The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Western Motor Home Association rally at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, Calif., was the backdrop for release of the 11th edition of “Big Rigs Best Bets.”
Both the 498-page spiral bound large print copy and the innovative web-based online version were on display at their booths. According to Ken and Ellie Hamill, co-authors, the 23rd annual Western Area Rally was “the logical choice” because of the heavy concentration of RVs which congregate in the area at this time of year, according to a news release.
As Hamill related, “The rally attendees, coupled with the guests at nearby resorts, are the core of the segment of the RV market which we serve. Not only do these coach owners tend to have the most discretionary income for RV related products, they tend to travel greater distances and for a longer period of time.”
They were particularly delighted to discover the online version is compatible with all computers, tablets and smart phone mobile devices as Hamill demonstrated the easy navigation of the book on the Apple I-Pad, he stated.
“Real time changes in the content of the online version throughout the course of the year is a real bonus for our reader base,” stated Hamill. “An added benefit to our advertisers is they now have a resource to reach out to our online membership base with improvements and changes to their facility throughout the course of the year rather than waiting for the next annual print copy.”
- A blend of 1,200 upscale resorts, overnight stays along the interstate, destination parks and suitable public parks.
- Each park listing includes specific site numbers and the various lengths of these preferred sites along with other park details, including Wi-Fi.
- Detailed ” dead on ” directions from an RVer’s point of view. Physical addresses for GPS users are also noted.
- 532 paved and maneuverable fuel stops. For your convenience the online version has links to gasbuddy.com
- 244 notable restaurant tips.
Big Rigs Best Bets has been serving the RV community since 2001.
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As they approach the 11th year of publishing their annual Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory, co-authors Ken and Ellie Hamill have announced the release of their online version which incorporates the same detailed content of the 474-page book.
“Not sacrificing any content, ensuring easy navigation, RV park and advertiser linkage, compatibility to all computers including the wave of new iPad-type tablets and smart phone devices were the most challenging aspects of the project,” Ken Hamill, president, stated in a news release. Subsequently, Big Rigs partnered with Website Forge, a 17-year-old firm based in Michigan.
The utilization of the Website Forge platform is a perfect fit for the Big Rigs project and is a customized application to facilitate search engine visibility for their e-commerce website, Hamill continued. As the president of Website Forge, Shane Merem related, “Our team designed, formatted and programmed a user friendly product with simplicity and speed while providing the RVers with the accurate and concise information they are expecting. In fact, not only can the RVer link to and browse the park websites, the smart phone users can also click on the RV park’s highlighted phone number and be directly connected to the park’s reservation desk.”
Since 2001 Big Rigs Best Bets has focused on the segment of the RV market which includes those RVers with the most leisure time to travel, those who travel greater distances and those with the most discretionary income for RV travel and RV related products. Hamill concluded, “virtually all of our readers are forty years and older with the vast majority being fifty years old and upwards. Our new online version now allows them to access our publication in its entirety from anywhere they have internet access and on any type of electronic device.”
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Authors/publishers Ken and Ellie Hamill recently published the 10th edition of their pioneer publication, “Big Rigs Best Bets.”
The 472-page booklet takes the guesswork out of deciding where RVers can their their big rigs by providing information on 1,150 RV parks in 49 states and seven Canadian provinces. It also contains information on 468 paved and maneuverable fuel stops which the author has personally used or observed.
A special section on the Alaska Highway begins on Page 32 of the guide and the state of Alaska section begins on Page 42, both new this year.
“When we began our publication 10 years ago,” Ken Hamill writes, “our goal was to bring to the RV marketplace a credible resource from an RVer’s point of view. We have not deviated from that objective. Because we have personally visited every park, you will have specific site numbers to choose from when making your reservation or at check-in. We have also provided the various lengths for the preferred spaces.”
In particular, he cites:
- No frustrating U-turns on your way to these 1,150 parks because of our detailed dead on directions and physical addresses for GPS users.
- Wi-Fi is almost as important as a sewer hook-up and the vast majority of the parks offer this amenity.
- Our handy Fuel Stop Section and Notable Restaurant Tips Section will further enhance your RV travels.
- You will find a blend of parks – upscale resorts, overnight stays along the interstate, destination parks and suitable public parks.
The user-friendly, spiral-bound guide lies flat and features quality paper and large print. The guide costs $24.95 plus $5 for shipping and handling.
For more information on “Big Rigs Best Bets,” call (830) 792-9170 or visit www.big-rigs-rv.com.
Hamill also has released the 192-page “Travel and Maintenance Journal” for RVers to record their RV park experiences and rig maintenance in detail. The cover price is $20 with free shipping and handling.