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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18 Sep

Hershey RV Show: RVFTA Takeaway

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We are at the 2016 Hershey RV Show, and are releasing four extra special podcasts over the course of the show, featuring some of the new and exciting RV’s that are being rolled out for the upcoming show.

All of these podcasts are sponsored by our friends at Progressive Insurance, and we are thrilled they sent us to the show to gather great RV intel for our listeners and readers. To learn more, you can visit them at Progressive.com/rv or call 1-800-Progressive.

On our fourth and final special edition podcast, we are sharing our takeaways from the Hershey RV Show. After chatting with hundreds of shoppers and manufacturers’ reps, and looking through hundreds of RVs, we saw some themes emerge. There is a lot to look forward to during the 2017 RV Shopping season and we can’t wait to cover it!

The four major takeaways that we discuss on this episode are…

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17 Sep

Hershey RV Show: RV’s for the Larger Family

 

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We are here at the 2016 Hershey RV Show, and are releasing four extra special podcasts over the course of the show, featuring some of the new and exciting RV’s that are being rolled out for the upcoming season.

All of these podcasts are sponsored by our friends at Progressive, and we are thrilled they sent us to the show to gather great RV intel for our listeners and readers. To learn more, you can visit them at Progressive.com/rv or call 1-800-Progressive!

On this third “almost live” Hershey podcast episode we are discussing some great floor plan options for larger families.  After we had our third child we quickly realized that our RV options had shrunk dramatically because so many floorpans are designed for families of four. So for those of you that have three or more lively little campers–this one’s for you!

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16 Sep

Hershey RV Show: The Bling is the Thing!

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We are here at the 2016 Hershey RV Show, and are releasing  four extra special podcasts over the course of the show, featuring some of the new and exciting RV’s that are being rolled out for the upcoming season.

All of these podcasts are sponsored by our friends at Progressive, and we are thrilled they sent us to the show to gather great RV intel for our listeners and readers. To learn more, you can visit them at Progressive.com/rv or call 1-800-Progressive!

On this second Hershey podcast episode we are discussing some of the blingiest class A diesel pushers at the Hershey RV Show. For those who are looking for the high-end luxury motorhome, here are three models that stood out as best in show.

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16 Sep

RVFTA #106 Outdoor Retailer 2016 Summer Show with Brett Neilson

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***The Takeya ThermoFlask 15% off Coupon Code mentioned in this episode is RVFAMILY and can be redeemed here.***

On this week’s podcast episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show that took place last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This is the largest outdoor expo of its kind, and the manufacturers are there to show off their best new gear. Retailers come from far and wide to find the products they are going to purchase and sell to their own adventure junkie customers.

We sent our Western Correspondent, Brett Neilson, to cover the event, and on this episode he is sharing some of the highlights from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show. From rugged adventure RVs to innovative camping gear, Brett tells us his picks from the expo.

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15 Sep

Hershey RV Show: Tiny Trailers

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We are here at the 2016 Hershey RV Show, and will be releasing four extra special podcasts over the course of the show, featuring some of the new and exciting RVs that are being rolled out for the upcoming season.

All of these podcasts are sponsoring by our friends at Progressive, and we are thrilled they sent us to the show to gather great RV intel for our listeners and readers. To learn more, you can visit them at Progressive.com/rv or call 1-800-Progressive!

On this first Hershey RV Show podcast episode, we are discussing the latest tiny trailers to roll into town. Light weight trailers are all the range these days, as many consumers are looking for something that they can tow with the family SUV, yet want something spacious, comfortable, and hard-sided.

There are four models that are causing a splash in 2017: Jayco’s Hummingbird, Little Guy Worldwide’s Serro Scotty, Airstream’s Basecamp, and Hymer’s Touring. On this episode, we give a quick rundown of all four–offering an overview of the floorplans and pricing, as well as our general impressions. Is this the tiny trailer you have been looking for all your life? Tune in to find out!

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08 Sep

RVFTA #105 2016 Fall Gear Guide

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, it’s gear guide time, and we are talking about some great new items that will help make your fall camping adventures a little more cozy and a lot more comfortable.

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For us, summer travel is all about adventure, while fall travel seems to be more about relaxing at the campground and spending time around the fire. From cooking to decorating to emptying that black tank, we have products for everyone and price points for every budget.

Here are links to all of the items we reviewed in this episode:

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02 Sep

RVFTA #104 Road Trip Wrap Up, Part 2

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On this week’s podcast episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are wrapping up our entire summer of travel with the second part of our Road Trip Reflections. We took two major trips this summer, and learned lessons about ourselves, our children, and our traveling styles on each of the trips.

In cased you missed it, you can check out Episode #99: Road Trip Wrap Up, Part 1 here.

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For this week’s Road Trip Wrap Up, we separated our reflections into two different segments: one for Jeremy and one for Stephanie. Take a listen as we discuss forgotten items, reading resolutions, deeply wooded campsites, finding wifi, the messy French Press, and trying out new activities. We will also talk about television and sleeping in.

Fair warning: things get a little heated with the last topic of conversation…the dreaded bathroom argument of 2016.

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25 Aug

RVFTA #103 Greetings from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and telling you all about the amazing Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the great state of Michigan.

Voted one of America’s most beautiful places by Good Morning America, this truly is a magical destination that demonstrates why the National Parks might be our country’s greatest idea ever. We will talk about the best drives, hikes, swims, and even shopping in the Sleeping Bear Dunes park.

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This episode goes along with two different Campground of the Week episodes: #41 about Holiday Park in Traverse City and #42 about the Platte River Campground in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Both are amazing places to stay while visiting the region. We cover completely different activities and food options in the different episodes, so be sure to listen to all three if you are planning a visit of your own in the future!

Subcribe to Campground of the Week here…

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18 Aug

RVFTA #102 Greetings from the RV Capital of the World!

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are heading to the RV Capital of the World: Elkhart County, Indiana. We recently had the opportunity to spend some time visiting the region where 1 out of every 2 RVs is manufactured.

If you are an RV enthusiast, this is a fun stop to put on a travel itinerary. We will talk about the RV/MH Hall of Fame, factory tours, and Amish country treats. We will also talk about some camping options that are available in the area.

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11 Aug

RVFTA #101 Sauces and Marinades with Evanne Schmarder

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***first ever bloopers audio at the end of this episode, folks…Jeremy finally got some bad tape in***

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking to Evanne Schmarder, creator and cohost of the RV Cooking Show. Last time we chatted, Evanne taught us the basics of great campground grilling. Now she’s back to teach us the fancy stuff: sauces and marinades.

Evanne also schools us in stocking our RV pantries and whipping up flavorful dishes that will wow your family and friends. She was kind enough to pass along her own personal pantry checklist. You can download your own copy here. 

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08 Aug

The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning with Flo’s Road Trip and the Progressive RV

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We have lived in New Jersey our entire life, and most years we talk about attending the Balloon Festival and then, for one reason or another, something comes up and we are unable to make it.

This year we were invited by Progressive to hang out at Flo’s RV, so we finally experienced this awesome event that has taken place for 34 years in our own backyard. And even though the weekend was interrupted by some pretty turbulent weather, we can say for sure that we will be returning in the future.

There is no shortage of festivals during the summer months, but now we know why this one gets rave reviews year after year. First of all, balloons.

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04 Aug

#NPS100: Yellowstone National Park with Kerri Cox

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On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are so excited to be joined by Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com.

Kerri and her family took Birdy (their Jayco travel trailer) on another epic road trip this summer, celebrating the National Park Service centennial. One of the trip’s highlights was Yellowstone National Park, where they were able to appreciate first hand why this place is basically on everyone’s bucket list.

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29 Jul

RVFTA #99 Summer Road Trip Wrap Up

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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.

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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

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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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