27 Dec

Girl Camper: Episode 64 Dave Boggs from Venture RV

On this week’s show Dave Boggs, General Manager from Venture RV talks about the Sonic Lite trailer. The Sonic Lite was a Girl Camper pick from the RVIA show. Dave talks about the design features and materials used in the construction of the Sonic Lite.

Dave Boggs from Venture RV

The bunk house models rear hatch allows for bulky item storage when the rear bunk is folded up.

 

The Sonic Lite’s Bunk House floor plan.

The SL169VBH has a one piece roof, adjustable awning and outdoor access to storage.

The Murphy bed option on the SL169BVH gives a residential feel to the space.

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20 Dec

Girl Camper #63: Ginny McKinney – Lessons Learned

On this week’s show returning guest Ginny McKinney shares the lessons she learned while navigating her grief at the loss of her husband Dan; while learning to be an RVer and while opening her heart to new beginnings, new friendships and a new life she hadn’t planned on. Whatever your personal situation Ginny’s story is full of inspiration. She is an Ambassador of hope to those who are living a life altered by circumstances out of their control. Her journey of reconciliation to her circumstances is a must listen!

Hope bringer, Ginny McKinney.

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13 Dec

Girl Camper #62 Top Trailer Picks from the 2016 RVIA Show

On this week’s show my producer¬†Stephanie Puglusi and I go over my Top Five picks for Girl Campers from the annual RVIA show. RV manufacturers are creating more lightweight towable trailers in smaller sizes that are an attractive alternative to renovating the vintage trailers that many people desire.

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The Lance truck camper 650 is an ideal choice for anyone not wishing to tow or wishing to tow something other than a trailer.

The Lance truck camper 650 is an ideal choice for anyone not wishing to tow or wishing to tow something other than a trailer.

The interior offers everything you would have in a travel trailer including a wet bath.

The interior offers everything you would have in a travel trailer including a wet bath.

The booth folds down and becomes a 32 x 76 additional bed.

The booth folds down and becomes a 32 x 76 additional bed.

I love everything about the sleeping loft from the Queen size bed to the large window, Allen head space, hanging clothes racks and pin lighting for night reading.

I love everything about the sleeping loft from the Queen size bed to the large window, Allen head space, hanging clothes racks and pin lighting for night reading.

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen has a microwave and two burner stove top with flush mounted tempered glass top for added counter space.

The kitchen has a microwave and two burner stove top with flush mounted tempered glass top for added counter space.

 

 

 

 

 

The SL169BH by Venture RV was another show favorite.

The SL169BH by Venture RV was another show favorite.

The love seat with Murphy bed behind it allows you to have flexible day time use of the space and to keep bed linens out of site when not in use.

The love seat with Murphy bed behind it allows you to have flexible day time use of the space and to keep bed linens out of site when not in use.

One of the things I liked most about this model are the way the bunks are configured. Rather than running the length of the trailer they run width wise allowing for a much larger bathroom.

One of the things I liked most about this model are the way the bunks are configured. Rather than running the length of the trailer they run width wise allowing for a much larger bathroom.

The rear entrance and hinged bunk makes this space very flexible. The door is large enough to accommodate a kayak or paddle board.

The rear entrance and hinged bunk makes this space very flexible. The door is large enough to accommodate a kayak or paddle board.

The SL169VBH by Venture RV made my list because of its flexible floor plan.

The SL169VBH by Venture RV made my list because of its flexible floor plan.

A Liners new Ascape is a great option for those who want to keep their tow vehicle small. Weighing in at 1300 pounds in dry weight makes it a viable option for many.

A Liners new Ascape is a great option for those who want to keep their tow vehicle small. Weighing in at 1300 pounds in dry weight makes it a viable option for many.

This too had flexibility in the floor plan for so small a trailer. A single user could keep one half made up as a twin bed leaving a bench for seating and reading.

This too had flexibility in the floor plan for so small a trailer. A single user could keep one half made up as a twin bed leaving a bench for seating and reading.

Two models are available- one with an air conditioner and stow away potty and the other lighter version without. The rear entrance had a nice awning over it and it had a nice big kitchen sink, two burner stove and microwave.

Two models are available- one with an air conditioner and stow away potty and the other lighter version without. The rear entrance had a nice awning over it and it had a nice big kitchen sink, two burner stove and microwave.

With an exterior color change I think the Riverside Retro toy hauler has great possibilities for the Girl Camper with toys! Those toys could be kayaks, paddle boards, four wheelers or a traveling art show, mobile business or just an open concept trailer that could hold a crowd!

With an exterior color change I think the Riverside Retro toy hauler has great possibilities for the Girl Camper with toys! Those toys could be kayaks, paddle boards, four wheelers or a traveling art show, mobile business or just an open concept trailer that could hold a crowd!

The floor plan includes everything you want in a travel trailer and the ability to use the cargo space for whatever you want.

The floor plan includes everything you want in a travel trailer and the ability to use the cargo space for whatever you want.

Gulfstream's Vintage Cruiser made the list for the second year in a row because of their newest Woody version. I'm always a sucker for a cabin in the woods and this trailer hits the mark. If you can't buy a lake house, buy this instead and take it to whatever lake you want! Tim Dennig was interviewed about this trailer on Episode #55.

Gulfstream’s Vintage Cruiser made the list for the second year in a row because of their newest Woody version. I’m always a sucker for a cabin in the woods and this trailer hits the mark. If you can’t buy a lake house, buy this instead and take it to whatever lake you want! Tim Dennig was interviewed about this trailer on Episode #55.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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06 Dec

Girl Camper #61 Talking Tow Vehicles with Mark Polk

 

On this week’s show I welcome returning guest Mark Polk of www.RVEducation101.com. Mark talks trucks and towing, torque and horsepower, gross vehicle weights and towing capacity. I invited Mark on the show to help me navigate “truck language” and help me figure out if the Ford F-150 of my dreams has the capacity to tow my 3000 pound Riverside Retro with ease. ¬†There’s much to learn about engines, towing and safety in this episode.

My 2017 Riverside Retro has a dry weight of 3037 pounds. The manufacturer says the maximum load the axel can hold means I cannot safely carry more than 832 pounds of cargo in it.

My 2017 Riverside Retro has a dry weight of 3037 pounds. The manufacturer says the maximum load the axel can hold means I cannot safely carry more than 832 pounds of cargo in it.

My old Ford F150 had a V8 5.4L engine with plenty of power for my little 1966 Vintage trailer.

My old Ford F150 had a V8 5.4L engine with plenty of power for my little 1966 Vintage trailer.

The Society of Automotive Engineers along with the automotive manufacturers developed a set of real life towing situations which standardized the methods which manufacturers use to guage towing capacities. One of the tests is towing on an incline with the air conditioner running.

The Society of Automotive Engineers along with the automotive manufacturers developed a set of real life towing situations which standardized the methods which manufacturers use to guage towing capacities. One of the tests is towing on an incline with the air conditioner running.

 

New technology has enabled the V6 engines of today to be able to do the work of the V8 of ten years ago allowing for more horsepower and torque and better gas mileage.

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