Great Travel Apps to Make Your Next Road Trip Easier Than Ever

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While RV travel often means going off the grid and trading our everyday technological lives for a breath of fresh air, there’s no denying that smartphones can be extremely handy on those long days on the road. From apps to help us get to our destination to those that help us enjoy the journey, these travel apps are must-haves for your next RV adventure.

GPS CoPilot

Although Google Maps may already be downloaded on your phone, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t download the GPS CoPilot app too. What’s so great about CoPilot? It’s an offline map program that works when you do decide to travel off the grid to places where cell phone service isn’t available. It’s ideal for travelers with limited data plans, poor cell phone service and those who cross borders in their RVs, and even better, paid upgrades are available to give you live traffic and map updates as well as turn-by-turn navigation in a wide variety of countries.

Camp and RV — Campgrounds Plus

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to shell out a few bucks for an app, and that proves true with Camp and RV Campgrounds Plus application. This app will help you locate any stopping place from luxury RV resorts to parking lots for those late night naps, and the straight-forward, easy-to-find information without any advertisements makes it well worth $9.99.

RV Checklist

Have you been using a pad and paper to list everything you need to do to prepare for a long RV adventure? Download the RV Checklist app, which is free for Androids and only $.99 for Apple products, and you’ll finally be able to leave home without a worry. With reminders ranging from your stabilizing jacks to your bocce ball set, you can customize your list, and the app will track your progress for you.

Before you hit the road for your first RV adventure of spring, don’t forget to stop by RV Connections in Panama City for all of your RV lifestyle needs from outdoor accessories to new and used RV sales. We’re your one-stop shop for RV sales and service in Florida, so come make RV Connections your go-to RV dealer today.

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Spring Break Trip Ideas Along the East Coast

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Here in Panama City, we know that spring break is all about fun in the sun, and while Panama City is certainly a spring break hot spot, we hope you’ll check out these awesome East Coast RV destinations that are guaranteed to make this spring break the best one ever.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

March is the month it really starts to heat up in North Carolina, and that means it’s the perfect time to visit the Outer Banks. Whether you’re seeking sun-bathing, surf, shopping or seafood — the Outer Banks is an uncrowded East Coast gem that boasts some of the most beautiful untouched coastal scenery in the country. If you’ve got a four-wheel-drive RV, you’re welcome to camp right on the sand in certain areas of the Outer Banks. And if not, there are a variety of RV parks stretching from Kitty Hawk all the way down to Ocracoke Island.

Charleston, South Carolina

If you’re looking for a spring break destination that combines culture and nightlife with the serenity of East Coast beaches, you’ll love Charleston. Spend your days exploring historic downtown Charleston and indulging in some of the nation’s best dining and shopping or just kick back and relax at a scenic campground near the beach. The Oak Plantation Campground on John’s Island is just moments from all of the action, and the James Island County Park gives easy access to the quaint and serene town of Folly Beach as well.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

You don’t have to venture out of our home state to find some of the best spring break destinations in the country. Cruise over to Cocoa Beach, and you’ll be relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in no time. Stay at the Jetty Park Campground and enjoy all of your favorite amenities from bathhouses to laundry facilities, a convenience store and a playground — all just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

RV Connections

Before you hit the road, don’t forget to stop by RV Connections here in Panama City. We’re your local Florida RV dealer, and we’re here to help with all of your RV lifestyle needs from sales to parts, accessories, advice and so much more.

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Florida Events to Attend in 2014

Regardless of when you plan to travel, Florida is a great destination location. Whether you plan to travel during the winter or head down during the spring, summer, or fall, RV Connections will help you get there in comfort and style.

The Sunshine State offers a wide variety of events and festivals that will entertain everyone of all ages, year-round.

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

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Tampa has been celebrating the invasion of the city by pirates for more than 100 years. It begins on January 25 with the Jose Gaspar sailing up Hillsborough Bay followed by a brunch and a parade featuring the many krewes aboard their festooned floats. Think Mardi Gras atmosphere. The parade winds its way to downtown Tampa where the party continues into the night with live music on multiple stages.

Daytona 500

Racing fans have been making the trip to this annual event since 1959 and this year is no exception. On February 23, the track heats up as the leaders in the racing world compete for the coveted title. RVs, travel trailers, and pop-up campgrounds are available onsite.

Strawberry Festival

If you enjoy the sweet taste of these plump red berries, then the Strawberry Festival in Plant City is for you. Located approximately 25 minutes from Tampa and an hour from Orlando via I-4, the festival offers plenty of entertainment, rides, concerts from headliner musicians, handcrafted items, agriculture and horticulture displays, food, and plenty of strawberry goodies. The festival runs February 27 through March 9.

