Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com Going Places, Doing Things Thu, 24 Sep 2020 18:45:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-GCmasterfile-03_clipped_rev_1-1024x1024-1-32x32.png Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com 32 32 Whether you're just getting started or are a seasoned camping expert, Janine's practical tips, inspirational interviews and her own experiences from the road will inspire you to 'go places and do things'! Janine Pettit clean Janine Pettit janine@girlcamper.com janine@girlcamper.com (Janine Pettit) Janine Pettit With Janine Pettit TV-G Weekly Hit the Road RV Summit with Marc and Julie Bennett – Episode 217 https://girlcamper.com/hit-the-road-rv-summit-with-marc-and-julie-bennett-episode-217/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hit-the-road-rv-summit-with-marc-and-julie-bennett-episode-217 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 22:25:15 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=65166 https://girlcamper.com/hit-the-road-rv-summit-with-marc-and-julie-bennett-episode-217/#comments https://girlcamper.com/hit-the-road-rv-summit-with-marc-and-julie-bennett-episode-217/feed/ 1 <p>I am so happy to tell you that Marc and Julie Bennett from RV Love have put together a virtual summit for those wanting to enter the RV world. This […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/hit-the-road-rv-summit-with-marc-and-julie-bennett-episode-217/">Hit the Road RV Summit with Marc and Julie Bennett – Episode 217</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I am so happy to tell you that Marc and Julie Bennett from RV Love have put together a virtual summit for those wanting to enter the RV world. This […] I am so happy to tell you that Marc and Julie Bennett from RV Love have put together a virtual summit for those wanting to enter the RV world. This summit will take place on Saturday, June 16 on line! Marc and Julie are the authors of Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to LIfe on the Road. They know what they are talking about! They have been at it for 6 years and basically wrote the book they wanted to read before they got started themselves. They also have created an RV school chock full of lessons you can take at your own pace and in whatever order you decide.







Now Marc and Julie have gathered industry experts to share their field of expertise. They want to help all of you still on the side lines, by answering the questions you have. I was so happy and humbled to participate in this summit speaking about the things that solo women travelers are concerned about. There are 14 other experienced RVers on board to offer the wisdom of their own travels to those of you wanting to learn more about the RV life.



The Summit is free but you need to register. All of the details are below. If you do not have 15 straight hours to binge watch the Summit, you can purchase it along with other educational programs Marc and Julie have created. There is a pre-order price of $27 now and that will allow you lifetime access to the Summit and many of the educational tools created by Marc and Julie.




Get Ready to Hit the Road in an RV With 15+ RV Experts at This Virtual Summit – Register For Your Free Ticket Now




Be sure to listen to today’s podcast with Marc and Julie Bennett and get the details on the first Hit the Road RV Summit.








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10 Tips to Improve Your Camping Photos – Episode 216 https://girlcamper.com/10-tips-to-improve-your-camping-photos-episode-216/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-tips-to-improve-your-camping-photos-episode-216 Tue, 26 May 2020 00:55:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=65011 https://girlcamper.com/10-tips-to-improve-your-camping-photos-episode-216/#respond https://girlcamper.com/10-tips-to-improve-your-camping-photos-episode-216/feed/ 0 <p>Have you ever come home from a trip and scrolled through your phone looking at your photos and been so disappointed in them? Do you think they can never live […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/10-tips-to-improve-your-camping-photos-episode-216/">10 Tips to Improve Your Camping Photos – Episode 216</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Have you ever come home from a trip and scrolled through your phone looking at your photos and been so disappointed in them? Do you think they can never live […] Have you ever come home from a trip and scrolled through your phone looking at your photos and been so disappointed in them? Do you think they can never live up to the feeling you had when looking at them? It’s hard to recreate the emotion we have when standing in front of an epic waterfall or creamsicle sunset but there are tips that even an amateur photographer can employ to make their photos inspire others to visit great places.











Guest Podcast host Catherine Goggia is sharing tips for taking better photos on this weeks podcast! Over the years she has learned a few tricks that can help even a cell phone capture look magazine worthy. Check out Catherine’s tips on her Girl Camper Northern California site.
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Trailer Tires 101 – Episode 215 https://girlcamper.com/trailer-tires-101-with-guest-host-catherine-goggia-episode-215/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trailer-tires-101-with-guest-host-catherine-goggia-episode-215 Tue, 19 May 2020 02:41:24 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=64786 https://girlcamper.com/trailer-tires-101-with-guest-host-catherine-goggia-episode-215/#comments https://girlcamper.com/trailer-tires-101-with-guest-host-catherine-goggia-episode-215/feed/ 1 <p>Girl Camper Guide Catherine Goggia is pinch hitting for me for the next two weeks while I am on a little sabbatical. She is taking us through her purchase of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/trailer-tires-101-with-guest-host-catherine-goggia-episode-215/">Trailer Tires 101 – Episode 215</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Girl Camper Guide Catherine Goggia is pinch hitting for me for the next two weeks while I am on a little sabbatical. She is taking us through her purchase of […] Girl Camper Guide Catherine Goggia is pinch hitting for me for the next two weeks while I am on a little sabbatical. She is taking us through her purchase of new trailer tires and explaining trailer tires (ST) versus regular tires (LT).



Catherine is our Northern California Girl Camper Guide. She is an R Pod owner who grew up camping and encourages others to get out there and do things. She is the editor of her own Girl Camper site. You can follow her here.



Some of the topics Catherine discusses include:



* ST tires are built differently than LT tires * Why the tread is more shallow on ST tires * Why side walls on ST tires differ from LT tires * C and D rated tires * Tire maintenance * Things that impact load capacity* Open range tires * Made in USA tire manufacturers







Click the link below to hear the podcast and the full scoop on buying trailer tires.
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Meet Catherine Goggia – Northern California Girl Camper Guide – Episode 214 https://girlcamper.com/meet-catherine-goggia-northern-california-girl-camper-guide-episode-214/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-catherine-goggia-northern-california-girl-camper-guide-episode-214 Tue, 12 May 2020 16:11:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=64720 https://girlcamper.com/meet-catherine-goggia-northern-california-girl-camper-guide-episode-214/#comments https://girlcamper.com/meet-catherine-goggia-northern-california-girl-camper-guide-episode-214/feed/ 4 <p>It’s my great pleasure to introduce the newest member of our Girl Camper family, Northern California Guide, Catherine Goggia. She grew up in a camping family and made great memories […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/meet-catherine-goggia-northern-california-girl-camper-guide-episode-214/">Meet Catherine Goggia – Northern California Girl Camper Guide – Episode 214</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> It’s my great pleasure to introduce the newest member of our Girl Camper family, Northern California Guide, Catherine Goggia. She grew up in a camping family and made great memories […] It’s my great pleasure to introduce the newest member of our Girl Camper family, Northern California Guide, Catherine Goggia. She grew up in a camping family and made great memories with her parents and siblings. She is on board to share all she knows about the beautiful part of the country she is privileged to live and explore in.







Catherine’s territory includes the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley and all the way to the Pacific Ocean. What a great place for an adventurer to live. So much diversity in nature all within a few hours drive of her home base near Chico, California.







When I started the Girl Camper Guide program I imagined women across the country sharing their inside knowledge of where they live. The best places to camp, eat and hike like only a local can do. We are blessed that Catherine’s day job is as an educator!! She’s brilliant at conveying information and pretty tech savvy too, a skill I deeply both admire and envy!!







Catherine is a talent in so many ways. She goes deep with the things she loves and I am looking forward to her sharing her life as an artist, wildlife photographer, boater, R Pod owner and active outdoor adventurer with us. Part of the escape of RVing is the opportunity to get off grid, turn off the noise and indulge our interests. It’s easy to get caught in the whirlwind of life and lose track of the inner us.







You can follow Catherine’s many interests and journeys at her Girl Camper microsite – Girl Camper – Northern California. She also has a Facebook group of local women who travel together and those planning trips to that area. You can become a member here. Catherine will also be substitute hosting the Girl Camper Podcast from time to time. Her first guest hosting gig will be May 19th and 26th. I can’t wait to see what she is bringing us!! Welcome aboard Catherine. We are so happy to have you on our team!!




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Alan Warren – The RV Show USA’s “Wing-man – Episode 213 https://girlcamper.com/alan-warren-the-rv-show-usas-wing-man-episode-213/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alan-warren-the-rv-show-usas-wing-man-episode-213 Tue, 05 May 2020 01:31:48 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=64491 https://girlcamper.com/alan-warren-the-rv-show-usas-wing-man-episode-213/#comments https://girlcamper.com/alan-warren-the-rv-show-usas-wing-man-episode-213/feed/ 1 <p>Have you been wondering how an outdoor enthusiast with a top rated TV show became the host of the number one RV Show in the country? Have you ever wondered […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/alan-warren-the-rv-show-usas-wing-man-episode-213/">Alan Warren – The RV Show USA’s “Wing-man – Episode 213</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Have you been wondering how an outdoor enthusiast with a top rated TV show became the host of the number one RV Show in the country? Have you ever wondered […] Have you been wondering how an outdoor enthusiast with a top rated TV show became the host of the number one RV Show in the country? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a campground? On this week’s podcast, I turn the tables and interview my friend Alan Warren from the RV Show USA.



Alan began his career in broadcasting by creating a TV show specializing in hunting and fishing. Three reincarnations later the respected expert was ready for a new challenge. He sold the ranch he lived and filmed on and pivoted to an old love – RVing.







Although The RV Show USA is only three years old, it is the #1 RV Show in the country. Alan has a reputation for calling out bad practices in the industry but, also gives industry leaders a chance to be on the show and answer consumer questions.



Alan jumped even deeper into the RV lifestyle by buying a campground on beautiful Lake Buchanan in Burnet, Texas. The Big Chief RV Resort is an ideal spot for the sportsman who wants to launch a boat straight from the campground as well as those who just want to enjoy stunning lake sunsets. The campground offers many amenities including a pool and spa that feel like a resort hotel.



The sunsets at Big Chief are beautiful on Lake Buchanan.



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Taking the Full Time Leap – Episode 212 https://girlcamper.com/taking-the-full-time-leap-episode-212/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=taking-the-full-time-leap-episode-212 Tue, 28 Apr 2020 23:28:00 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=64415 https://girlcamper.com/taking-the-full-time-leap-episode-212/#respond https://girlcamper.com/taking-the-full-time-leap-episode-212/feed/ 0 <p>If you are one of those who dream the full time RVing dream, – in technicolor, black and white, on the job and off, you will enjoy meeting Sandy Ellingson, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/taking-the-full-time-leap-episode-212/">Taking the Full Time Leap – Episode 212</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> If you are one of those who dream the full time RVing dream, – in technicolor, black and white, on the job and off, you will enjoy meeting Sandy Ellingson, […] If you are one of those who dream the full time RVing dream, – in technicolor, black and white, on the job and off, you will enjoy meeting Sandy Ellingson, Executive Director of RVWA, the Recreation Vehicle Women’s Alliance.



Sandy Ellingson is the Executive Director of the RV Women’s Alliance



After achieving empty nest status, Sandy, still working full time, and her retired husband, began researching the possibility of full time RVing. There was so much to consider and to do. What type of RV? Travel trailer or motorhome? What travel style? RV Parks or boondocking? Keep a condo or sell it all and pack all of your worldly possessions in an RV?







On today’s show Sandy shares the process of going from dreamer to doer and what she would do differently if she knew then, what she knows now.



At Girl Camper we receive so many letters from full time wannabes and stories like Sandys help to shine some light in the dark places of those dreams and, let us see the realities we may be overlooking. I always enjoy an interview with someone who has gone from home on turf to home on wheels because each story is different and will speak to each of us in a different way.



Sandy and Mark Ellingson, enjoying road life!




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Hiking Gear Guide with Mary Kirlin – Episode 211 https://girlcamper.com/hiking-gear-guide-with-mary-kirlin-episode-211/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hiking-gear-guide-with-mary-kirlin-episode-211 Tue, 21 Apr 2020 01:00:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=64313 https://girlcamper.com/hiking-gear-guide-with-mary-kirlin-episode-211/#comments https://girlcamper.com/hiking-gear-guide-with-mary-kirlin-episode-211/feed/ 2 <p>Mary Kirlin, Girl Camper Contributing Editor has posted her new spring Gear Guide with her favorite hiking essentials! Mary lives in Northern California and frequently travels the Pacific Northwest where […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/hiking-gear-guide-with-mary-kirlin-episode-211/">Hiking Gear Guide with Mary Kirlin – Episode 211</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Mary Kirlin, Girl Camper Contributing Editor has posted her new spring Gear Guide with her favorite hiking essentials! Mary lives in Northern California and frequently travels the Pacific Northwest where […] Mary Kirlin, Girl Camper Contributing Editor has posted her new spring Gear Guide with her favorite hiking essentials! Mary lives in Northern California and frequently travels the Pacific Northwest where she hikes and captures beautiful photos. I invited Mary to contribute gear guides to Girl Camper because she is a dedicated researcher, loves finding companies with a conscience, and is aware of the impact that a product leaves on the environment. Head on over to Mary’s “More Camper Than Glamper” page under Girl Camper Wisdom and read about the best hiking gear for the season ahead!




Hiking and Hydration: Spring Gear Guide





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5 RV’s Under 3K Pounds – Episode 210 https://girlcamper.com/5-rvs-under-3k-pounds-episode-210/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-rvs-under-3k-pounds-episode-210 Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:41:38 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=64220 https://girlcamper.com/5-rvs-under-3k-pounds-episode-210/#comments https://girlcamper.com/5-rvs-under-3k-pounds-episode-210/feed/ 2 <p>If you want to travel with all the comforts of home but not need a big tow vehicle to do it, this is the podcast for you. In Episode 190 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/5-rvs-under-3k-pounds-episode-210/">5 RV’s Under 3K Pounds – Episode 210</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> If you want to travel with all the comforts of home but not need a big tow vehicle to do it, this is the podcast for you. In Episode 190 […] If you want to travel with all the comforts of home but not need a big tow vehicle to do it, this is the podcast for you. In Episode 190 I shared five RV’s under 3K pounds that you can stand in. I had to leave quite a few off the list though and this week I am filling in that list with the box trailers that fit that bill.



My criteria was that it had to be under 3 K pounds, have a bathroom and be tall enough to stand up in. I decided to concentrate on the box style trailers with a length of 19″ to 21″10″. These RV’s have many similarities but each has a defining characteristic that sets it apart from its competitors.



Working heaviest to to lightest the first is the Winnebago, Micro Minnie 1706FB. This RV weighs in at 2,980 pounds and is the only one with a dual axel. It also has the largest fresh water tank at 43 gallons. Another great feature setting it apart is the standard tankless hot water heater. It’s got a built in ladder and good outside storage. The negatives to me are not front window and limited kitchen counter space. The Micro Minnie has a MSRP of $21,464.







The interior of the Micro Minnie 1706.



The Jayco Hummingbird 16MRB weighs in at 2,890 pounds. It has a flexible floor plan with a Murphy bed that folds away to reveal a love seat for daytime leisure. It has a portable table that can be set up inside in front of the love seat or outside under the 10′ awning. Without a dedicated dining booth there is room for a bigger kitchen and more storage across from it. The rear bathroom on the Hummingbird is really spacious and has a lot of storage. The negatives in my mind are that it has no front window and some people may not like having a dedicated dining space. The MSRP for the Hummingbird is $25,440.







The murphy bed hidden away with the love seat showing.



The Forest River Wolf Pup has several models including one that is a toy hauler. The 14CC weighs in at 2,884 pounds and is 19′ long. It’s defining feature is the rear entry. The window over the dining booth is really large and the booth folds down to become a small sleep space or day bed. There is a lot of kitchen counter space and good storage underneath. The negative is the east/west bed and the separate toilet and shower which are on opposite sides of the rear entry. The MSRP on this unit is $14,380.











The KZ Sportsmen Classic 160 QB is a great entry level model that weighs 2,860 pounds. It is 21′ 10″. The added two feet allows for this model to have a walk around Queen bed. It has a small dinette across from the kitchen. There is a three piece bath and a large wardrobe in the rear of the trailer. Outside there is pass through storage under the Queen bed. The MSRP for this model is $16,995.







The Sportsmen Classic 160QB.



Lastly, the Lance 1475 is the lightest of the five models I chose weighing in at just 2,600 pounds. They have another model with a small slide out but I am focusing on the non slide out model.]]>
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Meet Michelle – DelMarVa Girl Camper Guide – Episode 209 https://girlcamper.com/meet-michelle-delmarva-girl-camper-guide-episode-209/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-michelle-delmarva-girl-camper-guide-episode-209 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:28:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=64140 https://girlcamper.com/meet-michelle-delmarva-girl-camper-guide-episode-209/#respond https://girlcamper.com/meet-michelle-delmarva-girl-camper-guide-episode-209/feed/ 0 <p>My guest today is Michelle Graña Almodóvar‎ our DelMarVar Girl Camper Guide. Michelle and I came to know each other through social media when each of us owned a Little […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/meet-michelle-delmarva-girl-camper-guide-episode-209/">Meet Michelle – DelMarVa Girl Camper Guide – Episode 209</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest today is Michelle Graña Almodóvar‎ our DelMarVar Girl Camper Guide. Michelle and I came to know each other through social media when each of us owned a Little […] My guest today is Michelle Graña Almodóvar‎ our DelMarVar Girl Camper Guide. Michelle and I came to know each other through social media when each of us owned a Little Guy Max trailer. It wasn’t long before we were regular camping buddies!



Michelle with her husband Luis & their Little Guy Max



I immediately realized Michelle had a spark that drew people to her and a big desire to help others achieve their goals. She was then – and is now – so generous with her time and knowledge, that I asked her to join the team and help other women in her area learn the ropes as our Girl Camper DelVarMar Chapter Guide! (Del Mar Va by the way stands for Delaware, Maryland & Virginia;).



Michelle’s Airstream



Michelle shares her extensive experience in all-things-camping on her Girl Camper dedicated website with events, meet ups, favorite local finds and much more.



Michelle’s Airstream – and example of her amazing photography!



Michelle makes her home in Maryland but camps all over the country in her 27′ Airstream. Like many of our Girl Campers, her husband often joins her, whether they’re on quick weekend getaways or cross country adventures. They have a new addition to the family named Bella who will join her sister Maci on their camping trips!



Maci & Bella



She is a beach lover, a seasoned photographer, crazy about all-things-solar, an amazing Mom and a really cool Grandma! Be sure to check out Michelle’s DelMarVa Girl Camper website when planning a trip to that region and join here on Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/GirlCamperDelMarVa/



Don’t forget to visit our favorite RV dealerships on line and in person – right now, there are amazing opportunities to make your RV dream come true!



www.bankstonmotorhomes.com



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Light Duty Trucks with Mike Caudill – Episode 208 https://girlcamper.com/light-duty-trucks-with-mike-caudill-episode-208/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=light-duty-trucks-with-mike-caudill-episode-208 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:27:08 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=63887 https://girlcamper.com/light-duty-trucks-with-mike-caudill-episode-208/#comments https://girlcamper.com/light-duty-trucks-with-mike-caudill-episode-208/feed/ 1 <p>Have you wanted to have a truck but not something quite as big as a half ton? Are you wondering what light duty trucks out there will deliver on tow […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/light-duty-trucks-with-mike-caudill-episode-208/">Light Duty Trucks with Mike Caudill – Episode 208</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Have you wanted to have a truck but not something quite as big as a half ton? Are you wondering what light duty trucks out there will deliver on tow […] Have you wanted to have a truck but not something quite as big as a half ton? Are you wondering what light duty trucks out there will deliver on tow capacity, mileage and comfort? Mike Caudill is an auto expert, owner of Driven360, experienced RVer and my guest today as we go over the top four light duty trucks. You can check out Mike’s product reviews at Our Auto Expert!



We have already covered the Ford Ranger in its own segment so, today we will be focusing on the Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado and the Jeep Gladiator. To listen to our show on the Ford Ranger, click here.



2020 Nissan Frontier







The Nissan Frontier began production in Smyrna, Tennessee in 1997. When it first came out if offered a few cabin options but not many trim packages. Today the Frontier has five different trim packages to choose from – S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro04X and the SL.



It is a great option for those that want a light duty truck with some substantial towing capacity but don’t want to pay the hefty price tag often accompanying these trucks. You can purchase a Frontier with a tow package of 3,500 #’s for a starting base price of $19,290. It’s a great vehicle for those who don’t need an off road vehicle and who will be driving on pavement.



2020 Nissan Frontier



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RV Dreamers Journey – Classes by Workamper News – Episode 207 https://girlcamper.com/the-rv-dreamers-journey-classes-by-workamper-news-episode-207/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-rv-dreamers-journey-classes-by-workamper-news-episode-207 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 22:17:40 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=63580 https://girlcamper.com/the-rv-dreamers-journey-classes-by-workamper-news-episode-207/#respond https://girlcamper.com/the-rv-dreamers-journey-classes-by-workamper-news-episode-207/feed/ 0 <p>Have you harbored a dream of buying an RV and taking off for parts unknown? Do you dream of a life where you can make money on the road and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/the-rv-dreamers-journey-classes-by-workamper-news-episode-207/">RV Dreamers Journey – Classes by Workamper News – Episode 207</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Have you harbored a dream of buying an RV and taking off for parts unknown? Do you dream of a life where you can make money on the road and […] Have you harbored a dream of buying an RV and taking off for parts unknown? Do you dream of a life where you can make money on the road and live your best life but don’t know how to get started? My guest today is Jody Duquette, Executive Director of Workamper News. She’s sharing their newest program for those wanting to learn about the RV lifestyle.



Jody Duquette



The Dreamers Journey is a new program offered on line for a monthly fee by Workamper News. It is a way to look realistically at the pros and cons of the Nomadic life. How would you get mail? Insure yourself? What would the actual costs be? What if I got sick on the road? What are people who are already doing it saying about what the down sides are? Can I get work easily? Should I sell my house, rent it or use it as an Air B and B?



A lot of thought went in to developing this program that not only covers the practical side of RVing but the emotional side as well. The program is designed so that those considering the lifestyle can take a practical look at it and build confidence before making a decision. The classes are taught by experts in the field and available on line for study at your convenience. As long as you are a member, the classes are available. The monthly cost is $99 for the comprehensive classes.



Classes are taught in a Live webinar on Tuesday afternoons and a bonus webinar on Thursdays. If you can’t participate in the Live, the webinars are saved for you to watch at your convenience. After looking at the whole program I feel it is money well spent. So many of the questions I receive at Girl Camper have to do with “How to get started full timing and workamping.” I am so pleased to see this program offered.



You can check out the Dreamers Journey here and also Workamper News which is a great resource for those hitting the road and hoping to stay employed along the way.




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My Worst Camping Trips Ever – Episode 206 https://girlcamper.com/my-worst-camping-trips-ever-episode-206/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-worst-camping-trips-ever-episode-206 Tue, 10 Mar 2020 13:33:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=63413 https://girlcamper.com/my-worst-camping-trips-ever-episode-206/#comments https://girlcamper.com/my-worst-camping-trips-ever-episode-206/feed/ 2 <p>We all have concerns when we head out and the best way to deal with fear is to acknowledge the possibilities and have a plan for if and when they […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/my-worst-camping-trips-ever-episode-206/">My Worst Camping Trips Ever – Episode 206</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> We all have concerns when we head out and the best way to deal with fear is to acknowledge the possibilities and have a plan for if and when they […]



We all have concerns when we head out and the best way to deal with fear is to acknowledge the possibilities and have a plan for if and when they happen. That is what we do here at Girl Camper, we educate new RVers and help them understand the principles of what may be happening and ways to counterbalance them. We have done many podcasts on safety from towing to tires to weight distribution hitches to weather tactics.







It’s never fun having a breakdown on the road but having good insurance and roadside assistance takes a little bit of the sting away!!



Some of my worst trips have resulted in my best lessons and made me a stronger and smarter RVer. I am sharing them today because I know that fear sometimes stops us from doing things we want to do. Sometimes fear is an alarm that common sense sets off in us and warns us to use caution. It’s a good thing that we should pay close attention to and not dismiss. There’s also a fear that is placed in us by other people who are worried about us. It’s really their fear being projected onto us. It’s a “What If?” and may be something that could happen but never will. What If’s can paralyze us and keep us from getting out there. You have to look at the situation and decide if there is real danger or if the FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real.



Some of the issues I cover in today’s podcast include:



* Driving in high winds * Driving in dense fog* Getting stuck for the night without a campsite * Truck breakdowns * Sway problems * Middle of the night tornado warnings



There’s a fun new thing from Camco that everyone will want to have. I think most of us can relate to the problem of needing a weight to secure the elbow of the sewer hose to the dump spot. If that thing is not weighted down and you pull the lever for the blank tank to dump, it can and will pop off and spew the contents of your blank tank all over the place!! The Camco Retro RV sewer hose fits on top of your hose and is weighted down by water or sand poured into the top. It keeps the sewer hose from popping off when the rush of fluids hits it!! Check it out here!











Thank you to Bankston Motor Homes of Alabama and Tennessee for sponsoring Girl Camper. To visit one of their six locations, click here!
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Camp Hosting on BLM Land – Episode 205 https://girlcamper.com/camp-hosting-on-blm-land/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=camp-hosting-on-blm-land Tue, 03 Mar 2020 14:17:48 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=63273 https://girlcamper.com/camp-hosting-on-blm-land/#respond https://girlcamper.com/camp-hosting-on-blm-land/feed/ 0 <p>I am wrapping up the coverage on my big trip to the Arizona desert to camp in January. It was on my “to do” list for so long and I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/camp-hosting-on-blm-land/">Camp Hosting on BLM Land – Episode 205</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I am wrapping up the coverage on my big trip to the Arizona desert to camp in January. It was on my “to do” list for so long and I […] I am wrapping up the coverage on my big trip to the Arizona desert to camp in January. It was on my “to do” list for so long and I enjoyed every minute of it. Unlike some bucket list items, this dispersed camping is not a “one and done” thing. I know I will make it part of my winter for a long time to come.



Craggy Wash BLM spot near Lake Havasu, Arizona



I had the opportunity while I was there to meet Frank and Sandy Schrader who were all set up for a winter of free camping in exchange for about 30 hours of work per week. I met Frank on my second day there when he pulled up in his truck to say hello and give me my two week tag to be placed on my dashboard. It is Franks job to welcome people, lay out a few ground rules and make sure no one overstays their welcome. Camp hosts do not handle things like unruly campers. They are there strictly to alert local authorities to any trouble that may require the law to become involved. Frank was happy to report that it is indeed a rare occasion for him to have to contact authorities.



I wondered what would make Frank and Sandy want to spend the whole winter in one place when in reality, they could camp for free all over the place with no responsibilities at all. So many people talk about camp hosting and workkaming that I thought their story was intriguing. You can hear it from both the husband and wife’s perspective on today’s podcast!



Frank and Sandy loving the simple life!



Also, Congratulations are in order for the winner of our R Pod Charity Raffle trailer. We chose the winning ticket on Valentine’s Day and the lucky winner was Michelle Wyland of Pennsylvania. Michelle was at work when she checked her phone to see if the winner had been chosen. When she saw her name she let out a scream that made her co workers fear she had been hurt!! She will be picking it up in March at Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. They were gracious enough to detail it and are going to do a thorough walk through with her when she attends Camper College there on March 21, 2020. Camper College is open to all and starts at 10 AM. There’s no charge…just come and we’ll fit you in.



Nancy’s craft and sewing tent on their Camp Host site. She uses this as her little she shed over the winter.
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Girl Camper Boondocks! – Episode 204 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-boondocks-episode-204/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-boondocks-episode-204 Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:56:38 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=63136 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-boondocks-episode-204/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-boondocks-episode-204/feed/ 0 <p>I can honestly say that I like every kind of camping. Resort RV Parks, State and National Parks, backyard camping and now I can add, dispersed camping to that list. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-boondocks-episode-204/">Girl Camper Boondocks! – Episode 204</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I can honestly say that I like every kind of camping. Resort RV Parks, State and National Parks, backyard camping and now I can add, dispersed camping to that list. […] I can honestly say that I like every kind of camping. Resort RV Parks, State and National Parks, backyard camping and now I can add, dispersed camping to that list. On today’s show I am sharing my first experience camping on BLM land with no amenities at all, including roads!



Last January I headed to Arizona to see what all the fuss was about. Hint -it’s the weather. Mid 70’s and sunny everyday and lows in the 40’s at night. In my mind, this is PERFECT camping weather. I muddle through the heat and humidity in New Jersey all summer long for a few weeks of this weather each fall, often accompanied by rain. In southern Arizona you can set your watch by this weather for weeks on end and RVers across the nation know it. They flock to Arizona each year after the Christmas holidays and camp for free on BLM land.







For those new to all of this BLM stands for Bureau of Land Management. It is land managed by the US Department of the Interior and comprises over 245 million acres. Some of these lands have actual campgrounds with bathrooms and water and electric all on them. Most do not though and are just come and get it spots. No hook ups, water, bathhouses or for the most part, even roads.



You locate these cost free campsites through word of mouth and by using the App, Campendium. Campendium is the most recommended source for off road camping by those actually doing it. I asked lots of people when I was out there how they find spots and Campendium was the answer 9 out of 10 times. With Campendium you will get a set of reviews and tips that are really useful when dispersed camping because Google Maps is often not available in the middle of nowhere and these old fashioned directions are a lifesaver.







Once you find your spot, be prepared for everything. You must bring everything you need in and everything you use, out. Leave no trace. I was ready for my first stop, Craggy Wash outside of Lake Havasu with full water tanks and empty holding tanks. I had a 100 watt solar panel and an AGM battery along with a full propane tank. I was hardly roughing it since I could take hot showers and have heat whenever I wanted. The perk of these sites is the stillness. Although others were there, they are not on top of you. There is a solitude that is hard to find when camping any other way. I completely enjoyed opening my shade at dawn and watching the sunrise with unobstructed views. I loved the long walks and just waving at fellow travelers. I loved the dark night skies without the lights from other RVs ruining the sky views. I mostly loved feeling truly ‘checked out.’



After I left Lake Havasu I headed to Quartzsite Arizona to see what the Big RV Show there is all about. Each years thousands and thousands of RVers meet in groups to do this show. I don’t know how many go to the show as just gather for the community and camaraderie. There are miles of roads with signs indicating the groups – Airstream Owners, Class A groups, Escapees and even Vegan RVers. The RV Show itself was hot, dusty and nothing I haven’t seen a million times but the gatherings were incredible. So many people enjoying the lifestyle, each others company and the fantastic weather and incredible sunsets Arizona offers each night.







There are a few rules, spoken and unspoken about this type of camping that everyone should know before they go.







There are a few rules spoken and unspoken among the community
of modern day homesteaders that I’d like to share.



* Don’t crowd each other. There are 245 million
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Lance 650 Truck Camper Review – Episode 203 https://girlcamper.com/lance-650-truck-camper-review-episode-203/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lance-650-truck-camper-review-episode-203 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:07:56 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=62776 https://girlcamper.com/lance-650-truck-camper-review-episode-203/#comments https://girlcamper.com/lance-650-truck-camper-review-episode-203/feed/ 2 <p>It was my pleasure to head out into the Arizona desert in January to road test the Lance 650 truck camper. I have been fascinated with the idea of truck […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/lance-650-truck-camper-review-episode-203/">Lance 650 Truck Camper Review – Episode 203</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> It was my pleasure to head out into the Arizona desert in January to road test the Lance 650 truck camper. I have been fascinated with the idea of truck […] It was my pleasure to head out into the Arizona desert in January to road test the Lance 650 truck camper. I have been fascinated with the idea of truck camping since I was a kid and my grandfather put a cap on his truck, two cots with a cooler between them in the bed and took off for Colorado. The whole idea of traveling around with your home on your back really appeals to a nester like me.



A little known secret about me is that I hate being uncomfortable in any way. It seems like a contradictory trait for one who loves to camp but, camping today is not what it was in the 1970’s. There is no need to be too cold or too hot or too anything when the RV industry is making so many products to get us out there and protect us from the elements at the same time. The truck camper seemed like a great way to see the country with minimum hassle and still have all the comforts of home available any time I needed them.



One of the things that made this adventure so enjoyable was the ability to pull in and out of parking spaces easily.



I picked up the Lance 650 at their factory in Lancaster, California and had two weeks to roam around in it. Shout out to Lance for sponsoring my adventure. Some Girl Camper friends were staying on BLM land around Lake Havasu so I planned on visiting with them before I headed down to Quartzsite, Arizona to see what all the fuss was about there. I had no plans to camp in campgrounds so I would not only be checking out truck camping but, off the grid camping as well.



A great sunrise my first morning in tbe 650!



The Lance 650 is the smallest truck camper that Lance manufactures and can be placed on the bed of of a 1/2 ton truck. Caveat Emptor – not just any 1/2 ton truck. You will need to make sure that your particular 1/2 ton truck has the suspension system, axel ratio and beefed up build to hold the 1700 pound 650. Air bags can help increase the trucks ability to carry the load. A good way to see what your truck can carry is to do a VIN number analysis. That analysis will give you lots of information like what your actual axel ratio is because, the same truck can have different axel ratios. Check out your vehicles actual ratings at this VIN number analysis site here.



The truck the 650 was set on was a Ford F-150 diesel with heavy duty leaf springs and bed air bags to cushion the RV.



My first impression upon stepping into the Lance 650 was how small it was. This was a plus for me because it was my goal to be nimble and get in and out of sites without worrying about hitting things and jumping curbs. I have a Ford F150 as my daily ride and the 650 I was borrowing from Lance was placed on the bed of an F150 diesel truck. The good part for me was that I was accustomed to the size of this truck. It didn’t feel large to me. My first outing in it was to the grocery store to load up the fridge. I was thrilled to not have to look for a special space. I pulled right in as I would in my own F150. The 650 has the same footprint as the truck. It is designed to not hang over any part of the truck. It has no slide either. It did come equipped with a rear camera which is essential for backing out of spaces!



My first stop was a BLM site called Craggy Wash outside of Lake Havasu.



My goal was boondocking on BLM land in Arizona. I met up with a few Girl Campers already settled in on a quiet strip of land outside of Lake Havasu. I was operating solely on the 650’s solar panels, AGM battery and the available propane in the 3 gallon horizontally installed on board tank. The unit has a 22 gallon fresh water tank and a tankless hot water system. The grey tank holds 15 gallons and the black tank 16 gallons.]]>
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Lance Manufacturing Offers Award Winning New Ultra Lights https://girlcamper.com/lance-manufacturing-company-episode-202/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lance-manufacturing-company-episode-202 Tue, 04 Feb 2020 03:28:15 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=62478 https://girlcamper.com/lance-manufacturing-company-episode-202/#comments https://girlcamper.com/lance-manufacturing-company-episode-202/feed/ 2 <p>I have just returned from a visit with the good folks at Lance Manufacturing Company in Lancaster, California. I went out there to road test the Lance 650 truck camper. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/lance-manufacturing-company-episode-202/">Lance Manufacturing Company – Episode 202</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I have just returned from a visit with the good folks at Lance Manufacturing Company in Lancaster, California. I went out there to road test the Lance 650 truck camper. […] I have just returned from a visit with the good folks at Lance Manufacturing Company in Lancaster, California. I went out there to road test the Lance 650 truck camper. More on that in the coming weeks but, hint, hint… great way to enjoy road life and not tow. My full review of the 650 is coming out in the next two weeks.



Lance started in California in 1965. They began as a manufacturer of truck campers producing the number one selling truck camper in the industry. For sixteen years running they have won the National RV Dealers Association’s Quality Circle Award.







I had a great time testing the Lance 650 but they have many great options for those who want the freedom to roam and the possibility to tow a boat or toys behind them too.



Lance spread to light weight towables after establishing a reputation for innovation and quality. This year they have unveiled the 2445 and 2075, two European inspired RV’s. We had the chance to show them off in a Live walk through on Go RVing’s Facebook page. You can check that out here. The 2445 has a great bunk bed system that is open and airy while also offering the flexibility to raise the lower bunk to store gear. It also offers a Master Bedroom with a walk around Queen bed, large windows and a ceiling window as well. The dining booth is in the slide out and offers the feature that I love in Lance units – the pull out drawer under the bench seats.



The 2445 is a great option for families as well as those with gear. The bunks fold up to store kayaks or bikes and it has a large three piece bathroom.



The 2075 has many great features but my favorite is the outdoor kitchen that would make any tailgater the envy of the trailerhood. It has a two burner stove, plumbed sink, refrigerated Dometic drawer and lots of prep space. It is all covered by an automatic awning to keep you shaded in the sunshine and dry in the rain.



This outdoor kitchen was a favorite feature of mine because it gives you the option of making meals a family activity.



I had the opportunity to tour the Lance factory in Lancaster, California and see the innovation they are well known for. In today’s interview Marketing Director, Bob Rogers and Marketing Manager, Jim Waters explain some of the unique practices that sets Lance apart from other manufacturers and justifies the higher price tag that Lance products command.



Lance is known for their custom cabinetry all built on site, large European windows, ducted heat and U Shaped table with telescoping 360 degree adjustability.



It was a pleasure to see the production from, what I call the “Geek Squad” office of engineers, hard at work on designs on their computers. From there a mock up happens just to see if it all fits as they had imagined. A full prototype is then built and everyone gets to weigh in on what is working and what needs to be tweaked. A second and third rendition happens and they actually get taken out on the road. When everyone is satisfied, the big production begins.



I know you will enjoy this interview with the Marketing team at Lance. I learned so much there about the company and their commitment to their customers. Drop us a comment and let us know what you like better – the 2445 or the 2075!
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RV Theft Prevention Tips https://girlcamper.com/rv-theft-prevention-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rv-theft-prevention-tips Tue, 07 Jan 2020 17:29:21 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=61722 https://girlcamper.com/rv-theft-prevention-tips/#comments https://girlcamper.com/rv-theft-prevention-tips/feed/ 1 <p>We’re on sabbatical this week and highlighting some of the top rated podcast episodes with a quick review. You can check out the full episode from this highly rated show […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/rv-theft-prevention-tips/">RV Theft Prevention Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> We’re on sabbatical this week and highlighting some of the top rated podcast episodes with a quick review. You can check out the full episode from this highly rated show […] We’re on sabbatical this week and highlighting some of the top rated podcast episodes with a quick review. You can check out the full episode from this highly rated show right here!!



This weeks show is a quick refresher on reducing the possibility of RV theft.



While I am on sabbatical from the podcast I will be out in the Southwest checking out the happenings at Quartzsite while road testing the Lance 650 truck camper. Our friends at Lance are known for their high quality truck trailers and I have always been intrigued by the possibility of having all of the bells and whistles, without towing anything. I am so excited to experience this form of camping and add truck campers to our list of RV’s that I have personally tried.



The 650 is the smallest truck camper in the line up and can be placed on an F150



It’s hard to believe they fit all of this in this space with a bathroom!



We will be bringing everyone a LIVE look at what Lance has in the shop at their factory in Lancaster, California on the Go RVing Facebook page at 2 PM EST on Friday, the 10th of January. Be sure to mark your calendar to get a peek at Lance’s new 2075 travel trailer. It has already garnered praise within the industry and took home the enviable Best of Show in RV Pro. This unit is a tailgaters dream!



Oh, the windows in this unit!!







We will also be touring the Lance Ultralight 2445, the family trailer with a master suite, double sized bunk beds and a kepad operated app that allows you to control the HVAC, awning, lights and holding tanks from your phone!!



The Lance 2445 is a great family unit with tons of light and space.



This kitchen is nicer than many home kitchens I have seen. It is compact but open to the dining table for extra counter space.



I’m a huge fan of these bunks not just because they are big, but because they are so open.




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Girl Camper and 99 Walks https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-and-99-walks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-and-99-walks Wed, 01 Jan 2020 14:17:48 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=60949 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-and-99-walks/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-and-99-walks/feed/ 2 <p>Today we are celebrating our 200th podcast episode and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that than to welcome Girl Boss, Joyce Shulman to the show. Joyce […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-and-99-walks/">Girl Camper and 99 Walks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Today we are celebrating our 200th podcast episode and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that than to welcome Girl Boss, Joyce Shulman to the show. Joyce […] Today we are celebrating our 200th podcast episode and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that than to welcome Girl Boss, Joyce Shulman to the show. Joyce is an attorney, the founder of multiple businesses including Macaroni Kid and 99 Walks, a recent Ted Talk alumna and a constant advocate for women.



I came to know Joyce through our mutual friends at Go RVing. Joyce gave RVing a try and wrote about it on her Macaroni Kid site. She discovered what so many of us already know, that RVing is good for our souls! Nature is also good for our souls, our spirits, our moods, and our health. A walk in nature is an old fashioned recipe for a lot of what ails us and that’s what lead Joyce to found another company, 99 Walks.



Photo courtesy of 99 Walks



Walking can release all kinds of good hormones – dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins elevating our moods and helping us adapt a positive outlook. It’s a great way to stay healthier longer because a regular walking habit helps reduce the risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and several types of cancer. Lastly, it’s really good for the brain! Forget the New York Times crossword puzzle! One study showed that regular walking increases executive function, fuels creativity and improves memory.



I got so excited about 99 Walks that I joined, became a fan of the program and its benefits and reached out to Joyce to congratulate her. We had a great time talking about women – all the hats we wear, the energy we put into our families, homes, careers, volunteer projects and how we have never been busier. All that business comes at a cost and that cost is usually us. We tend to take care of everyone else first and put off our own self care. Joyce founded 99 Walks not just to facilitate good mental, emotional and physical health but to form communities with other women, something our mothers enjoyed but today’s women suffer from a lack of.



Learning to Walk in the Rain!



Girl Camper and 99 Walks are partnering to get women out there, walking, talking and sharing while getting in better shape, mentally, physically and emotionally! We’re making a commitment to being better! Click on the link to hear Joyce on the podcast and then join a Girl Camper 99 Walks team near you. There’s a drop down bar front and center on the Girl Camper home page. Walk at your own pace, set your own goals and celebrate your victory each month with a beautiful inspirational piece of jewelry. Everyone joining through Girl Camper will get a special, limited edition bracelet that says, “Going Places, Doing Things!” There’s a coupon code for a discount too!!



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My Favorite Things From 2019 https://girlcamper.com/my-favorite-things-from-2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-favorite-things-from-2019 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 04:02:50 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=60625 https://girlcamper.com/my-favorite-things-from-2019/#comments https://girlcamper.com/my-favorite-things-from-2019/feed/ 5 <p>Each year I get lots of products sent to me to test and I also buy lots of things that I see and want to test out. This is a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/my-favorite-things-from-2019/">My Favorite Things From 2019</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Each year I get lots of products sent to me to test and I also buy lots of things that I see and want to test out. This is a […] Each year I get lots of products sent to me to test and I also buy lots of things that I see and want to test out. This is a list of some of my favorite products from last year.



First let’s start with a few simple things from Camco that make great stocking stuffers.



A great stocking stuffer! Camco’s hitch ball cover will keep your hitch from rusting and maybe, just maybe, mitigate the pain just a bit if you walk into it!!



Camco makes the cutest night lights and this little vintage style camper one is available in orange and aqua.



The bamboo cutting board is bamboo and reversible. One side is for cutting and the other side for serving!



Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt by LL Bean. They call it a shirt but I used it all fall as a jacket. It’s got a zipper front, hoodie, side pockets and is soooo soft. I’ve washed mine a few times and the color is still bright. The shirt retails for $59.00 but I got mine on sale for $29.







The Land’s End Plaid Bag is what I chose to give the Girl Camper Guides for Christmas. I love that the plaid is all in the Girl Camper colors. The bag is such a heavy canvas that it will hold 500 pounds before the straps break. It has a extension with a zipper on it that opens up and extends the height of the bag. Inside the bag are two side pockets, one full length and one with compartments that make it easy to find things. The best part is that we were able to get them all monogrammed with the phrase – Girl Camper! $56







The Way Light Light by Sylvan Sport is a combination hiking stick with a light on the top that can be directed to the ground in front of you or to illuminate the surrounding area. It is rechargeable and has a USB port that you can use to charge things while hiking. It is adjustable for any height hiker and can be staked in the ground. It also has some basket slots on the bottom for bamboo stakes to roast marshmallows. $59







Wander Art is a company that creates art posters for bucket list destinations and achievements. It was created by the husband and wife team of, Nathan Downey and Kait Erickson as a stylish way of recording their “adventure related accomplishments.” The beautiful posters list the 61 National Parks, fifty states and the wonders of the world among other things. With each poster comes a diamond stamp and ink pad to mark off your latest successes. Not only are they inspirational, they are art. Kait and Nathan donated their National Parks piece to our Charity Raffle Trailer and it looks spectacular in their. I liked them so much I asked if we could carry them at Girl Camper. You can get 15% off by buying them through our Affiliates page. Starting at $59



The National Parks poster was donated by Wander Art to our Charity Raffle Trailer, the R Pod 196. The winner of the R Pod will get the pleasure of stamping all the parks they’ve visited.


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Quartzsite 101 with Kelly Beasley https://girlcamper.com/quartzsite-101-with-kelly-beasley/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quartzsite-101-with-kelly-beasley Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:25:29 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=60457 https://girlcamper.com/quartzsite-101-with-kelly-beasley/#respond https://girlcamper.com/quartzsite-101-with-kelly-beasley/feed/ 0 <p>The whole RV world (okay, not everyone!) heads to Arizona each winter and it always looks like so much fun. I have always wanted to go and this year I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/quartzsite-101-with-kelly-beasley/">Quartzsite 101 with Kelly Beasley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> The whole RV world (okay, not everyone!) heads to Arizona each winter and it always looks like so much fun. I have always wanted to go and this year I […] The whole RV world (okay, not everyone!) heads to Arizona each winter and it always looks like so much fun. I have always wanted to go and this year I am making that happen. I couldn’t go it alone though. I needed my friend Kelly Beasley from Camp Addict to help me. Kelly and her business partner, Marshall Wendler, co-founded Camp Addict, which is a great resource for gear reviews, RV use tips and travel know how.



Kelly is on today’s show to talk about where to camp, what BLM land is and how to find it, what’s going on under the Big Tent and what you can do beside look at RV’s and their accessories. Kelly has created a fantastic guide with all you need to know to “arrive and thrive” in Quartzsite this year.



Marshall Wendler and Kelly Beasley are business partners with a mutual love for RVing. They are co-founders of the Camp Addict and seasoned Quartzsite visitors.



A few of Kelly’s tips



* Make sure you have enough of any medication you take on hand * Try boondocking in your driveway before you get to Quartzsite * Bring along solar lights for the outside of your RV * The Quartzsite Post Office has limited hours but does General Delivery* Once you find a parking space, pin your location on Google Maps




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My Winter RV Projects https://girlcamper.com/my-winter-rv-projects/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-winter-rv-projects Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:33:00 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=60257 https://girlcamper.com/my-winter-rv-projects/#comments https://girlcamper.com/my-winter-rv-projects/feed/ 1 <p>The winter months are a good time to complete some projects in the RV. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/my-winter-rv-projects/">My Winter RV Projects</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> The winter months are a good time to complete some projects in the RV. I had so much fun preparing our R Pod 196 Charity Raffle trailer for touring. We took it from factory to fabulous in just one short week. I felt a little like the Shoe makers kid passing the finished trailer to Ginny McKinney for road tripping. It was beautiful while my Max trailer sat in the driveway with all kinds of unfinished projects.



The whole summer went by and I never did get around to doing much more than covering the cornices and finally installing a few kitchen items that I had purchased for the camper. Now the season is over and this week I will winterize my camper for its long nap. I may not be camping in it for the next few months but I plan to work on it and finish up a few projects I have had on my to do list. I have three practical tasks that need doing and three cosmetic jobs I want to complete.



The first practical job I want to do is to install rolling baskets in my pantry . My pantry cabinet has five shelves and is very deep. I can’t get at what is in the back. I also look forward to the baskets keeping things in place. As it is right now, the canned good slide around and often cause the doors to open no matter how many different locks I have tried.



This will help me reach things in my very deep pantry .



The second practical thing I want to do is put hinges on the bench seats in my booth so I can get at the contents easier. One of the benches has a door but it is hard to get into and you can only see what is right upfront. I’d like to be able to easily open the lid and see everything inside.



This school bus renovation from Pinterest shows the booth framed out with holes in the top to make it easy to open and hinges to flip it open and hold it in place.



The last on my list of practical jobs is to replace the locks on my RV door and storage cubbies. Most RV storage compartment locks have a universal key called the CH751 that will open about 70% of RV storage units. It’s time to replace those. I also want to replace the main door lock with a keyless entry pad so I don’t have to worry about someone using a Master key on it or just forgetting the spare. There are several companies that make these and they range in price from $100 – $250, less than the deductible on an insurance claim.



Keyless locks run on AA batteries but have a key that will override that if the battery runs out before you have replaced it. Photo: Courtesy of Campendium



After I finish my practical to do list, I want to get a few aesthetic things accomplished before I hit the road next spring. It is often the finishing touches that don’t get done and those are usually the things that take a room, an RV, or a garden space from “ok” to polished.







Recovering the cushions in my Mini Max made it so much homier. I added a thick layer of upholstery batting to give it a custom furniture feel.



On the top of my list of cosmetic things to do is to recover the cushions in my Max. RV manufacturers choose fabrics that are “practical” and “durable.” Mine are a neutral grey with a white inset that reminds me of an upholstered auto seat from the 1950’s. I want a warm fabric with a complimentary pattern on the reverse so I can get a different look when I want it. I am going to make these box cushions, the most detailed and labor intensive version of slipcovers, myself. It’s a big project but worth it because the going rate in NJ for labor alone is about $125 per cushion. I have four cushions to cover so would be spending $500 on labor before I even buy the fabric.







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Closing Up the RV for Winter https://girlcamper.com/closing-up-the-rv-for-winter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=closing-up-the-rv-for-winter Tue, 26 Nov 2019 13:31:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=60089 https://girlcamper.com/closing-up-the-rv-for-winter/#comments https://girlcamper.com/closing-up-the-rv-for-winter/feed/ 1 <p>Closing up the RV for winter can be sad but doing it correctly can make the spring opening a happy day. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/closing-up-the-rv-for-winter/">Closing Up the RV for Winter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Closing up the RV for winter can be sad but doing it correctly can make the spring opening a happy day. Each year I dread the task of closing up the RV. I never want the season to end and I hate that I can’t driveway camp in it when it’s all closed up. All my comfort items are removed and I have to just live without it all until spring.



Because we have so many followers who are brand new to RVing and own their very first RV’s I thought I would walk you through my process of tucking in my RV for a long winters nap.



Listen to this week’s podcast!



Winterize it – When I say this I am referring to removing all of the liquid from the tanks and putting antifreeze in its place. If you don’t know how to do this, there are lots of YouTube videos on the subject. You can also pay a mobile RV company or take it in to a dealer and have it done.



Thoroughly clean it – Wash the inside like your mother in law is going to use it. I remove all the clothing, bedding, linens, and food from the RV. I leave in the pots, pans, kitchen utensils and dishes. I bag the silverware and utensils, clean the drawers and leave them open.



Refrigerator maintenance for winter storage involves a thorough cleaning. I vacuum the vents of the fridge, place an odor eater (baking soda or charcoal briquets) on the shelf and leave the door open all winter.



I use this along with the Camco long handled flow through brush.



Clean the exterior by scrubbing off all dead bugs, baked on bird poop, road dirt and dark streaks. I do this with Camco Wash and Wax RV Cleaner and a long handled flow through brush with hose attachment. I also check all of the window seams and seals on the storage compartments at this time.



Awning clean up and maintenance is next. I made the mistake once of closing up my awning for winter when it was wet and had leaves on it. I release the awing and clean it making sure it is bone dry before rolling it back up for the winter.



Trickle chargers can help maintain the life of your removed battery.



I then remove the battery from the front holder and place it indoors on a trickle charger for the winter. Keep it in a cool, dry place and periodically check it to make sure it is staying charged. A trickle charger is an inexpensive investment that can save your having to buy a new battery in the Spring.



I have used Grandpa Gus’s All Natural Pest Control in my house and this year I will use it in my RV



Pest control management is one of those things that can save you big money. Mice can do a lot of damage in an RV from chewed wires to nesting in your oven. Plus, they’re just gross. Many RVers recommend Fresh Cab and I am using Grandpa Gus’s in my Max. I used it in my garage and shed last year with great success. Even though I have never had a mouse in my RV, I am not taking any chances. Maybe they are not there because I am not letting them!!



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Big “Girl Camper” News https://girlcamper.com/big-girl-camper-news/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=big-girl-camper-news Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:02:47 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=59937 https://girlcamper.com/big-girl-camper-news/#comments https://girlcamper.com/big-girl-camper-news/feed/ 3 <p>Girl Camper is growing and offering Chapter Guides to help you get out and start going places and doing things!! </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/big-girl-camper-news/">Big “Girl Camper” News</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Girl Camper is growing and offering Chapter Guides to help you get out and start going places and doing things!! I am thrilled to share that Girl Camper has just launched a bucket load of exciting new features to our site! We have just released a special edition podcast episode with all the details.







Every new feature is thrilling to us and a dream come true but, our most exciting news is the creation of our Girl Camper Chapters. We love that so many of our Girl Camper enthusiasts are willing to create their own pages within the Girl Camper website and bring us stories from the road. They will also be sharing what’s happening in their own backyards so you can know where to camp, dine and adventure when you hit the road. Find a chapter near you.



Kate Dunbar, is our new Food Editor and we couldn’t be happier!!



The new site will feature weekly recipes, cooking tips and food ideas from Kate Dunbar, founder of The Campground Gourmet. Kate is our new Food Editor and brings so much to the table – literally!!



Dawn & Mark Polk



We have also added Industry Experts like Mark and Dawn Polk. You cannot stump Mark Polk! I double dog dare ya’ to try. Mark is the leading expert in RV Safety and Maintenance in the country! Ask him a question from our site!



Mary Ellen Arndorfer is the founder of Camper Groove and a huge advocate of a life spent outdoors.



Check out our Wisdom Writers. Our editors have a lot to say and we are pleased to give them a space to share their insights and life lessons. Check out Mary Ellen Arndorfer’s post on Giving Yourself Permission to fly!



Our Girl Camper community is glowing and growing! We’re privileged to share it with you! Send us your comments! We love hearing from you!!
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Chapter Two – RVing Widow Makes New Life https://girlcamper.com/chapter-two-rving-widow-makes-new-life/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chapter-two-rving-widow-makes-new-life Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:41:55 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=59896 https://girlcamper.com/chapter-two-rving-widow-makes-new-life/#respond https://girlcamper.com/chapter-two-rving-widow-makes-new-life/feed/ 0 <p>Life after the loss of a spouse can be a tough road to navigate and there is no right or wrong way. Lorri Weisen made a new life after her husband died and although it was not the life she planned, its a full and happy one. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/chapter-two-rving-widow-makes-new-life/">Chapter Two – RVing Widow Makes New Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Life after the loss of a spouse can be a tough road to navigate and there is no right or wrong way. Lorri Weisen made a new life after her husband died and although it was not the life she planned, its a full and happy one. Have you thought about what you would do if the life you planned with your spouse didn’t materialize? Lorri Weisen, our Girl Camper Health and Wellness Expert, is my guest today. Lorri lost her husband of 23 years and with him all the plans they had made for their future.



