The RV Podcast

Episode 129: How One Couple Uses their RV to Bring Comfort and Support for Gold Star Families

 

Show Notes for Episode #129 March 1, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

We love hearing how other people use their RV. In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Travel Podcast we meet Jim and Carolyn Diepenbruck who have one of the most inspirational stories I’ve ever encountered about how they use their RV to help them bring support and encouragement to Gold Star families who have lost loved ones to conflict in the armed services. You’ll definitely want to tune in to meet the Diepenbrucks, subjects of our interview of the week. Plus, lots of email questions, reader tips and helpful RV news and information… all coming up in Episode 129 of the podcast.

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Today’s tip is a fun one… and tasty, at that!

Quick now: What do you roast around a campfire at night?

Marshmallows, sure.

We all love gooey marshmallows and s’mores.

But there’s another treat you can put on that marshmallow stick.

Listen up as our friend Rhonda Phipps shares an alternative – Star Burst candy!

Thanks Rhonda!

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! And if you are attending the Portland RV show March 8-12 be sure to see Rad Power Bikes on display!

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

Listener Don has a question about the new Hymer Activ RV, a relative new Class B in the North American market. You can find more info at http://www.gohymer.com/

Here’s a list of where you can see it at an RV show - http://www.gohymer.com/upcoming-tradeshows-and-events/

Here’s a dealer list http://www.gohymer.com/dealer-locator/

 

Meanwhile, here are some email questions that came in this week:

 

From Alan: Newbie question. If I park my RV at home and it has a 30amp cord, how do I plug it in to a cord from my house???

 

From Nancy: This question is for Jennifer. Please talk about driving your motorhome. I know my husband wishes I would drive more but, frankly, it scares me. I know you drive. I guess I need a little female persuasion that tells it like it really is, rather than my husband’s advice to “just get behind the wheel and do it!” Do you know what I mean? Men! Thanks in advance.

 

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

 

This week’s pet tip is for those of you who travel with cats, although I would think those who have very small dogs will also want to take notice of it.

It comes from reader Ken Sowell, who passes along this valuable information;

Dear Mike and Jennifer,

I listened to the tip on lost pets on the podcast this week and an additional comment.  We travel with our two cats.  When we checked into Banff National Park for a stopover on our way to Alaska, the check-in ranger saw one our cats who rides on the right dash in the windshield.  She warned that coyotes in the park were picking off pet cats and we should be cautious with our pets in the park.  When we parked at our campsite I took the cats out on their leashes and harnesses as we usually do when we reach a campsite.  They were out for 20 minutes and I then put them back in the RV.  A few minutes later a coyote trotted through our campsite with me standing outside and he wasn't the least bit afraid of me.  If I had a cat out on a long leash, he could have grabbed it and made off with it.  The same could happen with small dogs.  The rest of the summer as we traveled through Canada and Alaska I was very wary of our surroundings when walking our pets on a leash and took care to keep them on a short leash and sometimes only one at time.

 

Thanks Ken. Good advice! We appreciate your sharing it with us. And if you have a ip about traveling with pets in your RV, please send them along. EDIT   Use the send voicemail link on the right side of the Roadreking.com blog.

Like we always tell you, his podcast is your podcast and we love featuring your voices right along with ours.

 

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 

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

We love hearing how other people use their RV. In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Travel Podcast we meet Jim and Carolyn Diepenbruck who have one of the most inspirational stories I’ve ever encountered about how they use their RV to help them bring support and encouragement to Gold Star families who have lost loved ones to conflict in the armed services.

play interview

 

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 RV News stories fir you this week

 

  • Wyoming county allowing permits to land owners as it prepares for tens of thousands of visitors for summer solar eclipse.Read more
  • Man called the RV bandit, who stole wallets from RVs at races for decades, finally faces justice.Read more
  • Man with drone caused a 1,500 elk stampede in Wyoming.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

With the start of spring just around the corner I’m sure the RV community just can’t wait to get back on the road again.

 

And while traveling coast to coast, now more than ever it’s important to stay connected not just in major metro areas, but also America’s countrysides as well. 

 

That’s why I wanted to share with your listeners the latest results from RootMetrics, an organization that drives across the country consistently checking how each major cell carrier performs in various criteria and then awarding winners in reliability, calling, texting, data, data speeds and overall.

