rental or cabin rental is a better option. There is always next year to try out tent camping. Another fun, unusual way to camp is in a yurt — more and more campgrounds are offering yurts for families that like to camp together.

Family camping and tent camping is an amazing way to orient your children with nature, and how important it is to “take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints,” as the old saying goes. You can show your kids how their behavior and habits can directly affect the world around them, negatively if without respect. For example, instruct them to use biodegradable soaps so that no harmful chemicals will be released into the ground water. There are so many valuable lessons on ecological responsibility to be learned, and family summer camps are an excellent setting.

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to why camping is so great. Typical campers go on five camping trips a year, at an average of 150 miles away from their home. This shows you that once you start going camping, you will never want to go to a boring old hotel again to have a break from your crazy and hectic life -— you will always want to go camping! Furthermore, think of all the amazing destinations you can reach within a 150-mile sphere around your home. And after years of exhausting those options, you have the rest of the world to explore!
Now get camping!

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