The Campground Is Calling
A place to sleep among the trees. A time to enjoy resort amenities. Or maybe just a simple stop along the way from point A to point B. . . .
This month, we’re talking campgrounds. We give a nod to the hundreds of commercial-member campgrounds that belong to the FMCA family. They are listed in the FMCA RV Marketplace. We also have tips for finding campsites online; companies that offer discounted stays to FMCA members; campgrounds in unconventional and scenic places; and a reminder about FMCA’s member-only campground in Cincinnati. You can even read about a popular treat folks enjoy around the campfire.
As always, look to FMCA, Your RVing Family, to enhance your (camping) lifestyle.
The FMCA Team
We want to share what a nice time we had camping at the FMCA campground in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a small parking area, with 15 concrete pads with full hookups, and nine blacktop with just electric for two nights for free. There are no public amenities but lots to see and do in the area. Depending on space availability, members may stay a maximum of five additional nights per month for a fee of $30 per night for a full hookup and $20 per night for electric-only. Reservations are required. We stayed there in early June. We explored Cincinnati food, getting pizza at LaRosa’s and ice cream at Graeter’s. We missed the famous ribs because we went up there on the wrong day. Maybe next time.
Mike & Cathi Stark, F458664
FMCA members can stay two free nights per month at FMCA’s member-only campground in Cincinnati. Join FMCA today and make reservations for your first stay.
It's All About Camping . . . But Where?
Thanks to the recent RVing boom, securing a campsite is sometimes difficult. Fear not, intrepid traveler! Numerous online sources can help you find a spot. Most have apps, too, to make the info gathering even more convenient. Here’s a sampling of sites:
Have your heart set on camping in Yosemite or elsewhere? Visit Absolutecamp and indicate which park or campground you’re looking for. You’ll be notified by text when a spot opens up, which, if you act quickly, you can reserve from a link in the text.
AllStays maintains info on 37,000-plus campgrounds in the United States and Canada — national, state, county, and city facilities; independent campgrounds; military parks; and more.
Visit Campendium and type in the search box to see immediate campground suggestions. Get info about sites at commercial RV parks, state and national parks, and national forests, along with free camping options.
At Campground Views, find and embark on virtual tours of RV parks and campgrounds across the United States. Enter a city or destination; select criteria of interest; and read about available facilities.
Find and book camping and glamping sites via the Campspot search engine. Type in a location, a date range, and the number of guests; it provides a list of facilities, including campground fees.
GoCampingAmerica, a campground database produced by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, helps RVers find campgrounds and nearby attractions. The “Plan Your Route” feature enables you to input a starting point and destination to reveal campgrounds along the way. The database is also searchable from GoRVing.com.
Find available campsites in the United States, Canada, and other countries and book directly from Hipcamp. National, state, regional, and Army Corps of Engineers parks are included. This site also encourages campers to “leave it better” upon their departure.
Reserve America calls itself “the go-to community for outdoor recreation activities in North America.” It hosts a catalog that includes public and private campgrounds, along with tips, trip suggestions, and other options for fishing, fall leaf-peeping, and more.
Spot2Nite, an online reservation platform built by RVers, provides access to immediate campground bookings at more than 500 private campgrounds and thousands of RV spots across North America. It works with five property management systems.
The Dyrt offers resources and connections to a community of campers, plus blogs, forums, and more. Search 40,000 campgrounds, check an online map, review a campground, and read what others have to say.
FMCA Camping Discounts
FMCA strives to bring our members valuable benefits and discounts for every part of the RV lifestyle. Camping discounts are among those great benefits. We partner with KOA, Passport America, Harvest Hosts, Boondockers Welcome, and many commercial-member campgrounds to bring you discounted rates on your overnight stays.
With the first year of FMCA membership, all family members receive a complimentary one-year participation in the KOA Rewards program. With KOA Rewards, you receive 10% off your daily registration rate at any of KOA’s 500+ campgrounds in North America. In addition, you’ll earn points that are redeemable toward dollars off future stays, and you’ll have access to exclusive KOA loyalty program offers.
Passport America offers FMCA members discounts on single-year and multi-year memberships, giving you access to the “World’s Largest 50% Discount Camping Club.” This comes with an International Camping Directory, a personalized travel card, online access to RV America magazine, and a subscription to their monthly e-newsletter.
Explore unique camping locations this summer with Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome! FMCA has partnered with these private camping networks to bring members new to them discounted rates on an annual membership. Harvest Hosts is a 2,700-plus-site network of farms, wineries, and other attractions that invite RV dry camping. And with nearly 3,000 Boondockers Welcome host locations across the United States and in Canada, it’s easy to find boondocking options that help you save money for the actual adventure.
Let’s not forget about FMCA’s RV Marketplace, a listing of every commercial-member campground; many extend discounts to FMCA family members. It’s the fastest way to find an FMCA commercial-member campground in the area of your choosing. Go to the RV Marketplace and search by keyword, state, or postal code. With each listing, you will be able to tell if the facility offers an FMCA family-member discount. Visit the company’s website, call, or email them using the information provided.
FMCA's "Golden Getaway" Convention
Presented By Blue Ox
We are quickly approaching FMCA’s 105th International Convention and RV Expo Presented By Blue Ox! This four-day event — August 24-27 — at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be filled with entertainment, seminars, socializing, special events, shopping, and touring outdoor RV displays. Click here to register. It’s not too late to join the fun!
Protect What You Love With Proteng
Safeguard your loved ones and your personal belongings with a fire-suppression system from Proteng. THIA by Proteng is fully automatic and self-contained and, in the case of an RV fire, could make the difference between minimal damage and a total loss. Click here to learn more about this device and how FMCA members can save.
Save With Battle Born Batteries
From lithium-ion batteries to popular Victron products, solar components, cabling, and more, Battle Born Batteries is your one-stop shop for sustainable and dependable power. FMCA members receive exclusive discounts on Battle Born Batteries that help you get out there and stay out there while RVing. Check out how you can save here.
Unique FMCA Commercial-Member Campgrounds
With our August edition of the Mile Marker being all about campgrounds, we had a hard time picking just one to feature. So, we decided to write a blog about a few of our adventurous and rare FMCA commercial-member campgrounds.
FMCA has hundreds of commercial-member campgrounds that offer discounted stays. Visit our RV Marketplace to find one or more that might fit right into your outdoor adventures. Join today for more benefits and discounts!
Tips For Campground Etiquette
Go RVing shares some campground etiquette tips so you don’t become that campground neighbor. Simple things like keeping your site clean, being cautious of your own noise level, and leaving your campsite better than you found it are important to keep in mind while camping. You don’t want to be someone’s story around the campfire.
Picnic Table Covers
Check out these vinyl picnic table and bench fitted tablecloth covers for your next camping trip! The covers have an elastic and durable design to make them stay put on picnic tables. No need to worry about your tablecloth flying away on windy days. These covers are also reusable and waterproof for easy cleanup. DIYers: Watch how to make your own fitted vinyl tablecloth and bench covers, plus bonus info on adding ties to a vintage tablecloth for fancy outdoor dining.
Stay Safe While Camping
Personal safety should be top of mind every time you go camping. It can make the difference between a good camping trip and a bad one! Alertness and awareness are your best friends. These camping personal safety tips from Design Your RV Life explain how to stay alert and aware to keep you prepared for your next adventure!
Tasty, Toasty Campfire Creations
The “Jeopardy” quiz clue might read: “Favorite camping treat we can’t get enough of.” The answer: “What are s’mores?” These ooey-gooey campfire concoctions even have their own day of celebration: August 10 is National S’Mores Day.
If you’ve had s’mores, you are no doubt aware why these sweet treats are so popular. If you’ve never tasted one, well, drop what you’re doing and head directly to the nearest grocery or camp store to pick up supplies!
The traditional treat includes a perfectly toasted marshmallow and a chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham crackers. But fun variations include using cookies in place of graham crackers or adding a peanut butter cup instead of a plain chocolate bar. Yummy! The possibilities don’t end there, though. The only limit is your imagination!
Although it’s uncertain who invented s’mores, the first known published recipe appeared in a 1927 Girl Scouts guidebook. So, we figured we’d go straight to the source for some ideas on how to change up your s’mores game during your next outing.
Or, for s’more dessert recipes inspired by the scrumptious treats, check out 24 New Ways To Make S’mores by Taste of Home.
FMCA Area Rally Schedule
South Central Area Rally — September 14-17 — Shawnee, Oklahoma CANCELLED
Rocky Mountain Area Rally — October 25-29 — Tucson, Arizona
Western Area Rally — January 11-15 — Indio, California
Northwest Area Rally — June 7-11 — Albany, Oregon
Midwest Area Rally — June 13-16 — Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Eastern Area Rally — October 4-8 — Lewisburg, West Virginia
Did you know that you don't have to be an FMCA member to attend our area rallies? That's right; you can join us at any FMCA area rally or International Convention & RV Expo. Click here to find our complete list of area rallies and conventions.
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