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Winter 2016 DiscovRV

Winter 2016

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Welcome to the winter 2016-2017 edition of DiscovRV, the quarterly newsletter just for you, the fans of America’s Largest RV Show! Here you will find tips, recipes, activities, destinations, fun for the kids and great ideas for things to do on the road! We’ll also feature three PRVCA members in each edition. You can always find a complete listing on our yearly magazine, Explore PA. Check it out here:


September 13-17, 2017

Thousands Flock to Hershey for America’s Largest RV Show! By Gary Bunzer “Hershey Show,” “America’s Largest RV Show,” “Pennsylvania Show,” “the RV Show;” it’s been called many names over the years. Officially known as “Hershey - America’s Largest RV Show,” it’s been a highly anticipated annual event in the sweetest place on earth since moving from Harrisburg in 2005. Every year roadside billboards announce it, television ads and radio commercials provide the details, and it all culminates on the grounds of the Giant Center on S.R. 39 and Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, PA every September. Produced by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, headquartered in Camp Hill, the import of America’s Largest RV Show is not lost to a host of local businesses in and around the Harrisburg/Hershey region. With tens of thousands of interested attendees pouring into the area, restaurants, hotels, campgrounds and local retail shops all benefit from the influx of happy campers, not to mention Hersheypark and Chocolate World, right across the parking lot. For five consecutive years, the paid attendance through the gate has set a new record; a total of 57,692 people enthusiastically entered into the 2016 show, the 18th largest trade show in North America. Wednesday at the show was featured as Senior Day and new for this year, Veteran’s Day was added on Thursday. Half-price tickets bode well for those seniors and vets to go along with free parking and free taxi service for everyone. The show has something for anyone interested in the RVing lifestyle; from veteran coach owners to RV novices, to first-time buyers. From dealers showcasing brand new floor plans, to suppliers offering their newest products, to RV manufacturers displaying their latest creations of every type of RV - over 1,300 units covered 33 football fields with brand new recreational vehicles. As the first show of the season for the RV Industry, it has flourished as the most important RV show in the country. Only at America’s Largest RV Show can attendees get to see every make and model of both towable and motorized RVs from RV manufacturers as well as new offerings from the manufactured housing industry. From the smiling faces of those who drove away in a new RV, to the local businesses who bid them adieu, to the weary feet of staffers trekking back to Camp Hill, to the satisfied RV aficionados, educators, manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds and vendors, all look forward to another rewarding experience come next fall at America’s Largest RV Show. Don’t miss out on the most important RV Show in the country! Come to Hershey in September! Besides, what could possibly be better than chocolate and RVs? For the latest information regarding the show, please visit

A Few Fun Facts
About Pennsylvania

State Motto Virtue, Liberty, and Independence The Keystone State A “keystone” is a central, wedge-shaped stone which holds all the other stones of a structure in place to form an arch. In early America, Pennsylvania played a vital geographic and strategic role in holding together the states of the newly formed Union. Today, Pennsylvania continues to be of key importance to the social, economic and political development of the United States. State Slogan: Pursue Your Happiness On March 8, 2016, it was declared that whoever you are, no matter what you love to do, know that happiness is Pennsylvania’s keystone. It always has been. It lives in our historic treasures. Our dynamic urban spaces. Our greater-than-great outdoors. Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness. In Pennsylvania, we hold these truths to be as self-evident today as they were in 1776. Courtesy of

Fun Games to Play on the Road

Whether you’re the master of the road or the one in the back asking “are we THERE yet,” we have a few games courtesy of our friends at Go RVing that rescue everyone in the vehicle from boredom. Padital (ˈpə-di dəl) Padital is a fun game that is best played on the road at night. Have at least two players watching traffic in either direction. When you see a car with only one headlight, say “Padital” and tap the roof of whatever you are riding in. A car or truck with a “Padital” is worth 1 point, a bus is worth 5 points, an 18-wheeler is worth 10 and a police car automatically wins the game. The game is usually played to 25, but it can go on for however long you want. Remember to have fun while playing. Popcorn Counting A wonderfully simple, challenging and addictive game that requires 3 people minimum, but is best with 4+ players. One person starts the game by counting the number “one” out loud. Someone else has to follow that with “two,” and so on. The idea is for anyone to jump in and count the next number (there is no such thing as turns). The catch is that if two (or more!) people speak at the same time, everything starts back over at “one.” See how high you can count, or try to beat your own record! Setting up patterns or signals about who is going to say the next number is off-limits. The more people playing, the more challenging (and fun) it is! Grandma’s Cat First player says, “Grandma’s cat is ____,” finishing the sentence with a one-word description starting with letter “A” (like “adorable”). Second player must use letter “B” (like “black”), and so on. Great vocabulary builder, and older kids like it, too. Bonus is Grandma is riding with you. More bonus points if she actually HAS a cat! Courtesy of

Recipes to Keep You Warm on the Road
This Winter

Cast Iron Egg and Ham Cups PREP TIME - 10-20 Minutes COOK METHOD - Oven Ingredients Black Forest ham Farm fresh eggs Dollop of creme fraiche Directions Combine the ingredients in a cast iron drop biscuit pan and bake to your desired egg texture and color. Thick & Hearty Pumpkin Black Bean Soup PREP TIME - 20-30 minutes COOK METHOD - Stovetop Stove Temp: Medium High Ingredients for garnish
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 t. olive oil
  • 1/2 t. paprika
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1/4 c. dry red wine
  • 2 c. black beans
  • 1/2 quart canned tomatoes with juice
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 c. beef or vegetable broth
  • seasoned salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 t. cayenne seasoning (or more to taste)
  • Feta cheese crumbles and/or roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and a few whole black beans


Whirl the onion
and garlic in a handi chopper or food processor till they are in tiny
chunks (or chop into small bits with your knife).

Over medium high
heat, sautee the chopped onion and garlic with the cumin, curry, and
smoked paprika in the olive oil until the onion and garlic is soft. It
should be sort of a paste of onion and spices.

Add the wine and
cook for a few minutes until most of the wine has evaporated.

Whir the beans
and tomatoes in the handi chopper or food processor, mix with an
immersion blender, or mash with a potato masher to break down the beans
and tomatoes to a sort of rough puree.

Add the beans, tomatoes,
pumpkin and broth to the pan. Season to taste with season salt, frashly
ground pepper, and cayenne.

Cook over medium
heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20-30 minutes or until the flavors
have all mixed well.

Serve hot with
feta cheese crumbles and a few whole black beans and/or pumpkin seeds for

Chocolate Mud Cake

- 2- 2 1/2 hours

- Crockpot

Temp: High


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate (or 1/3 cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup sugar (2/3 cup and 1/3 cup, added separately)
  • 3 Tablespoons plus 1/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • Whipped cream or ice cream


Coat the inside
of a 2 1/2 to 5 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. (The cake’s cooking
time and final appearance will vary depending on the size of the
crockpot.) Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl
and set aside. In a large bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in the
microwave or over a pan of simmering water and mix well.

Whisk in the 2/3
cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, vanilla extract, salt, milk and egg
yolk. Add the flour mixture and stir until mixed.

Pour the batter
into the crock and spread evenly. In a medium bowl, whisk together the
remaining sugar, cocoa and hot water until the sugar is dissolved.

Pour the mixture
over the batter in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 1-2 hours
depending on the size of the crockpot.

Even when done,
the cake will be moist and floating on a layer of molten chocolate.
The cake is done when nearly all the cake is set and the edges
begin to pull away from the sides. (Try not to let the condensed steam
from the lid drip onto the cake.)

Take off the lid
and let cool for 25 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

6-8 servings


Featured Members

January: Heartland RV For a number of years, the founders of Heartland had worked together in the RV industry for other manufacturers. During those years, we developed camaraderie and discovered each of us had a different, yet complimentary, area of expertise. Amongst ourselves, we had the head of engineering, head of sales and a head of marketing and advertising. After more than a decade of working together, we discovered a shared confidence that we could build, market and sell recreational vehicles as well or better than many of the companies that we had experienced first hand. PRVCA member since 2007 February: Bethpage Camp-Resort Stay and Play on the Chesapeake Bay! PRVCA member since 2011 March: Colton RV Whether you are planning to drive it or pull it, Colton RV is your RV dealer in New York State, serving the Northeast with the best selection of RVs, including Class A, Class B and Class C, Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers. For more than 50 years, the Colton family has been in the automotive business and has been specializing in motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, camper vans, and tent campers. Colton RV is proud to carry brand names such as Airstream, Coachmen, Dynamax, Forest River, Grand Design, Keystone RV, KZ RV, Prime Time, Thor Motorcoach, and Tiffin Motorhomes. There is no New York RV dealer who can match our selection, service and commitment. If you are looking for a great deal on RV sales in New York, Colton RV is here for you. We are your partner for any road trip. PRVCA member since 1995 888.303.0889