04 Feb

RVFTA #74: Booking the Perfect Campground

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are dishing all our tips for finding the perfect campground and booking the perfect campsite. It’s trip planning season and if you want the magic to happen, better make those reservations now. We have given seminars on this topic and written articles, but this is the first time we put in all in one podcast.

And we have a giveaway to help you plan those trips! Good Sam has given us 5 copies of the Travel and Savings Guide (chock full of awesome articles, wink, wink). What do you have to do to win?

  • Head over to our forum, register, and introduce yourself on Roll Call forum thread. Three people with introductions will win copies of the Guide! Don’t fret if you have already said hey. You are in it to win it.
  • Look for a contest photo to be posted this week on Instagram. Like the photo and tag a friend who might think that RV Family Travel Atlas has got it going on.

There are two segments that center on tips for booking your campground reservations. First we talk about picking through the catalogs, apps, ratings, and reviews to find a campground that will suit your style. Then we move on to all of the questions you should ask yourself before booking your campsite.

Do you want every campground to be a #win? It’s gonna take a little work, but the payoff is worth it.

And we don’t completely ignore RV shopping because many of our listeners are right in the thick of it. On this episode, you will also hear a great interview with Jim Waters, the marketing coordinator for Lance Campers. He will share some information about the 50 year old RV company and talk about the newest, lightest Lance truck camper release for 2016. The 650 is built for a half-ton short-bed truck, so it should be of interest to anyone looking for a comfortable camper with a small footprint.

You might think that you have oodles of time to plan those summer vacations. But we know that the best campsites are selling like hotcakes. You are listening to Episode #74: Booking the Perfect Campground!

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02 Feb

A Case for the Campground (or, why it’s okay if you don’t plan on boondocking this year)

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If you hang out in RV social media circles, you probably have noticed the increase in boondocking, or wild camping, content. You might see an Airstream in the middle of a desert with snow-capped mountains in the distance. Or a Class C sitting at the edge of a rocky shoreline without another RV in sight. Blog posts offer GPS coordinates for remote, wooded locations, and many apps help you find isolated BLM lands on which you can park your rig.

The appeal is obvious. First of all, wild places are beautiful. RVers generally have a healthy appreciation for the natural world, so the more of it, the better. What is more romantic than having a beautiful place all to yourself? Secondly, these spots are free. For people like ourselves who want to camp as much as possible, a free campsite is a very attractive option.

And then there are the photos. In our increasingly visual social media landscape, how awesome is it to get pictures of your RV smack dab in the middle of nowhere, without the clutter of other rigs and people?

As solar energy becomes more ubiquitous, tanks become bigger, WiFi becomes stronger, and generators become cheaper, it is easier for the average RVer to enjoy the comforts of the RV lifestyle without the drag of a campground price tag.

The conversation about boondocking pops up in the RVFTA world on a regular basis. People ask us, when are you going to start boondocking? Why don’t you do it already? Don’t you think you are missing out on an amazing experience? Is what you are doing really authentic?

We have discussed this issue many times on the podcast, and in emails with our listeners. But most of the time, the question is framed in terms of what we are not doing…i.e. boondocking. But we actually look at the issue differently. Instead of believing that we are giving our kids a less authentic camping experience, we actually think we are giving them exposure to a remarkably valuable environment, and one that is difficult to find in our present day culture.

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Many people who boondock want to get away from it all, disconnect, unplug. Most of us feel this pressing need on a daily basis. We crave a break from the busyness, a bit of quiet amidst all the noise. The irony is, of course, that as we have become more connected on social media we have become less connected with our neighbors, our community members, and even our co workers.

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A recent article I read in the New York Times, Friends at Work? Not So Much, was talking about how as a culture we are underestimating the value of forming new friendships at work. When I can stay connected with my old friends on Facebook, why bother going through the hassle of getting to know Bob in the break room?

I, of course, immediately thought of the campground. In our opinion, campgrounds are not a necessary evil, a place to stay now until we can build up our courage to take our children out into the middle of nowhere. Campgrounds are actually places where a lot of things operate according to the pre-technology norms of 20 years ago. You are pretty much expected to wave and say hi to someone as they walk by. It is still considered polite to strike up friendly conversation with a stranger. And kids are constantly forming pick up games with children they met five minutes ago.

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Playdates? Not at a campground. You’ll just see a mob of kids moving from campsite to campsite. Sharing toys, making up games, and getting really dirty.

I understand the desire people have to get away from it all and find some peace and quiet. But in a way, I believe we have a little too much peace and quiet in our lives already. Too much time spent in front of screens with headphones in our ears, looking at pretty pictures that other people have posted on social media.

We don’t just love our RV. We also love and appreciate our time at public and private campgrounds, meeting  new people, having pleasant conversations, and connecting more with each other.

The pictures aren’t as pretty perhaps, but I’ve got the squeals of my happy boys as they enjoy an epic water gun war with a bunch of friends they just met. And that’s a pretty authentic experience to me.

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Have an opinion about the campground versus boondocking? We would love to hear it! Share away in the comments below…

See you at the campground. ~Stephanie

28 Jan

RVFTA #73: Living in RV Luxury

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, Living in RV Luxury, we are talking about Luxury options for both motorized and towable RVs.

But first in the News Roundup, we shared some important information:

  1. If you are attending the RVFTA 2016 Spring Rally, you must register at Eventbrite so we have an accurate number for our attendees!
  2. We were honored to be interviewed on Keep Your Daydream this week. Listen to hear about all the behind the scenes RVFTA stuff that we don’t normally talk about on the podcast, including some major life changes that have recently occurred round these parts.

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26 Jan

Best in Show: Our 10 Favorite Rigs at the Florida RV Supershow

If you listened to RVFTA episode #72 last week, you know that we had a grand ole time at the Florida RV Supershow. On that episode we talked about the seminars, entertainment, food, and vendors. And we gave a ton of advice about navigating the thousands of RVs that are on site for one of the largest shows in America.

So now it’s time for our personal top 10 list. Our Best in Show picks from the Florida RV Supershow.

What were the criteria?

100% complete and total subjectivity.

Some of these rigs we would love to have now. Some we would love to have once our brood has flown the nest. Others would be awesome to keep around for the rare romantic getaway.

Basically, these rigs popped. So drumroll, please.

 1. The Cricket Trailer by TAXA

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We want one of these in our driveway, and we want to do amazing things with it. The Cricket is not a funny looking tent trailer. It is an top-quality adventure wagon. We nabbed a whole interview with a TAXA rep, and can’t wait for you to hear it on the podcast.

Did we mention we want one?

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22 Jan

RVFTA #72: Live from the Florida RV Supershow!

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On this special episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the Florida RV Supershow, which may just be the most exciting RV show around.

Last week we fled the frigid temperatures of the Northeast and hightailed it to sunny Tampa, where we found an amazing array of RVs on display. And we also discovered that this RV show takes entertainment to a whole new level.

Listen to hear great interviews with manufacturer’s reps, finance experts, RV show organizers, and RV enthusiasts like yourselves who always seem to be shopping for their next rig.

And hear our 7 tips for making the most out of your trip to the Florida RV Supershow…because we know you will want to plan a visit after listening to this episode!

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14 Jan

RVFTA #71: Color In Those Campers!

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we introduce the adult coloring craze to our RV enthusiasts. It turns out that coloring is quite the therapautic pastime for all of us busy, overworked Americans. So we decided it might help get us all through the dreary winter months.

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We will review our three favorite travel trailer coloring books and give the details for our Camper Coloring Contest. Once you have all the tools, you can get on your way to becoming the Picasso of the RV world. If we don’t beat you to it first. For links to all the coloring books we discuss, click here.

Plus, to round out all the travel trailer talk, we have a great interview with Jayco’s Amy Duthie, the product manager of the Jayflight line, which has been America’s best-selling travel trailer for 10 years straight. Amy talks about all the options available in the Jayflight travel trailers, and why it is such a popular pick for RV enthusiasts. You can watch the video on Sway Command that we discuss here.

You might think you have to pony up hundreds of dollars for a decent therapy session to get you through the winter. But we know some colored pencils and a decent travel trailer sketch can get you into that camping state of mind. You are listening to Episode #71: Color In Those Campers!

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12 Jan

RVFTA is Ready for the Florida RV SuperShow! How About You?

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The 31st annual Florida RV SuperShow kicks off tomorrow morning at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida.  The RVFTA team is super duper excited to be recording a special podcast all about the show. We will be interviewing consumers, dealers, and seminar presenters to give you a 360 degree view of what this wild and crazy show is all about.

We will also be hosting a meet and greet with our friends, traveling buddies, and “Campground of the Week” correspondents Keith and Tia Sims from Soulful RV Family! Please stop by and say hello to all four of us on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm at the Florida RV Trade Association Tent. We always love to meet our podcast listeners and hear about your RV shopping adventures!

We also recommend that you take a break from all of that walking to check out a few of the great seminars that are offered.  The seminar schedule at the SuperShow looks awesome this year and we can’t wait to attend a few of them ourselves.

But that’s not all! The Florida RV SuperShow has a reputation for being one of the liveliest RV shows on the planet, and that’s partly because of the live entertainment that is included in your ticket price! Daily performances include a famous bagpipe band, and barbershop quartets, magicians, and jugglers.

We are so excited to be attending the show and we really, truly hope to see you there!

Best-Jeremy and Stephanie

 

 

09 Jan

The RVFTA Coloring Contest: A Cure For the Winterization Blues

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They say that camping is the best kind of therapy. But when you can’t camp, coloring pictures of travel trailers works pretty well, too.

Inspired by a post on our RVFTA forum, Jeremy recently went a little hog wild and bought us three camping coloring books. They were supposed to be for the adults, but the boys jumped on the camper coloring crazy train, and now its a bit of a thing in our house.

Yesterday, I noticed the colored pages were beginning to pile up in various areas of the house. The boys have honestly put so much effort into the project, and I hated the thought of the papers getting crumbled, torn, and eventually thrown out in one of my cleaning furies.

So I went to the Dollar Store and bought of stack of frames. Viola! Playroom wall art. This is as crafty as I get, people.

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Now it seems like everyone else wants to join in on the camper coloring fun, so we are announcing our RVFTA Coloring Contest. Here is what you need to do:

  • Get a copy of one of the coloring books listed below.
  • Create your artistic masterpiece.
  • Take a picture and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #RVFTAcoloring

We will pick a favorite picture every week and regram it. Then on March 1st, we will pick from the regrammed finalists to award the RVFTA Camper Coloring Champion. The winner will receive a signed copy of our book, The Idiot’s Guide to RV Vacations, when it comes out in May 2016.

                               

So get yourself a coloring book and a nice cup of tea. Therapist’s orders.

07 Jan

RVFTA #70 Winnebago Goes Retro!

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are dishing on the retro options available right now from the iconic Winnebago brand. We will take a look at the brand new Winnie Drop.

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With three available floor plans, it’s a great lightweight towable with a bit of stylish flare.

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And we also have a great interview with John Millis, product manager of the Gas Class A lines at Winnebago. He joined Winnebago back in 2012 and oversaw the reintroduction of the Brave line, proclaiming to the world that the Brow is Back.

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There are three floor plans available for the Brave as well, and here they are if you want to follow along in the discussion.

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Plus, listeners Heather and John from Virginia just took delivery on their brand new Brave, and they were kind enough to send us a report from the field.

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You might think you have to give up a bit fuction to embrace the retro vibe. But Winnebago wants you to know you can have the best of both worlds. This is  Episode #70: Winnebago Goes Retro!

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06 Jan

Holidays in the RV: Reflections on a New Adventure

It is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and I am ready to throw my Christmas tree out the window.

Don’t get me wrong…I really do think it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But by New Year’s Day, I’m always ready to sweep up the last of the needles and call it quits on the holiday season.

This year, the holidays looked quite a bit different for us. We traveled on both Thanksgiving and Christmas, spending one in the RV and one in a hotel. So of course I have some thoughts and opinions. You have come to expect that from me.

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When Max and Theo were three years old, we traveled south to visit family over the Christmas holiday break. To be frank, it was a nightmare. Instead of enjoying our own family traditions and relaxing, we ended up tired and stressed. The trip ended and we said, No more. From now on we celebrate holidays in our own home.

And we did. Until this year. If you listened to the Thanksgiving podcast episode of Girl Camper, you heard me talk about how we have struggled to answer the question of what holidays will look like now that our extended family has moved far away. We have slowly let go of what a holiday should look like, and have started asking ourselves what we want it to look like.

This year we decided to try camping on Thanksgiving. I honestly did not know how I would like it, but I’m going to cut right to the chase…it was marvelous. The next month, my mother in law offered to send us to Great Wolf Lodge for Christmas…and it was just as awesome.

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So I’ve been thinking: Why did I enjoy holidays away from home so much? Why were these holiday travel experiences different from ones in the past?

Holidays are supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, right? But so often we get caught up in the planning, preparations, events, cleaning, baking, and general running around, and we end up stressed and exhausted.

When we spent Thanksgiving in the RV, 100% of our focus was on spending time together with family and friends. I wasn’t worried about a clean house or making 5 different desserts from scratch. I actually experienced more sustained gratefulness over this Thanksgiving weekend than I ever can remember in the past. We were doing fun things together, enjoying the last of the beautiful fall weather, and gathering with friends who we don’t often see.

On Christmas, we spent the morning at our house, opening gifts and enjoying a holiday breakfast. By noon we were off to Great Wolf Lodge. Again, I didn’t know how I would feel about the experience and again, I ended up feeling an overwhelming freedom spending time with my family instead of worrying about all the holiday busyness that can be so distracting. We were in bathing suits going down watersides instead of sitting around the living room feeling over stuffed and overstimulated. We weren’t installing batteries and breaking down cardboard boxes. We were just having fun.

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Don’t get me wrong, everything wasn’t perfect. I think if we did it again, I might want to develop some roadworthy traditions because I’m sentimental and love that stuff. Next year on Thanksgiving, for example, I would definitely do a campground meal instead of eating out at restaurant.

I was worried that spending the holidays away from our home would leave me feeling unfettered and strange. Instead, I felt more rooted than ever. Because I was completely experiencing the most important part of the holiday season…time with family.

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Happy New Year, and we wish you joy.

~Stephanie

02 Jan

Stephanie’s Interview on The Drive with Alan Taylor: RVIA Show Episode

Even though I was conducting a ton of interviews while at the RVIA show in Louisville last month, I also ended up in the hot seat myself!

One of the highlights of my trip was talking to Alan Taylor, host of the national radio show The Drive, who knows an awful lot about cars and the auto industry. He also has a few of his own RVs and a gaggle of kids, so we hit it off and had a great time recording an interview for his radio show.

I am interviewed in the first two segments of the December 18th show, and talk about our personal journey entering into the RV lifestyle. You can listen to the interview on The Drive’s Website, or get the podcast episode here in iTunes.

The rest of the show is packed with great RV industry content as well. Alan Taylor interviews Winnebago about their constant quest to stay ahead of the competition by innovating within their product lines.

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31 Dec

RVFTA #69 Top 12 Travel Highlights of 2015

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are sharing our top 12 RV Travel Highlights of 2015. And as an added bonus, we have lots of listener highlights to share as well!

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But before we get into that…we have our first big announcements of 2016! We will be attending the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa, Florida from January 13-17th. Stay tuned for more details about a scheduled meet and greet.

In 2015, we spent over 70 nights in the RV, staying in both public and private campgrounds, sometimes tucked away in the woods, other times sprawled out on souped-up patio sites.

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We hiked and biked and kayaked and swam. We rode roller coasters, ziplines, water taxis and ski lifts. It was almost impossible to narrow our picks down to just 12, but we managed.

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You might think that New Year’s is all about the resolutions. But we here at RVFTA believe in looking back and celebrating the best moments in our lives.

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You are listening to Episode #69: Top 12 Travel Highlights of 2015!

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29 Dec

The Wall Street Journal’s Take on the RV Industry. Right, or Wrong?

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The Wall Street Journal recently published a feature about the state of the RV industry that was interesting, and very much worth reading, but somewhat flawed in its perspective.

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The article’s first sentence declares that “Americans are buying recreational vehicles at the fastest rate in more than a decade.” Then the author, James R. Hagerty, quickly pivots and writes that “Unfortunately for RV makers, many are hitting the road in smaller, less expensive models.” I find his use of the word “unfortunately” to be unfortunate.

For which RV makers is this unfortunate? After all, not every RV maker is building large, expensive, class A diesel pushers.  Trust me on this, there are plenty of manufacturers who are mighty happy that Americans are buying “smaller, less expensive models.”  One of the hottest companies in the industry right now is called Little Guy Worldwide. Hagerty is also only totally right about the “less expensive” part. If you’ve been to a campground lately you’ve probably seen plenty of towables over 30 feet–and yes–most of them are inexpensive when compared to motorhomes–but not much smaller.

Hagerty’s feature consistantly implies that the RV Industry’s breathtaking comeback is deeply flawed because its customers want light and cheap.  I concede that the comeback has not been as great for those companies who focus on luxury and luxury only, but for the rest of the industry, life is good. They are not reluctantly making lighter and cheaper rigs, they are building them with complete intentionality.  This is the comeback that they planned, not the flawed comeback that the Wall Street Journal sees.

During the recession the major RV manufacturers intentionally sought to build smaller and lighter units that could be towed by the family SUV or minivan. And guess what? Those units are selling like hotcakes. When the general public thinks about RV’s they often think about blinged out motorhomes. But 90 percent of RV’s sold are towable units, many of which cost less than $20,000.

So why else are Americans gravitating towards smaller and cheaper rigs?  Because an increasing number of younger people are buying RV’s, and they are buying what they can afford–not what the Wall Street Journal wants them to be able to afford.  Many younger buyers (think millennials) also want to keep things simple and keep their footprints smaller. More power to them.

I am POSITIVE that the RV industry is thrilled about the decreasing age of RV ownership. In fact, they are doing the happy dance.  Have you seen a Go RVing commercial on television or social media? These ads are very deliberately courting younger buyers–and the RV industry knows that they are going to purchase smaller rigs.  However, the article implies that many older buyers are also making the decision to go smaller and lighter. If this is the case, then most of the industry is certainly making up those lost margins with increased volume. The RV manufacturers are playing the long game–and they are winning.

But it seems to me like everyone is winning right now.  Consumers have a wide variety of models to choose from and they are competitively priced. Manufacturers have more customers than they have had in a decade, and those customers are younger, and will probably make more total RV purchases in their lives than previous generations.

But who is the biggest winner in this new golden age of RVing? It might just be the campground industry.  All of those shiny new RV’s are going to be heading  to America’s campgrounds in record numbers next summer. Best make your reservations now.

What are your thoughts about this Wall Street Journal article on the RV Industry? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.  

                                                                                                                    Best-Jeremy

 

 

 

23 Dec

RVFTA #68: The RVFTA Forum…No Cranks Allowed!

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On Episode #68 of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are sharing our last big announcement of 2015…the launch of the RVFTA forum on our very own website.

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If you haven’t registered yet, you can do that here. Think of it as our Christmas gift to you.

We will share why we decided to host a forum for our listeners, and all the information you need to know to join in on the forum fun.

Plus, listen to hear about the three finalists we picked in our #RVFTAornament contest over on Instagram. There was some pretty stiff competition, for sure.

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Who will win the ultimate prize? Watch for the announcement on Christmas Eve.

Also, check out the totally redesigned Progressive blog, where we got our very own page with all of our posts from the last few seasons. We think it looks just super…but maybe we are a bit biased.

You might think that forums are only for hardened, ornery, and crotchety RV veterans. But we here at RVFTA believe RV chats can be useful and fun for the newbies and the seasoned alike.

This is Episode #68: The RVFTA Forum, No Cranks Allowed.

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17 Dec

RVFTA #67: Pros and Cons of A Toy Hauler

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are unpacking the pros and cons of a Toy Hauler. Toy Haulers have been around for a while, but they have grown in popularity over the last couple of years.

If you have been shopping for Toy Haulers recently, you may have noticed that they have received a facelift, acquiring residential finishes along with patio decks and tailgating kitchens.

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Listen to hear an interview with Mike Aplin, product manager for the Toy Hauler line at Jayco. Mike will tell us all about his Toy Haulers: what he’s designing these days and who is buying the product.

Then we will hash it all out. Why might a Toy Hauler be the perfect option for us? What features give us pause? Might there be one in our near future?

You might think the Toy Hauler is an option for Nascar drivers and bikers. But we here at RVFTA have been considering this type of RV for our own merry band of pirates. You are listening to Episode #67: Pros and Cons of a Toy Hauler.

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16 Dec

We Want to Hear Your 2015 RV Highlight!

What was your top RV highlight of 2015?

Our New Year’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas is just around the corner, and we will be sharing our top RV and travel moments from the year: new experiences, favorite travel destinations, and the family moments that made it all worth it.

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We might also throw in a few of our least favorite moments from 2015…just for good cheer.

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It would be awesome to include some of our readers’ and listeners’ top RV moments of the past year also. We know many of you purchased your first rig, upgraded to more fancy digs, or took your campers farther than ever before in 2015. You saw new places and experienced moments that will be talked about for years to come.

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Tell us about it. Send us an email at rvfamilytravelatlas@gmail.com, use the contact form on our site, or just comment below!

Happy New Year and Happy Trails,

Stephanie + Jeremy

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11 Dec

Special Announcement: Campground of the Week is Released!

We are thrilled to announce that the RVFTA Podcast Network has released its third podcast: Campground of the Week, available RIGHT NOW in iTunes and Stitcher.

This new weekly podcast will be released every Thursday morning and will feature one complete review of a campground brought to you by our team of correspondents from all around this big and beautiful country. Interviews will also include the best activities and attractions in the area.

From state parks to resort campgrounds, Campground of the Week will cover everything. Tune in every week and build your own personal campground bucket list.

Visit CampgroundoftheWeek.com to read our correspondents’ bios and explore the show notes for individual episodes.

And of course, if you subscribe, listen, rate and review, we sure would appreciate it.

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See you at the campground!

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10 Dec

RVFTA #66: Greetings from the National RV Trade Show

 

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are giving our listeners the scoop on the 2015 National RV Trade Show hosted by the RVIA last week in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Just what is this show all about? Kevin Broom, Director of Media Relations for the RVIA will fill you in.

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03 Dec

RVFTA #65 Opting Outside in Washington DC

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are heading back to Washington DC, one of our favorite urban RV destinations. The combination of outdoor activities and historical interest make this one of the most family friendly vacation spots on the East Coast.

imagesWe decided to join at least a million other Americans on Black Friday who skipped a day of shopping to #optoutside. Instead we chose to enjoy a different kind of mall…our National one.

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24 Nov

RVFTA #64: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are rolling through our holiday gift guide: 33 items that are perfect for the RV enthusiast in your life. Some we picked ourselves and some recommendations are from other RV experts–correspondents and listeners from this show.

subscribe on iTunesTune in to hear gift picks from Brett, Kerri, Evanne, Chris, Val, Rachel, and Kate. There is definitely something for everyone, and a price point for every budget. Books, DVDs, hats, hoodies, spice holders, mixing bowls, awning lights, and apps. Click on any picture below to purchase that item.

Not a single item on this list is a sponsored item, and we do not have ANY affiliate links.

You might think we couldn’t possibly top last year’s holiday gift guide. But we here at RVFTA believe that bigger is (sometimes) actually better. This is Episode #64: 2015 Holiday Guide Guide.

1. Camp Casual Serving Bowl and Servers ($22.99)

2. AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography ($19.95)


3. Ansel Adams Yosemite ($22.00)


4. Fromer’s Easy Guide Series ($12.95)


5. The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd Edition ($40.00)


6. Outdoor Photographer, 1-Year Subscription ($14.97)


7. The Andy Griffith Show Complete Box Set, also available on Netflix ($101.00)

8. National Parks Passport ($8.95)

9. RVFTA Distressed Hoodies (40.00)

10. L.L. Bean Fleece-lined Flannel Shirt ($69.00)

11. L.L. Bean Men’s Wool Ball Cap ($29.95)

12. North Face ETip  Gloves, Men’s and Women’s ($45.00)

13. Igloo Freestanding Ice Machine ($159.95)

14. Roadside America App, iTunes ($5.99)


15. Threshold Stainless Steal Mixing Bowls from Target ($19.99)

16. Kleen Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Tumbler (23.95)

17. Camelbak Forge 16 oz Travel Mug ($21.00)

18. Bialetti Saute Pans ($22.00-$50.00)

19. Motorola Two-Way Radios ($42.00)


20. Campsite Rope Lights, Christmas Tree Shops ($8.99)


21. Andersen Camper Levelers ($40.00)

Kate’s List…

22. Deluxe Camp Kitchen from Bass Pro Shop ($139.00)

23. Table Top French Press from REI ($44.00)

24. GSI Spice Rocket ($12.95)

25. Duracell 600 Watt 1300 Amp Powerpack Pro ($163.00)

26. Rand McNally Tripmaker RV GPS ($240.00)

27. Orion Starblast 4.5 Reflector Telescope ($210.00)

28. Happy Camper Wine ($8.00-$12.00)

29 Awning Lights from Ooga Lights (prices vary)

30. Faux Fur Throw from Pottery Barn ($50.00 and up)

31. Aquaflops Shower Shoes ($16.99)

32. Moroccan Lanterns ($15.00 and up)

33. Custom Made Replica Vintage Trailer from CHcampers.com ($6,995 and up)

If you buy any of these items for a loved one or yourself, please do let us know!

And have a wonderful, blessed holiday season with friends and family.

Cheers,

Jeremy + Stephanie

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