31 Oct

Girl Camper: Episode 108 Personal Safety for Girl Campers with Holly Boros

My guest today is a returning one, Holly Boros, personal safety expert and NRA Firearms and Safety Instructor. Holly was a guest on the show way back when on episode number 28 where we chatted about some strategies for personal safety in daily life and on the road. We are taking up that subject again today because…as my Mom is fond of saying, “You can’t be too careful.” Often women who travel alone and in groups ask the question of whether it is safe to sleep over night in a rest stop, at a Walmart parking lot or in an obscure place where they are unlikely to be seen. Holly brings her experience as an Army brat, military wife, solo woman traveler and safety expert to the podcast.

Holly Boros solo travels in her own Girl Camper as well as with her husband in their larger family trailer.

Holly discusses personal safety on a daily basis and defines “white alert” – a state of awareness of your surroundings at all times. She shares the posture, attitude and air we should possess when shopping, going to our cars and in our daily errands. She includes safety tips for getting from the store,  back into your car.

  • Have keys out and in hand.
  • Walk to car using the center  of the parking lot aisle.
  • Pass your car and look between your car and the car next to it to make sure no one is there before going to drivers side door.
  • Unlock the drivers side door only with one press of the key fob.
  • Immediately lock the door and drive away.
  • Do not sit in the car and check email or make phone calls.

Holly also shares her tips for resting on the road during long trips, using rest areas, and staying safe while traveling solo.

Save the date!! Waxahachie, Texas!

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.

 

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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29 Mar

A Trailer Story

The Avion trailer of Gail Bable and her husband is a labor of love and a work in progress. Gail and her husband found the trailer on Craigslist only an hour and a half from their home base of Ohio. Gail and her husband own a Fifth Wheel for long trips but their favorite way to camp with their grandchildren is in their vintage Avion. Gail also recently purchased a vintage pop up for her Girl Camper travels!

Gail's favorite camping buddies, the future girl campers, granddaughters Kat and Scarlett!

Gail’s favorite camping buddies, the future girl campers, granddaughters Kat and Scarlett!

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The 1966 Avion is 28′ long with plenty of room to move around.

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Gail and her husband bought their trailer from the original owners and its 50 years young. They sanded and refinished all of the cabinets.

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The twin bed models are a great floor plan for traveling with multiple generations.

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The Avion has a rear bathroom. These beds look so cozy for sleeping late, rainy afternoons and snuggles with Grandma!

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Unlike their shiny cousin the Airstream, the Avion’s aluminum is anodized and will never be shiny.

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The 28′ trailer was a part time residence in Florida for the previous owner who took out the fridge and replaced it with a full size one. That comes in handy when Gail uses it at Beaver State Park where she works and lives as a camp host from April to November.

 

12 Jan

Girl Camper #14: Tim Jones talks Riverside Retro, the New “Old” trailer!

On Episode #14 of Girl Camper Tim Jones from White Water is the guest and we will be talking about the new “old” trailer, the Riverside Retro. This trailer is hand built by Amish craftsmen and is a solution to the dilemma faced by many  Girl Campers who want that vintage vibe but with hot water on demand and without the drama of  rebuilding a 50 year old trailer. Tim shares the construction elements of this trailer, the design details and why it is timeless. I will also be chatting about how to keep mice out of your trailer over the winter and sharing some fun mail from excited new Girl Campers.

Riverside Retro Trailers

Mouse – Free RV’s

Fresh Cab Packets

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