Tue, 28 April 2015
Why the RV Lifestyle is So Unhealthy for So Many
Tue, 21 April 2015
Roadtreking RV Podcast: The Latest Trends Driving the RV Boom
Tue, 14 April 2015
More and more RVers are seeking ways to get away from everything, off the grid, boondocking far away from crowds and commercial campgrounds. That's why solar power is such a hot item these days for RVers.
In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast, we talk to Campskunk, our resident fulltimer, who shares his extensive experience with solar power, helping us understand the many benefits of solar and just what it can do for you.
Here are the full shownotes for this week's episode:
First, we handled a series of calls from our podcast audience:
RV News of the Week
Two stories this week about stolen RVs:
Traveling Tech: Apps that let you text and make voice calls free
I share three apps that let you text and make calls with no carrier charges - http://pcmike.com/free-texting-and-voice-calling-apps/
Interview: What you need to know about solar power for your RV
Campskunk and I talk about:
Tue, 7 April 2015
What's the best mobile platform for RVers: Apple or Android?
In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast we tackle a big question affecting many an RVer: What is the best mobile platform for my smartphone and tablet- Apple or Android?
We also offer up a great excuse to go camping this month - International Dark Sky Week, an event aimed at getting people outside and marveling at the night sky.
Plus we have lots of listener feedback, RV News and a great bucket list RV destination.
LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
A listener named Mike advocates for a longer podcast. He loves the hour long format. We're delighted, because we love doing these shows. We tell him how he can find a list of all the Roadtreking RV podcasts we do at http://roadtreking.com/category/podcasts/
Bob checks in asking for how to find state-by-state camping info. We tell him where to find it, on the blog and our Facebook Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/roadtreking/
Darlene has an older Roadtrek on the Chevrolet chassis and is looking for screens because “mosquitos are coming!” We tell her about the "Skeeter Beaters" window screens at http://roadtrekingstore.com/skbervwisc.html
Vinnie from Long Island wants to get an RV soon and is offering to be a volunteer driver for those needing a helping hand. We urge him to check with the Family Motor Coach Association at http://fmca.com
Kathy asks about the Windshield Witness camera we use as a dash cam to record our travels, asking if users should hide it at night. I tell her I leave mine in and on all the time, using it as a security camera. http://roadtreking.com/windshieldwitness
RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:
Are National Parks in the Wrong Place?
There’s a lot of grumbling from some conservation groups that America’s National Parks are putting too much emphasis on the wrong animals in the wrong places… neglecting endangered species not as sexy as moose, bear and wolves.
A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds there is a mismatch between the lands incorporated into protected areas and the habitats of the estimated 1,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and plants most in need of protection. Most protected lands are in the West, the authors said, while many of these species are found in the Southeast and the southern Appalachians, which lack adequate protections.
The study calls for increased levels of protection for the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tennessee, Alabama, northern Georgia watersheds, the Florida panhandle and the Florida Keys. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/protected-areas-united-states-endangered-species/
Aluminum battery breakthrough?
Thanks to Darryl Defreeze for passing along this story: There’s an ultra-fast charging aluminium battery that has a lot of people very excited
Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.
They are also is fast charging. Smartphone owners know that it can take hours to charge a lithium-ion battery. But the Stanford team reported "unprecedented charging times" of down to one minute with the aluminum prototype.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-ultra-fast-aluminum-battery-safe-alternative.html#jCp
Get ready for International Dark Sky Week …
This has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Many parks and outsoor areas around the world are holding special events aimed at raising awareness about light pollution and inspiring people to enjoy the beauty of the night sky.
In Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources today announced that many Michigan state parks will celebrate International Dark Sky Week (April 13-18) by staying open late for night sky viewing. A total of 29 state parks are participating and will remain open late for this national event, providing stellar night sky viewing opportunities around the state. Some parks also will host astronomy- themed events that focus on the night sky. You can learn more at http://www.darksky.org/
Jennifer and I will be going Saturday April 18 at 9PM to the , Lake Hudson Recreation Area (Lenawee County) at the only designated Dark Sky Preserve in southern Michigan for a night of stargazing and stories. For details, contact the park at 517-445-2265. We’ll be camping for the night.
TRAVELING TECH TIP:
Our main interview is with Paul Ulreich, the Verizon Wireless “Uber User” on choosing between Android and Apple: How RVers can choose the best mobile platform for their travel lifestyle
This segment of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.
IndyCar season is officially here and Verizon is giving fans another reason to rejoice! The all-new INDYCAR 15 app has arrived just in time for the start of the Verizon IndyCar Series racing season.
Available on iOS and Android devices, IndyCar fans won’t miss any of the action—on or off the track—with the app’s updated features and design.
With the app, all INDYCAR fans (regardless of their wireless carrier) will have access to their favorite teams and drivers, views of real-time leader boards and the ability to view race schedules, results, standings, highlights and more!
But that’s not all! The app puts Verizon customers in the driver’s seat with access to exclusive content, including live in-car camera video streaming, live driver and pit crew conversations, plus INDYCAR radio broadcast streaming.
Get in the action and download the all-new INDYCAR 15 app today!
And, visit Roadtreking.com/vzw for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life.
RV BUCKET LIST DESTINATION:
Last month, I was a judge in a contest run by USA Today charged with making a list of the top state parks in America. With my four fellow judges, we came up with a list of the Top 20. Then it was up to readers of USA Today to pick the best.
The results are in: New York’s Letchworth State Park was voted America’s Top State Park.
Here's my review from a visit last summer: http://roadtreking.com/letchworth-state-park-voted-best-in-nation/