18 Jul

Girl Camper: Episode 93 Route 66 Dealership Benefits with Lynn Butler

On this week’s show Lynn Butler,  owner of Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia talks about the advantages of buying from an RV dealership with membership in the Rte.66 Club.

When I am home from Yellowstone I will post pictures but I’m working on one bar of 3G!

20 Jun

Girl Camper: #89 Tips for Buying a Used RV

On my show today we are continuing breaking down the obstacles to becoming a Girl Camper and I am sharing my tips on buying a used RV. Not everyone wants to get so deep in right away with a brand new camper and accompanying payment. If you are dipping your toes into the camping world for the first time a previously owned travel trailer may be just the right starting point. I will be talking about why a used trailer might be the best option, the options for where you can buy one and what to ask and look for once you have found it. I am also going to cover some scams to be aware of. It’s all in today’s podcast which if you are not a subscriber,  can be listened to by clicking the arrow at the bottom of the post.

 

Buying a used trailer is a good way to get into the RV world without making a huge investment.

Buying a used trailer allows those entering the RV world to get an idea of what kind of trailer they might like without spending a lot of money. It also allows a first time buyer to try out a model they think will work for them. If it turns out the floor plan or trailer weight or length isn’t just right they can resell without a large loss.

 

Buying from a reputable dealer allows you to purchase a trailer that has been thoroughly inspected and has had any found problems repaired. It is also likely to come with a 30-90 day warranty that you would not get if you bought from a private seller. A dealer has a reputation to protect and wants to have you as a future customer.

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Buying from a reputable dealer allows you to get a warranty that a private seller is unlikely to offer. Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia offers inspections, warranties and help financing used trailers.

RV Trader, the online catalog for RV Sales offers a wide selection and includes dealership ads as well as privately placed ads. The RV Trader search engine makes it easy for you to search for specific models that interest you. Be willing to travel to another state if you have a budget and trailer in mind and are adamant about it.

Social Media, Craigslist and local ads are another resource for used trailers. If you buy from a private citizen be sure to arrange for a trailer inspection. Todd Henson, director of sales and marketing at RV Inspection Connections was my guest on episode 45 of the podcast and discussed in detail what to expect when purchasing an RV inspection and how you can find an inspector near you. Todd’s organization has a network of over 600 inspectors.

On the show I go over a set of questions every buyer should ask a seller including why they are selling, what their maintenance schedule on the trailer was, if they own it and have clear title and if they have an outstanding loan on the trailer? These and other important questions every buyer should ask are covered in detail.

Lastly I discuss tow vehicles and how to make sure that you are purchasing something you are comfortable towing and if you own a tow vehicle that is capable of towing what you are considering buying. Do your due diligence and make sure you research the product, your tow vehicle and come to your own conclusions about towing the new vehicle.

Choosing the right trailer for your adventures requires research, trusted resources and sometimes a bit of good luck.

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.

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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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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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