148 episodes

Welcome to The Smart RVer Podcast, where we are dedicated to providing invaluable information on RV Maintenance and repairs tailored for DIY enthusiasts and all RV owners. Your host, Eric Stark, is here to guide you through every aspect of RV maintenance, making it accessible to even those who may not be hands-on with their RVs. Although RV maintenance takes up a large portion of the show, Eric and his co-host Alexis also discuss the RV Lifestyle for all types of RVers, The Next Stop, where they share RV and family-friendly destinations around the country, and finally, they wrap up the show with RV Envy where Eric spotlights products and tips and tricks on how to make your neighbors jealous of you RV.

But don't worry; this podcast is still your go-to resource, even if you prefer leaving the repairs to the professionals. Eric is committed to ensuring that every RV owner is well-informed about their vehicle's upkeep and repairs, empowering you with knowledge that will keep you confidently in control.

From your tires to the very roof that protects you, your family, and your investment, I'll cover each topic in a down-to-earth, easy-to-understand manner. No more sifting through the noise that plagues the internet today – I'll cut through the clutter to provide you with straightforward, practical advice.

Our episodes are designed to be concise and to the point, each episode lasting around 30 minutes. So why wait? Join us now and embark on a journey to become informed and empowered.

Listen Now!

The Smart RVer Podcast Eric Stark

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    • 4.7 • 66 Ratings

Welcome to The Smart RVer Podcast, where we are dedicated to providing invaluable information on RV Maintenance and repairs tailored for DIY enthusiasts and all RV owners. Your host, Eric Stark, is here to guide you through every aspect of RV maintenance, making it accessible to even those who may not be hands-on with their RVs. Although RV maintenance takes up a large portion of the show, Eric and his co-host Alexis also discuss the RV Lifestyle for all types of RVers, The Next Stop, where they share RV and family-friendly destinations around the country, and finally, they wrap up the show with RV Envy where Eric spotlights products and tips and tricks on how to make your neighbors jealous of you RV.

But don't worry; this podcast is still your go-to resource, even if you prefer leaving the repairs to the professionals. Eric is committed to ensuring that every RV owner is well-informed about their vehicle's upkeep and repairs, empowering you with knowledge that will keep you confidently in control.

From your tires to the very roof that protects you, your family, and your investment, I'll cover each topic in a down-to-earth, easy-to-understand manner. No more sifting through the noise that plagues the internet today – I'll cut through the clutter to provide you with straightforward, practical advice.

Our episodes are designed to be concise and to the point, each episode lasting around 30 minutes. So why wait? Join us now and embark on a journey to become informed and empowered.

Listen Now!

    I think it is time to go into Maintenance Mode - New RV Sales Plummeting Along with Quality

    I think it is time to go into Maintenance Mode - New RV Sales Plummeting Along with Quality

    This is Eric Stark with The Smart RVer Podcast, Delivering the smarts you need to enjoy the freedom of the RV Lifestyle without the fear of breaking down!

    Enjoying the RV Life: Eric and Alexis discuss how you can be prepared for an emergency on the road. This type of assurance and preparedness can give RVers the peace of mind they need when traveling. It’s vital to have a first aid kit whether you’re traveling with or without family. Things happen, so being well equipped can make a huge difference in feeling safe and knowing how to handle scary situations.
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    My Medic RV First Aid Kits

    Staying On The Road: Eric discusses the fluctuations in the RV industry over the years, influenced by economic factors, fuel prices, wars, and interest rates. He highlights how the industry experienced a boom after 2008/09 but underwent a gradual decline in quality. The pandemic led to a surge in demand, but the industry faced challenges like employee turnover and quality issues.

    Eric suggests to enter maintenance mode due to the industry slowing down. He advises against buying new or used RVs at this time, expressing concerns about the industry's focus on efficiency and technology rather than addressing quality concerns. Instead, he recommend improving and fixing existing RVs, cautioning that selling a pandemic RV to buy a post-pandemic one may not solve underlying problems.

