Declare Your Independence from the Ordinary at Jellystone Park™ !

Is your family looking for something new to do this Independence Day holiday? Or maybe celebrating with Yogi Bear™ and his buds is a household tradition for your clan. Either way, you’ll have anything but an average holiday when you visit Jellystone Park™ Camp Resorts this July Fourth holiday weekend!

Jellystone Park™ campgrounds across America take great pride in blowing the lid off our country’s birthday – every celebration is unique, but they all guarantee one thing: a holiday your family and friends will never forget. Be sure to check with your favorite park for their plans; but to give you just a tiny glimpse at what’s in store, read on:

Delaware Beaches (July 3-7) Watch the fireworks at the beach or on the greens. Join us for a karaoke dance, site decorating, tournaments, heyrides and much more including just relaxing by the campfire at your site.

South Haven, MI (July 3-6) Independence Day Celebration- Let’s get together for a traditional 4th of July Celebration.  Bring your decorations and deck out your bike, golf cart and your site in all that’s Red, White, and Blue.  Then be sure to march or ride in our parade!  Yogi Bear™ can’t wait to jam out to some karaoke tunes, and then dance to the live band.  Of course, all of our crafts and activities will have the Red, White, and Blue theme.  Be sure to check out South Haven’s “Light up the Lake,” as fireworks are not allowed in the campground.

Akron/Canton, OH (July 3-7) Participate in our 3rd annual Cardboard Boat Regatta and attempt to “Walk on Water”. Don’t forget your cardboard boat. We’ll have treasure hunts, walk the planks, and peg-leg races. Spend the holiday weekend with us and enjoy the boat parade and regatta.

Tyler, TX (June 30-July 5) Come salute the USA with Yogi Bear™. Help decorate the red, white, and blue “Hey, Hey, Hey” ride for the Patriotic Parade. Bring your bikes, trikes, and USA decorations to join in the parade.  Create a red, white, and blue Tie-Dye t-shirt to wear for the 4th of July holiday.  Relax and sleep like a bear on Monday morning! (3 day minimum). Please note: NO PERSONAL FIREWORKS of any kind are allowed in the park, year round.

Austin, MN (July 3-7) It’s the weekend to celebrate our great nation, where we are proud to be an American, and where the flag still shows we are free, and we’ll party in Minnesota to show our troops our glee! Friday night enjoy Yogi Bear™ cartoons as well as a Jump & Jive (Teens Only). Parade your freedom with Red, White & Blue Saturday. Decorate your golf carts, bikes, floats, wagons, etc. Prizes will be awarded. Saturday night we are going to sing our hearts out with Karaoke. Sunday night we will have “LADY LUCK” in the house for some awesome entertainment. All weekend long also enjoy Color Time, ceramics, tye-dye, obstacle courses, arts & crafts and join in on the ice cream social. So much fun, so little time! Let’s shout out a “Thank You” to all the military branches and their families for helping us stand so proud with our Nation! Three night minimum stay and play required!

Many parks require a minimum night stay for this major holiday, so be sure to check with your favorite campground. We’re excited to spend Independence Day with your family!

Celebrate All Things Canadian with Us on Canada Day

Canada Day, celebrated on July 1, commemorates the date in 1867 when three Canadian provinces were united into a single country. This marked the beginning of the nation’s journey toward independence from Great Britain. Originally called Dominion Day, In 1982 the country declared the date a holiday and renamed it Canada Day. Where better to spend the holiday this year than with your friends at Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts?

Several of our Canadian parks host a fun, family friendly Canada Day event – here’s a look at what they have planned for 2014.

In Kingston, Nova Scotia, take a trip “Around the World” over the long weekend of June 27-July 1. Each day features a new destination – from an Irish Clover Hunt, African Relay Race and Greek Statues to Kangaroo Races, Brazilian Soccer and a Rio Carnival Dance. Kids will love the Mexican Fiesta Piñata Party with Yogi Bear™! For teens, there’s a free Italian Pizza Party and adults can taste wines and cheeses from all across the globe!

On July 1st at Jellystone Park™ Toronto, help Yogi Bear™ in wishing Canada a very Happy Birthday by joining in the Canada Day Celebrations! Whether its having a maple leaf painted on your face, or making your very own Canadian flag, be sure to sport outfits covered in red and white.

And on June 27-30 in Niagara Falls, Yogi Bear™ is having a huge birthday bash for Canada! Join your friends for a patriotic weekend celebrating everything Canadian. There will be cake, candles and a dance on Saturday evening. Bring all your favourite Canadian gear for the parade to win a prize for the most patriotic Canadian.

Happy Birthday Canada!

 

Texas Park: Say Hi to Wichita Falls

Yogi Bear™ and the Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts family continues to grow and offer our guests more options than ever for the perfect family getaway. Only the best campgrounds earn the Jellystone Park™ name, and we are so proud to welcome our latest addition: the former Coyote Ranch Resort in Wichita Falls, Texas, an easy drive from the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Our sixth park in the Lone Star State, the Wichita Falls Jellystone Park™ offers true Texas country on the edge of city convenience.

 

With 123 beautiful RV sites, plus 25 cabins and cottages to choose from, the new 90-acre Wichita Falls park is a perfect choice for a family visit or a big get-together. The onsite Lodge and its two outdoor pavilions are great sites for business meetings, weddings, family reunions, church or Scout retreats, receptions, parties and more. The park’s breathtaking 200-seat Wedding Chapel offers a beautiful site for one of the most important days of a couple’s life together: the soaring 30-foot tall arched ceilings and impressive wall of windows make an amazing backdrop for the perfect celebration. The park can even keep everyone fed through The Orchard catering service.

 

And when it’s time for the real fun to start, you won’t be disappointed. With two sparkling swimming pools, a jumping pillow, a big cedar playground, 18-hole miniature golf course, a volleyball court and a stocked fishing tank, everyone will find something they love to get into. Don’t feel like cooking for your brood? Hunts’ Brothers Pizza and the park’s new Picnic Basket restaurant have you covered. An exciting brand-new splash park is set to open this summer, and of course Jellystone Park’s beloved daily activities and themed weekends are all part of the package.

 

The new Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort at Wichita Falls is located at 14145 US 287, Wichita Falls, TX. The campground is open year-round; for reservations, call 940-767-6700 or visit www.coyoteranchresort.com. We look forward to meeting you there!

Zip Line Adds High-Speed Thrills to Maryland Jellystone Park™

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Hagerstown, MD is excited to be the first Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ to offer the Extreme Engineering Fly Wire Zip Line.

The Fly Wire Zip Line will become a part of the variety of amazing amenities that Jellystone Park™ Maryland already has to offer, including a 3,200 square foot Water Zone featuring a heated interactive pool, beach entry, eight foot raindrop and built-in seating for adults with hydro-therapy jets.  In addition, campground guests can enjoy LaZer Tag, Water Wars, Gaga ball, Jumping Pillow, Mini- golf, Pedal Carts, basketball, horseshoes, hiking trails, wagon rides, fishing, playgrounds, and of course, appearances from Yogi Bear™ and friends. With themed weekend planned activities from March to November and a variety of lodging options, there is something for all ages and all types of campers to enjoy.  For the novice, cabins and cottages that sleep anywhere from 4 to 8 people are available to rent.  For the experienced, the park has Standard, Preferred or Premium RV sites.  For those looking to get back to nature, primitive tent sites offer a more rustic experience.

But for thrill-seekers, the addition of the award winning Fly Wire Zip Line will provide the ultimate rush of zip-lining across the sky 220 feet – roughly two thirds the length of a football field. With speeds reaching up to 21 MPH, the Fly Wire is the only zip line of its kind using the safest decelerator on the market, the Decelinator, which is a proprietary device that fully lowers zip-liners safely to the ground so riders can soar through the air with confidence. Offering unparalleled “quick cycle times”  to serve up to 90 riders an hour, there is no other zip line product in the world that can compete with the Fly Wire’s completely controlled method of keeping zip-liners safely off the ground.

The Hagerstown Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort is located at 16519 Lappans Road in Williamsport, MD. For more information or reservations, call 800-421-7116 or visit www.jellystonemaryland.com.

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!

 

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!

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

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/

 

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.

Camping Tips

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

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