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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Riverway RV Park, Llano, TX - New Passport America Participating Park

Welcome to our 20 acre park is located on the beautiful Llano River just ½ mile from the Llano Golf Course. Stroll Roadrunner Trail and enjoy nature at its best, go fishing or take a swim in the crystal clear Llano River. 
Our amenities include:

  • Full Hookups
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Cable TV
  • Pull Thru Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly
  • Walking Trail
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Riverfront Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Meeting Room/Showers/Laundry Now Open!!!
Golfing Nearby:

  • We offer Special Rates
  • Year Round Golfing 

We welcome guests to our park year round and consider ourselves to be a Winter Texan hotspot.

We are only 1 mile from the Llano Town Square where you’ll find unique shops, great food and a beautiful Historic Courthouse. Enjoy Llano, a truly unique Hill Country Town. 

For more information, please visit
and be sure to like us on facebook.
Riverway RV Park 
1907 West Ranch Rd 152
Llano , Texas - 78643
(325) 247-2152

Rates: Regular - $30*
PA Member Rates - $15* 

NOTES: PA is not valid during holidays and special events (call for details). Reservations and drive-ups are welcome. No smoking. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. 

Rustic Acres RV Resort & Campground, Shippenville, PA - New Passport America Participating Campground

Welcome to Rustic Acres, a terrific 24 acre, family campground nestled in some of the prettiest countryside of Western Pennsylvania!

Located in Clarion County, in northwest Pennsylvania Near Clarion, Leeper, Marianville, Franklin and Cooks Forest; and within easy access to two rivers; Clarion River and Allegheny River. Rustic Acres is snuggled in by giant oak and pine trees, what a beautiful backdrop to relax in! Additionally, we are bordered on two sides by beautiful Pennsylvania State game lands; 3,000 acres of wooded game land, boasting public hunting and fishing of both large and small game.

At Rustic Acres, our goal is to make your camping vacation as relaxing and pleasant as possible. That's why we go out of our way to offer every amenity you need. Whether you come as a tent camper, an RV camper, or are planning to stay in one of our rental campers, we know you'll have a terrific experience. 

95 full service (electric, water & sewage) RV sites, to include 15 winter use sites (we are the ONLY area park to offer WINTER sites), primitive sites, variety of camper rentals, dump station, shaded and level sites, 30-amp, big rigs welcome, pull thrus, campsites include a picnic table and fire-ring, Wi-Fi, showers and restrooms, store, laundry, propane, shuffleboard, children's playground, wading creek, basketball, volleyball, miniature golf, horseshoes, nature watching, hiking trails, volleyball, security, picnic pavilion, with a sun room, fully equipped kitchen, and plenty of room left for dancing and parties. 

For more information, please visit and be sure to like us on facebook.

634 Pine Terrace Rd
Shippenville , Pennsylvania - 16254
(814) 226-9850
Rates: Regular - $30*
PA Member Rates - $15*

NOTES: Open year-round. Minimum two nights stay required to received PA discount. PA is not valid during holiday weekends. Reservations recommended. Drive-ups welcome. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. *Rates are for a family of four. Two Adults, two children under 18. $5 for each additional person.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mile-Away Campground, Henniker, NH - New Passport America Participating Campground

We hope that you find that special someplace to come and relax, enjoy nature, fish, and visit historic New England. Whether you spend all you vacation on site or venture out, we are sure that you will have a most memorable camping vacation. Should you plan to stay longer, a more pleasant place to stay, may not be found.

Mile-Away not only provides activities, but the facilities to make your stay comfortable and rewarding. Below you will see all of the facilities that our campground has to offer.

Our Office includes a store, pool room, big screen TV, player piano, and a place to come relax when the weather gets dreary and you need some space to play games or relax.

The pool is a great way to get refreshed and cool off during those hot summer days, but don't let the hot weather be the only reason you use the pool, we heat it during the cooler periods so you can still enjoy a swim.

We have two bathhouses one with a laundry room and one that is newly renovated that is open year round for those of you that will be joining us in the winter months you can still enjoy a steamy hot showers.

Mile-Away also has horseshoe pits, paddle boats, kyaks, row boats, play ground, miniature golf, propane filling station, and our pavilion where we have many of our activities and entertainment.

