Wildlife in Michigan

How to View Wildlife in Michigan

In Michigan, we are blessed to have some incredible wildlife in our parks and around our state. With thousands of different species in the water, on land, and in the air, camping in Michigan can always leave you with breathtaking sites.

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Bond Falls – Michigan

So how do I go about watching animals without scaring them?

What are some rare animals living in Michigan?

We are here to answer all of those questions and more!

How to Watch for Wildlife

Watching wildlife has become increasingly popular over the years. If you want to watch wildlife, the key is to first know what kind of animals you want to see, and then to pick out certain areas that might have your animals.

If you want to see more underwater creatures or birds, you may want to look into the shorelines of the Great Lakes or one of many majestic waterfalls Michigan offers.

For mammals or land creatures, state parks and open areas are best. Wherever you go, make sure you know what wildlife are located nearby, so you won’t be surprised upon arrival.

When watching wildlife, there are some important things to keep in mind.

1. Keep Your Distance

Many of the animals you may encounter while viewing will be in their natural habitat. Often times they will be feeding or going about their business and would not like to be bothered.

The goal of wildlife viewing is just that, to view. So don’t chase or try to get super close to the animal because you might scare it, risking its life.

2. Remember The Golden Rule

You know the rule, treat others how you want to be treated.

The same goes for animals. You wouldn’t want people scaring you and chasing after you while you try and eat dinner, so don’t do it to the animals and everyone will be happy!

3. Stay on the Trail

If you are in state parks or wildlife viewing areas, there may be marked spots that require you to stay on the trail. While you may get the urge to wander off the path, remember that these rules are in place to protect natural habitats of several species.

Staying on the path not only gives you the best chance to see animals, it also benefits the habitats of the animals as well.

Rare Michigan Animals

While viewing wildlife, you may stumble upon some creatures that are rarely seen. Some of these you may have not even known live in Michigan! Here a couple cool creatures we thought would be fun to find!

Flying Squirrels

Flying Squirrels

1. Flying Squirrels

These small squirrels do not truly fly, but they are excellent gliders.

They appear to fly because they run along branches and leap into the air, spreading their loose skin like the wing on a hang glider.

Though fairly common, these squirrels are shy and rarely seen. If you are lucky enough to see one, you are in for an amazing site!

2. Martens

Marten

Marten

Yes we know, our hearts melted as well when we saw this photo!

Another elusive creature, the Marten is about two feet long, including their long, bushy tails.

They usually have orange colored throat patches and look like a mink.

Martens spend most of the time in the trees and are rarely seen, just like the flying squirrel!

A&S RV Center

Next time you hit the road to camp in the Michigan outdoors, be sure to look for these creatures and remember our tips on how to watch for wildlife safely!

If you need any help gearing up for camping season, let A&S RV Center help!

We offer a wide variety of new, used and rental RVs to fit any budget!

Does your RV need some service or parts to help it run this season? At A&S RV Center, we offer a full service department as well as parts store!

For any of your RV needs this season, think A&S RV Center!

 

 

 

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RV Dining Tour

If you are looking for an excuse to hop in the RV and get away for a while, but it’s still a little cold to be camping, why not go on a dining tour? A trip around the state to check out some of the best places to eat is a win, win for everyone. Michigan is home to thousands of restaurants and bars; how do you know which ones to try? Well, we’ve got 4 places that are a must visit on your RV dining tour.

ImageThe first stop has just been voted to have the best doughnuts in the state by MLive. Hinkley Bakery in Jackson has the best homemade doughnuts that you’ll find. Customers travel from all over just to get their hands on these award winning pastries and the bakery often has lines around the block. But, patrons say they are definitely worth the wait. Only open 4 days a week, Brian Hinkley puts in over 30 hours straight sometimes just to ensure their customers leave happy. They have a multitude of different flavors of doughnuts, like carrot cake, but they also have other breakfast favorites to serve anyone’s cravings. Make Hinkley Bakery your first stop on your dining tour and you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

The next stop is the Tomukun Noodle Bar in Ann Arbor. If you like pan-asian style cuisine then you’ll love this place.  The menu consists of your typical asian style ramen, udon, katsu and pho plates. But their newest item on the menu is the Tempura Shrimp Bun. This delicacy is made with marinated and tempura battered shrimp placed on a thin style bun topped with sweet red onion, diced jalapenos, cilantro and spread with a homemade spicy mayo.  If your mouth isn’t watering yet, one bite of this delicious customer favorite will certainly do the trick.

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Tempura Shrimp Bun

 

If asian style food isn’t your cup of tea the next stop on our list has the best burgers in Michigan.  Laura’s Little Burger Joint in Decatur is a little roadside oasis with a big taste menu.  The Chapman Burger is their most popular burger made with 2- 7oz patties cooked on a flattop grill with an old fashion hand press. Topped with 2 slices of pepperjack cheese, bacon, grilled onions, and deluxe ketchup made from their own recipe, this mouthwatering meat patty is only $7.95 and includes fries and a drink.  You get gourmet burgers without gourmet pricing.

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Burgers and salty fries might leave you feeling a little thirsty. What better way to wash down all that food you just consumed with a refreshing beer.  The best brewery in Michigan is the Shorts Brewery Company in Bellaire.  With over 20 beers on tap, all made in house, they have some of the most unique and creative beers you’ll find such as the BBQ Beer. But don’t let the name steer you away, their flavors don’t disappoint. Shorts is not only known for their beer but they have an outstanding food menu and the staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about their selection; something the owner ,Joe Short, prides himself on. Image

For a list of other hot spots around the state of Michigan, visit http://www.mlive.com

 

A&S RV Center

If you are in the market for an RV to use on your Dining tour, visit us at A&S RV Center in Auburn Hills.  We have a wide variety of travel trailers, fifth wheels, motor homes and more for you to choose from. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you pick the RV that’s right for you and your travel lifestyle.

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Bear-Proof Camping

How to Make Sure You are Safe From Bears

You hear it almost every time you go camping….Watch out for those scary bears!

While most people laugh this comment off and don’t think about it, here in Michigan, it gets a little bit harder to laugh off such comments.

When camping, although the chances aren’t high, there is a possibility of you encountering bears if you choose to set up camp in the woods or other remote areas.

So what do you do when you see a bear or think you could be camping close to some?

Hint: Not this.

Here are some tips to help keep you and your campsite safe from the curious bear.

1. Be Clean

Bears have an amazing sense of smell, and anything funky smelling they can pick up from a good distance away. Any food odor such as old food, food in the garbage or dirty dishes are prime scents that will attract hungry and curious bears.

Make sure you dump the water you used to do dishes at least 150 ft. away from any lakes or wetlands. For garbage and other food waste, you can burn it when possible.

If food or garbage isn’t burnable, it should be stored away when you leave your campsite.

The best place for food is stored away in a tight, secure space, where bears have a hard time picking up scents. Whatever you do, do not leave food outside of your RV or campground, as this will definitely increase the chances of bears to stop by your campsite for an afternoon snack.

2. Make Sure Your Campsite Is Tidy

Curious bears will find any excuse to make their way inside your campsite. When leaving your RV or other motor vehicle, make sure all doors are locked, and no belongings or food is left outside.

If you are using tents to camp, it is best if those are left open. Just because the tent is closed doesn’t mean the bear will give up. It is likely he will just try harder to get in, making your tent look nothing like it did when you set it up.

3. Practice What to do if you Encounter a Bear

Not all bears are thirsty, blood hungry animals. Like this guy. Who just wants to say “hello” to this hunter in a tree.

Yes some bears can be big and scary, but most are actually very timid creatures. It is important to have a plan in case you do encounter bears while camping.

If you stumble upon a bear while hiking, loud talking or noises can scare them away. If you are carrying snacks, you can throw them onto the trail but make sure you keep walking. If you are with a group of people, it should be easy to deter the bear from your group.

The one thing that is a must is for you to do is AVOID BEAR CUBS. Bears are very protective animals and the cubs are not meant to be fed or approached. Mother bears are usually close by to the cubs and could become aggressive if she thinks her cub is being threatened.

The most important thing to remember is to remain calm if you encounter a bear. Bears are scared of loud noises so banging on pans, yelling or shuffling your feet usually will get them to run away.

A&S RV Center

Here at A&S RV Center, we want to make sure that you are safe when camping. As camping season heats up, we are your number one place for anything RV.

From our large inventory of new, used and rental RVs to our service and parts departments, we are here for all of your camping needs!

Do you have any other tips about how to bear proof your campsite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Flint RV Show

37th Annual  Camper and RV Show

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The Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds announces the 37th Annual Camper and RV show in Flint, MI running March 13th-16th.

This years show will be held at the Perani Arena and Event Center and will feature all types of NEW RVs for the 2014 camping season.  Travel trailers, motor homes, fifth wheels, and folding campers of all sizes will be on display.  RV Vendors and dealers will be on site with information on RV financing and RV rentals, alongside the newest inventory on hand.

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Representatives from area campgrounds will also be set up with the latest information on campgrounds in and around the area.  There will also be plenty of booths featuring the best of the best in RV parts and accessories for your viewing/shopping pleasure.  Special discounts will be offered on campers, travel trailers and motorhomes; some may even come with manufacturers rebates on select RVs.  Visit http://www.marvac.org today to get $1 off the price of admission.

A&S RV Center

Ready to buy after attending the RV show?  A& S RV Center in Auburn Hills has what you need in the latest travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes, campers and toy haulers. From manufacturers such as Keystone, Forest River and Heartland, we have the best selection of new and used RVs to meet your camping needs. 

Visit us today at 2375 N Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills and let our friendly and knowledgeable staff help you select the right RV for your camping lifestyle.

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How to Prepare for Your First RV Trip

Tips for your First RV Trip

Planning to take your first RV trip soon? Like doing anything for the first time, it can be stressful making sure you are prepared to hit the road.

Luckily for you, their are many people and organizations in your corner to help you on your first RV journey.

Here are some tips that will help you be prepared to make your first RV trip a successful one.

1. Make a Checklist

There is nothing worse than being on the road and slamming on your brakes while shouting, “WE FORGOT SOMETHING!”

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Make a Checklist

To avoid this, make sure you are prepared with a checklist of things you will need for your first trip. Being your first trip, the tendency is to over-pack, and that’s okay. It is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, and packing a little too much won’t hurt you.

Here are some basic items that should be on everyone’s checklist.

  • Extension cords

  • Power adapters

  • Hoses for drinking water.

  • Sewage disposal kit

  • Wooden leveling blocks

  • Tools for the stabilizing jacks

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Flashlights

  • Food

  • Cooking utensils

  • Trash can

  • Tools to build a fire

  • Hygiene items

  • Matches/propane tanks

While your list will certainly include more, these are a few suggestions to jog your memory and make sure you have everything you need for a safe and successful first RV trip.

2. Make Sure you can Arrive Safely

One of the biggest differences an RV has from a regular car is that RVs require more attention from the driver and passengers.

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Know Where to Go

Once you have rented or purchased your RV, make sure you are aware of how to operate the RV as well as who to contact if you need any help while on the road. Asking these questions now will save you trouble down the road.

Once you are on the road, these tips can help you ensure that you get to your destination in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Be patient and take your time
  • When backing out of areas or switching lanes, make sure you have another pair of eyes helping to guide you.
  • If you have access to a smart phone, find RV specific travel apps. These apps can assist you to avoid dangerous overhead clearances, and also avoid roads or tunnels that don’t allow propane tanks.

3. Balance Your Time

On your first RV trip, you might be a little anxious to try and do a lot of different things.

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Relax

An RV trip is an experience, and taking things slowly is part of that experience. Driving an RV long distances and setting up camp can be taxing, so don’t worry if you feel tired and want to rest.

Part of the beauty of an RV trip is being surrounded by ones you care about. There is no shame in just relaxing around a campfire for a day instead of going for a hike.

There will be plenty of time to enjoy numerous activities on your trip, and balancing your time can be key to making sure you are well rested.

A&S RV Center

Your first RV trip is an exciting time. If you are thinking of buying an RV or looking to rent one to try it out,  A&S RV Center can help you find the perfect solution.

At A&S RV Center we offer an extensive inventory of RVs as well as rentals to make sure that no matter renting or buying, you get the best RV for you and your crew.

Call a sales representative or stop by today and let us help get you on the road!

 

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Top Reasons to Invest in RV Industry

2013 was a thriving year for the RV industry and 2014 looks to continue that trend. Thus making this the year to invest in the RV industry, if you haven’t already. Image

RV sales are at a 6 year high, up a whopping 35% in the first 11 months of 2013, according to Bill Sheffer director of the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds. Consumers at RV shows across the nation are showing increased enthusiasm for RV travel and are buying all types of RV’s from travel trailers to luxury fifth wheels. Sheffer contributes the boost in sales to the revitalized stock market and rising home values. 

Another factor in rising RV sales is the fact that younger buyers are succumbing to the RV lifestyle. Younger generations are realizing that it costs less to travel in an RV; saving on the cost of hotel rooms, eating out, and other travel expenses. They are looking at the smaller, more affordable RV’s which can save, on average, anywhere from 23-59% on expenses. But, the majority of RV sales is still made up of the retirement population, and those number of retiring baby boomers increases every year. 

Industry representatives are pleased with the increased sales over the past year and expect the trend to continue. So, if you are thinking about investing, now is the time to do it. And if you are thinking about buying an RV in Michigan, visit A&S RV Center in Auburn Hills for top of the line, new and used RV’s to suit your RV lifestyle. Image

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Forest River R-pods at A&S RV Center

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Fresh off the assembly line from Forest River is the R-pod series of lightweight travel trailers.

The groundbreaking design of the Forest River R-pod provides the highest ratio of luxury features and lightweight towing needs.

Lightweight Luxury

With the lowest tow weight in it’s class, the R-pod packs everything you need and nothing you don’t. A minimalist’s dream come true.

The R-pod line-up comes with standard features such as 4.2 cubic foot refrigerator for longer camping or road trips, hardwood drawers and cabinetry, and an expandable cargo area.

Inside the R-pod, you’ll find all the features you’d expect from a larger travel trailer. The R-pod comes standard with a full bathroom and shower, dining area, vinyl flooring, stovetop cooking range, microwave, and a flat-screen television.

The outside garage area of the R-pod is perfect for camping and cooking in the great outdoors or for additional storage for gear. You’ll find a full array of options and extras to add to the garage area to make the R-pod work for any need.

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The R-pod also comes with an expandable tent area to make camping more comfortable and secure. The tent replaces the garage area with a fold-out bed, yet coming in at the same remarkable small towing weight of the regular R-pod models.

R-pod Floorplans

Forest River offers a wide range of floorplans in the R-pod line to suit your desires. Check out the R-pod floorplans straight from Forest River for more information.

A & S RV Has Your R-pod Waiting

Still not convinced of the great features and styling of the R-pod? Come down to A & S RV Center to see them in person. A & S RV has many R-pods in stock now and ready to sell today.

Check out A & S RV Center’s R-pod inventory and visit us today about buying one. There are more on the way, but they won’t last. Pick out your favorite today.

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