28 Jun

Girl Camper #38: Hope for the RVing Widow

On this week’s show I interview Suzanne Saunders who is a life long camper. She was first a girl scout and then a family camper in the 1970’s with a Starcraft pop up trailer.  When she and her husband Gordon retired they crossed the country several times in their fifth wheel trailer.  After losing Gordon nine years ago Suzanne continued her travels as a solo woman traveler in a scaled back Class C motorhome. She visited family and friends along the way and even went to Alaska alone. She did not belong to any women’s travel groups preferring the freedom of an untethered schedule. She is on the show today to share her experiences, wisdom and advice for women facing the question of whether to continue in the RV lifestyle after the loss of a travel partner. Suzanne is a dynamic traveler who has been to 62 countries with more trips on the planning board. In addition to being a terrific role model for Girl Campers of any age, she is my Aunt Sue!

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21 Jun

Girl Camper #37 After Market Add Ons: Tankless Hot Water Heaters

On this week’s show I interview Chris Holland from Girard Systems about their third generation tankless hot water system. I had  this system installed in my new Riverside Retro and it is by far my favorite upgrade. While most RV hot water tanks hold six gallons and continually use propane keeping it hot, the Girard system provides endless hot water on demand. Chris discusses the features and benefits of this cost effective  upgrade.

Having the Girard Systems tankless hot water heater installed as an after market product in your trailer will provide you with unlimited hot water. No more military showers.

Having the Girard Systems tankless hot water heater installed as an after market product in your trailer will provide you with unlimited hot water. No more military showers.  

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We "camped like girls" this past weekend at Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia, NJ. No girl camper trailer? No problem! Helga was all set up in her Sienna.

We “camped like girls” this past weekend at Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia, NJ. No girl camper trailer? No problem! Helga was all set up in her Sienna.



The only real necessity for Girl Camping is a "can do" spirit.

The only real necessity for Girl Camping is a “can do” spirit.

On this week's show I also talk about how much I enjoyed using my new Lynx Levelers and chocks. We have a set of levelers, chocks, caps and a solar powdered LED light to give away for signing up for the blog alerts or tagging an Instagram follower.

On this week’s show I also talk about how much I enjoyed using my new Lynx Levelers and chocks. We have a set of levelers, chocks, caps and a solar powdered LED light to give away for signing up for the blog alerts or tagging an Instagram follower.

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14 Jun

Girl Camper #36 Catching Up with RVFTA’s Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, Podcast Hosts and Authors

On this week’s show I am turning the tables on  RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast hosts Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi and interviewing them on their recently published book, The Idiot’s Guides, RV Vacations. The co-hosts of the highly rated podcast tell how the book came about, how they managed the writing schedule on such short notice and what we can look forward to in the future from them.

The podcast team of Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi from RV Family Travel Atlas celebrating one year of podcasting at their rally last fall.

The podcast team of Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi from RV Family Travel Atlas celebrating one year of podcasting at their rally last fall.

My producer, Stephanie Puglusi, enjoying a quiet moment by the fire at a Girl Camper event.

My producer, Stephanie Puglusi, enjoying a quiet moment by the fire at a Girl Camper event.

I also chat about the St George, my new Riverside Retro by Whitewater and the work he required after accidentally rocking him off his stabilizing jacks.

My "bouquet" of frayed wires at the Country Living Fair. Of course the problem was discovered in the pouring rain at the end of three fun but long days!

My “bouquet” of frayed wires at the Country Living Fair. Of course the problem was discovered in the pouring rain at the end of three fun but long days!

Girl Camper Deb Wettles who is on a flight medivac team in real life was a great help stitching my wires back together! No girl camper left behind! She got soaking wet helping me! Thank you Girl Camper!

Girl Camper Deb Wettles who is on a flight medivac team in real life,  was a great help stitching my wires back together! No girl camper left behind! She got soaking wet helping me! Thank you Girl Camper!

After 40 minutes in the pouring rain we finally got lights and hit the road!

After 40 minutes in the pouring rain we finally got lights and hit the road!

I’m also sharing a sister on the fly’s stolen trailer to be on the look out for. It was stolen this week from Missouri, City, Texas.

Please be on the look out for sister on the gly Debra Ochoa's Fun Finder trailer which was stolen last week.  She had removed all of the stickers from the trailer. She was getting ready to paint it and there are some tan and blue paint swatches on the rear.

Please be on the look out for sister on the fly Debra Ochoa’s Fun Finder trailer which was stolen last week. She had removed all of the stickers from the trailer. She was getting ready to paint it and there are some tan and blue paint swatches on the rear.

 

 

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07 Jun

Girl Camper #35: 9 Great Father’s Day Gifts for the Mister Sister

On this week’s episode Jeremy Puglisi from RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast talks about his top picks for the RVing Dad or Mister Sister. If you are unsure of what to get the special man in your life for the RV these products have been used and reviewed by Jeremy and Stephanie and the recommendations are personal.

I also welcome my new sponsor, Little Guy Worldwide whose full line of lightweight camping trailers are Girl Camper favorites and I am delighted to partner with them in bringing more Camper College events to RV dealerships across the country.

New Michigan Girl Camper Lorie's Tab is being readied for her first adventure!

New Michigan Girl Camper Lorie’s Tab is being readied for her first adventure!

I got some help from Flo getting my new trailer insured. All the details are in this week's Campfire Chat!

I got some help from Flo getting my new trailer insured. All the details are in this week’s Campfire Chat!

It was great meeting podcast listener Danielle Thompson who won four early bird tickets to the Country Living Fair. Danielle drives a Class A! I'm so impressed!

It was great meeting podcast listener Danielle Thompson who won four early bird tickets to the Country Living Fair. Danielle drives a Class A! I’m so impressed! That’s a a Girl Camper!

Katie and friends stopped by and immediately joined the Girl Camper Meetup (Camp Like a Girl) and signed up for a big trip! You don't have to tell these girls twice!

Katie and friends stopped by and immediately joined the Girl Camper Meetup (Camp Like a Girl) and signed up for a big trip! You don’t have to tell these girls twice!

The St George made his debut and was a big hit! I can't even begin to count how many people went inside but the approval was unanimous!

The St George made his debut and was a big hit! I can’t even begin to count how many people went inside but the approval was unanimous!

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Jeremy’s 9 Picks for your Mister Sister:

  1. Truma LevelCheck
  2. TastePure 25′ heated drinking water hose
  3. RV Lock 4.0
  4. Weber Q1000
  5. Bristle Free Grill Brush
  6. Andersen Camper Levelers
  7. Igloo Freestanding Ice Machine
  8. Camelback Forge 16 oz Travel Mug
  9. Estwing 4 lb Special Edition Fireside Friend wood splitting axe
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