22 Mar

RVFTA #134: 2017 Spring Gear Guide, Part Two

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are bringing you the second par
t of our annual spring gear guide. On last week’s episode, Kate Dunbar schooled us on stocking our camp kitchens. Now it’s our turn to fill in the rest of the RV cabinets and cupboards.

We will share items that make your walls a little prettier, your campfire a little cozier, and your beds a little comfier. That just about covers it in our world. Plus, Brett Neilson is back with his favorite picks from the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

Segment One: Stephanie’s Picks

In the first segment, Stephanie shares a selection of her new favorite things, including some fun decorative items, clothing, and a surprise tech appearance…

Cutco Knife RV Set ($370):

A curated set of 4 Cutco knives with sturdy sheaths, designed to take care of all the cutting and chopping you may have to do while traveling in your RV. The custom set includes the hardy slicer, 5″ Petite Santoku Knife, Traditional Cheese Knife, and 4″ Paring Knife. This custom 4-knife set with sheathe is only available through Stacy’s online website, where she will give RVFTA listeners the special pricing!

Camp Casual Nesting Bowls ($34.99):

A set of four nesting bowls in fun retro colors with tight-fitting lids. These will join our Camp Casual 12-Piece Dish Set and Serving Bowl in the RV this season.

Angel Tears Solar Light Mason Jar Lid, $10

These solar light lids fit onto standard mason jars and are absolutely adorable sitting on the picnic table at the campground.

Bottle Cap Map, $35.00

This bottle cap map is already hung on the wall in our new camper, just waiting to be filled with craft beer bottle caps from all around the country!

USA Scratch Off Travel Map, $32.99

Another new decoration for our RV. We are excited to scratch off the states as we visit them in the future!

Camping T-shirts from Cabela’s, $14.99

Stephanie ended up with four of these shirts with fun graphics about camping and the outdoors. They are on sale for $14.99 right now, and that is a bargain for a quality t-shirt from Cabela’s.

Women’s Hiking Boots by Cabela’s, $129.99

Stephanie needed waterproof hiking boots, and this Gortex option from Cabela’s hits a great price point. The color is also guaranteed to cheer you up on a rainy day. Again, there is a Spring sale right now over at Cabelas.com, so you can snag these for as low as $80.00.

Amazon Basics Portable Powerbank, $29.99

It was long overdue for us to acquire a portable power bank, and we are so happy that our research led us to this affordable option. With two USB ports, we will both be able to charge up even when away from shore power for an entire day.

Segment Two: Jeremy’s Picks

In the second segment, Jeremy steps up with a new favorite coffee gadget, a collection of leashes, and a solution to an age old problem with winter camping…

National Park Service Camping Guide by William C. Herow, $15.95

The National Park Service Campgrounds are notoriously tricky to research, and this book is a big help.

Flexi Retractable Dog Leash with accessories, $26

This is Jeremy’s Nimbus 2000 doggie leash setup. He gets razzed a lot for it, but having a retractable leash with light and attached doggie bags has proven to be convenient more than a few times over the last year.

Nite Ize Nite Dawg Leash, $12

In addition to a retractable leash, we always carry a standard 6-foot leash in the camper. This affordable one offers illumination for late night walks.

Linwood Ripstop Pants by Cabela’s, $29.99

Jeremy has been searching for a lightweight hiking pant that will translate into real life situations as well. He finally found one.

Roughneck Men’s Thermal Lined Hooded Sweatshirt by Cabela’s, $70

Jeremy had a similar sweatshirt in the past that was perfect for Spring and Fall temperatures. This Cabela’s version is even better than the one he had since it is fully lined through the arms.

Porta Potti 320P by Thetford, $100

We initially tested this porta potti for our pop up and vintage camper listeners. Then we realized it was awesome for winter camping, and is small enough to go in the truck when we are heading into the backwoods. This might be your new favorite thing…

Stanley Classic Vacuum Travel Press Mug, $34

Segment Three: Brett’s Picks

Our last segment features Brett Neilson, of OurCampingAdventures.com, who brings us his picks from the 2017 Outdoor Retailers Winter Market, which took place this past January in Salt Lake City, Utah…

  1. Superfleece blanket by Rumpl
  2. Country Archer Jerky
  3. Gear Ties by Nite Ize
  4. Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern
  5. HX5 Flashlight
  6. Kicker Bullfrog Jump Bluetooth Speaker
  7. SureCan Gas Can

For a handy-dandy, quick reference guide to all the products reviewed in this episode, download our Product Guide!

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16 Mar

RVFTA #133 2017 Spring Gear Guide, Part One: Kate’s Camp Kitchen

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On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are bringing you the first part of our popular and much anticipated Spring Gear Guide!!! We always like to mix it up a bit with our gear guides, and this time we reached out to Kate Dunbar of KatesCuriousKitchen.com and begged her to develop a complete guide for building and stocking a camp kitchen.

Boy, did she come through on that request.


Kate dug deep into her trailers (Airstream and Vintage Shasta, folks), hauled out the bins, and catalogued all the products that she uses to make the magic happen at the campground.

