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Camping World goes to bat with Major League Baseball

Camping World and Major League Baseball (MLB) announce a multi-year deal making Camping World the Official RV Dealer, Official RV and Outdoor Supply Company and Presenting Sponsor of both the 2017 American League Championship Series and National League Championship Series. Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World Holdings and star of CNBC’s “The Profit” said, “It is an honor to work with Major League Baseball, one of the most historic leagues in American sports. We look forward to working with the organization, starting with this year’s Postseason and leveraging our extensive experience with outdoor enthusiasts around the country to create and provide the best game day experience to its sports and outdoor loving fan base.” “Camping World is a great brand and we are looking forward to ‘The Profit’ bringing his special vision and energy to MLB for new fan promotions surrounding the LCS, Spring Training and more,” said Noah Garden, MLB Executive Vice President, Business. “As we prepare to begin another memorable October of Postseason baseball, this is the perfect time to welcome Camping World …

campfire cooking inspiration

#CampfireCooking to get the juices flowin’

It’s easy to pack pre-made salads, sandwiches, and a handful of hot dogs when packing for a weekend outdoors, but campsite eats can be oh-so-delicious with a little imagination. We aren’t talking Pinterest-perfect five course meals, but some inspiration couldn’t hurt, right? There’s no better place to find inspiration than on Instagram. Here’s how a few other modern campers refuel over the flames. @camping_is_mylife A post shared by Camping is mylife (@camping_is_mylife) on Aug 31, 2017 at 8:49am PDT Pork roasted over the campfire tastes so much better than any way you try to cook it at home. These people are experts—this community account features photos from campers around the world @lachachavida A post shared by Kristina Rodriguez (@lachachavida) on Aug 31, 2017 at 10:30am PDT A drool-worthy side of sweet potato about to grill over an open fire. Sign me up! (And serve it next to the pork from the first photo) @freshoffthegrid A post shared by Fresh Off the Grid (@freshoffthegrid) on Aug 15, 2017 at 5:11pm PDT Time for dessert! Does anyone …

VW California XXL

VW’s California XXL nicer than some apartments

Volkswagen has released news of yet another newbie to the campervan scene at Düsseldorf Caravan Salon this time with the revealing of the new California XXL which, honestly, is nicer than many high end apartments.   This beautiful abode on four wheels is built on VW’s Crafter cargo van chassis and has all the comforts of home and then some. To list just a few features: heated and cooled bed, heated flooring, full-slide side door, cork flooring, space-age-like interior design, and immense panorama sunroof. Not to mention the well appointed galley with pop-up gas burners and hidden espresso machine perfect for those morning cups of coffee. The beastly and beautiful California XXL is decked out with a 4Motion all-wheel drive power system that is no doubt more than capable for navigating the rugged backroads or for simple rural paved road travel. One thing is for sure, a quiet nights camping sleep is practically guaranteed in a campervan that looks this good, even compared to it’s concept brother the VW I.D Buzz. We can’t’ wait to …

Tesla’s New Tiny House Coming to an Australian City Near You

We don’t normally cover the tiny house movement – there are plenty of amazing publications doing a great job already – however we couldn’t let this news pass us by. Tesla has recently shared news of their roving sustainable tiny house on wheels towed by the almighty Tesla Model X to share their sustainable energy products including the revolutionary Powerwall. Preliminary photos show the 4,400lbs trailer loaded with six solar panels, a Tesla Powerwall, as well as a “mobile design and demonstration studio” showcasing how the technology works. The well appointed and beautifully designed unit features locally sourced, chemical-free timber materials. We have yet to see the interior but can only imagine the futuristic yet homey set up. Knowing Australia’s sunny climate and love of camping and caravanning off-grid, the solar tour not only appeals to the Australian homeowner but also the camper who are no doubt awaiting better solar options to replace current clunky and high priced systems. The tour stops at various Australian locations and you can check out the next tour stop …

What Instagram Doesn’t Tell You About Living the #vanlife

While it’s easy to believe that the #vanlife movement is all sunshine, mountain views, and Insta-worthy pictures as proof, there is a not-so-sunny side to being a full-time nomad. Here are a few things to know before surrendering to the allure of the open road. 1. You will probably wait days (or a week) without bathing When all your belongings fit perfectly into a box on wheels, there usually isn’t room for an indoor shower. Most #vanlifers forgo this comfort of home because a shower and its water tank take up too much precious space. 2. Eating healthy is hard if you don’t plan ahead Sure, van lifers embrace freedom. But what if your fridge only fits one grocery bag of produce and you don’t know where you will sleep tomorrow? And no, Fruit Loops aren’t a food group. 3. Rainy days are a bit cramped Living in a van is all fun and games until it rains for a week and your spine forgets what it feels like to stand straight.  4. Prepare to step …

Headed to Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2017?

Anyone interested in the camper life (and lives close to, or travelling near, the booming fashion and art-centric city of Düsseldorf) will no doubt be headed to Caravan Salon Düsseldorf this August 26-September 3. It is the worlds largest fair of it’s kind, after all. 600 exhibitors in 13 halls featuring some of the latest in camper designs, travel destinations and innovative accessories. Over 130 caravan brands with nearly 2,100 recreational vehicles will grace the market floor as camp enthusiasts cop peeks of perhaps their next big purchase or simply dream about camping in style and comfort in future years. We’re particularly excited to see the newest arrivals from all the top European caravan manufacturers. We’d mention a few but there are literally too many to list! A 1-day adult ticket including car parking and catalogue is € 30.00, ticket and venue information can be found at https://www.caravan-salon.de/. Of course while you’re in Düsseldorf we thought you’d want a short list of things to do. Our top picks include relaxing in Nordpark or any of the other …

Apollo to Take Over CanaDream, Kratzmann

Big news out of Australia. In an effort to expand their North American footprint, Brisbane, Australia-based Apollo Tourism and Leisure is looking to complete a purchase of Canadian-based CanaDream Corp. and Australian-based Kratzmann Caravans for a reported $43 Million to be completed by July according to RV Pro Magazine. You might know Apollo as having the largest camper fleet for hire in Australia  – an ever popular travel tourism destination especially for campers, ‘overlanding’ and caravanning. Since it’s beginnings, Apollo has grown to become a huge multi-national and multi-vertical organization that includes manufacturing, rentals (with over 3,000 motorhomes), sales and distribution of RVs. Their brands include StarRV, Cheapa Campa and Hippie – many we’re sure the likes of you have probably slept in one time or another. CanaDream is one of the most well known RV rental outfits in Canada renting a variety of Class B, B+ and C motorhomes to the Canadian tourism and local camper market. Since 1987, Kratzmann Caravans has grown to become a regular name in the Queensland caravan retail arena. Of course we …

Camping World Acquires Another US RV Dealer

Camping World has made it’s next move acquiring Idaho-based RV dealer Nelson’s RVs this week. Camping World expressed interest in “aggressively” expanding into the Idaho market earlier in the month of April and has been successful with Nelson’s and the three dealerships in Boise area. “We continue to seek acquisitions to leverage the progression of our brand and to provide a superior experience to customers across the country,” said Marcus Lemonis , Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam . ” Tom Nelson and his team have served Idaho and Eastern Oregon with premier recreational vehicle services for over 33 years and we look forward to continuing their high standards of quality and service and solidifying our leading position in the state ofIdaho .” Brent Moody , Chief Operating Officer of Camping World and Good Sam commented, “The Nelson family exemplifies the core values that are synonymous withCamping World and the way we run our business, and these standards will remain and guide us as we look toward the future.” Added Moody, “We …

RVIA National Trade Show Floor Tiffin

We Visit the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY

With over 700 exhibitors, 7,000 + attendees and much to see, the annual RVIA National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky is a mainstay on the North American RV camper scene. While not targeted for the end consumer, the show is a grazing ground for hungry dealers looking for the latest and most eligible product, as well as component companies looking to catch the eye of manufacturers. The show opened on a positive note, with RVIA executives reporting on the robustness of an industry well known for it’s regular ups and downs – at least in the USA. Canada remains in a slump as buying numbers remain down in the western regions, the result of a lagging economy. Industry forecasts in general are calling for a slight increase in shipments and optimistic 2017. The outlook – positive. Attendees were treated to a keynote speech by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger – famed airline captain known for landing doomed flight 1549 onto the Hudson River. Messages of leadership, decision making and the like delivered in a constant prose …

Visit Canada’s National Parks for Free in 2017

For Canadians, and visitors from all over the world, gaining access to the famously exquisite and iconic Canadian National Parks will be much easier in 2017. As a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the country (Modern Camper’s home country), is granting free access to parks across the nation, from coast-to-coast with a 2017 Canada Parks Pass. With the pass you can enjoy access to 47 National Parks, 4 National Marine Conservation Areas, and 171 National Historic Sites including 12 of Canada’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Be sure to enter the Discover Canada contest for a chance to win a trip for four to visit Western Newfoundland, spending money from CIBC and MEC, plus a slew of Parks Canada branded swag (some of the best branded merch out there) and a set of iconic Parks Canada red “Muskoka” chairs.