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Millennials are In the Driver’s Seat

RV manufacturers anticipate shipping a record-breaking 446,000 recreational vehicles in 2017, up from last year’s 430,691, which was also a record. But what has instigated such growth?

The members of the last wave of Baby Boomers are approaching retirement age, and are handing over the working-class reins to the Millennials. In the past, the RV industry has relied on retirees to push growth, but a paradigm shift is happening, and there is another group that is sliding over into the…

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Added by Cruise America on August 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Shoot for the Stars

One of the activities that goes along with camping in the great outdoors, is photography. So many of our travelers are constantly showing us photographs of their trips, and we love it! That’s why we sponsor a photography contest from time to time … because we know that you’re going to take plenty of photos while on your RV adventure.

Campers love to snap pictures of lakes, wildlife and scenery of all kinds. Most of the time, we consider the best conditions to be a sunny, calm day. But…

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Added by Cruise America on August 29, 2017 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Sherman Sees the (CA) Seashore

This is the last chapter of the three-week adventure we titled "Sherman's March to the Sea. Please see our previous blog entries on the Cruise America blog page.

Throughout Sherman’s March to the Sea, we’ve had some great stops along the way. Helen (adorable wife) and I both loved White Sands, NM, and Cottonwood, AZ, but we probably saved the best for last.

As we pulled into our assigned campsite at Point Mugu, CA we were filled with mixed emotions. First, there was the…

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Added by Easin' Along on August 20, 2017 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Where Will You Be for the Big Show?

Great American Eclipse

There’s a big show coming to town, and you’d better make plans now, as there’s not much time before the curtain goes up! The good news is that the entire population of the United States will be able to see the opening act. The bad news is that unless you select the right seat, you won’t be able to see the show in its entirety. This hasn’t happened here in the U.S. since 1918, and won’t happen again until 2024! It’s a total solar eclipse, and it’s billed to be a spectacular…

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Added by Cruise America on August 16, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cruisin' Into Cottonwood, AZ

Sherman, our Cruise America RV, pulled out of Kirtland AFB raring’ to go. We had rented a car for a couple of days to explore the area around Santa Fe, so Sherman was given the weekend off. Now, rested, ready, and with a full tank of gas, he was heading due west on I-40 to Cottonwood, AZ.

About three hours into a very scenic drive we passed the entrance to the Petrified Forest National Park and decided to pull over to commemorate the event with a picture. We coaxed a young lady into…

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Added by Easin' Along on August 2, 2017 at 8:08am — No Comments

Choose Your Eclipse-Watching Spot!

It’s just a matter of days before the Great American Total Solar Eclipse will manifest itself as it makes its way across the nation—from coast to coast. On August 21, 2017, America will witness something that hasn’t been seen in over 100 years; a total eclipse of the sun that will travel the width of the United States, and will be visible from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans.

The areas in the country where viewers will witness the totality of the event all fall within a…

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Added by Cruise America on July 31, 2017 at 9:22am — No Comments

Where do You Stand Statistically?

According to a survey conducted by The Associated press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the number 1 thing that Americans want to do while on vacation is … nothing! In fact, close to 75% of Americans say that relaxing while on vacation is extremely important to them. They are perfectly willing to turn in their hiking shoes for a good, comfy hammock.



What About the Traditional Staycation?

While we do like our relaxation, it seems that most of us don’t…

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Added by Cruise America on July 31, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Shopping Day in Santa Fe, NM

We were on the eighth day of Sherman’s march to the sea and staying at the Kirtland AFB FamCamp. Our seventh day had been spent taking in the sights around Albuquerque (see previous post) and today, the eighth, would be devoted to Santa Fe and some shopping.

I’m not a shopper. I do enjoy strolling through flea markets and consignment stores, but aside from that, I can think of several other pastimes I had rather pursue. Helen (adorable wife) feels much the same…unless there’s a sale…

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Added by Easin' Along on July 20, 2017 at 5:19am — No Comments

Gettin’ High Above Albuquerque

Leaving White Sands was a tad bit difficult because the setting was incredibly beautiful. We would have loved another day there to pause and enjoy, but Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque was the next stop and we wanted to spend some time in the area. We had no reservation. Helen (adorable wife) had been told that space was tight so we pointed Sherman (our Cruise America RV) northward and took off. The drive was only four hours and we had plenty of time before check-in. This would be our first stop…

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Added by Easin' Along on July 8, 2017 at 4:17am — No Comments

Sand Looks Great Dressed in White

Texas is big, really big. Sherman, our Cruise America RV, only wants to travel in daylight so it required two days to make it across the state. Our route took us south and westward away from San Angelo on Interstate 10 through some pretty barren countryside. This made for interesting views. We were able to see vast stretches of desert punctuated by a few oil rigs, and small herds of cattle. We went for miles without seeing a human soul except for those in passing vehicles. The scenery was…

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Added by Easin' Along on June 27, 2017 at 4:21pm — No Comments

How to Safely View an Eclipse

As kids, every one of us would repeatedly hear several of “life’s rules.” Don’t run with scissors in your hand— always wait at least 30 minutes after eating before getting in the pool—don’t talk to strangers—and don’t look directly into the sun! Soon, you’ll be allowed to break one of these rules, and you won’t even get in trouble!

