The RV Podcast

RT63 A Roadtreking Thanksgiving
The people and places that make the RV lifestyle so great
As our U.S. friends celebrate Thanksgiving this week (our Canadian friends celebrated their Thanksgiving a few weeks ago), Jennifer and I reflect back on many of the people we've met and the places and adventures we've shared this past year.
We've been on the road more than half of 2015 and it's been a year of great opportunities.
But at the heart of the small those lifestyle are the people we have met, other RVers who quickly;y become family.
We hear from many of them this week. Some are Roadtreking Reporters from our blog, others are moderators on our very active Roadtreking Facebook group. As they share their Thanksgiving greetings, Jennifer and I tell a little about them - and why we are so grateful to have them in our lives.
Also in this episode we:
- Report the RV News of the Week - including a controversial plan by Yellowstone National Park officials to slaughter up to 1,000 bison this winter
- Share three apps that will help you fall and stay asleep
- Hear listeners Tom and Patti Burkett report on interesting off the beaten path places to visit in the American Northeast.
Complete show notes at

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In this episode we tackle the always controversial question of whether propane should be left on or turned off while driving your RV.
Two experts, Gary Bunzer of rvdoctor,com and Mark Polk of help Mike clarify the issue by explaining just what's involved. Mike discusses:
- What the industry and top experts all recommend about propane use while driving
- What most RVers do
- The built in safety features of modern propane systems for RVs
- How much propane is needed for combustion
How to keep your refrigerator cold while driving if the propane is off
Also in this episode Mike discusses:
-Resources for restoring a vintage RV
-Where to find two popular accessories for an RV bathroom that most RV manufacturers don't include
-Apps for traveling RVers
RV News stories of the week that you need to know about
- A great Florida bucket list destination
and... in the interview segment, Mike talks to WJ Costello, the author of a new detective series about a retired U.S. Marshall who travels the country solving mysteries in his RV.
Do you think you have a book in you? The author shares how you can bypass agents and fussy publishing houses and take your book directly to the marketplace - a perfect career for RVers/
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

You don't have to be a fulltimer or go camping for long periods of time to find lots of uses for an RV.
In this episode of the podcast, you meet Kathy and Les, two of our Roadtreking friends who use their RV in lots of different ways - from stealth camping on the streets of New York, to driveway camping at the homes of relatives to hauling her art and craft exhibit to various shows.
This couple, who live in suburban Toledo, also have a condo in Florida and use their RV for leisurely trips to ad from, for day trips around the gulf coast and, sometimes, as their second vehicle.
You'll meet them in this episode in which we also talk about:
- When you need to winterize and when not
- Five books for your off season reading that will get you excited about RV Travel
- Solar accessories that make the outdoor world more efficient, including a solar charging battery system that can power your home or RV for days
- New technology that allows RVs to have the same high end radiant heating systems as luxury homes
- A bucket list drive in Utah that passes some of the most spectacular and diverse geologic features you'll find anywhere on the continent
- Three Traveling Tech apps that et you use your smartphone as a scanner
Complete show notes can be found at

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

RT60 Five Things Every RVer Needs to Know!
Don't set out on another trip without listening to these tips from Mike's special guest Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor.
In fact, this podcast is loaded with tips and suggestions, starting out with seven of Jennifer's Favorite RV Hacks, plus the Farmer's Almanac winter predictions, a great off the beaten path report, some great apps to take on the road with you and the RV Doctor's very practical advice.
Here's Jennier's Tips:
JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK This week I have a whole bunch of tips. I call them Life Hacks for the RVer…. little things that can make a big difference. I have seven of them, life hacks I’ve either learned myself or been taught by others. 1) Want to quickly freshen up the inside of your RV? Maybe theres a stale smell or it’s ben sitting idle for a while? Tape a dryer sheet over the AC and turn it on for a few minutes. 2) We all have trash cans in our RVs. We also use a plastic bag in those trash receptacles. Put old newspaper at the bottom of your trash can - inside the plastic bag - to absorb food juices that may spill. 3) When you are on the road, where do you keep your dirty laundry? Try keeping a bar of scented soap in the same compartment as your dirty laundry. It will help the clothes smell a lot cleaner than they are. 4) Here’s one we learned from some photo classes. When you are taking a photo of someone - or someone is taking a picture of you - your smile will look a lot more genuine if, instead of just smiling, you also squint your eyes. Try this. It really works! 5) Here’s one Mike learned. If you can’t find any ready kindling wood to start your campfire, use a handful of Doritos. Really. They burn just like kindling and can get a blaze going very fast. 6) Here’s a good tip about rewarming leftover pizza. To keep the crust from getting chewy when you warm it up in the microwave, put a small amount of water in a glass and put it right in there on the carousel with the pizza. 7) When you are on the road and you buy some bananas, you usually need to buy a bunch of for or five of them. Then they all get ripe in a day or so and you end up throwing them away. Next time, wrap the stems where they all connect with plastic wrap. This will keep them fresh for a week or more. Then you just cut the bananas off as needed.

A listener asks about getting a manual to her late model Roadtrek motorhome. Mike notes that all the manuals fro every Roadtrek model going back to 1987, can be found at

In Episode 59 we talked about a gook that lists small town festivals to visit. A listener named Bob shares a fun book called the Geek Atlas, a m=bok listing 128 destinations of technology and science related exhibits and museums. Check it out at

Mike shares three apps to find restaurants Apps to find restaurants and make reservations -

Mike and Jennifer will be attending the Technology and Camping Rally sponsored by Roadtrek International in Kissimmee, FL Nov. 10-13, 2015 - Details at

Five things every RVer Needs to Know
INTERVIEW: Gary Bunzer – The RV Doctor Five things every RVer Must Know! 1. How to check for propane leaks 2. What essential spare part you need to carry for your propane system 3. How to solve battery charging problems 4. How to find and fix water leaks – the number one cause of damage to an RV 5. Two crucial things you need to do before plugging in to shore power Resources Gary recommends for stopping leaks: Equipment Gary says every RVer should have: A volt ohm meter - A Non Contact Proximity Voltage Tester - Complete showboats at

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT