Visiting Everglades National Park in Your RV

One of the best road trips you can take is to the Everglades National Park. The park is located in the tip of southern Florida and it has a deep history. At one point, citizens started draining the Everglades so that the land would be more useful. It was soon realized that the drainage project was destroying the fragile ecosystem and drainage and construction were halted.

Create a Tradition

The Everglades Ecosystem is home to over 350 different species of documented birds. When you take a road trip in your RV from RV Connections, watch for some of the rare species. Make a tradition of visiting every year so that you can see your favorite birds.

Old Highways

Two of the old highways are still in place – at least parts of them. The Old Ingraham Highway that led to Royal Palm State Park was completed by the time the park was dedicated in 1916. While it was supposed to be part of a railroad project, it was determined that a better route existed. However, James E. Ingraham wanted to continue the highway for the growth in agriculture and development for the Everglades.

By 1922 a large portion of the original proposed route was completed, but not to Cape Sable as planned. The Homestead Canal was tied to the highway and was used as drainage for the road. The canal, about 50 miles long, runs along the road until Coot Bay/Mud Lake. The old road is now part of new roads that run from Florida City to Flamingo. Some of the highway is now park administrative roads or trails; and some of it has been removed so that the landscape could be restored.

The Tamiami Trail runs from Fort Myers to Dade County. Construction began in 1915 and each district along the way built their part of the trail. This trail/road and its accompanying canal took 13 years to complete. The Tamiami Trail helped with the development of the interior of the Everglades and the accessibility of the area. Since the trail’s development disrupted the natural flow of water, many Miccosukee and Seminole villages were created along the tail – this native people served as tourist guides and hunting guides as the Everglades was their home.

Visit RV Connections

Before you head out on a road trip to South Florida and the Everglades, visit RV Connections to shop for a new RV or to schedule service for your current rig.

The Most Scenic Florida Beaches

This winter when the weather gets too cold up north, just point your RV down south. Florida is the perfect winter getaway. The weather’s warm, the beach is welcoming, and the views are spectacular. Here are some of the best beaches for snowbirding in Florida.


The white beaches and emerald waters of the Destin area, located in the panhandle, draw many tourists; the sand dunes are considered some of the whitest in the world and contrast strikingly with the water.


There’s no better place to escape the cold this winter than in Florida’s Keys. Islamorada, located just beyond Key Largo, offers turquoise ocean waters that are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle-boarding, fishing and just about any water-based activity. The tropical town’s cool seaside restaurants, famous bars and cartoonish palm trees are enough to create an unforgettable spring break.

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola has gorgeous beaches, art galleries, shops and restaurants in historic buildings. The area’s also home to military attractions, including the National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Air Station. Pensacola is full of history too, being one of the oldest cities on the continent. In addition, you can climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for matchless views of the Gulf Coast.

Visit RV Connections

Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.

Tips for RV Camping in the Florida Keys

With fall setting in and winter hot (cold?) on its trail, if you’re not packing away your RV, you’re probably at least setting your sights on some warmer destinations.

While there’s always SoCal or the Southwestern deserts, we prefer the sunny beaches of the Florida Keys. If year round blue skies, breezy warm weather, and refreshing water sounds like your idea of a great fall or winter, point your rig towards the Keys and enjoy some time there. Even as late in the year as December, you can catch some temperatures in the low to mid 70s.

Remember to Book a Site Well in Advance

One downside of the Keys is that you’re not the only RVer who will think to go there in the fall/winter. Know when you want to go and make sure that you reserve a site for your RV lest you find yourself roving the area in search of a spot to drop anchor. Even if you find that it’s too late this year, it’s still worth it to begin planning for next fall/winter. The sooner you try, the better chance you’ll have.

Don’t Go Without Your Trusty Tow Vehicle

If you’re in a motorhome, bring along an additional vehicle to get around with. It’s handy to have one almost anywhere, but it’s basically mandatory in the Keys. Major sites are spread out, so it’s not walkable. Additionally, there are some areas in the Keys where a big RV won’t fit. It’s best to drop your RV off at your camping site and then leave it there until you’re ready to move out.

Don’t Forget to Sightsee

This probably goes without saying, but there are multiple Keys in the region and each is worth the time it takes to visit and explore it. Don’t hone in Key West, for example.

Also, while the Keys are rightly known for watersports and seafood, don’t neglect to search for other activities and cuisines during your stay. You’ll be surprised at what you find when you look. Ask other RVers who’ve been in the area for a few weeks if they’ve got any recommendations.

Visit RV Connections in Panama City

Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.

Explore Econfina Creek

Located in Florida’s northwest panhandle between Panama City and Marianna, Econfina Creek offers paddlers and other watercrafters an at times languid and at other times harrowing route full of scenery and pristine springs.

Part of the route is great for beginners or those looking to enjoy a languid trip while the rest of the creek is extremely difficult and fast-moving and only suitable for experienced water-goers.

Stretching about 26 miles starting near Panama City and heading to Deer Point Reservoir and the Gulf of Mexico, there are a number of pullovers to enter the river or to picnic along its side.

There are a total of 11 springs along the creek’s length and very little human development to spoil the natural beauty. You can snorkel in the gentle parts of the creek or in the springs themselves. The creek is also good for tubing.

There’s one canoe outfitter situated on the creek just north of the Hwy 20 bridge. They can provide canoe, kayak, or tube rentals and will even shuttle visitors to and from access points along the creek. Even if you’re not renting watercraft from them, they still offer the shuttle service.

Vegetation along the creek isn’t typical Florida foliage, and includes mountain laurels, magnolia, beech, cypress, sweetgum, and white oak, among others.

Visit RV Connections Super Center

Stop by RV Connections Super Center before you visit Econfina Creek to find your perfect summer RV or to schedule service for your current RV.

5 Reasons Georgia Should be on Your Mind

The weather is warm, the oak trees are thriving and the old southern charm is still intact. With everything from stunning outdoor scenery to quaint beach towns and tourist attractions the whole family can enjoy, there’s no doubt that Georgia should be on your mind this summer. Fire up your RV and cruise up to the Peach State to visit these five must-visit Georgia attractions.

Jekyll Island

Admire the mansions, cruise the cozy streets or sit in the shade under a magnolia tree — Jekyll Island is known for its Georgian luxury, but it’s also the perfect place to sink your toes into the sand and relax.

The Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world, and the building’s 10 million gallons of water are home to stingrays, jellyfish, gators, sharks and countless other underwater species. Your kids will love the touch pool where they can learn about, and even feel, live sea creatures.

Historic Savannah

Carriage rides, ghost tours and some of the best southern eats in the country are just a few staples of downtown Savannah. Spend your days exploring the historic city, then indulge in the fine foods and happening bars at night.

Pebble Hill Plantation

Get a true taste of southern history at the Pebble Hill Pantation in Thomasville, Ga. Enjoy a picnic under the oak trees and admire the horses roaming about the estate. Book your tour of the main house ahead of time, because the Pebble Hill Plantation is a popular destination in summertime.

Stone Mountain Park

Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta is the exciting family-fun center of Stone Mountain Park. With rides, ropes courses, nature trails, a cable car and plenty of other outdoor activities sprawled across the park’s 3,200 acres, your entire family can run wild and blow off some steam away from the city.

Get Your Road Trip Supplies Here

At RV Connections in Panama City, we’re more than your go-to Florida RV dealer, we’re your No. 1 spot for finding all of the RV and camping supplies you need to enjoy the Georgia road trip of a lifetime.

North Carolina is a Great Place to Travel This Summer

From the undeveloped beaches of the Outer Banks to historic Wilmington and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina offers vacation destinations for beach-combers and mountain-lovers alike. Check out these three amazing destinations throughout the Tarheel State this summer, and you’ll quickly realize why North Carolina is such a great place to RV.

The Outer Banks

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are unlike anywhere else in the world. This 200-mile-long strand of barrier islands floats out to sea offering pristine ocean views on one side and the mild waters of the Pamlico, Albermarle and Currituck sounds on the other. RV-friendly campgrounds dot the entire coast of the Outer Banks, and finding a convenient and scenic spot to park your RV is actually easier than finding a hotel.

Historic Wilmington

Still on the North Carolina coast but only about one hour from the South Carolina border is the historic city of Wilmington. Wilmington offers five-star eateries, quaint shops and art galleries, plenty of pubs and historic tours in the downtown area as well as family beach towns (Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach are closest) on the outskirts. Winner’s RV Park is just steps from the shops, ocean and boardwalk in Carolina Beach and the Wilmington KOA will put you on Market Street just moments from the city’s historic downtown riverfront.

