12 Apr

Stephanie’s No-Mod RV Makeover

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On Episode #82: RV Makeover 101 with the Pop Up Princess, I shared 5 ways I had given our RV a little face lift this Spring. After that episode aired, I was surprised by a deluge of emails and social media comments asking when we were going to share pictures of the makeover.

Insert long, uncomfortable pause.

I’m certainly not an interior designer, and I’m basically the anti-crafty mom. So while I was happy to talk about my RV changes on the podcast episode, I was sort of nervous about sharing photos. I imagined the response would be: So what? Big deal. You barely made any changes at all!

And then I realized that was exactly the point. It wasn’t a big deal. Everyone can do what I did, and with pretty little effort. I didn’t put a single hole in the wall, paint anything,  or install shelving and cabinets. I just made our home-away-from-home a bit more pretty.

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So here they are. Pictures of my small, no-mod changes that made a big difference for our family. To hear us chat further about the makeover, check out the podcast episode. And a  very special thanks to the Pop Up Princess and the Making Something Happy Etsy shop for all your inspiration!

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08 Mar

What are You Waiting For? The Scary Leap to RV Ownership

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I’ve refrained from writing this post for a long time because, contrary to what my husband and kids might tell you, I really do not like telling people what to do. And I hate writing posts that inevitably lead to the each to his own reactions, comments, and feedback. I respect that everyone has their own set of circumstances and reasoning behind life decisions.

But still.

We receive so many emails and messages on social media from people who are saying a version of the following:

I wish we could own an RV. One day we will get an RV. We are on the five-year plan. We are on the seven-year plan. When we retire, we look forward to buying our first RV.  Etc, etc.

And then the story of Driving Miss Norma went ripping around the internet over the last couple of weeks. I had two thoughts:

  1. That is amazing that Norma is living her life to the fullest.
  2. I don’t want to wait until I am 90 to have the time of my life.

In almost every single case, people who tell us they are waiting to get an RV cite financial reasons. It is not in the budget right now. They don’t want a payment. They are saving up.  On the surface, these statements seem completely reasonable and even downright responsible. In fact, I presented them all to my husband over the course of buying our first pop up.

However.

The arguments don’t really fly. Why?

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25 Feb

RVFTA #77: Pros and Cons of a Hybrid Trailer

Pros and Cons of a Hybrid Trailer

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the pros and the cons of a hybrid trailer. Part tent trailer, part travel trailer, the hybrid was a serious contender for our family when we were trading in our pop up camper four years ago. In fact, when we went to make our final purchase, we still weren’t sure which one we were going to pick.Why did we end up going with the travel trailer? Why do many of our listeners love adore their hybrids? You will have to listen to find out!

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15 Feb

Are We a Travel Trailer Nation?

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After a two year infatuation with the possibility of motorhome ownership I find myself firmly back in the camp of travel trailer owners.   I still think that I will eventually find myself behind the wheel of a Class A or Class C, but I am fairly certain that day is decades away. So why the change of heart? Is it just an economic reality?  Does a motorhome simply not  fit into our current budget? Or is it a matter of taste? Do I actually like travel trailers better?

It’s actually a combination of both.

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11 Feb

RVFTA #75: Meet the Crickets!

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are introducing you to the Cricket, an awesome adventure basecamp manufactured by Taxa, Inc., a company that is not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to lightweight travel trailers. We interviewed Mike Shepard, Taxa’s East Coast manufacturer’s rep who will help us understand why the Cricket is in a class by itself.

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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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29 Dec

The Wall Street Journal’s Take on the RV Industry. Right, or Wrong?

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The Wall Street Journal recently published a feature about the state of the RV industry that was interesting, and very much worth reading, but somewhat flawed in its perspective.

RV Sales Revive, but Without Frills (WSJ, Dec. 23, 2015)

The article’s first sentence declares that “Americans are buying recreational vehicles at the fastest rate in more than a decade.” Then the author, James R. Hagerty, quickly pivots and writes that “Unfortunately for RV makers, many are hitting the road in smaller, less expensive models.” I find his use of the word “unfortunately” to be unfortunate.

For which RV makers is this unfortunate? After all, not every RV maker is building large, expensive, class A diesel pushers.  Trust me on this, there are plenty of manufacturers who are mighty happy that Americans are buying “smaller, less expensive models.”  One of the hottest companies in the industry right now is called Little Guy Worldwide. Hagerty is also only totally right about the “less expensive” part. If you’ve been to a campground lately you’ve probably seen plenty of towables over 30 feet–and yes–most of them are inexpensive when compared to motorhomes–but not much smaller.

Hagerty’s feature consistantly implies that the RV Industry’s breathtaking comeback is deeply flawed because its customers want light and cheap.  I concede that the comeback has not been as great for those companies who focus on luxury and luxury only, but for the rest of the industry, life is good. They are not reluctantly making lighter and cheaper rigs, they are building them with complete intentionality.  This is the comeback that they planned, not the flawed comeback that the Wall Street Journal sees.

During the recession the major RV manufacturers intentionally sought to build smaller and lighter units that could be towed by the family SUV or minivan. And guess what? Those units are selling like hotcakes. When the general public thinks about RV’s they often think about blinged out motorhomes. But 90 percent of RV’s sold are towable units, many of which cost less than $20,000.

So why else are Americans gravitating towards smaller and cheaper rigs?  Because an increasing number of younger people are buying RV’s, and they are buying what they can afford–not what the Wall Street Journal wants them to be able to afford.  Many younger buyers (think millennials) also want to keep things simple and keep their footprints smaller. More power to them.

I am POSITIVE that the RV industry is thrilled about the decreasing age of RV ownership. In fact, they are doing the happy dance.  Have you seen a Go RVing commercial on television or social media? These ads are very deliberately courting younger buyers–and the RV industry knows that they are going to purchase smaller rigs.  However, the article implies that many older buyers are also making the decision to go smaller and lighter. If this is the case, then most of the industry is certainly making up those lost margins with increased volume. The RV manufacturers are playing the long game–and they are winning.

But it seems to me like everyone is winning right now.  Consumers have a wide variety of models to choose from and they are competitively priced. Manufacturers have more customers than they have had in a decade, and those customers are younger, and will probably make more total RV purchases in their lives than previous generations.

But who is the biggest winner in this new golden age of RVing? It might just be the campground industry.  All of those shiny new RV’s are going to be heading  to America’s campgrounds in record numbers next summer. Best make your reservations now.

What are your thoughts about this Wall Street Journal article on the RV Industry? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.  

                                                                                                                    Best-Jeremy

 

 

 

17 Dec

RVFTA #67: Pros and Cons of A Toy Hauler

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are unpacking the pros and cons of a Toy Hauler. Toy Haulers have been around for a while, but they have grown in popularity over the last couple of years.

If you have been shopping for Toy Haulers recently, you may have noticed that they have received a facelift, acquiring residential finishes along with patio decks and tailgating kitchens.

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Listen to hear an interview with Mike Aplin, product manager for the Toy Hauler line at Jayco. Mike will tell us all about his Toy Haulers: what he’s designing these days and who is buying the product.

Then we will hash it all out. Why might a Toy Hauler be the perfect option for us? What features give us pause? Might there be one in our near future?

You might think the Toy Hauler is an option for Nascar drivers and bikers. But we here at RVFTA have been considering this type of RV for our own merry band of pirates. You are listening to Episode #67: Pros and Cons of a Toy Hauler.

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14 Sep

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

6 quick tips for exploring America's Largest RV Show

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!

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03 Apr

RVFTA #29: 5 Reasons to Camp Close to Home

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On Episode #29 of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are discussing 5 reasons you really should camp close to home. This is something we tried out for the first time this year, and boy are we happy that we did.

How did this finally happen after five years of RVing? Well, we saw a fun Facebook post about the soup and chili cookoffs happening at a local campgrounds just 30 minutes away. We ended up spending two great weekends at Timberland Lake Campground in Jackson, NJ only 30 minutes away and realized there are a lot of perks to camping near home base.

During the featured segment, we talk about our day trip into downtown Princeton, New Jersey. If you are in the area, you will definitely want to check out Rojo’s Roastery, Mamoun’s Falafel, Labyrinth Books, and the Cotsen Children’s Library on the campus of Princeton University. All told, we couldn’t have imagined a better day in a downtown…both the adults and children were equally pleased.

We will also share some of our listeners’ thoughts about the RV Staycation. It turns out plenty of our readers are very attached to their local camping getaway spot.

To read the original blog post about camping close to home, click here. And to read more about our two weekends at Timberland Lake campground, check out our post on the Good Sam Blog.

What else will you hear on this week’s episode? Well, we have been doing plenty of book reviews for adults, but this week we will shift gears and recommend a great book to read to the kids around the campfire. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen, is a charming bedtime story with all the elements of a perfect RV tale: a cute vintage trailer, plenty of marshmallows, and a curious and hungry bear.

We have always read to our boys before bed whether at home or at the campground. Over the last year, story time has moved fireside. This is now one of our favorite parts of everyday—sitting around the campfire in the evening, reading stories to our children. If this isn’t part of your routine, give it a try. You might wind up loving it just as much as the kids do.

Thank to all of our readers and listeners for sending us such great emails and comments. We love to hear your take on all these topics, and we know everyone else does, too. Remember you can post your camping pics on our Facebook Page and you can hashtag #RVFTA on Instagram so we can regram those awesome campground shots from all around the country.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out some of the bloggers that listen to this show and are always providing fun and interesting content. Mandy over at Campfire Travelers heard my resolution about personalized checklists and decided to go ahead and create some. Erin and Dan came up with their own list of camping fails and posted on their InnTown Campground Blog.

Why do you love to camp close to home?

Let us know after listening to Episode #29 of RV Family Travel Atlas: 5 Reasons to Camp Close to Home!

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28 Mar

RVFTA #28: Meet the New American Camper

Meet the New American Camper

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are looking at the 2015 North American Camping Report. This survey, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America, was released last week and offers an interesting (and sometimes surprising) look at campers in North America.

We start off by discussing the very definition of camping itself, which tends to be a hot-button topic in the RV world. Do you have to be sleeping on the ground to call it camping? The group conducting this report doesn’t think so. They say it doesn’t matter whether you are in a tent, a cabin, or a big rig…its the campground that makes the camper. Do you agree?

Then onto the basics: who is camping and where are they going? We found it surprising that most people (about 50%) are taking destination trips, driving to one campground and hanging out for a week or so. This seems to be a shift from the trend of more local weekend trips that the industry was focusing on a couple of years ago.

What did we find most interesting?  Campgrounds are starting to look a little more like our diverse country, with the camping rates among non-whites almost doubling between 2012 and 2014. We love the diversity of age and economic status that we find in campgrounds. It is really good news that ethnic diversity is developing as well.

And of course, no conversation about modern camping would be complete with a little bit of technology talk. Everybody keeps talking about WiFi, but we think that really misses the point. Listen to hear why we believe this will be a non issue in no time at all.

Planning and booking those campsites? Well, you know we have some opinions about that. It looks like a lot of other campers agree, too. They seem to be taking advice from friends and family, and using the ole fashioned call and reserve over any of the new fangled methods. We like it.

We also like all the spring camping resolutions that our listeners and readers sent in over the last week. We wrap up the episode by sharing some of the great goals y’all shared. Keep them coming…we love camping inspiration!

Pull up the report and follow along as we go…we give page numbers so you can keep up. And send us in your thoughts and comments. What did you find surprising? What kind of American camper are you?

2015 camping season is a go, folks! See you at the campground…

The New American Camper

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10 Mar

Teardrop Campers, Jumping Jacks, A-frames and other RV Showstoppers

During our speaking engagement at the Colorado RV Sports, Boat & Travel Show, we spent a lot of time window shopping and taking the pulse of the crowd.  It quickly became clear that the smallest trailers were the biggest showstoppers–particularly the teardrop campers.  We heard many “oohs” and “ahhs” and had a hard time getting pictures of the trailers without dozens of people in the way. So without further ado, here are our eight favorite small campers–including four fabulous teardrops that made us want to ditch the kids and hitch up for a second honeymoon.

 For more info about all of these units, check out Episode #25 of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast.

