Tue, 16 May 2017
Episode 140: How to Be Prepared for RV Emergencies
As millions of RVers are planning their summer adventures and making lists of what to bring to add to their fun, stocking first aid kits and doing some emergency preparation planning also needs to be on all our To-Do lists.
This week, we talk to a top expert from the American Red Cross in emergency wilderness and camping first aid. This is a must-listen intervew so be sure and take the time to learn what you need to do to be ready for the unexpected.
Also this week, lots of audience questions and comments, along with RV news, RV tips and a fascinating Off-the-Beaten-Path Report from the Burketts.
Show Notes for Episode #140 May 17, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:
JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK
One of the things we like the most about doing this podcast is hearing from you and receiving your tips. Sometimes, it’s about how to do things better while on the road, or maybe a helpful Do-It-Yourself Project. Or it could be a nifty product you came across that you want to share with the audience.
So it was today with a listener named Ed.
Ed’s product is a Bem Multi Function Lantern EXO-900, a 300 lumen lantern with three different power levels. It has a blue tooth speaker and can even be used to recharge cell phones. He found his for $30 at his local Sams Club. On Amazon, it is $48.
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:
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PET TIP OF THE WEEK
We had a nice voicemail from a listener named Ken, who heard our recent Traveling with Pets T about how Mike and I make a point to find off-leash dig parks for Bo while we’re traveling. Ken knew we were in Florida this week and offered this tip about a dog park he likes.
Thanks Ken. Next time we travel through the Punta Gorda area of Florida, we’ll be sure to check out the Hounds of Henry Park.
But while I’m on the topic of dog parks, let’s talk about problems that can happen at any park, namely, over-aggressive dogs. That happened to us last night at a park we visited. There are times when as a pet owner, you need to either cut your visit short or not go in at all.
Last night, there was a German Shepherd and a Great Dane in the park, along with many other dogs. The shepherd was extremely possessive of its owner and became very aggressive whenever anther dog came near. The Great Dane just got too excited as he chased and played with other dogs. He was too big – about 120 pounds – to roughhouse with any of the other dogs. For what he intended as a gently romp was way overpowering for other dogs.
So, our advice when entering a dog park is to spend a minute or two assessing the other dogs. And when you are inside, don’t spend all your time visiting with other owners. Never let your dog out of your sight and be ready to intervene at any time.
We want to stress that we very seldom encounter problems in a dog park. But that doesn’t mean we can relax our vigilance.
INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK
Our guest n this episode is Dr. Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, PhD, MPH. Dr. Pellegrino is a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and professor and program director of Health Sciences at Aultman College in Canton, OH. One of his specialties is remote and wilderness first aid.
Here’s notes from his interview:
RV Travel Safety
Everyone wants to have a safe and enjoyable trip when they venture out in their RV. It’s important for travelers to take some steps ahead of time in order to help make this happen. Knowing when and how to provide first aid can be at your fingertips through the American Red Cross First Aid app (free).
GET YOUR VEHICLE READY
DURING YOUR TRIP
Help and suggestions for handling emergencies, first aid kits and emergency supplies as well as training resources can be found at redcross.org . The Red Cross has one of the very best first aid apps available in their app store or at redcross.org/apps.
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RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:
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TRAVELING TECH TIP: Time to Get Snapping!
By Steve Van Dinter
Happy National Photography Month to you and your listeners! And guess what? With today’s mobile technology, there’s no better time to be an amateur or even pro photographer. Not only are our mobile devices taking better photos, but the tools we have to enhance and share them continue to improve as well.
For instance…if you have the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ phone (https://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/samsung/) you just HAVE to try out the selective focus feature. You choose it by swiping right when the camera is open. Simply take your photo and now your subjects will magically pop out from the background. It’s like having a professional hiding in your pocket!
Take your photos to the ultimate level by packing an Allure Selfie case (https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/case-mate-allure-x-case-mate-selfie-case-for-iphone-7-plus-rose-gold/). The case, designed for the S8 series and iPhone 7 has a ring stabilizer on the back to help you take your photos, and it also has a ring of LEDs around it allowing you to look great no matter the ambient light.
Speaking of stabilizing your phone, all the kids have a PopSocket (https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/popsockets-arabesque/?lid=sayt&sayt=Pop*)go these days - and they’re on to something! These circular and colorful additions to your phone have a super strong adhesive on the back. Normally they lay flat against your phone, but are always ready to spring into action. Pop it out from the back and use it between your first two fingers to keep your phone steady. Or use it as a prop later to show off those great photos!
And finally to make sure you keep every moment...download the free Google Photos app (https://photos.google.com/). Free for Android and iOS, this photo storage system will automatically back up unlimited photos for free. And if you have Verizon Unlimited, make sure you choose the back up anywhere option, that way should your phone ever get stolen or broken while on vacation, at least you’ll always have the photos.
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OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT
By Tom and Partti Burkett
Once in a while, exploring out-of-the-way places puts us on the path of a much greater adventure. We’ve seen Cincinnati’s painted pigs, Lexington’s painted horses, and Fort Wayne’s painted frogs. Recently, we took a stab at finding some of the 47 unique Mr. Potato Head statues adopted by communities in Rhode Island. One of these is Betty The Learned Elephant, who sits behind the town hall in Chepachet. Asking a local resident why choose an elephant, we were treated to an amazing story. We’ll tell it to you somewhat backwards, the way we first learned it.
“Head out to the Putnam Pike Bridge,” we were told, “and look for the plaque.” Erected in 1976, the monument recognizes Little Bett, an elephant who was shot down on the bridge by local residents in 1826. It seems the Puritan town fathers didn’t look kindly on the fact that local residents were spending their money on frivolous and exotic entertainment. 150 years the town decided to come clean, admit the deed, and declare Elephant Day in honor of the 12-year-old pachyderm who had amazed audiences from Massachusetts to North Carolina with her intelligence and personality.
Little Bett was part of a traveling menagerie owned by Hecaliah Bailey, of Somers, New York. By chance, Bailey had seen the very first elephant ever to come to North America s it was being offloaded from a ship, the America, in New York harbor in 1796. He was entranced. Imagine his surprise when, several years later, he again saw the elephant, this time offered for sale at a livestock auction he was attending. He bought the behemoth, named Betty, and took her home. Bailey imagined rightly that his neighbors would pay a few cents to have a look, and he was right. It wasn’t too long before he gave up farming and earned his living traveling with a menagerie of animals and sideshow attractions.
Several of his neighbors became partners and competitors in these endeavors. When one of them married the star of a traveling acrobatic show and joined the two entertainments, the American circus was born. Somers, New York is known as the birthplace of the circus, and when you visit, you can climb to the third floor of the Elephant Hotel and see exhibits of early traveling show history. Sadly, Bailey’s first elephant, bought at the cattle auction, was also shot dead by religious fanatics, and the museum and hotel stands as a memorial to her.
Hecaliah served as a mentor and role model for young PT Barnum, and the Bailey family continues in the circus business to this day. You can discover more of the story at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. So, the chance encounter with a Mr. Potato Head elephant led us first to New York, then to Bridgeport, and then back to Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania. With an eye open for new stories, we now collect elephant lore as we travel, and have found some great tales. If you like, we’ll tell you one the next time we see you somewhere, out there, off the beaten path.
Links to places mentioned by the Burketts:
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