13 Apr

RVFTA #137 Meet the 2017 North American Camper

On this episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we are diving into the North American Camping Report, an annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America.

If you want to take a more in depth look, or follow along while listening to the podcast, you can find the entire report here. You can also check out our episodes on the 2015 North American Camping Report and the 2016 North American Camping Report.

Yeah, it’s kind of a tradition…

Segment One

In the first segment we’ll chat about the major takeaways of the report, including who is camping, how much they are camping, and what sorts of amenities they are looking for.

Some of the key findings we discuss:

  • Millennials continue to drive the growth of the RV industry.
  • Generation Z appears to be incredible enthusiastic about camping and being in the outdoors.
  • Camping brings people pleasure even before the trip takes place.
  • Access to technology actually increases time spent camping for many people.

We will also talk about diversity, recreation, and the celebration of #NPS100.

Segment Two

In the second segment, we welcome Toby O’Rourke, Chief Franchise Operations Officer for Kampgrounds of America. We ask about some of the finer points in the 2017 North American Camping Report, and talk about how KOA is looking to develop their campgrounds in response to emerging trends.

The North American camper  is an ongoing work in progress. So tune in to find out how the face of camping has changed in 2017.

A special thank you to our sponsors for supporting weekly content for all our RV and camping fools!

See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

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06 Nov

RVFTA #61: Six RV Picks for 2016

six rv picks for 2016

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about six of our favorite RV Picks for 2016. After touring hundreds of campers, pouring over brochures, and peppering manufacturers reps with questions, we decided on six RVs that stand out in the crowd.

From travel trailers to fifth wheels, Class C’s to Class A’s, we are covering a variety of types AND price points. Listen to see if any of these 2016 highlights peak your interest.

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Plus we will give our best tips for unpacking the RV after a camping trip. You asked, we answered. It may not be our favorite chore, but we have figured out a few things that make it a bit easier.

You might think it is the same ole same ole out there in RV land. But we here at RVFTA found some new features that could make a big difference. This is Episode #61: Six RV Picks for 2016!

Here links and floor plans for the models discussed in this episode:

Thanks so much for listening! If you haven’t already, please head over to iTunes and take a minute to subscribe to our podcast and leave a review. We sure do appreciate it…

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02 Oct

RVFTA #56: RV Rentals with Outdoorsy

RV rentals with outdoorsy

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about an emerging trend: peer-to-peer RV rentals.

Many people have used more traditional rentals such as Cruise America, El Monte, or Road Bear RV to explore the RV lifestyle or take that one bucket list trip across country.

Peer-to-peer RV rentals put a a twist on this model, offering benefits for both the renter and owner.

Renters:

People who are considering a first time purchase might rent to decide between a travel trailer or motor home. On the other hand, an experienced RV enthusiast might try out a new rig they are considering. Or maybe you want a bigger motor home for that one big trip down to Disney Land.

Owners:

Owners can use this model to offset the costs of RV ownership and maybe even bulk up their own RV vacation budget. For many people, the RV spends more time in the driveway than it does at a campground, so this may be a great financial opportunity if you have the right rig in the right location.

We interviewed Jen Young, the co-founder of Outdoorsy, to find out more about this exciting new option. Listen to hear Jen describe the ins and outs from both the renter’s and owner’s perspective.

You may say you would never let anyone else tow your precious rig into the great outdoors. But we are seriously considering making our travel trailer start earning its keep around these parts.

This is Episode #56: RV Rentals with Outdoorsy!

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