 

For the second half of 2016, Verizon not only swept all six categories, but for the first time since RootMetrics testing began, Verizon maintained its lead in all categories for back to back testing periods.

 

So what’s that all mean? If you’re looking to call, text, check social media or watch videos and you’re always on the go there’s no better choice than Verizon.

 

And with third party validation like this, you don’t have to just take my word for it.

 

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.

 

RV CALENDAR

 

Colorado RV, Sports and Travel Show
March 2-5
National Western Complex
Denver, CO 

Greater Philadelphia RV Show
March 2-5
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks , PA

Ocala RV Show
March 2-5
Florida Horse Park
Ocala, FL

Central Illinois Recreational Show
March 3-5
Peoria Civic Center
Peoria, IL

Eugene Spring RV Show and Sale
March 3-5
Lane County Fairgrounds
Eugene, OR

Fredericksburg RV Show
March 3-5
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
Fredericksburg, VA

Rhode Island RV, Camping Show and Sale 
March 3-5
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Direct download: RT129.mp3
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Episode 128: Tiny Tick – Major Menace 

Show Notes for Episode #128 2/22/17 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

With warmer weather, we are spending more and more time outdoors again and that means more exposure to a tiny creature that poses big problems. I’m talking about ticks, a biting, blood-sucking bug not much bigger than a pinhead. But they are nothing to take lightly. Ticks are everywhere, increasing in numbers, and spreading a terrible illness called Lyme Disease.

You need to listen to our interview his week with a top expert on tick infestation and Lyme Disease, a very real threat to any RVer who spends a lot of time outdoors.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

We’ve talked before about a great product called Reflectix, an insulating product that comes in rolls and can be easily cut to fit inside and around your RV’s windows. Most recently, we used it on a winter camping trip in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and it did a great of keeping our Roadtrek motorhome warm by preventing the inside heat from escaping through the windows.

But you can also use Reflectix in the summer to keep your air-conditioned coolness in, and the outside heat…out!

A listener named Tom tells us the Reflectix should be applied on the outside of the window, not the inside. Don’t put inside the window because it would reflect too much heat onto the window and could damage the glass. Mount it outside, with stick on Velcro, just as Tom suggests!

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!

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Joyce has air in her water lines and wants to know how to get it out

Bill saw our recent Videoblog about our trip south and through Nashville and wants to know how to beat rush hour traffic in big cities 

And Bob asks about amateur radio and RVing.

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

What could be worse than losing your pet while on an RV trip?

It happens and it happens much too often. Our pets can be stressed and confused in new environments and be frightened by those unfamiliar surroundings.

Do you know that lack of identification means as few as 14% of pets ever find their way home after getting lost? So for starters, always have your pets wear a collar with ID. Our Bo has his name and our phone number engraved on his collar, We don’t have to worry about a metal tag getting snagged and falling off.

But there’s even a better way: Microchipping. About the size of a rice grain, a microchip is inserted under the skin in less than a second. It needs no battery and can be scanned by a vet or an animal control officer in seconds. If your pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, your pet will be scanned for a microchip to reveal his unique ID number. That number will be called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted using the contact information on file with your pet's microchip.

The average cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around $45, which is a one–time fee and often includes registration in a pet recovery database. The American Humane Society estimates that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Having your pet microchipped provides peace of mind that your beloved companion will never wander unknown.

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  

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Tiny Tick, Major Menace

With warmer weather, we will soon be spending more and more time outdoors again and that means more exposure to a tiny creature that poses big problems. I’m talking about ticks, a biting, blood-sucking bug not much bigger than a pinhead.

Ticks are in the spider family and there are hundreds of different kinds of ticks in the world. Many of them carry bacteria, viruses or other pathogens that cause disease in humans and/or animals.

Ticks are everywhere, increasing in numbers, and spreading a terrible illness called Lyme Disease. More than 300,000 people in the U.S. come down with Lyme Disease each year.

To help us understand just how serious the problem is, what we can do to prevent being infected, we talk to Dorothy Leland, from LymeDisease.org.

Whenever you plan outdoor activities this summer, she suggests simple steps can help reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease:

  • Wear long sleeves and pants and tuck your pants inside your socks. Lightcolored clothing will make it easier to spot ticks. Don't wear open-toed shoes and sandals.
  • Use insect repellents containing .5 percent permethrin or 20 to 30 percent DEET. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
  • Walk down the center of mowed trails to avoid brushing against grass and shrubs.
  • At the end of each day, carefully inspect yourself, children and pets and remove any attached ticks. Tick bites are painless so you probably won't feel it if you're bitten. Remove attached ticks with thin-tipped tweezers by grasping them as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight up. Be careful not to squeeze the tick. It may contain infectious fluids. Clean the site with rubbing alcohol or skin disinfectant.
  • Wash and dry all clothing. Ticks can survive a wash cycle but can't withstand an hour in a hot dryer.
  • Check with your doctor and watch for early symptoms of Lyme disease.

For information on how to remove a tick, go here.

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:

  • Wild gray wolf population in American southwest growing, according to new report. Read more
  • Primitive camping at Perdido Beach in northwest Florida temporarily banned because of
  • Road through Arches National Park will close at night to all traffic from March through

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

With your “always on the go lifestyle” staying connected couldn’t be more important. It’s how you share your story with listeners, keep up with family and friends, and no doubt stay on top of bills.

And I’m sure there are plenty of listeners who use their mobile connection for entertainment as well as streaming radio.

In fact, the average smartphone user is seeing their data usage grow about 60 percent a year! Think about that!

That’s why I’m excited to tell you that if you’re done with data limits, Verizon has the plan for you! Last week we announced Verizon Unlimited, the unlimited plan you want on the network you deserve. It couldn’t be more simple – unlimited calling, texting and data – just $80 for a single line or $45/line for a family of four.

The plan also comes with 10GB of free 4G LTE hotspot – after that it’s unlimited at 3G speeds. And if you roam into Canada or Mexico – no worries. Calling and texting are still free and you can use up to 500MB of 4G data per day there without charge. After that it’s unlimited at 2G speeds the rest of the day.

One other thing I’d like to clarify – Verizon will not throttle you on this plan. There’s been some confusion. What happens is if you have already used 22 GB on a particular line during your current billing cycle AND you are on a cell site that is congested at that moment, your download may be temporarily queued behind other Verizon customers. This may result in slightly slower download speeds for a period of time, maybe as long as stopping at a traffic light, or as long as being caught in rush hour traffic. But once congestion on the particular cell site clears up, you will go back to 4G LTE speeds - even if you have used more than 22 GB.

More information is at verizonwireless.com.

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Texas Ghost Towns

By Tom and Patti Burkett

Big Bend in Texas is not one of our most visited national parks but it’s certainly not off the beaten path.  Even though this area of the Southwest is extraordinarily dry and rocky, it’s not without its rewards for the sharp-eyed and patient traveler.  Half an hour west of the park you’ll find a ghost town called Lajitas.  During its heyday it was home to many of the miners that worked the cinnabar mines in the area.  This town, however, is known for it’s most famous resident, Clay Henry, who was elected mayor in 1986.

Clay Henry grew up at the Lajitas trading post while the town was a bit more lively than it is today.  In his youth he developed a taste for beer, and by the time of his election often drank more than a case a day.  When he disagreed with a constituent he was more likely to knock the person down than engage in conversation, and he was notoriously silent on the issues of the day.  NAFTA? Who cares?  Immigration reform?  Not my problem.  Whatever the problem, the solution was always another beer.  Clay Henry was a wildly popular mayor, re-elected six times.  Clay Henry was also a goat. A billy goat.  Horns and all.

At the ripe old age of 23, Clay Henry was killed by his son in what many call a battle for political succession, but like another famous Texas family, the son could not quite match the father in matters of state or (in this case) beer consumption.  Lajitas today is no more than a cemetery filled with unmarked graves, but Clay Henry lives on.  

Ride a few miles down the road to the ghost town of Terlingua (host to the world famous chili cookoff) and look for the Starlight Theater Restaurant.  This old building was once the entertainment center for the mining crews.  Now it’s a rollicking Western bar and restaurant with local entertainment and local food.  On weekend nights it’s probably not all that different than it was in mining days.  When we were there it was full of mountain bikers who were fully enjoying a night off the trail.

But back to Clay Henry.  In the far end of the restaurant is a stage, and both walls are covered with the work of local artists, for sale a reasonable prices.  The works range from predictable to startling, and the proceeds are often going to support a good local cause, like restoring the Terlingua church or running a summer art camp for local kids.  Tucked up in a corner of the stage, wearing his signature top hat, longneck in mouth, is the legendary goat.  Some kind local craftsperson has rendered him timeless.

Terlingua is an interesting town.  Though it’s called a ghost town, and there are many abandoned structures, there are also several thriving businesses and more than a few new homes with more being built.  If the history interests you, the book Terlingua Teacher tells a lively and personable tale.  The town is also a photographer’s dream, both before and after dark.

If two ghost towns aren’t enough, nearby you can visit Big Bend State Park (not the national park) and see the abandoned set where seven Western films and a number of music videos have been filmed.  Only the cantina remains, but it’s a beautiful drive to a beautiful setting.  And if you want a little late night excitement, drive to Marfa and look for the Marfa mystery lights.  We’re Patti and Tom Burkett, and we’ll look for you out there, somewhere, off the beaten path.

http://ghosttowntexas.com/

 

RV CALENDAR

Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show
February 17-26
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN

 

Good Sam RV Super Show 
February 23-26
Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix, AZ

 

Harrisburg RV and Camping Show
February 23-26
PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
Harrisburg, PA

 

Maryland RV Show
February 24-26
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, MD

  

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

 

 

Direct download: RT128.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Episode 127: Can Two People and a Dog Really Live in a 24-foot Motorhome?

On the Valentine’s Day episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast, Mike and Jennifer answer your questions about their relationship, living for long periods in a 24-foot camper van and how two people so different can get along so well.

I’ve been saving all sorts of questions our audience has been sending Jennifer and me over the years - questions perhaps more personal than practical - and decided this Valentine’s Day week that we’ll use those questions to interview ourselves and answer some of the more revealing questions about us.

Plus we have tech and pet tips, RV travel advice and the most romantic RV memories from our Off-the-Beaten-Path reporters Tom and Patti Burkett.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

We love listening to audiobooks as we drive.

With CD players now a thing of the past for most new vehicles, downloading them and playing them back through a device is the most common way to get them.

But they cost a small fortune from the app stores. That’s where Hoopla (www.hoopladigital.com) comes in.

Hoopla is a free app for Android, iOS (Apple) or Kindle that lets you download audiobooks directly to your smartphone or tablet from your home public library. For free. Naturally, you have to belong to a public library and have a valid membership.

Besides audiobooks, Hoopla lets you check out movies and TV shows and, of course, ebooks. They download to your device for offline playback, meaning you’re not streaming and thus eating up your data plan, or dependent on wi-fi.

There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily and EFIT EDIT EDITtitles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period, typically after a month.

We love this app. It saves us money and makes those miles go by faster.

EDIT EDIT Do you have an RV tip you’d like to share? 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:

We answer three email questions this week:

  • We were hoping you might have experience with a product that does a good job of removing odor from the soft surfaces. Any ideas? Gary and Carol

 

  • My sister and I are getting ready for a cross-country trip -- (a straight shot across via I-80), in my 2014 Ranger RT. I was looking for a list of all your podcasts.....just the number and title, so we could select those of interest and listen to them while on the road. Do you have a Word/PDF document that I could print off giving just the number and title of all 120+ Thanks!!! - Joan

 

  • I'm 85 and have some health issues (heart & arthritis). We live in Tampa,FL and hope to leave in April to drive around the country by taking the southern route to San Diego, coast road to Seattle, then east via the northern route. We travel with a cocker spaniel and a cat. I am nervous about lack of cellular service and MB service when we get "Out West". I have the opportunity to buy a 2008 Honda Fit to use as a tow car for flat towing. In the event of problems we could use the Fit to drive for help. We could also use it for side trips into town, etc. The main objective is peace of mind. Earlier experience included losing our Alison transmission on a NJ Interstate. It was 5 hours before got towed even when there were services nearby.. I notice that you don't have a dinghy. How would you handle a problem where there is no cellular service? Do you have any suggestions? Thank you. Maurice

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

As warm weather comes, and our dogs go exploring, we risk the chance of a skunk encounter!

