Go Camping and Glamping at Your Campground of the Future

Your campground of the future is just around the corner. Imagine your camping experience featuring everything from self-driving smores delivery bots to elevated campsites built atop water causeways. Kampgrounds of America’s big reveal spotlights what the future of RVing and tent camping may look like.
What is Your Campground of the Future?
What does the campground of the future look like?
If anyone knows what the majority of RV and tent campers want, it’s KOA. Each year their annual North American Camping Report releases survey results that shed insight on the habits and camping wish-lists of long-time and newbie campers alike.
Most recently, the report indicated that campground visits are booming. Since 2014, there has been an addition of an estimated 7 million new camper households in the U.S. The percentage of campers who camp three or more times annually has increased by 72 percent.
Even more telling is the report finding that modern campers are seeking more than a fishing derby or campfire cookout. Younger campers want to steer clear of cookie-cutter concrete campgrounds. They want different types of experiences, like glamping and van dwelling outings that get them closer to nature.
“With the increase in camping popularity comes a greater need to ensure the longevity of camping through smart design and preservation of nature,� said KOA’s CEO Toby O’Rourke. “We believe that thoughtful use of technology and devotion to sustainably growing camping offerings will meet the increased expectations of campers, while further enhancing that connection with nature that camping provides.�
Your Campground of the Future Forecast
At a recent RV industry trade show, KOA turned heads when the company showcased their take on camping experiences of the future. KOA’s Campground of the Future website is a jump into the company’s forecast of futuristic camping experiences that take guest wishes into demand as well as incorporate modern

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Wrong Way RV Snowbirds (Again!)

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Workamping Before Retirement Transformed Their Life – And Their Dogs, Too!

Workamping before retirement isn’t for everyone, but for this Illinois couple it’s working out great. Even their dogs are benefiting from the experience.
Julie and Curt are living the workamping dream.
“We started to have friends get cancer, have heart attacks, and pass away and realized we are not promised tomorrow and decided to do this while we can still enjoy it,� says Julie, 60. The retired teacher and her husband Curt, 57, embraced the lifestyle three years ago after learning about workamping ins and outs from full-timers who were doing it themselves.
“We have an RV park back home where we own our site. We got to know our workampers well and talked about the lifestyle with many of them. We thought it sounded like a fun life style (and it is!),� she says.
After leaving the education and construction fields, she and Curt instantly fell in love with the freedom to see new places and meet new people. The radical change in their lifestyle came easy to everyone, including their rescue dogs.
The Volling’s dogs are loving the nomad life too.
“My dogs have loved the lifestyle too. We rescue so of course they come with their own issues,� she explains. “My older dog was painfully timid. She lived most of her life behind a chair. Once we went full time she became a different dog. She would go up to people which she would never do before. I was very happy that the last three years of her life were happy because of our change in lifestyle.�
As a bonus, she and Curt are able to spend more time with their dogs than ever before. “We have no commute time, we come home for lunch and always seem to be with them.�
Although it might seem like having dogs can be a disadvantage of workamping,

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Is Workamping Worth It?

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Unforgettable RV Tripping to Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

Taking the great American Alaska RV road trip this summer? If so, don’t miss unforgettable RV tripping to Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.
RV Tripping to Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia
The Murray River, Tumbler Ridge. All images: LiveWorkDream.com
When you go RVing to Alaska, you quickly discover that many RV parks are booked solid during the busy summer travel season. And if do what it takes to avoid campground crowds, you will appreciate the one hour diversion when you go RV tripping to Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia.
This must-see side trip is located about an hour south of Dawson City, the official beginning of the Alaska Highway. Tucked away from the flow of RV traffic pointed north to Alaska on Highway 97, it’s an off-the-beaten-path pit stop that’s worth the extra drive.
Tumbler Ridge doesn’t get much attention since most RVers are laser-focused on the main road to Alaska. But here’s why you shouldn’t miss this spectacular place, an important UNESCO Tumbler Ridge Geopark.

Why is Tumbler Ridge So Special?
Tumbler Ridge is a newer tourism destination on the way to Alaska. A former company-owned coal mining town, the local economy was on the decline in the early 2000s.
But it was around that time when the people of Tumbler Ridge quickly gained a greater appreciation for the region’s spectacular forests, waterfalls and geological significance. A large amount of dinosaur footprints and bones unearthed around the area also helped. Archaeologists and paleontologists were called in. Soon, more significant remnants of the Jurassic and Ice Age appeared.
Ankylosaur tracks at Flatbed Cabin Pool.
More notable paleontology finds you’ll discover in Tumbler Ridge include:

Ten tyrannosaur tracks (only fifteen have been discovered worldwide!)
Ankylosaur (armored dinosaur) tracks encased in 97 million year old rocks
300 bones from different dinosaurs, fish, crocodiles and turtles, and many kinds of clams and plants

Today the town has built its tourism

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Messy RV Closet Hangers Problem Solved!

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This Adventure-Bound Big DIY RV Has Tiny House Quality and More!

If you asked Brian and Sharon Jones “What’s the best rig for full-time living?� they will probably quip “The one you make yourself, of course!� This Texas couple knows. Their adventure-bound big DIY RV has all the best quality features of a well-made tiny house or high end RV. But it has a price tag that’s thousands of dollars less.
The exterior is done. Now for the inside!
“I think our home is unique in the tiny home world and the RV world,” says Brian, 45. He and his wife Sharon, 49, have seen enough RVs through the years to back up their confidence. They hit the road in 2012 when Sharon put her nursing job aside to follow a passion for photography and Brian stopped driving truck to write his first full-length novel, Indian Paintbrush. After workamping around the west and falling in love with the nomad life, they embarked on their homemade RV project after a disappointing search for second full-timing rig.
The trailer it was built atop.
“Our 2007 Jayco travel trailer was in good shape but with no end to this lifestyle in site for us, we decided we needed something more durable that would withstand thousands of miles possibly for the next 20 to 30 years and beyond. If decide not to travel, we wanted to have a real home we could park,” says Brian.
The framing.
Unfortunately, even the best quality RVs with reputations as a full-time RV rig couldn’t match their expectations of what a home on wheels should be like. Disappointed with what $100,000 would get them, they decided to invest time, money and construction skills into building their dream home.
Features a maintenance-free metal exterior.
Now, their one-of-a-kind big DIY RV design is chronicled at their blog. The tiny house movement inspired their project. It features a maintenance-free metal exterior

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The Best Little RV Campground in Kerrville, Texas

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