5 Romantic RV Destinations for Valentine’s Day

340641February is almost here, which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of spending your Valentine’s Day at a crowded restaurant or hotel, try visiting one of these romantic RV destinations instead. You”re Valentine’s Day will be extra memorable when you spend it with your special someone at one of these beautiful destinations across the United States. Continue reading

Travel Destinations: The Best Fall Leaves in NJ

There are many reasons we love Fall: Pumpkins, apple-picking, campfires, s’mores, the list goes on and on. However, nothing gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling quite like seeing the leaves start to change. New Jersey is one of the best states to witness this beautiful transformation, and we’ve narrowed down some of the best places to see it. Put that RV to good use this fall and plan your next roadtrip to these destinations. P.S. don’t forget to bring a camera!

New Jersey Botanical GardenbotanicalIt’s no surprise that the garden state is home to one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the US. The NJBG has over 96 acres of gardens and 1000 acres of woodlands that are open for exploring. NJBG at Skylands offers events on a weekly basis, including live music, family hikes, planting tips and more. The gardens are open year-round from 8am to 8pm and 8am to 6pm in the winter.

Hopatcong State Park

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This gorgeous state park surrounds the 9-mile long, 2,500 acre freshwater Lake Hopatcong, a historic water way that is perfect for swimming, boating and year-round fishing. The park has several picnic areas so you can enjoy the scenery and crisp clean air. The beautiful foliage at Lake Hopatcong is sure to take your breath away.

Wharton State Forest

whartonAs the largest single tract of land within the NJ State park system, Wharton State Forest is the perfect destination for sight seeing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and much more. This destination is famous for wildlife observation and bird-watching, including bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, osprey, owls, and more. Within the forest is the Batsto Village, a historic industrial center that thrived between 1766 and 1867. A visit to Wharton is guaranteed to be full of scenic views and animal watching.

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Hike, paddle, walk, or fish your way to a gorgeous trip at the Delaware Water Gap. The 1000-foot deep gap is a historic location with 40 miles of scenic and recreational river, 67,000 acres of forested mountains, valleys and floodplains, and over 100 miles of hiking trails. Start planning your visit here.

Before you hit the road, make sure you stop by Crossroads Trailers in Newfield, NJ to take advantage of our Hershey Show Price special! Crossroads is your #1 RV and Trailer dealer in NJ, with over 200 new and used RVs in stock. We also have a great selection of horse trailers, cargo, and utility trailers. Call us at (856) 697-4497 today.

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Special Camping Rates for Fall

Camping in the Fall is not only beautiful, it can also be a great time to enjoy some special rates from all your favorite campsites. But don’t worry, you don’t have to look far. We’ve researched some campgrounds that will offer you a great rate for your upcoming camping trip! Continue reading to learn more: Continue reading

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!