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It doesn’t take much to start a conversation at a dump station, especially when your neighbor is a fellow fiberglass truck camper owner.

A couple winters back when we were snowbirds camping at Catalina State Park near Tucson, Ariz., we met Mary and Don Burg of Olympia, Wash. They were traveling in their fairly new Bigfoot camper on their dually.

Although we have not crossed their paths since, it was fun meeting and exchanging insights about fiberglass truck campers.

To learn more about the Molded Lightweight Fiberglass RV community, click on the FiberglassRV.com website. It is a “free resource for those who are looking for, or who own, molded fiberglass travel trailers'” however, many of the topics (maintenance and repair, modifications, and almost anything else related to molded fiberglass travel trailers) can be valuable to fiberglass truck campers.

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Photos: Jimmy Smith’s Northern Lite meets its bigger cousin Bigfoot at dump station. (Bottom) Bigfoot owners Mary and Don Burg of Olympia, Wash. (Julianne G. Crane)

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Spring is the perfect time to plan a trip to the next RV Show in your area.

Take a look at the new 2018 RV models.

Battle Creek Camper & RV Show
March 1-4
Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, MI

Central New York RV Show
March 1-4
NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY

Colorado RV, Sports and Travel Show
March 1-4
National Western Complex, Denver, CO

Greater Philadelphia RV Show
March 1-4
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks , PA

Montreal Recreational Vehicle Show
March 1-4
Palais des Congres
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ocala RV Show
March 1-4
Florida Horse Park, Ocala, FL

Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show
March 1-4
International Centre, Mississauga , Ontario Canada

Central-Illinois RV Show
March 2-4
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL

Fredericksburg RV Show
March 2-4
Fredericksburg Expo Center, Fredericksburg, VA

New Orleans RV & Camping Show
March 2-4
Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, LA

Oregon State Eugene Spring RV Show
March 2-4
Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

Rhode Island RV, Camping Show and Sale 
March 2-4
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

Port Huron Camper & RV Show
March 8-11
Blue Water Convention Center, Port Huron, MI

The Real RV Show
March 8-11
Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

Virginia RV Show 
March 9-11
Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA

York RV Show
March 9-11
York Expo Center, York, PA

Click here for a comprehensive list on RVTravel.com of upcoming events in the USA and Canada.

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 Photo source: Landro Productions

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For those RVers who are planning on attending the huge Family Motor Coach Association gathering in Perry, Georgia, March 15 -18, there are a number of nearby events and attractions you can experience for free.

One popular destination is the Museum of Aviation sitting on 51 acres next to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. The free facility includes “four large exhibit buildings which house some of the 85 historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, missiles, cockpits and award-winning exhibits.”

Perry is 100 miles south of Atlanta on I-75, the main north-south route for snowbirds. So, if your schedule doesn’t match with the FMCA event, the free events are available (almost) year round.

Read about other free opportunities by clicking on RV Short Stops.

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Photos: Courtesy of Museum of Aviation.

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FMCA — an international association for recreation vehicle owners —returns to Perry, Georgia, March 15 -18 for the group’s 97th International Convention & RV Expo. This will be the 10th FMCA event at the RV-friendly Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, 100 miles south of Atlanta and just off I-75, the main north-south route for snowbirds.

It is estimated about 2,700 RV folks are expected to make their way to the event, dubbed “Southern Charm,” in honor of the host area. All self-contained RV owners are invited to join the fun.

“We love visiting the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry,” said FMCA national president Jon Walker, in a news release. “The staff at the fairgrounds and members of the local community are friendly and helpful and go out of their way to make FMCA members feel welcome.”

The popular RV expo features major RV manufacturers and dealers featuring a variety of RV types, sizes, and price ranges. There are also hundreds of companies selling all kinds of RV components and accessories, home products, and RV-related services.

“When they aren’t shopping, attendees can take part in seminars about topics ranging from towing a vehicle behind a motorhome to microwave-convection cooking. Approximately 100 different sessions will be held, so plenty of educational opportunities will present themselves,” according to the news release.

