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Winnebago Minnie travel trailer

Winnebago Minnie

Bigger isn’t necessarily better in the world of recreational vehicles.

Richard and Karen Bowser of Pittsburgh spent a better part of the day Wednesday walking around the grounds of America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey.

They weren’t searching for a high-end, luxurious recreational vehicle.

They were eyeing the new Winnebago Minnie, a travel trailer being touted for its small size and big character. The Minnie is just one of a slew of new compact recreational vehicles hitting the market.

The light-weight trailers equate into fuel efficiency which is attractive in the market.

Steve Fretz of Fretz RV in Souderton said when fuel prices skyrocketed people traded in their SUVs for Priuses. RV manufacturers could no longer offer big towing trailers, he said.

As a result, manufacturers are seeing interest in the Minnie which sells in bright colors like green and yellow.

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Share the Experience LogoAs RVers we take photos to document our travels. And because we travel to some  beautiful places, we sometimes take some beautiful photographs. If you have a few photos you think are extra beatiful here’s an opportunity to show them off and maybe win a prize.

The Department of the Interior announced the start of the 2013 “Share the Experience” contest, giving amateur photographers the chance to join the ranks of Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran, and others who have found recognition for their photographs of the nation’s public lands.

The “Share the Experience” photo contest showcases our nation’s public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and recreation areas – and draws entries from all across the United States. It is the largest national park and public land photo contest for amateur photographers.

“Photography has the power to make the great outdoors accessible so that we all can see some of the most beautiful places in the world through the eyes of people like Ansel Adams,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “This is a fun competition that helps strengthen the connection between Americans and their public lands, and I look forward to seeing the submissions from across the country.”

This year, a new Let’s Move Outside! photo category will encourage families to explore the outdoors and lead active lifestyles. Let’s Move Outside! is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids.

The winning photograph will appear on the 2015 America the Beautiful pass for entrance to 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. All entries have the chance to be featured on the Interior Department’s popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Prizes provided by the National Park Foundation, Active Network, Air Wick and Historic Hotels of America include a $15,000 cash prize, a Columbia backpack, a pass to the national parks and other federal lands, and other items for the grand prize winner. Second and third place winners, as well as 7 Honorable Mention winners, will also receive prizes.

The “Share the Experience” begins May 10, 2013 and runs through December 31, 2013. Amateur photographers can participate by uploading photos on

“Share the Experience” is sponsored by Active Network, Air Wick, Historic Hotels of America and the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

To view the 2012 contest winners as wells as the contest rules and a complete list of prizes, please see

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RVers with used towing equipment or dealers with overstocked inventory who want to find buyers for their products, their search has just became a lot easier.

Blue Ox has launched a completely redesigned web site,, where RVers can post free ads in a variety of categories such as tow bars, hitches, base plates and brakes. Besides For Sale ads, visitors can posted ads for items they want to buy or trade.

Jay Hesse, president of Blue Ox, said, “Hitch Trader’s mission is simply to bring buyers and sellers together, and we believe our redesigned web site makes it more user-friendly and effective for both buyers and sellers.”

Hesse also pointed out that the ads are not limited to only Blue Ox products. “We accept free ads for any manufacturer’s products — even our competitors,” he said.

Some of the new features of the web site include giving those posting ads the ability to add photos and to manage their ad after it is posted.

Other enhancements on the Hitch Trader site include an extensive campground locator where RVers can find detailed information on thousands of RV parks and campgrounds throughout North America and an up-to-the-minute news feed featuring RV industry news, travel and lifestyle articles.

Since launching the site a few days ago, Hesse reports a dramatic increase in visitor traffic. “We invite anyone who is trying to buy or sell towing equipment to visit us at and either browse the hundreds of ads or post their own free ad,” Hesse said.


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