The RV Podcast

In this weeks podcast, we tackle the question of  just what it costs for enjoying the RV lifestyle. What should you budget for fuel? Food? Fun?

Mike and Jennifer, aided by lots of input from the Roadtreking Facebook community, share their experience.

Also this week, lots of reader questions, tech tips, how to earn a living while traveling and an off the beaten path report that will have you longing for the Florida keys.

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Shownotes for Episode 98:

This week we come to you from Memphis, TN. Mike and Jennifer update the audience on  their travels, the hot weather gripping the country and how Bo is doing on his first extended road trip.

We've been on the road now for six weeks!

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JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK - Furminator Pet De-Shedding Tool

Many of you know that we have been traveling this summer with Bo, our new Norwegian Elkhound puppy. Bo is just 8 months old and a bundle of energy.

Mike and I call him “Mr. Enthusiasm.”

He loves the Roadtreking lifestyle and he brings us a lot of joy as we watch him take to life on the road and all the adventures he’s having.

But there is one thing we are not happy with about Bo.

His fur.

In other words, he’s shedding.

He is a big dog with a thick, healthy double coat of long hair and with the heat and humidity we’ve been experiencing lately, Bo is leaving lots of very visible traces of his presence behind.

That’s why we are so glad to have discovered the Furminator Pet De-Shedding Tool.

This is a very special brush. It is expensive. It’s $45 on Amazon. Well over $50 in pet stores. But we think it’s worth every bit of that. The Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath his topcoat to gently remove loose hair. One swipe and it makes you a believer. It reduces shedding better than any brush, rake or comb we’ve tried. The manufacturer says it reduces shedding by up to 90% and we believe it.

The tool comes with a great ejector button that cleans and removes loose hair from the tool with ease.

And Bo actually seems to like it. In this heat, getting rid of all that excess fur and hair makes for a very happy puppy.

Mike and I like it because there is much less dog hair in the RV.

The Furminator makes us all happy campers.

The tip of the week is brought to you by Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

  • Lisa asks if we have any plans for something special for the 100th episode…coming in just two weeks.
  • Dorinda asks about replacing and installing a new side window for her Roadtrek campervan.
  • Rebecca is considering a Class B motorhome and wonders about getting a diesel unit and asks Mike and Jennifer to share their experience.
  • And Barak asks Mike and Jennifer to share a budgeting breakdown for living the Roadtreking lifestyle. We share our experience and also those from our Roadtreking Facebook Group

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 BASIC TRAINING

Even if your work doesn’t need to be done in an office, it can be very hard to work when you travel. You may be a freelancer, you may own your business, or you may telecommute, but there are ten steps you need to take to prepare yourself to work on the go.

I want to thank the folks at Lifehack for an article I found that helps you get thinking in the right direction. Also the folks at Technomadia have put together a great guide to various things you can do to earn money while traveling.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 15 locations on the East Coast 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

RV Sales continuing to soar

He tracked down wife’s childhood RV to Deliver Beloved Momories

See the video at: https://youtu.be/OmQfFxiZesU

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:

Whether at work or on the beach, a good chunk of the country is going to be dealing with dangerous levels of heat this week.

With the right amount of precaution, however, you can avoid any health issues related to sweltering conditions anywhere and at any time of the year.

gender, age, weight, and exercise schedule. It can even tell users their level of hydration at any given moment and send alerts for when another drink is due. The app is free for iOS.

When it comes to working outside, the OSHA Heat Safety Tool app developed by the U.S. Department of Labor allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for specific worksites and displays a risk level, sending reminders about things like drinking enough fluids, scheduling breaks, and adjusting work operations. The app is free for iOS and Android.

To avoid getting too much sun, consider the EPA’s Sunwise UV Index app from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, It provides a daily and hourly forecast of ultraviolet radiation from the sun delivering location-based information. It uses a color-coded system so users know when the UV index is highest, making it easy to plan for the day. Free for iOS and Android. 

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

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports

When it comes to new smartphones, I’ll bet most people think there’s not much of a differentiation anymore.

Well that’s changing this week with the introduction of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. What’s cool about these phones isn’t just their sleek looks or amazing battery life, it’s that you can enhance the phones themselves by magnetically attaching super powers to them, with Moto Mods.

Moto Mods instantly transform your phone into an entirely new device, like a portable theater.

Moto Insta-Share Projector — Snap the Insta-Share Projector onto your phone to share vacation photos and even a movie! The projector includes an integrated kickstand, up to 70-inch projection and a built-in battery for up to an extra hour of projection time. $299.99

SoundBoost Speaker — Instantly get powerful stereo sound that’s perfect for a backyard party. The speaker features a kickstand, built-in battery for 10 hours of playtime and speakerphone capabilities. $79.99

TUMI and kate spade new york Power Packs — Add up to 22 hours of battery life to your phone without adding bulk. Simply snap on and you can forget about finding an open wall outlet to charge. Prices range from $59.99 to $89.99.

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force devices will be available in Verizon stores and online Thursday, July 28th.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Marathon, Florida

A listener named Al shares why Marathon, FL needs to beon your must visit off the beaten path bucket list

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In this Episode of the podcast we talk about thePokémon GO phenomenon and what the RV industry can learn from it about community, getting people outdoors and creating relationships built around shared experiences.

Less than a  month after its release, this game has surpassed Twitter and Facebook in daily usage. Visit any park or outdoor space and you'll see people of all ages engaging with the game and each other. Jennifer and I talk about it this week in the podcast, noting the good things we have seen as we've been traveling this week.

Plus we have lots of listener tips and suggestions, questions and answers and a terrific off-the-beaten-path report.

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Lessons from Pokémon GO

You have surely seen the phenomenon by now. People of all ages and sexes shambling along, staring intently at their phones, stopping intermittently to excitedly swipe, or tap, or just shout excitedly at their screens before moving on. No matter how strange, self-absorbed, or entirely out of place these people may seem, they all have one thing in common: They’re catching Pokémon.

Pokémon GO attracts more than 21 million daily active users in the United States, making it the biggest mobile game in US history. To play, users must physically navigate through 3D space in order to find and capture virtual monsters hidden in the real world, but seen through an augmented reality layer displayed on their smartphone’s screen.

We are not gamers. But over the past week, Jennifer and I have been delighted to see so many people - particularly families - outside, interacting with each other, smiling, laughing, relating and having fun. And that is good, very good. For Pokémon Go has a noticeable social effect on its players —one which has seen people from across any number of demographic lines come together to share in the real thrill of the game’s virtual hunt.

We downloaded the game. And the other night, walking along a beachfront park in Fort Walton Beach, FL, I stopped one of the three dozen players we saw wandering the park with us and asked him to show me how it works. He was a young kid, maybe 16 or 17. He was delighted to explain how to play.

A few minutes later, I stopped a family: A Mom, Dad and two of their early teenaged kids. "We've never done anything like this," said the Dad. "We're having a ball. We haven't spent this must time together in a long time."

Across social media, players have begun chiming in with their own stories of bonding with strangers while walking outside and playing the game.

What’s more, not only is the game bringing together strangers who might otherwise never have met—it isalso be good for their health. Since its release, users have been posting screenshots of their step-counting apps to document how the game has upped their physical activity.

So what does this have to do with RVing?

Shared experiences. Community. The Outdoors. The very thing that appeals to so many about RVing. People are starved for those things. The RV lifestyle meets those needs much more than a smartphone video game. So, like we try to do with our Roadtreking Blog and Podcast, the industry needs to focus on the lifestyle, the experience, the community benefits of RVing.

The biggest lesson to learn is this: If you have a great product, you can use it to unite people rather than divide them into categories of demographic data points.

