Podcast Episodes

Episode 67 – Reversing nasty niffs

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   08/07/2020

Episode 67 – Reversing nasty niffs

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

A big thank you for the for Ko-fi donations this week

We read out emails this week form Email from BrokenSpokesIrl, Lisa on Facebook and Julie & Nick in the UK

We also read out an email from Adam and Luke (Waterford) and Kevin (Limerick), they are on a trip/challenge- 32 counties in 32 days (started on June 29th) whilst hiking/cycling/walking and swimming the sites of the country.

Campsites or stop overs:

COVID REPORT

  • Strand Camping in Doonbeg, Co Clare
  • Nagles in Doolin Co Clare.
  • Desert House Camping in Clonakilty

We discuss a not so good review from Sakvan on campsitereview.com

Tips & Camping hacks:

Getting rid of smells in your Motorhome, Camper or Caravan

Products:

Very low Cost on Amazon.co.uk – Reversing Camera Kit with 4.3” LCD Monitor Car Rearview Backup Camera IP68 Waterproof Night Vision Parking Assistance System

Late Breaking news

UK caravan parks and campsites will experience a welcome boost this summer after chancellor of the exchequer announced today that he will be slashing VAT from 20% to 5% across the travel and tourism sectors

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Episode 66 – 2020 Camping is back

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   01/07/2020

Episode 66 – 2020 Camping is back

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

We are back camping and Ardmore is our first stop. We have a quick chat about camping day 1.

Did you go away?  How well did your campsite manage Covid protection and social distancing?

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thanks to Darren Gallagher & Mark Kiely for the Ko-Fi donation this week. We are very grateful for your continued support.

A big big shout out to Garry O’Connor for the mention on Camping With Kids in Ireland last week. Checkout Garry’s great campsite list.

Also a big thanks Ally for recommending us to the new members of MotorhomeCraic.

Follow Charlie and Me Our Camping Vlog on Instagram

Follow up from Joseph Sheedy he is enjoying the hacks.

Brigid & Donal got back on to us if you remember on last weeks podcast they were looking for help on caravan insurance.

We received an email  from M on Tuesday looking for advice about camping as a female on their own.

Tips & Camping hacks:

Water filling tips from Sprinter from MHCC

Products:

Aaron reviews a habitation door safety lock from IMC Creations. Available from pathoranmotors.com mention AARON & get free shipping.

Camp life:

Selling your camper, we share some advice

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Episode 65 – Meet-ups and maps

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   24/06/2020

Episode 65 – Meet-ups and maps

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:
The Camping Crew & Charlie & Me from You Tube are having a meet up…
Friday & Saturday  25th & 26th of September 2020

Treegrove Caravan & Camping Park Kilkenny City

Book by email info@kilkennycamping.com or Phone Dan on 086 8308845 but do it soon as places are limited..
 

Other News

Charlie & Me now have a map of all the places we have done a video review on in Ireland its available by going onto campsitereview.com and clicking on the Charlie & Me tab.

Demand for motorhomes, watch out for scammers

Sites reopening after Covid19, some sites not taking tents yet

Are campsites upping their prices, question in from Mark and Noreen


Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Ko-Fi donations this week

Sticker requests

Products:

Vango Radiate Single sleeping bag

Also try the Vango Radiate Heat Mat (50eu approx in charles c)

Camp life:

Brigid & Donal are looking for some information from the listeners regarding Caravan breakdown assistance & insurance that covers them in Ireland and on the continent.

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Episode 64 – Jet-ski camping and hook-up accessories

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   17/06/2020

Episode 64 – Jet-ski camping and hook-up accessories

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Northern Ireland Government bring dates forward to 26th June for opening of sites with self contained units

CARAVAN and campsites across the UK have been given the go-ahead to reopen on July 4 to holidaymakers. In order to maintain safety, however, they must enforce some strict new hygiene measures which will see guests being asked to clean some facilities

Outdoor gatherings of up to 5000 people could take place from September & cinemas could reopen in August says Taoiseach. We discuss.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thank for the Request for stickers and the questions from Trevor

Thank you to David S for the coffee donation.

Thank you to Stephen in the UK for his nice words regarding the podcast

Campsites or stop overs:

Elayne wants us to ask listeners do they know of any campsites with water access for a Jet Ski.

Tips & Camping-hacks:

Leisure battery advice

Products:

As well as the electrical lead, what else do we need to cover most eventualities to be able to plug in on sites.

Camp life:

Aaron gives us an overview of the sites he’s heading to this Summer for Charlie and Me

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Episode 63 – Camping Guidelines and Interview with Decathlon Ireland

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   10/06/2020

Episode 63 – Camping Guidelines and Interview with Decathlon Ireland

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Great news for Irish campers as the Irish Government bring in earlier easing of the reopening times for campsites.

Along with this they jointly published Guidelines for reopening Caravan and Camping parks along with the Irish Caravan and Camping Council and Board Failte.

We chat about this on the Podcast and include an interview with the owner of  Treegrove Campsite in Kilkenny

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Dory on Boards.ie had a question for us regarding a previous cooker/BBQ/Grill that we reviewed.

Thank you to Charlene for buying us a coffee. We really appreciate the support.

Products:

We chat with Simon Allen from Decathlon Ireland about the new store opening and much more.

Camp life:

If your new to camping don’t forget to listen back to the earlier episodes as there is lots of really good information and tips to be had.

We are now on Instagram, give us a follow if your on it. Search for @TheCampingCrewPodcast

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Episode 62 – Interview with A Motorhome Life of Hank & Marvin and more

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   03/06/2020

Episode 62 – Interview with A Motorhome Life of Hank & Marvin and more

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:
Vantastival follow up


Some good news (maybe) from Sunday’s Irish Independent. Will we get an early release?

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thank you the support with coffee donations

Update from mark about his Insurance question from last week

Pat was on via email about bringing his Camper back from Germany

Colin from Phoenix Motorhome Club got in touch about with advice about Caravan weights

Camp life:

We have a very inspiring interview this week with Rebecca from A Motorhome Life of Hank and Marvin who are going to be creating a new world record attempt?

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Episode 61 – Limpets, insurance prices and staycations

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   27/05/2020

Episode 61 – Limpets, insurance prices and staycations

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:
Martin Carson asked about a meetup on Charlie & Me on YouTube.


RTE1 Radio discussed Staycations recently, we discuss this

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thanks to the following people for their support on https://ko-fi.com/thecampingcrew

We have a quest in from Mark about camper insurance and clubs. We run though what the Motor Caravan Of Ireland club state on their website

Campsites or stop overs:

We have a review of the Seal Caves site on Achill from WithAndWithout

Tips & Campinghacks:

This weeks tip comes from the Vango and @TheGlampers on twitter

Products:

Decathlon’s inflatable camping living area, AIR SECONDS BASE CONNECT FRESH – 6 PEOPLE

Tourer tells us about Limpets on campsitereview.com. Does anyone have any experience of them?

Camp life:
Where will you visit first on the 20th of July? We want you to let us know.

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Episode 60 – Motorbikes carriers and caravan weights

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   20/05/2020

Episode 60 – Motorbikes carriers and caravan weights

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne. 

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

David fox was in touch asking about CVRT updates

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Adrian emailed us on Monday with a request for stickers

Thanks Darren Gallagher for tweeting the photo and comment “We’re all dressed up, but nowhere to go”

Thanks to Tony S for his email

We received an email this week from Michael Hickey about Caravan Weights

We put a shout out over the weekend for positive 5 star reviews on Apple podcasts. Here are some examples:

In the last episode we spoke about setting up a Ko-Fi page, thanks to Peter Cody for the suggestion. This is up and running now. Listen at the end of the podcast if you wish to support us.

Tips:

A big thank you to Charles Coughlan for sharing how he listens to the podcast on his Google nest mini

E-mail in from again from David Fox about the www.motor-roam.co.uk website

Campinghacks:

Get extra insulation in your camper or tent by using insulated silver rolls, the ones with the bubble membrane. In ScrewFix it’s called ThermaWrap.

Products:

Ronan asked us a few weeks ago for some advice  or solutions on traveling with motorbikes, I put a shout out to the gang at MotorhomeCraic.Com for advice.

Camp life:

For our UK listeners The Caravan & Motorhome club in the UK will commence opening their 200 plus sites under the following conditions…

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Episode 59 – Coffee, crowdfunding and the camping community

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   13/05/2020

Episode 59 – Coffee, crowdfunding and the camping community

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

The power of the Camping community here in Ireland

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

On our Charlie & Me you tube channel we made a video about the afore mentioned Bean Burgers from last weeks podcast.

Email from Allan in East Yorkshire

We also had a request for stickers from David F.