    The Next Stop: Eric and Alexis take a road trip to Seattle Washington where they highlight some of the must-see areas surrounding the city! They talk about the great outdoors and how to take advantage of every moment you can as an RVer. The proximity to the city can also carry a special opportunity for last-minute supplies you may have forgotten for your RV adventure.
    RV Destinations Magazine- RVdestinationsmagazine.com

    RV Envy: Eric tells us all about the “new” interstate battery that lives twice as long as other batteries! This is exciting for RVers because we all want to buy less and buy smart! RVers want to be independent and ready to go and they don’t want to be slowed down by the likes of a lame battery with a short life! So check out the EFB Interstate batteries on the SmartRVPartsCenter.com. 

    Our Online Resources:
    The Smart Rver YouTube Channel - Check Out Our No-Nonsense YouTube Videos
    Sunpro Mfg - RV Sunshade, Windshield Covers & Slide Out Awning Fabrics
    Hot Boat Ropes - Marine Cordage- Anchor Lines, Dock Lines, Tow Lines etc.
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    • 28 min
    Tell Me About TV Wall Brackets & Flat Screen TVs for My RV

    Tell Me About TV Wall Brackets & Flat Screen TVs for My RV

    This is Eric Stark with The Smart RVer Podcast, Delivering the smarts you need to enjoy the freedom of the RV Lifestyle without the fear of breaking down!
    Enjoying the RV Life:
    In this episode, Eric & Alexis give some pointers on how to party while RVing. Actually, they give some pointers about having small parties in the RV park. An RV Party can be with a group of your friends, or you can put something together in an RV Park and invite your neighbors. Everyone loves a good party, and there is no better place to have a party than in an RV. Get together with friends, family, and neighbors, and have a good time!

    Staying On The Road:
    Today everyone loves a flat-screen TV; there is no better screen to watch your favorite movie or show on, big and flat. Even though RV manufacturers seem to love the idea of providing a pretty awesome product, they tend to screw it up. Eric explains what to look for when replacing a Flat Screen TV in your RV if it breaks or falls off the wall. Not all flat-screen TVs should be mounted in an RV. The backing plates are not designed to take the beating an RV often provides while going down the road. 

    The Next Stop:
    Alexis takes us on an adventure to New Mexico to enjoy the annual Ballon Festival held in Albuquerque, usually held in October when the weather is perfect and the skies are clear.
    RV Destinations Magazine- RVdestinationsmagazine.com

    RV Envy:
    Eric explains the benefits of using premade plastic leveling blocks and the importance of leveling your RV. Today wood has become almost as expensive as plastic and can be a bit of a hassle to use. Wood is great but, plastic has made its way as the new wood replacement product.
    RV Levels on YouTube

    Our Online Resources:
    The Smart Rver YouTube Channel - Check Out Our No-Nonsense YouTube Videos
    Sunpro Mfg - RV Sunshade, Windshield Covers & Slide Out Awning Fabrics
    Hot Boat Ropes - Marine Cordage- Anchor Lines, Dock Lines, Tow Lines etc.
    Top Rated Podcast - The Smart RVer Podcast Website

    • 28 min
    When It Comes to RV Parts, Do Brands Really Matter?

    When It Comes to RV Parts, Do Brands Really Matter?

    This is Eric Stark with The Smart RV’er Podcast, Delivering the smarts you need to enjoy the freedom of the RV Lifestyle without the fear of breaking down!


    Enjoying the RV Life: In today's episode, Eric and Alexis explore RV cookware. Sometimes we can let the amount of cookware we keep in the RV become overwhelming, or someone new to RVing might be inclined to buy nothing but the best and a lot of it. It is best to keep it simple, as it was brought out in the episode. Listen to Episode 142 for all the details.

    Staying On The Road: Eric digs into the problem with so many no-brand-name products creeping into the RV world. Some of these off-brands might be inexpensive, but are they worth the savings? Eric points to some examples they might become a hazard creating unsafe conditions, or they might fail prematurely, forcing you into replacing it much sooner than expected, which will cost more money. Not to mention the possibility of the part causing unexpected damage to the RV. This is great to listen to; check it out!

