The RV Podcast

 Episode 153: The Biggest RV Event of the Year: The Total Eclipse

This week we are talking about THE outdoor and RV event of the year, and that is Monday’s total solar eclipse. We’ll tell you why this is so important, why it’s perfect for RVers, how to view it safely, how to find a place to watch it and why, even if you have to skip work or school, this is the one event of the year just made to be experienced by RV.

Plus, your RV questions, RV news of the week, traveling tech tips and Jennifer will tell you how to once and for all solve the pesky problem of RV light pollution from those inside switches and LED lights.

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK…

 

We’re in Albany, GA…on the road, visiting our son, Scott, and his family for a couple of weeks, and catching our grandson’s Jacob and Matthew playing football. We also plan to watch the eclipse down here with them and then maybe head out for some exploring maybe down towards the Emerald Coast after Labor Day.

 

In mid September, it’s our Blues and BBQ gathering in Tupelo MS and in late September, we’ll be heading to Ashevile NC to the Overland East Expo, a trade show for those go what’s called overlanding in extreme, off the grid, 4X4  adventure-type vehicles.

 

We met an interesting RVer this week, a nurse named Tiffany. She’s a traveling nurse and apparently, part of a group of traveling medical professionals who journey around the country in an RV, taking on short and long term contract work. Tiffany, her husband and two young preschool children, are in a small RV at a RV park near here. We suspect this is more common that we realized. TIffany is on a 13 week contract with the hospital here in Albany. Last year, Mike met physician, a coronary surgeon, who did the same thing. He’s from Orlando and travels throughout Florida and the Gulf States as far as New Orleans in a big new Tiffin Class A motorhome.

 

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 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

It’s been an ongoing discussion here on the RV Podcast for the past several months about how to dim or block out all that bright LED light from the electronics and switches in our RVs so we’re able to sleep in the dark.

Listen up… this tip from and RVer we met named Ken is probably that last idea you’ll need on How to finally solve the The Great LED Light issue.

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This IS the ultimate solution!

Once again, the product Ken said is called LED Light Dims and we have built in direct links to them on our special site at kit-dot.com/rvlifestyle. There you will find a master list of every product we talk about on the podcast and the Light Dims are there. Amazon sells two types, one which dims the LED by about 50%, and another kind that dims by 100% - or completely blocking all light. They cost about $8 for a package that will let you cover up just about any offending light in your RV or your home.

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.

I love hearing from you!

 

 Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping  

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

  • Elaine is in a Class B Winnebago and she’s suffering with vertigo while fulltiming. They are missionaries and wants to find a solution to better ride
  • Rich from California is upgrading to a Sprinter Based 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL and is concerned about using 20% diesel bio He asks are take.

 

  • Susan from Pennsylvania wants to know if a good quick grip solution for fresh water hose.
  • Gerald wonders about needing a spare tire on his Pleasureway, and also about a storage box for the back to carry things

 

 

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

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the earth and the sun, so that it completely blocks the light from the sun. During a total eclipse the shadow of the moon falls on the Earth, and you can see the atmosphere around the sun, called the corona, which you usually can’t see.

During that time it gets like dusk, and the animals react, and it is just a really special time. At the eclipse’s peak, four planets can be seen, and you can even see stars!

Everyone in the continental US will see at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting.

The total eclipse will start in Oregon at 10:15 am local time, traveling about 1,600 miles per hour (that is three times faster than a jet plane) to South Carolina. About a 70 mile swath of land in 12 states will be the path of totality – that is complete darkness – with an area in southern Illinois, called Giant City State Park, experiencing the longest period of darkness, at about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

A total solar eclipse is rare. The last one to hit the U.S. mainland came in 1979, but it could be seen in only five states. A total solar eclipse from coast to coast has not crossed the entire country since 1918. Next one IS April 8,2024.

(https://www.space.com/35495-where-to-see-2017-total-solar-eclipse.html (good state by state description and overview)

What you need:   Glasses….

You cannot look at the solar eclipse without wearing glasses to protect your eyes. You can not only injure your eyes, but you could actually go blind. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/08/11/solar-eclipse-glasses-where-buy-them-why-you-need-them/559710001/

Unfortunately, as Aug. 21st gets closer, it is getting harder and harder to find safe glasses.  The glasses must have ISO on them – for International Organization for Standardization. And they must have this reference number: 12312-2.

Five companies make eclipse glasses that the American Astronomical Society and NASA have certified are safe: American Paper Optics, the Baader Planetarium (in Germany), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

NASA says once you have the  glasses, there are steps you need to take to wear and use them safely: Again, we’ll link to those steps in our shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-153

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

If you can’t find approved solar eclipse viewing glasses, check your local library. Many have glasses they will be distributing for free. Many of the public viewing events in the path of totality will be providing public viewing glasses as part of their price of admission. Also many science websites have information on how to make your own safe viewing device.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-solar-eclipse-sun-viewer

https://www.livescience.com/33906-solar-eclipse-viewer.html

 

National parks

There are 21 national parks and seven NPS trails that lie in the path of totality. Many of these parks are expecting record setting crowds and planning special events. They’ll all be listed in the shownotes.

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060058581

This site lists each national park by name and says what is going on that them.

https://www.space.com/37254-see-the-solar-eclipse-in-a-national-park.html

 

Boondocking:

In Oregon state officials are warning people not to camp on the beach in hopes of experiencing the solar eclipse, because of dangerous changes in tides. Officials said Aug. 20 and 21s will have very high and very low tides, making it potentially dangerous when the high tide rolls in.

http://www.kptv.com/story/36119350/oregon-state-parks-warn-of-dramatic-tide-shift-during-eclipse

http://www.oregonlive.com/eclipse/2017/08/oregon_solar_eclipse_meets_ver.html

 

NASA

NASA has a count down and will be reporting live from noon-4 pm eastern at its website tracking the eclipse.  It is one of the best sites to visit before Monday to watch interviews with scientists and learn more about what you are about to watch.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-streamm.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

NASA also has a webpage listing community events throughout the stream of totalitaty. (below really good interactive map with community /small town listings)

 

We are excited to bring back to the podcast Michael Zeiler, the map making solar eclipse expert behind the Great American Eclipse Website

Michael’s wesbite is hands down the best resource you will find on this momentous event, where to best see it, how to see it and how to how RVers are best poised to be a part of this.

 

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

 

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Two stories this week…

But first, breaking news. Announcing the birth of our 8th grandchild, Jax Jeffrey Wendland, born Aug.12 in Kalamazoo, MI to son Jeff and daughter-in-law Aimee. Jax was 9 pounds, oneinches.

 

Disney World Unveils New Glamping Resort for RVers  read more

Michigan to Raise Camping Fees Starting Nov. 1  read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde,  the only name in heat that you need to

TRAVELING TECH TIP: What do we need? More Power! When do we need it? Now!

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

With fall quickly approaching, our already packed schedules start to overflow with work, school, practices and games. And all that extra running can put a strain on our device's batteries. But fear not, there are some easy ways to power up.

SoundSport Charging Case

Your SoundSport bluetooth headphones can be a lifesaver - playing your favorite tunes while on the run, allowing you to finish a conference call on the go, or letting you listen to an audiobook for work while watching your child's game. Spend less time charging and more time using them with the SoundSport Charging Case. With just 15 minutes of charge time, you get an additional hour of listening time. Or leave your headphones in here for two hours for a full charge.

Wireless Charging Pad

Have a device like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6? Then you can wirelessly charge it! With a wireless charging pad you simply set your phone on and charging begins instantly. No more fussing around with tangled or lost wires. Simply set it and forget it! And with 15 watt fast charging, devices that support fast charging will wirelessly charge about as fast as when they're plugged into the wall.

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless

Turn any phone into a wirelessly charging phone with the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless. This protective case will provide an additional 50% power to your device making sure you make it through the day. And when it's running low, simply lay it on the included wireless charger to get a boost.

Mophie Powerstation XXL 20000

Find all of your devices are always running on empty? Now you can power your tablet, smartphone and another USB device at once with the Mophie Powerstation XXL 20000. This is seriously the king of battery packs with enough capacity to fill your smartphone six times over! And it's slim size means it easily slips into a backpack, briefcase or purse.

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 -  

Our off the beaten path report this week is about what you need to know, state by state, about the eclipse.

 

Oregon:

  • All Oregon State Park Campgrounds are full. This is not the weekend to wing it!
  • Expect unprecedented traffic before, during and after the eclipse. Avoid travel on Aug. 21.
  • The usual conveniences may be hard to get to. Fill your tank and stock up early on food, medicine, cash and anything else you can't live without.
  • Cell phone service may become iffy.
  • Expect campfire bans in central and eastern Oregon.
  • Expect very high tides at the coast overnight: camping on the beach is risky. Overnight parking on the beach is prohibited.

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.page&id=75

 

Idaho and Wyoming:

Officials have no idea how many people will come, crowds ranging from 50,000 to 500,000 were the estimates according to the Idaho Falls Fire chief. Toilets, food,  medical emergencies, crowds heading outside increasing the risk of wildfires are all real concerns.

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45369115&nid=1419

 

Nebraska has banned oversized trucks from traveling I-80 for four days  from sundown Friday to sunrise Tuesday to ease traffic around the eclipse. (Wyoming and Oregon doing the same)

www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/oversized-semi-trucks-won-t-be-allowed-on-nebraska-roads/article_e4b5c0f0-7ded-11e7-b368-8b52c1a3824b.html?ex_cid=SigDig

 

Missouri Department of Transportation were anticipating more than a million visitors heading to its state to view the eclipse. Residents are being warned to expect extreme gridlock.  Officials are also warning people not to stop in the middle of the road to watch.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article166570472.html

 

Illinois  The Carbondale – southern Illinois University football stadium is being converted into a stadium viewing spot. Tickets are selling for $25 a piece.

http://eclipse.siu.edu/tickets/

 

South Carolina

And officials with the SC Emergency Management Division  issued a tongue in cheek   warning to citizens in several of its counties to be vigilant of paranormal activity associated with the upcoming total solar eclipse. Specifically they are asking for residents to report any sightings of lizard men – a report that gained a lot of traction at news agencies across the country last week.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/11/south-carolina-warns-citizens-lizard-man-sightings-during-solar-eclipse.html

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article166660277.html

 

And across the country..

Individual states are setting up portajohns, setting up extra emergency rooms, canceling optional surgeries, setting up additional cell towers, stocking up on toilet paper….

http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2017/08/14/total-eclipse-towns-stock-toilet-paper-add-cell-towers-ahead-unprecedented/

 

Weather forecasts

The weather forecast is the one variable that could ruin your view of the total solar eclipse. At the time of this recording,  a six days ahead of the event, the forecast was for clear skies in the west of the country and chance of showers in the southeast.

https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/solar-eclipse-weather-outlook-aug2017

 

https://weather.com/forecast/national

 

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

 

Direct download: rT153.mp3
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Episode 152: What every camper needs to know before heading out on the trails!

 

One activity every RVer loves to take part in is hiking. Whether it’s a long day trip, a short hour long loop or a half-day picnic hike, exploring the wilderness by foot is one of the joys of camping and our mobile lifestyle. But staying safe needs to be a top priority on any hike and in this week’s podcast, we’ll hear important advice from an expert hiker… coming up in our interview of the week.

But we also have your questions, comments, RV News and lots of RV tips. Plus a great off the beaten path report.

 

Show Notes for Episode #152 Aug.9 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO:

  • ­We discuss the latest long range weather forecast, which predicts unseasonably chilly August temperatures for the eastern two-thirds of the US with 60F lows lasting up to TWO WEEKS. Experts say a southward dip in the jet stream is causing the cooling effect. This pattern will continue into the second week of August with below-average temperatures affecting much of the East Coast, Midwest, and some of the South. The Weather Channel reported that Sunday morning saw record breaking lows in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

 

  • School has begun across many parts of the country this week… the south… also far west. That means less crowded campgrounds and an ease in congestion around national parks.

 

  • The August 21 total eclipse is coming fast. Listen to episode 132 of the podcast for detailed info. On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. You’ll be able to see stars! To learn where to see it best and how to safely view it, go to the Great American Eclipse website

 

This portion of the Podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the RVer’s trusted resource for over 50 years, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 16 locations and growing

 

 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Here’s a dilemma every RVer has… what to do with wet towels? One of the nice things about traveling and meeting so many of our listeners on the road is seeing how they solve such everyday problems.

So it was with our friend Jeff Curry, who showed us his creative solution to the wet towel issue.

 

Jeff took bungee cords, two S hooks and a piece of PVS pipe to make a portable towel rack.

 

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 ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping  

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

  • Josh is about to become a fulltime RVer and has a suggestion on Kayaks from a company called Oru Kayak https://www.orukayak.com/– foldable kayaks that are perfect for storing in a small RV

 

  • Chris talks about what to expect when traveling between Canada and the US in an RV

 

  • And a listener named Virgil sent us an email asking us to talk about how we select a route for our RV trips.

 

 

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

One activity every RVer loves to take part in is hiking. Whether it’s a long day trip, a short hour long loop or a half-day picnic hike, exploring the wilderness by foot is one of the joys of camping and our mobile lifestyle. But staying safe needs to be a top priority on any hike and in this week’s podcast, we’ll hear important advice from an expert hiker Douglas Scott of the Wilderness Society.

That’s him on the featured photo at the top of this post!

Scott is a nationally recognized outdoors writer, with works appearing in publications all over the country. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, his passion for the wilderness spills into everything he does. He is a trail runner, avid hiker and guidebook author, sharing his experiences with like-minded modern adventurers hoping to get to know their own backyards a little better.

Resources:

Douglas Scott’s tips - http://outdoor-society.com/how-to-stay-safe-while-hiking-11-easy-tips/

His blog:

http://outdoor-society.com/articles/

 

The interview of the week is brought to you by 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 stories this week…

An RV owner who crashed into a toll booth in San Francisco may be billed as much as $10,000 for damage. Read more

Many government agencies running out of senior national park passes and having to issue vouchers because of rush to buy one before price jumps. Read more

Texas mom hiking with kids in Grand Canyon believed to have died of heat exhaustion. 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:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

Recently at our meet up in Grand Rapids, we had a number of questions come up about how best to use to a Chromecast Ultra to meet your entertainment needs while on the road.

First...for those who need a bit of a refresher, a Chromecast Ultra is a hockey-puck looking device that has an HDMI cable that plugs into the back of your TV. When connected to a wifi network - be it via a hotspot on your phone or jetpack - it allows you to stream or “cast” any video or pictures from your phone, laptop or tablet to your TV.

This means content like HBO Go for those Game of Thrones viewers, or Netflix or even streaming video from your local news stations back home can be easily viewed while on the road.

You can even move the Chromecast Ultra easily between your home TV and RV TV. Just make sure your wifi network’s name and password matches that of your mobile one.

Then once plugged in look for the blue cast icon in apps like Netflix, HBO Go, and others. Or if your app isn’t supported, you can cast anything that’s on your device’s screen to the TV by clicking on the Google Home app and then clicking on menu and cast screen/audio.

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

 

There are some places in this wide country of ours where there are no big roads, and no one ever really goes except the people who live there.  Here’s description of one of them: an oozing mass of water, mud, snakes, wolves, wildcats, biting flies, and clouds of gnats and mosquitoes forty miles long and a hundred or more wide.  Water stands stagnant on the ground, waist deep, until it evaporates in the summer or turns into mud and muck in the winter.  The undergrowth is absolutely impenetrable.  While some travelers are given to hyperbole, this is a fairly objective description of the great black swamp in northwestern Ohio, sometimes called the dismal swamp.
    Families and explorers headed westward detoured around it until, gradually, it was diked and drained to create extraordinarily rich farmland.  Today it grows strawberries, fruit trees, and produce that would make central California farmers blue with envy.  It’s also home to a large settlement of Amish craftspeople, and these make up much of the workforce at Sauder industries in the little town of Archbold.  Sauder makes those flat packed, some assembly required bookshelves and TV carts and entertainment centers that predated Ikea.      
    Still very much a going concern with hundreds of workers, Sauder continues to provide furniture for churches, schools, college dorm rooms, and yard sales.  Also in Archbold is Sauder Village, a living history museum and farm that recreates life at the turn of the twentieth century.  Costumed interpreters share stories of life on the Ohio frontier, the struggle to keep the fields drained, and the pleasures of days on the farm.
    There’s a church, an ice cream shop, and several craftspeople working in their shops.  All the ones you’re expect are there, as well as some that you don't see at other museums—a cooper, a broom maker, a tinsmith, and an encampment of Native Americans napping flint and making rope from natural fibers.  Walk over to the farm and you might enjoy a local farm market, a chance to pet the baby animals, a stroll through the herb garden, or a turn behind the mule-drawn plow.
    Drive a bit south to Wapakoneta (there’s a town name that’s fun to say) and you can visit Jim Bowsher’s Temple of Tolerance.  Jim bought up some vacant land behind the houses in his neighborhood and he and his brother began building rock structures.  From simple to grand, each structure has a story.  So do many of the rocks, which have been collected from notable locations.  Call ahead and you might get Jim to give you a tour himself, a real treat.
    If you’re here at the end of the summer, head over to tiny Venedocia on Labor Day weekend for the annual Gymanfa Ganu.  This tradition was brought to the region by the Welsh coalminers that emigrated here in the 1800s.  Under the direction of a guest choral conductor, and usually with the assistance of a well-known Welsh soloist, singers gather to belt out an evening’s worth of hymns in unaccompanied four-part harmony.  Sing in Welsh or English as you like.
    It’s a little easier to get around than it was two hundred years ago, but it’s not much more populated.  Despite that, there are dozens of things to see and do in this little corner of the Midwest.  Come explore on your own.  Whether you like history, classic cars, art, natural beauty, or delicious pizza cooked in a six hundred degree oven, it’s quite possible you’ll run into us, Patti & Tom Burkett, somewhere around here, off the beaten path.

https://saudervillage.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9JBrVr-N5I
http://www.venedocia.org/

 

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

 

Direct download: RT152.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

 

There’s a new trend sweeping the RV industry: Downsizing. In involves trading in big Class A or Supersized Class C motorhomes for something smaller, most usually a Class B. Today we meet a couple who have done just that: Jim and Chris Guld, otherwise known as the Geeks on Tour as they’ve traveled the country demoing technology tools to RVers at major shows and rallies.

The Geeks share with us the factors that led to their downsizing and how they are adjusting to traveling the country in a smaller RV…. Plus we have lots of listener questions and feedback, RV tips, RV news and much more…all coming up in episode 151 of The RV Podcast.

 

Show Notes for Episode #151 Aug. 2, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

  • Back from Grand Rapids and a fun day with Verizon showing traveling technology gadgets
  • Waiting for grandchild #8 to be born
  • Hoping to enjoy spectacular northern Michigan and the Great Lakes
  • Catching the total eclipse on Aug. 21
  • Planning our next trip to Georgia for a grandson’s football games, to the Emerald Coast of Florida once peak tourist time passes, to our Roadtreking Blues ‘and BBQ Gathering near Tupelo, MS Sept. 14-18

After that to Ashville, NC and the Overland East Expo, which is perhaps the world's most unique event for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts and their rugged, 4-wheel-drive vehicles, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Biltmore Estate

 

This portion of the Podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the RVer’s trusted resource for over 50 years, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 16 locations and growing

 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Maximizing space inside an RV is Job #1 for every RVer. No matter what size RV we have, we can all use more room. So we look for ways to make that happen, especially in the kitchen.

Many of you are familiar with Mary Jane Curry. Mary Jane is our RV Recipes writer for the Roadtreking.com blog. You know her from the wonderful recipes she posts on the blog each week. Recently, I got a chance to visit her and husband, Jeff, in their RV and was mas most impressed by a way Mary Jane had extended the working space in her kitchen, or galley area.

She uses dish mats!

Want to learn more about these dish mats? We keep a master list of all the products, gadgets, apps and services that we mention on the podcast at http://kit.com/rvlifestyle

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.

I love hearing from you!

 

 Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping  

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

  • Jim has a lot of questions about maintenance, DEF fluid and the use of CB radios in an RV

 

  • Joan is looking for tips on buying a used RV out of state, registering and paying for it.

 

  • Listener Valerie heard me struggling to pronounce some Hawaiian words on a recent podcast and called in with a pronounciation guide…. With a little twist at the end. Let me share it with you.

 

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

 

Jim and Chris Guld are some of our oldest friends in the RV world. We met them right after Jennifer and I started RVing and they were one of the very first interviews I did for the blog way back in 2012.

You know them as the Geeks on Tour, from their many seminars and teaching sessions at RV rallies and shows around the country, and from their weekly What Does This Button Do? YouTube video series.

But this week, we talk to them about something very different. They are RV downsizers, recently trading in their big Super Size Class C RV for a compact Roadtrek Class B campervan.

They are part of a growing trend of downsizers in the RV world and I am delighted to bring them on the show to share with our RV Podcast audience what factors caused them to downsize and how they are adjusting to life in a smaller RV.

 

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

 

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Every RV they sell has been through a very thorough 172-point inspection in which the ensure that all the mechanical and manual systems are in top condition. Every RV is road tested to make sure it runs and drives the way that it should. They go over the interior components just as entirely as the outside, and every component is turned on and tested to make sure it works. All of their used RVs are thoroughly cleaned and detailed inside and out, and they even check the roof for cracks and replace any silicone caulking. 

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

 

  • Rare seven-week old ring-tail cat rescued after traveling 200 miles in Texas under an RV. Read more

 

  • Camping World acquires RV dealers in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Amarillo, Texas. Read more

 

  • Alligator eats a nine-month-old puppy on a walk with its owner at an Alabama state park. 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:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

 

We’ve talked about the best tech for elementary, high school and college students, so today we’re going to talk the best tech for the student athlete. For many students, sports is a big part of life and we want to make sure they have a leg up.

First up...the Fitbit Alta HR. If you’re training for a PR, you want definitely want to be able to track your progress and see how hard you’re pushing yourself. This lightweight wearable does that and more, automatically recognizing and recording every step, stair and calorie you burn - not to mention keeping continuous watch on your heart rate. And when you’re done, it also monitors how much sleep you’re getting as well.

Next, you want to protect your phone from drops, but wouldn’t it be nice if you had added benefits from your case? That’s exactly what you get with the Under Armour Grip. It’s shockproof design with layered ridges makes for a more secure hold. And paired with the UA Magnetic Mount it allows your phone to magnetically attach to fitness equipment, a basketball hoop, and more. Now you can watch training videos, make sure you’re lifting properly and even record your personal best to share with your friends all without having to hold your phone.

Lastly, there’s the Google Pixel. This smartphone seriously does it all. Start your pump up music, ask how to properly do a dead lift or begin a timer all via voice. And with unlimited photo and video storage through Google Photos, you never have to worry about running out of space.

 

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 Ari and Jessi Adler

We recently planned a trip from our home in Michigan to Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada so that we could take advantage of free admission as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Along the way, we took a side trip off the beaten path to an historic fort we spotted on Google Maps while planning our trip.

Fort Malden is located in Amherstburg, Ontario, about 35 minutes south of the Ambassador Bridge where you enter Canada from the U.S.  It was built in 1795 by Britain to protect against an invasion by those upstart Americans. Throughout its history, it is most known for its military use during the War of 1812 and also is the site of the longest occupation of any Canadian land by the United States. Over time, however, the main building that now serves as a museum has been everything from a private residence to a lumber mill to an insane asylum.

Visitors are able to see the wide array of Fort Malden's history through the buildings that remain and the information provided in the museum. Local college and high school students get summer jobs serving as “soldiers” at the fort and help tell the history through period costumes and exhibitions of firing muskets and cannons.

The fort sits overlooking the Detroit River, so you can always take a stroll through the grounds to enjoy the view or sit and relax by the water to see if any boats happen to float by. Coming and going from the fort, you drive through the city of Amherstburg and the entrance is basically in a residential neighborhood now. I can only imagine what the soldiers from the 1800s would think of the area compared to what they saw!

Amherstburg is located along Highway 20 in the southwest corner of Ontario. It’s a pleasant drive and we think Fort Malden is a great stop to soak up some history and wander the well-manicured grounds. The staff was very friendly and welcomed questions, as they all seemed to enjoy talking about this historical treasure that is kind of tucked away. We recommend making it a stop if you’re going to be in the area.

Maybe some day soon we’ll run into you off the beaten path. Until then, happy travels everyone!

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

 

Direct download: RT151.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

Snakes. They are out there. And RVers, campers and hikers are much more likely to encounter them than the average person, especially this time of the year, when warm weather has these cold blooded reptiles slithering around.

And their territory is likely to be close to where you park your RV and do your exploring.

How worried should you be about encountering venomous snakes? What’s the best way to deal with a snake encounter?

Our guest is an expert on snakes, especially the five types of venomous snakes found in North America. He is David A. Steen Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Auburn University Museum of Natural History, Alabama Natural Heritage Program.

If you are wondering what those five species are and where you are most likely to stumble on them, you’re going to want to hear the interview with Dr. Steen.

Also this week, we have a lot of questions, tips and feedbacks from listeners, some great RV ideas and a fascinating off the beaten path report. And - in what soon may be a sign of the times - there is a proposal afoot to require reservations just to visit a national park.

 

Show Notes for Episode #150 July 26, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK:

If you are anywhere near Grand Rapids, MI, we invite you to come meet us at American RV there on Thursday, July 27. Jennifer and I (and Bo) will be joined by Steve VanDinter, our pal from Verizon Wireless, for a live, in-person demonstration of the traveling tech gear we talk about each week on the podcast. There will be free hot dogs, chips and refreshments. Don't worry, if you can't get there in person, we'll be doing a Live Report from there on our Facebook Group (http://facebook.com/roadtreking)

This portion of the Podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the RVer’s trusted resource for over 50 years, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 16 locations and growing

 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

We’re always looking for great spots to overnight while we’re traveling.

This week, a listener from California named Sharon called in with a great tip about where to find free overnight parking spots in where you can boondock out on the west coast.

Sharon’s specific info had to do with Sno-Parks, which are snow-cleared parking lots in California, Oregon and Idaho ski areas. From November 1 through May 30, you need a paid permit to use them but during the summer and fall months, when there is no snow, the permits are not required and overnight parking and sleeping in an RV is allowed, unless a sign notes it is specifically prohibited.

God tip, Sharon!

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.

I love hearing from you!

 

 Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping  

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

  • A solo woman traveler has a new unit on order and wonders about electricity use while boondocking

 

  • A Pennsylvania man is considering buying a 20-year-old RV and wants to update it with a generator and a new refrigerator and wants to now if this is feasible and where it can be done.

 

  • A couple of listeners wonder about the music accompanying one of our RV Lifestyle videos pn You Tube

 

 

  • And a listener suggests sanitizing the hose that is used to connect your RV to city water

 

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

 

Snakes. They are out there. And RVers, campers and hikers are much more likely to encounter them than the average person, especially this time of the year, when warm weather has these cold blooded reptiles slithering through their territory.

And that territory is likely to be close to where you park your RV and do your exploring.

How worried should you be about encountering venomous snakes? What’s the best way to deal with a snake encounter.

Our guest is is an expert on snakes, especially the five types of venomous snakes found in North America. He is David A. Steen Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Auburn University Museum of Natural History, Alabama Natural Heritage Program. If you are wondering what those five species are and where you are most likely to stubmble on them, you’re going to want to hear the interview with Dr. Steen.

You can learn more about Dr. Steen’s interests and expertise through the following platforms:

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Blog

YouTube

 

Also, for more information about snakes, check out the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles: https://ssarherps.org/

 

The interview of the week is brought to you by 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 stories this week…

  • Cat lost camping in Oregon found six weeks later and returned to owners. Read more
  • Zion National Park considering taking reservations to handle budget cutbacks and swelling crowds. Read more
  • Idaho campground reopens, but officials continue to search for bear that placed woman's foot in its mouth, letting go when she awoke and screamed. 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:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

 

We don’t always think about tech for the little ones...but this week as we continue to talk about back to school let’s not forget them.

First up...the LG GizmoGadget. This Dick Tracey looking device helps parents keep track of their little ones while at the same time giving them a bit more freedom. Know exactly when they make it to school or home thanks to its built in GPS and alerts. Your child can also stay connected by using its 1.3 inch touchscreen to call any of the up to 10 pre-programmed contacts.

Next up...the GizmoTab. This child-friendly educational tablet comes with up to 300 premium learning apps. Parents are able to control age-appropriate usage, set play and learning times, and manage profiles and passwords through a portal. The tablet supports up to three profiles per device with separate permissions and applications and it’s perfect for children ages 3 to 8.

With the tablet you may want some apps.

First up Penzu. Journaling is perfect for children of any age and this free app for Android and iOS will let them get creative anytime they want.

Lastly...finding time to hang out with friends, to study or even to relax isn’t always the easiest once school gets up and running. But thanks to the Google Goals feature as part of Google Calendar, it’s a little easier. Touch the plus button in your Google Calendar app and choose what type of goal you’d like to set. Then select when you’d like to accomplish it (in the morning, night, etc). Google will automatically scan your calendar and find time for you to focus on your goal. You’ll also get regular reminders for class and even homework.

 

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.

 

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in-person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us  

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

 

We know there are intrepid RV folks out there, including Roadtrekkers, who drive their rigs into Mexico for a season or a shorter visit. One favorite destination of norteamericanos is San Miguel de Allende, which has a large US and Canadian ex-pat community. We visited here expecting to see the well preserved and historic central city and were not disappointed. During our visit we also met three particularly interesting people, two of whom were expats.

 

Bill and Heidi LaVasseur operate a beautiful B&B called Casa de la Cuesta.  It's full of striking Mexican folk art. The real treasures, however, are next door.  For nearly forty years Bill has been visiting remote indigenous villages to observe their ritual and community celebrations. From these travels, he has brought back more than 600 carved wooden masks.  Each is handcrafted by a traditional village artist and has a specific role in the community's oral history.  At the mask museum, they're presented with detailed information about the community and the ritual, and many are accompanied by videos. The masks are stunning, and on their own would make a visit to San Juan worthwhile. Call for an appointment if you go.

 

You'll need to eat while you're in town, and there are plenty of options from upscale to US chains to street food.  We really enjoyed La Fondita, a tiny little place off the Main Street near the downtown.  There are six or seven tables, and the menu is on a chalkboard at the back.  Everything we had was good, but especially the cecina, grilled thin slices of pork.  Owner and hostess Sandra beams at the guests, explains the menu, and generally makes you feel like you're the best thing that's happened today.   She also has a few guest rooms if you'd like to stay overnight.

 

Call and make an appointment with Anando McLaughlin if you'd like to see the Chapel of Jimmy Ray and the Casa de las Ranas.  McLaughlin and his partner, aging hippies from the US, have lived and worked here for decades.  The house, grounds, and chapel (dedicated to McLaughlin's martinet father) are covered with wildly colorful mosaics of animals, people, indigenous history and myths, and historical events.  You'll probably have a chance to visit the studio and see works in progress.  Anando himself conducts the tours, and provides garrulous commentary on art, politics, and the changes in his neighborhood over the past twenty years.

 

As we left San Miguel, we began to pass walkers along the roadside--large groups and small.  One particularly large group was carrying posters and accompanied by a police escort.  A few miles down the road the groups were turning off onto a small side road, and being how we are, we followed.  About a mile of bumpy cobblestones led us to an old church, Atotonilco, and an annual celebration of the church's saint.  The church itself was stunning.  A large side chapel features three full size three dimensional carvings of events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus. They were made by untrained indiginous artists more than a century ago.

 

The plaza outside played host to a group of traditional  dancers in elaborate dress, some masked, and some wearing fabulous feather headdresses. We visited stands selling every manner of meat, tortilla, toy, and religious trinket. We tasted shaved ice made from cactus fruits and agave leaves. Among the hundreds gathered there, we saw only two other Anglo faces.

 

North or south of the border, it seems to be the same. People are happy to tell their stories, share their hometowns, and feed you their most unusual foods.  And wherever there's a road, there's a side road. We're Patti and Tom Burkett, and we'll look for you on that one, somewhere off the beaten path. \

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED

http://www.maskmuseumsma.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LaFonditaSMA/about/?tab=page_info

https://vimeo.com/152855076

http://www.experience-san-miguel-de-allende.com/atotonilco.html

 

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT150.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

Episode 149: The Changing Face of Camping

Camping in North America is changing rapidly. In this episode of the podcast, we’ll learn in our interview segment from the most comprehensive camping study ever done, from the industry’s most influential camping organization. Toby O’Rourke, the Chief Franchise Operations Offer for Kampgrounds of America, shares the results with us, telling us how its changing, who is driving that change and what it means to every RVer out there.

Plus your listener questions and answers about RVing, RV tips, the RV news of the week and a great off-the beaten-path report, all coming up on Episode 149 of the RV Podcast, being released July 19,2017.

 

MIKE AND JENNIFER’S RV ACTIVITIES AND INSIGHTS FOR THE WEEK  ..joined by Jennifer for monologue section

 

  • Mike and Jennifer are just back from FMCA gathering in Indianapolis. The big news is the executive board has announced approval to bring to a full membership vote a change in membership requirements that would let those with non-motorized vehicles – like towable trailers and fifth wheels… to be members of what up until now has been a 50-plus year organization made up exclusively of motorhome owners. Ballots will be in the next three editions of Family Motor Coaching Magazine, with the results know in November.   The FMCA has been going through a great deal of turmoil lately. They have been hit with rapidly dwindling membership, the group is now on their third executive director in less than a year. And an announced but then suddenly cancelled plan with Verizon that would have given members unlimited data at an unbelievable price has the membership all riled up. Add to that a newly elected board and the FMCA is facing a very uncertain future.

 

  • The best deal in the RV and camping world is coming to an end. The $10 for a lifetime of free entry into the nation’s national parks and public recreation lands. bout to change, the result of Congressional legislation approved last December. The price of the Senior Pass, the card that gives free entrance to those 62 years and older (as well as three accompanying adults) at all public lands and recreation areas operated by six different federal agencies, is increasing a whopping 700 percent, to $80 for the lifetime pass. The price increase takes effect on Aug. 28. But even at $80, it’s still a great deal. With the pass, you can visit roughly 2,000 public lands or recreation areas operated by the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Board of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The pass can also give its holders up to 50 percent discounts on other fees, such as camping fees, at some of the sites.

 

  • We’re a little over a week away now from our big Traveling Tech Live Demo in Grand Rapids, MI on July 28. We’ll be joined by Verizon’s Steve VanDinter, who regularly contributes to our Traveling Tech segment on the podcast. We will be in person from 3PM to 7PM Thursday, July 27 at American RV in Grand Rapids, MI. We’ll be showing many of the cool gadgets and gismos we talk about every week here on the podcast for all those who show up. And if you can’t attend in person, we’ll also have a Facebook Live report that can be watched online, in real time.

 

  • Mike and Jennifer remind everyone the importance of having a weather radio, to be alerted to weather emergencies. The importance of that was made clear last weekend in Arizona when a heavy thunderstorm led to a flash flood that filled a number of children and adults at a popular Arizona swimming hole. Mike refers listeners to his master list of products, services and gadgets at http://kit.com/rvpodcast to see the weather apps and the weather radio he uses and recommends.

 

This portion of the Podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the RVer’s trusted resource for over 50 years, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 16 locations and growing

 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

One problem those of us who travel with dogs regularly face is what to do with our pets when we have a place to go or an activity to do that doesn’t allow dogs.

Listener Judy shares a website she used called Rover.com, which claims to be the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers. It’s a very easy site to use. Just type in your location, whether you need boarding… house, or RV, sitting… dog walking..or doggie day care. You’ll be returned a list of qualified people that you can check out and book.

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.

I love hearing from you!

 

 Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping  

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

  • Steve, from Mississippi, asks Mike and Jennifer to share how they take care of maintenance on their sticks and bricks home while they are on the road for extended periods of time

 

  • A listener asks what is the easiest type of bedding to use in a motorhome when it is surrounded by three walls. Mike and Jennifer refer her to their video on the RV Superbag at https://youtu.be/xm6gWwcJOt0

 

 

  • A caller just bought a 2011 RV and the fresh water tanks are not so…well, fresh. The caller wants to know how to make them that 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

 

Camping in North America is changing rapidly. In this episode of the podcast, we’ll learn in our interview segment from the most comprehensive camping study ever done, from the industry’s most influential camping organization. Toby O’Rourke, the Chief Franchise Operations Offer for Kampgrounds of America, shares the results with us, telling us how its changing, who is driving that change and what it means to every RVer out there.

Millennials now account for 38 percent of the 75 million active camper households in the U.S., up from 34 percent in 2016, and 51 percent say they plan to increase their camping this year. Results of the survey indicate that these younger campers are using camping to add more balance to their lives. Their key reasons for camping include spending more time with friends and family, being physically active and improving their overall emotional well-being and health.

Their attitudes about camping are reinforced by their behaviors and, with the influx of younger campers, this is changing the camping landscape overall. Camping is becoming a more social activity, and outdoor recreation while camping is shifting to more physically active activities. In this year’s results, hiking outranked fishing as the most popular type of camping recreation for the first time since the first iteration of the North American Camping Report. Kayaking and mountain biking also saw significant increases.

You can read the entire survey that Toby talks about at https://www.rvda.org/RVDA/Media/News_Releases/2017_News_Releases/March_2017/Camping.aspx

 

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

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Four stories this week…

  • Man camping with his family in Florida panhandle killed by lightning. Read more
  • Researchers study why 22 million people around the world like to watch Alaska's Katmai National Park bears on live stream. Read more
  • Dog dies of heat exposure when family took pet on hike at Cowles Mountain near San Diego  Read more
  • Florida state park having to close some walkways because of aggressive wild monkeys. 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:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

Where is summer going? It’s already time for us to start talking back to school and off to college. So for the next couple weeks I’ll have some suggestions to have your student perfectly prepped for success.

 

This week we’re talking college. And tech is very much a part of the dorm room experience.

 

First up...Google Home(https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/google-home-voice-activated-speaker/). Talk about the perfect assistant! Set it on your dresser or desk and now you’ll receive reminders for everything from when to leave to class to when a paper is due. Have to wake up early for that 745am class? No worries, just set the alarm via voice. Always forget to check the weather before heading out the door? You can now get the forecast while laying in bed! And when it comes to playing music to concentrate...you guess it...all available by saying “Ok Google”.

 

Next up….Samsung Galaxy Book(https://www.verizonwireless.com/tablets/samsung-galaxy-book/)
 Desktops are so 2000 and laptops are almost as outdated. Today’s college student wants something with the convenience of a tablet and power of a desktop. That’s where the Samsung Galaxy Book comes in. Powered by Windows 10 and an Intel Core i5 processor, this device is a two in one tablet and laptop. The keyboard disconnects for a tablet experience and reconnects when you need to write. And with Samsung Flow, everything you do on it can seamlessly transfer to your Galaxy phone like magic.

 

Sometimes it’s easier to study with a little bit of noise. So help your student reach the ultimate level of concentration with the Bose Soundlink Revolve speaker (https://www.verizonwireless.com/tablets/samsung-galaxy-book/)
. This bluetooth device has Bose quality sound that emanates in 360 degrees so there’s never a bad side. Plus it’s splash and drop proof  - making it perfect for any situation.

 

Finally, to stay on schedule, your student could certainly use the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch (https://www.verizonwireless.com/connected-devices/samsung-gear-s3-frontier/)
With the Gear S3, your student can stay on top of assignment reminders, track their heart rate and even pay for a quick bite to eat all with one tap on the wrist. And because it packs 4G LTE inside, your phone doesn’t have to be anywhere near you! Now that’s smart!

 

 

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.

 

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in-person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us  

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

 

Acadia, in Maine, is one of the top ten national parks in the USA, with more than 2 and a half million visitors every year.  Come summer, it’s wall to wall people from Ellsworth to Bar Harbor and everywhere in between.  You might think it would be hard to get off the beaten path here, but not so!  For at least a little while longer, until the crowds discover it, you can enjoy a quiet experience in this spectacular park by heading north and east to the Schoodic peninsula, a remote section of the park across the water from Mount Desert Island.  From here, you can take a ferry across to the main part of the park, and both sections are served by an extensive free shuttle bus system.


Schoodic Woods campground will surprise you if you’ve done a lot of national park camping.  This is its second full season since opening late in 2015, and it offers some things you don’t usually fine in a national park.  Loop B has pull through sites to accommodate RVs in excess of forty feet, and full hookups.  Even the outer loops have electricity.  The bathrooms are bright, new, and pristine.  Sadly, no showers.  We can understand why there aren't showers in the parks out west where water is scarce, but here where it’s plentiful, the reason is mystery.  We drove ten miles up the road to a 50s mom and pop campground and paid for showers there.
Bike trails, part of a vast network that covers the park, come right through the campground, and several hiking trails are easily accessible.  The park shuttle, free and frequent, stops at the headquarters building.   Turn left out the entrance and you’re on the Schoodic loop road, with a number of pleasant surprises in front of you.  As we navigated this two-lane, one-way road, we came first upon an excited group of birdwatchers huddled around a ranger’s spotting scope.  The cliffs above were home to nesting peregrine falcons, and the birds—mom, pop, and the kids—were putting on a show.
Winding through salt marshes, tidal creeks, and along the cobbled shore, we came eventually to the turnoff for the Schoodic Institute.  in the early 1930s, John D. Rockefeller (who masterminded Acadia and gave it to the nation) wanted to clear the spectacular Otter Cliffs area of Schoodic for a a scenic drive.  At the time, the US Navy had a very busy listening post sited there.  Rockefeller offered to build a new facility for the Navy if they’d relocate.  It all worked out, and abut ten years ago the Navy turned the site over to the National Park.  Several buildings were razed, several renovated, and the centerpiece Rockefeller building fully restored.  The result is a stunning location for an institute that supports research in the national park.  The Rockefeller building includes a visitor center and is open every day.  Don't miss it.


On down the road is Schoodic Point.  The waves, rocks, and scenic view here are every bit as good as those at Thunder Hole across the bay, and infinitely less crowded.  The best times are sunrise, sunset, and when the tide is coming in.  Along the rest of the loop road are many pullouts suitable for exploring and taking pictures.  As you exit the loop road, notice the narrow Wonsqueak harbor on your right.  If you’ve visited in the morning, take a right when you get back to route 186.  Go a couple of miles and take another right on route 195.  Follow signs for Corea Lunch on the Wharf.


At Corea, a fully functioning fishing harbor, you can walk out on the newly reconstructed wharf and enjoy lobster or a steaming bowl of haddock chowder.  Joe Young, the owner, will likely be around to chat.  Joe is a lobsterman, and brings in the items on the menu every morning.  In the off season, he weaves doormats from old lobster pot rope, and you can buy one for a lot less here than at LL Bean.  Also on the wharf is a photo gallery featuring the work of Joe’s aunt Louise from the early 20th century.  Several of the photos were taken at Wonsqueak harbor.  How ill tell you, if you ask, that his was one of the first families to settle on the peninsula when the emigrated from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1812.


There’s a surprising lot to see here on Schoodic.  The Tidal Falls Preserve offers a spectacle comparable to the tidal bore rafting on the Bay of Fundy.  At US Bells, you can see bells being cast and shop a gallery of beautiful items that include pottery and woodworking made by members of this artistic family.  Prospect Harbor United Methodist Church offers a meal on the first Saturday of the month—we enjoyed a traditional New England baked bean supper.  And this may be the only place in the country you can get pickled wrinkles.  We’ll let you decide whether you’re willing to eat one.  While you’re thinking about it, keep an eye out for us, Patti and Tom Burkett, way out there off the beaten path.

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED


https://www.recreation.gov/camping/schoodic-woods-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74299


https://www.schoodicinstitute.org/


http://frenchmanbay.org/preserves-trails/tidal-falls/


http://www.phumchurch.com/

 

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

 

Direct download: RT149.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Up in Kitchener Ontario at the factory where the Erwin Hymer Group of North America builds Roadtrek Motorhomes, they just celebrated a momentous event – the building of the 30,000th Roadtrek since the company’s founding more than 40 years ago.

We were there, met the buyer and talked to officials who shared some what’s ahead for Roadtrek and the booming Class B RV market.

All that is coming up in our interview section.

Also this week, listener questions, some great TV tips, traveling tech and RV new and an off the beaten path report about an enchanted highway.


Show Notes for Episode #148 July 10, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

Mike and Jennifer’s activities this week:

To Kitchener and Cambridge, Ontario to meet and tour Erwin Hymer facilities in Ontario
Then to Indianapolis and the Family Motorcoach Association annual summer reunion rally… Mike and Jennifer will be doing seminars Wednesday and Thursday at the FMCA rally
Mike confides he is coping with another case of Shingles. His second in two months. Doctors say he overdid it after his emergency gallbladder surgery, doing too much hiking and traveling on a whirlwind trip to three U.S. National parks and two Canadian National Parks immediately on his release from the hospital. Stress is a suspected cause of shingles outbreaks and Mike tells everyone the key to treatment is starting on a drug regimen within 72 hours after the outbreak. He missed that deadline and is now waiting for it to go away. He was keeping this all quiet but those who see him in Indianapolis will still see the sores, so he decided to come clean. The last time was on his left arm. this time its the left side of his neck.
Building a master list of all the resources, products, gadgets and RV travel apps we use and talk about on the podcast, the Roadtreking blog and out RV Lifestyle Youtube Channel. You can access it all, organized by categories, at http://kit.com/rvlifestyle
This portion of the Podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the RVer’s trusted resource for over 50 years, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 16 locations and growing

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

When we travel, we often wonder what mail we’re getting back home, and if there is something important that we need to attend to.
Well listener Tom called in this great tip about a new service from the United States Postal Service - USPS Informed Delivery .

Once there, you first enter in your zip code to see if it’s available in your area. Most of the country is included. Mike and I just signed up thanks to Tom’s tip.

The service allows customers to track incoming mail through an online dashboard and/or a daily email. Enrolled customers are able to see scanned images of the outside of their letters the morning before they are delivered to their physical mailbox.

Again, while the Informed Delivery product is available for most addresses, it is not available for all. A few of you may need to be patient a bit as the program is rolled out.
Meantime, 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 ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

Sue and Bud want some help in cleaning their screens, which are getting clogged up by insects and tree seeds
Alan can’t get a foul taste out of his city water hookup. His fresh water tastes fine but the city hookup…not so. He’s looking for help.
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
Up in Kitchener Ontario at the factory where the Erwin Hymer Group of North America builds Roadtrek Motorhomes, they just celebrated a momentous event – the building of the 30,000th Roadtrek since the company’s founding more than 40 years ago.

We were there, met the buyer and talked to officials who shared some what’s ahead for Roadtrek and the booming Class B RV market.

he interview of the week is brought to you by SunshinestateRVs.com, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Two stories this week -

Verizon deal with FMCA falls through – read more
Bison injures hiker in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 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: July is all about Food

By Steve Van Dinter
Verizon Wireless

If there’s any month that’s about food - it’s July. This month there are national celebrations for ice cream, hot dogs, blueberries and grilling. So I thought it would be fitting to talk about apps and accessories that help you make the most of your food this month.

First, my favorite kitchen helper, Google Home. Mine sits right on the kitchen counter. Then, anytime I wonder how long something needs to be cooked or at what temperature, all I have to do is ask Google. That goes for recipes, timers and even recipe substitutions. All are available on demand via voice. It’s quite handy.

Next...if you find yourself always blanking on what meals to make when you get to the grocery store, you’ll want to check out Food Planner. Food planner lets you create your own recipes or import the ones you find from any website. Add your own notes, create an inventory of the ingredients you have on hand at home and then have a grocery list created for you! And if you really don’t have time, you can purchase a meal plan from the Food Planner store.

Or if you’d prefer food that comes straight from the farm, be sure to check out the Farmstand App. With the app, or the mobile site, you will see the nearest farmer’s markets to you as well as days and hours of operation.

Lastly, once you’ve created your food masterpiece, you want to share it with the world, right? If you’ve got a Samsung S8 or S8+, there’s a camera setting that will help you. Simply launch the camera and swipe right. Then choose food. Now click on the food in your viewfinder you’d like to focus on. And go ahead and capture it. It’ll make all your Instagram followers hungry!

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.

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in-person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us  

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  The Enchanted Highway

The Enchanted Highway is a collection of the world's largest scrap metal sculptures constructed at intervals along a 32-mile stretch of two-lane highway that cuts south across the prairie off I-94 in western North Dakota.
The road is so rural and remote, it doesn’t even have a real name…. thus, because of the amazing sculptures… locals started calling it the ”Enchanted Highway.”
A local artist named Gary Greff started building the towering sculptures in 1990 to draw people off the interstate and to small towns like Regent, to keep it from drying up. But the stunning beauty of the prairie is just as much a draw as Greff’s amazing sculptures, which he continue to erect each year.
See the sights on North Dakota's Enchanted Highway. Click to see our video - https://youtu.be/oncUoe3bpIQ

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT148.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

 Episode 147: A Bucket List Guide from “the RV Guy”

This week we meet “the RV guy.” That’s the nickname Jason Kimbrell has as the head of LaMesa RV, a chain of RV dealerships in Florida, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

But Jason didn’t always live up to that name. In fact, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to continue in the family business. So he walked away from it for a while and went off to explore the west in an RV. In the process, he became the RV Guy.

I think you’ll enjoy his story on how that happened, and his suggestions of the places across the Southwest that belong on your RVing bucket list. Jason is our interview guest of the week.

Plus we have ots of listener questions this week, some great tips, RV News and an off the beaten path report… all in Episode 147 of the Podcast.

Show Notes for Episode #147 July 5, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

Mike and Jennifer begin the show by discussing:

  • Their recent travel…. A long month on the road… 5,500 miles in nine states… and one Canadian Province…from Michigan to Montana to Alberta… three U.S. National Parks (Theodore Roosevelt, Glacier and Yellowstone) and two Canadian National Parks (Waterton and Banff)
  • Highlights of their “serendipity” style of traveling… the 1880’s town in South Dakota, camping out on the Laura Ingalls Wilder family homestead as told on the Little House on the Prairie TV and book series, the Angel Museum in Wisconsin, Buffalo, WY and crossing Lake Michigan with their RV on the SS Badger.
  • All the video stories they shot and are now editing which will soon be on Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube
  • Their visit next week - July 12-15,- to the Family Motorcoach Association’s annual summer reunion in Indianapolis

This portion of the Podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the RVer’s trusted resource for over 50 years, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 16 locations and growing

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One accessory every RVer has to have – no matter what kind of vehicle they have – is a hose to fill your unit with fresh, clean water. But unless you take a lot of time and attention winding them up, they can develop a lot of kinks and turn into a tangled mess.

At our recent Roadtreking gathering in Montana, we met Ken Yoho who showed us a particular type of hose that solves that problem.

 

The hose Ken had is called the Zero-G RV and Marine Water Hose. That’s the model you want. The company makes a lot of garden type hoses but for drinking water, you want to make sure it’s labeled for RV and Marine or Fresh Water use. We could not find it at Amazon but if you search for it online by that NAME - Zero-G RV and Marine Water Hose – you will find several sources.

Meanwhile, 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 ,an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping  

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

  • Paul is dreaming about getting an RV and has a lot of questions. He asks for Mike and Jennifer’s input about boondocking and air-conditioning and how much he will need it. He also wonders about how much battery capacity he needs. He has financing questions and questions about using an RV as a second vehicle.
  • Darlene is about to be a fulltime RVer and is looking for a place to find an RV lot. Mike shares how he just did a Google search on “rv lots in florida” and found plenty! One site com has lots for sale in RV parks and lots for sale by private owners. Another site, www.rvproperty.com/florida-rv-lots-for-sale, notes that are so many RV lots for sale in Florida that they have divided the state into North and South for easier searching.  The dividing line is along Interstate 4 that runs basically from Tampa Bay to Daytona.
  • Fran wants to rent a Roadtrek and try it out before buying and is having a hard time finding one. We refer her to com, which is a site for private owners who make their units available for rentals when they are not using them. 

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 RV Guy” is Jason Kimbrell, who runs LaMesa RV, a chain of RV dealerships in Florida, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

But Jason didn’t always like that name. In fact, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to continue in the family business. So he walked away from it for a while and went off to explore the west in an RV. In the process, he became the RV Guy. I think you’ll enjoy his story on how that happened, and his suggestions of the places across the Southwest that belong on your RVing bucket list.

The interview of the week is brought to you by 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 stories this week…

  • Glacier National Park opened its 50 mile scenic road last Wednesday, later than normal because of unusually harsh winter. Read more
  • Friend saves cyclist from bear attack in Alaska, using bear spray. Read more
  • Camping World to keep 57 Gander Mountain stores open 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:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

Now that the 4th is over, it always seems like we quickly slide into fall. But before we get there, I wanted to share some of the cool accessories I’ve found that I know your listeners will find useful not just for the rest of summer, but into the fall as well.

First...the Chromecast Ultra. Admit it, you take a LOT of photos and videos over summer...and for good reason. From graduations, to holidays and family vacations, there’s a lot of picture perfect moments over these 90 days. When it comes to showing them off, there’s no need to have people crowd around your phone. Instead, plug the small hockey puck looking Chromecast Ultra into your TV and project “or cast” your photos onto the big screen. Chromecast works for more than just photos, you can cast Netflix, HBO and even your phone’s screen live onto any screen the device is plugged into. In fact more than 1,000 apps are compatible in up to 4K streaming.  Pretty cool, huh?

Next...if you’ve got a new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, you’re gonna want to pick up an accessory called DeX. This device looks like a stand for your phone, but it’s so much more. Set your phone on the device and connect it to your TV. A new, desktop like experience pops up on your television. Pair this with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and you now have a portable desktop on the go powered by your phone. The best part is it’s very secure as files you work on remain locked on your device. So if you do a lot of work on your phone and feel the screen size hinders your progress, DeX might just be your new best friend.

Lastly, we talked earlier about all those videos and pictures we shoot in the summer...with the OSMO Mobile kit, you can give these a professional flair. I’m talking three axis stabilization giving you ultra smooth cinematic shots as you walk, pan and move. Let OSMO be your personal cameraman as well...simply mount the device and have it track and follow your movement - so you’re always in shot.

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.

Come Meet Mike and Steve July 27, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in-person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us   

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

Larry Daniel, aka Ozarks Photos, checks in to shares some of his off the beaten path travels in Montana. From waterfalls to massive cedar trees to places to picnic and take photos, he offers some of his favorite stops, along with some tips on what kind of RVs can go down his out of the way spots.

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in Minnesota’s beautiful Chain of Lakes region built on quality motrohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

 

Direct download: RT147.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

Episode 146: What the RV Lifestyle is all about

 

We talk a lot about the RV Lifestyle? But what is it? This week, we hear from a whole bunch of different RVers, from all across North America. I bet the answers we got when we posed this question to a group of RVers we met up near Glacier National Park in Montana will resonate with you, too.

Also in this episode, listener questions and feedback, RV News of the Week, Tips and a great pff 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 Episode #146 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

This episode was recorded in Buffalo, WY… where Longmire Days later this month will brimg some 14,000 fans of author Craig Johnson, whose series of books about a modern Wyoming Sheriff has been the basis of the popular A&E and Netflix series, Longmire.

Mike and Jennifer share their travels over recent weeks to Glacier National Park in Montana, Waterton National Park across the border in Canada, Banff National Park and Lake Louise in Alberta and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One of the nice things about the RV Lifestyle is meeting other RVers, hearing their stories, getting to know them and learning from their experience. One such RVer we recently met gives us some RF basic training on an issue involving awnings.

Bottom line: Put it away at night!

Linda explains why.

 

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. Now with free shipping!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Peggy asks a question about a 4 x 4 RV and whether she should order one. Mike and Jennifer share their perspective.

And Maureen gave a message of encouragement about the RV community

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.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

Last week, we talked about how most – if not all – U.S. National Parks are not very dog friendly. This week, we can report that Canada’s National Parks ARE.

While there are a lot of restrictions that greatly limit where you can take your dog in the US National Parks, Canada welcomes dogs and only requires that they be on a six-foot leash. On our recent trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, we saw all sorts of people and their dogs enjoying all parts of the park and its many trails. Banff even had a fenced in off-leash area for you to let your dog run free !

We even saw one couple who were kayaking in Lake Louise…. With their poodle, no less! Mike took a photo of that kayaking pooch and will post it with the shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-146.

We noticed the same dog-friendliness last year at the Bruce Peninsula National Park near Tobermore, Ontario. Lots of people and lots of dogs. Everyone is happy.

This year is a particularly good time to visit a Canadian National Park. As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, entry into al of the national parks there is free – for everyone.

So head on up north. You and your dog will enjoy Canada’s beautiful National Parks just as much as Mike and I – and Bo.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

What is the RV Lifestyle all about? Listen as a bunch of RVers share the things that they thunk characterize it the most.

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:

  • Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone National Park no longer considered endangered, opening door to hunting outside the park. Read more
  • Boy scout group honored for helping dehydrated tourists at Zion National Park, likely saving their lives. Read more
  • Father and son on hiking trip at Carlsbad Caverns National Park found dead, likely from heat exhaustion. Read more
  • Some 21 U.S. national parks prepare for record-setting crowds Aug. 21 as the Great American Total Solar Eclipse spans the continent. 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:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

July is almost here and that means we’re all gearing up for the biggest holiday of the summer - the Fourth of July!

To make the most of it though you need the right tools...and this year that means being armed with the right apps.

First up...Gas Buddy. Fuel prices are at their cheapest summer point in a decade, but we’re all still looking for good deals. With Gas Buddy you’ll see not only where the upcoming gas stations are, but you’ll also see the latest prices.

Next...if you’re planning to stay home and make use of the grill, you’ll want to be packing the Weber app. This app is full of all sorts of recipes to ensure your Fourth is flavor packed. And it’s built in timer will make sure your food is grilled to perfection.

While you’re waiting for the fireworks to begin, make the night an educational one by using a free app called Sky Map. Simply point your phone at the sky and you’ll see the names of planets, constellations and even stars appear.

And if the mosquitos or traffic prevent you from making it to a public display, you can enjoy a virtual display at home! Simply pick up the Philips Hue Light Kit and replace your current lights with these bulbs. Then download the Hue Fireworks app from your respective app store. The app will control your lights and make them burst into life with color...even matching them to the firework sounds coming from your phone!

Here’s to a safe, colorful and fun Fourth of July!

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.

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us!

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Anna  Burkett

New England towns have plenty of vestigial British references. One of these is the suffix minster, as in Westminster, which designates a town with a monastic center or a cathedral. Leominster Massachusetts cedes that distinction to its namesake in the old country, but does have an interesting history. It's the only town in the central part of the state that sits on land legally purchased from its former Native American residents. For many years it was an agricultural center, but quickly transitioned to manufacturing during the industrial revolution. 


The tolerance that made the town a center of activity on the Underground Railroad also attracted large numbers of Irish, Italian, and French immigrants. These old world craftspeople were skilled at making combs from animal hoof and horn, earning Leominster the nickname of the comb city.  As the raw materials for this work became scarce, entrepreneurs took up a new substance called celluloid, and Leominster emerged as a center in the nascent plastics industry. 

Among the early pioneers of this technology were Foster Grant, who made his fortune selling plastic sunglasses and Earl Tupper whose burping kitchen bowls were a staple of home parties in the 50s and 60s. As if that weren't enough, in 1956 local sculptor Don Featherstone created a mold based on a photo he saw in National Geographic and the pink lawn flamingo began to migrate across the globe. 

It's hard to find physical traces of this former glory around town. The much-praised plastics museum has closed, and a fascinating display at the Fitchburg museum only makes occasional appearances. Don't despair, though, this town has several more surprises in store. 

One of them is a historical marker and a model of the birthplace home of John Chapman. Chapman was an explorer in the early days of the westward expansion. He purchased land and planted orchards in advance of settlements. By the time the settlers arrived, the orchards were producing, and Chapman sold them for a handsome price.  Apples were important on the frontier because they provided Something safe to drink as well as alcoholic beverages.
You may think of him as a barefoot eccentric who married an Indian maiden, but Johnny Appleseed was a canny entrepreneur.

And everyone will find something to enjoy at the Top Fun aviation toy museum.  The two septuagenarian operators of this storefront wonder, one a pilot, the other a historian, will take you through the development of aviation toys from rubber spaceships of the 1930s to the most modern Star Wars fighters. You'll see extravagant rare Polly Pocket and My Little Pony jetliners, and have the opportunity to compete in a paper airplane flying contest.  Operating on what appears to be less than a shoestring, here is a testament to the passion of eccentric collectors. 

History is layers deep in the industrial milltowns of New England. Take time to do a little digging, and you can unearth a handful of gems wherever you look. And while you're looking, watch out for my parents, Patti and Tom Burkett, somewhere off the beaten path.

Resources:

http://www.topfunaviation.com/

http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/Plastic-Imagination.php

https://www.chemheritage.org/distillations/magazine/plastic-town

https://www.biography.com/people/johnny-appleseed-38103

 

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT146.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:33am EDT

 Episode 145: The Power of a Dream

This week in our interview of the week, we meet Alicia Crabbe, a retired woman and solo traveler who is living her dream as a guide and naturalist, leading people on hikes and wilderness experiences for an organization known as Road Scholar, which is a not for profit group dedicated to providing educational travel. It offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries.

And while Alicia, who everyone calls “Lish,” has a dream job of working much of the year at Yellowstone National Park, her story is one about the power of a dream.

In her case, it was a dream that involved traveling the country by RV and experiencing nature in all its marvelous beauty. She began living it at retirement, after leaving a long professional career.

Lish’s story is one of inspiration and joy, all focused on the RV lifestyle.

Plus Jennifer and I answer your RV questions, we have the RV news of the week, RV Tips and a great offf the beaten path report. 

MONOLOGUE

Mike and Jennifer share their current location, near Glacier National Park and how much they love this area of the country.

We’re here on one of our Roadtreking gatherings, periodic get-togethers in awesome locations for photography and exploration. About 50 Roadtrekers in some 30 different RV’s and towables are with us, staying at the Chewing Blackbones Campground and RV Resort on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, right outside the park gates. 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

The saga of making the interior of our RVs dark continues. Regular listeners know that we’ve been tossing around various ideas for covering up or reducing the light levels of the various LEDs, indicators and operational lights that shine from control panels while we are trying to sleep at night.

We’ve talked about several solutions but a listener named Jan, who started the whole discussion a few weeks ago, has settled on a solution that works for her – and may very well also work for you.

Liz explains how she uses small felt patches and sick-on Velcro to cover up the lights.

Edit         

And for the rest of you out there in the audience, 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. Now with free shipping!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Listener Dan knows Jennifer is an exercise nut and that finding a place for us (her especially) to work out is a very important part of our travel plans in any given day. So he asks for her advice in finding a solution to finding workout spots in different locations around the country.

Listener Tessa wants to know where to ride on a prairies schooner like the pioneers took out west Mike refers her to his post at http://roadtreking.com/rv-sidetrip-ride-covered-wagon-along-oregon-trail/ and a guy named Morris Carter in Casper, WY.

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.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

Mike and Jennifer talk dogs talk about why most National Parks don’t allow dogs in most areas and trails, except for sidewalks and drive in camgrounds, where they must be on a six foot leash.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our guest this week is Alicia Crabbe, a retired woman and solo traveler who is living her dream as a guide and naturalist, leading people on hikes and wilderness experiences for an organization known as Road Scholar, which is a not for profit group dedicated to providing educational travel. It offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. But while Alicia, who everyone calls “Lish,” has a dream job of working much of the year at Yellowstone National Park, her story is one about the power of a dream.

In her case, it was a dream that involved traveling the country by RV and experiencing nature in all its marvelous beauty. She began living it at retirement, after leaving a long professional career. Lish’s story is one of inspiration and joy, all focused on 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 teens hiking near Alaskan campground mauled by bear. Read more
  • Scientists tracking "swarm" of earthquakes that hit Yellowstone last week, including one that hit 4.5 magnitude. Read more
  • Kayak guide dies at Yellowstone National Park trying to save visitor. Read more
  • Washington state troopers will be issuing tickets to any drivers who are staying in the left lane while driving in sting operation this week. Read more
  • Drone finds two lost hikers and their yellow lab on Colorado trail. 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:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Summer is all about being outdoors. And what do we bring with us outside to capture those experiences? Our smartphones of course!

So what have you done to ensure your prized possession will stay protected?

A case is one thing...but what about a phone that gets stolen...or goes swimming unexpectedly while you’re boating? With Total Mobile Protection from Verizon, you are covered.

What I love about this service is should the unexpected happen to your device, you can file a claim up to midnight eastern and receive a replacement phone the next day - including Saturdays!

And if it’s a spider-webbed screen that ails your device - no worries. We have more than 270 locations in cities across the country that will fix a cracked screen in just a few hours for just a $49 deductible. No more needing to send in your device or set up an entirely new phone just because of one accidental drop.

For those with many people on their family plan, you can now cover up to 10 lines on an account for one low monthly cost with total mobile protection multi device.

If you haven’t enrolled in total mobile protection, now is the time! Until July 14th, take advantage of open enrollment, which is open to anyone - even if you’ve had your phone for a while without.

You can learn more about total mobile protection at VZW.com/TMP

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.

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

Mike and Jennifer share about the Underground City in Havre, MT -  http://havrechamber.com/whattodo/item/havre-beneath-the-streets-2

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT145.mp3
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Episode 144: Dark Sky Places for your RV Bucket List

 

If you’ve ever looked up at the night sky while on a camping or RV trip and marveled at the beauty of the universe, you know how hard it is to find places where light pollution hasn’t limited night sky visibility. This week, we learn about special places you can visit across North America that are designated as Dark Sky Preserves and Places. These are spots that belong on your bucket list.

Also this week, listener questions, RV tips, news of the week and a great off the beaten path destination. 

 

Show Notes for Episode #144 June 14, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Some RVers are not able to keep their motorhomes at their home. So they need to have their vehicle left in a storage yard. That makes for a lot of work, having to take the things you can’t or don’t want to leave unattended.

You have to take it home when you put the RV away, and then bring it back when it’s time for another RV adventure.

A listener named Lynne has that dilemma… and she’s come up with a nifty way to minimize the extra work.

Here’s Lynne…

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.

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. Now with free shipping!

www.RadPowerBikes.com

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

Listener Jeffrey heard our report last week about RV technology and wondered if one of the innovations we featured would make it easy for thieves to steal an RV. The short and long answer is… no. You can hear the discussion at

 

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.

PET TIP OF THE WEEK 

Lots of RVers like to take their pets with them while travelling, but that creates a lot of opportunity for our animals to get lost, one way or another.

That’s a big deal. It can be like losing a member of our family.

But there are steps we can take to prevent lost pets and find them if they do get separated from us.

That’s according to someone we interviewed not long ago for the RV Podcast back in Episode 117: Texas-based Pet Detective Cindy Gordon. Gordon is one of several dozen trained through an organization called the Missing Animal Response Group. She says there are two things every pet owner needs to do to make sure that if their pet runs off, they can be found.

  • One…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.
  • And two…Get them an identification collar embroidered with your phone number: We bought one for Bo from a woman who has an Etsy store. We’ll put a link to her in the shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-144.

   Good advice for us all…from a real pet detective.

 

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon , Retailers and Pet Shops across the USA 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

There’s nothing like camping and RVing to get you to appreciate nature and few sights are more breathtaking than a dark night sky filled with stars. Across the world, communities and local governments are designating dark sky places and preserves. An organization known as the International Dark Sky Association is dedicated to protecting those dark night skies for a variety of important reasons, not the least is your health.

Our guests this week are:

Dr. John Barentine  International Dark Sky Association Program Director. John received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He is the author of The Lost Constellations and Uncharted Constellations

Chrystal White is leader of the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative, which has been instrumental in assisting 13 Dark Sky Places obtain certifications from. The Her group also trains star guides to lead stargazing trips, and hosts education and outreach events in schools, parks and planetariums. You can read more about the Cooperative's accomplishments here: https://cpdarkskies.org/our-work/mission-statement/

You can learn more about Dark Skies and find a Dark Sky Place or Preserve near you at: http://darksky.org

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 stories this week…

Officials close Montana's Lake Como campground because of bear activity. Read more 

Man gets stuck inside RV when trying to steal it. Read more

RV Capital of the World has record low unemployment 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:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Dads have long had to endure Father's Day gifts like ties, “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs and even wristwatches. I'm sure dad said he liked it, but did he REALLY need another tie?

The good news is technology has revolutionized what dads wear around their neck, use at home and wear on their wrists

So grab a pen and paper...or who am I kidding...your tablet or smartphone and let's talk about what dad really wants this year.

First up: wearable personal speakers

The LG TONE Platinum Bluetooth wearable speaker sports a contoured, around-the-neck design that's lightweight and easy to wear. But what'll really knock his socks off is the truly exceptional audio these headphones reproduce using the full audio bandwidth over Bluetooth. It's perfect for watching videos, gaming and even virtual reality.

Next: smartwatches and fitness wearables

Dad's had his analog watch since the 80s, right? Help him keep up with the times with the new Wear24 smartwatch. With it he'll never miss a moment...including sports scores, calls and texts and other notifications. And no need for him to always have his phone along. This watch packs a 4G LTE chip...meaning he'll have connectivity anywhere there's a Verizon signal. And if he likes to run, pair the watch to a Bluetooth headset and now he can steam on the go wire free and phone free!

Finally: we have smart home accessories 

Dad works hard, so when he's resting he really shouldn't have to lift a finger - not even to turn off the lights or adjust the temperature. And with devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation or Hue Motion Sensor, paired with any of the Phillips Hue light bulbs, he can do just that. Both are very easy to install and connect to your home's wifi system allowing them to be controlled via an app or via voice using a smart assistant like Google Home.

And with all these ideas, you're going to be set for the holiday season as well!

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 -  

In 1959, a young pharmacist in India gave up his family, his business, and his professional life for the sake of a religious vision.  Over the next decade he studied scriptures and began writing commentaries.  His work became the foundation for the international Society for Krishna Consciousness, known here in the US as the Hare Krishna movement.  Swami Prabhupada traveled and taught all over the world, but when he was here in this country, he often spent his time in the hills of West Virginia.  That’s where his followers founded a town called New Vrindiban, near Moundsville.

Visitors are welcome at the complex, which includes an elaborate home, a worship center and conference space, motel style dormitories, pleasant walking paths, a lake with swans, a gift shop, and a restaurant.  Scattered throughout the grounds are large statues of animals and people, often with benches to allow the visitor time to sit and contemplate.  The residence is elaborately painted with gold and jade, and furnished with whimsical and fantastically carved furniture.  The faithful still gather here on a regular basis for retreats and study, and you may have the opportunity, when visiting, to sit in awn a session.  It’s free to wander the grounds and to visit all the buildings but the palace.  The palace, when not in use, can be toured for a fee.

You can easily spend two or three hours enjoying the palace complex.  Arrive early in the morning, and take golden hour photos.  When you’re ready to leave, head down the road toward Fairmont.  There are two good reasons to visit this little berg.  If your rig has an Onan generator, you’ll find one of the best Onan service centers in the country here.  Call ahead for an appointment.  Even if you have no generator troubles, it’s still worth making a stop here.  Giuseppi Arjiro left his pregnant wife behind in Italy and came here to work in the coal mines in 1920.  Within a few years, he’d made enough money to return for her, and the family settled down to work in his soda pop bottling factory.

In 1927 Giuseppi had a brainstorm and sold the bottling plant to open a bakery.  He knew, from his years working in the mine, that miners needed the right kind of meal for long days underground, and he had realized what it was.  Start with a good piece of meat, he thought, one that won’t go bad after hours in a lunchbox.  Wrap it in bread, both for necessary carbs and to keep the meat contained.  After some experimentation with dough recipes and baking methods,  the pepperoni roll was born.  It was instantly successful, and the bakery sold little else for several years.  At first, he sold them to local bars for 45¢ a dozen.  Now you can buy them anywhere, and they’re even a regular part of military MREs.  Visit the Country Club Bakery for the real deal, baked in these ovens for nearly 100 years.

We suggest one more stop here in the corner of the Mountaineer State.  After the extravagance of the Palace of Gold, and with your belly full of pepperoni rolls, ease on down US 50 to Horseshoe Run and find Our Lady Of The Pines.  We’re big fans of tiny churches, and this one is a winner.  Made of stone, with a steeple and stained glass windows, it even features a period set of stations of the cross.  Feel free to sit and contemplate the beauty of this secluded spot and the lovely grounds, which include a pond and picnic area.  Before you go, you can pick up a postcard in the two square foot gift shop just inside the door.

Next time you’re headed through Wheeling, turn south on US 250 and wander into the heart of the West Virginia mountains.  You’re guaranteed to see things you didn’t expect and things you’ve never seen before.  You might even see us, Patti & Tom Burkett, somewhere out there, off the beaten path.

Resources:
http://www.palaceofgold.com/
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/2438
https://www.facebook.com/countryclubbakery/?rf=148117175206601

This part of the podcast is sponsored by Steinbring Motorcoach, Roadtrek’s newest dealer and a third generation family business in suburban Minneapolis built on quality motohomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT144.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT