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2017 Race Season Will Be Upon Us In No Time

Before you know it the Christmas trees will be coming down, New Year’s Resolutions will be made and the 2017 Racing Season will be full throttle here in Florida. The first quarter of next year hosts 3 of the premier racing events for the Sunshine State and the climate controlled comfort of an RV is the only way to experience them. Florida weather during the early months of the year can go from 40 to 80 degrees in the same day but you can sleep at a comfortable 75 either way if you choose an RV instead of tents and sleeping bags for your camping accommodations. Not sure which events you want to take in, check out the information below and choose the ones that are right for you then give Camp USA a call to book your RV!

January 28-29, 2017: Rolex 24 at Daytona

An event that dates back to 1962, the Rolex 24 is a 24-hour marathon race that combines the skill (and will) of the driver and their crew alongside the sheer performance and durability of their vehicles. The Rolex 24 is an experience unlike any other where drivers battle it out from sunrise to sunset in this first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race of the season. It gets even better because when you park your RV at Daytona, you do so in no other place than the 180-acre infield included first-class waterfront camping along Lake Lloyd. For more information, please visit: Rolex 24 at Daytona

February 26, 2017: Daytona 500

The quintessential race event of the hear is none other than the Daytona 500. The 2016 event sold out so definitely do not sleep on tickets for this race. This is the ultimate event to experience Daytona 500 and our tip is to make sure you get a Fanzone wristband for exclusive looks into the NASCAR garages, autograph sessions, pre-race action and much more. RV Camping spots are already filling up fast, visit here for more info: Daytona 500

March 15-17, 2017: 12 Hours of Sebring

This year marks the 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race and although the race takes place on Saturday, gates open Wednesday, March 15, 2017 and remain open 24 hours a day up through the event so you can experience multiple days of pre-race activities. The RV camping at Sebring offers unprecedented views as the spaces are directly adjacent to the track. Get more info and buy your tickets here: 12 Hours of Sebring

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Florida Holiday RV Hot Spots

The holidays will be here before you know it, and what better way to enjoy time with family than by heading out in your RV Rental from Camp USA to see some of Florida’s best holiday “hot spots”

#1 St. Augustine, Florida

First stop on our tour is to the Oldest City in America… St. Augustine! Now, if you have been to St. Augustine before, you have most likely taken a stroll through historic downtown to enjoy the beautiful sights. But, during the holidays the city is a whole lot brighter.

This year will mark the 23rd Annual Nights of Lights in St. Augustine! The award winning display runs from mid November until the end of January and is unlike anything you will ever see…including 3 million lights…yes, you heard us right, 3 million. Now, if you are concerned about your little ones not being able to walk the route, there is no need to worry. Trains and Trolley tours are constantly running so that Light goers can enjoy seasonal delights without getting exhausted.

Looking to camp in St. Augustine? Enjoy your stay at North Beach Camp where there is plenty of privacy to surround your RV, and great amenities for your family to enjoy. Book here: www.northbeachcamp.com

#2 Jacksonville, Florida

While you are visiting St. Augustine for the beautiful Nights of Lights display, be sure to add Jacksonville, Florida to your RV route! Jacksonville may not be known for its’ holiday lighting, but they do have an abundance of gingerbread homes. Get into the Christmas spirit at the Gingerbread House Extravaganza from November 30th – December 23rd! Browse beautiful displays of gingerbread homes created by Chefs, Engineers, Architects, Schools and Families! The confectionary creations make for a truly magical experience and will have you craving a few sweets before you get back on the open road.

#3 Orlando, Florida

One of our favorite places to take an RV trip to is Orlando, Florida to enjoy the happiest place on earth…Disney World! Heading to Disney world with your family is always a magical experience, but visiting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas will be the best present your family can enjoy together. During your stay you can take part in tons of holiday themed events & perks including.. spectacular fireworks, decorations throughout the park, complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, visits from Mickey & Santa and the best part…a light snowfall near Cinderella’s castle!

Continue your holiday vacation in Disney World and relax in your RV at the beautiful Fort Wilderness! Book here: www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Now that you have a few holiday “hot spots”, are you ready to hit Florida’s open road? Plan your trip with the Team at Camp USA and enjoy affordable RV rentals that will be comfortable for you family and will offer incredible amenities that will make this RV excursion a trip to remember!

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Tales From A Haunted RV…

Halloween is just around the corner, and we are gearing up our RV’s to hit the open road and visit some of Florida’s best holiday “hot spots”! So, pack up the family and your scaredy pants for some good ole’ haunted fun!

First Stop Orlando!

What better place to start off your haunted RV road trip, then with a few days in Orlando! Florida has so many fun seasonal spots to visit, but Orlando has two of our favorite destinations… Halloween Horror Night & Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween!

Halloween Horror Nights is definitely for the adults in your RV. With mazes and haunted houses that take after smash movie and TV hits like American Horror Story and The Walking Dead…there will be plenty of terrifying mazes and houses to keep you up at night. Luckily, you will have a cozy RV to head back to.

Now, if you are looking for something the whole family can enjoy, then look no further than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Disney will be decked out in their Halloween decorations and your family will even have the chance to meet some of the Villans of Disney during the party! Keep in mind that the party takes place on selected nights.  

Get your Halloween Horror Tickets here! (www.halloweenhorrornights.com)

Visit Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween here! (www.disneyworld.disney.go.com)

Park your RV here! (www.rvonthego.com/florida/orlando-rv-resort)

Second Stop Brooksville!

Is there anything better than a haunted house? The May-Stringer House was erected around the year 1856. Now a museum, the home is packed with antiques and collectibles from the 1800 & 1900’s, but that isn’t what makes this historic home a haunted Gem in Florida…it is the home’s previous residents. A long line of the May & Saxon families have resided in this historic home, where many of them have passed, including the young Jessie May.

Employees of the museum often find toys in disarray in the morning and have had a few unexplained images in photos, which is why it is known as the most haunted home in Florida. If you are planning a Halloween tour in your RV, this is a must. Be a part of the haunted history by taking their night tour! …this is not for the little ones so keep that in mind when planning your visit.

Book your tour by calling 352-799-0129 or email at info@hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com!

Where to stay? Clover Leaf Forest RV Resort! www.rvonthego.com/florida/clover-leaf-forest-rv-resort

Third Stop St. Augustine!

We are going to travel up to Northern Florida for the next Halloween “hot spot”.. St. Augustine! St. Augustine has some incredible history, and with history comes a few haunted tales. One of our favorite Halloween tours is the St. Augustine Ghosts & Graveyards Frightseeing Tour! On this night tour you will head to the “Old Jail”, “Old Drug Store” and Potter’s Wax Museum. The 1hr and 20 minute trolley tour is the perfect way to end your day in the beautiful St. Augustine area… and is a great way to learn about the darker history of this Nation’s oldest city.  

Book your tour here! (www.ghostsandgravestones.com)

Enjoy a night in your RV here! (www.koa.com/campgrounds/st-augustine-beach)

Camp USA is now ready for a Halloween Road Trip! If you are planning a “haunted” adventure for your family, be sure to book your luxury rental from any of our Camp USA locations!

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It’s Time: Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Don’t wait any longer to get your tickets and book your RV for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 18-20, 2016. On November 20th, the Homestead will be buzzing to the sounds of cheering fans as the best drivers on the planet compete in the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race. There are a range of tickets, camping options and build your own packages available at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com, but let us be your guide to the ultimate Homestead experience in a Camp USA RV!

Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck with Multi-Day Tickets

The Homestead-Miami Speedway offers numerous ticketing options including single-day tickets to the Ford EcoBoost 200, 300 and 400 races but the best deals for those looking to take in the entire weekend are Multi-Day Tickets. There are both 2 and 3 day options available for just a few dollars more than a single-day ticket. If you are really looking to take your trip to the next level, pick up a FanVision Fan Zone package that includes food and beverages, special gifts and souvenirs! Each FanVision Fan Zone purchase comes with a FanVision and a Pre-Race Pit Pass so you do not need to purchase this as well!

Ride and Camp in Style with a RV Rental from Camp USA

Securing an RV camping spot at Homestead is easy with two options, Reserved and Non-Reserved, with the difference being you are not assigned a parking spot until arrive at the venue with the latter. With either option make sure to contact us and secure a rental for one of our many luxury RVs. With units starting at just $225/day, book anything from a Class C unit to a Class A Luxury unit complete with more amenities then you will find in any hotel. Not sure what unit is best for you, just give us a call and we will help you plan the perfect getaway to the Ford EcoBoost 400!

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Start Earning Money from your RV with Our Consignment Program

Chances are, if you own a RV, you are not using it every day of the year (if you are then you are very lucky!). Our Consignment program is designed to help you maximize that downtime by renting out your RV and earning money without any of the headaches of managing the rental yourself.

With two locations to serve the state of Florida, your RV will receive maximize exposure and we will provide all the marketing, sales, storage, cleaning, screening of renters, check in and check out, charges to renters for any damages and periodic maintenance. Camp USA will also provide bed linens, towels, kitchen utensils, clean the interior and exterior, as well as empty and sanitize holding tanks after each renter. It is our commitment to you that your RV will be meticulously cared for like it was one of our own.

As the owner, you are also welcome to schedule times in advance when you would like to use your RV for your own recreation. We do ask that you leave holidays open for rentals since those are the busiest earning times for both of us. Of course we will do our best to accomodate you if you would like to use your vehicle during a holiday.

Rental revenues are split 50/50 and on the 15th of each month we will prepare a statement of all rental activity and distribute a check for your earnings. Insurance costs will be billed to directly to you from the insurance company.

Overall our consignment program is designed to help you earn money without having to worry about any aspect of the rental process. Are you ready to put your RV to work for you?

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Fourth of July Fireworks RV Camping Guide

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and that means one thing, FIREWORKS! This month we are going to help you navigate some of the best visual displays and excellent parties as we celebrate our independence in the great state of Florida.

Fireworks at the Fountain (Orlando)

When most people think about amazing fireworks shows in Orlando, they think of Disney World, whose regular performances are nothing short of breathtaking. However, the Fireworks at the Fountain event at Lake Eola Park is an incredible (and more cost effective) alternative. Fireworks at the Fountain is a patriotic celebration of fun, food and fanfare with live entertainment and an area just for kids. The days’ events begin at 4 pm so if you want an ideal viewing spot of the fountain and the fireworks, we recommend getting there nice and early. The fireworks will begin at 9:20 pm.

Local Orlando RV Camping: ORLANDO SE / LAKE WHIPPOORWILL KOA
One of Orlando’s best kept secrets, this campground offers lake view RV sites, private boat ramps, pools, hot tubs, and much more! For more information please visit http://koa.com/campgrounds/orlando-se/.

Pier Park Star Spangled Spectacular (Panama City Beach)

Your Fourth of July shouldn’t be complete without the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast! This family friendly event will include live music and dueling fireworks from the City (Russell-Fields) and County (MBMiller)Piers.The best place for viewing is right on the beach so be sure to bring your beach chairs and enjoy the Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks Show at Aaron Bessant Park.

Local Panama City Beach RV Camping: PINEGLEN
Pineglen is the perfect RV campground for enjoying the Florida’s Emerald Coast. Nestled away among the palm trees, pine trees and fishing ponds we offer a quiet retreat just minutes Panama City Beach. For more information please visit http://www.pineglenrvpark.com/index.html

Fourth of July Spectacular (Fort Lauderdale)

So you want to see one of USA Today’s 10 Best Fourth of July Fireworks in the USA? Well look no further than Fort Lauderdale’s Fourth of July Spectacular. This celebration will feature a patriotic extravaganza with a kids zone, a DJ and a dazzling fireworks display that will rival some of the best in the world.

Local Fort Lauderdale RV Camping: PARADISE RV
An oldie but a goodie, this park is an extremely well maintained campground that offers unprecedented access to all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The spaces and roads are known to be a bit on the narrow side but call ahead first and they will happy to accommodate you and find the best site for your RV. For more information please visit http://paradiserv.com/.

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3 State Parks You Have To Visit

The good ole’ USA is full of amazing state parks, and we are fortunate to have some of the country’s best right in our backyard. A RV offers the perfect opportunity to embrace these incredible parks, spend as much time as you want without breaking the bank on lodging, and truly enjoy luxurious accommodations at the end of each day. Today we are going to highlight our favorite spots in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. From breathtaking waterfalls to epic coastal views, any of these 3 parks would be sure to yield a vacation of a lifetime.

Bahia Honda State Park – Big Pine Key, FL

Once a remote island, Bahia Honda Key is now one of Florida’s southernmost state parks offering some of the most beautiful beaches, sunsets and unparalleled snorkeling experiences. The park provides the perfect balance of nature and modern amenities including kayak and snorkeling gear rentals, a Sand and Sea Nature Center and concessions. Guests will enjoy swimming in the beautiful water alongside sandy beaches were wading birds are commonly seen, fishing, boating, cycling, and much more. With 42 RV ready campsites accommodating a range of vehicle lengths, your dream camping in the Keys adventure is just a click away.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/bahia-honda

Amicalola Falls State Park – Dawsonville, GA

With amazing scenery and numerous hiking trails, Amicalola Falls is one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. The waterfall itself towers at 729 feet, making it the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. This park has everything to satisfy a true outdoorsman coupled alongside the luxuries of a beautiful lodge and scenic mountain-view restaurant, Maple Restaurant. Some popular activities of Amicalola Falls State Park included hiking (with over 12 miles of trails, including the Canyon Climbers Club and access to the Appalachian Trail), trout fishing, geocaching and many other family centric activities. The 829 acre facility features numerous accommodations from hotel rooms to cottages to 25 campsites ready for you and your RV.

http://gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls

Fall Creek Falls State Park – Spencer, TN

Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park is Fall Creek Falls State Park, with over 26,000 acres of cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and incredible scenery. The park is perfect for a family adventure with four playgrounds, horse stables, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. It is also equally suited for a couples getaway with more than 34 miles of trails including 2 overnight long distance trails as well as a challenging 18-hole golf course. Fall Creek Falls features an inn with 145 hotel rooms, a restaurant, extensive meeting space, 30 cabins and 222 campsites, making it the perfect place to park and enjoy your RV rental.

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/fall-creek-falls

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RV’ing This 4th of July Weekend

It doesn’t get more American than taking an RV trip on the 4th of July and thankfully Florida has tons of great options. Like we said, there are no shortage of great weekend events here in the Sunshine State, the challenge is choosing the right one for you. We figured we would help you out by giving you all the details on two of our favorite events!

Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway

This year the Coke Zero 400 is back and better than ever on July 2nd at the newly improved Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, FL. This fan-favorite event has all the patriotism you could want alongside some of the best anticipating racing. With new and improved seating options, there isn’t a bad view in the house. Enjoy unparalleled experiences in the Spring FANZONE as well as an epic Pre-Race Extravaganza.

RV camping options are abundant in the Geico Campgrounds with affordable options like Geico Park West starting at just $220 all the way up to the Premium Gecko Shores at Lake Lloyd at $990. At any price level you will be sure to find top of the line grounds with plenty of entertainment. Spring for the Gecko Shores and you will have infield access, 50-amp electric and water hookups, access to the Boardwalk Club, and most of all absolutely amazing views of the famed Backstretch!

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks at Disney World

Disney World is known for delivering an unforgettable experience everyday of the year but Independence Day is one of the few holidays each year were they truly pull out the stops, especially during their fireworks performance at Magic Kingdom. They will be announcing their official plans soon so get in early and book your trip with the expectation of a one of a kind concert in the sky choreographed to music (generally on both Friday and Saturday evening).

There are tremendous accommodations available at Disney but few better than the beautiful Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. With fully-equipped campsites nestled into 750 acres of pine and cypress forest this is a vacation stay your family won’t soon forget. Enjoy winding woodland trails, beautiful beachfront, and incredible entertainment such as archery experiences, ranches, animal rides, and all sorts of outdoor activities.

No matter where you decide to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, do it from the comfort and convenience of a luxury rental from Camp USA!

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Camp USA Road Trip: Peace River, River Ranch & Ginnie Springs

Is it summer yet? If you are anything like the Camp USA Crew we know you are prepping your summer plans and eyeing a few RV rentals for the trip. There are so many camping options in Florida that it’s hard to choose just one. With the variety in landscapes, culture and entertainment the sky is the limit when it comes to your summer camping plans, but just incase you are stumped on where to take your RV, we came up with a list of customer and Camp USA favorites!

#1 Peace River

If you are planning to head to Southwest Florida this summer, then Peace River is your goto spot. This location is for the ultimate outdoor campers. With massive cypress trees and an abundance of wildlife the area offers a peaceful retreat for those who want to be surrounded by Florida’s incredible greenery.

We know that wildlife is a beautiful backdrop for your RV road trip but that isn’t all that Peace River has to offer. If you are an avid outdoors enthusiast than the variety of hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming and even fossil hunting will be right up you ally.

Where to stay?

Many of our customer’s favorite RV campground is the one and only Peace River Campground. It is the perfect spot to kickback and have access to Peace River’s many activities. Amenities include pull-thru sites, buddy sites, laundry, playgrounds, heated pool, camping store, full hook ups and long-term leasing if you’d like to stay for the summer.

Peace River Campground Link: http://www.peacerivercampground.com/index.html

#2 River Ranch

Next up is one of our favorite destinations in River Ranch, FL. You will fall in love with River Ranch and the entertainment available. Keep in mind that this isn’t a typical camp out in the woods experience but more of a home on the range/luxury feel.

Horseback riding, archery, boating, mini golf, zip lines and rock climbing are just a few of the various activities you can take part in. We all love to be in the great outdoors but like a little luxury too, and is why River Ranch caters to both facets. So whether you are looking to have dinner at the Smokehouse Grill or spend your Saturday evening at the weekly rodeo, River Ranch is your place.

Where to stay?

The award winning Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is where all of the action happens. With the option to stay in rooms or camp with your RV, Westgate really is the best of both worlds. RV sites include power and water hookups, bathrooms, showers and picnic tables.

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo Link: https://www.westgatedestinations.com/florida/lake-wales/westgate-river-ranch/accommodations/rv-camping

#3 Ginnie Springs

Located in High Springs, Florida, Ginnie Springs is a perfect vacation spot for those who love water activities. As one of the clearest springs in the state at a nice 72 degrees Ginnie Springs has river tubing, swimming, snorkeling and even cave diving for the adventurous RV campers.

Equipped with their very own dive center, Ginnie Springs will be the perfect starting point for beginner divers and experienced, but if you want to relax a little more, then river tubing will be your favorite aspect. The lazy Santa Fe River allows you to drift for a little over an hour while you catch some sun and take in the gorgeous river surroundings. The best part is you can bring your own tubes or rent them depending on how much space your RV allows.

Where to stay?

Ginnier Springs offers convenient camping right on site. With electricity and water hookups you will be able to pull your RV right in and starting enjoying the crystal clear waters. Just remember that since the spots are limited for electric and water sites at Ginnie Springs be sure to book yours as early as possible.

Ginnie Springs Link: http://www.ginniespringsoutdoors.com/

We cannot wait to get our summer road trips planned out and RV’s packed and ready to go. If you need to get an RV booked for your vacation get in touch with the Camp USA Crew and be sure to share your favorite Florida hot spots.

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Camp USA Road Trip: Southern Fishing Destinations

There is nothing better than summertime travel. Renting an RV with friends and family and hitting the open road to enjoy a little sunshine and fresh air is what you might dream about all year long, and as far as we are concerned, it is never too early to get your summer vacation plans in line. 

Hitting up some of the south’s best vacation spots is always an idea, but traveling to the top fishing destinations is even better. So sit back, buckle up and follow us through some of the best hotspots for summer fishing. 

Andrew Jackson State Park in South Carolina

If you are looking for a little history, art and community events to go with your fishing trip, than Andrew Jackson State Park is your RV destination. The state park is equipped with living history programs that include a museum on Andrew Jacksons life, along with 18th century school replicas. In addition to the historical elements Andrew Jackson State park has beautiful campgrounds, nature trails and of course a fishing lakes available for use. 

What kind of fishing is available? Bass, bream, catfish and crappie fish fill the 18 acre state park lake. If you would like to rent a boat for your fishing excursion you can either hook it up to your RV or just borrow a rental. Fishing boat rentals range from $15/day to $3/per hour depending on your plans and vacation schedule. Keep in mind that a valid South Carolina fishing listen is required here.

While visiting the Andrew Jackson State Park in South Carolina you’re going to need a place to park your RV and this state park has great camping available right on the premises. Each site is equipped with individual water and electrical hookups and reservations have to be made a minimum of two nights.. and don’t forget about your furry friends this vacation, they are welcome too. 

Camping Info for Andrew Jackson State Park: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/andrewjackson/camping.aspx

Smokies Angling Adventures in Tennessee

Bass fishing is in full swing during the summer months, and Tennessee offers some great spots to kick back and snag some great catches. Our next destination is to Douglas Lake in Sevierville Tennessee. This reservoir that stretches across 43 miles along the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the most beautiful fishing locations you will ever see. 

Each year around 1.7 million people visit Douglas Lake. As one of the top 5 crappie lakes in the US and one of the top 10 in the nation for largemouth bass fishing, Douglas Lake is a must for fishing enthusiasts. During he day you can enjoy the various scenic opportunities, but it is the nighttime during June, July and August when fishing is at its best. 

Where to stay? Mountain Cove Marina and Campground is a great spot to park your RV and enjoy the outdoors. Equipped with a sanitary dump station, laundry facility, boat launch and volley ball courts it is a great location for the entire family. Don’t feel like cooking? The Harbor Grill serves up the best food on Douglas Lake, so if you are looking for a night of pure relaxation make sure to check out their menu and enjoy!

Camping info near Douglas Lake: http://mountaincovemarina.com/

Long Key State Park in Florida

Right in the middle of the Florida keys rests Long Key State Park. This popular destination offers beautiful aqua waters and ocean-front campsites. Along with fishing, Long Key State Park provides incredible hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and some of the worlds best bird watching. Keep in mind before visiting Long Key State Park make sure you are up to date on the latest fishing liscenes and regulations regarding size and fishing methods before anchoring in. 

Long Key State Park has one of the best campgrounds in the region offering direct views of the vast Atlantic Ocean. Water and electricity are provided at each campsite along with picnic tables and grills. Restaurants can be made up to 11 months in advance so no time is too early to get your scenic campsite. 

Camping Info for Long Key State Park: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-activities/Long-Key#Camping

There you have it, three of our favorite southern RV campgrounds and fishing destinations. Whether you want the aqua waters of the Florida Keys or the mountain ranges of the Great Smoky Mountains as your background the south has it all. So start planning your RV road trip with Camp USA and get ready for that summertime air and fishing bliss.