Firestone Grand Prix

For racing fans, the Firestone Grand Prix hits the streets March 28 – 30. Enjoy the excitement of the Indy Car series in downtown St. Pete. Plenty of entertainment, exhibits, music, food, beer gardens, and driver autograph sessions along with the races. RV parking spaces are available.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Jazz enthusiasts travel to Florida every year to attend this musical event in its 34th year. For three days, your ears will experience the best from legendary to new musical talent. The festival is scheduled for October 26 – 19.

Stop by RV Connections and take a look at their red tag inventory or if you’re interested in selling your current RV. If all you need is a tune-up, they’ll take care of that, too.

Florida Vacation Spots

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Florida has a plethora of locations from coast to coast that make excellent RV vacations.

For travelers looking to purchase their first recreational vehicle or update what they already have to visit these locations, RV Connections is your go to RV dealer in Panama City.

With plenty of new and used vehicles available from over 20 brands, you’ll “connect” to the perfect ride from the Tiffin Allegro Bus to a Class C Forest River Forester.

Once you’re ready to go, choosing a Florida vacation spot will be next on the list. Pick a location close to home or venture out on the open road to some of Florida’s most well-known areas for fun-in-the-sun.

East Coast

Florida’s east coast will keep you busy from St. Augustine – the oldest city in the US – to the Keys. Along the way, there’s Daytona Beach and its famous Boardwalk, the Kennedy Space Center in Melbourne, Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful beaches and beautiful people, and Miami’s South Beach area and nightlife. The Art Deco area, Little Havana’s culinary delights, and family attractions such as the Miami Zoo make this a “go to” Florida destination.

Key West

Heading out of Miami, keep going across the bridge all the way to Key West. Stop at cities that make up the keys such as Islamorada, Key Largo and Marathon to enjoy the cool waters for scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. Visit Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park dating to the Civil War and take a boat ride to the Dry Tortugas.

West Coast

The Tampa Bay area has so many areas to visit. The St.Petersburg and Clearwater area has miles of golden beaches and the best seafood restaurants. Fort DeSoto has an ancient fort, Tarpon Springs has the sponge docks, Silver Springs for snorkeling, Tampa features Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo, and Sarasota has pristine beaches and the Ringling Museum. These are just a few of the places you won’t want to miss.

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The theme parks: Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Legoland, Islands of Adventure, and Pleasure Island, to name a few, for family fun.

Plan a visit to RV Connections and let the friendly staff at this family owned RV dealership get you going in the right direction.

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Florida’s Best Fall Events for RVers

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Florida RVer’s have plenty of events available throughout the year and it’s never too early to start making plans.

In preparation of anticipated traveling, a visit to RV Connections, a Panama City, FL, new and used RV dealer, has the inventory to satisfy every situation.

Festivals

Consider two music festivals scheduled at the Dixieland RV Park in Waldo. Bill Bailey’s Fall Gospel Jubilee is set for Thursday through Saturday, October 24-26 and features over 10 artists performing at the open-air pavilion. Shows begin at 7:30 on Thursday and Friday and 6pm on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair.

On October 30-31 and November 1-3, toes will be tapping at the 2013 Dixieland Fall Bluegrass Festival with multiple bands and solo artists performing. Dixieland RV Park has more than 300 campsites with full hookups, 30/50 amp, shaded sites, free WiFi and pull-thru sites. Pets are welcome and there’s a restaurant onsite if you don’t feel like cooking.

The Suwannee Hulaween Festival celebrates Halloween October 31-November 2 with 3 nights of musical performances at the Suwannee Music Park and Campground near Live Oak. The 500-acre park offers hiking, canoeing, wildlife observation, exhibits, an Arts and Crafts Village, and an onsite restaurant. RV sites have full hookups with water and electric and bath houses with hot showers.

Events

The Lake Mirror Classic Automobile Festival is celebrating its 14th year in downtown Lakeland October 18th through October 20th. On display will be over 600 show vehicles at the Lake Mirror Promenade. For car enthusiasts and collectors, this show is one not to be missed. The classic draws more than 35,000 spectators and features ongoing events over the 3 day event. Several RV campgrounds are less than 15 minutes away from the downtown area.

No matter where you plan to travel for an event, stop by RV Connections and take a look at the new and used RV’s, schedule a service check, or visit the parts and accessories department and select an outdoor lawn chair to take to a concert.

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