The RV Podcast

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

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

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

Listen up.. here’s one idea:

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Devastating fires hit Great Smoky Mountains National Park area

Erwin Hymer Group NA announces pilot program for autonomous RVs

RVIA Show in Louisville highlights booming industry nearing 40 year high

Bull Moose Rattles Montana Camper 

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RV CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

 

Direct download: RT116.mp3
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Episode 115: A Roadtreking Thanksgiving

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

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

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

for monologue section

JENNIFER’S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

We have six stories for you this week:

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

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

By Tom and Patti Burkett

A report on the Piper Club Museum:

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

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

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

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

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

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

RV CALENDAR

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

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

 

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

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

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

Plus RV tips, travel suggestions news and much more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK: 

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

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RV CALENDAR

West Palm Beach RV Show

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK 

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

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK - Bear Safety

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

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

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

Among other things he talks about:

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

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

You don’t have to lift a finger!

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

All that for free!

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

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

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

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

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

By Patti Burkett

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

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

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

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

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

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

RV CALENDAR

Portland Metro RV Show
November 10-13

Expo Center
Portland OR 

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

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

 

Direct download: RT113.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

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

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

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

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among other things, Steve talks about:

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports

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

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

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

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

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

Happy watching!

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

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

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

 

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