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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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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31 May

Girl Camper #34: Meet Girl Camper, Elaine Smith

On this weeks show my guest is Girl Camper and Sister on the Fly with the funniest bone of all, Elaine Smith. Elaine’s journey to Girl Camperhood started way before she became a sister on the fly and unlike most Girl Campers, Elaine started with a huge travel trailer and zero experience and set off towing on her own. Her life on the road as a construction inspector was not easy but she made it cozy with the travel trailer and truck she bought and towed from job to job. She missed those days when she retired and she joined the sisters on the fly where the travel pals are way more fun and her rig is a little easier to lug around. Listen in on Elaine’s funny tales. I also recap our first weekend out in the new Riverside Retro and the rookie mistake we made that’s going to be expensive to repair! In the news round up I talk about the latest Camper College event in Huntington, West Virginia at Setzer’s World of Camping. Mark your calendars for this July 15th event.

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Elaine’s lovely trailer “Hootie” which had to be broken into in a hilarious series of attempts to retrieve the keys which were inside.

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Elaine hosting at the Girl Camper site at the Country Living Fair in Nashville last April. She is chatting with her good friend Michelle Eash and Michelle’s friend Tommy Beard who completely restored her vintage Scotty trailer.

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Elaine had no trouble hamming it up at the Go RVing photo booth at the Country Living a Fair.

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Elaine’s trailer, “Hootie” loaded and ready for fun! Note to self – stash extra door keys!

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Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia is the site of our July 15 Camper College. You can call Setzer’s to RSVP or RSVP through the Camp Like a Girl Meetup site at Www.Meetup.com .

 

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Setzer’s World of Camping – 5319 Cherry Lawn Rd, Huntington, West Virginia 25705 . To reserve a space for Camper College,  call 304-736-5287.

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It was a lovely evening in the trailerhood at my first campout in my new “St. George.”

 

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I think my coffee actually tasted better in my new daybed in the trailer!

 

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This is what happens when you raise your stabilizing jacks and not your tongue jack to match! Expensive rookie mistake. They all need replacement!

 

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02 May

Backstage with Ruthie Collins

The 1975 Argosy of country singer Ruthie Collins is part lounge, part green room and part mini venue! Her name is Amelia Earheart!

The 1975 Argosy of country singer Ruthie Collins is part lounge, part green room and part mini venue! Her name is Amelia Earstream!

The trailer also has a state of the art sound system.

The trailer has a state of the art sound system.

The SMEG refrigerator is new made to look old and was a find from the pages of Country Living Magazine.

The SMEG refrigerator is new made to look old and was a find from the pages of Country Living Magazine.

All is good in the trailerhood when Ruthie Collins hits the touring trail in her vintage Argosy. Ruthie's new LP is coming out soon on Curb Records.

All is good in the trailerhood when Ruthie Collins hits the touring trail in her vintage Argosy. Ruthie’s new LP is coming out soon on Curb Records.

Amelia Earhart does double duty as green room and mini venue for private performances.

Amelia Earhart does double duty as green room and mini venue for private performances.

The theatre seats came out of an old Tennessee schoolhouse that had been converted to a community center. The upholstery is all original with vinyl seats and faded velvet backs.

The theatre seats came out of an old Tennessee schoolhouse that had been converted to a community center. The upholstery is all original with vinyl seats and faded velvet backs. The flooring is repurposed pallets.

The vintage settee was a $75 flea market find that she had reupholstered in different ticking fabrics.

The vintage settee was a $75 flea market find that she had reupholstered in different ticking fabrics. Ruthie and her mom made all the curtains and most of the pillows.

After taking the trailer down to the skin and rewiring and repairing leaks the trailer was insulated with spray foam and a 1/4 layer of luan was attached. The white bead board went on over that. The ceiling is a plastic replica of a tin ceiling that is flexible and easy to install. The light fixtures add lots of feminine bling and are from Pottery Barn.

After taking the trailer down to the skin and rewiring and repairing leaks the trailer was insulated with spray foam and a 1/4 layer of luan was attached. The white bead board went on over that. The ceiling is a plastic replica of a tin ceiling that is flexible and easy to install. The light fixtures add lots of feminine bling and are from Pottery Barn.

When Ruthie found her trailer on Craigslist it was in original condition, and not in the good way! A college student had been using it on his parents property and it had the original twin beds and shag carpet!

When Ruthie found her trailer on Craigslist it was in original condition, and not in the good way! A college student had been using it on his parents property and it had the original twin beds and shag carpet! Her idea was to empty it and give it a rustic vintage look and use it to hang out with the band! I think she succeeded!

The church pew was cut at an angle and fitted with comfortable cushions. The band has had up to twenty guests squeezed in for performances.

The church pew was cut at an angle and fitted with comfortable cushions. The band has had up to twenty guests squeezed in for performances.

Ruthie and I in our matching Farmhouse Frocks!

Ruthie and I in our matching Farmhouse Frocks!

 

12 Apr

Girl Camper #27: The Power of Women

On this week’s episode I share the inspirational stories of the women who are making the Girl Camping world a better place to live. Behind the scenes act of kindness and encouragement are happening everyday and lives are brighter and campier because of them. I also announce the winners of some contests and talk about my Riverside Retro purchase. Campfire Chat is all about the Go RVing upcoming seminars on camping hacks at the Country Living Fairs.

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