Monthly Archives: September 2017

Living with 30-Amps

RV Education 101 This week Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 show us why living on 30-amps involves a little planning and self discipline. Being out in an RV is not quite like being at home where having 50-amps and running a toaster and air conditioner is not a problem. But once you…
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We visit Carefree of Colorado

As the saying goes, “You’re not camping until the awning comes out’, which we know is really true. Just ask any RVer. There’s something about being under that awning that adds a lot of comfort to the RVing experience and Carefree Of Colorado takes that very fact very seriously. The company has over 30-patents related…
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We visit Gulf Stream Coach

In today's business environment, especially the RV industry, it’s hard to find a 35-year old company that still operates under the same ownership, never mind the same family. Gulf Stream Coach just happens to be one of those exceptions.

Gulf Stream Coach started back in 1983 by Jim Shea Sr. We learn some of the obstacles the company went through getting started back in those early years of the RV industry. They started with a small seven-man crew who designed and built two motorhomes and one travel trailer in a matter of weeks in time for the big Notre Dame RV Show in South Bend, Indiana. Needless to say, the units were a hit with RV dealers attending the show and as the old saying goes, ‘The company hasn’t looked back since’.

Located in Nappanee, Indiana, Gulf Stream Coach is now run by Jim’s son, Dan Shea. It’s large sprawling facility now employs a few hundred people, many who have been there for over 20-years, and one that’s been there since the first day 35 years ago.

We had an opportunity to talk with Scott Pullin, one of the company's original seven man team and now Vice President of Operations. Scott filled us in on the challenges the team faced getting started and how the company has progressed since then.

We had a chance to tour the motorized RV production lines and actually see how they build the Conquest Class C and BT Cruiser motorhomes which include a lot of hidden features you can’t see once the floors and wall are in place. Check it all out on this week’s show.

Gulf Stream Coach, Carefree of Colorado and Living with 30 amps

Gulf Stream Coach In today's business environment, especially the RV industry, it’s hard to find a 35-year old company that still operates under the same ownership, never mind the same family. Gulf Stream Coach just happens to be one of those exceptions. Gulf Stream Coach started back in 1983 by Jim Shea Sr. We learn…
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Covered Bridges in Cheshire County, NH

Two Gals and a Dog, along with friend, Kellie, RV'd to Swanzee, NH recently for this New Hampshire destination. We stayed at the Ashuelot River Campground, peaceful, quiet campground with new owners who are investing and improving. As of 2017, they write that "they have 6 new pull-through water/sewer/electric sites; 9 new riverside water/electric sites; a…
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Easy Peasy Apple Pie Salad

Most RVers and campers have those favorite recipes they like preparing when out camping or just traveling. This particular recipe, apple pie salad, was from Evanne Schmarder and since we first aired the segment with her preparing this dish, the follow up and inquiries keep coming. It’s called Apple Pie Salad and, as Evanne says,…
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Tips for traveling with pets

With over 60% of RVers traveling with pets, our friends Mark and Dawn Polk at RV Education 101 give us some tips you should know when traveling and RVing with Pets. This is a pretty extensive list, so take a listen and you might avoid a dangerous, challenging, frightening or embarrassing moment!
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Destination – Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine

Sandy Pines Campground was our first campground experience with Lacey and Cagney, so we don't have a comparison, but I cannot imagine what else could be provided! This campground in Kennebunkport, Maine was opened recently. It's a new campground.  They purchased an old campground and completely gutted it.  The old campground had 400 sites, and…
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Liquid Gushes from Black Tank!

Our very first black and grey tank dump happened this past weekend. All was going well until Laurie unscrewed the cap to the tanks. Out spewed liquid! The levers were closed so we were flabbergasted as to what the liquid was and if we'd get in trouble with the campground maintenance guy, etc. We pondered…
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