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Hitting the road or water? Tips to make outdoor time fun, memorable and safe

(BPT) - Americans are falling in love with Mother Nature all over again, which could be why ownership of boats and recreational vehicles is more popular than ever. If you own a boat or RV, do you use it frequently, or is it sitting in your driveway? It’s time to get the most out of it, and with a few simple ideas, you’ll be able to hit the road and create some wonderful family memories.

From pop-up to fifth wheel, U.S. ownership of RVs has reached record levels, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, with about 8.9 million households owning an RV. Boating is also as popular as ever, with purchases of power boats increasing throughout 2012 and into 2013, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Smaller boats like pontoons, fishing boats and jet skis make up 96 percent of the 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S.

If you are a proud owner of a watercraft or RV, inspiration can be as close as your hometown or as far as across the country, with the help of a bit of research.

Tired of the same old parks and lakes? A new resource, www.LiveLifeLocal.com, makes getting the most out of your boat or RV simple. It’s designed to spark inspiration by housing a visual collection of thousands of ideas and places to go with your boat or RV. You’ll find everyday user reviews, insider information from boat and RV experts, and tools to socially connect with other users who are passionate about the same things. The site even digs deeper into additional lifestyles, providing motorcycle owners and car road trippers the same great resources.

LiveLifeLocal makes it easy to search based on geography, vehicle type and interest tags. For example, if you want to search for boating activities in the Dallas area, but only want items related to fishing, it’s easy to choose only those categories. It’s the perfect way to find new areas to explore in your own backyard or find fun places to visit if you’re taking a road trip.

Now that your destination is planned, step two might be trickier. If you’re like most families, packing up your entire crew for a road trip or boat excursion can sound like a daunting task. LiveLifeLocal has you covered with the site’s Featured Tips. For example, tips on how to pack smart for your next RV expedition include using compression sacks or vacuum bags for heavy jackets and pillows to save space. Also, pick a coffee maker that can make hot water and you can skip the tea kettle.

It’s no secret Americans like to have fun – hitting the road with an RV or boat in tow is a wonderful way to spend a weekend year-round. Don’t forget to pack a camera to capture all the fun and priceless memories.

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