01 Nov

4 Steps to a Better Cup of Campground Coffee (Lifelanes Progressive Blog)

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Coffee and camping seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. They are both absolute staples in our RV, at least.
We have been through a lot of changes in our coffee making equipment since we starting RVing six years ago, but one thing always remains the same: every morning at the campground must start with a steaming mug of java.

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One of our most popular podcasts ever was Camp Coffee 101, and our listeners keep asking us when we are doing Camp Coffee 102.

It’s coming…we promise!

But in the meantime, if you need your camp coffee education fix, we wrote a post for the Progressive Lifelanes blog on 4 Steps to a better cup of coffee. We want you to check all four of these boxes before we start bringing you the more advanced stuff in the near future.

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Want some other great coffee content? Our awesome forum members have weighed in on what they use when at the campground. And you can revisit Stephanie’s musings on what happens when the love of your life starts drinking coffee for the first time in his life…at the age of 35!

We will also be sharing some new coffee brewing gear on the upcoming RVFTA Holiday Gift Guide. And here’s a hint…Jeremy might be ready to ditch that French Press that has been traveling with us for the last two years. Stay tuned for the all the details and the drama. Believe us, cleaning out that French Press does count as drama.

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And if you are completely good to go with brewing your camp coffee, but just want a sweet new mug to put it in…use our coupon code RVFTA2 for 15% off of Camp Casual’s adorable mugs. Or you can do the responsible thing, and start your holiday shopping early!

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See you at the campground,

Stephanie

20 Sep

Hershey RV Show: RVFTA Wrap Up

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We had such a blast at the Hershey RV Show that took place last week. Not only is this one of the biggest RV shows in the whole country, it is also the first place that the public gets a peak at many of the new 2017 models and floor plans.

Manufacturers get to gauge public response to their 2017 lineup, and dealers get an idea of selling momentum for the upcoming RV show season. There is also plenty of opportunity to score a deal on a 2016  model that is still hanging around.

The bottom line? Attendance was higher than ever, and the industry was thrilled with sales.

Many people complain that the RV industry is too ‘cookie-cutter’ or ‘cut-n-paste.’ That was not what we saw at the Hershey show. This is a good year for innovation, and we saw plenty of RVs that were breaking the mold, or offering creative answers to consumer demand.

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15 Sep

Hershey RV Show: Tiny Trailers

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We are here at the 2016 Hershey RV Show, and will be releasing four extra special podcasts over the course of the show, featuring some of the new and exciting RVs that are being rolled out for the upcoming season.

All of these podcasts are sponsoring by our friends at Progressive, and we are thrilled they sent us to the show to gather great RV intel for our listeners and readers. To learn more, you can visit them at Progressive.com/rv or call 1-800-Progressive!

On this first Hershey RV Show podcast episode, we are discussing the latest tiny trailers to roll into town. Light weight trailers are all the range these days, as many consumers are looking for something that they can tow with the family SUV, yet want something spacious, comfortable, and hard-sided.

There are four models that are causing a splash in 2017: Jayco’s Hummingbird, Little Guy Worldwide’s Serro Scotty, Airstream’s Basecamp, and Hymer’s Touring. On this episode, we give a quick rundown of all four–offering an overview of the floorplans and pricing, as well as our general impressions. Is this the tiny trailer you have been looking for all your life? Tune in to find out!

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08 Aug

The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning with Flo’s Road Trip and the Progressive RV

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We have lived in New Jersey our entire life, and most years we talk about attending the Balloon Festival and then, for one reason or another, something comes up and we are unable to make it.

This year we were invited by Progressive to hang out at Flo’s RV, so we finally experienced this awesome event that has taken place for 34 years in our own backyard. And even though the weekend was interrupted by some pretty turbulent weather, we can say for sure that we will be returning in the future.

There is no shortage of festivals during the summer months, but now we know why this one gets rave reviews year after year. First of all, balloons.

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23 Dec

RVFTA #68: The RVFTA Forum…No Cranks Allowed!

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On Episode #68 of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are sharing our last big announcement of 2015…the launch of the RVFTA forum on our very own website.

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If you haven’t registered yet, you can do that here. Think of it as our Christmas gift to you.

We will share why we decided to host a forum for our listeners, and all the information you need to know to join in on the forum fun.

Plus, listen to hear about the three finalists we picked in our #RVFTAornament contest over on Instagram. There was some pretty stiff competition, for sure.

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Who will win the ultimate prize? Watch for the announcement on Christmas Eve.

Also, check out the totally redesigned Progressive blog, where we got our very own page with all of our posts from the last few seasons. We think it looks just super…but maybe we are a bit biased.

You might think that forums are only for hardened, ornery, and crotchety RV veterans. But we here at RVFTA believe RV chats can be useful and fun for the newbies and the seasoned alike.

This is Episode #68: The RVFTA Forum, No Cranks Allowed.

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17 Nov

The Foods of Fall Camping: Dutch Oven Treats and a Classic Casserole

This week our article 3 Classic Campfire Cooking Recipes went live on the Progressive site, and it was perfectly timed for the month of November, when we all want to gather around a table with family and friends enjoying comforting and traditional dishes.

The blog post for Progressive included three of our favorite (and easy!) Dutch oven recipes, so head on over there for the recipes.

We included…

The yummy Breakfast Egg Scramble

The classic Dutch Oven Pizza

And the perennial favorite, Monkey Bread.

Now for another favorite camping dish for our family that isn’t prepared over a fire: All Occasion Chicken, as it used to be called in my house growing up. This casserole is about as old fashioned as it gets, but it is perfect for preparing in advance of a trip for an easy meal when you arrive at the campground.

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Another thing it is perfect for? Using up some of that leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. Swapping out the chicken for turkey is perfectly acceptable this time of year.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts (I substitute boneless chicken thighs) poached in water and chopped.
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped small
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped small
  • 1 cup frozen corn

Preparation:

  1. Mix all of the above ingredients and spread into a 9×13 pyrex dish.
  2. Then mix an 8 oz. bag of Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing Mix with 3/4 cup melted butter. Spread over the top of the chicken.
  3. Back at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

I serve this over plain rice and accompanied by a salad. This time of year, I love to make an Apple Carrot Cranberry Slaw on the side. Chop up a bunch of apples, use a bag of julienned carrots, and toss in a couple of handfuls of dried cranberries. Whisk together oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.

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Enjoy at a picnic table, preferably surrounded by loved ones and some beautiful scenery.

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