National Dog Day – Pet Friendly RV Parks in NJ

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Happy National Dog Day to all you dog-lovers out there. As you already a know, a camping trip isn’t nearly as fun if you can’t bring along your furry family friend. So before you plan your next weekend RVing adventure, make sure your next camping destination can accommodate your RV and your pooch! Check out these Pet Friendly RV Parks: Continue reading

Roadtrip Essentials: What to pack for your next trip.

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Packing for a road trip or camping trip can feel a bit overwhelming, especially when you have a large family or little kids. Instead of stressing or rushing at the last minute, use this easy guide to make sure you bring all the essentials. Continue reading

Summer Activities for the Whole Family

From boardwalks to bees and rivers to wetlands – and many adventures in between — New Jersey is chocked full of summer activities for the whole family. So grab the kids and pack up the RV as you head to these family-fun destinations!

Morey’s Piers

The boardwalks of The Wildwoods have been welcoming families with rides, restaurants, shopping and water parks for years – and among the most famous amusement areas is Morey’s Piers. New for this summer is the Starlux, 27 beach-themed holes of miniature golf – perfect for some low-key fun-for all family time.  The fun at the Starlux tee’d off for the first time on May 27.

moreypierIf putt-putt golf is too tame for your family, head to the Adventure Pier for the Grand Prix Raceway, now winding its way through the pier on a longer, twistier wooden track. If go karting isn’t thrilling enough for your clan, take a 105-foot plunge on the Great White roller coaster. Reach top speeds of 50 mph on the classic out-and-back wooden coaster, a favorite of families and coaster enthusiasts worldwide.

Joking around

If the kids are older and craving cutting edge thrills, head to Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari in Jackson, New Jersey to take a spin on the new-for-2016 Joker roller coaster. The park’s 14th and most unique coaster is ironically, no joke. Head straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, on the 4-D, free-fly coaster, flipping head-over-heels along the weightless journey. Experience exhilarating leaps and dives along and unexpected drops as you tumble from one level to the next – all with no track above or below.  Riders must be at least 48 inches taller and no taller than 76 inches. But don’t be deterred if you have little ones too, there are rides and attractions for all ages!

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Blown Away

Castaway Cove may be Ocean City’s oldest amusement park, but it hosts one of the state’s newest thrill rides, GaleForce. Joining the park’s 32 rides, GaleForce blows away others roller coasters at 125 feet with a drop that exceeds 90 degrees and launch speeds exceeding 64 mph.  Riders must be 48 inches tall  The park offers plenty of other rides and attractions for younger, smaller family members.

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See the Lighthouses

Summer is is the perfect time for families to explore some of New Jersey’s 11 lighthouses. Seven of the light houses are especially suited for family visits. Even if the kids aren’t old enough to climb, lighthouses – located near beaches or state parks — are great, affordable, family destinations.  Among family-friendly lighthouses to visit are Absecon, Barnegat, affectionately called Old Barney; Cape May; Hereford Inlet, with its beautiful butterfly garden; the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S., Sandy Hook; Sea Girt and Twin Lights.  Aug. 7 is National Lighthouse Day and many of New Jersey’s lighthouses will mark the day with special activities. Call each lighthouse directly for additional information.

Barnegat Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Barnegat Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Science for Everyone

Escape the summer heat at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, where little scientists can get their geek on with hands-on exhibits and displays. The Science Center features the nation’s largest IMAX dome and is home to the Joseph D. Williams Science Theater, which shows 3-D films. The center offers a variety of exciting traveling exhibitions from across North America and this summer is no exception with activities that include a Nikola Tesla Lightning Show, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Eat and Be Eaten, Honey Bees: Home is Where the Hive Is and an interactive Dino Dig.DinoDig_LandingPage_680x350_1

Drifting down the River

Escape the busy beaches and crowded amusement parks with a leisurely drift down the Delaware River. Tubing on the Delaware is the perfect opportunity for families to stay cool and enjoy a relaxing day together. The Delaware River is a refreshing 80 degrees all summer long and the river flows at a lazy 1 ½ mph. The shallow waters make it perfect for families. There are various locations along the Delaware to begin a tubing adventure.

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Overlooking 6,000 acres of pristine coastal wetlands, the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor hosts over 40,000 visitors each year who go to explore and learn the exciting facts about wildlife in the salt marsh environment. In the summer, the Wetlands Institute offers family-friendly guided tours, as well as back bay boat rides, kayaking, live animal shows, family entertainment, guided beach and dune walks and educational programs for children.

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Now that you have plenty of destinations to visit on your next road trip, the only thing you need to worry about is getting there. When it comes to family vacations, there’s no better way to travel than in a top-of-the-line RV. Crossroads Trailers in Newfield, NJ has a huge selection of new and used RVs and trailers including fifth wheels, travel trailers, destination trailers and more! Come on by and see our units, visit our website, or give us a call at 1-856-697-4497.

 

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RV Fire Safety Tips

A fire in your RV would be a disaster for everyone. That is why it’s important that RV owners do everything they can to keep their rig safe from fire.

Think about how disastrous it would be for your family if a fire were to destroy your rig while out on the road. Not only would you have to deal with whatever your insurance company requires you to do in order to set up a claim, but you’d also need to find plane tickets to get your entire family home safely. If all of your clothing and personal items were inside the rig during the fire, who knows what other problems this might create for your family.

There are a variety of different scenarios that could occur to start a fire inside of your rig. To keep you, your family, and other travelers safe, here are some RV fire safety tips that you should always follow.

Talk To Your Family

The first thing that you should do before going out on vacation is to have a conversation with your family about fire safety inside of your RV. This is often a step that is overlooked by many families, but having this conversation can keep everyone safe. While talking about fire safety, go over things like creating an escape route, what to do in the event of a fire, and other tips on this list.

Maintain Your Appliances

The older your rig gets, the more you’ll need to maintain your appliances. Wires may start to fray, heating elements may begin to come loose, and other issues may occur to your appliances over time. Keep an eye on your appliances and avoid using them in the event that they aren’t working properly.

Properly Store BBQ & Campfire Equipment

No RV trip is complete without a BBQ. But before you load the campfire equipment back into the rig, be sure everything is ready to be stored. Even the smallest ember can turn into a flame, which would be a disaster for your RV.

Monitor Under The Hood

Just like you would your regular vehicle at home, keep your rig maintained under the hood. Keep up with routine maintenance, and see to any issues quickly to avoid bigger problems.

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Fire Extinguishers

Keep at least two fire extinguishers inside of your rig. One of them can be placed in the kitchen under the sink and the other can be placed in a convenient location for easy access. Also, make sure your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency.

Detector Batteries

Check the batteries of the fire detectors inside of your RV regularly to make sure they are working. If you have other detectors, keep these batteries charged as well. By getting on a routine of checking all your batteries every six months, you can make sure they are always charged.

There are plenty of situations that could cause a fire in, or around, your RV. To keep you and your family safe the next time you are on the road, consider these RV fire safety tips.

Crossroads Trailer Sales has been the #1 5th Wheel dealer in New Jersey for the last 9 years.  Our 10 acre lot features over 250 5th wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers to choose from.  We are a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the RV community since 1988.  Please contact us for all of your 5th wheel and trailer needs.  We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading!

Music Accessories For Your RV

Getting ready to hit the road in you RV this fall? If so, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of tech options inside and out of your rig. After all, what good is taking your home on wheels with you if you can’t do everything that you’d expect to do at home?

Once you get on the road, you are going to be happy that you have plenty of audio options to listen to. Whether it’s Top 40 on your iPhone or an Audible book on your Kindle, there are tons of things to listen to while traveling.

Here’s a look at some of the best music accessories for your RV, all of which will help you take your entertainment experience to the next level.

An Audio Source

The first thing that you’ll want to determine is the source from which you’ll get your music. Luckily we live in a generation where you don’t have to lug along your favorite book of CDs or cassette tracks. Instead, you can easily load all of your favorite music, audiobooks, and other files onto the cloud, and then access them from wherever you go. However, before you hit the open road, make sure that all of your audio solutions are figured out. Whether you’re loading up your tablet with movies or filling your smartphone with music, the last thing you want to do is get on the road and realize that none of your entertainment options are ready to go.

Built In Surround Sound

When choosing a rig, consider how important your music and audio is. If you plan on having people over to your RV and entertaining, then you’ll want to make sure that you have speakers that can handle a crowd. Built in surround sound will play throughout the inside and outside of your RV. This means that no matter where you are sitting around the rig, you and your guests will be able to listen to the music that is playing from the main console.

Bluetooth Speakers

RV owners who don’t have the best surround sound aren’t completely out of luck. Instead, they can rely on Bluetooth speakers as a great alternative option. Bluetooth speakers can be synced with an audio source anywhere and then placed anywhere inside our outside of your RV. Bluetooth speakers are also a worthy investment because you can take them with you anywhere you go. So whether you are sitting around the campfire or you upgrade your RV to a newer rig, you can bring your favorite Bluetooth speakers along with you.

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Headphones

Don’t forget to bring a good set of headphones along with you while traveling. When inside the RV, headphones let you listen to your music without bothering others. Or if you get up early and hit the trails for a run before the kids wake up, your headphones will be the perfect running mate. Store a good set of headphones in your RV, and they’ll be readily available when you need them.

No road trip is complete without your favorite music and other audio along for the ride. Be sure to consider these music accessories for your RV and you’ll always have the perfect tune.

Crossroads Trailer Sales has been the #1 5th Wheel dealer in New Jersey for the last 9 years.  Our 10 acre lot features over 250 5th wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers to choose from.  We are a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the RV community since 1988.  Please contact us for all of your 5th wheel and trailer needs.  We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading!

3 Camping Recipes To Get You In The Fall Spirit

No camping experience is complete without some tasty treats to fill your belly with. Whether you are eating for one or looking to make something that the entire family will enjoy, there are some really special treats that you can make during autumn that will get you in the fall spirit. What’s great about these recipes is that they are also quick, easy, and perfect for the conditions you may experience in the wilderness.

What sort of foods might you want to prepare before heading out camping this fall? Some of favorites include the use of pumpkin, apple cider, caramel, potato and more. If you are heading to the grocery store and wanting to fill up on goodies that you can make, that’s a great place to start in fall. You can also add your unique fall touches to each of these recipes for your own special touch.

Your family is going to love how prepared you are for this camping season. In addition, they’ll be equally as excited for what will be on the campfire after a long day out in the wilderness. Here are our favorite 3 camping recipes to get you in the fall spirit.

Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

We love this recipe for grilled sausage with potatoes and green beans because it has nearly everything you could need in a meal, including tons of protein and carbohydrates, and it’s still incredibly easy to make. You’ll need to bring along plenty of potatoes and meat for everyone you are feeding, but throwing everything into a pot couldn’t be any simpler. Cleanup is easy too, as you simply throw out the aluminum that you cook it all together in.

This one hits all the major food groups, and it will give you the energy you need during your camping trip this fall.

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Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast

Have some leftover potatoes from the night before? How about an appetite for something delicious that will give you plenty of energy throughout the day? If you answered yes to either, you’re going to love this Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast. This hearty meal includes an entire pound of sausage, a full onion, 12 eggs, and nearly two pounds of potatoes. This meal will feed even the hungriest of your family members, and you’ll really feel the fall as you smell the sausage cooking as the cool autumn mist starts to roll out from the trees.

Pumpkin Pie Crunch

One of your favorite parts of camping may be s’mores, but here’s something new to try this fall. If your family can’t get enough pumpkin during the fall season, this Pumpkin Pie Crunch is ideal for camping. It’s as easy to make as pumpkin pie, but will have your family really enjoying a creative camping mix on this classic recipe.

There’s nothing like a nice hearty meal on a cool autumn day while camping in the fall. If you’re looking for something that hits the spot this season, consider the three camping recipes to get you in the fall spirit.

Crossroads Trailer Sales has been the #1 5th Wheel dealer in New Jersey for the last 9 years.  Our 10 acre lot features over 250 5th wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers to choose from.  We are a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the RV community since 1988.  Please contact us for all of your 5th wheel and trailer needs.  We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading!

How To Handle Health Emergencies On The Road

No matter where you are, a health emergency is something that we all want to avoid. And yet, there are plenty of emergencies that could happen and cause serious problems for you and your family. While you may not be able to avoid those emergencies altogether, you can prepare for them to help minimize their impact.

What is even worse than an emergency at home is one that happens while you are on the road. While many people plan to pack their suitcase, set a destination, and hit the road for an awesome adventure, one thing that you may not prepare for is an unexpected emergency. But because the results can be disastrous for everyone in your vehicle, we want to help you stay as safe as possible. Therefore, here are some tips for how to handle health emergencies on the road.

