The RV Podcast

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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Episode 110: Slow Down, You’re Moving Too Fast!

The biggest mistake many RVers make is they stay in Walmart parking lots, cover too much ground, too fast, and overplan!

To maximize the RV experience we all need to slow down and enjoy the journey. In this week’s episode, we interview a couple who have been doing just that for 19 years and they offer some of the most helpful, practical and pointed advice we’ve ever shared in the podcast.

Bill and Peggy Bechtel also tell us how they were able to retire at the age of 55 and fully embrace the RV lifestyle, unworried about running out of money.

This week’s episode is a must listen!

Plus we have RV news, tips, questions and an off the beaten path report about a place called the Dead Horse Park that – despite its off-putting name – belongs on your bucket list.

Click the player to Listen Now or scroll down through the 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 #110 Oct. 19, 2015 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast: 

As we begin this episode, Mike is joined by Jennifer and we discuss:

  • Our recent 10 day trip through Michigan’s UP
  • Hunting season in the woods….time to beware!
  • The friendships that RVing brings
  • Cold weather is coming, and the first wave of the Great Snowbird Migration is underway
  • Our travel plans for Mackinac Island this week, Souderton PA next week

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

This week’s tip is for all of you who have diesel RVs. And it’s a warning about what could happen if you are not careful at the pumps…

Jeff and Mary Jane Curry explain on the podcast in an interview with Jennifer just what happened when they mistakenly filled their diesel tank with gasoline.

Here’s a link to additional details in a story they wrote on the blog about it - http://roadtreking.com/word-caution-regarding-deisel-pumps/

The reverse could be true, for those of you with gasoline engines. Diesel in a gas engine can also be very damaging. So pay attention out there!

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: 

Jake from Kansas is a disabled Vet and part time RVer in a Fifth Wheel… he wants to get a bigger one (a toy Hauler) to convert to a mobile radio room for his amateur radio hobby and make it available to share his hobby for the public. He asks Mike’s opinion, knowing Mike is also an amateur radio operator (K8ZRH)

Jason is a brand new RVer from Canada and he and heading off to Florida in the spring looking for info on where to send a month in FL. Mike and Jennifer share their thoughts.

Mike shares his three favorite Floida State parks.

Mike suggests he go to http://yesyoucamp.com website 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. For a list if all Florida state parks, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Florida_state_parks or to search by a map, you can go to https://www.floridastateparks.org

And with the cold weather, lots of readers and listeners emailed this week asking about winterizing and when to do it. We asked Roadtrek Motorhomes Engineer Yan Seiner to weigh in with his suggestions about when you need to winterize and when you don’t.

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 - Slow Down, You’re Moving Too Fast!

This week, we interview veteran RVers Bill and Peggy Bechtel, who’ve been boondocking and exploring North America in an RV for 18 years now. They have been in every state, most of Canada, the Baja in Mexico and in an interview with Mike they share their most excellent travel style, tips and more.

Here’s some of the topics we cover:

  • How driving too many miles can ruin a trip
  • Why it’s better to boondock in the woods than a Walmart marking spot
  • Why to devote extended time (two or three months) to touring one state
  • Why you should never drive more than 200 miles a day!
  • Plan on getting into camp by 2:30 pm, latest!
  • Overplanning can stifle your experience and lock you into schedules
  • Volunteer for local events to really experience an area (they did so for the Iditarod in Alaska!)
  • Where the best and least expensive camping spots can be found
  • How they prepared so they could retire at 55 and live the RV travel lifestyle 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Is Walmart Camping Dangerous for Rvers?

Camping Word CEO hates motorhomes

Lemonis would Rather sell Cars than RVs

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:

It’s hard to believe but we’re only two months out from the holidays...and you know what that means? Time to start thinking about gifts for the person that has everything.

And one gadget that’s on my list this year is Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Most people are familiar with android phones, but these two mark the first time Google has designed both the hardware and software - and it also means, like with Apple’s iPhone, users will get the latest and greatest software right when it’s available - no more waiting months after the announcements for your phone manufacturer to push down its own version of android.

Pixel and Pixel XL have the highest rated camera ever in a smartphone which means you’ll get amazing photos every time - and Google is throwing in UNLIMITED Google Photos cloud storage for all your pictures and high definition videos.

Pixel and Pixel XL also come with Google’s new assistant built in - just talk to your phone and it’ll not only answer your questions like Google Now does today, it’ll also help you select restaurants or sights of interest and even make dinner reservations for you - now that’s smart!

