Why your Campground needs Lantern Poles

Camping. Real camping: outdoors, under the stars, in the middle of nature. There are no electrical outlets, no light switches, maybe an occasional full moon. Otherwise, it’s just really dark at night. The darkness is great for gazing at the stars, but not so great when it’s time to put out the campfire, when nature…

Tips for Designing Parks, Campgrounds, & RV Resorts

This guest post was written by Tom Neppl, Landscape Architect. Images courtesy of Neppl Landscape Architecture and Planning, LLC. Camping is an important part of family vacations and outdoor recreation experiences. The quality of the camping experience is greatly influenced by the design of the campsite and available site amenities. Does the campsite provide a…

A Complete Guide to Pilot Rock’s Dashing Deals

Pilot Rock’s Dashing Deals Holiday Sales Event is here! With the holidays right around the corner, we’re offering Dashing Deals on your favorite Pilot Rock products to place under your tree. Or in your back yard. Or on your patio. What exactly are these ‘Dashing Deals’? Special holiday pricing AND 5 days quick shipping on the FSWBH-30/7…

The Secret behind Pilot Rock Snow Load Tables

We take pride in the quality products we design and develop for our customers. We know durability is important, as most of our products are used outdoors. We also know the effect weather can have on outdoor equipment. In 2003, we started testing a variety of picnic tables for a high elevation snow load rating….

2 Easy DIY Tailgate Grill Recipes

Football season is in full swing, which means tailgating season is upon us. With tailgating comes all sorts of fun, and the best part: food. If you’re sick of buying that platter of hot wings and want to do something a little more hands-on, we’ve got you covered. Our team here team at RJ Thomas Mfg. Co tried two easy…

5 Reasons your School needs a Sign Bench

From congratulating the sports team on an achievement, to honoring a class or teacher, the possibilities are endless with the sign bench. The bench itself is American-made with our Pilot Rock quality and durable materials. Our own Pilot Rock Signs department can even design and/or print custom signage for you, or you can have a sign printed…

Campfire Rings: Pilot Rock vs. Imitations

With 56 years of experience, we know what works and what doesn’t when park equipment gets out into the public parks, campgrounds, and your backyard. The foreign knock-offs will try to duplicate a quality product while cutting corners with cheap materials and poor design. We want you to know the differences in quality and safety of our products…

How to add more Safety to your Campsites

Safety is a priority when it comes to camping— especially if you’re in bear country. Bears of all sizes create a big problem when they prowl your campground foraging for food.  The most secure and safe way to avoid this problem is having a safe way to enclose your food and trash away from the bears. The BPFL…

DIY 4th of July Yard Games

The 4th of July is one of the biggest holidays to really enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re celebrating at a campground, local park, or even your own backyard, yard games are a great way for the entire family to have some fun together. Yard Twister The best part about DIY yard twister is that you can…

Everything you need to know about U.S. National Parks

Visitors flock annually to the many beautiful national parks spread out across our nation to enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. You can relax by a crystal blue lake, surrounded by towering mountain peaks, and enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as that novel you’ve been meaning to read. Or, for the more…

Must-try Creative Campfire Recipes

With summer quickly arriving, families are planning camping excursions. Want to enhance a family’s experience at your campground and give them a reason to come back again? Share fun and creative recipes after they make a reservation or as they arrive at the park. Creative campfire recipes are a big trend this year. Families want…

New PilotRock.com Features You Need to Know About

In May we revised and updated pilotrock.com. The new design is mobile-friendly, making smart phone and tablet users’ experience easy and accessible. And it still looks great on laptops and PCs. The popular “configurator” feature is still there. This feature lets you shop for the park bench, picnic table, grill, or other products you want, and then add…