29 Jul

RVFTA #99 Summer Road Trip Wrap Up

Summer Road Trip Wrap Up

Special Announcements included in this podcast episode:

Go RVing Facebook Live Event, hosted by Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi of RV Family Travel Atlas: Tune in to the Go RVing Facebook page on August 2nd at 3:30 pm Central Time.

New Jersey Festival of Ballooning: Find us at the Progressive RV on Friday, 5-8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm.

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are hashing out our recent road trip and dishing on the highs, the lows, the successes, and the lessons learned.

Here are some of the stats mentioned in the News Roundup:

23 nights

5 States

6 campgrounds and a Cabelas parking lot.

One deep cycle battery toasted

One new F150 tested

23 television interviews in four hours

9 podcasts produced and uploaded from the road

14 lobster rolls devoured

19 whales spotted

7 bags of coffee purchased

One national park visited

One national seashore visited

One national historic site visited

3 toddler meltdowns per day

12 hikes completed

How did the new F150 perform? How did we manage our tiny terror of a toddler? Were we happy with our balance of public and private campgrounds? Did we manage to drive hundreds of miles with three kids and still retain our sanity?

Plus, we review the Slackers 50 foot slack line set from Cabela’s, which was a huge hit for all the kids (and adults) at the campground. This particular product come with 50 feet of 2 inch webbing and a 1 inch webbing teaching line. It also comes with a nifty sack for storage. This slack line kept our kids entertained for hours, and we love the addition of simply, active, engaging campsite fun.

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You might think that we have this road-tripping gig all figured out. But we know that there are always lessons to be learned from family travel. This is Episode #99 Summer Road Trip Wrap Up

Thank you to the sponsors of RV Family Travel Atlas for supporting weekly content for all our RV fools!

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22 Jul

RVFTA #98 Beach Camping 101

Beach Camping 101On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the gear you will need for the perfect beach camping vacation. We wrote an article on the topic for Progressive’s Life Lanes blog, and you can check it out here. You can also find all the necessary items we discuss listed in that article!

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Parking your rig in the sand requires a very different camp set up than when you are heading out into the woods. We have made all the mistakes and done all the research for you. Now here is your packing list.

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14 Jul

RVFTA #97 Find Your Park: #NPS100

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are reporting from the field with our top tips for exploring our nation’s beautiful national park sites. We have been to a national seashore, a national park, and a national historic site in the last few weeks and noticed that some folks are showing up without a plan and getting a bit lost in the crowds.

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Just because it’s the 100th anniversary of the National Park System doesn’t mean you are destined to fight for parking and wait in line for that perfect family selfie. If you plan ahead and follow a few simple rules, you can soak in the majestic beauty of our wild spaces without soaking up a lot of stress also. So we are offering our top 6 tips for exploring even the most popular (and crowded) NPS sites this summer.

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10 Jul

Camping Near Acadia National Park: Our Oceanfront Slice of Heaven

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If you are a longtime reader and podcast listener, you know that we believe Acadia National Park is RV heaven. It holds a very special place in our hearts, and no matter what, we end up back there again and again.

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Many other RVers feel the same way, and there is no shortage of campground options available when planning your stay. But again, if you are part of the RVFTA community, you know that we return to the Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA time after time.

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The real question is, what’s the draw? What makes this the place that we want to park our rig, even after touring and inspecting many other campgrounds on Mount Desert Island?

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07 Jul

RVFTA #96 Meet the RV Walk Through Guru

Meet the RV Walk Through Guru

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking to the king of the RV walk through on YouTube, Joshua Winters from Haylett RV in the great state of Michigan. His YouTube channel is our first stop anytime we want to get the skinny on a new RV without even leaving the house.

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01 Jul

RVFTA #95 RV Mobile Repair and Maintenance 101

Mobile RV Repair and Maintenance 101

On episode #95 of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about mobile RV repair services. For years we have taken advantage of this convenient and affordable way to address minor RV repairs and regular RV maintenance. But it turns out many of our listeners are not even aware of this option.

So we reached out to Julie and Laszlo Sears, owners of Quality Mobile RV Repair in Midlothian Texas. They are going to explain the benefits of finding an RV service professional that comes to your own residence.

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23 Jun

RVFTA #94 Greetings from the Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally featuring Kate Dunbar

Greetings from the Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are taking you to the Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally, an awesome RV eye candy event held every year in Pismo Beach California. We enlisted our California correspondent Kate Dunbar, a vintage trailer enthusiast, to scope out the scene for RVFTA, and Kate will be sharing her top 5 vintage trailer picks from the whole show.

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16 Jun

RVFTA #93 Packing up the RV: Creating Prepacked Kits for Easy Travel

Packing Up the RV_ Tips for Family Travel

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about some of the items we pack for our longer summer trips. From craft kits to rainy day bins to sports buckets, we will dish on our go-to rec items for RV travel. Listen to hear our dos and don’t for creating stocked kits before you hit the road on your family vacation.

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09 Jun

RVFTA #92 What’s New at Camp Jellystone?

What's New At Camp Jellystone? Read More

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03 Jun

RVFTA #91 Dutch Oven 101 with Mark Hansen

Dutch Oven Cooking 101with Mark Hansen

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27 May

RVFTA #90: Road Trip Tips!

RVFTA's Road Trip Tips

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19 May

RVFTA #89: Unplugging Teens and Tweens for RV Travel with Special Guest Kerri Cox


Unplugging Teens and Tweens for RV Travel

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12 May

RVFTA #88: Meet the New North American Camper!

Meet the New North American Camper!

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08 May

Dear RV Moms, I Think You’re Killin’ It.

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Just days after launching our new RV Family Travel Atlas site a couple of years ago, we received this comment on the blog:

Having been camping and traveling with little tykes (our grandchildren), we’ve found that, later, they have little recall of most of the scenes and sights they’ve seen, although they seemed to have enjoyed the trips, mostly. Just a thought.

At the time, I shook my head, sighed, and wrote a brief response, basically telling the gentleman that he was missing the point altogether.

But now, on Mother’s Day, I want to elaborate.

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05 May

RVFTA #87: Greetings from Charleston, South Carolina!

Greetings form Charleston South Carolina

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03 May

6 Standout Restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina

6 standout restaurants in Charleston SC

We enjoyed one mouth-watering, belly-filling meal after another during our recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina. And we are still in recovery.

I knew before our arrival in the Holy City that we had to taste all the stars of Low Country Cuisine…think shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and Charleston red rice. What I didn’t know was that this region has experienced a food renaissance over the last 30 years, transforming itself into a world class food destination. Depending on which local you ask, you will get a completely different top 10 restaurant list. And they will probably all be equally delicious.

So here is a run down of 6 Standout Restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina. To hear more about our whirlwind culinary tour of low country cuisine, listen to the upcoming episode of RV Family Travel Atlas (#87), and look for our article in an upcoming issue of Trailer Life Magazine.

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28 Apr

RVFTA #86: Planning Thematic RV Vacations

Planning Thematic RV Vacations

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about adding thematic trips into your RV travel plans. We all know that Glacier National Park is a must see for any RV traveler. But what about the Lighthouses of Coastal Washington or Civil War Battlefields of the East? Themed trips are a fun way to explore our country’s history and culture, so we are going to help you start planning!

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21 Apr

RVFTA #85 Campground Etiquette 101

On this week’s episode, RV School is in session with Campground Etiquette 101. Campgrounds are pretty happy places, but if you don’t have good campground manners, you might get the cold shoulder around the evening campfire. We will give you tips for minding your social q’s and making friends wherever you park your rig.

Our conversation is broken down into three main categories:

  • Shared Campground Spaces
  • Campsite manners
  • Interacting with other happy campers

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14 Apr

RVFTA #84 Becoming a Weekend Warrior, Part Two with Fireside Provisions

Becoming A Weekend WarriorPart Two-2

On this week’s episode we are giving you even more tools to become a fierce RV Weekend Warrior. Our listeners are constantly telling us that they want to camp more. Last week on Episode #83, we gave you 7 ways you could fit in more camping with as little fuss as possible.

Well, this week we are talking about the food. It can be the most time consuming part of a quick weekend trip, but we have ways you can eat well without slaving over a camp stove. First, we will share our 5 tips for making food prep easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy on quick weekend trips.

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Then we have a fantastic interview with Kip Clifton, Founder and CEO of Fireside Provisions, a food delivery service for campers like you who want to make a fast getaway on a Friday afternoon and still eat well at the campground. We are in love with this company, and can’t wait to share an awesome resource for Weekend Warriors.

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12 Apr

Stephanie’s No-Mod RV Makeover

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On Episode #82: RV Makeover 101 with the Pop Up Princess, I shared 5 ways I had given our RV a little face lift this Spring. After that episode aired, I was surprised by a deluge of emails and social media comments asking when we were going to share pictures of the makeover.

Insert long, uncomfortable pause.

I’m certainly not an interior designer, and I’m basically the anti-crafty mom. So while I was happy to talk about my RV changes on the podcast episode, I was sort of nervous about sharing photos. I imagined the response would be: So what? Big deal. You barely made any changes at all!

And then I realized that was exactly the point. It wasn’t a big deal. Everyone can do what I did, and with pretty little effort. I didn’t put a single hole in the wall, paint anything,  or install shelving and cabinets. I just made our home-away-from-home a bit more pretty.

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So here they are. Pictures of my small, no-mod changes that made a big difference for our family. To hear us chat further about the makeover, check out the podcast episode. And a  very special thanks to the Pop Up Princess and the Making Something Happy Etsy shop for all your inspiration!

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