27 May

RVFTA #90: Road Trip Tips!

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18 Feb

RVFTA #76: Camp Photography 101

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, Camp Photography 101, we are talking about upping your photography game. We have gone from a point and click family to one that carts around lenses and tripods.

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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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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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25 Sep

RVFTA #55: Voices from the Hershey RV Show

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about our time at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania where we were lucky enough to meet close to 100 of our podcast listeners.

We interviewed a bunch of them, and this week’s podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories of families just like yours who are on a quest to find that perfect RV. Listen to here about the rigs they have now, and the ones they are dreaming about for the future.

You will hear interviews with…

  • John and Heather who are upgrading from a travel trailer to a Class A.
  • Nancy and Darryl who have a hybrid trailer and are thinking about upgrading to a travel trailer.
  • Alexandra and Jeremy who just set out on their full-time adventures in a B+ motorhome.
  • Susie Q who is a chronic collector of vintage trailers.
  • Dave and Sherry who have an A-frame and are looking for something with a bit more room for their future travels.
  • Karen who is already looking to upgrade to a bigger travel trailer after buying her first RV last summer.

It was such a pleasure getting to know these podcast listeners a little bit better. Hearing about other experiences is so helpful for anyone out there shopping for that first RV or looking for that next perfect camper.

We also give a brief analysis of our thoughts about the RV show.  We’ll discuss 2016 models more specially on a future podcast episode, but this week we highlight…

  • Luxury in the new fifth wheel RVs.
  • Design in the new retro and ‘vintage’ models.
  • Same ole’, same ole’ in the Class C units.
  • Highlights from the Grand Design and Airstream manufacturers.

You may SAY the rig you have is perfectly suitable. But we here are RVFTA know there is a little bit of the obsessive RV shopper in all of us. You are listening to Episode #55: Voices from the Hershey RV Show!

14 Aug

RVFTA #48: Dispatches from Glacier and Yosemite

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking to our favorite podcast correspondents, Brett Neilson and Kerri Cox, who both took epic RV trips this summer with their families.

Brett Neilson, from the Great State of Utah, headed up to Glacier National Park and has some great campground reviews and suggestions for hikes and family activities. He talks about…

Kerri Cox, from the Great State of Missouri, hitched up her travel trailer and drove west to see the grandeur of Yosemite. How did her family fare on this 25-day tour de force? Listen to find out. Kerri will tell us about…

We thought we were all that and a campfire s’more with our 34-day trip to the Great Smokies. But there were plenty of other families seeing this big, beautiful country in grand RV style. Those stories are coming your way on Episode #48: Dispatches from Glacier and Yosemite.

We are delighted to have Go RVing as our RVFTA sponsor.  To find your AWAY head over to GoRVing.com.

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07 Aug

RVFTA #47: Fancy Camping with Kate Dunbar

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RVFTA Fall Rally Announcement on this episode! October 23rd and 24th at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA in the Great State of Pennsylvania…Reserve Now!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the trend of fancy camping that is all the rage these days. Decked out vintage campers, cushioned outdoor seating, and sequins throw pillows are popping up more and more around campgrounds.

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Plus, campsites with patio furniture, pavers, and decorative landscaping are increasing in popularity.

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We are NOT such fancy campers ourselves, so we invited Kate Dunbar of Kate’s Curious Kitchen to come on the show and give us the rundown on glamping. In addition to owning a vintage trailer and an Airstream, Kate is also a professional chef.

Basically she has more style than we could ever dream of.

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She has also has great tips on dressing up the inside and outside of your trailer, and making fabulous meals on the road. Check out her recommendation for a dutch oven cooking blog, Mark’s Black Pot.

Our fancy camping agenda includes discussion of…

  • easy and stylish RV modifications
  • accessories and decor
  • food and meal preparation
  • deluxe campsites

We may set up a couple of camp chairs and call it a day. But you might want to elevate your campground style.

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If so,  you are listening to the right show. This is episode #47: Fancy Camping with Kate Dunbar!

We are delighted to welcome back Go RVing as our RVFTA sponsor. Check out their events page to see what experiential events they have coming up in the next few months.

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05 Jun

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

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about good ole Mom and Dad.

Awhile back we recorded a podcast about how our kids benefit from RV travel. It was called The Family Road Trip: What’s in it for the Kids? This ended up being one of our most popular episodes, and parents regularly write us letters talking about how they relate to the reflections we shared. We all want so badly to raise kind, curious, flexible, and adventurous kids. RVing is such a great way to work towards those goals.

This week we wanted to turn the tables and talk about moms and dads. RVing and family travel doesn’t just benefit the little guys. We have grown as individuals, as parents, and as a couple over the last 5 years of hitching up and heading out to the campground. Listen to hear the list of the ways we think we have changed through our experiences as an RVing family.

We’ve said it before: It’s not always easy, but we do believe it’s worth it.

And we are thrilled to have an interview with the couple who got us thinking about this topic in the first place. David and Veronica James, aka The Gypsynesters, bought an RV and hit the road after the last of their children had flown the nest. Six years later they are still traveling and having the adventures of a lifetime. Their recently released book, Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All, is hilarious and inspiring.

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We reached out to Veronica and David not only to hear some of their great stories, but also to ask them to share some advice for young parents who are still in the thick of raising kids. Boy, did they deliver. Listen to hear these Gypsynesters talk about remaining a connected and adventurous couple throughout this whole parenting gig.

And we would love to hear from you. How has travel and RVing helped you grow as an individual or a couple? The kids are important, but so are we.

See you at the campground…

08 May

RVFTA #34: The Happy and Healthy RV

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

We start off by talking about our time on the road before we even get to the campground. This is where the bad habits start, and it is so easy to slip into a fast food and snack routine. We have written about some of our road trip tricks before, and in this episode we will share how eating lunch in your RV at a rest stop can actually be a really enjoyable experience.

Then it’s on to breakfast. We wrote a piece on the Camp Jellystone Blog this week on some of our favorite alternatives to the pancake breakfast. For our favorite smoothie, oatmeal bar, and breakfast burrito recipes, check it out.

And the allusive sleep. It is so easy to end up overtired on a vacation. We find that late nights, missed naps, and jam-packed days can lead to cranky kids (and adults!). We will talk about some of the rules we have developed to keep everyone from experiencing the dreaded vacation overload.

We are thrilled to welcome Stef and James from The Fit RV as guests on the show this week. They are helping us set some new goals for fitness and work towards being even healthier while we travel this season. They made some great recommendations for small, lightweight gear to bring with you in the RV such as Bodylastics. Our set is on its way to the camper as we drop this episode!

Make sure you check out their YouTube channel which is full of simple RV fitness routines. They also have a healthy dose of black tank videos and campground reviews, all done with a great sense of humor that we love.

Who won the best flashlight in the whole wide world? You will have to listen to find out! And we also announce this week’s giveaway from the Spring Gear Guide 2015: The MyMayu Toddler Play Boots, one of our favorite kid gear finds of the year. You can watch an Unboxing Review on our YouTube Channel.

All of this and so much more on Episode 34 of RV Family Travel Atlas: The Happy and Heathy RV!

 

10 Apr

RVFTA #30: “Live” From The Myrtle Beach KOA

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It’s camping season and that means RV Family Travel Atlas is podcasting from the road for the very first time ever!

This week we are “Live” from the Myrtle Beach KOA, and we are bringing you some sounds from the Grand Strand.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is big and bold and busy, but on our first visit last year we discovered this amazing, wooded camping retreat right in the middle of all the action. Our podcast listeners know we have a special fondness for urban RV parks, and the Myrtle Beach KOA quickly became a family favorite.

This year we couldn’t help but return. Lucky for us, in addition to hanging out in a beautiful area with great weather, we got to spend time with some fabulous people too!

On this episode we are interviewing Jeremiah Drew, the campground manager here at the Myrtle Beach KOA. We pretty much feel they should make a clone of Jeremiah for campgrounds all across the country…he’s just that good. We will talk to him about what makes this city–and this campground–the perfect pick for a vacationing family.

Jeremiah also shares his picks for the best breakfast spot (Victoria’s) on the Grand Strand and his favorite seafood joint (The Noizy Oyster). If you get really lucky, he just might take you on a golf outing to Whispering Pines. We saved him the heartache of taking us out on the green, but if we keep coming back to Myrtle Beach, we just might have to give this golf thing a try.

On this episode, we will also interview a family that fled the chilly weather of the Northeast and just spent a week at the Myrtle Beach KOA. Hector and Laura are podcast listeners and now, after spending some time around the dinner table and campfire together, we are lucky to call them friends. Their kids are a bit older than ours, so we will get another perspective on family fun in Myrtle Beach.

Don’t worry…a full Adventure Guide to Myrtle Beach will be dropping on the podcast in a few short weeks. We will give you the skinny on the best outdoor activities, boardwalk fun, and a complete campground review.

But if you are anxious to read a little more about how our family rolls down here in Myrtle Beach, check out some of our posts from this past week and even our ones from last year, when we first fell in love with this fun and fascinating destination…

Shaking Off Winter: Black River Outdoors Cyprus Swamp Tour

6 Amazing Family Activities at Brookgreen Gardens

Alligators, Architecture, and the Atlantic Ocean: Huntington Beach State Park

Rainy Day? These Campers Still Play! SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach 

How We Roll When A Campground Rocks: Myrtle Beach KOA

Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we travel with our rowdy crew and find amazing family fun in and around the campground. Post your best campground and RV photos on our Facebook page and hashtag #RVFTA on Instagram.

See you at the campground!

21 Feb

RVFTA #23: Meet the Girl Campers!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas we interview Go RVing blogger, girl camper, and all around charm school graduate Janine Pettit. She is a girl camping ambassador and world class storyteller who is “incapable of being boring.” Listen to hear how Janine hooked up with Sisters on the Fly, her favorite campground, and her biggest camping fail ever. We would sit around a campfire with this lovely lady any night of the year!

We are also talking about some of the interesting people that we met at the Atlantic City RV Show: from our podcast listeners, to RV safety experts, to representatives from Jayco’s headquarters in Middlebury, Indiana, we made the rounds and made new friends.

And we convinced the nicest RV rep in America, Tom Wylie, to give us a walk-through tour of the 2015 Jayco White Hawk 28DSBH. After talking to Tom we kinda wanna upgrade to a new 2015. It was pretty sweet!

Don’t forget to check out our interview on this week’s episode of Roadtreking, a podcast by journalist Mike Wendland. We chatted with Mike about why we do what we do with our children and some of our recommendations for taking kids and grandkids on the road.

And we are hanging out as guest bloggers over the Camp Jellystone blog! Our post this week is about fun activities in the Luray, Virginia area. Next up? The perfect day in Shenandoah National Park.

All of this and so much more on episode 23 of RV Family Travel Atlas: Meet the Girl Campers.