The RV Podcast

Episode 120: The Largest RV Gathering in the World

 

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

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

Plus RV new, RV tips and much more!

 

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

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

I love hearing from you!

 

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

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Quartzsite, Arizona

 

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

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

 

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

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

 

We have three Rv News stories this week…

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

 

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Here’s wishing you and yours a great 2017!

 

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

 

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

EPISODE 119: The Evolution of Recreational Camping

EPISODE 119: The Evolution of Recreational Camping

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

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

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

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK Martin Hogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories for you this week…

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s wishing you and yours a great 2017!

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

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Fruit and Fruita

By Tom and Patti Burkett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RV CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Episode 118: Get Ready for Self-Driving RVs

Episode 118: Get Ready for Self-Driving RVs

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

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

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

Tip #1:

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

Tip #2:

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

Tip #3:    

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

Tip #4:

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

Tip #5

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Autonomous RVs

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

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

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three big RV-related stories this week:

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RV CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Show Notes for Roadtreking Episode 117:

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

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

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Cindy Gordon, Pet Detective

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

 5 Critical Tips for RV Pet Safety:

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Four stories for you this week:

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

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Woolaroc Museum in Oklahoma

By Tom and Patti Burkett

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://woolaroc.org/

RV CALENDAR

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

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

 

 

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