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Review: 2017 Forest River Georgetown 3 Series

When you choose to spend a long time on the road with a motor home, you want a coach that isn’t just a great drive. You need something that also provides the comforts any other home would. Forest River is no stranger to making solid–yet comfortable–motor homes, and with its new 2017 Georgetown 3 Series, the everyman’s camper is better than ever. Here are some of the features that make the Georgetown 3 series a great motor home, inside and out.

A Chef’s Dream

Simply put, a traveller cannot subsist on fast food alone. Much of the appeal in the motor home lifestyle derives from the fact that you have the space and ability to bring the comforts of a traditional home along with you – a nice meal included. That’s why budding chefs will find the Georgetown 3 Series so exciting.

The kitchen prep area is one of the biggest and best that you’ll find, with an electric range, over-the-range microwave, and a double sink that includes a pull-out sprayer. That’s not including the plenty of solid surface counter space you’ll have for food prep. And when dinner is ready to be served, you and your guests won’t be cramped for space while you eat at a Dream Dinette Booth.

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Outdoor Comfort

Your master-chef dreams aren’t limited to the Georgetown’s interior. One of this model’s stand-out features is the outdoor package, which includes a mini-fridge, sink, and cupboard all accessible from outside. Built within the Georgetown’s siding, these items will ensure that whether you’re taking your meal outside or you’re just snacking, you won’t have to make any unnecessary trips inside.

That isn’t the end of the Georgetown’s outdoor features. Along with those kitchen appliances, you’ll also find a flat-screen TV and speakers embedded within the side of the coach. And with a large awning, all of your happy guests will relax comfortably in the shade while they watch or enjoy a meal.

It’s All in the Details

Naturally, the Georgetown’s more readily-noticed elements are the ones that get all the love, but the finer details of this motor home are nothing to scoff at, either. Take, for instance, the attention paid to saving space without sacrificing convenience. You can see this in the main area’s sofa, which doubles as a hide-a-bed. There’s also the 32-inch TV that sits flush with your cupboards, hiding in plain sight.

These delightful particulars are also to the advantage of the driver and passenger. Side and rear cameras guarantee a safer, easier driving experience, while LED map, bunk, and accent lights will get you where you need to go without causing any distractions. Plus, with heated side mirrors, you’ll never have to worry about being unable to see who’s driving near you.

When it comes to motor home living, you need a coach that feels right, no matter if you’re pushing a full day’s drive or you’ve stopped for the night. The Georgetown 3 Series seems to strike that perfect balance between performance and comfort, for both the people behind the wheel and those along for the ride. And really, that’s just about what you’d expect from the pros at Forest River.

Creative Road Trip Games to Help Pass the Time

Your motor home is the key to never ending entertainment, but that doesn’t mean every moment on the road is an exciting one. You surely know the boredom that creeps in when you’ve been travelling for a while and each signpost and mile marker starts to look the same. Remember, though, that’s it’s also about the journey, not just the destination, so it’s in your best interest to have as much fun as as possible on your trip. Liven things up with some of these road games, and you’ll pass the time a little more easily.

Exquisite Corpse

Never mind the grotesque name – this game is loads of fun and family friendly. There are a few variations on it, but they all require team input and startling results. In its original form, Exquisite Corpse is a drawing game, so you’ll need some paper and drawing utensils. Take a piece of paper and fold it across into however many players there are. Each player takes turns drawing on only their part of the paper, extending their art slightly onto the other spaces but also being mindful not to peek at what other players have drawn. When everyone’s finished, take a look at the finished drawing to find out what kind of baffling collaborative artwork you’ve all come up with.

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Group Storytime

Exquisite Corpse can be fun, but it leaves the poor driver out of the game. If everyone wants to play, consider choosing a game that requires no pen or paper. Going around in a circle, take turns in providing one sentence to a growing story. The beauty of this game lies in its open-endedness, as how tame or ridiculous your tale ends up depends on your group. Plus, it can last as long as your players are willing to come up with a storyline. For extra credit, see who can come up with the best illustration for your group story.

Fortunately, Unfortunately

The idea of Fortunately, Unfortunately is similar to group storytelling, but with a clever twist. One player gives the group an unfortunate scenario, and the next player comes up with a way of getting out of that messy situation. Then, the next player provides an unfortunate twist to the second player’s solution. For example: “Unfortunately, I forgot to pack my lunch to school,” to which a player could respond, “Fortunately, I brought some lunch money with me.” A third player could then respond, “Unfortunately, a bully stole my lunch money,” and so on. After a few rounds, you’ll be laughing at how far you’ve come from the original premise.

