06 Dec

Girl Camper #61 Talking Tow Vehicles with Mark Polk

 

On this week’s show I welcome returning guest Mark Polk of www.RVEducation101.com. Mark talks trucks and towing, torque and horsepower, gross vehicle weights and towing capacity. I invited Mark on the show to help me navigate “truck language” and help me figure out if the Ford F-150 of my dreams has the capacity to tow my 3000 pound Riverside Retro with ease.  There’s much to learn about engines, towing and safety in this episode.

My 2017 Riverside Retro has a dry weight of 3037 pounds. The manufacturer says the maximum load the axel can hold means I cannot safely carry more than 832 pounds of cargo in it.

My 2017 Riverside Retro has a dry weight of 3037 pounds. The manufacturer says the maximum load the axel can hold means I cannot safely carry more than 832 pounds of cargo in it.

My old Ford F150 had a V8 5.4L engine with plenty of power for my little 1966 Vintage trailer.

My old Ford F150 had a V8 5.4L engine with plenty of power for my little 1966 Vintage trailer.

The Society of Automotive Engineers along with the automotive manufacturers developed a set of real life towing situations which standardized the methods which manufacturers use to guage towing capacities. One of the tests is towing on an incline with the air conditioner running.

The Society of Automotive Engineers along with the automotive manufacturers developed a set of real life towing situations which standardized the methods which manufacturers use to guage towing capacities. One of the tests is towing on an incline with the air conditioner running.

 

New technology has enabled the V6 engines of today to be able to do the work of the V8 of ten years ago allowing for more horsepower and torque and better gas mileage.

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24 May

Girl Camper #33: Merging Travel Styles when Camping with Your Spouse

On in this week’s episode my guest is a special, special guest! My husband Rick joins me to chat about his “destination” mindset about travel versus my “journey” mindset. How do couples merge their travel styles so they can be happy campers? Tune in and find out! I also talk about why we decided on the Riverside Retro as our new couple/family/girl camper.

My husband Rick and I traveled to Indiana to pick up our new Riverside Retro and our differing travel attitudes surfaced before we got out of New Jersey!

My husband Rick and I traveled to Indiana to pick up our new Riverside Retro and our differing travel attitudes surfaced before we got out of New Jersey!

We said good bye to our beloved Frolic and set our sights on a little more comfort in our new Riverside Retro 176S

We said good bye to our beloved Frolic and set our sights on a little more comfort in our new Riverside Retro 176S. The new owners traveled all the way from Florida to pick her up!

After a delay to have an awning installed and another to fix a problem in our truck with the 7 way plug for trailer lights and breaks, we finally hit the road.

After a delay to have an awning installed and another to fix a problem in our truck with the 7 way plug for trailer lights and brakes, we finally hit the road.

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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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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.