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Tear it out, fix it up … “RV with Tito” shares his personal upgrades plus Spartan recall, fuel mileage data and find a vacancy with this new service

Tear it out, fix it up … “RV with Tito” shares his personal upgrades plus Spartan recall, fuel mileage data and find a vacancy with this new service

September 24, 2021

Episode 26: Home improvement … on wheels! Brian Pursel of “RV with Tito” shares some of his top upgrades from solar to plumbing, suspension to seating. News you can use, industry info, and your thoughts on going without electricity all this week on the RVTravel.com podcast.

Here’s the rundown:

[3:15] News: A service that will notify you when a campsite becomes available … who’s buying RVs these days, and where they go with them.

[6:30] Brian Pursel of YouTube’s “RV with Tito” starts by telling us about some of his favorite boondocking destinations, then shares some of his favorite upgrades, DIY projects, and advice on doing them. From living area “remodels,” to electrical improvements, sewer hose storage to suspension systems, Brian has done them all, and these are his top recommendations.

[44:05] Brian shares his list of essential tools we probably don’t carry but should.

[48:50] Recall! Spartan owners beware. Fuel mileage leaders for 2021. RVTravel.com survey: “How long can you comfortably go without plugging into electricity?” and your comments and suggestions.

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Just an RV Minute: Alternatives to the mob scene at national parks, western edition

Just an RV Minute: Alternatives to the mob scene at national parks, western edition

September 23, 2021

If you want to avoid the lines, crowds and craziness, here are some unsung places that have the same amenities.

What a dealer looks for before buying a used RV, a hero saves a toad, Jayco staff bolts, how much is Winnebago stock worth?

What a dealer looks for before buying a used RV, a hero saves a toad, Jayco staff bolts, how much is Winnebago stock worth?

September 17, 2021

Episode 25: News you won’t get anywhere else, plus insider information from an RV insider-dealer, and his advice on the hidden problems you need to watch for when buying a used RV. COVID restrictions at RV parks, a recall, RV sales figures, value of Winnebago stock over past 10 years. Here’s the entire line-up:

[3:55] News: RV sales figures year to date, COVID restrictions for unvaccinated travelers at RV parks, a hero saves a toad and prevents an accident.

[7:30] Uncle Josh Winters, the RV Nerd at Haylett RV, clues us into who dealers are coping with demand, staffing challenges, and parts shortages from ladders to furniture foam. He says they are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Josh also gives us insights into a major migration of top management from Jayco, and where they went.

Josh begins his tutorial on inspecting a used RV before you buy it.

[24.25] Josh tells us why our closets and cupboards are so cold and hot and what to do about it. He shows us how to inspect a used RV prior to purchase, from top to bottom and everywhere in between. And why your closets and cupboards are so cold and so hot. Josh shares his research on the correlation between the number of dealer service bays, size of sales staff, and how that affects their customer reviews.

[39:00] Josh explains why you may not be so welcome as a service customer if you didn’t buy your RV there.

[42:00] Recall on Ram pickups, the value of Winnebago stock over the last decade. RVTravel.com survey results: how long will you stay if you can’t get Internet or cell phone service? Your comments, and a tip from a solo female  RVers that could save your life!

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Just an RV Minute: Top four tips for beginners to help your RV live longer

Just an RV Minute: Top four tips for beginners to help your RV live longer

September 15, 2021

Take care of your rig, it will take care of you. Scott outlines the four things every RVer should put on their "to-do" list.

RVTravel.com podcast: Tony’s top picks … the coolest RVs on the market right now, Forest River recall

RVTravel.com podcast: Tony’s top picks … the coolest RVs on the market right now, Forest River recall

September 10, 2021

Our own Tony Barthel shares his top picks for creative, innovative, just-plain-cool new rigs. We take an insider’s look at the newest offerings from RV builders, from all-electric to somewhat-traditional. Tony also shares advice for you next time you’re shopping for a new RV.

There’s also news and travel trends, a Forest River recall, and your feelings about holding tank gauge reliability. Here's the rundown.

[3:35] The RVTravel.com survey question. Results later in the podcast. News: visitor numbers at our first national park, who are those new RV travelers?

[7:10] Tony Barthel of RVTravel.com begins our look at the coolest, newest, most innovative RVs on the market today, from all-electric to more traditional, campers to pull-behinds.

[15:55] Tony’s latest project: restoration of a 1970 Aristocrat vintage trailer.

[35:50] The shopping list continues … more innovative and creative RVs, Tony’s opinions, and their most interesting features. Two pickup campers top the list, but there’s a fifth-wheel and more on the market.

[43:25] Tony’s hard-won advice as a former RV sales pro, on how to shop for your next RV.

[47:00] Recall: Forest River products.

[48:30] The survey results, and your comments on holding tank gauge reliability.

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Just an RV Minute: Matthew McConaughey on why he RVs and you should too

Just an RV Minute: Matthew McConaughey on why he RVs and you should too

September 9, 2021

The Academy Award-winner shares his motivation for jumping in the Airstream. (About 2 minutes to listen.)

Just an RV Minute: tips from readers, on finding a campsite during the crunch

Just an RV Minute: tips from readers, on finding a campsite during the crunch

September 3, 2021

Nanci Dixon's article has some great ideas from readers, so does host Scott Linden. Takes about 2 minutes to listen!

RV Travel podcast: Industry insiders spill, Camping World owner “Made a Deal,” new Class C from Coachmen, news, recall, who boondocks?

RV Travel podcast: Industry insiders spill, Camping World owner “Made a Deal,” new Class C from Coachmen, news, recall, who boondocks?

September 3, 2021

The brain trust from RV Business magazine join us for predictions, trends, timely information and their take on the industry’s 800-lb. gorilla, Marcus Lemonis, too. A recall you should heed, news and information, preview a new Class C, and your thoughts on boondocking … all on this edition of the RVTravel.com podcast. Listen here to the podcast in one click! Here’s the line-up, with time codes if you want to fast-forward.

[2:17] Scott asks the question: have you boondocked for a week or more? Answer – to come!

[2:58] News: what the heck is Marcus Lemonis up to with his latest purchase? Gas price info, and where the cheapest gas can be purchased.

[5:40] Industry insiders Sherman Goldenberg and Rick Kessler of RV Business magazine share their insights on new product trends, the used RV market, supply chain issues in the RV repair and sales worlds, and more.

[11:50] Sherman and Rick talk about the used RV market’s potential for buyers and sellers. [22:40] New accessories, technology and product innovation …

[33:05] Sherman (who worked for the guy) assures us Marcus Lemonis has a plan for his game-show purchase, even if none of us are privy to it.

[40:50] Another recall, this one for van lifers who are Ford loyalists. There’s a new Class C from Coachmen, and “big” is the operative word.

[43:40] How many of us boondock for a week or more? We’ll have the answer, and some of your comments.

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RVTravel podcast: Ghosts will get your campsite! Recall, dealing with bad neighbors and helping a fellow RVer DIY

RVTravel podcast: Ghosts will get your campsite! Recall, dealing with bad neighbors and helping a fellow RVer DIY

August 27, 2021

Ep. 22: RV travelers' bane: phantom reservations and “no vacancy” outrage! In this episode we take on technological hurdles to getting a campground reservation. RV Travel.com senior writer Mike Gast outlines the evils of “bots” and automated reservation-stealers and offers a few work-arounds.

Recalls, work on the road, industry news and what’s on your minds and where you’re going from our social media. Plus, the results of our survey question: have you ever moved due to a bad neighbor? … and your creative solutions.

[2:00] Scott answers a question about a campground, and helps you help a reader with winter DIY project suggestions.

[3:13] The survey question: Have you ever moved from your campsite because of a bad neighbor? Answer at the end of the podcast! A clearinghouse for on-the-road work from Escapees RV Club.

[5:20] Mike Gast of RVTravel.com addresses aggravating technological barriers that drive us nuts when we’re trying to make an RV Park or campground reservation. We start with “phantom reservations,” what they are, and how to bet the tech-geeks at their own game.

[19:00] “Bots” are the bane of RV travelers when they scrape up all the campground reservations in a matter of seconds. Mike explains how they work and why we still have hope if we go “old-school.”

[36:51]News: A Newmar recall of 2,000 motorhomes … RV dealers less optimistic than last quarter but still “positive” about long-term sales potential.

[38:28] Your answers and the results to the survey question “Have you ever moved due to a bad neighbor?” Readers offer creative solutions to loud families and bad bikers.

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Just an RV Minute: Screech-crunch-ouch.

Just an RV Minute: Screech-crunch-ouch.

August 24, 2021

Avoid them with well-adjusted trailer brakes in Scott Linden’s RVTravel.com “Just an RV Minute.”

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