Tom and Kris Camping Podcast, RVing and Tent Camping
By Tom, Kris and Don Ballard, Campers and RVers
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The ultimate camping and RVing podcast. Focusing on the affordable and the future, we bring you the latest in camping for families and people with busy lives. We think camping and RVing should be fun and easy. Energy costs and environmental concerns will surely change the way we camp and the equipment we use. Discover the future of camping and RVing as we discuss camping equipment, affordable RV options, camping gear, camping hacks and other tips and tricks. Tents, pickup campers, travel trailers and motor homes, all are fair game for discussion on Tom and Kris Camping.
||CleanFinding Money For Camping and RVing, Repairing Camping Gear||You love to camp, and you love to travel. But finding money for camping and RVing can be as tricky as finding time. We’ll deal with finding time another day. Let’s talk about finding money. Before we start talking about finding more money for campin||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Was Your First Piece Of Camping Gear? Get Tho Most From Your Cooler||Today we want to help you get the most from your cooler. Kris and I recently purchased a new cooler for our adventures. We were committed to NOT buying ice each day. These tips helped. How did we do it? We followed the directions,||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38. Building a Future For Travel Time and Resources||Building A Future Building a future that allows more time for the things we enjoy takes time and commitment. Kris and I knew when we bought our condominium that our summer would be spent in renovation mode.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37. Camping Through Chaos||What happens when life gets too hectic to camp? That’s what the camping through chaos episode is about. Don was 4 1/2 when our twin daughters were born. Our small popup would easily sleep all of us, but life was hectic. We both worked full time.||6/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36. The One Legged Camper, and The Jelly Bean Camper||What’s a one legged camper? It’s a descriptive term I’ve coined for the camper whose spouse is not a camping fan. I spent most of the 90s working as a car salesman. A husband or wife shopping alone was commonly called a one-legged shopper.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35. Overland Trailers and RVs||Overland trailers aren’t made for RV parks. They’re made for overlanding, traveling where there’s little or no road. You could be forging a river or two, and climbing steep mountain trails. The point is to travel over unpaved, unimproved roads.||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34. Cold Nights, Toys For Kids, Coolers||Cold Spring Nights Camping season is off and running, but the nights can still be chilly. Higher altitudes and northern parts of the country can easily see nighttime temperatures below freezing well into the summer months.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33. National Parks, An RV That Pays For Itself||National Park Pass Programs nps.gov/planyourvisit is full of information about free and discount National Park passes. Unfortunately the website was down for maintenance when we were actually recording the podcast.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32. Make Your First Camping Trip Spectacular||It may be your first camping trip of the year. It could be your first trip in your new RV. Maybe it’s your first camping trip ever. Let’s make it spectacular. This episode is inspired by you. We’ll give you our thoughts and ideas to start right.||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31. When Is It too Cold To Camp? Camping In Bear Country||When Is It Too Cold To Camp? There are two answers for this one. First, when it’s no longer any fun. Second, when it becomes dangerous. WOW! That was quick. Now, let’s spend a little time on these. Whether you’re heading to the mountains or the be||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30. RV Bathrooms. How Much Do You Really Need?||Let’s Face it, most RV bathrooms are pretty compact. Don jokingly mentioned in a previous show about sitting on the toilet and reaching the microwave. That’s just not as far fetched as it sounds. Kris, Don and I will each give you our thoughts on t||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29. Is Fiberglass RV Siding Better Than Aluminum?||A trick question. Is fiberglass RV siding better than aluminum siding? It’s a trick question because the answer is a big IT DEPENDS. Laminated Fiberglass Sides Laminated fiberglass definitely has some advantages. It’s more aerodynamic,||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28. Taking Coffee To The Extreme. The Beverage episode||If you know us at all, you know we love coffee. Good coffee. We’ve even been called coffee snobs a time or two. We buy whole beans, grind them with a bur grinder and use a Bella drip maker for our daily use.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27. What Would You Upgrade?||Kris and I were browsing through the camping gear at a local Fleet and Farm store last week. We didn’t find what we were looking for, but we did find a $300 Yeti cooler on sale for $249. We didn’t buy it, but we sure looked it over.||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26. Nine Things Worth Spending More Money On||I’m sure this list could go on and on, but these are our top nine things worth spending more money on. Depending on how you camp, not all will apply to you, but you’ll get the concept. We made one of these mistakes years ago,||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25. Five Easy Steps To Get The Most From Your Sleeping Bag||In this episode we’ll share 5 easy steps to get the most out of your sleeping bag. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night with the shivers when the sleeping bag stops keeping you warm.||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24. Pancake Whiz and Moose Licking||Pancake Whiz Pancake whiz. Okay, that wasn’t the real name. It was called Batter Blaster, but it was the same concept. Much like a can of whipped cream, you would hold the can upside down and spray the batter right onto the griddle.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. Finally! A Good Camping and RV Expo||The RV and Camping Expo The Green Bay RV and Camping Expo was alive and well for 4 days. Kris and I were able to spend several hours visiting the show. The emphasis was definitely on the RV side of things. With only one popup trailer, one A-frame,||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. How To Get The Best Deal On Your Next RV, and Why You Need One||This is the first in a three part series on how to get the best deal on an RV. This week we’ll focus on buying a brand new unit. In the next 2 episodes we will cover buying a newer used RV, than an older unit on a tighter budget.||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21. A New Year of Adventure And Podcasting||WE ARE BACK! We are back with new shows, a new co-host host, new segments and more entertainment. Where Did We Go? We’ll save the blow by blow of 2016 and give you a quick recap. A move across the state. A new job with more time away from home.||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. Listener Feedback, A Few Thoughts On Our Next RV.||Here it is, September. We’re back, but still a little disorganized. If you’ve ever moved, you know what we’re going through. The recording studio is up and functioning, but I still haven’t located all of my gear.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. Buying or Building Our Next RV. Let The Battle Begin||Before we talk about our next RV, let me bring you up to date on where we’ve been. Kris and I just returned from a two week road trip. Traveling from our home in northern Wisconsin, we headed towards southern Idaho for Kris’ class reunion.||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. A Summer Update||As the title says, this is more of a Kris and Tom update than anything. If you’ve followed the previous episodes, you know that camping was a big part of our lives when the kids were young. They’ve all grown and have families of their own,||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. Seven Differences Between Full Time RVers and The Rest Of Us||Shopping With The Full Time RVers Full time RVers are definitely looking for different things. I remember that first RV show Kris and I attended. It was in Portland, OR in 1984. I don’t even remember the name of the facility, but it was huge.||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. 3 Alternatives To The VW Camper Bus||We talked about the VW camper bus in the last episode. You love the concept, but you want something newer, safer and more reliable. Today we’ll talk about some other choices. Author’s Note: I will be completing this post later in the week.||2/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Why America Loved the VW Camper Bus||VW camper bus. You’ve got to be hiding under a rock if you don’t have an instant mental image when you hear those words. Commonly referred to as the Volkswagen Type 2, those air cooled, rear engine novelties were everywhere. And my favorite,||1/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. The Future of Camping and RVing||Let’s face it. The world is changing. Regardless of your views on big issues like climate change, global warming, the next ice age or the zombie apocalypse, the green movement is here to stay. It will direct our future energy supply,||12/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Winter Activities, Solving Camping Problems||In this episode we talk about winter activities, and we talk about solving camping problems we seem to find common. From storing your RV or camping gear, to asking for winter show ideas. There’s a full range of topics in episode 13.||12/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Eliminating Dangerous Formaldehyde Fumes In Your RV||Who doesn’t remember Shasta travel trailers? Those cute little trailers have a style of their own. And they had wings. Small but prominent silver wings at each rear corner. Originally building the trailers for military housing,||11/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Keeping Rodents Out Of Your RV||Short show today. I promise next week we will be back to normal. This week I wanted to tell you about something we found to ward off rodents in your RV. is all natural. No chemicals or poisons. No rotting rodent carcasses to discover and remove.||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvaluating A Used Pickup Camper||This week’s episode is about evaluating the condition and needed repairs of an older RV. In this case, our used pickup camper. I wrote a related article about whether or not we should upgrade to a newer pickup over at truckngpodcast.com.||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Buying a Used RV – Follow Your Nose and feet||Shopping for anything used is always a buyer-beware adventure. Buying a used travel trailer or camper is no different. Today Kris and I will spend some time on buying used. Your Nose and Feet Can Tell You Plenty When Buying a Used RV New and used,||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Our Biggest RV Mistakes||Kris and I talked in episode 6 about the first of our RV mistakes, buying the wrong travel trailer. We had our choice narrowed down to 2 units. The first, a 21 foot single axle unit with an open floor plan. We both fell in love with it.||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Affordable Custom Campers By Capri – Interview||There’s an old saying in the business world. It’s what many businesses consider a key to success. That saying is “a foot wide, and a mile deep.” The point is to do only a few things, and do them well. Such is the case with Capri Campers.||10/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. The Wrong Way To Buy Your Dream RV||When Your Dream RV Becomes a Nightmare Today’s feature story helps us define one of our goals here at Tom and Kris Camping. We don’t want to see you stuck with an RV you may no longer be able to use. We found this story at trivalleycentral.||10/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Ultra Lite Pop-up Trailers, Toterhome Campers||Pop-up camp trailers come in many sizes, but in this episode we’ll talk about an ultra-lite model. Lees-ure Lite is located in B.C. Canada and manufactures a line of light weight camp trailers. We’re talking under 300 pounds light weight.||9/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Two Budget Pickup Campers, New Show Segments||Let’s get down to truck camper basics here. You’re looking for a few simple things. A light camper that that doesn’t overload a half ton pickup. Basic amenities. A sink, stove and ice box. A dinette or sofa that folds into a bed.||9/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Glamping, The Shakedown Cruise, Old Airstreams||This was an important weekend for us. It was the first real camping trip in our recently purchased camper. In a campground close to home, we could see what our 22 year old slide-in camper was made of. We even had a serious thunderstorm Saturday,||8/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Don’t Be A Touron||What’s a Touron? A touron is tourist doing something stupid. A moron tourist. Touron. They make bad choices that make life harder for everyone. Here are some common touron mistakes and how to avoid them. 1. No mirrors.||8/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1. Our First Pop Up Camper||When you have a lot to say, it’s always tough to decide where to start. Podcasting is no different. We have so many ideas, topics and news articles we both want to share, but where do you jump in? We started the show with a little about us.||8/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Lots of great info!
I enjoy listening to this podcast because it gives a lot of insight in to the life of rving. Keep it up!
My pro and cons IMHO
My pro: the enthusiasm and knowledge these folks have for camping and are willing to share as free content.
My cons: 1) Tom and Kris with a K (stated MANY times during the podcast) are knowledgeable; however Kris with a K tends to scoff and look down on some of the ways others camp if it's not the way she thinks it should be done. If someone works his/her butt off so they can afford a fancy RV or camper and then if his/her idea of camping is watching TV, then that's ok for him/her to do.
2) I find the segment they do where they look for poorly written online ads and then rip them apart, all the while either laughing or harshly exclaiming, to be not a humorous and kind thing to do-and this judgement is from these folks who say 'drug' instead of 'dragged'.