06 Apr

RVFTA #136 Spring Camping Resolutions 2017

On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are having fun with one of our favorite RVFTA traditions: talking about our resolutions for the upcoming 2017 camping season. What do we want to do more of? What do we want to do less of? And what do we want to try for the very first time?

Setting goals for our family’s time in the RV and at the campground helps us think about what works in the past and what we want to change. It has become a fantastic way to kick off a season of travel.

In case you missed them, check out our Spring Camping Resolution episodes from 2016 and 2015, also!

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07 Dec

Spending the Holidays in Your RV: Tips and Tricks from RVFTA’s Facebook Live Chat

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Have you ever gazed longingly at your RV during the busy, stressful holiday season? We know that your RV is your happy place, and we believe it can help your family enjoy the holidays, or maybe even help you rediscover that joy you used to have back in the day.

Everyone’s holiday traditions are different. Some of us enjoy large family gatherings with tons of extended family. But many of us now live far away from family, or have work commitments that keep us from traveling during this time of the year. We believe your RV might be the ticket to opting out of the stress and embracing the true holiday spirit, which of course is all about the love of family and friends.

We recently hosted a Facebook Live Chat for Go RVing on surviving the holidays by embracing the fabulousness of your RV. You can watch the entire chat here:

We talk about the following topics…

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06 Dec

5 Reasons Seasonal Camping May Be Right For You

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We got a ton of response after our recent podcast episode on Seasonal Camping, featuring the awesome Jon and Heather Anderson, who signed up for their own seasonal campsite two years ago and absolutely love it.

So we want to make ourselves perfectly clear…if you are thinking about a seasonal spot for next year, NOW is the time to book. If you wait to search for your own perfect getaway until next spring, it might just be too late.

Seasonal camping is when you reserve one campsite for an extended period of time, and you are free to come and go at your own convenience. Seasonal camping rates and schedules vary greatly from one campground to another, so you will have to do a bit of research to find one that suits your family.

Why would any self respecting RV travelers choose to reserve a single campsite at a single campground for an entire year?

Here are five reasons why seasonal camping might be a perfect fit, even if you have an unstoppable urge for adventure…

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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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02 Feb

A Case for the Campground (or, why it’s okay if you don’t plan on boondocking this year)

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If you hang out in RV social media circles, you probably have noticed the increase in boondocking, or wild camping, content. You might see an Airstream in the middle of a desert with snow-capped mountains in the distance. Or a Class C sitting at the edge of a rocky shoreline without another RV in sight. Blog posts offer GPS coordinates for remote, wooded locations, and many apps help you find isolated BLM lands on which you can park your rig.

The appeal is obvious. First of all, wild places are beautiful. RVers generally have a healthy appreciation for the natural world, so the more of it, the better. What is more romantic than having a beautiful place all to yourself? Secondly, these spots are free. For people like ourselves who want to camp as much as possible, a free campsite is a very attractive option.

And then there are the photos. In our increasingly visual social media landscape, how awesome is it to get pictures of your RV smack dab in the middle of nowhere, without the clutter of other rigs and people?

As solar energy becomes more ubiquitous, tanks become bigger, WiFi becomes stronger, and generators become cheaper, it is easier for the average RVer to enjoy the comforts of the RV lifestyle without the drag of a campground price tag.

The conversation about boondocking pops up in the RVFTA world on a regular basis. People ask us, when are you going to start boondocking? Why don’t you do it already? Don’t you think you are missing out on an amazing experience? Is what you are doing really authentic?

We have discussed this issue many times on the podcast, and in emails with our listeners. But most of the time, the question is framed in terms of what we are not doing…i.e. boondocking. But we actually look at the issue differently. Instead of believing that we are giving our kids a less authentic camping experience, we actually think we are giving them exposure to a remarkably valuable environment, and one that is difficult to find in our present day culture.

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Many people who boondock want to get away from it all, disconnect, unplug. Most of us feel this pressing need on a daily basis. We crave a break from the busyness, a bit of quiet amidst all the noise. The irony is, of course, that as we have become more connected on social media we have become less connected with our neighbors, our community members, and even our co workers.

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A recent article I read in the New York Times, Friends at Work? Not So Much, was talking about how as a culture we are underestimating the value of forming new friendships at work. When I can stay connected with my old friends on Facebook, why bother going through the hassle of getting to know Bob in the break room?

