RV Group


Activity Leaders

Robin and Darrell Melton (Alumni)
Email: rangerrobin40341@gmail.com

The RV group was formed in late 2020.  The group shares information on all things RVing and Camping.  Group members do not have to have an RV.  We have social gatherings to talk all things RVing and share out RV adventures. We plan short trips to nearby points of interest in North Carolina and surrounding States.  Members of the group vary in RV experience.

To Attend:

Contact the group leader to be added to the RV group email.


Looking ahead to 2023

There is one trip I would like to see who has interest in doing. In May, we are interested in heading to the Kentucky Derby (5/6/2023)!  Tickets go on sale in November and if you are interested, I will include a website below where you can sign-up for email notifications on tickets.

Louisville, KY is also home to the Bourbon Trail, so this could be a trip that is a whole lot of fun!  I am just beginning the campground search and will get more information on the Bourbon Trail.  At this point I just want to see how many of our group members would be interested in this journey. (It will not be an inexpensive trip.)  Use this link to register for email notification for tickets sales online in November (you must register by October to purchase tickets on-line in November)


A caution - there are lots of sites that sell tickets - before purchasing tickets lets make sure we have enough folks interested in this trip.  Due to the distance - this would be a multiple day trip with overnight stops on the way to and on the way back from Louisville.

Other 2023 options (Let me know your interests)

We never made it to Lake Norman, due to sick RVs, so we will look at that trip for 2023 again.

Any interest in heading to Ashville (weather permitting) in early December to take in Christmas at the Biltmore?  Let me know.

Be well, stay safe, and I hope to hear from everyone soon!

Robin and Darrell Melton

RV Group Coordinator



RV Trip to the Biltmore in December

Date: December 4-8

Location:  Biltmore Estate

Hi all,

I would like to share some of the activities from our most recent trip to Christmas at the Biltmore in Ashville, NC.  The RV group members who attended, Elkins, Garneys, and the Meltons stayed at the KOA in East Ashville.  It was a rainy 4 days but jam packed with activity!

Some highlights:

  • Dinners out at Wicked Weed Brewing and Tupelo Honey
  • International Gingerbread Contest Winners review at the Omni Grove Inn - some amazing Gingerbread creations.  (The winner was from NC!)
  • Evening tour of the Biltmore all decked out for Christmas - stunning!
  • North Carolina Arboretum Winter Lights - beautiful!
  • Biltmore Gardens and Winery along with a little Christmas shopping in Biltmore Village.

It takes a village to plan these trips!  Cathy E. found the Gingerbread information and winter lights, Mary G. hosted our final evening cocktail and nibbles gathering.

Great campground, fun area, and wonderful travel companions!

Attached are some photos you might enjoy!

Robin and Darrell Melton


Local Camping opportunity - Goose Creek State Park (September 11-14, 2022)

Explored the Washington and Bath areas.

Chinese Lantern Festival - Cary, NC (January 5-6, 2022)

We traveled to Cary, NC at the beginning of the New Year to attend the Chinese Lantern Festival.  Our Campground for this trip was Jordan Lake Recreation Area (Crosswinds Campground.).  This is a huge State run recreation area, with 5 separate campgrounds, tons of outdoor opportunities, and in close proximity to the Raleigh area.  The Lantern festival is an annual event held in Cary usually from mid - November to the second weekend in January.  On this trip our campers enjoyed various activities on their own during the day.  Some went Eagle watching and Letterboxing and others slipped into a nearby Meadery for a tasting in Pittsboro.  In the evening we enjoyed a meet and greet and then attended the Lantern Festival.

Trip to Murrell's Inlet, SC and Night of a Thousand Candles (December 15-17)

Five RVers from our group attended this outing.  We enjoyed absolutely fabulous weather for December, beautiful and sunny and in the 70's. Joining this trip were the Melton, Elkin, Larcheveque, Krauss, and Greenspan families.
We stayed at Huntington Beach State Park.  Lovely park right on the Atlantic.
Some highlights from this trip - fabulous beach weather lead to morning and afternoon lounging on the beach. Dinner at Rustic Table in Pawleys Island, exploration of Atalaya , and of course Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens.



Mt. Airy, NC - Boyhood home of Andy Griffith and inspirations for MayBerry!

This was a wonderful step back in time to an old TV show - the Andy Griffith Show!  Mt. Airy, NC is the inspiration for the town in the Andy Griffith Show!
We stayed at Mayberry Campground.  These folks could not have been better to work with when planning a group trip and they were just as welcoming when we got on site!
We enjoyed a fantastic Trolley Tour with Good Time Trolley  Werner went above and beyond, picking us up at the campground, sharing great stories, and even dropping us at our lunch locations of choice and picking us up after words!
The food on this adventure did not suck either!  Our first night was a tasty potluck and then we chose not to cook for the rest of our stay!  We enjoyed several great locations the Olympian Family Restaurant, 13 Bones, The loaded Goat, and Snappy Lunch!
Some adventures that everyone enjoyed - The Andy Griffith Museum, Downtown Mt. Airy, White Elephant Beer Company, Round Peak Vineyard, and Pilot Mountain State Park!
We sampled the local wine, the local brews, and tasted Moonshine pie and Moonshine Ice Cream!  We even sat at Andy's desk and posed for pictures in the jail cell so often enjoyed by Otis!
My Ah Ha moment for this trip - in the Andy Griffith show they often traveled to the big town of Mount Pilot - well that town is actually called Pilot Mountain and it is much smaller than Mt. Airy in reality!
Our special treat on this trip - Jon brought his banjo along hoping to jam at the White Elephant, but alas no one else came to play, so we had our own private musical offering!



For Info on Scheduled Activities

For upcoming events, check the calendar on the Home page. You can click on the calendar event for details.

Also, check the latest newsletter on the Newsletter page.

Upcoming Trips:

Social - January 25th, 4-6 PM, Freshwater Brewing Company - this is just a gathering for folks to meet and to discuss upcoming trips.  RSVP to the Group leader.


First Camping Trip of 2023 - March 12-16 - Outer banks.

Campground :Oregon Inlet Campground - Group members received an email with detailed information.  If you are interested in attending this trip - contact the group leader.


Kentucky Derby Trip - May 3-11 - Contact the group leader for campground, ticket information etc.  (This information has been sent to current RV group members via email.

If you are not interested in participating in any of these trips, please let me know so I can cross you off my reminders list.

Happy Camping Everyone

Robin and Darrell

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