The RV Podcast

Episode 120: The Largest RV Gathering in the World

 

When it comes to snowbird getaways, one place stands out… Quartzsite, AZ. It is a gathering spot so huge that sometimes – and we are not exaggerating - as many as 100,000 RVers set up camp there. Some think attendance is often even more than that. It is easily the biggest RV gathering in the world and it happens every January and February.

It belongs on every RVers bucket list, with a sort of a Woodstock/Burning Man/carnival atmosphere built around flea markets, RV displays and boondocking fun in the desert. This week, we learn all about Quartzsite from Shanana Raid Golden Bear, publisher of Quartssite’s community newspaper the Desert Messenger, and the Marketing Director at Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Plus RV new, RV tips and much more!

 

Show Notes for Episode #120 Dec. 28, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

On our Roadtreking.com blog this week, RV Recipes Chef Mary Jane Curry has shared some tips about the convection oven that comes prettystandard on most RVs these days. For many RVers, it’s an appliance seldom used. We know how the microwave part of it works but are often perplexed by the convection oven part. Fear not! Mary Jane shares some more tips for us this week!

 

Check out:  http://roadtreking.com/convection-oven-tips/

 

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

 

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

This week, we answer a bunch of email questions sent to Jennifer. Mike has been saving these or several months and this podcast is where Jennifer answers them:

 

  • We wonder about how much Jennifer drives while you are on the road. We’ve heard her say before but my wife is afraid to do so and perhaps we could hear from Jennifer on her perspective of driving the RV. – Dick from St. Paul

 

  • We’d like to hear from Jennifer about how she makes up the bed in your Roadtrek…. As two singles or king, whether it stays made all the time and if you put it away where al the bedding goes when you use it in the original sofa configuration. Ron and Marta

 

  • How do you two handle chores in the RV… like cooking, cleaning, dog walking, etc. – Beth, from Metaire, LA
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  • Jennifer… how much stuff do you leave in the RV when you return from a trip? What do you take out (besides refrigerator items, of course) and what do you leave in? It seems packing and unpacking our Roadtrek takes way too much time. My wife brings everything in and I have to believe you two have figured out a better way. Howard, from Ames, Iowa.

 

 

Dear Jennifer: What’s your favorite accessories that you have added to your Roadtrek? We’re getting our new CS Adventurous in early spring and I am hoping you can save me some time so I can get them all ahead of time. Christy

 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Quartzsite, Arizona

 

When it comes to snowbird getaways, one place stands out… Quartzsite, AZ. It is a gathering spot so huge that sometimes – and we are not exaggerating - as many as 100,000 RVers set up camp there. Some think attendance is often even more than that. It is easily the biggest RV gathering in the world and it happens every January and February.

It belongs on every RVers bucket list, with a sort of a Woodstock/Burning Man/carnival atmosphere built around flea markets, RV displays and boondocking fun in the desert. This week, we learn all about Quartzsite from Shanana Raid Golden Bear, publisher of Quartssite’s community newspaper the Desert Messenger, and the Marketing Director at Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

 

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

 

We have three Rv News stories this week…

  • More Boomers retiring and hitting the road in an RV.Read more
  • Washington firefighters urge RVers to use caution when using portable heater when camping.Read more
  • ​​​​​​​Federal agency establishes 7,000 square mile conservation area in Idaho, Wyoming and Utah to protect wildlife.Read more 

 

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on how technology can help you keep those New Year resolutions

 

The beginning of the new year offers us a chance to reflect on who we are and how we can make our lives better. This often means setting goals and trying to make them stick. Today, I’ve got some technology options that can help!

 

  • Google Goals – Whatever your resolution, Google’s Goal feature built into Google Calendar can help make sure you achieve it. Simply decide what you want to change and then open up the Google Calendar app on your phone. Not click the plus sign and choose “goal” and then answer a few questions. After that Google will look at your calendar and find time to make it work. You’ll also get helpful reminders and automatic rescheduling should something unexpected come up.

 

  • FitBit Charge 2 – Many people choose working out more as their new year’s resolution but often that’s a hard one to stick simply because the results aren’t always immediate. That’s where the FitBit Charge 2 comes in. You simply wear this as you work out and it will automatically track your movement and record it in an easy-to-use app. You’ll see not only how long you worked out but also the intensity (thanks to its built in heart rate monitor) and all of that is logged and charted over time. In addition, wear it as you sleep and it’ll also track how long you slept and the quality of that sleep.

 

  • Bose Soundsport Pulse – No matter how busy your life, there’s always room for relaxation. What better way than breaking away from the hustle and bustle by listening to some calming meditation music. With the Bose Soundsport Pulse just pop them in your ears, turn on your favorite music, and escape the world. These headphones have Bose quality sound so they’re sure to sound great and also are completely wireless. That means you can stream from your phone even when it’s charging across the room – a double win!

 

Here’s wishing you and yours a great 2017!

 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

 

Direct download: RT120.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

EPISODE 119: The Evolution of Recreational Camping

EPISODE 119: The Evolution of Recreational Camping

Show Notes for Episode #119 Dec. 21 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Modern campgrounds are replete with delightful irony: an increasingly sophisticated range of utilities and conveniences services them, yet they are marketed to perpetuate the cherished American ideal of the backwoods camp.   This week, we meet Martin Hogue, a landscape architect and professor who has studied the emergence of the American campground.

Hogue has produced a coffee table book, called Thirty-Four Campgrounds, that traces the history of modern campground and looks at thousands of campsites from an academician’s viewpoint. 

Also in this weeks podcast, major RV News for those who love National Parks, your questions and answers, RV tips and much more. 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 Well, as we said, we’re about to hit the road for several weeks and that means, we’ll be camping out in some cold conditions until we get far down south for Florida’s sunshime.

And in a little less than a month’s time, we’ll have made out way back to the cold and to Tahquamenon Falls, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, for our annual Roadtreking January Freezeout winter camping trip.

People ask how we stay warm and we love to tell them about Reflectix.

ReflectIx looks like bubble wrap between two layers of aluminum foil. It is available in rolls at Lowes or Home Depot.

ReflectIx is very helpful in the winter to prevent heat loss around the windows.

You can easily Use scissors to cut it in any shape you want.

The first thing you should do is to cut pieces that fit the windows tightly. Most of the time you can press them into the window and they will stay in place. Put it on every window. For us, we use one of those aluminum-sided sun shields for the massive front window. Instead of putting the aluminum facing out, as we do in the summer to keep the heat out, we place it so the aluminum side faces inward, to keep the heart in.

We also stuff a big piece of ReflectIx around the tops and bottoms of the center and rear doors, temporarily holding in in place with duct tape. 

If you like cold weather camping, try it. ReflectIx will be one of your best tools to keep warm and comfy.

For more about Reflectix check out these stories from Roadtreking Reporters Roger and Lynn Brucker:

http://roadtreking.com/winter-roadtreking/

http://roadtreking.com/keeping-cool-in-rv-reflectix/

Be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 A listener named Mavis lives in Virginia and wonders I she needs to winterize when the weather only occasionally gets below 30. The catch is, she sometimes travels to New Jersey in the winter. 

And a reader named Jim called in to offer a resource for those whose RVs are made by Omnistor. RV dealers tell him parts are no longer available but he found a website in the UK that shipped him what he needs. The address is: http://www.omnistorawnings.co.uk/

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK Martin Hogue

Modern campgrounds are replete with delightful irony: an increasingly sophisticated range of utilities and conveniences services them, yet they are marketed to perpetuate the cherished American ideal of the backwoods camp.  

Martin Hogue is a landscape architect and professor who set out to study the emergence, standardization, and modernization of the American campground. And what he found is that the campsite upon which travelers may pitch a tent and will almost certainly park their car, trailer, camper, or RV is thus only an imagined ideal.

Despite the nearly one million campsites across the country, demand for sites remains so high at popular destinations like Yosemite National Park that would-be campers reportedly turn to Craigslist to purchase campsite reservations at three or four times their original price.

Hogue has produced a coffee table book, called Thirty-Four Campgrounds, that traces the history of modern campground and looks at thousands of campsites from an academician’s viewpoint.

The central part of the book consists of color photographs of individual campsites, downloaded from such online reservation websites as reserveamerica.com and recreation.gov, organized by zip code, and arranged in grids across the pages. The campsite pictures seem at first endlessly repetitious; but then the repetition makes way for difference.

Time reveals itself in fading light and passing clouds, the weather changes between photographs of neighboring sites, leaves turn color and fall, in an unexpected kind of time-lapse photography.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered free to the customer free, anywhere in the country.

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories for you this week…

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on Apps to help you this Holiday Season

As we pack up our sleighs to head over the river and through the woods this holiday season, most of us are bringing a smartphone along.

So I thought it would be fitting to talk about some of my favorite apps that can help make your trek a more enjoyable one.

First up, Android Auto. If you have an Android phone, this one is a must – especially if you’re driving. When you get into the car just place your smartphone somewhere in the front seat, fire up the app and now you have navigation, calling and streaming music available all via voice. And I love that when text messages or other notifications come in they’re read off to you and you can respond via voice without having to touch your phone.

If you have a newer car with Android auto built in, simply plug your phone into the car’s USB port and away you go! Again that one is called Android Auto.

If you’re taking to the skies, then you’ll want to check out the app, App in the Air. This free app for Android, iOS, and Windows phones lets you know your flight status, how long you have left to check in, the time until boarding ends and more. In addition, you get access to tips and tricks from others like the best restaurant or places with free wifi. Finally it connects with your TripIt account for easy integration. Again, that is called App in the Air.

And finally, if you’re looking to make some money to afford paid apps or movies while on the road, and you have an Android phone, then be sure to download a free app called Google Opinion Rewards. As you answer quick survey questions you’ll rack up a quarter here or a dollar there. It’s not a lot each time but it does add up. And it’ll help you pass the time.

Here’s wishing you and yours a great 2017!

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Fruit and Fruita

By Tom and Patti Burkett

A few weeks ago, as I was thinking about making my annual holiday fruitcake, my mind wandered (as it often does) to traveling in the Roadtrek, and a visit we made to an orchard last spring.  Utah is legend for the sights you can see there—arches, hoodoos, swirling stone landscapes, cliffs and canyons.  Visit in season and you’ll definitely be on the beaten path.  But there are places even here that most people never see.  Far from the interstate you’ll find Capitol Reef.  This park is, at most, often a drive-through on the trip between Zion and Bryce Canyon. It has its own charms, though, well worth the time it takes to stop and smell the baked goods.  Near the center of the park is the town of Fruita, right along the beautiful Fremont River, and is home to one of a surprising number of orchards maintained by the National Park Service.

The orchards at Fruita grow apples and apricots, pears and a variety of berries.  This was a serendipitously fertile area in a pretty barren landscape when it was settled by Mormons a hundred years ago.  You’re welcome to walk through the fruit trees.  If fruit is in season, feel free to pick what you can eat.  A nearby historic bake shop turns the produce into pies and jams for you to stick in your RV cupboard.  There’s freshly-baked bread. too.  Right next door is a tree-shaded campground with direct access to the riverside paths and the orchard walks.

You may not know that the NPS takes responsibility for quite a few fruit trees, all across the continent.  In the northeast there are orchards in Massachusetts and in the Delaware Water Gap.  You’ll find them on the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Smokies, on Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes, and at the Japanese-American internment camp in Manzanar, California.  You can even pick olives in a historic grove at John Muir’s gravesite.

So, watch out.  This next year we hope to gather enough fruit on our travels to at least make a good contribution to our holiday fruitcake.  I guess that means planning a travel schedule that accommodates harvest season in parks from California to Massachusetts.  No reason that can’t work.  Add in some Michigan cherries, Hawaiian pineapple, and Texas pecans and it could be a very good Roadtreking season. 

Happy holidays.  When the year turns we’ll be out there again, hoping to run into you somewhere under the trees, off the beaten path.

https://www.nps.gov/care/learn/historyculture/orchardscms.htm

http://www.homeorchardsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/evening-2-Susan-Dolan-Historic-Orchards-in-National-Parks.pdf

RV CALENDAR

Florida RV SuperShow
January 18-22
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, FL

Tacoma RV Show
January 19-22
Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, WA

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
January 19-22
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

Toronto RV Show & Sale
January 19-22
Toronto Congress Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada

Northeast RV and Camping Show
January 20-22
CT Convention Center
Hartford, CT

Chattanooga RV Show
January 20-22
Chattanooga Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN

New Jersey RV & Camping Show 
January 20-22
New Jersey Convention Center
Edison, NJ

Georgia RV & Camper Show
January 23-25
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, GA

Louisville Boat, RV Sport Show
January 25-29
Kentucky Exposition Center 
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Ft. Myers RV Show
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Ft. Myers, FL

Atlanta Camping & RV Show
January 27-29
Atlanta Exposition Center South
Atlanta, GA

 

Direct download: RT119.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Episode 118: Get Ready for Self-Driving RVs

Episode 118: Get Ready for Self-Driving RVs

An autonomous or self-driving RV may be in your future. And not that far off, either. That’s what we learn this week from Joel Adams, Director of Engineering and Innovation for the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, who talks with us about self-driving RV’s and what that will mean for the typical RVer.

Plus we offer up winter tips for clearing off the snow and ice from your windshield, answer your RV questions, gave RV news of the week and Christmas tech gift ideas under $100

Show Notes for Episode #118 December 14, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Well, it is almost officially winter. And for those in all but the warmest southern states, it can be a real chore to get all the ice and frost and snow off your windshield before heading out in the morning. Keeping the snow and ice off your windshield in the first place makes getting on the road that much easier. 

So I have a bunch of tips, collected from our Roadtreking Facebook Group and gathered from our own experience and that of our friends.

Tip #1:

Use an old set of car floor mats to cover your car's windshield in the evening and you won't have any ice or snow to scrape in the morning. Carpet remnants also work. Others use clear plastic shower curtains or old table cloths or old bed sheets. You just put it across your windshield, covering wiper blades so they don’t freeze. Open one front door and put it inside the vehicle; and then stretch it and do the same on the other side. In the morning, just slide them off the windshield and have clear vision with no scraping and defrosting. 

Tip #2:

Spray a 3 to 1 solution of water and vinegar on your vehicle's windows the night before. It keeps them ice proof. It is necessary to dilute the vinegar lest it harm your windshield wipers or the rubber around the windows If it is really cold, like in the single digits, vinegar may not be as effective as rubbing alcohol. You need to prepare a solution by mixing two parts rubbing alcohol and one part water.

