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RV Out West is a twice a month podcast focusing on the Pacific Northwest and radiating out beyond to the rest of the West. I pull a travel trailer with my family in tow and this podcast will highlight places to camp & explore, RV gear, tips & tricks, and an occasional food or cocktail recipe— all to make your camp life a little easier. #RVoutwest
 
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To the part timers, the some timers, the weekend warriors getting outdoors and maximizing your RV usage is paramount to happiness. Isn’t that why we all bought them? In this episode, I share successful tips on how we are able to spend 50+ nights in our travel trailer — most of them as weekend getaways. In the Pit stop I tackle the exciting topic of…
 
Cape Disappointment State Park is nestled between the mouth of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean in the southwest corner of Washington State. The name of this park is very deceiving, but I promise it does not disappoint. In this episode, I discuss the campground, the different sites, where I think some of the best sites are, and share about …
 
Seattle is the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest and there is something for everyone to do in the city. Rich with history, art & music events, museums to outdoor activities our family still enjoys heading into the City to play. In this episode, I share some of our favorite activities, places to eat and where we like to explore. If you are planni…
 
Planning a Cross Country road trip can be maddening or can it be fun and exciting? Dreaming about all the wonderful sites and experiences I find thrilling. In this episode we discuss the details with route planning, campground reservations, ways to make travel days enjoyable, how to manage laundry & food along the way. Plus, it’s important to prepa…
 
It takes about 27 seconds for a thief to steal your batteries. Our first tent trailer didn’t come with a battery when we bought it as it had been stolen and the previous owner’s sold the trailer before replacing the battery. Surprisingly battery theft is pretty common. In this episode, I chat with Jason Tracy, owner of RV Lock Box based out of Spok…
 
Camping in the Pacific Northwest provides many different outlets for many different types of campers. For RVers looking for a destination that provides family friendly amenities, great sites and full hookups, with a lot to explore in the surrounding area, then these two KOAs should not be missed. In this episode I chat with the general managers of …
 
Tara of Tara’s Tiny Trailer is a born and raised Washingtonian who straddles the line between a life in sticks & bricks and wandering around the state as a nomad as many weekends as possible. Her bohemian spirit is strong and in this episode she shares with us what makes her tiny trailer work for her, and we dive into some of her favorite spots to …
 
We continue our conversation with The Meyer’s family as they share in their cross country adventure. In this episode as we pick up where we left off as they were entering the American Southwest in Utah. From wheeling in a Hummer near Moab, spray painting on Cadillacs, bearing witness to where Dr King was assassinated and traveling the Trail of Tear…
 
Driving across the United States pulling a travel trailer can be an adventure in and of itself, but towing along a family of four and a dog will make it exciting. Join us as we interview The Meyer family (Tracker & Jiggles) as they share their tips for planning such a huge cross country road trip, from Seattle to Florida, as well as they share stor…
 
YouTuber Josh the RV Nerd joins the show as he shares advice for newcomers to RVing, the state of the RV industry, and what has him surprised & inspired for 2022. His YouTube channel has over 144k subscribers and he produces great videos from walk-throughs to industry updates. With well over a decade of experience Josh knows towable trailers and mo…
 
Camping in the Pacific Northwest is pretty amazing. I’m excited to share with you my Top three favorite campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest. The criteria for these campgrounds is that they are in great locations that highlight what makes the northwest so wonderful. If you are considering RV trips in and around Washington State or Oregon this is a …
 
From the extravagant, to the practical, to the ridiculous, our holiday gift guide episode has something for everyone. I count down my Top 10 most used items that would make for a great holiday gift for that special RV’er in your life. This gift guide covers the gamut on price from the inexpensive to things that are not necessary but add a little lu…
 
We’ve moochdocked, but we’ve never boondocked before. Free camping? Yes, please, but just how to find a place has always been elusive for us. In this episode, I chat with Jason & Abby Epperson of the RV Miles podcast and we dig into the nitty-gritty of how they choose their boondocking spots. They share a lot of info with us, especially because we’…
 
Sometimes being spontaneous is the key to a great adventure. This past summer we made a last minute call and with a little bit of lady luck we found ourselves in Yellowstone National Park. In this episode, we share our story of how we ended up in Yellowstone, what we saw, where we ate and where we stayed. If you’re thinking about a Yellowstone Nati…
 
We spent a month on the road traveling the American West with Glacier National Park as one of our iconic stops on this trip. I share our experience navigating the new ticketed entry system in the park as well as I highlight things to see, to play, to eat and drink and where to stay. Plus, in the Pitstop I share my three phase approach to the planni…
 
Meet the S.M.A.R.T. Bus, a skoolie conversion completed by the Vickers. Hailing from Indiana Jon and Jennifer had built their professional lives and raised their family, but something had been always calling them to the road. From family road trips to now, as they just completed their build out they took their bus on its maiden voyage this summer. …
 
After owning our Jayco for six months, sleeping 49 nights in our trailer, and traveling over 3,300 miles it’s time for a full unbiased review. My wife, Susy, joins in this episode as we discuss our likes, our dislikes, trailer issues we’ve experienced, and lessons learned. Plus, Susy shares great tips on how to maximize the interior space of an RV.…
 
RV maintenance we all know is something that needs to be done to protect our trailers and motorhomes, but at times it can also feel a bit overwhelming. In this episode we discuss RV maintenance tips and techniques with Joe Testa a certified RV Inspector with the National RV Inspector Association. During the pitstop, I geek out on tools and share wh…
 
We discuss the refreshing summertime spirit of Gin, with Uncle Mark. Uncle Mark, is a world traveller, a Class-A motorhome hopeful, and a self-proclaimed food & booze geek. He shares with us a brief history of Gin, we cover the standard classical gin drinks (martini, gin and tonics), but he also gives us a wonderfully delicious recipe that is light…
 
We are going to be talking about Wilderness First Aid. This is an important and often overlooked topic as I think people think of Wilderness First Aid as something necessary for those who are deep into the backcountry or high up on a mountain and far away from medical care. That is just not the reality. In this episode we talk with Shaun Quinn, a f…
 
Lake Chelan is a four season playground for everyone. For those who live on the ‘Wet’ side of the Cascade Mountains this is where they go to play. Lake Chelan is a beautiful four hour drive from Seattle and in this episode we cover recreational activities, where to find wine, Stehekin, and the best places to RV camp. In the Pitstop, I interview my …
 
Imagine drinking great tasting water directly from the tap. Whether you’re a full-time or novice RVer, you know the value of fresh, clean water in your rig. In this episode, I chat with Keith Bernard, CEO of CLEAR2o, one of the leading manufacturers of water filtration systems for RV’s since 2008. We talk about different options and filtration solu…
 
The greatest Campground Game is not Cornhole, Ladder Ball or even Bocce, but rather the game of Washers. In this episode, we decrypt the history of this American game, discuss the details of game play and share some sporting highlights about what makes this the best game for camping. Plus, in our Pitstop, I chat with my son and we discuss the craft…
 
RV solar solutions are often clouded in mystique and sometimes its limitations are misunderstood. In this episode, we chat with Avanti Lalwani the CEO of Briter Products a manufacturer of RV solar solutions including lithium ion batteries and we clear up just what RV solar can do for your coach. During the Pitstop, we cover what you need to know if…
 
We chat with Youtuber, The Bourbon Judge as we discuss bourbons and my favorite campfire cocktail, The Old Fashioned. During our pitstop, I share highlights about Kayak Point county park and Campground. Spoiler, it’s a hidden gem located about one hour north of Seattle. Rooted in rich history this campground dates back to over a hundred years ago. …
 
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