Skunks live all over the place, and if your dog gets curious about one, they may end up with a face full of stink. If your pooch gets sprayed, there are ways you can rid them of the scent without having to buy up every can of tomato juice in the area. Over-the-counter products (such as Nature's Miracle Skunk Odor Remover) are a quick fix, but if you don't have that on hand, you can mix up your solution.

Here’s some advice from the Humane Society of the US:

Mix together:

  • 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

Wearing rubber gloves, wash your dog with this solution immediately after they've been sprayed. DO NOT get the solution in their eyes. (If you don't have peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap on hand, use vinegar diluted with water.)

Caution: Do NOT store this mixture or make it ahead of time, as the mixture could explode if left in a bottle.

Clean and rinse

  • Rub the mixture through their fur, but don't leave it on too long (peroxide can bleach fur). Rinse them thoroughly.
  • Next, wash your dog with pet shampoo and rinse thoroughly. By now, they should be de-skunked and smelling sweet. Thoroughly towel-dry your dog, and be sure to place them in a warm, sunny room for the next couple of hours so that they don't get chilled. 

If your dog rubbed some of the stink onto you, you can rid your clothes of the smell by using regular laundry detergent mixed with a half-cup of baking soda.

Here’s hoping you won’t have to do any of this. But, if that skunk encounter does occur, we hope this advice comes in handy.

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  

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK 

Mike and Jennifer interview themselves, answering the following questions sent in their listeners over the last year or so:

Audience Questions for Mike and Jennifer:

  1. How did you two meet?
  1. Did you grow up camping?
  1. Tell us about your family, grandkids and how Jennifer keeps in touch with them. I know you travel a lot? How do you keep Jennifer happy when she’s far from family and misses the grandkids 
  1. You two seem to really like each other. But be honest now: Don’t you sometimes get on each other’s nerves?
  1. Mike and Jennifer seem to be very different. It seems hard to imagine such different personalities meshing on long trips in confined quarters!
  1. How do you manage to “survive” on long trips in such a small motorhome?
  1. You guys are always gushing about how much you like the RV lifestyle. But tell us what you don’t like about it!
  1. How does Bo like all the traveling?
  1. How long do you two plan to keep living like this?
  1. How old are you and how is your health?

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

We have some wildlife news of interest this week to RV travelers…

  • Yellowstone National Park starts to slaughter bison amist Tribes objections.Read more
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission seeking public's help in reporting Florida panther sightings.Read more
  • Gray Wolf is again a Political flashpoint in the Midwest. 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: Tech for a Healthier Heart

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.? That’s one of the reasons we devote the month of February to raising awareness and making heart healthy choices.

And believe it or not, technology can help your ticker as well.

For instance, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a fitness wristband, with heart health at its core. Equipped with wrist-based heart rate monitoring, the Fitbit Charge 2 provides simplified heart rate zones to make sure you’re pushing your heart when working out and it also keeps track of trends so you can see your fitness levels are improving. 

Music not only touches your heart it can also inspire you to pump up your heart rate. The LG TONE Active+ features a built-in fitness tracker that counts calories, steps, distance, and your workout history. Plus, it’s water and sweat resistant and can be connected to external stereo speakers for a personal surround-sound experience. 

Finally, if you’re needing motivation, the MOOV NOW™ 3D Fitness Tracker and Real Time Audio Coach may be just the ticket. This gadget provides real-time audio coaching to better heart health and more productive workouts. The fitness tracker actively monitors exact movement and analyzes it, then offers suggestions such as tips to improve your workout or correct your form.

Now that’s some information you’ll want to take to heart.

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  The Burkett’s Favorite RV Memories

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we thought we’d tell a bit about what going off the beaten path means to us.  We had our first night of camping together 40 years ago this month, and believe it or not it was in a Class B, a 1969 Volkswagen camper – a sink, an icebox, a stove, and a sofa in the back that folded down into a bed.  Thinking back, it was a lot like our Roadtrek.  Back then we had to avoid the highways because we weren’t fast enough to keep up with traffic, or because going fast created an uncomfortable draft from the leaky windows and doors.

Over the years we carve out our own beaten paths—professional and personal that make daily life efficient and productive.  A couple weeks ago you interviewed Howard Payne about fulltiming.  He related that a trip to Alaska had pointed out to him and his wife how they’d been living parallel lives without really noticing it.  The trip brought them back together.  Sort of like traveling on a multi-lane highway, don’t you think?  Smooth flow of traffic, pass or get passed, focus on the destination and getting off at the right exit.

Some wise friends advised us about this way of traveling early on in our marriage.  We learned to get off on each other’s beaten path frequently—to develop shared interests and be sure we knew what was going on in the other person’s life.  Sort of like traveling the back roads, the slow roads, where whether you like it or not, you get the full experience.  Potholes and farm tractors, yes, as well as sunsets over the hilltop and homemade ice cream by the side of the road.

We’ve spent plenty of time on the interstates—meeting a deadline, avoiding construction, bypassing icy, hilly alternatives.  We’ve even had adventures on them, like the time the rack system loaded with kayaks and bicycles slid off the trailer at 65 miles an hour or the time we drove across Pennsylvania under a full moon because the headlights weren’t working.  It seems our interstate highway experiences are inclined to be more hair-raising than relaxing.  And as we zip along at the speed limit, we always know we’re missing something on that old road just over there, and we wonder what it might be.

So, for Valentine’s Day, here are a few of our favorite romantic memories:

  • Strolling in the sunrise at the De-Nah-Zin wilderness of New Mexico
  • Cooking pancakes by Jefferson Lake, in the Rockies, on a frosty morning
  • Eating fresh seafood on the deck of The Wyld Restaurant on a tidal creek in Georgia
  • Watching the sun shine on Capitol Reef from a swimming pool in Torrey, Utah after a long hot day
  • Seeing the sun set on the Toronto skyline across the lake from Fourmile Creek campground
  • Hiking the South Dakota badlands by moonlight
  • Snuggling into our blankets on a zero-degree night in Michigan’s upper peninsula
  • And falling asleep to the sound of the waves on the Oregon coast.
  • We’re Patti & Tom Burkett, and if you watch, you’ll find us poking around out there, somewhere, off the beaten path.

RV CALENDAR

We’re still in the heart of the RV show calendar around North America. We have 10 big shows scheduled for this coming weekend:

Houston RV Show
February 15-19
NRG Center
Houston, TX

Austin RV Super Sale
February 16-19
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

Chicago RV & Camping Show
February 16-19
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 
Palatine, IL

West Palm Beach RV Show
February 16-19
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL

Atlantic City RV & Camping Show 
February 17-19
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ 

Maryland RV Show
February 17-19, 24-26
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, MD

Vermont State RV & Camping Show
February 17-19
Champlain Valley Expo
Essex Junction, VT

Northeast RV New Product Show
February 17-20
Rockland Community College Field House
Suffern, NY

Springfield RV Camping and Outdoor Show
February 17-20
Eastern States  Exposition
West Springfield, MA

Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show
February 17-26
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN

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

 

 

 

Direct download: RT127.mp3
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One of the biggest fears many RVers have is fire. Each year, RV fires cause deaths, many injuries and tens of millions of dollars in damages.

So to help us fireproof our RVs, this week we interview one of our friends, Mark Polk of RVEduction101.com. Mark is a true expert on all aspects of RVs and RV safety and has critical and very practical advice for us in this episode about keeping our RVs safe from fire.

Plus we have lots of news, tips, RV information and, as always, your questions and comments about the RV lifestyle.

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 #126 Feb. 8, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Edits….

We love to boondock. We also love to camp in the wintertime. Both types of RVing can pose challenges in staying clean. When on long boondocking trips, we try to conserve our water. In the winter, with no water in the fresh water tanks, it’s the same thing.

We connected with our Roadtreking friend Jan Mathews on a recent winter campout and she showed us a very handy way to clean and bathe when water is in short supply.

Jan suggests cleaning cloths available in pharmacies for bedridden patients.

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

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

I love hearing from you!

 

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

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

 

Jan in Tucson has a bunch of questions. She wants to know what Jennifer takes in terms of pans and silverware utensils. She asks us about storing a portable BarbeQue. We share our solution - a small Coleman two burner propane stove that cleans up easy and stores in an airtight case

 

John is coming to the Oregon eclipse gathering in August and wonders if it’s okay to bring a dog. By all means, we tell him!

 

Bill has a Roadtrek Versatile 190. He’s a trout fisherman and wonders how to stash is fishing rods. He also wonders about a small trailer for his kayaks and bikes. Mike tells him to check out to Yak-Shak Kayak Trailers - https://youtu.be/wEXfBRck8YY

 

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

 

There was a very sad story we came across this week from California. A dog locked in a car died of heat exhaustion on Sunday in Palm Springs. Now no one would think it’s hot out there this time of year. The day this happened, the high only reached 70 degrees.

But you get direct sunlight even on cooler days. It can be very warm inside a vehicle. Think of it like a solar oven, basically, in your car.

Police say that dog left inside of a car for more than three hours in Palm Springs died of heat exhaustion on a 70 degree day. Police say the dog's body temperature reached 104 degrees by the time police came in contact with the owner.

The owner was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.

Here’s the warning: Experts say there can be as much as a 40- to 50-degree difference between what's outside and inside a closed up vehicle. Especially in places like California, Arizona, Florida and the south where you have a lot of sunny days that, in the winter, may be chilly. But that sunshine warms up a vehicle very quickly.

Now here’s the thing: Many RVers often leave their pets in their RVs with the air conditioning on.

But the experts don’t recommend that. And in many states, it’s illegal to do so, no matter whether the RV’s AC is on or not. Animal safety experts and vets say leaving an animal in any kind of enclosed vehicle with the air conditioning on is not a safe alternative. They say the best solution is to consider leaving your pet at home, or with a pet sitter if you are going to be away from the pet for an extended period of time.

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 

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

 

One of the biggest fears many RVers have is fire. Fire destroys thousands of RVs each year, often at a tragic cost of life.

If you've never seen an RV fire, you may not realize how quickly an RV can burn down to the metal frame. Having propane on board makes the prospect worse, as it will likely mean an explosion.

It’s very hard to nail down exact statistics, except to say that RV fires are much more common than they should be. The numbers of RV fires reported each year range from a low of about 1,000 to as many as 10,000, depending on the source.

Our friend Greg Gerber at RV Daily News started tracking news accounts of RV fires late last summer and his list is over 150 now…and those are just the ones that received news coverage.

So to help us fireproof our RVs, we brought on our friend Mark Polk, who, with wife, Dawn, produces professional RV how-to instruction at RVEduction101.com in the form of videos, DVD's, books and e-books on using and maintaining your Recreation Vehicle. Mark is a true expert on all aspects of RVs and RV safety and has critical and very practical advice for us in this episode about keeping our RVs safe from fire.

You can listen to the interview at

And for more info from Mark:

Subscribe to Mark’s RV Consumer Magazine: http://goo.gl/pnHryo
Visit Mark’s free RV video site: http://rv101.tv/
Visit Mark’s RV Blog: http://rvingwithmarkpolk.com/
Visit Mark’s RV learning Center: http://rvconsumer.com/
Visit Mark’s You Tube Channel: https://goo.gl/PkICHz
Like Mark’s RV Education 101 on Facebook: https://goo.gl/E9Daxr

 

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

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

 

We have three RV news stories this week…

  • Florida woman scammed out of $8,500 when trying to buy an RV online. Read more
  • Study shows sleeping outdoors can help people who stay up too late reset their sleep cycle. Read more
  • Legislators in Washington state consider raising ticket fines for slow drivers who stay in the left lane, instead of using it only for passing. 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: Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Travelers

 

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

 

 

With less than a week to go until Valentine’s Day the pressure is on! And if you’re looking to make the day extra special, from music, to lighting and more, we’ve got you covered.

 

First off when it comes to a gift…red is always the right color…from a deep red designer Rebecca Minkoff leather slide case for the latest iPhone to the wireless PowerBeats2 headphones, you can make a tech bouquet filled with these romantically colored treats.

 

On the music side…there’s the JBL Flip 3 speaker, the Ultimate Ears Megaboom and Bose SoundLink II giving you great Bluetooth options with amazing sound…and a bonus they also come in red. When it comes to speakers you can slip into your purse for a night out there’s also the Altec Lansing Mini H20.

 

When you’re looking to set the mood, you don’t want harsh white lights. Instead opt for the Hue Lightstrip Plus. These discreet LED strips can be tucked into many places – under counters, behind stereos, along the edge of your walls – a glow in 3 million shades of beautiful color! Plus pair with apps like Hue disco and have the lights synced to music or try an app called Hue Manic and let your lights pulse with the glow of candlelight.

 

Finally, of course there are some great Valentine’s apps and here are a few from our friends at Digital Trends.

 

One of the best of the bunch is an app called Between. It lets you share texts, voice messages and calendars with your loved one and creates an archive of your relationship. Guys, it also lets you know how long you’ve know your partner so you’ll never miss that special occasion again!

 

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 -  Tiny attractions across the nation

 

By Tom and Patt Burkett

You’ve undoubtedly seen at least a few of the “biggest” things our backroads have to offer.  Maybe it’s the popcorn ball in Sac City, Iowa.  Or the lobster in Islamorada, Florida.  Or the 4000 pound Paul Bunyan in Bangor, Maine.  You might not have noticed that our national byways also offer a wide array of “smallest”things. 

Some of these are scale models.  The venerable Roadside America model near Shartlesville, PA has been amazing travelers for nearly a century.  Cross Island Chapel in Oneida, New York is a church that will seat exactly two worshipers, and Mill End Park in Portland, Oregon has one tree and four square feet of flowers and grass.

One of our favorite small things is Tiny Town, which sits a bit west of Denver on US 285 in the town of Morrison, Colorado.  George Turner began building this attraction in 1915 for the enjoyment of his daughter.  Ten years later the town had grown to more than 125 buildings and saw more than 20,000 visitors a year.  For a few years, it rivaled Pike’s Peak as Colorado’s number one tourist attraction.  Then Tiny Town fell on hard times.  A series of floods, a fire, rerouting of US 285, and several changes of ownership left it basically in ruins in 1983.

Then a real estate group adopted Tiny Town.  In a fundraiser for the Denver Children’s Museum, they leased lots in the town to anyone who was willing to build a house to the original specifications, following a strict building code.  The lots sold out almost immediately.  Businesses clamored for the chance to be included, so the town added a business district.  Local Colorado shops (no chain stores allowed) built replica models of their own stores to populate the new real estate.  Two ride-on model railroads were added to the grounds.

Since then, Tiny Town has grown.  The hillside above it sorts a mining camp and mine operation.  There are Native American settlements and encampments.  Lakes and forests surround the settlements, and the town has parks and civic features.  New neighborhoods have been added, as have new businesses.  Each new addition conforms to a specific time period, and only unique or historical commercial structures are allowed.  Recently, several of Turner’s original buildings were discovered in a barn nearby.  They’ve been restored and added to the town as the neighborhood of Turnerville.

Visit Tiny Town.  Climb onboard behind the genuine scale model steam locomotive.  It burns as much as 140 pounds of coal every day, and boils off more than 100 gallons of water.  Ride the train in and out among the neighborhoods and environs.  You’ll even get to see some things that can’t be seen by visitors on foot.  Walk around and take a close look at the intricate and historically accurate models.  Sit under the trees and enjoy a picnic.  Not too far west on 285 you can turn off to the Buffalo Creek camping area in the Pike National Forest for dispersed sites and a campground.

Big or small, you’ll find it all if you get off the interstate and keep your eyes open.  You might even see us, Tom & Patti Burkett, somewhere out there, off the beaten path.

Here’s some links for more info:

Tiny Town

Camping at Buffalo Creek in the Pike National Forest

 

RV CALENDAR

We have nine RV shows for you this weekend around North America…

Jacksonville RV Show
February 9-12
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Jacksonville, FL

Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show 
February 9-12
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

Salem Spring RV Show
February 9-12
Oregon Sate Fairgrounds
Salem, OR

Seattle RV Show
February 9-12
CenturyLink Field Event Center
Seattle, WA

Ottawa RV Expo & Sale
February 9-12
EY Centre
Ottawa, ON, Canada

San Antonio Boat & Travel Trailer Show
February 9-12
Alamodome
San Antonio, TX

Montana RV, Boat & Powersports Show
February 10-12
Four Seasons Arena
Great Falls, MT

Columbus RV Show
February 10-12
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH

Richmond Camping RV Expo
February 10-12
Richmond Int’l. Raceway Complex
Richmond, VA

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

 

 

Direct download: RT126.mp3
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