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In this episode, we tackle a whole bunch of audience questions, on everything from camping in cold weather, to showering in an RV to staying connected to the Internet while traveling. Plus we have lots of news, tips and travel suggestions.

Jennifer and I catch you up on our recent travels and experiences and preview where we’re headed. It’s fall and as it finally cools off down south and in the southwest, the forests of the northwest, mountain states, Midwest, northeast and Canada are starting to change colors. It’s a perfect time to get out there on a fall RV trip.

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Today’s tip has to do with making the front seats into a bed on a Class B motorhome.

We just came back from a boondocking getaway in Northern Michigan with our two grandchildren.

Now our Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL best sleeps two… so, with me and the two granddaughters, that meant Mike and Bo were outside, in a tent. No problem there, though Mike may have a different opinion after sleeping on the hard ground. But that’s another topic.

This tip has to do with sleeping three in the Roadtrek. I made the back up into two twin beds. Thirteen-year-old Hua Hua slept on the passenger side bed. I had the driver’s side twin.

So where to put 10 year old Rachel?

Up front, of course.

Now Roadtrek and its dealers sell a sort of folding bed that works. But we improvised and found a great solution. We brought along a thick, four inch folding pad that we had used back in our tenting days.

What we did to make a bed for Rachel was push the driver and passenger seats back, pull out one of the tables and put that across the space between the two seats. Then we put the four-inch pad, about the size of a twin bed, right across the seats. The table gave solid support. Rachel’s sleeping bag went on top of the pad and she was as snug as a bug in a rug. She says she slept great and was very comfy.

The configuration is fine for kids. An adult could manage there in a pinch but we wouldn’t recommend it.

We’ll put a photo of Rachel and her sleeping arrangements in the shownotes for this episode at roadtreking.com/107

Rachel and Hua Hua are already looking forward to their next boondocking trip with us.

Mike says he needs a little more padding for the tent outslde.

Do you have a tip you’d like to share? Use the Leave Voicemail link on the Roadtreking.com website. It lets you record a message using the built in microphone in your computer smartphone or tablet and then automatically send it to me.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's 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 John talked about his interest in the new Hymer Activ Class B motorhome and noted that new production models starting in January will have some nice finishing touches.

 Bruce called in from Western Colorado where the temperature dropped to 28 degrees. He wonders when he has to start worrying about freezing his pipes in cold weather.

Joanne, a semiretired teacher from Ontario, is new to RVing and is planning a long trip to Florida and wants to know about finding some great campsites.

A listener is looking for a side rack to carry a surfboard on his Roadtrek. We suggest he look at vertirack.com/ They are side mounted on the driver’s side. Fpr kayaks, the best Mike has seen are from rvkayakracks.com They are vertical racks at the back of the van that connect to the trailer hitch. For Class B RV’s - maximum kayak length recommended: 10' They even have a kayak rack with an attachment that lets you haul two bicycles. The racks cost from $1,200 to about $1,600 for the rack for two kayaks and two bikes. Shipping os about $200.

Matt from North Carolina is a popup camper owner. He wants to know costs of the JetPack Wi-Fi data card. He also asks about setting the right expectations for people who come stay with them while camping. For the JetPACK, USERS can either buy the jetpack outright at $199.99 or on two year contract at $49.99. They can then connect up to 15 devices at once.

This can be added to any Verizon plan for $10 line access and then it shares the data from your data bucket.

Jan asks about showering in a Roadtrek and how to you keep the towels and toilet paper from getting wet.

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 – Boondocking Basics

Boondocking is camping without being plugged in to commercial power or using a commercial campground. Most boondockers enjoy getting away from crowds to truly experience nature in the middle of nowhere, like in a national forest.

On an episode of the podcast recorded last year, Roadtreking Reporter and veteran Boondocker Campskunk provided some things to consider for those planning to head out for the first time: 

  • Animal safety. Make sure no food goes outside the unit to keep bears, raccoons, fox, even mice far away.
  • Water management. Use less. Take sponge baths. If using your sink, try collecting grey water in a container and dumping it outside instead of filling your tank.
  • Choose your site carefully. Make sure you are not the highest spot around to stay safe from lightening. If you rely on solar power, pick a spot in the sun.
  • Light management. Use light at night sparingly. Your batteries will last much longer if you are not lighting up the whole wilderness.

