26 Jul

Girl Camper #42 Little Guy Worldwide

On this week’s episode we have retuning guest Chris Baum, Chief Operating Officer of Go Little Guy Worldwide, the largest manufacturer of tear drop trailers in the world.  Our interview was recorded at the Tearstock rally and includes thoughts on brand loyalty, the girl camping movement and their commitment to Camper College events.

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21 Jul

Camper College – Go Little Guy Worldwide

 

Upon discovering the Girl Camper movement, most women want in! Their next thought though is, “How?” How do I buy a trailer when I don’t know anything about RV’s? How do I know if my car can tow that trailer? How and where can I learn to tow? After a decade of promoting Girl Camping, I developed the Camper College program to help Girl Campers find those answers from trusted resources. Recently Go Little Guy Worldwide, the largest producer of teardrop trailers in the world and a proud sponsor of the Girl Camper Podcast, partnered with me to bring more Camper Colleges to more Girl Campers!

Girl Camper Amanda's sweet trailer at the recent Tearstock event in Ohio.

Girl Camper Amanda’s sweet trailer at the recent Tearstock event in Ohio.

Go Little Guy knows their products are a great match for Girl Campers and they want to attract those buyers. Last year Haydocy Airstream in Columbus, Ohio reported that their sales of Tab trailers to Girl Campers reached 37%! The Girl Campers are a demographic in the RV world. They are on the verge of retirement with money to spend and they want safe, lightweight, reliable trailers that are stylish and functional.

This beautiful trailer belonging to Girl Camper Crystal from Indiana reflects the personalization that make them a Girl Camper Favorite.

This beautiful trailer belonging to Girl Camper Crystal from Indiana reflects the personalization that make them a Girl Camper Favorite.

Go a Little Guy reached out to their top dealers and encouraged them to host these free events to teach prospective campers what is involved in owning, operating and towing a travel trailer. Participating dealerships typically host the event after hours and their staffs walk the attendees through the trailers systems, demystifying trailer operations and thereby reducing purchase anxiety.

Tha Tab trailer of Girl Camper and Tab blogger Sharon Sigmon is another personalized version of the trailer these girls love to love. http://splashtab.blogspot.com/?m=1

Tha Tab trailer of Girl Camper and Tab blogger Sharon Sigmon is another personalized version of the trailer these girls love to love.

http://splashtab.blogspot.com/?m=1

 

UPCOMING CAMPER COLLEGE EVENTS

Beckley’s Camping Center – Thurmont, Md

August 12 – http://www.beckleysrvs.com

Haydocy Airstream and RV – Columbus, Ohio

September 16 – http://www.haydocyairstream.com

Southland RV – Norcross, Georgia

October 21 – http://www.southlandrv.com

Princess Craft RV – Round Rock, Texas

November 11 – http://princess craft rv texas

I am looking forward to meeting all the new Girl Campers and podcast listeners and someday camping with them in “America the Beautiful!”

To register for a Camper College event you must belong to the meet up group, Camp Like a Girl.

Camp Like A Girl

Bordentown, NJ
498 Girl campers

This is a group to post events for girl campers. It is for any woman who wants to get away with girlfriends and have fun. You do not have to be an experienced camper or own a …

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19 Jul

Girl Camper: Episode 41 “The Mountains Made Her Do It: An interview with photographer Mandy Lea.”

My guest this week is photographer Mandy Lea who made headlines when her trailer, a Little Guy Tag named Birdsong, was stolen just a week before she was about to venture out in it as a full time photographer. Her Facebook plea for help finding it went viral with 80K shares. Mandy is here to share the second half of that story and tell us how living life full time in her new Tag is working out. I also share what I learned at Camper College at Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. We had a great time at  gathering to learn hands on, ask questions of the experts and share tips and tricks.

Photographer Mandy Lea in the photo that went viral on Facebook when her Tag was stolen from her apartment parking lot last April.

Photographer Mandy Lea in the photo that went viral on Facebook when her Tag was stolen from her apartment parking lot last April.

On a photography vacation to the Tetons Mandy realized she wanted to leave her job of ten years and pursue photography full time. She says, "The Mountains Made Me Do It!" I can see why.

On a photography vacation to the Tetons Mandy realized she wanted to leave her job of ten years and pursue photography full time. She says, “The Mountains Made Me Do It!” I can see why.

After purchasing her Tag Mandy had this tattoo done in her trailers color.

After purchasing her Tag Mandy had this tattoo done in her trailers color.

Before her adventures got off the ground, her beloved Aqua Tag was stolen. Although it was recovered her insurance company totaled it. The wait for a new one was months but Little Guy Worldwide, the makers of Tabs and Tags stepped in and custom made this one for her. She named her new trailer Phoenix.

Before her adventures got off the ground, her beloved Aqua Tag was stolen. Although it was recovered, her insurance company totaled it. The wait for a new one was months but Little Guy Worldwide, the makers of Tabs and Tags stepped in and custom made this one for her. She named her new trailer Phoenix.

Tune in to hear where Mandy has been since hitting the road in June.

Tune in to hear where Mandy has been since hitting the road in June.

Here's a hint!

Here’s a hint!

Life brought sadness and joy and Mandy is only remembering the "incredible kindness" of total strangers who shared her post and sent her notes of sympathy and encouragement. She had her tattoo updated with her new trailers color.

Life brought sadness and joy and Mandy is only remembering the “incredible kindness” of total strangers who shared her post and sent her notes of sympathy and encouragement. She had her tattoo updated with her new trailers color.

https://mandyleaphoto.wordpress.com/

http://www.mandyleaphoto.com/

https://www.instagram.com/mandyleaphoto/

https://www.facebook.com/themandylea

Camper College at Setzer's World of Camping was a great success. We really enjoyed the burgers and salads the Setzer's crew made us!

Camper College at Setzer’s World of Camping was a great success. We really enjoyed the burgers and salads the Setzer’s crew made us!

Lynn Butler, owner of Setzer's, introducing her team and showing us a Riverside Retro model sold there.

Lynn Butler, owner of Setzer’s, introducing her team and showing us a Riverside Retro model sold there.

The Setzer's team gave "Towing 101" lessons and Michelle did great!'

The Setzer’s team gave “Towing 101” lessons and Michelle did great!’

The great staff didn't let a little heat and humidity dampen spirits!

The great staff didn’t let a little heat and humidity dampen spirits!

The icing on the cake was that we all stayed the weekend at a nearby campground! Thanks Lynn!

The icing on the cake was that we all stayed the weekend at a nearby campground! Thanks Lynn!

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12 Jul

Girl Camper: Episode #40 “Reducing the Chances of Trailer Theft

On this weeks show our topic is “reducing the chances of trailer theft.” All too often I see on social media a request to share a picture from a heart broken trailer owner who’s beloved trailer has been stolen .  Frequently a trailer owner will come out to their driveway in the morning and find their trailer has been taken. I’m going to discuss some ways which you can help deter these thieves.

A hitch lock installed on your coupler/receiver will help reduce the chances of your trailer being stolen. Quality matters so spend the extra money for a quality product.

A hitch lock installed on your coupler/receiver will help reduce the chances of your trailer being stolen. Quality matters so spend the extra money for a quality product.

A pin lock installed on your coupler is another deterrent for would be thieves.

A pin lock installed on your coupler is another deterrent for would be thieves.

 

A inexpensive wheel lock on all four wheels can be time consuming to remove for thieves.

A inexpensive wheel lock on all four wheels can be time consuming to remove for thieves.

A wheel chock that covers the lug nuts is the hardest to remove. It's also the costliest but not nearly as costly as losing your trailer.

A wheel chock that covers the lug nuts is the hardest to remove. It’s also the costliest but not nearly as costly as losing your trailer.

I am also sharing five tips for grilling the perfect steak at your camp out. I’ve tried and tried to grill the perfect steaks and these tips are based on delicious experience.

Kingsford coals started in a coal chimney with no lighter fluid is the way to go when grilling. No lighter fluid!

Kingsford coals started in a coal chimney with no lighter fluid is the way to go when grilling. No lighter fluid!

The steak should be almost room temperature and patted dry so it sears to the grill.

The steak should be almost room temperature and patted dry so it sears to the grill.

Once it's on the grill, DO NOT TOUCH IT until the first side is done. Physically restrain spouse if necessary! No flipping over and over!

Once it’s on the grill, DO NOT TOUCH IT until the first side is done. Physically restrain spouse if necessary! No flipping over and over!

Steak! It's what's for dinner! The rest of the tips are in the podcast!

Steak! It’s what’s for dinner! The rest of the tips are in the podcast!

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05 Jul

Girl Camper: Episode #39 Camping Etiquette for Dog Owners.

On this week’s show I am talking about camping with your dog and how to be a conscientious dog owner at a campground. Many a camping trip has been ruined for the non dog lovers by dog owners unwilling to make adjustments to their normal “house rules” regarding dogs. I outline a few things to consider so that all the campers, dog owners and not, enjoy the campground.

Our dog Buddy through hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009 but now he rules the roost at home. We rarely take Buddy camping because it's torture for him to be restrained in the great outdoors,

Our dog Buddy (pictured with our daughter Georgia) through hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009 but now he rules the roost at home. We rarely take Buddy camping with us because it’s torture for him to be restrained in the great outdoors,

I also am chatting this week about “trailer lingo!” So many listeners are new to camping and listening and learning so I thought I would define a few terms we banter around at Girl Camper headquarters without realizing that not everyone knows a tongue jack from a wheel chock.

My long time friend Jodi gets a trailer tour and brushes up on tongue jacks and wheel chocks.

My long time friend Jodi who is a non camping podcast listener,  gets a trailer tour and brushes up on tongue jacks and wheel chocks.

Now she knows a wheel chock from a slide out from a tongue Jack. She made me promise there would be no pop quizzes!

Now she knows a wheel chock from a slide out from a tongue Jack. She made me promise there would be no pop quizzes!

I’m also spreading the news about upcoming Camper College events. Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia is my next Camper College event on Friday, July 15 at 5pm. Dinner is on the house.

Camper College at Setzer's World of Camping is open to all on Friday, July 15 at 5 PM. Come join us!

Camper College at Setzer’s World of Camping is open to all on Friday, July 15 at 5 PM. Come join us!

Beckley’s  Camping Center in Thurmont, Maryland is hosting a Camper College event on Friday, August 12 at 5 PM.  I will be on hand for both and look forward to meeting all the Girl Campers. Pssst… Spouses are welcome too.

Beckley's Camping Center in Thurmont, Md is home base for Camper College on August 12, 2016 at 5PM. Something tells me that this is going to be even more fun than normal! " Krazy Kelly" was on board to host the Girl Campers.

Beckley’s Camping Center in Thurmont, Md is home base for Camper College on August 12, 2016 at 5PM. Something tells me that this is going to be even more fun than normal! ” Krazy Kelly” was on board to host the Girl Campers.

Lastly, I am off to Tearstock 2016! Go Little Guy Worldwide is hosting their fourth annual gathering of Teardrop, Tab and Tag owners in Mineral City, Ohio. I’m dropping in for some old fashioned camping fun and the factory tour as well as some great upcoming interviews.

This looks like so much fun! I can't wait to get there and join the party!

This looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to get there and join the party!

Tab owners are fiercely loyal and I am so looking forward to infiltrating the group!

Tab owners are fiercely loyal and I am so looking forward to infiltrating the group!

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