Monthly Archives: May 2018

Jeff makes Corn Pancakes

Jeff rustles up a batch of corn pancakes. That's right... corn. First he butters the grill, then pours a can of corn on it and grills that until it is brown. Then comes the pancake syrup, just a little thinner than normal. Check out the video for more of Jeff's tips and to see the…
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Introducing our latest Contributing Author

Meet Jeanie of Me and Mr. Jones! Laurie and I met Jeanie and her husband briefly on our cross-country trip. Mr. Jones handed us their biz card and said marvelous things about his wife and her 'blog'. Jeannie describes herself - "My sole reason for being on the planet is my love & devotion to God…
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How to Avoid RV Buyer Mistakes

 Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education show us “How to avoid common RV buyer mistakes” . Mark has witnessed many poor RV buying decisions in his long history with RVs. Once you make the decision to purchase an RV, you might feel overwhelmed. There is so much to learn before choosing. If you're…
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RV Education 101 / RV Mirrors

Whether you’re driving a motorhome or towing a trailer, if you don’t know how to use your mirrors then you might as well just put on a blindfold and pray. There are basically two types of mirrors for motorhomes. The type that extends out and the type that are fixed on the motorhome. Mark Polk,…
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Buying a Used Class B Motorhome

Buying a Used Class B Motorhome

We continue our series on buying a used RV with a look at class B motorhomes. This category of RVs is also one the fastest growing segments and once you see this week’s feature you’ll understand why.

Class B’s have been around for quite some time and, in the early days, they were called conversion vans. Now, virtually every major motorhome manufacturer is turning out their own brands and models of class Bs.

Let's face it, a class B motorhome may not be for everyone and that’s why there are so many makes and models of RVs being made. What’s perfect for one person or family will not be perfect for another.

On this week’s show we focus in on two very popular types and models of class Bs and we chose these two models because of the difference in their price points when they were new and what they are selling for now.

First is a 2015 Winnebago Travato. Built on a Ram Pro-Master chassis, this unit is now selling in the $60,000 to $69,000 range based on mileage and how the unit is optioned out.

The second model we're featuring is a 2014 PleasureWay Plateau FL model based on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis. This particular model has a 6-cylinder diesel power engine and, of course, being a Mercedes is the pricier of the two coming in at around the $95,000 range.

Of course there is a difference in options, fit and finish between the two and that’s why we choose these two models to give you a good look at exactly what is available in this small motorhome market.

Check out the show as Jeff gives us some great insight based on his real-life use of these two units. Who knows, he may just point out some pros and cons about class Bs you haven’t considered.

2018-11 – Buying a Used Travel Trailer

On this week’s show we start our series on buying a used RV by looking at the fast growing lite and ultra-lite travel trailer market. There are a lot of models available in this category and we decided to focus in on two of the most popular models, the R-Pod by Forest River and the Jayco Jay Feather Hybrid model. Both the R-Pod and Jay Feather are 2016 models and are currently selling in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. Of course, like cars the price varies depending on options and overall condition.

Here is our previous comparison of these two models and the Jayco Hummingbird.

Forest River R-Pod

The Forest River R-Pod is easy to identify with its colors, graphics and rounded aerodynamic shape. This is the trailer, with its relatively narrow body and wheels and fenders that extend out past the sidewalls, that started a style trend in the industry as witnessed by several remarkably similar trailers from other manufacturers including the Hummingbird discussed above.

Its narrow profile and swoopy aerodynamics improve towability via reduced wind resistance. Placing the tires outside the body means there are no wheel wells inside to adversely affect its interior floorplan design. Jeff reviewed the Hood River Edition with the rear kitchen, side dinette floorplan. This unit also offered 3-inches more of suspension, heavy duty tires and custom wheels. A nice fun package!

It has one outside storage compartment which can hold a toolbox and longer items like fishing poles that are under 6-feet 3-inches long. You won’t be putting folding chairs in here but it’s fairly functional.

The body is about 17-feet long with a great slide-out which gives the unit lots of livability inside. The rear kitchen has a large wall-to-wall counter space that would be the envy of some mugh-larger trailers.. The usual two burner stove, Dometic 3-way refrigerator and a variety of storage spaces are additional kitchen features. The rear-kitchen floorplan doesn’t block traffic into the small trailer.

The dinette can accommodate 4 people and the dinette table is portable so can be taken outside. The folded-down bed is smallish but can take care of a couple of little kids easily enough.

Remember this is one of several floor plans and which you choose depends on your priorities in a compact interior space. In this unit there is a small wet bath with a typically small sink. It’s functional but another model has a larger bathroom, and might be a better choice if that’s more important to you.

The bed is wide, but only 6-feet 3-inches long which is fine for most people and there are windows on both sides. The TV can be adjusted for bed or dinette viewing. There’s handy wardrobe and 3 drawers near the bed.

Jayco JayFeather

The Jay Feather 16XRB weighs in at 3200 pounds dry. ‘Hybrid’ means it is part hard-side and part tent trailer, with a hard-side, full-height body plus end-mounted fold-down tent platforms like a fold-down tent trailer. It’s seriously easy to maneuver and the 16 XRB comes with a 12-foot power awning.

Being a hard-sided travel trailer, the Jay Feather includes the security of a lockable door, bathroom, kitchen, and other standard trailer features. The fold-down tent platforms take just a few minutes to set up and provide far more open sleeping space than available in a typical lightweight. This small trailer can sleep quite a few people when both end tents plus the dinette bed are factored in.

There’s functional storage in the unit but no drawers in the kitchen so you’ll need to get creative about finding a place for your utensils. The dinette table is conveniently portable for use inside or out. There’s a 2 burner stove, vent fan, microwave, Dometic 2-way refrigerator and modest counter space in the galley. It has a manual ignition water heater which requires you turn the pilot light on and ignote it by hand, but it’s a simple process.

The TV mount swivels for viewing but is on a small platform shared with the stereo and the wall unit air conditioner so its manipulation is a bit clumsy and its position semi blocks the cool air from the AC unit.

The bathroom is functional and has a really handy feature that most RVs don’t come with: it has two coat hooks to hang towels or clothes. Most RV companies leave the towel hook or towel bar placement and installation up to the user’s preference. The Jay Feather hook placement seems pretty smart.

Getting that Campfire Started

What can you do with egg cartons and candle wax that will make your next camping trip more enjoyable? Jeff shows us a pretty easy way to create your own guaranteed to light fire starters using old candle wax and egg cartons. It's something he learned a long time ago as a Boy Scout! Sometimes…
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2018-12 – Buying a Used Class B – and More!

Buying a Used Class B Motorhome We continue our series on buying a used RV with a look at class B motorhomes. This category of RVs is also one the fastest growing segments and once you see this week’s feature you’ll understand why. Class B’s have been around for quite some time and, in the…
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More Than Meets The Eye

People often ask us just what goes into shooting some of our segments, specially the on-the-road RV and vehicle reviews. Simple answer…. Lots of pre-shoot prep work and planning, story line and script if needed and lots of audio and camera equipment. And that’s even before we start shooting. To give you a good idea…
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