Tue, 2 May 2017
The RV industry is booming, no doubt about it. But it’s also changing and facing new challenges and opportunities. In this week’s interview, we sit down with Jim Hammill, the CEO of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the corporate owners of Roadtrek Motorhomes. Jim is a straight talking, shoot from the hip guy who tells it like it is and coming up in the interview segment of the podcast, you’ll learn how the trends shaping the RV industry will impact your RV Lifestyle.
Plus lots of reader questions, some great tips, traveling with technology and a fun off the beaten path report…all in Episode 138 of The RV Podcast, being released May 3, 2017.
Mike and Jennifer share their whereabouts:
JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK
One of the fin things about visiting RV shows like the Super B small RV show that Mike and I attended this past weekend in Glendale, AZ is visiting with other RVers and sharing tips and suggestions.
So it was with one of our listeners named Jim, who came out to meet us and offered a tip about using mobile RV repair services when local RV service centers can’t squeeze you in for an appointment.
And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.
I love hearing from you!
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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.
PET TIP OF THE WEEK
Mike and I are big fans of off-leash dog parks. It keeps Bo happy, healthy and out of trouble. Not all dogs are good candidates for off leash parks. Before you take your pet to one, make sure it has been socialized well and gets along with other dogs, If so, visits to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life:
Here are three reasons why Pet MD says off leash parks are a wise choice for pet owners
Do you have a pet about traveling with pets. Send it to me by using the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Thanks!
INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK
This week our special guest is Jim Hammill, the CEO of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the corporate owners of Roadtrek Motorhomes. I got him to sit own for an interview at the recent Super B small RV show out in Arizona and we talk about how the RV industry is booming and changing. With that growth and change come new challenges and opportunities Jim is a straight talking, shoot from the hip guy who tells it like it is and coming up in the interview segment of the podcast, you’ll learn how the trends shaping the RV industry will impact your RV Lifestyle.
The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country
RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:
Three stories this week…
The RV Consumer Demographic Profile released last week shows 8.9 million American households own a RV, a new record, up from 7.9 million in 2005.
It also showed who is buying RVs. For example:
The Profile, conducted by an economist at the University of Michigan, was sponsored by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. To see the RVIA release click here.
College student dies of hypothermia while out camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with friends. Read more
President Donald Trump issues executive order to review national monuments of 100,000 acres and larger designated by past three presidents Read more
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TRAVELING TECH TIP:
By Steve Van Dinter
Hope you are enjoying your new Samsung Galaxy S8 device as much as I am. And for your listeners out there who just got one or are thinking about it...I wanted to share a few cool things to help you get the most out of it.
First, the front camera is now 8mp meaning your selfies are looking oh so much better. But did you know that you don’t have to push the button to take a photo? Just hold up your palm somewhere in the viewfinder and the phone will set a two second timer and take your pic. This helps for those of us who move a bit when we try to take a selfie.
Also as part of the camera feature is a setting called “selective focus”. This will really make your selfies or traditional photos look like a portrait. To enable this mode, swipe right on the screen after you open your camera. Choose selective focus. Now when you take a pic it’ll separate your subjects from the background and give a professional look.
Looking to take a screenshot? If you want the whole thing press your power and volume down buttons together. But let’s say you only want part of the screen and would prefer it cropped as a circle? That’s totally do-able. swipe left on the edge panel which is on the righthand side of the screen near the power button. Swipe left on the menu until you see “smart select”. Now choose rectangle or oval and select the area of the screen you’d like to copy. Easy as that!
Lastly I know a lot of your listeners take videos as they travel around the country. But sometimes we don’t want to use all of the video we took. Fortunately editing videos even with captions is now a breeze. Open up your Galaxy Apps and search for video editor. This downloads a free Samsung video editor for the S8. Now you can edit down the videos you have, add in transitions, captions, title screens and even music. Your home movies are definitely going to a new level!
This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -
By Tom and Patti Burkett
As Europeans moved westward across the North American continent they found a variety of artifacts left behind by earlier cultures. Even more have been discovered in recent times. Think petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, cave art, and totem poles. Throughout the Midwest and stretching south to northern Alabama and Mississippi can be found a variety of earthen mounds. Many of the most striking of these are in Ohio. Southeastern Ohio boasts Fort Ancient and the Great Serpent Mound, and a bit farther north you can visit the Great Circle and Octagon earthworks.
The small city of Newark is home to the latter two structures, which are on the short list to be designated World Heritage Sites. Early explorers thought these might be burial mounds and dug into them hoping for treasure and ancient bones. We know now that they’re mostly ceremonial, built for gatherings and celebrations. A thousand years ago the Adena and Hopewell people marked specific lunar events at this site. Modern astronomers and astro-tourists gather here for the periodic alignments. The next one will occur in 2024. archaeologists and historians are unsure why these events were important to the cultures that built the mounds, but it’s clear they were.
Even if you’re not here for a lunar viewing, there’s plenty to see. The eagle mound, in the center of the great circle, is interesting, as it the small museum on the grounds. In nearby Granville you can see the alligator mound, protected by a traffic circle in the middle of the upscale Bryn Du subdivision. While you’re in the area, take the time to see the site of the first lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal and tour the Hebron State Fish Hatchery. If you’re especially lucky, your visit will coincide with one of the periodic tours of the unique floating cranberry bog on nearby Buckeye Lake.
Ohio has several other mounds to visit. The Great Serpent, between Columbus and Cincinnati, is the largest effigy mound in the US, and features an interesting museum and an elevated viewing platform that’s perfect for photos. Also along I-71, the Fort Ancient earthworks are interpreted by rangers who convey their vast knowledge with enthusiasm and flair. For true mound junkies, a variety of smaller earthworks cluster in this part of the state, and most are publicly accessible.
Summer can be pretty brutal in the Buckeye state, but spring and fall are frequently delightful. Spring arrives with abundant wildflowers and flowering trees, and fall offers autumn colors to rival New England. Roads are less crowded and the pace more relaxed. Canoeing and rafting are great in the spring, festivals and fairs in the fall. There are numerous boondocking opportunities in the Wayne National Forest and along the Ohio River. Come for the mounds and you’ll find much more to pique your interest. We’ll be looking for you out there, maybe just over the top of the next mound, off the beaten path.
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