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26. Tales from the RV Show & 2018 Standout RV Models

Today on the RV Miles Podcast, we break down our takeaways from the Mid-America RV show in Kansas City. We’ll talk about some additional RV Show tips that we missed on our Episode 24, and break down our favorite 2018 RVs, three perfect for family travel and three for the couple and solo travelers. In the news, Jayco has unveiled their first-ever Class A Diesel Pusher, Gander Outdoors has launched their website with some eye-popping prices, and Ford is bringing back the Ranger, a good...


25. RV Ownership Costs and Surviving Family Travel Days

Today we are talking the expected and unexpected costs of purchasing and owning your own RV. A wonderful and potentially economical way to travel, RV ownership is all about the budget and knowing what you’re getting into before you step onto a lot or into an RV show. We also discuss tips for surviving family travel days, including that one tip we all do, but no one wants to talk about. Plus, there’s plenty of RV Miles news this week, including the exciting upcoming launch of a new...


24. Hot Springs at RV Shows

Today we’re taking an extended journey to Hot Springs National Park, which we touched on briefly way back on Episode 1 of the RV Miles podcast. Hot Springs National Park is a wonderful destination for rest, rejuvenation, history and a bit of architecture gazing. It’s definitely not what you’d expect. We also talk RV shows — what makes them such a great place to shop for RVs or just explore what kind of RV you are looking for. And in the news, we’ve got more camping world acquisitions,...


23. RV Resolutions

After a news item on a massive RAM truck recall, this abbreviated episode is focused on our wishes for the RV industry in 2018. More campgrounds, societal acceptance of full-time RV travelers, and more fill our wish list for the RV lifestyle. Happy New Year from the RV Miles family! Resources: RAM Truck Gearshift Recall - RV Miles article


22. Walmart Parking and the Buffalo National River

Today we travel back in time to Episode 1 and expand on one of our favorite spots in the beautiful state of Arkansas – The Buffalo National River. We’ll also talk about all the rules and tricks for parking an RV at a Walmart, Cracker Barrel, rest area, truck stop, and other overnight parking opportunities. In the news, the state of Nevada is full of new opportunities for 2018, including 2 new state parks. Resources New Experiences Make Nevada a Top 2018 Destination Good Neighbor Policy...


21. Healthcare and Staying Healthy on the Road

Today we chat with the owner of a new company called RV Health that promises to deliver healthcare on the road by facilitating web-based doctor visits, including prescriptions, for under $25 a month. We’ll also cover our tips for exercising and eating healthy while living an RV lifestyle. Resources: Upcoming RV Shows FMCA Accepting All RVers (RV Miles Article) National Park Service Fee Increase Comment Period (RV Miles Article) RV Health - Get Healthcare on the Road - discount for RV...


20. Prepping the RV for Winter and Nashville

On today’s show, we’ll cover all the things you need to do to prep the RV for winter storage. “Winterizing” the water system is only one piece of the puzzle. Then we’ll take a trip to Nashville, TN, and chat about all the great things to do in Music City, USA. Resources: KOA’s winterizing checklist and step-by-step guide Seven Points COE Campground Grand Ole Opry Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Johnny Cash Museum Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage A [...]


19. 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This episode is all about some great gifts for the RV or camping enthusiast, or anyone really, as most of our gifts are great for the hole as well!. Ask Santa for a few items on our list and you’re bound to have a wander-ful Christmas. Resources: New Aliner sub-3000lb teardrop/travel trailer hybrids. A teardrop RV you can stand up in! The RV Miles 2017 Holiday Gift Guide - Links to all the items we talk about in this episode.


18. RV Travel Thanksgiving Thankfuls

On this abbreviated episode, we run down 10 things we’re thankful for in the RV travel lifestyle, from RV parks to Audiobooks to friends and family. We’ll be back next week with a full-length episode of the RV Miles Podcast.


17. Downsizing Your Life, Composting Toilets, and Truck Stops

Today we cover the ins and outs of one of the most asked about features of our RV, our composting toilet. We’ll give you tips and tricks about downsizing your life for anyone interested in living in an RV, or just interested in a more minimalist lifestyle. But before we get into those topics, we help a listener with all the things you need to know before taking your RV through the diesel pumps on the semi truck side of the truck stop. Resources: Nature’s Head Composting Toilet Dear...


16. Free Family Fun in St. Louis

On this episode, Jason and Abby cover one of their favorite family vacation cities, St. Louis, full of affordable family fun. They’ll also cover the new major WiFi security issue, and talk tips on staying safe when you connect to networks on the road, and a major recall involving almost every RV’s fire extinguisher. Resources: The National Park Fee Increases Don’t Add Up Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall Pere Marquette State Park Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse St. Louis Science...


15. Canyons in Illinois, Planning Routes

On today’s episode, we hike into the many and varied canyons and waterfalls at Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks, two gems of geology set in the midst of farmland along I-80. We talk about the tools we use and some tips for planning your route in an RV, how Michigan state parks are combating overbooking, and our new food series on RV Miles, RVEpicure. Resources: RVEpicure on RV Miles Changes in Michigan State Park Fees Road trip planning tool Google Maps


14. Smoky Mountains, $70 Park Entrance Fees, and Driving at Night

On today’s episode, we’ll discuss the massive increase in fees being proposed for America’s busiest national parks – a 180% increase to $70 per car. We hit the road for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and talk through some tips and tricks for driving and arriving at the campground at night time. Resources: Massive Fee Increases Proposed for National Parks in 2018 Driving an RV Safely at Night Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ch [...]


Episode 13: Disney World, Fort Wilderness, and Shooting Stars

Today is all things Disney World! We’ll give you all our best tips and tricks for visiting, and tell you why Disney isn’t just for the little ones. We’ll give you an overview of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, which is known by RV campers far and wide as one of the best campgrounds in America. But first, in the news, Camping World is making some big moves into the outdoor gear market, and how you can catch the Orionid meteor shower this weekend. Resources: Camping World buys Uncle...


12. Mammoth Cave, Roadside Assistance, & Changes to National Parks

Today we talk about the world’s largest cave system, Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave. We’ll cover some of the options available for RV roadside assistance, and some changes that may be coming to National Parks due to the record numbers of visitors this year. Resources: National Parks Struggle With a Mounting Crisis: Too Many Visitors AAA RV Roadside Assistance


11. The Twin Cities and Cool New RV Gear

Episode 11 of RV Miles kicks off with some news about Pilot/Flying J truck stops - billionaire Warren Buffet is taking them over! Then, we talk about a new, very steep dump station fee for California state parks. Then, Jason goes through a list of cool gear on the more expensive side that he’s excited about — things like $70 slippers and a $600 wagon — and finally, we’ll discuss our time in the Twin Cities — Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Resources Pilot/Flying J - RV Miles...


10. Voyageurs National Park & Affordable RV Gear

Waterways and islands as far as the eye can see. Bald eagles, beavers, moose, bear, billion-year-old rock formations, diamond skies, and the northern lights. On this episode of RV Miles, Voyageurs National Park. But first, Abby and Jason talk about the recent merger of Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, and a really cool new Bluetooth-enabled smokeless firepit from BioLite. Then, they cover some inexpensive RV gear that they use every day in their WanderBus. Cabela’s/Bass Pro Merger Wonders...


9. RV Types and Mobile Internet

On this week’s episode, Jason and Abby talk about all the different types of RVs out there, the pros and cons of each, and which RV is right for you. Then they talk through all of the options for getting internet to your RV out on the road. WiFi, cellular, satellite? The options all have their limits. But first, they cover the really cool new Winnebago 4WD all-season Class B, and talk a bit about workcamping – working at a campground for a free RV site and maybe some...


8. The Great River Road

Today, Jason and Abby recount their journeys as they travel along the Mississippi River on the Great River Road - a perfect road trip for RV travelers, with its plentiful campgrounds and relatively flat route within the stunning terrain. But first, some news - the Hershey RV show is underway, where many manufacturers will release next year’s models, and some words about towing a vehicle behind your motorhome. Jason talks about how to decide between towing 4-down, on a dolly, or on a...


7. Travel Day Tips, Campfires, and New Orleans

On this episode of the podcast, Jason and Abby talk about “The Big Easy” — New Orleans, some tips and tricks for efficient, argument free travel days, and the perfect campfire. RV Miles Article - The Foolproof Campfire RV Miles Article - Apps for RV Travelers St. Bernard State Park The Market Cafe in the French Quarter Cafe Beignet Bar [...]


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