27 Jan

Camper College – Tom’s Camperland Style!

For about two years I have been cajoling RV dealerships into hosting what I call “Camper College.” For those that don’t know what a Camper College event is, it’s an opportunity afforded to us by dealerships that “get it” to find out what is involved in owning, operating and towing a travel trailer.

Brad Leach, owner of Toms Camperland in Mesa, Arizona walks a group of RV interested guests through the how’s and why’s of trailer operations.

In all the mail I receive from listeners of the Girl Camper Podcast, the fear most often expressed in them is the fear of towing.  Additionally, there is a lot of concern about the trailer coming detached from the car. At Camper College, dealerships walk would-be Girl Campers through the process of hitching up a trailer. The hands on demonstrations let the attendees  do the whole operation themselves. The dealership also takes everyone on a scaled back version of a trailer walk through showing them where water goes in, comes out and how the trailer gets its “energy.” For those that are new to the RV lifestyle these lessons help demystify trailer ownership and give the confidence needed to make an eventual purchase. It’s the first step into joining the Girl Camping movement with confidence.

Chris Baum, COO of Little Guy Worldwide and I have a great time hosting together even if we do fight over the microphone!

It’s been great to have the support of Little Guy Worldwide who often co-host these events with me. This last event was epic though and we created a bit of a circus by inviting our Camp LIke a Girl Meet Up site members to Take Over Tom’s Camperland in Mesa, Arizona. Women from other Meet-ups in the Phoenix area as well as our event partner Sisters on the Fly, all came out to do a Friday night meet and greet with a demonstration and then an all day Saturday Open House. Tom’s is a huge dealership with over 42,000 square feet of covered display space. They were gracious enough to treat us to a great dinner on Friday night which made those traveling directly from work to the event very happy! On Saturday we got to eat the biggest pizza pie I’ve ever seen along with lots of healthy snacks and cookies to keep our energy up as we toured the largest selection of lightweight towables in Arizona.

Maurrie Sussman, co-founder of Sisters on the Fly, tells the would be girl campers about her extraordinary group.

The showroom at Tom’s had plenty of room to gather and talk shop.

The staff at Tom’s Camperland could not have been more gracious and I thank them for sharing their knowledge and for their gracious hospitality. I’d also like to thank Chris Baum of Little Guy Worldwide for coming out to join us. Chris is always cheer leading for us and although he was outnumbered, he held his own! We think he has magic shoes!  A special thanks to Maurrie Sussman the co-founder of Sisters on the Fly, the largest membership based outdoor women’s group in the United States, for coming and sharing fishing stories, towing stories and inspiration with all those new to Girl Camping. My final thank you is to owner Brad Leach for believing in the idea of mentoring and for operating the kind of business that wants customers for life and that is willing to serve those customers before they even make a purchase. When I remarked to Brad during his demonstration that I was told that a power surge protector was an absolute trailer necessity he quickly replied that I must have been at “Camper ‘Junior’ College.”  He was a heck of a good sport and fun to boot!!

There is such a large selection of lightweight towable trailers at Tom’s that each Girl Camper had plenty to think about.

 

16 Aug

Girl Camper #45 Prepurchase RV Inspections

On this week’s show my guest is Todd Henson, director of sales and marketing at RV Inspections.  Todd discusses the RV Inspection industry and all the benefits to consumers who have an RV inspection done before purchasing a pre- owned motor home or travel trailer. I also chat about all I learned at the latest Camper College at Beckley’s Camping Center in Thurmont, Md.

Todd Henson giving a presentation in Texas on the RV Inspection industry.

Todd Henson giving a presentation in Texas on the RV Inspection industry.

Paul (the Air Force guy) was a wealth of information for even the seasoned travel trailer owners at Beckley's Camping Center's Camper College event.

Paul (the Air Force guy) was a wealth of information for even the seasoned travel trailer owners at Beckley’s Camping Center’s Camper College event.

Camper College events are a great way for women to get their questions answered as well as meet likeminded women to travel with.

Camper College events are a great way for women to get their questions answered as well as meet likeminded women to travel with.

The Ohio Country Living Fair is coming up September 16-18 and Go RVing will be there with the Girl Campers. Stop by and see their booth!

The Ohio Country Living Fair is coming up September 16-18 and Go RVing will be there with the Girl Campers. Stop by and see their booth!

Our next Camper College event is at Haydocy Airstream on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5-8 pm. Sign up at MeetUp.com - Camp Like A Girl group.

Our next Camper College event is at Haydocy Airstream on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5-8 pm. Sign up at MeetUp.com – Camp Like A Girl group.

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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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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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