Listen to the full interview with Campskunk at http://roadtreking.com/rt39-roadtreking-rv-podcast-boondocking-101/

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: 

  • Western cougars expanding their range, new sighting confirmed in southern Tennessee last week. Read more
  • Montana Department of Fish,Wildlife and Parks plans to open last section of Yellowstone River closed previously from fish kill. Read more
  • Canadian National Parks service to remove bear-attracting buffalo bushes from four campgrounds in national parks as preventive measure. Read more
  • High housing cost in Mountain View in San Francisco area has lead to families living full-time in RVs parked on streets. Read more
  • Realtors getting into the RV hype, developing neighborhoods in retirement markets complete with a spot to park your RV. 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 about how to safely store your precious photos with Google Photos

I’m sure as you’re traveling about the country you are taking a ton of pictures...and with today’s amazing smartphone cameras I’m guessing most of them end up on your phone, right?

 Well as you know those photos can take up precious megabytes and eventually gigabytes of space.


So what do you do when your phone says you’re out of space?

 No need to dump them, a free app from Google called Google Photos can save the day.

 This app, which is free for iOS and Android devices, will automatically back up your photos and videos to the cloud.

 And the best part...you can store unlimited pictures up to 16mega pixels for free.

 You can’t beat that.

 Now you’ll never have to worry about whether or not to save or delete your amazing photos...or whether you have enough room for that next must have app. And should you lose your phone, just download the app onto your next smartphone and all your pictures will still be there.

 Google photos also makes finding your pictures a breeze as well. If you search in the app for Mount Rushmore, for instance, it’ll pull all of your photos from there.

 Or maybe you remember you took a picture of a cool flower but can’t remember where or when. Just search for flowers and it’ll pull all of the pictures you took with a flower in them. Basically if you can remember something in the photo, you can find it with ease.

 Google photos does back up over the internet so to save on your precious data make sure you set the app to only back up when you’re connected to wifi.

 So go ahead...and snap away!

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 -  Pittsburgh, PA

Tom and Patti Burkett take us to Pittsburgh and a fun ride on a vertical railway.

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

Direct download: RT107.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

The title for this week’s episode “The World is Our Backyard” comes from the sign our special guests put out on the back of their RV. A little later on you’ll meet Jim and Rhonda Phipps, two recent retirees, whose lifestyle has dramatically changed for the better thanks to their Roadtreking across the country in a Class B campervan…. Also this week, your questions, helpful tips, RV news and a special Off The Beaten Path Report.


Mike and Jennifer begin by recapping their week in Hershey, PA at America’s Largest RV Show, then they update the audience on their adventures with Bo, their nine-month-old Norwegian Elkhound puppy and his recent “Great Escape.”

They share their travel plans for this week, heading out to do some boondocking in the woods with their granddaughters.

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One of the biggest challenges faced by RVers is finding that perfect campsite in the perfect place.

The problem is, the most popular campgrounds are booked up months in advance, sometimes even a year ahead of time.

So, it can be very frustrating. The only way to get in is if someone who already has a reservation cancels.

That means you need to spend a lot of time…. Checking.

Well here’s a great tip, originally passed along on our Facebook Roadtreking Group by Judy Bass. Judy has discovered a terrific online service.

If you want to book a site at a public campground and there are no vacancies, go to yesyoucamp.com and enter the information - the campground you want, dates and length of stay desired. For $3 they'll check the site every 5 minutes and text you if something opens up. For no charge, they'll check every four hours and email you. If you book, they request a donation.

Again, the site is to yesyoucamp.com. That’s to yesyoucamp.com.

Judy used the site and snagged a hjghly desireable spot on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for this week, even though it's booked solid till the end of the season.

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: 

Mark and Melissa in Des Moine, IA are getting a new Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL and wonder how lithium ion batteries behave in the winter time.

