Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! It's 2017 and It's RV Show Season!

RV Shows are a great place to begin your search for local reputable RV dealers.  They are generally scheduled for January and February in the Northeastern US when dealerships are slowest. 

RV Shows provide you the opportunity to see newest models and talk to dealerships that you may not have heard of, and reduce your expenses and time by not having to drive to many different dealerships.  As a customer you can see and compare prices, brands, layouts, and more with one stop shopping.  There is always a huge range of quality & prices.  So when comparing units, make sure you’re comparing the prices of like models of differing brands.  One RV may look like another one, but you need to compare the options, construction, equipment, and features they both have to offer. See who offers the best deal but remember if the dealer isn’t reputable or isn’t equipped to work on the RV, or is located too far away to conveniently return the RV for service, your purchase may not turn out to be the best deal.  Don’t be afraid to talk with other RVers at the show. Many of these people have years of RV experience and knowledge of different products and dealerships.  Most will be honest and tell you when and where they’ve gotten the best deals & service.   

We talk to dozens of RV owners each year.  One of the biggest complaint we hear is that campers bought their RV from one of those big “discount dealers” that is 4-5 hours drive away, have trouble with it, and it’s a pain to take it back to the big discount dealership, and the local dealerships don’t have time to work on it. 

If you think about it, you can kind of understand the local dealer’s position.  After all, you didn’t buy it from them, and them doing the work and getting the refund from the factory is very time consuming to their business.  Time is money.  That time also means time that they are taking away from serving the customers who did buy from them.  Who can blame them?  If you were their buying customer, you wouldn’t want to stand in line behind a repair for a non-customer, would you?  There, you have it.  So, keep that in mind, these small business owners can’t compete with these “Wal-Marts” of the RV industry on price because they can’t buy the volume of RVs those mega discount RV dealerships can.  But, those big discount RV Dealerships can’t and don’t offer you that home town connection, service, and responsiveness that your local RV Dealer can.  And remember, you’re not just purchasing an RV, you’re supporting your neighbor’s and their employees families!    

Buying an RV from a local reputable dealer insures you the best possible service, convenience, and shortest distance to travel for maintenance, repairs, & warranty work.  It is always a good idea to visit the dealership’s physical location before you buy, check out their service department, service hours, etc.  In addition, many RV dealers offer show discounts and sometimes manufacturer rebates are available.  So not only do you save money with the one stop shopping, but there are huge savings in the purchase prices!  RV shows sometimes include educational seminars, entertainment, and raffles for door prizes, free RVs, and more!  So there are a lot of potential gains to attending!  Show specials also sometimes include discounts or coupons from campgrounds.  So, your new RV sometimes comes with savings to use it, too!

For more information about local RV Dealers who have partnered with campgrounds in Western PA who offer $800.00 in free Camping with the purchase of a new RV from those dealerships in a Very Special Camper (VSC) Discount Offer, visit our website at: http://meadvillekoa.com/discounts/

RV shows aren’t just for RV dealers to showcase new and used RVs.  RV shows offer a wealth of information on the whole RVing industry.  Most campgrounds & RV resorts are slow or closed for the winter.  RV shows allow campgrounds to showcase new activities, special events, new amenities & extended stay (aka seasonal camping) availability to potential campers.  Make sure you stop by their booths and find new places to explore and exciting things to do with your family this summer!   

You can also find information for aftermarket RV products, RV accessories, RVing insurance, Camping or RVing Clubs, Discount Clubs, pick up brochures, camping directories for your state and other states, or the free KOA directory for the whole USA and Canada and more! 

You don’t even have to own an RV to enjoy camping or go to the RV Shows!  Even if you don’t intend to buy an RV, you can learn about cabin camping or pick up information about campgrounds for tent camping!  Many people think of camping as ‘roughing it” with a tent, on the ground, in the rain, and a less than pleasurable “vacation”.  This is no longer the case.  For about the price of a hotel room, most campgrounds are now offering cabin rentals.  Prices for the cabin rentals vary by campground and the amenities offered.  “Camping cabins” are generally the least expensive because they offer the fewest amenities.  They are generally one room with beds and a table.  Cottage Cabins sleep 2-4 people may offer kitchenettes, or a few more amenities. Deluxe cabins are lodges with deluxe facilities like multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and bathrooms.  There is no requirement to own an RV to have a family fun camping vacation!  You can enjoy the luxury of RVing with a camping vacation in a cabin and not miss any of the campground recreation programs and planned activities! 

Why not pack up the family for a fun winter-day activity and attend one of the local RV shows in your area.  Invite a friend to come along, and enjoy a day of looking forward to a summer camping season filled with friends & fun at these RV Shows: 

Cleveland, Ohio RV Super Show, January 4 – 8, at the I-X Center, Cleveland, OH.  Info on show hours, admission, and parking fees along with discount coupons for admission available on their website at: http://www.ohiorvshow.com/!

Pittsburgh RV Show January 07 - 15  At David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA!  See their website for show hours, admission prices, parking, and discounts offered at:  http://www.pittrvshow.com/!  Check them out on Facebook (they raffle off free tickets)!  And follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MeadvilleKOA, for a chance to win free tickets too!   

Erie RV Show Feb 11 - 14 At the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA!  The show entrance is family affordable and the parking is free, but the limited floor space limits the number of dealers and RVs on display! For more info see their website online at:
  http://www.eriepromotions.com/RV/eri/default.aspx

Butler RV Show at the Clearview Mall is Feb 17-19 during Mall hours. This show features Penn RV Center in Titusville.  There is no entrance fee and parking is free, making this show very family affordable and fun! See the mall website for mall hours at: http://www.shopclearviewmall.com/events.php. Penn RV Center is online at: https://www.facebook.com/pennrv/?fref=ts

We invite you to attend any and all of these RV Shows!  Stop by the KOA Kampgrounds booth and pick up some brochures, a KOA directory and a KOA bag!  Tell folks in the booth that you received your invitation to the RV Show from Meadville KOA Campground!  We hope to see you there!    

By Robyn Chilson

Robyn and her husband Tim Chilson, are CPO campground owners who own and operate Meadville KOA.  You can reach her at https://meadvillekoa.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Geocaching While Camping & RVing

Geocaching is the equivalent of a high tech scavenger hunt!  There are over 2 million geocaches world wide!  So there is bound to be some great caches near you – no matter where you’re camping!  And, you can do it any time of the day, any day of the week, and as little or much as you choose, making it convenient, family fun with no fees!    
  
Who plants or hides the caches?  The caches are created and placed in the hiding spot and then listed on https://www.geocaching.com/play by fellow geocachers.  You simply look up caches in the area where you’re camping and then go find them!  Then, share your experience on the same site!  Who knows, you may even decide to create geocaches in cool places near where you live or camp often!  And that is how this craze got started!    

Caches come in all kinds of different sizes, shapes, and difficulty!  They often contain a log or paper to sign, or you can swap trinkets if you choose.  As trinkets, people use personalized guitar picks, pencils, toys, polished stones, etc.  Each cache is a reflection of the person who hid the cache.  In many cases, the trip leads the geocacher to new and unusual places they may never have seen had they not been geocaching!
     
What equipment is required to go geocaching?  All you need is a hand held GPS or smart phone – and to download the geocaching app.  Create a free geocaching account and you’re ready to go!  Search for geocaches in the area where you’re camping, choose the geocache you want to go find, and then navigate your way to the find the geocach!  It’s that easy!
It’s very important to be respectful of the geocache requests posted on the app.  If they request you park in a certain area and walk, please do.  Many times, geocaches are on private property.  Damage to the property will inhibit others from being able to experience the cache.  Just as with national parks, the best policy is to take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints.  You should be able to take all the time you’d like – and take lots of great memories with you!  Don’t forget to get photos!     

Geocaches aren’t always easy to find – which is part of the fun!  So it’s okay to take the time to celebrate your find when you make your discovery!  Don’t forget to sign the logbook, swap trinkets if you choose, and put the geocache back where you found it.  Then, post your find on the app.  Allow the kids to take photos or selfies of themselves with the geocache and share it on their social media pages for their friends to see.  It’s that simple and it’s that much fun!  This is a great family activity!  It’s fun, great exercise, and gets the whole family outdoors discovering and enjoying the great outdoors!

Make sure you are properly attired for your geocaching adventure.  Make sure you have  jackets, rain gear, and proper footwear for different types of weather and conditions for the area you’re camping, hiking, or exploring.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you’re a few miles from the state hwy or town that there aren’t snakes, bear or other animals that you could encounter, or other hazards such as bees, bugs, or poison ivy.  That is, it’s a good idea to have a first aid kit in your nearby car, at the very least.     

Some areas have “geotrails”.  A geotrail is an area or route through an area which offers multiple geocaches tied together by a common theme.  You collect up the cache items by travelling through all those areas and visiting the caches, and then achieve a coin or some other symbol when you’ve collected them all.  In our area, you can find information about the Allegheny Geo Trail at http://www.alleghenygeotrail.com/.  We hope that you’ll spend time exploring Crawford County as part of the Allegheny Geo Trail – the largest geo trail of its kind in Pennsylvania!  You can find more information and get geo coins at the at the Crawford County Visitor’s Bureau.   

One interesting geocache in our area can be found here at: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC11RQE_george-washingtons-lil-drummer-boy?guid=793d21ae-4342-49d9-9f4e-c732b1be414d.  It seems that just a few miles from the campground, in the Brawley Cemetery, is the burial site of Joel Jones, Revolutionary Soldier and drummer boy for George Washington.

As you can see, you may find interesting and little-known historical sites, explore areas and sights off the beaten path not normally experienced, or earn coins for a geo-trail, all while having a blast exploring the beautiful surroundings of Northwestern Pennsylvania! 

So, why not add this fun family activity to your family’s adventures on your next camping or RVing trip?  It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s free!  What’s not to love! 

By Robyn Chilson


Tim & Robyn Chilson are both CPO, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Thank you for kamping with us in 2016!

2016 has been a great summer! We met new campers and were visited by old friends, making 2016 another banner camping season!  Thank you for choosing Meadville KOA!   

We are so excited to have had Meadville KOA featured on Crawford County Outdoors!  If you missed seeing that video, please check it out at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Krzbt086qY!  We appreciate them coming to see us, and trying to capture the essence of what Meadville KOA is really all about!

We had some great fun this last season, and hope we got a chance to catch you and your family having fun!  You can check out some of those camping memories at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onoAty8QaXk.

As we’re planning our events and activities for the 2017 season, we want you to know that it is our plan to continue to make improvements to our events, facilities, amenities, and customer service at Meadville KOA Campground. 

We hope that you will bear with us while strive to make those changes, and that you will continue to provide us your input and assistance in making the changes that you, the camping consumer want.  We hope you’ll continue to do that through our KOA Guest Surveys.

Sadly, we fell just a few points short of achieving our Founder’s award for 2016.  So we’d like to ask you, especially if you’re a regular who camps with us multiple times a summer and loves our campground, to please remember to complete and submit your Camping Customer Survey to KOA each time you camp with us!  All you have to do is provide us an email address to do that.  KOA will automatically send you the survey, which has just two questions, and only takes a couple minutes of your time.  Your ratings and comments count and are important to us!  And, we thank you for your support and making Meadville KOA an award-winning KOA Campground!      

Your ratings in 2016 helped us to achieve the KOA President’s Award this year!  We thank you, our campers, for taking the time to tell us what we need to hear!  We sincerely thank you!  We’ll proudly accept that award at the 2016 KOA Convention this fall in Chattanooga, TN. 

We have some great fun in store for next season which you can find on our website at https://meadvillekoa.com/themed-weekends/.  We hope that when you’re spending time with friends and family over the holidays, that you’ll include some great fun family camping at Meadville KOA in your schedule for 2017!  We hope you’ll check out and join us for some new fun events like our “Free the Butterflies” KOA Care Camp Fundraiser for 2017 and some old favorites!  Don’t forget to book early to ensure you get your favorite campsite!   

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the winter RV Shows and then again next spring!  We hope you’ll stop by the booth to see us and say hello!  The RV Shows are a great opportunity to get out this winter, and start thinking about the summer season and camping!  
Until we see you again, we always wish you safe and happy kamping, where ever your travels take you!

See you soon!


Sincerely,
Tim & Robyn Chilson, Owners
Tim & Robyn Chilson are both CPO, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.






Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Electric Breaker at Your Campsite Keeps Tripping!

When we hear a camper say, “Your electric breaker is bad, because all I’m running is my water heater and air conditioner and it keeps tripping!” we know we have to share more info with them!

Brace yourselves, because here comes the truth you may not want to hear!  Are you ready?  Just because the RV manufacturer put all of those electric appliances in your RV does not mean you can run it all at the same time!  There, we said it.  Yes, we know, it hurts a little, but it is the truth.  And you need to understand what exactly that means for you, as an RVer.

If your new travel trailer is wired for 30 amps (110 volts), your RV can sit on a 30 amp campsite.  That’s great, you think, because the 50/30 amp sites cost more at the campground!  So, it saves me money!  True story!  It certainly does.  And the RV dealer sales person may have even told you, “This baby has a propane/electric water heater, so you can heat your water on electric and save even more money, by having to purchase less propane.”  However, that is not necessarily true.
   
Here’s why!  A 30 amp campsite only provides 30 amps of electricity or slightly less, depending upon the safety margin and age and condition of the breaker itself, it could provide slightly less – like 26-27 amps.

So, like the case of the camper above says, “I was only running my water heater and air conditioner.”  That is never true.  More experienced RVers know that you are running your air conditioner (15-17 amps), water heater (12.5 amps), refrigerator (5.7 amps), and electric converter (2-3 amps)!  You were trying to pull almost 35.2 amps on a 30 amp breaker.  (Light bulb comes on!)  The new RV thinks, “Oh wow, now I see the issue! So, I guess I can’t do that?”.  Yes, that’s right.  You have to shut something off.  You can shut the refrigerator over to gas, and that might bring you below the threshold for the breaker to not kick, but that is, until you turn on a light, the TV, or the wife tries to make coffee, dry her hair, or attempts to thaw the chicken in the microwave, in which case, you’re outside resetting the breaker again! 

In addition, if your RV comes with an outside kitchen with a refrigerator, it too is running and eating up another 5.7 amps or so of power.  And so on it goes!  That 12.5 amps the water heater is using is the easiest way to drop that amperage draw back down below a safe area that won’t trip your breaker.  It gives you the room and flexibility to dry your hair, run the microwave, or have lights on.

This has been a recurring theme this summer as more people are buying these travel trailers that are wired for 30 amps – and trying to operate a 42-45 amps of electrical appliances draw off a 30 amp breaker because they are running their propane/electric water heaters on electric.  And apparently, some RV dealers are telling people to do that – as a sales pitch that it’ll save them money.

Okay, so how about if I move to a 50/30 amp campsite.  Can I do that?  Yes, you can do that, if one is available, but that won’t help the situation.  Your RV is only wired to use 30 amps!  You cannot plug into a 50 amp hookup with an adaptor and draw more than your 30 amps, anyway!  The only way to prevent breakers from tripping is to manage you amperage usage.

And of course you're welcome to read what others have written on the topic: http://rvservices.koa.com/rvinformation/rvmaintenance/rv-electrical-101.asp

Below, we’ve attached an info sheet that will show you the approximate use of different appliances.  You are free to go through your RV and calculate your own appliances!  The sheet will show you how!  Hopefully, it’ll be of some use to you in calculating your approximate electrical usage, and save you some time and aggravation!  So if you’d like a hard copy to keep, please email us, and we’ll be glad to email you a copy.  We sincerely hope it helps you! 

Before You Blow Your Breaker!
Take a minute and see how many amps you could be using in your RVs 30 or 50 amp electrical system. It is surprising how fast the amps add up which causes your breaker or the RV park's breaker to "trip". Knowing the amps of all the electrical appliances in your RV can help you manage electrical use and prevent the inconvenience of "My electricity went out!". This list is the typical appliance used and the average amps required to operate them:
Air Conditioner
15-17 amps
Refrigerator
5.7 amps
Electric Water Heater
12.5 amps
Microwave Oven
12.8 amps
Electric Coffee Pot
9 amps
Toaster
10 amps
Hair Dryer
10 amps
TV
2 amps
Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum
2 amps
Electrical Power Converter
2-3 amps
Electric Fry Pan
10 amps
Iron
10 amps
Food Processor
6 amps
Crock Pot
1.5 amps
Heating Pad
0.5 amps
1,100 Watt Heater
10 amps
In the morning - if you start your air conditioner and the hot water heater is on, then you start your coffee pot, make some toast, watch some TV - you are pulling 50 amps when all appliances are operating at maximum. If you also cook something in the microwave at the same time - LOOK OUT! Most RVs have a switch so you can run only the microwave or the water heater at one time - HOWEVER, NOT ALL RVS HAVE THIS FEATURE.
Most electrical products show how many watts or amps it takes to operate the appliance printed on the product itself or on the instructions. If it shows the watts - divide the watts by 120 (volts) and that gives you the amps. To get the watts - multiply the amps by 120 (volts).
It is worth your time to take an inventory on the "amps" each of your electrical appliances uses, then you can manage your total usage at one time and this greatly reduces the "My electricity went out!" anxiety.
Reprinted with Permission from Frank & Willy Surrell of the New Orleans/Hammond KOA.
We wish you safe and happy kamping where ever your travels take you! 

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251 or at www.MeadvilleKOA.com

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Featured Campers from Fulton, NY

We want to introduce you to a camping family that stayed with us in July of this summer.  They are Dennis & Pat MacVittie from Fulton, NY!

They camped with us on their way home from purchasing their Oliver Travel Trailer that was built in Hohenwald, TN.  Their new Oliver travel trailer was the 153rd one built on the line.  One of the first things that caught my eye was that they were pulling it with a diesel powered Jeep!  

Their new Oliver travel trailer wasn’t their first experience at RVing.  They started camping when they retired in 2009 with an “A Liner” trailer.  Dennis retired from the Army.  Pat is a retired middle school Consumer Science Teacher.  Dennis is a marathon runner, so they put over 40,000 miles on it from Nova Scotia to all over Western US attending marathon races. 

They saw Oliver Travel trailers were featured in the April issue of the Trailer Life Magazine.  They were intrigued by the article and decided to go to Tennessee and tour the factory.  They liked what they saw and placed their order while they were there. 

Their travel trailer took eight weeks to build.  They went back to Tennessee to pick it up and did a short “shakedown cruise”.  A shakedown cruise is a camping trip taken by purchasers of a new RV to make sure they’ve “worked all the bugs out” before a big trip!  Nothing ruins a vacation any faster than vehicle or RV trouble while traveling.  So most prudent new owners do a trial run to help prevent such catastrophes! 

They were on their way back home to Fulton, NY when they decided to stop for the night at Meadville KOA!  We’re so glad they did.  Not only did we get to meet a really nice camping couple, but it allowed me an up close and personal glimpse at an Oliver travel trailer.  The Oliver travel trailers are pretty neat looking and compact.  Inside, their streamlined design is sleek and elegant.  The fiberglass exterior’s rounded design is sure to be arrow dynamic.

The seemed happy with their decision thus far, and were sure excited to allow me to see in it and get a glimpse of this new innovative design RV.     

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at one of our camping families this summer, and their new Oliver travel trailer.  We hope you’ll check out Oliver trailers at http://olivertraveltrailers.com/.

We hope that you’ll come see what’s behind the yellow sign at Meadville KOA this summer, bring the family and spend your vacation enjoying a campground where modern convenience meets nature! 

Until we see you, we wish you safe and happy kamping, where ever your travels take you!    

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson, CPOs, who own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Camping With Pets

When you take your dog camping, you are an ambassador for every other pet owner in America.  So, please, please, please, read and follow the pet rules at the campground or RV Park!  And please encourage other pet owners to do the same!  

Due to increased liability and the number of pets camping and RVing, campground and RV park owners are forced to continue to modify and expand pet restrictions.  Many campgrounds are limiting breeds of dogs (due to their aggressive nature and breeding).  Some limit pets in number or by size, and some are now charging extra fees for pets because of the increased risk, materials, and manpower to clean up behind pets.
Worse yet are people who try to pass their pets off as service animals in stores, restaurants, or pet-free cabins and other rentals.  First, and foremost, that is illegal.  Secondly, they are placing others with severe allergies at risk.  And third they are driving up the costs of camping for others 

Here are some standard Pet Policies that should always be followed:
If your pet is over protective, or has aggressive tendencies towards other pets or people, leave them home.  A campground or RV park is no place for an aggressive pet.  Do yourself and your liability carrier a favor, and leave them with a friend or relative or kennel them.  It’s not fair to your unsocialized pet to place them in that situation, nor is it fair to those camping around you and their pets. 
Carry your pet's shot records: This is important, not only for your pet, but for others as well. Some campgrounds require it. Even if they don't require it, it's still a good practice.   
Bring along pet supplies, meds, & first aid supplies! You never know when your pet may get injured or need treated for ticks or fleas. To keep your family & pets safe, you should check them for ticks & fleas each and every time they are outdoors. And, you should treat them regularly to protect them and your family from Lyme Disease.  Lyme Disease can be contracted by your pet in your own back yard.  You should practice prevention every time your pet goes out doors!   
Pets should be leashed 100% of the time.  We’ve had pet owners ask us why they can’t use invisible fences when camping.  The answer is simply this, it doesn’t keep other pets out and it doesn’t necessarily keep your pet in.  Other pets can cross that fence with no deterrence, and once your pet crosses that fence, you have lost control of your pet.  Pets are territorial by nature.  They will defend their territory and owners whether they need defended or not.  Without a physical leash or tether, if your pet is involved in a dog fight, you then have no means by which to remove your pet from that fight, protect them from harm, or from harming another family’s pet without placing yourself at risk. 
Barking needs minimized!  Other campers don’t go camping to hear dogs bark.  They go to hear crickets chirping, the birds’ singing, and the babbling brook at the campground.  This is probably a campground owners #1 complaint received.    
As a side note, there are barking collars and other techniques for training pets not to bark.  It’s not being mean to them, it teaches them good doggie manners.  And as a pet owner, you have a responsibility to your pet, other campers, and the campground owners, to teach them good doggie manners while camping! 
Campers should never leave their pet tethered outside at your campsite and unattended! Whether you'll be gone 5 minutes or 5 hours, this is a no-no!  Your neighbors don't want to listen to the barking while your family enjoys the pool or worse yet the local amusement park or county fair for 10 hours!  It isn’t fair to your camping neighbors and it certainly isn’t fair to your pet.  Many campers crate their pet inside the unit, and no one suffers.  So, be kind to your pet and your neighbors, and if you’re going to be absent for long periods of time, kennel your pet for the day. 
Doggie doo-doo needs picked up 100% of the time!  Always pick up your dog's waste.  Dog owners will tell you that they have been in hundreds of campgrounds and seen so many people claim, in public, that they always pick up their dog's waste; only to see them, in private, leave it on the ground and hope no-one noticed.  Look, it is not a pleasant job, but neither is changing your child's diapers and you still do that faithfully. 
Now, let’s move on to what to use to pick up after our four-legged, furry family members.  At Meadville KOA, we hand out a snack for pets with a reminder of our pet rules and they can use the bag we supply the snack in as a doo-do pick up bag.  We use cheap (no name) sandwich baggies.  They hold the snack and provide a good pick-up baggie at a reasonable price.  So, they are much cheaper than specialty doggie bags and they do the trick! 
Here are some great suggestions from our campers who are pet owners:
·         Cheap bags at the Dollar Store. The white ones are too thin and they come 100 to a box. The blue ones come 50 to a box. They are the ones to use. They are cheap enough that you can have a box in the RV, jeep, back pack and the fanny pack. And if I see someone who is walking a dog and in need of a bag I am happy to hand one over!
·         Doggie bags at Meadville KOA!  They sell doggie pick-up bags at the camp store, and the carry case that attaches to the leash!  You will never be without a baggie again if you simply buy the carrier & a package of refill bags!  They are a great value!
·         I've found an even better bag--and it's free! Our home delivered newspapers come in a tough double layer plastic bag. It's just the right size to put over your hand, pick up the waste, turn the bag inside out and tie it in a knot. I save all the newspaper bags and find all kinds of uses for them.
The best way to keep campgrounds pet-friendly is to follow the pet policies at the campground you’re camping at, and by encouraging others to do the same!  We wish you happy camping with your four legged furry friend, and don’t forget to take your doggie bags with you!
By Robyn Chilson
Tim & Robyn Chilson, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  You can contact Robyn at 814-789-3251.