23 Jun

RVFTA #94 Greetings from the Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally featuring Kate Dunbar

Greetings from the Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are taking you to the Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally, an awesome RV eye candy event held every year in Pismo Beach California. We enlisted our California correspondent Kate Dunbar, a vintage trailer enthusiast, to scope out the scene for RVFTA, and Kate will be sharing her top 5 vintage trailer picks from the whole show.

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04 Mar

RVFTA #78: Camping with Family and Friends

Camping with Family and Friends

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about Camping with Family and Friends. RVs make it much easier to share vacations with loved ones since communal campfire areas and private family spaces would seem to be the perfect combination.

However, things can turn sour if everyone is not on the same page with planning, food, and activities. Listen to hear our top 5 tips for Camping with Family and Friends.

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03 Nov

RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally: Fun Times, New Friends!

A fantastic group of RVFTA podcast listeners gathered last weekend at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA for our second go around at this whole rally thing.

Rallies aren’t so popular with our generation, so we felt like we were taking a risk last spring when we decided to host one for the first time. In short, it was a smashing success and everyone refused to wait an entire year to gather again.

Enter the RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally.

We are pretty convinced that the heart of a successful family camping rally is lots of free time for kids to run around and play together, while parents get to sit around and talk. Keeping the schedule loose and flexible worked like a charm once again, and while we offered plenty of suggestions for activities, families were free to figure it out as they went.

Some went fishing, while others walked the nature trails. And someone loved his afternoon canoe ride on the Brandywine.

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While some enjoyed the fine arts…

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Others appreciated life’s simpler pleasures.

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Rally attendees–and area locals–Bill and Karen led a class trip to The Market at Liberty Place in Kennett Square where we enjoyed ridiculously good fare at Buddy’s Burgers. The kids claimed a table for themselves and we were happy to oblige.


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Then there was coffee (of course) at the local craft roaster, Philter Coffee.

And the organized festivities…

We celebrated our podcast’s 1st birthday with an adorable craft organized by listeners Leslie and Philip.

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And then they put hats on our heads, lit candles, and sang Happy Birthday because our listeners are just that awesome.

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A White Elephant game followed with some serious trading and back room deals. The Toas Tite was a popular pick, but a dark horse favorite was a Camp Casual t-shirt that all the men seemed to want.

And Darryl won the grand prize of a two-night stay at any KOA by knowing virtually everything there is to know about our podcast.

Potluck dinner, our own special craft brew, movies under the stars, trick or treating, and (of course) roaring campfires.

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The activities were fun. The food was delicious. The weather was mostly spectacular. But ultimately, the magic is because of the people.

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Maybe we have just been super duper lucky to gather some of the chillest folks around who happen to dig camping podcasts. We left both rallies amazed at what a wonderful time we had with a bunch of families that barely knew each other and yet were united by a common commitment to venturing out and connecting with their kids in the great outdoors.

We have decided there is something to be said for this old-fashioned rally tradition. Social media may help us connect and find people who share similar interests and passions. But relationships really develop when you share a meal…and some s’mores.

We can’t wait to hang with old friends and new at the RVFTA 2016 Spring Rally at Lake in Wood Campground in Narvon, PA. Hope to see you at the potluck!

To hear more about our rally, and to hear some great interviews with rally attendees, listen to podcast episode #60: Fall Rally Roundup!

30 Oct

RVFTA #60: Fall Rally Roundup!

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the fun times had by all at the RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally.

We spent last weekend hanging at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA with an awesome group of podcast listeners.

Hayrides, fishing, canoeing, pumpkin painting, trick or treating…and plenty of yummy food! We will touch on all the highlights and get you excited for the 2016 Spring Rally just around the corner.

You will also hear Stephanie interview three fall rally attendees–Chris, Laura, and Phil–who share a few tricks for making your next camping trip a bit more special.

Plus, we will spend a bit of time discussing a recurring topic in our email from listeners. Should we be aiming for a more secluded campground experience? Is boondocking really better? Watch out folks, we are stepping up on the soapbox and opining away.

You might think you can wait until April to join our rally fun. But we here at RVFTA believe in booking campsites early and often. You are listening to Episode #60: RVFTA Fall Rally Roundup!

 

 

02 Jun

RVFTA 1st Annual Rally Roundup!

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We did it.

An actual RV Family Travel Atlas Rally took place this past weekend at Lake-in-Wood Camping Resort in Narvon, Pennsylvania. Here are the 10 most important facts to report:

1. We have the nicest listeners and readers ever. Seriously. In the privacy of our own RV, we continuously marveled at that fact that all of our attendees ended up being super, duper cool.

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2. Campfires and games create instant community. Everywhere and all the time.

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4. Potluck dinners stand the test of time.

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5. Everyone wants to win prizes.

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6. RVers talk about their rigs and their future rigs. A lot.

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7. The only thing kids really want in life is an off-the-hook pool.

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8. A giant field can effectively disseminate the noise of dozens of children.

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9. A schedule doesn’t mean a whole lot when you have little kids. And that’s okay.

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10. We will do this again. Soon.

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One of the highlights for us was the diversity of experience represented at our rally.

From babies to retirees…

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From tents to Class As…

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From modern to vintage…

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It means so much to us that all these great people find our podcast both enjoyable and useful.

We look forward to making many more episodes, hosting many more rallies, and meeting many listeners.

See you at the campground.

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