16 May

Girl Camper: Episode #84 Camping in Colorado with Ginny McKinney

On this weeks episode returning guest Ginny McKinney is sharing her favorite Colorado Campgrounds.  From north to south Ginny suggests great camping spots and what to do when you get there. Her suggestions include Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes, Colorado;  Glenwood Canyon Resort and Pagosa Springs  Riverside Campground.

Glenwood Springs Colorado has been called the most fun town in America. The hot springs there are a big attraction.

Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado has lots of acres but no hook ups for campers and a maximum total stay of 14 days a year camping at the park.

Pagosa Springs Campground is a quieter park where campers go to finish a good book along the river banks.

Tune in to the podcast to hear the details on these beautiful campsites and what you can do in the nearby towns when camping there.

 

09 May

Girl Camper: Episode 83 – Weight Distribution Hitches

Friend of the show and industry expert Mark Polk is on the show  today to help us understand weight distribution hitches. Mark is the man before the camera in the informative videos produced by RV Education 101 which is owned and operated by Mark and his wife Dawn. They also have a You Tube Channel where Mark gives hands on demonstrations for everything RV. Mark is also a blogger and frequent guest speaker at RV shows and industry events.

I love the chance to catch up with Mark and Dawn in person. This couple has dedicated their time and energy to increasing safety and therefore enjoyment to all RVers!

I called upon Mark to help me determine if I needed a weight distribution hitch and to help me understand the criteria used to make that determination. Once we  determined that I could indeed benefit from one I needed to know if they came in different sizes, if I needed it professionally installed, how to choose the right one and if Mark preferred or recommended a specific brand. Mark answers all of these questions and more on today’s show. Safety is always the first thing to pack when you Go RVing. If you don’t feel comfortable towing your rig, chances are you won’t continue and you will miss out on many adventures. There is a safe way to enjoy RVing and Mark Polk is here to put your mind at ease.

 

Mark helps explain what happens when too much tongue weight is on your hitch and how a weight distribution hitch distributes the weight evenly to the front and back of the rig making all the systems function better.

The Equalizer brand hitch is the one Mark and Dawn use themselves and it is one I will be looking at when I choose my new hitch. This brand offers a weight distribution and anti-sway component in one device.

In other big news Go RVing has published the long awaited but worth waiting for, video on Girl Campers. It was so much fun filming  last summer and I hope that it lets Girl Camper wannabes know two things – Number one – the RV industry has you in their cross hairs. Manufacturers and dealers are no longer looking only at families with small children and retired to couples to make and sell RVs to. It’s never been a better time to find support for this endeavor.

We had so much fun on the set and the team from Explore Media were very gracious.

The whole team got in the spirit and donned Girl Camper tshirts!

When Go RVing approached me to make this video with them I felt such satisfaction in knowing that the Girl Campers are now an industry demographic, we have buying power and the smart folks are listening and building and stocking trailers that are designed for the way we travel. Number two – If you have been watching the Girl Campers and stalking them on social media, it’s time to jump in and join us. You don’t need a trailer to be a Girl Camper. You need a willing spirit. You are going to want a trailer to make your own but those camping in their kids tents that got left in the garage when they moved out and in their mom vans or renting campground cabins are having just as much fun as those that have mastered hitching, towing and setting up their own trailers. There is no wrong way to Camp Like A Girl and this is the year I want to entice everyone on the sidelines to get in the game. I hope this video inspires you. There are two more coming out in June! Click the link below to see the first of three!

This stunning shot was taken by Go RVings still photographer. We did about eight takes on this clinking of glasses scene. They really were cocktails so we didn’t mind!!

 

https://away.gorving.com/girls-just-wanna-have-fun/

 

 

 

04 Apr

Girl Camper: Episode 78 Long Haul Driving Tips

On this week’s show I am talking about long distance driving.  When you hit the road this summer whether it’s a big trip of thousands of miles or across your state there are ways to make the drive more of a journey and less of a chore. Getting there can be half the fun if you follow a few simple principles for driving  while towing.

Travel and towing can be a pleasure if you follow a few simple rules.

Be rested when you leave. Sometimes we pack up and get the feeling that we have to get going because  we’re “burning daylight”. It’s always a good idea to be rested and non stressed when you head out. The process of getting ready can take longer than we think and be stressful in itself. Try to adapt a “journey” not “destination” attitude about travel.

Take a break every two hours. Even if you don’t feel tired it’s a good idea to get out and stretch your legs every two hours or so. I park as far from the rest area bathroom as possible and jog over to the building. It’s good to get your blood flowing and take in some fresh air. If the driving conditions are stressful it’s even more important to stop for the mental clarity as well as the physical boost. Take a cat nap in your trailer if necessary. Staying alert means staying safe.

Eat light. Nothing brings on drowsiness like a pile of carbs from a rest stop fast food restaurant. You are barely burning calories behind the wheel and the food you take in should help you stay alert not make you tired. I keep a cool pack on the passenger seat with fresh fruit, nuts, string cheese and humus. I only drink water after my morning cup of coffee. My favorite thing is knowing that a great dinner awaits me at the campground. I like to have a marinating chicken breast or steak waiting to go on the grill when I have arrived and am set up and look forward to that on my drive.

I keep this soft pack cooler on the passenger seat for a quick healthy pick me up while driving.

Slow and steady wins the race. It’s always better when you can approach the drive to your ultimate destination as part of the vacation too.  If you are in a “just get there” mindset you will miss the beauty along the way. Study a map and see if you can plan a stop along the way. Be willing to get off the highway and drive a stretch on a county two lane. Be willing to stop in a town and find the local mom and pop diner, quirky gas station slash museum, or weird roadside attraction that you will be talking about ten years from now. Most of the cool things on vacations are unplanned. Be willing to be open to back road travel.

A friend of mine tipped me off to the town of Granville TN which is southeast of Nashville. I took the opportunity to get off the highway and visit. I was so glad that I did!

The General Store in Granville had fallen into extreme disrepair and had been closed for a long time when a descendant of the original builder who was doing family research visited the town and saw it. He purchased it, renovated it and donated it back to the town where it is used as a Saturday night dance hall and dinner spot now.

Mark Polk’s blog on trailer sway is worth the read. He always provides so much insight into the causes of RV issues. Please take the time to educate yourself on ways to minimize trailer sway and handle it when it does happen.

There are lots more tips and travel help in this weeks podcast as well as all the news on the News Roundup and Campfire Chat! Hope you enjoy this weeks episode!! Happy trails!!

 

 

21 Feb

Camp Casual Give Away!

Camp Casual is giving away one of their beautiful camp throws. This super soft 50 x 60 has been my favorite thing this whole cold winter. I chose the Road Trip blanket in the picture below. It was a hard choice because I really have a thing about owls! Whatever the pattern on the face fabric is, the same softness will be there. The reverse of this blanket is a cozy velvety fabric that will warm up any cold afternoon at home or nippy camp night around the fire.

I just love this photo I swiped from Camp Casual Facebook page. It just screams “snuggle”.

The sweet folks at Camp Casual make those retro dishes we all love to own and collect for our trailers and this year they added these wonderful throws. I have been dragging mine around the house all winter but I am definitely moving it to my camper when the season starts. They are offering Girl Camper followers a coupon code to get 20% off any of their five styles. Just type in RVLOVER to get your discount.

It was a tough choice because I love owls but I could not resist the vintage trailers!!

Camp Casual also makes the Melamine tableware that are perfect for camping. Their retro designs make them a nostalgic camper accessory that is totally functional. I have the salad bowl with the matching utensils that I mostly use  for popcorn!!

The 12 piece dish set comes with four dinner plates, four salad plates and four bowls. The salad bowl makes a great bowl for any side dish!

To be in the running for the give away, sign up for our Girl Camper blog post notices!

photos courtesy of Camp Casual.

14 Feb

Girl Camper: Episode #71 Maurrie Suussman from Sisters on the Fly

On this weeks show my guest is the co-founder of  Sisters on the Fly , Maurrie Sussman. The Sisters on the Fly is the largest outdoor women’s adventure group in the country with over 8 thousand members. She and her sister Becky Clarke founded the group over 20 years ago and have been having “more fun than anyone” ever since. Maurrie is here today to talk about the groups beginnings, the coveted trailers, their bucket list trips and the women who join them.

Becky Clarke and Maurrie Sussman, real life sisters and co founders of Sisters on the Fly.