The RV Podcast

In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast we take you to the snow covered woods of Upper Peninsula Michigan for a winter campout and we answer lots of listener questions about camping and RV travel as we share some knock-your-socks-off destinations that belong on your bucket list. Plus we meet a young couple who have abandoned the cubicles for a life of working from an RV on the road.
We also share:
- A music playlist for Roadtreking
- A DIY tip on how to keep regulate the heat inside your RV with an inexpensive product available at home supply stores
- The best places to find used RVs
- News of a travel trailer recall by Winnebago
- Free admission dates for 2015 at National Parks
- A new app to find camping stores
- A great deal on backing up your computers, tablets and smartphones in the cloud while you're trraveling
- Where to get free training on your smartphone
- A  campfire conversation with winter campers where there is 30 inches of snow on the ground
- An interview with Jason and Kristin Snow - aka "The Snowbirds," an adventure-addicted couple in their early thirties who walked away from cubicles and conventional lives to travel a new road in an RV.

Direct download: RT20.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Don't buy at an RV show without listening to this! In Episode 19 of Roadtreking: The RV Podcast, reporter Mike Wendland offers up super-insider info on how to shop and buy an RV and how to use an RV show to find the best deal on the best unit, plus helpful tips for living the RV lifestyle the way you dreamed about.
Mike interviews industry experts including Joe Murray, a 40-year-veteran of RV sales and RV shows and learns:
Whether you should buy from inventory or special order to get the best price
Whether the prices at RV shows really are rock bottom
How to "try on an RV" for size at the show, making sure it works for you and your RVing style
What is the most important question that you should ask an RV dealer before you buy
What kind of RVs have the hands down highest resale value, year in and year our
How are today's RV buyers different from those of year's past
Audience questions
A listener shared feedback on the George Foreman Grill and how much she loves us after reading a post where we shared our use of it (http://roadtreking.com/how-to-unclutter-your-rv/) We responded to her feedback with an update about the new grill we use after our old wone fell off a table last year. We know use the Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe  $159  (http://amzn.to/180VBFg)
We then took a question from a reader named Don who wondered about cabinet and drawer dividers to keep things in place in the RV. We  suggested a visit to Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart for starters, or any Camping world store. TV shows all have lots of vendors who sell such items, too.
Traveling Tech Tip
This week, we talk about password management and protecting yourself against hackers
The massive theft of over a BILLION email accounts by a Russian hacker gang has Internet security experts scrambling and ordinary online users wondering what they can do to protect themselves. I have these suggestions.
The very first thing Internet users need to do is change their passwords. Use a program called Last Pass to manage all your passwords. It keeps track of your user names and passwords for you and logins in automatically with them. This is how passwords should be…very complex. The program will generate secure passwords like this.
Password Genie is another secure password manager. It stores and secures passwords on PC and Mac computers and Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
I also like Dashlane. It has a form filler, generates secure passwords and has a very easy to use interface. Like the others, there are free and premium versions.
Which ever program you use, be sure to change your social media passwords, too and don’t use the same password on all the sites you visit.
Off the Beaten Path Report  
Roadtreking Reporter Yan Seiner shared his family's misadventures surrounding their first trip with their first Roadtrek some years back… problems after problems, an attempted break-in as they headed out on a fossil-hunting trip to Eastern Oregon and a hiking trip to the Columbia Gorge. All with even more mishaps. Despite it all, Yan says, it was a blast.
Links and resources are on the show notes page http://roadtreking.com/19

Direct download: RT019.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast, journalist Mike Wendland talks about getting ready for the 2015 travel season.
After answering a listener question about stabilizer bars to stop swaying in a motorhome, Mike moves quickly to the destination of the week.
He and Jennifer take listeners along on a must-visit side trip along Florida's "Forgotten Coastline"  to the place that makes the best-tasting honey in the world, a honey so sweet country music starts croon about it.
In the Off-the-Beatnen-Path segment, a listener takes us to the geographic center of America.
In traveling tech news, Mike shares some must-have first aid apps for you and your pets.
And in the main interview segment, Mike talks to Toby Hedges, the the marketing director of Kampgrounds of America (KOA) about  2015 RV Travel Trends and learns:
-When is the best time to rerserve a camping spot
-The different types of KOAs
-The new importance of having K9 off-leash parks in campgrounds
-Wi-Fi is a must have today
-Percentage traveling with pets, kids and grandkids
-Multi-generation camping is increasing
-How KOA sends roving quality review teams to check out campgrounds
-The growth of deluxe landscaped patio sites
There's a free giveaway for five lucky listeners at the end of the episode.
Complete show notes are at http://roadtreking.com/18

Direct download: RT018.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

In this episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast Mike Wendland shares tips on how to camp all year around. It's easier than you think! Plus, lots of RV news and traveling tips to make your RV adventures more enjoyable.

Among topics covered...

The big RV shows
-Tampa , FL Jan 14-18, 2015
-Grand Rapids, MI Jan 15-18, 2015
-St, Louis, MO Jan 29-Feb 1, 2015

Need help in making up your mind to buy an RV? Listen to Roadtrek Motorhome President Jim Hammill share his Yardstick Lifeline illustration on when to take the plunge

Mike shares U. S. Park Service rules on flying drones on National Park properties, why they are prohibited and why he took down drone video of his recent visit to the Gulf Islands National Seashore

In the Question of the Week, Mike answers a listener question on working from the road in a camper van.

In the Off the Beaten Path report, Campkunk shares an amazing place he calls Lupine Meadows in the wilderness near Hood Rover, OR

The RV Destination of the week is Tahquamenon Falls, in Michigan's UP, where Mike will be hosting a winter campout Jan 23-25, with winter camping tips from RV technician Hank Nuiiver.

Complete show notes can be found at http://roadtreking.com/17

Direct download: RT17.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

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