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5 Things to Keep in Mind when Picking Your Next RV Destination

This blog entry was written by a contributor author - Darla Preston.  Darla has come up with some great tips in an easy to read format, and hopefully it helps you plan out your next adventure! It’s that wonderful time of year again. The weather is warming up, symbolizing the commencement of prime RV season, and many enthusiastic travelers are starting to think about where they would like to go for their first big road trips of the year. Whether you plan on going to the warm depths of the South or the breathtaking atmosphere of the Northwest, it’s helpful to do a bit of research when picking your next travel destination. While there is something liberating about being spontaneous, . . . Read more

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The Circle of Life in Camping

Over the many years I have spent in the RV industry, one thing has become apparent – and that is that the family or couple who camps together stays together.  Many customers we have had have been married or together for decades.  The longest that I am aware of is in the 65 year range.  Amazing and heartwarming.  We were recently at the wedding of one of our camping club members’ daughter with a few other club members.  There is a dance that they have now where all the married couples get on the dance floor and then get called out by how many years they have been married.  My husband and I managed to make it to the over 30 year callout, and gladly sat . . . Read more

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Geocaching in Nebraska

What is Geocaching With warmer weather on the horizon now is a great time to start Geocaching! A geocache is a container that usually holds a number of items. Your goal is to find a cache and log it into your cache journal (numerous apps or the official site). You can take something out of the cache as well (IF you replace by something of equal to greater value). Many different apps also give your ratings on caches, how easy it is to find, and a brief description of the cache or location. There are even “tracking bug” caches that you take from one location to another (which is perfect for an RV’er who loves being on the road)! Never destroy a geocache! They are protected by . . . Read more

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It’s that Snowbird time of year

As the polar vortex nears, and the wind turns bitter, we are seeing so many of our customers head south for the winter.  With phrases like “I’m getting out of here”, it makes those of us left here longing for balmy breezes, and shorts weather. As my husband and I inch nearer to that magical retirement age, we have begun to dream of following in the footsteps of so many customers before us.  The questions of what type of camper to buy, how basic or luxurious, how big, and so many other items crop up. If you are fortunate enough to own a larger pickup, you can opt for a large travel trailer or for a luxurious fifth wheel.  However, we are seeing a trend in our retirees . . . Read more

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Route 66 Dealer Network – What Does It Do for You, and What Does it Mean to the Dealer?

Route 66 – what does it do for you, and what does it mean to the dealer? Apache Camper Center is a dealer member of the network known as Route 66.  That statement in and of itself doesn’t really set your heart aflutter does it?  Well, I thought it was well past time to explain the benefit of belonging to a group like this to your customer experience. Route 66 is a group of what I like to term “Elite” RV dealerships.  It is a group of dealerships that are independently owned and operated, and want to enhance their customers’ experience as RV owners.  Each dealer has to adhere to a code of ethics, and has to be invited to join the network.  . . . Read more

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Starting Out, Downsizing, Whatever You Call it – it’s Small!

Lately, we have seen a definite surge in the number of customers who are looking for what I lovingly call the “cute and cuddly” campers.  I think a lot of this has to do with the push on the tiny house phenomenon.  Once people see the amount of money that people spend on the tiny houses it finally clicks that buying a camper makes more sense. However, there are pitfalls with people looking to fit a camper into the tiny house mold.  Most of their expectations are unrealistic.  Many of these people think that they can live in Nebraska (or anywhere in the upper Midwest) in a small camper.  What they don’t understand is that these campers for the most part . . . Read more

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Jayco Camping Club Lazy J Covey newsletter

Fall is coming around the corner, and I thought that I would post the latest newsletter from our camping club.  As an introduction, our club was founded over 25 years ago and was based around the Jayco product.  The members must own a Jayco in order to participate.  They are a great group of campers, and have grown over the years to now include many 2nd generation members.  Members range in age from birth to campers in their 80's.  I thought that everyone would like a little sneak peek into the camping club life.  Enjoy the newsletter! Summer is dwindling and fall is peaking around the corner, and that means our official camping season is winding down. But, there . . . Read more

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The Passing of Yet Another Era – In My Opinion

It is truly a sad day in the RV industry this July 1.  As I write this I am still in shock over the news of Thor acquiring Jayco.  Jayco was the shining light in the morass of manufacturers who had “sold out” to the big guns of Forest River, Thor, and others.  It was the manufacturer that I saw as holding the banner for all the independent manufacturers in the industry.  Now, we look at the landscape of the RV manufacturing industry, and I see very few sparkles left. Over the years, we have seen manufacturers (and dealers) who have shuttered their doors due to circumstances beyond their control.  Factors like the gas crisis in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, . . . Read more

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