Campsites or stop overs:

We received a lovely audio message from Siubhan O’Connor, From Corcreggan Mill, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal. Roll it there Aaron…

Tony Grant messaged us on Twitter about helping campsite by crowdfunding?

Products:

We discuss Custom Printed Windbreakers

Camp life:

Tweet from Peter Cody about donations and Monthly Support from Fans For the Price of a Coffee

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Episode 58 – Vantastival update, discount cards and dodgy dealers

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:  06/05/2020

Episode 58 – Vantastival update, discount cards and dodgy dealers

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Con Quill from Camping Ireland & Blarney Caravan & Camping Park tweeted about the Roadmap to the reopening of the Caravan Parks.

Michael from the new Aire in Kilmackthomas Workhouse on the Waterford Greenway was in touch with an update.

Also in County Waterford back in March we spoke of a new Motorhome & Glamping park that was due to open soon near Dungarvan we have an update on this too.

Vantastival was due to go ahead on the June Bank Holiday weekend but due to covid19 it was postponed to September 18th but is it still going ahead ? Aaron spoke to Louise from Vantastival over the weekend.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Jen from Twitter with a question about Aarons famous bean burger

Campsites or stop overs:

Question in from Peter Cody on Twitter about discount cards

Tips:

Fraudsters use Covid lockdown to scam motorhome buyers, we discuss an article from the Guardian.

Products:

DOMETIC PERFECTVIEW CAM 200 

Camp life:

RENTING: Thinking of Buying a motorhome? We have suggested on many occasions to rent one first. Before renting a Motorhome or Camper, what homework do you need to do?

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Episode 57 – Fine cracks and fire-pits

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:  29/04/2020

Episode 57 – Fine cracks and fire-pits

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Email from Lisa following up on the podcast about Upholstery

Follow up to last weeks chat From David Scott about pumps and washing vans on the driveway.

Tips:

We received an email from David Fox about fine cracks on the front of his Hymer (see recent tweet for photos)

Products:

Dennis sent us in two excellent product reviews

On Twitter Ronan asked us for some advice  or solutions on traveling with motorbikes, We asked the listeners for help?

Camp life:

Questions from Social media: Renewing Insurance should we reinsure now or wait until the Covid-19 outbreak is over?

What we should do when we are allowed to go back camping:

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Episode 56 – Greener camping on the level

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   22/04/2020

Episode 56 – Greener camping on the level

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Update on Dungarvan Aires, story sent to us from Kieran Donovan, Phoenix MH Club, from the Dungarvan Leader

Colin Mc Carthy from Phoenix MH Club spoke to Galway Bay FM about this and the lack of parking for MH in Galway

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Charles AKA Bogman posted a follow up in the “The Camping Crew Podcast” thread,

Tony was on to say that he is working from his motorhome currently during the restrictions.

Thanks to Dave Scott for sending in a great follow up email about the towing frame and tools.

Tips:

How to be a greener camper.

Products:

We received a great email from Adrian Phelan this week about a product is called “Lock’n’Level”.

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Episode 55 – DIY jobs, awning pulleys and batteries

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   15/04/2020

Episode 55 – DIY jobs, awning pulleys and batteries

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Castlebar business, Ireland West Motorhomes, offers to hire out camper vans at cost price for those self-isolating

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We had a bit of activity recently  on the Motorhome Craic forum, we read some of the comments


Comment on C&M: We really value the video footage. Certainly good to get an impartial view. Keep it up. Mark

Claire – I thank you for all the videos you have kept me sane this weekend if you are ever in Cork  you are welcome to stay I have loads of space as I live on a 100 acre farm

Tips:

Is it ok to replace your motorhome leisure battery with normal car battery with same specifications? Will it work? If not then why?
 

Products:

Kampa Easy Awning Pulley

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Episode 54 – Copper Coast and Wonderlands

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:  08/04/2020

Episode 54 – Copper Coast and Wonderlands

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

The Copper Coast in Waterford got a mention in the June addition of Practical Motorhome if any of you get the magazine check it out.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We read a nice message from Tony Grant on Twitter

Campsites or stop overs:

We have a review of Carlingford Marina/Aire from Galldar via campsitereview.com
 

Tips:

Looking to buy a Motorhome on finance, we have some tips for you

Products:

Outwell wonderland range – Airbed with memory foam top mattress and cover

Camp life:

What did you buy for your Motorhome that you dont need now or never used. Thanks to Kevin and Aoife for suggesting this topic.

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Episode 53 – Rushin to the campfire for treats

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:  01/04/2020

Episode 53 – Rushin to the campfire for treats

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Alice was on from Kilmore Quay Camping Park with an update

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Fer mentions from Charlie & Me, the recent video on tools
 

Campsites or stop overs:
Aaron tells us about his recent trip to Rushin Caravan & Camping Park, 20 mins from Enniskillen


Tips:

Campfire or BBQ quick treat or snack ideas

Products:

Pop up changing, shower or toilet tent for the campervans with no separate room.

We discuss the DAVIS SHOCKLES MINI SHOCKLE 24″ BLACK

Camp life:

Where is the first place that your are going to go camping in Ireland when restrictions are lifted

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Episode 52 – Flaming Chargers, Fan Packs and other WiFi options

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   25/03/2020

Episode 52 – Flaming Chargers, Fan Packs and other WiFi options

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Irish Government: Holiday/caravan parks to close  from this evening.

Jamie at Strand Camping Doonbeg posted to MHC saying that all MOT testing in NI has been suspended

Longford County Council discussed recently the need for camper van parking spaces

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We received a suggestion by email recently from Peter Cody about a Camping Crew Fan/Support pack for the listeners

Kevin, Aoife, Eddie and Harry emailed on the 23rd regarding their Motorhome WI-FI solution

Tips & Camping hacks:

We offer some suggestion on more things to do in your motorhome when your stuck at home

Products:

This weeks product shout out is the BIOLITE CAMP STOVE

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Episode 51 – Campsites closing, cat litter and camping kitchens

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Episode 51 – Campsites closing, cat litter and camping kitchens

Record Date:   18/03/2020

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

We received and email from Bryan Web about campsites that are closing due to the Coronavirus

Motorhome Craic thread – Subject: Temporary site closures 

https://www.motorhomecraic.com/forum/topic.php?t=21394
 

Tips:

While we are all grounded why not catch up on the little jobs on your camper motorhome  or caravan.

Campsites or stop overs:

Charles Coughlan sent us an email about two sites that he visited in Scotland

  • Sango Sands Oasis in Durness
  • Another site at the other side of the hill at Balnakeil

Aaron tells us about his recent stay at Blaney Caravan Park Enniskillen

Campinghacks And Tips:

As seen on a twitter posting – To battle condensation in the van try filling an old sock with cat litter and placing on the dash!

Products:

Have a look out for the Vango Gastro Kitchen Unit

Camp life:

With all of us at home presently I know a lot of you campers are avid readers. Can any of you recommend some good Motorhome, Campervan, Caravanning or camping books? Fiction or non-fiction.

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Episode 50 – Camping solo, changing wheels and vinegar

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   11/03/2020

Episode 50 – Camping solo, changing wheels and vinegar

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Vantastival is postponed until September back on the 18th and 20th

There is a new website that is offering free adverts for private sales.

Its called: IMCS – IRISH MOTORHOME & CARAVAN SALES

The Website is: https://irishmotorhomesales.com/

Hilary Britton says ..  I’ve been planning for a while now, to open a small campervan / glamping site just outside Dungarvan , Co Waterford and finally look set to potentially open by June.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Mick Percival got in touch with us about our recent chat about The Hook:

We received a n excellent email from Dave Scott during the week

Rob sent us an email about reviewing sites in Northern Ireland

Campsites or stop overs:

Interview with Michael & Niall about the new Aire in the Workhouse in Kilmacthomas on the Waterford Greenway……

Tips & Campinghacks:

We received some great tips from by email from Peter Cody

Products:

Towbar law… What height should the towball be?

Camp life:

Dory from Boards.ie got in touch with some good suggestions

Finally a question for our listeners from Roy Dowie via direct message on Twitter

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Episode 49 – A hook, a stitch and a plot of land

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   04/03/2020

Episode 49 – A hook, a stitch and a plot of land

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Possible new camper van park for the Hook peninsula, details from the New Ross Standard

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We read an email in to charlie@aaronburchael.com  from D about his plan to invest in a camper to get out an about with his disability

We read a post from campsitereview.com from Clakrey about his experience as a first time motorhome.
 

An interesting email in from Darren regarding re upholstered cab seats

Campsites or stop overs:

We discuss The Meadow Camping Park, Glandore, Co Cork

Products:

There are SO MANY questions about Aframe towing I don’t think we will ever get an answear. I use an AFrame to tow our FIAT 500. Here is a link to some questions asked & answered https://www.lnbleisure.co.uk/index.php/2/

We have a product recommendation in from Ally at the MotorhomeCraic.com forum – Ring RSCDC30 DC To DC Smart Battery Charger 12v 30amp

Camp life:

Has any of our listeners bought a plot of land in a favourite location/spot just for camping on? Is this something people do? We discuss.

