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Midwest MagazineThere’s a certain community that flourishes within the grill smoke of a campground. Kids shout as they toss footballs among the trees. Old friends reconnect under starry skies. Spend even one night at the 24 campgrounds we’ve identified as the Midwest’s best, and you start to see the appeal.

Keeping in mind the popularity of RVs, we researched hundreds of RV campgrounds in the region, visited dozens and interviewed avid campers in all 12 states. We picked our favorites in categories for scenery and for amenities — then crowned 5 “supercampgrounds” that have an amazing combination of both.

These campgrounds scored big for the ultimate combo of creature comforts and unbeatable views.

• Hayward KOA in Hayward, Wis.
• Brown County State Park in Indiana.
• Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Ind.
• Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Neb.
• Sibley State Park Campground in New London, Minn.

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Natural wonders: Quiet fishing coves, standout hiking, wildlife viewing and pretty vistas set the scene for relaxation at these campgrounds:

• Sibley State Park Campground in New London, Minn.
• Blue Bell Campground in Custer State Park, Custer, S.D.
• Canning Creek Cove Park in Council Grove, Kan.
• Dolliver Memorial State Park Campground in Lehigh, Iowa.
• Hueston Woods State Park Campground in College Corner, Ohio
• Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Campground, Middlebrook, Mo.
• Lewis and Clark Recreation Area in Yankton, S.D.
• P.J. Hoffmaster State Park Campground in Norton Shores, Mich.
• Platte River Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Honor, Mich.
• Wilderness State Park Campground in Carp Lake, Mich.
• Silver Dollar City’s Wilderness in Branson, Mo.
• Starved Rock State Park Campground in Utica, Ill.

Entertainment central. You’ll find cool ways to spend your days at these family-friendly spots:

• Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA in Middlebury, Ind.
• Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Campground in Mandan, N.D.
• Lighthouse Point and Camper Village at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio
• Merry Mac’s Campground in Merrimac, Wis.
• Mount Rushmore KOA/Palmer Gulch Resort in Hill City, S.D.
• Old Barn Resort in Preston, Minn.
• Smokey Hollow Campground in Lodi, Wis.

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Carefree RV Resorts is proud to announce its collaboration with Jacobsen Homes, OmniTours and Norwegian Cruise Lines for the first annual Carefree’s Got Talent show.

The show will be held Thursday, March 29th at 2 p.m. at Red Oaks Carefree RV Resort in Bushnell, Florida.  There will be over 20 acts participating in this finale, each representing different Florida Carefree RV Resorts.

“Preliminary rounds of competition have been taking place at Carefree RV Resorts throughout Florida since the middle of February. So now it’s time to see the best of the best perform for our $5,000 grand prize,” said Dave Napp, CEO of Carefree RV Resorts.

“We have never held a contest like this before and want to give a big thanks to our title sponsors Jacobsen Homes, OmniTours and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Carefree has worked with Jacobsen Homes for years now and we are looking forward to our new relationship with Omni and Norwegian.”

Competitors in the contest are all residents of 46 Florida-based Carefree properties and will be traveling to Bushnell from as far away as the Keys just to get their chance at the grand prize.  There will be a runner up prize for second place and one lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive a seven day, all expense paid, Caribbean cruise for two donated by OmniTours and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Carefree RV Resorts offers a wide variety of RV campgrounds throughout Florida, Texas, New Jersey, California and Massachusetts for every type of RV vacation.  All properties have a wide variety of amenities including, clubhouse, swimming pool, planned activities programs as well as rental units, which can accommodate people who don’t have their own RV. For more information, visit the company’s website at


Rand McNally TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 For RVers

Rand McNally TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 For RVers

After extensive research and beta testing in the RVing community, Rand McNally has released the TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 – the first navigation device designed specifically for RVers.

“We’ve listened carefully to members of the RVing community, who told us overwhelmingly that they would be interested in purchasing a GPS if it provided RV-specific routing, stops and amenities that RVers need while on the road, and things to see and do along the way. Our new TripMaker® RVND™ line will solidly deliver on these expectations,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.

The TripMaker® RVND™ features:

RV-easy Routing

Starting with a base of award-winning navigation from Rand McNally, the TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 layers on all the information needed to have an enjoyable and safe trip in an RV. The routing includes legal (including propane and other RV-only), height and weight restrictions, right or left-turn preference based on eleven different RV types, and a quick reference to the Rand McNally Road Atlas. Turn-by-turn spoken and text directions keep the driver focused on the road ahead.

RV-critical Information

The TripMaker® RVND™ features more than 14 million points of interest – including festivals, and National, State, and Regional Parks. Other key information includes:

  • RV Campgrounds, RV Dealers and Service, Parking and Rest Areas, Travel Centers with detailed amenities such as dump stations, propane availability and more.
  • Detailed exit information and available amenities on upcoming interstate exits.
  • RVer Tools such as Checklists for set up and take down, Maintenance Logs, Trails back to your campsite, and Quick Mileage Calculators.
  • Pet friendly locations including parks, animal hospitals, and beaches.

Things to see and do along the way

In addition to routing and tools critical to RVers, the TripMaker® RVND™ features Rand McNally Editor’s Pick Content – proprietary data provided by our editorial staff with video and photos! The content includes:

  • Best of the Road® – three-to-four day adventures including unique stops, photos of the locations, maps and more to plan a memorable adventure.
  • Regional Trips, Scenic Tours, Weekend Getaways, and City Trips.
  • 12,000 researched locations that will make any trip exciting and unique.

The Rand McNally Best of the Road® program is also being featured this month in a promotion with USA TODAY (for more information,, and in the recently released 2012 Road Atlas.

The TripMaker® RVND™ 5510, will be available in North America in June with a MSRP of $349.99.  It is fully operational in English, Canadian French, and Spanish.

For more information, visit

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