As with anything new there is a break-in period and RV's are no exception. During our maiden voyage to New Jersey we found a few things on the Ventana that we needed to get fixed so we decided to take a trip to Newmar Corp. in Nappanne Indiana. On the way we stayed for the first time at Fries New River Trail RV Park in Fries, Virginia.
What a find....a small campground, only 16 campsites, full hookups, quite, peaceful, a perfect place to just relax. The owners are super friendly and really put their heart and soul into caring for the campground and the guests. We will definitely be a repeat camper.
Right across from the campground is the start of the New River Trail, great for walking or bike riding. The New River Trail is a 57-mile rails-to-trails bike path. It starts in Galax or Fries and runs to Pulaski, following the New River closely for most of the way. A rail-to-trails is the conversion of a disused railway track into a multi-use path, typically for walking, cycling and sometimes horse riding and snowmobiling. The characteristics of abandoned railways - flat, long, frequently running through historical areas.
On August 6th we arrived at Camp Newmar and we were extremely lucky to get the last full-hookup site. For those of you that have not been to Camp Newmar, let us fill you in....Camp Newmar is a parking lot at Newmar Corporation in Nappanee, Indiana for those getting warranty, repairs or maintenance done on their Newmar RV's. There are approx.. 12 to 15 full hookup sites as well as another 12 with just water and electric down the road a bit. It is first come first get, no reservations. The best chances of getting a full hookup site would be to arrive on a Saturday or Sunday. Sites seem to empty as the week goes on when folks leave after their service is finished. We will warn you, Newmar employees start knocking at your RV door at 6am to take your RV into the shop. Be prepared for some early mornings. Generally the RV's are all returned to Camp Newmar around 2pm unless you are having work done that involved them keeping it in the shop overnight. There is a nice waiting room by the full hookup lot and a small waiting room down the road by the laundry room that you can sit in with you pets. It was a tough few days getting us, our son, and two dogs out the door by 6:30am but it is well worth it to have the repairs done by the folks that know our coaches. We should have put the relaxing at Fries New River Trail RV Park after Camp Newmar to recuperate.
Camp Newmar edict, "don't move the orange cone". When your RV is in the shop the employees place an orange traffic cone in your site to hold it for your coach to return. So rule of thumb, if you arrive at Camp Newmar looking for a site, if there is an orange cone in the site then a RV will be returning to that site, consider it reserved.