I, of course, immediately thought of the campground. In our opinion, campgrounds are not a necessary evil, a place to stay now until we can build up our courage to take our children out into the middle of nowhere. Campgrounds are actually places where a lot of things operate according to the pre-technology norms of 20 years ago. You are pretty much expected to wave and say hi to someone as they walk by. It is still considered polite to strike up friendly conversation with a stranger. And kids are constantly forming pick up games with children they met five minutes ago.

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Playdates? Not at a campground. You’ll just see a mob of kids moving from campsite to campsite. Sharing toys, making up games, and getting really dirty.

I understand the desire people have to get away from it all and find some peace and quiet. But in a way, I believe we have a little too much peace and quiet in our lives already. Too much time spent in front of screens with headphones in our ears, looking at pretty pictures that other people have posted on social media.

We don’t just love our RV. We also love and appreciate our time at public and private campgrounds, meeting  new people, having pleasant conversations, and connecting more with each other.

The pictures aren’t as pretty perhaps, but I’ve got the squeals of my happy boys as they enjoy an epic water gun war with a bunch of friends they just met. And that’s a pretty authentic experience to me.

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Have an opinion about the campground versus boondocking? We would love to hear it! Share away in the comments below…

See you at the campground. ~Stephanie

20 Nov

RVFTA #63: The Thanksgiving Special

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are celebrating the people and things we are thankful for in the world of RVing. This podcast has been around for a little more than a year, and we are so grateful for the wonderful relationships we have built along the way.

  • Our listeners
  • Our industry partners
  • Our rig
  • Our dealership
  • Campground Owners

We are also grateful for all the exciting things on the horizon and, of course, we have a big new announcement to make about our THIRD podcast. You will have to listen for all the details!

You might think RVFTA couldn’t possibly have anything else up their podcasting sleeve. But we are thankful that our listeners can never get enough RV content.

This is Episode #63: RVFTA Thanksgiving Special!

12 Nov

RVFTA #62: Kick Those Winterization Blues!

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are helping you cope with the winterization blues. We saw your sad comments on social media and heard crickets chirping during camping role call last week.

So we came up with a list of 15 things you can do instead of crying quietly in your closed up camper. And then we added an extra one as a bonus at the end! We will help you wile away the winter in true RV enthusiast style.

We separated our tips into two categories: activities and products. Listen for our take on the things that can get you through until we launch that new campaign season next spring.

We also talk about our new article up on the Progressive Blog: 3 Classic Campfire Cooking Recipes. It’s the month of November so let’s talk food. Dutch oven food, to be exact. Check out three of the easiest treats you can make over the campfire the next time you get out in the RV.

You might think the RV season has come to a close. But we here at RVFTA never put that baby to bed. This is Episode #62: Kick Those Winterization Blues!

14 Sep

RVFTA #53 Special Episode: Tips for Enjoying the Hershey RV Show

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This is a special episode of RV Family Travel Atlas with 6 tips for enjoying America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We will be hanging out at the Progressive RV at the Hershey RV Show from September 16-20, located in front of the Giants Center entrance. Stop by to play some games, win some swag, and tell us how your RV shopping is shaping up.

And before you show up, listen to our 6 Tips for Enjoying America’s Largest RV Show…hope to see you there!

29 Aug

RVFTA #50: Naughty Behavior at the Campground

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the naughty behaviors that can sometimes pop up when traveling with kids.

Nobody’s perfect and when environment, schedules, daily activities, and food are different, things are bound to get a little out of hand.

We will explore some of the hotspots we have identified and small tweaks that can make a big difference. Four areas that many parents seem to struggle with are…

  • Car Rides
  • Activities
  • Bedtime
  • Sweet Treats

Plus, we are reviewing a campground in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Sugar Ridge RV Park, where we whittled away the last days of summer vacation. Listen to hear the skinny on our latest New England campground discovery.

And we are reviewing Season 2 of Big Time RV on the Travel Channel this week. RV shows have become a bit more mainstream and this is one of our recent favorites.

You may have perfect angels that fly through campground trips with an aura of sweetness and light. But here at RVFTA, we have enough material to dedicate a whole podcast to this topic. Thanks for listening to Episode #50: Naughty Behavior at the Campground!

We are delighted to have Go RVing as our RVFTA sponsor. Listen for a message from them just a bit later in our show. To find your AWAY head over to gorving.com/rvfta.

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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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