Come to our sites, start the fire, crank up the grill and cool off in our waters. We are here for you.
Or call: Local: (603) 428-7616 Toll Free: (800) 787-4679

Mile-Away Campground
479 Old West Hopkinton Rd
Henniker , New Hampshire - 03242

Rates: RV Site Regular - $38* PA Member Rate - $19
Tents: $28.00*,P.A.: $14.00*

Notes: Open year-round. PA is valid Sunday thru Thursday. PA is not valid during holiday weekends. Reservations recommended. Drive-ups welcome. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. *$3 additional for A/C, Electric Heat or 50-amp service. Rates are for up to 4 adult or 2 adults & their children. $7 per add’l person (12 years and older), and $8 per additional person during holidays.

Grassmere Park Campground, Benton, PA - New Passport America Participating Campground

Welcome to Grassmere Park Campground, a family-fun destination for over 100 years. Offering activities for all ages, everything from roller-skating and pick-up games of softball, to relaxing next to the crisp cool fishing creek waters, or just enjoying a campfire next to your shaded campsite. 

Grassmere Park has been a recreation destination for over 100 years. In fact, it was once said to have served as “the recreational hub” for the Benton area.

Our over 80 campsites include electric and water hook-ups, septic non-inclusive and modern bathhouse. There is a camp store located in the heart of the campground, just in case you forget your toothbrush, sweatshirt, or simply wish you brought more snacks. 

Can accommodate RV’s up to 40ft, 15/20/30-amp, all shaded sites, full hookups, partial hookups, water, pull thrus, back-ins, water, dump station, tent sites, handicap access, restrooms, showers, ice, store, phone, restaurant, propane, fire rings, BBQ, picnic area, phone, restaurant, fishing, canoeing, hiking, recycling, biking, basketball, playground, nature watching, horseshoes, horseback riding, volleyball, game room, pool table and skating. Cabin and camper rentals available.

We have a large number of in campground activities and local area attractions to keep the whole family active.
  •    * Grassmere Park Hay Wagon   
  •    * Roller Skating   
  •    * Picnics   
  •    * Arcade   
  •    * Playground   
  •    * Baseball field   
  •    * Fishing   
and so much more!!!

Nearby local attractions include Golf Course (5 miles from campground), Rickett's Glen State Park, 21 Waterfalls, Lake Jenn, Benton Rodeo (July), Bloomsburg Fiar & Monster Trucks, horse-back riding, and several well-known eating establishments such as the nearby Brass Pelican Restaurant, the Central Park Hotel, and the Jamison City Hotel. 

Visit our website for more information at:

Grassmere Park Campground 
67 Grassmere Park
Benton , Pennsylvania - 17814

(570) 925-6655

Rates: Regular - $32* PA Member Rate - $16

NOTES: Open April 1st thru Oct 15th. PA is valid for 3 nights. PA is not valid during holidays and holiday weekends. Reservations preferred. Drive ups welcome. Please call ahead to check availability. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. Horses welcome. No firearms. *Rates are for a family of 4. $2 for each add’l person.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Featured Sponsor - CheapHeat™ - HYBRID RV GAS ELECTRIC FURNACE KIT


RV Comfort Systems, a Washington based firm has successfully engineered an electrical heating option, an add-on assembly to any RV propane furnace, so today’s RVer can simply choose propane or electricity to heat the interior of the coach. Called the CheapHeat™ System, this unit is mounted directly downstream of the existing gas furnace and employs tungsten heating coils powered by 120 or 240-volts AC to provide the heat. The 12-volt fan motor on the furnace then pushes the heated air throughout the distribution ducting in the coach. It can be configured into three different wattage ratings, 1,800, 3,750 and 5,000 watts, depending on the shoreline cord limitations. According to the manufacturer, the electrical heat source is 100% efficient; all heat produced is forced through the ducts since the heating core itself is mounted in the direct flow of the distribution system. Compared to the burning of propane for comfort heating, which is approximately 60% efficient, the all-electric CheapHeat™ option is a viable option for serious coach owners to consider.

In addition to the heating coil assembly, the other main component of the system is the solid-state controller. The controller is the very heart of the CheapHeat™ system. It communicates directly with the existing wall thermostat and the fan motor so all the user has to do is simply select Electric or Gas on a conveniently installed wall switch. This well designed and sturdy controller is engineered and applicable to both 30-amp and 50-amp shore power configurations. It coordinates all the functions of the existing propane furnace with the added electrical heating coil assembly. Considering actual load demands, all internal wiring components and connectors are purposely oversized by at least 30%. And every component part in the CheapHeat™ controller is UL® Listed and mounted in an industrial grade NEMA-1 UL® Listed/certified metal box.

The coil assembly is safeguarded against failure by redundant methods making the CheapHeat™ unit totally safe and permanently installed, which is certainly not the case when RVers use portable space heaters for instance. Aside from overkill on the sizing of the components in the controller, a bi-metal high limit safety switch wired into the coil assembly protects it from any over-temperature situation. Additionally a failsafe device called a fusible links is included for the common “leg” of the coils, (see photo). Which acts as an in-line circuit breaker protects against any over-current and/or over heat problems. With redundant integral safety measures, plus the fact that no carbon monoxide is produced using electric heat, the CheapHeat™ System is deemed quite safe and viable. The only connection between the CheapHeat™ and the existing propane furnace is a simple wiretap on the fan motor conductor. The existing furnace circuit board and all associated relays of the propane furnace are simply bypassed when using electric heat.

Tests have shown that the CheapHeat™ unit successfully heats the motorhome in less operating time, meaning the furnace blower assembly works less to heat the same space as burning propane. Here’s why. 

All propane-fired forced air furnaces require a pre-purge and post-purge cycling of the blower assembly to remove any trace of unburned propane and other gases that might yet exist in the sealed combustion chamber. Some pre-purge cycles can approach a full minute, while post-purge cycles can run up to about 90 seconds each. And if the furnace is equipped with a three-try circuit board, the run-time on the fan motor increases yet again. With the switch placed to electric mode, the fan motor only operates when heat is being produced. I receive emails every season from disgruntled RVers who experience this pre and post-purge cycling and cannot understand why the furnace is blowing cold air. Unless a fault exists, it’s just the nature of propane burning furnaces. For every heating cycle, there is a full 2.5 minutes of runtime with no flame or heat being produced.

Because of 40% energy loss through the flue along with the pre and post-purge cycles, the realized heat output into the coach with a 40,000 BTU propane furnace, for example, is reduced to about 18,000 BTU an hour when measured at the discharge registers. The CheapHeat™ system, meanwhile, produces a true, one-to-one BTU per hour heat output at the registers. Another factor to think about; it’s not uncommon for the propane furnace to purposely overshoot the temperature setting of the thermostat to compensate for the purging cycles. The elimination of this pre and post-purge cycling is a welcome relief to RVers, because it simply adds to a higher comfort level for the occupants.

The CH50-DH50 is comparable to a 40,000 BTU propane furnace (it does, however, require 50-amp shore power service). The CH50-DH37 is akin to a 30,000 BTU propane furnace and also requires 50-amp service. The smaller CH50-DH18 is equivalent to a 20,000 BTU propane furnace but only requires 30-amp electrical service. If your existing gas furnace does not have adequate space for the Add-On unit directly behind it, or you’d really like a furnace positioned on a partition wall in the galley, for example, perhaps the stand-alone CheapHeat™ heater is something to consider.

For additional information regarding the complete line of CheapHeat™ products, visit;

Article and Photos Provided by CheapHeat™

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We offer services such as plumbing, electrical, appliances, A/C & heating, maintenance, warranty claims, awnings, welding & roof repairs. We work closely with Handicapped Travel Club and S*M*A*R*T Special MilitaryActive-Retired Travel Club members and offer a discount to active members.

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2535 Leeward Way 
Winter Park, FL 32792 

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Since 1992, Passport America is the original 50% Discount Camping Club. With our Discount Travel Card, members of our club receive 50% Discounts on nightly camping fees for campsites at over 1,800 participating campgrounds, RV Parks and RV Resorts in the US, Canada, and Mexico! Membership is only $44.00 USD for 1 year and pays for itself with just a few nights stay. Please contact us (800) 283-7183 M-F 8AM-6PM CST SAT 9AM-4PM if you have any questions regarding our services. We are always very happy to help you!