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Can you REALLY use AI to plan a camping trip?
This week in Episode 448 of the RV podcast, we find out of you can really use AI to plan a camping trip, interviewing the CEO of a new RV travel planning app that relies almost entirely on AI. Plus, we have lots RV News, RV tips, social media tidbits and answers to audience questions about the RV Lifestyle.
How NOT to lose your pet on a camping trip
One of the worst things that can happen is to lose your pet on a camping trip. It happens all the time. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent them from running away. In this week's episode, we feature an interview with a real-life pet detective who offers expert advice and tells us what to do if our dog runs away on a camping trip.
Fulltime RV Couple Spend 1,000 Days on the Road
What’s it like being a fulltime RV couple? This week on the podcast, we learn what it’s been like spending 1,000 days on the road from a couple that did just that and plans to spend many more enjoying the RV Lifestyle. If you’ve been contemplating the fulltime RV Life, you won’t want to miss our interview of the week. Also, in this Episode 446 of the RV Podcast, we share the RV News of the Week, Tips about your RV refrigerator, the latest RV social media buzz, and answers to your questions about the RV Lifestyle. You can watch the podcast, or listen right here!
The Secret to the Perfect Camping Trip? We’ve got The Dyrt!
This week, we tell you how to plan the perfect camping trip by using the Internet's most popular camping app. It's called The Dyrt and it's adding some new features to the pro version that will revolutionize the way you find campgrounds. Our interview guest on Episode 445 of the RV Podcast is Kevin Long, the CEO of The Dyrt and he's offering our audience a free trial of these new pro features that you'll want to snag to plan your perfect camping trip this summer. Plus our Social Media News, RV Lifestyle News, RV Tip of the week from certified RV Inspector Brenda of Queen Bee RV, and questions we answer from our audience.
Get Ready for the Most Innovative EV Travel Trailer Yet!
The rush to make electric vehicles has now shown up in an amazingly innovative EV travel trailer called the Lightship. In this episode 444 of the RV Podcast, we’ll meet two former longtime employees, Tesla employees, who left to start their own company that has developed this sleek 27-foot long trailer. And there are lots more in this episode - handy tips about RV electrical management, the RV news of the week, hot-button RV topics from special media, and a very clever way to use the latest version of that amazing Chat GPT artificial intelligence tool to help you make short work out of planning an RV trip.
Weird Roadside Attractions Off the Beaten Path
Half the fun of an RV road trip is discovering weird roadside attractions as you get off the interstates and travel the backroads. That's where the bizarre, quirky, and fun stops can be found that are sure to amuse and delight. In Episode 443 of the RV Podcast, we interview an expert about what's waiting for you out there, from Giant Donuts to Mysterious Statues. Further, he tells you how to find them, too.
Sick of Bad Camping? Find the Best Campsites with AllStays
We’ve used AllStays for over a decade now and it just gets easier and easier. So when we heard that the founder retired and there’s a new CEO, we thought it would be good to get him on the podcast to update us on how this easy-to-use resource can be put to good use. Our conversation with AllStays CEO Phil Rogers is our Interview of the Week with this episode. Also this week: Social Media Buzz talks about finding the best toilet paper for RVers. The RV Tip of the Week uncovers the defects most RVers miss when taking possession of a new rig. The App of the Week shares a digital journal aimed at photographers that is perfect for RVers who take lots of photos on camping trips. The RV News of the Week shares the National Parks that visitors are most pleased by. The RV Question of the Week reveals just how much it can cost to develop an RV property.
RV Electricity Dos and Don’ts
Before heading out for a new season of camping, there are some RV Electricity Dos and Don'ts you need to know about. We detail them from a top expert whose advice can save you lots of grief. Our guest is Mike Sokol, who tells us in Episode 441 of the RV Podcast how to safely wake up your RV's electrical system. Plus we talk about all the bad weather and how to safe while RVing, news, and a new FEATURE - Social Media Buzz, and a segment on creating an RV safety plan for peace of mind from Brenda of Queen Bee RV.
Get Ready for Spring: RV Dewinterizing Tips from a Pro
Is your RV ready for a new season of camping? In Episode 440 of the RV Podcast, we have insider RV dewinterizing tips from one of the most respected pros in the industry. Chris Daugherty is our special guest and Chris really knows his stiff. He presents very popular RV maintenance seminars at the country’s biggest RV shows and has been an RV industry consultant for years.
Blood Clots and RV Travel: The Most Dangerous Risk You Never Knew Existed
Blood clots and RV Travel pose a serious risk to RVers, and yet few are even aware of this hidden danger. When sitting in a truck or RV for extended periods, such as on long drives, blood flow can slow down and cause blood clots to form. These clots can break off and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism. That's just what happened to the husband of Betsy Johnson. We interview Betsy in Episode 439 of the RV Podcast.
RV Podcast: Selling an RV DIY
Planning on selling an RV? This week in Episode 438 of the RV Podcast, Jennifer and Mike share their tips on how to maximize your profits when selling an RV.
Secrets of an RV Inspector… Shocking!
So you think a new RV is without problems? We will destroy that notion after you hear the secrets of an RV Inspector in Episode 437 of the RV Podcast about how many problems are found in RVs right after they roll off the assembly line. It's shocking, really. Our guest this week, RV Inspector Brenda Puckett, says shoddy manufacturing and quality control failures are commonplace among new RVs. She shares real-life issues uncovered in the inspection process that every RV owner needs to know about.
From Sore Backs to Sweet Dreams: How to Replace Your RV Mattress
Are you tired of tossing and turning on that old, uncomfortable RV mattress? Do you dread spending another night on it during your travels? Well, fear not! In Episode 436 of the RV Podcast, we'll share how to replace your RV mattress and get the best sleep of your life on the road. We just did that ourselves and in researching RV mattress replacement, we learned a lot.
New Trend: From Campgrounds to RV Communities
There's a new trend that sees campgrounds becoming full-fledged RV communities with lots of amenities, activities, and year-long stays. We're not talking trailer parks like past generations but real communities catering to the needs of today's RVers. We dig into this in Episode 435 of the RV Podcast, interviewing the owner of just such a community in north central Florida, where this trend has particularly been building for several years now. Also in this episode, RV News, Tips and your questions about the RV Lifestyle.
From Solo Travel to Soul Mates: An RV Love Story
We have a great RV Love Story to share in Episode 434 of the RV Podcast about a couple of senior snowbirds, both widowed, who went from solo travelers to soul mates. Plus we have lots of RV News, travel planning tips and RV Lifestyle questions. For the video version, click the player below to watch. For an audio version, it's available on iTunes and all the podcast apps or through the audio player below. An RV Love Story - Amy and Thomas Amy and Thomas Thomas is a widower who lost his wife of 52 years in December 2019. Amy is a widow who lost her husband of 18 years in August 2018. Both met at the Blueway RV Village in Ft. Myers, FL (formerly called Shady Acres) in January 2021. Amy was outside her rig one night when Thomas walked by, walking his dog. They talked. He came back the next day, also walking his dog, they talked some more, and the rest- is history! They married on May 26, 2022 - their wedding cake was decorated with an RV. And they bought an RV together in September 2022 and are snowbirds, currently in the very RV park where they met, as we speak. Neither was looking for love. Both say to all the other solo travelers out there, be open to meeting new people. You never know where it may lead. Need more ways to bring romance to your life? How to Keep the Romance Alive While RVing (7 Helpful Tips) Rekindle the Flame with these 10 Romantic Road Trips for RVing Couples We hope you enjoyed the RV Love Story. New Travel Tech - The Best RV Trip Planning Tool We've Found The New Travel Tech segment of the RV Podcast, drawn from the pages of NewTravelTech.com, our sister blog celebrating the many ways technology enhances the travel experience. This is the time of year many are planning RV trips for the coming season and the tech tool we use and rely on is called the RV Life Trip Wizard. Built specifically for RVers, this visual RV trip planner has the most advanced features available. It uses distance rings to show exactly where you’ll be at the end of your driving day to choose the ideal stop. It customizes RV-safe routes to the height & weight of your RV. Avoid low clearances, steep grades, weight limits, and propane restrictions. To get it, you have to join RV Life Pro, where you will find it is one of the tools that make it easy for you to discover, plan, go, and share your RV trips. The 4-in-1 membership includes: RV LIFE Trip Wizard - This is our favorite planning tool. RV LIFE Campground Reviews. We feel this really lets us check out the places we stay ahead of time so there are no surprises. RV LIFE App (RV-Safe GPS). It makes sure you’re not taking unfriendly RV roads. RV LIFE Maintenance Tracker. It's a great resource for making sure your RV is in tip-top travel ready shape. Just to be clear, you get all four of these tools in one with an RV LIFE Pro membership for what we think is a very reasonable price. I think most users would agree the price is actually cheap, considering the value it brings. RV Life Pro only costs $59 per year if you purchase the annual membership (less than $5 per month). The annual membership also comes with a 7-day free trial. The monthly subscription is $19.99 per month and does not include a 7-day free trial. BUT NOTE the discount code below! In all honesty, just one of these tools is easily worth $5 per month, let alone all four combined. That is why I don’t hesitate to say that RV LIFE Pro is worth the money for most RVers. And this is important – if you want to enjoy using all the RV Life Pro tools just add this coupon code: RVLIFESTYLE which gives you 25% off the price! If you already use RV Life Pro – your cost is already low and locked in. Want more RV trip planning ideas? Check out: Planning the Ultimate Spring RV Trips RV Trip Planning with RV Life Pro Trip Wizard How to Plan an RV Trip: 5 Easy Steps How we plan an RV Trip
RV Travel with a Purpose: Habitat for Humanity’s Care-A-Vanners
If you are looking for RV Travel with a Purpose, the Care-A-Vanners program for RVers from Habitat for Humanity offers one of the most personally satisfying aspects of the RV Lifestyle that you will find anywhere. In Episode 433 of the RV Podcast, we learn all about this volunteer program that invites anyone who travels by RV to make helping others part of their journey or even their destination. Also in this episode, news of an awesome new giveaway for dog-lovers, the RV News of the Week, a great app for those who need to store their RV, and RV Lifestyle questions from our audience.
Don’t Drink Dirty Campground Water – How to choose an RV water filter system
The problem of dirty campground water is growing as so many campgrounds, state and local parks, and long-established RV resorts grow older. With so many campgrounds relying on aging wells and plumbing systems, it's more important than ever that campers filter the water they bring into their RVs.
How to Find and Buy RV Property
Over the past year or so, the RV community has become very interested in how to find and buy RV property. While the buying part is pretty straightforward, the finding part is where the big challenges lie. In Episode 431 of the RV Podcast, we talk with a representative of the company behind one of the most successful and popular RV property developments anywhere in the country- the Woodlands at Buffalo River near the Mid-Tennessee town of Linden.
RV living on a budget: Insider tips from top influencers
RVing can be expensive. So we asked a bunch of RV influencers to share tips on RV Living on a Budget. We also added 10 pro tips of our own, based on 11 years of RV Life. We can't make inflation go away. But we can promise that if you follow the advice in Episode 430 of the Podcast, you will save money.
13 Pro Tips for Attending an RV Show
We've lost count of how many RV shows we've attended. So, here are our expert tips for attending an RV show, whether this is your first RV show or your hundredth. There's a great deal you can do to prepare for an RV show before you arrive and before every day you attend. The following RV show tips will help whether you're attending large RV shows known nationwide or local shows nearby. It doesn't matter the size of the show or your purpose of visiting, they will help you have the best visit possible. Of course, if you attend some of the larger shows, like the Hershey RV Show, Florida RV SuperShow, or the California RV Show, these tips turn into must-do's!