    The Next Stop: In this segment, Alexis shares some insights on Shiner, TX, and what an awesome place it is to visit. This quaint town near Houston and San Antonio has a Historical Brewery and a host of family-related activities to keep you entertained for days. It is an RV friendly getaway with plenty to for even the more seasoned RVer.
    RV Destinations Magazine- RVdestinationsmagazine.com


    RV Envy: Eric talks about the best Tire Blow Out System made today. RV Defender is the best product to reduce the damage caused to a Travel Trailer or 5th that has a tire blow out. One blow out can cost thousands of dollars and ruin a well planned RV Get a Way.
    RV De-Fender on YouTube
    RV De-fender Tire Blow Out System

    Our Online Resources:

    The Smart Rver YouTube Channel - Check Out Our No-Nonsense YouTube Videos
    Sunpro Mfg - RV Sunshade, Windshield Covers & Slide Out Awning Fabrics

    Hot Boat Ropes - Marine Cordage- Anchor Lines, Dock Lines, Tow Lines etc.

    Top Rated Podcast - The Smart RVer Podcast Website

    RV Roof Magic


     

    • 34 min
    Why are 110-volt RV Adapters, Also Called Pigtails, So Confusing?

    Why are 110-volt RV Adapters, Also Called Pigtails, So Confusing?

    This is Eric Stark with The Smart RVer Podcast, delivering the smarts you need to enjoy the freedom of the RV Lifestyle without the fear of breaking down!
    Enjoying the RV Life: Eric and Alexis discuss tips for buying your first RV! Eric would probably tell you not to buy a new RV, only a nice used one but we won’t go into that right now… anyways, Alexis and Eric do give out tips about one should go about buying their very first RV. There is a lot of fore thought that goes into buying an RV of any type so doing extensive research is vital. 


    Staying On The Road: Why are pigtails, or in other words, 110 Volt adapters, so confusing? Well, that's exactly what Eric explains in depth to his listeners this week. It’s something everyone with an RV should know, so Eric is here to clarify things in this Staying on the Road portion of the show. 

    YouTube Video about 110 Volt Adapters

    The Next Stop: This week, Alexis and Eric will go into the world of the best RV parks in the USA. This is just a small list, and there are many others that aren't listed but are just as great! The important thing to remember about The Next Stop is that it just gives you a small taste of what you can research before you take a trip.


    RV Envy: Eric gives you the full run-down of sewer hoses! There is a difference between some sewer hoses, so we like to keep our listeners informed so they can buy the right ones for their specific needs!


    Check Out Our No-Nonsense YouTube Videos


    RV Sunshade, Windshield Covers & Slide Out Awning Fabrics

    RV Parts & Accessories

    The Smart RVer Podcast Website

    Marine Cordage- Anchor Lines, Dock Lines, Tow Lines etc.

    RV Roof Magic

    Dicor Products- Dicorproducts.com
    Rudys (Dicor) Tips and Tricks Book- RudysRoofbook.pdf
    RV Destinations Magazine- RVdestinationsmagazine.com
    TheSmartRVer YouTube Channel- youtube.com

    • 27 min
    How Complicated are Trailer Axles, They're Not!

    How Complicated are Trailer Axles, They're Not!