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Episode 48 – Charlie hits 1000, all terrain tyres and fishing sites

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   26/02/2020

Episode 48 – Charlie hits 1000, all terrain tyres and fishing sites

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Charlie & Me hit over 1,000 subscribers (1018 today)

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Hi to Kevin and Aoife who are out in Austria listening to The Camping Crew, thanks for the Photos it looks amazing out there.

In follow up to our recent ferry chat from Mick Percival we got a follow up message from Kim Olphert on the Facebook group Motorhome friendly locations ireland 

We discuss an interesting topic suggested by Harvey Mushman via message on Twitter

Charles Coughlan sent us in a response to our tweet about motorhoming the Tour De France

Campsites or stop overs:

Review in from Ian & Yvonne Clarke  about the Wild Atlantic Camp, Creeslough, Co. Donegal

Last week we asked about Campsites near good fishing locations. We have contributions from Clinton Donovan and Liam Foley

Tips

We had a email in from Ian Clark recently with a tip for the “leg length challenged.”

Products:

Your own private ehu in a box, we discuss the Aceleron Essential 100Ah Lithium Battery

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Episode 47 TVs, ferry prices and discounts

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   17/02/2020

Episode 47 TVs, ferry prices and discounts

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

The stopover at Cobh the 5Ft Way is to reopen following recent works.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We discuss an email from Mick Percival about ferry prices and discounts

Campsites or stop overs:

We read out and discuss two very different reviews on the same campsite from campsitereview.com: Lough Ree Ballykeeran

Products:

12v TV brands to consider for your Motorhome of Campervan suggested on this weeks podcast.

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Episode 46 – Noisy rattles, storage boxes and duvets

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   10/02/2020

Episode 46 – Noisy rattles, storage boxes and duvets

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Planning issues preventing Kilmore Quay campsite from opening

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Tony Grant sent us a message via Twitter to see if we had any thoughts regarding the UK tax rise on registering new motorhomes, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)

Campsites or stop overs:

BRANDON HILL CAMPING & GLAMPING review on campsitereview.com from Bolto02

Tips:

Fixing rattles in Motorhomes

Products:

Thule Go Box, foldable garage organiser

Kiting out your Awning to make it more homely

Camp life:

Top 5 camp sites in Ireland thanks to irelandbeforeyoudie.com

Do most people use Duvets in their van as opposed to sleeping bags? Thoughts/Comments

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Episode 45 – Gas cylinders, grills and help with imports

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   05/02/2020

Episode 45 – Gas cylinders, grills and help with imports

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Gary O’Connor left us a Facebook post in the Camping with Kids in IRELAND group.

We got a message from Rigor Morris on Boards.ie about bringing gas canisters to festivals.

Great suggestion from Caroline Murphy on Twitter

Thanks to J Morgan for the sticker request and shout out.

Campsites or stop overs:

Wave Crest Caravan & Camping Park Ring Of Kerry near Caherdaniel (open all year round)  Campsitereview.com Mr Blue

Product:

We have a fantastic review of the Cadac grill range from Adrian Phelan.

Camp life:

Have you ever considered importing a Motorhome direct from Germany. It can be  a daunting process. This week we close out the Podcast with an interview with Patricia (Pat) Butler from Waterford. Pat offers a very unique service where she will go to Germany and bring one back for you.

—oOo—

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 44 – Habitation checks, windows vacs & full-timers

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   28/01/2020

Episode 44 – Habitation checks, windows vacs & full-timers

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

New ferry operator to run sailings from Rosslare to destinations in Europe

Irelands newest bridge open Bypassing New Ross from Waterford/Kilkenny to Wexford Road. This will cut travel time by 15 to 25 mins in the South East

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron tells us about his recent camping trip to Portumna Aire in Co. Galway

Tip:

Make sure to fully unwind your electric cable when using it. Someone from the Motorhome Happiness Facebook Group put up a photo recently of a badly burned cable.

Products:

Remove condensation from your windscreens using a Karcher Window Vacuum Cleaner

Camp life:

In the last podcast we spoke about getting a Habitation check. This week we thought  that we might go into this in a little more detail. So what exactly does a habitation check check for?

Have you ever considered living in your motorhome or campervan full time in Ireland?

If you are a full timer already get in touch we’d like to chat

We will be interviewing a Register Gas professional in a few weeks time. Do have any specific questions that your like us to ask him?

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 43 – Easkey review, Shared ownership & packing for festivals

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   22/01/2020

Episode 43 – Easkey review, Shared ownership & packing for festivals

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

We chat about a Call for Campervan parking in Kilmacthomas at the Waterford Greenway, From this week’s Waterford News and Star

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Trev from Galway sent us a message saying that he is enjoying the podcast and when he’s not listening in the Motorhome he listens in on his evening dog walk.

Campsites or stop overs:

And the hoodie goes to – from EP 38 – Battlebridge Caravan and Camping, Leitrim – Darren Gallagher

As it happens we have a review in this week from our hoodie recipient Darren Gallagher – he tells us about a new caravan park in Easkey in Sligo

Products:

We give a mention this week to a Kampa Diddy Camping Heater for Awnings or Tents.

Camp life:

We have an interview  this week with a listener called Adrian. He tells us all about his shared ownership with a Caravan. Has anybody else considered this with a motorhome?

Are you going to a Festival this year ? Let us know where & when you are going. If you are planning on going we run through some things you should have with you.

On Saturday evening we tweeted some pictures of a Ford TT Motorhome, 1924. It’s on display at Autoworld in Brussels. One of the very first motorhomes I’d say. You should check it out on our twitter feed it’s fab.

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 42 – Inverters, Solar, Tyre Gauges and Jump Starts

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   15/01/2020

Episode 42 – Inverters, Solar, Tyre Gauges and Jump Starts

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

We heard this week of two campsites not re opening for the 2020 season.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Harvey Mushman sent us a message via twitter asking about inverters and solar

Campsites or stop overs:

We read out and discuss a post from rigormortis to campsitereview.com

Products:

We discuss an email that we received recently from DG with some product tips. A tyre gauge and a Jump Starter kit

Tips:

Time to take your Motorhome out of storage, we run through some check that you may need to do.

Camp life:

We finish up with a chat about campsite behaviour and etiquette

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Season 2 Episode 41 – Motorhome layouts and 2nd hand brands

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   08/Jan/2020

Season 2 Episode 41 – Motorhome layouts and 2nd hand brands

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We sent out good load of stickers over the Christmas. Thanks for the requests

Campsites or stop overs:

He have a review of Brandon hill camping – From Bolto02 at campsitereview.com

Website:  

Campercontact.com – list of sites & stopovers aLL over the world check it out

Product:

  • Power up your awning or Tent with a TRIPLE CAMPING MOBILE MAINS UNIT
  • You may also need a SPLITTER PLUG ADAPTOR so you don’t have to unplug your Motorhome

Tips:

Are you buying a Motorhome soon? We have some things to consider when choosing the right layout.

Camp life:

  • We discuss an Non scientific sample of the range of the most common/popular Motorhome brands for sale in Ireland right now
  • If you went camping over Christmas/New Years we would love to know about it?

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 40 – Interview playbacks

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   dd/mm/2019

Episode 40 – Interview playbacks

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Interviews

Louise tells us about the 10 year of Vantastival (0.55sec)

Dave Hanley Valderlust (17.40)

Tony Bolger Self Build (27.30)

Steff Matt – first time buyer (37.36)

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 39 – 2019 Our first year review

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   16/12/2019

Episode 39 – 2019 Our first year review

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views. 

News:

Belmullet – “A new visitor space at the docks to provide cycling, walking, motor home and water-based activity facilities” article from The Connaught Telegraph – https://www.con-telegraph.ie/news/roundup/articles/2019/12/09/4183338-funding-for-untapped-mayo-tourism-resource-welcomed/

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thank you to all our contributors this year. I know we have left out a lot of people out so I apologise in advance

Thank you to everyone that agreed to be Interviewed this year

Thank you to all who emailed, tweeted, FB messaged, got in touch and commented on FB, on Forums & campsitereview.com and thanks for all who requested stickers over the past few months

Campsites or stop overs:

Stand out Campsites or stop overs this Year for us:

  • Dicks Field in Ardmore
  • Campail Teach an Aragail
  • The Glen Of Aherlow
  • Moneylands Farm Arklow

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Top yearly tips

  • Vango Infaltable Awning – Ep2
  • Gas Caps
  • Ridge Monkey Pan Eps 10
  • Tip: tie something to your stearing wheel to remind you of your Hook up lead Eps 6

Camp life:

  • “Give away boxes“ scheme running in German campsites , mentioned in Ep 7
  • Camping safety and security – Ep 29 & 30

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 38 – Foldable

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   09/12/2019

Episode 38 – Foldable

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Message in from Dennis with a campsite recommendation – Kinnego Marina Camping

Campsites or stop overs:

Battlebridge Caravan and Camping, Leitrim – Review in from Darren Gallagher

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Foldable / Collapsible – Kettle, basin, draining board

Small foldable tables from The Range

Camp life:

End of year Podcast? What did you enjoy?

We are putting a list of Facebook Groups together for a January Podcast? Are you an admin or an active member? What’s your favourite?

Will you get out camping over Christmas or New Years?

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 37 – Mileage, lint rollers and grub stops

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   02/12/2019

Episode 37 – Mileage, lint rollers and grub stops

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

vinapaddy has just posted the following in the “The Camping Crew Podcast” thread, on Boards.ie asking about mileage on a van that he is considering buying. We also discuss the reply from Autumnalcore.

We received a message form Tony Grant on Twitter telling about his trip to France.

Campsites or stop overs:

We discuss a review sent to us by Email From Elayne, Gavin & Flame (via email) about the Ardlui Hotel on Loch Lomond  – https://ardlui.com/holiday-park/#tourers

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Lint rollers are really handy to have in the Motorhome for a quick clean of chairs, clothes and bed covers, especially if you are camping on a farm or near the beach.

Fire won’t start? Not a problem! Skip the expensive fire starter sticks .. listen in to find what to use

Camp life:

Do you have a favourite stop off for grub on the way to your favourite campsite?

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 36 – Classes, types and sonic soaking

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   25/11/2019

Episode 36 – Classes, types and sonic soaking

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We kick off with an email to charlie@aaronburchael.com from The Carey’s

We follow up with a great email in from Darren Gallagher asking about Motorhome classes, T types by and campsite reviews.

Campsites or stop overs:

A Camping Crew hoodie & Charlie & Me Polo Shirt will be raffled at Xmas. You just have to leave an honest campsite or camping product review at campsitereview.com
 

To kick things off we have a campsite review from Craig Breakey. The campsite is called High Bridge End Farm, in Thirlmere, Keswick, Cumbria In the Lake District.

We chat about what constitutes a Caravan & Camping Parks

https://www.failteireland.ie/Supports/Get-quality-assured/Caravan-camping-parks.aspx

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Here is something that may be useful when camping long term: The Sonic Soak, https://sonicsoak.com a portable pocket size washing machine.

Camp life:

We close out by chatting about dogs on campsites as prompted by an Email in from Tony Bolger

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 35 – Captains chair cover, Quann’s and Lough Rynn

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   18/11/2019

Episode 35 – Captains chair cover, Quann’s and Lough Rynn

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We received a nice Email from AB about her Favourite item in her campervan. DIY covers on the captain’s chairs, simple towel bath sheets with a stitch at the top to hang over headrest. 

Waterford Council to drive on with new camper van site in Quann’s Dungarvan.

Message from Jaws at MotorhomeFun. Just listened to the podcast and really enjoyed it.. But after listening one might come to the conclusion there must be a lot more disposable income in Eire…

ShaKen also on MotorhomeFun.co.uk. Likewise listened to your podcast today – great use of my time while sitting in a 9 mile queue on the m8 (motorway). I look forward to your future episodes as well as working my way through your back catalogue.

We read another message from samih on Boards.ie about winter camping, weights and his EU camping trip

Mick Percival sent in a message about campsite costs, wild camping solar and his new tv antenna.

Campsites or stop overs:

Last weekend Aaron stayed at Lough Rynn Leitrim. We also read a review of the site at campsitereview.com from Jetty
 

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 34 – Campsite Costs & Solar

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   12/11/2019

Episode 34 Campsite Costs & Solar

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thanks to a FB post from Anthony Murthagh we chat about campsite costs

We chat about Michelle Hall’s Update on my motion to have Motorhome parking in Drogheda/South Louth.

Campsites or stop overs:

Lot of people still out camping which is great to see keep warm
we chat about electric heaters… What heater? Oil-filled, fan, ceramic, halogen, gas, paraffin, bioethanol…

https://editorsean.com/articles/what-heater/

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

WillThisWork asked a question on MotorhomeCraic recently:

Hey campers! 

I’m planning on going to Europe for 6 weeks next summer .. Would it be worth our while getting solar panels installed or just a second leisure battery?

Camp life:

What’s your favourite bit of camping gear?

Do you have a removable table in your Moho? Do you drive with it stowed away or left up?

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Episode 33 – Tony’s self-build, Moneylands Farm stopover and more

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   04/11/2019

Episode 33 – Tony’s self-build, Moneylands Farm stopover and more

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

WillThisWork (handle) got in touch at Boards.ie to say: It was really great hearing from Ruth and Con about their travels. I’d love to know more about their experience going through Italy to Greece cos I’m planning on doing that next summer!

We received a lovely email recently form Jan M with an update on parking in Galway.

Darragh Delaney sent an email to charlie@aaronburchael.com  with a recommendation for a media player for your motorhome – https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32993992335.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dCIjJiD

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron tells us about his recent visit to Moneylands Farm in Arklow, Co Wicklow – https://www.moneylandsfarm.com/motorhomes

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

We also have an interview with Tony Bolger regarding his recent self build and how he went about it.

Camp Life:

We finish up with a mention to a recent article in the Donegal Post about how the growing Motorhome sector needs to be accommodated there. The article came from a chat the reporter had with Pamela and Johnny from Pamela and Johnny’s Motorhome Journeys on Facebook and Youtube.

If you would like a sticker for your motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 32 – Power trips, salt and Greece

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   28/10/2019

Episode 32 – Power trips, salt and Greece

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We received a lovely message from Charles Coughlan on the Irish Motorhome Group on Facebook. Charles is new to podcasting and is enjoying our chats.

We received a message from Jim, the Ringleader, at MotorhomeFun: Hi Chris, nice to meet you guys at the show last week. I think you were surprised to see I had your podcast on my phone 

Aaron was away camping over the weekend and gave out a few stickers.

Campsites or stop overs:

On this episode Chris interviews Ruth and Con about their extensive Motorhome trips across a lot of Europe

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

A tip Aaron came across on a forum this week is to use a large plate of salt in your motorhome, caravan or campervan if you don’t have a dehumidifier, just remember to check in on it every week or so.

Camp life:

We discuss power trips and outages on some Irish Camp sites over the winter months and what causes this.

If you would like a sticker for your Motorhome or Campervan just send us your address and we will pop it in the post to you.

Episode 31 – Motorhome show and campsite accessibility

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   21/11/2019

Episode 31 – Motorhome show and campsite accessibility

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We received an email from Sprinter last week in follow up to our recent chat about speed limits when towing

Tony a new member on campsitereview.com left us a nice message and told us about his self build

At the weekend we visited the Caravan and Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham in the UK, we have a chat about our visit.

Camp life:

We read a follow up Twitter email that we received last week from a regular listener. She originally emailed asking us to mention in our reviews if campsites have WiFi as she has a disability and is restricted somewhat to the motorhome.

Episode 30 – Budget Camping & Coffee

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   14/10/2019

Episode 30 Budget Camping & Coffee

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We read out a Twitter message from Tony G. Tony is a camping veteran of 30 years.

2 Messages in this week from regular contributors Aoife and KEVIN

  • Aoife first asking about breakdown assist abroad
  • Kevin with some suggestions about winter camping

Message from MotorhomeCraic about campsites open all year: https://www.motorhomecraic.com/forum/topic.php?t=4111

Campsites or stop overs:

   Aaron tells us about his recent visit to O’Connors Riverside Caravan and Camping in Doolin Co Clare

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

   We share some tips for motorhoming and campervaning on a budget like…

  • Aires are cheaper than campsites usually
  • True wild camping is free or camp on a friends property
  • Research before you go. Lots of free activities in Ireland
    and many more tips ….


Camp life:

We asked this question on a few online places recently. Campers for the most part love their morning Coffee. What do you use to make your coffee when camping in your Motorhome? Do you bring your Nespresso or Dolce Gusto machine or use a plunger or cafetière? Listen in to what ye said.

We wrap up this podcast with a quick shout out for Aaron’s Vlog on YouTube called: Charlie and me our Camping Vlog and his website http://www.campsitereview.com

Episode 29 – Winter Campsites and Safe Wild Camping in Ireland

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   08/10/2019

Episode 29 – Winter Campsites and Safe Wild Camping in Ireland

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News

Saw a post on MotorhomeCrac at the weekend a from Chevy g20 about a recall on Thule Omnistore motorised awning. https://www.thule.com/en-gb/gb…5-q4565Sec

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Tony got in touch with us on Twitter about the August TV antenna: Thanks for the advice and love the podcast, picked up one last week and works a treat

Kevin and Aoife sent us an email about Winter camping (they must have read our mind)

Campsites or stop overs:

Campsites that are open All Year Round in Ireland, this is our list:

  • Jasmine Villa Carrigtwohill Cork
  • O’ Riordan’s Rosscarbery
  • Top Of The Rock Drimoleague Cork
  • Camac Valley Dublin
  • Wave Crest Kerry
  • Battelbridge Leitrim
  • Lough Rynn Leitrim
  • Belleek Caravan Park Mayo
  • Loughcrew Magalithic Centre Meath
  • Parsons Green Tipperary
  • Glen Of Aherlow Tipperary
  • Streamstown Caravan Park Roscrea Tipperary
  • Ferrybank Wexford
  • Dicks Field Ardmore
  • Moneylands Farm Arklow (thanks KEVIN and Aoife)

Listeners, are we missing any sites open all year?

Camp life:

Lastly we discuss tips for safe wild camping for new campers

Episode 28 – Security, amazing spaces and dead spaces

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   01/10/2019

Episode 28 – Security, amazing spaces and dead spaces

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

Clare “behind the curve” in catering for camper vans – https://www.clareecho.ie/clare-behind-the-curve-in-catering-for-camper-vans/

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Craig Breakey sent on some pictures recently of his van with our stickers on it. We tweeted them out, have a look. More from Craig later.

We received an email this week from Marie Loftus. “Great podcasts. Do you have a Facebook page please?”

On the Last episode we mentioned Winter Storage. Aaron spoke to Bernard from Green Meadow caravan storage about winter prepping your Caravan Campervan or MH – http://greenmeadowcaravanstorage.ie

Campsites or stop overs:
We have a review From campsitereview.com, Mr Blue Ballinacourty House Glen Of Aherlow Tipperary

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

We sent a tweet on Sunday: ‪I don’t know why it took me so long to discover George Clarks Amazing Spaces. Some amazing ideas here for anyone considering a self build.‬

Camp life:

Motorhome camper-van security. Here are our tips

We wrap up this podcast with a quick shout out for Aaron’s Vlog on YouTube called: Charlie and me our Camping Vlog and his website http://www.campsitereview.com

Episode 27 – Winter prep and sleeping dogs

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   23/09/2019

Episode 27 – Winter prep and sleeping dogs

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Ally from MotorhomeIreland.com and MotorhomeCraic sent in a very detailed follow up email regarding TVs and Wifi in your Motorhome

Campsites or stop overs:

Charlie Dee & Aaron revisited Kilmore Quay Camping Park Wexford over the weekend, however we hear what Mr Blue said recently about the park on campsitereview.com
 

Chris gave a quick shout out to the campsite arrangements at Feile 19 over the weekend.

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

The WiFi system Aaron spoke about in episode 26 worked great over the weekend as did the magnetic TV antenna we speak about.

Camp life:

Chris and Aaron discuss preparations for winter storage. Do you have any tips to share with our other listeners? Email us

Lots of motorhomers and campervanners are dog owners. So our closing question is where in your van does your dog sleep?

Episode 26 – Driving Licenses not clarified, cleaning house, Desert House and antennas

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   17/09/2019

Episode 26 – Driving Licenses not clarified, cleaning house, Desert House and antennas

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

News:

County Council Warms Up to Camper Van Site in Youghal

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Email from Craig based in Barrow in Furness in the UK

From RustyNutz and Alkers on Boards.ie about Driving licenses

Email from Grainne from Dublin

Email from Marie:   Have you done a podcast on best cleaning materials for the outside of a camper/motorhome? Any tricks and tips that do not involve specialised liquids for Black marks , tar , windows etc.

We have an interview with William from William from Suire Clean Valeting

Campsites or stop overs:

Desert House Clonakilty Co Cork, From Mark on campsitereview.com

http://deserthousecamping.ie/

Tips, #CampingHacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Aaron tells us about his new TV antenna – August DTA240.
 

WiFI Dongle – SpeedPort LTE2 Router (Antenna Electronics, Donegal)

#CampingHack:   In the event of cold weather, bubble wrap can be surprisingly useful! You can use it as a temp fix to insulate your motorhome by applying it to the windows. Simply fill a spray bottle with water, spray the window and then apply the bubble wrap. The other bonus is that its great fun to sit and pop all the air bubbles for kids.

Camp life:

I just want to mention My California Dream IBT on You Tube he gave Charlie & Me a mention a few weeks ago and then took the micky out of me.

Episode 25 – Tyre Maintenance Parking distances and Charles Camping

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   08/09/2019

Episode 25 – Tyre Maintenance Parking distances and Charles Camping

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Fantastic emails from Dennis all about Aframes, meetup planned.

Follow up email from a campsite owner (anon) to our chat about WiFi in Campsites

Marie sent us a super email also

Hi to everyone that Aaron met in Ardmore over the weekend. Did anyone spot the new hoodie.

Aaron also met Pat Sheridan over the weekend and he has set up a new FB group called

Motorhome Enthusiasts Ireland

Campsites or stop overs:

Carrick Camping Roscommon (as featured on RTE’s At Your Service)

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Tyre Maintenance

We have an Interview with Nigel from Charles Camping

Camp life:

Parking distances, respect and safety

We have stickers now. Check out our recent tweets or Facebook posts to see them. Get in touch if you would like some.

Episode 24 – AFrames & WiFi

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   03/09/2019

Episode 24 AFrames & WiFi

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Request for Stickers From Mark K on Twitter

Hi guys, loving the podcast. I would love the podcast stickers. Where can I get one.

We briefly posted the wrong episode last week. Thanks to a couple of avid listeners we were able to repost the correct one quickly.

Campsites or stop overs:

Willowbrook Glamping & Hideway Roscommon willowbrookglamping.ie

  • We have an interview from Willowbrook. As its long we will tag it to the end of the Podcast.  14mins

Received a message from Pat on Twitter about Overnighting in Dublin

  • Looking to overnight in Dublin close to city centre. Any quiet spot parking recommendations
  • Parked in Heuston Station. Not a good idea 
     
  • Camac Valley
  • https://www.facebook.com/camperparkdublin/
     
  • Please don’t stay in Phoenix Park for safety reasons

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

A-Frame towing.
Can I use a braked A-frame (applies brakes of the car when the towing vehicle slows down or applies the brakes) to tow my car?  

Can I use A-frame on a motorway and if so what is the maximum speed for towing?  

Camp life:

Is it important for campsites to provide WiFi? 

Direct Message on Twitter from a podcast listener (anoyn)

  • Hi guys. Loving the podcasts and road trips. Would it be possible to mention whether camp sites have good WIFI, mobile phone coverage?
  • Willowbrook Glamping & Hideaway NO WiFi on site and have NO intentions of getting any.
  • Carrick Camping have NO WiFi on site. Research with parents brought them to this decision

What are your duties in the Motorhome?

Idea came from a post from Jamie at Strand Camping Doonbeg on The MotorhomeCraic forum

We have stickers now. Check out our recent tweets or Facebook posts to see them. Get in touch if you would like some.

Episode 23 – Secure your stuff, what’s in you toolbox and repair tape

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   20/08/2019

Episode 23 Secure your stuff, what’s in you toolbox and repair tape

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views & subjects that you suggest.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Message from James Howard & Hilton9 on MotrohomeIreland.com

Message from Claire on Twitter with some camping related questions.

Adrian got in touch by Facebook message inviting us up to his camp site take a look at his web site  www.corcreggan.com .

Campsites or stop overs:

Pheonix Park overnight camping ?

Aaron spoke to Maurice Cleary Park supervisor about parking overnight in the park

The Camping Crew met up at Dunmore East Holiday Park dunmoreholiday.ie we tell you all about that.

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Repair tears in tents and awnings with Sail Repair tape. (thanks to Ross for the Camping Hack)

And Ross drops in to tell us about his camper van tool box

Camp life:

Has anybody listening converted their own van that would like to do in interview with us? We want to speak to somebody who is really proud of the work that they completed.

From a question on MotorhomeCraic forum – How do you keep your stuff in place when travelling? Credit:  https://www.motorhomecraic.com/forum/topic.php?t=20298

We share some tips and ideas.

Episode 22 – Clockwise sweets in the rain

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   20/08/2019

Episode 22 Clockwise sweets in the rain

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views & subjects that you suggest.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We received a message from Bawnmore on boards.ie:telling us he is enjoying the Podcasts….

Jamie from Strand camping got in touch regarding our discussion on Fanore in the last episode and gives us his view from a campsite owner perspective.

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron tells us about his recent visit to Parsons Green Tipperary

Chris gives some advice for driving around the Dingle Peninsula

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

PhilipJ asked about more information on Van Conversions so we spoke to Dave Hanley from Vanderlust Conversions in Co Clare

Camp life:

Camping in the rain, what do you do?  let us by contacting us … contact details below

What sweets do you munch when travelling?

Episode 21 – The Kindness of Campers

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   14/08/2019

Episode 21 The Kindness of Campers

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Willthiswork from MotorhomeCraic wrote telling us that he is really enjoying the podcast! wrote telling us that he is really enjoying the podcast! And he asked for tips on Wild Camping and Camping in a smaller Van.

PhilipJ has posted the following in the “The Camping Crew Podcast” thread, on boards.ie. He asked us to look at the self build conversion.

Aaron tells up about a site in Clare that wasnt so helpful in facilitating wild campers to empty water and waste.

The kindnes of Campers – He also read a FB post from a great camper: “Anyone in Parsons Green tonight and need anything like dry sleeping bags ect or someplace dry to sleep I’m in the trailer tent in second row just message me here ! The rain is actually serious”

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron tells us about his recent visit to Treegrove Kilkenny and he recorded an interview with Dan the owner

Chris tells us about his weekend at Strand Camping Doonbeg

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

This episode we give a shout out to https://motorhomeireland.com/ – Is a new website detailing all the NEWS and everything that is happening in the Motorhome scene in ireland. They also hope to feature new models, motorhome dealers and much more 🙂

We suggest Walkie Talkies for the kids on large campsites or festivals

Camp life:

Paudie asked via Twitter how we manage to get way so often.

If you could make changes in your current camper what changes would you make? We discuss.

Episode 20 – Shoe organisers in the Loo, common touring errors and total cost of purchase

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   01/08/2019

Episode 20 Shoe organisers in the Loo, common touring errors and total cost of purchase

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just

our own personal views & we chat about topics our listeners have got in touch about.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thanks to Àine in Wexford she told us that she is Enjoying the camping crew in the car this morning ,

great stuff  Asking about Blarney

Denis from Trim is on holidays at the moment in France he emailed us about his payload.
 

Aaron  received a message via the YouTube Channel Charlie and Me from The KosH Plays & Victoria

 

Campsites or stop overs:
Aaron tells us about his recent visit to Ballinacourty House Caravan & Camping Park  camping.ie

We received another email from Stef after his interview in a recent podcast asking about

suggested itinerary and routes for 2 week camping in Ireland.

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Shoe organisers in the bathroom

Filling your water when not parked near a tap

Common errors and basic mistakes that are often made when touring

Camp life:

Ally from Motorhome Craic and MPI got in touch via Twitter to say that the New term for wild camping

is simply  Motorhome Parking 樂

We discuss the true cost of purchasing a motorhome.

Episode 19 – Payload explained, EU camping tips and facilities off site

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   30/07/2019

Episode 19 Payload explained, EU camping tips and facilities off site

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Thanks to Aoife from our own Camping Crew for the question regarding asking if if we know of campsites or services that allow motorhomes use their facilities ie toilet and fresh water only maybe for a small fee? It would be very handy for the likes of us wild camping for a few days.

We received a reply from Elayne from her tour in Scotland saying she was delighted with the mention on the last episode

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron tells us about Cong Camping & Glamping Site Co Mayo

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Hymer has released its 2020 range of Motorhomes.

Max Rydahl Andersen tweeted us recently after we ask to hear from international listeners:

Camping abroad

Kevin T gives us some further advice on Campsites In France and further afield.
 

Camp life:

Sprinter from MotorhomeCraic sent us an great email about payload in follow up to our chat in the last episode. Its a long email so we’ll cover the key points.

Episode 18 – We bought a motorhome

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   21/07/2019

Episode 18 We bought a motorhome

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We read out some messages from Nicola Souhan on Twitter recently

& one we received from mad max on MotorhomeCraic:

News

We discuss changes to Low emission zones in France

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron recalls his holiday visit to Strand Hill campsite in Sligo

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

  • Write your height, length and width on your visor
  • Sat nav for campsites
  • Flexi buckets for outdoor gear and for standing in for outdoor shower to avoid big puddles
  • Solar shower for outside the motorhome or campervan

We interview Stef from Waterford this episode. He recently purchased a Motorhome with his family and tells us about his experience.

Ross tells us about Payload

Camping abroad

  • Next episode

Camp life:

We chat about what Aoife & her family did while researching  their first motorhome.

And we got an email from Elaine B about Wild Camping.

All this in this episode..

Episode 17 – Motorhome Campervan layouts and Seal Caves

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   16/07/2019

Episode 17 Motorhome Campervan layouts and Seal Caves

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We received a DM from Emmet O’H on Twitter saying: Hi Guys. I’ve been enjoying the podcast so far. I’m really looking forward to hearing more episodes from you!

We received a message on Boards.ie from Rigor Morris: Really good interview with Aoife from Cara Motorhomes recently I thought. Great work lads

We received an email from Ian via Facebook: I don’t have a Motorhome yet but I’ve ordered one. Getting it end of August. The podcast is brilliant for me because you guys are answering questions I haven’t even known I should ask. Love it. Thanks so much. (I live in Northern Ireland)

Thanks also to Stef for the email, we met him, Tracy Cristian and Sarah in Ardmore. Best of luck with the new awning Guys.

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron tells us about his recent visit to Achill Seal Caves campsite on Achill Island

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Aaron reviews the Amazon Fire Stick for the TV in his Motorhome

Camping abroad

Kevin Totterdell emailed us about the key differences between camping in Ireland and Europe. He gives us some good advice for the listeners who may be unused to camping outside of Ireland

Arrival in France/Spain: thanks again to JJF at MotorhomeCraic.com for his excellent advice.

Camp life:

We received a message on Boards.ie recently from Gandorf and a related reply from Alters that we diccuss: Gandorf is a potential future camper van owner and is really interested in pros/cons of different camper vans / motorhomes.

Alters suggests that it might not be practical to do reviews of specific models but you could talk about the pros and cons of the various sizes and layouts e.g. VW / bongo sized, bed over cab, rear fixed bed etc
 

Dennis Sent us an email about carrying kayak on Motorhome and suggest a site for equipment to assist.

www.karitek.co.uk

Episode 16 – Prep for camping abroad and more of the usual

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   11/07/2019

Episode 16 Prep for camping abroad and more of the usual

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

We send out thanks to  Nicolatrim on Motorhome Craic, Simon Lally and Does size matter (Canada) from You Tube for their comments…..

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron reviews Strand Camping Doonbeg, Co Clare (a campers campsite)

We also play an interview with Amanda who runs Strand Camping with Jamie

Camping Abroad (new section)

Preparation and planning, thanks to JJF motorhome craic for doing all the hard work for us and creating a preparation list.

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Ken Brennan, a previous contributor, emailed us again: (original email was tips for first time buyers) about a knacky little gadget which plugs into any 3.5mm audio output socket, and allows two sets of Bluetooth headphones to sync with the one audio stream. https://www.scosche.com/wireless-bluetooth-audio-transmitter

Dennis from Meath emailed telling us about the vucube automatic satellite receiver. He also travels with a trailer and finds them great.

Camp life:

Carrying sit on kayaks on your motorhome. We are looking for advice on the best way to secure them to a motorhome.

Aaron got a message form Martin G re Wild Camping and campsites prices on Facebook. We discuss this.

Episode 15 – First time buyers and not Wild Camping

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   08/07/2019

Episode 15 First time buyers and not Wild Camping

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

Boards.ie: message in from Itineoman – It really feels like listening to a live radio programme. Love the range of topics covered and interviews. Very informative and accessible. Look forward to the next podcasts. Well Done and keep ’em coming.

In follow up to our recent chat about where to get camping accessories in Ireland Barry from Waterford was in touch via email to say that he was enjoying the podcasts.

Thanks to Sprinter for the message on the MotorhomeCraic website and for his suggestions about alarms and also this first aid kit tips

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron tells us about his recent visit to Lough Ennell Co West Meath

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Thanks for the Email from Gavin (Gavster on the Motorhome Craic forum) with his visibility suggestions for left hand drive motorhomes. Do you have any other visibility tips for left hand drive Motorhomes?

Camp life:

Wild Camping: From Ally of the MotorHomeCraic.com forum: We talk about how to drop the term “Wild Camping” and what to replace it with..
 

This got us talking about how some campers don’t like to park in campsites. We ask the listeners to give us their reasons for deciding not to overnight in campsites.

