RVFTA #157 The New RV Learning Curve

The RV Atlas Podcast
RVFTA #157 The New RV Learning Curve

Our longtime listeners know that we bought a new RV last winter and made the big leap from a bunkhouse travel trailer to a toy hauler. Well, we spent a few dozen nights camping in it already, and we’re ready to share some of our initial impressions.

If you want to check out our reflections on our previous White Hawk travel trailer, and listen to our expectations for the Octane SL 272, you can tune in to episode #120 Saying Goodby to our Jayco White Hawk Travel Trailer and episode #121 Saying Hello to our Jayco Octane Superlite Toy Hauler. If you would like a visual of our RV floor plan, check out the details here.

Segment One: The New RV Blues

We are being super honest here and sharing some experiences that caught us by surprise. The cold, hard truth? Our last travel trailer was awesome, gave us no major problems, and was completely customized to our family’s storage and travel needs. It came as somewhat of a shock to realize that the excitement of buying a new RV was somewhat tempered by the work involved in learning the new systems and organizing the new space.

We figured that sharing this emotional roller coaster would be helpful to those listeners wondering if an upgrade is in the near future. In this segment, we dish on…

  • Learning how to tow a new rig
  • The great truck upgrade of 2017
  • Storage and decor challenges
  • RV oopsies

Segment Two: The Octane Exterior

In this segment we dive into the particulars and explore some of the features that are different on the Octane. We optioned up this rig, and some things are a hit…others, not so much. Listen to hear us discuss…

  • Ball Auto Leveler
  • Thetford’s Sani Con Turbo
  • No slide situation
  • Much, more more!

Segment Three: The Octane Interior

In the last segment, we go inside and chat about the very different floor plan and how it has suited our family during our first camping season of ownership. Some of the topics include…

  • Bunks in the kitchen??!!
  • Garage space and usage
  • Kitchen storage and appliances
  • Recliners (and no tables!!!)
  • Garage screen door

Other links of interest from the show include:

Southwest RV Supershow Information and Admission Coupon

Hershey RV Show Information

RV Mattress Blog Post

RVFTA Meet Up Schedule at the Jayco display:

  • Thursday, 5-6 pm
  • Friday & Saturday 2-3:30 pm

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The RV Atlas Podcast
RVFTA #157 The New RV Learning Curve

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Past and Present Podcast Sponsors and Content Partners

The RV Atlas has worked with many of the most iconic brands in the outdoor industry. Here is a select list of our past and present sponsors and industry partners.

  • Go RVing
  • Jayco
  • KOA
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Cabela’s
  • Good Sam
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Outdoorsy
  • Thetford
  • Camco
  • RV Trader
  • Blackstone Products
  • Truma
  • RV SnapPad
  • Campspot
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts
  • Highway West Vacations
  • Go Power Solar
  • Acuva Tech
  • Maryland Department of Tourism
  • Delaware State Parks
  • The Neighbor APP
  • THOR Industries
  • Lodge Cast Iron

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