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T@G Max by Little Guy Worldwide (163 inches, 995 LBS)

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The T@G was basically a super-stylish and amenity-filled bed on wheels with rear kitchen.  If you’re looking to get off the ground and cook in a dedicated kitchen with hook ups–then this may be the right teardrop for you.

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T@B S by Little Guy Worldwide (182 inches, 1670 LBS)

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Looking for more than just a bed on wheels?  With a U-Shaped dinette, indoor kitchen and wet bath, the T@B S is one teardrop that won’t give you anything to cry about.  No worries about cooking in the rain either–this kitchen is totally enclosed.

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T@B CS-S by Little Guy Worldwide (180 inches, 1760 LBS)

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Prefer the cute as a button outdoor kitchen but still want the comfort of the U-Shaped dinette and wet bath?  Have no fear, the CS-S is here!  We ultimately liked this T@B best on account of that awesome kitchen and because it provides extra seating on the inside.

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Basecamp Teardrop by Colorado Teardrops (156 inches, 858 LBS)

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Looking for a lower-priced teardrop camper with all of the style but fewer amenities?  Prefer a DIY camp kitchen anyway?  Then check out the Basecamp model from Colorado Teardrops.  Add the bargain-priced solar package to head off the grid for your next great adventure.

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Other Small Trailers

Jumping Jack Jump-Up Tent Trailer (12 Feet, 1245 LBS)

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This multi-purpose trailer is not a pop-up.  It’s a jump up!  Store your ATV’s or kayaks on top and easily unload them at the campground.  Then set this bad boy up in seconds for a comfortable and spacious above ground tent for dry camping in the wild.  Back at home you can quickly turn the Jumping Jack into a utility trailer–perfect for yard work or trips to the recycling center.

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Aliner Classic A-frame (18 Feet, 1850 LBS)

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We have always admired these Aliner a-frames from a distance and now we know why.  They are light, sturdy, and comfortable. With available dormers on select models they are also surprisingly spacious.  Cassette potties and wet baths are available in select models.

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Camp Lite 11-FK Hybrid (11 Foot Box, 1,800 LBS)

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We were immediately attracted by the bold coloring and surprisingly spacious interior of this Camp Lite hybrid.  Because of its aluminum build the manufacturers promise “no rust” and “no rot.”  Because of its stylish looks we promise that it will turn heads at the campground–and man oh man is it lite!

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Arctic Fox 811 Truck Camper (16’8 Feet, 2873 LBS)

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Are truck campers just for hunters and fishermen who like to camp off the grid?  Not when they are as spacious and comfortable as the Arctic Fox 811!  Stephanie had never stepped inside a truck camper before–and she was completely impressed.  The kitchen was larger than kitchens in travel trailers twice its length–and the bedroom looked cozy and comfortable.

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We had such a great time browsing through these units at the Colorado RV Show.  The variety was dazzling–and possibly overwhelming to the first-time buyer.  We can’t wait to spot these sporty and lightweight trailers in a more natural environment…the campground!

 

 

 

 

07 Mar

RVFTA #25: Hello, Cutie! (We Heart Tiny Trailers)

From teardrops to truck campers our featured segment this week is all about the tiny trailer.

We were hanging out at the Colorado RV Show last weekend and couldn’t believe the crowds that gathered around all the small campers. With beds and bathrooms and indoor and outdoor kitchens, these mini RVs can pack a lot of punch.

In this episode, we talk about our eight favorite little cuties from the show (links to each below). Although a tiny trailer doesn’t work for our family right now, it was easy to understand the appeal of traveling lightweight and small.

We also have the second interview in our RV Park Entrepreneurs series.   A little while ago we noticed a trend of young families opening up campgrounds in hip urban areas. On this episode we are talking to Todd Spencer who, along with his wife Dawna, is about to open Sentinel Peak RV Park in Tucson, Arizona. By the end of this interview, a visit to Tucson will be high on your list.

And in case you missed our first interview in the series with Inntown Campground in Nevada City, California, check out RVFTA Episode #21 to catch up!

Stay tuned for a blog post this week with pictures and video clips of all these tiny trailers. If you happen to own a small camper, we would love to hear from you. Brand, quality, pros and cons…send us an email and we will share during our mailbag segment next week!

The Teardrop Cuties:

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A Variety of Cuties:

Jumping Jack Jump-Up Tent Trailers

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Camp Lite 11-FK

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Lastly, don’t forget to check out the new blog, Campfire Travelers. Podcast listeners Mandy and Jason came to meet us at the Denver Show and are the definition of enthusiastic family travelers. They are pumping out travel blog content like mad, so head on over and drop them a comment.

All of this…and so much more on Episode 25 of RV Family Travel Atlas: Hello, Cutie! (We Heart Tiny Trailers).

 

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28 Feb

RVFTA #24: An Ode to the Pop Up Camper

We are really excited about this week’s podcast episode! Our featured segment is an ode to the pop up camper. One of our listeners, Nick, wrote in to tell us exactly why the pop up camper is a PERFECT choice for many families. Nick’s 5 arguments in defense of the pop up were so spot on, we just had to build a podcast around them.

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We started out our RV journey 5 years ago by buying a pop up camper, but made the same mistake that many first time buyers do…we paid far too much and then when we wanted to upgrade to a travel trailer, we were under water. So the pop up wasn’t a long term fit for our family, but it may be for yours. Nick’s list is a perfect checklist for our listeners who are trying to decide what to buy. If you want to hear more of our thoughts on the pop up camper you can listen to one of our earliest podcasts, Pros and Cons of a Pop Up Camper.

Of course we couldn’t resist walking down memory lane and revisiting our top 5 pop up camper memories. Although our pop up caused us a lot of trouble, it was also the thing that introduced us to this amazing RV lifestyle. We are forever grateful for joy and adventure it introduced to our young family.

Speaking of pop ups, we were inspired to review the first Maine campground that we ever visited with our young boys. Camden Hills State Park is an absolute treasure and worth a visit no matter what kind of rig you are towing. You can read our original campground review here, and you can visit some of our other Midcoast Maine posts if you need a little bit of traveling inspiration:

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Camden Hills

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We are also sharing our second walkthrough with a Jayco representative from the Atlantic City RV Show. Megan Hiland took us on a tour of a 2015 Greyhawk Class C motorhome and almost convinced us to ditch our White Hawk and jump into a coach.

All of this…and so much more on Episode 24 of RV Family Travel Atlas: An Ode to the Pop Up Camper!

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24 Jan

RV Family Travel Atlas #19: RV Design…What’s Hot, What’s Not?

On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about RV Design. Turns out, it’s usually the little things that matter, so we have a list of 10 trending features and (of course!) some strong opinions about each one.

We are also going to share our blogger crush of the week. Just5MoreMinutes.com has us yearning to head out to the Pacific Northwest and cook some amazing food over a campfire.

Our campground review of the week features Branches of Niagara. Located in Grand Island, New York, the campground is only 10 minutes away from Niagara Falls State Park. We were blown away by the fun activities and friendly staff. If Niagara Falls is on your traveling bucket list, this campground should be as well. Check out our blog review for more details.

Also mentioned in this episode? Some thoughts from earlier this year on whether or not weekend trips are worth it. And if you are looking for some more of our thoughts on floor plans and RV models, you can listen to the these previous episodes:

Pros and Cons of a Travel Trailer

Pros and Cons of a Pop Up Camper

8 Tips for First Time RV Buyers

RV Show Madness

We would love to hear from you! What design features are you head over heals for this season? And what features are driving you crazy? Leave a comment below, email us, or head over to our Facebook page and message us there.

 

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03 Jan

RV Family Travel Atlas Episode #16: The Future of RVing

On this special episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are traveling into the future of RVing! From the continuing retro renaissance, to the reintroduction of our National Parks, we tackle eight trends that have serious staying power. Along the way we will share opinions from a few of our favorite RV experts from KOA, Jayco, and Roadtreking.

We will also announce the lucky winner of a stylish 12-piece dish set from Camp Casual–a great new company out of California with a big future in front of them.

Lastly, we talk about our future travel plans for the spring and summer of 2015…and we say goodbye to an important part of our family’s history.

Here are some links from the show you might want to check out:

Shasta Airflyte 1961 Re-Release video on YouTube.

Don’t forget that you can listen and subscribe to us in the iTunes store. And if you listen regularly, please leave us a review. We sure would appreciate it!
Happy New Year from RV Family Travel Atlas and our Lively Little Campers…

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27 Dec

RV Family Travel Atlas: 10 Reasons RV Vacations Are Better!

On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are sharing our 10 Reasons RV Vacations are Better. In our 20 years of traveling together, we have flown on planes, stayed in hotels, and rented vacation homes. But now it’s RV or Bust. We will talk about why there is simply no better way to travel for our family.

We are also reviewing one of our home state campgrounds,  Pleasant Acres in the Skylands Region of Northwest NJ.

And we have a product review from a great new company out of California, Camp Casual. We will review a lovely 12 piece dish set and talk about how you can win one for your own RV. You can  visit our Instagram page, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or Pinterest Gear Board for more information. You can also leave us a review of iTunes for an entry.

You can read more about this topic by visiting our original blog post here, or you can read about unpacking the value of a cabin and feeding your kids on the road.

Remember, you can subscribe to RV Family Travel Atlas on iTunes, and thanks so much to those listeners who have written a review!

 

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14 Dec

RV Family Travel Atlas: Pros and Cons of a Travel Trailer

On Episode 13 of RV Family Travel Atlas, it’s all about the travel trailer! We are sharing some personal stories about our own trailer, and you will find out why an Airstream will probably never work for us.

We will also discuss the pros and cons of a travel trailer. With all of the models and floor plans available, there is a trailer for any sized family. However, a pop-up, fifth wheel, or Class C might be a better fit for you. We will help you sort it all out.

And our first movie review on the Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. Great campy fun, make sure you add it to your Netflix queue.

All of this and more, on this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas!

 

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06 Dec

RV Family Travel Atlas: Acadia National Park Adventure Guide

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are heading to Acadia National Park, one of our favorite summer destinations. We will give you recommendations for where to stay and what to eat. We will also tell you about the best family-friendly hikes and activities on Mount Desert Island.

Join us as we explore popular tourist attractions and also take you to the quieter side of Acadia, where we have escaped the summer crowds and found lots of local treasures.

Click on the links above to read our articles on the Jayco Journal about all of these Acadia National Park recommendations.

We have another great giveaway this week: Discover Acadia National Park, by the Appalachian Mountain Club. We used this book a ton when planning our trips, and all of the hikes that we talk about are detailed in this book. Enter to win here.

And make sure you listen to this week’s episode to find out about our ‘podcast only’ giveaway this week…

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03 Dec

RV Family Travel Atlas Holiday Gift Guide: What Was on that List???

In Episode 10 of RV Family Travel Atlas, we gave our recommendations for 12 great holiday gifts. Here is a list, with links, to all of the products that we reviewed. Listen to the podcast for the complete lowdown on each item!

For the Kids…

1. Globe For Kids Illuminated Earth Globe: Our boys’ favorite camper nightlight…

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2. SpinaroosOne bin of these blocks will keep kids of all ages happy!

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3. Spot It! A Card Game that is great for a rainy day or a little down time after dinner.

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4. Kids’ Sprout 12 Day Pack from LL Bean: Perfect for drinks and snacks!

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5. Micro Kickboard Scooter: The best quality scooter money can buy!

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6. Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man and The Three Ninja Pigs: Our favorite campfire read alouds…

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For the Adults…

7. Darn Tough Socks: The only socks we hike in…

Darn Tough Socks

8. Fireside Friend: Jeremy’s favorite I Wanna Be a Lumberjack toy!

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9. eBags Brand Packing Cubes: Perfect for keeping the RV neat and tidy (ahem)…

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10. Camp Comfort Recliner: Worth the extra money for high quality zero-gravity chairs!

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11. Panasonic Lumix Waterproof Camera: If you want to take pictures around water, there is no better option!

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12. Frenzy and Malibu 2 Ocean Kayaks: Worth every penny for paddling time with the kids!

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There you have it…our list of affordable items that adds tons of value to the time we spend traveling with our kids. Remember to listen to the podcast for more information on all of these products.

Anything you would add? We would love to hear what you would put on your list!

Happy Holidays!

Stephanie + Jeremy

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