    This is Eric Stark with The Smart RVer Podcast, Delivering the smarts you need to enjoy the freedom of the RV Lifestyle without the fear of breaking down!
    Enjoying The RV Life: We all like to buy trinkets on the road. But Eric and Alexis talk about whether or not it's worth it. They talk about the right things to buy and how to find more quality items to take home for yourself or your loved ones you left behind and didn't travel with. Staying On The Road: Eric dives into the interesting world of trailer axles. He eases the minds of his listeners and explains how to find the ones you need by helping you understand how to find the size and help yourself be more informed. He also talks about the benefits of upgrading your axles if you ever have the chance or the desire to do so.
    Axle Identification ChartsThe Next Stop: Alexis and Eric talk about Route 66! This road is famous and can be done in chunks or you can explore the entire Route 66 and never leave it. The entire Route 66 is about 2400 miles long and is a great way for the entire family to have a great vacation. They talk about the incredible landmarks that can be seen on the route. RV Envy:Eric gives his listeners the run-down on Blizzard Boxes! These exciting items are a must-have for an RVer of any level. You’re friends will be sure to envy your amazing cooler that beats all other coolers! Take the leap and get yourself a Blizzard Box today!
    The Amazing Blizzard Box - BlizzardBox.com
    Sunpro Mfg - RV Sunshade, Windshield Covers & Slide Out Awning FabricsSmart RV Parts Center - RV Parts & AccessoriesHot Boat Ropes - Marine Cordage- Anchor Lines, Dock Lines, Tow Lines etc.RV Rubber Roof Repair RV Roof MagicDicor Products- Dicorproducts.comRudys (Dicor) Tips and Tricks Book- RudysRoofbook.pdfRV Destinations Magazine- RVdestinationsmagazine.comThe Smart RVer YouTube Channel-youtube.com

    • 34 min
    Low Voltage Sucks, The Life Right of Your RV

    Low Voltage Sucks, The Life Right of Your RV

    This is Eric Stark with The Smart RV’er Podcast, Delivering the smarts you need to enjoy the freedom of the RV Lifestyle without the fear of breaking down!
    Enjoying the RV Life:
    Eric and Alexis have a great conversation about upping the game when taking great pictures out on the road while enjoying the RV Lifestyle. Sometimes, investing time upfront can improve the quality of the pictures you take on the road. Check out the podcast or The Smart RVer Website for more details.
    Taking Great Pictures

    Staying On The Road:
    Eric digs into the problems of Low Voltage at RV Parks and what causes it. He also details why it can be so bad for RV Appliances and that the long-term effect is not good. It can even lead to premature appliance death. Eric explains a solution called the Hughes Voltage Booster and details how it can help save your RV electronics.


    The Next Stop:
    Alexis takes a trip to Hawaii to see the islands by renting an RV prepped for the island lifestyle. Seeing Hawaii on your own terms in an RV is a great way to bring your family together for a trip of a lifetime. The RVs are ready to rent; you must enjoy what the islands offer.
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    RV Envy:
    Eric circles back to the Hughes Autoformer RV Voltage Booster and digs into the details. The Hughes Autoformer is the best way to protect your RV from Low voltage and Power Surges.
    Watch RV Envy on Youtube

    Check it out on our website.
    Check Out Our No-Nonsense YouTube Videos

    RV Sunshade, Windshield Covers & Slide Out Awning Fabrics


    RV Parts & Accessories


    The Smart RVer Podcast Website


    Marine Cordage- Anchor Lines, Dock Lines, Tow Lines etc.

    RV Roof Magic


    Dicor Products- Dicorproducts.com
    Rudys (Dicor) Tips and Tricks Book- RudysRoofbook.pdf
    RV Destinations Magazine- RVdestinationsmagazine.com
    TheSmartRVer YouTube Channel- youtube.com

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Powell600 ,

Perfect Podcast

Just purchased an 06 Forest River F38 that is in decent condition. I’ve been on a binge listening to the maintenance episodes and learning a lot. Sending thanks from the Valley of the Sun! 🤙🏻

Ann@Fran1 ,

Top notch customer service !

I am a new RV owner, and having to learn everything by trial and error. It seems impossible to learn anything from the manuals or calling the RV manufacturers, and sometimes all the YouTube videos in the world can make me feel more overwhelmed than anything.
I accidentally stumbled upon this podcast and instantly wanted to watch all the videos and learn as much as I could, the information was so straightforward and helpful. I ended up calling Eric Stark on the phone, and he gave me his time and wisdom and answered so many questions that I was unable to find anywhere. I just appreciate being able to talk to a real person! And also somebody that understands Montana winter weather:)
It feels nice to finally have a knowledgeable contact with very direct and straightforward answers. I would highly recommend!

MniMud1 ,

My favorite RV Podcast just got better!

I’ve enjoyed all the episodes and really looking forward to the new version.

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