On August 21, 2017, a celestial phenomenon will occur that we earthlings have not seen for 26 years. It’s a total eclipse of the sun, and because of the…

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Added by Cruise America on June 20, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Chasing Shadows for a Heavenly View

At Cruise America, we have blogged about hundreds of places you can go in one of our top-of-the-line class C rental motorhomes. We offer ideas for the best views that Mother Nature has to offer. We’ve suggested national and state parks, beaches, forests, mountains, deserts, glaciers and even volcanos. But hang on to your trailer hitches folks, because there’s something coming up in just a matter of weeks that you won’t want to miss, and you may need to make travel plans to get the best view…

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Added by Cruise America on June 19, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sunrise in San Angelo

We steered Sherman out of Ft. Worth on the fourth morning of our RV retirement road trip. Our destination was Goodfellow AFB Recreation Camp which was about five hours away. This RV Park had no reserved spots available, so it was first come, first serve. We had called ahead and learned that there were a few spaces available at the time we called, but we moved along briskly in order to have a place for Sherman to spend the night.

By now we were becoming comfortable with the nuances of…

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Added by Easin' Along on June 19, 2017 at 4:56am — No Comments

Corsicana and Fort Worth…Sherman Takes the Cake

It was the third day of our RV retirement road trip which we labeled “Taking Sherman to the Sea”. After dodging a storm and having the luck of obtaining complimentary rooms at Harrah’s Horseshoe Hotel and Casino in Bossier City, LA, we were fresh and ready for a day on the road.

Our destination was the Navy Lodge in Fort Worth, Texas. We had been unable to obtain a spot for the Sherman, our Cruise America RV, along our planned travel route, so we booked a room at the Navy Lodge…

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Added by Easin' Along on June 14, 2017 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Shreveport…Sherman Gets “Louisiana Lucky”

To date, Sherman, our Cruise America RV, has taken us through Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. Our overnight stops have been wonderful, and the desert southwest is overwhelmingly beautiful…certainly a unique experience for a country boy from the Tennessee mountains.

By the time everyone reads this, Sherman will be California bound. We have had a blessed experience on this march to the Pacific coast, but finding the time (and the Wi-Fi connection) to upload…

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Added by Easin' Along on June 8, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

Handy things to have while camping in an RV

There are an infinite number of spectacular places you can go for an adventurous camping getaway in your motorhome. Many folks prefer to stay in RV parks or campsites, while others prefer to be away from civilization and go “boondocking,” “dry camping” or “wild camping.” For these campers, this article lists ten boondocking gadgets to have with you while camping off the grid. If you own your RV, there are things you can add to it. If you are renting your RV, there are a few things that may…

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Added by Michael S. Hansen on June 6, 2017 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Sherman Heads South

We’re at the Navy Lodge in Fort Worth, TX and waiting for our laundry to finish drying. I thought this would be a great time to post an update while we have reliable Wi-Fi. Please forgive if you find a typo or an incomplete sentence…today, it is what it is.

To sum up our experience so far I would have to say that things are going swimmingly as we march Sherman toward the sea. Our Cruise America RV is nicely equipped with a sink, microwave, stovetop, shower and bath. There is a double…

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Added by Easin' Along on May 31, 2017 at 10:47am — No Comments

Easin' Along is Taking Sherman to the Sea!

Well, after a LOT of persuasion, sweetness, and downright bribes, I finally convinced Helen (adorable wife) to take an RV trip. We're taking advantage of a "Relocation Special" from Cruise America. We'll be heading out from Chicago to the west coast by way of Tennessee then across the southwest and eventually reaching Point Mugu, CA which is somewhere north of Malibu. This will be an adventure and we're both nervous and excited, but it will be a great retirement activity.

For fun, we…

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Added by Easin' Along on May 19, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Why is Camping Growing by Record Numbers?

Mankind and Mother Nature have always been allies in the search and provision of solitude and tranquility. The demographics of those who enjoy being outside, whether absorbing the sun’s rays on the beaches and lakes, or taking a nap in the shade of the mammoth green trees soaring high from the mountain side, is growing in record numbers. People are discovering that there’s no better stress reliever than abandoning the city life for the peaceful sights and sounds of the great…

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Added by Cruise America on May 16, 2017 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Around BC & Alberta

Doing a trip through BC & Alberta (34 days) and Alaska (21days) Startin 16th May 2017. Anybody out there travelled recently and give us the good oil on places they have been. Forget the cities as we are basically into the scenery staying in Nat Parks etc

Added by Norm Knight on May 5, 2017 at 4:40pm — No Comments

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