Twenty Questions

While this classic game doesn’t win any points for novelty, it does take some creativity to play well. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, all it takes is at least two people and a little bit of brain power. One person takes a turn by thinking of something–anything–and the other players have to figure it out, but only by asking yes-or-no questions. As per the game title, they have 20 attempts to suss it all out. Is it a person? Is it a famous character? Perhaps. You’re only limited by your imagination.

When you’ve had enough of the road, you could always turn to the radio, or even a board game. However, these games rely on few materials and a lot of creativity, making them creative ways to pass the time. You might just find you and your group playing them even when you’re off the road!

Essential Items to Keep in Your Motor Home at All Times

The appeal of owning a motor home–as you’re probably well aware–is that you can bring the convenience of home with you, wherever you happen to go. However, just because you’ve always got a roof over your head doesn’t necessarily mean you’re always prepared. Whether it’s for convenience, safety, or just entertainment, these are some of the items you should always keep in your motor home.

For the Unexpected, A Safety Kit

It’s smart to keep a emergency preparedness kit wherever you happen to spend a lot of time, whether that’s at the office, in your car, or in your motor home. While the contents of your safety kit will differ depending on your specific needs and the conditions in which you’ll be travelling, there are some necessities that every roadside kit should contain: a first aid kit, a flashlight, an emergency a radio, spare food, a window breaker, a multi-purpose knife, emergency road triangles, and jumper cables. A benefit to travelling in a motor home is that you’ll have a bit more storage space to work with, so you should err on the side of caution when getting packed.

Tools for Around the Motor Home

Accidents happen, and although it may be more comforting to hope that they won’t, it’s much better to be prepared. With your motor home, there are going to be some repairs, such as changing a flat tire, that you simply can’t make without some help. However, there are some other minor things around your motor home you definitely can fix, which is a lot easier if you have some basic tools packed away. Wrenches, screwdrivers, duct tape, lubricant, and the like might not solve your problem completely, especially if you’re not very handy with vehicle repair. But, at the very least, they’ll do the job until you can get a professional to look at it.

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Entertainment to Keep You Busy

Oftentimes, the things you see along the way to your destination are entertainment enough. However, on long-haul trips, you’ll want something to beat the boredom. Even if your motor home has a TV, you should be prepared in the event that you don’t get reception wherever you camp for the night. You’re sure to have some leftover storage space in your motor home, so don’t forget to bring whatever helps pass the time – novels, puzzle books, a musical instrument, even board games, which are great if you’re travelling with a group

Supplies for Your Destination

Wherever you happen to travel to, from the deserts of the Southwest to the thick forests of New England, you’ll need to consider the objects you’ll need to stay safe and comfortable when you arrive. Naturally, these will depend on where you’re heading to. Planning on doing some sunbathing in the Florida Keys? Better bring some sunblock and a towel. Heading to the Cascades? You might need to pack a jacket. While you’ll most likely be able to buy whatever you need when you get to your destination, you’ll save some frustration (and probably a little money, too) by thinking ahead of time.

Despite your best preparations, there’s still a chance you’ll forget something, so don’t be too hard on yourself if this happens. As you continue to travel around with your motor home, consider keeping a list of all the must-take essentials that’s tailored to your group. Not only will you be less likely to forget something before you leave, but it’ll also make the gearing-up process a little easier. With so many things to consider as you get ready for a trip, you’ll surely appreciate any little help you can get.

City Highlight: Asheville, NC

North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands may be high on your to-visit list, but there are plenty of great stopping points to be found further inland. Case in point: Asheville. Although bigger cities Charlotte and Raleigh may seem to get all the attention, Asheville has the right mix of urban and natural attractions to make the city a worthy addition to your travel plans. Here are a few things you should expect when you visit the town that’s been called “The Land of the Sky” and “Paris of the South.”

Things to Do in the City

Asheville is perhaps best known for its vibrant arts community. As such, finding something interesting to do isn’t much of a problem. Dozens of museums, theaters, and venues call Asheville their home, and the city plays host to multiple festivals all year round. One of the most interesting attractions, however, has nothing to do with the arts. The Biltmore Estate, an impressive castle designed in the art deco architectural style, is located right in the middle of downtown. The estate hosts famous paintings from Renoir and the like, and it also has some gardens and a winery. While you’ll probably have your motor home, the well-kept grounds might tempt you to book a night’s stay.

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Nature All Around You

Asheville’s art, music, and food might be enough to draw any visitor in, but it’s the city’s geographical location that cinches the deal. Located between the Appalachian Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville promises beautiful sites and tons of outdoor activities to take part in. While hiking and taking in the beauty of the mountains are the obvious choices of leisure, there are also plenty of parks and gardens in and around Asheville, so you’ll have no problem finding opportunities to bike, fish, golf, and more.

Autumn: Best Time of the Year for “Leaf Looking”

It’s one of Asheville’s most notable attractions, but you can only catch it during a window that lasts just a few weeks. The city and surrounding areas are notable for the color-changing foliage in autumn. While the majesty of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains are appealing at any time of the year, viewing them in all their yellow, red, and orange beauty is truly something else. The end of October is said to be the best time to catch the trees’ peak colors on display. That said, if you show up a little late, don’t worry too much – Asheville winters are fairly mild, and you can expect the snowfall to reach only a couple of inches.

Visiting With Your Motor Home

As Asheville is surrounded by natural reserves, the area is a safe haven for those traveling by motor home. Bear Creek Campground, sandwiched between downtown Asheville and the nearby mountains, should serve you well if you’re looking to spend equal time touring the city and hiking through nature. The further you move into the mountains, the more likely you are to come across places to hang your hat for the night, including the Lake Powhatan national park grounds.

Whether you come for the nature, the city, or both, Asheville is bound to delight. Spend some time viewing the mountains from a cafe or seeing the far-off city from the side of the range, and perhaps you’ll understand why it’s called “The Land of the Sky.”

Where to See the Best Fall Foliage on the East Coast

Motor home owners–or at least those who aren’t snowbirds–often look toward the approaching winter season with a melancholy feeling. After all, with the end of summer comes the end of the travel season, right? Not quite. With a motor home, you have front row seats to one of the best aspects of the changing seasons: the breathtaking views as the foliage goes through its annual transition of colors. With winter not here quite yet, there’s still time to fit in another vacation, and if you choose to visit one of these attractions, you’re bound to see some unforgettable sights.

Let the Adirondacks Engulf You

If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, and you could definitely do worse than a trip to the Adirondacks in Northern New York. Not only does the mountainous region have one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the area, but the official park is also huge – 6 million acres in area, meaning there is more than enough to see and do if you visit. From a good vantage point, you can see orange, red, and brown as far as the eye can see. Due to the park’s immense size, there are many campgrounds for you and your motor home, including Sunset Bay Vacation Resort and a Jellystone Park.

Take a Trip Down the Vermont Byway

Vermont’s Route 100 Byway, which cuts through the middle of the state, running between the Green Mountains and Worcester Ridge, is suitably known as “Vermont’s Main Street.” The 140-mile drive is also one of the most scenic drives in the United States, making it a perfect trip for the fall season. Traveling the road end-to-end would be a great vacation in itself, but you won’t be able to help stopping at one of the many attractions along the way. Along with the many quaint, history-rich towns you’ll pass through, there are plenty of other attractions, including museums, shops, and tons of outdoor activities. As far as sleeping arrangements go, you’re sure to find something in one of Vermont’s 39 state park campgrounds.

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Float Along Maine’s Moosehead Lake

Henry David Thoreau once described Moosehead Lake as a gleaming silver platter at the end of the table – an apt description for the Eastern United State’s largest lake. Here, you can take in the beauty of the fall season by floating down the 40-mile-long lake, surrounded only by mountain air, colorful trees, and the quiet of nature. Talk about a vacation! As far as camping goes, Lily Bay State Park and Moosehead Family Campground will probably be your best bets, though there are a few more campgrounds surrounding the lake.

With the changing of the seasons, these spots are sure to be winners, though you’ll want to plan ahead accordingly. Go to early or too late, and you’ll miss the best that the nature of the East Coast has to offer. When getting your trip together, make use of tools like the Weather Channel’s foliage map to ensure that you’re traveling at peak color times. With sights like these, you’ll almost wish it was fall all year round!