This part of the podcast brought to you by RadPower Bikes , an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK – Cooking in Your RV

If you love to cook, you can still prepare fabulous meals in your RV kitchen. Just use a few common sense RV cooking tips to create wonderful meals the entire family will love.

  • Plan Ahead. This is one of the most important elements of RV cooking. You can make sauces, stews, soups, and other side dishes ahead and freeze them, then you just need to warm them up for dinner.
  • Make mixes ahead of time. If you're going to make bread, measure out all the dry ingredients into a plastic bag, and then simply add the wet ingredients when you're ready to bake. The same goes for pancakes, waffles, breading mixes, and other types of flours and mixes. Measure them out ahead of time, then you only have to mix and cook in the kitchen, and you don't have to carry around all the different ingredients, taking up space in your small RV pantry.
  • Marinate meats and vegetables ahead of time. You can transport meats and vegetables in their marinades in plastic bags. When you're ready to cook, they're already marinated, which saves you another step along the way.
  • Plan to grill several meals, or at least grill some of the items on the menu, to help free up space in the kitchen.
  • Cook pastas and other starches at least part way at home, and then put them in a plastic bag. That way, all you have to do is warm them up, rather than wait for water to boil and cook.

As you travel in your RV, you'll devise your own RV cooking tips to help you save time and energy in your RV kitchen!

Do you have a tip for me? It can be anything at all about the RV lifestyle, camping or traveling. Use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking-dot-com.

I love hearing from our listeners… so don’t be shy.

The tip of the week is brought to you by Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Listener Mar Ellen asks about the problem of biting black and stable flies. She saw Mike’s reports on the flies that plague visitors in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Summer is black fly season. It’s also stable fly season. Both species torment folks up there every summer.

Technically, Black flies are small, dark flies with a humped back that can give a painful bite. Unlike a mosquito (which  sucks up blood through a proboscis), black flies slash the skin and lap up the pooled blood.

Stable flies have dark stripes on their back and a checkerboard-like pattern on the top of their abdomen. A distinguishing feature of the sable fly, visible to the naked eye, is the distinct stiletto-like proboscis of the stable fly which extends forward beyond the head. This sharply pointed beak is used to pierce the skin and draw blood.

I really can’t tell you which is which, or which is worse. In my book, the two are equally evil.  In July along  the Lake Superior shoreline, you'll find them everywhere – on the beach, in the woods, at the campground.

Below is a video  that I did gives you a sense of what to expect if you’ll be visiting the area. If camping, get some fly traps or fly strips. That seems to catch a few hundred every day. You’ll still get bit, but maybe not as much.

Other tips:

Wear light colored clothing

Wear long pants or jeans (they tend to bite the most below the knees, especially around the ankles)

Protect your pets (they bite dogs, too)

Listener Sampson heard us talking on Episode about entering GPS coordinates and he offers another suggestion that works on a smartphone with Google Maps. Check the shownotes page for this episode… radtreking.com/97

Here’s official instructions from Google on how to search for and get GPS coordinates.

E-Mail from Listeners:

  • Hi Mike and Jennifer, Well, we did it, our 2017 CS Adventurous XL is going into production this week and we should take delivery in August! We are so excited to begin our Roadtreking adventures. I am trying to get organized so that when our RV arrives we will be ready to hit the road. Your podcasts and the Roadtreking FB pages have been a wonderful source of information. In episode 96 you covered mattress pads again. We too are having the drop down cabinet installed in our RT so we will have similar storage. I have ordered a king RV Superbag and am on the hunt for a mattress pad. I'm like you Jennifer, I want the bed put away every day to increase living space and keep things looking tidy. In the podcast you mentioned 1 1/2 in foam "pads". Do you have multiple smaller pads? I am just wondering how bulky and heavy even a thin king pad would be. We rented an RS last spring to try out class B living and the bedding option in the rental was cumbersome and needed to be stuffed under the wardrobe cabinet that extended over the couch each morning. I really want to be able to stuff all the bedding in the cabinets above the bed. Hope to see you around the Lakes Region of NH sometime! Thanks, Lynne

We bought two twin sized 1.5 inch foam pads that go on top of the sofa. We can't remember where we bought them. Mike thinks REI. Jennifer thinks Bed Bath & Beyond. We roll them up tight and they stow in that drop down cabinet. Any wider pad - they come in 2 inch and 3 inch sizes - would be to bulky to stow in a Class B RV like we have.

  • Peter and Judy ask: “Hi Mike, We own an 2015 Agile RoadTrek. The back of the RV gets excessively warm as we drive down the road. The air conditioning unit from Mercedes-Benz seems to have no effect on cooling beyond the two front seats. We recently read that it is OK to run your propane generator and the cabin air conditioning unit while your RV is running down the road. Is that a safe practice? Peter & Judy”

Yes. Most RVers I know indeed do run the generator on the road to run the house A/C, or other electrical devices, and normally without a problem. One thing to remember is to shut it off when fueling. Easy to forget at self service. On many gas coaches the Gen. in very near the fuel tank fill. A static spark from entering and exiting a vehicle can set off vapors, so too an errant spark from a plug wire on a running generator could make for a real bad day. Also, make sure your generator exhaust system is in good condition and not leaking AND there are no openings or holes in the coach floor or anywhere exhaust can get in-

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 BASIC TRAINING 

Today’s topic has to do with climbing and going down hills in an RV. I want to credit the Family Motor Coach Association, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Workhouse Custom Chassis for their expertise in putting this week’s training tip together. Here's a link to theFMCA's full written transcript.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 15 locations on the East Coast 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK: 

Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. Granted MasterUpfitter Status

Rant of the week - Noisy generators at campgrounds

Shortest rest times at Interstate Rest Stop –Sharon Burgess reports I-90 Rest Area west of Erie, PA. Shortest parking limit she's seen at any rest area. She posted a photo showing a two hour limit. Violators are subject to being towed and assessed a $50 minimum/$200 maximum fine

Grand Canyon National Park Wildfire nearing 14,000 acres - While winds have pushed the Fuller Fire on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park across nearly 14,000 acres. Numerous roads and trails were closed.

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:

By Steve Van Dinter, from Verizon Wireless

For those of us living the mobile life – and I suspect that’s a lot of your listeners – there’s too much out there to Facebook, Snapchat and Tweet, and not always enough data in your smartphone plan to go around.

For those who worry about going over their data limits and getting hit with overages it’s time to breathe easier…that’s because Verizon recently announced a huge change to its plans and a completely redesigned new app that transforms the industry.

It’s all about giving consumers choice. First off, Verizon plans now come with at least 30% more data and if you don’t use all your data in a month, it will carry over to the next month.

In addition, for those who are running up against their plan limits, you now have choice on what you want to do next. For those who want more control of their bill you can turn on a new feature called Safety Mode. This kicks in after you’ve exhausted all of your data in a given month. Speeds will be reduced to 128kbps but you can use as much data as you want the rest of the month and not worry about getting hit with an overage. High speed data returns then on the first day of your next plan month.

Maybe you need to take a video call or download a large file on 4G LTE…no worries. Using Verizon’s new app, simply use the data boost feature. That lets you purchase 1GB of high speed access for just $15 at any time.

Or maybe this happens to you month after month and it’s time to bump up your data package. Just use the new app, select the plan that will fit you better and have it take effect that day or back date it to the start of your plan month – again so you don’t have to worry about going over.

Speaking of that new app…never before has it been so easy to see how much data is left on your plan or what your total bill will be…or any other features of your account. You should definitely check it out!

Learn more at your local Verizon store or www.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 - Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Museum

By Tom Burkett

We know at least some Roadtrekkers have traveled the Great River Road along the Mississippi.  We love river drives, especially on the big rivers of the Midwest.  They’re dotted with cities and small towns, and their long tenure as transportation corridors means they’re full of history and great stories.

A hundred years ago button factories and mussel camps lined both banks of the big, slow-moving rivers in the middle of the country.  Freshwater mussels abounded in these bodies of water and often collected in shoals, areas where the current slowed as the river made a turn.  Maybe the most famous of these is Mussel Shoals, Alabama, home of some great music history.  Native Americans collected and smoked the meat of these bivalves, leaving great mounds of shells, called middens.

Through the last half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, mussel boats used brails and free divers dove from the banks, collecting mollusks as big as dinner plates.  Often they found freshwater pearls inside.  The meat was used as animal feed, and the shells themselves were cut into mother of pearl buttons.  Plastic spelled the downfall of the button factories, all of which have disappeared.

Manchester, on the Ohio River, has a small museum with button factory history.  Muscatine, Iowa was once known as the pearl button capital of the world with half the population making buttons from the harvest of the Mississippi.  Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kentucky all participated in the booming mussel industry of the time, making buttons and shipping raw materials to factories in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Near the town of Camden, Tennessee, a bit off I-40 at exit 133, you’ll find the Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Museum.  Housed in the side room of a marina and RV park office, this little spot is rich with pearls and mussel harvesting history, and offers tours of their cultured pearl farming operation.  Tours are sporadic, so be sure to call ahead.  There’s good camping in the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, and the nearby National Wildlife Refuge offers the opportunity for great birding during spring and fall waterfowl migrations.

As you meander along these mighty rivers, don’t pass up the opportunity to dive into the past that ebbs and flows through them.  Get your feet wet!  Happy travels!

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We meet a lot of interesting people out on the road. Not long ago, we met Santa, in the form of a super nice guy named Steve Dodd.

Santa drives (besides the sleigh, of course) a Roadtrek.

Listen to Steve’s interview in this episode of the podcast, along with lots of listener questions, RV Basic Training, Traveling Tech Tips, RV News of the Week and a great Off-The-Beaten-Path report.

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

This week’s tip would come from our Norwegian Elkhound puppy, Bo… if he could give it. As many of you know, Bo has been traveling with us this summer and having a great time. He loves everything about RVing… except for one thing: The heat.

Right now, we’re in the deep south, near the Florida/Alabama border and the daytime temperatures have been over 100 degrees a couple of days over the past week. We spend as much time on the Gulf shore, where there’s always a nice cooling breeze off the water. But dogs are not allowed n the beach and Bo needs a little help.

So we got him a cooling pad. It’s a matt made out of cold gel. We bought it at a pet store and Amazon has a whole bunch of them in different sizes.

The pad is soft and the gel inside is noticeably cool to the touch. Bo loves it. He finds it very comfy and in this hot weather, prefers it to the thick cloth bed he usually sleeps in.

We put it on the floor of our Roadtrek for him at night and while we’re driving and, when we are at a campsite, we put it down on top of the ground pad under the awning.

The pads are around $30 or so and they are very easy to clean.

My only suggestion is to get one big enough for your pet to fully stretch out on.

Bo loves his. I bet your pet would as well.

That’s my tip this week. If you have a traveling tip to share, either e-mail me at Jennifer At Roadtreking Dot Com or use the “Leave Voicemail” link on the Roatreking Dot Com blog to record one and send it to me by using the built in microphone on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

I love getting your tips… so let me hear from you!

The tip of the week is brought to you by Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Listener Lee is shopping for an RV. But with six kids who he plans to “roadschool,” he’s wondering what size RV he needs.

Rob from Fairbanks, Alaska, is also shopping for an RV. He has it narrowed down between a Class B campervan and a travel trailer and wants to know how challenging it is to “decamp” with an RV and whether a travel trailer is easier.

e-mail questions:

Just wondering if you or Jennifer could give us more information on the bed pads that you're using now and where you purchased them. Thanks.

- Gary and Carol 

Thanks for this website and your experiences How do you Wifi from an RV? I am about to retire and am thinking of buying a New Road Trek and traveling the USA on and off the grid. 1) Can you tell me the downside of Living for months at a time in a Road Trek class B RV? 2) What do RV parks typically cost when traveling? Any tips on negotiating the price of a new RV? Thank you. I Hope to meet you on the road someday.

-Al 

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 BASIC TRAINING -How to sanitize your RV’s fresh water tank.

I sanitize our fresh water tanks at least twice every year. The steps are pretty simple.

  • Fill and empty the fresh water tank
  • After the initial drain, I fill up the fresh water tank with clean water.
  • Going inside, I run the galley and bathroom faucets for a couple of minutes. You may want to also do this with the shower.
  • Outside again, I once again drain and then refill the fresh water tanks, this time adding about two ounces of bleach. I let it sit like that overnight if parked at home and I’m not on the road.
  • The next morning, I go back inside the coach and again ran the faucets and flush the toilet with lots of water, getting some of that sanitizied water into all the pipes. Again, you may want to also run it through the shower for a bit.
  • After doing all of that, I dump both the black and grey water so I could start out with clean, empty storage tanks.
  • Back in the driveway, I fill the fresh water tanks one more time, but about half way so I’ll have enough on hand for our traveling needs, but not so much as to add unnecessary weight while on the road.
  • Something else I did: I changed the filter that I put on the hose. I use the Camco water filterbetween the hose and the water intake. I change this once or twice a year, depending on use. It does a great job removing or reducing bad taste, odors, chlorine and sediment in drinking water. I also replaced the filter on the instant-on clean water tap by the sink.

 

Before heading out, I run a glass of water through the galley faucet and take a sample drink, making sure there was no bleach taste. If there was, I just would drain and refilled once more.

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RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Woman dies in RV fire along I-75 in Georgia

Anchorage not an RV friendly town

Teen killed when grill falls off RV, striking car -

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TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports.. 

During the school year there never seems to be enough time. But once you get the family out on vacation, there’s usually more to go around. Enjoy this break from the hustle and bustle and use the extra time to get out and explore! Today I’ve got some great free apps you and your children can use to explore the world around you.

Geocaching

Scavenger hunts are no longer a thing of the past thanks to the game of geocaching! Geocaches are hidden treasures that you can only find with clues – using an app or website. Geocaching is a great way to get out and learn more about your community. And no matter where you’re located there’s bound to be a geocache near you!

WildTime

How much free time would you like to fill? 10 minutes? A half day? You just open this app and let it know. Then it will come up with new and interesting suggestions. And the best part – all you need is the app and your imagination.

Oh Ranger, ParkFinder

No matter if you’re in your backyard or far away from home, a park is never too far away. But sometimes they can be hard to find! Open up this app and you’ll see where your nearest park is located. In addition, you can learn all about what there is to do, the best time to visit and even what to wear to be ready for the weather!

This year is the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. And if you’re out exploring America’s backyard, make sure to use this app to see all there is to offer! 

Star Chart

If you’re at all interested in the night sky then you have to download this app!

Choose augmented reality mode and point your phone at the sky and you’ll see the names of planets and stars in your field of vision. Not only that, but click on any of the planets, stars or constellations and you’ll see detailed pictures, how far away it is and even watch some of them move in real-time.

This 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 -  The Ark Encounter

Listener Sheri recommends a visit to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY, as well as the nearby Creation MuseumDaniel boone and a restored frontier fort called Boonesborough, that is named after Daniel Boone in a nearby state park.

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INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK - Santa’s Got a New Way to Travel

 

Mike interviews Steve Dodd, who works as a professional Santa and uses a Roadtrek Class B Motorhome to supplement his sleigh for traveling. You’ll meet this new RVer in this week’s Roadtreking interview of the week.

 

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The RV and camping lifestyle sure brings families together and creates some great memories and an enduring love for the outdoors. To explore some of the ramifications of that, Jennifer and I introduce you to our three grown kids – Wendy, Scott and Jeff, who share what camping and RVing has done for our family and now theirs.

Plus we have lots of great reader tips and suggestions, an awesome tech app that lets you stream video on your devices without gobbling up data, and a coast to coast backroads route perfect for RVers.

Scroll down for show note details and resources and click the player below to start listening. When you see a time code hyperlink, you can click it to jump directly to that segment of the podcast.

Show Notes for Episode #95 July 6, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One of the great things about the RV lifestyle is all the friendly advice and tips you can get from the folks you meet along the road. It seems everybody has a tip, something special that they do that makes things easier or more efficient. So it was at a campground in South Carolina the other day when we came upon RVer Sharon Burgess cleaning the aluminum wheels on her RV. We dug out the recorder and asked her to share it with us

The tip of the week is brought to you by Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Don and Cheryl pass along a suggestion on how not to get lost, or at leas be found when you need to be, using something called the Spot GPS system

Steve Dodd shares a story about some people he met from Australia who bought an RV in the states so, every time them come here, they have an RV waiting for them.

Listener Jean has a great suggestion on how to really connect with the local community – by visiting the local library. You will be amazed at all the things you can learn about there to enhance your RV travels.

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 BASIC TRAINING

Here are my five suggestions on how to make sure your RV has a good mechanic.

  1. Search for shops that are certified to do repairs on your engine and/or chassis. Check the manufacturer’s website, look for local dealers and ask the service manager what certifications and specialties their techs have. Check review websites.
  2. Ask your RV dealer for recommendations on where to have the vehicle’s engine serviced. They should be able to steer you to the place they use. Try to meet the tech who will be working on your vehicle personally. Ask questions. Most like sharing knowledge and since you are going to be building a long term relationship, familiarty brings respect.
  3. Make sure you have your vehicle maintained and serviced as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Tell them where your next trip will be, what the terrain and dust conditions will be like. They’ll know what to inspect for and may have some great suggestions on how to operate your RV in those areas.
  4. Call for an appointment instead of just showing up and demanding service. In an emergency, of course, a reputable place will gladly check things out. But even then, try to call ahead of time and give them as much advance notice so they know what’s coming in.
  5. Keep all your documents and service records. A good shop, of course, will have them on their computer. But if you find you need service on the road, being able to show vehicle records will help avoid unnecessary repairs and save time with a new mechanic or service center.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 15 locations on the East Coast 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Arrest warrant issues for Arizona RV Dealer

Appalachian Bear Hiker attacked by Bear in Smokies

Thor Industries buys Keystone

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 the free app called Go90, a free streaming service for video that doesn’t use up your data.

When you’re on long roadtrips with the family, sometimes keeping the kids entertained can be a job in itself.

And handing over the smartphone can do the trick, but watching a few hours of Netflix can sure put a dent into your monthly data.

Verizon has a free solution that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

It’s a free app called Go90. Just download onto your smartphone and hand it over to the kids.

There are thousands of hours of content available right at their fingertips…and the best part, all of this video streams in high definition without using any of your data. That’s right…everything from live sporting events…to primetime…to a hit series by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck called The Runner – free to stream!

And when you’re at home, if you’d like to watch the programming on a bigger screen, just hit the Chromecast button and the video will start playing right on your TV.

Go90 is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play store and free to customers of any carrier, however, only verizon customers stream the content without using their data.

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

This 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 - US30

Tom and Patti Burkett take us the the Lincoln Highway, aka US30, the nation’s first coast-to-coast road. They tell us about a very unusual museum tucked into a candy store.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by AllStays - the Internets #1 RV and camping app since 2010

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Mike and Jennifer talk to their three grown children Wendy, Scott and Jeff who share the influence camping and RVing has had on them that they are now passing on to their kids

 

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