81. Van Life and Solo Travel with Katie Larsen from Go-Van

February 16, 2019
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On this episode of RV Miles, we have an interview with Katie Larsen, editor-in-chief of go-van.com, about her life as a solo traveler, and how the #vanlife movement has swept the world. We also have some tips for boosting your RV fuel economy and saving some cash. In the news, four big stories: a new National Park, a change to the popular Roadtrippers app, a Jellystone camp-resort that is excluding certain types of RVs, and the sad lay-off of the entire staff of 800 people at the Erwin-Hymer (Roadtrek) plant. 

80. Managing Your Travel Expectations

February 10, 2019
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On this episode of RV Miles, we get personal with some thoughts on managing your travel expectations in order to get the best out of a journey. We also have a whole bunch of RV travel and care tips, a new brain teaser, and a whole lot more!

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Show Notes

In the news, we covered the Theodore Roosevelt Library and Museum that has been proposed for Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. See the designs and read the rationale here.

We then talked about the National Park Service sign font that you can now download for free, thanks to a man who took rubbings of signs and digitized them. There's also the NPS Rodeway font.

The National Scenic Byways Act is close to congressional appropriation after lapsing for several years. Great news for RV travelers who like to head down these historic roads.

And this week's America's National Parks Podcast covers the life of Buffalo Soldier hero Charles Young, who became the first Black superintendent of a National Park, among his many other accomplishments in the face of a society that looked down upon people of color.

After the break and the answer to last week's brain teaser, we covered a bevy of some random RV thoughts and tips. The first being to check your RV's oil on a level surface, especially with a big diesel engine that holds a lot of oil. The dipstick reading can be off drastically on even the slightest incline.

In an update to Outdoor Newbies episode, Abby talked about two sites great for families exploring the outdoors—HikeItBaby.com and KidsInParks.com.

We closed out the segment talking about the most common spot for RV damage (the passenger side upper front corner and whether or not bleach is safe to use in an RV (spoiler: it is).

After the final break, Abby let loose on her mixed feelings about getting back into the bus, and her expectations for perfect RV travel. How do you let the phony reality of Instagram and Pinterest go, and just live for the campfire?

 

 

79. National Park Foundation and our 2019 Travel Plans

February 2, 2019
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The longest government shutdown in American history has ended, and as we all know, it took its toll on our National Parks. Many people are looking for ways to help, so on this episode of RV Miles, we brought Robert Mathias, Chief of External Affairs with the National Park Foundation, on to talk about their organization's efforts, including the new Restoration Fund and volunteer opportunities. 

We also talk in this show about our RV travel plans for the year — it's going to be a big one! Plus, a great tip for finding an exhaust leak in your car, truck, or motorhome. All that, a new brain teaser, and more, on this week's RV Miles!

78. Outdoor Newbies & RV Extended Warranties

January 26, 2019
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This week's RV Miles covers lots of tips and trips for folks that are new to the outdoor lifestyle — how to visit a National Park or other public lands for the first time. Then we talk with Staci Ritchie-Roman from Wholesale Warranties about the ins and outs of extended RV warranties. You're going to want to bookmark this one! We also have lots of news and the answer to last week's brain teaser!

77. Travel & Adventure & the Family Motor Coach Association

January 19, 2019
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RV Miles hosts Jason and Abby take you along with them to the Windy City as they visit the Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, as well as the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show where Abby was able to hear celebrity travel experts like Rick Steves and Samantha Brown Speak. Then we have a great interview with Doug Uhlenbrock from the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) about the benefits of membership, the history of the company, and their special upcoming RV conventions — including their 100th! Plus, we have a lot of news, including a major scandal that is rocking the RV industry at the moment. 

76. RV Show Tips

January 12, 2019
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On this episode of RV Miles, we've got all the tips and tricks you need to know to survive and thrive at an RV show. Now is the season for the most RV shows and the best deals. Plus, we give you the low-down on utilizing laundromats on the road, and a whole lot of RV travel news!

75. Solar, Batteries, and Generators, OH MY!

January 5, 2019
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On this episode of RV Miles, we're talking all things auxiliary power. That's everything you use when the RV isn't plugged in: solar, batteries, and generators. We also have tips for transitioning kids to full-time RV life, a great option for exercising at health clubs on the road, and all the latest news — including the latest on the government shutdown and its effect on national parks and federal campgrounds. 

74. Looking Back on 2018

December 29, 2018
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RV Miles hosts Jason and Abby have had a wonderful year traveling the country, and on this episode of the podcast, they chat about some of their favorite places. Plus, lots of RV industry news and more!

73. The RV Industry in 2019 and Food Budgets for Full-Time RV Travel

December 22, 2018
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On today's RV Miles, we dive into the challenges that the RV industry will face in the upcoming year. In many ways, the industry will be tested as sales level off and manufacturers try to attract a new generation of RV owners. We also chat with Mandy Wallace, a full-time RVer about how her food expenses doubled when her family hit the road, and how she plans to real it in. 

72. Common RV Questions and Boondockers Welcome

December 15, 2018
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On this RV Miles, we've got a selection of common RV travel questions that many folks are looking for answers to, as well as an interview with Marianne Edwards from one of our favorite RV services - Boondockers Welcome. All that, plus the latest RV travel news, a new brain teaser, and more!