The RV Podcast

Retirement: What Are You Waiting For?
Is retirement all it's cracked up to be?
Yes, a new study says it makes you happier and healthier.
In this episode, we focus on retirement and it's many benefits, particularly retirement and RVing.
We report on a new study that shows surprisingly strong health and happiness benefits from retirement and we fact check it through the real life experience of our audience and listeners.
We hear, in their own words, from several Roadtrekers who talk about reduced stress levels, a profound sense of contentment and the freedom they have to pursue hobbies and travel.
And we get feedback from our Facebook readers, too.
Besides retirement, we also have a Jennifer's Tip of the Week, some Traveling Tech resources and an off-the-beaten path report about a spectacular area near Big Sur in California.
And we answer reader questions about streaming video in the RV, using a 50 amp to 30 amp power adapter and more.
Plus we report on how RVing saves big money over other types of actions.
Links and resources mentioned in the podcast can be found on the show notes page at

Direct download: RT68.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

In this episode of Roadtreking: The RV Podcast, we interview Rusty Howes of, the premier media outlet of the entire sport.

Rusty explains how:

- RVers have been largely responsible for driving the sport of Pickleball to its huge popularity

- How anyone can play

- Why the sport is addicting for so many RVers

- How people are actively playing the sport well into their eighties and even nineties

In other topics in this Christmas week episode of the podcast, Jennifer shares a tip on how prepared, packaged freeze dried food - survival meals - are a very handy addition to an RV pantry, assuring quality food when its too late or too far to stock up at the supermarket.

We offer suggestions to a listener looking for an affordable folding bed that fits across the front seats of his Roadtrek.

We also have a Traveling Tech Tip about how to easily send your exact location, with turn by turn directions, via an iPhone.

And in out Off the Beaten Path report, a listener shares the joys of driving two-lanes far off the interstates.

Complete show notes at

Direct download: RT67.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

RT66 Why you Need to be in Perry, GA in March

Attend an RV gathering that will teach you more about RVing in three days than most people learn in a lifetime

The Family Motorcoach Association's upcoming gathering in Perry, GA is the kind of event every RVer should attend at least once in their lifetime.
In this episode, Mike talks to Doug Uhlenbrock of the FMCA who describes the seminars and activities available for owners of all sorts of RVs.

But also in this episode, Jennifer shares a tip about a $20 gadget that belongs in every RV, especially if you like to camp and hike in wilderness areas.

We have audience questions and answers about RVng topics and a great traveling technology tip about an app for your smartphone that will let you take photos like a pro.

And Listeners Tm and Patti Burkett check in with another Off-the-Beaten-Path report, this one about the Great Okefenokee Swamp, one of North America’s most unspoiled, fascinating and precious natural resources – the largest, intact, un-fragmented, freshwater and black water wilderness swamp in all of North America.

Complete shownotes with links and resources mentioned in this podcast available at

Direct download: RT66.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

It's the time when many RVers start dreaming and planning about the places they'll visit in the coming new year.
For many this year, that means more off-the-grid boondocking wilderness experiences, far from the crowds and in beautiful places where one can be close to nature.
But boondocking poses its own special problems and in this episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast, we talk to a full-time RVer who almost exclusively boondocks.
Readers of our RV Travel blog already know of Campskunk. Heck, there's almost a Cult of Campskunk that has arisen as he's shared his adventures and tips with our readers and listeners over the years.
In this episode of the podcast, Campskunk talks about planing the 2016 boondocking travel schedule, noting:
How to insure perfect weather - not too hot, not too cold - during every part of your travel season by fooling his suggested route
What state has the best deal for non-resident campers
How the Internet and some easy research can find you places will majestic views that you will have all to yourself
A new development with Internet satellite connectivity that is perfect for boondockers
Complete show notes and resources can be found at

Direct download: RT65.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Sometimes, RV dealerships will try to talk you into expensive add on procedures that really aren't needed.

Indeed, one of their top profit makers is convincing new owners into buying very expensive spray-on treatments for the interior or exterior. After an RV dealer asks for Mike's advice on whether he should pay $900 for such a treatment for his new RV, Mike offers much cheaper and very practical advice.

That's one of many topics tacked in episode 64 of the Roadtreking RV Podcast of the , such as:

- Jennifer's Tip of the Week, which is all about attracting hummingbirds to a feeder that attaches to your RV outside window

- A reader who asks what kind of tire pressure monitoring system Mike recommends

- Whether a 20 year old Class B RV can be retrofitted with a a built-in Onan generator

- What is the best way to find a used RV

After answering those listener questions, Mike talks about:

- RV News of the week - the RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY; a new engineering and technology partnership between Roadtrek motorhomes and Europe's Hymer Group; and the continuing battle between advocates and opponents of a new National Park in Maine

-Traveling Technology - Three apps to keep track of gift buying for friends and family

- A Bucket List Destination of the Week: The Caravelle, FL area on Florida's "Forgotten Coast"

- RV Calendar - A Florida gathering of vintage travel trailers that will host an Open House on Dec. 12

Complete show notes can be found at


Direct download: RT64.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT