01 Aug

Girl Camper: Episode 95 Airstreams for Girl Campers with Mike Harlan

On this week’s show I welcome returning guest Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager of North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers, Florida.  Few people have a deeper love for the road and the RV industry than Mike and it is always a pleasure to have him on to talk not only about what’s new in the industry but what’s new in Airstreams. Many people have the Airstream Dream and think this classic trailer is out of their price range. Mike discusses price versus value, financing a trailer purchase and, what some good models  are for Girl Campers.

Way before the phenomenon of Girl Camping, Airstream knew their trailers and outdoor women were a match!

Karen Polansky, an Ontario Sister on the Fly made the switch to  aluminum and hopes to full time when she retires.

Sister on the Fly Elaine Lewis’ vintage Airstream all dolled up with the classic camp items Sisters love to collect.

My friend Linda Fox,
affectionately known as Fox to her camping buddies,  traded in her Tada for an Airstream and is workamping in Yellowstone now.

13 Jun

Girl Camper #88 Road Adventures with Mike Harlan

On this weeks show I welcome returning guest Mike Harlan. Mike is the manager of Airstream Trailers at North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers, Florida. What most people don’t know about Mike is that he was also instrumental in the founding of Road Adventures which is not just an RV rental company but a full service travel agency that is  making the classic American road trip vacation a possibility for anyone who doesn’t own an RV.

Home base for Mike Harlan, manager of Airstream Division.

If you have long imagined a cross country trip to see the Grand Canyon or the geysers of Yellowstone and don’t own an RV, Road Adventures will not only rent you the RV you are most comfortable with but they will also rent you the tow vehicle you need to pull it.

You don’t have to own an Airstream to take a classic American Road Trip in one!

Through their partnership with AAA they will book all of your sites and plan the vacation for you. Mike is here today to tell us all about this full service program at Haydocy Airstream in Columbus, Ohio.

AAA is a partner in Road Adventures which makes every aspect of a customers vacation enjoyable.

My latest blog for Go RVing is up on their site. I had a great time recently in the Shenandoah National Forest and my blog gives some tips for what to do, where to stay and how to best navigate this beautiful park. Whether you are day tripping it or getting in a few days of hiking, this park has plenty to offer visitors. I am already planning a return trip to complete my hike to Mary’s Rock.

Shenandoah National Park is a great place to vacation as well as day trip!

We camped at the base of the mountain at the Luray KOA which I found to be one of the most scenic and relaxing campgrounds I’ve ever stayed at.

I am gathering gear for my Yellowstone trip and I decided to replace my fly fishing rain coat with the Cabela’s GoreTex jacket. I am so glad I did. Since it has not stopped raining in the northeast I am already getting plenty of use out of it and it has a lot of features I really like starting with the large zippered pockets that hold my uber large IPhone 6 Plus.

It’s true that my producer Stephanie Puglusi and I often think alike so it’s no wonder we bought the same coat in the same color. Hey, we know a good thing when we see it!

When I am traveling for work and pleasure I take lots of pictures and don’t always want to carry my large camera and associated gear. I also don’t want to worry about my phone dropping out of my jacket pocket so I really appreciate the size of the pockets on this coat and the zippers which operate top down for ease of use. The Gore Tex itself is the best part though. My fly fishing rain coat is vinyl lined and quite hot. All rainy days are not cold days too so I often found myself dry on the outside but sweaty in the coat. Being dry and cool is what Gore Tex does that other gear does not. I am happy to be building a wardrobe of active wear that I will get great value out of.  The Cabela’s jacket was $129 and I got thirty percent off for Mother’s Day.