Tue, 12 July 2016
We meet a lot of interesting people out on the road. Not long ago, we met Santa, in the form of a super nice guy named Steve Dodd.
Santa drives (besides the sleigh, of course) a Roadtrek.
Listen to Steve’s interview in this episode of the podcast, along with lots of listener questions, RV Basic Training, Traveling Tech Tips, RV News of the Week and a great Off-The-Beaten-Path report.
JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK
This week’s tip would come from our Norwegian Elkhound puppy, Bo… if he could give it. As many of you know, Bo has been traveling with us this summer and having a great time. He loves everything about RVing… except for one thing: The heat.
Right now, we’re in the deep south, near the Florida/Alabama border and the daytime temperatures have been over 100 degrees a couple of days over the past week. We spend as much time on the Gulf shore, where there’s always a nice cooling breeze off the water. But dogs are not allowed n the beach and Bo needs a little help.
So we got him a cooling pad. It’s a matt made out of cold gel. We bought it at a pet store and Amazon has a whole bunch of them in different sizes.
The pad is soft and the gel inside is noticeably cool to the touch. Bo loves it. He finds it very comfy and in this hot weather, prefers it to the thick cloth bed he usually sleeps in.
We put it on the floor of our Roadtrek for him at night and while we’re driving and, when we are at a campsite, we put it down on top of the ground pad under the awning.
The pads are around $30 or so and they are very easy to clean.
My only suggestion is to get one big enough for your pet to fully stretch out on.
Bo loves his. I bet your pet would as well.
That’s my tip this week. If you have a traveling tip to share, either e-mail me at Jennifer At Roadtreking Dot Com or use the “Leave Voicemail” link on the Roatreking Dot Com blog to record one and send it to me by using the built in microphone on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
I love getting your tips… so let me hear from you!
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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
Listener Lee is shopping for an RV. But with six kids who he plans to “roadschool,” he’s wondering what size RV he needs.
Rob from Fairbanks, Alaska, is also shopping for an RV. He has it narrowed down between a Class B campervan and a travel trailer and wants to know how challenging it is to “decamp” with an RV and whether a travel trailer is easier.
Just wondering if you or Jennifer could give us more information on the bed pads that you're using now and where you purchased them. Thanks.
- Gary and Carol
Thanks for this website and your experiences How do you Wifi from an RV? I am about to retire and am thinking of buying a New Road Trek and traveling the USA on and off the grid. 1) Can you tell me the downside of Living for months at a time in a Road Trek class B RV? 2) What do RV parks typically cost when traveling? Any tips on negotiating the price of a new RV? Thank you. I Hope to meet you on the road someday.
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.
RV BASIC TRAINING -How to sanitize your RV’s fresh water tank.
I sanitize our fresh water tanks at least twice every year. The steps are pretty simple.
Before heading out, I run a glass of water through the galley faucet and take a sample drink, making sure there was no bleach taste. If there was, I just would drain and refilled once more.
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RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:
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TRAVELING TECH TIP:
Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports..
During the school year there never seems to be enough time. But once you get the family out on vacation, there’s usually more to go around. Enjoy this break from the hustle and bustle and use the extra time to get out and explore! Today I’ve got some great free apps you and your children can use to explore the world around you.
Scavenger hunts are no longer a thing of the past thanks to the game of geocaching! Geocaches are hidden treasures that you can only find with clues – using an app or website. Geocaching is a great way to get out and learn more about your community. And no matter where you’re located there’s bound to be a geocache near you!
How much free time would you like to fill? 10 minutes? A half day? You just open this app and let it know. Then it will come up with new and interesting suggestions. And the best part – all you need is the app and your imagination.
No matter if you’re in your backyard or far away from home, a park is never too far away. But sometimes they can be hard to find! Open up this app and you’ll see where your nearest park is located. In addition, you can learn all about what there is to do, the best time to visit and even what to wear to be ready for the weather!
This year is the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. And if you’re out exploring America’s backyard, make sure to use this app to see all there is to offer!
If you’re at all interested in the night sky then you have to download this app!
Choose augmented reality mode and point your phone at the sky and you’ll see the names of planets and stars in your field of vision. Not only that, but click on any of the planets, stars or constellations and you’ll see detailed pictures, how far away it is and even watch some of them move in real-time.
This 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 - The Ark Encounter
Listener Sheri recommends a visit to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY, as well as the nearby Creation MuseumDaniel boone and a restored frontier fort called Boonesborough, that is named after Daniel Boone in a nearby state park.
This part of the podcast is brought to you by AllStays - the Internets #1 RV and camping app since 2010
INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK - Santa’s Got a New Way to Travel
Mike interviews Steve Dodd, who works as a professional Santa and uses a Roadtrek Class B Motorhome to supplement his sleigh for traveling. You’ll meet this new RVer in this week’s Roadtreking interview of the week.
This part of the podcast is brought to you by Rad Power Bikes, an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.