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Radio Arizona RV is dedicated to bringing you helpful and informative information about RV Maintenance & Repairs for the DIY. Eric Stark is the host and he covers all aspects of maintaining an RV for the DIY. Although, even if you don't do the maintenance yourself this podcast is still for you. Eric helps all RV owners maintain their RV and will educate you about repairs and repair costs so you are armed and dangerous.
Eric will cover topics from the ground the tires sit on to the roof of an RV and explain each topic in an easy down to earth way. Eric will also cut through the nonsense that tends to dominate the internet today. Each episode is about 30 minutes and is direct and to the point! Listen Now!

The Smart RVer Podcast Eric Stark

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Radio Arizona RV is dedicated to bringing you helpful and informative information about RV Maintenance & Repairs for the DIY. Eric Stark is the host and he covers all aspects of maintaining an RV for the DIY. Although, even if you don't do the maintenance yourself this podcast is still for you. Eric helps all RV owners maintain their RV and will educate you about repairs and repair costs so you are armed and dangerous.
Eric will cover topics from the ground the tires sit on to the roof of an RV and explain each topic in an easy down to earth way. Eric will also cut through the nonsense that tends to dominate the internet today. Each episode is about 30 minutes and is direct and to the point! Listen Now!

    In an Emergency Do You Control the Situation or does It Control You?

    In an Emergency Do You Control the Situation or does It Control You?

    In Episode 102 Eric Stark promotes the “Come to Montana in July” promotion. This is a great opportunity to come by the store in Victor and meet all of us and see what we do. And while you are in Montana you can explore the awesome places there are to visit in your RV.

    Living the RV Life:
    This section dovetails off episode 101 about buying a new RV and not getting taken to the cleaners. Eric recommends having the RV inspected by a professional RV Inspector. The NRVTA trains RV Inspectors and can help you locate an RV Inspector to inspect any RV you are considering purchasing, new or used.

    NRVTA Promotional:
    This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to build, test, inspect, repair, service, and maintain recreational vehicles, systems, and interior and exterior components. Includes instruction in brake, hydraulic, and towing systems; electrical systems; propane systems and propane and electric appliances; carpentry; plumbing; welding; and structural frames. Upon completion, the Recreational Vehicle (RV) Inspector, the student will gain inspection skills in the areas of propane, electrical, plumbing, fire and life safety, weight knowledge, and other technical skills as outlined in the RV Service Training Council. The Recreational Vehicle (RV) Inspector provides a comprehensive focus on evaluating and reporting the operational status of the RV systems found in today’s RVs. Students might expect to find employment at inspection firms, the insurance industry, banking, extended service agreement companies, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), dealerships, repair shops, and/or via small business ownership.
    https://nrvta.com/ (NRVTA Official Website)

    Staying On The Road:
    Eric points out the pitfalls of not being prepared and overreacting in an Emergency type of situation. It doesn’t matter how big or small the situation is, staying calm is the key to resolving it. Panicking can make the situation go from bad to worse. For example; a customer stopped by Eric’s RV Parts and Accessory store and brought in a furnace in one hand and all of the wires in the other hand and asked for them to be put back the way they belong. The customer heard a noise in the furnace and overreacted and pulled every wire off the furnace to get rid of the noise. He didn’t give it any thought, just started pulling wires, it went from bad to worse.

    The point is not to overreact and take some time to analyze the problem unless split-second decisions have to be made. Is it life or death? Most of the time it is just humans being humans and overreacting.

    The Next Stop:
    White Water River Rafter is the topic that Eric and Alexis discuss. River rafting is a great family experience and just builds the memories for the entire family to remember and look back on thinking about how awesome that RV trip was. Rving is about building memories.

    https://paddlecamp.com/what-is-white-water-rafting/#:~:text=White%20water%20rafting%20is%20a,rafting%20guide%20will%20accompany%20beginners. (More Information)

    RV Envy:
    You might not have the biggest or newest RV but keeping it in top shape will make most people envious. They watch you cruise through a camping trip problem-free. Your nice clean and well-maintained reflects how much you enjoy and care about it.

    https://www.wheresafe.com/ (Whersafe RV GPS Tracking Systems) - Use Promo Code “SMARTRVER10” and SAVE 10%

    https://sunpromfg.com/rv-awning-fabrics/slide-out-awning-fabrics/ (RV Slide Out Awning Fabrics) - Use Promo Code “TheSmartRver” and SAVE 10%

    https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/mopeka-lp-tank-gauge-measures-level-of-propane/ (Mopeka LP Tank Wireless Level Gauge) Use Promo Code “Mopeka10” and Save 10%

    • 41 min
    Don't Buy A New RV Until You Here This!

    Don't Buy A New RV Until You Here This!

    The Dodo bird is extinct and the perfect RV is impossible to find. This is where Eric jumps in and helps his audience to appreciate the Perfect RV is possible to create with some hard work and patience. The perfect RV is what you make of your RV or build from a good, solid foundation. The foundation is an RV that meets or exceeds your expectations and one that is worth investing time and money into to create the perfect RV. The perfect RV is the best way to enjoy the RV Lifestyle!

    With some enthusiasm, Eric digs into the frustrations you might experience buying a New RV at a dealership. Eric is frustrated that too many people buying their first RV or an experienced RVer purchasing their next RV run to block walls of deception and extremely poor customer service ending up with a problem-ridden bad experience. He wants you, The Smart RVer to make a purchase you are proud of and know that you didn't get taken to the cleaners with a piece of junk RV.

    This episode is a must to listen to before you buy your first or next RV. The RV dealership will hate you, but your family will love you for making a great purchase and knowing what you have got yourself into.

    • 34 min
    The Smart RVer 100th Episode Live on YouTube

    The Smart RVer 100th Episode Live on YouTube

    This si the 100th Episode of the Smart RVer Live on YouTube Thursday, May 26th @ 9am Mtn Time.

    https://youtu.be/-sjbTfnqj3k

    • 1 min
    Is Your RV Coming Unglued at the Seams?

    Is Your RV Coming Unglued at the Seams?

    In Episode 99 Eric Stark promotes the 100th Episode that will be hosted live on Youtube. He also promotes the “Come to Montana in July” promotion. This is a great opportunity to come by the store in Victor and meet all of us and see what we do. And while you are in Montana you can explore the awesome places there are to visit in your RV.

    Living the RV Life:
    Eric does some comparisons of the top 10 essential lists for RVing and shares his thoughts that each top ten list will depend on who the RVer is and what their needs and RVing habits are. He came to this conclusion because there are hundreds of top ten lists and no two are identical and only share a few similar items. Battle Born vs Expion 360 Conversion Continues?
    https://thesmartrver.com/whats-my-model-number/ (Click Here for a Complete List.)

    Staying On The Road:
    In this episode, Eric explains the problems of RV sidewall delamination and what the causes are. He then explains the various ways to take care of the problem whether you do it yourself or have it done by a professional.
    Winnebago Journey Side Wall Delamination Project

    The Next Stop:
    Horse backing riding is the subject that Eric and Alexis discuss and share their thoughts about horseback riding for Rvers young and old. Alexis gives some good pointers on the how-to's and Eric throws his 2 cents into the ring.

    https://thesmartrver.com/tips-for-horseback-riding/ (Tips for Horseback Riding)

    https://thesmartrver.com/horse-back-riding/ (Horseback Riding in Montana)

    RV Envy:
    If you are safety conscience this is the episode for you. Although you can use the link to learn more about Elide Fire Balls and how they are the new way to suppress an RV Fire. Safety should be a concern for every RVer and the Elide Fire Balls are an awesome way to install a simple, inexpensive, and effective fire suppression in every RV.

    https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/lp-leak-detector/ (Purchase Elide Fire Balls)

    https://www.wheresafe.com/ (Whersafe RV GPS Tracking Systems) - Use Promo Code “SMARTRVER10” and SAVE 10%

    https://sunpromfg.com/rv-awning-fabrics/slide-out-awning-fabrics/ (RV Slide Out Awning Fabrics) - Use Promo Code “TheSmartRver” and SAVE 10%

    https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/mopeka-lp-tank-gauge-measures-level-of-propane/ (Mopeka LP Tank Wireless Level Gauge) Use Promo Code “Mopeka10” and Save 10%

    • 32 min
    You Have a Spare Tire, Do You Have Spare RV Parts?

    You Have a Spare Tire, Do You Have Spare RV Parts?

    In Episode 98 Eric Stark promotes the 100th Episode that will be hosted live on Youtube. He also promotes the “Come to Montana in July” promotion. This is a great opportunity to come by the store in Victor and meet all of us and see what we do. And while you are in Montana you can explore the awesome places there are to visit in your RV.

    Living the RV Life:
    Eric asks the question is all of the new technology found in today's RVs Impressive or Unimpressive? With central command centers that look like an iPad and more electronics than ever before is it impressive? The RV industry doesn’t track like the automotive industry when it comes to getting electronics right the first time. It seems that it can be an expensive and time-consuming learning curve. Eric is passionate about technology but he expects it to work for years to come. Eric also hints at the new LifePo Battery that should take the RV Industry by storm. Battle Born?

    Staying On The Road:
    Eric believes that RVers should carry spare parts for their RV but he also believes that there should be limits to what is carried. Some parts such as RV Appliance Circuit Boards could get destroyed if not stored properly before they ever get used. Circuit boards can get expensive and might exceed budgetary constraints.
    He explains what you should carry and why and not to go overboard without shortchanging yourself.

    The Next Stop:
    Death Valley, California is on the Hot Spot for this episode of “The Next Stop”. Alexis joins Eric in the conversation. Alexis is https://thesmartrver.com/ (The Smart RVer’s) in-house RV Destination Guru.

    RV Envy:
    If you want an accurate reading on the Level of Propane still in your RV Propane tanks Eric has the answer. It is the Mopeka LP Gauge Indicator. Mopeka offers wireless technology that besides having an inside monitor to visually see how the level of propane is doing. You can also add the Free App to your Smart Phone for added convenience. Now you can make sure you never let the LP Tanks Run Dry.

    https://www.wheresafe.com/ (Whersafe RV GPS Tracking Systems) - Use Promo Code “SMARTRVER10” and SAVE 10%

    https://sunpromfg.com/rv-awning-fabrics/slide-out-awning-fabrics/ (RV Slide Out Awning Fabrics) - Use Promo Code “TheSmartRver” and SAVE 10%

    https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/mopeka-lp-tank-gauge-measures-level-of-propane/ (Mopeka LP Tank Wireless Level Gauge) Use Promo Code “Mopeka10” and Save 10%

    • 36 min
    Drum Brakes vs Disc Brakes for your Trailer

    Drum Brakes vs Disc Brakes for your Trailer

    In Episode 97 Eric Stark promotes the 100th Episode that will be hosted live on Youtube. He also promotes the “Come to Montana in July” promotion. This is a great opportunity to come by the store in Victor and meet all of us and see what we do. And while you are in Montana you can explore the awesome places there are to visit in your RV.

    Living the RV Life:
    Eric explains the best practice if you need to replace certain parts on your RV such as appliance parts. He breaks down ways to help the DIY to get good service and the correct part on the first trip to the RV Parts Store. He mentions some of the many appliances and parts on an RV that require either Model Numbers or Pictures to be sure of getting the right part. https://thesmartrver.com/whats-my-model-number/ (Click Here for a Complete List.)

    Staying On The Road:
    Eric explains in detail how trailers with drum brakes are technology from 1920 and how drum brakes haven’t changed in 100 years. He also notes how ineffective drum brakes are compared to Disc Brakes. If you have ever thought that your trailer just doesn’t have the stopping power you need, then this episode is for you.

    The Next Stop:
    Arches National Park is on the menu in this episode of “The Next Stop”. Alexis joins Eric in the conversation. Alexis is https://thesmartrver.com/ (The Smart RVer’s) in-house RV Destination Guru.

    RV Envy:
    After going through his RV Eric realized how unappealing the dishes, silverware and so much other stuff were. He is now motivated to upgrade to RV-specific accessories made by companies such as https://www.campcasual.com/ (Camp Casual) or https://www.camco.net/life-is-better-at-the-campsite-6 (Camcos Life is better at the Campsite) products. He also points out that there are so many RV-related items that can be purchased to make your RV more comfortable and attractive. With the right accessories, it will be the ENVY a the campground.

    https://performancetrailerbraking.com/ (Trailer Performance Braking)

    https://www.wheresafe.com/ (Whersafe RV GPS Tracking Systems) - Use Promo Code “SMARTRVER10” and SAVE 10%

    https://sunpromfg.com/rv-awning-fabrics/slide-out-awning-fabrics/ (RV Slide Out Awning Fabrics) - Use Promo Code “The SmartRver” and SAVE 10%

    https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (RV Parts and Accessories - Smart RV Parts Center)

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

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!

MniMud ,

My favorite RV Podcast just got better!

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

ANiMoL GiRL ,

Great information!

Even if I do not have any plans for my RV regarding the topic being discussed, I still listen to glean insight on the overall RV topic. Thank you kindly for producing this podcast! 😁

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