31 May

Girl Camper #34: Meet Girl Camper, Elaine Smith

On this weeks show my guest is Girl Camper and Sister on the Fly with the funniest bone of all, Elaine Smith. Elaine’s journey to Girl Camperhood started way before she became a sister on the fly and unlike most Girl Campers, Elaine started with a huge travel trailer and zero experience and set off towing on her own. Her life on the road as a construction inspector was not easy but she made it cozy with the travel trailer and truck she bought and towed from job to job. She missed those days when she retired and she joined the sisters on the fly where the travel pals are way more fun and her rig is a little easier to lug around. Listen in on Elaine’s funny tales. I also recap our first weekend out in the new Riverside Retro and the rookie mistake we made that’s going to be expensive to repair! In the news round up I talk about the latest Camper College event in Huntington, West Virginia at Setzer’s World of Camping. Mark your calendars for this July 15th event.

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Elaine’s lovely trailer “Hootie” which had to be broken into in a hilarious series of attempts to retrieve the keys which were inside.

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Elaine hosting at the Girl Camper site at the Country Living Fair in Nashville last April. She is chatting with her good friend Michelle Eash and Michelle’s friend Tommy Beard who completely restored her vintage Scotty trailer.

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Elaine had no trouble hamming it up at the Go RVing photo booth at the Country Living a Fair.

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Elaine’s trailer, “Hootie” loaded and ready for fun! Note to self – stash extra door keys!

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Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia is the site of our July 15 Camper College. You can call Setzer’s to RSVP or RSVP through the Camp Like a Girl Meetup site at Www.Meetup.com .

 

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Setzer’s World of Camping – 5319 Cherry Lawn Rd, Huntington, West Virginia 25705 . To reserve a space for Camper College, ¬†call 304-736-5287.

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It was a lovely evening in the trailerhood at my first campout in my new “St. George.”

 

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I think my coffee actually tasted better in my new daybed in the trailer!

 

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This is what happens when you raise your stabilizing jacks and not your tongue jack to match! Expensive rookie mistake. They all need replacement!

 

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24 May

Girl Camper #33: Merging Travel Styles when Camping with Your Spouse

On in this week’s episode my guest is a special, special guest! My husband Rick joins me to chat about his “destination” mindset about travel versus my “journey” mindset. How do couples merge their travel styles so they can be happy campers? Tune in and find out! I also talk about why we decided on the Riverside Retro as our new couple/family/girl camper.

My husband Rick and I traveled to Indiana to pick up our new Riverside Retro and our differing travel attitudes surfaced before we got out of New Jersey!

My husband Rick and I traveled to Indiana to pick up our new Riverside Retro and our differing travel attitudes surfaced before we got out of New Jersey!

We said good bye to our beloved Frolic and set our sights on a little more comfort in our new Riverside Retro 176S

We said good bye to our beloved Frolic and set our sights on a little more comfort in our new Riverside Retro 176S. The new owners traveled all the way from Florida to pick her up!

After a delay to have an awning installed and another to fix a problem in our truck with the 7 way plug for trailer lights and breaks, we finally hit the road.

After a delay to have an awning installed and another to fix a problem in our truck with the 7 way plug for trailer lights and brakes, we finally hit the road.

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17 May

Girl Camper #32 Meet Lynn Butler, Girl Camper and RV Entrepreneur

On this week’s show I interview Lynn Butler, wife, mother, grandmother, Girl Camper and RV entrepreneur. Lynn is the owner of Setzers World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. Listen as Lynn shares her love of camping, how she bought the dealership from her mother and her plans to host “Camper College” for the Girl Campers.

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The dealership offices are in an old house that makes the work environment seem even more like family.

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The RPod and the Riverside a Retro are two favorite brands among Girl Campers.

Little Guy Worldwide Chief a Operating Officer Chris Baum hosted a Camper College at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia at our "Go Girl, Go!" event.

Little Guy Worldwide Chief ¬†Operating Officer Chris Baum hosted a Camper College at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia at our “Go Girl, Go!” event.

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Girl Campers Dawn and Deborah with their prizes for towing alone for the first time.

 

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Even Flo “camped like a girl” and had lots of fun at our “Do You Like My Hat? Party!

 

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Stephanie From RVFTA Podcast Network strikes a pose with Flo! They both “do things!”

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The Girl Campers raised $427 for the Holdyou Foundation.

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10 May

Backstage With Ruthie Collins – Podcast

On this weeks episode I interview Singer/Songwriter Ruthie Collins of Curb Records about life in Nashville; women artists; her vintage Argosy and Girl Camping!

Singer / Songwriter Ruthie Collins in her 1975 Argosy.!

Singer / Songwriter Ruthie Collins in her 1975 Argosy.!

I also share my favorite Glampers to follow on Facebook! Glitzy Glamper, Angela Boone Leachman and Tabatha Marie at Extreme Glamping.

 

Glitzy Glamper Angela Leachman putting the finishing touches on the Chevron Cowgirl.

Glitzy Glamper Angela Leachman putting the finishing touches on the Chevron Cowgirl.

The beautiful trailers of Angela Leachman aka Glitzy Glamper, can be rented like a hotel room at the Lone Star Gallery in Round Top Texas. It's the countries first indoor campground and Antiques Shop.

The beautiful trailers of Angela Leachman aka Glitzy Glamper, can be rented like a hotel room at the Lone Star Gallery in Round Top Texas. It’s the countries first indoor campground and Antiques Shop.

Make plans for a great girls weekend in around Top, Texas!

Make plans for a great girls weekend in around Top, Texas!

The renovated popup trailer of Extreme Glamping Club founder Tabatha Marie.!

The renovated popup trailer of Extreme Glamping Club founder Tabatha Marie.!

Tabatha's beautiful trailer can be seen on her Facebook group, Extreme Glampers Club where Glampers share their ideas and renovations and go for inspiration!

Tabatha’s beautiful trailer can be seen on her Facebook group, Extreme Glampers Club where Glampers share their ideas and renovations and go for inspiration!

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03 May

Meet Sister on the Fly Kathy Doty

On this weeks podcast I interview sister on the fly Kathy Doty about how she first heard about girl camping and her bucket list trip with several hundred “sisters” across the entire length of historic Route 66. Kathy shares the story behind her vintage camper, Little Elvis and the what it has meant to her to be part of the Sisters on the Fly. I also review the obstacles that many would be girl campers feel keeps them from joining the movement and how they can be overcome.

 

Sister on the fly Kathy Doty's vintage travel trailer, Little Elvis.

Sister on the fly Kathy Doty’s vintage travel trailer, Little Elvis.

Kathy made the quilt over the winter. It has printed images of Elvis from the 50's.

Kathy made the quilt over the winter. It has printed images of Elvis from the 50’s.

When your 7000 "sisters" are shopping they see things they know "belong" with you. This Elvis doll was a gift from the husband of a sister on the fly. Now he's a "mister sister!"

When your 7000 “sisters” are shopping they see things they know “belong” with you. This Elvis doll was a gift from the husband of a sister on the fly. Now he’s a “mister sister!”

The poster at the foot of Kathy's bed is a sweet serenade for bedtime.

The poster at the foot of Kathy’s bed is a sweet serenade for bedtime.

Kathy wanted to keep her trailer in the most original condition that she could. She added new piping for running water to the kitchen sink and had to replace the countertop and resurface the kitchen table with period correct boomerang laminate.

Kathy wanted to keep her trailer in the most original condition that she could. She added new piping for running water to the kitchen sink and had to replace the countertop and resurface the kitchen table with period correct boomerang laminate.

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