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A weekly podcast from the writers of rvfamilytravelatlas.com, focusing on topics that relate to RV family travel. We review campgrounds, discuss tips and tricks for traveling with kids, and answer our readers' most common questions. We also chat about food, gear, and those times when everything doesn't quite go as planned.

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A weekly podcast from the writers of rvfamilytravelatlas.com, focusing on topics that relate to RV family travel. We review campgrounds, discuss tips and tricks for traveling with kids, and answer our readers' most common questions. We also chat about food, gear, and those times when everything doesn't quite go as planned.

    RV Rental Adventures with Maddi Bourgerie from RVshare

    RV Rental Adventures with Maddi Bourgerie from RVshare

    We have rented several RV's over the years (for a variety of different reasons) and we have loved the experience each and every time. Renting has given us the opportunity to try different types of RVs (like Class A, B and C motorhomes) and it has allowed us to camp at Disney World in the winter when we did not want to tow our own rig down from New Jersey. The peer to peer RV rental market has exploded in recent years and, in many areas of the country, there are plenty of options to choose from. When we have looked to rent we have always found plenty of options to choose from.



    On today's episode of the RV Atlas podcast we are pleased to welcome Maddi Bourgerie from RVshare onto the show for the very first time to talk about all aspects of enjoying an RV rental: we talk about tips for selecting an RV, tips for budgeting, tips for renting our own RV's, and so much more. At the heart of our interview we also discuss a wide variety of the RV rental adventures that Maddi has taken over the years.



    Maddi's boyfriend even proposed to her on an RV Rental adventure in Hawaii and they have had many other RV rental adventures since then!







    "Maddi is a travel expert who has worked in the industry for a decade, visited almost all 50 states and rented more than 20 RVs (for a wide variety of bucket list trips and adventures.) She currently works full-time for RVshare and is dedicated to the company’s mission to help travelers experience the magic of an RV adventure. Maddi has RVed on the East and West Coast checking off National Parks and music festivals from her bucket list. Her career has been dedicated to sharing her passion for travel."







    RVshare is the largest online community for RV renters and owners with a diverse selection of vehicles for rent across the US, ranging from luxury motorhomes to cozy camper vans. On RVshare you’ll find vehicles that can accommodate any outdoor adventure, whether it's a weekend of camping or a cross-country tour of national parks. RVshare was Founded in 2013 in Akron, Ohio and has more than 100,000 RVs for rent across the country, from 60,000 owners. It is a peer-to-peer platform similar to Airbnb.



    To save $30 dollars on a $500 dollar or more RV rental from RVshare please use code RVATLAS30 at checkout. For more tips about renting RV's from RVshare please click here.



    On this episode of the RV Atlas (which you can listen to by clicking on the media player above) Maddi shares tips about choosing the right RV rental. We discuss the following topics:



    Different RV Classes 

    RV Delivery 

    What are the important amenities? 

    What is best for your group? 

    Taking advantage of the search filters that RVshare has (amenities, pet-friendly, distance, etc)

    Flying to your destination and then renting 

    How rentals are perfect for first-timers



    We also discuss the different types of RV rental experiences that can be had with an RVshare rental.



    RV Delivery 

    Boondocking

    Campgrounds 

    Road Trip s

    Music Festivals/Events

    Parking in your own driveway for extra room (family reunions, weddings)

    Local trips - nearby State Park or Campground 

    Fly to your destination and rent



    Maddi also share tips to consider when budgeting for an RV rental.



    Rentals on RVshare range from $50 a night to $250+ a night 

    You Must Consider Taxes and Fees 

    Mileage 

    Gas Prices

    Campground fees 



    Maddi's RV Rental Adventures









    Maddi has used RV rentals for 20+ trips to a wide variety of places and for a bunch of different uses. Here are some of the highlights:



    Camper Van Rental in Hawaii



    Camper van in Hawaii - got engaged to my fiance...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Replacing the RVQ, Redwoods, Lake George Campgrounds, Tankless Water Heaters

    Replacing the RVQ, Redwoods, Lake George Campgrounds, Tankless Water Heaters

    On this week's Q+A episode of the RV Atlas podcast we tackle four more questions from our private facebook--which you can join here. We talk about options for replacing the RVQ with products from Blackstone, Weber, and more. We also discuss things to do in the Redwoods, and places to camp in Lake George, NY. At the end of the episode we also discuss the best tankless water heaters.

    Replacing the RVQ





    Our first question on this week's RV Atlas podcast (which you can listen to by clicking on the media player above) is about replacing the dreaded RVQ that came with your RV. We recommend new products by Blackstone, Weber, and more. For a great resource about replacing your RVQ check out this podcast from 2021. We go over the best options for camp stoves, grills, and griddles.



    https://thervatlas.com/podcast/should-i-get-a-camp-grill-camp-griddle-or-camp-stove/

    Things to do in Redwood National and State Parks





    Our trip to the PNW a few years back was one of our greatest adventures as a family. We spent four nights in the Redwoods and experienced amazing hiking amongst the mystical Redwood trees. Here is our podcast about the Redwoods and all of the wonderful hikes and family activities that we did there. It is a terrific resource for planning your own trip to this bucket-list worthy destination in Northern California.



    https://thervatlas.com/podcast/rvfta-155-greetings-from-the-redwoods-national-and-state-parks-in-california/

    Lake George Campgrounds





    We also discuss the two best campgrounds in the Lake George area of New York State. Moose Hillock and Lake George RV Resort are often mentioned as the two best campgrounds in this stunning region of the Adirondack Park. Here is our review of Moose Hillock from a few years back.



    https://thervatlas.com/podcast/our-return-to-lake-george-and-moose-hillock-ny/



    As for tankless water heaters? We recommend the Truma AquaGo as best in class. But we are happy with our Furrion that came standard in our Grand Design Imagine.



    Don't forget to subscribe to the RV Atlas wherever you get your favorite podcasts and we hope to see you at the campground!

    • 46 min
    Virginia is for Campers! 3 Amazing Virginia State Park Campgrounds Worth Visiting

    Virginia is for Campers! 3 Amazing Virginia State Park Campgrounds Worth Visiting

    We have long considered Virginia to be one of the most underrated states for camping in America. Virginia has camping in the mountains, and near the sea. There is camping along many rivers and along the quiet shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The entire state is also packed with historical and cultural sites--and many of them are near campgrounds. Virginia state park campgrounds are also excellent and a point of pride among Virginia's RV owners and tent campers.



    Virginia state park campgrounds are beautiful and in most cases, incredibly well maintained. Many of the campgrounds within the system also have sites with water and electric that are quite affordable at around $35 dollars per night.



    We are thrilled to have Campin' Erin on the RV Atlas this week to discuss Virginia's state park campgrounds. In particular, three of her absolute favorites: Douthat State Park, Pocahontas State Park, and James River State Park. To listen to Jeremy interview Campin' Erin please click on the media player above--or subscribe to The RV Atlas wherever you  get your favorite podcasts.



    Or read on below to find out a little bit more about these three Virginia state park campgrounds.



    All photos compliments of Campin' Erin. Thanks Erin!

    Douthat State Park

    Photo Compliments of Campin' Erin



    Douthat State Park campground is Campin' Erin's new favorite. This campground is located in the mountains and is a bit cooler in the summertime. There is a lake in the state park that is great for swimming, fishing, and recreation. The beach here is terrific and has excellent mountain views. There are three different camping areas in the park--and Campin' Erin likes White Oak the best because of its shaded sites. Whispering Pines is open year around and more out in the open--and there is a third camping area right by the lake. Cabins and Lodge rooms are also available.



    To find out more about camping at Douthat State Park--please click here.

    Pocahontas State Park

    Photo Compliments of Campin' Erin



    Pocahontas State Park is only 20 minutes away from Richmond--but it feels like it is a world away from the city. Recreational opportunities are abundant in this state park with options for boating, hiking, and swimming and playing in their epic aquatic center.  There are also terrific educational and cultural programs that take place at the park's 2,000-seat amphitheater (pictured above). Campin' Erin loves the campgrounds here because they have huge campsites and feel very private and removed from some of the hustle and bustle in the rest of the park. There are lots of options for cabins and yurts here--making it a great place for camping with friends and family that don't tent camp or RV.



    To find out more about camping at Pocahontas State Park--please click here.

    James River State Park

    Photo Compliments of Campin' Erin



    Virginia state park campgrounds are so beautiful--and James River State Park is definitely one of the prettiest. Located in Gladstone, Virginia in south central Virginia--this state park features a lovely campground set among rolling hills. There are 16 cabins here and there are also lodges available that can accommodate multiple families at a terrific price. The RV sites feature water and electric at a bargain price and some of them can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet.  Campin' Erin and her family loved the natural playground--and you will too!



    To find out more about James River State Park--please click here.

    • 59 min
    Solar Eclipse Camping, Easy Family Meals, Is Wallydocking Worth It? (RV Atlas Q+A)

    Solar Eclipse Camping, Easy Family Meals, Is Wallydocking Worth It? (RV Atlas Q+A)

    On this week's Q+A episode of The RV Atlas we tackle another three questions from our Facebook group. We discuss where everyone is camping for the upcoming 2024 Solar Eclipse and how crafty RV owners are at finding great spots to view this celestial event. Then we discuss a whole bunch of options for easy camping meals from walking tacos to smash burgers to pie iron pizzas! Then we wrap up the show by discussing whether overnighting in free locations like Walmart and Cracker Barrel is actually worth it--or whether its better to just pony up a few bucks and stay at a KOA.



    We hope you join us for another great Q+A episode of the RV Atlas podcast! See you at the campground!

    • 58 min
    2024 Spring Gear Guide (With Joshua Sheehan from RV Gear and Far)

    2024 Spring Gear Guide (With Joshua Sheehan from RV Gear and Far)

    Jeremy and RV-gear expert Joshua Sheehan from RV Gear and Far share 16 top picks for RV and camping supplies, accessories, and more.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    COMING SOON! Where Should We Camp Next? Budget Camping!

    COMING SOON! Where Should We Camp Next? Budget Camping!

    The latest guidebook in the bestselling Where Should We Camp Next? series is hitting bookstores on April 2nd, 2024. Where Should We Camp Next? Budget Camping has over 350 campground recommendations and it covers Budget Camping in all 50 states. This handy guidebook is chock full of great state park, country park, national park, Army Corps of Engineers, national forest, and budget-friendly mom and pop campground recommendations from across America!



    Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi's latest book on budget camping is also packed with recommendations for free and low-cost outdoor activities, along with budget camping hacks, and budget camping gear. If you want to save money camping in 2024 and beyond then there is no better book for you than Where Should We Camp Next? Budget Camping!







    To hear Jeremy and Stephanie share a sneak peek into the pages of Where Should We Camp Next? Budget Camping click on the media player above--or subscribe to The RV Atlas wherever you get your favorite podcasts. To check out a sample chapter from the new budget camping book read on just below!

    Budget Camping in Washington State 





    Washington State is a majestic state for budget camping in every single way. Olympic National Park is packed with great camping options both inside the park, and in nearby national forest campgrounds. You could spend several months exploring the entire Olympic Peninsula and not come close to seeing all of its magical places--and that’s just one part of this beautiful state.  There are also excellent state park campgrounds along both Washington’s rugged and windswept coastline--and in its wild and mountainous interior. There is also a lifetime of camping to be had in and around Washington’s Cascade Range--and another great national park to explore there. We also recommend putting Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier somewhere very close to the top of your bucket lists--both locations are epic and breathtaking and affordable to visit if you are camping on a budget.

    Best in State

    Deception Pass State Park (Oak Harbor, Washington) https://parks.wa.gov



    RV and Tent Sites $



    Deception State Park is located on Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands about 80 miles north of Seattle. Its proximity to that great city helps make it Washington’s most visited state park--and so do its cliffs, beaches, tide pools and sunsets. This park, which recently turned 100 years old, is packed with coastal hiking trails and there are numerous places to launch a boat or kayak along its shores. There are three camping locations within Deception Pass. Cherry Lake is the largest and most popular. There are about 230 sites there and about one third of them have hookups. Quarry Pond is a medium sized campground and Bowman Bay is very small and intimate. There are some really awesome concessions here that are worth checking out. Blue Otter Kayaks is located at Cranberry Lake and does a nice job with a variety of rentals and Campstuff Coffee operates out of a vintage camp trailer right by the camp loop entrance to Cranberry Lake. Fidalgo and Whidbey Island islands are connected by the iconic and immensely photographable Deception Pass bridge--so bring your camera when you go.



    Cape Disappointment State Park (IIwaco, Washington) https://parks.wa.gov



    (RV and Tent Sites, Cabins, Yurts, Vacation Houses $)



    For another epic coastal camping option look no further than Cape Disappointment State Park on the Long Beach Peninsula. Here you will find secluded sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs near the edge of the sea, and lighthouses that are as pretty as a picture. Bring your hiking boots and a rain jacket because there are many trails to explore that wander through old growth forest or lead to views of the park’s lighthouses. There are over 200 sites here and fifty of them have full hook-ups.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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Another to my list!

I have just added this podcast to my subscription list for auto download. I found them a couple months ago and have listened to a few of the latest episodes. After listening to Cumberland gap national historical park (we happen to be 3hrs west at mammoth cave! So I was intrigued, will definitely be adding that to my places to see list!) it was a great episode. The interview was so interesting and informative. Overall I have found it to be a great podcast show. First and foremost the sound quality. So many, even the “big dogs” sound quality can Be so bad a lot of times. That makes me skip it. The content is great. Lots of facts which I look for. I am usually looking for information mainly with some entertainment but not just story telling. This podcast hits the mark for me. Also the description is great! In this episode they even put the site number they mentioned for big rigs at the park! Super helpful! I’m sure I’ll find more helpful information as I continue to listen. Thanks for a great podcast!

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