Stephanie’s Picks and Opinions, March 2020

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Stephanie’s Picks and Opinions, March 2020

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Stephanie’s Picks and Opinions, March 2020

Looking for something new to listen to or watch? Maybe you are looking for a new app? Today, we’re bringing you just a few of Stephanie’s picks for podcasts, don’t-miss video clips, activity ideas, and more today!

Things to Listen to:

Dolly Parton’s America (podcast)

The magic of Dolly Parton’s America can really be summed up in this description from the webite: “In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons.

This 9-episode series is a fun ride through the Dollyverse. Host Jad Abumrad is the creator of Radiolab and More Perfect. If you have ever been a fan of Radio Lab, then you have some idea of the kind of style and brilliance at work in this podcast hosted by Jad Abumrad. 

Dolly really does occupy this safe space in America that few things do. She’s common ground for many of us in these divisive times. But, that doesn’t mean this podcast is just fluff. Jad does some deep dives that really make you think about the different layers of Dolly.

If you’re gearing up for a long spring drive, download the whole series. It’s creative, it’s wacky, it’s fun. This is what we need more of in our lives right now!

This is Uncomfortable: Money Horror Stories (podcast episode dated October 31st)

While everyone just might love talking about Dolly, one thing few love to talk about is money. The podcast This is Uncomfortable talks about those money stories that no one wants to share, but we all want to hear. Stephanie thinks you especially might want to hear the Money Horror Stories episode from October 31.

This episode opens with a story of how someone (Katie) got scammed in buying an RV online and lost about $20,000. It’s a “must listen” for anyone thinking of buying online or through escrow companies. This woman and her husband actually worked in the financial sector, and she really thought she had done her due diligence. 

RVing has exploded, and you are hearing more and more stories of people being ripped off during the purchase process. We aren’t trying to scare you away from that, but this is a really sad story about a situation that seemed really, really legit. Check it out.

 

Things to Watch:

Stop what you are doing and watch Portlandia’s Van Life clip. You really might feel seen after you watch this!

This really cracked up! I’m sure we can all relate as we imagine the glorious lives we will lead will RVing…only to be caught off guard by some of the real-life less-than-perfect moments.

It really makes me think of the bit of a turn we are seeing in folks starting to talk more honestly about some of the struggles and challenges of full-time RV living. We know “influencers” often try to share the magic of some aspect of their lives, and others might begin to get the impression that ALL of the moments are magical. We know otherwise. So, it’s nice to see those real-life moments that come alongside the magic!

 

Things to Download:

1000 Hours Outside

We know getting the kids outside might be a challenge. Maybe you’re too busy, or maybe they love the digital stuff inside. We love the mission of the 1000 Hours Outside website, which challenges families to spend 1000 hours in the outdoors. They offer awesome FREE downloadable PDF activity trackers

There are a variety of styles, from a fun circular design to charts and graphs. A lot of kids might really respond to the idea of a challenge and getting to fill in circles or squares after one hour outside. Maybe it’ll motivate your family in a fun, different way!

 

Things I Have Opinions About:

Stephanie has opinions. Lots of them–ha! She wanted to take a moment to talk about some of them. First up: Sales tactics at RV shows! These are the first indication you have of a dealer’s integrity. Of course, dealerships are trying to sell RVs at these shows. They often offer great deals, and you get to explore tons of RVs in one spot

But, how do you what’s normal and what isn’t when dealing with a dealership at an RV show. Luckily, after one listener had an encounter that left him feeling a little uncomfortable, he asked a question about it in our friendly Facebook group.  

Don wasn’t sure whether or not it was normal for a dealership to ask for a credit card before settling on the terms of a deal. Luckily, lots of other listeners chimed in and shared their experiences to let him know that no, this was not normal.

You will know a good dealer by how they treat you from the beginning of the sale to the end of the sale…and beyond! You should never feel pressured by tactics that make you feel uncomfortable. If you feel uncomfortable, that’s a red flag. Walk away from that toxic relationship!

There are plenty of great dealerships out there that will not pressure you. You should feel GOOD every step along the way! After all, buying an RV should be fun.

See You at the Campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

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