Episode 173: First Annual Camp-In Camper College

On this week’s show I am excited to announce our first annual Camp-In Camper College. I developed Camper College when I first founded Girl Camper in 2014. I wanted to show women that owning, operating, and towing an RV is not complicated. Before I owned a “real” trailer I camped in a 1959 Field and Stream that only had a cold water pressure hose that drained onto the ground. There was no toilet, shower, air conditioner or water tanks of any kind. It took me about ten minutes to pack it up. I always looked at people who had “real” trailers and thought they had to be mini engineers to do what they were doing. When my friend Mike Harlan, GM of North Trail RV in Florida, showed me how to put the water in and how to get it out when the trip was over. It was NOT hard after all. I learned how to check my fuses, see if the panel box was on and understand the voltage, amps and electrical systems. I learned how to level, stabilize and unhitch my trailer by myself. I was so surprised at how easy it all was. I wanted other women to learn and developed Camper College to demystify trailer ownership.

At our Wonderful Women in Waxahachie event in April we invited Stephanie Henson from National RV Inspection Association to teach an extended Camper College with four stations focusing on the different operations of an RV. It was a big success but we wanted to offer an even deeper opportunity for women to really have a hands on experience learning how the RV’s they already own can be maintained and repaired and how women wanting to join Girl Campers can have the experience of towing, hitching and hooking up an RV first hand.

I have partnered with Stephanie and her husband Todd to host a three day Camp-In Camper College where we will camp at the Texan RV Campground adjacent to their learning center. Cabins and RV’s are available for those who don’t yet own an RV. Stephanie and her staff will teach each morning for four hours and then we will have the afternoon to explore the Texas countryside. We will gather as a group for dinner and an evening campfire and meet again in the morning for coffee and breakfast before school begins again. We have three days scheduled but anyone can come early and stay late. The details of the trip are posted on our events page and sign ups will be on www.girlcamper.com.