RVing was not something that was on the table for her and her beloved husband, affectionally known as Klink. When Lorri got a taste of it though a dream took root and was nurtured by the many similar women she found on line. She started learning all she could about what a life on the road would be like. Over time at all she went from thinking about taking long road trips, to actually selling her house and becoming a full timer.



Lorri did a lot of research before making the decision to buy a Max by Extreme Outdoors.







Although Lorri has a military pension from her husbands service in Viet Nam, she has been an entrepreneur her whole life and wanted to continue challenging herself. While her husband battled cancer for nearly seven years, Lorri learned a lot about health and nutrition. She became a Certified Holistic Health Coach and founded The Nomadic Health Coach, an online resource for those who want to live healthier lives. I was so inspired by her blog that I asked her to come on board at Girl Camper and coach our members to better health. She will be writing a monthly column for us on a wide range of subjects that matter to women trying to live a more holistic lifestyle.







Lorri has been on the road since last Spring and is spending the fall in the Pacific Northwest. She is learning as she goes and creating a full life for herself. She will be joining me in Arizona in January and in Texas for my annual April trip. It’s not the life she dreamed of but, she’s living her best life, chasing her dreams and inspiring others to do the same.



Lorri’s blog, The Nomadic Health Coach.



Follow Lorri on Facebook here.



Lorri on Twitter.
















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Episode 193: Road Trip Must Haves for the Car https://girlcamper.com/episode-193-road-trip-must-haves-for-the-car/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-193-road-trip-must-haves-for-the-car Tue, 05 Nov 2019 02:15:39 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9561 https://girlcamper.com/episode-193-road-trip-must-haves-for-the-car/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-193-road-trip-must-haves-for-the-car/feed/ 3 <p>When I hit the road, whether I am towing my trailer or road tripping in my truck and staying in hotels, there are certain things that I must take with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-193-road-trip-must-haves-for-the-car/">Episode 193: Road Trip Must Haves for the Car</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> When I hit the road, whether I am towing my trailer or road tripping in my truck and staying in hotels, there are certain things that I must take with […] Safety 

* Tire pressure tester and tire inflator.  Always check tires when they are cold. 
* Car Emergency Kit 
* Car Tool Kit 

When buying a tire pressure tester and inflator, make sure that you buy one that runs on a battery. When you need to inflate the tires, you many be someplace where eclectic is not available.
Make sure your car emergency kit has:

* Reflective Warning Triangle ,
* Reflective Safety Vest,
* Tow rope,
* Gloves with Gripping Palm ( 1 pair) ,
* Safety Hammer and Seatbelt Cutter,   (good for breaking windows if necessary)
* Hand Driven LED Flash Light ,
* Adhesive Tape,
* Jumper Cables,
* Whistle

Make sure that you buy a car tool kit and not a home repair tool kit. A home repair tool kit has items to help you hang pictures on the wall and change an outlet cover but won’t have adjustable wrenches and socket sets that you will likely need in the event that you have to make a repair or adjustment under the hood.
 
Emergency Items 

* WD40 – loosen things, keep things from squeaking,
* Electrical tape – to cover LED lights and to actually use on electrical fixes
* Duct tape – to keep anything together!!
* Wire cutting splicing tool – in case you need to fix your 7 way plug
* https://girlcamper.com/?p=9526 https://girlcamper.com/episode-192-grand-canyon-river-rafting-trip/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-192-grand-canyon-river-rafting-trip/feed/ 12 <p>The Girl Campers are taking to the water! We have booked the Arizona Rafting Adventures company to host the Girl Campers for a bucket list Grand Canyon river rafting trip […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-192-grand-canyon-river-rafting-trip/">Episode 192: Grand Canyon River Rafting Trip</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> The Girl Campers are taking to the water! We have booked the Arizona Rafting Adventures company to host the Girl Campers for a bucket list Grand Canyon river rafting trip […] Arizona Rafting Adventures company to host the Girl Campers for a bucket list Grand Canyon river rafting trip that will take us the full length of the canyon. Out trip will take place the week of July 30-August 6, 2021. That is over 18 months away but Arizona Rafting Adventures books out that far in advance. We applied for a spot in their private group tours over 6 months ago and just received our dates.

 
We made the decision to go with the motorized rafting trip for a number of reasons, the first being the ability to do the entire canyon with the motorized raft. With the motor doing the work that humans normally do moving the craft downstream, much more ground can be covered. Another reason is that the motor option allows for less muscle power needed on the part of the river guests. This can lead to less time spent on sore muscles and more time to enjoy the sites.

On today’s podcast my guest is Mary Ellen Arndorfer, Girl Camper and former river guide for Arizona Rafting Adventures. Mary Ellen is going to be a co-pilot with us on this trip and on this episode walks us through what a day on the river is like. It’s so much more just looking at canyon walls. The Girl Camper Rafting Trip Adventure will include:

* coffee at daybreak and a hearty breakfast prepared by the guides
* teamwork to load the raft and set off for the day
* side trips down tributaries of the river to swim and hike
* lunch breaks along the way on quiet areas of the river
* history lessons by the guides on the rivers history and geology
* making camp on the beach for the evening with dinner prepared by the guides
* evenings under the stars deep in the canyon with time to hit the reset button

We will be provided with a sleep kit which includes a thick sleeping mat, sheets and pillow and tents for those who want one. Some people just sleep under the stars. We will also receive a bag that we will transfer our clothing into for easy packing on the raft. All of the supplies for the 8 days including food and gear used by the guides goes on the boat. Everything that goes down the river, comes back.

 
Details 

* The cost of the trip is $3,065.00 and a 5% discount is given once the trip hits ten guests.
* Our boat can hold 14-15 guest and we will have 2 or 3 guides for a total of 16-18 people in the raft.
* The fee does not include airfare to and from our starting point in Flagstaff, Arizona or the one night we will stay in a hotel before we set off.
* Reservations can be made starting on November 18 and can be made by calling 1-800-786-7238.
* A $400 deposit is required and is non refundable but is transferrable if you had to cancel.
* The balance of the fee is due six months before the departure date.
* It is highly recommended that trip insurance be purchased. The cost is about $170.


To listen to the podcast with all the details from Mary Ellen click here! 
 
 
 
 
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Episode 191: Frequently Asked RV Questions Part 3 https://girlcamper.com/episode-191-frequently-asked-rv-questions-part-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-191-frequently-asked-rv-questions-part-3 Tue, 22 Oct 2019 02:01:06 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9478 https://girlcamper.com/episode-191-frequently-asked-rv-questions-part-3/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-191-frequently-asked-rv-questions-part-3/feed/ 2 <p>  Have you ever been told not to park your RV on the grass when storing it for winter? Have you wondered what calamity would befall it if you disregarded […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-191-frequently-asked-rv-questions-part-3/">Episode 191: Frequently Asked RV Questions Part 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   Have you ever been told not to park your RV on the grass when storing it for winter? Have you wondered what calamity would befall it if you disregarded […] Have you ever been told not to park your RV on the grass when storing it for winter? Have you wondered what calamity would befall it if you disregarded this advice? Have you wondered if that advice was the Gospel truth or an old wives tale? Well, on today’s podcast I am answering Frequently Asked Questions sent in by the Girl Campers.
Which comes first, choosing your camper or tow vehicle? Sent in by Vicki Tripplet. 
This is such a great question. You will need to ask yourself a few questions to get the answer which, of course, is going to be different for everyone.
Let’s start by approaching this as if we are speaking to recreating campers. Those weekend warriors and two week summer vacation RVers. In other words, not full timers or retired people.
Most of us drive our car every day so it is important that we really like what we are driving. There are some people who have a vehicle that they use just for towing but most do not. Their tow vehicle is their everyday ride.
The question I would be asking myself is:
Do I have an RV in mind that I really love and am unwilling to change? If so, you may have to change tow vehicles to accomodate that . Walter Cannon gave a great explanation of matching tow vehicles to RV’s. The link for that very important topic is here. 
Conversely if you own a car or have brand loyalty to a vehicle that you don’t want to stop using, you may have to compromise on the RV you choose in order to keep that tow vehicle. The good news is that there have never been more options for the lightweight towable world.
Full timers need to be asking different questions. 

* Where do I plan to travel?
* Will I be boondocking on BLM land and need an off road model or larger tanks and solar options?
* Will I be in one place for a long time, like those who park in Maine all summer and Florida all winter but don’t really travel in their RV’s.
* Will I be outdoors a lot and just want a comfy bed?
* Will I be working remotely and requiring an office area, wifi capability and a floor plan that won’t make me stir crazy if I am in the RV for long periods?

A good place to start is to listen to all of the Girl Camper Podcasts from last year where we covered the pros and cons of all the different RV types.

* Re-imagining the Toy Hauler 
* Pros and Cons of the Class C Motorhome
* The Pop Up Camper Explored 
* The Pros and Cons of Teardrop Trailers 
* The Pros and Cons of Class A Motorhomes 

In the final analysis, it is such a personal decision and I recommend not signing on the bottom line, especially for full timers, without first renting the unit you are considering through RV Share or Outdoorsy. That’s a great way to get a realistic feel for the unit before you buy!
What do people on the road do for full time health insurance? Sent in by Chiarrai O’Mathghamhana
This is a tricky topic because most networks operate in a geographic zone so you’re signing up for doctors In Network in a prescribed area and some insurers require policy holders to live “in state.” You have to carefully search this out though and do your homework.
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Episode 190: Five RV’s under 3K Pounds That You Can Stand In https://girlcamper.com/episode-190-five-rvs-under-3k-pounds-that-you-can-stand-in/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-190-five-rvs-under-3k-pounds-that-you-can-stand-in Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:26:39 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9365 https://girlcamper.com/episode-190-five-rvs-under-3k-pounds-that-you-can-stand-in/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-190-five-rvs-under-3k-pounds-that-you-can-stand-in/feed/ 12 <p>  I am just back from the big Open House in Elkhart, Indiana where the RV manufacturers were displaying their new products and updated older ones. There are some new […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-190-five-rvs-under-3k-pounds-that-you-can-stand-in/">Episode 190: Five RV’s under 3K Pounds That You Can Stand In</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   I am just back from the big Open House in Elkhart, Indiana where the RV manufacturers were displaying their new products and updated older ones. There are some new […] I am just back from the big Open House in Elkhart, Indiana where the RV manufacturers were displaying their new products and updated older ones. There are some new RV’s out there for the lightweight set and some older ones that deserve a second look. My criteria for this list was that they unit weigh less than 3K pounds and that the user be able to stand up in it. I am often asked, “What can I tow with my (insert midsize SUV or Crossover with a tow package around 5K pounds here)? The Chevy Traverse, Ford Flex and Toyota Highlander are a few that come to mind. Here are a few travel trailers that make the cut for those tow vehicles.


 
The Evasion by Prolite. This is the classic floorplan used in canned hams throughout the 50’s and 60’s. I have often wondered why they stopped using this floor plan. It’s perfect for a small family. This 1,900pound trailer can sleep five people, two in the rear convertible sofa, two on the front dinette once it is put down and one small child (weight limit 125 pounds) in the upper storage cabinet that can covert to a bunk. They even managed to get a bathroom in it. The unit is perfect for a Girl Camper who doesn’t want a vintage trailer, and the accompanying headaches, and for a family with small children. Prolite is a Canadian company moving into the US market. I think they will be successful because there is a growing need for the lightweight models that offer a lot. What this trailer lacks in interior material choices, it  makes up for with the practical layout. I’d love to see what a Girl Camper could do styling this trailer!!  US pricing around $20K.
Perks 

* Old school flexible floor plan
* Sleeps five
* Dry weight of only 1900#’s
* Many nice standard features
* Lots of windows and light

Negatives 

* AC is an option and not standard
* Small tanks (grey, black and fresh are each just 15 gallons)
* Bland interior

 




Great Ascape by Aliner. This unit  is made by Aliner, the folks that brought us the cute A frame pop up. The Great Ascape Plus weighs in at just 1850#’s. It has a rear entry and a big U-shaped dinette that can be made up as a two twin beds, one large bed or a single twin with the use of the table on the side of it. That’s a lot of options for such a small trailer. It’s got a wet bath,  kitchen with two burner stove, three way refrigerator, a standard rear awning, and nice windows. The interior finishes are also nice and it would not take much to make this a rolling She Shed. An added bonus in my mind is that the rear entry would allow you to store a bicycle in it and not have to do a bike rack. It’s a mini toy hauler!
Perks

* has everything the larger models have
* ability to arrange sleeping quarters to fit taste
* has a wet bath
* could store a bicycle in it while traveling.
* light enough for midsize SUV

Negatives 

* small inside
* limited interior storage

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In Tech RV’s Sol Dawn  is a new addition to the lightweight towable world. Last year In Tech RV made a big splash with their Luna model. These folks know how to design and choose finishes. The Dawn looks like a sleek European rail car. The windows are huge and like the Ascape, the front bed has options for how you want to use the space. You can create two twin beds or one large bed across the front while maintaining the option of keeping the table in place. I normally don’t like a floor plan where the booth becomes the bed and the table needs to be removed or lowered at night in order to ma...]]>
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Episode 189: Our Factory to Fabulous Charity R Pod https://girlcamper.com/episode-189-our-factory-to-fabulous-charity-r-pod/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-189-our-factory-to-fabulous-charity-r-pod Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:27:50 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9354 https://girlcamper.com/episode-189-our-factory-to-fabulous-charity-r-pod/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-189-our-factory-to-fabulous-charity-r-pod/feed/ 2 <p>We just kicked off the second annual Girl Camper Charity RV Raffle benefiting HoldYou Foundation! The grand prize R-pod winner will be chosen February 14, 2020 with 9 other prizes […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-189-our-factory-to-fabulous-charity-r-pod/">Episode 189: Our Factory to Fabulous Charity R Pod</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> We just kicked off the second annual Girl Camper Charity RV Raffle benefiting HoldYou Foundation! The grand prize R-pod winner will be chosen February 14, 2020 with 9 other prizes […] We just kicked off the second annual Girl Camper Charity RV Raffle benefiting HoldYou Foundation!



The grand prize R-pod winner will be chosen February 14, 2020 with 9 other prizes including gift certificates to Spoonflower, Wanderwide Art, Camco, Dometic, FLI Products and more!



Tickets are just $10 each! Buy Tickets Here!



Forest River has partnered with Girl Camper by offering us their 2020 R-pod 196 for our raffle. We’ve take it from factory to fabulous and our West Virginia Girl Camper Contributing Editor, Ginny McKinney is taking it on the road and giving us a full report on all its attributes.







Spoonflower papers come in two foot widths and different lengths depending on your needs. Each roll comes with a smoothing tool and easy to follow directions.









All you need to do the wallpaper is a tape measure, scissor, and a really sharp utility knife. The smoothing tool comes in each package.









In addition to adding wall color, we upholstered the jack knife sofa in the RV. The sofa that Forest River put in the r pod was really well made and the fabric that was on it was durable and of good quality but just not pretty. I wanted something much more homey and paid $180 for this rust colored pattern. It costs another $400 to have it professionally done.







A few other details that we added to make our RV feel less factory and more fabulous were simple changes that were inexpensive. We took the table that came with the unit out and added a small table from Home Goods that doubles as a magazine rack. It’s big enough for a book and your coffee cup or lap top. We also added a complimentary area rug, changed out the hardware and added throw blankets and pillows.







Other small changes that made big impacts included changing out the factory installed hooks that came on the bar just inside the door. The new larger hooks hold everything from aprons, to shopping bags to dog leashes and kitchen brooms. We also installed artwork that inspires as well as adds style. WanderWide Art  produces several prints we love but our absolute favorite is their National Parks Register print. All sixty one parks in our National Parks system are listed and the print comes with an ink pad and stamp that allows you to check off the parks as you go along. We thought it made a great addition to our RV.




















The jack knife sofa makes a great guest bedroom and in this area we did old fashioned curtains with rod pockets to push open or closed as needed. Although our r pod only weighs a little under 3,600 pounds, it comfortably sleeps 3 people.
There are so many ways to make an RV feel like home without structurally changing it. 

* paint, wallpaper, stencil walls
* use Washi tape and create your own wall designs
* change out the cabinet hardware to something you love
* add personality with wall art
* buy good hooks that are large and non commercial in style
* get rugs that you love
* create window treatments that work best for you
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Episode 188: Design Trends in the RV Industry https://girlcamper.com/episode-188-design-trends-in-the-rv-industry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-188-design-trends-in-the-rv-industry Tue, 01 Oct 2019 01:30:15 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9321 https://girlcamper.com/episode-188-design-trends-in-the-rv-industry/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-188-design-trends-in-the-rv-industry/feed/ 1 <p>Are you part of the crowd that goes to RV Shows and comes away thinking that the designers of these units are enamored with brown and grey? Do you wonder […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-188-design-trends-in-the-rv-industry/">Episode 188: Design Trends in the RV Industry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Are you part of the crowd that goes to RV Shows and comes away thinking that the designers of these units are enamored with brown and grey? Do you wonder […] I have just returned from the annual Manufacturers Open House in Elkhart, Indiana. This is the big kick off to the RV Show season and where all of the manufacturers show off what they have been working on all year. The new models are displayed for RV dealerships, media and industry insiders. The show is closed to the public but plenty of Press is there to report on what’s new.
I am happy to report some design changes happening in the industry. There are literally thousands of units on display and I had to stay disciplined to cover what I think all of you are most interested in – the lightweight towable world.
For so many years it seemed that all the bells and whistles that the RV industry had to offer were limited to the big Class A and Fifth Wheels out there. They were rolling residences with all the amenities of home while the lightweight world of travel trailers seemed to have the necessities with one or two luxury items thrown in for good measure. At this years Open House there was a trend toward more upscale features in small trailers, partly because there have never been more manufacturers making only small trailers.
In Tech, Riverside Retro, Camp 365, Pro-Lite, A Liner and Extreme Outdoors are all vying for a larger slice of the light weight towable market and they have to compete for it. In additon to these small independent companies the big guys at Forest River an Thor are producing small units with everything the big guys offer. Within the small manufacturers, In Tech and Extreme Outdoors are leading in design and innovation, but the others are catching up. Better awnings, convection ovens, trending design choices and thoughtful layouts are showing up in small trailers.
Some of the longtime standard features on large RV’s that are making their way into smaller units are:
Outdoor Kitchen and Appliance Storage 

The Outdoor Kitchen is something we are now seeing on even small trailers. In Tech had a great one on their Sol trailer. This solves the storage problem I struggle with when bringing my Camco Olympian grill and Dometic refrigerator with me. I love how these are secured and easily accessible.
Electric Awnings 

Even small units like this Riverside Retro 135 comes with an electric awning, an option normally reserved for larger RV’s.
Farmhouse Chic

Farmhouse Chic has made its way into RV design and one of the components of this style is shiplap paneling. The Riverside Retro 199FK has had the interior redesigned to include shiplap on the dining booth walls and behind the bed. Although I dislike the cushion fabric and window treatments, those are easy cosmetic changes.
Residential Furniture

Many smaller units now have more residential furniture in them now. The details and comfort in the RPod 196 jackknife sofa made reupholstering it worth the expense. If you are planning to keep a unit for a long time and spend a lot of time in it, going to the expense to make well constructed furniture feel even more homey is worth it!
Lighter wood on the cabinets

The dark, dark woods we are accustomed to seeing are giving way to lighter shades. Grey tones predominate following the national housing and home decor trend. There are lots of accent pieces available in home decor stores to compliment this color scheme.
Sleek European Styling 

NuCamp’s Avia and Barefoot, In Tech’s Sol and Winnebago’s Boldt  are just a few of the many RVs under the influence of the European market. The Avia and Barefoot  are European imports  but Winnebago and In Tech are homegrown bra...]]>
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Episode 187: What’s in Kate Dunbar’s RV Pantry? https://girlcamper.com/episode-187-whats-in-kate-dunbars-rv-pantry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-187-whats-in-kate-dunbars-rv-pantry Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:05:55 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9259 https://girlcamper.com/episode-187-whats-in-kate-dunbars-rv-pantry/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-187-whats-in-kate-dunbars-rv-pantry/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show Girl Camper Food Editor, Kate Dunbar takes us through her RV pantry. As someone whose spice cabinet consists of salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-187-whats-in-kate-dunbars-rv-pantry/">Episode 187: What’s in Kate Dunbar’s RV Pantry?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show Girl Camper Food Editor, Kate Dunbar takes us through her RV pantry. As someone whose spice cabinet consists of salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika I […] The Campground Gourmet and the author of The Campground Gourmet: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Dining in the Great Outdoors. She’s my favorite person to hang out and cook with and I always learn so much!

 
Baking Supplies

* Flour
* Granulated sugar
* Brown sugar
* Baking soda
* Baking powder
* Biscuit mix
* Cornmeal
* Cornstarch
* Chocolate chips
* Evaporated milk
* Honey
* Vanilla extract
* Yeast
* Shortening sticks


Beverages

* Coffee
* Tea
* Hot chocolate
* Water
* Distilled water (rv battery)

Dried Herbs

* Basil
* Bay leaves
* Dill
* Italian seasoning mix
* Red pepper flakes
* Rosemary
* Thyme 

Salts

* Sea salt
* Flake salt
* Flavored salts
* Himalayan
* Kosher salt

Spices

* Black pepper
* Chili powder
* Cinnamon
* Curry powder
* Garlic powder
* Onion powder
* Paprika

Dry Goods

* Barley
* Beans (black, lentils, black eye, pinto, kidney)
* Bouillon (cubes, powder MSG free)
* Couscous
* Nuts (peanuts, cashew, almonds, pumpkin)
* Panko bread crumbs
* Old-fashioned oats
* Pasta (orzo, spaghetti, egg noodles)
* Rice (white, brown, basmati)


Canned and Bottles

* Canned beans (navy, black, garbanzo)
* Canned fruit
* Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)
* Canned tomatoes (dices, stewed, paste, sauce)
* Salsa
* Soup (dried mix, ready to eat)
* Syrup
* Canned vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, beets)

Oils, Sauces & Vinegars

* Extra virgin olive oil
* Grape seed oil
* Vegetable oil
* Vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, white, champagne)
* Ketchup
* Mustard
* Mayonnaise
* Whole grain mustard
* Hot sauce

Extras

* Instant espresso powder
* Powder sugar
* Cocoa powder
* Molasses
* White pepper
* Sage
* Dry mustard
* Candied ginger
* Olives (green, black, kalamata)
* Chips (tortilla, potato)
* Crackers (wheat thins, ritz, triscuit, club, saltine)

 
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Episode 186: Kate Dunbar’s Girl Camper No Knead Overnight Bread https://girlcamper.com/episode-186-kate-dunbars-girl-camper-no-knead-overnight-bread/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-186-kate-dunbars-girl-camper-no-knead-overnight-bread Tue, 17 Sep 2019 03:08:44 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9203 https://girlcamper.com/episode-186-kate-dunbars-girl-camper-no-knead-overnight-bread/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-186-kate-dunbars-girl-camper-no-knead-overnight-bread/feed/ 2 <p>On this weeks show Kate Dunbar walks us through her 4 ingredient Dutch Oven bread. You will feel like a Parisian baker when you pull this from the pot. I’ve […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-186-kate-dunbars-girl-camper-no-knead-overnight-bread/">Episode 186: Kate Dunbar’s Girl Camper No Knead Overnight Bread</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show Kate Dunbar walks us through her 4 ingredient Dutch Oven bread. You will feel like a Parisian baker when you pull this from the pot. I’ve […]
I did mine in a parchment paper lined enamel Dutch Oven at home but it can be done on a campfire as well in a cast iron pan.
Girl Camper No Knead Overnight Bread
Makes 1 loaf

* 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
* 1/4 t. instant or active-dry yeast
* 1 1/4 t. Sea salt
* 1 1/3 c. room temperature water (may need more due to climate)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the water and stir until all the ingredients are mixed well together, the dough should be wet and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, let the dough rest 12-18 hours on the counter at room temperature. After the proof time, the dough will have lots of bubbles and have a good sweet yeast smell.
Lightly flour your hands and a work surface. Turn out dough on work surface ** and sprinkle with more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice and using floured fingers, tuck the dough underneath to form a rough ball.
On a piece of parchment paper lightly dust it with flour and place the dough, seam side down on it. Sprinkle the top of the dough ball with flour and place a piece of parchment loosely over the dough. Let rise for about 2 hours, until it has doubled in size.

After about 1 hour, place a 6-8-quart cast iron Dutch oven in your cold oven. Set the oven to 450 degrees to preheat. After the dough has risen, remove the top piece of parchment paper, take a knife and slash the top of the dough ball about ½ inch deep from the 12’ocolck position to the 6 O’clock position. Carefully remove the hot Dutch oven from the hot oven and carefully remove the lid, gather the parchment paper the dough is sitting on and carefully place that inside the hot pot. Cover with the lid and return the Dutch oven to the oven.
Cook, covered for 30 minutes, carefully remove the lid and continue baking for 15 more minutes, until the crust is a deep brown color.
Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

**Rosemary and Kalamata Olive Bread
Remove the bread dough from the bowl, softly deflate the dough. While the oven is pre-heating, add the fresh rosemary leaves to the bread, as well as the kalamata olives if using. Softly knead so the rosemary and olives are distributed. Gently reshape the bread and follow directions.
 
**Everything But the Bagel Bread
Remove the bread dough from the bowl, softly deflate the dough. While the oven is pre-heating, sprinkle 1 teaspoon everything but the bagel seasoning to the bread side facing you. Turn bread dough over and sprinkle 1 tsp of everything but the bagel seasoning, softly knead so all the seasonings are distributed. Gently reshape the bread and follow directions. You can buy this seasoning already mixed at any grocery store, my favorite is Trader Joes version.
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Episode 185: Kate Dunbar’s Campground Apple and Pear Crisp https://girlcamper.com/episode-185-kate-dunbars-campground-apple-and-pear-crisp/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-185-kate-dunbars-campground-apple-and-pear-crisp Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:03:27 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9172 https://girlcamper.com/episode-185-kate-dunbars-campground-apple-and-pear-crisp/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-185-kate-dunbars-campground-apple-and-pear-crisp/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show, friend of the podcast, Kate Dunbar is sharing her campground Apple and Pear Crisp recipe. What a great way to take advantage of summers bounty. Kate […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-185-kate-dunbars-campground-apple-and-pear-crisp/">Episode 185: Kate Dunbar’s Campground Apple and Pear Crisp</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show, friend of the podcast, Kate Dunbar is sharing her campground Apple and Pear Crisp recipe. What a great way to take advantage of summers bounty. Kate […] The Campground Gourmet, a former restaurant owner and author of The Campground Gourmet; Simple. Delicious Meals for Dining in the Outdoors. She literally wrote the book on simple, delicious campground meals that are just as good at home!

Apple and Pear Crisp
Topping

* 3/4 cup old fashion rolled oats
* 1/2 cup flour
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

Filling

* 6 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
* 1- 16oz can of pears in pear juice, chopped
* 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
* ½ lemon juiced
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* Zest of 1 orange
* 1 teaspoon ginger powder or 2 tablespoons candied ginger, chopped fine
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* ½ teaspoon sea salt

Combine brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon in bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
In a bowl add chopped apples, pears, sugar and lemon juice, mix well. In a smaller bowl add cornstarch, orange zest, ginger powder, cinnamon and salt, mix well and sprinkle over fruit. Toss to coat.
In a 4 qt camp dutch oven place a parchment or aluminum foil liner in it.
Add fruit mixture to camp dutch oven, Sprinkle topping evenly over fruit, place lid on camp dutch oven. Arrange coals for baking with 12 coals under oven and 18 on lid. Cook crumble for 15 minutes then rotate the dutch oven 180 degrees, turn the lid and additional 45 degrees. After an additional 15 minutes of cooking remove the lid and check to see if the topping is browned and the filling is bubbling. If it is not, replace some of the coals on top of the lid and around the camp dutch oven, rotate camp dutch oven 180 degrees. Check again in 15 minutes for doneness. Remove camp dutch oven from fire, uncover, and let crumble cool at least 15 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.
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Episode 184: Kate Dunbar – the Campground Gourmet – Fajita Chicken and Rice https://girlcamper.com/episode-184-kate-dunbar-the-campground-gourmet-fajita-chicken-and-rice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-184-kate-dunbar-the-campground-gourmet-fajita-chicken-and-rice Tue, 03 Sep 2019 02:08:45 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=9061 https://girlcamper.com/episode-184-kate-dunbar-the-campground-gourmet-fajita-chicken-and-rice/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-184-kate-dunbar-the-campground-gourmet-fajita-chicken-and-rice/feed/ 0 <p>Kate Dunbar is in the house today and she is sharing her Girl Camper Chicken Fajita recipe. Food seems to taste better at the campground and Kate, founder of The […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-184-kate-dunbar-the-campground-gourmet-fajita-chicken-and-rice/">Episode 184: Kate Dunbar – the Campground Gourmet – Fajita Chicken and Rice</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Kate Dunbar is in the house today and she is sharing her Girl Camper Chicken Fajita recipe. Food seems to taste better at the campground and Kate, founder of The […] The Campground Gourmet, is the author of The Campground Gourmet; Simple, Delicious Recipes for Dining Outdoors.   She is a recipe developer, food photographer, former restaurant owner and a happy resident of the Lone Star state.

Girl Camper Fajita Chicken and Rice
Fajita Seasoning

* 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
* 1 teaspoon Paprika
* 1 1/2 teaspoons Cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
* 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Mix ingredients in a jar, place lid on and shake to combine. Can be kept for 6 months.
Ingredients

* 1-pound chicken thighs boneless and skinless
* 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
* 1 yellow onion, chopped fine
* 1 green bell pepper, chopped fine
* 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
* 2 cloves garlic
* 2 cups long grain rice, rinsed
* 4 cups water, chicken broth or vegetable broth
* 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning

Directions
Cut 1 pound of chicken thighs into smaller pieces, place in a zip top bag.
Add 2 tablespoons olive oil in the bag with the chicken and distribute well.
Add 1 tablespoon of the fajita seasoning to the bag with the chicken and olive, seal bag and massage the seasoning into the chicken. Place in the fridge for 4 hours up to overnight.
Heat a medium-sized dutch oven over medium high heat, add in seasoned chicken and brown all sides. Once browned remove to a clean plate and set aside. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil into the hot pan along with chopped onions and bell peppers, sauté until softened, 10-15 minutes. Add in chopped garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in remaining seasoning and stir well. Add in rinsed rice and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add back in your browned chicken, stir well and add 4 cups of water or stock.
Cover the pot and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Give it a gentle stir and simmer for another 10 minutes. There should be no water left when it is done.
Left over uses
Breakfast burritos
Heat cooked chicken and rice you may want to add ½ cup water or broth until warm. Heat tortillas in a pan or on a griddle. Place the chicken and rice in a warm tortilla, add shredded cheese and your favorite salsa. Roll up tight and enjoy.
Order The Campground Gourmet here! 

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Episode 183: Ford Expedition Review plus Pros and Cons of SUV versus Truck https://girlcamper.com/episode-183-ford-expedition-review-plus-pros-and-cons-of-suv-versus-truck/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-183-ford-expedition-review-plus-pros-and-cons-of-suv-versus-truck Tue, 27 Aug 2019 02:05:13 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8960 https://girlcamper.com/episode-183-ford-expedition-review-plus-pros-and-cons-of-suv-versus-truck/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-183-ford-expedition-review-plus-pros-and-cons-of-suv-versus-truck/feed/ 2 <p>Fun with Ford! I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Ford Expedition for a week. I have been considering switching from my F150 truck to an SUV so  […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-183-ford-expedition-review-plus-pros-and-cons-of-suv-versus-truck/">Episode 183: Ford Expedition Review plus Pros and Cons of SUV versus Truck</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Fun with Ford! I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Ford Expedition for a week. I have been considering switching from my F150 truck to an SUV so  […] PRO TRUCK 

*  The bed of the truck is a great place to dump dirty stuff you don’t want in your SUV.
*  If you have a Crew Cab you will have extra interior storage space and added seating as well.
* You can keep often used items in the bed of the truck all the time making packing for a camping trip a lot easier.
* You can’t hear things in the bed of the truck that may be rubbing and squeaking.
* You can use the bed of your truck for other things beside camping gear – furniture, firewood and landscape materials can be loaded up without marring the interior.
*  A truck is cheaper than an SUV with the same engine and chassis.
* The F150 weighs less than the Expedition so it will get better mileage.
*  You can carry a generator without worrying about fumes.
*  You can put a cap on the back and use it to camp in.

Pro SUV

* You have easier access to the things in the rear of the vehicle. You don’t have to get out and uncover the bed to access your gear.
* It is easier to carry bicycles and kayaks than it is with a truck. Kayaks don’t fit in the rear of the truck bed while you are towing but bikes will fit in the rear of an SUV and kayaks will load easier on the top.
* You have more seats with the SUV. The crew cab will hold 5-6 people with no leg room or space for purses, backpacks or purchases. The SUV will hold 7-8 people with plenty of room behind the third row seats for gear.
* You can camp in an SUV really comfortably if you don’t want to tow. With the seats folded down you can fit a full size mattress in the rear or make up just one side as a twin and use the other space for gear.
* The rear of the SUV has more cubic feet of storage space than a truck. There is up to 120 cubic feet of cargo space in the Expedition Max.
* Your gear is more secure in the rear of an SUV than in the bed of a truck.
* The tailgate clears the tongue jack on a trailer (at least my Max trailer) when you open it with the trailer attached. The tailgate on the truck will not fully open when the trailer is attached.

Listen to the podcast 
 
Ford Expedition Review
This past week I had the opportunity to road test the Expedition.  I was personally interested in this particular model because, as I said earlier, I have been considering switching from a truck to an SUV and the Expedition has the same engine as the F150 that I drive. They both have the 3.5 L V6 Eco Boost  with the ten speed transmission. I knew that I would be happy with the engine performance but didn’t know if I would prefer the enclosed luxury model SUV to the Crew Cab Lariat short bed that I currently own. In 2018 the Expedition got a complete overhaul. The redesign included the 10 speed transmission, more horsepower, and better gas mileage.
In addition to mechanics, the interior was completely re-imagined as well.


* Newly designed console with a large touch screen
* Voice activated navigation system
* Wireless phone charging pad,
* Connectivity package
* Adjustable pedal with memory
* Three zone auto climate control
* Three rows of seating with optional Captains Chairs in second row
* Heated and ventilated front and second row seats
* USB ports in each row for every passenger
* Heated wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls


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Episode 182: Marlene Caraballo and Multi Generation Camp Outs https://girlcamper.com/__trashed-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=__trashed-2 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:57:21 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8927 https://girlcamper.com/__trashed-2/#comments https://girlcamper.com/__trashed-2/feed/ 1 <p>My guest today is Marlene Caraballo. She’s a wife of 30 years, mom to three almost grown sons, an avid blogger at Cheers 2 Chapter 2 and a long time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/__trashed-2/">Episode 182: Marlene Caraballo and Multi Generation Camp Outs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest today is Marlene Caraballo. She’s a wife of 30 years, mom to three almost grown sons, an avid blogger at Cheers 2 Chapter 2 and a long time […] My guest today is Marlene Caraballo. She’s a wife of 30 years, mom to three almost grown sons, an avid blogger at Cheers 2 Chapter 2 and a long time RVer who is now looking Chapter Two straight in the eye and, guess what, it’s looking good for this almost empty nester. I invited Marlene on the show today to talk about her annual RV vacation to Myrtle Beach and how what started out as a cheap way to travel,  has turned into something that is keeping her family ties tight.


Marlene was not born into RVing as so many of us were. She came to it through a friend who kept telling her about how affordable RV vacations could be. “You get to choose the cost of your site, whether to buy or make meals, how far away to travel.” To Marlene it seemed like a great way to take her three sons to Disney without having to stay on site at an expensive hotel. They could cook their meals and do the trip on a budget. She and her husband rented a Class C motor home and by the time they took their third RV trip, they did it in an RV they purchased and that they still own today.

Somewhere along the way Marlene discovered a campground called Pirateland Family Campground. For over ten years now the Caraballo’s have made an annual pilgrimage there. Their now grown sons love it so much that they are willing to fly in from out of state, use some of the precious few vacation days allotted to freshmen in the workforce and, sleep in their old RV bunk beds under the Power Ranger blankets still stored there!
What magic spell did Pirateland cast on them?  Pirateland, while big in size with over 1,000 sites, still manages to create a family feel. Paved streets allow kids to ride bikes through the RV neighborhoods, play in the pool or ride the lazy river, test their arcade skills or use one of the paddle boats on the man made water ways. This campground has it all and its all included in the price of the site. An added bonus is that it sits right on the ocean in beautiful Myrtle Beach. Location. Location. Location.

When a family finds a sweet spot, a campground that they really love and use it annually for their family vacations, they have allowed the campground industry to foot the bill for their summer home. Whenever I open a magazine and see some gorgeous spread featuring someone’s multi generational summer home on a pristine lake, I think that anyone can have that if they own or even rent an RV. You can have a great gathering spot, fire pit, lake views or mountain top sunsets and all it takes is an annual reservation. Many families have enjoyed all of the aspects of a great family home without the insurance, maintenance, utilities or mortgage payments that go along. They have done it by revisiting their favorite place year after year, getting the same site, the same week and with the same friends.

 
I was so excited to have Marlene on the podcast today because I want young moms to know that what started out as an inexpensive way for her family  to vacation, turned into a family tradition that just keeps going. I can see Marlene pushing grand babies in strollers on those roads her sons once independently rode their bicycles on. I can see the future generations enjoying shovels and buckets on the beach again. I can see the Power Ranger blankets warming the next generation of Caraballo’s. I want everyone to know that they have that option even if they don’t own an RV because campgrounds offer so many rental options these days.  Everyone is welcome around the campfire.
Check out Marlene’s blog here.
Check out Marlene on Facebook.
Check out Marlene’s Instagram. 
Check out https://girlcamper.com/?p=8640 https://girlcamper.com/episode-181-camp-addict-co-founders-talk-full-timing/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-181-camp-addict-co-founders-talk-full-timing/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show I interview friends, travel companions and business partners Kelly Beasley and Marshall Wendler. Their paths crossing turned into a grand blessing for the RV world. Kelly […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-181-camp-addict-co-founders-talk-full-timing/">Episode 181: Camp Addict Co Founders Talk Full Timing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I interview friends, travel companions and business partners Kelly Beasley and Marshall Wendler. Their paths crossing turned into a grand blessing for the RV world. Kelly […] Camp Addict, a comprehensive site for all RVers, not just newcomers and not just full timers.

They have over a dozen years of combined RVing experience yet, they are still learning. On this week’s show they share a scary incident that could have ended very badly. Limbs – okay, maybe just digits, were in serious peril. The scare taught them some new lessons and I love that they are not afraid to tell a story that some RVers may have wanted to keep to themselves.

They also shared the realities of full timing. It’s not really a solo adventure for them, but more like a traveling troupe of like minded, good willed people who share an unconventional but, full and happy life. They have a lot to teach us and I really enjoyed meeting them and getting a peek into their lives on the road. To listen, click the link at the bottom of the page.



 
My favorite rabbit holes on Camp Addict! 
The Ultimate Guide to the 27 Best RV Brands! Make yourself a cup of tea!
RV Clubs and Discount Groups. 
Follow the fun and information!
Facebook! 
Instagram 
Pinterest 
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Episode 180: Tim Heintz – Vintage Trailer Expert and Restorer https://girlcamper.com/episode-180-tim-heintz/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-180-tim-heintz Tue, 06 Aug 2019 02:15:10 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8637 https://girlcamper.com/episode-180-tim-heintz/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-180-tim-heintz/feed/ 0 <p>When I see a vintage camper I am transported back to the camp outs of my youth! They hold so much in the way of charm and nostalgia for me. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-180-tim-heintz/">Episode 180: Tim Heintz – Vintage Trailer Expert and Restorer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> When I see a vintage camper I am transported back to the camp outs of my youth! They hold so much in the way of charm and nostalgia for me. […]
Membership in that Facebook group was the first place I ever saw any questions raised about the damage that exists in many (most) vintage trailers. Of course that damage varies depending on how well they were cared for, what part of the country they were in and what manufacturing methods were used. Canned hams that were stick and tin built did not fare as well over time as the riveted aluminum trailers. One thing seemed certain though, any unit that was at least forty years old would have at least some issues that needed addressing.

Enter Tim Heintz, founder of Heintz Designs Vintage Trailer Restorations. Tim has a love for and extensive knowledge of vintage trailers with a specialty in trailers manufactured from the 1930’s through 1960’s. He is one of the country’s leading restorers and does custom rebuilds for customers at his Panama City, Florida location. I invited Tim on the show to share his wisdom on vintage trailer restorations and help those enamored with these nostalgic beauties know when to buy and when to walk away and when to leave the revitalization to a pro.
Tim has done many, many trailer restorations over the years and has a big personal collection of vintage trailers. One of my favorite restorations was this 1951 Vagabond.


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Tim’s website, click here!
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Episode 179: RV Safety Classes with Walter Cannon https://girlcamper.com/episode-179-rv-safety-classes-with-walter-cannon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-179-rv-safety-classes-with-walter-cannon Tue, 30 Jul 2019 02:03:02 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8618 https://girlcamper.com/episode-179-rv-safety-classes-with-walter-cannon/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-179-rv-safety-classes-with-walter-cannon/feed/ 2 <p>Walter Cannon has dedicated his career to RV Saftey. He was a founding member of the RV Safety and Education Foundation, an organization created to increase awareness of RV saftey […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-179-rv-safety-classes-with-walter-cannon/">Episode 179: RV Safety Classes with Walter Cannon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Walter Cannon has dedicated his career to RV Saftey. He was a founding member of the RV Safety and Education Foundation, an organization created to increase awareness of RV saftey […] I first met Walter when he and I were both speaking at the same RV show. I was fairly new to RVing and towing a little trailer with a big tow vehicle. That was my way of making certain that I was “covered.” Go big or go home. I was uneducated about how to match a tow vehicle to the RV. Walter was doing a talk on matching your tow vehicle to your RV. I sat in on all three presentations.
https://www.rvsafety.com/
https://rvacademy.com/
https://www.rvsafety.com/courses
https://www.rvsafety.com/registration

Each year Walter hosts a hands on RV Safety Conference in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Last year several of the Girl Campers attended the conference and found the event to be so comprehensive and invaluable for new and experienced RVers. This event is taking place again this year from September 29 – October 3. The RVSEF is offering a coupon code for Girl Campers for $25 off registration. The code is Girlcamper2019. You can access the registration in the link below.
For those who may not be able to make the Kentucky event, Girl Camper and the National RV Inspectors Association is offering a three day program in Athens, Texas from November 6-10, 2019.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-in-camper-college-tickets-65575806001
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Episode 178: Tips for Being a Happy Camper https://girlcamper.com/episode-178-tips-for-being-a-happy-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-178-tips-for-being-a-happy-camper Tue, 23 Jul 2019 02:33:49 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8518 https://girlcamper.com/episode-178-tips-for-being-a-happy-camper/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-178-tips-for-being-a-happy-camper/feed/ 5 <p>Does the prospect of a camping trip sometimes become stressful? Are you tempted to just settle for an evening around your neighbors fire pit? You are not alone. Today I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-178-tips-for-being-a-happy-camper/">Episode 178: Tips for Being a Happy Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Does the prospect of a camping trip sometimes become stressful? Are you tempted to just settle for an evening around your neighbors fire pit? You are not alone. Today I […] The difference between a happy camper and an unhappy one often comes down to planning. Having a plan and working that plan can often make a trip
Plan Ahead
Plan Your Campsite
Don’t leave this to chance. Peak season is no time to risk arriving to find no sites available.
Research campground ahead of time
Read all of the online reviews
Study map of campground for proximity to things you want or don’t want to be near
Call park and inquire about their most requested sites

Plan Your Clothing
Being prepared for whatever weather situation arises is just smart. I nearly froze on a late April camping trip in Texas because I just expected it to be hot. When my heater wouldn’t kick on I had to put every piece of clothing I had with me on to keep warm because I only had a light blanket in the RV. Here are some things I keep in the RV all the time now.
Rain coat
Rain boots
Wool socks
Hoodie
Thermalware – long johns and shirt (Under Armor)
Quick dry hiking clothes
Extra jammies
Bathing suit and cover up
Campfire wrap


Plan your budget
Going over budget on vacation is one sure way to make you an unhappy camper. When it comes to vacation planning there are things you can control and things you cannot.
Start by being realistic about what the actual costs are.
Things to budget for are:
The cost of getting there – gas and tolls (partially controllable)
Check on Google Maps or other Apps to get an estimated cost for gas
Fill your tank before you leave home and avoid paying inflated thruway prices
Check the turnpike and tollroad websites of the states you will travel through for the fees with an RV
The cost of staying there – the campground (your choice – some control)
Campsites vary based on state, national, private or resort.
Another option is to boondock, or mooch dock.
Consider camping clubs like Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome.
Food (controllable)
Tourist things – kayak rental, fishing licenses, museum fees. (not controllable)
Souvenirs (not controllable)
Plan your route
Don’t just consider the cost of gas and tolls when planning your route. Consider the volume of traffic, time of day, condition of the roads, look at construction zones you may want to avoid. All of these things can make you an unhappy camper if it is a big surprise.
If there is no way around a congested area at peak traffic time, lean into it and accept it. So many of my friends that live in the Atlanta area just live with it! It seems to always be busy and congested there.
Start the vacation when you pull out of your driveway by having the mindset that you are on your way to fun. With each mile you drive the weeks stressors are farther behind you. Use the travel time to begin unwinding.
A catch up with a friend by making a long overdue phone call
B listen to an Audible book that everyone is talking about and you have no time to read
C download some new tunes to your playlist and tap your steering wheel to the rhythm all the way there.
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Episode 177: Frequently Asked Questions – Part Two https://girlcamper.com/episode-177-frequently-asked-questions-part-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-177-frequently-asked-questions-part-two Tue, 16 Jul 2019 02:14:51 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8451 https://girlcamper.com/episode-177-frequently-asked-questions-part-two/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-177-frequently-asked-questions-part-two/feed/ 7 <p>I had a lot of fun last week answering listeners questions and this week I am wrapping up this installment of FAQ’s. There’s a lot of information out there and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-177-frequently-asked-questions-part-two/">Episode 177: Frequently Asked Questions – Part Two</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I had a lot of fun last week answering listeners questions and this week I am wrapping up this installment of FAQ’s. There’s a lot of information out there and […] Part Two – FAQ’s

Submitted by: Ginny McKinney
Can you be a Girl Camper if you have never camped before?
I can’t say yes to this in enough ways! I am so glad to have the opportunity to answer this question because it really is at the top of the FAQ list!
I want to go back a bit here and share a little story. When I started the podcast 3 1/2 years ago, I thought that the listeners would be Girl Campers, those already camping, towing, RVing etc…It shocked me then and still surprises now, that our audience is about half and half. There are so many Girl Camper wannabes. Over the years I have dedicated many podcast episodes to the topic of Becoming a Girl Camper and just a few months ago I gave these episodes a special spot on the Girl Camper website so that they would be easy to find. A few of the titles in that link are:
I don’t have a trailer
I don’t know how to tow
I don’t have anyone to fix up a vintage trailer for me
I live in an apartment and can’t store an RV
Episode 68: Becoming a Girl Camper in 2017
Episode 38: Hope for The RVing Widow
https://girlcamper.com/becoming-a-girl-camper/


Submitted by: Jeanne Gaffney
How do you bake in your camper if you don’t have an oven?
That depends on whether you have hook ups and how badly you want that baked item. If you don’t have hook ups, you can use a Coleman Cook Top oven that sits on top of a Coleman two burner portable stove. You can bake biscuits and small cakes in it. It folds flat, has a built in thermometer on the door so you can adjust the flame to maintain a desired temperature and then use it to keep food warm.

If you have hook ups at the campground and don’t mind carrying around a portable oven, Camp Chef makes a great outdoor oven that is much nicer and more reliable than the Coleman. You can also use it much more safely inside.
A last option is just a toaster oven. I have one that I paid $19 for at the grocery store and it heats up so quickly and also broils. I use it to heat up leftovers,to make toast, bake things and it is small enough to take in a camper without giving up storage or a whole lot of counter space. Both the Camp Chef and the toaster oven can be placed on a table outside and used there as well keeping the heat out of the RV.
Camp Ovens
https://www.amazon.com/Nostalgia-BSET300AQ-BSET300BLUE-Breakfast-Station/dp/B01F5D10TG/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=camp+oven&qid=1562940639&s=gateway&sr=8-8
https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Chef-Deluxe-Outdoor-Oven/dp/B07H7T41KW/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=camp+oven&qid=1562941238&s=gateway&sr=8-5
https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000016462-Camp-Oven-13-5/dp/B0009PURJA/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=camp+oven&qid=1562941238&s=gateway&sr=8-3
Submitted by: Elizabeth
Do most girl Campers travel solo?
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Episode 176: Girl Camper FAQ’s answered by Janine https://girlcamper.com/episode-176-girl-camper-faqs-answered-by-janine/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-176-girl-camper-faqs-answered-by-janine Tue, 09 Jul 2019 01:50:15 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8359 https://girlcamper.com/episode-176-girl-camper-faqs-answered-by-janine/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-176-girl-camper-faqs-answered-by-janine/feed/ 28 <p>On this week’s podcast I am answering listeners questions! I think it is so important to remember that for many, this camping thing is all brand new and we definitely […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-176-girl-camper-faqs-answered-by-janine/">Episode 176: Girl Camper FAQ’s answered by Janine</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s podcast I am answering listeners questions! I think it is so important to remember that for many, this camping thing is all brand new and we definitely […] Submitted by: Michelle Cole
Travel Trailer vs motor home with toad behind – Which would have better gas mileage?
Answer: This is so much a matter of personal preferences. In 2018 I did a podcast episode on the many different types of RV’s out there. In the list below you can listen to the pros and cons of all the different RV’s and see what resonates most with you. I will say that my preference was a travel trailer because I didn’t want to take down camp each time I left the campsite. I also like “coming home” to my RV after a day of sightseeing. I gave up the perk of having a bathroom, kitchen and bed with me everywhere I go, but the trade off of being more mobile in my tow vehicle rather than a larger motor home, was worth it to me.
https://girlcamper.com/blog/2018/02/06/episode-117-re-imagining-the-toy-hauler/
https://girlcamper.com/blog/2018/12/04/episode-151-the-pop-up-trailer-explored-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/
https://girlcamper.com/blog/2018/06/05/exploring-the-class-b-motor-home/
https://girlcamper.com/blog/2018/08/21/the-pros-and-cons-of-teardrop-trailers/
https://girlcamper.com/blog/2018/03/06/episode-121-class-c-motorhome-pros-and-cons/
https://girlcamper.com/blog/2018/11/06/episode-147-the-pros-and-cons-of-class-a-motorhomes/
Submitted by: Beth Jordan
Is it okay to turn your propane fridge on the day before you leave so its cold in the morning?
Answer: It’s not only ok, it’s highly recommended. RV refrigerators work best when they are prechilled and you put cold food in them. I did a mini podcast episode about this a few months ago. Here are a few of the tips to get you started but you can see all the tips for RV refrigerators in the blog post below!
• Plug it in the night before so it is cold when you put food in it.
• Make sure the food you put in it is already cold.
• Use an RV refrigerator air circulator to keep cold air moving around. Camco makes several different kinds.
• Set it on Auto and then it will run on electricity as soon as you plug it in. When you disconnect the electric it will go to propane automatically.
• For the quick retrieval of foods organize the lunch foods or snacks in plastic, open weave baskets or bins that you can pull out with everything you need in one place.
https://girlcamper.com/blog/2018/05/30/rv-refrigerator-tips/
Submitted by: Debra Allen
I am using my Ford Transit Connect to car camp. What kind of extension cord or converter can I use to run my refrigerator, DVD or pressure cooker?
Answer: Car Camping is a great option for many reasons. When you arrive you are really already set up. No tent to find level ground for. If it is raining you are bound to be drier in the car. You are off the ground. You can make camp before you leave home by setting up your bed and curtains ahead of time. One of the women I regularly car camp with has an extension cord in which the wir...]]>
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Episode 175: Water Sports 101 with Mary Ellen Arndorfer https://girlcamper.com/episode-175-water-sports-101-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-175-water-sports-101-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer Tue, 02 Jul 2019 02:35:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8349 https://girlcamper.com/episode-175-water-sports-101-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-175-water-sports-101-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/feed/ 3 <p>On this week’s show returning guest Mary Ellen Arndorfer returns to gives us the 411 on how to start enjoying water sports. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and surfing are great […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-175-water-sports-101-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/">Episode 175: Water Sports 101 with Mary Ellen Arndorfer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show returning guest Mary Ellen Arndorfer returns to gives us the 411 on how to start enjoying water sports. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and surfing are great […] Mary Ellen Arndorfer returns to gives us the 411 on how to start enjoying water sports. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and surfing are great ways to play in the water and get outdoors.
I grew up in the midwest and spent time at our cousins summer home on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where we all learned to water ski. It was so much fun. I was pretty much off the water until one of the Girl Campers brought her kayak on a trip. We all took a turn around the lake in it and went out and bought kayaks. I also now own a inflatable pontoon boat that I really enjoy using on trips. I asked Mary Ellen to come on the show because she is a water safety expert with experience with all the different types of recreation water crafts. Here are a few of her suggestions.

Safety Considerations:
Check weather conditions – storm forecasts, wind advisories and water temperatures can affect your outing.
Water temperature and water conditions (water levels, currents, contamination, flooding)
Have a PFD – personal flotation device
Helmets are a necessity in white water
Clothing (quick dry, brightly colored, dress for conditions)
Carry a whistle and flashlight
Never go alone
Beginners should stay close to shore
Equipment Needed
Kayaks and paddle boards come in hard shell and inflatable
Avoid the flimsy inflatables sold at box stores and online
You can borrow or rent before you buy to see which style you like best
Consider buying used to save money
How to Learn
Group classes at outdoor retailers
Watch YouTube videos
Meet Up groups are a good resource
Go with friends
Other Gear
Gloves (prevents blisters and sunburns)
Sun Shirt (will prevent sun burn)
Paddling jacket
Dry bag for valuables (phone, car keys, lunch!)
Hat with string or clip to stay on in wind
Small soft sided cooler for drinks and snacks
Binoculars
PFD for dog
More Resources
Paddling.com
Paddlingmag.com
Canoe and Kayak Magazine
Facebook groups
Local outfitter groups
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Episode 174: Mid Size SUV’s with a Tow Capacity of 5K or More https://girlcamper.com/episode-174-mid-size-suvs-with-a-tow-capacity-of-5k-or-more/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-174-mid-size-suvs-with-a-tow-capacity-of-5k-or-more Tue, 25 Jun 2019 02:45:08 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8303 https://girlcamper.com/episode-174-mid-size-suvs-with-a-tow-capacity-of-5k-or-more/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-174-mid-size-suvs-with-a-tow-capacity-of-5k-or-more/feed/ 6 <p>My guest this week is award winning radio and TV host Alan Taylor. Alan is a 30 + year veteran broadcaster and auto expert. He also hosts the popular Entrepreneur […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-174-mid-size-suvs-with-a-tow-capacity-of-5k-or-more/">Episode 174: Mid Size SUV’s with a Tow Capacity of 5K or More</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest this week is award winning radio and TV host Alan Taylor. Alan is a 30 + year veteran broadcaster and auto expert. He also hosts the popular Entrepreneur […]
I asked Alan to come on the show to talk about midsize SUV’s and lightweight trucks with a tow capacity of at least 5K pounds. I often see women who purchase an RV thinking that they can tow it with their existing vehicle. A lot of the times the numbers just don’t add up though. Perhaps it’s a 2000 pound trailer when empty and they want to tow it on their vehicle that has a tow rating of 2,500 pounds.I always encourage women to use no more than 80% of what their tow package allows for. I personally go much lower myself.
Tune into the full podcast episode to hear Alan’s thoughts on what’s new in the automotive and towing world. You can listen to the podcast by clicking the arrow below.
Ford Explorer has been redesigned and is coming out with a hybrid that will tow on battery power. It will be able to go 500 miles on a single tank of gas. It has three rows of seating, skylight roof and a towing capacity of 5.5K pounds. It boasts a 3.5 L engine with a V6 eco boost and 6 speed automatic transmission. Base price is 32K.
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Episode 173: First Annual Camp-In Camper College https://girlcamper.com/episode-173-first-annual-camp-in-camper-college/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-173-first-annual-camp-in-camper-college Tue, 18 Jun 2019 04:16:02 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8255 https://girlcamper.com/episode-173-first-annual-camp-in-camper-college/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-173-first-annual-camp-in-camper-college/feed/ 19 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-173-first-annual-camp-in-camper-college/">Episode 173: First Annual Camp-In Camper College</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] 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.

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Episode 172: Learning to Camp with the Hip Homeschool Moms https://girlcamper.com/learning-to-camp-with-the-hip-homeschool-moms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=learning-to-camp-with-the-hip-homeschool-moms Tue, 11 Jun 2019 01:52:00 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8207 https://girlcamper.com/learning-to-camp-with-the-hip-homeschool-moms/#respond https://girlcamper.com/learning-to-camp-with-the-hip-homeschool-moms/feed/ 0 <p>Did you know that a campground is a great place for non RV owners to learn about camping? Did you know that they are also a great place to host […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/learning-to-camp-with-the-hip-homeschool-moms/">Episode 172: Learning to Camp with the Hip Homeschool Moms</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Did you know that a campground is a great place for non RV owners to learn about camping? Did you know that they are also a great place to host […] Hip Homeschool Moms, Trish Corlew and Wendy Hilton recently took their followers on one of their Homeschool Road Trips to explore the World’s Longest Cave System at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Rather than the usual hotel arrangement they’ve used in the past for their HEART (Homeschool Enrichment Adventure Road Trips) trips, they chose Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and Camp Resort near Mammoth Cave for their event.
On today’s show Hip Homeschool co-owner Wendy Hilton shares the experience her HEART group had on their trip to Mammoth Cave. They explored the caves and learned hands on about the geology and history of the World’s Largest Cave system which became a National Park in 1941. There are over 400 miles of explored caves at the Park  including Crystal Onyx Cave, the Lost River Cave and the Diamond Caverns. In addition to the caves visitors can enjoy the American Cave Museum, The Corvette Museum which made headlines several years ago when a sink hole swallowed up eight collector Corvettes and The Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum. The HEART participants got to take in all of the sites and return each evening to compare notes with their fellow homeschool families all staying at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave. 
Campgrounds like Jellystone are a great place for non RVers to experience camping without renting an RV or buying any camping equipment. They are also a great place to host reunions, family gatherings, youth group conferences and group vacations. Jellystone offers many different cabin accommodations from simple cabins for two – four people to deluxe cabins with full kitchens, bathrooms and common living space to enjoy.
There are many benefits for any group hosting a big event at a campground like Jelllystone:

* No need to rent an RV or even know how to camp
* Choose a cabin that fits your needs
* Control the budget by preparing your own meals
* Be part of the community but have a space of your own
* Bring your own linens and blankets and feel at home
* Enjoy all the activities at the park without having to leave the grounds
* Large gathering areas for group events
* Seasoned RVers and those new to camping can attend together

While looking at the Jellystone site I realized that this park is not just for kids. Although it is geared toward family fun I thought it would make a great place to host a Girl Camper event. It looks like the perfect place to camp in September when the kids have gone back to school.  I imagined a weekday trip where we could get our cardio in on the bouncy pillow, paddle the lake, and enjoy the water slides. We often say that Girl Camping is about “Making Girls Out of Women.” It’s about giving yourself permission to be a “girl” again and stop “adulting” for a few days. To lay on the grass and watch clouds roll by, to ride a bike with no hands, to dive into a pool without worrying about your hair, to walk to the camp store with your girlfriends and get ice cream! I think it’s time for me to revisit the National Park of Mammoth Cave where I spent my 12th birthday. This time though, rather than the no frills campground we stayed at, I think I’d like to stay at Jellystone and be 12 again.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Episode 171: Downsizing to RV Full Time https://girlcamper.com/episode-171-downsizing-to-rv-full-time/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-171-downsizing-to-rv-full-time Tue, 04 Jun 2019 03:09:25 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8177 https://girlcamper.com/episode-171-downsizing-to-rv-full-time/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-171-downsizing-to-rv-full-time/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I welcome returning guest, Sandy Newkirk. I first interviewed Sandy way back in Episode 12 of the podcast. Sandy and I met when she happened by […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-171-downsizing-to-rv-full-time/">Episode 171: Downsizing to RV Full Time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I welcome returning guest, Sandy Newkirk. I first interviewed Sandy way back in Episode 12 of the podcast. Sandy and I met when she happened by […] Episode 12 of the podcast. Sandy and I met when she happened by my house on her way to a garage sale and saw me in my driveway working on my vintage camper. She pulled up and asked if it was for sale. I explained that I was a “Girl Camper” and used it to camp with other like minded women. She felt immediately that she was mysteriously led down my street to hear those words. I invited her over and indoctrinated her into our subculture of women going places and doing things in RV’s! I profiled her in a blog for Go RVing  after she got established.


Sandy took to RVing so thoroughly that she recently sold her home and 95% of her worldly possessions and purchased a 2019 Aktiv by Hymer. The Class B motor home would enable her to zip around much more easily than the Class C she had first imagined and it seemed like the easiest way to ease in to the life she had imagined. In March of 2019 Sandy left the driveways of her family and friends in New Jeresy and headed south. She has only been on the road for a few months but I wanted our campfire community here to take the journey with her so I invited her to come on the show and talk about life on the road “so far.” I was interested in hearing about the learning curve regarding the motor home, finding camping spaces, living in such a small space and being alone so much. Sandy shares all of that in today’s podcast!


Shout out to Bankston Motor Homes today for sponsoring this episode! We always have a great time working with them. If you have not visited their Youtube channel, check it out here!
Thanks as well to Camco! I want to share their bamboo table with all of you! I have lots of Camco goodies but this is one of my absolute favorite things!! I have two of them so I can put them together and make a table under the shade of my awning or I can separate them and use one as a coffee table between my chairs and the other as a bar or serving table. They only weigh eight pounds!!!
 
 
 
 
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Episode 170: Setting Your RV Up at the Campsite https://girlcamper.com/episode-170-setting-your-rv-up-at-the-campsite/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-170-setting-your-rv-up-at-the-campsite Tue, 28 May 2019 01:55:44 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8088 https://girlcamper.com/episode-170-setting-your-rv-up-at-the-campsite/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-170-setting-your-rv-up-at-the-campsite/feed/ 0 <p>Have you wondered if there’s a pecking order to setting up the RV once you arrive at the campground? Well, there is! Today I am going over the steps to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-170-setting-your-rv-up-at-the-campsite/">Episode 170: Setting Your RV Up at the Campsite</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Have you wondered if there’s a pecking order to setting up the RV once you arrive at the campground? Well, there is! Today I am going over the steps to […]
For two years I only camped in pull through sites because I didn’t know what the he** I was doing! After several humiliating efforts at campgrounds I resolved to simply pay extra and stay in a pull through site. That all changed one day when my friend Salliane Brown offered, not to park it for me, but to walk me through the process using her method for backing in. Once I did it I was so proud of myself that I parked every Girl Campers trailer as she arrived for the weekend. I got it down and although I still have to pause at times and really think about what direction I want to turn the wheel, I very rarely need help getting backed in. I do make these few suggestions to those still on the learning curve though.
Tips for overcoming the FOBI – Fear of Backing In

* Just give it the old college try. Each time we try, even if we don’t succeed, we have learned something. I joined a ladies golf team once and just couldn’t tee off straight to save my life. On the last week of play I stepped up to the tee box and for reasons I cannot understand, the swing all came together. Suddenly knees bent, elbows straight, head down, eye on the ball all came together at once and worked. The ball sailed straight down the green. It was a beautiful sight. It seems to happen this way with backing in too. Just keep trying.
* Get out of the tow vehicle and walk your site. Look for where the hook ups are; check for low hanging branches that might scrape your roof; see if the picnic table or fire ring are going to create a problem. When you are standing at the back of your site look at your rig and see if it is pulled up enough to make a tight turn into the space. Sometimes this is much clearer from the back of your site than it is from a side or rear view mirror.
* If you have tried and are getting frustrated and feeling low – ask for help. There’s no shame in that. What is a shame is staying home because you are not yet good at one aspect of RVing. Many times someone from the campground will help you and if that’s not the case, there is usually a Good Samaritan nearby to pitch in. Sometimes you don’t even have to ask, they will come out of the woods like woodland fairies and offer assistance.
* Only take direction from one person at a time. It seems that the fairies sometimes arrive in droves and they all want to assist together. There’s nothing helpful about three different people set up at three separate angles all chiming in together. Just concentrate on one persons directions and tune the others out.

Once you have arrived at the site:

* First check to see where your hook ups are. It’s an awful feeling that I have personally experienced when you are all unhitched and stabilized and you go to plug in your water or electric and you are too far away from the hookups. The sewer hose is normally the shortest so check to make sure you will be able to reach it from the spot you have chosen to put your RV in.
* Check to see if your RV is level left to right. It can be off a little bit and not bother you but if it is higher on the door side that will could mean you are sleeping at a slight downward angle if your bed is set up with the head on the opposite wall. I use thehttps://girlcamper.com/?p=8046 https://girlcamper.com/episode-169-building-the-best-campfire/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-169-building-the-best-campfire/feed/ 4 <p>Do you love the roar and crackle of a good campfire? Are you mesmerized by the flickering lights, glowing embers and radiating warmth? I’ve got some tips on building the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-169-building-the-best-campfire/">Episode 169: Building the Best Campfire</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Do you love the roar and crackle of a good campfire? Are you mesmerized by the flickering lights, glowing embers and radiating warmth? I’ve got some tips on building the […] Ingredients 

* Tinder or fire starters
* Kindling
* Dry hardwoods
* Rake
* Ring
* Fan or bellows
* Fireplace gloves or tongs
* Lighter

Start by preparing your ring or stone circle. Remove old debris and rake around the outside of your ring to make sure that any combustible materials are away from the ring.
Good campfires get going by using three levels of materials that burn. Tinder is the fastest burning material and it is used to ignite the kindling. Kindling burns slower than tinder and long enough to get the hardwood larger logs started.

* Tinder – You can forage the forest floor for dried leaves, pine straw, pine cones and very small dry twigs. You need really dry material that will burn up quickly. I usually use balled up newspaper to which I add homemade fire starters that will burn longer than newspapers or twigs. A well made fire starter made with a wax base will burn for several minutes, long enough to get the kindling burning well. If you are not using fire starters you may want to invest in a set of bellows to fan the flames.
* Kindling – Kindling is the medium sized wood that is used to ignite the hard wood logs. It can be fallen branches found on the ground, scrap wood from home improvement projects or slices of hardwood cut off the larger logs with an axe.
* Hardwood logs – Most campgrounds sell seasoned, dried hardwood for campfires. Most states have restrictions on bringing wood in from out of state locations. These regulations have to do with an effort to control the spread of insects that ravage certain species of trees and should be strictly observed.

 
Tinder is in the center of the fire surrounded by kindling and topped off with the hardwoods. There are a few ways to stack the hardwoods to get your fire going. The teepee style, the log cabin and the upside down. I prefer the log cabin to the teepee which collapses as soon as the kindling is burned up and can smother the fire out. Once the large logs are burning you can add more large logs without having to use additional kindling and tinder. A pair of fire gloves is handy to move wood around.
Fire starters are easy to make at home and I like to make them in big batches on a rainy day and give them as gifts. A new one I have recently begun making from paper bags basically eliminates the need for tinder. It’s tinder and a fire starter all in one.
 
 
Collecting Wax

* I buy old candles at garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores.
* The Dollar Store has some great bargains on ten packs of wax candles.
* I ask the ‘church ladies’ who clean the church to save the candle stubs for me. It’s a higher quality wax that doesn’t smoke or smell.
* I save all the old birthday candles, gouda cheese wrappers and candle stubs from holiday table settings and use them for these projects.

Melting the Wax

* You can use an old aluminum small sauce pan, preferably with two handles. You place it in the oven on 300 until it’s all melted. You can just let the leftovers solidify in the pan and reheat it the next time you make starters.
* Disposable aluminum pans are a great way to melt and remelt wax. Place them in the oven on 300 until the wax is melted. You will need to use two or even three pans together to get enough rigidity to keep the pan from twisting when you take it out of the oven. The downfall for this method and the old sauce pan is that once they are removed from the oven they begin to harden up and you need to keep placing them back in the oven.
* Buy an old crock pot at a flea market or thrift store and ...]]>
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Episode 168: RV Wet Bath Hacks https://girlcamper.com/episode-168-rv-wet-bath-hacks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-168-rv-wet-bath-hacks Tue, 14 May 2019 02:15:40 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=8026 https://girlcamper.com/episode-168-rv-wet-bath-hacks/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-168-rv-wet-bath-hacks/feed/ 0 <p>Have you found the perfect trailer but are afraid to pull the trigger because it has a wet bath? Are you imagining sloppy pools of water on everything and mold […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-168-rv-wet-bath-hacks/">Episode 168: RV Wet Bath Hacks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Have you found the perfect trailer but are afraid to pull the trigger because it has a wet bath? Are you imagining sloppy pools of water on everything and mold […] Keeping Towels Dry 

* Put towels up high by creating a shelf out of spring rods.


* Hang your towels on spring rods and then use another spring rod for a shower curtain to go over them when showering.
* Hang wire baskets high on the wall and put shower supplies and rolled up towels in them.

Keeping Other Things Dry

* Put toilet paper in plastic container


Photo credit: Outdoorsoul.net

* Make spring rod shelf for shampoo, bath gel and shower items
* Use a bamboo mat to keep your drying off towel from dropping into any pooled water on shower floor

 

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Consider an adjustable shower rod to store things

 

Image courtesy of Wayfair
Solutions in a Wet Bath

* Hang a rod across shower wall and hang baskets or cans from it for storage.
* Mount a shower shampoo, conditioner and body gel dispenser.

 

* Keep cleaning supplies in a caddy between toilet and wall.
* Use large Command hooks to hang towels from after the shower.
* Have a squeegee in the shower and remove water from walls as soon as you are done showering.
* Use a microfiber towel to get any excess water left behind.
* Turn on overhead fan after each shower.

 
 
 
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Episode 167: RV Kitchen Hacks https://girlcamper.com/episode-167-rv-kitchen-hacks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-167-rv-kitchen-hacks Tue, 07 May 2019 13:58:01 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7997 https://girlcamper.com/episode-167-rv-kitchen-hacks/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-167-rv-kitchen-hacks/feed/ 0 <p>My Favorite RV Kitchen Hacks  I want my RV kitchen to do everything my home kitchen does and I am always scouring for RV kitchen tips because it has to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-167-rv-kitchen-hacks/">Episode 167: RV Kitchen Hacks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My Favorite RV Kitchen Hacks  I want my RV kitchen to do everything my home kitchen does and I am always scouring for RV kitchen tips because it has to […] I want my RV kitchen to do everything my home kitchen does and I am always scouring for RV kitchen tips because it has to do all of that in 10% of the space. Here are a few of my favorites!!
Magnetic Knife Holder – Chef style magnetic knife holders have so many uses in a camper. In the kitchen they can be used to store knives obviously but also to hang other things from. I love the idea of old soup cans on the kitchen magnet holding the potato peeler, wooden spoon and can opener. It would also make a nice place to stash a few wildflowers picked on your hike.

 
Baby Food Jar Spice Rack – courtesy of
Coach Vaughn   
Old school baby food jars are a great way to store spices in an easy to grab way. You will need a magnetic strip under the cabinet to hang them from. You can also buy empty food jars with metal lids on Amazon for this purpose.

 
Stackable Food Containers – are a great way to save space, keep food fresh and find what you are looking for in a hurry! They can be costly but are worth the investment. Stackable food containers can be purchased at Home Goods, The Container Store and through Amazon.
 
Tension Rods are a great way to create storage space in a cabinet for hard to store things. When installed vertically they can define a space for serving plates, cutting boards, and cookie sheets. Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Sink Basin – Camco makes a kitchen kit that has a small basin, drying rack and sink mat all in one set. I use the basin within my sink and fill it half way with hot soapy water in the morning. Rather than running the water each time I have an item to wash I drop knives, plates and coffee mugs in it all day. Before I start dinner I add some hot water to it and clean up the days dishes all at once. When I am boon docking this is a great way to conserve water.

Shelf liner – Shelf liner has so many purposes in an RV. You can use it to keep your pots and pans from sliding around in a cabinet while you are driving. You can cut it into small squares and layer it between your stacked plates to keep them in place. You can use small squares on the counter top under a cutting board or mixing bowl to keep them from sliding around while you are preparing food. You can use thehttps://girlcamper.com/?p=7910 https://girlcamper.com/episode-166-towing-safety-101/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-166-towing-safety-101/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I am walking you through the basics of matching your tow vehicle to your RV. I am breaking down and defining the terms associated with towing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-166-towing-safety-101/">Episode 166: Towing Safety 101</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am walking you through the basics of matching your tow vehicle to your RV. I am breaking down and defining the terms associated with towing […] Some terms we hear discussed at RV dealerships and on social media groups dedicated to RVing are below. It’s a good idea for those new to towing to familiarize themselves with these terms.
GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This number indicates the maximum amount of weight that can be carried in that RV. This would be fully loaded. It is what the industry has determined through federal guidelines that the frame, and axle, and wheels can accommodate. It is a federal law that each RV or travel trailer that leaves a factory must have this number in the left front corner of the outside of the trailer on a non removable plate. 
UVW – Unloaded Vehicle Weight. This is sometimes referred to as the dry weight. When a travel trailer leaves the factory it is individually weighed. The weight for that trailer is connected to its vin number and is specific to that individual trailer. You can have two trailers made the same day at the same plant that will have two different UVW ratings. It depends on the options that are put on them. An awning on a trailer can weigh a lot. An added 30 # propane tank can add another 25 pounds empty –  54#’s when it’s full. Also keep in mind that if you bring that trailer home and do modifications to it before you put one thing in it, every modification you make adds to your UVW.
CCC- Cargo Carrying Capacity. This number is also on the label in the left front corner of your RV. It can also sometimes be found on the inside of the door. This number tells you how much weight you can add to your RV when you’re packing it. The CCC on my Liberty Outdoors Max is 660 pounds. The axle and the tires are not rated to carry more than this amount of added weight. 
GVWR – UVW = CCC
The GVWR on my Max trailer is 3800 pounds. When I deduct the 3,140 pound UVW (or the dry weight as some people like to say), I arrive at the number 660 which is my Cargo Carrying Capacity. This simply means I cannot put more than 660 pounds of stuff in my trailer.
Tongue weight – the downward force that the tongue of the trailer exerts on the hitch that is connected to the vehicle. … Experts agree that an acceptable tongue weight for any trailer is somewhere between 9 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. 
Your tow vehicle also has ratings that you need to be aware of. 
There are three numbers to concern yourself with in your tow vehicle. 
Your tow vehicle also has a GVWR which can be found on the door jam or the door itself on your tow vehicle. This number reflects the maximum amount of weight that vehicle can have in total. It’s made up of the weight of the vehicle itself, what’s in it and the tongue weight of anything it’s pulling. 
The Cargo Carrying Capacity number is also listed on the door. That’s how much stuff you put in your tow vehicle. 
The UVR or dry weight, is what it weighs empty but with a small amount added for gas. This number is a little trickier to find. You can find it in your owners manual. You can also get that number by taking your gross vehicle weight rating and deducting your cargo carrying capacity. That will give you a number close to what your vehicle weighs dry.
There is one last number to concern yourself with and it’s called the GCWR. This number reflects the total of the GVWR for your tow vehicle and the RV together. It is the maximum allowable combination of your tow vehicle, its passengers and cargo combined with the weight of the RV and its cargo. This rating is set by the vehicle manufacturer. I got this number from my owners manual but you can also get it from a
https://girlcamper.com/?p=7892 https://girlcamper.com/episode-165-girl-camper-favorite-kitchen-items/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-165-girl-camper-favorite-kitchen-items/feed/ 0 <p>On today’s show I am sharing the results of my online survey asking Girl Campers for their favorite things they won’t camp without. There were so many things that I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-165-girl-camper-favorite-kitchen-items/">Episode 165: Girl Camper Favorite Kitchen Items</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On today’s show I am sharing the results of my online survey asking Girl Campers for their favorite things they won’t camp without. There were so many things that I […] Ice Maker – An indulgence for sure but one that I have learned to love. It’s great having ice on demand and not worrying about whether the campground is out of it. I know I will always have it for a cool drink. I have the Igloo version but there are lots out there varying in price from $89 to $150. I set mine up as soon as I arrive and fill it with jug water. As the ice is made I put it in zip lock bags and store it in the freezer. I always have enough to share!
 

 
Blackstone Grill – Everyone is talking about the Blackstone Grill and I have resisted this purchase so far but I see what the buzz is all about. These grills offer a lot of great options for outdoor enthusiasts and home BBQ enthusiasts. They come in many different sizes. You can adjust the temperature on different sides of the grill so you can have a lower temperature keeping food warm on one side while cooking something at a higher temperature on the other side. You can cook several different foods at one time so you can do pancakes, eggs and bacon all on one unit. Less pans to clean. You season them like a cast iron pan and like cast iron they get better with time. It has a grease collection system that makes cleaning up easy. I normally camp alone or in small groups but think this would be just the ticket for big Girl Camper events and parties at home. I like that it is available portable models and I could use it at home as well as the campground.
 

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French Press Coffee Maker – So many people brought up the French Press. It’s great for boon docking and camping with hooks ups as well. A French Press allows you to make coffee to your taste and can be used to steep loose tea and herbs as well. They can be a bit of a pain to clean because you don’t want those coffee grounds going down the RV plumbing system but when making coffee for one or two it’s just the ticket. French Presses are always available at thrift shops too so you can give them a try without making a big investment.

Coffee Carafe – Those Grandma things that our mothers always used for company or to put the leftover coffee in on a Sunday morning are making a comeback with Girl Campers. I used one when I had my vintage trailer that did not have a hot water heater. I would heat up water in the morning for my French Press and then put the extra in the Urn to save for later when I wanted to have a cup of tea or an instant oatmeal. It was also handy to have to wash my hands in warm water or wash a few dishes. They are also always at thrift stores for a few bucks so you can see if you’d like it without busting the bank. Our Girl Camper friend, Yvonne Artis from Texas bought one and customized it to match her trailer by coloring ov...]]> Janine Pettit clean 39:30 Episode 164: Spring Gear Guide https://girlcamper.com/episode-164-spring-gear-guide/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-164-spring-gear-guide Tue, 16 Apr 2019 01:34:52 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7872 https://girlcamper.com/episode-164-spring-gear-guide/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-164-spring-gear-guide/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I am highlighting some of my favorite new gear. It’s time to clean out the camper and find a spot for all the new gear, gizmos […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-164-spring-gear-guide/">Episode 164: Spring Gear Guide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am highlighting some of my favorite new gear. It’s time to clean out the camper and find a spot for all the new gear, gizmos […] Out of the Box Camping is a quarterly subscription box delivered to your door for campers, glampers and RV enthusiasts. If you buy the annual subscription you can get your box with shipping included for $46.25. I think this is a great gift to give yourself or a camping buddy. I love surprises and with this box you not only get a great RV gear but you get treated to a surprise 4 times a year. Anything you don’t love, you can regift to a friend. You can get a discount of $5 off your first order by using the coupon code: Girlcamper

Haul Guage “measures tongue weight, pin weight, payload, and gross combined weight in real-time with an OBD-II connector that communicates wirelessly via Bluetooth with an app on your iPhone or Android device.”  It’s a great way to get the information you want about your tow vehicle and trailer each time you use it. Most people take a different amount of geat depending on where they are going, how long they will be there and what they plan to do there. Adding a canoe, mountain bike or generators to your rig can really add a lot of weight. It’s also a great way to get a measurement if you don’t live near a scale. It costs $99 on Amazon and can be swithched from vehicle to vehicle.

Smart Bottle Inc. introduced the Wolverine Collapsible Water Carrier for camping and outdoors. These new containers are compact, collapsible, BPA free and durable. They are cost effective and come in several different sizes. The one gallon jug sells for $6.95!! Last year when I traveled to Colorado to boondock I had a lot of one gallon hard shelled water bottles in the back of my truck that I kept refilling. What I like about these jugs is that once they are empty they fold flat. They also have upped the design on them offering handles on both ends for easier pouring and grommets on the top and bottom to hang and connect them. I got the one gallon and 2.5 gallon jugs with the pour spouts.











Oxx Box is a heavy duty coffee maker made for those who drink coffee in the rugged outdoors at camps or construction sites. It’s a single serve pot that works will all K cups so each person can choose their own blend. The machine is designed for heavy duty use. It has a cruxh proof chassis with a 1500 pound load rating. It can accomodate 8, 10, and 12 oz cups as well as adjust to fill a thermos. It preheats in 30 seconds and brews a cup of coffee in 70 seconds. It’s weather and dust reisitant and has an 85 oz capacity water tank as well as a handle on the top for carrying it around.  It also has an integrated carbon water filter and a three foot long retractable cord. When I consider that I just ditched my second Kurig I think this is a great value. I am usually the one serving breakfast at my site and I think this will really hold up! It sells for $229 and has an optional carrying bag for an additonal $69.

Seed Geek Company is a Non GMO seed company started by a husband and wife duo that became interested in organic seeds when they started researching where their food came from. They started growing their own food and then began selling seeds to others. As they expanded their business they began offering organic non chemical solutions for health care products. Their Bug Off bar is not only beautiful but its made from mango butter,]]>
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Episode 163: Spring RV Projects with Mark Polk https://girlcamper.com/episode-163-spring-rv-projects-with-mark-polk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-163-spring-rv-projects-with-mark-polk Tue, 09 Apr 2019 02:07:40 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7837 https://girlcamper.com/episode-163-spring-rv-projects-with-mark-polk/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-163-spring-rv-projects-with-mark-polk/feed/ 0 <p>Are you ready to shake off winter and get that camper ready to roll? Mark Polk is here today to talk about projects you can do yourself to get the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-163-spring-rv-projects-with-mark-polk/">Episode 163: Spring RV Projects with Mark Polk</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Are you ready to shake off winter and get that camper ready to roll? Mark Polk is here today to talk about projects you can do yourself to get the […] RV Education 101 and an industry expert on safety, maintenance and RV repairs. There are a lot of RV maintenance projects you can do and Mark provides great tutorials and videos to encourage and instruct us.

I asked Mark about five things that I normally do myself and he gave me his tips on doing them correctly. Mark has more Spring Checks below so be sure to check them out.
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Five Spring Rv checks to do before your first trip.
Battery – Assuming that you properly stored your battery at the end of the season these tips will help you make it ready for the coming season. If you left it over the winter without a trickle charge on it and it dropped below fifty percent, it may need to be replaced. Be sure to watch Marks whole video on battery maintenance in the at the bottom of the page.

* Check to make sure it’s charged.
* Recharge it to capacity if you didn’t do so over the winter.
* Add water if necessary. Mark has a video for that below.
* Check all of the connections to make sure they’re secure and don’t have corrosion.
* Clean up any corrosion or dirt on the battery.
* When working around batteries be sure to wear safety gloves and goggles.


Tires – Your tires are arguably the most important part of your RV. They carry you and your possessions safely to where you are going. If they are over or under inflated, have excessive wear or are not rated to carry the weight of your trailer you could cause a serious accident and injure yourself and others. Beheck for loss of air over the storage period. They could lose 3-10 percent per month.

* Check the tire pressure with an accurate gauge. Tires can lose air at a rate of 3-10 percent per month.
* Add air to the manufacturers specifications.
* Check the tire tread.
* Don’t forget the spare tire.
* Check the lug nuts.


Vents – Be sure to check the appliance vents on the outside of your RV. Bugs are drawn to the odor of propane exhaust and sneak in the vent areas to build nests.

* Check the latches on your vents to make sure they are all working. Replace or repair as necessary.
* Remove any nesting or bugs you find inside by thoroughly vacuuming the area.
* Replace any broken panel covers.
* Some RVers suggest placing a pet flea and tick collar in the vent area to discourage bugs.


RV Water System – After you have dewinterized your RV, there is a simple way to sanitize the tanks for the coming season.

* Check for leaks. Mark has some simple tips in his video for making sure your RV lines are not leaking.
* Sanitize the system with lots of fresh water and everyday bleach.
* Mark recommends a formula of 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons the tank holds. After the bleach is placed in the tanks, run the water until you smell bleach coming from each faucet including the shower, bathroom sink and outdoor faucet. Let the solution sit for at least 12 hours.
* Drain the bleach water and replace it with fresh water. Run all of the faucets again until you don’t smell bleach.
* Replace all of the water filters.


Trailer Hitch and Components 

* Start by familiarizing yourself with all of the components of the hitch again.
* Check all components for loose or rusted hardware or broken welds.
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Episode 162: Renting an RV for a Fly and Drive Vacation https://girlcamper.com/episode-162-renting-an-rv-for-a-fly-and-drive-vacation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-162-renting-an-rv-for-a-fly-and-drive-vacation Tue, 02 Apr 2019 06:49:25 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7762 https://girlcamper.com/episode-162-renting-an-rv-for-a-fly-and-drive-vacation/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-162-renting-an-rv-for-a-fly-and-drive-vacation/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I am sharing all the details of our Fly and Drive vacation to parts warm! We left cold and snowy New Jersey with temps in the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-162-renting-an-rv-for-a-fly-and-drive-vacation/">Episode 162: Renting an RV for a Fly and Drive Vacation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am sharing all the details of our Fly and Drive vacation to parts warm! We left cold and snowy New Jersey with temps in the […] I contacted El Monte in Van Nuys, California to ask if I could do a one way rental, picking it up in LA and dropping it off in Salt Lake City. Although it is not an option at all of their 20 locations across the country, it was available from Van Nuys to Salt Lake City for around $850 for ten days. I have never driven a Class C before so I decided I wanted the smallest and least complicated model available. I chose the 25′ Thor Four Winds without any slide outs. It had a rear bed with a cab over bunk for extra sleeping and a booth that folded down to create an additional bed.
When we first pulled into the Van Nuys location there were several motor homes parked up front. We noticed a sign hanging from the rear view mirror on one of them that read, “Vacation Ready – Pettit!!” and boy, were they correct! We were vacation ready! The pick up went very smoothly and we were at the location less than 90 minutes. We watched a 20 minute video on the motor homes systems which I recorded on my phone just in case we needed reminding. All of the systems were very similar to my travel trailer and we never needed to revisit the video. The staff was great and had all the paperwork ready ahead of time. We opted to take out an insurance policy with our agent from home before we got there and we saved a lot of money by doing that. The El Monte policy was $30 per day. We were planning a ten day trip so that would have added up. Our agent wrote us a policy for the ten days for $35.00. After all of the paperwork was done the El Monte rep took us out to our unit and walked us through all of the systems showing us how to operate everything! We left with total confidence.
El Monte offers a convenience kit for a small additional fee but we opted to bring our own sheets, pillowcases, towels, table cloth, dish towels and blanket along with dinner service for two with cutlery and minimal cooking utensils. We purchased a coffee pot, frying pan, some tupperware, plastic cups that we rewashed and used over and over and four pillows from Target. We spent less than $50 on those items and the items we brought from home were all in a carry on that we didn’t pay an additional airline fee for. I loved having my own sheets, blanket and pillow cases. It felt very homey and immediately made me feel like I was in “my” RV.
I was a little nervous about driving something so big but wasn’t on the road for more than five miles when I realized that it’s just a big truck. I drive an F150 as my daily ride and use it as my tow vehicle. It didn’t feel much different than my own truck. We thought that it might be a hassle to have to use it for everything since we were not towing a touring car behind us but it actually wasn’t. The opposite was true. It was very simple to unplug and hit the road with each morning.
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Episode 161: Boondockers Welcome founder Marianne Edwards https://girlcamper.com/episode-161-boondockers-welcome-founder-marianne-edwards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-161-boondockers-welcome-founder-marianne-edwards Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:38:22 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7747 https://girlcamper.com/episode-161-boondockers-welcome-founder-marianne-edwards/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-161-boondockers-welcome-founder-marianne-edwards/feed/ 1 <p>Would you like to camp more and pay less? Would you like to meet fellow RVers and get their tips on the best places to eat, tour and get services […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-161-boondockers-welcome-founder-marianne-edwards/">Episode 161: Boondockers Welcome founder Marianne Edwards</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Would you like to camp more and pay less? Would you like to meet fellow RVers and get their tips on the best places to eat, tour and get services […] Boondockers Welcome is a pay it forward system of fellow sojourners helping each other see the country while keeping expenses down.

Mairanne is not new to saving money while camping. She is the founder of Frugal-RV-Travel which she founded after taking a one year road trip in 1999. Marianne and her husband Randy discovered they could make their travel budget stretch if they didn’t give $40-$60 a night to a campground. She took the knowledge she gained on money saving RV travel and built a website that covers all aspects of RVing from health insurance to RV repairs to fabulous destinations. Be sure to check out Mariannes other fabulous site and sign up for their newsletter.

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Features:

* You can boondock for one day or several depending on the hosts availability.
* 1600 sites are listed on Boondockers Welcome
* As a host you don’t have to accomodate all RV types or be available 365 days a year
* You can be a user without being a host yourself
* There is a review system that allows you to see how other guests reviewed the property and hosts
* You must have a self contained RV to be a guest

Frequently Asked Questions for potential boondockers.

You can sign up for Boondockers Welcome and get a 10% discount by using the coupon code: Girlcamper
 
 
 
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Episode 160: Cast Iron Cooking 101 with Kate Dunbar https://girlcamper.com/episode-160-cast-iron-cooking-101-with-kate-dunbar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-160-cast-iron-cooking-101-with-kate-dunbar Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:34:57 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7703 https://girlcamper.com/episode-160-cast-iron-cooking-101-with-kate-dunbar/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-160-cast-iron-cooking-101-with-kate-dunbar/feed/ 0 <p>I first experienced cast iron food on a Girl Camping trip in Tennessee many years ago with some serious cast iron mavens. Not only was the food delicious but I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-160-cast-iron-cooking-101-with-kate-dunbar/">Episode 160: Cast Iron Cooking 101 with Kate Dunbar</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I first experienced cast iron food on a Girl Camping trip in Tennessee many years ago with some serious cast iron mavens. Not only was the food delicious but I […]
I can remember my grandmother’s cast iron pan hanging unceremoniously from a hook on a peg board wall in the pantry. It was not part of any set. It was her skillet. She had a dutch oven one as well and those were her pots and pans. Actually, to be accurate, they were her pot and pan, her two kitchen tools from which every meal that graced her table sprung. I’m emotionally connected to the idea of generations of women passing down not only the skills, but the tools involved in making that magic happen. I can pause at a cast iron pan on a flea market table and just take a moment to imagine its original owner, the grandmother that prepared meals in it, cleaned it, and seasoned it and who valued it because it was a family asset. Those were the times when there was not disposable income to replace things that were not properly cared for.

I’m lucky to have cast iron that came through family channels and I treasure it. I have also added many new cast iron pieces that I use daily and hope my children will use and save someday.

I wanted to have Kate Dunbar on the show to talk about the history and care of cast iron. Kate is my “go to” cast iron diva. She’s the founder of Kate’s Curious Kitchen and author of the Campground Gourmet as well as a fellow Girl Camper who has a camp kitchen set up that draws a crowd to her site. She’s on today’s show to share her knowledge of cast iron and a few recipes and ideas from her new cookbook.

On today’s show Kate will cover:

* The two types of cast iron; enamel and bare cast iron.
* Preheating cast iron.
* How to season a cast iron pan.
* How to properly clean a cast iron pan.
* The tools needed for cast iron cooking – Kate’s five piece starter kit.
* Cast iron cooking at the campground and home.
* Dutch oven and skillet cooking.


I’ll be cooking Live with Kate from Waxahachie, Texas when we have our Wonderful Women in Waxahachie event April 25-28. Be sure to follow Girl Camper on Facebook. Follow Kate on Facebook.

All photos courtesy of Kate Dunbar!!
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Episode 159: The New Ford Ranger – Mid Size Truck https://girlcamper.com/episode-159-the-new-ford-ranger-mid-size-truck/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-159-the-new-ford-ranger-mid-size-truck Tue, 12 Mar 2019 04:03:57 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7616 https://girlcamper.com/episode-159-the-new-ford-ranger-mid-size-truck/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-159-the-new-ford-ranger-mid-size-truck/feed/ 0 <p>Most people think of the Ford Ranger as that old, small, white truck that service industries used for a fleet vehicle. The cable guys truck. The pest control guy. Your […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-159-the-new-ford-ranger-mid-size-truck/">Episode 159: The New Ford Ranger – Mid Size Truck</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Episode 159: The New Ford Ranger
Ford has brought back the Ranger and it is NOT your light duty, clean up the back yard, truck anymore. This mid size truck has a EPA estimated MPG of 21/26 city and highway, seating for 4-5 and offers and a starting price of $24,300.
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Ford has also created an off road adventure version of the new Ranger that Girl Campers and any outdoor adventurer that wants a smaller truck with great MPG will be sure to love. It offers a 2.3 liter turbo charged four cylinder engine that will provide horsepower of 270. The Ranger has a gas engine that in testing has shown the best MPG of all the mid sized gas powered rivals. With an added tow package the Ranger can tow 7,500 pounds and has a payload of 1,860 pounds.

To hear more about the new Ford Ranger tune into today’s podcast interview with Chad Collandar from Ford.
 
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Episode 158: Road Trip Mojo Music – Festivals Explored https://girlcamper.com/episode-158-road-trip-mojo-music-festivals-explored/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-158-road-trip-mojo-music-festivals-explored Thu, 07 Mar 2019 21:25:39 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7614 https://girlcamper.com/episode-158-road-trip-mojo-music-festivals-explored/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-158-road-trip-mojo-music-festivals-explored/feed/ 4 <p>On this week’s show I am chatting with friends and co founders of the Road Trip Mojo site about the music festival scene and Rving. These two things go hand […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-158-road-trip-mojo-music-festivals-explored/">Episode 158: Road Trip Mojo Music – Festivals Explored</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am chatting with friends and co founders of the Road Trip Mojo site about the music festival scene and Rving. These two things go hand […]
I first met Barry and Jeff at the Florida RV Show two years ago. They are both from Florida and follow the RV scene as closely as the music scene. They were at the show exploring the many new RV’s available and stopped by the Liberty Outdoors booth where I was showing off my Max trailer. I was hooked on their site the minute I logged on. First, I love their tag line, “camping with a better playlist,”  and I am giving them the completely worthless “Best in Show” award from Girl Camper for the “Best RV Influencer Tag Line.” The line to me reveals their low key attitude about enjoying life, camping, music, people, and the journey. Exactly the kind of people I like to travel with.
Jeff is a writer, entrepreneur, and pioneer for the work from home movement. He just celebrated 30 years of employment from his office off the kitchen. He and his wife are almost empty nesters looking forward to that light at the end of the parenting tunnel that so many of us Rvers longing to travel more have focused on.
Barry by contrast is a dentist in a busy practice with a few more years to go before he can dig in for more RV travel. He lives in south Florida in a beautiful home on the water, enjoys cooking, and camps in a BIG and beautiful Fifth Wheel. He’s come a long way from his and Jeff’s first music festival in a borrowed tent.
To hear more of Barry and Jeff’s story on today’s podcast, click on the arrow below.
Check out Road Trip Mojo for great festivals, interviews and tips for navigating the best camp sites.
 
 
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Making the Decision to Full Time RV with Leslie Abbott https://girlcamper.com/episode-157-meet-girl-camper-leslie-abbott/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-157-meet-girl-camper-leslie-abbott Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:12:57 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7551 https://girlcamper.com/episode-157-meet-girl-camper-leslie-abbott/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-157-meet-girl-camper-leslie-abbott/feed/ 11 <p>Have you ever dreamed a really big dream? A dream that wouldn’t make sense to most people? Have you ever thought of just chucking it?  Quitting your job, selling your […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-157-meet-girl-camper-leslie-abbott/">Episode 157: Meet Girl Camper Leslie Abbott</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Have you ever dreamed a really big dream? A dream that wouldn’t make sense to most people? Have you ever thought of just chucking it?  Quitting your job, selling your […] She’s on today’s podcast talking about what propelled the dream, the steps she took to make it happen, the obstacles along the way both and how she overcame them.
Leslie has now been on the road for nine months. Long enough to have some wisdom about the full time RV lifestyle. She’s learning about her rig along the way and herself as well. Leslie chose her model because she wanted to be able to have company. Two weeks after setting out Leslie had her first guests. Her parents  flew from North Carolina to the southwest to meet her and fulfill their dream of seeing the Grand Canyon.
She ventured north from there enjoying time with her sister and one of her nephews in the Ice Fields of Canada. Leslie is not traveling with a strict itinerary but rather a general idea of when she’d like to be by a certain time. When she left California she knew she wanted to spend the fall in New England and she did.
 
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Episode 156: Analysis Paralysis – Choosing the Right RV Now! https://girlcamper.com/episode-156-analysis-paralysis-choosing-the-right-rv-now-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-156-analysis-paralysis-choosing-the-right-rv-now-2 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:27:46 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7549 https://girlcamper.com/episode-156-analysis-paralysis-choosing-the-right-rv-now-2/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-156-analysis-paralysis-choosing-the-right-rv-now-2/feed/ 1 <p>Are you stuck in analysis paralysis? Have you seen so many RV’s that you can no longer remember which one had the Murphy bed and which was the bunkhouse? There […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-156-analysis-paralysis-choosing-the-right-rv-now-2/">Episode 156: Analysis Paralysis – Choosing the Right RV Now!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Are you stuck in analysis paralysis? Have you seen so many RV’s that you can no longer remember which one had the Murphy bed and which was the bunkhouse? There […] Tips for Choosing an RV

* Determine if you are going with a towable or a motor home. They each have their pros and cons and the decision will be different for everyone. A travel trailer allows you to have a touring vehicle available once you have unhitched and set up. A motor home will require you to break camp or tow a vehicle behind you to get around in once you have arrived but the travel itself is so luxurious. There’s also safety advantages to a motor home that are important to many solo women travelers. Being able to pull away without leaving your vehicle if you ever felt unsafe is a big plus to many women. The first step in pulling the trigger to your RV dream is to decide which type of RV best suits you.
* Decide which type of RVing you’re most likely to be doing. Do you want to boondock for long periods of time in remote places with no hook ups or access to water? If so you are going to want to be looking at units with large holding tanks, battery and generator power and solar panels to boost your ability to stay off the grid longer. If your plan is to resort camp at full hook up campgrounds for a few weekends a year, you may be happy with an entry level RV that keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold.

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* What are your kitchen, sleeping and bathroom needs? Do you love to cook? You are going to want to pay close attention to the available prep space, cabinet storage and refrigerator size in the kitchen of the RV you are considering. It’s also important to think about how many you want your RV to sleep. Will you use it alone or as a couple? Do you want the ability to host guests? Do you want a walk around bed or are you okay with a bed against the wall? Lastly, think about the bathroom. Do you prefer a three piece unit with a separate shower or can you live with a wet bath? Pay attention to the ventilation and lighting in the bathroom too. Many units have skylights and ceiling fans that make the bathrooms easier to keep mold free.


Pay attention to the kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area of the trailer and make sure it will meet your needs.

* Set a budget. Be sure to include the cost of annual maintenance, storage, insurance and purchase taxes in the price. Also include any upgrades you will need to make to your tow vehicle for weight distribution hitches, tow packages or lighting. Another budget component to add would be any after market products that you might want to purchase. Solar panels, tankless hot water heaters and keyless entries are a few common RV upgrades.
* Become an investigator. After you have narrowed down your choice, get online and start getting user feedback. Search the internet for user groups, chat rooms, and articles on the model that you are leaning toward. Check out the YouTube users for videos on the use and any problems the unit might have. It’s also a great place to see what modifications the owners are making. Consider renting one first from Outdoorsy or from a rental company. It could cost several hundred dollars to do this but could save you thousands if the weekend rental reveals that the bathroom, kitchen or floor plan is something that in realty is not practical for the style of camping you plan on doing. Go to RV shows and rallies and look at the different models in person. Lay on the bed, spin around in the kitchen and pretend you’re showering in the bathroom. Make sure you can use the unit comfortably.


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Episode 155 – Keeping Camping Resolutions https://girlcamper.com/episode-155-keeping-camping-resolutions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-155-keeping-camping-resolutions Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:55:50 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7425 https://girlcamper.com/episode-155-keeping-camping-resolutions/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-155-keeping-camping-resolutions/feed/ 5 <p>On this weeks show we are talking about keeping those camping resolutions. I polled the Girl Campers on line to see if they had made any Camping Resolutions for the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-155-keeping-camping-resolutions/">Episode 155 – Keeping Camping Resolutions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show we are talking about keeping those camping resolutions. I polled the Girl Campers on line to see if they had made any Camping Resolutions for the […] Listen to the show here!
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#6 – So many people want to attend more music festivals. That’s a good thing for sure and I have just the right people to help you out here. Follow along with my friends at Road Trip Mojo. Barry and Jeff are buddies whose families indulge their love of music and RVing and sometimes even join them. They combined their love of camping and their love of music and created an outlet for those who want to “camp with a better playlist!” They’ve got a great blog full of festivals, tips and their favorite venues. Check them out if you were one of the Girl Campers making music festivals a resolution for 2019.
#5 Camp with Dogs – So many camp with dogs and it is a topic we’ve covered before. In Episode 39 of the podcast I covered Camping Etiquette with Your Dog. You can listen to that here. Also always travel with your dogs records, any medicine you may need, extra towels and blankets, a way to secure the dog at your site and always have an ID tag on your pet. Even if you have treated your dog for ticks, always check for ticks after a hike.
#4 Boondock More. I covered the big Boondocking Experiment last season in Episode 135. I tricked my husband into camping without hook ups and told all about it! You can listen here. Other great boondocking outlets to check out are Boondock.org. – a great site created by Andrew Koransky a self professed frugal camper who shares his tips for free camping and much more. Also check out We’re the Russo’s. Kait and Joe Russo made their way to the nomadic life in 2015 by purchasing a Class B motorhome. Along the way they learned a lot and created some great YouTube content along the way. There are tons of APPs for boondocking including the All Stays App, FreeRoam and US Public Lands full of free places to camp. You can also check out the Visitors Centers in any town and ask where you can park for free.
#3 Outfit the Trailer for Quick Get Aways – I have always thought that if I had everything in the camper all the time I could take off whenever I wanted without a hassle. After I combined three camping lists and outfitted the trailer with everything I could ever need I still had trouble getting out of Dodge on Friday afternoons. I discovered that I had to rearrange the way I unload on a Sunday when I get home. I clean it on Sunday nights now and bring the dirty towels and linens in then. I throw those sheets right in the washer and put them back on during the week. When I have leftovers during the week, I create a camp meal or foil pack dinner and put it in the freezer to have ready on Friday night to toss in the fridge. No stops for food or meals on Friday night traffic and the meal is a good one. Here is a link to my episode on Simplifying Weekend Getaways. 
#2 Go on First Trip – You;ve got to just do it. Find a group, sign up for a trip. No trailer is necessary, Get a rented cabin. Rent a motorhome. Bunk with a friend. Stay in a tent or car camp. You have just got to make it happen. All the information has been given here and on so many sites. The problem may be you.]]>
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Transforming with Bob Thompson: Dealing with Setbacks https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-setbacks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-setbacks Tue, 22 Jan 2019 03:57:28 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7386 https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-setbacks/#comments https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-setbacks/feed/ 1 <p> Making a New Year’s resolution can be a little like setting a date to have lunch with a friend that always cancels. Sometimes we don’t really believe we are going […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-setbacks/">Transforming with Bob Thompson: Dealing with Setbacks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>  Making a New Year’s resolution can be a little like setting a date to have lunch with a friend that always cancels. Sometimes we don’t really believe we are going […]  Making a New Year’s resolution can be a little like setting a date to have lunch with a friend that always cancels. Sometimes we don’t really believe we are going to have to make good on it. In our series ‘Transforming in 2019’  we are taking a serious look at the things that keep us from doing the things we want to do. In week one we talked about The Mind Game. How to get in the right frame of mind for success?  In week two   our conversation focused on Dealing With Stumbling Blocks. What are those things that always trip us up? How can we identify them ahead of time and increase our chances of success? In week three we talked about Creating an Action Plan.  They say if you want to succeed at anything you create a plan and work the plan. Bob gave us some of the elements every good action plan should include.
 
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On this weeks show we are talking about Dealing With Setbacks. They are going to happen. My dad used to look at all of the romantic endeavors of his children and say, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” That can be applied to just about anything we set our minds to do. It’s never Point A to Point B. When the setbacks happen, how can we deal with them so they do not derail our goals? Bob Thompson,  founder and CEO of Legion Transformation Center’s has led thousands of people to better health and fitness.  He specializes in helping those who want health and fitness but don’t particularly love exercise or eating right. Along the way he has learned a lot about human nature.  Here is Bob‘s advice on dealing with setbacks.

* Understand from the onset that there will be setbacks.  Enthusiasm will wain. You might become ill. You may be asked to work overtime at work and that will interfere with your action plan.  There will be situations you can’t control that will trigger you to fall back into old behaviors.  From the onset, identify ahead of time what things might be waiting in the wings to trip you up. Be ready for them when they happen and don’t let them become an excuse to quit.
* When the setback happens, focus on what you can control and let the rest go.  Put your energy towards the things that will bring you back to your starting point. The food you are eating. The money you are spending. The people you are hanging out with. These are all things that you have control over. Hit the reset button as soon as possible.
* Do the next right thing. Take action that will turn you back toward your goal.  Do not allow yourself to become comfortable in the “old self.“  Do not beat yourself up. Don’t allow yourself to become demoralized. Call a friend and ask for encouragement. Find a member of your tribe and share what you are dealing with. Try to think of the setback as a pause button. Press unpause and move forward.
* Go back to the action plan and work it.  Remind yourself of what your “why“ is. Take the bigger picture here. Do not hyperfocus on the thing that is making you pause but instead pull back and look at the big picture.  Focus on the finish line and not what it is taking to get there. Behave like a long-distance runner. Don’t think about how much your feet hurt. Think about how great it’s going to feel when you cross the finish line.

Making lasting changes requires rethinking the systems we have in place. In our final installment we will be looking at staying in it for the long game.
 
 
 
 
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Transforming with Bob Thompson – Creating an Action Plan https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-creating-an-action-plan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=transforming-with-bob-thompson-creating-an-action-plan Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:40:27 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7344 https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-creating-an-action-plan/#respond https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-creating-an-action-plan/feed/ 0 <p>According to Bob Thompson, transformation expert and founder of Legion Transformation Centers, in order to accomplish anything you need a strategic plan, You also have to do things that make […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-creating-an-action-plan/">Transforming with Bob Thompson – Creating an Action Plan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> According to Bob Thompson, transformation expert and founder of Legion Transformation Centers, in order to accomplish anything you need a strategic plan, You also have to do things that make […] Legion Transformation Centers, in order to accomplish anything you need a strategic plan, You also have to do things that make you uncomfortable. You have to be willing to be radical. On today’s show we continue our series on transforming.  In week one we talked about The Mind Game and how to create a belief in yourself. On week two’s show it was all about the stumbling blocks and how we have to create an environment for success. This week we are talking about creating an action plan.
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They say to succeed you need to have a plan and work the plan but, how do we know what goes in a plan? What makes one plan better from another? Is a good plan all action steps or are there other emotional quantifiers at play?
Bob’s action plan components.

* Set the goal. Sounds simple right? Not so fast though. Most of us have an innate self protecting gene that doesn’t want to fail, be humiliated, look foolish or bite off more publicly than we are really willing to chew so we downsize our goals. I said my goal was to lose thirty pounds and Bob said, “What’s the real number?” Yikes! How did he know? I really want to lose fifty pounds but that seems daunting, unlikely, too big and more than I am willing to commit to. Bob says in order to reach our true goal, the one we only tell ourselves in our heads, we have to set a goal and then super size it. We have to make it BIG! Why make it big? Because setting an audacious goal makes us work harder. Even if we don’t reach 10K in savings, or fifty pounds or the whole marathon, the chances are higher that we will far surpass what our “play it safe” goal was. So… set a goal and blow it up!
* Put it Out There. Most of us keep our goals all tucked inside of us unwilling to risk ridicule, unsolicited advice and looking like a quitter if we drop the whole thing by month two. By putting it out there we make it real. We’re not playing it safe. We’ve created a scary situation and fear drives us with adrenaline and a higher level of motivation. We don’t want to look like a quitter and we are now more accountable to ourselves! Creating accountability increases our chances of succeeding. Say it out loud and show the world you are in it to win it.
* Be Willing to be Radical. I have to admit that I am the queen of Monday morning “cut backs.” I am not even out there enough to say diet. I start each week with the idea that this week I am going low carb and high protein and I will get a walk in at least three times after dinner. That is not exactly radical behavior and it is also exactly the kind of behavior that you fall away from by Wednesday when you worked late and your husband made pasta for dinner. Because I don’t put it out there, he doesn’t know I am “cutting back.” Bob says this is a recipe for disaster. If you want to do achieve a goal that has been alluding you, you are going to have to do things you have never done before. In the case of weight loss you may have to go old school and start weighing and measuring your food for a month. If you are getting out of credit card debt, it’s not enough to keep the plastic in the hard to reach zipper section of your pocket book. You are going to have to not just cut up the cards but call up and close the accounts. You have to take a radical approach because change requires changing habits and there’s no way to do that other than to rip the band aid off.
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Transforming with Bob Thompson: Dealing with Stumbling Blocks https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-stumbling-blocks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-stumbling-blocks Tue, 08 Jan 2019 02:51:35 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7337 https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-stumbling-blocks/#respond https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-stumbling-blocks/feed/ 0 <p>Change is hard! Eighty percent of those that make a New Years resolution have dropped it before February first. If we are going to get serious about change we need […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-dealing-with-stumbling-blocks/">Transforming with Bob Thompson: Dealing with Stumbling Blocks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Change is hard! Eighty percent of those that make a New Years resolution have dropped it before February first. If we are going to get serious about change we need […] Listen to the podcast here.
 
Bob is the founder and CEO of Legion Transformation Centers. He has helped thousands of clients overcome inertia, stinking thinking and bad habits to reach their health and fitness goals. The techniques Bob talks about can be applied to any area in which we want to make a life change. What’s your goal? Traveling more? Getting a handle on your budget? Decluttering your house? Letting go of broken systems that create a cycle of failure, lost opportunities and low self esteem will require a change of mind first. We covered that in last week’s show. This week we are talking about how to deal with the friend that wants to go on a shopping day. The mother that tells you that your thick ankles are genetic and you can’t fight nature. The office buddy that keeps bringing you donuts from the employee lunch room even though she knows you’re trying to make better food choices.
Bob’s tips for reducing stumbling blocks 

* Create an environment for success. You have to shape the environment for the outcome that you want. If you are a couch potato and want to be more active, cancel cable. If you are trying to pay off credit cards, don’t just take them out of your wallet, close the accounts and start paying for things with cash. If you are serious about weight loss, empty the cupboards of all junk food and don’t have anything in the house that will trip  you up in a weak moment.
* Surround yourself with five people that will inspire and support you. You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with so make sure they are people who are building you up, not tearing you down. Make sure they are people who are living life fully and their attitude reflects that. Who you spend your time with is something that you can control.
* Get a mentor. Having someone to help you navigate uncharted waters is really valuable. You can find a mentor in a group related to your goal. Much like a 12 step sponsor a mentor can help you pull back and look at the big picture when you might be tempted to hyper focus on the tasks or daily grind losing sight of the goal. A mentor helps you to keep your eye on the prize. If you don’t have a volunteer mentor you can hire a coach in the area you need help in. A nutritionist can help you meal plan and a business coach can analyze your business plan and help you set realistic goals. Be willing to pay for help. When you pay for advice you will take it more seriously and when someone is paid for their services, they will be more serious about what they are giving you.
* Find Your Tribe. Whatever you are trying to do, others are also trying to do. Find a group that can support you and that you can contribute to. Create a social media group for sharing tips, offering encouragement and venting frustrations. Having others who are traveling the same road will help you realize that “it’s not you.” Everyone feels like you do while change is happening.
* Eliminate people who bring you down. If you are going to seriously go after a goal you many need to eliminate people who don’t respect and encourage that. You don’t have to break up a family over it but you might just have to detach with kindnes...]]>
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Transforming with Bob Thompson – The Mind Game https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-the-mind-game/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=transforming-with-bob-thompson-the-mind-game Tue, 01 Jan 2019 03:48:35 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7327 https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-the-mind-game/#respond https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-the-mind-game/feed/ 0 <p>On today’s show I’m starting a five part series on transforming. I know lots of us have made New Year’s resolutions and set goals for what we want to accomplish […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/transforming-with-bob-thompson-the-mind-game/">Transforming with Bob Thompson – The Mind Game</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On today’s show I’m starting a five part series on transforming. I know lots of us have made New Year’s resolutions and set goals for what we want to accomplish […] I invited transformation expert Bob Thompson to join me in delving into this topic. Bob is the CEO of Legion Transformation Centers and has changed thousands of lives through fitness. Bob’s clients are not gym rats though. They’re me! The reluctant, the pessimistic. Those that want to be fit and healthy but really don’t like exercise. How he helps them transform was of great interest to me and it all starts with the mind.
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If we want to change the way we behave, we need to change the way we think. Our best (or worst) thinking got us where we are now. Bob says that changing our mind set starts with a belief in yourself. Whoa! This is my first stumbling block. I believe in myself when it comes to homemaking, podcasting, child rearing, trip planning, traveling afar etc… those are the things I know I’m good at. I have no belief in my ability to get a handle on my health! In fact I’m a proven failure in this area. I’m the direct opposite of what one needs to succeed in this arena.
I asked Bob if you can suddenly get a belief in yourself. What if you grew up in a family where you were never encouraged? What if your whole life you have felt “less than?”  Bob says that yes, you can but you have to start by asking the “why?” question. Why do I want to lose weight, save more money, get rid of the clutter in my house, be more active? On the surface we may say we want to lose weight to look better but dig deeper. When your “why” is vanity based, it’s easy to drop the goal. Over time we come to accept our shortcomings. That’s how we end up thirty pounds overweight instead of ten pounds. We passed ten by accepting it and rationalizing it and got ourselves to thirty. When our “why” is to look good at our nephews upcoming wedding we may get 15 pounds off and feel better and make that good enough but when we dig deeper and find a better “why” our goals may find better staying power. If the goal is to be healthy for our grandchildren and be able to be active in their lives or to gain better health to be around for your spouse, it’s loftier than vanity and more likely to have staying power.
Once we find a deeper “why” we can build a sense of belief in self in a few ways.

* Have the mind set that you will not be defined by the past. You are in charge of your own choices everyday. Be kind to yourself in your own mind. Speak highly of yourself to yourself. Treat yourself as you wish to be treated by others. Don’t replay a loop of past failures in your head. Stinking thinking will not get you anywhere, You are the author of your life story. Write a feel good story!! It’s your book!
* Remind yourself that your value comes from your own humanity. You’re a human being created in the image and likeness of God who, as we know, doesn’t make mistakes. He created you for a purpose and you are infinitely valuable. Remember that it is His opinion that matters most. Who cares if your boss doesn’t appreciate you or if your kids don’t call often? It’s painful but, its them and not you. It’s a broken world and when the brokenness of others spills over ont...]]>
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Episode 154: Closing out 2018 and a Forward Glance at 2019 https://girlcamper.com/episode-154-closing-out-2018-and-a-forward-glance-at-2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-154-closing-out-2018-and-a-forward-glance-at-2019 Tue, 25 Dec 2018 03:20:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7319 https://girlcamper.com/episode-154-closing-out-2018-and-a-forward-glance-at-2019/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-154-closing-out-2018-and-a-forward-glance-at-2019/feed/ 3 <p>On today’s show I review a few highlights and low lights from my 2018 travels. I logged over 15.5K miles and spent 98 nights in my trailer. I set out […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-154-closing-out-2018-and-a-forward-glance-at-2019/">Episode 154: Closing out 2018 and a Forward Glance at 2019</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On today’s show I review a few highlights and low lights from my 2018 travels. I logged over 15.5K miles and spent 98 nights in my trailer. I set out […] I had a lot of fun in 2018, almost too much fun. My travel schedule was exhausting at times and I felt I was away from my family too much. When trip planning it can be easy to get caught up in the wonder of far away places thinking they’re easily accessible by only a three day drive. It’s always fun getting there but not always fun getting back.
In April I traveled from NJ to Texas on a five week trip and came home via North Carolina. In June I headed to Colorado for close to a month. I switched trailers and drove to Michigan’s beautiful Upper PI in July. I was off to Maine in August to tour beautiful Acadia National Park. I spent September roaming around Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana and finished off the year with a two week trip to Stone Mountain in Georgia and then Alabama in October.

Although I loved all of my adventures I am planning on staying a lot closer to home in 2019. I want to camp more often with the  friends I used to camp with in the past. I want to drive less! I want to really get to know Smokey Mountain National Park. I want to experience travel in a motor home.I want to get my husband out there more and reacquaint myself with old hobbies.
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Transforming in 2019
Because of all the things I want to do I am going to have to change some things that slow me down, starting with my health. I am  dedicating 2019 to Transforming. That will be the theme of our Podcast this year, and I do mean “our” podcast. We have become a community of friends that help and encourage each other. That is why when I think of all of those who have written to me and have been following along for three years now but, still have not taken the leap into Girl Camping, I feel I’ve let you down in some way. There’s been a gap in our help and coverage.  We used Year One to look at Overcoming the Obstacles to Being a Girl Camper by delving into the fears and misconceptions about women solo camping. We dedicated Year Two of the Podcast to Becoming a Girl Camper, covering all of the technical stuff, GVWR and Weight Distribution Hitches! Last year we looked at Finding the Right RV for you, studying  the pros and cons of everything the RV industry offers. What was left to be said that hadn’t been said? It was boiling down to one thing – emotional baggage. There are things that stall us or slow us down and stop us from doing the things we deeply desire doing. It is time to look at how we can overcome those things and that is why I chose Transforming in 2019 as the Podcast theme for the coming year.
I am kicking off our year of Transforming with a five part series with Transformation Expert Bob Thompson, In our five mini episodes in January we will explore five areas that need to be looked at if we intend to stick to any of our New Years resolutions.
We will start with The Mind Game. What state of mind do we need to be in to succeed and how do we get there if we have the desire but not the will?
In Part Two we will look at how we can Identify the Stumbling Blocks. What if we are hanging on to an old core belief that we can’t shake? What if we are sabotaging our own success?
In Week Three we will look at how to Create an Action Plan for Success. They say to achieve you must have a plan and work the plan to achieve a goal but how do you make the plan? What elements should the plan have in order to work?
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Episode 153: Wonderful Women In Waxahachie 3 https://girlcamper.com/episode-153-wonderful-women-in-waxahachie-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-153-wonderful-women-in-waxahachie-3 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:18:35 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7298 https://girlcamper.com/episode-153-wonderful-women-in-waxahachie-3/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-153-wonderful-women-in-waxahachie-3/feed/ 12 <p>It’s finally here!! All the details on our third annual Wonderful Women In Waxahachie event!!  April 25-28, 2019. Registration is now open! To listen to the podcast with ALL the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-153-wonderful-women-in-waxahachie-3/">Episode 153: Wonderful Women In Waxahachie 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> It’s finally here!! All the details on our third annual Wonderful Women In Waxahachie event!!  April 25-28, 2019. Registration is now open! To listen to the podcast with ALL the […] To listen to the podcast with ALL the details, click the arrow and your phone or laptop media player will play it for you!

We are going to circle our wagons once again in the best little town in Texas, Waxahachie! The site will be their beautiful Getzendaner Park where any Girl Camper is welcome to join us. You do not have to be a Girl Camper already, you do not need a tricked out vintage trailer, you don’t need to know what you are doing!! Wanna be’s and those figuring it out are not only welcomed but encouraged to come and join us. It’s a great opportunity to meet women who are already doing it, to see their set ups; trailers, tents, motor homes, cars and vans styled to delight, to learn what it’s all about from those doing it and to just have a great weekend with girlfriends old and new!
Here’s the weekend itinerary.
Thursday  Arrival day. Arrive any time and someone will be there to greet you and show you to your site. Set up quickly if you want and get into town to check out the shops and restaurants or take your time greeting all of the arrivals and getting to know your neighbors. On Thursday evening we will have a group dinner in the VIP tent for the Film Festival. All of the Film Festival activities are included in your ticket. Campfire and S’Mores after dinner in the park.
Friday You’ll have a lot of choices on Friday. Take in the shows at the Film Festival. Grab a cup of coffee and meet us in the morning around our campfire for a talk by one of our Guest Speakers. Use the day to explore the City of Waxahachie, their shops, their restaurants, and  their famous Gingerbread homes. Sign up for  our Camper College RV Workshop at the Park, the details are below. You can also take a ride in the country and see the beautiful Texas Blue Bonnets in bloom. Before dinner Kate Dunbar, guest chef, will be demonstrating Cast Iron cooking techniques behind her trailer. There’s bound to be food and libations there.  In the evening we will gather again at the VIP tent and enjoy dinner, cocktails, fellowship and friends. Campfire and S’More bar afterwards at the Park. 
Saturday Another day to explore all the offerings of Friday but the Park will be open for touring. It’s not necessary to man your site but if you’re around to chat, the locals are always interested in learning what we are all about. Start the day with coffee at the Gazebo and a Continental breakfast with our Guest Speaker of the day and head out to explore. At 4 PM we will gather at the Gazebo for cocktails and to draw the winners of our tricky tray fundraiser for HoldYou Foundation. We will then commence our own walking tour of the Girl Camper set ups. We will have a final nights group dinner in the park followed by the Campfire and S’Mores bar.
Sunday Our event draws to a close. There will be a departure Brunch for the Film Festival attendees for those who can linger a little and coffee in the gazebo for those who have to pack up early and  hit the road. Our City of Waxahachie hosts will be on hand to help move everyone out safely as we wrap up another fun event.
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The Film Festival – The Crossroads of Texas Film and Music Festival is an annual event in Waxahachie celebrating the historic nature of this Texas town which has been the setting for so many films. Over 30 motion pictures have been filmed in Waxahachie, three of which were Academy Award Winners including Places in the Heart. Every attendee of WWW3 will receive a VIP pass to the event which gives them access to fulm screenings, concerts, food, fun and so much more. It’s a big hit every year.
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Episode 151: The Pop Up Trailer Explored with Mary Ellen Arndorfer https://girlcamper.com/episode-151-the-pop-up-trailer-explored-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-151-the-pop-up-trailer-explored-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer Tue, 04 Dec 2018 03:49:30 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7244 https://girlcamper.com/episode-151-the-pop-up-trailer-explored-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-151-the-pop-up-trailer-explored-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/feed/ 2 <p>We have spent this year exploring all of the different kinds of RV’s available.  Today we are looking at the tried and true Pop Up trailer. That magic box that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-151-the-pop-up-trailer-explored-with-mary-ellen-arndorfer/">Episode 151: The Pop Up Trailer Explored with Mary Ellen Arndorfer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> We have spent this year exploring all of the different kinds of RV’s available.  Today we are looking at the tried and true Pop Up trailer. That magic box that […] Pros

* Big and Airy – there’s lots of sitting room, sleeping areas, site lines and airflow in a pop up.
* Great Way to Start Towing – A Pop Up is low to the ground so you can see over it. There’s less wind interference. You get better gas mileage. You can see over it in the rear view mirror.
* The Sleep a Crowd – The large wing beds that slide out are King sized and can hold several small children. They also have two tables that fold down for added sleeping. There’s nothing else in their size range that can hold that many people.
* Easy to Store – They can be stored in a garage and their hard shell top allows you to stack camping equipment on top of them. You save on storage fees when you can store it at home.
* Easy to Find in the Used Market – There are so many pop-ups in the used RV market. Because they are not as popular a choice as many other models, there are more available.
* Light Weight – Compared to most travel trailers, the Pop Up is light weight and can be towed by most six cylinder vehicles.
* Less Costly to Maintain – They have fewer systems so there is less to repair and maintain.
* They fit in small spaces – Even the longest pop up is only 16′ long and can fit in most campsites.
* They are Maneuverable – A Pop Up sits high and is easy to take on dirt roads. It can also be moved around by hand when it’s disconnected from the tow vehicle.

Cons

* Requires Assembly – Has to be set up and broken down in any kind of weather
* You Can’t Access things in storage – When you are driving and need something that is stored in it you can’t simply open the door and get it. It’s folded down and not easy to reach.
* You Can’t Nap In It While On the Road – Because it’s folded down you can’t easily open it and take a nap along the way.
* Soft Side Walls – The soft side walls require maintenance and offer less protection from wildlife and cold weather. They also need to be dried out as soon as possible when the trailer has been  closed up in the rain.
* Kitchens are Not Great – The kitchens in pop up are low and cooking and prepping meals in them can be awkward. Most pop up users set up a camp kitchen outdoors. They also have small sinks, very little refrigerator space and poor storage.
* Potty Situation – The porta potty in a pop up is not ideal to say the least. Some have none at all and some offer a hidden portable johnny that has to be taken out and dumped and also has no real privacy around it unless you consider a curtain on tracks adequate protection. Most people are a little more self conscious than that but if you are alone it would be a better option that a flashlight in the dark at 2 AM.
* Less of a Four Season Trailer – The Pop Up would not be a great choice in really cold weather. You can take a winterized travel trailer and stay warm in it in cold weather but the pop -up will offer less cold protection.
* Noisy – In heavy winds and rain the pop up can be a noisy option. The canvas snaps in the wind and the rain can sound like a real weather event on the canvas sides.

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Mini Max Trailer Raffle !!! https://girlcamper.com/mini-max-trailer-raffle/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mini-max-trailer-raffle Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:10:51 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7166 https://girlcamper.com/mini-max-trailer-raffle/#comments https://girlcamper.com/mini-max-trailer-raffle/feed/ 12 <p>My summer of fun with my Mini Max by Little Guy Trailers has come to an end and the good folks at Liberty are donating her to charity!! BUY TICKETS […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/mini-max-trailer-raffle/">Mini Max Trailer Raffle !!!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My summer of fun with my Mini Max by Little Guy Trailers has come to an end and the good folks at Liberty are donating her to charity!! BUY TICKETS […] Little Guy Trailers has come to an end and the good folks at Liberty are donating her to charity!!
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She’s traveled over 10K miles across 14 states. Kept me safe and sound and warm and dry for over 60 nights. I’ve used her in campgrounds with full hookups, fields and driveways by solar power and in my own driveway as a quiet place to get work done.
I styled her to make me feel at home no matter where I traveled. I “wallpapered” the walls and reupholstered the cushions and cornices. I created a second set of cushions so that I could use it with as a single bed while traveling alone or return it to a Queen size when my husband camped with me. I asked the Tear Drop Shop to make me two covers, a big awning and a smaller visor. The visor and awning attach via a keder rail and can be used on either side of the trailer. I have loved this awning and use it as my “porch”. It’s been great sitting out at night when it’s raining and watching the weather. It’s great to have my chairs and table dry when there’s dew in the morning and it’s great being protected from the sun when I settle in to read a good book. The trailer is personalized and pre loved! Whoever wins it will get “my” trailer with its cushions and wallpaper and awnings!! The winner will also get a new set of twin bedding from Beddy’s Bed,  a complete starter camping kit from Camco Manufacturing and a $100 girft card from the Tear Drop Shop. It’s been a great cottage on wheels and I am thrilled and grateful that Little Guy has been so generous with it.
The recipient of the raffle earnings will be  HoldYou Foundation, the official charity of the Girl Camper Podcast. HoldYou is an organization that helps parents who have children enduring a medical crisis. They provide the kind of help that many parents with a sick child are in desperate need of. and that other charities often cannot offer. Keeping gas in the tank and food on the table isn’t something someone with a seriously ill child should have to worry about.
 
 
 
 

 


 
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Episode 149: Tips for Buying a Class A with Jo Lynn Black https://girlcamper.com/episode-149-tips-for-buying-a-class-a-with-jo-lynn-black/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-149-tips-for-buying-a-class-a-with-jo-lynn-black Tue, 20 Nov 2018 03:35:10 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7175 https://girlcamper.com/episode-149-tips-for-buying-a-class-a-with-jo-lynn-black/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-149-tips-for-buying-a-class-a-with-jo-lynn-black/feed/ 0 <p>The Girl Camper dream comes in different sizes and for Jo Lynn Black, Texas retiree and quilting enthusiast it was as big as her home state! When she first dreamed […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-149-tips-for-buying-a-class-a-with-jo-lynn-black/">Episode 149: Tips for Buying a Class A with Jo Lynn Black</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> The Girl Camper dream comes in different sizes and for Jo Lynn Black, Texas retiree and quilting enthusiast it was as big as her home state! When she first dreamed […]
She discovered she preferred the full wall slide out but was hesitant because she’d heard there were problems with them. She dug in online and visited the owners forums. There she learned exactly what problems existed, how they were being repaired and improved upon and the manufacturers response to the problem. She was satisfied that the early designs had been significantly improved upon and that it wouldn’t be an issue.

She also leaned heavily on the Motorhome Comparison Guide, a comprehensive rating guide featuring the products of multiple manufacturers producing Class A, B, C and B+ motor homes. It’s an expensive book but well worth the cost.

Jo Lynn took her time, used podcasts, forums, old fashioned leg work at RV shows and dealerships and rental experiences before she made her final decision.
Jo Lynn’s Tips for Finding the Right RV 

* Listen to podcasts – Jo Lynn learned much from the Girl Camper Podcast and the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast. She listened and relistened applying the advice she learned and taking her time deciding.
* Get involved in online forums – when researching a specific product get online and learn from the actual users. Online forums are where owners of particular models share information about the operation of their units. It’s a great place for trouble shooting issues and getting advice.
* Visit RV Shows – Visit lots of RV shows but do your homework ahead of time. Know what you are going there to see and stay on task. Keep a file of what is still in the running.
* Find a reputable RV dealer that you trust – Finding the right dealer may involve going to quite a few quite a few times before you feel comfortable. Making sure that you will be getting the service that you need is an important part of finding the right dealer.
* Rent first – It’s a good idea to rent the size and style RV that you are considering buying. The cost of rental can be far less than the cost of reselling a 6 month old RV. Renting allows you to feel out the motor home for size, maneuverability, layout and mileage and help you narrow down your choices.
* Attend driving school – There are quite a few rental schools and RV ownership and use schools that go a long way in bolstering confidence and enhancing the RV walk through done at dealerships.
* Make use of the Motor Home Comparison Guide– this Guide is a comprehensive look and comparison of all the models made by all of the manufacturers.

 
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The Sewer Saddle Bag is a new product designed and developed by Jo and Dennis Baggett, long time RVers. They saw the problem of escaping methane gas at the site and dump station issues in which water pressure could cause the hose to pop out of the receptacle while dumping. They designed this saddle bag made out of 18 gauge vinyl that is nylon reinforced to solve that problem. It’s well constructed, washable and the bright yellow “caution” color makes it easy to spot. every purchase from the Sewer Saddle Bag helps Veterans in need. The bag costs $24.95 and you can get a 10% discount with the coupon code Girlcamper.]]>
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Episode 148: Kate Dunbar – Campground Gourmet Cookbook Debut https://girlcamper.com/episode-148-kate-dunbar-campground-gourmet-cookbook-debut/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-148-kate-dunbar-campground-gourmet-cookbook-debut Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:05:19 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7153 https://girlcamper.com/episode-148-kate-dunbar-campground-gourmet-cookbook-debut/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-148-kate-dunbar-campground-gourmet-cookbook-debut/feed/ 0 <p>I am happy to welcome Kate Dunbar to the podcast today. She’s a former restaurateur, the genius behind Kate’s Curios Kitchen blog, Campground of the Week Podcast correspondent and hostess […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-148-kate-dunbar-campground-gourmet-cookbook-debut/">Episode 148: Kate Dunbar – Campground Gourmet Cookbook Debut</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I am happy to welcome Kate Dunbar to the podcast today. She’s a former restaurateur, the genius behind Kate’s Curios Kitchen blog, Campground of the Week Podcast correspondent and hostess […] Kate’s Curios Kitchen blog, Campground of the Week Podcast correspondent and hostess with the mostest at Girl Camping events all over. Kate is here to dish about her newly released ecookbook, The Campground Gourmet: Simple Delicious Recipes for Dining in the Great Outdoors.
Kate grew up on a ranch in Southern California checking the orange orchards by horseback with her sister and cousins. Sunday gatherings centered on food and family. Kate was inspired early on by the cooking shows on PBS and asked for a Weber Kettle for her 12th birthday. Today she is the one inspiring others with the recipes she’s perfected over the years.
The book has something for everyone offering appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts and even cocktails. The food is simple and the secret ingredient is that it’s all homemade! It seems like all cookbooks should be “homemade” but many actually contain lots of prepackaged ingredients. Everything in the Campground Gourmet,from the marinades to the rubs, is made fresh and from scratch. The simple “from scratch,” not the list of ingredients the length of your arm “from scratch.”  Kate provides a detailed list of resources for everything from the products she uses in her camp kitchen to the spices she’s curated from her favorite vendors. The book can be downloaded onto your IPad or Kindle for easy access at the campground. It’s available today or a presale price of $4.99 but will go up to 9.99 on Black Friday.
Breakfast is not my favorite meal at home but at the campground I love to break out the cast iron and make a special meal. Here’s a sneak peak at what may end up being my favorite breakfast recipe, the pancake dippers!
Thanksgiving foods rank high on the top of my list of most anticipated meals. Kate’s recipe for skillet sweet potato’s with pecans and cranberries had my mouth watering when I saw it. I’m definitely going to try this at the Thanksgiving table this year. One of the things I loved about Kate’s book is that the meals are for anywhere, not just the campground. Check out this future family classic here!

Pre-Order Kate’s Book

Kate’s Camp Kitchen Complete Product Guide is available here.
In other news this week there are a few new Camp Outs posted on the Girl Camper Podcast Facebook page under Events. You can sign up for these events right on Facebook. 
Petaluma Holiday Adventure- San Fransisco – Petaluma KOA December 7-9, 2018
Solano Spring – Lake Solano Putah Creek Rd in Winters, California April 4-7, 2019
What a Hoot Spring Event – Beaver Creek State Park East Liverpool, Ohio May 7 – 12, 2019



 
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Episode 147: The Pros and Cons of Class A Motorhomes https://girlcamper.com/episode-147-the-pros-and-cons-of-class-a-motorhomes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-147-the-pros-and-cons-of-class-a-motorhomes Tue, 06 Nov 2018 03:31:41 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7146 https://girlcamper.com/episode-147-the-pros-and-cons-of-class-a-motorhomes/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-147-the-pros-and-cons-of-class-a-motorhomes/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show we continue our exploration of the different types of RV’s and their pros and cons. The Class A motohome is the largest in the motorized family […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-147-the-pros-and-cons-of-class-a-motorhomes/">Episode 147: The Pros and Cons of Class A Motorhomes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show we continue our exploration of the different types of RV’s and their pros and cons. The Class A motohome is the largest in the motorized family […]  

Pros
Home Feel. The Class A really feels like a stick and brick home with full size appliances, marble counters, walk-in closets and master bedrooms. For many full timers and snow birders the interior finishes may be as nice if not nicer than their house.
Storage The Class A offers incredible storage below the coach as well as inside. Many newer models have walk in kitchen pantries and bedroom closets. The basement storage offers plenty of space for chairs, grills and golf clubs or whatever hobby you want to do on the road.
Comfortable Ride Most Class A owners report a smoother ride than their Class C cousins. The bus chasis doesn’t feel the bumps in the same way as the truck chasis Class C’s have.
Amenities The Class A’s are loaded with amenities from multiple televisions, built in WiFi and Bluetooth speakers to faux fireplaces, ducted air conditioning and lighting packages.
Pet Friendly The large open space in Class A’s make them a great choice for pet lovers. You can travel with multiple pets and have room for them to roam while you’re out for the day and while you’re driving.
 Room With a View  The viewing window from the cab of a Class A is hard to beat. When you have traveled thousands of miles to see Yellowstone, it’s nice to see all of it.
Auto Leveling   Most Class A’s have built in leveling as a standard feature. No messing with cranks and blocks. The push of a button does all the work.
Larger Tanks.  With a larger coach comes larger everything, including the holding tanks. Gray water, freshwater, black tanks and gas tanks as well. This allows you to boondock longer without needing to refill or dump tanks.
Full Season  Class A  coaches have all of their plumbing contained within the motorhome. Unlike a travel trailer and some other motorized vehicles, the waste pipes are not exposed allowing them to be heated in cold weather for year round use.
Tow Ready You can tow behind a Class A motor home making  it possible to bring a day use car, boat, or trailer carrying motorcycles or a golf cart.
Cons
Big Size Limiting  The large size can be limiting in many ways.
Not all campgrounds can accommodate the length. State and National Parks that were built in the 1930s often have limited availability for motorhomes of this size.
HOA’s may have regulations against parking somethings this size in your driveway.
Not all roads can accommodate Class A’s. Tunnels and bridges are sometimes too low and narrow for them to pass through.
Tourist sites often have limited parking for vehicles this size and parking can become an issue.
Maneuverability The size of Class A’s make getting around a little harder than smaller models. It’s not easy turning around on single lane or back roads. Getting gas requires some skill and maneuvering parking lots can be a challenge.
Expensive Bigger also means costlier. More materials, more  components, more labor costs, and higher shipping rates equals bigger purchase price.
Repair costs will ge higher.  The larger the trailer, the more working parts, the more things that can go wrong. Slides, pumps, multiple AC units are all subject to needing repair. The more complicated the coach, the higher level technician needed to work on it at a higher hourly rate.
Maintenance and use will also cost more. The larger the coach the higher the cost of gas, insurance, maintenance and replacement parts.
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Episode 146: DeBorah Loomis – Determined Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com/episode-146-deborah-loomis-determined-girl-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-146-deborah-loomis-determined-girl-camper Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:49:37 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7129 https://girlcamper.com/episode-146-deborah-loomis-determined-girl-camper/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-146-deborah-loomis-determined-girl-camper/feed/ 4 <p>On this weeks show I welcome DeBorah Loomis.  Her entry into the Girl Camping World reads like an episode of I love Lucy. Every imaginable thing went wrong but Deborah […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-146-deborah-loomis-determined-girl-camper/">Episode 146: DeBorah Loomis – Determined Girl Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I welcome DeBorah Loomis.  Her entry into the Girl Camping World reads like an episode of I love Lucy. Every imaginable thing went wrong but Deborah […] It had been years since DeBorah camped but she somehow stumbled onto the Girl Camper Podcast and then the Sisters on the Fly. She felt an instant kinship with the group and made up her mind to buy a trailer and learn to tow.
DeBorah learned to tow by jumping in the deep end and just doggy paddling until she got it. Her son accompanied her from Georgia to Indiana to pick her trailer up. She just got behind the wheel and took verbal tips and encouragement on her way back to Georgia.
After two years of trip taking two or three hours from home Deborah bit the bullet and signed up to do a trip with the sisters on the fly in Texas. She caravaned from Georgia with two other sisters on the fly. It was a grand adventure and a great conference builder.

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Episode 145 – Fall Gear Guide Part Two https://girlcamper.com/episode-145-fall-gear-guide-part-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-145-fall-gear-guide-part-two Tue, 23 Oct 2018 03:01:41 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7099 https://girlcamper.com/episode-145-fall-gear-guide-part-two/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-145-fall-gear-guide-part-two/feed/ 0 <p>Fall Gear Guide – Part Two On this week’s show I continue my Fall Gear Guide. Last week we covered all of the things having to do with Food Fun. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-145-fall-gear-guide-part-two/">Episode 145 – Fall Gear Guide Part Two</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Fall Gear Guide – Part Two On this week’s show I continue my Fall Gear Guide. Last week we covered all of the things having to do with Food Fun. […] On this week’s show I continue my Fall Gear Guide. Last week we covered all of the things having to do with Food Fun. This week we are moving on to cover all the other gear relating to camping and glamping.  I’m going to start with a few glamping items.
Victorian Trading Company – makes a whole set of floral glamping gear that every serious Glamper will love. If you are part of the Shabby Chic club or have a Nostalgia driven decorating style you will really love these. They offer a glamping gazebo with optional bug netting, a glampers sleeping bag and two different styles of chairs all available in a pretty yellow background with red and mauve colored cabbage roses and pretty greens all over it.
The Glamping Gazebo is a great dining room for camping. It comes assembled in a wheeled bag that is easy to pull around. It also has handles. It  has a locking system that allows you to put it up alone although it goes up quicker with two people. It’s really easy to take down. We set it up at the Country Living Fair and it will hold 8 chairs beneath it. It’s waterproof and has bug netting available with it. It costs $199.00 and the bug netting is an additional $79.00.
The Chintz Chair – single or duo. Your basic Camp Chair with great fabric on it. Cup holders in arms and cute carrying bag to boot. The single chair is $29.95 and the dual “tete a tete” is $49.95.
The Glamping Sleeping Bag – A great common use bag for tent camping, grandkid sleepovers or as a body sleeve while sitting around the campfire. This bag is nylon on the inside so if you are wearing flannel jammies you are free to twist and turn. It’s a heavy cotton on the outside so if you have another blanket on top of it, it will not slip off. The glamping bag costs $39.95.
Geek Air Hand Held Fan –  There are two versions of this. One is hand held and one has a stand and a detachable battery pack that allows you to use it in a pinch to charge your phone or something else. It’s an America’s Choice product on Amazon and they sell for $19.99 or $24.99. I have both but if you are only buying one, I’d go with the stand model which allows you to position it to blow on you at your desk, picnic table or tent. It takes 3-4 hours to recharge it and it lasts 3-12 hours depending on which setting you have it on.  It also has a strap to hang it up and a LED light to indicate fan speed and remaining battery life. 

Motion Activated LED Security Light – This light is a great way to add additional security to your campsite. I liked the idea that it’s battery operated and can be put on a trailers tongue jack, tree or campground post for lanterns to set off a light if anyone approaches your campsite. I spent a restless anxiety filled hour when I heard something moving around the outside of my trailer while camping last spring. I didn’t want to open the shades and risk being seen and I toyed with the idea of setting off the alarm on my car. Eventually the noise ended and an hour or two later I was finally comfortable that no one was out there. It turned out to be an animal as evidenced by the garbage strewn about the campsite.]]>
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Episode 144: Fall Gear Guide Part One – Food https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-fall-gear-guide-part-one-food/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-144-fall-gear-guide-part-one-food Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:30:38 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7066 https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-fall-gear-guide-part-one-food/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-fall-gear-guide-part-one-food/feed/ 1 <p>It’s that time of year again and I am sharing my favorite gear from my summer camping adventures. I am starting off this two part series with all things food!! […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-fall-gear-guide-part-one-food/">Episode 144: Fall Gear Guide Part One – Food</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> It’s that time of year again and I am sharing my favorite gear from my summer camping adventures. I am starting off this two part series with all things food!! […] Fresh Paper – It’s the little company that could. These are paper sheets that are infused with aromatics and botanicals that keep food fresher longer, up to 2-4 x’s longer. You can use them in the refrigerator or on the counter top in your fruit bowl. Each sheet lasts about  thirty days. It is reported that 25% of the food that we purchase is lost to spoilage. I think it might be higher in my house where I keep buying as if I am cooking for 4 or 5 when most of the time it’s two… a habit I have been unable to break. They also have sheets or bread now that can be put in a cookie jar or a muffin tin. The original Fresh Paper product can go in the produce drawer of your refrigerator and even in a bag of spinach in the fridge to keep it from beginning its journey to the rubbish bin sooner than necessary. I used these all summer and if they are still emitting a Maple smell, they are still working. I actually write the date on mine with a pen though when I put it in the fridge. They are inexpensive and save you money. In the RV where the refrigerator is not as cold as at home and is subject to more ebbs and flows in temperature when you travel about, they are really effective. On Amazon they sell for 7.16 for 8 sheets. Each sheet lasts 30 days so it costs less than a dollar a month. The bread sheets cost $7.75.
Air Lock Bag Resealer – While we’re on the subject of wasted food lets talk about the gadget that keeping me in crackers. The Air Lock Bag Resealer reseals any plastic bag to airtight status. Potato chips, salad bags, cookies and crackers can all be resealed with this little gadget that is smaller than an office stapler. It’s done by heat and comes with a USB charger to recharge it. Each charge though can provide 1000 seals without having to recharge it. That’s a whole lot of sealing going on. It reseals any type of bag and weighs only 2.5 oz. My favorite thing is that it is magnetic and after you use it, you just pluck it on the fridge until the next time you need it so you’re not digging around the utensil drawer trying to find the smallest item in there. This was a big win for me because of crackers. I have a “go to” appetizer that I always bring to happy hour and it’s a bunch of Italian meats with olives, artichokes and cheeses. I always bring crackers but the whole box never gets eaten. Chips never sit in my house or camper long enough to go stale but crackers do. This little gadget reseals crackers and if I use them a month later, they are still super fresh. The Air Lock is available on Amazon and is a Top Rated item. It costs $16.99 and has over 300 reviews with a four star average. I think it would pay for itself pretty quickly!
Wildwood Grilling  – Wildwood Grilling is all about infusing flavor into food. They offer aromatic wood chips and blocks for smoking foods, wood planks for grilling on, wooden skewers and wraps for kabobs and meats and veggies you might want to cook on indirect heat. They have everything you need to take any camp cook out up a n...]]>
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Episode 143: An interview with Vicki Hill – Car Camper https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-an-interview-with-vicki-hill-car-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-144-an-interview-with-vicki-hill-car-camper Tue, 09 Oct 2018 02:29:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7064 https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-an-interview-with-vicki-hill-car-camper/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-an-interview-with-vicki-hill-car-camper/feed/ 3 <p>On this week’s show I have the honor of interviewing a woman I greatly admire, Vicki Hill. Vicki is an avid hiker, outdoors-woman and experienced Car Camper.  She keeps her […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-144-an-interview-with-vicki-hill-car-camper/">Episode 143: An interview with Vicki Hill – Car Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I have the honor of interviewing a woman I greatly admire, Vicki Hill. Vicki is an avid hiker, outdoors-woman and experienced Car Camper.  She keeps her […] This past summer Vicki left her home in Kansas for an extensive trip hiking and camping on her own. She travels in her car without a trailer or even a tent and has honed her layout and equipment down to just what she needs. She is a bare bones camper who enjoys dispersed camping in out of the way places where she can really enjoy the feeling of space. I learned so much from Vicki about her “rules” for a woman camping in such out of the way places completely alone. She and her husband have a system for communicating that all is well (or possibly not) when she is in places with little or no wifi. To listen to Vicki’s interview click on the arrow at the bottom of the post and be prepared to be inspired.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Harvest Hosts – An alternative to campground camping https://girlcamper.com/harvest-hosts-an-alternative-to-campground-camping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=harvest-hosts-an-alternative-to-campground-camping Tue, 02 Oct 2018 04:12:11 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7054 https://girlcamper.com/harvest-hosts-an-alternative-to-campground-camping/#respond https://girlcamper.com/harvest-hosts-an-alternative-to-campground-camping/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I welcome Joel Holland, owner and COO of Harvest Hosts, a network of wineries, farms and unique locations that offer overnight parking for fully contained RV’s. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/harvest-hosts-an-alternative-to-campground-camping/">Harvest Hosts – An alternative to campground camping</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I welcome Joel Holland, owner and COO of Harvest Hosts, a network of wineries, farms and unique locations that offer overnight parking for fully contained RV’s. […] Harvest Hosts, a network of wineries, farms and unique locations that offer overnight parking for fully contained RV’s. Joel and his wife took an extended RV vacation crossing the country and enjoying the open road. The feeling of freedom often left them though when they pulled into a crowded campground and spent the night sandwiched between other trailers with obstructed views. They were members of Harvest Hosts and really enjoyed the opportunities that membership offered them to meet new people, stay in beautiful settings and experience what life is like “on the farm.” Joel liked the experience so much that he tracked down the founders and owners of the company and got to know them. After many conversations and mutual agreement they sold the company to Joel. He is now honoring the founders original intent while taking the company in new directions.
Harvest Hosts is membership based with an annual fee of $49. With that fee you gain access to over 600 sites that offer overnight parking on their property. There is no fee for this parking but you are encouraged to make a purchase at the location. Some owners allow multiple night stays but that is at their own discretion. With membership you will receive access to a site map with locations and contact information to make reservations. Drop ins are not allowed. There is also an App that allows you to search by RV size and preferred location type. Harvest Hosts is offering a 10% discount to Girl Camper Podcast listeners when you join. The coupon code is Girlcamper.
I have had a membership to Harvest Hosts for a year now but still have not used it. I have bookmarked several properties though for my fall trip down south!
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We also have a give away this week in celebration of our Fall Season. We’re kicking off Fall with a drawing for a Camco Big Red Campfire. .

Some of the things I love about my Big Red Campfire!!

* quick set up – without the fuss of firewood and kindling I have an instant fire.
* it’s usable at most state and national parks when there is a fire ban in place
* no smoke! I get to enjoy the fire and warmth without the stinging eyes and wheezing lungs
* it’s cost effective – the fireplace pays for itself in the savings on firewood
* time saver – I love that I can use the campfire for fifteen minutes and turn it off

To be in the running go to Instagram and Follow Camconet and tag a friend. You also have to go to www.girlcamper.com and subscribe to our email list. A winner will be chosen and announced on our October 16th show!
 
 
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Dumb Things I Saw RVers Do https://girlcamper.com/dumb-things-i-saw-rvers-do/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dumb-things-i-saw-rvers-do Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:26:12 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7041 https://girlcamper.com/dumb-things-i-saw-rvers-do/#comments https://girlcamper.com/dumb-things-i-saw-rvers-do/feed/ 9 <p>This summer I took my youngest  on a Mother / Daughter road trip from New Jersey to the western side of Colorado to camp in the Grand Mesa National Forest. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/dumb-things-i-saw-rvers-do/">Dumb Things I Saw RVers Do</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> This summer I took my youngest  on a Mother / Daughter road trip from New Jersey to the western side of Colorado to camp in the Grand Mesa National Forest. […] Don’t load a bunch of stuff on the bumper of your trailer and then not properly secure it.
Many rear hitches on RV’s are designed to carry a bicycle rack or bumper cargo carrier for a generator or cooler. They are generally rated for about 150 pounds. Carrying coolers, generators, extra lawn chairs and grills and strapping it all down with bungee cords is a recipe for disaster.  We were driving behind an RV with a fully loaded cargo bumper carrier filled with all of these things. In addition they also had large blocks of wood that were bouncing around because they were not secured properly. I moved to the right lane to avoid the debris falling off the back of the RV. Both blocks of wood came off and landed on the highway in heavy traffic. If you carry gear on the outside of your RV secure it with ratchet straps and/or cargo netting and make sure you’re not exceeding the weight limit.
Stay a safe distance while caravanning with friends. 
We sadly witnessed the rear ending of one trailer by another in a congested area. Sometimes those traveling in groups feel the need to stay right next to each other and tailgate too closely in order to prevent other vehicles from getting between them.  The whole point of caravaning is that you are vacationing together, not driving together. If you give yourself several miles of length  between the lead driver and the tail of the caravan everyone arrives at roughly the same time.  The lead driver and the tail driver should be in touch by walkie-talkie or hands-free cell phone. The lead driver sets a safe speed and the tail driver makes sure no one has broken down and the group is staying together within several miles.  When you are slightly staggered and you arrive at the campground several minutes apart, there is no line to check in.
Dont forget to put the cap on your sewer hose bumper storage.
This little mishap was actually kind of funny. A trailer in front of us forgot to put the cap on the bumper with their sewer hose stored in it. Every time they turned to the right a little more of the hose came out of the bumper. On a sharp curve the whole thing finally fell out and rolled onto the shoulder. Although we honked we were unable to get the drivers attention. Unfortunately  unless his next camping site was a full service one he would be unlikely to discover the loss until the next time he was at the dump station with a full tank! Make sure this step is on your exit checklist!
When moving your trailer just a few feet to adjust it on a site, be sure to roll the tongue jack all the way up. 
This mistake is one of my very own. I had my trailer parked at home and I just wanted to move it forward a few feet. I hitched it to the car and rolled the tongue jack up 6  or 8 inches. I didn’t bother to pull it all the way up because I was only pulling the trailer forward a few feet. Sure enough though I hit a divot  and the tongue jack struck a rock and bent. I was unable to move it up or down. It wasn’t the most expensive RV mistake I’ve ever made but it was a real nuisance. The whole tongue jack had to be replaced  because I didn’t take the extra 15 seconds to roll it all the way up. Live and learn.
SHOW NOTES
Girl Camper: Episode 113 Towing Tips with Mark Polk

 
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Jason Stevenson’s Rookie Hiking Mistakes https://girlcamper.com/jason-stevensons-rookie-hiking-mistakes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jason-stevensons-rookie-hiking-mistakes Tue, 18 Sep 2018 02:28:05 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7034 https://girlcamper.com/jason-stevensons-rookie-hiking-mistakes/#respond https://girlcamper.com/jason-stevensons-rookie-hiking-mistakes/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I’m sharing Jason Stevenson’s Ten Hiking Blunders Beginners Make. Jason is the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Backpacking and Hiking.Jason wrote the article for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/jason-stevensons-rookie-hiking-mistakes/">Jason Stevenson’s Rookie Hiking Mistakes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I’m sharing Jason Stevenson’s Ten Hiking Blunders Beginners Make. Jason is the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Backpacking and Hiking.Jason wrote the article for […] The Complete Idiots Guide to Backpacking and Hiking.Jason wrote the article for Backpacker Magazine.  I had a small problem with the altitude while hiking in Colorado this summer. While searching for tips on hiking in high altitude I came across this article with great advice. I made a few of these mistakes and was still making a few of them. I definitely had a limited First Aid Kit and needed to add a few things to it. How many of these mistakes have you made?
Top Ten Hiking Blunders as per Jason.
#1 Hiking in denim
#2 Buying your tent or sleeping bag at Walmart
#3 Hiking a trail with a road map
#4 Packing a first aid kit as if you’re landing on Omaha Beach
#5 Being overheard saying, “lightning can’t strike me – I’m not carrying anything metal.”
#6 Going ultra light without ultra experience.
#7 Wearing boots fresh from the box
#8 Starting too late in the day
#9 Ignoring the weather forecast
#10 Skimping on leave no trace
 
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The Seven Leave No Trace Principles with Camp Host Gail Bable https://girlcamper.com/the-seven-leave-no-trace-principles-with-camp-host-gail-bable/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-seven-leave-no-trace-principles-with-camp-host-gail-bable Tue, 11 Sep 2018 02:24:42 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=7022 https://girlcamper.com/the-seven-leave-no-trace-principles-with-camp-host-gail-bable/#comments https://girlcamper.com/the-seven-leave-no-trace-principles-with-camp-host-gail-bable/feed/ 1 <p>Today I am looking more closely at the Leave No Trace Program. I have always thought that the program was a single directive, “take out what you brought in.” Gail […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/the-seven-leave-no-trace-principles-with-camp-host-gail-bable/">The Seven Leave No Trace Principles with Camp Host Gail Bable</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Today I am looking more closely at the Leave No Trace Program. I have always thought that the program was a single directive, “take out what you brought in.” Gail […] The Seven Leave No Trace Principles

* Plan ahead and prepare
* Travel and camp on durable surfaces
* Dispose of waste properly
* Leave what you find
* Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire.)
* Respect wildlife
* Be considerate of other visitors

 
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Mill Creek Campground – Mackinaw City, Michigan https://girlcamper.com/mill-creek-campground-mackinaw-city-michigan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mill-creek-campground-mackinaw-city-michigan Wed, 05 Sep 2018 02:22:21 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6989 https://girlcamper.com/mill-creek-campground-mackinaw-city-michigan/#comments https://girlcamper.com/mill-creek-campground-mackinaw-city-michigan/feed/ 1 <p>In July I  had the opportunity to camp at Mill Creek Campground in Mackinac City, Michigan when Liberty Outdoors  hosted its annual Tear Stock event there.  It’s a large family […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/mill-creek-campground-mackinaw-city-michigan/">Mill Creek Campground – Mackinaw City, Michigan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> In July I  had the opportunity to camp at Mill Creek Campground in Mackinac City, Michigan when Liberty Outdoors  hosted its annual Tear Stock event there.  It’s a large family […]
The Campground has over 1 mile of shoreline on the Straits of Huron and offers waterfront campsites for tent, trailers and motor homes as well as a rental cabins. Although it offers over 600 sites the campground is laid out well, is very large and doesn’t feel crowded.

One of my favorite features is the great lawn, an area along the straits that the original designers designated as community space.  Rather than allow campsites directly on the water there is a large open area that everyone can enjoy. About every 100 feet there is a fire pit available so that anyone from any section of the campground can come and enjoy the water, the views of the Mackinaw Bridge and the colorful sunsets.

The Campground has public swimming beaches, a large pool, game room, bike rentals, and a great camp store with a large selection of camping gear, groceries, liquor and hot food service.   The roads throughput the campground are paved which makes bike riding to and from the beaches, pool and camp store a pleasure.  The sites are nicely landscaped with native plants offering shelter and privacy. The sites are level but not paved.

The campground itself is a great destination for a family vacation, reunion or rally. You could spend aceeek there enjoying bike riding, beaches, water sports and fishing but there’s a lot to do in the area. You can cross the Mackinaw Bridge and explore the Upper Peninsula or take a ferry to Mackinaw Island and visit the Grand Hotel for high tea. There are no cars allowed on the island but bike rentals are available. You can also pay a fee and take your own bike over on the ferry.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is a short distance away with displays on the Edmund Fitzgerald and lesser known maritime disasters. Other points of interest include The Historic Mill Creek Discovery Center, The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Colonial Michilimackinac, and the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

 
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Highways West – Luxe Camping Resorts https://girlcamper.com/highways-west-luxe-camping-resorts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=highways-west-luxe-camping-resorts Tue, 28 Aug 2018 02:16:46 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6973 https://girlcamper.com/highways-west-luxe-camping-resorts/#respond https://girlcamper.com/highways-west-luxe-camping-resorts/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I welcome my very own real life sister Natalie Hill. Natalie is a wife, mom and the founder of Holdyou Foundation, the official charity of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/highways-west-luxe-camping-resorts/">Highways West – Luxe Camping Resorts</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I welcome my very own real life sister Natalie Hill. Natalie is a wife, mom and the founder of Holdyou Foundation, the official charity of the […] Holdyou Foundation, the official charity of the Girl Camper Podcast. Besides being incredibly altruistic she’s my only sibling that camps and she camps the old school way – in a vintage trailer with no AC, propane or plumbing. I thought it would be cool to send Natalie out to an RV Resort to experience camping from another perspective. As we like to say here at the Podcast, there’s no wrong way to Camp Like a Girl. We sent her to the Highways West Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground in Buellton, California for a weekend of camping and pampering. She’s here today to share the inside story on luxury camping.
Highways West Resorts has ten locations on the west coast offering luxe family getaways in resort settings for campers, glampers and those looking for a destination location that also offers all the things we love about camping. These high end campgrounds are loaded with amenities for all ages. Multiple pools, restaurants, glamping tents that are magazine worthy, and cabins and cabanas all in a pristine setting. Their Beullton, California location was the first in their brand and they spent millions of dollars transforming a once a sleepy campground into a resort that you could spend your whole vacation at. They then took that model and began building a series of destination campgrounds and resort facilities along the west coast. The results allow not only RVers, but those without trailers as well, to have a camping experience while being pampered and treated to all of the amenities we love on resort vacations. It’s the perfect blend of camping and glamping.
 
 
 
To look for a Highways West destination near you or for your next road trip, family getaway, girlfriend weekend or solo trip, follow this link!
Show Notes 
Here are a few links I talked about in today’s show. To get tickets to the Country Living Fair in Ohio on September 14-16, 2018 or to the Stone Mountain event near Atlanta, Georgia on October 26-28.
Don’t forget about our Camper College event at General RV in Canton, Ohio on October 5, 2018.
 
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The Pros and Cons of Teardrop Trailers https://girlcamper.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-teardrop-trailers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-pros-and-cons-of-teardrop-trailers Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:26:49 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6964 https://girlcamper.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-teardrop-trailers/#comments https://girlcamper.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-teardrop-trailers/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show I am continuing my exploration of all the available trailer types out there for Girl Campers and everyone else and this time it’s my personal favorite, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-teardrop-trailers/">The Pros and Cons of Teardrop Trailers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am continuing my exploration of all the available trailer types out there for Girl Campers and everyone else and this time it’s my personal favorite, […] The first Teardrops were made in the 1930’s and served mostly utilitarian purposes for the Great Depression era job seekers traveling from town to town. They were sparce, offering a bed and a rear camp kitchen to store a propane cooking stove and coffee pot. They were made from salvaged materials and used old car tires. In the 1940’s they were made from WWII scrap materials and were projects for the home mechanic. A 1947 article in Mechanix Illustrated contained the plans for a homebuilt trailer and set off a wave of enthusiasts building them for recreational purposes. In 1945 the Kit Kamper Company was formed in California and is still in operation today. They quickly discovered that there was a market for already built trailers and not just the kits. They made a few prototypes and at their first exhibition took over 500 orders.
The teardrop trailer is still popular today and is experiencing a bit of a boom. The trailers resonate with those who wish to travel lightly, cost effectively and without the necessity of a large tow vehicle. Below is my list of the pros and cons of teardrop trailers.
 The Pros

* Fits in a garage. Many people have HOA restrictions that do not allow a trailer to be parked in their driveway, A garagable teardop is a good solution for those who want their trailer accessible and don;t want to pay additional storage fees. It also protects it from the weather saving the cost of building an outdoor cover or purchasing an expensive cover for it.
* Towable by most vehicles. There are teardrop trailers available that are as light as 1K pounds. If you have a vehicle that you are attached to and don’t want to own a large tow vehicle you can find a teardrop to fit that car. Being able to travel lightly and not have a separate tow vehicle is a big plus to teardrop owners.
* Price. The teardrop comes in a wide range of prices. There are many national teardrop manufacturers as well as many small privately owned builders who can custom build a teardrop to your size, specifications and budget. Of all the available trailer types out there, the teardrop is the most budget friendly.
* Easy to tow and maneuver. Because of its light weight the teardrop is easily towed and maneuvered. It’s much less intimidating to the new RVer. Among the Girl Campers it’s often referred to as the starter trailer. Many newbies start out with a teardrop and once they feel comfortable towing move up to something larger. It’s also much easier get around in a teardrop. Getting gas, backing into campsites and hitching up are all easier with a small trailer.
* Beats a tent any day of the week. The statistics show that the top buyers of teardrop trailers are those graduating from tent camping. There’s comes a time when even the most die hard minimalist just wants a real bed to sleep in off the ground. A teardrop allows you to keep your gear stored for quick weekend getaways and still allows you to enjoy the outdoors without TV’s. holding tanks, generators and all the accouterments that come with large RV’s.
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Jackie Gishbaugher – Camping in New Zealand 101 https://girlcamper.com/jackie-gishbaugher-camping-in-new-zealand-101/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jackie-gishbaugher-camping-in-new-zealand-101 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 01:39:24 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6954 https://girlcamper.com/jackie-gishbaugher-camping-in-new-zealand-101/#comments https://girlcamper.com/jackie-gishbaugher-camping-in-new-zealand-101/feed/ 1 <p>There are so many places I want to camp in and foreign countries make that list as well. When I see pictures of New Zealand I always imagine myself there. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/jackie-gishbaugher-camping-in-new-zealand-101/">Jackie Gishbaugher – Camping in New Zealand 101</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> There are so many places I want to camp in and foreign countries make that list as well. When I see pictures of New Zealand I always imagine myself there. […]
Jackie writes a blog, A Gish Out of Water, all about her and Nate’s adventures abroad. Nate also does a podcast, Oyster World Radio which can be found on ITunes and other Podcast outlets.
 
 
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Finding Travel Money https://girlcamper.com/finding-travel-money/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=finding-travel-money Tue, 07 Aug 2018 02:01:04 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6938 https://girlcamper.com/finding-travel-money/#respond https://girlcamper.com/finding-travel-money/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I am taking a fresh look at ways in which to find money for travel and possibly a trailer purchase. RV travel is the most budget […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/finding-travel-money/">Finding Travel Money</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am taking a fresh look at ways in which to find money for travel and possibly a trailer purchase. RV travel is the most budget […]  

* Facebook Marketplace – Sell stuff you’re not using. Marketplace was started two years ago as a rival to Craigslist. Its’ user friendly, has features that let you set a radius to promote to, has a payment feature and allows you to set the terms for pick up. I have used it several times to get rid of things that are too valuable for a Goodwill donation. I am still not recouping what I paid for antiques I’ve owned but aren’t using now. but I am getting more than garage sale prices and I am putting it in my travel account. The trick is to not get caught up searching and buying instead of selling!!



* Food Delivery Services – There has always been local pizza delivery but now a wide range of restaurants offer food delivery through Apps such as Post Mates, Door Dash and now Uber Eats. It’s a flexible job that allows you to work when you can and when you want to. You can work every other weekend and still have time for your normal weekend activities. With most of these services you need a valid drivers license, proof of insurance, and be at least 19 years of age. Weekends between 11 PM and 1 AM are peak in big urban areas.



* Automate your Savings – Like an old school Christmas club or vacation club but now automated. Ask your employer to automatically deduct a percentage of your paycheck that goes straight into an account designated for travel or trailer savings. If the funds never get into your checkbook they won’t be there to use for other discretionary purchases. It’s the old “pay yourself first” idea but not for retirement, for something fun!
* Freelance Your Skill Set – It’s never really been easier to get a side hustle going. You don’t have to post homemade paper ads for lawn  cutting or window washing  on the supermarket wall or laundromat anymore. Social media sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and Up Work allow you to market your professional services. Up Work can be used by consumers and providers to search for or provide services such as photography, accounting, party planning, IT help, legal work and web design. Both sides pay a fee on a sliding scale and the site provides the platform for users to chat, file share, track time and get paid. Consider what skill or hobby you have that is easy for you but torture for others and put your talent to work making money for you.
* Rent Your Trailer – If you already own a trailer and it’s sitting in your driveway when not being used by you consider renting it locally through OutdoorsyRV Share or Campanda. Rules vary within each company but you choose the price per night and whether you will provide linens and provisions or the renter will need to bring their own. The RV industry research shows that RV owners use their units 3-4 weeks a year.]]>
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Laura Fahrenthold – Author of The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles https://girlcamper.com/laura-fahrenthold-author-of-the-pink-steering-wheel-chronicles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=laura-fahrenthold-author-of-the-pink-steering-wheel-chronicles Tue, 31 Jul 2018 08:00:12 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6924 https://girlcamper.com/laura-fahrenthold-author-of-the-pink-steering-wheel-chronicles/#comments https://girlcamper.com/laura-fahrenthold-author-of-the-pink-steering-wheel-chronicles/feed/ 1 <p>On this weeks show it’s my pleasure to welcome Laura Fahrenthold, author of the Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles. Laura and her husband, Mark Pittman were living their dream life in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/laura-fahrenthold-author-of-the-pink-steering-wheel-chronicles/">Laura Fahrenthold – Author of The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show it’s my pleasure to welcome Laura Fahrenthold, author of the Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles. Laura and her husband, Mark Pittman were living their dream life in […]
 
Laura had no choice but to carry on. Marks congenital heart condition made insurance impossible for him to obtain so Laura was suddenly the only parent and principal bread winner as well. After months of watching the girls sinking in sadness she decided to take them on a summer camping trip away from the house where it all happened. Away from the spot where the medics worked to revive Mark. Away from the bedroom he passed away in. Away from the room mommy comforted them in. Laura thought that camping would move their minds from trauma to fun. That first tent camping trip led them to HaRVey, an old motor home looking for a family. The spontaneous purchase changed their lives.
The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles is not a book about widowhood and single parent survival tips. It’s a book of hope and humor and overcoming your fears. Laura and her daughters eventually took HaRVey across the country leaving Marks ashes in his favorite places, places he would have wanted to see and going full circle and finishing up in his hometown in Kansas. The stories along the way are funny and poignant but mostly full of love.

 

Laura is now on her book tour in HaRVey and is teaching her daughter to drive him. Their adventures continue and a new generation takes the wheel. Tune in to hear Laura’s story of inspiration and determination.
 

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Starting a Regional Camping Group with Sharon Cormican https://girlcamper.com/starting-a-regional-camping-group-with-sharon-cormican/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=starting-a-regional-camping-group-with-sharon-cormican Tue, 24 Jul 2018 02:45:55 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6915 https://girlcamper.com/starting-a-regional-camping-group-with-sharon-cormican/#respond https://girlcamper.com/starting-a-regional-camping-group-with-sharon-cormican/feed/ 0 <p>My topic on this week’s podcast is forming a regional Girl Camping group and my guest is Sharon Cormican, co founder of the Rocky Mountain Glampers. Sharon is a member […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/starting-a-regional-camping-group-with-sharon-cormican/">Starting a Regional Camping Group with Sharon Cormican</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My topic on this week’s podcast is forming a regional Girl Camping group and my guest is Sharon Cormican, co founder of the Rocky Mountain Glampers. Sharon is a member […] Some of the issues she was experiencing have been stated by many members of larger groups.

* Events close up before you can sign up for them.
* They can be clique with older members reuniting with old friends they’ve camped with before and leaving newcomers feeling left out. Although you may meet new people there can be a feeling of being on the outside when groups are too big. Old members think someone else is making newcomers welcome and in reality no one is acting as hostess.
* Camp outs themselves can be too large and the intimacy can be lost.
* It’s not always easy to find people with your camping style in large groups. The large events tend to be more of a party than a camp out and finding the hikers, fisherwomen, kayakers or whatever form of camping activities you prefer can be harder.
* The events taking place in national groups are sometimes too far away to be able to participate in on a weekend.
* Many of the posted trips are big events planned months in advance that require non refundable deposits and big fees for things you may not want to do.
* Sometimes the “rules” within groups are just too daunting to those who just “want to camp.”

Although I keep my membership in bigger groups because I love the parties and celebratory gatherings once or twice a year my main goal is to camp more often in small groups with people who like to hike, kayak and fish. I understand the frustration of those who aren’t crowd people and are looking for a truer camping experience. The best of both worlds would be to keep the big groups if they make you happy and you enjoy the camaraderie which takes place at events as well as on line. It ‘s a great resource for tips, tricks, advice and recommendations but if it’s not feeding your inner Girl Camper, consider these ways to find  local groups to camp with in the way you enjoy it.
Start looking for like minded locals using:

* Facebook. Pick a name, state your goals, and run a targeted ad finding those people and host a get together. It’s not much harder than that. Just start. I have used Facebook targeted ads to find women in all different cities when I do speaking engagements and they have been very successful. You don’t need hundreds of people to respond. My NJ tribe of Girl Campers is about 18 women who come and go as lifes demands allows. We can usually pull a few trips together with 4-5 of us with a few weeks notice.
* Meet-Up. Start a group on Meet-Up.com and find a tribe the same way.  Write a good mission statement about what your goals are. Limit the rules to keep it simple. Plan an event to kick it off and let it evolve from there. I found my NJ tribe through Meet Up and have been camping with them for a few years now. We have a simple system for weekend camp outs. A hostess picks a date and location and everyone makes their own reservations. There are no fees with any camp outs. We meet and share appetizers or light snacks on Friday nights. Breakfast and lunch are on your own. On Saturdays we do BYOP – Bring Your Own Protein. Someone offers their site for for cooking and we eat leftovers from the night before as side dishes and cook up a protein on the community grill. Normally someone offers to bring a salad, side dish or dessert. We never go hungry.
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The Boondocking Experiment https://girlcamper.com/the-boondocking-experiment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-boondocking-experiment Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:26:38 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6904 https://girlcamper.com/the-boondocking-experiment/#comments https://girlcamper.com/the-boondocking-experiment/feed/ 9 <p>On this week’s show I am talking about dry camping and I also welcome a VERY special guest, my own husband and patron of my hobbies, Rick Pettit. Regular followers […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/the-boondocking-experiment/">The Boondocking Experiment</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am talking about dry camping and I also welcome a VERY special guest, my own husband and patron of my hobbies, Rick Pettit. Regular followers […] First he had to ask, “and why are we doing this?” Good question. The answer for me was simple.  In short it’s prettier, closer to nature, quieter and cheaper.

* Location. Location. Location. You cannot beat the beauty of the sites in remote areas and National Parks and the vistas they offer. It seems the more remote, the less likely to have amenities but there is something better than on demand electric usage and that’s a site with a view.
* There’s also often more access to wildlife in its natural habitat. Each night we enjoyed sitting and watching the elk graze in the valley below. You don’t get that at large franchised campgrounds.
* The quietness that boondocking offers campers is another big draw. It’s not the kind of camping drawing racous crowds of revelers keeping you up half the night.
* Lastly, there’s the cost. We paid $13 a night for our site at Rocky Mountain National Park, about 1/5 of what we pay to camp in a campground on the east coast.


Much of boondocking boils down to conservation of some kind. The number one thing to conserve is water. We had a full 30 gallon fresh water tank, a 20 gallon grey water tank and a 9 gallon black tank.
Saving Water

* Switch to paper plates
* Wash dishes outside in old school camp kitchen
* Use basin in sink to catch water and then dump outside
* Have a good supply of refillable water jugs

Change Shower Habits

* Military Showers – pits and sits
* Don’t use water from fresh water tank.  Heat water from reserve supply on stove and use old school wash basin to “bathe”
* Get a shower bag and fill it from campground tap in the morning and leave it on picnic table to heat up in the sun. Bring it in and use it in your trailer shower.
* Use Epic Wipes and dry shampoo

 
Minimize Water Going Into Your Grey Tank

* Do your dishes outside
* Flush quickly
* If you are in a campground use the camp bathroom
* Get a shower tent and shower bag
* Use biodegradable soaps and dump water outside when possible


Conserving Propane

* Cook outside when possible
* Turn on heat to take the chill off but then use wool blankets to stay warm at night
* Make more than one meal at a time. Cook the chicken breast for lunch while you are making bacon and eggs for breakfast
* Refrain from opening the fridge too often. Put drinks and things you want to get at often in a cooler with ice
* Keep back up propane tank in the bed of tow vehicle


Plan Ahead

* Bring extra water and empty water containers with you
* Plan meals to avoid going into town
* Make sure you fill the fresh water and dump the grey and black water before you get to your site
* Know where the spigot is at the campground and get a site close to it
* Have extra water and propane in case you run out
* Have a funnel to put water in your fresh water tank by hand if necessary

 
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Ford F 150 Towing Technology with Brian Bell https://girlcamper.com/ford-f-150-towing-technology-with-brian-bell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ford-f-150-towing-technology-with-brian-bell Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:05:30 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6893 https://girlcamper.com/ford-f-150-towing-technology-with-brian-bell/#respond https://girlcamper.com/ford-f-150-towing-technology-with-brian-bell/feed/ 0 <p>On today’s show I am talking towing technology with Brian Bell, the Ford Marketing Manager for F150’s and the Ford Ranger. Each week in my mail bag I receive letters […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/ford-f-150-towing-technology-with-brian-bell/">Ford F 150 Towing Technology with Brian Bell</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On today’s show I am talking towing technology with Brian Bell, the Ford Marketing Manager for F150’s and the Ford Ranger. Each week in my mail bag I receive letters […] I can tell you this – these are concerns for many people and the engineers at Ford have been developing technology that makes towing easier and safer than ever before. Today Brian Bell is talking about the F150, Ford’s biggest selling truck. I have had an F150 fan since I bought my first truck over 11 years ago. That V8 5.7L work truck had very few amenities but was as comfortable and reliable as an old shoe. When I replaced it my husband insisted I buy one with a few more bells and whistles considering the number of miles I drive each year. I bought the Lariat V6 3.5L ecoboost with lots of bells and whistles.

* The rear camera is great for backing up and hooking up the trailer especially when I am traveling alone. Rather than getting in and out of the truck cab to see where I am I can maneuver the truck to the trailer hitch in one move.
* My new truck has a built in trailer brake controller for use when I need a little extra braking power.
* Tow Haul Mode allows me to not have to figure out myself what gear I should be in for the conditions I am driving in. It automatically “reduces gear hunting, improves power delivery.”
* The Smart Trailer Tow Connector lets me run through a check list to make sure I have not forgotten any of the steps in hitching up.

Ford has many other towing features that provide not only safety but confidence on the road.

Trailer Reverse Guidance offering three cameras to assist in backing up and maneuvering a trailer. This is a great feature for those new to RVing concerned about backing into a campsite, getting in and out of a parking lot and getting gas in tight spots.
Lane Keeping Alert sounds to let you know you may be drifting out of your lane.
The Smart Trailer Tow Connector allows drivers to be alerted to problems with their trailer lights and battery,
Anti Sway Technology

Trailer Reverse Guidance

In addition to all of the smart towing features I really love my rear step that folds out of the tailgate allowing me to get in and out of the bed of the truck much easier; the heated and air conditioned seats; the hands free features for using the phone while driving and the leather seats which are not only comfortable but so easy to clean and maintain. Last year I drove close to 30K miles and this year it’s looking like I will match or beat that number.  I am so glad that I decided on the Lariat since in so many ways my truck is my office, home away from home and safe harbor when I am on the road.
I really hope that knowing about these available features helps ease the fears that  those new to towing have. It has never been more comfortable or safer to tow an RV. Click here for more information about the F150. 
 
 
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Solo Woman Traveler Karen Peterson Part Two https://girlcamper.com/solo-woman-traveler-karen-peterson-part-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=solo-woman-traveler-karen-peterson-part-two Tue, 03 Jul 2018 01:52:36 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6877 https://girlcamper.com/solo-woman-traveler-karen-peterson-part-two/#respond https://girlcamper.com/solo-woman-traveler-karen-peterson-part-two/feed/ 0 <p>On Part Two of my interview with Karen Peterson, solo woman traveler, I ask Karen the questions that wannabe solo travelers submitted on line. Many people are drawn to the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/solo-woman-traveler-karen-peterson-part-two/">Solo Woman Traveler Karen Peterson Part Two</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On Part Two of my interview with Karen Peterson, solo woman traveler, I ask Karen the questions that wannabe solo travelers submitted on line. Many people are drawn to the […]
* How do you get mail?
* How do you address health issues far from home?
* How often do you connect with family?
* Does someone know where you are at all times?
* Have you been ripped off for motor home repairs because you are a woman?
* What do you do in really bad weather?
* What about safety? Do you carry a gun?
* How do you fend off loneliness?
* Do you have any hobbies on the road?
* Do you travel with pets?
* Do you create a routine for yourself?
* Are you on a budget and have you had to increase it?
* Does your RV depreciating concern you?
* What are your favorite travel APPs?
* What would you live in and where would your pets go if your motor home needs a repair?

Each person considering such a big life change has a different set of concerns. I appreciated that Karen was willing to be so honest in sharing what her own reasons for pursuing the nomadic life were. It is hard not to be inspired by this woman who is forging a life without regrets. Leave a comment or question for Karen and be sure to share this podcast episode with a would be traveler.
 
 
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Full Time Solo Woman RVer: Karen Peterson Episode 132 https://girlcamper.com/full-time-solo-woman-rver-karen-peterson-episode-132/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=full-time-solo-woman-rver-karen-peterson-episode-132 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:37:48 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6861 https://girlcamper.com/full-time-solo-woman-rver-karen-peterson-episode-132/#comments https://girlcamper.com/full-time-solo-woman-rver-karen-peterson-episode-132/feed/ 5 <p>On this week’s podcast I interview Karen Peterson on her path to becoming a full time solo woman RVer. Karen took a look at her retirement income and the travel […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/full-time-solo-woman-rver-karen-peterson-episode-132/">Full Time Solo Woman RVer: Karen Peterson Episode 132</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s podcast I interview Karen Peterson on her path to becoming a full time solo woman RVer. Karen took a look at her retirement income and the travel […]
Karen joins me for a two part episode discussing first, what her family thought; what kind of apprehension she felt; how she approached downsizing forty years of accumulated stuff and why she chose an empty Class B Mercedes Sprinter and decided to outfit it herself.

Many women have the dream of going full time and I was so pleased to hear Karen share her vision and how she made it happen. You can have the dream, the means, the chutzpah to do it, but you will also need a starting point and an action plan. Listening to Karen’s story was inspiring and I hope it helps those with similar aspirations find their starting point. On next weeks episode Karen answers listeners questions posted on line about her actual life on the road once her dream became a reality. Happy Trails Karen.

Topics discussed on today’s episode. 

* Reactions from friends and family
* Nerves? Second thoughts?
* Why a Class B?
* Why design your own van?
* Must haves in a motorhome?
* Where you camp?
* Travel goals?
* Choosing where to go?
* Workkamping.

 
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Grand Mesa Lodge, Colorado https://girlcamper.com/grand-mesa-lodge-colorado/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grand-mesa-lodge-colorado Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:44:28 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6838 https://girlcamper.com/grand-mesa-lodge-colorado/#respond https://girlcamper.com/grand-mesa-lodge-colorado/feed/ 0 <p>  https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Grand-Mesa-Colorado.mp3   On todays Podcast I welcome Mike Wenner, owner of the Grand Mesa Lodge on top of the largest flat topped mountain in the world. Mike chucked corporate […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/grand-mesa-lodge-colorado/">Grand Mesa Lodge, Colorado</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Grand-Mesa-Colorado.mp3   On todays Podcast I welcome Mike Wenner, owner of the Grand Mesa Lodge on top of the largest flat topped mountain in the world. Mike chucked corporate […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Grand-Mesa-Colorado.mp3
 
On todays Podcast I welcome Mike Wenner, owner of the Grand Mesa Lodge on top of the largest flat topped mountain in the world. Mike chucked corporate life, smashed his cell phone on a big rock and signed on the dotted line to purchase an over 100 year old lodge in a National Forest. The Lodge is open year round for summer hiking, camping and fishing as well as winter skiing, ice fishing, and snow mobiling adventures.

 
The Grand Mesa Lodge was recently completely rebuilt and now features a big great room where you can purchase locally brewed beer, bar food and gather with friends at the end of a long day of fun. The Lodge has a camp store with the standard items one needs at camp; S’more supplies, propane, food basics and a good selection of funny T-shirt’s.

The 14 cabins available at the Grand Mesa Lodge are authentic  log cabins built in the 1930’s. If you are looking for indulgent, luxury cabins with a spa feel you will be disappointed. These cabins are old fashioned weekend fishing cabins with seasoned furnishings in them. They reminded me very much of the weekend cabins I grew up around in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Time worn and loved with puzzles, board games, and cards for late night Rummy and Crazy Eights playoffs. While the furnishings are time tested the important things are brand new. When Mike and his wife bought the Lodge they replaced all the mattresses, bedding and hot water heaters. Many of the cabins have fireplaces and great views of Island Lake.

To visit the Grand Mesa Lodge you will be treated to the long and winding road up to the top of the Mesa. The views are spectacular. Take your time and pull over! If you take the whole ride you will have actually traveled the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway. Be sure to go to the town of Cedaredge and see one of the best Pioneer Villages out there.


If you are in Western Colorado for a day or a week, don’t miss the spectacular beauty of the Grandest Mesa in the world.
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Episode 130: Girl Camper Podcast Mini Max Review https://girlcamper.com/episode-130-girl-camper-podcast-mini-max-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-130-girl-camper-podcast-mini-max-review Tue, 12 Jun 2018 05:04:42 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6792 https://girlcamper.com/episode-130-girl-camper-podcast-mini-max-review/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-130-girl-camper-podcast-mini-max-review/feed/ 12 <p>To listen to this weeks podcast, click the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Girl-Camper-Mini-Max.mp3 On this week’s show I am reviewing the Mini Max trailer by Little Guy Trailers. I recently took the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-130-girl-camper-podcast-mini-max-review/">Episode 130: Girl Camper Podcast Mini Max Review</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this weeks podcast, click the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Girl-Camper-Mini-Max.mp3 On this week’s show I am reviewing the Mini Max trailer by Little Guy Trailers. I recently took the […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Girl-Camper-Mini-Max.mp3
On this week’s show I am reviewing the Mini Max trailer by Little Guy Trailers. I recently took the Mini Max, the smaller, lighter version of Little Guy’s Max trailer, on a five week trip to Texas and parts south. I traveled over 4,000 miles in her; slept in it for over 25 nights, only four of which involved RV hook ups; used all of its systems and came away with an insiders view of this 1,993 pound addition to the light weight towable world. Today I am sharing the skinny on the MINI.

The Mini Max by Liberty Outdoors, parent company of Little Guy, has filled an opening in the teardrop world for a lightweight towable trailer with added head room, more storage, larger appliances, more available floor space and a hydraulic table system that eliminates the need to remove a heavy table and find storage for it when you want to convert the area for sleeping.
The Mini has a big U shaped banquette around a table that easily seats six people for dinner, game night or as a work space. The table compresses on a hydraulic system when it is converted to a full Queen sized bed. Because the trailer is 2′ longer than most teardrops there is added space for cabinetry and space to move around when the trailer is made up for sleeping. I opted to remove the table and create a full twin bed across the back leaving me with plenty of seating and floor space. I appreciated the flexibility the space offered without making radical modifications.

The kitchen in the Mini offered everything one would expect in a larger RV. A two burner propane stove, microwave, deep stainless steel sink, large front operational window and a staggering 5.0 cubic foot refrigerator. I was able to get all of my cooking supplies, food and dishes in the available cabinets. Every inch of space is used to its maximum advantage including a base cabinet drawer in the kickplate under the sink that I used for serving pieces.


The wet bath was large enough to use in comfort. The shower had nice hardware on an adjustable pole with a built in soap dish. The bathroom also came with mesh storage caddies on the wall. I stored my towels over the toilet on adjustable curtain rods that I purchased. They work well there but need to be removed when you shower to keep them from getting wet. (The Max bathroom is large enough that you can shower without having to remove the towels.) I thought it was a minor inconvenience compared to the great convenience of having a wet bath in a trailer this size.
The sleeping area in the Mini has three large, functional windows. One is on the front of the trailer and on the opposite wall on the back of the trailer. The rear has the same large viewing window the Max has which I fell in love with. The windows in the Mini are the same as those on the Max. They are an integrated system with built in shades and screens. They allow you to crack the window open, pull the shade up from the bottom, screen down from the top and have air and privacy. The windows are also tinted for temperature control and privacy which is a bonus for solo travelers.

The cabinet on the door wall of the trailer held all of my clothes in packing cubes that I purchased from Amazon. I used the last empty shelf in that cabinet to store my hair and health products. There is additional storage under this cabinet, beneath the benches, under the refrigerator and above the windows. I was able to pack everything I needed and wanted for a five week trip. For a small trailer, the storage was more than sufficient.

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Exploring the Class B Motor Home https://girlcamper.com/exploring-the-class-b-motor-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exploring-the-class-b-motor-home Tue, 05 Jun 2018 04:32:28 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=6509 https://girlcamper.com/exploring-the-class-b-motor-home/#respond https://girlcamper.com/exploring-the-class-b-motor-home/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show we are continuing our exploration of the different types of RVs available and their advantages and disadvantages. My guest is Class B owner Carole Steinberg who […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/exploring-the-class-b-motor-home/">Exploring the Class B Motor Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show we are continuing our exploration of the different types of RVs available and their advantages and disadvantages. My guest is Class B owner Carole Steinberg who […]
Before transitioning to the Class B Carole owned many vintage trailers and was an experienced trailer flipper. In our interview Carole talks about her decision to go full time and why the Class B was the right RV for that time in her life.
Pros and Cons of the Class B Motor Home
Pros

* Easy to park and maneuver
* Costs less than a Class A or C
* Can be used as your main vehicle as well as RV
* Gets you outside more – more of a sleep space than lounge area
* Easy to store. Can be parked in a driveway
* Good way to test if you like RVing before you make big purchase
* Easier to customize – can be purchased empty
* Better fuel economy than Class A or C
* Offers passenger access to kitchen, bathroom, food while driving
* Good touring vehicle for day trips – tailgating
* Extra  guest room at your home
* Can still tow something – boat, travel trailer, bikes
* Diesel or gas powered available
* Can travel under the radar in an unmarked version offering increased safety for solo travelers
* Can leave an unsafe situation without having to get out of vehicle unlike travel trailer

Cons 

* Small space with limited storage
* Stuck inside in bad weather
* Pricey compared to travel trailer
* Limited flexibility in floor plan options
* Appliance sizes are much smaller
* Only comfortable for one or two people
* Have to unplug it every time you leave campsite to sightsee

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RV Refrigerator Tips https://girlcamper.com/rv-refrigerator-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rv-refrigerator-tips Wed, 30 May 2018 00:56:46 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2872 https://girlcamper.com/rv-refrigerator-tips/#respond https://girlcamper.com/rv-refrigerator-tips/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to the podcast, click the arrow below. On today’s show I have some tips for keeping your RV refrigerator clean and organized. RV refrigerators do not work like […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/rv-refrigerator-tips/">RV Refrigerator Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to the podcast, click the arrow below. On today’s show I have some tips for keeping your RV refrigerator clean and organized. RV refrigerators do not work like […] On today’s show I have some tips for keeping your RV refrigerator clean and organized. RV refrigerators do not work like a home refrigerator. They don’t have a circulating fan to move the cool air around them. When you open an RV fridge to get something, it can take an hour for it to recool to the former temperature so here are some tips for making the most of an RV refrigerator.

* Plug it in the night before so it is cold when you put food in it.
* Make sure the food you put in it is already cold.
* Use an RV refrigerator air circulator to keep cold air moving around.
* Set it on Auto and then it will run on electricity as soon as you plug it in. When you disconnect the electric it will go to propane automatically.
* If you are having trouble getting the fridge to light on propane, light the stove first and draw the gas through the line.
* If you travel with the propane on, be sure to turn it off at gas stations, tunnels and wherever state highways regulations require it.
* If you are traveling without propane on, use a cooler to put the snacks and drinks you might want on the road in the tow vehicle with you.
* When traveling without the propane on, use freezer blocks in the refrigerator to keep it colder.
* For the quick retrieval of foods organize the lunch foods or snacks in plastic, open weave baskets or bins that you can pull out with everything you need in one place.
* Transfer salads from the hard plastic containers to zip lock bags. Reuse them when you are finished.
* Use Rubbermaid shelf liner on the bottom of door bins to keep the items from sliding.



* Use a fridge brace to keep large items from moving while towing.


 

* You can use the spring rod braces for the refrigerator to keep the items in place while moving.



* Empty all of the items out of the fridge after each use. Wipe the refrigerator with bleach wipes and dry the walls. Keep the doors ajar when you are not using it.



* Use an odor deodorizer in the fridge.



* To defrost quickly, cut a flexible cutting mat to fit the floor of the freezer and back walls. The frost will build up on that and then you just have to take them out and shake them off. Dry them before putting them back in.

Camco Manufacturing makes great RV refrigerator products. Many are available at the Teardrop Shop.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Petite Podcast: Lady Bird Johnson RV Park and Honeycomb Campground Reveiws https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-lady-bird-johnson-rv-park-and-honeycomb-campground-reveiws/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=petite-podcast-lady-bird-johnson-rv-park-and-honeycomb-campground-reveiws Tue, 22 May 2018 02:35:37 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2832 https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-lady-bird-johnson-rv-park-and-honeycomb-campground-reveiws/#respond https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-lady-bird-johnson-rv-park-and-honeycomb-campground-reveiws/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this week’s podcast, click on the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-2018-Petite-4.mp3 On this week’s show I am reviewing two of my favorite campgrounds from my recent five week trip […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-lady-bird-johnson-rv-park-and-honeycomb-campground-reveiws/">Petite Podcast: Lady Bird Johnson RV Park and Honeycomb Campground Reveiws</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this week’s podcast, click on the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-2018-Petite-4.mp3 On this week’s show I am reviewing two of my favorite campgrounds from my recent five week trip […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-2018-Petite-4.mp3
On this week’s show I am reviewing two of my favorite campgrounds from my recent five week trip to Texas and parts south.
While visiting Fredericksburg, Texas I stayed at the municipal campground for that town, the Lady Bird Johnson RV Park. It is located just three miles from downtown Fredericksburg on the same grounds as the municipal golf course and county pool. It’s a beautiful drive down a long road into the campground which is adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport. The campground has 98 available RV spaces offering full hook ups. The sites also include wifi and dedicated cable lines. They rent for $40 a night with monthly rates available in the off season. They also offer a great tent area with lots of shady trees.

 
The campground is old but loved. The sites were paved and level with large grassy areas between each of them. Each site holds two trailers end to end. There are no fire rings here but you are allowed to have portable propane fires. The campground had a lot of mature trees offering shade but not too much. It is surrounded by open fields allowing for nice sunsets and the airport was a great bonus to me. It had small single engine colorful planes taking off and landing during the day. I heard no planes at night and because they were single engine they didn’t make much more noise than a lawn mower. It was fun watching them come and go.

The bathhouses were probably the most dated thing about the campground. They looked original but were clean and enclosed. I had just come from several campgrounds in which the bathhouses had lofted spaces which were open to the elements. Not only was that unpleasant in the unseasonably cold weather, they were full of bugs and even birds. I appreciated the closed doors and windows of the Lady Bird bathhouses.
All in all I really liked this campground. It was so close to town but away from the noise and surrounded by grassy fields. It felt so out of the way. If you like a good hike in the morning it was big enough with paved roads to get a good walk in. Also, I thought the price was a real bargain. Full hookups, cable and working wifi for $40! Bargain. I’d definitely stay here again.
The other take away campground from my last road trip was the Honeycomb Campground in Grant, Alabama. This was the site of a Girl Camping trip and the campground was right on the waters of Guntersville Lake adjacent to the Tennessee River. This campground is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and was completely renovated and reopened in 2009.  There are 141 sites available, some long term. Most sites have electric and water available although there are a few primitive sites. None of the sites offer sewer. A dump station is available. Honeycomb also has three cabins available for rent.

 
The lakeside sites at this campground are so beautiful. I was staying with my friend Jeanne who had reserved her site in February for our April camp out. You are able to fish, kayak and canoe right from your site. If you want to dock a boat that you have towed to the campground they do rent slips for $8 a day. Honeycomb also offers boat, kayak and canoe rentals at their office. There is a day use beach that is open to the public for a fee ($8 for a carload of five) but is included in your site rental. Word around the campground from the regulars is that if you want a good seat, picnic table or grill at the beach, get there early and stake your claim. It’s a hilly campsite with water views from just about every spot on the property...]]>
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Petite Podcast: Using Your Vacation as a Health Reset https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-using-your-vacation-as-a-health-reset/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=petite-podcast-using-your-vacation-as-a-health-reset Tue, 15 May 2018 11:47:24 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2825 https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-using-your-vacation-as-a-health-reset/#respond https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-using-your-vacation-as-a-health-reset/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this week’s podcast, click the arrow below! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-2018-Petite-3.mp3 On this weeks show I’m talking about using your vacation as an opportunity to hit the reset button on […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-using-your-vacation-as-a-health-reset/">Petite Podcast: Using Your Vacation as a Health Reset</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this week’s podcast, click the arrow below! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-2018-Petite-3.mp3 On this weeks show I’m talking about using your vacation as an opportunity to hit the reset button on […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-2018-Petite-3.mp3
On this weeks show I’m talking about using your vacation as an opportunity to hit the reset button on bad eating habits. After the long, long winter most of the country experienced in 2017-2018 I had really fallen into a bad sugar and snacking habit. I had to stop the madness and reset my body clock for good food. In the Pettit house that is not always easy. Snacking is a competitive sport here and there is always something in the junk drawer when boredom, frustration, and anxiety take over.  A few weeks before my planned departure I began thinking about using my solo trip as an opportunity to hit the reset button.
I started with the food part. I knew it was unrealistic for me to count points or follow any specific weight loss plan. I did hope to take off a few pounds but the goal was not weight loss per se but cutting the junk and getting my energy level back up. Way back in the seventies when my grandmother would see any of my five sisters eating cottage cheese she would say, “Are you trying to reduce?” It always makes me laugh. The formula was simple. Burn off more than you take in. My plan was simple. Lots of protein, lots of water, no sugar, minimum white flour and get moving.

* The temptation to eat fast food on road is high. It’s so convenient. Rest stop tacos and hot ready burgers are quick but they give you nothing but convenience. Half an hour after eating them you want to pull over and nap. Here’s a few ways I overcame my normal pitfalls.
* Plan ahead. I prepackaged quick protein breakfasts for travel days and snacks for lunch. Being able to grab a frozen slice of crustless quiche or frittata for morning was simple and got my day off right and also reinforced in my mind the goal to eat better that day. The stage was set for the day.
* Shop ahead. I planned food out for several days at a time. No stops in quickmarts along the way. I didn’t even go in when getting gas. I had everything in the trailer for success. I pre-purchased lots of water, packages of pre-cut celery and baby carrots, mini hummus containers that fit in my cup holder, rolled up lunch meat and sliced apples became my daily go to’s. I put them in easy to grab plastic snack bags so I could save time prepping and keep driving.
* Rest stop exercise. When stopping at a rest stop I parked as far away as possible and walked fast, jogged or ran to the potty. Before heading back to my car I made a big loop around the outer rim of the area to get my blood going. I also did squats and stretches. Most stops were about 15 minutes but because I was drinking so much water I made frequent stops.
* A little education went a long way. I know that cutting sugar out of your system involves cravings. I also knew that they last for about two weeks until the body adjusts. The initial week was bad! ugh! I wanted anything sweet but I told myself the craving was temporary, eating junk was contrary to my goals and lemon square bars were not dropping off the face of the earth. They would still be making them in the future. I used apples and naval oranges to get a sweet fix and stuck it out. Eventually the cravings subsided and it stopped being a battle.
* Encouragement came in the form of healthy food bloggers. There’s just so much inspiration out there. I just needed to tap into it. The cottage cheese and pineapple days are over. There are lots of great food ideas out there and you don’t have to look far. I followed a few inspiring people on Instagram for food ideas and to help me stay on track.
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Petite Podcast: The Realities of Long Term Travel https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-realities-of-long-term-travel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=petite-podcast-realities-of-long-term-travel Tue, 08 May 2018 12:49:35 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2795 https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-realities-of-long-term-travel/#respond https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-realities-of-long-term-travel/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to today’s podcast, click on the arrow. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-Petite-Podcast-2.mp3 On this weeks show I am answering follower Julie’s question about the realities of long term travel. Julie wrote in: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-realities-of-long-term-travel/">Petite Podcast: The Realities of Long Term Travel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to today’s podcast, click on the arrow. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-Petite-Podcast-2.mp3 On this weeks show I am answering follower Julie’s question about the realities of long term travel. Julie wrote in: […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Girl-Camper-Petite-Podcast-2.mp3
On this weeks show I am answering follower Julie’s question about the realities of long term travel. Julie wrote in: “Dear Janine, I’ve been following your Texas trip and it looks like you are having so much fun. I’m wondering what the “down” side of traveling alone is, if any. I’d like to do the same some day and want to be realistic about managing expectations. Do you ever get scared? Are you ever lonely? Thank you for your constant encouragement. Julie”
Thanks Julie. Most of my travels are fun, educational and personally edifying but there are down sides to everything. I think they will be different for each person and probably different for each trip. This trip was truly a solo trip for me because I was not traveling with a friend. I met up with friends along the way but my five week, 4,140 mile Texas trip was planned as an open ended, ‘do as I will’ trip. I wanted to be free to go wherever I wanted in between my scheduled Girl Camper camping trips.

 
One of the “downs” for me on this last trip was the work of moving my site too often. I learned this lesson the hard way. Setting up and breaking down each day to move to a new location was a lot of work and did not feel like “camping”. I didn’t bother to put up my awning, get my chair out or visit with neighbors. It was an unrealistic schedule that left me weary. The next time I plan a trip like this I will  do more in one place and stay put at one campground long enough to feel planted and rested. It would have been better to drive an hour or two without the trailer attached to see sites than to hopscotch from site to site to be ten minutes away from what I wanted to see. Lesson learned.

Also, not fun was the drive home. I packed all that I could into every minute I was in Texas and left there with a three day window to get myself home in time for appointments I had in New Jersey. The trip home was 1,740 miles and I did it alone in three days. It felt like taking down the Christmas decorations. Why did I put so many up??? Couldn’t I have had as much fun closer to home?? Three ten hour driving days was just too much. I could have done it in four but my head was at home by then and I wanted my body there too. In order to do that I had to practice safe driving. I only ate healthy invigorating food, no carbs! I drank lots of water which keeps you alert and makes you make frequent potty stops! When I stopped at rest stops I parked in the farthest parking spot and jogged to the rest stop and then around it to get my blood going. When all of that was not enough I climbed into my trailer and took a power nap. I was glad to be home after 37 days on the road but the trip home was grueling.

Another thing that became an issue on this trip was the weather. I don’t mind a little rain but spring in the south is prone to violent weather. I was often watching my weather apps for lines of powerful thunderstorms coming through.  There were two nights where I just had to stay in a hotel to avoid storms that were producing tornadoes and straight line winds. To me that is part of the adventure. Adjusting my plans to accommodate the weather allowed me to meet fellow travelers also seeking shelter from the storm and turn an unexpected stop into a nice evening sharing travel stories.

Do I ever get scared? The answer is YES!! When I do, I have to stop and ask myself if I am truly in danger or if I am being psyched out by something playing on my mind? I was in a campground that was nearly empty and my site was quite isolated and right on the river where it could have been accessed by a ...]]>
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Petite Podcast- Attending Your First Event https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-attending-your-first-event/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=petite-podcast-attending-your-first-event Wed, 02 May 2018 13:37:00 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2775 https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-attending-your-first-event/#respond https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-attending-your-first-event/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to the podcast, click the arrow!   This is a Petite Podcast while I am on a month long sabbatical. In June our regular podcasts will return.  I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/petite-podcast-attending-your-first-event/">Petite Podcast- Attending Your First Event</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to the podcast, click the arrow!   This is a Petite Podcast while I am on a month long sabbatical. In June our regular podcasts will return.  I […]  
This is a Petite Podcast while I am on a month long sabbatical. In June our regular podcasts will return.  I didn’t want to leave you without a Girl Camper weekly fix so I’m recording little podcasts during the month of May.
I’m starting off this week by answering one of the questions I didn’t get to in our last Q and A. Anna wrote in and asked what to expect when she attends her first rally coming up soon.

It can be a little intimating to attend a rally in which you don’t know a soul. I did it myself at my first Sister on tbe Fly trip. The good news is that the kind folks who plan rallies generally do it because they enjoy helping people, bringing people together, and seeing people enjoy  themselves. You are walking into very friendly territory.
The question I want to piggyback to your question is how can you be a good guest ?

Recognize that the hostess is working hard trying to make a lot of people feel comfortable. Try to be a go with the flow person who is not too demanding.

Don’t sit in your tent or trailer waiting for someone to come and get you by the hand and lead you around introducing you to people. Step out of your comfort zone and walk around saying hello.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If it is your first time backing up a trailer by yourself, feel free to reach out to other campers. Most people are more than happy to help those who are learning. There’s no shame in being a beginner. I camped for two years at pull through sites before I made up my mind to just get that backing in thing down once and for all.

Bring a little hostess gift to show your appreciation to the person who planned the event. It needn’t be anything big. Maybe local honey from your town or something you’ve made? A bottle of wine is always appreciated.  I also bring a load of firewood to the community fire each time I camp with a crowd.

Leave politics and hot button topics at home.  Most people camp to get away from stress and it’s not the place for airing opinions and taking stands.
Hostesses can make people feel at ease by letting them participate at their own comfort level. Rallies range in activities from laid-back to highly scheduled.  Cowgirl proms, game playing, and dress up themed parties  are not everyone’s cup of tea.  I always think it’s best to let people find their niche at their own pace.

As a hostess, when it comes to food, I always let the first timer is off the hook. I have found that driving to your first event alone, possibly towing alone for the first time, is stressful enough. I like to treat the newbies To a weekend free of worrying about food. It gives them the opportunity to see how food is handled and the next time they come they will know what the system is. It’s a nice treat for first timers. If they are insistent that they’d like to bring something I suggest a dessert.

 
 
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Episode 127: Destination Fredericksburg, Texas with Amanda Koone https://girlcamper.com/episode-127-destination-fredericksburg-texas-with-amanda-koone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-127-destination-fredericksburg-texas-with-amanda-koone Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:42:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2743 https://girlcamper.com/episode-127-destination-fredericksburg-texas-with-amanda-koone/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-127-destination-fredericksburg-texas-with-amanda-koone/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this weeks podcast, click on the arrow. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Girl-Camper-2018-Fredericksburg.mp3 On this weeks show I interview Amanda Koone, Director of Communications for the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Fredericksburg, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-127-destination-fredericksburg-texas-with-amanda-koone/">Episode 127: Destination Fredericksburg, Texas with Amanda Koone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this weeks podcast, click on the arrow. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Girl-Camper-2018-Fredericksburg.mp3 On this weeks show I interview Amanda Koone, Director of Communications for the Convention and Visitors Bureau of... https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Girl-Camper-2018-Fredericksburg.mp3
On this weeks show I interview Amanda Koone, Director of Communications for the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Fredericksburg, Texas. This Texas Hill Country town settled by Germans in the mid 1840’s offers something for everyone. Museums, restaurants, shopping, festivals, wineries, art galleries and lots of campgrounds! It’s a great destination for couples, girlfriend weekends and family getaways.
I had the opportunity to spend a few days just scratching the surface of this classic Texas town. As a fan of all things “pioneer” I really loved the Pioneer Museum. This is more like a living history museum with many original buildings relocated to its Main Street location. I enjoyed being able to tour the buildings and hear the motion activated commentary on the history of the White-Oaks School House where families paid an annual $8 fee and 45 cents per month for their children to attend; the Sunday House once owned by the August Weber family as a place to spend the day away from the farm while attending church services, visiting friends or keeping a doctors appointment; the Walton-Smith Cabin which has been restored as closely as possible to what it would have looked like when it was originally occupied. The museum offers a glimpse into life in Gillespie County in the mid 1800’s to mid 1900’s and is well worth the $3 admission fee.
I also visited the National Museum of the Pacific War located across the street from the Visitors Center. It is a six acre, three building complex with many interactive exhibits and artifacts displayed in a meandering path that leads the visitor through the history of World War II and Admiral Chester Nimitz, a Fredericksburg native. A 48 hour pass is offered for $14.
Fredericksburg is also a great place for shopping, dining and experiencing the nearly 1000 Bed and Breakfasts available. City code prohibits chain stores in the historic section and as a result the town has more than 150 unique Mom and Pop shops to browse. My hands down favorite was Camp Hayden at 306 E Main St. This family owned shop was chock full of vintage camp items on display among a great selection of funny t-shirts, felt pennants, great vintage style camping items and Pendleton beach towels.
There are over 80 restaurants in Fredericksburg including the Woerner Cafe in the warehouse district where I enjoyed a great lunch in a restored grain mill and then hit the Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities mart next door.
Fredericksburg and all of Hill Country in Texas is a great RV destination with over 761 RV sites available in the area. I stayed at the Lady Bird Johnson RV Park for the bargain rate of $40 a night for a full hook up site with better than average RV Park Wifi and cable included. The park is a city owned park connected to the Lady Bird Golf Course and a small county airport where I really enjoyed watching the single engine planes come and go.
You can learn more about visiting Fredericksburg here.
 
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Episode 126: Answering Listeners Questions https://girlcamper.com/episode-126-answering-listeners-questions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-126-answering-listeners-questions Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:47:02 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2724 https://girlcamper.com/episode-126-answering-listeners-questions/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-126-answering-listeners-questions/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this weeks podcast, click the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Girl-Camper-Questions.mp3 On this weeks episode I am answering listeners questions.  Our community is growing by leaps and bounds and it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-126-answering-listeners-questions/">Episode 126: Answering Listeners Questions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this weeks podcast, click the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Girl-Camper-Questions.mp3 On this weeks episode I am answering listeners questions.  Our community is growing by leaps and bounds and it […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Girl-Camper-Questions.mp3
On this weeks episode I am answering listeners questions.  Our community is growing by leaps and bounds and it would be nearly impossible to listen to 125 back episodes of the podcast to find the  answer to a  particular question you might have.  I am taking some of the questions from our Girl Camper Podcast Facebook page, some questions from the Contact the Girl Camper emails and some questions that I am frequently asked in person at events and I am answering them on this weeks show. I always want the podcast to be a place where no question is off-limits or too rudimentary. Keep those cards and letters coming ladies, we are here to help.
Laurie  asked a question about how to secure her trailer from theft. I covered this in episode 40 of the podcast. Here is the link. In short,  it’s all about making it as difficult as possible.  Here are some tricks.
Thwarting Trailer Theft.

*  Store your trailer in a locked in gated facility with cameras.
*  At home in your driveway secure your trailer in as many ways as possible.
* Use a pin lock on your coupler.
* Lock the coupler with a hitch lock.
* Put wheel locks on both tires.
* Put all for stabilizing jacks down when it is parked.
* Get locking lug nuts.
* Have motion sensor lights around it.
*  Secure the axle with a chain to something immovable.

Lisa  asked for tips and caravaning as a group. She will be traveling from Texas to Glacier National  Park this summer.
Caravanning Tips 

*  Choose two drivers who will sandwich the crew. One to lead  and one to be the last car of the caravan.
*  Make sure the leader and the end of the caravan each have a way of communicating with each other.
*  Set rules ahead of time for what the group wants to do. Agree on when you will stop for lunch. Determine if you will enjoy a point of interest along the way. Determine what will be done if someone has a breakdown. Agree ahead of time how many hours you will drive each day.
*  Keep a safe distance without being on top of each other. There is no need to stay in a single line. Try to stay within 5 miles of each other. The lead car can communicate to the rear car and determine how far apart they are.  If the rear end of the caravan is falling behind, the lead car can slow down and allow time for them to catch up.
* In the event that one rig in the caravan becomes disabled, agree ahead of time how that should be handled. Some caravans all want to stay together. If a truck  and trailer become disabled the rest of the group can exit at the next ramp and wait in the first available large parking lot. If it is a problem that can be corrected quickly the group can all stay together. If the disabled rig will take several hours or need to be towed, the rest of the group can continue to an agreed-upon spot.
* If the group is 15 or more trailers traveling together you may want to leave your destination in the morning at 15 or 30 minute intervals so that you can arrive at the next Campground with space in between. This way you do not have 15 or more trailers arriving simultaneously and trying to check in at the campground at the same time.


Deirdre asked what kind of tools she needs to level her trailer.
Tools for Leveling Trailer
My leveling tools include:

* Camco curved levelers and non slip chock
* Camco leveling blocks – 10 pack
* Level (phone app)
* Wheel Chock
* Wood block for under tongue jack

Process of Leveling

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Episode 125: Planning an RV Rally with Sharon Sigmon https://girlcamper.com/episode-125-planning-an-rv-rally-with-sharon-sigmon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-125-planning-an-rv-rally-with-sharon-sigmon Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:48:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2659 https://girlcamper.com/episode-125-planning-an-rv-rally-with-sharon-sigmon/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-125-planning-an-rv-rally-with-sharon-sigmon/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to the podcast, click on the arrow. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Rally-Planning.mp3 My guest this week is Sharon Sigmon, Tab-toting, rally planning, Girl Camper. Sharon jumped on the Tear Drop bandwagon about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-125-planning-an-rv-rally-with-sharon-sigmon/">Episode 125: Planning an RV Rally with Sharon Sigmon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to the podcast, click on the arrow. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Rally-Planning.mp3 My guest this week is Sharon Sigmon, Tab-toting, rally planning, Girl Camper. Sharon jumped on the Tear Drop bandwagon about […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Rally-Planning.mp3
My guest this week is Sharon Sigmon, Tab-toting, rally planning, Girl Camper. Sharon jumped on the Tear Drop bandwagon about 12 years ago when she bought a tiny Tear Drop trailer and joined the Sisters on the Fly. Once she went to her first Tab Rally she was hooked on the camping, the community and her little trailer. Over the past ten years Sharon has planned over 125 rallies. Each year she plans four different eagerly anticipated rallies including the big annual Blue Ridge Rally for all Tab owners.
Sharon has learned a few things about rally planning and shared them in today’s episode.

* She starts her rally planning with a visit to the campground she has in mind. She wants to learn first hand how they treat customers.
* She also likes to plan events for big rallies. Pot luck dinners, themed parties, group campfires and tours of local hot spots are a few of the things she coordinates.
* When it comes to feeding a crowd Sharon relies on pot luck, group meals with everyone making their own and eating together and local caterers.
* Sharon suggests starting small when rally planning. She has done groups of a half dozen to 100 people attending.

Sharon writes several wonderful blogs and the best place to find her infectious enthusiasm for all things camping, rallying, and tear dropping is on her Facebook page, Sharon B Sigmon. She shares her new blog posts there and all her rally information.
 
 
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Episode 124: Spring Gear Guide and Giveaway – Part Two https://girlcamper.com/episode-124-spring-gear-guide-and-giveaway-part-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-124-spring-gear-guide-and-giveaway-part-two Tue, 27 Mar 2018 03:17:12 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2645 https://girlcamper.com/episode-124-spring-gear-guide-and-giveaway-part-two/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-124-spring-gear-guide-and-giveaway-part-two/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this week’s podcast, click the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Gear-.mp3 On this weeks show I continue my spring gear guide and giveaway. I spied, tried and am reporting on […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-124-spring-gear-guide-and-giveaway-part-two/">Episode 124: Spring Gear Guide and Giveaway – Part Two</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this week’s podcast, click the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Gear-.mp3 On this weeks show I continue my spring gear guide and giveaway. I spied, tried and am reporting on […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Gear-.mp3
On this weeks show I continue my spring gear guide and giveaway. I spied, tried and am reporting on some new products out there, some of my personal favorites and a few products with a cause behind them. Like last week I’ve broken my list down to what I consider Glamping items and Camping items. Considering I grew up in a canvas tent with a Coleman cooler, lantern and stove as “equipment” most of the things would have been considered “glamping” two decades ago but technology has impacted every arena of our lives including camping. I let you consider what where the items belong on your list!
Glamping
Para Kito Mosquito Repellent.  Para Kito makes a mosquito repellent bracelet without the use of harsh chemicals. The bracelets are filled with essential oils and naturally repel insects. I bought one last year when I was in Yellowstone because I hate having  Deet or any strong chemical on my skin or clothes. I thought they were very effective and I loved the pleasant odor. This year Para Kito launched a Party bracelet that is perfect for the beach at night,  alfresco dining, cocktail parties and summer weddings. No need to spoil the look of your nice outfit with a lime green or hot pink bracelet. Para Kito bracelets last two weeks and refills can be purchased at a cost of 2 for $13. They are sold at many retailers including REI, Amazon and Walmart. Para Kito is giving away five bracelets to Girl Campers. Go to their Instagram (Parakitousa) account and follow them and tag a friend. They will pick a winner and send out the prize.

Copper Wire Fairy Lights When these lights first hit the market two years ago I invested in a few short strands. I love the light they give off and that the battery life is so long on them.  They had been selling for about $8-$10 for a short strand though and I like lots of lights. Lightsetc… is an Amazon seller that has the best bargain on these great lights. A 65′ strand with over 200 lights for $8.59. They run on 3 AA batteries and will light for 30 hours on one set. They also have Modes that allow you to flash, fade, strobe and five other fantastic light show options.  Favorite find this spring!! Check them out here. 
Man Can. The ultimate tailgate, camping, backyard picnic growler ever!! Keep your favorite home brew or micro brewery favorite bubbly for up to 30 days in this single layer steel growler. It’s threaded, sealed top and the help of CO2 cartridges protect the integrity of your brew. You can add the tap and call it a party. I got this even though I am not a big beer drinker because I am a little hooked on seltzer carbonated homemade lemonades, and my own homemade ginger drinks. I love mixing up a batch of refreshing summer non alcoholic drinks that anyone can add a splash of vodka too if the mood strikes them. Often after I’ve gone to the trouble the leftovers get tossed because there is no way to keep the bubbles. Having a cold sparkling drink when i arrive at the campground and to offer a friend seemed like a great thing. I also like the size and that I can eliminate carrying lots of extra seltzer with me. Man Can is giving away a 64 oz. growler so head over to their Instagram (Mancanbeer) Hit follow and tag a friend.

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Spring Gear Guide and Give Away https://girlcamper.com/spring-gear-guide-and-give-away/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spring-gear-guide-and-give-away Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:24:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2619 https://girlcamper.com/spring-gear-guide-and-give-away/#comments https://girlcamper.com/spring-gear-guide-and-give-away/feed/ 1 <p>To listen to the podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Gear-Guide.mp3 On this week’s show I am sharing my Spring Gear Guide with you. All winter long I have been searching […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/spring-gear-guide-and-give-away/">Spring Gear Guide and Give Away</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to the podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Gear-Guide.mp3 On this week’s show I am sharing my Spring Gear Guide with you. All winter long I have been searching […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Gear-Guide.mp3
On this week’s show I am sharing my Spring Gear Guide with you. All winter long I have been searching for and testing camping and Glamping gear and I am sharing some of my favorite things for both Glampers and Campers. On this show we like to say that there is no wrong way to “Camp Like a Girl” so if pure Merino wool jammies are what you love to sleep in, more power to you. You won’t get judged here! I also have some practical and fun camping items to share as well as some great Give Aways!!
Let’s get started with Glamping!! I am starting with my favorite Glamping luxury of the year which made its way into my everyday life and I hope I am never without them again. Chill Angel makes the most incredible 100 % Merino Wool pajamas! These PJ’s will leave you feeling wrapped in luxury and help you get a better nights sleep. The super finely spun wool looks like a jersey knit with flat lock stitching that never digs into your skin anywhere. The wool acts to dissipate heat from your body during a hot flash (power surge!) and transports moisture away from the skin keeping you dry and helping you get back to sleep sooner. Wool is a natural antimicrobial and is hypoallergenic. The highly breathable fabric is color fast and will not fade with washing. It is machine washable in cold water and should be line dried. I lay mine on a towel on the dryer or over an old fashioned drying rack. They are so soft!! I have been wearing them for about a month now and they really do help you to get a better nights sleep. I love them so much that I bought my mother a pair, because she deserves them!!
Betsy Seabert the designer and founder of Chill Angel conceived this brainchild while going through treatment for breast cancer.  As she struggled with the hot flashes and cold sweats related to the treatment she thought of her ideal pair of pajamas that would minimize the side effects of chemotherapy. When she was well she developed an award winning business plan and started production. Her beautiful pajamas have been a great success and I can see and feel why! They really do wrap you in luxury.  Years ago I would never have dreamed of indulging myself in such a luxury item like this but the older I get the more I value quality, good rest and contributing to small business entrepreneurial spirits like Betsy.
Betsy is offering five sets of Chill Angel Merino wool sleep masks to lucky winners and a 20% off coupon code to Girl Campers. The code is Chillingirls and is good for six months!! In order to be in the running for the sleep mask you have to go to Betsy’s site here and sign up for her newsletter on the bottom of her homepage. Thank you Betsy! You have a customer for life with me. Please don’t tell anyone I don’t take my jammies off until noon these days!! Perks of working from home!!
Next up is the Kamp-Rite Cot. I know this looks like camping gear and you are probably wondering why it is in the Glamping section of the Spring Gear Guide but hear me out here! This little cot tent packs a punch for Girl Campers. It can be used so many different ways.

* Portable guest room- Carry this with you in case a friend visits you at the campground and you invite her to stay over. How sweet would this be all dolled up with vintage quilts and beautiful sheets and twinkle lights inside? You can make a guest feel right at home and still have your own space. Your guest doesn’t have to sleep on the floor!!
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Episode 122: Picking up Your New RV https://girlcamper.com/episode-122-picking-up-your-new-rv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-122-picking-up-your-new-rv Tue, 13 Mar 2018 02:43:32 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2605 https://girlcamper.com/episode-122-picking-up-your-new-rv/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-122-picking-up-your-new-rv/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this week’s podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Walk-Through.mp3 On this weeks show my guest is Lynn Butler, owner of Setzers World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-122-picking-up-your-new-rv/">Episode 122: Picking up Your New RV</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this week’s podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Walk-Through.mp3 On this weeks show my guest is Lynn Butler, owner of Setzers World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-Walk-Through.mp3
On this weeks show my guest is Lynn Butler, owner of Setzers World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. Lynn and I discuss picking up you new RV at the dealership. What kind of walk through should a consumer expect? How does a PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) differ from the consumer walk through on purchase pick up day? What is looked at in a PDI? When is it done? How can you remember all the things you’re being told?
Tips for a successful pick up day include:

* Mark out the whole day for this big event.
* Videotape the demonstrations.
* Make sure you get all of the manufacturer manuals for appliances.
* Make sure you do your hitch work ahead of time so you can safely tow your new trailer home.
* Bring your spouse or a friend along for an extra set of ears.
* Make plans for a shake down camp out close to home

Also this week I’m chatting about what I learned at Camper College regarding water – hoses, pressure regulators and quick connects! Serious damage can be done to your plumbing if you release water at a high PSI  Into your system. Some campgrounds have water pressure as high as 110 PSI while trailers are manufactured to withstand 40 PSI.  A water pressure regulator is an essential piece of equipment in your RV tool box.
 
 
 
 
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Episode 121: Class C Motorhome Pros and Cons https://girlcamper.com/episode-121-class-c-motorhome-pros-and-cons/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-121-class-c-motorhome-pros-and-cons Tue, 06 Mar 2018 02:42:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2593 https://girlcamper.com/episode-121-class-c-motorhome-pros-and-cons/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-121-class-c-motorhome-pros-and-cons/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this week’s podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-2018-Class-C.mp3 On this week’s show I continue my exploration of all the Recreation Vehicle options out there for RVer’s. In […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-121-class-c-motorhome-pros-and-cons/">Episode 121: Class C Motorhome Pros and Cons</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this week’s podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-2018-Class-C.mp3 On this week’s show I continue my exploration of all the Recreation Vehicle options out there for RVer’s. In […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Girl-Camper-2018-Class-C.mp3
On this week’s show I continue my exploration of all the Recreation Vehicle options out there for RVer’s. In episode 117 I “reimagined” the toy hauler looking at alternate ways to use this heavy duty trailer originally created for transporting quads, motorbikes and whatever “toys” you might use while vacationing. I’m taking a look at the Class C motor home today and some of the things that owners love about them and some of the reasons buyers passed on them for other options. I also have an interview with my friend Jean Taylor, Girl Camper and owner of  Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia, New Jersey. Jean owns a Class C motor home and when she’s not running her own campground she is camping in her Class C.
Class C sizes run from 21′ to 35′. There are many floor plans and styles available, with and without slide outs. Prices range from 43K to 200K dollars and can sleep anywhere from 2-10 people.
When comparing the Class C to the Class A motor home many found the Class C to be:

* Less expensive
* Better on gas mileage
* More maneuverable
* To have a safer cockpit in crashes
* Easier to heat and cool

Other Pros for Class C’s are:

* Access to living area while driving
* No towing anxiety
* In many areas it is considered a vehicle and can be kept in a driveway where travel trailers cannot
* Large overhead cab storage
* Easy to drive
* Can sleep a lot of people depending on model
* Option of towing car

Some of the negatives consumers report on the Class C are:

* Less storage than a Class A Motor Home
* Unless you are towing a touring car with you, you will have to unhook your systems each time you leave the campground.
* They are not as maneuverable as a Class B
* Can be too small for full timing
* Parking at tourist sites can be limited
* Poor gas mileage compared to a Class B
* Kitchens are not as large as some travel trailer and Class A Motor Homes
* Larger models can be harder to navigate through towns

On this week’s show I also shared two new events posted on the Camp Like a Girl Meet Up site. The first is our Camper College event at Bankston Motor Home in Huntsville, Alabama. Here is the link to join us for that event!
In order to sign up you will need to be a member of www.Meetup.com. You can join here and have access to all the upcoming events.
 
 
 
 
 
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Episode 120: RV and Travel Lessons Learned https://girlcamper.com/episode-120-rv-and-travel-lessons-learned/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-120-rv-and-travel-lessons-learned Tue, 27 Feb 2018 03:38:12 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2569 https://girlcamper.com/episode-120-rv-and-travel-lessons-learned/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-120-rv-and-travel-lessons-learned/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to this weeks podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Girl-Camper-2018-Season-1-120.mp3 On this weeks show my travel buddy and BFF Carol and I continue the conversation on lessons learned while […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-120-rv-and-travel-lessons-learned/">Episode 120: RV and Travel Lessons Learned</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to this weeks podcast, click on the arrow! https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Girl-Camper-2018-Season-1-120.mp3 On this weeks show my travel buddy and BFF Carol and I continue the conversation on lessons learned while […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Girl-Camper-2018-Season-1-120.mp3
On this weeks show my travel buddy and BFF Carol and I continue the conversation on lessons learned while on the road. In the 12 years since we began RVing we’ve traveled thousands of miles in every conceivable weather condition. Along the way we made a few mistakes, dodged a few bullets and had our confidence tested. We are sharing these experiences and those of our online community on the Girl Camper Podcast Facebook page, in the hopes that others might avoid our mistakes or at least know an appropriate course of action if they run into trouble.
Travel Day Lessons 

* Be realistic about how long it will take to get somewhere when you are towing.
* When traveling into the night without reservations, look ahead for campgrounds and check availability.
* Don’t depend on the GPS alone. Always have paper maps.
* Try to arrive at the campground before dark. If you arrive after dark, consider staying hooked up and setting up in the morning.
* Fill or start looking for gas when the tank is half empty. Use IExit App to find gas stations. Remember that is sometimes harder to find diesel so don’t let tank go too low.
* Always have cash with you. Sometimes you can’t use your credit card or don’t want to in unrecognized locations.
* Have all of your Roadside Assistance numbers in your phone and your account numbers as well in case of emergency. Find out ahead of time if your Roadside Assistance plan will tow your RV and your tow vehicle.

Weather Worries 

* Be prepared to adjust your driving plans for bad weather
* Change routes if necessary to avoid extreme weather
* Pull over and wait out bad weather along the way
* Delay departure if high winds or sever weather is called for
* Have a weather alert App on your mobile device to warn about dangerous weather
* NEVER drive through high water
* Know where tornado shelters are in the campground before you need them

Campground Booking  Lessons Learned 
Call the campground when booking rather than booking online.
Ask the campground employees:

* What is the most requested site?
* Are the sites level? Shady? Sunny?
* How close am I to the access road with all the rigs coming in, bathroom, playground, pool?
* What time is check out? Is late check out available? Is there a fee?
* Full hook ups?
* Read the online reviews

 
Packing Tips 

* Put extra t-shirts, towels, soft items in decorative zippered throw pillows and use them as decor while storing extra supplies.
* A five gallon bucket can be used as a porta potty, foot stool, wash bucket, dry lock for fire starters, extra seat to name just a few.
* Use a Dollar Store pack of shower caps to put on muddy shoes before storing them, as a cover for bowls and to cover the seat of your bike in the rain.
* Have designated camping bins in the garage for grilling supplies, and campground gear so that you can load the trailer or tow vehicle quickly and not forget anything.
* Use packing cubes, and ebags to keep cabinets organized.

Tips From our Online Community
“Run water before attaching your hose and filter. I ruined a new water filter when mud ran through it. It also gets the earwigs out.” Liz Deck
“Always have headache medicine and sunglasses with you. Driving and squinting in the sun can give you a headache.” Sally Bauer
“Replace factory tires before you have to.” Lori Little Wolf
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Episode 119 – Rookie Mistakes Explored https://girlcamper.com/episode-119-rookie-mistakes-explored/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-119-rookie-mistakes-explored Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:58:23 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2555 https://girlcamper.com/episode-119-rookie-mistakes-explored/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-119-rookie-mistakes-explored/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show my guest is my BFF and travel buddy, Carol Thompson. Carol and I joined the Sisters on the Fly over twelve years ago and we have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-119-rookie-mistakes-explored/">Episode 119 – Rookie Mistakes Explored</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show my guest is my BFF and travel buddy, Carol Thompson. Carol and I joined the Sisters on the Fly over twelve years ago and we have […] First, the Top Six most mentioned Rookie errors.

* #1 Hitch came off the ball
* #2 Forgot to put antenna down
* #3 Not holding down sewer hose when dumping
* #4 Forgot to unplug before pulling out
* #5 Locked out with no back up keys
* #6 Forgot to put wheel chocks in place before unhooking

Trailer Towing Mistakes Most Mentioned 

* Getting stuck on road with no room to turn around
* Backed over something and pulled forward ripping up bottom of trailer
* Hit something backing into driveway – post, mailbox, tree, porch, neighbors fence, garage
* Took off awning or AC at gas station
* Towed small car behind Class A with emergency brake on

Set Up Mistakes 

* Mistakenly put water in gas tank of motor home at campground
* Used boards in stead of stacking blocks to level and boards kicked out and damaged underside of trailer
* Forgot to put wheel chocks in place before unhitching
* Unhooked trailer when car was in neutral
* Hooked up freshwater hose to black tank back flush and flooded trailer with black water tank fluids
* Bent anti-sway bar by backing up without loosening it
* Turned on hot water heater with no water in it
* Didn’t leave enough room for slide out to open

Dumping Mistakes

* Not holding down sewer hose while dumping, pops off sewer and sprays area and person!
* Leaving black tank valve open when hooked up to full hook up site
* Opened blank tank when they thought it was empty

Packing up Errors 

* Pulled out with electric or water hose still connected to campground
* Drove out with slide out open
* Awning not locked and opened up
* Steps ripped off when forgot to put them in
* Drove away with storage compartments open or unlocked
* Pulled forward with tongue jacks still down
* Forgot to lock fridge, cabinets or trailer door
* Didn’t check site – Left behind wheel chocks, jack crank, hoses, awning crank, electric cord
* Drove away with trailer and storage compartment keys on bumper

 At Campground

* Damaged awning when left out in rain or wind storm
* Ran out of propane on cold night
* Locked out with no back up keys
* Pipes froze when heat was not high enough
* No surge protector – electric damaged
* No back up fuses

Some of the reasons women sited for making these mistakes gives some insight on how to avoid them. Working with a “Before You Pull Out” checklist and “When You Arrive” checklist helps cut down on these mistakes. Having a comprehensive list and a strict policy of always working off it is what every seasoned RVer will tell you to do. Even when we have done something 100 times and created a good muscle memory we can get distracted by conditions and forget something. Many people sited that they were talking while getting ready to pull out or when arriving and setting up. Impending bad weather, trying to beat rush hour, trying to get to the dump station line before its too long can all distract us and make it easy to miss something.]]>
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Episode 118 – Mid Winter Camping Fixes https://girlcamper.com/mid-winter-camping-fixes-episode-118/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mid-winter-camping-fixes-episode-118 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:06:41 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2540 https://girlcamper.com/mid-winter-camping-fixes-episode-118/#respond https://girlcamper.com/mid-winter-camping-fixes-episode-118/feed/ 0 <p>Winter’s grip seems particularly strong this year and we are only half way through it! For those that love to camp that snow covered trailer in the backyard is like […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/mid-winter-camping-fixes-episode-118/">Episode 118 – Mid Winter Camping Fixes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Winter’s grip seems particularly strong this year and we are only half way through it! For those that love to camp that snow covered trailer in the backyard is like […]
* Stay at a Lodge – Make reservations at a state or national park lodge. Each year we take a midwinter trip to Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia and take advantage of the parks beauty in the winter. Sitting by the roaring fire after a hike to the falls in the snow is like a tonic to the spirit. The Lodge has a great restaurant, comfortable rooms and great gathering areas for socializing.


* Gateway Communities – Gateway communities is the phrase the tourist industry uses to describe towns near attractions such as state and national parks. If the parks lodges are closed for the winter, chances are that the local hotels are open and prices are cut for the off season. Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a great gateway community that gives you access to the Smoky Mountains, great restaurants,  and entertainment. It’s a great time to visit the parks and see them without the crowds and in a different season.
* Do A Trailer Project – Sew a set of sheets that actually fits an RV bed! Make new curtains, matching napkins or pillowcases. Think about something that bugged you last year and find a solution. I need a magazine rack and key holder this year. Think about what needs upgrading and do it. Make a new First Aid Kit and throw away all the expired things in your old one. Order storage containers, new floor mats or something collapsible for the RV.
* Practice Your Camp Recipes – Learn how to master dutch oven cooking at home in your oven or on your backyard fire pit. Start making foil packet meals on Friday nights in the oven and create new recipes for when camping season begins. Break out the pie irons and get inventive. I use my Toastite Pie Irons at home all the time in the winter. Having a camp meal beside the fireplace helps! Light the firepit and eat outside on your back porch even if its in the 40’s. That’s what we do when camping!


* Online Collecting – Pinterest is full of beautiful pictures of campsites and all of the accessories, collectibles and antiques used in them. We swoon over them but don’t think to look for those items. Gather some things to set a magazine worthy dinner table at your first camp out. I collect vintage flashlights, wool throw blankets, vintage metal pie tins which I use as plates, souvenir plates with state names on them, vintage Coleman camping gear to name but a few! Usually there is a buying lull after the holidays and that is when I hit up Ebay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace looking for hidden treasure. I really use the things I collect though. I pass out wool throw blankets to guests at my campfire. I use vintage thermoses to store coffee, rice, sugar and pasta. I display and use my vintage flashlights at home and while camping.


* Trip Dreaming – While we are chilly up here in the northern parts of the USA our southern friends are camping. I am just a bit jealous but I am also trip dreaming about where I might want to go this coming year and someday. It’s a great time to crowd source friends favorite places, study maps for hidden gems, contact CVB’s and tourist offices and get information about what you can see if you visit, and search the Net for documentaries about those someday locations. Before you can trip plan, you have to trip dream.
* Go To an Outdoor Retailer – Grab a friend and visit an outdoor retailer. Make a day of it. Sign up for one of their classes. If they don’t have the class you want,]]>
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Episode 117 – Re-imagining the Toy Hauler https://girlcamper.com/episode-117-re-imagining-the-toy-hauler/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-117-re-imagining-the-toy-hauler Tue, 06 Feb 2018 03:53:47 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2513 https://girlcamper.com/episode-117-re-imagining-the-toy-hauler/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-117-re-imagining-the-toy-hauler/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s episode I am starting my series on exploring all of the different options out there in recreation vehicles. I will be highlighting the features that make each […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-117-re-imagining-the-toy-hauler/">Episode 117 – Re-imagining the Toy Hauler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s episode I am starting my series on exploring all of the different options out there in recreation vehicles. I will be highlighting the features that make each […]
* Haul Toys -The obvious reason for buying a toy hauler is to haul your toys but, what kind of toys? Most people who think of toy haulers think of quads or off road dirt bikes. After just returning from the Outdoor Retailers Show in Denver I could not help but think of what a great option this is for the outdoor enthusiast without the conventional toys. The snow boarders; the cross country and alpine skiers;  the snow shoe enthusiasts. A toy hauler gives you the ability to store gear safely, retrieve it easily, and is also place  to return to after a day of fun and fall into a warm bed, have a bathroom and share a great meal with friends. It’s the gathering place at the end of the day to unwind and recharge for the next day.
* DIY Designer – Another reason for buying a toy hauler is to be your own RV designer. Unlike a retired school bus, a new toy hauler is already road worthy and manufactured adhering to strict safety standards. The weight distribution has been worked out and the coach already has a bed, kitchen and bathroom in it. Along with these essentials you get what amounts to a “great room” – RV style. People often complain about the RV industry’s excessive use of the color brown. The toy haulers is essentially a blank slate. You can create your own space to your own taste, customizing and personalizing your home on wheels. You can create a boho chic gypsy wagon or a sleek contemporary minimalist space. Unlike a tiny house, a toy hauler can be taken anywhere, parked anywhere RV’s are allowed, and is a lot easier to resell if you modify your travel plans.
* Road Hobbyist – There are many hobbyists that follow the Artisans Show Circuit and the toy hauler is a great option for them. They can have product storage, room to create and a place to sleep while traveling all in one. Without the expense of hotel rooms artists have more money for adventure, the ability to choose where they want to stay rather than settle for what’s available, and a place to retreat to while the show is going on. Being able to grab a nap, lunch or skip the long lines at the Port a John at fairs makes a toy hauler a great option.
* Moble Classroom –  Most things that can be taught can also be mobilized. Taking your skill set on the road allows you access to more students. Once you have exhausted the interested clients in your area you can head in a new direction. It gives you the opportunity to travel and earn money at the same time. Some great ideas for mobile classes are the fiber arts, plen air painting workshops, park photography lessons and music fairs with ukulele 101 lessons. If you can teach it, chances are you can mobilize it.
* Mobile Business – There are all kinds of mobile dog grooming and veterinarians out there in vans but chances are they are not using their mobile dog salon as a camper on weekends. A toy hauler is an option that would allow you to remove the equipment used for work from the vehicle on weekends and move your camping gear in. This means that your business vehicle can do double duty as a recreation vehicle.
* Handicap Friendly –  A toy hauler can be a way for those who are disabled to create a trailer at a fraction of the cost of having a custom trailer built. There are several manufacturers that will build and modify a toy hauler to your specifications. I recently met a woman suffering from neuropathy in her leg...]]>
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Friday Night Quick Meals https://girlcamper.com/friday-night-quick-meals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friday-night-quick-meals Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:00:34 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2504 https://girlcamper.com/friday-night-quick-meals/#respond https://girlcamper.com/friday-night-quick-meals/feed/ 0 <p>Sometimes getting to the campground on Friday night takes all the energy I’ve got and the last thing I want to do is start cooking a big meal. I do […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/friday-night-quick-meals/">Friday Night Quick Meals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Sometimes getting to the campground on Friday night takes all the energy I’ve got and the last thing I want to do is start cooking a big meal. I do […] Rather than breaking out the charcoal and cast iron pan I make quick meals in my electric skillet. All of the carb comfort in just a few minutes.
There are a few staples that I always keep in my trailer that come in handy for quick meals. Quick cook pasta, Knorr bullion cubes, canned “cream” of anything, canned corn and canned white sliced potatoes are a few.  I also always have condensed tubes of garlic, tomato paste, and pesto. I love these because they pack a lot of flavor and don’t take up a lot of room.

Another camping staple I try to have in the freezer is a few bags of ready to go shredded chicken breast. I use my mothers tried and true system for cooking this ahead of time. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and turn it off. Place bone on split chicken breasts in the water and place the lid on leaving it for an hour. The retained heat of the water cooks the breasts perfectly. Place them on a plate to cool and then shred it for quick meals.
I use a combination of these ingredients for quick comfort food meals in the electric skillet. I place two cups of water and a bullion cube in the skillet with a quick cook pasta. I then add the cream of anything, corn, and whatever leftover protein I had from the week past or a bag of my quick cook chicken. A shot of hot sauce or pesto for added flavor makes a quick comfort meal if you’ve arrived late at the campground.
Another option is to order premade Campfire Meals. I recently tried the freeze dried meals from Campfiremeals.com and they were really good! I expected a chemical salty tasting “artificial” food and discovered they tasted as close to homemade as any I’ve ever tried.  One pouch contains two servings and sells for between $7-$10 per package. Having a hot meal in ten minutes for $5 or less is a great alternative to whatever chips and dip you might have in the trailer.

Having a hot and satisfying meal at the end of a long work week and the beginning of a camp weekend seems to signal that it’s time to relax and let the unwinding begin. Getting there by shortcut doesn’t take anything away from it for me! In fact I feel a little bit like I gamed the system and win! Cheers!
Pantry Staples for Quick Meals 

* Quick cook pasta
* Cream of anything soup
* Pesto
* Knorr bouillon cubes
* Concentrated Tomato paste, garlic, basil
* Canned sliced cooked potatoes, corn, beans
* Bags of frozen protein (chicken, beef, pork)

 
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Save the Date – Upcoming Events for 2018 https://girlcamper.com/save-the-date-upcoming-events-for-2018/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=save-the-date-upcoming-events-for-2018 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:22:50 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2497 https://girlcamper.com/save-the-date-upcoming-events-for-2018/#respond https://girlcamper.com/save-the-date-upcoming-events-for-2018/feed/ 0 <p>My calendar is filling up already with fun Girl Camper events and I want to share some dates with you in chance you can get out and Camp Like a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/save-the-date-upcoming-events-for-2018/">Save the Date – Upcoming Events for 2018</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My calendar is filling up already with fun Girl Camper events and I want to share some dates with you in chance you can get out and Camp Like a […] March 2-4. Camper College at Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. Our friend and podcast sponsor Lynn Butler from Setzer’s World of Camping  is hosting us at her dealership for a Camper College. What is Camper College? It’s an information gathering night hosted at the dealership for would be and wanna be Girl Campers to learn how to operate and tow a travel trailer. One of Setzer’s experienced team members will walk us through the operations of a travel trailer. From how to hitch it up to where the water goes in and most importantly, where it comes out, there’s no part of the process uncovered. There’s also no such thing as a dumb question. If you have never owned a trailer you may have many questions about how they work and this free evening of Q & A with friends is a great starting point. We will also be camping out at the Huntington/Fox Fire KOA. We will be renting their cabins and bringing our crock pots and swapping tales for the weekend. All are welcome. There is no fee for the Camper College and the camp out is a pay as you go. Rent  your cabin or sign up to share. Food details will be posted on the Camp Like a Girl MeetUP site.

March 30, 2018. Camper College at Bankston Motor Homes in Birmingham, Alabama. Just like Setzer’s, Bankston Motor Homes is hosting an informational evening for Girl Campers to gather and learn what is involved in owning, towing and operating a travel trailer or motor home. We will gather at Bankston for refreshments and then be treated to a demonstration of the functions of a trailer. There will be a Q & A and an opportunity to view what’s on the lot, chat with women who are already RVing and start building a community of support. I will be on hand with my new Scotty Sportsman trailer and we will have some great raffle gifts from Camco Manufacturing.
April 19-22. Wonderful Women of Waxahachie. We will camp like girls in the Crepe Myrtle Capital of the South, Waxahachie, Texas. This is my home away from home and I love sharing my favorite place with others. The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Waxahachie is generously allowing us to camp in Getzandaner Park right outside of town. Everything you need to know to join us is on their Facebook event page. The event is in conjunction with their annual film festival and the ticket price includes all of the activities. Pick as many or as few as you’d like.

Country Living Fairs. Nashville, Tn. April 20-22. Rhinebeck, N.Y. – June 1-3. Columbus, Ohio September 14-16. Atlanta, Georgia – October 26-28. Stella Shows is back with their 11th Country Living Fair. It truly is the pages of Country Living Magazine coming to life. This will be my tenth year showing off my trailer and chatting with Girl Campers about how they can become Girl Campers too. I will be at all of the shows except for the Nashville Show if you want to come by and chat. Keep following along on Instagram to win tickets to this annual fun fest with the most creative women in the whole wide world.

July 12-15. Tearstock 2018. I’m so excited that our annual gathering of teardrop lovers, wannabes and followers is moving around the country and this year will be held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Tearstock is open to anyone who wants to attend regardless of whether they own a trailer or not. I will be there with my Max trailer and the whole Liberty Outdoors family. It’s a lot of fun and games and getting to know fellow wanderers!]]>
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Tire Tools and Safety Tips https://girlcamper.com/tire-tools-and-safety-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tire-tools-and-safety-tips Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:11:18 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2489 https://girlcamper.com/tire-tools-and-safety-tips/#respond https://girlcamper.com/tire-tools-and-safety-tips/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks mini podcast I am sharing the tools I keep in my tire safety and maintenance bag.  Tire failure is one of the leading causes of RV accidents […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/tire-tools-and-safety-tips/">Tire Tools and Safety Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks mini podcast I am sharing the tools I keep in my tire safety and maintenance bag.  Tire failure is one of the leading causes of RV accidents […] Here is the link. 

Using a piece of chalk is a great way to highlight the small print on a tire. Remember that the number on the tire is the maximum PSI that the tire manufacturer recommends for that tire and is not the number you have to inflate your tire to. Look inside the drivers door for the tow vehicle manufacturers recommendation for that particular vehicle.
My Tire Tool Kit 
The Tekton 5941 Digital Tire Gauge. I have had several tire gauges over the years and this is one that I have used and liked. It has a four star rating out of over 4,800 reviews. It costs under $12 on Amazon and has been a great little tool with a built in light to be able to read the dial at night.
Rhino USA Heavy Duty Tire Gauge. I also have used and really like this   old fashioned analog gauge that has a large and easy to read dial. It is American made with heavy gauge copper and a woven covered hose. It has a a five star rating of over 500 reviews and retails for about $20.00. When I have used this and tested the readings over and over I get the same reading. That has not always been the case with other gauges. This is actually my favorite gauge.
Ryobi P731 One Dual Function Power Inflator/Deflator 18Volt     
Once you have determined that you need air you will need a way to get air without driving to the service station. You need to check the tires before you drive anywhere and then need to put air in them. I bought this Lithium battery operated tire inflator and deflator. It has several attachments for balls, bike tires and inflatable rafts,  beds and pool toys. It also has a built in tire gauge that takes a reading and then lets you press inflate. It automatically shuts off when you reach the desired PSI. The lithium battery holds a charge for a very long time and at $40 I thought it was a great value. It had a 4.2 rating for 565 reviews.
Mark Polk’s articles in the links above will help you determine what your desired tire pressure is. Keeping those numbers in your phone or a handy place where you can get at them when needed is important. It is also important that you take these readings the first thing in the morning before you drive anywhere. Forming good safety habits can make your travel not only safe but more enjoyable.
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Girl Camper: My Favorite Cold Weather Hot Drinks https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-my-favorite-cold-weather-hot-drinks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-my-favorite-cold-weather-hot-drinks Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:40:30 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2471 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-my-favorite-cold-weather-hot-drinks/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-my-favorite-cold-weather-hot-drinks/feed/ 0 <p>Oh the weather outside is frightful and I’m breaking out my favorite cold weather, hot drinks! I love spring and fall camping when it’s still chilly and a warm drink […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-my-favorite-cold-weather-hot-drinks/">Girl Camper: My Favorite Cold Weather Hot Drinks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Oh the weather outside is frightful and I’m breaking out my favorite cold weather, hot drinks! I love spring and fall camping when it’s still chilly and a warm drink […]
The Classic Hot Toddy! 
Fresh squeezed  lemon juice
Honey Whiskey
Heaping tablespoon of honey
Tea Bag optional
My recipe is with boiling water, a heaping tablespoon of local honey, 1/3 of a lemon squeezed in the mug and a dose of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Some people use a tea bag of their favorite blend. When we were kids and suffering from sore throats my mom made this with the tiniest bit of whiskey and a pat of butter floating on top!

Hot Milk and Honey with Orange
Organic Whole Milk
Local Honey
Orange Slices
Optional Brandy
Heat Milk in the microwave or on the stovetop and add honey and a squeeze of fresh orange. Preheat the mug by filling it with hot water and letting it sit while the milk and honey warm. Dump the water and add it to the mug. You can float an orange slice and add a splash of brandy too. I like to stir mine with a honey spoon!

S’mores Hot Chocolate and Kahlua
Store bought instant hot chocolate
Chocolate syrup
Graham crackers (crushed)
Miniature marshmallows (toasted)
Kahlua or coffee liquore
Cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray it with non stick spray. Make little piles of marshmallows and put them under the broiler for a few minutes. Watch them closely. Pour some chocolate syrup in a saucer and dip the mug rim in the chocolate and then in the crushed graham crackers. Make the instant hot chocolate with organic milk and add a dash of coffee liquor. Place the toasted marshmallow on top and drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle the crushed graham crackers on top of that!


Hot Milk with Cinnamon and Sugar
Whole Organic Milk
Cinnamon
Sugar
Whipped Cream
Cinnamon stick
Optional Brandy
Warm the milk in the microwave in a large measuring cup and then add two teaspoons of sugar and cinnamon powder to taste. If you add the cinnamon to the cold milk it clumps and floats to the top. Stir into warm milk until it’s dissolved. Pour in mug, add whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
 
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Buying Gear – Tuesday Tip https://girlcamper.com/buying-gear-tuesday-tip/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=buying-gear-tuesday-tip Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:22:19 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2460 https://girlcamper.com/buying-gear-tuesday-tip/#respond https://girlcamper.com/buying-gear-tuesday-tip/feed/ 0 <p>The off season is a great time to do some gear analysis, gear upgrades and gear replacements. Here’s my system: The first thing that I do is check all of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/buying-gear-tuesday-tip/">Buying Gear – Tuesday Tip</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> The off season is a great time to do some gear analysis, gear upgrades and gear replacements. Here’s my system: The first thing that I do is check all of […]
* The first thing that I do is check all of my equipment for irreparable damage and determine if it has met its life expectancy. Even the best made equipment will eventually need replacement and I try to do that before the fail actually happens. This year I am replacing my grill grate which is twelve years old.
* The next thing I do is make a list of things that I actually need and are essential to camping. Things that keep me warm, that I use to cook with or to stay dry and then there is the, “I just want it” list of things! For me an “I just want it” thing is the table top heater. There are quite a few manufacturers and a bit of a price range. There is one at Ace Hardware that I like and I am toying with buying this. It is definitely a non essential item!!
* After I get my essential and non essential list I start by surfing the web. The first thing I do when I have an item I want is to crowd source. I get online and start asking the members of RV groups if anyone has the particular piece of equipment I want or if they can make a recommendation. I get valuable information about cost, ease of use, packability, quality, and value from actual users. I then go on and read reviews from seller sites.
* When I get the feedback that I need and make the decision to buy I start price shopping the Internet and looking for coupon codes, sales and the best price including shipping. The online groups are a good source for this information as well. Because I am shopping in the off season I can be patient.
* It’s also a good idea to call the outfitting stores that sell it and ask if and when it will be on sale. Everything to do with cooking outdoors is always on sale in June for Father’s Day.

When buying used:

* Shop Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Repurpose Stores.
* Another resource is the spring time surplus of Church bazaars, garage sales and flea markets.
* If you don’t see what you are looking for, place an ad “in search of” the equipment you are looking for. Many people read these and their “junk” could be your treasure.
* When you find used equipment make sure to thoroughly examine it. Unlike a store it is understood that when you buy something used, there is a “no return” policy.

Buying used is a good opportunity to purchase something at a significantly lower price than retail. With camping supplies you are purchasing something for intermittent recreational use. Not having to make a big investment in something you may not use often is a great way to build your gear and keep extra money in your pocket to get outdoors!
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Girl Camper: Episode 116 Top Picks from 2017 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-116-top-picks-from-2017/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-116-top-picks-from-2017 Sat, 30 Dec 2017 02:42:24 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2443 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-116-top-picks-from-2017/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-116-top-picks-from-2017/feed/ 0 <p>To listen to the podcast associated with this blog, click on the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Girl-Camper-Year-in-Review.mp3 On this week’s show I am exercising that end of the year nostalgia and sentimentality […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-116-top-picks-from-2017/">Girl Camper: Episode 116 Top Picks from 2017</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> To listen to the podcast associated with this blog, click on the arrow below. https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Girl-Camper-Year-in-Review.mp3 On this week’s show I am exercising that end of the year nostalgia and sentimentality […] https://girlcamper.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Girl-Camper-Year-in-Review.mp3
On this week’s show I am exercising that end of the year nostalgia and sentimentality and reviewing my favorite campgrounds and spots of my 2017 travels. This year I spent over 60 nights in my trailer, traveled over 10K miles and stayed in more than thirty different campgrounds. Along the way there were highs and lows and today I am sharing the highs along with some moments that I will savor for a long time after the year has passed.
FAVORITE CAMPGROUNDS OF 2017
One of my favorite campgrounds I visited this year was the one at Custer State Park. I stayed at the Blue Bell Campground there but it was not just the campground but the whole park that I loved.  I vowed to visit again and stay in one of the five beautiful lodges they have at the beautiful state park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. They have one lodge that is open during the winter and the park can be used for snow shoeing, cross country skiing and the wildlife loops are open to see the animals in winter.
Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine is a new campground that was founded by former hoteliers who applied their customer centered hospitality to the campground business. Every inch of the campground is manicured and pristine. The glamping tents are in an enclave that feels like it’s iwn little canvas village. They have a communal fire pit which is lit by an employee each night. The RV sites are level and narrow but quite long. The bathrooms are all brand new and spotlessly clean. Sandy Pines is situated on the salt marshes and a short drive to the beach and town of Kennebunkport. I enjoyed my trip there so much I plan to make it an annual pilgrimage.
The Luray KOA Campground in Luray, Virginia is at the base of the Shenandoah National Park. It’s a quiet little campground with beautiful views, sweeping lawns and VIP sites with large concrete pads, stone fire pits and Adirondack chairs. I particularly enjoyed the ping pong table available on the lawn for guests.
FAVORITE PLACES OF 2017
Glacier National Parks Going to the Sun Road was my absolute favorite stop of the year. It’s long been on my list and although I could only spend a few days at Glacier I knew I wanted to make the drive that tops so many tourist lists of must see places. I wrote a blog about it for Go RVing.
The cowboy town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a quintessential tourist town without the tacky souvenir shops. Its situated around a town square park with arched entrances on all four corners constructed of elk antlers. Every tourist is compelled to stop and take their photo there.  A favorite stop is the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar where you can literally saddle up to the bar on bar stools with Western Cowboy saddles on them. The town is full of art galleries, restaurants and shops. I loved all the galleries and the Pendleton Shop. In addition to being a great town it is surrounded by the best fly fishing in Wyoming . It’s fifty miles from Teton National Park with river rafting, kayaking, hiking and mountain climbing.
Mount Rushmore was a place I felt I had to at least stop at and hit tag.  I had no real burning desire to see it but couldn’t pass it up when I was so nearby. It turned out to be one of my favorite places. I went in the early evening when they put on a beautiful and patriotic evening lighting ceremony. I loved learning more about the men who are carved in stone but also about the construction of the monument.  At the end of the presentation the lights are ceremoniously lit to illuminate the trailblazers memorialized above and all of the tourists stood for the national anthem.]]>
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Girl Camper: Episode 115 Top Picks from the Louisville Show https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-115-top-picks-from-the-louisville-show/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-115-top-picks-from-the-louisville-show Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:17:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2430 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-115-top-picks-from-the-louisville-show/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-115-top-picks-from-the-louisville-show/feed/ 0 <p>On today’s show I am talking bout my top picks from the big RVIA show in Louisville. Each year the RV industry gathers the week after Thanksgiving and all of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-115-top-picks-from-the-louisville-show/">Girl Camper: Episode 115 Top Picks from the Louisville Show</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On today’s show I am talking bout my top picks from the big RVIA show in Louisville. Each year the RV industry gathers the week after Thanksgiving and all of […] The Tiger Moth by Taxa is an outdoor adventure vehicle that was designed by Garrett Fennley a former engineer from NASA that worked on the International Space Station. He applies the small space solutions for space travel to the Taxa brand models. The Tiger Moth weighs only 900 pounds and can be towed by almost anything on the road. It sits 12″ off the ground and can be used off the grid for 5-7 days at a time. Some of the available options are a two man roof tent, screen room and Thule roof carrier. It retails for between 12K-15K depending on options.

The Luna trailer by Intech is another lightweight trailer making a mark in the RV world. The Luna weighs in at 1800#’s and has an overall length of 14′. The box is 6′ wide with the wheels sitting outside for an overall width of 7′. It has a clamshell kitchen with ample counter space but limited storage. The interior is versatile with movable cushions for visiting, reading, and television watching. The large front window is positioned over a storage bench with a built in table and storage below. There are two beehive doors and large windows with a 40″ television. There are also two nice sized storage compartments in the floor of the trailer.

The final of the three trailers I chose for innovation in design is the No Bo by Forest River. No Bo is short for No Boundries. This trailer has immediate eye appeal. It weighs in at 1570#’s and has a Cargo Carrying Capacity of 2,992 lbs. I also has a fresh water tank capacity of 30 gallons, step up wheel covers for access to the roof racks, two sided awning and a rear side door or optional ramp. The interior provides flexible configurations and the option of a dining table that is hidden in the floor when not in use.

In other news the Florida RV Show is taking place January 17-21 and I will be there with Chris Baum of Liberty Outdoors and we will be showing off the Max trailer at Como RV in booth #335. All are welcome to stop by and join the fun. Tampa, Florida is a great place to be in January!! Reach out via Facebook Messenger or Instagram to check our schedules or follow along as we show off what’s new at Liberty!!
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 114 RV Industry News with Courtney Robey https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-114-rv-industry-news-with-courtney-robey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-114-rv-industry-news-with-courtney-robey Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:11:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2421 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-114-rv-industry-news-with-courtney-robey/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-114-rv-industry-news-with-courtney-robey/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show it is my pleasure to welcome Courtney Robey, Director of Marketing and Communications for Go RVing. Courtney’s job is to find ways to share the RV […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-114-rv-industry-news-with-courtney-robey/">Girl Camper: Episode 114 RV Industry News with Courtney Robey</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show it is my pleasure to welcome Courtney Robey, Director of Marketing and Communications for Go RVing. Courtney’s job is to find ways to share the RV […] Every year the Go RVing team makes beautiful videos on the RV lifestyle and this one featuring adventure skier Brody Leven is one of my absolute favorites. It makes me want to get a Class B or at least borrow one and hit the road.

The Go RVing website has so many tools that help those new to the RV lifestyle “find their away.” The Find Your Away videos resonate with RVers or RV wannabes of all types. I love to  sit with a cup of tea and my laptop and watch the different ways in which people use their RV’s, the places they travel to and the rigs they choose.
As a woman who loves fly fishing I really appreciated this one!

Take a few minutes to explore the Go RVing website and “find your away.”
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Girl Camper: Episode 113 Towing Tips with Mark Polk https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-113-towing-tips-with-mark-polk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-113-towing-tips-with-mark-polk Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:40:20 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2401 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-113-towing-tips-with-mark-polk/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-113-towing-tips-with-mark-polk/feed/ 3 <p>It is always a pleasure to have Mark Polk on the show. Mark and his wife Dawn run the RV Education 101 website, have produced over 350 YouTube videos, and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-113-towing-tips-with-mark-polk/">Girl Camper: Episode 113 Towing Tips with Mark Polk</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> It is always a pleasure to have Mark Polk on the show. Mark and his wife Dawn run the RV Education 101 website, have produced over 350 YouTube videos, and […] Mark has helped us before on the show when he discussed the pitfalls buyers of vintage trailers may fall into. We all love the charm but Mark shared his own experience restoring a vintage trailer and created a punch list of things to look for when you look at one. That episode (#9) can be found here and it could save you a lot of time and money.
Mark also made a guest appearance helping us to understand tow vehicles and the meaning of all the terms. Axle ratios, tongue weight, GVWR, and torque! It can be confusing and Mark walked through the terms and industry ratings to help us make the right choice when looking at tow vehicles. Episode 61, Talking Tow Vehicles with Mark Polk can be listen to here.
 
Another fan favorite is Mark’s show helping us understand what a weight distribution hitch is and whether we need one or not. I had the feeling I needed one when I went up a size in my trailer and Mark explained how to make that determination and how to decide which one to purchase. Episode #83 with Mark Polk is available here.
Mark has three guidelines for towing:
Always travel at a safe speed. For Mark that is 60 MPH or under if conditions warrant a slower speed.
Stay Alert. He advocates for knowing what is going on around you and shares his system for monitoring conditions and traffic flow while driving his motorhome or towing a trailer.
Anticipate Driving Situations. When you are alert you will be able to see what is happening and respond appropriately. Mark talks about some of the scenarios in which you can be a good steward of the shared roads by anticipating and reacting accordingly.
Mark also talks in this episode about:

* use of mirrors
* trucks passing you
* knowing what gear to be in
* Auxiliary braking systems
* Sudden jerky turns
* bad weather driving
* making turns and knowing your pivot point
* downgrades and upgrades
* trailer sway

To Access Mark and Dawn’s library of RV Safety and Education materials click here.
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Girl Camper: Episode 112 Christmas Gift Guide from our Women Entrepreneurs https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-112-christmas-gift-guide-from-our-women-entrepreneurs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-112-christmas-gift-guide-from-our-women-entrepreneurs Tue, 28 Nov 2017 02:56:38 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2358 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-112-christmas-gift-guide-from-our-women-entrepreneurs/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-112-christmas-gift-guide-from-our-women-entrepreneurs/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I am highlighting the women out there who are creating beauty and sharing it with all of us. This Christmas Gift Guide is made up of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-112-christmas-gift-guide-from-our-women-entrepreneurs/">Girl Camper: Episode 112 Christmas Gift Guide from our Women Entrepreneurs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am highlighting the women out there who are creating beauty and sharing it with all of us. This Christmas Gift Guide is made up of […] Dawn Wilson, is a solo woman traveler, award winning wildlife photographer, writer and entrepreneur. She has a new book out called, Preparing for the Next Shoot as well as three calendars to choose from –  Elk of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Wildlife and Inspiration From Wildlife. Dawn has been a guest on the podcast and the subject of my Go RVing blog. Her story is one of tragedy to triumph and I always love seeing her images come across the screen.

Lori Simon has an eye for nature. She sees things the rest of us walk by and she is patient enough to sit and wait for the right moment to capture the picture. She is a Vermont resident and a Girl Camper who takes her restored trailer on long road trips where she photographs the outdoors and participates in workshops. She just completed a trip that took her from Vermont to Rocky Mountain National Park and then on to Arizona. Lori’s story is also one of triumph over adversity and is part of my Go RVing lineup of can do women. Her 2018 calendar is now available.

My friend Mary Gregory creates art that takes my heart to a place I don’t ever want to leave. When I am feeling a bit overwhelmed Mary’s images bring me to a place of appreciation for the simple things in life and remind me of what really matters. She has a way of transferring hope to canvas and bringing beauty into ones day. I am so thrilled that Mary has a calendar to offer us with these soothing images on them. She is also offering Girl Campers a discount of 10% on anything on her site. Just use the code GIRLCAMPER at checkout.

And last but certainly not least, the calendar that saw me through 2017, Simone Ritter’s beautiful watercolor renditions of vintage campers. Each year Simone gives vintage trailer enthusiasts the opportunity to submit photos of their vintage trailers and she paints a painting a day for thirty days. People get to vote on their favorites and they become the upcoming years calendar pages. She has a second calendar available called Creative Journeys and it is full of her plen air paintings. Simone really paints on location in all kinds of weather and since she lives in Canada, north of Maine you know that’s cold. She has a great Instagram feed that you can follow her at as well and see her at work. Simone is giving one lucky winner a calendar, set of gift tags and a set of three greeting cards. To be eligible to win, sign up for the Girl Camper Newsletter on the homepage.

 
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Girl Camper: Episode 111 Stephanie Puglisi on Girl Camping https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-111-stephanie-puglisi-on-girl-camping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-111-stephanie-puglisi-on-girl-camping Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:45:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2356 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-111-stephanie-puglisi-on-girl-camping/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-111-stephanie-puglisi-on-girl-camping/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I welcome Stephanie Puglisi, co host with her husband and business partner Jeremy Puglisi of the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast and the Campground of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-111-stephanie-puglisi-on-girl-camping/">Girl Camper: Episode 111 Stephanie Puglisi on Girl Camping</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I welcome Stephanie Puglisi, co host with her husband and business partner Jeremy Puglisi of the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast and the Campground of the […]
Girl Camping is not always as simple as knowing how to tow a trailer or pitch a tent. Sometimes there are dynamics involved on the home front with a husband who doesn’t ‘get it’. Sometimes women give up the dream because it’s takes too much energy to fight for it. I can say that across the board every woman I have met whose husband or partner didn’t get it and they did it anyway, came away happy they did. I can also say that the spouse who doesn’t get on board when he sees the benefits of it is the exception. Most end up pleading to have a turn.
The outside judgement can also come from a mother in law with a “I never left my children when they needed me. I was happy to be with them” attitude.  Discussing these things with Stephanie reminded me of my own start in the Girl Camping world. My husband was always on board and thought it was great. He was grateful he didn’t have to come with me. My mother in law had passed away the year before I resurrected this childhood pleasure but I can assure you she would not have liked it one bit. I would have done it anyway because there was an exceedingly immature part of me that needed to show her at every possible opportunity,  how marriage is ‘suppose’ to go. I delighted in making sure she knew that her son was completely capable of not losing any kids while I was gone.
Another source of judgement are the  “super hero” moms who gauge their own motherhood by the number of sacrifices they’re willing to make in order that everyone else’s lives run smoothly without realizing the toll it is taking on them. Sometimes these mothers are the ones to judge someone else’s need to recharge with a grown up time out. My own circle of friends thought I was crazy when I joined the sisters on the fly. I had just adopted a second grader. My two biological children, affectionately referred to as the “prototypes,” were in college and late high school. My mom friends judgments were across the board from the ridiculous, “How will your husband eat all weekend?” to “you’re joining a subculture. Are you sure you’re alright?”
Having this somewhat serious conversation with Stephanie brought me back to my own feelings at the time I jumped into the girl camping movement. I was at a place where I needed to do something for myself. I was running on empty and I am not afraid or ashamed to say that. I needed something fun to do that was just mine. I needed something to look forward to. I think the five camp outs a year that I did while I was still raising my youngest saved me. When I wasn’t camping I was playing with my trailer and chatting on line with new friends and looking forward to the next outing and testing camp recipes. It all saved me. Women don’t have the right to camp out with friends because they give so much and deserve a little time to themselves. They have that right because they are human beings who require self care. It’s okay to feed your body, mind and soul with whatever you need to keep moving. It’s okay.
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Girl Camper: Episode 110 – Building a Campground with Erin Theim https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-110-building-a-campground-with-erin-theim/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-110-building-a-campground-with-erin-theim Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:04:09 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2341 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-110-building-a-campground-with-erin-theim/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-110-building-a-campground-with-erin-theim/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show my guest is Erin Theim of Nevada City, California. Erin and her husband Dan are the owners of Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California. While […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-110-building-a-campground-with-erin-theim/">Girl Camper: Episode 110 – Building a Campground with Erin Theim</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show my guest is Erin Theim of Nevada City, California. Erin and her husband Dan are the owners of Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California. While […] Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California. While living in New Zealand they had the opportunity to camp New Zealand style and they liked much of what they saw in how the campgrounds operate there. When the opportunity arose in their own town of Nevada City to buy a property only one mile from the historic downtown area, they took a leap of faith and bought it to build their dream campground.

 
I had the opportunity to stay there a few weeks ago and experience the glamping tents that draw in visitors from all over the country. The Girl Campers held a camp out there and we had a chance to camp like girls but also to enjoy the beautiful downtown Nevada City.

 
Our glamping tent came fully equipped with beautiful linens, towels, heated mattress pads and a covered rear porch with a stunning view of the woods and colorful trees. Since I flew in to the Sacramento Airport to meet up with local friends I appreciated that I could camp without having to bring any equipment other than my clothing. The tent was so comfortable and clean and each bed had its own plug for charging and reading light. Each glamping tent at Inn Town Campground has been beautifully curated with finds from local antiques shops.

The gathering space off the office is like a community center and has a communal kitchen with two stoves and a refrigerator and is stocked with pots, pans, cooking  utensils and dishes. We only had to bring our food and beverages. The gang all gathered there on Friday night for a pot luck meet and greet. The three rooms are very inviting and it was wonderful meeting the other people camping there. It’s a great place for tent campers who might not want to break out the camp stove to share meals.

Attached to the kitchen and dining room is a great room with wood stove, Foos Ball table and cozy reading nooks. I was the first one there each morning to get the coffee brewing. We used this room for our meals and as a meeting place to gather for hikes.

 
There’s a one mile trail that begins at the rear of the campground and leads into town. It was an easy hike and great exercise on a fall day. We all enjoyed a great day in town shopping at the Farmers Market, souvenir shops and local artisans wares. Nevada City is an old mining town with a rich history and beautifully restored buildings. It’s where old hippies and Gen Xers peacefully coexist. It’s inviting, friendly and full of an interesting cross section of smiling, dog walking locals and day tripping tourists.

 
Erin and Dan Theim have created an urban campground with a very state park feel. You have the best of both worlds there with the deeply wooded and peaceful campground with an historic town and all its offerings a short hike away. I’m alrea working out a way to make this an annual event!

 
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Girl Camper: Episode 109 Favorite Gear of the Year with Jeremy Puglisi https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-109-favorite-gear-of-the-year-with-jeremy-puglisi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-109-favorite-gear-of-the-year-with-jeremy-puglisi Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:22:10 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2333 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-109-favorite-gear-of-the-year-with-jeremy-puglisi/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-109-favorite-gear-of-the-year-with-jeremy-puglisi/feed/ 3 <p>  On this week’s show I am talking gear with my favorite gear geek, Jeremy Puglisi from the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast. It’s almost comical when Jeremy and I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-109-favorite-gear-of-the-year-with-jeremy-puglisi/">Girl Camper: Episode 109 Favorite Gear of the Year with Jeremy Puglisi</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   On this week’s show I am talking gear with my favorite gear geek, Jeremy Puglisi from the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast. It’s almost comical when Jeremy and I […] On this week’s show I am talking gear with my favorite gear geek, Jeremy Puglisi from the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast. It’s almost comical when Jeremy and I are camping together. Our poor spouses just sit on the sidelines while we compare our wish lists of the latest gear we saw at someone’s site, read about in a trade magazine or happened upon in the camping section of a store we went into to buy motor oil and we are now coveting.
This year it seems like I got a lot of new gear and with over 50 nights in the camper so far, it all got a thorough testing. Today I am naming my Top Five Gear additions of the 2017 season and Jeremy is chiming in with his. Warning: Gear Geeks on board – talk may be dangerous to your budget.

My Ryobi Air Compressor was a great addition to my tool kit and I used it daily on my National Parks Tour in the summer of 2017. It is lightweight and the lithium battery holds a charge for weeks.  It reads the tire pressure and the can be set to the desired PSI. It has two speeds for airflow.  The lower speed allows it to fill air mattresses and bicycle tires while the higher one allows for filling truck and trailer tires. It comes with adapters to inflate sporting gear and the hoses wrap and pack up tightly for storage. This retails for $39.95 and was the best bargain of the season in gear!
The Dometic Refrigerator/Freezer was a great addition to my summer gear. It can hold 60 12 oz cans and runs on AC/DC, 12V and off of solar panels. It has a USB port built into it and a WIFI app that allows you to raise and lower the temperature remotely. The interior is lighted when you open the lid and it has an adjustable storage bin for flexible use. It can be used as a refrigerator or a freezer. I found it to be very well built with reinforced corners and heavy duty metal hinges. The compressor was very quiet and I used it at home as well as for camping trips. We plugged it in to the 110 in our car although it could have been used off the cars battery as well. We loved having our lunch each day and cold drinks and fruit with us. When we got it back each night we plugged it in on the outside of the trailer and lowered the temperature to add ice from our ice machine to it. This turned out to be a great addition to our camping gear that we also have gotten a lot of use out of at home as well. It is the largest model and retails for $599.00.

 
The Luci Light by MPowered is not only a great way to support under served nations struggling to find solutions to  dirty energy issues but it is a great little light! I wrote an article about it a few weeks ago and find that I am using this product at each camping trip. The light makes a great nightlight in a camper bathroom and you don’t need to turn on the light in the middle of the night. I love using them on the dinner table at night because they allow you to see your food without having to ruin the mood with bright lights. I so love the companies mission that I have taken to giving these at baby showers. I gave it to my nephew for his new baby and his wife loves having it on the changing table where she can turn it on low in the middle of the night for a diaper change. The lights are inflatable, have three light settings and an emergency flashing light as well. The are sold at most retail outlets and are also available at Amazon for the best price.

My new bed linens for the Max trailer were a home run. Beddy’s Beds make this great bed set that makes making the bed in a trailer a piece of cake.]]>
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Girl Camper: Episode 108 Personal Safety for Girl Campers with Holly Boros https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-108-personal-safety-for-girl-campers-with-holly-boros/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-108-personal-safety-for-girl-campers-with-holly-boros Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:15:32 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2310 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-108-personal-safety-for-girl-campers-with-holly-boros/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-108-personal-safety-for-girl-campers-with-holly-boros/feed/ 5 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-108-personal-safety-for-girl-campers-with-holly-boros/">Girl Camper: Episode 108 Personal Safety for Girl Campers with Holly Boros</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] 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 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.
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Girl Camper: Episode 107 Full Timing – Dream v. Reality with Ginny McKinney https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-107-full-timing-dream-v-reality-with-ginny-mckinney/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-107-full-timing-dream-v-reality-with-ginny-mckinney Tue, 24 Oct 2017 04:32:52 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2294 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-107-full-timing-dream-v-reality-with-ginny-mckinney/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-107-full-timing-dream-v-reality-with-ginny-mckinney/feed/ 0 <p>On this  weeks show returning guest Ginny McKinney shares the ups and downs of full time RVing. Many people share the dream of one day selling the house and packing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-107-full-timing-dream-v-reality-with-ginny-mckinney/">Girl Camper: Episode 107 Full Timing – Dream v. Reality with Ginny McKinney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this  weeks show returning guest Ginny McKinney shares the ups and downs of full time RVing. Many people share the dream of one day selling the house and packing […] To listen to Ginny’s interview, click here.
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Girl Camper: Episode 106 Simplifying Weekend Get Aways https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-106-simplifying-weekend-get-aways/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-106-simplifying-weekend-get-aways Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:54:33 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2261 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-106-simplifying-weekend-get-aways/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-106-simplifying-weekend-get-aways/feed/ 1 <p>On this weeks show I am talking about ways to make more use of your RV. You dreamed the dream, you made the purchase but now it seems harder than […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-106-simplifying-weekend-get-aways/">Girl Camper: Episode 106 Simplifying Weekend Get Aways</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am talking about ways to make more use of your RV. You dreamed the dream, you made the purchase but now it seems harder than […] I have a new check list of things to do when the camper rolls in the driveway from the last trip that make the next trip less pressure. In addition to the usual things like emptying the trailer of food, garbage and laundry I have now added these time savers that make the next trip more likely to happen.
When You Get Home
Strip the bed of dirty linens. Even if you don’t wash them until Tuesday or Wednesday, at least they’re in the house and it’s more likely to get done before the weekend.
Clean the trailer when you get it home rather than when you are ready to use it again. Getting out there in the middle of a busy work week can feel like a chore and add to the loop that starts playing telling you to just stay home. I now wipe the floors, bathroom and surfaces after I strip the bed. Having it all clean just begs you to repack it and get out.
During The Week 
Think of food differently when planning quick trips. I always have this ideal for camp meals and I want to make them extra special. Ideal meals are a bit of a dream. I think I’d rather sit around the fire with a reheated leftover than be at home with probably the same leftover. Some ways to not overthink the food are to:
Cook an extra large meal during the week and freeze a portion for travel. When you get to the campground on Friday you can unwind with a heated up leftover rather than ramp up and start chopping and dicing.
If you plan a special meal for Saturday night,  buy the ingredients when you are doing your family shopping. Don’t make anything so special that you need to make a special trip to get ingredients. Freeze it if necessary but get what you want when you are already at the store.
Have a pantry with ‘go to’ meals that don’t require refrigerated food. Tuna casseroles with Ramen noodles make great camp comfort food in a pinch. Beans and Rice. Tomato soup and oyster crackers. White sliced potatoes and hash. Ask yourself if the meal is more important than the location and if the idea of food having to be “special” is stopping you from even going, you may need to rethink the food part.
The Night Before
Plug the trailer in so that the refrigerator is nice and cold and you can transfer the food items you need for the weekend to the trailer right before you leave. I cleared a shelf in the home refrigerator and I use it as my stash for trailer sized food. Mini sized condiments and things I like in the trailer and then I don’t have to search for them around the fridge. I put them on the bottom shelf on the door because no one will ever find them there!
Add the clothes items that you need for the trip and put them in the trailer the night before. I use packing cubes which I bring in when I get home and then I can add the clothes I will need during the week as I am watching what the weather forecast looks like. I have coats, rain gear and extra shoes in the trailer all the time so I just need the street clothes for the weekend ahead.
Gas up the tow vehicle. Having to make one less stop on the day of departure is a real stress reliever. It puts you closer to your goal of getting to the campground as soon as possible. Last minute errands on a Friday take longer than the rest of the week because of high traffic volume  and create tension when the goal is to start unwinding.
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Girl Camper: Episode 105 Answering FAQ’s https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-105-answering-faqs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-105-answering-faqs Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:02:38 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2253 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-105-answering-faqs/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-105-answering-faqs/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I am answering FAQ’s ranging from “Is Girl Camper a group I can join?” to “Do I really need to use expensive  RV toilet paper?” I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-105-answering-faqs/">Girl Camper: Episode 105 Answering FAQ’s</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am answering FAQ’s ranging from “Is Girl Camper a group I can join?” to “Do I really need to use expensive  RV toilet paper?” I […] Walter Canon is the  Executive Director of the RVSEF,  (Recreation Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation). The RVSEF provides comprehensive information on all things RV safety related including towing ratings for vehicles. Walter is a frequent guest speaker at RV events but also produces great videos. One of the ones I highly recommend taking the time to watch is Walter’s video on matching your truck and trailer.  Arming yourself with expert advice will help make your RV travels safe and fun.
Another industry expert I rely on is Mark Polk from RV Education 101. Mark has perhaps the most comprehensive body of work compiled on RV Safety, Maintenance and Repairs. Mark also has the gift of being able to convey complicated subjects in a clear and concise manner. He has an extensive body of DVD’s, YouTube videos, Ebooks and articles on everything you need to know about your motor home, tow vehicle or travel trailer. Mark’s work on tire safety and tire inflation guides should be a must read for all RVers.
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Girl Camper: Episode 104 Strategies for Buying at an RV Show https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-104-strategies-for-buying-at-an-rv-show/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-104-strategies-for-buying-at-an-rv-show Tue, 03 Oct 2017 01:16:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2146 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-104-strategies-for-buying-at-an-rv-show/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-104-strategies-for-buying-at-an-rv-show/feed/ 0 <p>Click the arrow before to listen to the podcast. Before we head into this week’s show I’m welcoming our newest Girl Camper friendly dealership and podcast sponsor,  Bankston Motor Homes […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-104-strategies-for-buying-at-an-rv-show/">Girl Camper: Episode 104 Strategies for Buying at an RV Show</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Click the arrow before to listen to the podcast. Before we head into this week’s show I’m welcoming our newest Girl Camper friendly dealership and podcast sponsor,  Bankston Motor Homes […] Before we head into this week’s show I’m welcoming our newest Girl Camper friendly dealership and podcast sponsor,  Bankston Motor Homes of Alabama and Tennessee. Bankston’s is a Number One Best in Business Award Winner with five locations and over 500 new RV’s arriving each month.  They are a family owned dealership that “has been selling motor homes, and family dreams, since 1970.”  Mr. Bankston,  the President and owner of Bankston’s has plenty of experience RVing himself. He raised his own children doing it and still camps today in his Class A Motorhome. The fun part of a multi generational dealership is that its in their blood! Two of the Banskston grandsons run the dealership along with their Grandpa today. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – in my own experience it is the family owned dealerships that have the highest dedication to the customer and the industry. They are the dealerships that go the extra mile and I am so looking froward to bringing that dedication and enthusiasm to the Girl Camper Podcast listeners through our new association. Stay posted for upcoming events! We’ve got some great things planned.

I’m also sharing my RV Show Tips for those that are ready to buy. RV Shows can be daunting and you need a strategy for tackling them and making the best use of your time. For those who are ready to buy and have done your online research the RV Show itself is a great opportunity to see the models, different floor plans and compare prices.

Here’s my strategy for those who are ready to buy!

* Know your Tow! If you already own the tow vehicle you plan to use make sure you know its GVWR. I suggest going to the RV Safety and Education Foundations video on Matching Trucks to Trailers and make sure you are buying something that can handle all you plan to tow and haul in both your truck and trailer. You will also find many good articles and FAQ’s answered here. Lean heavily on this site for expert information. Walter Canon, the Executive Director has been a guest on the podcast and he is the top in his field.
* Before the show – get a notebook and write out the models you are looking at the old fashioned way. Keep that information handy so you can make additional notes at the show.
* Study the show map and mark out the dealers and models you plan to look at. The shows are often quite large and knowing ahead of time where your target spots are saves time and energy.
* Do online research about the dealers that are carrying the models you hope to look at. You might want to call the dealer and ask if they are bringing the model you are interested in. Take a look at their online reviews and read customer notes. Sometimes the best price is not the best deal. Sometimes paying a higher price for a dealership with a better reputation may be the better deal.
* Show Day Strategy – Start the day as early as possible. If you can be there when the doors open you can have the attention of sales people and floor space to really look at the models. Also, if you can take a day off work and go on a weekday you are always better off.
* Resist the urge to tire kick the 500K dollar Class A’s and stick to your notebook. Leave the dream machines for another day.
* Have your phone or camera and take pictures of all the models. Before you take a picture of the trailer itself, photograph the outside of it including the name of it and the poster of all the statistics and floor plans along with the show price. It is so easy to have the information bleed into each other after you have looked at two or three models.
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Girl Camper: Episode 103 DIY Your RV- Small Projects for the Fall https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-103-diy-your-rv-small-projects-for-the-fall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-103-diy-your-rv-small-projects-for-the-fall Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:33:40 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2144 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-103-diy-your-rv-small-projects-for-the-fall/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-103-diy-your-rv-small-projects-for-the-fall/feed/ 1 <p>On this week’s show I’m talking about DIY projects for your RV. Whether you own a newer model RV that you would like to personalize or a vintage trailer that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-103-diy-your-rv-small-projects-for-the-fall/">Girl Camper: Episode 103 DIY Your RV- Small Projects for the Fall</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I’m talking about DIY projects for your RV. Whether you own a newer model RV that you would like to personalize or a vintage trailer that […] WALLS – You can bring light and a sense of space to your trailer by wallpapering, painting or using vinyl cut outs.
WINDOW TREATMENTS- A simple way to add a personal feel to your trailer is to change the window treatments. If the trailer is newer chances are it came with a cornice covered with an industrial styled fabric of brown swooshes with mini blinds behind it!! We can do better than that!
MESSAGE BOARDS – Adding a DIY message board is a good afternoon project that doesn’t take a lot of time or money. Chances are you probably have all you need to make one in your house. An old cookie sheet, a painted tray or a few Dollar Store metal serving trays can become great message boards. I hang mine with 3M Command strips.
CABINETS – Changing your trailer cabinets can help get rid of the cookie cutter look of most new RV’s and create a more “home” vibe. I painted the cabinets in almost every vintage trailer I’ve ever owned. New hardware also adds a personal touch.
BATHROOM UPGRADES – I recently ordered a teak bath mat for my Max wet bath. It will sit away from the drain an inch or two and allow me to drop the towel without getting it all wet. I also think I will love the warmth it adds to an all white bathroom. Another plus in wet bath design is a bunch of spring rods to hang towels, shower curtains and when doubled one in front of the other as a handy shelf for shampoo and conditioner.
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 102 Girl Camper Danielle Howard https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-102-girl-camper-danielle-thompson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-102-girl-camper-danielle-thompson Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:25:32 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2142 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-102-girl-camper-danielle-thompson/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-102-girl-camper-danielle-thompson/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I interview Danielle Howard – Girl Camper. Danielle grew up tent camping with her family primitive style! Each year they took their tents and equipment by […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-102-girl-camper-danielle-thompson/">Girl Camper: Episode 102 Girl Camper Danielle Howard</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I interview Danielle Howard – Girl Camper. Danielle grew up tent camping with her family primitive style! Each year they took their tents and equipment by […] While her daughter napped she took the baby monitor out to the driveway and started making her dream a reality. With help from her supportive dad she rewired and renovated her fiberglass Trillium.  This summer Danielle and her sister loaded up the car and set out with her daughter on a nearly five thousand mile adventure. From there home in Southern California they made there way to the Texas panhandle for a family reunion and then toured Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and everything in between.
Tune in to hear this inspiring story from a woman who would not let the crushing loss of her husband take away her dreams for her family.
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Girl Camper: Episode 101 My Top Ten Reasons to Go RVing https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-101-my-top-ten-reasons-to-go-rving/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-101-my-top-ten-reasons-to-go-rving Tue, 12 Sep 2017 01:44:00 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2130 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-101-my-top-ten-reasons-to-go-rving/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-101-my-top-ten-reasons-to-go-rving/feed/ 2 <p>On this weeks show I am talking about my top ten reasons for choosing RVing as my favorite mode of travel. As I pondered my reasons I actually had to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-101-my-top-ten-reasons-to-go-rving/">Girl Camper: Episode 101 My Top Ten Reasons to Go RVing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am talking about my top ten reasons for choosing RVing as my favorite mode of travel. As I pondered my reasons I actually had to […]
* You can go where you want. What interests you? Fiber arts? Railroad history? There are museums and fairs and towns that celebrate what you’re interested in. In an RV you can travel there at your leisure, in comfort and make all the stops you want along the way.

* Budget Friendly. RV travel allows you to travel as your personal means and style allows. You can stay in state parks over resort RV’s. You can make your own meals and save on restaurants. You can travel longer and farther on the same amount of money others spend on one nights travel.

* Pet Friendly. RV travel allows you to travel with your fur family. You save the expense of kennels and  you don’t have to worry about how long you are gone or how your pet is being treated when he’s away from you.
* Nature is a tonic.  Being able to  spend time in nature has a healing effect on the senses. Sitting around a campfire watching the stars and being disconnected from wifi allows you to decompress in a way that hotel vacations don’t.

* Visit family and friends. So often we really want to visit those special people in our lives but when we fly over them all the time we never quite make it. Having an RV allows you to visit your roommate from college or your best man and they don’t even have to make up the guest room.

* Food. RV travel allows you to control the menu. If you are on a restricted diet or are watching  your waist line  there’s no problem because you are traveling with your own kitchen. You are able to pull over and have last nights leftovers. You don’t have to wait in long lines and overpay for food you don’t even like.  If you deal with food allergies you can control what you are eating.

* Quality time. Road trips give you time to connect. There’s a simple pleasure in following your path on an old fashioned road map on your lap and discussing the upcoming towns, marked historical sites and possible stops ahead. It gives  you the chance to indulge in togetherness without laptops, books or televisions to compete with.

* People Friendly. It would be hard to find a group of people more willing to share their experience, knowledge and tips for RVing than those you meet at a campground and the active online community of RVers.  Whether it’s a restaurant recommendation or a tip for keeping your RV running smoothly, fellow RVers are a great source of information and inspiration.
* You are always home.  As  much fun as it is to tour your favorite historic sites and National Parks when the day is over it is great to come home to your home away from home. You can relax in your trailer,  sleep on your own sheets and clean up in your own bathroom. As they say, there’s no place like home. When you travel with an RV, you are always home.

* Backroads America. Traveling the two lane highways of America allows you to get away from strip malls, chain restaurants and toll booths. It also allows you to see where and how other people live. Stopping in a small mom and pop diner and meeting the owners and hearing their story allows us to look at our fellow citizens in a different light. We become less red state and blue state people and more friends in different parts of the country.

 
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Girl Camper: Episode 100 Ageless Aunt Sue https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-100-ageless-aunt-sue/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-100-ageless-aunt-sue Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:55:40 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2103 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-100-ageless-aunt-sue/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-100-ageless-aunt-sue/feed/ 0 <p>In celebration of 100 episodes of travel inspiration I could think of no better guest than my own Aunt Sue! My Aunt, Suzanne Saunders to the rest of the world, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-100-ageless-aunt-sue/">Girl Camper: Episode 100 Ageless Aunt Sue</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> In celebration of 100 episodes of travel inspiration I could think of no better guest than my own Aunt Sue! My Aunt, Suzanne Saunders to the rest of the world, […] She has been to over 70 countries so far and has no plans to stop. She is not one for big city travel to famous European locations but prefers small travel groups and immersion experiences. Her favorite travel agency for far out vacations is OAT, Overseas Adventure Travel. With this group she has traveled to Mongolia and slept in a Yurt with local sheep herders. She has also traveled to all of the “stans” – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Her coming travels include a trip to Sri Lanka and southern India.
She was first on the podcast on episode 38 which generated more mail than any show to date. Women all over with wanderlust wrote in with questions for my Aunt and I put them to her in this 100th episode show.
Aunt Sue and I are planning an epic adventure in 2019. I’m letting her pick the location and I’m going along for the ride. I just hope I can keep up!
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Girl Camper: Episode 99 Charlotte Brown, Tent Camper https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-99-charlotte-brown-tent-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-99-charlotte-brown-tent-camper Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:42:16 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2085 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-99-charlotte-brown-tent-camper/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-99-charlotte-brown-tent-camper/feed/ 0 <p>My guest on this week’s show is New Jersey Girl Camper, Charlotte Brown. Charlotte is a single, empty-nester whose long term plan does not include the purchase of a new […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-99-charlotte-brown-tent-camper/">Girl Camper: Episode 99 Charlotte Brown, Tent Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest on this week’s show is New Jersey Girl Camper, Charlotte Brown. Charlotte is a single, empty-nester whose long term plan does not include the purchase of a new […] She came across the Girl Campers when she was doing an online search for women who camp. Charlotte’s childhood memories of camp stoves and campgrounds kept surfacing in her and she felt it was time to see if she could find like minded souls to camp with her. Her kick off camp out was this past spring at a local campground. She was a little chilly but otherwise loved the experience and camaraderie.
There are two pending events on the Meet Up site, Camp Like a Girl. One is the Wild West Weekend at Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California that is taking place the weekend of October 20-22 and the other is What a Hoot 2 at Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio. The What a Hoot trip is a Mister Sister event that all are welcome at. You can sign up for either trip by joining Meet Up and becoming a member of Camp Like a Girl.
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 98 Tips for Touring Yellowstone https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-98-tips-for-touring-yellowstone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-98-tips-for-touring-yellowstone Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:54:44 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2067 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-98-tips-for-touring-yellowstone/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-98-tips-for-touring-yellowstone/feed/ 3 <p>On this week’s show I’m sharing my tips for camping in and touring Yellowstone National Park. When camping in Yellowstone you have 12 campgrounds to choose from offering 2000 sites […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-98-tips-for-touring-yellowstone/">Girl Camper: Episode 98 Tips for Touring Yellowstone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I’m sharing my tips for camping in and touring Yellowstone National Park. When camping in Yellowstone you have 12 campgrounds to choose from offering 2000 sites […]
When camping in Yellowstone you have 12 campgrounds to choose from offering 2000 sites within the park. Seven of them are run by NPS and are offered on a first come, first served basis. They have no hookups but offer fire rings and lush surroundings.

The only campground in the park that offers full hook ups is Fishing Bridge Campground. The campground is conveniently located but not very camp like. There are no fires allowed and the sites are stacked on top of each other without even picnic tables.
 
Touring the park requires patience and a plan. Some of my tips are:
1) Start your day early before most tourists are out. The roads don’t start to get crowded before 10 am and you can see two sights by then without all the people.

2) Ask a Ranger for advice. They know the peak and off peak times to see things, where the animal sightings are and the best hiking trails.  A ranger suggested to me that we travel counter clockwise on the lower Grand Loop because the majority of people travel clockwise.

3) Pack a lunch. You will save time, money and be healthier! The food is concession grade, expensive and you have to wait a long time for it.

4) Wear appropriate shoes. Yellowstone is not a sanitized theme park. The hiking trails are full of sticks, vines and gravel. Flip flops can ruin your day.

5) Keep jackets and rain gear in the car. The weather can change dramatically and very quickly.

6) Allow extra time for animal jams, heavy volume and poor parking. Everything takes longer than you think it will.

7) Follow the rules for staying away from the animals. Photograph them at a safe distance.
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Girl Camper: Episode 97 My Review of the Max by Little Guy https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-97-my-review-of-the-max-by-little-guy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-97-my-review-of-the-max-by-little-guy Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:55:14 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2047 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-97-my-review-of-the-max-by-little-guy/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-97-my-review-of-the-max-by-little-guy/feed/ 8 <p>(To listen to the podcast attached to this blog, scroll to the bottom and click on the arrow.) I had the opportunity to take Little Guy Worldwide’s new Max trailer […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-97-my-review-of-the-max-by-little-guy/">Girl Camper: Episode 97 My Review of the Max by Little Guy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> (To listen to the podcast attached to this blog, scroll to the bottom and click on the arrow.) I had the opportunity to take Little Guy Worldwide’s new Max trailer […] I had the opportunity to take Little Guy Worldwide’s new Max trailer on my four week National Parks Tour.  I slept in it for 28 straight days, towed it 6,228.3 miles, stayed in state parks and private campgrounds, used it with and without hook-ups, showered in the wet bath many times, experienced temperatures ranging from the high 90’s to low 30’s, used the air conditioner, heater and fan, cooked inside and outside and used the microwave for precooked frozen dinners, and ran the appliances on electric, propane and battery! In other words, I put it through the mill!!

I have broken down my review to my five favorite things about this trailer. There are many great features in this well built and thoughtfully designed trailer and I encourage people to go to the Little Guy website and take the virtual tour.  For my part I will focus on what made it enjoyable to use for me.
Number One Favorite Thing – The Windows
While I was traveling and posting pictures of my trip, the most comments I received had to do with the windows. The windows, the placement, size, number of them and functionality of their design make the trailer a light, bright and airy retreat. When I would come home from a long day of sightseeing and open all the windows I had sight lines, airflow and incredible brightness. One of my favorite features of the windows are the integrated privacy shades and screens. In the morning I would pull the screens all the way down and let all the light and air in.  In the evening I had the option of drawing the privacy shade up about 2/3 of the way and leaving the top of the window screened so I could have privacy and airflow.

The tinted acrylic windows made it possible to have another measure of privacy because they allow the light to be filtered in the trailer keeping it cooler in the sun while making it impossible for passersby to see in the trailer. As a solo woman traveler this daytime effect was an added bonus for me.

Because I work while I on the road I spend a lot more time than most people sitting at the kitchen table/desk. The window placement in this trailer made my rolling berth the best corner office ever.  Sitting at my desk with all the windows open and the door latched with the full door screen pulled across made working while in Yellowstone tolerable.

I initially had reservations about the large window over the bed. I thought that it would make me feel vulnerable while I on the road but I soon discovered that the exterior of the trailers design actually places the bottom of that window fairly far from the bumper of the trailer. What I thought was going to be a problem for me turned into my favorite window in the trailer. At night I was able to pull the privacy shade up from the bottom and lay in bed at night looking at the stars and moon and watching the rain. I also started having my morning coffee on the bed so I could look up at the trees.

Number Two Favorite Thing – Storage
I have spent the last 12 years Girl Camping and am always looking for storage solutions with trailers. For years I camped in vintage trailer which I love but am always worried about safety. I thought I was solving my trailer storage problem last year when I bought a new but vintage styled trailer. While the trailer I bought was well built it wasn’t particularly well designed. Despite its being new it lacked adequate storage for the essentials for camping trips. I was so pleased with the amount of storage in the Max. It has an astounding 57.94 cubic feet of storage.  I packed that trailer for two people for a four week trip bringing both hot and cold weather clothes and never put anything under the bench seats of the booth. There was so much storage space that I had to use dish towels to p...]]>
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Episode 96: National Parks Tour 2017 https://girlcamper.com/episode-96-national-parks-tour-2017/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-96-national-parks-tour-2017 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:43:55 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=2025 https://girlcamper.com/episode-96-national-parks-tour-2017/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-96-national-parks-tour-2017/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show I’m sharing my top moments of the 2017 National Parks Tour. I started out thinking that I would break it down into tips and tricks for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-96-national-parks-tour-2017/">Episode 96: National Parks Tour 2017</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I’m sharing my top moments of the 2017 National Parks Tour. I started out thinking that I would break it down into tips and tricks for […] This show is about travel and becoming a girl camper even for those who already are. I learned a few things about my own travel quirks that I wanted to share. I would never want anyone to think I’ve got this all figured out. I had to make a few adjustments along the way. Yes, I know how to tow; how to back up; how to troubleshoot an RV issue. I melted down half way through and had to put myself in time out.
Being a Girl Camper is about a willingness to be uncomfortable in odd places far from home and still be happy you’re on the road. It’s about being adaptable and comfortable alone. It involves being able to question your choices and be honest about your own limitations. I faced all of these issues on this trip and had no choice but to deal with them. It was a great learning experience but more about myself than travel expertise.
 
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 95 Airstreams for Girl Campers with Mike Harlan https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-95-airstreams-for-girl-campers-with-mike-harlan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-95-airstreams-for-girl-campers-with-mike-harlan Tue, 01 Aug 2017 03:35:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1944 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-95-airstreams-for-girl-campers-with-mike-harlan/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-95-airstreams-for-girl-campers-with-mike-harlan/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I welcome returning guest Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager of North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers, Florida.  Few people have a deeper love for the road […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-95-airstreams-for-girl-campers-with-mike-harlan/">Girl Camper: Episode 95 Airstreams for Girl Campers with Mike Harlan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I welcome returning guest Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager of North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers, Florida.  Few people have a deeper love for the road […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:17:51 Girl Camper: Episode 94 Van Camping with Laureen Vinacombe https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-94-van-camping-with-laureen-vinacombe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-94-van-camping-with-laureen-vinacombe Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:52:51 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1942 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-94-van-camping-with-laureen-vinacombe/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-94-van-camping-with-laureen-vinacombe/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show my guest is Laureen Vinicombe, Girl Camper! Laureen wanted to be a Girl Camper but was not in a position to buy a travel trailer. She […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-94-van-camping-with-laureen-vinacombe/">Girl Camper: Episode 94 Van Camping with Laureen Vinacombe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show my guest is Laureen Vinicombe, Girl Camper! Laureen wanted to be a Girl Camper but was not in a position to buy a travel trailer. She […] At the beginning of the year I said that I would be talking about how to overcome the obstacles to becoming a girl camper. One mental obstacle is the idea that camping is about owning a trailer. If you want to camp you can do it in a tent, rented cabin or tricked out minivan. The allure of girl camping is the time spent with friends, being outdoors, gaining confidence in your ability to do things. Laureen had so much fun she joined sisters on the Fly and has been camping line a girl ever since. Listen in as Laureen shares her journey.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 93 Route 66 Dealership Benefits with Lynn Butler https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-93-route-66-dealership-benefits-with-lynn-butler/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-93-route-66-dealership-benefits-with-lynn-butler Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:49:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1939 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-93-route-66-dealership-benefits-with-lynn-butler/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-93-route-66-dealership-benefits-with-lynn-butler/feed/ 0 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-93-route-66-dealership-benefits-with-lynn-butler/">Girl Camper: Episode 93 Route 66 Dealership Benefits with Lynn Butler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] When I am home from Yellowstone I will post pictures but I’m working on one bar of 3G!
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Girl Camper: Episode 92 The Little Guy Max https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-92-the-little-guy-max/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-92-the-little-guy-max Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:20:23 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1937 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-92-the-little-guy-max/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-92-the-little-guy-max/feed/ 4 <p>On today’s show Joe Kicos, co-owner of Liberty Outdoors,  talks about the new Max trailer. The Max is a new product by Little Guy, a brand within Liberty Outdoors. It […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-92-the-little-guy-max/">Girl Camper: Episode 92 The Little Guy Max</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On today’s show Joe Kicos, co-owner of Liberty Outdoors,  talks about the new Max trailer. The Max is a new product by Little Guy, a brand within Liberty Outdoors. It […] It is the trailer I debuted here yesterday and that I am traveling in on my National Parks Tour. Also joining us on the show is Anthony Chiera, Director of Sales  for Liberty to talk about the details of this trailer. Anthony has watched this trailer go from drawing board to reality and he takes us through the features step by step.
The Max trailer is performing well so far and I have only one complaint – the people knocking on my door at each campground asking for a brochure!
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Girl Camper: Episode 91 Trip Planning Part Two https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-91-trip-planning-part-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-91-trip-planning-part-two Tue, 04 Jul 2017 02:58:34 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1935 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-91-trip-planning-part-two/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-91-trip-planning-part-two/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s episode I continue with Part Two of my Trip Planning Show. A road trip of any length requires planning but a 5,500 mile, 4 week trip really […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-91-trip-planning-part-two/">Girl Camper: Episode 91 Trip Planning Part Two</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s episode I continue with Part Two of my Trip Planning Show. A road trip of any length requires planning but a 5,500 mile, 4 week trip really […] Part of the fun of long road trips is experiencing many different ways of camping and I cover the variety of camping options we plan to use  from Harvest Hosts to State Parks to Bureau of Land Management properties. The Allstays app is a great resource for campers.
I’m covering my gear choices including the hiking sneakers I chose from Cabela’s and my new outdoor pants from Duluth Trading Company.
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Girl Camper: #90 Trip Planning Part One https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-90-trip-planning-part-one/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-90-trip-planning-part-one Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:12:41 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1933 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-90-trip-planning-part-one/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-90-trip-planning-part-one/feed/ 0 <p>On today’s show I am sharing my process for planning the National Parks Tour I am heading out on this summer. If you have ever thought about taking time to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-90-trip-planning-part-one/">Girl Camper: #90 Trip Planning Part One</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On today’s show I am sharing my process for planning the National Parks Tour I am heading out on this summer. If you have ever thought about taking time to […]
The starting point for my trip planning was choosing the destination. Yellowstone National Park was first pick. Once that was determined I figured out the miles,  2136 miles each way. That’s 32 hours of driving if you are in a car. If you are towing a trailer you can easily add another 6 to that estimate. With that in mind I knew that we needed at least four weeks to make the trip and enjoy it. Each time we added a stop, we went to Google Maps to look at the route and determine how much time it would add to the trip and how much distance was between each of the stops.

Once the distance and allotted time were nailed down we set about researching what route to take and what we wanted to see along the way. The research started with podcasts of course. RVFTA’s podcast on Yellowstone last year was a great help. There’s also a National Parks Podcast that helped me get the lay of the land in Yellowstone. This helped me to be realistic about how much time things would actually take once inside the park.
Some books that were great planning tools included The Idiots Guide to RV Vacations by Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi and Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen.

Favorite Apps include the National Parks App by Chimani. Within the National Parks app is the ability to download specific parks and gain all kinds of information on parking, hiking, camping, routes within the parks as well as Ranger Programs and the degree of difficulty a certain hike might be. You can also use it for trip planning and to have a map of the park downloaded which doesn’t require Internet.

This episode also covers reservation making tips and how we chose which campgrounds to stay at.
I promised the recipe for the campfire cookies and here it is! My sweet friend Jodi made these for me and since she is not generally a baker I  knew it was a labor of love. She found the recipe at the Food Network website.

 
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Girl Camper: #89 Tips for Buying a Used RV https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-89-tips-for-buying-a-used-rv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-89-tips-for-buying-a-used-rv Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:59:20 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1916 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-89-tips-for-buying-a-used-rv/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-89-tips-for-buying-a-used-rv/feed/ 1 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-89-tips-for-buying-a-used-rv/">Girl Camper: #89 Tips for Buying a Used RV</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […]  
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.
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.
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Girl Camper #88 Road Adventures with Mike Harlan https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-88-road-adventures-with-mike-harlan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-88-road-adventures-with-mike-harlan Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:48:27 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1888 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-88-road-adventures-with-mike-harlan/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-88-road-adventures-with-mike-harlan/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I welcome returning guest Mike Harlan. Mike is the manager of Airstream Trailers at North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers, Florida. What most people don’t […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-88-road-adventures-with-mike-harlan/">Girl Camper #88 Road Adventures with Mike Harlan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I welcome returning guest Mike Harlan. Mike is the manager of Airstream Trailers at North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers, Florida. What most people don’t […] North Trail RV Center in Fort Meyers, Florida. What most people don’t know about Mike is that he was also instrumental in the founding of Road Adventures which is not just an RV rental company but a full service travel agency that is  making the classic American road trip vacation a possibility for anyone who doesn’t own an RV.
If you have long imagined a cross country trip to see the Grand Canyon or the geysers of Yellowstone and don’t own an RV, Road Adventures will not only rent you the RV you are most comfortable with but they will also rent you the tow vehicle you need to pull it.
Through their partnership with AAA they will book all of your sites and plan the vacation for you. Mike is here today to tell us all about this full service program at Haydocy Airstream in Columbus, Ohio.
My latest blog for Go RVing is up on their site. I had a great time recently in the Shenandoah National Forest and my blog gives some tips for what to do, where to stay and how to best navigate this beautiful park. Whether you are day tripping it or getting in a few days of hiking, this park has plenty to offer visitors. I am already planning a return trip to complete my hike to Mary’s Rock.
I am gathering gear for my Yellowstone trip and I decided to replace my fly fishing rain coat with the Cabela’s GoreTex jacket. I am so glad I did. Since it has not stopped raining in the northeast I am already getting plenty of use out of it and it has a lot of features I really like starting with the large zippered pockets that hold my uber large IPhone 6 Plus.
When I am traveling for work and pleasure I take lots of pictures and don’t always want to carry my large camera and associated gear. I also don’t want to worry about my phone dropping out of my jacket pocket so I really appreciate the size of the pockets on this coat and the zippers which operate top down for ease of use. The Gore Tex itself is the best part though. My fly fishing rain coat is vinyl lined and quite hot. All rainy days are not cold days too so I often found myself dry on the outside but sweaty in the coat. Being dry and cool is what Gore Tex does that other gear does not. I am happy to be building a wardrobe of active wear that I will get great value out of.  The Cabela’s jacket was $129 and I got thirty percent off for Mother’s Day.
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Girl Camper #87: Father’s Day Finds with Jeremy Puglisi https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-87-fathers-day-finds-with-jeremy-puglisi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-87-fathers-day-finds-with-jeremy-puglisi Tue, 06 Jun 2017 02:03:19 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1872 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-87-fathers-day-finds-with-jeremy-puglisi/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-87-fathers-day-finds-with-jeremy-puglisi/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast host Jeremy Puglisi is giving us some help trying to choose the best gift for the father, husband or son in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-87-fathers-day-finds-with-jeremy-puglisi/">Girl Camper #87: Father’s Day Finds with Jeremy Puglisi</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast host Jeremy Puglisi is giving us some help trying to choose the best gift for the father, husband or son in […] RVFTA site for the products.
My personal favorite was the Rigid 4.5 gallon Pro Pack Wet/Dry vac.
The Eastwing 12″ Sportsman Axe was another favorite pick. This one piece axe with leather handle will come in handy for splitting kindling for the fire.
Tune in to the podcast for the rest of Jeremy’s top picks.
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Girl Camper #86 Foul Weather Camping https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-86-foul-weather-camping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-86-foul-weather-camping Tue, 30 May 2017 02:15:31 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1840 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-86-foul-weather-camping/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-86-foul-weather-camping/feed/ 2 <p>On this weeks show I am chatting about camping in less than ideal conditions.  There was a time in my life in which a 50 percent chance of lousy weather […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-86-foul-weather-camping/">Girl Camper #86 Foul Weather Camping</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am chatting about camping in less than ideal conditions.  There was a time in my life in which a 50 percent chance of lousy weather […]  
Some things to do on a raining weekend in the camper include:
Cooking a great meal and inviting a fellow camper over. We have company at home, why not at the campground. Spend some one on one time with a treasured friend or someone you hardly know.
 
Clean and organize those trailer cabinets. It’s amazing how quickly they fill up with stuff you are hardly using. Take the opportunity to take inventory and get rid of things you are not using!
A rainy day in the camper is a great time to write an old fashioned letter to someone you love. Snail mail is a thing of the past and many members of the younger generation have no idea what the post meant to people in the “olden days”.  Treat an old neighbor in a nursing home or a grandchild who doesn’t even know what a letter is to an old fashioned “howdy” or post card from your travels.
Take time to journal or scrap book about your travels. Having a concrete recollection of your trips brings back memories that might otherwise have been forgotten. It’s easy to fall behind on this good intention when you’re busy actually doing those things. Use a foul weather day to catch up on recording memories.
There are more foul weather camping tips on the podcast as well as what you have to do to be in the running for the http://toastite.biz pie irons that we are making great use of this season. I grew up on grilled cheese around the fire  in these handy camping treat makers and I am now discovering that the possibilities for breakfast, lunch and dinner are endless in these easy to tote and use little camping must haves. To win a set of three different irons, head over to the Girl Camper Podcast page on Facebook and tag a friend who isn’t a member. Leave a comment on the photo of the  Toas-Tite give away.  I will pick two winners next week for the whole set!
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Girl Camper #85 Girl Camping Obstacles https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-85-girl-camping-obstacles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-85-girl-camping-obstacles Tue, 23 May 2017 02:14:58 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1816 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-85-girl-camping-obstacles/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-85-girl-camping-obstacles/feed/ 1 <p>On this weeks show my producer Stephanie Puglisi and I are talking about the obstacles that prevent that Girl Camper wannabes from making that leap into the Girl Camper world. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-85-girl-camping-obstacles/">Girl Camper #85 Girl Camping Obstacles</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show my producer Stephanie Puglisi and I are talking about the obstacles that prevent that Girl Camper wannabes from making that leap into the Girl Camper world. […]
* Fear of towing – some ideas on how to overcome one of the most commonly given reasons for not joining.
* No camper – no problem! Stephanie is sharing her recent experience as a tent camper. This ain’t your fathers old wet, canvas tent!
* No one to camp with – have we got friends for you. We are dishing on girl camping groups and where you can find a tribe near you.
* Family obligations – everyone needs respite from their duties in life and we discuss ways that you might be able to carve out some time to restoke the fires.

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Girl Camper: Episode #84 Camping in Colorado with Ginny McKinney https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-84-camping-in-colorado-with-ginny-mckinney/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-84-camping-in-colorado-with-ginny-mckinney Tue, 16 May 2017 03:10:28 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1802 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-84-camping-in-colorado-with-ginny-mckinney/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-84-camping-in-colorado-with-ginny-mckinney/feed/ 0 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-84-camping-in-colorado-with-ginny-mckinney/">Girl Camper: Episode #84 Camping in Colorado with Ginny McKinney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] 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.
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 83 – Weight Distribution Hitches https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-83-weight-distribution-hitches/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-83-weight-distribution-hitches Tue, 09 May 2017 02:57:14 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1785 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-83-weight-distribution-hitches/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-83-weight-distribution-hitches/feed/ 1 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-83-weight-distribution-hitches/">Girl Camper: Episode 83 – Weight Distribution Hitches</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] 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 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.
 
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.
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!
 
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Girl Camper: Episode #82 Rhonda Coleman Chasing Totality https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-82-rhonda-coleman-chasing-totality/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-82-rhonda-coleman-chasing-totality Tue, 02 May 2017 15:51:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1754 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-82-rhonda-coleman-chasing-totality/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-82-rhonda-coleman-chasing-totality/feed/ 0 <p>I am happy to welcome my friend and colleague Rhonda Coleman to the show today. Rhonda is the editor of Outside Interests Magazine, a travel writer, an Airstream owner and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-82-rhonda-coleman-chasing-totality/">Girl Camper: Episode #82 Rhonda Coleman Chasing Totality</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I am happy to welcome my friend and colleague Rhonda Coleman to the show today. Rhonda is the editor of Outside Interests Magazine, a travel writer, an Airstream owner and […] http://www.chasingtotality.com
We had a great time in the Shenandoah Valley last weekend. We camped at the Luray KOA which is an immaculately maintained quiet adult campground situated on a very large lawn which gives such a feeling of openness. We splurged on the premium site which came with a heavy duty table set and two big red Adirondack chairs around the fire pit. The campground is only a few miles from the Thornton Gap entrance to Shenandoah National Park.
With the National Parks App I was able to choose the hike that I wanted. The app allows you to see all the hikes in the section of the park you are in and gives you details like the distance, elevation of the hike and difficulty level. I love this aspect of the app that allows you to decide how much effort you want to put into a hike. You can factor in the heat, time of day, level of energy you’re willing to expand and choose a hike that suits you that day. Our goal was to hike to Mary’s Rock but with all the information we had we knew we really didn’t allow enough time to do that. We ended up hiking one mile in and out of that trail and will have to save the summit of Mary’s Rock for another day.
We also were able to tour the Caverns of Luray and that was worth the time and money. I have been in a lot of caverns on my trips and this one was particularly beautiful. It was a one mile figure eight fairly easy walk through the cavern. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly and made the information interesting. I forgot to bring a jacket and was afraid that the 57 degree cave would be uncomfortably cold for the one hour tour but the 87% humidity of the cave makes it feel more like 68 degrees and the steep up and down ramps were enough to keep me pleasantly comfortable.
 
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Mother’s Day Gifts for Girl Campers https://girlcamper.com/mothers-day-gifts-for-girl-campers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mothers-day-gifts-for-girl-campers Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:12:37 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1735 https://girlcamper.com/mothers-day-gifts-for-girl-campers/#comments https://girlcamper.com/mothers-day-gifts-for-girl-campers/feed/ 1 <p>On this week’s show guests Jeremy Puglisi and Rick Pettit, Mister Sisters of producer Stephanie Puglusi and host Janine Pettit,  share their list of gift ideas for Girl Campers. If […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/mothers-day-gifts-for-girl-campers/">Mother’s Day Gifts for Girl Campers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show guests Jeremy Puglisi and Rick Pettit, Mister Sisters of producer Stephanie Puglusi and host Janine Pettit,  share their list of gift ideas for Girl Campers. If […] Jeremy and Rick each made a list of five things to consider for your favorite Girl Camper. Some are big but most are simple and affordable.
I am back from my wonderful  weekend in Waxahachie, Texas where we camped like girls in Getzandaner Park. I had so much fun catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I am so glad that the town of Waxahachie wants to grow this event and make it an annual affair!
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Girl Camper #80: Part Two with Mike Harlan https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-80/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-80 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:45:20 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1725 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-80/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-80/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager at North Trail RV of South Florida answers podcast listeners questions. Mike is an industry insider who has worked in sales, service […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-80/">Girl Camper #80: Part Two with Mike Harlan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager at North Trail RV of South Florida answers podcast listeners questions. Mike is an industry insider who has worked in sales, service […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:06:18 Girl Camper: Episode #79 Mike Harlan RV Industry Insider Answers Listeners Questions https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-79-mike-harlan-rv-industry-insider-answers-listeners-questions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-79-mike-harlan-rv-industry-insider-answers-listeners-questions Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:10:22 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1706 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-79-mike-harlan-rv-industry-insider-answers-listeners-questions/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-79-mike-harlan-rv-industry-insider-answers-listeners-questions/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager at  North Trail RV of South Florida answers podcast listeners questions. Mike is an industry insider who has worked in sales, service […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-79-mike-harlan-rv-industry-insider-answers-listeners-questions/">Girl Camper: Episode #79 Mike Harlan RV Industry Insider Answers Listeners Questions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show Mike Harlan, Airstream Manager at  North Trail RV of South Florida answers podcast listeners questions. Mike is an industry insider who has worked in sales, service […] Girl Campers sent in their questions ahead of time on the Girl Camper Podcast Facebook page. Most of the questions had to do with dealerships and service. Mike gave insiders insight into the how’s and why’s of dealership decision making.
In the Campfire Chat I am talking about my fool proof fire starting method! Tinder, kindling and fuel wood make for a perfect fire but it’s the stacking method that’s key! Teepee versus log cabin? Tune in to hear which is superior!
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Girl Camper: Episode 78 Long Haul Driving Tips https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-78-long-haul-driving-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-78-long-haul-driving-tips Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:57:52 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1691 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-78-long-haul-driving-tips/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-78-long-haul-driving-tips/feed/ 1 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-78-long-haul-driving-tips/">Girl Camper: Episode 78 Long Haul Driving Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] 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.
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.
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!!
 
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 77 – Camping in the Shenandoah with Cindy Davidson https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-77-camping-in-the-shenandoah-with-cindy-davidson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-77-camping-in-the-shenandoah-with-cindy-davidson Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:03:32 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1665 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-77-camping-in-the-shenandoah-with-cindy-davidson/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-77-camping-in-the-shenandoah-with-cindy-davidson/feed/ 1 <p>On this weeks show my guest is Cindy Davidson.  Cindy is an outdoor woman who camps, hikes, kayaks and fishes. One of her favorite places to do all of those […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-77-camping-in-the-shenandoah-with-cindy-davidson/">Girl Camper: Episode 77 – Camping in the Shenandoah with Cindy Davidson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show my guest is Cindy Davidson.  Cindy is an outdoor woman who camps, hikes, kayaks and fishes. One of her favorite places to do all of those […] There are many hiking trails and three campground at the park. You can also camp along the Appalachian Trail and in the wilderness with a park issued pass.
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Girl Camper #76: Vintage Trailer Pop Up Shops with Jennifer Megliore https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-76-vintage-trailer-pop-up-shops-with-jennifer-megliore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-76-vintage-trailer-pop-up-shops-with-jennifer-megliore Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:28:53 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1653 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-76-vintage-trailer-pop-up-shops-with-jennifer-megliore/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-76-vintage-trailer-pop-up-shops-with-jennifer-megliore/feed/ 2 <p>My guest today is Jennifer Megliore of Artware Designs in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Jennifer also owns a beautiful vintage Shasta that does triple duty in her life. She uses […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-76-vintage-trailer-pop-up-shops-with-jennifer-megliore/">Girl Camper #76: Vintage Trailer Pop Up Shops with Jennifer Megliore</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest today is Jennifer Megliore of Artware Designs in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Jennifer also owns a beautiful vintage Shasta that does triple duty in her life. She uses […]  
Jennifer talks about her own experiences finding festivals and fairs to sell her goods and we talk about other ways to use a vintage trailer a a source of revenue.
Jennifer is giving a $50 gift card to a lucky winner. To be in the running just sign up for newsletter at the top of this page. You can also get 10 % off your first order by using the code SAVE10.
Last year the RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast Network set out to raise ten thousand dollars to supply a campground with a travel trailer to be used by retuning active duty service personnel asa respite spot. This week we reached our goal!!
 
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Girl Camper #75 Financing an RV Purchase https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-75-financing-an-rv-purchase/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-75-financing-an-rv-purchase Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:46:12 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1635 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-75-financing-an-rv-purchase/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-75-financing-an-rv-purchase/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show my guest Amy Parsons helps us understand the components of financing a travel trailer purchase. Amy is the Finance Manager at Setzer’s World of Camping in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-75-financing-an-rv-purchase/">Girl Camper #75 Financing an RV Purchase</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show my guest Amy Parsons helps us understand the components of financing a travel trailer purchase. Amy is the Finance Manager at Setzer’s World of Camping in […] Amy Parsons is the Finance Manager at Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. She is pictured here with owner Lynn Butler, who happens to be her mother!
 
In our Campfire Chat on this week’s show I am sharing ideas for foil packet dinners! This great camping meal option has endless possibilities. It’s a great make ahead meal that can be taken out after the camper is set up and warmed to a perfect dinner in minutes. It’s also a great way to use leftovers.
 
Two of my  favorite combination of foil packet dinners are below.
Cowboy Stew: After putting a little olive oil in the bottom of the pan, add a layer of fresh green beans, precooked white sliced potatoes or thinly sliced fresh ones and a salisbury steak on top. Season with salt and pepper and seal pouch with an air pocket.
Salmon Steak: Marinade a salmon steak in equal parts of soy sauce and fresh lime juice with fresh chopped garlic. When you place the salmon skin side down in the foil pouch, add a tablespoon of the marinade before sealing the packet. Cook veggies in a separate pouch.
 
 
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Meet Girl Camper Gina: Episode # 74 https://girlcamper.com/meet-girl-camper-gina-episode-74/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-girl-camper-gina-episode-74 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:59:17 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1601 https://girlcamper.com/meet-girl-camper-gina-episode-74/#respond https://girlcamper.com/meet-girl-camper-gina-episode-74/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I am pleased to have my wonderful Ohio friend, Gina Corbin. Gina talks about how she overcame her fears and trepidation about solo towing to become […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/meet-girl-camper-gina-episode-74/">Meet Girl Camper Gina: Episode # 74</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I am pleased to have my wonderful Ohio friend, Gina Corbin. Gina talks about how she overcame her fears and trepidation about solo towing to become […] We are kicking it up a notch and finishing off our campaign to raise 10K for the 501c3 organiztion, Tents for Troops. The RVFTA Podcast Network set a goal to raise $10K  for the purchase of a travel trailer to be used by active duty service people and their families. I can think of no better way to reconnect after a long deployment than to spend time around a campfire. We are nearly at our goal but I am offering an incentive.  I will send a Girl Camper decal to anyone who makes a donation of at least $10. You can make a donation at Go Fund Me. After you make a donation, send me your address at girlcamper528@gmail.com and I will get your decal out to you ASAP.
Thank you to all who ordered from the Girl Camper Shop this week. We were blown away by all the love and are almost done filling all the orders. I have had to place a new mug order and will be picking them up when I visit Blackwater Falls State Park this week. I got the idea to have a spot for everyone to post their news and mugs and rigs and created the Facebook page “Girl Camper Podcast”. Please join the fun and share your adventures, recipes, favorite campgrounds and Girl Camper mugs!
 
 
 
 
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Girl Camper #73: Getting Ready for the Camping Season Part 2 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-73-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-73-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season-part-2 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:28:06 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1539 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-73-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season-part-2/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-73-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season-part-2/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show I’m talking about prepping the outside of your trailer for the coming season. From tires to outside storage solutions to maintaining your vinyl awning, there are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-73-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season-part-2/">Girl Camper #73: Getting Ready for the Camping Season Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I’m talking about prepping the outside of your trailer for the coming season. From tires to outside storage solutions to maintaining your vinyl awning, there are […] I’m also talking about my great fishing trip with guide Kai on the oyster beds of Hilton Head. We had a great day even without catching any fish! I learned so much about this regions natural habitats and the value of an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
The Girl Camper mugs are back in stock! You can purchase one at Girlcamper.com.
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Episode 72: Getting Ready for the Camping Season https://girlcamper.com/episode-72-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-72-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:22:46 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1506 https://girlcamper.com/episode-72-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-72-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show I am talking trailer preparedness. I have been sorting and sifting through my St. George trailer and fixing some issues that bothered me last year while […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-72-getting-ready-for-the-camping-season/">Episode 72: Getting Ready for the Camping Season</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am talking trailer preparedness. I have been sorting and sifting through my St. George trailer and fixing some issues that bothered me last year while […] I grew up in the Midwest where Lake house vacations in  family cabins were the rule. I can still remember the feel of the old pine walls and kitchen items that were several generations old but still put to use.  The loved and worn furnishings and old wool blankets somehow made the cabins feel so safe and warm. I always find myself buying the things that remind me of those days and now I want to use them in my St. George trailer and recreate that vintage cabin feel.
I have been collecting wool blankets for years. I love the old striped ones with the satin edges. I also love to collect knitted or crocheted blankets that are wool. It’s not unusual to find them and see that someone has washed them in hot water and they have shrunk. This is a negative to most people but they make great camping blankets. The tightened stitches make them extra warm and they are usually less expensive.
Spring Clean Tips

* It’s a good idea to reevaluate your use of space and items at the beginning of each camping season. As you go through each cabinet, ask yourself how often you used that item and if it warrants the space its taking up.
* Decide if you really want to give space to a camping gift. When you have a passion people tend to give you gifts that surround it. If you don’t have a need for a well intentioned gift, regift or use it in your home.
* The annual Spring clean is a great time to top off your first aid kit and make sure you have what you use most and that what you use least has not expired. Stock up on bandaids and don’t forget the butterfly bandages.
* When getting ready for the new season give some thought to things that bothered you last year and come up with some resolutions. New reading lights by the bed and a refrigerator fan to even the cooling in my refrigerator are two problems I addressed this year.
* Use the space in your trailer in a way that is best for you. Just because the RV designer intended the closet for hanging clothes doesn’t mean you have to use it that way. I am turning my closet into what will be more practical for me – shelves that will hold a lot more of what I need on trips.
* Prettify your trailer! It’s a great time to work in some design aspects for your trailer that will make it feel like home. I ordered a National Parks map for the wall in my booth and am finally going to hang some pictures I have been meaning to get to. Think of your trailer like a second home because it is! Find the balance of things you love and make you feel at home but not too cluttered.
* The bed in your trailer should be as comfortable as your home bed. This year I will probably spend at least 75 nights in my trailer. I am making the investment in comfortable sheets and blankets and pillows. Don’t forget good reading lights !

Being a happy camper is all about balance. By keeping your camper cleaned out and assessing your needs for it each year,  you will be more likely to enjoy using it. Having the camper comfortable but clutter free makes it easy to hitch up on a Friday night and head out in. Happy trails everyone.
 
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Episode 70: Collecting Girl Camper Style https://girlcamper.com/episode-70-collecting-girl-camper-style/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-70-collecting-girl-camper-style Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:58 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1461 https://girlcamper.com/episode-70-collecting-girl-camper-style/#comments https://girlcamper.com/episode-70-collecting-girl-camper-style/feed/ 1 <p>My guest this week is my old friend Carol Thompson. Carol and I have been shopping and junkin’ together for decades. We have also been camping over the last ten […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-70-collecting-girl-camper-style/">Episode 70: Collecting Girl Camper Style</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest this week is my old friend Carol Thompson. Carol and I have been shopping and junkin’ together for decades. We have also been camping over the last ten […]  
 
We also have a give away from Lawn Chairs USA to talk about. Lawn Chairs USA is donating a set of reproduction aluminum lawn chairs to a lucky winner. These chairs are made in Georgia and can be custom ordered to match your vintage trailer, bring some nostalgic charm to your new trailer or to promote your favorite sports team. Lawn Chairs USA started in 2010 with the  idea to bring back a classic piece of Americana. To be in the running to win a set of two chairs you can go to Instagram and tag a friend on the photo of the chairs and write, “I want to win” in the comments. You can also sign up for blog updates to be entered into the drawing.
 
I am sharing the details of my new to me 2014 Ford F150 Lariat and why I chose it. The most important feature is its 9200 pound towing capacity. That leaves me the option of a future trailer upgrade without having to replace my tow vehicle. The GVWR of my current trailer is 3300 pounds. The axle ratio allows for another 832 pounds of cargo. At a little over 4100 pounds the new truck can easily handle my trailer but it leaves me the option of upgrading in the future.
 
 
 
 
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Girl Camper #68: Becoming a Girl Camper in 2017 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-68-becoming-a-girl-camper-in-2017/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-68-becoming-a-girl-camper-in-2017 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:11:10 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1376 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-68-becoming-a-girl-camper-in-2017/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-68-becoming-a-girl-camper-in-2017/feed/ 4 <p>Making 2017 the year we become Girl Campers seemed to be the theme of quite a few letters at the first of the year and the Girl Camper Podcast is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-68-becoming-a-girl-camper-in-2017/">Girl Camper #68: Becoming a Girl Camper in 2017</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Making 2017 the year we become Girl Campers seemed to be the theme of quite a few letters at the first of the year and the Girl Camper Podcast is […] There is so much fun being had by so many that made the leap that it pains me to see those who are stalled in some way. Each person has a reason they cannot join the fun right now and I hope this show helps you find ways to eliminate some of what may seem like obstacles to you.
 
 
 
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Girl Camper #67: Catching Up With Dawn Wilson https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-67-catching-up-with-dawn-wilson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-67-catching-up-with-dawn-wilson Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:14:56 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1366 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-67-catching-up-with-dawn-wilson/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-67-catching-up-with-dawn-wilson/feed/ 0 <p>My guest today is wildlife photographer and conservationist  Dawn Wilson. Dawn is returning to the show to share her adventures in her first year of full time RVing. She talks […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-67-catching-up-with-dawn-wilson/">Girl Camper #67: Catching Up With Dawn Wilson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest today is wildlife photographer and conservationist  Dawn Wilson. Dawn is returning to the show to share her adventures in her first year of full time RVing. She talks […] Dawn’s photography  is a window into a world few of us will ever experience so closely.

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Girl Camper #66: Heath Padgett host of the RV Entrepeneur https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-66-heath-padgett-host-of-the-rv-entrepeneur/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-66-heath-padgett-host-of-the-rv-entrepeneur Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:03:59 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1355 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-66-heath-padgett-host-of-the-rv-entrepeneur/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-66-heath-padgett-host-of-the-rv-entrepeneur/feed/ 0 <p>  My guest today is Heath Padgett from The RV Entrepreneur Podcast.  Heath and his wife Alyssa traveled the country in an aging Class C motorhome and along the way […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-66-heath-padgett-host-of-the-rv-entrepeneur/">Girl Camper #66: Heath Padgett host of the RV Entrepeneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   My guest today is Heath Padgett from The RV Entrepreneur Podcast.  Heath and his wife Alyssa traveled the country in an aging Class C motorhome and along the way […] My guest today is Heath Padgett from The RV Entrepreneur Podcast.  Heath and his wife Alyssa traveled the country in an aging Class C motorhome and along the way produced a documentary entitled “Hourly America.” The film chronicles Heath’s hourly job in each of the fifty states they traveled to.  Along the way Heath and Alyssa met many interesting people making their way in the full time RV world and Heath used those contacts to start his podcast.
You can download Heath and Alyssa’s documentary on their website  http://heathandalyssa.com/ .  You can also register for their RV Entrepreneur Summit in Fredericksburg, Texas February 24-26, 2017.
 
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Girl Camper #65: Kate Dunbar, Girl Glamper! https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-65-kate-dunbar-girl-glamper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-65-kate-dunbar-girl-glamper Tue, 03 Jan 2017 03:53:07 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1306 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-65-kate-dunbar-girl-glamper/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-65-kate-dunbar-girl-glamper/feed/ 0 <p>  On this week’s show I welcome friend and colleague Kate Dunbar. Kate is an accomplished chef, food stylist, photographer and a glamour camper. She’s the hostess with the mostest […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-65-kate-dunbar-girl-glamper/">Girl Camper #65: Kate Dunbar, Girl Glamper!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   On this week’s show I welcome friend and colleague Kate Dunbar. Kate is an accomplished chef, food stylist, photographer and a glamour camper. She’s the hostess with the mostest […] On this week’s show I welcome friend and colleague Kate Dunbar. Kate is an accomplished chef, food stylist, photographer and a glamour camper. She’s the hostess with the mostest who is sharing her philosophy on why the Girl Camping movement is so important to women in all stages of womanhood.
 
Visiting Waxahachie. This north central Texas town is my home away from home and I had the opportunity on this longer visit to do some of my favorite things “on the square” and on Main Street. If you are driving through Texas plan a day or two to take in the history of the Crepe Myrtle Capital of the USA.
 
 
My favorite way to travel when I can’t camp is via Bed and Breakfast Inns. Waxahachie has two of my all time favorite Inns. My family has been staying at the Chaska House on Main St for over ten years. When my moms house is full there is a rush to the phone to see what’s available at this beautiful Greek Revival building on the outside of town.
Hosts Linda and Louis Brown took on the restoration of this home as a labor of love. Each guest room is named for a famous author. I have had the pleasure of staying in the Shakespeare, Hemingway, and Mark Twain rooms. The Inn is elegant but inviting. The library is my favorite room and hosts Linda and Louis make you feel as if it is your own room, encouraging you to pull a book off the shelf and settle in for a good read.
The Chaska House is a great home base to day trip to Canton or Hillsboro, Texas for an antiques day or to Waco to visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos. You can also spend a day in Ft. Worth at the Cowgirl Museum!
 
Across the street is the newly opened English Merchant’s Inn. I can best describe its architecture as a brick four square with a huge inviting porch for tea sipping, newspaper reading and breeze catching. Classic Texas but with a nod to our Imperial forefathers.
The British inspired decor is an eclectic mix of classic furniture and flea market finds that somehow magically blend to create a  space that sets creative souls on fire. The Inn is the vision of well known Texas designer Mary Baskin whose day job is taking clients on antiquing jaunts to the French countryside and British hamlets. Mary can do to a blank room what Henri Matisse did to a blank canvas. Her design style is bold and colorful and the elements harmonize into inviting rooms that leave guests feeling as if they’re wrapped in a contemporary painting while sipping tea from fine china.
I loved reading the original newspaper pages from Queen Elizabeth’s 1937 wedding that wallpaper the staircase leading to the guest rooms. A large landing creates a welcoming lounge for reading, coffee, a cocktail or lazy board game. I can’t wait to get back to Texas and try out the guest rooms in this new Inn!!
 
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 64 Dave Boggs from Venture RV https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-64-dave-boggs-from-venture-rv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-64-dave-boggs-from-venture-rv Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:20:49 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1292 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-64-dave-boggs-from-venture-rv/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-64-dave-boggs-from-venture-rv/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show Dave Boggs, General Manager from Venture RV talks about the Sonic Lite trailer. The Sonic Lite was a Girl Camper pick from the RVIA show. Dave […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-64-dave-boggs-from-venture-rv/">Girl Camper: Episode 64 Dave Boggs from Venture RV</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show Dave Boggs, General Manager from Venture RV talks about the Sonic Lite trailer. The Sonic Lite was a Girl Camper pick from the RVIA show. Dave […]  
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Girl Camper #63: Ginny McKinney – Lessons Learned https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-63-ginny-mckinney-lessons-learned/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-63-ginny-mckinney-lessons-learned Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:20:32 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1282 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-63-ginny-mckinney-lessons-learned/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-63-ginny-mckinney-lessons-learned/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show returning guest Ginny McKinney shares the lessons she learned while navigating her grief at the loss of her husband Dan; while learning to be an RVer […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-63-ginny-mckinney-lessons-learned/">Girl Camper #63: Ginny McKinney – Lessons Learned</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show returning guest Ginny McKinney shares the lessons she learned while navigating her grief at the loss of her husband Dan; while learning to be an RVer […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 55:00 Girl Camper #62 Top Trailer Picks from the 2016 RVIA Show https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-62-top-trailer-picks-from-the-2016-rvia-show/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-62-top-trailer-picks-from-the-2016-rvia-show Tue, 13 Dec 2016 04:45:52 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1253 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-62-top-trailer-picks-from-the-2016-rvia-show/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-62-top-trailer-picks-from-the-2016-rvia-show/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show my producer Stephanie Puglusi and I go over my Top Five picks for Girl Campers from the annual RVIA show. RV manufacturers are creating more lightweight towable […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-62-top-trailer-picks-from-the-2016-rvia-show/">Girl Camper #62 Top Trailer Picks from the 2016 RVIA Show</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show my producer Stephanie Puglusi and I go over my Top Five picks for Girl Campers from the annual RVIA show. RV manufacturers are creating more lightweight towable […] http://www.lancecamper.com/truck-campers/650/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Girl Camper #61 Talking Tow Vehicles with Mark Polk https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-61/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-61 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:15:32 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1233 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-61/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-61/feed/ 0 <p>  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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-61/">Girl Camper #61 Talking Tow Vehicles with Mark Polk</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   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 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.
 
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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Girl Camper #60 A Field Trip to Cabela’s https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-60-a-field-trip-to-cabelas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-60-a-field-trip-to-cabelas Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:13:27 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1220 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-60-a-field-trip-to-cabelas/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-60-a-field-trip-to-cabelas/feed/ 4 <p>On this week’s show my husband Rick joins me as we share the details of our Christmas at Cabela’s field trip. We had developed quite a wish list of camping […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-60-a-field-trip-to-cabelas/">Girl Camper #60 A Field Trip to Cabela’s</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show my husband Rick joins me as we share the details of our Christmas at Cabela’s field trip. We had developed quite a wish list of camping […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 50:05 Girl Camper #59 Girl Camper Linda Henderson https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-59-girl-camper-linda-henderson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-59-girl-camper-linda-henderson Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:05:19 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1202 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-59-girl-camper-linda-henderson/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-59-girl-camper-linda-henderson/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I visit Arkansas and Petit Jean State Park with Arkansa native photojournalist Linda Henderson.  Linda was kind enough to give me a tour of  some of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-59-girl-camper-linda-henderson/">Girl Camper #59 Girl Camper Linda Henderson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I visit Arkansas and Petit Jean State Park with Arkansa native photojournalist Linda Henderson.  Linda was kind enough to give me a tour of  some of […]  
 
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Girl Camper: #58 Walter Cannon Answers Girl Camper Questions https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-58-walter-cannon-answers-girl-camper-questions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-58-walter-cannon-answers-girl-camper-questions Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:21:48 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1189 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-58-walter-cannon-answers-girl-camper-questions/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-58-walter-cannon-answers-girl-camper-questions/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show my guest is Walter Canon, President of the RV Safety and Education Foundation. Walter’s career spans forty years in the RV industry and he has helped […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-58-walter-cannon-answers-girl-camper-questions/">Girl Camper: #58 Walter Cannon Answers Girl Camper Questions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show my guest is Walter Canon, President of the RV Safety and Education Foundation. Walter’s career spans forty years in the RV industry and he has helped […] I am also sharing all that I learned at Camper College this week at Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas. We were made so welcome by PJ Buerger and her knowledgeable staff.
 
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Girl Camper #57 Photojournalist Mary Grace McKernan https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-57-photojournalist-mary-grace-mckernan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-57-photojournalist-mary-grace-mckernan Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:12:13 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1183 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-57-photojournalist-mary-grace-mckernan/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-57-photojournalist-mary-grace-mckernan/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show my guest is a Mary Grace McKernan, photojournalist and girl camper extraordinaire. Mary has worked internationally photographing everything from rock stars to Orca whales. She lives […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-57-photojournalist-mary-grace-mckernan/">Girl Camper #57 Photojournalist Mary Grace McKernan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show my guest is a Mary Grace McKernan, photojournalist and girl camper extraordinaire. Mary has worked internationally photographing everything from rock stars to Orca whales. She lives […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:04:46 Girl Camper #56: Happy First Birthday Girl Camper Podcast https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-56-happy-first-birthday-girl-camper-podcast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-56-happy-first-birthday-girl-camper-podcast Tue, 01 Nov 2016 03:36:54 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1147 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-56-happy-first-birthday-girl-camper-podcast/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-56-happy-first-birthday-girl-camper-podcast/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show we are celebrating the first birthday of the Girl Camper Podcast. Stephanie Puglisi the shows producer turns the tables and interviews me.  We also each share […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-56-happy-first-birthday-girl-camper-podcast/">Girl Camper #56: Happy First Birthday Girl Camper Podcast</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show we are celebrating the first birthday of the Girl Camper Podcast. Stephanie Puglisi the shows producer turns the tables and interviews me.  We also each share […]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Girl Camper #55: Tim Dennig talks Gulfstream’s Woody https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-55-tim-dennis-talks-gulfstreams-woody/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-55-tim-dennis-talks-gulfstreams-woody Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:58:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1129 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-55-tim-dennis-talks-gulfstreams-woody/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-55-tim-dennis-talks-gulfstreams-woody/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show I interview Tim Dennig from Gulfstream Coach about their Woody version of the Vintage Cruiser.  All the details on what makes this vintage styled modern camper […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-55-tim-dennis-talks-gulfstreams-woody/">Girl Camper #55: Tim Dennig talks Gulfstream’s Woody</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show I interview Tim Dennig from Gulfstream Coach about their Woody version of the Vintage Cruiser.  All the details on what makes this vintage styled modern camper […]
Our Camper College was a great success at Southland RV. Brett and Matt from Southland walked us through all the functions of a trailer and then we broke up into  small groups for hands on demonstrations.
A second Camper College of the weekend was hosted at the beautiful Stone Mountain Campground.
Another great Country Living Fair took place in Stone Mountain, Georgia this weekend and the Go RVing team  was on hand to promote the RV lifestyle.
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Girl Camper # 53: Tin Can Tourist’s Terry Bone talks vintage trailers! https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-53-tin-can-tourists-terry-bone-talks-vintage-trailers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-53-tin-can-tourists-terry-bone-talks-vintage-trailers Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:21:02 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1091 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-53-tin-can-tourists-terry-bone-talks-vintage-trailers/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-53-tin-can-tourists-terry-bone-talks-vintage-trailers/feed/ 1 <p>On this week’s show Tin Can Tourist’s Terry Bone talks about the group founded in 1919 as a travel group and resurrected by his father, Forest.  Tin Can Tourist members […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-53-tin-can-tourists-terry-bone-talks-vintage-trailers/">Girl Camper # 53: Tin Can Tourist’s Terry Bone talks vintage trailers!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show Tin Can Tourist’s Terry Bone talks about the group founded in 1919 as a travel group and resurrected by his father, Forest.  Tin Can Tourist members […]
 
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Girl Camper #52 Meet Mari Parsons, Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-52-meet-mari-parsons-girl-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-52-meet-mari-parsons-girl-camper Tue, 04 Oct 2016 03:03:22 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1074 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-52-meet-mari-parsons-girl-camper/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-52-meet-mari-parsons-girl-camper/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I have a conversation with Girl Camper, Mari Parsons. Mari has a love for travel and is especially fond of the Great Smokey Mountains. She came […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-52-meet-mari-parsons-girl-camper/">Girl Camper #52 Meet Mari Parsons, Girl Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I have a conversation with Girl Camper, Mari Parsons. Mari has a love for travel and is especially fond of the Great Smokey Mountains. She came […] I will be talking about Girl Camping at the Texas Lifestyle Collective’s Chautauqua event on October 6, 2016. Tickets are available at the door. It promises to be a great day of inspiration with guest speakers Eddie Ross, Caroline Harper, Michelle Nussbsumer and Mary Emmerling.  The party continues afterward on the town square with vendors, open shops and food trucks. Come and join the fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We had a great farm stay weekend camping on the farm  of family friends last weekend.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Girl Camper #51: Gary Perschel, grandson of Serro Scotty founder https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-51-gary-perschel-grandson-of-serro-scotty-founder/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-51-gary-perschel-grandson-of-serro-scotty-founder Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:41:13 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1056 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-51-gary-perschel-grandson-of-serro-scotty-founder/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-51-gary-perschel-grandson-of-serro-scotty-founder/feed/ 0 <p>On on this week’s show I interview Gary Perschel, the grandson of Serro Scotty founder, John Serro. Gary shares his family’s story on the founding of the Scotty company and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-51-gary-perschel-grandson-of-serro-scotty-founder/">Girl Camper #51: Gary Perschel, grandson of Serro Scotty founder</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On on this week’s show I interview Gary Perschel, the grandson of Serro Scotty founder, John Serro. Gary shares his family’s story on the founding of the Scotty company and […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 51:06 Girl Camper #50 The Healthy Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-50-the-healthy-girl-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-50-the-healthy-girl-camper Tue, 20 Sep 2016 01:51:20 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1047 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-50-the-healthy-girl-camper/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-50-the-healthy-girl-camper/feed/ 0 <p>On this week show I speak with Erica Bohm  of healthydiningfinder.com. Erica shares the many ways in which her site helps us become healthier and stay healthier at home and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-50-the-healthy-girl-camper/">Girl Camper #50 The Healthy Girl Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week show I speak with Erica Bohm  of healthydiningfinder.com. Erica shares the many ways in which her site helps us become healthier and stay healthier at home and […]  
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Girl Camper #49: Coping with a Breakdown https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-49-coping-with-a-breakdown/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-49-coping-with-a-breakdown Tue, 13 Sep 2016 02:31:32 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1029 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-49-coping-with-a-breakdown/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-49-coping-with-a-breakdown/feed/ 1 <p>[fruitful_ibox_row] On this week’s show I talk about coping with the unexpected car (or trailer) breakdown on the road. Who to call? What to do? Roadside assistance benefits and who […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-49-coping-with-a-breakdown/">Girl Camper #49: Coping with a Breakdown</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> [fruitful_ibox_row] On this week’s show I talk about coping with the unexpected car (or trailer) breakdown on the road. Who to call? What to do? Roadside assistance benefits and who […] On this week’s show I talk about coping with the unexpected car (or trailer) breakdown on the road. Who to call? What to do? Roadside assistance benefits and who to trust are some of the issues discussed. I review what happened when my well loved F150 broke down on the Pa Tpk on my way to Ohio alone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Episode # 48: Classy Chassis Vintage Trailers https://girlcamper.com/episode-48-classy-chassis-vintage-trailers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-48-classy-chassis-vintage-trailers Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:14:37 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1018 https://girlcamper.com/episode-48-classy-chassis-vintage-trailers/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-48-classy-chassis-vintage-trailers/feed/ 0 <p>My guest today is Lisa Patterson from Classy Chassis Vintage Trailers. Lisa and her husband Gregg started their vintage trailer restoration business in Mattoon, Illinois four years ago. This year […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-48-classy-chassis-vintage-trailers/">Episode # 48: Classy Chassis Vintage Trailers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> My guest today is Lisa Patterson from Classy Chassis Vintage Trailers. Lisa and her husband Gregg started their vintage trailer restoration business in Mattoon, Illinois four years ago. This year […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:04:52 Girl Camper #47 Riverside Retro Summer Review https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-47-riverside-retro-summer-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-47-riverside-retro-summer-review Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:56:27 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=1007 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-47-riverside-retro-summer-review/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-47-riverside-retro-summer-review/feed/ 4 <p>On this week’s show I talk about my first summer as an RVer with a new RV. The things I love about my new Riverside Retro and the things that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-47-riverside-retro-summer-review/">Girl Camper #47 Riverside Retro Summer Review</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I talk about my first summer as an RVer with a new RV. The things I love about my new Riverside Retro and the things that […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 48:09 Girl Camper #46 Girl Camper FAQs https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-46-girl-camper-faqs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-46-girl-camper-faqs Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:11:16 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=970 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-46-girl-camper-faqs/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-46-girl-camper-faqs/feed/ 1 <p>On  this week’s show I am answering Girl Camper’s FAQ’s. From solo towing to RV show help I go over the questions most asked by listeners. I also talk about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-46-girl-camper-faqs/">Girl Camper #46 Girl Camper FAQs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On  this week’s show I am answering Girl Camper’s FAQ’s. From solo towing to RV show help I go over the questions most asked by listeners. I also talk about […]  

 
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Girl Camper #45 Prepurchase RV Inspections https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-45-prepurchase-rv-inspections/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-45-prepurchase-rv-inspections Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:51:52 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=881 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-45-prepurchase-rv-inspections/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-45-prepurchase-rv-inspections/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show my guest is Todd Henson, director of sales and marketing at RV Inspections.  Todd discusses the RV Inspection industry and all the benefits to consumers who […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-45-prepurchase-rv-inspections/">Girl Camper #45 Prepurchase RV Inspections</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show my guest is Todd Henson, director of sales and marketing at RV Inspections.  Todd discusses the RV Inspection industry and all the benefits to consumers who […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:08:45 Girl Camper #44 Blog Her and the New RVers https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-44-blog-her-and-the-new-rvers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-44-blog-her-and-the-new-rvers Tue, 09 Aug 2016 05:28:01 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=801 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-44-blog-her-and-the-new-rvers/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-44-blog-her-and-the-new-rvers/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I am chatting with Karen Redfern,  the Senior director of marketing and communications at RVIA, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. Karen discusses the changing RV industry […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-44-blog-her-and-the-new-rvers/">Girl Camper #44 Blog Her and the New RVers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am chatting with Karen Redfern,  the Senior director of marketing and communications at RVIA, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. Karen discusses the changing RV industry […] http://litasworld.com
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Girl Camper #43: Camp Host Gail Bable, Beaver Creek State Park https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-43-camp-host-gail-bable-beaver-creek-state-park/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-43-camp-host-gail-bable-beaver-creek-state-park Tue, 02 Aug 2016 02:43:22 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=787 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-43-camp-host-gail-bable-beaver-creek-state-park/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-43-camp-host-gail-bable-beaver-creek-state-park/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show Beaver Creek State Park Camp host Gail Bable shares what is happening at this East Liverpool, Ohio state park. Gail is a naturalist,  a reenactor at the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-43-camp-host-gail-bable-beaver-creek-state-park/">Girl Camper #43: Camp Host Gail Bable, Beaver Creek State Park</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show Beaver Creek State Park Camp host Gail Bable shares what is happening at this East Liverpool, Ohio state park. Gail is a naturalist,  a reenactor at the […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 49:06 Girl Camper: Episode 41 “The Mountains Made Her Do It: An interview with photographer Mandy Lea.” https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-41-the-mountains-made-her-do-it-an-interview-with-photographer-mandy-lea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-41-the-mountains-made-her-do-it-an-interview-with-photographer-mandy-lea Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:05:35 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=753 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-41-the-mountains-made-her-do-it-an-interview-with-photographer-mandy-lea/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-41-the-mountains-made-her-do-it-an-interview-with-photographer-mandy-lea/feed/ 1 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-41-the-mountains-made-her-do-it-an-interview-with-photographer-mandy-lea/">Girl Camper: Episode 41 “The Mountains Made Her Do It: An interview with photographer Mandy Lea.”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] https://mandyleaphoto.wordpress.com/
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Girl Camper: Episode #40 “Reducing the Chances of Trailer Theft https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-40-reducing-the-chances-of-trailer-theft/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-40-reducing-the-chances-of-trailer-theft Tue, 12 Jul 2016 02:16:38 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=739 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-40-reducing-the-chances-of-trailer-theft/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-40-reducing-the-chances-of-trailer-theft/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show our topic is “reducing the chances of trailer theft.” All too often I see on social media a request to share a picture from a heart […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-40-reducing-the-chances-of-trailer-theft/">Girl Camper: Episode #40 “Reducing the Chances of Trailer Theft</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show our topic is “reducing the chances of trailer theft.” All too often I see on social media a request to share a picture from a heart […]  
I am also sharing five tips for grilling the perfect steak at your camp out. I’ve tried and tried to grill the perfect steaks and these tips are based on delicious experience.
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Girl Camper: Episode #39 Camping Etiquette for Dog Owners. https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-39-camping-etiquette-for-dog-owners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-episode-39-camping-etiquette-for-dog-owners Tue, 05 Jul 2016 02:01:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=728 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-39-camping-etiquette-for-dog-owners/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-39-camping-etiquette-for-dog-owners/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I am talking about camping with your dog and how to be a conscientious dog owner at a campground. Many a camping trip has been ruined […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-episode-39-camping-etiquette-for-dog-owners/">Girl Camper: Episode #39 Camping Etiquette for Dog Owners.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am talking about camping with your dog and how to be a conscientious dog owner at a campground. Many a camping trip has been ruined […] I also am chatting this week about “trailer lingo!” So many listeners are new to camping and listening and learning so I thought I would define a few terms we banter around at Girl Camper headquarters without realizing that not everyone knows a tongue jack from a wheel chock.
I’m also spreading the news about upcoming Camper College events. Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia is my next Camper College event on Friday, July 15 at 5pm. Dinner is on the house.
Beckley’s  Camping Center in Thurmont, Maryland is hosting a Camper College event on Friday, August 12 at 5 PM.  I will be on hand for both and look forward to meeting all the Girl Campers. Pssst… Spouses are welcome too.
Lastly, I am off to Tearstock 2016! Go Little Guy Worldwide is hosting their fourth annual gathering of Teardrop, Tab and Tag owners in Mineral City, Ohio. I’m dropping in for some old fashioned camping fun and the factory tour as well as some great upcoming interviews.
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Girl Camper #38: Hope for the RVing Widow https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-38-hope-for-the-rving-widow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-38-hope-for-the-rving-widow Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:57:49 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=715 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-38-hope-for-the-rving-widow/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-38-hope-for-the-rving-widow/feed/ 5 <p>On this week’s show I interview Suzanne Saunders who is a life long camper. She was first a girl scout and then a family camper in the 1970’s with a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-38-hope-for-the-rving-widow/">Girl Camper #38: Hope for the RVing Widow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I interview Suzanne Saunders who is a life long camper. She was first a girl scout and then a family camper in the 1970’s with a […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:03:10 Girl Camper #37 After Market Add Ons: Tankless Hot Water Heaters https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-37-after-market-add-ons-tankless-hot-water-heaters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-37-after-market-add-ons-tankless-hot-water-heaters Tue, 21 Jun 2016 03:55:52 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=703 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-37-after-market-add-ons-tankless-hot-water-heaters/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-37-after-market-add-ons-tankless-hot-water-heaters/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I interview Chris Holland from Girard Systems about their third generation tankless hot water system. I had  this system installed in my new Riverside Retro and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-37-after-market-add-ons-tankless-hot-water-heaters/">Girl Camper #37 After Market Add Ons: Tankless Hot Water Heaters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I interview Chris Holland from Girard Systems about their third generation tankless hot water system. I had  this system installed in my new Riverside Retro and […] http://www.girardrv.com





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Girl Camper #36 Catching Up with RVFTA’s Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, Podcast Hosts and Authors https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-36-catching-up-with-rvftas-stephanie-and-jeremy-puglisi-podcast-hosts-and-authors/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-36-catching-up-with-rvftas-stephanie-and-jeremy-puglisi-podcast-hosts-and-authors Tue, 14 Jun 2016 03:14:13 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=687 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-36-catching-up-with-rvftas-stephanie-and-jeremy-puglisi-podcast-hosts-and-authors/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-36-catching-up-with-rvftas-stephanie-and-jeremy-puglisi-podcast-hosts-and-authors/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I am turning the tables on  RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast hosts Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi and interviewing them on their recently published book, The Idiot’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-36-catching-up-with-rvftas-stephanie-and-jeremy-puglisi-podcast-hosts-and-authors/">Girl Camper #36 Catching Up with RVFTA’s Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, Podcast Hosts and Authors</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I am turning the tables on  RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast hosts Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi and interviewing them on their recently published book, The Idiot’s […] I also chat about the St George, my new Riverside Retro by Whitewater and the work he required after accidentally rocking him off his stabilizing jacks.
I’m also sharing a sister on the fly’s stolen trailer to be on the look out for. It was stolen this week from Missouri, City, Texas.
 
 
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Girl Camper #35: 9 Great Father’s Day Gifts for the Mister Sister https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-35-9-great-fathers-day-gifts-for-the-mister-sister/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-35-9-great-fathers-day-gifts-for-the-mister-sister Tue, 07 Jun 2016 03:43:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=668 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-35-9-great-fathers-day-gifts-for-the-mister-sister/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-35-9-great-fathers-day-gifts-for-the-mister-sister/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s episode Jeremy Puglisi from RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast talks about his top picks for the RVing Dad or Mister Sister. If you are unsure of what […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-35-9-great-fathers-day-gifts-for-the-mister-sister/">Girl Camper #35: 9 Great Father’s Day Gifts for the Mister Sister</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s episode Jeremy Puglisi from RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast talks about his top picks for the RVing Dad or Mister Sister. If you are unsure of what […] I also welcome my new sponsor, Little Guy Worldwide whose full line of lightweight camping trailers are Girl Camper favorites and I am delighted to partner with them in bringing more Camper College events to RV dealerships across the country.

Jeremy’s 9 Picks for your Mister Sister:

* Truma LevelCheck
* TastePure 25′ heated drinking water hose
* RV Lock 4.0
* Weber Q1000
* Bristle Free Grill Brush
* Andersen Camper Levelers
* Igloo Freestanding Ice Machine
* Camelback Forge 16 oz Travel Mug
* Estwing 4 lb Special Edition Fireside Friend wood splitting axe

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Girl Camper #34: Meet Girl Camper, Elaine Smith https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-34-meet-girl-camper-elaine-smith/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-34-meet-girl-camper-elaine-smith Tue, 31 May 2016 03:05:41 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=648 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-34-meet-girl-camper-elaine-smith/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-34-meet-girl-camper-elaine-smith/feed/ 0 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-34-meet-girl-camper-elaine-smith/">Girl Camper #34: Meet Girl Camper, Elaine Smith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […]  
 
 
 
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Girl Camper #33: Merging Travel Styles when Camping with Your Spouse https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-33-merging-travel-styles-when-camping-with-your-spouse/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-33-merging-travel-styles-when-camping-with-your-spouse Tue, 24 May 2016 03:57:18 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=636 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-33-merging-travel-styles-when-camping-with-your-spouse/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-33-merging-travel-styles-when-camping-with-your-spouse/feed/ 0 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-33-merging-travel-styles-when-camping-with-your-spouse/">Girl Camper #33: Merging Travel Styles when Camping with Your Spouse</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:03:21 Girl Camper #32 Meet Lynn Butler, Girl Camper and RV Entrepreneur https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-32-meet-lynn-butler-girl-camper-and-rv-entrepreneur/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-32-meet-lynn-butler-girl-camper-and-rv-entrepreneur Tue, 17 May 2016 03:27:20 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=619 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-32-meet-lynn-butler-girl-camper-and-rv-entrepreneur/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-32-meet-lynn-butler-girl-camper-and-rv-entrepreneur/feed/ 1 <p>On this week’s show I interview Lynn Butler, wife, mother, grandmother, Girl Camper and RV entrepreneur. Lynn is the owner of Setzers World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. Listen […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-32-meet-lynn-butler-girl-camper-and-rv-entrepreneur/">Girl Camper #32 Meet Lynn Butler, Girl Camper and RV Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I interview Lynn Butler, wife, mother, grandmother, Girl Camper and RV entrepreneur. Lynn is the owner of Setzers World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. Listen […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 1:02:31 Backstage With Ruthie Collins – Podcast https://girlcamper.com/backstage-with-ruthie-collins-podcast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=backstage-with-ruthie-collins-podcast Tue, 10 May 2016 02:25:33 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=607 https://girlcamper.com/backstage-with-ruthie-collins-podcast/#comments https://girlcamper.com/backstage-with-ruthie-collins-podcast/feed/ 1 <p>On this weeks episode I interview Singer/Songwriter Ruthie Collins of Curb Records about life in Nashville; women artists; her vintage Argosy and Girl Camping! I also share my favorite Glampers […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/backstage-with-ruthie-collins-podcast/">Backstage With Ruthie Collins – Podcast</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks episode I interview Singer/Songwriter Ruthie Collins of Curb Records about life in Nashville; women artists; her vintage Argosy and Girl Camping! I also share my favorite Glampers […] I also share my favorite Glampers to follow on Facebook! Glitzy Glamper, Angela Boone Leachman and Tabatha Marie at Extreme Glamping.
 
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Meet Sister on the Fly Kathy Doty https://girlcamper.com/meet-sister-on-the-fly-kathy-doty/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=meet-sister-on-the-fly-kathy-doty Tue, 03 May 2016 03:50:12 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=595 https://girlcamper.com/meet-sister-on-the-fly-kathy-doty/#respond https://girlcamper.com/meet-sister-on-the-fly-kathy-doty/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks podcast I interview sister on the fly Kathy Doty about how she first heard about girl camping and her bucket list trip with several hundred “sisters” across […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/meet-sister-on-the-fly-kathy-doty/">Meet Sister on the Fly Kathy Doty</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks podcast I interview sister on the fly Kathy Doty about how she first heard about girl camping and her bucket list trip with several hundred “sisters” across […]  
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Girl Camper #29 A Weekend in Wichita, Kansas https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-29-a-weekend-in-wichita-kansas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-29-a-weekend-in-wichita-kansas Tue, 26 Apr 2016 03:44:04 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=554 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-29-a-weekend-in-wichita-kansas/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-29-a-weekend-in-wichita-kansas/feed/ 0 <p>On  this weeks episode we’re talking about all you can do in Wichita for a weekend. My recent trip to Wichita included a visit to WAM, the Wichita Art Museum […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-29-a-weekend-in-wichita-kansas/">Girl Camper #29 A Weekend in Wichita, Kansas</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On  this weeks episode we’re talking about all you can do in Wichita for a weekend. My recent trip to Wichita included a visit to WAM, the Wichita Art Museum […]  
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Girl Camper #28 Safety for the Solo Woman Traveler https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-28-safety-for-the-solo-woman-traveler/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-28-safety-for-the-solo-woman-traveler Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:05:23 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=550 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-28-safety-for-the-solo-woman-traveler/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-28-safety-for-the-solo-woman-traveler/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks show my guest is Holly Boros, North Carolina Concealed Carry Instructor. Holly gives great tips on personal safety for women and on responsible gun ownership. Every solo […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-28-safety-for-the-solo-woman-traveler/">Girl Camper #28 Safety for the Solo Woman Traveler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks show my guest is Holly Boros, North Carolina Concealed Carry Instructor. Holly gives great tips on personal safety for women and on responsible gun ownership. Every solo […]  
 
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Girl Camper #27: The Power of Women https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-27-the-power-of-women/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-27-the-power-of-women Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:15:03 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=545 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-27-the-power-of-women/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-27-the-power-of-women/feed/ 0 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-27-the-power-of-women/">Girl Camper #27: The Power of Women</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] ]]> Janine Pettit clean 56:33 Sylvansport’s Coolest. Camper. Ever. https://girlcamper.com/sylvansports-coolest-camper-ever/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sylvansports-coolest-camper-ever Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:18:14 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=494 https://girlcamper.com/sylvansports-coolest-camper-ever/#respond https://girlcamper.com/sylvansports-coolest-camper-ever/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks podcast you can hear Kyle Mundt, director of marketing and new product development for Sylvansport discuss the Coolest. Camper. Ever. The “Go!” trailer by Sylvansport is a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/sylvansports-coolest-camper-ever/">Sylvansport’s Coolest. Camper. Ever.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks podcast you can hear Kyle Mundt, director of marketing and new product development for Sylvansport discuss the Coolest. Camper. Ever. The “Go!” trailer by Sylvansport is a […]  
View the video of Sylvansports pop up camper!
Sisters Get Their Kicks on Route 66

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Girl Camper #25 Solo Women Travelers Q & A https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-25-solo-women-travelers-q-a/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-25-solo-women-travelers-q-a Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:52:41 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=476 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-25-solo-women-travelers-q-a/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-25-solo-women-travelers-q-a/feed/ 2 <p>On this week’s show my guest is Ginny McKinney. Ginny is a solo woman RV traveler and she will be answering listener questions about traveling alone in an RV. Ginny […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-25-solo-women-travelers-q-a/">Girl Camper #25 Solo Women Travelers Q & A</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show my guest is Ginny McKinney. Ginny is a solo woman RV traveler and she will be answering listener questions about traveling alone in an RV. Ginny […] Blue Ridge Chair Works company’s handmade chairs were on display. Alan Davis, the company’s founder donated a Blue Ridge chair to a lucky listener. To qualify go to www.girlcamper.com and register for the blog alerts. I also have a new blog post out for Go RVing featuring my new friend Linda Henderson and her beautiful pictures of her native Arkansas.
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Beautiful Blackwater Falls West Virginia https://girlcamper.com/beautiful-blackwater-falls-west-virginia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beautiful-blackwater-falls-west-virginia Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:26:37 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=470 https://girlcamper.com/beautiful-blackwater-falls-west-virginia/#respond https://girlcamper.com/beautiful-blackwater-falls-west-virginia/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show, Matt Baker, Superintendent of Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia gives us an insider’s view on the most visited park in the state. He talks […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/beautiful-blackwater-falls-west-virginia/">Beautiful Blackwater Falls West Virginia</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show, Matt Baker, Superintendent of Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia gives us an insider’s view on the most visited park in the state. He talks […] Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia gives us an insider’s view on the most visited park in the state. He talks about the many hats he wears as the Superintendent and what his favorite job perk is. Janine also discusses her trip to Blackwater Falls and the surrounding area including her meeting with local pottery artist, Ben Nelson. Ben will be “throwing”  the new Girl Camper coffee mugs on his wheel in his shop, “MUD”  in Thomas, WV. Listener emails are also answered.
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Girl Camper #23: Thinking About Buying a Trailer? https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-23-thinking-about-buying-a-trailer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-23-thinking-about-buying-a-trailer Tue, 15 Mar 2016 01:48:36 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=462 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-23-thinking-about-buying-a-trailer/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-23-thinking-about-buying-a-trailer/feed/ 1 <p>On this week’s episode the talk is all about buying a trailer. I’m going to break it down for girl campers and give some food for thought.  Before you make […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-23-thinking-about-buying-a-trailer/">Girl Camper #23: Thinking About Buying a Trailer?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s episode the talk is all about buying a trailer. I’m going to break it down for girl campers and give some food for thought.  Before you make […] Driving Miss Norma
Spring Gulch RV Campground
Timothy Lakes Campground
 
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Girl Camper #22: The Making of a Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-22-the-making-of-a-girl-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-22-the-making-of-a-girl-camper Tue, 08 Mar 2016 05:36:59 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=443 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-22-the-making-of-a-girl-camper/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-22-the-making-of-a-girl-camper/feed/ 1 <p>This  week’s episode is all about encouragement for the Girl Camper wannabe. I interview Mary Morey who shares with us how she went from being too frightened to tow a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-22-the-making-of-a-girl-camper/">Girl Camper #22: The Making of a Girl Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> This  week’s episode is all about encouragement for the Girl Camper wannabe. I interview Mary Morey who shares with us how she went from being too frightened to tow a […] Get in Gear Fest which is a consortium of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina. This event will be held in Asheville, NC at the Smoky Mountain Adventure Center on May 19th. In the Girl Camper News Roundup I share the story of  Norma who at age ninety years declined treatment for cancer and instead chose to sell her house and spend the last years of her life visiting the National Parks and seeing America the Beautiful.
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Girl Camper #21 Cutting Camping Costs https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-21-cutting-camping-costs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-21-cutting-camping-costs Tue, 01 Mar 2016 04:15:10 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=431 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-21-cutting-camping-costs/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-21-cutting-camping-costs/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show I will be talking about ways to save on camping costs. Although camping is a great way to stretch your vacation dollar there are a few […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-21-cutting-camping-costs/">Girl Camper #21 Cutting Camping Costs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show I will be talking about ways to save on camping costs. Although camping is a great way to stretch your vacation dollar there are a few […] Camping checklist
Go RVing Blog
Sutton Old Time Music Hour Granville, Tennessee
Episode 59 RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast
 
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Girl Camper #19: Qualities of a Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-19-qualities-of-a-girl-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-19-qualities-of-a-girl-camper Tue, 16 Feb 2016 01:56:21 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=401 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-19-qualities-of-a-girl-camper/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-19-qualities-of-a-girl-camper/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks episode we talk about the qualities of a Girl Camper. Do you possess Wanderlust? Generosity? A Willing Spirit? if you answered yes to any of these, you […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-19-qualities-of-a-girl-camper/">Girl Camper #19: Qualities of a Girl Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks episode we talk about the qualities of a Girl Camper. Do you possess Wanderlust? Generosity? A Willing Spirit? if you answered yes to any of these, you […] Organized Obie .
 
 
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Girl Camper #18: Knowing Your Tow Vehicle https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-18-knowing-your-tow-vehicle/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-18-knowing-your-tow-vehicle Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:59:26 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=393 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-18-knowing-your-tow-vehicle/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-18-knowing-your-tow-vehicle/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s show our guest is Mark Polk from RV Education 101. Mark discusses the proper use of the your tow vehicle; vehicle maintenance tips and monitoring your gauges […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-18-knowing-your-tow-vehicle/">Girl Camper #18: Knowing Your Tow Vehicle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s show our guest is Mark Polk from RV Education 101. Mark discusses the proper use of the your tow vehicle; vehicle maintenance tips and monitoring your gauges […]  
Holdyou Foundation
Acadia National Park Adventure Guide
Mark has also graciously made us a Tow Vehicle Tips PDF with an outline of information we  discuss in the show.
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Girl Camper #17: The Country Living Fair, A Girl Camper Destination https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-17-the-country-living-fair-a-girl-camper-destination/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-17-the-country-living-fair-a-girl-camper-destination Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:43:54 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=381 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-17-the-country-living-fair-a-girl-camper-destination/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-17-the-country-living-fair-a-girl-camper-destination/feed/ 0 <p>In this weeks episode we talk about Girl Camper destinations and one of those is the annual Country Living Fairs produced by Stella Shows for Country Living Magazine. Jeanne  Stella […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-17-the-country-living-fair-a-girl-camper-destination/">Girl Camper #17: The Country Living Fair, A Girl Camper Destination</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> In this weeks episode we talk about Girl Camper destinations and one of those is the annual Country Living Fairs produced by Stella Shows for Country Living Magazine. Jeanne  Stella […] Country Living Fairs
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Girl Camper #16: Trailer Throw Down, New Vs. Vintage https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-16-trailer-throw-down-new-vs-vintage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-16-trailer-throw-down-new-vs-vintage Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:06:19 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=370 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-16-trailer-throw-down-new-vs-vintage/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-16-trailer-throw-down-new-vs-vintage/feed/ 0 <p>I this weeks episode we are talking about the pros and cons of new and vintage travel trailers. Some Girl Campers wouldn’t have anything but vintage and others would only […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-16-trailer-throw-down-new-vs-vintage/">Girl Camper #16: Trailer Throw Down, New Vs. Vintage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> I this weeks episode we are talking about the pros and cons of new and vintage travel trailers. Some Girl Campers wouldn’t have anything but vintage and others would only […] Mary Gregory;s Studio
 
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Girl Camper #15: Hiking the Appalachian Trail https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-15-hiking-the-appalachian-trail/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-15-hiking-the-appalachian-trail Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:28:54 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=364 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-15-hiking-the-appalachian-trail/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-15-hiking-the-appalachian-trail/feed/ 2 <p>On this weeks episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Laurrie Pottiger and Hope Midock from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy office in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia on all things AT. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-15-hiking-the-appalachian-trail/">Girl Camper #15: Hiking the Appalachian Trail</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Laurrie Pottiger and Hope Midock from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy office in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia on all things AT. […] RV Tires by Mark Polk
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Girl Camper #14: Tim Jones talks Riverside Retro, the New “Old” trailer! https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-14-tim-jones-talks-riverside-retro-the-new-old-trailer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-14-tim-jones-talks-riverside-retro-the-new-old-trailer Tue, 12 Jan 2016 03:02:15 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=360 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-14-tim-jones-talks-riverside-retro-the-new-old-trailer/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-14-tim-jones-talks-riverside-retro-the-new-old-trailer/feed/ 0 <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-14-tim-jones-talks-riverside-retro-the-new-old-trailer/">Girl Camper #14: Tim Jones talks Riverside Retro, the New “Old” trailer!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> 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 […] Riverside Retro Trailers
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Girl Camper #13: Towing Safety with Walter Cannon https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-13-towing-safety-with-walter-cannon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-13-towing-safety-with-walter-cannon Tue, 05 Jan 2016 03:08:01 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=353 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-13-towing-safety-with-walter-cannon/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-13-towing-safety-with-walter-cannon/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s episode Walter Cannon from RV Safety and Education Foundation discusses the formula for determining your tow vehicle’s maximum towing capacity and your trailer’s true weight. He will also […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-13-towing-safety-with-walter-cannon/">Girl Camper #13: Towing Safety with Walter Cannon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s episode Walter Cannon from RV Safety and Education Foundation discusses the formula for determining your tow vehicle’s maximum towing capacity and your trailer’s true weight. He will also […] RV Safety and Education Foundation discusses the formula for determining your tow vehicle’s maximum towing capacity and your trailer’s true weight. He will also tell us how to determine the tongue weight of your rig. The tongue weight is the downward force that the tongue of the trailer exerts on the hitch attached to your tow vehicle. To tow safely and control sway one should have a tongue weight of 9 – 15% of the trailer’s total weight. Listen to Walter as he explains the true weight of your vehicle and rig. Insurers estimate 70% of the trailers being towed do not fit industry standards. Does yours? In our Girl Camper News Roundup we have a new trip – The Great American Road Trip through the north western hills of South Carolina. The Girl Campers will be leaving from Gaffney, South Carolina and taking the historic Rt 11 trip through the foothills to the Georgia border. Waterfalls, roadside stands, B & B’s, Table Rock and lots of other tourist attractions await the traveler on this trip. Also on this episode is a segment on safe caravanning. When a group of people are all going to the same place, is it best to stay together or leave some room on the highway?  Outside Our Bubble has some great advice and a Dash Cam “don’t ” to view.
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Girl Camper #12 – Meet Girl Camper Sandy Newkirk https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-12-meet-girl-camper-sandy-newkirk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-12-meet-girl-camper-sandy-newkirk Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:34:47 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=346 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-12-meet-girl-camper-sandy-newkirk/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-12-meet-girl-camper-sandy-newkirk/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks episode we have an interview with Girl Camper, Sandy Newkirk from New Jersey. Sandy’s story of how she transitioned to being a Girl Camper will inspire those […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-12-meet-girl-camper-sandy-newkirk/">Girl Camper #12 – Meet Girl Camper Sandy Newkirk</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks episode we have an interview with Girl Camper, Sandy Newkirk from New Jersey. Sandy’s story of how she transitioned to being a Girl Camper will inspire those […] Snowmads Top Five Severe Weather Tips . An update on the sign ups for Go Girl, Go and news about my Go RVing blog.
 
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Girl Camper: Episode 11 – The Great American Road Trip https://girlcamper.com/the-great-american-road-trip/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-great-american-road-trip Tue, 22 Dec 2015 04:16:35 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=331 https://girlcamper.com/the-great-american-road-trip/#respond https://girlcamper.com/the-great-american-road-trip/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks episode Mike Harlan of Haydocy Airstream will talk about the partnership between GMC, AAA, Kampgrounds of America and a group of RV manufacturers aimed at making it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/the-great-american-road-trip/">Girl Camper: Episode 11 – The Great American Road Trip</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks episode Mike Harlan of Haydocy Airstream will talk about the partnership between GMC, AAA, Kampgrounds of America and a group of RV manufacturers aimed at making it […] In our Girl Camper News Round Up I talk about out latest “Camp Like a Girl” event taking place in Davis, West Virginia from May 12-15, 2015. “Camp Like a Girl” events are designed for anyone who wants to experience a weekend of Girl Camping. If you have been watching all the fun on social media and want to join in, here is your big chance. Find the details for this trip which is open to Girl Campers from all groups as well as newbies and wannabes, at  http://www.meetup.com/Camp-Like-A-Girl/ .
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Girl Camper #10: Five Great Girl Camper RVs https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-10-five-great-girl-camper-rvs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-10-five-great-girl-camper-rvs Tue, 15 Dec 2015 01:56:53 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=323 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-10-five-great-girl-camper-rvs/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-10-five-great-girl-camper-rvs/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks episode my producer Stephanie Puglisi and I review my top five favorite Girl Camper RV’s from the RVIA show in Louisville. We will talk about the Lance […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-10-five-great-girl-camper-rvs/">Girl Camper #10: Five Great Girl Camper RVs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks episode my producer Stephanie Puglisi and I review my top five favorite Girl Camper RV’s from the RVIA show in Louisville. We will talk about the Lance […] www.Lancecamper.com
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Girl Camper #9: Mark Polk’s Vintage Trailer Tips https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-9-mark-polks-vintage-trailer-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-9-mark-polks-vintage-trailer-tips Tue, 08 Dec 2015 12:59:56 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=316 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-9-mark-polks-vintage-trailer-tips/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-9-mark-polks-vintage-trailer-tips/feed/ 2 <p>Our guest on Episode #9 is Mark Polk from RVeducation101.com. Mark will be sharing his tips for what to look for when buying a vintage trailer.  Mark is an expert in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-9-mark-polks-vintage-trailer-tips/">Girl Camper #9: Mark Polk’s Vintage Trailer Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Our guest on Episode #9 is Mark Polk from RVeducation101.com. Mark will be sharing his tips for what to look for when buying a vintage trailer.  Mark is an expert in […] RVeducation101.com.
Mark will be sharing his tips for what to look for when buying a vintage trailer.  Mark is an expert in RV repair and maintenance. With his son, he completely restored a vintage Keystone trailer and that restoration was captured on a DVD which Mark and Dawn are gifting to a lucky listener.
You can be in the drawing for the 4 DVD set by signing up for the Girl Camper newsletter. Just enter your email address into the box on the sidebar and you will be entered into the giveaway!
Mark has also graciously made a PDF for would be vintage trailer buyers with the check list of what to look for when purchasing one.  I will also be talking about an upcoming Sister on the Fly trip, Waltz Across Texas and sharing how you can get in on that fun. Girl Camper News Roundup and Campfire Chat!
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Girl Camper #8: Adventure Ahead with Dawn Wilson https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-8-adventure-ahead-with-dawn-wilson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-8-adventure-ahead-with-dawn-wilson Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:34:19 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=301 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-8-adventure-ahead-with-dawn-wilson/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-8-adventure-ahead-with-dawn-wilson/feed/ 0 <p>On this weeks episode we have an interview with Dawn Wilson, wildlife photographer, writer, full time RVer and Brave Woman. Dawn shares what life on the road with two cats […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-8-adventure-ahead-with-dawn-wilson/">Girl Camper #8: Adventure Ahead with Dawn Wilson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this weeks episode we have an interview with Dawn Wilson, wildlife photographer, writer, full time RVer and Brave Woman. Dawn shares what life on the road with two cats […] Haydocy Airstream in Columbus, Ohio. Our Campfire chat focuses on making your first trailer purchase and what some girl campers bought when they took the plunge.
 
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Girl Camper #7: Give Thanks for Camping! https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-7-give-thanks-for-camping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-7-give-thanks-for-camping Tue, 24 Nov 2015 04:31:24 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=291 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-7-give-thanks-for-camping/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-7-give-thanks-for-camping/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s episode of Girl Camper, we will be chatting about what constitutes family and how the holidays are ever changing. We are heading to a campground in Maryland […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-7-give-thanks-for-camping/">Girl Camper #7: Give Thanks for Camping!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> On this week’s episode of Girl Camper, we will be chatting about what constitutes family and how the holidays are ever changing. We are heading to a campground in Maryland […] http://koa.com/camping-recipes/pumpkin-pie-crunch/
We also be talking about the REI #optoutside campaign on Black Friday. We will be heading to the “Mall” in DC to check out the National Park monuments on Thanksgiving morning and on Friday we will be hitting the Smithsonian Institute and we will be Instagramming our Parks to share and would love to hear where you are.
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Girl Camper #6: Airstream Dream https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-6-airstream-dream/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-6-airstream-dream Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:23:18 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=285 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-6-airstream-dream/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-6-airstream-dream/feed/ 0 <p>  I had the pleasure of traveling to the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio in September and touring the factory where those beautiful trailers are made. Afterwards I had […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-6-airstream-dream/">Girl Camper #6: Airstream Dream</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p>   I had the pleasure of traveling to the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio in September and touring the factory where those beautiful trailers are made. Afterwards I had […] I had the pleasure of traveling to the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio in September and touring the factory where those beautiful trailers are made.
Afterwards I had the privilege of interviewing Mollie Hansen, the executive Vice President of Marketing for Airstream. Mollie herself is an Airstream addict who cranes her neck to see what is parked in people’s backyards that might need airstream rescuing. She owns FOUR Airstreams and also gets to borrow one from work and travel in it to see if there are any kinks in the design that might need tweeking! That has to be one of the best perks of her job! The interview with Mollie is on Episode #6 of Girl Camper,  the Podcast but here are some pictures from that road trip and the factory tour and offices of Airstream. Enjoy!
 

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Episode #5: Life’s Left Turns – When things just don’t go according to plans https://girlcamper.com/episode-5-lifes-left-turns-when-things-just-dont-go-according-to-plans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-5-lifes-left-turns-when-things-just-dont-go-according-to-plans Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:36:57 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=258 https://girlcamper.com/episode-5-lifes-left-turns-when-things-just-dont-go-according-to-plans/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-5-lifes-left-turns-when-things-just-dont-go-according-to-plans/feed/ 0 <p>” I had a plan and it was all downhill from there!” On Episode #5: Life’s Left Turns, we will be chatting with our Girl Camper correspondent, Ginny McKinney about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-5-lifes-left-turns-when-things-just-dont-go-according-to-plans/">Episode #5: Life’s Left Turns – When things just don’t go according to plans</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> ” I had a plan and it was all downhill from there!” On Episode #5: Life’s Left Turns, we will be chatting with our Girl Camper correspondent, Ginny McKinney about […] On Episode #5: Life’s Left Turns, we will be chatting with our Girl Camper correspondent, Ginny McKinney about the big left turn her life took when her dear husband passed away unexpectedly. All of their plans to travel and enjoy this great country were washed away in one cruel moment. How Ginny endured and thrived is inspiration for all of us. This funny and brave woman will inspire you to put your big girl panties on and brave the storm. From grieving  widow to thriving  full timer she will share the ups and downs of her unexpected change of plans.
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Girl Camper #4: The Airstream Dream…How to rent one! https://girlcamper.com/episode-4-the-airstream-dream-how-to-rent-one/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=episode-4-the-airstream-dream-how-to-rent-one Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:19:00 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=256 https://girlcamper.com/episode-4-the-airstream-dream-how-to-rent-one/#respond https://girlcamper.com/episode-4-the-airstream-dream-how-to-rent-one/feed/ 0 <p>Do you harbor an Airstream dream? I do, but when I sit in the showroom and look at the price tag I wonder if the dream would turn into a nightmare after […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/episode-4-the-airstream-dream-how-to-rent-one/">Girl Camper #4: The Airstream Dream…How to rent one!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Do you harbor an Airstream dream? I do, but when I sit in the showroom and look at the price tag I wonder if the dream would turn into a nightmare after […] What if I pay beau cup bucks and then don’t like the floor plan I chose? What if it’s too big or too small? If only there were a way to preview before the purchase.
Now there is. On Episode #4 of Girl Camper, I chat with Mike Harlan, the GM of Haydocy Airstream, about the new Airstream and GMC tow vehicle rental program with AAA. Who knew?
You can reach out to Haydocy at: www.haydocyairstream.com
Where to rent an Airstream: www.haydocyairstream.com
FYI! You can also rent a Vintage Cruiser or Little Guy “Tab” trailer through Haydocy!
I will also continue addressing the “objections” to becoming a Girl Camper. This week I will be talking about how to operate a travel trailer and the Girl Camper, Camper College program.
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Girl Camper #3: Wild, Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West, by God, Virginia! https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-3-wild-wonderful-almost-heaven-west-by-god-virginia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-3-wild-wonderful-almost-heaven-west-by-god-virginia Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:18:31 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=254 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-3-wild-wonderful-almost-heaven-west-by-god-virginia/#comments https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-3-wild-wonderful-almost-heaven-west-by-god-virginia/feed/ 2 <p>As the song says, there are fifty nifty United States and each of them has gems for us to explore. On Episode #3 of Girl Camper, I am speaking with Jessica Scowcroft, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-3-wild-wonderful-almost-heaven-west-by-god-virginia/">Girl Camper #3: Wild, Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West, by God, Virginia!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> As the song says, there are fifty nifty United States and each of them has gems for us to explore. On Episode #3 of Girl Camper, I am speaking with Jessica Scowcroft, […] I will also be working on the objections I hear about why women can’t become a Girl Camper. This weeks objection I address is “towing”. Be not afraid. Towing help is on the way.
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Girl Camper #2: Find Your Park with South Carolina Ranger John Slaughter https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-2-find-your-park-with-south-carolina-ranger-john-slaughter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-2-find-your-park-with-south-carolina-ranger-john-slaughter Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:17:55 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=252 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-2-find-your-park-with-south-carolina-ranger-john-slaughter/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-2-find-your-park-with-south-carolina-ranger-john-slaughter/feed/ 0 <p>Do you know about the Find Your Park program? The good ole USA is celebrating the Centennial of its national parks, and on Episode #2 of Girl Camper, I am […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-2-find-your-park-with-south-carolina-ranger-john-slaughter/">Girl Camper #2: Find Your Park with South Carolina Ranger John Slaughter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Do you know about the Find Your Park program? The good ole USA is celebrating the Centennial of its national parks, and on Episode #2 of Girl Camper, I am […] Find Your Park program? The good ole USA is celebrating the Centennial of its national parks, and on Episode #2 of Girl Camper, I am chatting with Ranger John Slaughter,  Superintendent of National Parks from South Carolina about the centennial and the beautiful national parks in the Palmetto State.
Where to find me: www.girlcamper.com ; Instagram: girlcamper528 ; email, girlcamper528@gmail ; Meet-up, http://www.meetup.com/Camp-Like-A-Girl/
I will also be talking about the next “Camp Like a Girl” event that is going to be in Wild, Wonderful, Almost heaven, West, by God, Virginia.  “Go Girl, Go!” May 13-15, 2015. Details as they are available.
I am also talking about overcoming objections to being a girl camper.  This weeks objection? No trailer! No problem. I will be dishing on how to be a girl camper without having a tricked out trailer! Tune in!
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Girl Camper #1: Meet Janine Pettit, Girl Camper https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-1-meet-janine-pettit-girl-camper/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girl-camper-1-meet-janine-pettit-girl-camper Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:17:12 +0000 https://girlcamper.com/?p=245 https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-1-meet-janine-pettit-girl-camper/#respond https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-1-meet-janine-pettit-girl-camper/feed/ 0 <p>Welcome to the very first Girl Camper Podcast!! Join me as I talk to Stephanie Puglisi of RV Family Travel Atlas about all the things a Girl Camper needs to know. What […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com/girl-camper-1-meet-janine-pettit-girl-camper/">Girl Camper #1: Meet Janine Pettit, Girl Camper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://girlcamper.com">Girl Camper</a>.</p> Welcome to the very first Girl Camper Podcast!! Join me as I talk to Stephanie Puglisi of RV Family Travel Atlas about all the things a Girl Camper needs to know. What […] Join me as I talk to Stephanie Puglisi of RV Family Travel Atlas about all the things a Girl Camper needs to know. What is a girl camper, and how can you become one?
Head over to iTunes and download this episode. You will hear about the goals of the new Girl Camper podcast, and the places we will be going and the things we will be doing!
The Girl Campers are having a party and you’re invited. Stay tuned while I share what’s happening on the back roads of America the beautiful.
 
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