A one-hour seminar by RVing expert Cathy Atkins has been added to the lineup for the RVtravel.com seminar series set for April 23 in Edmonds, Wash. Her class will provide insights and information to women who travel alone with an RV, according to a news release.
Atkins is an avid RVer and a member of the board of directors of RVing Women, a national organization with 17 chapters that stages local events and provides education and support to single, divorced or widowed women who travel with RVs. It also holds an annual national convention, the next one set for Oct. 12-16 in Goshen, Ind.
Among the other speakers will be the “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer, RV performance expert Eric Davis, veteran Alaska RVer Nyla Walsh, RVtravel.com Editor Chuck Woodbury, RV Life columnist Dave Helgeson and RV driving instructor Lorrin Walsh. Topics will include RV plumbing and waste systems, preparing an RV for spring, maximizing an RV’s performance, how to drive a motorhome, boondocking, traveling with an RV to Alaska and blogging for profit.
A limited number of seats are available for the seminars and are expected to sell out before the event. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at the shared headquarters of RVtravel.com and RVbookstore.com at 170 W. Dayton St., Suite 103 in Edmonds with activities continuing until 5 p.m. Admission to the open house is free. An all-day pass for the seminars is $15. More information is available at RVtravelSeminars.com.
TrailerChix.com has launched an online magazine focused on the design and creative side of RVing.
“Our goal,” Shelah Johnson, TrailerChix’s creator and managing partner, said in a news release, “is to make it easy and comfortable for women to purchase and manage her own travel trailer experience on her own terms and without sacrificing style and elegance.”
Today’s women are looking for ways to live a much more balanced life. With an estimated 8.3 million RV owners in the U.S. and increasing another quarter of a million by the end of 2010, TrailerChix.com helps to move what was once the perception as a man’s toy into a versatile option for women with limitless design opportunities, she said.
The release continued, “North American and parts of Europe are seeing a resurgence of travel trailers. In many parts of the world one will find five star hotels adding new and vintage Airstreams to their roof tops to serve as premium guest suites. Home owners are utilizing travel trailers as home offices, back yard studies or even guest rooms. Young entrepreneurial are rebuilding sometimes entire sections of neighborhoods by creating food malls out of vintage travel trailers and serving up some of the best food in town.”
“The big market gap we saw was in what was communicated and how it was communicated to women,” said Johnson. “Sure we address some of the technical things associated with trailers, like how to backup a trailer and treat your black water in a more green and sustainable way. But our true passion and value is in showing and sharing ways to live a more elegant and charmed way of life while in your trailer. We really want to help women find their ‘true self’.”
TrailerChix.com provides the tools to embrace and make the mobile lifestyle her own by offering resources and tips on cooking in small spaces, entertaining, decorating the trailer, or building a great vertical and portable outdoor garden. The site also looks at great travel destinations, tours and rallies plus great music selections to set the mode – whatever the mode. To help keep everything on track, Trailerchix.com provides a list of DIY tips for the repair and maintained to help make camping and traveling a great experience – all without the need for an interpreter.
“When you strip it down, you see that what we really are talking about is becoming more creative within a smaller footprint,” Johnson says, “so our message is also really relevant to those who live on floating home or even sail boats. It’s really a message about being incredibly free to be creative for those making the conscious chose about independence.”
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It’s been 51 years since actor Jimmy Stewart charmed viewers as the leading man in “Anatomy of a Murder,” the feature film that seemed to put Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the map. Half a century later, the movie is still drawing people to the U.P.
Sixty-four ladies came this week to Ishpeming in dozens of RVs, all part of an organization called RVing Women. Nationwide, the group is more than 2,500 strong, and its mission is simple: to attract female RV enthusiasts, and travel the country scouting out the best of the best tourist attractions. This month’s event is happening right now in the Upper Peninsula, WLUC-TV, Negaunee, Mich, reported.
“The U.P. is not on the way to anywhere, and so I had to have a good hook to get people up here,” says Rachel Brett Harvey, an RVing woman from the “Great Lakers” Chapter.
Rachel planned a weekend for the ladies that includes an “Anatomy Walking Tour” through Ishpeming, a meal at Mount Shasta–made famous in the movie — and a day trip to Big Bay and the infamous Thunder Bay Inn.
“I was thinking, oh well maybe we could have 15 people or 30 at the most. We’ve got 64 women from 12 states showing up!” Rachel says.
Sixty-four women in dozens of rigs all camping out at the Country Village RV Park in Ishpeming. It’s the organization’s first trip to the Upper Peninsula, and besides seeing the sites made famous in the movie, some of the ladies have other expectations of the U.P.
“I like it! I like it! Now all I need to do is see a moose!” says Judith Robinson, who’s on the national board of directors, as well as a member of the Florida Chapter.
“Oh I think we’re tough old broads! And we’re pretty independent, and we’re pretty capable, and we prefer our privacy, but we love the camaraderie of the other RVing women,” says Arlene Dawson of the Florida Chapter.
The ladies will be in Michigan through Sunday.
AccessCamping.com, a camping website portal with links to more than 500 campground databases across the U.S., has added links to RV clubs as well as databases of Canadian campgrounds, according to a news release.
“We think these latest additions will further enhance AccessCamping.com’s stature as a ‘must see’ website for anyone planning to visit campgrounds in North America,” said Brian Schaeffer, president and CEO of Texas Advertising, which launched the website portal a little over a month ago.
Texas Advertising launched AccessCamping.com as a web portal with links to more than 500 databases with listings of both privately owned and operated campgrounds as well as government-run campgrounds.
The newest additions include links to more than 40 RV clubs, ranging from brand-specific groups, such as the Coachmen Owners Club, Gulf Streamers International, the Jayco Travel Club, the Vintage Airstream Club and the Winnebago-Itasca Travelers Club, to clubs that cater to specific demographics, such as RVing Women, the National African American RVers Association and the International Snowbird Travel Club.
AccessCamping also added links to more than 70 Canadian campground databases that collectively list more than 2,000 public and privately owned campgrounds in Canada.
AccessCamping.com also includes links to online databases of the major campground industry directories, including those provided by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), the Trailer Life and Woodall’s North American Campground directories, as well as the websites of campground chains, such as Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.
Schaeffer said AccessCamping.com is needed because most websites have limited campground listings. “The government run websites, for the most part, list only government run parks while the websites for campground industry associations typically limit their listings to parks that are members of their associations. As a result,” he said, “most websites only give the camping consumer a partial view of what’s out there in terms of potential camping venues. The good news about AccessCamping.com is we truly ‘pamper the camper’ by giving them more camping options than any other source.”
For more information on AccessCamping.com, contact Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or email him at email@example.com.