Have A Plan Beforehand

There are two different ways that you can plan for medical health emergencies, even before they happen.

The first thing you can do is plan in advance all of the potential hospitals and other emergency medical facilities may be along the way. Keep these locations stored in your smartphone and you can easily access this information in the event you need it.

The next thing you can do to prepare for a health emergency while on the road is to consider any health concerns that you may have that need to be thought of. For example, if you are a diabetic, then you need to ensure that you are checking your insulin and eating enough to keep your sugar at a healthy level. Many people get caught on the road and then forget to stick to their regular health regimen. If you are going to be traveling and have health concerns that need to be taken into consideration, be sure that you plan for them. This will help you tremendously to avoid any more serious issues.

Have An Emergency Contact Readily Available

Keeping a list of emergency contacts with you in your vehicle will help potential emergency responders get ahold of family or friends. This call may be something simple to let your family know where you are, or it could be for much more serious matters.

Pro Tip – Along with keeping a contact list with you, be sure to also tell your friends and family whenever you are traveling. Even if you aren’t checking in every few hours, letting others know where you are going will help to keep you safe while traveling.

Don’t Undervalue The Severity Of The Emergency

It can be difficult to evaluate the severity of an emergency. However, when you are behind the wheel, it’s important to err on the side of caution because of everyone else on the road. If you feel sick, light headed, or unusual in any way, consider pulling over to gather yourself. This could help to keep you safe, as well as other people who are on the road.

An emergency while traveling could throw a major wrench in your plans. But with the tips here, you can minimize the impact and be ready for whatever comes your way.

Best Ways To Relax On Labor Day In Your RV

Labor Day is around the corner, which means that you should probably start thinking about how you want to spend your last hurrah of summer before the kids go back to school and the weather drastically changes outside. One way to make the most of your time this Labor Day is to pack up the RV and head out on a road trip.

Unlike throwing a BBQ that requires you to plan, invite, cook, and clean, a trip for Labor Day is a relaxing experience that will let you soak up one of the final weekends of the summer.

To make sure you get the best R&R possible, here are some of the best ways to relax on Labor Day in your RV.

Find The Perfect Destination

The great part about having an RV is that nobody is going to tell you where your destination must be. Instead, you can put a pin into your console’s GPS navigation system and then let the road be your guide as you go along. So whether it’s a beach destination where the entire family will have fun, or a big city with plenty of single people to meet with, Labor Day is your chance to set course for a destination you are sure to love.

Have Your Rig Ready

Before you set course for anywhere, make sure your rig is ready for the road. The last thing you want is to break down or have a need for spending time at a mechanic when you should instead be on the road making the most of your vacation. A quick and easy maintenance check before your trip will help you avoid any issues while on the road.

Keep Everyone Busy

You deserve to relax in your rig during your Labor Day weekend. But your idea of just lounging around may not sound as ideal for your over-active children. Therefore, be sure to have enough activities to keep everyone busy while traveling. Whether it’s plenty of books and TV shows while on the road, or outdoor toys and games once you reach your destination, having plenty of entertainment options to choose from will make for a more enjoyable trip for everyone.

Plan Ahead

Finally, the biggest piece of advice any RV owner should keep in mind this Labor Day is to plan ahead. You can rest assured knowing that you aren’t going to be the only one traveling for the weekend. That means there are sure to be plenty of traffic jams and overloaded parking lots that will quickly turn your vacation into a major headache. However, you can avoid many of these headaches from occurring if you plan ahead. By leaving 15 minutes early, you can avoid that rush hour traffic you hate getting stuck in. And by calling the campgrounds before you actually get to your destination, you can also ensure they have enough room for you to park.

By being diligent this Labor Day, you’ll be sure to have a great vacation. If you plan on loading up the rig with gasoline and hitting the open road, consider these tips as the best ways to relax on Labor Day in your RV.

Crossroads Trailer Sales has been the #1 5th Wheel dealer in New Jersey for the last 9 years.  Our 10 acre lot features over 250 5th wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers to choose from.  We are a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the RV community since 1988.  Please contact us for all of your 5th wheel and trailer needs.  We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading!