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09 Jan
The RVFTA Coloring Contest: A Cure For the Winterization Blues

The RVFTA Coloring Contest: A Cure For the Winterization Blues

They say that camping is the best kind of therapy. But when you can’t camp, coloring pictures of travel trailers works pretty well, too. Inspired by a post on our RVFTA forum, Jeremy recently went a little hog wild and bought us three camping coloring books. They were supposed to be for the adults, but the boys jumped on the camper coloring crazy train, and now its a bit of a thing in our house. Yesterday, I noticed the colored pages were beginning to pile up in various areas of the house. The boys have honestly put so much effort into... Read More
06 Jan
Holidays in the RV: Reflections on a New Adventure

Holidays in the RV: Reflections on a New Adventure

It is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and I am ready to throw my Christmas tree out the window. Don’t get me wrong…I really do think it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But by New Year’s Day, I’m always ready to sweep up the last of the needles and call it quits on the holiday season. This year, the holidays looked quite a bit different for us. We traveled on both Thanksgiving and Christmas, spending one in the RV and one in a hotel. So of course I have some thoughts and opinions. You have come to expect that... Read More
02 Jan
Stephanie’s Interview on The Drive with Alan Taylor: RVIA Show Episode

Stephanie’s Interview on The Drive with Alan Taylor: RVIA Show Episode

Even though I was conducting a ton of interviews while at the RVIA show in Louisville last month, I also ended up in the hot seat myself! One of the highlights of my trip was talking to Alan Taylor, host of the national radio show The Drive, who knows an awful lot about cars and the auto industry. He also has a few of his own RVs and a gaggle of kids, so we hit it off and had a great time recording an interview for his radio show. I am interviewed in the first two segments of the December 18th show, and talk about our personal journey... Read More
29 Dec
The Wall Street Journal’s Take on the RV Industry. Right, or Wrong?

The Wall Street Journal’s Take on the RV Industry. Right, or Wrong?

The Wall Street Journal recently published a feature about the state of the RV industry that was interesting, and very much worth reading, but somewhat flawed in its perspective. RV Sales Revive, but Without Frills (WSJ, Dec. 23, 2015) The article’s first sentence declares that “Americans are buying recreational vehicles at the fastest rate in more than a decade.” Then the author, James R. Hagerty, quickly pivots and writes that “Unfortunately for RV makers, many are hitting the road in smaller, less expensive... Read More
17 Nov
The Foods of Fall Camping: Dutch Oven Treats and a Classic Casserole

The Foods of Fall Camping: Dutch Oven Treats and a Classic Casserole

This week our article 3 Classic Campfire Cooking Recipes went live on the Progressive site, and it was perfectly timed for the month of November, when we all want to gather around a table with family and friends enjoying comforting and traditional dishes. The blog post for Progressive included three of our favorite (and easy!) Dutch oven recipes, so head on over there for the recipes. We included… The yummy Breakfast Egg Scramble The classic Dutch Oven Pizza And the perennial favorite, Monkey Bread. Now for another favorite camping dish... Read More
11 Nov
Home Again, Home Again: 6 Tips for Unpacking the RV

Home Again, Home Again: 6 Tips for Unpacking the RV

It’s no one’s favorite part about RV travel, but trips come to an end, and unpacking the RV is a reality we must all face. Last spring, on Episode #36 of the podcast, we talked about strategies for packing the RV. That was a very popular episode, and more than one listener emailed us and said, What about unpacking tips, huh? Huh? Well, we put it off for awhile, because…unpacking. Sure, it’s necessary. But it’s also kinda sad. The trip is over, all the laundry is dirty, and nobody ate the leftovers from that... Read More
03 Nov
RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally: Fun Times, New Friends!

RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally: Fun Times, New Friends!

A fantastic group of RVFTA podcast listeners gathered last weekend at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA for our second go around at this whole rally thing. Rallies aren’t so popular with our generation, so we felt like we were taking a risk last spring when we decided to host one for the first time. In short, it was a smashing success and everyone refused to wait an entire year to gather again. Enter the RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally. We are pretty convinced that the heart of a successful family camping rally is lots of free time for kids to... Read More

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