Advice for first time buyers:

Brian Dowling got in touch by email looking for advice for first time buyers. He is in the market for his first camper and is looking for a well looked after van.
 

We have a chat with Aoife of Cara Motorhomes with tips for first time buyers.

Paudie ( a regular contributor) on Twitter gave us this advice:

Be patient, take your time, and do not compromise on the exact layout you need. Panic buy with the wrong layout and you’ll continually regret it.

Our advice

  • Look at motorhome specific clubs, club members look after their mh. Not after quick sale
  • Check with local campsite owners
  • Always get it checked out mechanically and get a habitation and gas check and a damp scheme

Episode 14 – Door to door and Psychical stores

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   18/06/2019

Episode 14 Door to door and Psychical stores

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

  1. Thanks to Aoife and Kevin for their email about camping in Europe
  2. Thanks to Brandon Hill Camping on Twitter for their mention: Great to have Charlie and his “chauffeur” Aaron from @TheCampingCrew on our site today. 

Campsites or stop overs:

  • We have an Interview with Kieran from the Phoenix Club and we have a chat about the club and Aires

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

  • Vango Airbeam pump
  • Irish Camping Accessories Online & Physical Stores

Camp life:

  • What is your routine upon Arrival to a campsite?
  • What is your view on two campers parking with doors facing each other?

Episode 13 – Gas caps and calpol

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   16/06/2019

Episode 13 Gas caps and calpol

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

  • Some Motorhome and Campervan names
  • Thanks JJF from MotorhomeCraic for the info for the France Special episode
  • For a future discussion: if you had ONE piece of advice for a first time buyer, what would it be? Or if there was ONE mistake that they see first-time buyers repeatedly making, then what is it? Thank you Ken and Simon for your emails regarding this suggested topic

Campsites or stop overs:

  • The Hub stop over Graig Co Kilkenny
  • Interview with Ken from Brandon Hill Camping Park Graig Co Kilkenny
  • Killarney Flesk, CO Kerry

Tips, Campinghacks, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

  • DryRobe seat Covers
  • The gas caps for wind breakers

Camp life:

  • Camper Safety: What should you have in your motorhome first-aid kit?
    • Antiseptic wipes/solution
    • Plasters
    • Steri strips
    • Dressings, bandages and tape
    • Antihistamines
    • Paracetamol/nurofen
    • Calpol for kids
    • Always read the label before taking any medication. I can’t stress how important this is.
    • Travel sickness tablets
    • Anti diarrhoea tablet
    • Rehydration sachets
    • Insect bite treatment and repellents
    • Burn treatment or spray
    • Scissors
    • Gloves
    • May be handy to have a Thermometer
  • Prevent condensation in your Motorhome

https://www.wandering-bird.com/stop-condensation-in-motorhome/

Episode 12 – Your next spend and van names

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   10/06/2019

Episode 12 Your next spend and van names

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

  1. We received an email from James a week or so ago saying, “Love the camp site reviews, have 2 kids myself and interested in the recommendations
  2. Good feedback from Hilton and JJF at the MotorhomeCraic.com forum

News:

  1. Clamping in Bundoran
  2. Brittany Ferries cancels Pont Aven sailings until June 14th. For the latest news visit https://www.brittanyferries.ie/pont-aven-latest-news

Campsites or stop overs:

  • Camping at festivals
  • Lough Arrow Camping Park Sligo

Tips, Products, #CampingHacks

  • @JenHen99 sent us some camping hacks via twitter
  • @PaudieOGrady also send on a Camping Hack via Twitter 
  • To carry salt & spices use old tic tac containers.
  • To help start BBQs a listener emailed Charlie & Me with this … Dip cotton swabs in wax for a quick fire starter.

Camp life:

  • What is your spend priority? Is Solar important to you?
  • Do you name your Motorhome? What is yours called?
  • Don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarm and your carbon monoxide alarm.

Episode 11 – Vantastival Special

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   dd/mm/2019

Episode 11 Vantastival Special

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Day 1:  Friday

Arrival and setup

Stages and facilities
What acts did you see/like?

Day 2: Saturday

The Craft Beer

Their Reusable cups

What acts did you see/like?

Atmosphere in the main hangout area.

Review of The Enchanted Garden (Kids Area) (we could get the kids together in a group and record them)

Day 3: Sunday                        

What acts did you see/like?

Atmosphere in the Camping area?

Camper Cook Off

Review of Eco Loos

Festival camping tips (thanks Malcom for the suggestion)

Episode 10 Campinghacks and a Ridge Monkey

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   27/05/2019

Episode 10 Campinghacks and a Ridge Monkey

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Follow-ups & shout-outs:

  1. Email from Ally, follow up from last episode. He uses his loo for 1s and 2s. His shower also gets used.
  2. Email from Joe with great suggestions which we are already planning.
  3. Boards.ie message from Ben. Listen in to camp life section this episode.

Campsites or stop overs:

We chat about our recent visit to Bayview Dungarvan and give our own personal views about the site and the costs

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

We discuss the Ridge Monkey (see also Aaron’s review on Charlie & Me on YouTube)

Other camping Apps. Thank you To  Jamie at Strand Camping Doonbeg). We have them installed now and plan to use them for the next few weeks and report back.

  1. Campercontact
  2. Park4night
  3. Searchforsites

Camp life:

  • Bring family and friends camping with you (thanks for the suggestions Ben)
  • Campsite checks before you drive home (see discussion ideas tab)
  • #CampingHacks
    • Lighting BBQ coal on your portable Gas Hob.
    • Kitchen Roll on a Bungie for easy Access,
    • Clip Dog to secure part of MoHo (eg Step) if you don’t have ground screw
    • Raised Fiamma Awning Leg Clips on side of MoHo to avoid dogs on leads getting tangled and breaking them.

Episode 9 – A teenage view and other stuff

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   22/05/2019

Episode 9 A teenage view and other stuff

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne
This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Camping news or hot topics:

  1. One Donegal councillor is pushing for extra camper van sites along the Wild Atlantic Way.
  2. Great list of suggestions from Jamie in Strand camping in Doogbeg. We will cover the suggestions over the next few podcasts.
  3. Following on our discussion Are You In A Club ? We have an interview with Jon from Motorhomecraic.com & the Motorhome Craic Club

Campsites or stop overs:

We revisit Nore Valley Campsite (from episode three) as we were both there together recently https://www.norevalleypark.com

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Aaron tells us about what is covered during a Habitation Check. We will be speaking about the new gas regulations and will have an interview with a RGII member in a future podcast.

Chris tells us about his Fiamma Bicycle cover and Aaron speaks about his Camping Trailer for Charlie the Chocolate Brown Cocker Spaniel.

Camp life:

  • We have an follow up interview with a teenager (Lilly from our Camping Crew) and asked the same questions as we asked Hannah & Martha (the juniors) from the last episode.
  • What’s your goto online and in store place for camping accessories? We are collecting suggestions from listeners for a list to be broadcast in a future episode. Preferably Irish sites please.
  • Did you see the conversation on tmi about pooping in your Moho. It had us in in stitches. We discuss (Sorry to those who were eating while listening).

Episode 8 – Torches for toast

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   15/05/2019

Episode 8 Torches for toast

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Camping news or hot topics:

  1. We start this episode by thanking James and Ben for giving us some  nice feedback about the podcast to our post at Boards.ie. We would love to hear more.
  2. We discussed a listener email from Jan about the newly announced Bunratty improvements which will include camper spaces. Thank you Jan for the email.
  3. Well done Tramore (Waterford Co Co) on the 5 new Camper Spaces right on the prom by the Surf Rescue centre and the Skate Park.
  4. Are you in a club? Let us know. We have an interview on this episode with Noel Fanning from the ICCC.

Campsites or stop overs:

On this episode Aaron selects Hidden Valley Caravan and Camping Park in Wicklow www.irelandholidaypark.com

Chris’s campsite pick on this occasion this is the Cobh Aire (5 Foot Way Campervan Parking). Here is Aaron’s vlog Charlie and Me with more info https://youtu.be/kDhalh8kHTQ or http://www.visitcobh.com

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Aaron shines a light on Torches in this episode.

The perfect outdoor camping toaster. We’ve tried them all, listen in to hear about the one that Chris recommends.

Camp life:

  • Does it bother you when other Motorhome drivers don’t wave back? What type or waver are you? Are you a finger lifter, a full shoulder, a flasher or a shy waver?
  • Camping from a kids perspective. What have Martha and Hannah to say about camping from a kids point of view.

Episode 7 – Give away boxes

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   08/05/2019

Episode 7

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne
 

Reminder this is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we say here is just own our personal views.

Camping news or hot topics:

  1. Lot of camping activity over the recent May Holiday weekend. We chat about where we went.
  2. We play an interview that Aaron recorded with Niamh from Morriscastle (as mentioned in Epi3).
  3. Chris’s Camper passed the test last week. We discuss this.
  4. Aaron tells us about a “Give away boxes“ scheme running in German campsites.

Campsites or stop overs:

On this episode Chris’s tells us about his all time favourite campsite –  Campail Teach an Aragail, (at Gallarus Oratory) Ballydavid, Dingle  Co Kerry

Aaron talks about Ferrybank Campsite in Wexford  wexfordswimmingpool.ie
 

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Arron picks an Android App to discuss on this occasion. The app is called Camper Leveller (Free Edition).

Chris has a tip for us. He recommends that you Put cheap rechargeable solar lights at each of the guy lines of your Motorhome Drive Away Awning. Good safety feature and looks good at night too.

Camp life:

Towing a car !     Kevin sent us an email asking what are the Pros & Cons to towing a car on an A-frame or Trailer.

Chris and Aaron discuss Motorhome Layouts and speak about ideal designs.

Episode 6 – The Perfect Storm

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   01/05/2019

Episode 6 The Perfect Storm

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Camping news or hot topics:

  1. Camping in the storm, Aaron was camping in Ardmore during Storm Hannah recently he tells us about his experience.
  2. In follow up to our Camping Mishaps chat from the last episode Liam emailed us. We discuss this and recap on last weeks mishap discussion.
  3. Jan emailed us at CampingCrewPodcast@gmail.com recently informing us about some improper parking in Dingle….  We discuss this and Aaron mentions some recent improper parking on the prom in Tramore.

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron’s choice this week is: Woodlands Park Tralee Co Kerry

Chris’s stayed at Fleming’s White bridge Caravan & Camping, in Killarney on Saturday last

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Aaron:  Tip have enough water hose I carry a short & long hose and a load of connectors link to a video here (for twitter) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaBgt5zrZfs   

Chris: Tip, have a short electric cable and a long cable. Make sure to also have adapters/splitters

Camp life:

  • Camping Hacks:
    • Hang a shoe organiser in the bathroom for extra safe secure storage of bathroom items
    • Stick glow-in-the dark tape on the stairs/steps
    • Square plates and bowls for better storage
    • We use a square wine rack in the bottom of the wardrobe for sectioned storage
    • As mentioned.. Tie something to the stearing wheel to remind you that you are plugged in.
    • Leave your spanner on the dash to remind you that you stableizers are down

Episode 5 – Camping mishaps Oops !

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   25/04/2019

Episode 5 Camping mishaps Oops !

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

Camping news, hot topics or chit-chat:

In this podcast we interview  Louise from Vantastival & we have a chat about how our holiday weekends went.

Campsites or stop overs:

On this episode Chris chat about his recent visit to Nagles Seaside Camping and Caravan Park in Doolin Co Clare. http://www.doolincamping.com

Aaron discusses Dunmore East Holiday Park. http://www.dunmoreholiday.ie

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

We spend a lot of time sitting out doors so comfort is key so we ask the question “What type of camping chair do you go for” and we chat about Gazebos/Day Rooms.
 

Camp life:

What silly things have you done in your motorhome?
We give our suggestions and ask the listeners for theirs? Responses via Twitter and Email
   Chris chats about when he  drove off once from a campsite with my electric plugged in. Oops.
   Aaron Left the stabilisers down in Treegrove in Kilkenny made a wee bit of a mess.

We wrap up this podcast with a quick shout out for Aaron’s Vlog on YouTube called:  Charlie  and me our Camping Vlog and his website http://www.campsitereview.com

We also give a quick mention to our Twitter account for our podcast which is @TheCampingCrew and our email address  CampingCrewPodcast@gmail.com and ask for ideas, campsites, products, news items to discuss on the podcast.

We hope that you like our podcast. If you did please subscribe and tell your camping friends about us

Episode 4 – Easter Weekend

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   17/04/2019

Episode 4 Easter Weekend

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Camping news, hot topics or chit-chat:

  1. We kicked off the podcast with a quick discussion about some of the recent no camping issues in the public car park in Dingle Harbour.
  2. Following that we spoke about the coming Holiday Easter weekend and the heatwave that was forecast. Everyone seems to be excited about the weekend and there was lots of chat online. It’s the first weekend out this year for a lot of campers.

Campsites or stop overs:

Aaron spoke about Renvyle Beach Caravan & Camping Park Connemara, Galway

http://www.renvylebeachcaravanpark.com/

Chris spoke about The Norman View Motorhome Park – http://www.thenormanview.com

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Our products section in this episode had a gas theme about it. Aaron spoke about his Gas Camping Fire heater and Chris spoke about his well used One Hob Portable Gas cooker.

Camp life:

We introduced a net section on this episode discussing general camping topics. To kick the section off we asked if you packed and unpacked your camper after every trip? We asked the listeners to tell us about what they do before or after each camping trip. Let us know via twitter or out email address (details below).

Arron is hoping to record an interview with Louise of Vantastival soon. We hope to chat to about their motorhome & Campervan focused June holiday weekend festival.

We gave a reminder to drive safely this busy bank holiday weekend

We wrap up this podcast with a quick shout out for Aaron’s Vlog on YouTube called:  Charlie  and me our Camping Vlog and his website http://www.campsitereview.com

We also give a quick mention to our Twitter account for our podcast which is @TheCampingCrew and our email address  CampingCrewPodcast@gmail.com and ask for ideas, campsites, products, news items to discuss on the podcast.

We hope that you like our podcast. If you did please subscribe and tell your camping friends about us.

Episode 3 – Good news day

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   12/04/2019

Episode 3 Good news day

Welcome to The Camping Crew podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we say here is just own our personal views.

Camping news or hot topics:

  1. Dungarvan Motorhome Parking Announcement: Following discussion at the Dungarvan/Lismore District Council meeting, it was agreed that the Council will now develop 11 bays at QUANNS for use by visiting campervans
  2. West Waterford Food Festival https://www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
  3. Campsite Pricing Survey:

Campsites or stop overs:

This week Chris suggested Nore Valley Pet Farm, Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny

https://www.norevalleypark.com/

Arron suggested that you visit Morriscastle Strand Caravan Park, Wexford

https://morriscastlestrand.com

Tips, Products, Camping Websites or Apps:

Aaron: Extra large Wheel Chocks (available at all good Motorhome and Campervan accessories stockists)

Chris: Motorhome Parking Ireland App (Apple iOS & Android)

–  http://motorhomeparkingireland.com/ redirect to https://www.motorhomecraic.com

We wrap up this podcast with a quick shout out for Aaron’s Vlog on YouTube called:  Charlie  and me our Camping Vlog and our web site & forum http://campsitereview.com

We also give a quick mention to our Twitter account for our podcast which is @TheCampingCrew

Our email address CampingCrewPodcast@gmail.com  and ask for ideas, campsites, products, news items to discuss on the podcast.

We hope that you like our podcast. If you did please subscribe and tell your camping friends about us.

Episode 2 – Festivals Campsites and Camping Ban

Presenters: Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

Record Date:   08/04/2019

Episode 2 Festivals Campsites and Camping Ban

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Camping Crew Podcast with Aaron Burchael & Chris Byrne

This is meant to be a fun podcast, we are just enthusiasts and what we discuss on the podcast are just our own personal views.

We kick off the podcast with our News and Hot Topics section and we have a short discussion about the recently installed No Camping signs in Dungarvan Co, Waterford.

We talk about a Motorhome and Campervan focused festival, Vantastival, coming up on the June Bank Holiday Weekend in Co Louth https://www.vantastival.com

We also give am mention to the Independence festival https://indiependencefestival.com/

In our Campsite and Stopovers section Chris selects Blarney Caravan and Camping Park in Co Cork. Aaron visited the site recently and recorded an interview with the campsite owner Con Quill. http://www.blarneycaravanpark.com. Con is part of Camping Ireland and Aaron talks with him about that organisation https://www.camping-ireland.ie/  

Aaron also recently visited Kilmore Quay Campsite and we discuss this lovely campsite and the Village in Co Wexford  https://www.kilmorequaycampsite.ie/ 

For our Products and Camping Tips section Aaron spoke about his Motorhome Solar Panel (www.aertec.net) and Chris speaks about his Vango Kela/Idris Tall Drive-away inflatable Awning. https://www.vango.co.uk/gb/drive-away-awnings/192-kela-v-tall.html

We wrap up the second podcast with a quick shout out for Aaron’s Vlog on YouTube called:  Charlie and me our Camping Vlog .

We also give a quick mention to our Twitter account for our podcast which is @TheCampingCrew and our email address CampingCrewPodcast@gmail.com and ask for ideas, campsites, products, news items to discuss on the podcast.

We hope that you like our podcast. If you did please subscribe and tell your camping friends about us.