Google Pixel and Pixel XL are available in Verizon retail stores and online beginning October 20. But you can pre-order and get Google’s free Daydream VR headset for free by visiting 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 -  Dead Horse State Park, Utah

This week, we heard from listener Kevin in Nashville who shared a great off the beaten path report about Dead Horse State Park in Utah.

RV CALENDAR

All this month, campgrounds across North America are hosting Halloween themed weekend events. See http://roadtreking.com/halloween-makes-for-a-busy-month-at-campgrounds/   Most KOAs, Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campgrounds as well as hundreds of state, county and private campgrounds.

Upcoming RV shows

Oregon State Eugene Fall RV Show
October 21-23
Lane County Fairgrounds/Event Center
Eugene, OR

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

Direct download: RT110.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

Episode 108: Quit your job, sell your house and become and RV Entrepreneur

Living and traveling in an RV used to be only for retirees or the annual family vacation. But over the past few years there has been a new movement of young RVers who have intentionally chosen to live with less stuff, be mobile, and take their lives on the road.

This week’s interview segment introduces you to a young man who has done just that, becoming an RV entrepreneur.

Mike and his guest Heath Padgett share ways anyone – no matter their age – can make the break , travel and earn a livable income on the road in an RV.

Plus we have tips, trends, RV news and a great off the beaten path report.

Show Notes for Episode #109 Oct. 12, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast: 

Mike and Jennifer come to you this week from the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan where they’ve been exploring the deep woods and taking in the beautiful fall colors.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

I love getting your tips and suggestions for this segment. We al are really one big family and we’re in this RV travel lifestyle thing together. So when you leave me a voicemail from the Roadtreking dot com RV travel blog, it’s always excitingd to learn something new and get new ideas.

So it is this week from a listener named Julie who has solved a problem many of us have experienced… namely… when one wants to stay up late reading and the other doesn’t. Julie’s tip also helps save battery life, something very important when out there boon docking

So here is Julie…offering a tip about a great LED light for reading…Mighty Bright Clip on LED light

And for everyone… 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:

Stephen asks about cell phone use by US citizens in Canada

 Larry asks about parking in unrestricted areas on the California coast

 Reader e-Mail:

Comments: Mike -- I've enjoyed your Roadtrek site, podcast and facebook page for a couple years. After hearing about your yearning for a kayak the last few weeks --- something that I also have had lately -- I wanted to tell you about a foldable kayak (Orukayak.com). My wife, son and I purchased a 2014 CS Adventurous new and have enjoyed it immensely. When I retire -- I wanted to be able to take two kayaks and 2 bikes on a Roadtrek. So, I've been trying to figure out how to do it. I had looked at the set up you recently mentioned a while ago -- but didn't like so much that only a 9 or 10 ft kayak could be used -- plus, couldn't get in the back of the RV if I remember right (it didn't swing out). I'm definitely not an inflatable kayak guy -- earlier in my life I had a 17 ft. sea kayak and just need something better then a raft. A few weeks ago we purchased a Beach model of the Oru Kayak. I was skeptical -- but really amazed at how quickly it went together and how well it performed in the water. Then got a Bay plus model and really liked how well it works. Both of these are 12 ft kayaks and fold up in to a box size of 33 x 30 x 13 inches approximately. I love the innovation and engineering that went in to them. Their website of course has some great information about them. Weigh about 30 lbs -- so I look forward some day to backpacking them in to a remote lakes including mountain lakes. I know your experience with foldable bikes didn't go well -- but, I think this might be different. Plus, I think you could get two of them in the back of your CS Adventurous XL if you gave up some other toys. REI sells them and they have a great return policy of one year - Todd Foster (Kalamazoo)

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

Going paperless on the road….

For a transcript of Mike’s report on going paperless, go to: http://roadtreking.com/paperless/

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:

  • Camping World, biggest RV dealer in the country, is now publicly traded. Read more
  • Bear near Vail, Colorado, finds wildlife camera and 'takes' a selfie. Read more
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway offers free camping to Hurricane Matthew

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:

Where did the year go? As you are well aware we are speeding through the month of October which also happens to be domestic violence awareness month – a cause near and dear to our hearts.

Did you know for instance that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be the victims of violence at some point in their life by their intimate partners?

It’s a tragic but all too true statistic.

Fortunately there’s something all of us can do to help. If you have an old phone lying around the house from any carrier, take it to your local verizon store and drop it off in the HopeLine bin. These phones will be recycled and turned into cash grants which are given back to organizations in the community that help domestic violence victims.

And if you don’t have a phone lying around, you can also stop by a Verizon store and look at the purple accessories that are available. There’s a Mophie battery pack, UE Boom speaker, LG Tone Pro headset and phone case available. Each purple accessory purchased will mean $3 donated towards Camp Hope America – helping children of domestic violence victims gain access to valuable services to heal, survive and thrive.

If you’d like to learn more about Verizon’s HopeLine program visit verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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 -  The Hubbell Trading Post n Arizona

By Tom and Patti Burkett

When you’re driving around the country, you often see the brown signs that mark some sort of historic site.  We often stop for these, even though they’re nothing we’ve ever heard of.  Sometimes we hit the jackpot.  That was the case when we pulled off near Ganado, Arizona at the marker for the Hubbell Trading Post.  As it turns out, although this is a National Park Service site, it’s also a working trading post, still in operation since 1878.

In 1864, the federal government hired Kit Carson to round up the Navajo people living in Arizona and relocate them to a fort in New Mexico.  Carson was on good terms with a number of native tribes, especially the Utes, long-time enemies of the Navajo, and enlisted their help in the effort.  The march from Arizona to Bosque Redondo proved devastating, with hundreds dying along the way and hundreds more in the forced isolation of an unfamiliar landscape.

When the Navajos were allowed to return to their ancestral lands in 1868, they found their herds decimated and their fields destroyed.  Thus began an economic depression that continues into today.  It was in the interest of the government that the Navajo should be content and peaceful so they recruited business owners to establish native-friendly trading posts on and near the Navajo nation.  One of these was John Lorenzo Hubbell, who was 29 when he began operating this trading post.

Hubbell was born in New Mexico and spoke three languages, including Navajo.  He worked hard, traded fairly, and soon established a reputation for honesty and reliability among the natives of the area.  The Navajo relied on traders for contact with the outside world and for supplies they couldn’t produce for themselves.  In exchange, they brought in wool, furs, and handmade weaving and pottery.

The Hubbell family ran the post until 1967 when it was sold to the park service.    Today, the post hosts auctions twice a year at which outstanding native handcrafts are offered—rugs, dolls, leatherwork, and pottery.

We visited on a sunny day and thought that, except for the cars parked in the lot, it could have been a century earlier.  Birds flitted through the cottonwood trees at the wash, and people crowded into the trading shop to bargain and buy.  The visitor center was full of information and a local school group was hearing a ranger talk on post history.

In the post itself, we flipped through a big box of beautiful handwoven Navajo rugs, only belatedly looking at the price tags, which ranged to several thousand dollars.  What an experience.  If your road takes you past a brown sign, think twice before passing it by.  Happy travels!

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Heath Padgett

 Living and traveling in an RV used to be only for retirees or the occasional family vacation. But over the past few years there has been a new movement of young RVers who have intentionally chosen to live with less stuff, be mobile, and take their lives on the road.

Heath Padgett and his wife, Alyssa, are two people interested in downsizing their life, creating remote income, and working from anywhere. In 2014 Heath quit his job in software sales to go on a year long RV trip across America with his newlywed wife. After spending a year on the road and traveling to all 50 states, they realized that returning back to “life as normal” in a 9-5 job wasn’t going to fly. 

So he became an RV entrepreneur. He’s started a podcast, blog and some related businesses and he shares his experiences in this week’s interview.

Here are some of Heath’s Internet platforms:

 

Direct download: RT109.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

In this episode of the podcast Jennifer offers some resources to help you appreciate those dark fall skies. There are meteor showers you should be able to see on several days this month. Aso this week, we field a bunch of listener questions on everything from battery-eating RV refrigerators to how to cook your meal as you travel in a crock pot.

In RV News this week, the harrowing tale of a Montana man who survived a horrible attack from a grizzly bear and took a selfie video before somehow driving himself to the hospital.

Click the player to Listen Now or scroll down through the 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 #108 October 5, 2016 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Mike and Jennifer begin by updating everyone on where they are and whats been happening, including:

  • Their upcoming trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • Preparing meals ahead of time
  • Jennifer’s new iPhone 7 and update on the Samsung Note 7, which Mike had no idea would be as “hot” as he predicted.
  • They shared a note from a couple who has found the RV lifestyle to provide much needed relaxation and relief from a chronic pain condition

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 - Look at the Night Sky in October

One of my favorite things about fall camping is viewing the night sky. When you get away from all that light pollution and look up, it is just amazing.

If you feel the same way, then be sure and get out there to do some camping this month. October is a month with several special events for amateur star gazers.

Oct. 8 is International Observe the Moon and Astronomy Day. Amateur astronomy clubs throughout the country have special events. We’ll out up a link to all the different events around the country on the shownotes for this episode.

Or, if you are near a city with a science center or planetarium, give them a call because chances are a special event is scheduled for that night - many for free. It is worth checking out.

Also three different meteor showers will be visible this month - on Oct. 8, Oct. 10 and Oct. 21. There’s a special NASA site that we’ll link to that has descriptions of the showers, and the moon phases.

One thing I'm hoping to see when we head up to the Porcupine Mountains gathering in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula next week is the Zodiacal Lights. This special, pyramid-like bright phenomena is visible October 1-15. The National Geographic website has some helpful information on the Zodiacal Lights.

And, while Mike is not a professional photographer, here's a list of tips he recently shared on photographing the night sky,

You can find all the resources I just mentioned at roadtreking-dot-com-slash-108

Happy star gazing!

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 Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Ted from Washington called in from Canyonlands National Park in Utah. He has all the gadgets Mike has talked about and wants to know how to conserve his data. He suspects that the automatic computer updates he gets on his Dell laptop is the culprit.

Listener Mike’s electric refrigerator often drains his batteries.

Shelly wants to find a roadmap that shows the states and Canadian provinces for RVers.. If she is looking for a sticker map that she can put on the side of her RV, we suggest the RV and Travel USA Sticker Map. It’s $32 form Amazon - amzn.to/1R1QDe0

We don’t know of one that does both the US and Canada.

If she is looking for a paper Road Atlas Map, we recommend the Rand McNally Road Atlas for The US, Canada and Mexico- http://amzn.to/2cIvvvX

contains maps of every U.S. state and Canadian province, an overview map of Mexico, and detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U.S. national parks. Road construction and conditions contact information for every state conveniently located above the maps. Contains mileage chart showing distances between 90 North American cities and national parks along with a driving times

Adam wants to know why Mike and Jennifer switched from an eTrek to a Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL

And listener Marilyn was intrigued by our way of using a crock pot to cook our dinner while we’re driving but she wonders how we power it.

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

One tool every RVer should have is a tire inflator. Recently on the blog, Roadtreking Reporters Roger and Lynn Brucker shared their favorite, the VIAir 300P from Amazon.  It costs around $150 r so, but the Bruckers say it works perfectly and has proven durable.

You can read their full report at http://roadtreking.com/rv-tire-inflation-go-portable-air-compressor

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 videos himself after being attacked by Grizzly Bear -

Campers fined for being messy in Banff National park wolf country

U.S. National Park Service Not Very Popular with Congress

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:

This week we’re calling all creative types!

If you know a middle or high school student with a knack for solving problems, you’re definitely going to want them to look into the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge.

Students just need to identify a problem in their lives or community and then come up with an idea for app that could solve that problem.

And the best part – there’s no coding required.

All they have to do is form a team of 5-7 with an adult supervisor, then create a video talking about what the problem is and how their app would solve it, and write an essay.

One middle school and one high school team from each state will be chosen as statewide winners, their school gets $5,000 and each member of the team gets a new tablet.

In addition, they are entered to become one of eight national award winners who get an additional $15,000 for their school, a trip to a conference in Florida and work with MIT’s App Inventor Group to make their app a reality!

For more information on the app challenge or to apply, visit www.verizon.com/appchallenge

Where was this when I was in school?!

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 -

Matt Fitzwater shares a great campground he and his wife discovered in Plum Tree, North Carolina.

It’s owned by a local microbrewry. It’s in a small town and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Matt tells us about all the activities available,

Here’s a link to the property - http://www.blindsquirrelbrewery.com/

RV Calendar

RV shows that are coming up around the country this weekend…

MARVAC Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show

Oct. 5-9, 2016

Suburban Collection

Novi, MI

 

St. Johns Fall RV Show

October 6-October 9, 2016

St. Johns County Fairgrounds

Elkton, FL (USA

 

Tacoma Fall RV Show

October 6-October 9, 2016

Tacoma Dome

Tacoma, WA

 

RVIA California RV Show

October 7-October 16, 2016

Pomona Fairplex- Gate 9

Pomona, CA

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

 

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