Mountainous Asheville

You don’t have to be a beach-lover to fall in love with North Carolina. Asheville is Western North Carolina’s biggest city, but it’s not just the incredible dining, music scene and countless craft breweries that bring tourists to Asheville in droves — it’s the area’s breathtaking scenery. Check out downtown Asheville then cruise the famous Blue Ridge Parkway 45 minutes southwest to Mount Pisgah Campground — the highest and most serene campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway.

Stop and See Us First

Before you make the road trip from Panama City to North Carolina, stop and see us at RV Connections — your local Florida RV dealer. Whether you’re in the market for a new or used RV or just need a little service done on your existing vehicle, we’re here to ensure you enjoy the road trip of a lifetime.

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5 Must-Visit Summer Events in Florida

Here at RV Connections in Panama City, we think there’s no better place to be in the summertime than Florida. And with so many amazing events happening throughout the state this summer, we think you’ll definitely agree.

Fire up your RV and cruise down to Florida for these five must-visit summer events, and you’ll see why the Sunshine State is not just for snowbirds anymore.

Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally

Reserve the second Thursday of each month for the delicious Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally. Sample some of the best food in Lakeland from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the exciting downtown, outdoor atmosphere.

Bonita Springs Country Music Barbeque

Kick off summer a little bit early on June 1st and 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa for an unforgettable concert by the J.J. McCoy Band, a massive barbeque buffet, full bar and tons of cowboy-themed fun.

The 24th Annual Harvest Festival

Explore one of Florida’s most anticipated events of the season at the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont June 20-22. With tons of live music, over 80 craft and art vendors, plenty of wine and beer and the popular grape-stomping competition, you don’t have to be a wine-lover to have a blast at the Harvest Festival.

Panama City Beach Fourth of July Spectacular

Celebrate the Fourth of July right here in Panama City Beach at the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. With a wide variety of live music, free events, kids activities, food, drinks and so much more, you may just enjoy the best Fourth of July ever right here in Panama City.

Yogi Bear’s Beach Party Weekend

There’s no better way to enjoy summer with your kids than Yogi Bear’s Beach Party Weekend from July 11 to 13. Camp at the Jellystone Park in Madison all weekend and experience endless family fun including beach music, karaoke, beach volleyball, sand castle building and tons more.

Make a Stop At RV Connections

When you’re cruising throughout Florida this summer, don’t forget to pay us a visit right here at RV Connections in Panama City. As your local Florida RV dealer, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best summer camping season yet.

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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

The main pirate ship in the Invasion Gasparilla 2010

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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.

East Coast Vacation Spots

Kancamagus Highway

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Whether your travel plans are for fall foliage observation, seasonal winter festivals, spring outings or summer beach destinations, the best way to see it all is in a RV. For a new or used recreational vehicle, visit RV Connections and travel the east coast in style and comfort.

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

One of the most beautiful scenic destinations is the quaint town of Chincoteague along Virginia’s eastern coast. From interesting shops to fresh seafood, the cozy town is a picturesque step back in time with a relaxed and serene atmosphere. Chincoteague Island is well-known for its long expanse of ocean shoreline, abundant aquatic and aerial wildlife, and its herd of wild horses that roam freely in protected areas. Assateague Island in Maryland and divided from Chincoteague by a wire fence, has another herd of wild ponies.

During the spring, the 35th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival takes place in April. In July, the 89th annual Pony Swim takes place drawing thousands to watch the wild ponies from Assateague Island make the swim to Chincoteague guided by the Saltwater Cowboys for the traditional pony auction. During October, visitors relish fresh seafood at the annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival. Several RV campgrounds in Chincoteague include Tom’s Cove Park, Pine Grove Campground and Waterfowl Park and Maddox Family Campground. Each has full hook ups.

Kancamagus Scenic Highway, New Hampshire

Relax and enjoy the ride along this scenic highway takes you through the White Mountain National Forest. The 34.5 mile highway has the designation as an American Scenic Byway because of its long history and for its stunning views especially the brilliantly colored leaves and fragrant scents during the fall season. Along the highway, there are numerous hiking opportunities and you can get plenty of pictures of the Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge, Lower Falls and the White Mountains.

There are six campgrounds along the highway. Several accept RV’s and provide bathrooms, showers, fresh water, and picnic table but none of the campgrounds has water, sewer or electric hook ups. Some campgrounds are only open mid-May through mid-October and some allow winter camping.

Visit RV Connections for all of your recreational vehicle needs. From service to accessories, the customer friendly staff will get you on your way to exploration and discovery of east coast destinations.

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