The RV Podcast

Yes you can! Your dreams of living full-time in an RV and making a living as you travel and enjoy your favorite hobbies and pursuits are possible. In this episode of the podcast, we explore the options and learn the ins and outs of living a simpler, more satisfying life.

Reader Questons:
Kevin wants to make a living out of an RV. How can we do it? I answer, sharing how many ways there are to do it. I specifically refer him to and my interview with Steve Anderson, who runs, which is dedicated to matching employers with RV workampers. As Jim explains, Workampers are adventurous individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping.

Karl asks about “E-Treknology.” We share how long batteries will last, how solar charges the batteries and how long it takes to charge them. We talk ore about it in from the National RV Show in Lousiville, KY when it was introduced in December

Then I answer a whole bunch of other questions sent in by email:

Craig from North Carolina says: Just read your recent note on how bad the weather is for RVing.  My son and his wife just came up from Mexico to BC in their RV in the last two weeks and the weather was excellent.  FYI His most concerning incident was not in Mexico but in Oregon.  They went to sleep one night in a Home Depot parking lot.  To make a long story short they ended up surrounded by 3 police cars – town ordinance against RVing overnight.  Our RV Roadtrek trip to Mexico last year was similar.  The incident for us with in a California state RV park.  I was approached by a young man wrapped with chains with a big stick who alleged that I was from another planet.  He asked me to take off my sunglasses so he could see the whites of my eyes.  I fortunately passed the test but was subjected to a lecture on the environment.

Bruce and Grace write: Mike, I enjoyed your article on Park Model camping.  That is exactly what we do and have been doing it for several years.  We have a park model RV in Detroit Lakes MN and a park model RV in Surprise AZ, and we have a 2008 Roadtrek Adv RS for traveling back and forth, attending rally’s, trips to state parks and campgrounds, camping with grandkids, etc.  And we love it!  This live style is a very excellent way for one to spend their retirement years.  We keep a car at both our summer and winter locations, but the yearly combined mileage of both cars does not even come close to what we put on our Roadtrek.  I wonder how many retirees are enjoying this lifestyle?  It’s growing in popularity, as written about by JG Van on the blog at

Barak asks: Comments: Hey Mike Great blog and podcast. Quick question...would you have any recommendations for "test driving" the RV lifestyle? I'm 52 and about 4 years away from retiring so I'd like to explore that way of living. Thanks, and safe travels, Barak I suggest calling dealers and arranging to rent one.

In News of the Week, we talk about two incidents this week in which RVers were seriously burned. And we warn about the dangers of l
leaving propane on when the vehicle is moving.

In Traveling Tech, we talk about  a cool gizmo: Never worry about setting the thermostat before you leave the house again! The NestHome Thermostat senses when your home is empty and automatically adjusts the temperature to avoid unnecessary heating or cooling.

Compatible with most home heating and cooling systems, the NestHome Thermostat is simple to install and easy to use.

With several energy saving features, Nest allows you to stay on top of energy usage and reduce your monthly energy bill.

Within a week of setting up the device, it will learn your personal schedule and program itself to adjust to the temperatures you like. You can also control the temperature of your home from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

You can even pair the Nest with other smart home accessories from Verizon Wireless to manage your energy use and effortlessly adjust settings to maximize energy savings.

Visit your local Verizon retailer to learn how you can use the NestHome Thermostat to conserve energy and reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Also visit for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life.

Off the Beaten Path hears from Victor, who shares with us a recommendation to stay at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Florida, where there is a 16-mile bike trail that runs from Gainsville to Hawthrne, Florida

And in our Interview of the week, we meet Mark Rickert, a guy in his early 30’s who travels around the country pursuing his passion of skydiving, living fulltime in his Roadtrek Class B RV while earning a living via the Internet.

In between, he does about 250 skydiving jumps a year. He’s visited 11 different states since last August.

Mark offers valuable tips on how to truly follow your dreams, see the country, enjoy life to the fullest and have all the comforts of home with you all the time.

To do so successfully, however, one must become a minimalist.

“You just don’t need nearly as many things as you think you do,” he says.

Mark was a six figure a year software developer who traded in a cubicle for a 1998 Roadtrek 190 Popular.

He says money is not his main goal, enjoying life, traveling, skydiving and making new friends are higher priorities. He says he tries to bill about 20 hours a week to clients, and he has developed a number of his own iPhone apps that he sells through his company appropriately called Off the Grid Apps.

Mark shares his nomadic lifestyle with us and offers hints and tips on how you can do it, too.

Complete show notes and links at

Direct download: RT24.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast we dig into all sorts of topics that show what RV Lifestyle is all about.
Starting with a call from an RVer in Spain, Mike WendJennifer Wendland answer questions and comment on today's RV topics. Theres even a special song "Wake Me Up to Drive" sent in by a listener t=who capture the draw of the RV lifestyle.
In RV news, Mike shares the story of an alert truck driver who helped bus a human trafficking ring that was being operated out of an RV.
In tech news, Mike shares two great apps that will hep you reduce your email clutter.
And in the Bucket List Destination of the week, he takes us to the north shore of Lake Superior.
The interview segment is with Stephanie and Jeremy Pugliski, who publish the RV Travel Family Atlas  blog and podcast that deals with traveling with children.
Their recommendations for RVers with kids and grandkids:
- Have a balance between scheduled activities and “down time”
- Kids never get bored once they are out there, just introduce them to the outdoors
- Splurge for kid-friendly campsites, with swimming pools, playgrounds and games
- Take your kids on hikes, challenge them, use it to teach them about the nature and geography
- Have a campfire every night. It’s a great family bonding time
- Kids naturally will gravitate to outdoor activities over screen time in front of a TV or computer
- Recognize that things will go wrong but “we will get through this.” Learning that when things go wrong, we will solve the problem and then we’ll have great stories to tell.
- Each night at an RV park, a neighborhood springs up and kids need all of about five minutes to make friends with a pack of kids.
Complete show notes at

Direct download: RT23.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

Whether you're a full-timer or a part-timer, the RV lifestyle is all about freedom: Freedom to explore, meet new people, enjoy God's creation and find interesting places. In this episode, we talk about all of that as we meet and interview John and Kathy Huggins, of Livin' the RV Lifestyle fame.
John and Kathy have been living full-time in their RV since early 2005 and chronicle their adventures and their tips on the website and podcast.
In this conversation we learn:
How to cure "grandparent-itus"
The secret to getting RV repair when the big service shops are all booked up
Why buying used makes the most sense for many
What it's really like being a full-time RVer and why it's not for everyone
The best way to stay connected to the Internet while traveling
How to decide between a motorhome or a fifth wheel or travel trailer
Besides the Huggins, we answer listener questions about:
Gas prices - they're on the rise again but how high will they be during the travel season?
Finding campsites that are wheelchair accessible
How to learn to make better photographs (or any other skill) through online training that you can take anywhere
Plus we have tech tips, a bucket list destination of the week and a great off the beaten path yarn.
Links and resources on the show notes page at

Direct download: RT22.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

RT21 Roadtreking RV Podcast: The biggest problems RVers face

From bad repairs, to overwhelmed service centers to inadequate Wi-Fi, life on the RV roadways can be challenging.
In this episode of the podcast, we review the biggest problems faced by RVers these days with industry leader Greg Gerber of RV Daily News. Plus we answer lots of reader questions, offer up destination reports and some cool tech apps.
Among topics we talk about  with Greg in this episode:
-Should you buy a new or used RV
-Why campground Wi-Fi sucks
-Why data card cellular Internet in campgrounds is getting bad
-How RV service shops sometimes give second rate service to travelers who bought their rigs elsewhere
-Why RV service is so hard to find
-Why mobile RV service trucks may be the best way to get your rig fixed in a timely manner
We offer up three apps that will help you split the bill and tip when you and a group of RVing friends go out to eat
We have an offer can how you can get a free audiobook download by going to
We answer a whole bunch of reader questions on everything from ground clearance between different RVs to finding a list of places where you can do dispersed camping in national forests.
And we have great off the beaten path and Bucket List destination reports.
Complete show notes at

Direct download: RT21.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT