01 Dec

RVFTA #117 Dispatches from an RV Newbie

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We couldn’t be more excited about our episode this week, Dispatches from an RV Newbie.

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Our absolute favorite type of email to receive is from our listeners who have finally made the leap and bought their first RV. They tell us about how they found our podcast, all the rigs that they looked at, how they narrowed down their choices, and of course, all the fun adventures they have planned for the future.

These emails really do make us feel awesome about producing this weekly podcast.

So this fall we decided to reach out to one of those listeners who sent us an email last January, and see how that first season went for the family. Neil Potter was incredibly generous and agreed to come on the show, tell us about his story, and offer some tips for the RV newbie.

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Neil starts at the beginning and tells us about how he originally got the RV bug and then he dishes on how he convinced his wife to go along with his seemingly crazy scheme. We think that hearing about Neil and Melissa’s journey will definitely help any of those listeners out there that are in the RV dreaming stage themselves. And for those of you that aren’t quite newbies anymore? This episode will bring back some fond memories, for sure.

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In the second segment, Neil moves into the nitty gritty and gives some really solid, helpful tips to be more successful as an RV newbie. He talks about the importance of checklists, researching and learning your RV, and his love of Command Strips and Command Utility Hooks. We were so glad he mentioned these, since it took us a few years to discover the magic power of these super-sticky organizing miracles.

We are so thankful that Neil agreed to come on the show and share his dispatches from an RV newbie. We know that his family will have many, many more RV adventures in the future, and we look forward to hearing about them at RVFTA.

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25 Nov

RVFTA 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the RV Enthusiast

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The RVFTA Holiday Gift Guide is here!!!

The RVFTA 2016 Holiday Gift Guide podcast episode is out and it is definitely bigger and better than ever. This year we broke down our guide into 5 segments: Stocking Stuffers, Just for Kids, Grownup RV Fanatics, Best of the Gear Guides, and Our Personal Wish Lists.


Listen to the episode to hear all the details about why we chose each item. Then click on the links below to order!

Stocking Stuffers

Making Something Happy Camping Towel Gift Set, $22.00

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A Very Kacey Christmas,  $9.99

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Camper Coloring Books, $8.99-9.99

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See America 2017 Wall Calendar, $14.99

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Camp Casual Mugs, $12.99

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From a Wooden Canoe by Jerry Dennis, $14.99

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Vintage Camper Trailers, $24.99

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Lens Wipes, 200 for $14.00

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Songs for Junior Rangers, $9.99

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Just for Kids

Slackers 50-Feet Slackline Set with Teaching Line, $70.00

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Volkswagon CamperVan Pop Up Play Tent, $64.95

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Camper Toy, Lori 6″ Doll Camper, $34.99

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The Smore the Merrier Campfire Set, $69.99

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Campsite Night Light, $57.00

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Lego Van and Caravan, $12.79

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Synchilla Fleece Cardigan by Patagonia, $59.00

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iPod Touch 6th Generation, 16 GB $228.99

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Leap Frog Epic 7″ Android Based Tablet, $92.00

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For the Grownup RV Fanatics

Titan Sewer Hose, $36.00

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Kala Ukulele Learn to Play Starter Kit, $59.99

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Rugged Outdoor Hammock, $129.99

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Camp Casual Throw, $75.00

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Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe, $120.00

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Encore Burr Grinder, $129.99

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Cabela’s Outdoor Kitchen, $179.99

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Elite Tactical Pro 500 Flashlight, $39.99

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Best of the Best Gear Guide Items

Ebags Packing Cubes, 3-Piece set, $26.99

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Instapot 6-quart Multi Use Presser Cooker, $130.00

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Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike, $120.00

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Jumbo Checker Rug Game, $12.29

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Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ, $65.00

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Jeremy and Stephanie’s Wish List

Cabela’s Camp Rocker, $69.99

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Garmin 2589LMT GPS, $160.00

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22 Nov

Shopping for the RV Enthusiast: RVFTA Holiday Gift Guides from the Past

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Are you excited about the 2016 RVFTA Holiday Gift Guide???? We certainly are!

The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide podcast will be released this Friday, November 25th and it is jam packed with something for everyone on your list. But in the meantime, we thought we would give a shout out to our Holiday Gift Guides from 2014 and 2015. Looking back at these products, there are so many items that we still love and use all the time.

In fact, we will be talking about some of our all-star favorites on this year’s episode!

So want to get a jump start on the giving? Check these posts out…

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

This was our first gift guide ever, and we kept it SUPER simple with only 12 products. But there isn’t one item that we wouldn’t still recommend.

The illuminated globe did finally give up the ghost, but it was pretty cool while it lasted.

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Spinaroos are still our favorite alternative to traveling with Legos, and we’ve yet to meet a campground kid who doesn’t love building with them.

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Spot It is still packed in the camper, and gets pulled out on a regular basis.

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And the Ocean Kayaks are still getting hauled all over the country on our travels.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide got a wee bit bigger, and we loved reaching out to our RVFTA community for recommendations.

This is going to be a good year for stargazing, and Kate Dunbar still loves the Orion Starblast Telescope.

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The Anderson Levelers might be the single greatest gift to couples who ‘struggle’ with getting the RV backed in and leveled properly.

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And these rope lights get set up at every campsite, creating a cozy glow without lighting up the whole sky.

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If your kids are getting old enough to go to the playground without you, we highly recommend the Motorola Two-Way radios. So many of our camping buddies had them this year, that we all had to label them so we didn’t mix them up. It’s just a bonus that they will also keep the kids entertained in the hose over the course of the cold winter months…

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Okay, hopefully that keeps you busy until this Friday, when we release our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide over on the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast! Stay tuned, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

 

20 Nov

Thanksgiving at the Campground: Corn Casserole, InstaPot Mashed Potatoes, and Apple Slaw

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In this series of blog posts, I am sharing my family recipes for enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at the campground. There are so many ways to bring festive holiday cheer on the road, and this year I am focusing on dishes that offer those classic Thanksgiving flavors, but can be made mostly in advance and with minimal fuss.

You can also check out my posts on Turkey and Stuffing Sandwiches and Pumpkin Bread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Corn Casserole

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Growing up, my family lived near a military base, so we were blessed to meet families from all over the country. This corn casserole dish was first made for us by a southern woman who brought the tastes of her Georgia childhood to our northeastern Thanksgiving table. Then she was kind enough to share the recipe. It has now been in our holiday rotation for over 20 years.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (16 oz) of frozen corn, lightly steamed
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of flour (I love Wondra)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • dash of pepper
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2/3 cup cornbread stuffing mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet, and sauté the onion and pepper until soft and translucent. Stir in the flour, salt, paprika, dry mustard, and pepper and whisk. Then slowly pour in the milk and mix in the cheese, bringing to a gentle boil and whisking constantly for one minute. Remove from the heat. Fold in the egg and corn, and stir until combined.

Place the corn mixture in a casserole dish. Toss the cornbread stuffing with 4 tablespoons of melted butter and spread over the top of the casserole. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

For Thanksgiving at the campground, I prepare this dish in advance, then cover with foil and place in my RV refrigerator. I then cook for 30 minutes in my RV oven on Thanksgiving day.

Instapot Mashed Potatoes

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There are plenty of crock pot mashed potato recipes out there, but I am obsessed with my Instapot and will be using it to prepare my potatoes on Thanksgiving day. This is so easy and quick it is almost unbelievable. You can adapt your favorite mashed potato recipe if you have one, or go along with my pretty standard version. If you aren’t sure of what an Instapot is (or whether you need one), we reviewed the appliance in our 2016 Spring Gear Guide.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups milk

Pour 1 cup of water into the Instapot, then add your potatoes. I add some salt at this point, but that depends on your preference. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and allow the steam to naturally release. Open the lid, and prepare the mashed potatoes right in the Instapot bowl. Just place the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and mash away.

I like to place the milk and butter into my large liquid measuring cup and heat in the microwave before adding it my potatoes. I also like to add salt and pepper slowly at the end, so the potatoes don’t get over salted.

Start to finish, the potatoes take about 20 minutes and they are absolutely, classically delicious.

Apple, Carrot, and Raisin Slaw

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With all of the rich foods that find their way to the Thanksgiving table, I prefer a salad that offers a bit of tang and crunch. This is one of my favorite campground salads because it doesn’t require a ton of fresh produce and the dressing is easy to make ahead of time.

Ingredients:

  • 3 apples, chopped (I use Gala)
  • 1 bag julienned carrots
  • 1 cup raisins (or a few small packages if you keep them for the kids!)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

In a bowl whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Place in a tupperware to bring to the campground. To prepare the salad, toss the apples, carrots, and raisins in a bowl and then stir in the dressing. Easy, peasy.

Whether you are frying a turkey or making sandwiches like us, we hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

From our RV to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you at the campground!

 

18 Nov

RVFTA #115 Greetings from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we have a complete guide to enjoying one of our favorite RV destinations–Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We first visited this area in spring of 2014, and since then we have found ourselves returning again and again.

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Make sure you also listen to Campground of the Week episode #55 to hear our review of the Myrtle Beach KOA, our favorite place to stay when visiting this area.

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Sure, Myrtle Beach has plenty of tourist attractions along the famous Grand Strand, but we have also discovered a world of outdoor adventure and natural beauty. We make time to enjoy both during our visits.

Another reason why Myrtle Beach is such a remarkable RV destination is that you can visit year round. We have been in spring, summer, and fall and though the summer was a bit warm for our taste, we still had a blast every time.

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We split the episode into three distinct segments: On the Strand, Off the Strand, and Good Eats in Myrtle Beach. We will talk about our favorite attractions in each category, and we picked our top places to eat when we visit.

Here are the links to all the attractions, activities, and restaurants mentioned in the episode..

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16 Nov

Thanksgiving at the Campground: Turkey Sandwiches with Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce on Brioche Buns

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There are so many ways to make a great Thanksgiving dinner at the campground. This year, my goal was to create a menu that is simple and made mostly in advance, but still features all the tastes of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

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Turkey Sandwiches with Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce

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For years, I prepared a ‘leftovers’ meal on the Friday after Thanksgiving to bring to my grandmother who lived a few hours away. I piled rolls high with sliced turkey, stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce. I also added a little horseradish cream to my own sandwich, but that’s just because I like everything to have a little kick. You won’t find my young boys buying into that flavor profile.

So how do you put Thanksgiving dinner on a bun with only about 60 minutes worth of prep time in the kitchen? Here are my steps…

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15 Nov

Thanksgiving at the Campground: Pumpkin Bread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

img_7813 In this series of blog posts, I’m sharing my personal recipes for simple menu items that can be made ahead of a holiday RV trip, but still hit all of the classic holiday tastes that we crave in a Thanksgiving meal.

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Pumpkin Bread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I first started making these cupcakes when we would visit my grandmother on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Everyone already had their fair share of pie on Thursday, so I wanted to bring something festive but different. So I turned my mother’s classic pumpkin bread into a cupcake and topped it with cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts. These turned out to be one of my grandmother’s favorite desserts, and I think of her every time I make them.

This recipe traditionally makes 2 loaves of pumpkin bread, which translates into about 2 dozen cupcakes. To be honest, I usually make one loaf of bread and 1 dozen cupcakes. To be even more honest, the bread makes a yummy breakfast option as well…

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10 Nov

RVFTA #114 Holidays at the Campground

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And set a reminder for our next Go RVing Facebook Chat on November 17th at 4 pm Central Time all about RVing and the Holidays!!! We had so much fun doing a live Facebook event this past August and we can’t wait for round 2!

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If you want to read a bit more about our first foray into holiday camping, check out this post from last year. Stephanie wrote it after spending both Thanksgiving and Christmas away from home in 2015. It was definitely different…but it was also exhilarating!

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04 Nov

RVFTA #113 Casita Dean and the Invasion of the Egg People

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On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are diving into the fascinating and quirky world of molded fiberglass travel trailers, otherwise known as egg campers. These RVs have their very own cult following, so we went to the source and invited a Casita owner onto the show to dish on the drama of researching, buying, and camping in a fiberglass trailer.


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Dean May, and his wife Laura, bought a 2005 Casita 17′ Freedom Deluxe travel trailer just last year. They are recent empty nesters looking forward to retirement in about 10 years. A few years ago, they never imagined themselves as RV owners, but that all changed with one fateful group text between Dean and his brothers and brothers-in-law. In this episode, we will learn the story behind their egg camper purchase, and the journey to finding the perfect tow vehicle to haul it.

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01 Nov

4 Steps to a Better Cup of Campground Coffee (Lifelanes Progressive Blog)

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Coffee and camping seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. They are both absolute staples in our RV, at least.
We have been through a lot of changes in our coffee making equipment since we starting RVing six years ago, but one thing always remains the same: every morning at the campground must start with a steaming mug of java.

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One of our most popular podcasts ever was Camp Coffee 101, and our listeners keep asking us when we are doing Camp Coffee 102.

It’s coming…we promise!

But in the meantime, if you need your camp coffee education fix, we wrote a post for the Progressive Lifelanes blog on 4 Steps to a better cup of coffee. We want you to check all four of these boxes before we start bringing you the more advanced stuff in the near future.

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Want some other great coffee content? Our awesome forum members have weighed in on what they use when at the campground. And you can revisit Stephanie’s musings on what happens when the love of your life starts drinking coffee for the first time in his life…at the age of 35!

We will also be sharing some new coffee brewing gear on the upcoming RVFTA Holiday Gift Guide. And here’s a hint…Jeremy might be ready to ditch that French Press that has been traveling with us for the last two years. Stay tuned for the all the details and the drama. Believe us, cleaning out that French Press does count as drama.

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And if you are completely good to go with brewing your camp coffee, but just want a sweet new mug to put it in…use our coupon code RVFTA2 for 15% off of Camp Casual’s adorable mugs. Or you can do the responsible thing, and start your holiday shopping early!

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See you at the campground,

Stephanie

27 Oct

RVFTA #112 RV Winterization 101 with Quality Mobile RV

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On this episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we are talking about the most unpopular topic for RV enthusiasts: winterization. Some of you down there in the sun belt might be doing the happy dance right now, but many of us are closing up the camper and shutting down the travel until next spring.

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We here at RVFTA want to make sure you do it right. So we are sharing our tips for safely storing the RV through the perils of winter weather. Check out our article for the Progressive Lifelanes blog to see all our tips for shutting down the RV and making sure you don’t get any surprises when you open up again in the spring!

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Plus we invited our maintenance experts Julie and Lazlo Sears of Quality Mobile RV in Mansfield, Texas. They are going to walk us through the process of winterizing the right way. Here at RVFTA, we know that anyone can find the directions for anything on the internet, but we believe strongly  in listening to and learning from the experts.

Julie and Lazlo run an RV mobile repair business, and take the education of their customers very seriously. Lucky for us, they also have created resources that we can use as well! Here is the winterization video that goes hand in hand with our interview on this episode:

To check out more of their RV maintenance videos, download the RV Tube app available for iOS and Android devices. You can also find Quality Mobile RV on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Other topics mentioned in the News Roundup include:

You might think you can squeeze in a few more camping trips before putting on the cover, but we know that time is ticking for many of our listeners in the US and Canada. Cozy up and enjoy Episode 112: RV Winterization with Quality Mobile RV

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25 Oct

Go RVing and RVFTA Satellite Media Tour: Video Footage!

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Back in July, Jeremy and I had the pleasure of doing a Satellite Media Tour to publicize the release of our book, The Idiot’s Guide to RV Vacations. Go RVing was kind enough to host the event, and we broadcast from the amazing resort campground Normandy Farms in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

For those of you who aren’t quite sure what a Satellite Media Tour is (like us before we did one!!!), it’s basically like an old fashioned book tour meets speed dating.

News organizations from all over the country signed up for slots to interview us during their morning programs. We appeared on over 20 stations across the country in a period of about 4 hours…without even leaving the campground. Amazingly enough, it went off without a hitch.

We can’t thank Go RVing enough for handling all the logistics that went into making this happen. Everyone we worked with was amazingly kind and patient even though we had zero television experience. They produced this clip video of the event, and we wanted to share since many of you were bummed you didn’t get to see us on live television that morning.

In the video we mention that Go RVing is a great resource for newbies looking to purchase their first RV. We really believe this. We used the site ourselves back when we were shopping for our first pop up, and still recommend it to our listeners and readers.

Now all we need to do is write that next book. We’re on it…

20 Oct

RVFTA #111 Seasonal Camping 101 with Jon and Heather Anderson

seasonal-camping-101On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about seasonal camping with some experienced experts, Jon and Heather Anderson. We first met Jon and Heather at the Hershey RV show in 2015 when they purchased their Class A Winnebago Brave. Since then, we have been impressed with how much time and research they put into all their RV decisions.

So we invited them onto the show to teach us the ins and outs of seasonal camping. Why did they decide to take the plunge? Are they happy with their choice? And perhaps most importantly…how much does this cost???
listen-on-itunes-hoverIn the first segment, Jon and Heather walk us through their journey from buying a travel trailer to investing in a seasonal campsite. Then in the second segment, they share five tips for finding the perfect seasonal campground for your family.

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14 Oct

RVFTA #110 Say Hello to Winnebago Towables

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On this podcast episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are taking our listeners back to Middlebury, Indiana and talking to Mark Gerber, the Director of Marketing for Winnebago Towables. Mark gave our family an awesome tour of the factory during our visit, and then sat down to chat about what’s in the future for this iconic RV manufacturer.

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Plus, we know many of our listeners heard the news last week that Winnebago acquired Grand Design, the 5-year old RV manufacturer that has caused quite a splash in the industry over a very short period of time (you can read the press release here). So we called Sam Jefson, Public Relations Specialist at Winnebago, and talked about why Grand Design was such a good fit for an iconic RV company, and what kinds of products we might expect in the future.

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13 Oct

Got 48 Hours and an RV? Visit Fancy Gap, Virginia! (Destination Inspiration for Go RVing)

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One of our most popular podcast episodes ever was about camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Last summer we originally planned a stay in Fancy Gap, Virginia largely because we needed a place to rest on our way down to the Great Smoky Mountains.

We were shocked when Fancy Gap became one of our favorite stops that summer. The Fancy Gap KOA was a peaceful and sleepy retreat, just a few tenths of a mile from the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We enjoyed driving along one of America’s most popular scenic byways, and we loved watching live music at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Plus, our visit to Mount Airy–the childhood home of Andy Griffith and inspiration for the Andy Griffith Show–could not have been amore delightful way to spend a day sightseeing with our boys. After pork chop sandwiches at Snappy Lunch, haircuts at Floyd’s Barber Shop, and a tour of the town in the back of a police car our kids were obsessed with all things Andy Griffith.

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And they are still watching the TV show in regular rotation.

Go RVing has a special section of their website called Destination Inspiration, where you can find out how to make the most out of 48 hours in some amazing locations around the country. We were thrilled to write one about Fancy Gap, Virginia and the surrounding area.

You can read our step-by-step guide here on Go RVings Destination Inspiration. And then tell us where you love to go when you have an RV and 48 hours to kill…

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And you can also check out the podcast we recorded about the area last summer…RVFTA Episode #42 Greetings from the Blue Ridge Parkway!

07 Oct

RVFTA #109 Ladies’ Day Out at Cabela’s with Kate Dunbar

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On this week’s episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we are talking about Ladies Day Out, a bi annual event hosted by Cabela’s which celebrates women in the outdoors.

Our Texas Correspondent Kate Dunbar participated this past week at her local Cabela’s store, and she is here to tell us all about it. Kate describes the event from soup to nuts, and gives examples of all the outdoor organizations and learning opportunities.

Kate also spent the weekend boon docking in the Cabela’s parking lot in her super sweet Airstream. She learned a ton from the experience and is ready to pass along some lessons.

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29 Sep

RVFTA #108 Say Hello to the Jayco Hummingbird!

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On this week’s episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we are talking about one of the latest tiny trailers to explode onto the RV scene, The Hummingbird by Jayco. Since it became available just months ago, the Hummingbird has sold more units than anyone at Jayco ever expected. We sat down with the product designer, John Fisher and talked about why this small RV is getting such a big response.

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28 Sep

The Perfect Campsite: 10 Questions to Ask (Go RVing Blog)

 

IMG_9203We are well aware that everyone in the campground industry wants you to book your campsite online. And we are also well aware that many of you do just that.

But our longtime readers and podcast listeners know that we have one thing to say about this trend: Don’t do it.

Seriously.

Pick. Up. The. Phone.

All campgrounds are not created equal, and you would never blindly book an RV park without doing a little research and reading some reviews. So why would you blindly book a campsite, not knowing if it has the space, the views, or the location that you prefer?

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Happy campers know that not all campsites are created equal, so they do their due diligence and research before booking. Happy campers also know what makes them happy, and they book campsites that have the ambiance, amenities, and activities they want.

Want more camping nirvana in your life? Check out our latest blog post for Go RVing where we described 10 questions to ask BEFORE you book your next campsite.

You might have to work a little harder and actually talk to someone on the phone (GASP!), but when you are sitting with a view of the creek and a cocktail while your kids play within sight at the nearby playground, you’ll know it was worth it.

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See you at the campground!

Check out our other blog posts on the Scenic Route

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22 Sep

RVFTA #107 Support the Tents for Troops RV Loaner Program

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Donate to the RVFTA Supports Tents for Troops RV Loaner Program here!

Please help us purchase an RV so that our active military and their families can camp for free!!!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are celebrating the 2nd birthday of the podcast we started recording at our dining room table in September of 2014. Some people might call it an anniversary, but this is our baby so we are lighting candles and blowing up balloons.

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And we are announcing the most exciting project that we have ever undertaken in the history of RV Family Travel Atlas. Tents for Troops is a charitable organization that seeks to provide camping opportunities for enlisted military members. They have a new initiative called the RV Loaner Program, and we want to help get it off the ground. So we are raising $10,000 to buy an RV that will be permanently available to active military and their families.

We need your help! Please visit the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for this fantastic cause. Let’s join together as a camping community and support Tents for Troops!

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20 Sep

Hershey RV Show: RVFTA Wrap Up

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We had such a blast at the Hershey RV Show that took place last week. Not only is this one of the biggest RV shows in the whole country, it is also the first place that the public gets a peak at many of the new 2017 models and floor plans.

Manufacturers get to gauge public response to their 2017 lineup, and dealers get an idea of selling momentum for the upcoming RV show season. There is also plenty of opportunity to score a deal on a 2016  model that is still hanging around.

The bottom line? Attendance was higher than ever, and the industry was thrilled with sales.

Many people complain that the RV industry is too ‘cookie-cutter’ or ‘cut-n-paste.’ That was not what we saw at the Hershey show. This is a good year for innovation, and we saw plenty of RVs that were breaking the mold, or offering creative answers to consumer demand.

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