Monthly Archives: May 2012

SylvanSport GO giveaway ends May 31

Pop-up camper maker SylvanSport is offering up one of their multifunctional GO campers to a lucky winner who can, in 250 words or less, describe their ultimate adventure in a GO and how they’d promote it.

The GO is a camper by nature, but has many other useful benefits, including hauling loads, bicycles, ATVs, and small watercraft. Due to its aluminum construction, the GO is extremely lightweight (840 lbs) which means it can be hauled by most 4 cylinder cars.

The top three essays will receive thousands of dollars in outdoor gear. The best essay of the three gets the gear plus a new GO, total value well over $10,000. Essay entries for the contest end May 31, 2012 and can be entered via their web site.

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Expanding our reach

Since I started this blog back in September, I’ve focused writing about hard sided trailers less than 20′ in length. The reason behind that is because that is mainly where my interest lies. Yes, I’ve excluded pop-up trailers from the discussion simply because I’ve never had any experience and interest in them.

However, I’m going to work on expanding the field of discussion on the blog and include pop-ups in the mix. Hopefully in the process, I can educate myself on them while creating a better appreciation for them. I’ve had some inquiries from some pop-up manufacturers about talking about their particular brand. After thinking it over, I decided why not?

So in the weeks to come, I’ll be adding some pop-ups to the “Manufacturers” page of this site. I may end up categorizing them separately, or may even create separate categories for travel trailers, teardrops, and pop-ups for ease of use.

Bear with me as I wade through the unknown. And if you’re a pop-up devotee and have a brand that’s a favorite of yours, let me know and I’ll be sure to put it on the list as well.

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Redesigned Serro Scotty Sportsman debut set

The weekend of May 11-13 marks the debut of the newly redesigned Serro Scotty Sportsman. It is scheduled to be introduced in Hermitage, Pennsylvania at the Shenango Valley Mall RV Show. The look of the new Sportsman has been kept under wraps, so what it will look like is known by just a handful of folks.

The 2007 Sportsman was the first model reintroduced by Serro Scotty Worldwide when it was formed in 2006. It had a more rounded look to the bodies, similar to the Sportsmans of the original era Serro Scottys of the 1960′s.

That lasted about a year. When production moved from Yoder Toder to Sierra Motor Corporation in 2008, a new body style for the Sportsman came with it, which was a little taller and had more of a squared look to it when compared to the 2007.

When I talked to Serro Scotty Worldwide’s Bill Kerola in December, he told me the new Sportsman would go back to a rounded look, but I suspect it will look different from the 2007 version. He mentioned it will have hints to the former Serro Scotty Pup, but a little larger.

If all the stars align during my return trip from the east coast this coming week, I hope to be able to come through Hermitage and get a first hand look at the show.

The Shenango Valley Mall is located at 3303 East State Street, Hermitage, PA. The show will be held outside the mall. Admission is free and hours are Friday: 12 Noon – 8:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

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Campground Review: Louisville South KOA

We generally make it a habit of supporting state parks when it comes to our camping adventures. Generally the sites are are more spread out and the scenery is a little nicer compared to most RV parks. However, recently we had the opportunity to meet up with some fellow small trailerites at the Louisville South KOA in Louisville, Kentucky, organized by two former T@B owners, Ken & Bonnie Pleat. The Pleats are in their second season of workamping, and the Louisville South KOA is their summer “job” for 2012.

Up until our stay at the Louisville South KOA, we had stayed in just one RV park. We typically wouldn’t stay at a KOA due to their higher cost and close campsites, but since this was a special circumstance, we gladly decided to attend.

After checking in at the office, I was rather surprised to find a gentleman was waiting in a golf cart next to my truck & trailer waiting to escort me to my site. THAT was a first! Sure, I could’ve found my site on my own, but it was still a nice little perk.

As predicted, the sites were close together, but since we were among friends, I had no complaints. And any time I get a site that’s level from side to side, it’s worthy of praise.

The Louisville South KOA offers sites for just about any camping need, from tents through 40′-plus motorhomes. Don’t have a tent, camper, or motorhome? No worries, they also offer a nice selection of Kamping Kabins.

Other amenities include hiking trails, a heated swimming pool, miniature golf, a well-stocked store (with reasonable prices as well), and outdoor movies during the summer months. While we were there, the popular attraction for the kids camping there was the Jumping Pillow. These can be found at an increasing number of KOAs throughout the U.S., and the one at the Louisville South KOA was getting a pretty good workout.

And if your “kids” happen to be of the four-legged variety, there’s even a playground for them too:

After our experience at the Louisville South KOA, we plan on giving some more KOAs a try. With us camping with our 14 month old grandson on a somewhat regular basis, we like the family-oriented activities KOAs…and other RV parks for that matter…have to offer compared to camping at state parks. And to help offset the higher costs at KOAs, they offer a discount card where you save 10% off your campsite fees and accumulate points at the same time which you can use for credit on future campsite fees.

Overall, our experience at the Louisville South KOA was a good one. The employees there treated us well, the facilities were well kept, the comfort stations were clean, and there was enough to do to keep us occupied. It was everything I expected a KOA to provide and more. Hope your experience there gives you the same.

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