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Great Smoky Mountains Shakedown (Part Two) With the Townsend KOA

After three full days of exploring the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains, we were in no rush to leave. I was getting used to putting the boys to bed each night then soaking in the indoor hot tub at the Cherokee KOA. But there was so much more to do and see.  So…

Great Smoky Mountains Shakedown (Part One) with the Cherokee KOA

We have wanted to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park for years, so after spending four relaxing days at the Fancy Gap KOA we were charged up and ready to go.  So why did we spend our first full day on the North Carolina side of the Smokies at the Campground? Because the boys had…

RVFTA #42: Greetings from the Blue Ridge Parkway!

On episode #42 of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the amazing and beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. We kicked off our summer adventures by exploring the Fancy Gap area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mix of natural beauty, historical interest, and touristy charm surprised and delighted us. We will tell you all…

Summertime on the Blue Ridge Parkway with the Fancy Gap KOA

It’s been two years since we have travelled on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the National Park Services second most visited “park unit” after the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but now we’ve finally made it back.  It is easy to see why it is so popular.  It is a magical drive. The Parkway is 469…

RVFTA #41: Campground Smackdown, Public Vs. Private

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are diving into the controversial topic of public versus private campgrounds. Some people swear by their state parks; some people won’t go anywhere without full hook ups and a waterslide. We will share some of our listeners’ thoughts and a few of our own on…

RVFTA #40: Let’s Get Grillin’

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the fine art of grilling. We love the idea of making delicious campground meals on a great portable grill, but quite frankly we don’t have the tools or the talent. So we reached out to Evanne Schmarder, cohost of Rollin’ on TV…

RVFTA #39: To Rally Or Not To Rally?

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the good ole fashioned RV Rally. These are wildly popular among some segments of the RVing population…but with Gen Xers and the Millenials? Not so much. Well, we hosted our first rally a couple of weeks ago and everyone had a wonderful…

RV Breakfast: Smoothie Stock Up List

Sometime during our second year of RVing, we realized that we had been sucked into the vortex of unhealthy breakfast habits. Too many pancakes, too many bagels. This was truly a puzzle because at home we ate very healthy breakfasts on a daily basis. Yogurt, oatmeal, and eggs were in regular rotation and popular with…

RVFTA #38: The Family Road Trip…What’s In It For Mom and Dad?

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about good ole Mom and Dad. Awhile back we recorded a podcast about how our kids benefit from RV travel. It was called The Family Road Trip: What’s in it for the Kids? This ended up being one of our most popular episodes,…

RVFTA 1st Annual Rally Roundup!

We did it. An actual RV Family Travel Atlas Rally took place this past weekend at Lake-in-Wood Camping Resort in Narvon, Pennsylvania. Here are the 10 most important facts to report: 1. We have the nicest listeners and readers ever. Seriously. In the privacy of our own RV, we continuously marveled at that fact that all of…

RVFTA #37: Greetings from Camp Jellystone!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are taking an in-depth look at the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts franchise. There are over 80 of these campgrounds across the US, and they are a great option for many RVing families. We will talk about the activities and amenities that are available…

RVFTA #36: Pack Up Those Kids!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are tackling one of the trickiest parts of traveling with kids: packing. We believe that packing is more of an art than a science, and every family has to find their own personal style. So we are going to share 5 of our own packing…

Road Food Gone Wrong: An Almost Perfect Day in Awendaw, South Carolina

Our last day in the Myrtle Beach area was perfectly planned. In fact, it was shaping up to be the quintessential RV Family Travel Atlas kind of day, including our favorite types of activities paired with the promise of amazing, local food. We have a bit of a formula for travel. We start with the great…

RVFTA #35: Beach Camping!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about Beach Camping. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Some people are thinking about trying it out. We will discuss all the pros and cons of beach camping along with our tips for making it an enjoyable RV experience. Plus, we…

Camping Close to Home at Turkey Swamp Park (Ode to an Adventurous Mom)

A few weeks back Stephanie wrote a post titled Five Reasons to Camp Close to Home.  It was a good one for a variety of reasons–five of them to be exact.  I really liked reason #4, “don’t miss out on important weekend commitments.” Max and Theo are currently obsessed with t-ball–which means they really don’t…

Unboxing the MyMayu Boots for Toddlers and Kids

Our boys want out of the RV the second they wake up in the morning. We pretty much have to sit on them until campground quiet hours end at 8 am. Then BANG, the camper door slams open and the day has begun. Anyone who camps knows that no matter how beautiful the weather, the ground is usually…

RVFTA #34: The Happy and Healthy RV

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are discussing easy ways to develop a healthy RV lifestyle. We’ve developed some rules over the years for eating on the road, making breakfast at the campground, and managing sleeping schedules. These guidelines have served us well, and maybe they could work for you. We…

Unboxing the Toas-Tite Sandwich Grill

If you listened to our Spring Gear Guide Podcast, you know that Jeremy’s pick for best in show was the Toas-Tite. As soon as we started experimenting with this campfire cooking toy, we just couldn’t stop ourselves. I’m going to admit it…we even had Toas-Tite tuna melts last night for dinner. And then there was…

RVFTA #33: RV Season Stock Up!!!

On episode #33 of RVFTA we are talking about stocking the RV for camping season. People across the country are getting their rigs ready for spring, summer, and fall and we want to talk about some items, from paper products to cleaning supplies, that you should stock up on right now. Stephanie did a write…

Unboxing the Spring Gear Guide: Night Stick Dual Light with Dual Magnets

On podcast Episode #31, the Spring Gear Guide, we reviewed over a dozen products that we highly recommend for the RVing family. Then we realized that even though we write about these products and talk about these products, people still want to see them in action. Enter YouTube. We started publishing short, simple unboxing videos last…

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