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Mike and Jennifer share what is needed to make 2015 the best RV year yet, reviewing their travels and lessons learned in 2014 with an eye towards what they can do in the New Year as they continue their Roadtreking RV adventure.
Their suggestions:
1) Slow down and look, listen and relax - Don't be in such a rush. You miss too much by always hurrying
2) Take more and better photographs - If you don't have a photo, says, Jennifer, it never happened
3) Eat right and exercise daily - Don't fall into the trap of a perpetual vacation.
4) Learn more about the history of the places you visit - Find the local historian, get the local history book from the library
5) Do more mods and maintenance -  To get the most out of your RV travels, DIY needs to be a priority mantra
Also in this week's episode...
- A great Off The Beaten Path report from Roadtreking Reporter Laura Robinson about a place you'll want to visit
- A question about lightning danger and he RVers and expert advice from Roadtreking Reporter and motorhome engineer Yan Seiner
- A must have tech gadget to document every miles of your travels
Complete show notes are at http://roadtreking.com/16

Direct download: RT016.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

Mike and Jennifer share what is needed to make 2015 the best RV year yet, reviewing their travels and lessons learned in 2014 with an eye towards what they can do in the New Year as they continue their Roadtreking RV adventure.
Their suggestions:
1) Slow down and look, listen and relax - Don't be in such a rush. You miss too much by always hurrying
2) Take more and better photographs - If you don't have a photo, says, Jennifer, it never happened
3) Eat right and exercise daily - Don't fall into the trap of a perpetual vacation.
4) Learn more about the history of the places you visit - Find the local historian, get the local history book from the library
5) Do more mods and maintenance -  To get the most out of your RV travels, DIY needs to be a priority mantra
Also in this week's episode...
- A great Off The Beaten Path report from Roadtreking Reporter Laura Robinson about a place you'll want to visit
- A question about lightning danger and he RVers and expert advice from Roadtreking Reporter and motorhome engineer Yan Seiner
- A must have tech gadget to document every miles of your travels
Complete show notes are at http://roadtreking.com/16

Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

In this jam--packed episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast, journalist Mike Wendland offers news and tips about a wide variety of topics related to RVers looking for places to go and things to do.
Mike shares details about new RV battery technology, a controversial National Park just created in Connecticut and some must-visit destinations that belong on your list of 2015 travel plans.
On particular, Mike talks about:
- The amazing promise of lithium-ion batteries for the RVer
- Why diesel fuel costs more than gasoline
- The Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway in Minnesota
- Cody, WY - where the Wild West still alive
- A great app for RVers who want the latest news on a variety of topics
- The new CS Adventurous XL from Roaftrek on the Sprinter Extra Length chassis
Detailed information, photos, videos and links to resources can be found on the Roadtreking RV Podcast show notes page for this episode at http://roadtreking.com/15

Direct download: RT015.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

In this episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast, Reporter Mike Wendland reports on tumbling gas prices across North America, what it means to travelers and predictions that fuel prices across North America will keep falling well into 2015.
Plus, Mike has great listener questions and feedback, including a highly unusual use for an RV.
There is news of the week on the first front wheel drive RV, plus a great technology profile and an RV destination that belongs on everyone's bucket list.
Complete show notes with photos, links and resources mentioned by Mike and his guests are at http://roadtreking.com/14

Direct download: 014RT.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

In this episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast Mike shares travel tips from Laura Robinson, a solo traveler who calls her RV OLGA - for "Old Ladies Get Around."

Plus, news of a winter campout, a report on the iPhone 6 Plus and three apps that travelers can use to make sure they get the best dea

Topics in this episode:

TRAVELING TECH TIP:  Three apps to help you find bargains

- SnipSnap

 - TripAdvisor

- RedLaser

INTERVIEW: Travel tips from a solo RVer

Solos, or folks traveling by themselves, make up a sizeable part of the RV community.   One of them is Laura Robinson, a regular contributor to our Roadtreking.com RV travel blog.

Solos do it all. And they’ve learned a lot about staying safe and being secure.

Laura offers us a dozen very practical tips that are applicable to all RVers.

Laura’s RV is called OLGA – “Old Ladies Get Around”

Laura says: “I plan on driving her until I no longer can see over the steering wheel.”

Laura recommends the AllStays app for her smartphone to find places to stay.

Here are some groups Laura recommends aimed at solo traveler

- RVing Wome

- Solo net

- Roadtrek International Solos

RV BUCKET LIST DESTINATION:- A winter campout to the snowy Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Details, resources and links on the Shownotes page for this episode at http://roadtreking.com/13

 

Direct download: 013RT_RV_Podcast.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:08am EDT

Roadtreking RV Podcast editor Mike Wendland continues his coverage of the 2014 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY with a series of interviews and reports about the latest trends in the RV industry
Covered in Episode 012 of the podcast:
LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
A listener asked how to find people to travel to Alaska with this year. We referred the question to Jerry Yeatts, the executive director of the Family Motor Coach Association, who told us about various trips and tours scheduled for next year, including a big Alaska trip.
RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:
We interview Billy Cochrane, a regional manager for Roadtrek Motorhomes who shares his enthusiasm for RV travel and talks about the great sights and places available for RVers off the main interstates. He suggested the following places:
National Voting Rights Museum in Sela, AL
The :Mississippi River scale model in Memphis, TN
The Birthplace of country music in Bristol TN
The Galax Fddlers Convention in VA
Sun Record Studios , Memphis TN

INTERVIEWS:
“Roadtrek Joe” Morales
Joe takes many of the “beauty shots” of Roadtrek Motorhomes  seen at Roadtrek.com  I asked and he shared the three elements that make for a great RV photo.
Then we talked about a Class B motorhome:
•    What it is
•    How many miles a Class B is often are driven
•    How Class B RVs hold their value


Next, we met Dean Corrigal of Leisure Travel Vans

He talks about:
•    What is a Type B+ RV?
•    The features of a Type B+ RV
•    The major differences between a Type B and a B+ RV
•    Mileage that can be expected with a Type B+ RV
•    Trends and demographics of Type B and Type B+ RVs

Direct download: RT12A_B_is_a_B_unless_its_a_B_Plus.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

Day 2 of coverage from the 2014 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY looks at Etreknology and the way it is revolutionizing RV travel plus the biggest secret in the RV world, Park units and a hot new trend of camping without a camper."
Mike and Jennifer Wendland are in Louisville and in their continuing coverage of the National RV Trade show they interview a slew of experts for inside info.
After answering a reader question about credit card security while on the road, they tap into the latest inRV trends by interviewing Bill Sheffer, of the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campsites, who says:
-Why RV sales are continuing to boom
-The latest trends he's seeing in RV demographics
-Why so-called "Park Units" may be the next big trend in RVs.
Mike next interviews Yan Seiner, a Roadtreking Reporter on the Roadtreking.com RV Travel blog and an engineer at Roadtrek Motorhomes.
Yan explain how "Etreknology" is finding its way into the Class B small motorhome market, the evolution of electronic and green energy systems first introduced in Roadtrek's Etrek model two years ago.
Seiner explains:
- How power management systems in modern motorhomes now involve sophisticated systems like solor power, engine generators and on-board high tech monitoring systems.
- How an iPad or Android tablet or a smartphone can now remotely control and monitor critical RV energy, lighting, security and comfort features.
And finally, Mike interviews RV industry veterans Bob Zagami… John DiPietro RV Insights, who discus:
•    The use of Park models for extended stay camping, sometimes called Destination Camping
•    How you can get two of them for price of a used motorhome, one for up north in the summer, one in the south for wintertime
•    Why RVing is experiencing a huge resurgence because it connects people to places and each other
•    Younger families are rapidly becoming a major demographic
•    Cabin and “yurt” rentals are the biggest income producers for many campgrounds these days, “camping without a camper.”

Direct download: 011RT_The_RV_Podcast.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

Episode 010 of Roadtreking the RV Podcast is from the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY
This is where all the 2015 RVs, travel trailers, pop-ups and RV accessories are introduced to the industry and RV press.
It is not open to the public but we were there to report on the brand new Roadtrek Zion, a new model built on the Dodge ProMaster chassis.
n this episode, Mike interviews Roadtrek Motorhome President Jim Hammill, who talked about:
The Zion dimensions
The Zion;s solar power and engine generator
The 50 cubic feet of storage
The price of the new unit
It's production schedule and availability
Mike also interviews Steve Fretz, from Fretz RV in Pennsylvania, one of the nation's biggest dealers. Steve talked about:
Industry trends
Changing RV demographics
Why Class B RVs are so popular
The new technology in RVs
The was from Day One. Mike will be covering the show all week.

Direct download: 010RT_Roadtreking_the_RV_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

RVers sure have a lot of questions. We answer a bunch of them in this edition of the podcast.

When it comes to technology questions, nobody answers them better than Jim and Chris Guld, the Geeks on Tour, a husband-wife team who travel fulltime across North America giving technology seminars to RVers and rallies and campground gatherings all year long.

You’ll hear them in our featured interview this week.

Plus we have a great tech gadget to recommend, an especially beautiful bucket list destination of the week, and news and reader feedback

This episode released on Thanksgiving week 2014 and we have Thanksgiving greetings from our team of Roadtreking Reporters, the great group of talented RVers who join Mike in blogging on the Roadtreking.com website.

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

The Mophie Powerstation Duo External 12000 mAh Battery

With more and more USB devices becoming “necessities” for daily life, the powerstation duo was developed to ensure you have enough power to keep them fully charged when you need it most. Charge your phone and tablet together or share a port with a friend in need when outlets aren't an option. You can get eight phone chargings from a single charge to the Mophie.

RV BUCKET LIST DESTINATION:

Florida’s Emerald Coast - Our destination of the week is the Florida Panhandle, and specifically the Emerald Coast, which has perhaps the finest beaches we have found anywhere in America. Here’s a link to Emerald Cost photos and video and a look at a cool wait =to catch bait for fishermen.

Interview of the Week
In our interview with the Geeks on Tour, Jim and Chris Guld talk about the top three questions asked by RVers?

    -What to do about bad campground Wi-Fi?
   - How do RVers handle mail while they are on the road?
    -What’s a good way for RVers to organize and share the photos they take while traveling?
    -Big RV rallies coming up in 2015

Resources and websites mentioned by Jim and Chris Guld:

Geeks on Tour

Good Sam Rally, Phoenix, AZ Feb.26-Mar. 1, 2015

Escapes Escapade Rally, Tucson AZ March 8-13, 2015

Family Motorcoach Association Rally, Pomona, CA March 26-19. 2015

St. Brendan’s Isle Mail Forwarding Service

Picassa Photo software

Direct download: RT009_The_questions_RVers_ask.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

In Episode 008, Journalist Mike Wendland offers a look at:
-A new RV about to be debuted on the Ram ProMaster chassis
- Cool flashlight technology perfect for campers on dark and stormy nights
- The phenomenon of workamping, has sees as many as half a million RVers working while they camp in their RVs. What do you need to do to get such a job? How much does it pay? What sort of work is involved? We answer all these questions and more.
- A visit to the Colorado Monument as the bucket list destination of the week. Where to stay and what you;ll see.
Plus, Mike tells us about some pesky bears at Yosemite National Park that are being affixed with GPS collars and a plan by Glacier National Park officials to raise their admission and camping rates for 2015.
And Mike offers a surprise... sharing details on a new RV he and Jennifer are about to get.

Direct download: RT008.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT