12 Dec

Girl Camper: Episode 114 RV Industry News with Courtney Robey

On this week’s show it is my pleasure to welcome Courtney Robey, Director of Marketing and Communications for Go RVing. Courtney’s job is to find ways to share the RV lifestyle with new audiences. It’s also her job to find that audience and today she is sharing some ways in which the RV industry is meeting the changing demographics of RV buyers.

Myself, Mark Polk, Courtney Robey and Stephanie Puglisi. Mark and Stephanie are industry experts and Go RVing bloggers.

Every year the Go RVing team makes beautiful videos on the RV lifestyle and this one featuring adventure skier Brody Leven is one of my absolute favorites. It makes me want to get a Class B or at least borrow one and hit the road.

The Go RVing website has so many tools that help those new to the RV lifestyle “find their away.” The Find Your Away videos resonate with RVers or RV wannabes of all types. I love to¬† sit with a cup of tea and my laptop and watch the different ways in which people use their RV’s, the places they travel to and the rigs they choose.

As a woman who loves fly fishing I really appreciated this one!

Take a few minutes to explore the Go RVing website and “find your away.”

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05 Dec

Girl Camper: Episode 113 Towing Tips with Mark Polk

It is always a pleasure to have Mark Polk on the show. Mark and his wife Dawn run the RV Education 101 website, have produced over 350 YouTube videos, and Mark has a widely read blog on Go RVing. He is an industry leader in safety and education and always provides his expertise and experience to seasoned RVers and newcomers alike. I asked Mark to come on the show today to talk about towing.

Mark has helped us before on the show when he discussed the pitfalls buyers of vintage trailers may fall into. We all love the charm but Mark shared his own experience restoring a vintage trailer and created a punch list of things to look for when you look at one. That episode (#9) can be found here and it could save you a lot of time and money.

Mark, myself and Dawn Polk at the recent RVIA Show.

Mark also made a guest appearance helping us to understand tow vehicles and the meaning of all the terms. Axle ratios, tongue weight, GVWR, and torque! It can be confusing and Mark walked through the terms and industry ratings to help us make the right choice when looking at tow vehicles. Episode 61, Talking Tow Vehicles with Mark Polk can be listen to here.

 

Another fan favorite is Mark’s show helping us understand what a weight distribution hitch is and whether we need one or not. I had the feeling I needed one when I went up a size in my trailer and Mark explained how to make that determination and how to decide which one to purchase. Episode #83 with Mark Polk is available here.

Dawn Polk and myself admiring the prototype of the Scotty Sportsman coming out in the spring.

Mark has three guidelines for towing:

Always travel at a safe speed. For Mark that is 60 MPH or under if conditions warrant a slower speed.

Stay Alert. He advocates for knowing what is going on around you and shares his system for monitoring conditions and traffic flow while driving his motorhome or towing a trailer.

Anticipate Driving Situations. When you are alert you will be able to see what is happening and respond appropriately. Mark talks about some of the scenarios in which you can be a good steward of the shared roads by anticipating and reacting accordingly.

Mark with Courtney Robey, Director of Marketing at Go RVing and Stephanie Puglisi from the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast.

Mark also talks in this episode about:

  • use of mirrors
  • trucks passing you
  • knowing what gear to be in
  • Auxiliary braking systems
  • Sudden jerky turns
  • bad weather driving
  • making turns and knowing your pivot point
  • downgrades and upgrades
  • trailer sway

To Access Mark and Dawn’s library of RV Safety and Education materials click here.

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