America’s birthday is a holiday campers and RVers look forward to year round. It’s a time boasting with Patriotism, smells of campfires and barbecue fill the air and fireworks light up the night sky for miles. It’s no surprise we LOVE the Fourth of July. Here are some fun facts about the holiday that you can spout off to your friends at the campground while sipping a cold beer (or water), eating a hot dog and talking about the best firework shows in town!
$3.6 Million: Amount of American Flag Imports
Millions of American flags are actually manufactured abroad. Nearly all of them – 97 percent – came from China last year, which sold us $3.5 million worth.
The U.S. exports plenty of flags as well. Turkey happens to be the biggest buyer of American-made flags, having purchased $673,000 worth from the U.S. last year.
48 Million: Consumers Shopping for Red, White and Blue
More than 48 million Americans will be shopping for decorations, apparel and party supplies this Independence Day, with average household spending jumping up to $71.23 – 4.5 percent higher than 2014′s $68.16 per household.
“Consumers this summer and for the 4th of July will take advantage of lower gas prices to head to the beach or get together with family– something they’ve had to think long and hard about in recent years with higher energy costs and limited budgets,” Pam Goodfellow, consumer insights director at Prosper Insights & Analytics, said in a statementaccompanying the National Retail Federation report. ( Source: via U.S News)
10 QUICK FACTS
• According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it’s celebrated on the fourth because that’s when congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration
• Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness”
•John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826
• Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 — John Hancock and Charles Thompson
•Congress declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them
•The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key and was originally a poem stemming from his observations in 1814 concerning the British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem until 1931
•Including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (mentioned earlier), a total of three US presidents have died on July 4th. James Monroe is the third president to share this fate
•In 1776, about 2.5 million people lived in the United States verses 311.7 million people in 2011
•1 out of 8 signers of the Declaration of Independance were educated at Harvard (7 total)
•87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.
Like baseball, camping with the family is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Manufacturers have been introducing new and improved features year after year from sleeping astronomical amounts of people in teeny tiny spaces to adding on sliding doors, patios, outdoor kitchens and more! We have put together a list of some of our favorite bunkhouse floorplans of 2016, because what makes you think of camping with the family (or wanting room for extra guests) than a bunkhouse. All of these floorplans have been hand picked to showcase a variety of family friendly RVs each with unique features suited to different campers needs.
In honor of #nationalgrilledcheeseday we have put together 10 of the wackiest, mouth salivatingly delicious grilled cheeses we could find! Whether you want to break out the pie iron and try some of these or cook them in the comfort of your kitchen…the are sure to please!
This year Coachmen RV introduced a brand new member to it’s impressive line of RVs, The Galleria Class B motorhome. With Brands like Roadtrek, Airstream and Winnebago offering similar Class B motorhomes like the Era, E-Trek and Interstate with great success Coachmen RV now has a strong contender in the Class B market with the Galleria.
The Galleria offers the utmost in quality, luxury and value. A huge step up from the “van campers” that classified the Class B Motorhome into the RV industry in the early 1970′s. With new eco-friendly features like a Go Power! 100W Solar Panel with independent charging of coach and chassis batteries to luxurious custom Amish hardwood cabinetry the Galleria is making a strong debut in the class B market.
The Galleria Class B motorhome is built on an award winning 3500 Mercedes Sprinter extended platform with one of the cleanest running turbo-diesel “Blue TEC” engines on the market which delivers an impressive 325 ft lb of torque while still providing excellent fuel economy. The chassis amenities include a backup camera, blind spot monitoring, collision avoidance and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) all making the Galleria safe and easy to drive.
If you’re looking for the perfect motorhome that is easy to drive, fits in most garages (big plus if you have restrictions on RVs in your neighborhood) and has unparalleled fuel economy the Galleria Class B motorhome is one to see!
GALLERIA TOP 10 FEATURES
Mercedes Benz Sprinter Extended Sprinter V6 Blue Tec Turbo Diesel with Blind Spot and Collision Avoidance; Front/Slide Airbags; ESP Electronic Stability Program with Trailer Stability Assist and Tow Package
Carefree Power Armless Awning with LED Lights and Wind Sensor Retract
Go Power! 100W Solar Panel with Independent Charging of Coach and Chassis Batteries
Truma Combi Eco Plus Furnace/Water Heating System
Onan MicroLite 2.5kw LP Generator
Thetford 12V Macerator Waste Disposal System
Kenwood In-Dash 7″ HD Radio with AM/FM/CD/DVD, Bluetooth, GPS, Backup Camera, Sirius/XM Ready
24″ and 19″ LED Televisions and Smart Blu-Ray Player (All 12V)
Custom Amish Hardwood Cabinetry with Radius Doors and Soft Close Hinges
Fortress Shield Collection Automotive Upholstery Provides Stain and Puncture Resistance
Grand Canyon National Park | Grand Canyon, AZ
When talking about a family trip you can’t leave out the Grand Canyon! Grand Canyon National Park is 215 miles between the South Rim Village and North Rim Village, The one area that offers full hookups (or any hookups) is Trailer Village RV Park located in the South Rim. Use this helpful itinerary planner to plan adventures and sites by length of stay http://www.visitgrandcanyon.com/discover-grand-canyon/itinerary-planner