Tony Barthel explains ‘stressless camping’ on Podcast 220

Editor’s note: RV Daily Report has had a flurry of requests from people wanting to be guests on this podcast this year.  In fact, we’re almost two months behind in getting out the episodes.  So, we’ll be doubling up the number of podcast episodes we release for the next few weeks to get caught up.

Today’s guest is on a mission to take the stress out of camping. Tony Barthel is the founder of, a website designed to ensure that RVing remains fun and hassle-free.

He describes his mission for the website and how he came up with the idea to launch the site. He also provides some tips for reducing stress when camping.

Barthel offers ideas on what campers and RVers can do before their trips to ensure they don’t forget essential items that can add stress to the experience. He then ads a list of post-trip tips that work to make sure the camper is ready for the next trip.

The whole point of going camping or traveling somewhere fun in an RV is to wind down and lower the stress that accumulates every day it seems. That’s why people really need to embrace the concept of stressless camping.

For example, camping in jammies may look silly, but who cares, it’s a great way for adults and kids to relax and show the world they are on vacation.

His idea of beer tourism will appeal to many people, but can also be applied to other activities like visiting baseball parks, museums, manicured gardens, or dozens of other places that don’t require a lot of activity.

Barthel offered great advice about having a good checklist before each adventure, and going through a post-trip checklist to find things that need to be repaired, or purchased, in time for the next trip.

For more information on ways to reduce camping stress for adults, kids and pets, visit

None of the content on his website is branded, and is meant to be shared by RV dealers and campground owners alike.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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