Kate basically runs her camp kitchen like a catering service and provides restaurant-quality meals for her crew. So you might not need as many grills, cooktops, and ovens as she does, but you can be guaranteed that the products Kate recommends have been put through their paces and thoroughly tested.

And we wanted to make sure you could easily reference the dozens of items Kate recommends on this episode, so we put together a complete guide with links to every single product mentioned. Download the PDF and start building your own dream camp kitchen today!

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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!

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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…

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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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07 Apr

5 More Outdoor Gear Recommendations from the RVFTA Forum!

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We are wrapping up our Spring Gear Guide bonanza with 5 more recommendations for the outside of your RV. On Episode #80: 2016 Spring Gear Guide Part 2, we shared all our recommendations for outdoor RV products including propane level checks, sewer hoses, outdoor rugs, and shoes.

Now it’s time to share some great stuff from our forum experts. There are over 250 posts in our Gear and Gadgets forum, and you can scroll through them all here.

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15 Mar

5 Awesome Gear Recommendations from the RVFTA Forums

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This week’s podcast episode was Part 1 of our 2016 Spring Gear Guide, focusing on great products for the inside of the camper. We thought we would stick with the same theme in our blog post of the week, sharing some of our forum members’ favorite gadgets. Head over to the RVFTA forum to find more recommendations from our resident experts in the Gear and Gadgets and the Camp Food threads!

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10 Mar

RVFTA #79: 2016 Spring Gear Guide, Part 1

RVFTA 2016 Spring Gear Guide, Part 1

It’s finally here! The 2016 Spring Gear Guide got so big that we split it into two episodes. This week we present Part One, sharing all of our favorite new goodies for the inside of the camper. Decorative pillows, appliances, and books…if it promises to make the RV experience a little easier, prettier, or more educational, we tracked it down over the long, cold winter.

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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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18 Sep

RVFTA #54: 2015 Fall Gear Guide!

RVFTA 2015 Fall Gear Guide

On Episode #54, we are sharing our favorite RV products in RVFTA’s 2015 Fall Gear Guide! Hiking, biking, cooking, eating, and playing games…we have affordable recommendations for everything you do while traveling in your RV. Have your own favorite fall gear items? Please share in the comments below! And don’t forget to enter our first GEAR GUIDE GIVEAWAY, a Camp Casual 5 Piece Kid’s Dish Set, in the sidebar Contest Hopper ———>>>>>.

Apparel

1. Keen Women’s Voyageur Hiking Shoe

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2. Men’s New Balance Mid Country Walkers

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3. LL Bean Kids’ Fleece-Lined Camp Hoodie

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Cooking and Food

4. Nutri Ninja Auto IQ

Nutri Ninja Auto IQ

5. Weber Q 1000 (Stephanie’s Pick of the Show!)

Weber Q 1000

6. Raw Spice Bar Subscription

Raw Spice Bar

7. Toas-Tite Tidbit

Toas-Tite TidBit

8. Camp Casual Kid’s 5 Piece Dish Set

Camp Casual 5 piece dish set

Bikes and Biking Gear

9. Trek Shift 1 Bike

Trek Shift 1

10. Trek Verve 1 Bike

Trek Verve 1

11. Thule RideAlong Kids’ Bike Seat

Thule RideAlong Kids Seat

12. Strider Sport 12″ Balance Bike

Strider Balance Bike

Games

13. Swish by ThinkFun

Swish by ThinkFun

14. Jumbo Checker Rug Game (Jeremy’s Pick of the Show!)

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We wish you a very happy 2015 fall camping season! If you use any of these recommendations, please drop us a line and let us know how you liked them. Also check out our 2015 Spring Gear Guide and our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide if you are looking for some additional gear ideas!

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12 May

Unboxing the MyMayu Boots for Toddlers and Kids

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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 wet in the morning. We have struggled with this problem for years. If we put on the boys’ sneakers, then the shoes end up being wet for the day. If we let them run barefoot, their feet get filthy and need to be washed. Ugh.

The MyMayu kid’s boots are the perfect solution to this problem. They are not snow boots and they are not rain boots. They are play boots. A child can easily do any activity while wearing them that he or she might normally do, like kicking a ball, playing on the playground, or climbing on picnic tables.

Another bonus? They pack down practically flat unlike traditional rain and snow boots.

The company says that these are 3-season boots, emphasizing that they are not meant to be warm snow boots. However, if you live in a temperate region with little snow fall and mild winter temperatures, you could easily use these boots year round along with the inserts that are available for purchase.

If you live in a coastal region like we do, there is another great use for the MyMayu boots. You know when the weather is nice enough for a stroll along the water, but the temperature of the ocean is still freezing? Problem solved. Kids can explore the water’s edge while keeping their feet nice and dry.

For more information about the MyMayu play boots, watch Stephanie’s YouTube review below. Or listen to our Spring Gear Guide podcast. As always, we love to hear your feedback if you try these out. Send us an email, or take a picture and hashtag us at RVTA on Instagram.

Happy exploring!