Registration for the event in Perry is under way at FMCA.com and by phone at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622.

FMCA (aka Family Motor Coast Association) is an organization for RVing “families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained recreation vehicles.” The group can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622.

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Photos: Courtesy of FMCA.com 

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WDSU-TV of New Orleans reported that the Austrian Olympic team has erected a  “pop-up RV village for support staff.”

There are 30 travel trailers housing four people each in this makeshift winter campground that sits in a parking lot about two-miles from the big doings at PyeongChang, South Korea.

Trailers are outfitted with “bunk beds and heated floors, along with a small kitchen, shower and small portable heater.”

It was reported that each Doosung Motors travel trailer cost $1,000 to rent for the month of February. Actually, not a bad price for an RV rental.

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Photos: WDSU-TV website.

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It goes without saying that dogs are the most common of all RVing animals. More than 90 percent of all RVers who take their pet companion along for the ride, are taking along Fido, according to a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association survey.

However, cats travel too.

About 14 percent of RVers say they won’t leave home without their feline friends.

Recently by clicking on a Pinterest link, I found an blog posting with a fresh approach to traveling with cats. In addition to the traditional advice, using a frank and informative approach, it covers insights into how to prepare your potential feline RV travelers before taking off cross country.

The blog, Local Adventurer.com, is the project of Esther and Jacob, two millennials who have worked out an amazing way to live and expand their horizons. “We are ATLiens who explore a new city every year,” and are currently in NYC.

In this article, the reader is introduced to Mika and Sebastian who are both “clearly indoor or city cats. While Mika enjoys outdoor walks on concrete, he gets weirded out by grass, dirt, or any other unfamiliar surface.

“Even though they didn’t become the catventurers we were hoping for, we’re really happy that overall they have adjusted well to RV life. There were, however, some interesting lessons we learned on the way, and today we’re sharing our tips to help your cat(s) adjust to life on the road.”

Read the complete article — “Traveling with cats – How to prep them for life on the road’ — by clicking here.

For part of a series I wrote on RVing with pets, click here for an item on traveling with kitties.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos:  Esther and Jacob with their feline companions Mika and Sebastian. (Source: LocalAdventurer.com)

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If you are planning on being close to Atlantic City anytime in your RV, check out an item I posted on RV Short Stops about Lucy the Margate Elephant, a fun roadside attraction on the southern Jersey seashore.

When I visited Lucy, I was with a couple of other ‘mature’ friends and we had a fantastic time exploring Lucy’s insides. It was a delightful stop within steps of the Atlantic Ocean.

To read more about about Lucy, and other RV Short Stops, click here.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Lucy the Elephant.org

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Dreaming of your summer vacation? RV Shows help jumpstart your family getaways. RV shows usually feature the latest models of pull trailers, toy haulers, 5th wheels, pop-up camping trailers, motorhomes and vans.

Austin RV Expo
February 15-18, 2018
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

Chicago RV & Camping Show
February 15-18
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

West Palm Beach RV Show
February 15-18
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL

49th Annual RV Super Show
February 15-18
State Fair Park
Oklahoma City, OK

Utah Sportsmen, Vacation & RV Show
February 15-18
South Towne Expo Center
Sandy, UT

Atlantic City RV & Camping Show
February 16-18
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Chattanooga RV Show
February 16-18
Chattanooga Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN

Gulf Coast RV Show – Mobile
February 16-18
Mobile Convention Center
Mobile, AL

Maryland RV Show
February 16-18, Feb. 23-25
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, MD

Springfield RV & Camping Show
February 16-18
Big E
West Springfield, MA

Northeast RV New Show
February 16-19
Rockland Community College Field House
Suffern, NY

Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show
February 16-25
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN

Vermont State RV and Camping Show
February 23-25
Champlain Valley Expo
Essex Junction, VT

Harrisburg RV and Camping Show
February 22-25
PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
Harrisburg, PA

Dallas RV Supersale
February 22-25
Dallas Market Hall
Dallas TX

Columbus RV Show
February 23-25
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH

Good Sam RV Super Show
February 23-26
Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix, AZ

This is the perfect time to plan a trip to the next RV Show in your area. Click here for a comprehensive list on RVTravel.com of upcoming events in the USA and Canada.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo source: Austin RV Super Sale

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This is the peak time for recreation vehicle retail shows. Dozens of shows are scheduled across the USA.

These shows give potential buyers and ‘wannabes’ an opportunity to quickly see many makes and models of motor coaches and travel trailers — at one time and at one place. Here are shows schedule for February 1-11, 2018:

Fort Wayne RV & Camping Show
February 1-4, 2018
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Fort Wayne, IN

St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show
February 1-4
America’s Center
St. Louis, MO

Hamilton RV Show and Sale
February 2-4
Players Paradise, Stoney Creek
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Mid-Michigan Camper & RV Show
February 2-4
SVSU Ryder Center
Saginaw, MI

Rhode Island RV & Camping Show
February 2-4
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI

Detroit Camper & RV Show
February 7-11
Suburban Collection Showplace
Novi, MI

Houston RV Show
February 7-11
NRG Center
Houston, TX

Edmonton RV Expo & Sale
February 8-11
Edmonton Expo Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Oregon State Salem Spring RV Show
February 8-11
Oregon State Fair & Expo Center
Salem, OR

Seattle RV Show
February 8-11
CenturyLink Field Event Center<
Seattle, WA

Jacksonville RV Show
February 8-11
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Jacksonville, FL

Ottawa RV Expo and Sale
February 9-11
The EY Centre
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Virginia RV Show
February 9-11
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, VA

Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show
February 9-11
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

Richmond Camping RV Expo
February 9-11
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA

Click here for a comprehensive list on RVTravel.com of upcoming events in the USA and Canada.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo source: Detroit Camper & RV Show

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It’s not difficult to find plenty to do knocking around Savannah, Georgia, no matter what season.  Spring, however, is always my favorite time of the year in this beautiful coastal community.

While this elegant Southern city is known for its haunted houses and its fabulous restaurants — it is also recognized for its lively visual and performing arts community. Here are a few arts and cultural places to build into a visit.

If you can spend hours in art museums, don’t miss Savannah’s Telfair Museums including the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center.

The Telfair Academy, a neoclassical Regency style former mansion was built from 1818-1819 for Alexander Telfair, son of Revolutionary War patriot and Georgia governor Edward Telfair. Today the Academy house 19th and 20th century American and European art including examples of “American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with major paintings by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks.”

The Jepson Center is devoted to contemporary art and rotating exhibitions. In a site-specific installation, sculptor Therman Statom‘s Glass House construction uses images related to Savannah and to the collection of Telfair Museums. In this permanent piece, the artist uses glass in in many different ways: plate glass boxes, a blown glass vase, an etched glass panel, pulled and twisted glass, even broken glass.

Live at the Savannah Theatre
If you enjoy live stage shows, be sure to plan a night at the Savannah Theatre. Performances date back to 1818, and today it still offers entertaining live shows with lots of talented singers and musicians.

Savannah Stopover Music Festival in early March each year “capitalizes on the logistical good fortune of Savannah’s proximity to Interstates 95 and 10 by presenting traveling musicians with a welcoming place to play en route to Austin’s prestigious SXSW Music Conference.” The annual spring Savannah Music Festival.

If you find yourself in Savannah the fourth week of March a must-see is the annual Tour of Homes and Gardens.

For an up-to-date list of events click on  Visit Savannah

For an RV Short Stops post on some of my other favorite spots, click here for historic places for RVers to visit in Savannah.

For RV Park Reviews for Savannah, Georgia, click here.

Julianne G. Crane

Images: (Top) Bicycling and enjoying the sweet spring days in Savannah’s Historic District. (GeoffsPhotos, VisitSavannah.com). (Middle) ‘Glasshouse’ by Therman Statom (American b. 1953), Untitled (Glass House), 2005, Site-specific glass installation for Telfair Museums, Museum Purchase, 2009.4. (Bottom) Mokoomba performing at the Savannah Music Festival. (VisitSavannah.com)

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