 Jaqueline wants to know what innovation and “surprises” are coming from Roadtrek in 2017

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

The U.S. Forest Service recommends campers be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes and other unexpected events by bringing the following items when they head out camping for any extended amount of time. How many items do you have tucked in your RV?

  • Candles
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Foil (to use as a cup or signaling device)
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Map
  • Nylon filament
  • Pocket knife
  • Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)
  • Prescription glasses (an extra pair)
  • Prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions
  • Radio with batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Trash bag (makes an adequate poncho)
  • Whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device
  • Waterproof matches

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:

  • Dog lost during mountain camping trip in July is found six weeks later and returned to owner. Read more
  • Snowbirds, often in RV, add $269 million per year to Mississippi economy. Read more
  • Montana state lawmakers plan to write Yellowstone National Park managers a note supporting Native American tribes request to hunt bison on park lands. 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:

How did it get to be football season already? Well it is and hopefully you’ve got your fantasy football team in a good place. 

But with all the travel you do, how do you keep up on the games, especially while on the road? 

Well if you’ve got Verizon…that’s easy…just open up the NFL Mobile app.

Being a Verizon customer gives you access not just to news, stats and facts about your favorite teams and players, but you can also watch LIVE HD streams of the games in market – for free!

Not only that but you won’t use any data watching the games as well! As long as you’re viewing through the NFL Mobile app or Go90, you won’t see the smallest dent in your data plan. 

So go ahead and stream football from sea to shining sea! Just make sure you’re in the passenger seat while watching!

Again to access this free content simply download NFL Mobile or Go90 from your respective app store, then kick back and enjoy.

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 -  

Jim McKay tells us about a great campground in Madison, WI that is right on the Ohio River. He suggests to bring your bicycles for some great touring. For more info go to visitmadison.org

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

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Jim and Ronda Phipps share their new life of adventure as Roadtrekers.

Direct download: RT106.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

In this episode, we have lots of tips, suggestions, alerts and RV news and a special interview with a couple we first met a little over a year ago when they had just sole their sticks and bricks home and were about to embark on a life of fulltiming in their Class B Roadtrek RV.

We catch up with them this week and they describe how awesome the past year has ben, a year they describe as “Unsurpassed Freedom.” If you have ever dreamed about fulltiming, you’ll for sure want to hear this interview!

We’re in Hershey, PA this week at America’s Largest RV Show. With over 1,300 new RVs on display, you’ll find every style and every model! From small campers to full-size motorhomes, there’s something for everyone! Plus, it’s the first show in the nation with 2017 products. Come out to shop and compare virtually every major manufacturer. Interest rates are low and so are the prices!

America’s Largest RV Show is set for Wednesday, September 14 through Sunday, September 18 at the Giant Center in Hershey. The show runs from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Tickets are just $10 for adults; children 12 and under get in free. Wednesday is Senior Day: 55+ get in for half price. Thursday is Veterans Day: Half priced admission with a valid ID. You can also get a 5-day pass for $30 or a Twilight pass (after 

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One of the fun things about meeting people at or Roadtreking gatherings around the country is touring other folks motorhomes. Everyone has made their RV unique by adding things, arranging and organizing things just so or solving simple problems in creative ways.

For example…. Shoe clutter.

You know what I mean. Dirty shoes can really mess up a motorhome. You can slip them off and leave them outside the door. But a lot of us don’t like that idea because…well… creepy, crawly things have been know to get in them Or it can rain and nothing is worse then wet shoes.

At our recent Roadtreking gathering up near Tobermory in Canada, we came upon a perfect solution from our friend Linda Vesterdahl. Do you know that area right behind the sliding door on a Roadtrek RV? It’s a sort of riser, or step on the threshold leading into the motorhome that is a foot or so off the ground. That’s where Linda and husband Scot solved the shoe problem.

Linda and Scot used two plastic file containers, the kind you pick up at an office supply store. They are clear plastic rectangles with an open top and they put them right there on the threshold behind the sliding door.

Meantime, send me your tips. Just click the Leave Voicemail link on the right side of the Roadtreking-dot-com blog and you can use your computer’s built in microphone to record your message and send it directly to me. I love hearing 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:

Hello Mike Wendland, Thank you for the article on the underground AC system. I've read some reports that those installed in emergency vehicles have not done well when subjected to winter weather conditions — especially when salt and other additives or added to the mix. What has your experience been? Will Tompkins

A reader and listener sends a warning about Canadian Travel n Highway 407 north of Toronto, = the world's first all-electronic open access toll highway which extends 108 kilometres east-west, just north of Toronto.

407 ETR benefits all users with a barrier-free system so anyone visiting Ontario may also use the toll-road, which is an alternative to other Ontario roads. There are no toll booths and no toll plazas to slow you down. Transponders are not required for light vehicles (see FAQ) and accounts do not have to be set-up prior to use.

Out-of-Province users, including those from the U.S.A., who choose to use 407 ETR are responsible for all tolls, fees and interest under the Highway 407 Act. At the end of each monthly billing cycle, the all-electronic system calculates all tolls, fees and interest and a bill is sent in Canadian dollars, due upon mailing

Here’s the warning from our reader:

Hi Mike I heard this week's podcast on traveling in and out of Canada. I just want to let you listeners know. Beware of the of 407 toll road. We traveled on 407 this past summer. Since there is no toll booths they rely on cameras and they send you a bill off your license plate. If your total weight is above 5,000 kilograms which is most RV's, you will be charged at the heavy vehicle class. We traveled on the 407 twice for a total of 7.4 kilometers and were charged $112.09. This can be a budget breaker. They charged a $50.00 camera charge each trip. Now if you are under the 5,000 kilograms, the camera rate is $4.05 per trip. Stay off the 407 and continue on the 401. Dick, frim Owosso, MI, traveling in a 003 Four Winds fifth wheel

From Doug and Mary… We were so disappointed that our plans were changed on the way to Tobermory. Not sure if Yan shared with you but we stopped about half way there for a short camping trip at Letchworth State Park. Doug had a heart attack just and we ended up at Strong Memorial Hospital. We are hoping to be discharged tomorrow. We have only had our van since November and are loving the freedom it gives us. We were anxious to learn from others and see the park. The pictures are so beautiful. Never thought about getting an ambulance to the campground it was about 25 minutes away. They had to take Doug out the back doors to put him on the stretcher. It was another 40 minutes to reach the hospital. God has answered many prayers. The staff here has been excellent. The nurses helped me find a cab that I could share the ride and pay 1/2 the cost to drive 1hr back to the campground. The camp police picked me up and took me to the campsite. The hospital is huge and have allowed us to park our van in the employee parking lot. This morning it was wonderful to walk out and get cleaned up, fix breakfast and grab some things to take back in the hospital. We read your list of how wonderful to travel with your van and this situation is another reason. We plan to be at gate Hershey show on 9/14 will you be there then? Hershey is about 35 minutes from home and would love to meet you and Jennifer. Looking forward to more pictures from Tobermory. Doug and Mary

I have read your information. I have a question....I'm looking to get a smaller RV soon and in the process of doing my research on the best unit to suit my needs. I see there is a show in Hershey PA coming up soon. Is this a good place to go to compare the various models of Class B Rvs? just want to see the various options and compare Roadtreks on Chevrolet chassis versus the Mercedes Agile SS. I would appreciate any help you could provide. I live in Ohio and it appears this is one of the closer shows; however, I do not want to make the trip if it is not worthwhile. Thank you. Gloria

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 Find Places for your Dog to Stay While Traveling

Many people are traveling this time of year, but accommodating our dogs can be frustrating. There are places like National Parks where our canine companions are just not welcome. There are times when family or work obligations make it difficult to bring our dog. For RVers – 67% of who travel with pets – this can be quite a challenge.

Fortunately,  a number of website and apps make it easy to accommodate our furry friends and family members while on the road.

I’ve collected quite a list over our years of RVing. Here are the ones I like the bext.

BringFido helps travelers find pet-friendly hotels and attractions like dog parks, doggie beaches – even restaurants where canines are welcome. The app allows for in-depth research on pet polices so users know if they can bring big dogs, or more than one and BringFido includes a rating system so owners can see what others think of it. It’s free foriOS.

DogVacay is for dog owners who can’t take their dogs, yet aren’t crazy about the idea of a kennel. Pets stay in the home of a loving sitter. The ap llists more than 25,000 dog sitters in the U.S. and Canada. Reservations come with pet insurance and even daily photo or video updates of how things are going. The app is free for iOS and Android. Jennifer and I have used this service in distant cities a couple of times and our dog loved it. The photo above show a family that accommodated our dog Tai in Memphis a couple of years ago that I found through GogVacay.

Finally, the website  gopetfriendly.com, which is – hands down – the best resource I’ve found for RVers who travel with their pets.

One of the reasons I like GoPetFriendly so much is because Amy Burkert and her Husband Rod are fulltime RVers themselves, traveling North America in a Class A and documenting thousands of places friendly t pets. Their site is an encyclopedia of travel advice for RVers looking for pet friendly places.

Amy and Rod have traveled over 80,000 miles over the past five years with their two dogs, Buster and Ty. And she has lots of great advice for our listeners about traveling with your four-legged friends.

I interviewed Amy on a podcast episode a couple of months ago. You can hear it at http://roadtreking.com/85 

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:

Winnebago Recalls Motorhomes for Loose Electrical Wire

Major Road Closure at Yellowstone National Park

Erwin Hymer and Roadtrek debut new models at Hershey RV Show

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

I’m sure as you’ve traveled across the country this summer there were scenic vistas you took in where pictures just couldn’t do it justice.

Imagine being able to record that scene whether still frame or in video form and then letting people experience it as you did.

New technology like the Samsung Gear 360 allow for just that.

This futuristic looking orb pairs easily to your Samsung device and allows you to record nearly 4K video and 30mp pictures in full 360 using the device’s buttons or controlled remotely via your Samsung phone.

Once posted to Facebook or YouTube people can interact with the video by simply turning their phones to see a new direction...or on a computer they can use the arrow keys to look in any direction.

It also means when paired with something like a Gear VR headset, your friends and family can fully experience your vacation, a scenic view, or family event like a wedding or graduation as if they were there!

And at a price of just $349, recording and sharing 360 video is now easier than ever.

More information is available at VerizonWireless.com or stop by and play with one for yourself at any Verizon store.

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 -  

Tom and Patti Burkett tells us about a true off the beaten path road – US 50

By Tom and Patti Burkett

Few RVers are familiar with US 50, except maybe for the stretch through Nevada called “The Loneliest Road in America.” Stretching from Ocean City Maryland to Sacramento, California, this 1920s highway crosses a lot of rural territory and passes through very few cities.  Long road, few cities.  Hmmm. Sounds like a recipe for a good trip.

Last Saturday, to celebrate Labor Day weekend, we spent a long day on US 50 through the heart of the Midwest.  Sunrise found us in Hillsboro, Ohio, staring at the largest horseshoe crab on the continent.  Who would think to find such a thing in rural Ohio, but there it was.  Rescued from a bankrupt maritime museum in Baltimore, it now sits in the front yard of a man who couldn’t pass it up.  Sixty people can gather under its shell, and have done for weddings and other celebrations.

We headed west, through Cincinnati where we stopped for lunch supplies at Jungle Jim’s International Market, saw a gasoline sign graveyard, walked across America’s longest covered bridge (in Indiana, of course), but bent our way steadily westward so as not to miss the one stop that was the point of the day’s drive.

Bill Larkin grew up in the country outside the little town of Loogootee Indiana and spent his career as a computer programmer for the US military.  When he retired, he bought an odd looking round house out in the middle of nowhere near his childhood home and planted a lot of flowers.  It got to the point, he said, where I was watering flower beds eight hours a day and I just didn’t think I could keep it up.  So he gave up gardening and began building birdhouses instead.

Bill was sitting out on his deck and jumped up to greet us when we pulled into the drive.  Come on in! he said, and proceeded to show us through his immaculately clean house, where nearly two thousand birdhouses, large and small, hung from the ceilings and walls.  We stepped out onto the deck overlooking a small ravine.  Across a hundred and eighty degrees of view were birdhouses, and ceramic birds, and painted stones, thousands of them.

Bill paints each of the birdhouses himself, and builds most of them.  "I painted fifty this morning," he told us.  We enjoyed a long conversation about his work at the nearby military base, his grandchildren, and how he came to create this amazing display.  And we left with two birdhouses.  Bill gives them away—to everyone who comes to visit.  "Nothing for sale here," he says, "I just want to make people happy."  So get happy, friends, go see Bill and his birdhouses. Six thousand and counting.

http://www.billsyard.com/

 

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK -

Recent fulltimers Yvonne and Michael Maddox tell us about how the R Lifestyle offers them “Unsurpassed Freedom” 

Direct download: RT105.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

In this episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast, we come to you from the Bruce Peninsula National park in Ontario, Canada and share lots of RV tips, audience questions, suggestions and ideas – including Mike’s instructions on how to photograph the Milky Way and the night sky.

How to Photograph the Milky Way 1. Find a Dark Sky. Just waiting until nighttime won't do. ... 2. Know When and Where to Look. ... 3. Use a Digital Camera with Good High ISO Capabilities. ... 4. Use a Fast Wide Angle Lens. ... 5. Use a Tripod. ... 6. Use Live View. ... 7. Start with ISO 3200. ... 8. Set a Long Shutter Speed. Here are some apps: • PhotoPills for iOS • SkyGuide for iOS • Stellarium Mobile for Android

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Valerie has a tip about holding mail while you are on a long RV trip

Tom offers a unique way to wash your clothes without having to find a laundrymat

And Jim has a tip about how to stay local by keeping to the back roads

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:

Daryl has new Roadtrek and wants to know about what kind of fuel economy to expect. He’s averaging a little over 16 mpg. Also wants to know how to protect the painted surface of his RV  

Jim wants an RV with rooftop solar and whether available. Also wants to separately adjustable twin beds.

Angelique called in to comment about traveling with pets

RV BASIC TRAINING The Care and Feeding of Your Solar Panels – By Campskunk

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: Man’s Typo while Booking RV Site costs him $1,000 Tornado hits NC Campground National Parks Grappling with Misbehaving Tourists

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: From Verizon's Steve Van Dinter …

I always love sharing cool tech info with your listeners, and today I’ve got some great news - a wireless speed increase for those who use Verizon - and the best part - it comes at no additional cost. It’s thanks to something Verizon is calling LTE Advanced. We’re all familiar today with traditional 4G LTE. When you see that symbol on your phone you know it means being able to browse the web, download movies and listen to your music fast. 
Well with LTE Advanced, you’ll now see those movies, music and files download about 50 percent faster. To access this next generation network, all you need is one of 39 compatible phones - and make sure you have accepted software updates when they’ve become available. You also need to live in or travel near one of the 461 cities and counting where LTE Advanced is available - which is a good portion of the US. Highways, interstates and rural areas are also included. To bring you these crazy fast speeds, your phones uses two or even three channels to transmit on - rather than one - and that means speeds of up to 225 mbps when it’s connected via two channels and up to 300 mbps for the times it’s connected on three channels - that’s many times faster than most people’s home internet! For more information you can visit VerizonWireless.com This should help make those long trips more entertaining! 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 America’s Largest RV Show Sept. 14-18 in Hershey , PA – This is the big one! Mike and Jennifer will be hanging out at the Roadtrek Motorhomes and Erwin Hymer of North America booths. We will also be posting reports on the roadtreking.com blog and live video on our Facebook Roadtreking Group.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT - Tobermory, Ontario and the Bruce Peninsula The Bruce Peninsula National Park This part of the podcast is brought to you by AllStays - the Internets #1 RV and camping app since 2010

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

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