Tip #3:    

To keep your windshield wipers from freezing to the windshield overnight, pull your wiper blades away from the windshield during winter months to prevent ice build up on the rubber squeegee and to prevent them from sticking to the windshield.

Tip #4:

If you forgot to do these things the night before and you come out to find a frozen windshield, try this: Fill a small spray bottle with windshield washer solvent. When your windshield is iced over spray beginning at the top of the windshield and work down towards the midway point. This starts a melting process and the top area will loosen up by time you get to the other side of your car.

Tip #5

Visibility is fundamental to safe driving. Although drivers depend on their vehicles’ wiper blades to clear away rain, sleet and snow, many wait to replace them until they need them the most. You should change your wiper blades every six months. or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility.  Edit When wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they can begin to squeak, skip, smear or streak reducing driving visibility. And the worst thing you can do with your wipers is to use your windshield wipers to de-ice your windshield. Instead, either use an ice scraper or use your defroster to melt snow and ice

So there you go, winter tips for your RV or your car.

Be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Send Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by T RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

A listener is traveling after Christmas from Denver to Florida is planning to travel from Denver to Florida and asks for winter travel tips and ideas on how to make the trip more comfortable 

And a listener is interested in after market screens for her RV

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations. 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Autonomous RVs

An interview with Joel Adams, Director of Engineering and Innovation for the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, talks with us about self-driving RV’s and what that will mean for the typical RVer.

The Erwin Hymer Group on North America, makers of Roadtrek Motorhomes and other RV models under the Hymer brand, will be testing an autonomous Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van as part of a joint project between the province of Ontario and the University of Waterloo. As such it is the first RV manufacturer in the world with a government permit for testing automated vehicles. 

Adams reveals the timeline for the project, just how a self-driving RV would work and what it means to the RV lifestyle.

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three big RV-related stories this week:

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on Great Holiday Gifts for Under $100

We’re coming up on the home stretch before Santa’s big day and now the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

You don’t have to break the bank to put a smile on someone’s face and each of today’s ideas come in under $100.

First up is Google Daydream View. This makes a great gift for anyone on your list and brings the immersive world of virtual reality to their home. And the remote control takes gaming in VR to a whole new level. Keep in mind, you do need a Google Pixel or Motorola Z Droid smartphone as well.

Next, if you’ve ever dreamed of flying your own plane or have a child fascinated by flight then the Mambo Mini Drone is worth a look. This small and easy to fly drone is controlled via a free app on your iOS or Android device. In addition to just flying around it also comes with a mini cannon allowing you to make a game out of it.

For the audiophile on your list, the Powerbeats by Dr. Dre headphones are lightweight, durable, sweatproof option bringing great quality.

And finally, who couldn’t use more portable power?! If that sounds like the person on your list, then you’ll want to check out the Mophie Powerstation plus 6000 With this battery you can leave your cords behind, that’s because it comes packing charging tips for both Android and iOS devices. It has enough juice to power up your smartphone about two times over.

Hope these ideas help you cross at least a few people off your list.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. 

RV CALENDAR

Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show 
January 5-7
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO 

Greenville RV Show
January 6-8
TD Convention Center 
Greenville, SC 

Knoxville RV Show
January 6-8
Sevierville Convention Center
Sevierville, TN

Wisconsin RV Show
January 6-8
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, WI

Houston Boat, Sport & Travel Show
January 6-15
NRG Center
Houston, TX

Indy RV Expo
January 7-15
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN

Pittsburgh RV Show
January 7-15
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show
January 11-15
McCormick Place 
Chicago, IL

Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show
January 12-15
DeVos Place
Grand Rapids, MI

Mid-America RV Show
January 12-15
Bartle Hall 
Kansas City, MO

56th Annual RV & Campgrounds Show
January 13-15
Allentown Fairgrounds
Allentown, PA

Greater Chicago RV Show
January 13-15
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

Valley RV & Camping Show
January 13-15
Century Center
South Bend, IN

Washington RV Show
January 13-15
Dulles Expo Center
Chantilly, VA 

Boston RV & Camping Expo
January 13-16
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Boston, MA

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

 

 

Direct download: RT118.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

Episode 117: A Pet Detective Reveals What RVers Need to Know about Pet Safety

About 70% of all RVers travel with pets and while they bring great joy to us, taking care of them on the road presents some unique challenges. This week we talk to a certified Pet Detective who offers us some critical tips for pet safety.

Plus RV News, RV travel tips, technology suggestions and a great off the beaten path report.

Click the player below to Listen Now or scroll down through the show note details. When you see a time code hyperlink, you can click it to jump directly to that segment of the podcast.

Show Notes for Roadtreking Episode 117:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK – Wine in a Bag

We RVers all have our own ideas and tips and little things that make life on the road a little easier. So it was with a couple of newbies we met not long ago… Doug and Glenda McLendon from Texas. If you drink wine and are always worried about breaking a bottle while you’re on the road, then you'll want to listen to the McLendons….

 We hunted around Amazon and found these wine bags like the McLendons showed us. Each wine pouch carries one full bottle of wine. They are leakproof, reuseable and you get two for $18.98. They come with a collapsible funnel and corkscrew bottle opener. (http://amzn.to/2gMV0Pu)

We also found the unbreakable rubber glasses. A set of four costs $22.98. http://amzn.to/2gN6B0W We will put links to both on the shownotes for this episode at roadtreking-dot-com-forward slash- 117,

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

A couple with a 43-foot Class A are thinking about downsizing and want to know how Mike and Jennifer get around in their Class B, especially when it comes to driving around town and parking.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Cindy Gordon, Pet Detective

 This week we interview Texas-based Pet Detective Cindy Gordon. She has some very practical advice for all RVers who travel with pets. You need to listen to ther whole interview for details, but here are some highlights and resources that she mentioned.

 5 Critical Tips for RV Pet Safety:

1.Microchip your pets, and immediately REGISTER the microchip with your personal information. A great tip is to keep all of the microchip information for each pet as a contact on your own phone. Keep the chip number, and the phone number for the chip company. Immediately report as lost if they escape, and call them and be sure the chip info is up to date.

  1. Identification collar embroidered with your phone number: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThreeLittleIgletsTammy has been kind enough to offer a discount for Roadtreking listeners. Enter in the discount code RVLIFE for $3off through the end of December 2016.
  2. Kennel your pet during transport. If you want to read more about the kind of crates that are available, there’s a good Facebook group called “Dog Sport Vehicle Ideas & Set-ups” that has a lot of reviews and specifics about different brands, etc. Here's the link to that page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DogSportVehicleIdeas/
  3. Harnesslead for walking pets:  Lisa at www.harnesslead.comhas been kind enough to offer a 10% off any purchase through the end of December 2016, with the same discount code, RVLIFE.
  4. Lastly, and most importantly, a Marco Polo tracking system which is a radio tracking device (not a GPS tracking device.) There's no monthly fee for this product, so it makes a perfect holiday gift. 2016 Holiday sale is going on right now with the BEST discounts they’ve ever had on 1, 2 and 3 pet tracking systems: www.eurekaproducts.comPlease visit them on Facebook to see their testimonials: http://facebook.com/marcopolosystem. Please visit Cindy’s Facebook page and read in great detail about the Marco Polo Tracking System in a post: http://facebook.com/lostpetsar

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Four stories for you this week:

  • Connecticut state parks struggle to keep campsites, more open throughout season in midst of state budget crunch. Read more
  • British Columbia adding 1,900 new campsites to meet growing public demand. Read more
  • Georgia town seeks to pass laws to keep RV parks from becoming home to temporary workers. Read more
  • The location where John Smith met Pocahontas is purchased and added to the National Park Service.Read more
  • Couple in 80s escape Smoky Mountain fire by hiking down a mountain in the dark. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports taking your connected home to the next level

How many connected devices do you have in your home? This year for the first time more than half of US homes had at least one connected entertainment device – whether it was a TV, gaming console or streaming media player.

And I’ve got some great gift ideas that can take your connected home to the next level.

First off, how many times have you been out and about only to wish you could turn on a lamp in your home remotely to make it appear like someone was home or pop on your tree lights so you could see them as you drove into your driveway? Well with the Belkin Insight Switch you can! This one is so easy to use. Just plug it into an outlet and then plug in whatever you want to control from a lamp to your Christmas tree to a coffee maker. Then you can use your app to turn your appliance or light on and off or even schedule it to turn on and off on its own!

Next if you’ve ever felt bored by the lighting in your house then listen up – you want to go pick yourself up some Hue lights by Philips. These are wifi connected lights – meaning they talk to one another and their internet hub. Now you can turn them on and off with an app…AND you can make them appear one of 3 million colors. Talk about festive lighting! Also, paired with apps like Hue Disco, you can make your lights dance to your holiday music! Who needs a DJ?!

Finally, I know you and your listeners travel a lot. Wouldn’t it be great to know if your home is in danger while you’re away? Thanks to a device from HouseSetter you can. This little plastic dog is a big time helper. Simply set him anywhere in your house and he’ll monitor things like temperature and humidity. If he senses trouble he’ll send you a message. And if your power goes out he has battery backup and connects to our network so he can alert you before you have burst pipes. He’s available at www.housesetter.com.  The rest of these ideas here are available at your nearest Verizon store or at verizonwireless.com

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Woolaroc Museum in Oklahoma

By Tom and Patti Burkett

Remember Phillips 66 gas stations? Well, Frank Phillips made his money in the oil business and he thought about building a big east coast mansion like his friends the Rockefellers and Carnegies.  Instead he bought a big hunk of Oklahoma land and put up a western style lodge, but one with eastern style amenities.  He called the lodge Woolaroc, and shortly built an adjacent museum to house his extensive collection of western, Native American, and pre-Columbian artifacts.

We puzzled over the name of Phillips ranch, thinking it must be a Native American word until a docent told us no, it came from Frank’s love of the WOOds, LAkes, and ROCks of his beloved acreage.  In its industrial heyday, it hosted many of the illustrious names of the US boom in oil, gas, steel, and manufacturing.  Anxious to impress his Eastern business friends with the spirit of the West, Phillipps hosted a barbeque in 1927 that included tycoons, lawmen, Native Americans, ranchers, and several notorious outlaws.  The rules required all guns to be checked at the gate and that no one could be arrested while on the property.  The “Cow Thieves & Outlaws Reunion,” as it was called, was an instant success and continued for many years.

Nowadays, Woolaroc is a museum and animal sanctuary.  A few exotic animals roam the grounds, among them ostriches and water buffalo, but mostly it’s a rehabilitation facility for native bison, antelope, raptors, and small mammals.  The big show is the museum. It has a stellar collection of Fredrick Remington sculptures and Charlie Russell paintings.  Of “Kid” Russell, as he was called, it was said that he could paint a sunset just a bit better than God.  We were also intrigued to see Russell sculptures and Remington paintings.  Those guys could do it all!

While the museum was a showcase of archaeological items and cultural treasures, it was also a sad reminder of a time in which a single man with vast capital could plunder the treasures of half a continent.  The artifacts are beautifully displayed, and the extensive grounds have walking paths and a variety of animal habitats.  There’s a nice large picnic area near the entrance.

Woolaroc is a bit south of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, many miles from I-40, the nearest interstate, but handy to US 60 on the Osage Indian Reservation.  The reservation has a small casino with a small RV park, where you can hook up to water and electric for free if you check in at the information desk.  There are lots of other things to see.

Among the regulars at the outlaw barbecue were the Miller brothers who owned the 101 ranch not too far from here.  It was the gathering place for many performers in the Wild West shows, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Pawnee Bill, and May Lillie.  Local lore says that on a moonlit night, if you sit by the foundation of the old ranch house, you can hear the ghosts of the cowboys singing around the fire.

http://woolaroc.org/

RV CALENDAR

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds
Indio, CA

 

 

Direct download: RT117.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

In this episode of the podcast we talk about one of the best kept secrets in the nationwide system of hiking trails – the Florida Trail, a 1,300 mile trail that runs across the state and is very accessible to RVers.

Plus news about a rowdy bull moose in Montana, self-driving RVs and an update on the devastating fires around the Great Smoky Mountains National park.

Show Notes for Episode #116 Dec. 1, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

In small RV’s, stroage is always at a premium. Where do we keep all the things we need?

Listen up.. here’s one idea:

Peggy Bechtel suggests using a shoe bag attached by a tension rod for extra storage for pockets to store small items.

You can find these shoe bags at WalMart, on Amazon or, as Peggy suggested, at Camping World stores. Another great idea we all can use!

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

  • A listener asks about RV shows and which ones we think are the best.
  • A listener asks about winterizing his RV and whether be should run antifreeze through his water heater or bypass it
  • A listener offers a suggestion about using an extra solar panel when its cloudy out or the RV is parked under trees.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

The Florida Trail (FNST) is a congressionally designated National Scenic Trail.  It is approximately 1,300-miles long, and is intended to offer a continuous, permanent non-motorized recreation opportunity for hiking and other compatible activities.  Over its length, it showcases the incredible biodiversity, history, and rich culture of Florida.

The Florida Trail begins on the edge of the everglades ecosystem in Big Cypress National Preserve.  It’s end point lies in the white sands of Gulf Islands National Seashoreat historic Fort Pickens. The Florida Trail is one of the United States 11 National Scenic Trails, and offers an experience that is unique to Florida. No other trail in the world compares to the Florida Trail.

In this week’s episode, Mike interviews Alex Stigliano, the trail program director, who tells the Roatreking audience about how hiking this trail can enhance your RV experience the next time you visit Florida.

A great guide and app for hiking the trail can be found at floridahikes.com

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Devastating fires hit Great Smoky Mountains National Park area

Erwin Hymer Group NA announces pilot program for autonomous RVs

RVIA Show in Louisville highlights booming industry nearing 40 year high

Bull Moose Rattles Montana Camper 

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on traveling tech gifts for RVers

Road warriors and travel junkies alike know you can’t have a successful trip without involving tech! And this year there are more gadgets than ever to make sure your trip is a smooth one…and you stay at least a little connected to home!

First up…Google’s Pixel phone. With this phone you’ll want to take plenty of pictures and you can store unlimited numbers of them thanks to its unlimited cloud storage. Plus, find out where the locals go to eat by simply asking the Google Assistant. It comes in two sizes as well – so it’s perfect whether you prefer large screens or smaller ones.

Next we have the Ellipsis 8 HD tablet. With an 8 inch screen it easily fits into carry on luggage or your lap. It also has front facing speakers, a low light camera and a full HD display. I’m guessing this quickly becomes one of your favorite travel companions. 

Finally, we all know there’s no place like home so wouldn’t it be great if you could check in and see how things are going back there while you’re away? With the Nest Cam, you can! Simply set this camera in the room you’d like to monitor and now no matter where you are you can check in with your phone or a tablet and see a live HD stream. Plus let Nest Cam lets you hear audio and even speak back to your home as well – because sometimes even the most independent of cats likes to know someone is still watching!

You can find all of these ideas and more at any Verizon store or at VerizonWireless.com.  

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Palm Brooks State Park and Kitch-iti-kipi springs

Mike shares one of he and Jennifer’sr favorite stops in the Upper Peninsula and one of Michigan’s most alluring natural attractions — Kitch-iti-kipi — The Big Spring.

There is no camping here but it’s a must see any time you are in the area, no matter how many times you have seen it. Two hundred feet across, the 40-foot deep Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone.

The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit.

There’s a self-piloting raft that takes you slowly across the spring, allowing you to look down in the crystal clear water. Huge lake trout circled below us as the bubbling spring created ever-changing shapes and forms.

http://www.michigan.org/property/palms-brook-state-park/

 

RV CALENDAR

Fall Clean Sweep RV Show
December 2-4
CenturyLink Sports Complex
Ft. Myers, FL

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds
Indio, CA

More than two dozen coming up in January…will list all of them next week or follow the link on the showotes

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

 

Direct download: RT116.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Episode 115: A Roadtreking Thanksgiving

Show Notes for Episode #115 Nov. 23, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

It's Thanksgiving Week in the U.S. and the roads are full with lots of travelers heading home for the big holiday. In this Thanksgiving edition of the podcast we’re joined by a whole bunch of our friends from the Roadtreking community and RV industry who share the things they’re most thankful for this year.

Besides or regular tips, news and RV questions and answers, you’ll hear the Roadtreking community marvelously underscore just how awesome the Roadtreking lifestyle truly is and how it brings people together in truly inspiring ways.

for monologue section

JENNIFER’S TIP OF THE WEEK

We all love cooking out on the road… but sometimes, those grills we use can be a real mess. On a recent Roadtreking gathering, we saw how a friend of ours from Texas does it.

Doug McClendon shares how he uses half a lemon to scour and clean dirty grills.

And for all of you, be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an

electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

A listener asks about screens to cover the opening in a sliding door on a Roadtrek.

A listener asks about whether he can order a Roadtrek with a different floorplan.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

We have six stories for you this week:

  • Number of entrance fee-free days in national parks system dropping by 40 percent in 2017. Read more
  • Woman sexually assaulted in southern California campground's restroom. Read more.
  • Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park closed for winter. Read more
  • Wayward elk, seen wandering around homes in South Carolina, tranquilized and taken out to mountains. Read more
  • Ten new national historic landmarks announced. Read more
  • Maryland woman mauled by bear in her own driveway. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Listen to a wide assortment of readers, listeners, members of our Facebook Roadtreking Group and industry leaders share their Thanksgiving wishes and the travel highlights they are most thankful for this past year. It’s a very inspiring and comprehensive string of messages that marvelously underscores just how awesome the Roadtreking lifestyle truly is.

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports

Thanksgiving is a time when all of us slow down just a little, gather with family and friends, talk about what we’re thankful for, and share stories about fond memories from the past.

And if that past happened more than about 10 years ago chances are we don’t have digital photos to back our stories up. But there are likely physical pictures lying around somewhere.

Well if you’ve always wanted to get those physical photos organized like your digital ones, you’re in luck.

That’s because Google has announced a new app to complement it’s free Google Photos app. It’s called PhotoScan and it’s free for Android and iOS devices.

The app is really simple to use and allows you to scan and then instantly upload your physical photos from the past.

If you’ve tried to do this you know how hard it can be because you want to use a flash to avoid shadows but then you end up with glare on parts of the photo.

PhotoScan eliminates the glare by having you line up four dots on the photo. It then takes four different scans of your picture and digitally eliminates any glare.

Then you can upload your scans to Google Photos where they’re easily searched by keyword.

 With this week’s traveling technology tip, I’m Steve Van Dinter from Verizon. 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

By Tom and Patti Burkett

A report on the Piper Club Museum:

One of the reasons we love our Roadtrek is that it’s useful for so many things besides traveling.  Just last week we used it to haul lumber home for a project, and a few weeks ago, the big rear bed was perfect for transporting a wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s get-up to the church.  We like to think of it as our RUV, recreational utility vehicle.  So were were reminded of our RUV when se stopped off in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to visit a small and highly specialized museum.  The museum is in a building that used to be a silk fabric factory along an industrial runway at the edge of town.

Clarence and Gordon Taylor opened their first factory in Rochester New York in 1927, and had some success until Gordon died in an accident and the factory burned down in 1929.  The Great Depression looked like it would spell the end of their enterprise until the town of Bradford, Pennsylvania offered them a big tax break to move into the old silk factory and local oil man William Piper made an investment to help them with the move and the purchase of new equipment.  Shortly thereafter, Piper bought the rest of the company from Taylor, and went into production on an American icon, the Piper Cub airplane.  He was dubbed the Henry Ford of aviation.

Piper believed that a simple, low-cost airplane would sell, even in the Depression. He hired a talented designer, and produced several models used for agricultural, recreational, and commercial purposes.  World War 2 saw the production of a military version, the L-4 Grasshopper.  Production went up and down as private aviation grew and declined in popularity.  When you visit this little museum, you can see a film covering the history, as well as dozens of timelines and much memorabilia.  Stars of the show, of course, are the planes themselves, which include all the early models, as well as several period vehicles.

One of our favorite displays was a plane named the City of Angels, a Piper SuperCruiser that flew around the world in 1947.  It and its sister, The City of Washington, both accomplished that feat with nothing more serious than a cracked tail wheel between the two of them.  The fuselage is decorated on one side with the names of all the cities in which the plane landed, and on the other side with the flags of all the countries it visited.  Know any RVs that look like that?  The other exhibit that piqued our interest was about the WASPs—the Women Airforce Service Pilots who delivered airplanes during World War Two and eventually even flew in combat.

So back to Piper Cubs and RUVs.  Pipers could be fitted with pontoons to land on water, skis to land on snow, balloon tires to land on soft sand.  With seats removed they were airborne pickup trucks.  With jump seats they could haul the family.  They sprayed crops, dropped mail, flew in airshows, delivered emergency medical supplies, and helped explore remote area of the globe.  Our Roadtrek may not do all those things, but it does do a lot more than take us on vacations.  

Here’s the museum’s website: http://www.pipermuseum.com/

RV CALENDAR

Fall Clean Sweep RV Show
December 2-4
CenturyLink Sports Complex
Ft. Myers, FL

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds

 

Direct download: RT115.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

Episode 114: Camp overnight for free at wineries, ranches farms and attractions

Had it with overcrowded campgrounds? Looking for something more unique and scenic? Then listen up to this week’s podcast as we learn about Harvest Hosts, a membership service than lets you camp for free overnight at some of the most beautiful wineries, farms, ranches and special attractions that you can find anywhere in North America.

Plus RV tips, travel suggestions news and much more.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK – Kitchen Anti-Fatigue Mats

One of the favorite things we do when we meet folks in campgrounds and at R gatherings across the country is see how they have customized their motorhomes and RVs… adding little finishing touches or accessories that meet their needs.

So it was with the couple I want you to meet this week… Ari and Jessie Adler. They share how kitchen anti fatigue mats are a great addition to their mototrhome.

I’ll put a link to a whole bunch of anti-fatigue floor mats that I found on Amazon. They come in different sizes and colors and range in price from $19 to a little over $40.

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tips in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by  RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

A listener wants to be able to use his Direct TV account in his RV, instead of paying for two connections.

Direct TV has a service called Direct TV for Travelers that lets enjoy your favorite TV entertainment wherever you go. Multiple homes require another account if you want service at both homes at the same time. Mobile accounts are not permanent fixtures and may be used part-time, so using one account is acceptable...

Here’s a link on how our friend Campskunk does it - roadtreking.com/how-to-take-directv-on-road/

A woman who just bought a used RV notes that it came with solar panels. Some are on the room. But one if just sitting in the front seat. She wonders what she is supposed to do with it as it gets in the way.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Camp overnight for free at wineries, farms and attractions

This week we interview Kim Greene of Harvest Hosts, a membership service that allows RVers to camp overnight for free at wineries, farms and special attractions.

More than 540 beautiful places around North America are part of Harvest Hosts, located in all the lower 48 states, Canada, Alaska and Baja California.

Kim and her husband Don had been traveling for many years in their motorhome, when in 2008, while traveling across Europe, they were introduced to France Passion, an RV visitation network that invites RV owners to visit farms and wineries and stay for 24 hours.

Upon returning to the U.S., Kim & Don had hoped to find a similar program. But discovering that no program existed, they decided to create a program themselves. So after months of research, Harvest Hosts, LLC was born!

Harvest Hosts is the first membership program of its kind in the United States to provide RV owners with free overnight stops at wineries and farms across the country.

Host vintners and farmers generously invite self-contained RV owners (motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, truck and van campers) to visit their vineyards, farms and orchards and to stay for 24 hours, free of charge. Most of the Hosts are small, mom-and-pop agricultural operations and are not formal campgrounds.

Kim notes that there is no obligation or requirement to buy anything from your Host. However, if they are offering something for sale that you like, your support would be most welcomed. You will get value for your money with the freshest fruits and vegetables available right from the source and delectable baked goods, cheeses and bottles of wines that you’d be unlikely to find in big stores. 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK: 

  • National Parks Announce Free Days for 2017
  • Father out for hike with his family in Tennessee bit by rattlesnake, now urges others to be careful.Read more
  • LA passed an ordinance to ban people from sleeping in vehicles, including RVs, near homes, parks and schools.Read more
  • About $1.1 million in camping reservations refunded after Hurricane Matthew devastated South

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on Google’s first virtual reality headset

Not to put any pressure on...but the holiday season is almost officially here and that means the annual struggle of trying to think of the best gifts for those you love. 

Well fear not...over the next few weeks I’ll bring forward some ideas that will fit just about everyone on your list.

This week...I’ve got an idea that’s good for kids to adults.

It’s called Google Daydream View, and it’s Google’s first virtual reality headset.

Now if you haven’t experienced VR before, this is the one to try out.

You simply pop open the front of the device, slide in your Pixel or Pixel XL phone and close the lid. This magically triggers Google’s Daydream app to open and suddenly a world of amazing virtual experiences is at your fingertips.

And when I say fingertips, I’m serious - that’s because Daydream View comes with a remote control to help you navigate these virtual experiences.

Use the remote to select the video or game you want to queue up or even use it as a virtual bat for a baseball game, a golf club for virtual golf and a wizard in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them virtual experience.

For those not into gaming, you can fly through the solar system, take a trip to anywhere in the world, or watch a movie on your own virtual bigscreen - it’s a really cool experience.

Daydream View costs $79.99 and currently is compatible with just the Google Pixel and Pixel XL but Google promises more devices will be supported in the coming months.

Again, if you want to just see it for yourself, swing on by your local Verizon store and our staff would be happy to take you on a tour.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. 

RV CALENDAR

West Palm Beach RV Show

November 17-20
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL

Fall Clean Sweep RV Show
December 2-4
CenturyLink Sports Complex
Ft. Myers, FL

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds
Indio, CA

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

 

 

Direct download: RT114.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Episode 113: What You Need to Know About Being Safe in Bear Country

If you camp in bear country, you need to listen to this interview. So much that has been written about bear safety is wrong. In this episode we talk to perhaps the foremost expert in bear attacks and he shares foolproof advice on how to stay safe and be bear aware. Also, lots of tips, advise about boondocking and a hilarious off the beaten path report in which our correspondent ended up in a nudist camp!

Show Notes for Episode #113 Nov 8 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK 

One task we RVers all have that is no fun is doing dishes… Anything that can make that chore less time consuming is welcome. So this week, you will love our tip about a product that combines an ultra-durable Bounty paper towel with the grease-fighting power of Dawn dish soap. It comes from our friend Joette George, who we met on a recent camping trip.

The product is called “Bounty with Dawn” and the company claims it produces results that are four times cleaner than a used dishcloth. It is the thickest, strongest Bounty available on the market, with 70% more fibers in each sheet and cloth-like durability to stay intact while cleaning. Bounty with Dawn can even be reused—simply rinse and wring the grease out to keep tackling any mess with just one sheet.

Designed to leave virtually no streaks behind, Bounty with Dawn can be used on almost any surface. It is especially great for pots, pans, countertops, stovetops, glass, granite, stainless steel and mirrors.

It’s widely available in food, grocery and mass retailers all across North America or on Amazon, where you can get a roll of three for a little under $14.

Be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox. 

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

A listener wanted to know why Alde hydronic heaters are not available on toy haulers. Mike explains the Alde system is now an aftermarket product; it must be built in to production coach. Right now, on RVs, its primarily available on Roadtreks and Winnebagos…mostly Class Bs. The bigger RVs are really boxes that are just bolted and welded on a frame. Class Bs are custom built. 

Another listener asks about finding cheap places to boondock. Mike refers him to boondockerswelcome.com, harvesthosts.com and the following stories on the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog blog:

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK - Bear Safety

This week we talk to perhaps the top expert in Bear Safety and bear/human interactions in North America, Chuck Bartlebaugh, founder and director of the Be Bear Aware Campaign.

Chuck has vast experience with bears and how to avoid conflict and he shares it in this interview. Chuck notes that there is a lot of information out there on television programs, in advertisements and even in literature used by government field workers on how to properly react to bears in the wild.

Chuck has researched human-wildlife conflicts extensively, studying why an increasing number of people are attempting to approach and interact with wild animals. He worked with National parks, Universities, bear biologists and wildlife research agencies for decades. He has traveled extensively photographing and observing human-wildlife interactions in national parks, forests and refuges in the lower 48 states, Canada, and Alaska.

Among other things he talks about:

  • Why Bear Spray is the most effective means to stop a bear attack
  • How you should use bear spray and when
  • Why you should never hike alone in bear country
  • The differences between black bears and grizzly bears
  • How a charging bear can reach speeds of 30 miles and hour
  • Why it’s important that everyone in a hiking group have their own can of bear spray
  • What it means when a bear turns its back to you
  • Signs that a bear is about to charge or attack
  • Why yelling and screaming and whistling at a bear is never a good idea!

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on a handy Travel App:

Hope you’re getting your rest now because the holiday travel season is almost upon us 

And as you and millions of others get ready to visit family and friends this year, wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra pair of hands keeping track of your flight times, hotels, and other relevant trip info?

Well as luck would have it there’s an app for that – and it’s free.

The app is called TripIt, and it’s one of my top five most used apps.

You can manually input all of your relevant travel information and it’ll keep track, but what I love is that you can give it access to automatically scan your email and when it sees you booked a flight, hotel, rental car, etc., it automatically just adds it to the app.

You don’t have to lift a finger!

In addition, if you’re traveling with others or have family coming in from all over the country, you can easily share your itineraries or coordinate rides from the airport.

All that for free!

There are a number of premium features you can pay for, but when it comes to a powerful free travel utility, you can’t do much better than this. 

Again it’s called TripIt and it’s free for Android and iOS devices.

With this week’s traveling technology tip, I’m Steve Van Dinter from Verizon.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  How they ended up in a nudist colony!

By Patti Burkett

Today I’m going to tell you how we sometimes end up in the odd places we do.  We began visiting unusual places on the many camping trips we took with our three daughters.  Limited vacation time meant lots of miles and long days on the road, so Tom looked for a way to give the girls some entertainment.  Roadside America is a book (now a website too) that’s helped us find shoe trees, giant mining shovels, and UFOs.   The girls were mostly unimpressed.  Their most frequent comment was, “Dad, do we have to!”

Now our girls are grown and we mostly travel by ourselves, stopping partly for tradition, but mostly to stretch our legs.  Last month we were on our way up to the Roadtrek gathering in the Porcupine Mountains.  We’d agreed to drop our twenty-something niece off in Madison on the way, and after 325 hard, fast miles we needed a break.  “Heyl”, I said, “here’s a 16 foot high sundial that really tells time.”  “Cool,” everyone agreed.  “There’s only one problem,” I said.  “It’s at a nudist colony.”  Did you know that Lake Village, Indiana right off I-65, is the home of not one, but two of these resorts: one for families and one for adults. Sun Aura Resort has been a nudist colony since the 1930’s and encompasses 300 acres of clothing optional fun with cabins, camping and yep, you guessed it,  RV sites!  Reasonable rates too.

Now I’d thrown down the gauntlet and no one wanted to be the first to back out.  Our niece, a veteran of these expeditions, called one of my daughters to tell her the plan.  “Did she wish she was here,” I asked.  “No, she just said ‘I’m really sorry my parents are so weird.”  

We walked in and, as promised, there were friendly, fully clothed staff happy to show us the sundial out behind the building.  They escorted us through the club house where a single couple was dining.  I was relieved that he, while shirtless, was wearing pants.  My relief evaporated when I realized she was eating her cheeseburger deluxe in her altogether.  She’s sitting at the table, I thought, can’t see too much.   

Out we went to marvel at the just restored sundial, a long and shapely woman’s leg.  A bit of history from our guide, a few pictures to mark the occasion, and we headed back through the clubhouse to the car. And who should we meet at the door, in an awkward, “you first, no you”, moment?  The snack bar couple on their way out.  Embarrassed, I looked down.  Oops, not there.  So I looked up. Also not the best choice.  We held our our giggles until we got back to the Roadtrek, and found ourselves with plenty of adrenaline for the next ‘leg’ of our trip.  From off the beaten path, I’m Patti Burkett.

http://sunauraresort.net/our-giant-leg-restored.html

RV CALENDAR

Portland Metro RV Show
November 10-13

Expo Center
Portland OR 

Tampa Bay RV Show
November 10-13
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, FL

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

 

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Episode 112: How to Get The Best RV at the Best Price

 In this week’s podcast we answer your questions about staying connected on the road with the Internet and Satellite TV, plus tips about how to rodent-proof your RV. And we talk about how to get the best RV at the best price, learning from Steve Fretz, whose Pennsylvania Dealership was just named as the 2016 Dealer of the Year by review website DealerRater.com.

  Show Notes for Episode #112 Nov. 2, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Our new Roadtreking schedule of Gatherings for 2017 has been posted – see http://roadtreking.com/2017-schedule-roadtreking-gatherings/ 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

It’s that time of year again. Many RVers are winterizing their RVs and putting them in storage for the winter. But besides antifreeze, one other step that is very important before you put your RV into hibernation for the winter is to make sure you keep the mice from getting inside.

While we were in Pennsylvania this week at Fretz RV, we met with company rep Mike Myers who told us about Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellant.

 We found a great deal for it on Amazon – three boxes, with four pouches for box… for just $39.

­For uninfected areas, the directions say to place one pouch for every 125 sq. feet. So two or three pouches will do it for an RV. The scent lasts 90 days so you may need to replace them come the end of February. For infected areas where mice are active, they suggest one pouch every 8 square feet and to replace the pouches every 30 days.

 Remember, besides your RV, this keeps mice keeps mice out of homes, cabins, basements, attics, garages, sheds and storage units. It protects stored vehicles, boats, RVs, ATVs, campers, snowmobiles and farm equipment. It repels mice from pet food, bird seed and livestock feed… just about anywhere mice like to get into.

We’ll put a link to it in the shownotes for this episode at roadtreking-dot-com-slash-112. - amzn.to/2f72HiL

Also, some of our readers have suggested putting a box worth of dryer sheets around your RV. Rodents supposedly don’t like that smell. And if you suspect mice are getting in, be sure to check for open spaces under the chassis. It wouldn’t hurt to set some traps, too.

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

 Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by T RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Listener Denise asks about satellite and Internet on the Road and Mike shares hos experience. He suggests she check out an online guide to cell boosters go to: https://www.wilsonamplifiers.com/cell-phone-signal-booster-guide/

The new cell booster Mike will be installing on his Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL is the Professional Grade weBoost Drive 4G-X + RV Trucker Essentials Kit - 470510-RV

For Satellite TV in a small RV, mike recommends https://get.dishformyrv.com/

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations. 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – How to Get the Best RV for You at The Best Price

 This week we talk to Steve Fretz, from Fretz RV in Souderton, PA, just named the 2016 Dealer of the Year by the review website DealerRater.com We met with Steve last week and got him to share the things consumers need to do to get the absolute best price on an RV.

Among other things, Steve talks about:

  • Why this is now a “Buyers Market” for RVs
  • What to look for in choosing a dealer to shop
  • What kind of discount off the MSRP consumers should expect
  • Why Class B motorhomes cost as much as some Class A supersized models
  • Why Class B motorhomes are so popular
  • Why the RV’s warranty terms are even more important than the purchase price
  • What kinds of RV has the highest resale value
  • What’s best: To finance or pay cash?

Here’s a blog post I did about Fretz RV, whose dealership also happens to be the oldest Roadtrek dealer in North America.

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

  • California veterinarian has RV stolen with cat inside while she worked at a clinic. Read more… Flash! The cat has been located and returned – Read more
  • Couple on way to Mayo Clinic tried to spend night at a Sioux Falls Walmart parking lot only to be told by security to leave.Read more
  • Couple encountered angry grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, used bear spray to safely escape. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports

Now that the night’s are starting to get cooler, it’s clear that winter is coming. And when cold weather brings you and your listeners indoors, or you’re traveling for the holidays, no doubt a little entertainment would go a long way.

That’s why I wanted to tell you today about StreamPass from Verizon. For your listeners with a Verizon L or larger data package, it’s an entertainment package that includes live streaming of NBA, NFL and professional soccer games all for free and all without using a drop of data.

More specifically NBA League Pass is included at no cost - that means access to all of the league’s games live-streamed for free. And when it comes to soccer, not only will you have access to more than 1,000 live streamed games, you can also cast them to your TV with Chromecast, Apple TV or Miracast for free as well. On the NFL side, it’s free live streaming of the five nationally televised weekly game as well as the local games broadcast in your market.

 To access the content, look for the Go90 app on your device, or head on over to your respective Apple or Google Play Store and download it.

In addition to sports, there’s lots of other great content available as well for viewers of all ages.

Happy watching!

 This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Summit Lake State Park, Indiana

Thanks to listener Mike Deutsch for sharing a report on the 2,680-acre Summit Lake State Park, in Indiana, a great migratory bord area, especially at this time of year.

 

Direct download: RT112.mp3
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Episode 111: What You Need To Know About Traveling Solo

Estimates place the number of solo RVers at between 20 to 30 percent of all the RVers on the road. In this episode, we talk to a recent solo traveler, a widow who has crisscrossed North America and loves the new lifestyle.

You’ll meet Joette George who, with her Golden Retriever, Brandy, routinely is on the open road for weeks at a time. She shares her experience and offers some great advice for all RVers.

Also this week, we talk about everything from a recent Bigfoot sighting to fun off the beaten path spot in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, plus listener questions, tech tips and RV news.

Click the player to Listen Now or scroll down through the show note details and resources. When you see a time code hyperlink, you can click it to jump directly to that segment of the podcast.

Mike and Jennifer begin by sharing their recent trip to Mackinac Island.

They Mike talks about that recent Bigfoot sighting, and shares a funny story of his own

This week, Mike and Jennifer will travel to Pennsylvania. On Friday at noon eastern time, they’ll do a Facebook Live report from Fretz RV in Souderton, PA on the Roadtreking Facebook Group.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

According to a survey Mike recently did on our Facebook Group, almost 70% of all RVers travel with pets, most often a dog. But one concern many of us have is how to keep our pets secure while traveling, or from bolting outside when we open the door. At a recent Roadtreking gathering, I asked fellow traveler Lisa Gruner for how she manages her dog while on the road.

Lisa shares a simple trick…and another top on how she gets total darkness in her RV.

And be sure to send Jennifer your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by T RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

  • Mariane is a single listener who wants to get an RV and hit the road and asks Miked and Jennifer for advice.
  • Sue asks about showering in a Roadtrek Class B Roadtrek, specifically about how much room there is.
  • And Allen has a suggestion on keeping dogs safe when outside during hunting season

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Joette George

This week we talk to solo traveler Joette George, a widow who travels all over North America in here Roadtrek motorhome, accompanied only by her Golden Retriever.

Joette talks about:

  • How she came to be a solo Roadtreker
  • How she came to choose the right RV for her
  • What’s involved in solo travel
  • Security concerns for the solo traveler
  • What her kids and friends thought of her decision
  • What she likes most about the RV lifestyle
  • The places she’s been and her best memories
  • Suggestions for those thinking about solo travel

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on New Fitness Tech:

Given how much you and your listeners are on the road, I’m guessing you’ve wondered at least once in a while if you’re moving enough during your pitstops?

Well as you’ve probably guessed, there’s a gadget for that.

Newly released from Fitbit is the Charge 2 and it takes fitness tracking to a whole new level.

Ever been curious if you’re pushing yourself hard enough when you do work out? With its built in heart rate monitor, Fitbit Charge 2 continuously checks your pulse and gives you credit for a job well done and a little encouragement when you need to work harder.

It’s easy to keep track of the number of steps you’ve taken in a day by glancing at your wrist. And if you’re not moving enough, you’ll get a gentle reminder from the device.

And no longer will you need to open up an app and select bike ride, versus run, versus working out in the gym. The sensors are smart enough to recognize what you’re doing and record it accordingly.

Getting enough sleep is just as important as making sure you’re moving! And if you wear your Fitbit Charge 2 to bed it’ll keep track of not only how long you sleep but how restless you were as well. Now when you’re groggy on Monday you’ll have a better idea why!

All of this information is easily viewable thanks to Fitbit’s well-designed app. Your device talks to your phone via Bluetooth to relay the information. It also receives from your phone notifications of calls, texts and even calendar appointments.

All of that…and the battery lasts for up to five days before you need to charge again!

The Fitbit Charge 2 can be found at any Verizon store or VerizonWireless.com

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Lakenland

By Tom and Patti Burkett

We recently enjoyed a Roadtrek get-together in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s upper peninsula.  Our way home took us along Michigan route 28, on the southern shore of Lake Superior, where we passed a colorful metal sign advertising Junkyard Art.  Pulling off into a surprisingly large parking area, we chuckled at a sign that said, ‘Donations welcome but not expected.’  As we sat in the lot getting our bearings, a man driving an ancient tractor rolled past, giving us a wave and a smile.

The man was Tom Lakenen.  Lakenen grew up in a family of construction workers, and in mid-life happily spent his days on the job site and his evenings drinking beer with his friends.  After a few too many years of this, his wife laid down the law—quit drinking or else.  “I needed something to do in my off time if I wasn’t going out drinking,” he says, “so I started bringing home scrap metal from the job and making things.”

His first efforts went into the front yard of his house, and soon drew a warning from the local officials—no signage on residential property.  The pieces were trundled off into the back yard, and a few years later were moved to a larger piece of land down the road.  Tom continued to work, bending, welding, painting and imagining.  He scraped roads through the property and began arranging his work.

Though he never trained as an artist, there’s obvious talent in the clever and fanciful creations on display.  If you’re small, you can climb inside a pink elephant and have a tea party at the table hidden there.  Bigger people can picnic on an industrial size saw blade crafted into a picnic table under a shelter that looks hewn from living trees.  Politics, religion, environmental issues?  None are off limits to Lakenen’s fertile mind.  You’ll laugh, puzzle, ponder, and look twice as you wander along the roads of this drive-through gallery.

We discovered later that this attraction is especially popular with snowmobilers, who are legion in the Michigan winter.  The artist will often build a big bonfire and hand out snacks and hot drinks while visiting with his guests.  The collection continues to grow and change, so no two visits are likely to be the same.  No matter the weather, you can enjoy the Lakenland Sculpture Park west of Marquette, Michigan on route 28. 

 http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/john-carlisle/2015/03/02/north-sculpture-park-born-controversy/24235675/

 http://lakenenland.com/

RV CALENDAR

Tampa Bay RV Show
November 10-13
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, FL

West Palm Beach RV Show
November 17-20
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL

Fall Clean Sweep RV Show
December 2-4
CenturyLink Sports Complex
Ft. Myers, FL

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds
Indio, CA

 

Direct download: RT111.mp3
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