Climb Higher! Tips and Tricks For Climbing Trees

Climbing trees

Attention all climbers! Climbing trees isn’t just for adventurous children! You can satisfy that need to climb right in the forest. These tips and tricks for climbing trees will ensure that you can safely climb higher to that top branch and enjoy the view around you! This is a great activity when you can’t make it on a bigger climbing trip but still want to practice your skills. Here’s all you need to know about this fun hobby!

Climbing Essentials

Throw line—thin, brightly colored rope connected to a weight (sand bag, etc.) that is thrown to loop over an upper branch

Climbing line—connects to the throw line and uses static ropes, unlike the more stretchy dynamic ropes used in rock climbing

Harness—Use a harness with wide webbing and considerable padding. Avoid traditional lightweight rock climbing harnesses, as they’ll cut circulation in the legs.

Helmet—use a rock climbing helmet, as safety always comes first

Prusik cord—attached to climbing rope and harness with a carabiner clip

Branch protector—tubular cover for rope to protect tree from rope burn

tree climbing essentials

Picking a Tree To Climb

Because trees are a whole lot less stable than a cliff, you’ll want to be sure to scout out a sturdy, healthy tree for your climbing adventure! Of course you’ll want to go for some height or else you’ll be going through a lot of setup for a really short trip. But aside from height, there are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect climbing tree.

Look For Sturdy Branches

Solid, sturdy branches are essential for a successful climb! You’ll especially want to look for a solid branch higher up that can support your weight. You’ll want a branch that’s at least six inches in diameter—but the bigger, the better! Make sure to check out the other branches as well, in case you should need them for support along the way.

Sturdy tree branches

Make Sure It’s a Healthy Tree

Take a good look at your prospective tree, both up close and further away. Does its overall appearance look healthy? Inspect it more closely, and look for any missing bark, as this could indicate weakness in the tree or decay. Also look up to the leaves above. Are they healthy, or are they brown and falling off? Brown leaves toward the top of a tree indicate that the tree is diseased or dying and the tree should not be used for climbing.

healthy tree good for climbing

Avoid Trees With Surrounding Hazards

Although this may be somewhat obvious, you’ll want to make sure that there aren’t any hazards surrounding your potential climbing tree. Obviously, you’ll want to steer clear of trees near power lines, but you’ll also want to skip trees that have people hanging around it too. Also make sure to avoid trees where any animals or animal habitats are present, as you won’t want to disturb them or put yourself in any peril. A less obvious hazard can be a tree with a lot of knots or a large root system at the bottom. Small animals, poison ivy, hornet nests, or plain old root decay can cause a lot of problems for you and your friends on the ground!

Avoid disturbing the wildlife when climbing trees

Choose an Area Where Climbing Is Allowed

Unfortunately, many parks prohibit tree climbing, but it never hurts to ask if it’s ok! As long as you aren’t damaging the tree you’re climbing on, there is nothing environmentally wrong with tree climbing. Just be respectful of the rules, and find somewhere else to climb if you are turned away. A little adventure isn’t worth legal trouble!

where can I legally climb trees?

How To Climb a Tree

  • Toss the throw line over the high branch you’d like to climb to. Make sure the branch is sturdy!
  • Place branch protector onto the climbing rope, then attach the end of your throw line to your climbing rope using a clove knot method. Once the lines are attached, pull your throw line so that both ends of the climbing rope are back on the ground, looped over the branch with the branch protector securely over the top.
  • Designate about an arm’s length and a half of one end of your climbing rope. At this part of the rope, attach it to a heavy carabiner using an anchor knot or double fisherman’s knot. Tie a simple overhand knot about one foot from the carabiner, then with the remaining length tie a Blake’s hitch around the other portion of the climbing rope (you’re essentially tying your climbing rope in a big loop around the branch), leaving a foot or two of rope. Tie another overhand knot at the end of the rope for added safety.*
  • If you aren’t too confident in your upper body strength, attach a length of cord using the Prusik knot to the climbing rope as a foot assist to help anchor you. Do this instead of using climbing spikes, as they’ll permanently damage the tree!
  • Use the tree to help you climb up with any knots or jutting edges for footholds. Take your time and stay steady! Keep climbing until you reach the branch that your rope loops over.
  • To descend, hold on to the Blake’s hitch and gently pull down, making sure not to go too quickly. Slow is safe!

How to properly climb large trees

*If you do not know how to tie these knots, learning them minutes before your first climb is not the time! Make sure to learn beforehand from an experienced climber, or better yet, bring one along with you for your first climb!

What do you think? Are you ready for your first climb? Just follow these tips and tricks for climbing trees and you’ll be able to see the world from a whole new perspective and climb higher than you ever did when you were a kid!

We love that you have an adventurous side, that’s why we here at TerryTown RV offer a fantastic selection of awesome RVs that will be able to keep up you with on any excursion! From versatile pop-ups that can be towed virtually anywhere, to fully-loaded toy haulers with more than enough space for your adventure gear, we have it all! Complete with our staggering factory-direct pricing, it’s no wonder we’re the best RV dealership in Michigan!

Are you an experienced tree climber, or have you done other types of climbing? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below with any other advice, including your favorite spots to go tree climbing!

Get Ready For Summer With The RV Overstock Blowout Sale!

TerryTown RV Superstore Blowout Sale

Our RV dealership in Grand Rapids, MI is completely overstocked, so we’re slashing prices to get the inventory moving to make way for incoming 2018 models! Take advantage of this amazing sale to save even more on our already low-priced RVs! You’ll find that TerryTown RV Superstore not only has jaw-dropping prices, but we make the whole purchasing experience great as well. So come check out all the rigs we have to offer during the RV Overstock Blowout Sale, and find out for yourself what makes shopping with TerryTown a better experience than with any other RV dealer in Michigan!

Top Brands Available

Whether you’re looking for a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler for sale, you’ve found the right place! We have all the top brands such as Bighorn, Rockwood Ultra Lite, and White Hawk Ultra Lite, with plenty of floor plans to choose from that will fit any lifestyle. And we’re offering them for crazy low prices during this sale! Here is just a sneak peek at some of the fantastic RVs we have to offer!

Bighorn 3875FB

Bighorn 3875FB at TerryTown RV Superstore Blowout Sale

This 2016 Bighorn 3875FB is one of the many that we’re offering for a deep discount. With a fifth wheel like this, you can combine camping and luxury all in one. The layout includes a spacious living room and stunning kitchen with dual opposing slides, a massive pantry, and a gorgeous front upper-level master suite . Along with this exceptional layout, you’ll find the following features:

  • 6 point auto leveling system
  • Power theater seating in the living room with massage and heat
  • 46” LED TV and fireplace in the entertainment center
  • Hide-a-bed sofa for added sleeping space
  • Elegant and durable solid surface countertops
  • Massive king bed with a memory foam mattress
  • 32” TV in the bedroom

For more information on this unit, give Tom a call at 616.275.0164. Hurry, there’s only one left on the lot!

If you want to see more of this amazing rig, click here.

Rockwood Ultra Lite 2720WS

Rockwood Ultra Lite 2720WS at TerryTown RV Superstore Blowout Sale

Another fifth wheel we have in stock has a price just as amazing as its beautifully designed interior! This 2016 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2720WS is jam packed with features as well as some extra upgrades too. The rear of the unit holds the relaxing living area, while the well-equipped kitchen is found in the center. Your private master suite is located on an upper level away from the rest of the RV for added privacy. Within this layout, you’ll to find:

  • Upgraded 15K BTU air conditioner
  • Comfortable swivel recliners
  • Plush carpet in master bedroom
  • Hide-a-bed sofa
  • 32” living room TV
  • Solid surface countertops
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Queen bed with a Serta® mattress

To make this incredible RV yours, call Zack Loew at 616.319.3442.

Click here to see more of it!

White Hawk Ultra Lite 32DSBH

White Hawk Ultra Lite 32DSBH at TerryTown RV Superstore Blowout Sale

If spending time with your family is your idea of relaxing, this 2016 White Hawk Ultra Lite 32DSBH travel trailer is perfect for you! With sleeping space for up to ten people, it can hold the whole family and then some. The kids will love the rear bunkhouse, which is spacious thanks to a large slide that gives them plenty of room to move around and play. A full bath is just outside the bunkhouse, which makes it much easier for kids to make bathroom trips in the middle of the night. A slide in the center creates added space in the living room and kitchen, and mom and dad will love having their own private master bedroom up front. Features you can expect to find in this 32DSBH include:

  • Outdoor kitchen and bumper mount grill
  • Power stabilizer and tongue jacks
  • Upgraded 15K BTU A/C
  • Glacier package
  • Entrances into main area and full bath
  • Hide-a-bed sofa and convertible dinette
  • Triple bunks and J-cube sofa in bunkhouse
  • Both bathtub and shower
  • Queen bed with Simmons® mattress

Start your family’s adventure today by calling Frank Henderson before someone else scoops up this amazing offer!

To see more of this travel trailer, click here.

Not interested in any of these? We have much more to choose from, including both new RVs for sale and used RVs for sale, and you’ll save big during this RV Overstock Blowout Sale!

The TerryTown RV Difference

TerryTown RV Superstore - what makes us different

Choosing TerryTown RV Superstore doesn’t only get you an amazing price; you’ll appreciate a pleasurable experience from start to finish! We work hard to make sure that your camping trips are the best they can be, and want to know that you’re in the right RV for you. When you buy from TerryTown, you can expect:

  • World Class Customer Service

    • Product specialists to guide you through the process
    • Certified technicians for all your future needs such as winterization, maintenance, and repairs
  • Quick Nationwide Delivery

    • Delivery to anywhere in North America
    • Low shipping rates
    • GPS tracking of your RV once it leaves the lot
    • A walk-through upon delivery so you know where everything is and how to use it
  • In-House Financing

    • Competitive interest rates
    • Application online
    • Special and no-money-down financing available
    • Extended warranties to protect your investment
  • Lowest Prices Anywhere

    • Factory-direct Pricing
    • Tons of discounts
    • Guaranteed lowest price
  • Trade-Ins

    • Find out what your current RV is worth online before you shop
    • Avoid the hassle of trying to sell your old RV

Which RV will be your next RV? No matter what you choose, you’re sure to save thousands by shopping TerryTown RV’s awesome RV Overstock Blowout Sale! These prices won’t be here for long, so come see us today before they’re gone!

The Ultimate Campsite Easter Egg Hunt: Where to Hide the Loot

If you’re heading out into the great outdoors for a fun Easter getaway, we have some great ideas for campsite Easter egg hunts! The wide-open landscape of nature is the perfect place for a scavenger hunt! Just think of all the places to hide eggs: wedged under rocks, up against trees, in trees or bushes, hidden near your RV/tent, under your picnic table, etc. There are tons of places to hide the loot, and your little Easter egg hunters will love scurrying around the campsite trying to fill their baskets with eggs.

For these first two Easter egg hunt ideas, your little campers start with a clue that leads them to their first egg. Every egg contains another clue that sends them in a different direction. These are easy to modify depending on if you’re camping with an RV or a tent, so go ahead and personalize these to fit your needs. Hand them their first clue, or tell them where to look for the first egg, and then they’re off on their Easter egg hunt! What you have for your little egg scavengers at the final clue is up to you, but some ideas are a full Easter basket, an Easter toy, a pair of Easter pjs, some Easter candy, etc.

CAMPSITE EASTER EGG HUNT
  1. Hop to it little bunnies, the fun has begun! Find your next clue where showering is done!
  2. You’re hot on the trail to find some colorful eggs. The next clue is under something with legs!
  3. Hippity hoppity try to bounce higher! Hop outside and look by the campfire.
  4. For the next clue, you won’t need a map. Just hop on over to where you lay down for a nap.
  5. This last clue is easy. This last one is big! You’ll find your Easter surprise by the largest twig!

Look for a large branch or twig that you can use for this last clue, then set it somewhere at your campsite where it isn’t totally obvious, as you don’t want them to see it and the surprise that’s hidden with it while they’re working on the other clues. If your campsite is surrounded nicely by woods, lay the twig along the border half in and half out, and then hide the Easter surprise in the woods next to it so it doesn’t stand out too much.

GET MOVING EASTER EGG HUNT
  1. Start with 10 pushups, not a single one more. To find the next clue, check by the front door!
  2. Run in place for 2 minutes, then a smidge. When you’re done, go check by the fridge!
  3. Do 10 toe touches, this shouldn’t be a stumper. After 10 on each side, go check by the RV’s bumper!
  4. Raise each leg one at a time touching your nose to your knee. After doing this 10 times, go look by the nearest tree.
  5. Twirl in circles because you’re almost done! Then go to where we have game night fun!
  6. Jog around the RV three times and keep a clear head, get ready to find an Easter surprise on your bed!

When the kids follow the last clue to their bunk or bed inside your RV, have something special waiting for them. Maybe this is where their filled Easters baskets are, or they find a note saying that you’re going to spend the day doing something special for Easter, like going to a local amusement park or doing Easter crafts at your campsite.

NIGHTTIME EASTER EGG HUNT

Take your Easter egg hunt to the dark side by doing it at night! How fun is this idea? Simply fill plastic eggs with either small glow sticks or several glow bracelets/necklaces that are bound together with a rubber band and have been cracked so they’re glowing brightly. Once it’s dark enough outside, hide them all around your campsite while your little Easter egg hunters wait patiently inside your RV or tent. When they’re all hidden, let the hunters loose out into your glow-in-the-dark Easter egg campsite. They’ll have a blast running all over and snatching up glowing eggs! You can also fill the eggs with little chocolates and candies as well (since that’s what kids really want anyway, right?).

Just like with almost every other holiday, Easter has become all about the candy and sweets! From egg-shaped peanut butter cups and pastel M&Ms to carrot chocolates and bunny-shaped Jello molds, this holiday has a serious sweet tooth. Instead of trying to fight the candy craze, you might as well embrace it! Before heading out on your camping adventure, stock up on one of Easter’s most recognizable treats—the Peeps—for some Easter-inspired s’mores! Buy a variety of colors and make delicious pastel s’mores by replacing the plain ol’ s’more marshmallows with bunny or chick Peeps. These colorful Easter s’mores will definitely bring some Easter cheer to your camping adventure!

Let us know if you try one of these Easter egg hunt ideas on your next spring camping trip! We’d love to see a pic of your little campers’ filled baskets or your campsite aglow at night with Easter eggs! And if you have any RV needs this year, hop on down to TerryTown in Grand Rapids, MI, where we have RVs for every bunny!

Got Teens? Benefits of RVing to Campus Visits

RVing to college campus visits

As your kids reach the teen years, choosing a college becomes more and more important. One of the fun parts of choosing the right school is getting to go on campus visits where they can get a feel for the dorms, the school, and the atmosphere. What’s not so fun is finding accommodations during these visits as kids from all over are also touring. If you’ve got teens, there’s a host of benefits of RVing to campus visits.

Campsites Are Easier To Find

Avoid "no vacancy" signs and go RVing instead!

During the time of college tours, finding a hotel room can be pretty brutal. If you want to stay anywhere near the college you’re checking out you have to make sure to book your room very far in advance. That may be all well and good if your child has been dead set on that particular college for a while, but sometimes they change their mind. Sometimes they’ll hear about a place just before the tours and want to check it out. When you’re that close, you’ll most likely find that the hotels near that college are booked solid.

 

Campsites Are Cheaper

The average cost of a decent hotel room in the U.S. is nearly $125/night. If you plan to see lots of colleges, or stay more than one day, that’s a pretty hefty bill for just a place to sleep and shower. Depending on what type of campsite you book, you can stay at a primitive site for as low as $5/night, some being free. That’s a huge savings! Not to mention that you can cook your own meals at a campsite, saving you a ton per meal as opposed to ordering room service or heading to a restaurant.

Your RV Is More Comfortable

Keystone Raptor Toy Hauler from TerryTown RV Superstore

Staying at a hotel can be fun. They usually have things like a restaurant and a pool that can be a blast. That is, if you like crowds. Keep in mind that you’ll be there at the same time as a lot of other people touring these campuses, so when you head down to the pool, you may find it jam packed with people and the availability of even getting a seat next to the pool is pretty slim. You’ll also find that the restaurants will likely require a reservation or a very long wait to get a table. When you stay in the home-like comfort of your own RV, you won’t have to deal with the crowds if you don’t want to. You can make your own meals, relax outside your RV in your own little space, and sleep without hearing thumping around from the people on the floor above you. Not to mention that if you have ever watched one of those hidden camera shows, you’ll find that hotel rooms aren’t always the cleanest. Your RV is always as clean as you make it, no hidden germs or surprises.

Recreation Time With Family

When you stay at a campsite there are generally more recreational opportunities for your family to spend quality time together than with staying in a hotel. Usually campsites will have trails to wander, lakes or rivers nearby to hit with a boat, and many have clubhouses where you can get together and just play a board game. Campgrounds are usually located near parks and other outdoor recreational opportunities as well so you can generally find something great to do just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Leave the Baggage Home

No-hassle packing thanks to RVing!

 

When you’re rolling in an RV you have your own closet, drawers, and bathroom with you. You can take your clothes, toiletries, and personal items right from the house and put them in your RV before you leave. No suitcases or bags to pack up that can end up getting lost. Some people even have a whole separate wardrobe they keep right in the RV along with additional toiletries so there’s no prep work required at all to get moving.

The Great Getaway

When you have an RV and you don’t like your surroundings it’s much easier to just up and leave. Due to the lower prices of campgrounds, it’s also more economical to bail on a campsite you’ve paid for that you don’t like than a hotel that has run you over $100. If you get to the college and absolutely hate it, or maybe you hate the entire town, you can just get out as soon as you want, and go to another campground in a different area and escape. Use that time to relax rather than being stuck somewhere you don’t want to be.

Staying On Campus Opens Up Tons Of Possibilities

College opens doors to new possibilites

Check with the college ahead of time, but you may be able to camp right there in the parking lot. This will give you a chance to see what nightlife on the campus is really like. It’s especially great for parents. The first thing on our minds when the kids begin to look at colleges is safety. Being right there overnight lets you see the general activities that go on at night. You can take a walk around campus, see how lit up it is, are there shady characters around, and any other possible dangers that you may find. This may or may not sway your decision on whether your young one will attend, but having a good idea of areas they may want to avoid at night while alone is always a plus. Staying at the campus also gives your child an out if they’re planning on staying at the dorm for their visit. If they wake up in the night uncomfortable, you’re just an arm’s reach away to either lend reassuring comfort to make it through the night, or a more comfortable place to stay if they want out.

Turns Visits Into a Family Vacation

Whether you’re seeing one or five colleges, when you head out on that trip with your RV you can turn the whole thing into a family vacation. Plan your routes to hit all the things you want to see, stay at those great campgrounds you’ve heard of in between visits, and just relax rather than rush from one place to another and deal with the college towns they’re most likely located within.

RVing to college visits makes it a much more enjoyable trip all the way around. It saves cash, reduces stress, and offers up more activities along the way. So start planning where you’ll park your RV when you take your kid to check them out.

The Campfire Breakfast Scramble

breakfast scramble

We love just how easy one-pan recipes are, especially for camping! It’s just so easy to throw all your ingredients into one pan, let it cook, and enjoy something that oftentimes tastes way better than if you cook a meal separately. This incredible campfire breakfast scramble can be whipped together in less than two minutes and thrown on your BBQ grill or campfire to cook, and the end result is a cheesy, tasty, filling breakfast treat!

INGREDIENTS:

ingredients

  • 6 C. thawed hash browns
  • 2 C. diced ham, crumbled bacon, or sausage
  • 1/4 C. milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 C. shredded cheese of choice (use pepper jack for a nice zing!)
  • 1/2 C. diced onion
  • 1/2 C. diced tomato
  • salt and pepper or seasoning of choice (I love a good cajun seasoning in my eggs!)
  • Large disposable foil baking pan
  • Optional toppings: salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, sriracha, etc.
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Spray the baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, making sure to coat the sides and bottom.
  2. Add hash browns and ham, bacon, or sausage (add all three if you want a meaty dish)!
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk milk and eggs until smooth and combined. Whisk in cheese, tomato, and onions until well mixed, then pour the mixture over the potatoes and meat.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, or seasoning to your liking.
  5. Cover the pan with foil and cook in a barbecue grill at 375 degrees.
  6. After 30 minutes of cook time, remove the foil and cook uncovered for an additional 15-35 minutes, or until the edges begin to crisp and eggs are completely scrambled
    -OR-
    Cook on a grate over the campfire until crisp and fully cooked. The duration of cook time may vary, so check after 30 minutes to see how your BBQ breakfast is faring!
BONUS TIP
Instead of using frozen hash browns that will take up already limited freezer space, bring along a few cartons of dehydrated hash browns. All you have to do is add hot water, and in a few minutes you’ll have perfect hash browns for your scramble as opposed to waiting for your frozen potatoes to thaw out!

What do you think of this delicious campfire breakfast scramble? It’s the perfect way to feed a crowd in the morning without hardly lifting a finger! That’s the way camping mornings should be, so you can get ready for whatever adventure lies ahead! Here at TerryTown RV, we have a spectacular selection of RVs in Grand Rapids that include awesome outdoor grills, or come prepped for an optional BBQ grill, which is perfect if you’re not a morning campfire type of family!

You work hard to bring home the bacon for your family, so rest assured you won’t pay more for this kind of convenience. Our prices are so low, they leave even our top competitors scrambling to match these deep discounts! We eat dealerships like that for breakfast, some come on down and experience the TerryTown difference today and save thousands while you take advantage of our special no-money-down financing!

How did your breakfast scramble turn out? Leave us a comment to let us know!

Top Destinations For Different Hobbyists

Nature not your thing?

What’s your favorite hobby? While we love the traditional RV lifestyle of adventure and the great outdoors, we here at TerryTown RV want you to know that you don’t have to be a hard-core nature nut to experience the joys of RVing. That’s the beauty of RV travel—it’s whatever you make it! Check out these top destinations for different hobbyists that are a total changeup from your standard hiking or climbing excursion. They’re sure to get you geeked to enjoy your ultimate favorite pastimes. Just pack up your new RV from your favorite West Michigan RV dealer and hit the road!


RVing and music festivals collide

MUSIC

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For all you music lovers out there, a trip to pay tribute to all your favorite music artists just may be the RV excursion for you. Of course Nashville is a strong contender as one of the top music destinations in the U.S., but branch out and explore all there is out there. Hit up Seattle and visit the birthplace of grunge, or just explore Motown right here in Michigan! If you want to see some of the biggest names in music, tote your RV along to a music festival like Coachella in Indio, California; Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois; or South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

San Francisco

For a wonderfully unique music getaway, head out to California and check out the San Francisco music scene! Whether you hit up one of the several incredible venues for an intimate or large show, or head out for the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park, you’ll live and breathe music in one of the most inspired locations in the country.

Where To Camp
Kirby Cove Campground

For both music and adventure, Kirby Cove Campground is the perfect spot! It offers quiet seclusion right on the beach, complete with a killer view of the Golden Gate Bridge that is right next to the campground. Go hiking, explore the cove, then head out and see all that San Francisco has to offer!

Geocaching

GEOCACHING

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To combine the elements of exploring the great outdoors with treasure hunting, try out geocaching! This modern phenomenon uses GPS coordinates to help hunters locate containers, which can contain some awesome finds. There will usually be a log book of previous visitors, and some may leave behind trinkets or treasures for the next person. The treasure can be yours, as long as you leave something of equal value behind for the next discoverer!

Geocaching In Oregon

Oregon is one of the most active destinations for geocachers! There are at least 108 total caches, with four different geocache tour routes that will take you along rivers and waterfalls, through forests, across lava fields, around mountains, and explore through national parks and even wineries!

Where To Camp
Amritage Park

There are a lot of camping spots at your disposal, but Amritage Park is a great choice for comfortable camping near Eugene! It’s a good central point of the geocache area, with 37 year-round sites, with full hookups and Wi-Fi, laundry, a dog park, nature trail, and so much more. Make reservations with the Lane County Parks office at 541-682-2000, and visit their website to find out more about the park.

Videogamers

VIDEO GAMING
and
POP CULTURE

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If you are an avid gamer, or have ever had to live with one, you’ll know that gaming and the great outdoors don’t exactly always go hand in hand. I don’t mean to generalize, because there are plenty of gamers out there who are equally as active in exploring a real map as an open world map. But after living in a house full of guys who game, I know better than anyone that if gamers are given the choice between taking a walk around the neighborhood or playing a game, there’d be a game of League of Legends started before the question was even finished!

To get your loved ones up and ready to explore, take a video game or pop culture-themed vacation! Travel to check out a ComiCon, or visit a video game-themed spot like the awesome Nintendo World Store in New York City! And since there probably isn’t an abundance of virtual reality RV trip simulations out there (yet), it’ll motivate your gamer to come along for a fun camping trip!

Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation
Breckenridge, Colorado

Even though this isn’t a vacation where you can go RVing, it’s still worth your time for you and your gaming family! This all-inclusive trip for board game lovers will allow everyone to unplug a little bit! With hundreds of games to choose from, there’s no way anyone will be bored! Since you’ll be in beautiful Breckenridge, there are morning hikes that will get the family out and enjoying the fresh air and stunning views, and an organized outing or two so you can let loose! To find out more, click here!

Guys drinking craft beer

CRAFT BEER

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If you love the delicious taste of craft beer, a beercation should be in the works for you and your RV! Whether you just love to taste a fresh brew or are an avid collector for your cellar, exploring a new brew city is the perfect getaway! We are wonderfully blessed here in Michigan with numerous incredible breweries, but that shouldn’t stop you from traveling to other beer cities and kicking back with a cold one.

Denver, Colorado
“Brewtown, U.S.A.”

Though there are tons of incredible beer destinations in the U.S., Denver is an exceptional one. This is home to big-name brewers like Epic Brewing Company (have a Big Bad Baptist for me if you’re a stout lover!), Renegade Brewing Company, and some charming and eclectic choices like Fiction Beer Company, which looks more like a coffee shop with tall bookcases, live music, and tasty award-winning beer! Denver even holds an annual Great American Beer Festival every October. What better way to celebrate beer?

Where To Camp
Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Set up camp at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and you’ll have a simple, comfortable place to crash after a day at the breweries! This campground features 40 RV campsites with seasonal water and electric hookups, a dump station, restrooms with showers, and free Wi-Fi. And depending on the time of the year you visit, there may be something else fun going on at the fairgrounds for you to check out. Make a campground reservation here.

Urban Craft Festival in Detroit, MI

CRAFT and DIY

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For those of you who love DIY projects and being crafty, you know the excitement that comes along with discovering that a good craft fair is coming up! Whether you sell or enjoy browsing and buying, there are plenty of incredible craft fairs all over the country that you won’t want to miss out on. This makes for the perfect girl’s RV trip, so get your BFFs together and hit the road to DIY heaven!

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

If you’re looking for a vast selection of handmade wares right here in Michigan, the annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair in early December is one you shouldn’t miss! With over 100 crafters with unique booths, from baby clothes to jewelry (and even delicious food), there’s a little something for everyone! If you’re looking for something a little earlier in the year, the Renegade Craft Fair heads to Detroit in September as part of its 14-show lineup, with others in Chicago, LA, San Francisco, and more.

Where To Camp
Camp Lord Willing RV Park & Campground

We don’t recommend staying in your RV right in downtown Detroit, so take a look at Camp Lord Willing RV Park! This year-round campground is the perfect relaxing campground for your crafting trip, as you’ll be surrounded by lovely trees, a beautiful pond, and will have access to coin laundry, free Wi-Fi, 20-30-50 amp service and full hookups, and more! Visit their website to find out more!

Make a pilgrimage to these top destinations for different hobbyists and enjoy the best in these amazing non-outdoorsy activities! If you’re looking for the perfect RV, TerryTown RV has the best selection of luxurious and homelike RVs for sale that will be perfect for your cross-country travels! Our prices are so low that you’ll save thousands when you shop with us, so you can buy more video games or more supplies for your craft fair!

What’s your favorite destination for your unique hobby? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Campsite

Attracting hummingbirds to your campsite

Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures! Not only are they a physical wonder, but they’re a delight to watch as they flit around during the summer months. If you can’t seem to tempt these small birds to your feeders, use these tips on attracting hummingbirds to your campsite and you’ll be enjoying this magnificent creature’s presence in no time. Since hummingbirds beat their wings anywhere from 50 to 200 times per second, they need to feed about every 10-15 minutes, so be ready and you’ll have them coming back for seasons to come!

Make sure to take care of your hummingbird feeders to keep them coming back for more!

A GOOD FEEDER MATTERS

When choosing a hummingbird feeder, design and color should be taken into careful consideration. Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors, so choose a vibrant red feeder! You may be tempted to go for a more decorative metal or glass feeder, but the brighter the feeder, the better. Also, it couldn’t hurt to get multiple feeders, as hummingbirds, especially males, can be territorial over nectar sources. The more feeders there are, the harder it will be for a single bird to protect them!

Also, you’ll want to keep the nuisance of insects in mind as well. Pesky ants can make their way into the openings where hummingbirds feed on nectar, contaminating the birds’ food. Likewise, bees and wasps tend to be drawn to hummingbird feeders for the sweet nectar. Choose a feeder that comes with bee guards and an ant moat to help keep these pests from contaminating nectar or harming the birds!

CLEAN FEEDERS REGULARLY

Hummingbirds have a reputation for cleanliness, so respect their needs and keep feeders clean! Nectar can expire in as little as two to five days, especially in hot or humid weather. Hummingbirds will be quick to abandon a dirty feeder, especially if mold is present. Take down feeders and clean them every four to five days using hot, soapy water and scrub any present mold with a bottle brush. Since you’ll be cleaning so regularly, only fill feeders about half way so that you don’t waste nectar.

DIY nectar to attract more hummingbirds

TRY DIY NECTAR

If you’re keeping a close eye on your feeders and notice that hummingbirds don’t seem too interested in the nectar, try making your own! Mix one part sugar to four parts of water and boil for no more than two minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and fill your feeders. Store the rest in the refrigerator. Since your feeder is probably already quite red, don’t worry about adding dye to the solution.

ADD COLOR TO YOUR CAMPSITE

Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors, so adding more pops of color around your campsite will create a super welcoming environment that they will want to come check out. If your feeder has lost some paint, revitalize it with a new coat, or simply add some red ribbon or tape to the feeder.

You can also use red or orange surveyor’s tape in various spots to draw the attention of hummingbirds, making it more likely that they’ll want to stop for a sip of delicious nectar. Wrap tape on your awning, on your deck if you have one, on a nearby tree branch, or any other convenient location at your campsite to pique birds’ interest.

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START A GARDEN

Since a hummingbird’s natural food source includes flowers, planting some lovely flowers or shrubbery will not only tempt hummingbirds with a snack, but they’ll be attracted to the flowers’ beautiful bright colors and add some liveliness to your campsite! Flowers such as bee balm, petunias, fuchsia, columbine, honeysuckle, and sage are great flowers that attract hummingbirds, while delphinium, cardinal flower, and butterfly bush will also add some volume to your garden and tempt these small birds. Just make sure that you get the ok from your campground before planting anything.

GIVE BIRDS A WARM WELCOME

Whether you’re trying to attract hummingbirds to your campsite or hoping to get them to return back to your feeders like last year, it’s important to be ready and welcoming to birds! Do a bit of research and get a good idea of when hummingbirds will be making their migration back north. Have a clean and filled feeder ready, as well as your bright flowers and shrubbery. Hummingbirds will either be interested in your setup, or will seek out your location if they had a successful season at your feeders last year.

Hummingbird at feeder

What do you think of these tips for attracting hummingbirds to your campsite? Make the most out of your summers at the campground and share your space with nature by making these amazing little birds feel at home at your campsite.

Whether you’re just setting up for the summer or camping full time, TerryTown RV has the biggest and most impressive selection of RV campers for sale in Michigan, so come see us today for the perfect travel trailer, fifth wheel, park model, or motorhome for all your travel needs!

Paying more for your RV purchase is for the birds, so come take advantage of our factory-direct pricing and special no-money-down financing!

Have any other tips for attracting hummingbirds to your campsite? Leave us a comment with your great suggestions!

April Fool’s! Gut-Busting Pranks Perfect for the Campground

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April Fool’s Day is a day that pranksters look forward to every year! They plan out the silliest and most clever pranks to play on their unsuspecting friends and family. While “they” get a kick out of it, their victims may or may not be a fan of their mischievousness.
If you’re going to be enjoying the great outdoors this April Fool’s Day, there’s no reason you can’t become the funny prankster and bring some silly shenanigans to the campground this year. Check out these gut-busting pranks that are perfect for the campground that will have everyone saying, “Oh, shucks!” when they realize they’ve been pranked.
A ROCKY START
When heading out on a hike, fill your friend’s backpack with rocks to weigh it down. Either before you head out on a hike or when he’s taken off his backpack and walked away from it, simply remove what’s already in the backpack, put some rocks in the bottom, and replace the original contents. Your friend won’t notice at first, but after a while he’ll start to wonder why in the world his backpack is so heavy, and his back is so sore! When he opens it up and sees rocks piled in the bottom, it’ll be obvious you played a prank on him! This one is probably more of a backbreaking prank than a gut-busting one.
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BOOM! GOES THE FIRE!
Offer to make the campfire so you can pull off this explosive prank. Hide some small fireworks or sparklers underneath the firewood before you light the fire. Then, as everyone is gathered around and the fire is burning down, the firecrackers will light and explode, sending everyone running for their lives. Never use big or illegal fireworks though, as that could cross the line from funny to dangerous!
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HELP, WE’RE STUCK!
If you or your friends are tent camping, all you need is a little paper clip for this harmless prank. Once they’ve fallen asleep, anchor the zipper with the paper clip so they can’t unzip their tent. When they wake in the morning, let them struggle for a few minutes with the zipper before coming to their rescue and freeing them.

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FOR THE BIRDS
This is a great prank for either friends or noisy campground neighbors. After everyone has gone into their tent or RV for the night, sneak out and sprinkle birdseed or bread crumbs around the door to their tent or RV. In the early hours of the morning, they’ll wake to the sound of birds excitedly flapping around their door!
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SNAKE ON A STRING
Snakes and spiders are everywhere in the great outdoors, and with this prank, they’re right at your campsite too! To freak everyone out, tie some invisible fishing line to a rubber snake, lizard, or large spider (furry tarantula works best!). Then hide it in some nearby leaves or in a bush. Make sure you know where the end of the fishing line is so you can grab it later. When you’re all gathered around the campfire or picnic table, take hold of the end of the fishing line and slowly pull on it without anyone seeing so that it slinks out of hiding and into plain sight! Everyone who sees it will jump in fear!
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SOUNDS OF NATURE
We all know that bears, coyotes, wolves, and other scary animals lurk in the great outdoors, but hopefully not too close to your campsite! This prank brings them dangerously close—but don’t worry, nobody’s in harm’s way. Using a tape recorder or an animal sound app on your smartphone, try to scare everyone at night with the eerie sounds of coyotes howling or bears growling. Hide your tape recorder or smartphone around the perimeter of your campsite so that it sounds like the noises are coming from nearby bushes. Watch as everyone freezes in fright or runs for the safety of the RV.
Or take this prank up a notch by pretending to have a run-in with bear just outside of your RV! This only works when everyone is hanging out inside your RV (or tent). Place the tape recorder or phone just outside your RV (preferably where there aren’t any windows) so that it sounds like a bear is rustling around the campsite. Go inside the RV and act naturally until the bear noises start. Tell everyone that you’re going to go outside to investigate and scare the animal away. Storm bravely outside the RV, closing the door on your way out, and then pretend to get in a fight with the bear. When everyone rushes out to save you, they’ll be relieved to see that you’re just pretending!

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OH GROSS!
Animals leave evidence of their presence everywhere in nature, especially by leaving scat (poop) behind. For this prank, you’re going to make everyone think you’ve gone nuts by picking up and even tasting bear poop! To do this, make fake animal poop using the following ingredients:
  • 1 ½ C. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 C. chunky peanut butter
  • 1/3 C. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and form to resemble bear poop. If you make these at home, refrigerator them until you use them. When ready, set a few pieces near your campsite and point them out to everyone in amazement and/or fear. Then bend down to examine them and pick a piece up. While this will elicit shrieks from your fellow campers, the next step will send them running away with their hands over their mouths. With everyone looking on, take a little bite to “test” it to make sure it’s really bear scat. When they see that you’re rolling on the ground in laughter and not throwing up, they’ll figure out they’ve been pranked!
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YIKES!
To scare the PJ pants off of your camping buddy, put pinecones in the bottom of his sleeping bag before he goes to bed at night. When he crawls in and stretches out for a good night of sleep and feels prickly, pokey things down by his feet, he’ll move faster than he’s ever moved before! When he sees you laughing, he’ll figure out that you’re up to something!
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DON’T SHORT ME!
If you’re camping with an RV, this is a great prank! Before bedtime, sneak into the RV and short sheet the beds (but not yours!). To do this, bring the bottom half of the sheet up so that it folds half way up the bed. Then tuck it under the mattress and make it all neat and tidy. When your unsuspecting victim crawls into bed after a long day of hiking in the fresh air and can’t stretch their legs out past the middle of the bed, they’ll realize they’ve been pranked.
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RISE & SHINE
There’s nothing quite like waking up in the great outdoors to the sound of birds chirping and the sun rising and filling your RV with sunshine. But how strange would it be hear the birds chirping when it’s totally dark outside? Or is it? This prank keeps everyone in total darkness in the RV even though the sun has risen outside. This prank is best played on very sound sleepers, as you’ll have to tip toe outside the RV after everyone has fallen asleep to pull this one off. Using black butcher paper and tape, cover each window on the outside so no light can shine through. In the morning, everyone will be so confused when they wake up to the sounds of morning but it’s still dark outside.
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The great outdoors is the perfect place to play funny pranks on your friends and family! Pack up and hit the road this spring with a new or used RV from TerryTown RV in Grand Rapids, MI. From smaller travel trailers to large fifth wheels, we have what you’re looking for. If your camping family has grown, trade in your older RV for a newer model. Our special no-money-down financing makes it easy to live the RVing dream, so don’t delay! Come see us in West Michigan today or visit us online to take virtual tours of all of our RVs!

The Boss Is Gone Sale! March 27th-31st

The Boss Is Gone Sale

You know what they say – when the boss is away, it’s time to play! And at TerryTown RV Superstore in Grand Rapids, we love to have fun!

The Boss Is Gone Sale is right around the corner and we’re already lining up RVs and slashing prices! No boss on site means we get to offer unbelievable discounts on all of our awesome RVs, and there’s nobody here to stop us! You’ll save $1000s at this jaw-dropping sale! Even if you can’t make it to our Grand Rapids store from March 27th-31st, our worldwide delivery still puts this awesome sale right at your fingertips.

Save 1000s

Our low everyday prices don’t stand a chance during the Boss Is Gone Sale! No RV is safe and no price is excluded from markdowns. Check out our huge line-up of fun travel trailers that includes Bullets, Eagles, Jay Feathers, Laredos, Rockwoods, Wildcats, and more! Or score a shocking deal on a luxurious fifth wheel by Bighorn, Cedar Creek, Chaparral, Eagle, Pinnacle, Sandpiper, and more. Does extreme fun rule your outdoor getaways? Save $1000s when you hitch up a Cougar, Cyclone, Raptor, or Seismic toy hauler! Full-timers will enjoy big-time savings on our destination trailers by Catalina, Jay Flight Bungalow, Salem Villa, and many others. On top of our sale prices, you can enjoy no-money-down special financing too! Buying your dream RV has never been more affordable!

Financing

March may have come in like a lamb but it’s going out like a lion with our ferocious RV deals during the Boss Is Gone Sale! From March 27th -31st, shop our huge inventory of new and used RVs and take advantage of discounts that you won’t see any other time of the year. We’re in charge, and we want to clear out our inventory before our boss comes back! This is the perfect time to trade in and trade up or jump into the exciting world of RVing!

Virtual Tours

The boss doesn’t leave often, so don’t miss this one-week sale. Once he’s back, our fun is over, and so are the head-turning deals! Come see us in Grand Rapids or take virtual tours of our models online 24/7! We’re here to help you find the RV of your dreams at a price that you’ll love! Mark your calendars for March 27th– 31st and start planning your amazing outdoor getaway with your new RV from TerryTown!

RVing: Bringing Camping & Road Tripping Together

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As winter melts away, road trip season gets closer and closer! Is the travel bug biting you yet? Start planning a trip ASAP. If you’re looking for the ultimate road trip experience, bring your RV along for the ride. RVing brings camping and road tripping together for unforgettable travel memories, so pack up and hit the road. You probably won’t need any convincing, but if you’re unsure about taking on a long distance RV trip, let us change your mind!

Why Road Trip With an RV?

Taking a road trip with an RV
The better question is, why not road trip with an RV? Everything from homelike comforts to the company of the ones you love most will always be along for the ride. You can travel at your own pace and plan to head to the destinations you’ve had on your bucket list for a while, but you’ll also have the freedom of spontaneity to strike out off your planned path and live life on a whim.Since an RV road trip lets you choose your own adventure, the possibilities are endless! Make the most out of your time and try some new foods or activities, meet new people, experience new ways of life, and see the beautiful sights you’ve been dreaming of, like Banff National Park! So what are you waiting for? Get together a kickin’ road trip playlist, pack up, and hit the road!

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Always Feel at Home

The comforts and conveniences of home will always be right there with you when you go road tripping with a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome RV from your favorite Grand Rapids RV dealer, TerryTown RV! Whether you hitch up and keep it close to home, or travel all the way across the country, everything you need will be in tow. Most of you have probably had the unfortunate situation of finding yourself in a questionable hotel room. With an RV, you’ll never have to wonder about who has stayed in a room before you, what they’ve done in there, and if the room has been properly cleaned afterward. You have control over your RV space, so you’ll always have peace of mind knowing that you’ll have a clean and safe space to rest your head every night!

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Travel With Your Favorite Humans

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Another advantage that RVing has is its ability to bring you closer to the ones you love most. Sure, road trips aren’t always sunshine and rainbows, but you’ll cherish that time spent with the most important people in your life!

Let the Kids Live a Little

RV road tripping with the kids is a fantastic way to show them the beauty that this earth has to offer! Get kids outside of their comfort zone and let them experience new sights, sounds, cultures, and foods. Every trip is a learning adventure, whether they know it or not. And what’s more, road tripping with your RV helps to maintain a sense of normalcy for kids since they’ll be falling asleep in a familiar space each night. This will make them more comfortable and put them at ease. Above all else, RV road trips simply allow your family to spend some unplugged time together to strengthen bonds and make unforgettable memories!

Romantic Trip For Two

Whether you’re looking to get some time away from the kids or are just in the mood for an adventure, road tripping with your significant other can be an awesome couple’s activity. It’s like an extended date where you can do anything you’d like, from hiking and horseback riding to shopping or gold mining, the sky is the limit! All that time together is a great opportunity to work on the dynamic of your relationship, whether you share stories and tell jokes, jam out to music, or discover new shared interests. You’ll return home with a stronger respect for each other and will have plenty of fun stories to tell your friends at parties!

RV Road Trip With Friends

Whether it’s a spring break getaway, bachelor/bachelorette party, or just an adventurous getaway with friends, RV road tripping with friends can be one of the most enjoyable experiences out there. Sure, traveling with your family or significant other is fun, but there’s nothing quite like spending quality time and partying it up with your best friends. Plus, it’s even cheaper than traveling with your family since everyone can split the costs!

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Save Money

When you get down to it, traveling with your RV is a considerably cheaper way to go than any other type of vacation. Between hotels, driving or flying, and food costs, other travel options can break the bank. Campground fees are only a fraction of most hotel prices, and you’ll be able to bring along your own food to save on the costs of eating out. Despite RV maintenance fees, gas for your tow vehicle or motorhome, insurance premiums, and other costs, an RV road trip is almost always the less expensive way to travel!

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Make Lifelong Memories

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When you get down to it, no matter where you go or who you travel with, an RV road trip gives you the chance to make memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime! Sometimes it’s the tiniest details that will stand out to you or your loved ones, like a funny joke or a mishap that you can laugh about later. Maybe it’s the view from a canyon overlook, the peaceful waters of a lake or ocean spread out before you, or a species of animal that you’ve never seen in person frolicking in a lake. With an RV road trip, the destination is up to you, so get out there and experience everything you’ve dreamed of with the ones that mean the most to you!

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Ready to hit the road? Go RVing and bring camping and road tripping together! If you’re looking to trade in your existing RV or are looking to buy for the first time, we have the best inventory of the nation’s top brands of RVs for sale in Michigan for your road trip adventures, no matter who you take along! What makes for the best road trip in your opinion? Comment to share your RV road trip essentials, favorite memories, must-see destinations, or other suggestions!