The RV Podcast

 Episode 133: Everything You Wanted to Know About How We Sleep in our RV

 In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast we answer one of the most asked questions we get – what are our sleeping arrangements in the RV? We talk about how we set up our RV bed, what we use for bedding and comfort and how and where we store it.

This is a question we get in several variations a couple of times each week so in this episode, we go into great detail. And we’ll share resources on the gear we use for our RV bed.

Also this week, a very interesting interview with Charlie Adcock, the President of the Family Motorcoach Association. Charlie talks candidly about the future of this very influential organization and how to survive, the FMCA needs to reach out to other RVers, specifically those who have towables – travel trailers and fifth wheels. You’ll also want to learn about the FMCA’s Member Assist Program, which offers what I think is the most essential peace of mind an RVer can have if, while traveling, the worst happens – a heart attack, or death or being stranded on the road because of an incapacitating injury or illness.

Also in this episode, as always, RV News, traveling, tech and pet tips and a great off-the-beaten-path report.

Show Notes for Episode #133 March 29,2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

When you go on a long trip and leave your sticks and bricks home, one of the worries is that there will be a power outage while you are gone. The nation’s electric grid and infrastructure is in decline and outages happen more and more.

So maybe you get home and see the clocks all blinking – a sure sign of an outage. What you don’t know is how long there was no electricity. Maybe it’s been just a few hours, but also there is a possibility it’s been for days. In this case, the food in your refrigerator have been defrosted and spoiled.

Now if you see that happened – that the frozen food is all squishy soft, the best thing to do is to throw it out right away.

But even if it’s frozen solid when you check, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. That’s because food freezes again when electricity comes back. So you can’t notice it was thawed.

This can be a major threat to your health because the food may spread salmonella and other bacteria.

The food can stay safe without power at least 4 hours, only if the fridge is left unopened. The door of the fridge should be closed as much as possible to keep the cold temperature. The food in the freezer can stay safe without power for 48 hours, but only if it is full. The food is safe in the freezer for 24 hours if it is half-full.

But if it’s re-frozen, how do you know?
Here is a trick you can use to find out how long your freezer was without any power. This way you will discover if your food may be consumed or it spent too much time being warm.

Pour some water into a cup and place it in the freezer. When there is only ice in the cup, place the coin on the top of the cup and put it back into the freezer.

Next time you come back from a long trip, take a look at the coin.

If the coin is still at the top or in the middle of the ice cubes in the cup, there was no electricity, but only for a short period, which is why the water was only partly melted.

In addition, if the coin is at the bottom of the cup, it shows that there was no electricity for a long period, which caused the water to dissolve completely and thus the coin sank to the bottom. If this is the case for your freezer, do not consume the food that is in your freezer.

That’s this week’s tip.

Do you have an RV tip or suggestion for me? 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 Mary Ellen asks about bedding in the RV and Mike and Jennifer share, in detail, how they have set up their RV and what they use to sleep on.

Resources mentioned:

We talk about our RVSuperbag -

Here’s a video of it in our RV: http://roadtreking.com/the-most-important-part-of-an-rv/

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

PET TIP OF THE WEEK 

There’s no question about it: having a dog romping around the RV that smells “a bit ripe” is none too pleasant. Keeping your dog clean and well-groomed will pay dividends beyond simple aesthetics. It will also help to keep your dog healthy. Basic grooming involves bathing and brushing.

Just like people, dogs need regular bathing. But unlike people, dogs don’t need frequent bathing. Your dog’s breed and the environment in which it lives and plays will largely determine the optimum frequency of bathing. But once a month is a good rule-of-thumb.

Vets recommend that you do not bathe your dog more than once a week.

And this is important: You can’t use your bath soap on your dog when you give it a bath; use a shampoo that is formulated specifically for dogs.

Right along with bathing comes brushing. Most dogs love a good brush. Brushing also helps to prevent skin irritation by removing dead hair from your dog’s coat before it mats. And it gives you control over where hair is shed – in the brush instead of all over your RV! 

You can brush your dog as frequently as you feel is needed, but the longer your dog’s hair, the more frequently you’ll need to brush. Very longhaired dogs may need it daily, while shorthaired dogs may need it only monthly.

Always brush outward from the skin – never toward the skin from the ends of the hair. And misting your dog’s coat with a grooming spray will help the brush glide smoothly through any snags and mats.

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  and sold at Home Goods Stores across their 600 store chain.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

The Family Motorcoach Association is America’s premier organization for RV travel by motorhome, well over 50 years old. Their rallies and gatherings and the benefits that come with membership are the best in the industry and there are scores of FMCA chapters that regularly meet and gather together, too.

But as other forms of RVs have come into the marketplace, membership has taken a nose dive And now, to save itself, there’s a new proposal that will be up for a vote this summer that, for the first time, would change the membership requirements of the Family Motorcoach Association and open it up to those who own other RV types, like travel trailers and fifth wheels.

It’s perhaps the biggest change in the organization’s history and our guest this week is FMCA President Charlie Adcock, who explains the proposal and also shares details about one of the groups top benefits, a program called FMCAssist that provides amazing peace of mind should the worst happen while on an RV trip.

Meanwhile, the next major gathering of the FMCA will be its 96th International Convention July 12-15, 2017 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN. Mike and Jennifer will be there and conduct a couple of seminars on their style of RV travel. Come meet them!

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:

  • Major fight brewing over fate of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument – Read More
  • Killer Bees Attack Residents of Arizona RV 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

Whether it’s spring break or summer vacation, no doubt you and your listeners are thinking about that next road trip. And if you’re gassing up the family truckster, this year I’ve got one new gadget you’re going to want to bring along – HumX by Verizon.

This is a family road trip game-changer. Why’s that? Well for starters, HumX turns your whole vehicle into a wifi hotspot for up to ten connected devices. Now the whole family can be online at once – from tablets to gaming consoles – you’re covered.

In addition, it comes with peace of mind on several fronts. First, should your car break down on the side of the road or you get into an accident, you have free roadside assistance and crash detection. In addition, if you’re like me and sometimes forget exactly where you parked it’s not a big deal. That’s because you pull up the Hum app on your phone and can see the exact parking stall your vehicle is at. 

If you let your teens drive the vehicle as well, you can use the app to see in real-time where the vehicle is, what speed it’s going and where it’s headed. Not to mention you can set speed limits and geographic boundaries to ensure they only go where they say they’re going…and do so safely.

And speaking of safety, each trip you take you are given a safety score…1-100 where one is the least safe and 100 is the safest drive. It’s based on how often you speed, touch your phone, how hard you brake and how fast you corner or accelerate. 

That magic again is all brought to you by HumX. You can learn more at www.hum.com. And if you don’t need all of the features and just want to see your safety score while driving you can do so with the free Hum application found on both the Google Play and Apple App Stores.

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

Boston and Cape Cod certainly have their attractions--think lobster, beaches, history—but Massachusetts doesn’t end at the shore.  Head west into the mountains, and there’s a completely different landscape to explore.  Aside from the transportation hubs and the occasional college town, the villages are tiny, picturesque, and sometimes, fading away.  Not so the berg of Shelburne Falls, nestled along the Deerfield River.

Massachusetts Route 2 winds its way through some of the most picturesque scenery we’ve seen, much of it along the river valley, but now and then scaling a mountain ridge for a spectacular view.  Get off I-91 at exit 26 (Greenfield) and head west for about 30 minutes and you’ll see the turnoff for Shelburne Falls.  The sign says glacial potholes, ½ mile.  You may know what glacial potholes are.  We did not.  The smallest are the size of a bowler hat, and the largest bigger than a football field in diameter.  Shelburne Falls has the largest concentration of them in the world.

We’re not much for shopping, but this little town lured us in, first with the fudge and ice cream shop across the street, then with the old textile mill converted to an artist co-op.  In the mill we found the extraordinary glass sculpture of local artist Josh Simpson.  Simpson is best know for making glass planets, intricate with apparent life on the surface, ranging from an inch in diameter to the one hundred pound wonder he created for the Smithsonian Institution.  A film in the gallery tells about the special equipment invented to make it and the several local glass artists who came together to help.

Crossing the river is the bridge of flowers.  This abandoned vehicle bridge has been planted with a lavish garden along both sides, and foot traffic crosses amid the flowers and flowering trees with the river rushing below.  It’s closed in the winter, but beautiful for three seasons.  There are several good eateries in town, at least one with a dining room hanging over the river, and several venues that feature live local music.  Charlie King and Bill Harley, bit well-known folk artists, live locally and can sometimes be heard performing.

If you visit in the late winter, the local sugar shacks will be in full operation.  This is the heart of maple syrup country.  Several of the operations offer pancake breakfasts, and it’s an experience to walk through the steam of the boiling sap and sit down to a hot plate of flapjacks covered with syrup that’s just minutes old.  The sugar shacks are hubs for local produce as well, offering free-range meats, local cheeses, preserves, and fresh bakery goods.

Not too far down the road is the Montague Book Mill, a used book store with the motto “Books You Don’t Need In A Place You Can’t Find”  Grab a cup of coffee from the little café downstairs, find a spot in the sun on one of the many couches scattered around, and spend a day reading whatever tickles your fancy from the endless shelves.  Just outside the back door is an equally enjoyable used music store called Turn It Up!

This is a winter ski area and a summer resort area, so you’ll find tourist prices in effect year round.  Local campgrounds are a bit tight, but there are two lovely camping areas at Mohawk Trail State Forest, perched on a mountainside and convenient to all the attractions of the area.  There are also several nice pulloffs along the river, which may or may not be good for overnight parking.  There were no signs posted.  Visit western Massachusetts, in any season, and you won’t be disappointed.  We’re Patti & Tom Burkett and we’ll look for you out there, somewhere, off the beaten 

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.

 

RV CALENDAR

It’s the end of the spring RV show season. Only one show on the calendar this weekend:

Evergreen Spring RV Show
March 31-April 2
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Monroe, WA​​​​​​

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

 

Direct download: RT133.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

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.

In this week’s podcast, we offer a guide to understand, prepare for, and view this rare celestial event. We interview Michael Zeiler, the founder of the Great American Eclipse website, who tells us why RVers are in the best position to view this stupendous event.

That interview is coming up in just a few minutes, along with audience Q&A, lots of RV News and tips and an off the beaten path report.

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

Show Notes for Episode #32 March 22, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

MONOLOGUE

Here’s the link to the post from our Facebook Group that Jennifer and Mike talked about, the story of the snakeskin in the RV:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/roadtreking/permalink/775652012593780/ 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Have you ever had trouble sleeping in your RV at night because it’s too bright? Then listen to listener Nancy Richardson’s tip on making your own black out curtains

Great tip! Do you have one? Well consider this an invitation 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:

Kevin asks about the Volcano Grill… Mike shares his thoughts about this $145 three-fuel portable camping grill.

Two email questions this week:

From Neal: Just wondering if you have encountered any problems with using BioDiesel in your Roadtreck.  I have the same chassis with a Winnebago unit and I’m planning a cross country trip this Summer.  Did you encounter places where you could not find regular diesel and if so, were there any problems using BioDiesel?

From Anette: Greetings! I have recently found your website and can't stay long enough to hear enough! I am in the process of purchasing my first Roadtrek! It is a 2009 170 popular with 25,000 miles, one owner. Your podcasts have been soooo very helpful. I have wanted a Roadtrek for the last ten years and have been actively been look for 3 years. My question is do you have any recommendations for a company for extended warranties? You might talk about it on one of your shows, but I have a ton to listen to. Thank you very much for your helpful tips and information.

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

We all know that humans need skin protection from too much sun. But do you dogs do, too? No granted, dogs heavy fur cast minimize the risk over much of their bodies but one part of them is very susceptible to sun damage: Their nose.

A sunburned nose on your dog can be painful, and they can also increase your dog’s risk of cancer.

Search for sunscreens that are designed specifically for dogs, and consult your veterinarian for recommendations. You should find a couple to choose from at any pet store.

Whatever you do, do not use human sunscreen. Human sunscreens usually contain zinc oxide. And zinc oxide can be toxic to dogs if they eat it because of the zinc. So check the label before you apply.

You don’t need to cover your dog all over, just in the areas that will be exposed to the sun. Apply it to the snout and nose. Dog hair doesn’t need protection.

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  and sold at Home Goods Stores across their 600 store chain.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

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. A website called Great American Eclipse provides an amazing guide to understand, prepare for, and view this rare celestial event.

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...

Anchorage considers RV overnight ban. Again. Read more

First confirmed sighting of grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park as the sleepy giants wake up from winter nap. Read more

Arkansas teen found 7.44-carat diamond at Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park after just 30 minutes of searching. 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

On March 23, puppy lovers from across the country will celebrate their furry friends as part of National Puppy Day.

And whether you have a new pup or a seasoned dog, you can of course up your pet game with the use of some tech.

The Nest Cam Security Camera is the perfect device for new puppy owners – allowing you to keep your eye on what matters most. Free live streaming lets you see if your pup is getting into places that a puppy shouldn’t – or sleeping peacefully. As a bonus you can let them know you care by talking to them from the tablet or mobile app.

When it comes to taking pup-tastic pics, there’s no better way to do it than with the Google Pixel. Not only do you get a best in class camera but thanks to unlimited cloud storage with Google Photos you’ll never have to worry about running out of space.

If you’re prone to temporarily misplacing things while hanging at the dog park, the Slim Tile bluetooth tracker could be a lifesaver. Tile Slim is about the size and width of two credit cards placed together. Easily slide it into the pocket of your jacket, inside your wallet or fanny pack. Or, attach it to your doggy fanny pack. Should it go missing, simply launch the app and click on its name and you’ll be set!

Who says technology is just for humans? The following apps will surely get two paws up.

First the Dog Teaser app. Tap one of the bones and get a bark, doorbell, dog whistle and more – all of which will perk your pet up. And if you’re looking to soothe them try the Pet Acoustics app. It plays music that has been designed for your pet, in frequency, volume and rhythm – which will surely come in handy if your new pet is excited by the arrival of any house guests.

 

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 Michael Deutsch

Illinois is known as the land of Lincoln, but did you know Indiana is the boyhood home of our famed president Abraham Lincoln? Nestled in the foot hills of Southern Indiana’s Spencer county are some of the old stomping grounds of Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln State Park.

The park is located on highway 162 East of US 231. Like most of our state parks Lincoln has something to offer everyone. From the nature center to the lake, from the hiking trails to the beach, and from the canoe rental to the campground there is something for the young and old alike. We visited the state park for an extended weekend in the late fall; we were surprised to find the campground sold out, but as luck would have it we had reservations.

The campground boasts a primitive tent camping area, electric RV sites near the lake, family cabins and a group camp area. The RV campground has nice gravel sites and older pine trees with younger hardwoods growing as well. We found the lake to have nice scenic vistas to see the fall colors or catch a sunset. The hiking trail around the lake is always a favorite offering a steep hill climb up to a fire tower. For those that like heights, be sure to count the number of stairs on your way up.

Across the highway from the state park is the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial area. It has a recreated 1820’s homestead, a historic cemetery, hiking trail and Memorial Building with indoor exhibits.

If thrill rides and theme parks are your thing be sure to visit Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, a short drive East on Highway 162 in Santa Claus, IN. Holiday World is a family favorite

boasting big roller coasters, a large water park, and smaller rides for the little kids. It is very affordable for families offering free soft drinks, free parking, free sunscreen and free Wi-Fi. We found the food to be affordable and delicious as well.

So whether you are looking for some adventure in the great outdoors, a history lesson, or a roller coaster ride look no further than Southern Indiana’s Spencer County. Until next time, keep on exploring God’s wonderful creations.

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.

 

RV CALENDAR

Progressive Insurance Northwest Sports Show
March 23-26
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

Midwest Outdoor Expo
March 24-26
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, IN

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

 

Direct download: RT132.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT

Are you planning your 2017 RV travels? Be sure to include Canada this year. There’s no better time to visit our neighbor to the north as the nation proudly celebrates its 150th birthday. And Canada’s amazing National Parks are making it particularly attractive for RVers this year with a pass that allows free entrance all year long, no matter where you’re from, Canada, the U.S. or anywhere else. 

We’ll tell you how to get one and offer lots of suggestions on what to see and where to go in Canada this year….coming up in our interview segment of the podcast.

Plus tips for you, your pets and your on the go technology, as well as audience questions, RV news of the week and the RV calendar… all this coming up in episode 131 of the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast.

Show Notes for Episode #131 March 15, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Mark down April 27-29 if you are in the American Southwest within driving distance of Phoenix, AZ. Jennifer and I will be there that weekend making personal appearances, meeting and greeting folks at the big Class B RV show and expo sponsored by the good folks at La Mesa RV. 

There’s a free BBQ that Saturday, demos of the latest in Class B technology and displays featuring the latest models from Roadtrek and others. We’ll have more to say about this but for now, if you can get there, put it on your calendar…April 27-29, 2017 in the Phoenix AZ area. 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Our Roadtreking friend Mary Z recently shared a fascinating article from Outdoor magazine that notes sixteen hundred people go missing from our public lands each year. They’re on a hike or jogging or exploring, usually not from camp or a road and they are never seen again. We’ll put a link to the article from the magazine on the Roadtreking-dot-com blog but Mary, who used to work for the Forest Service posted this on our Roadtreking Facebook Group that I think is worth passing along here on the podcast.

Says Mary:

“I am retired Forest Service and I have seen this happen so many times people disappear without a trace. If you are solo make sure people know where you are headed. I witnessed people disappear on Forest Service roads, and no one had an inkling they where they were. We found several dead in unexpected locations. Let your family know your plans and if you hike solo, as I do, take less risk and sign in to those trail head logs, your life may depend on it.” 

Mary’s post brought some good responses and even more tips:

Said Rick: “Always carry a little, but loud, whistle. I include one in my first aid kit, camera bag and glove compartment”

Another Facebook reader noted: “My husband always lets me know which trail he is taking and what time he should be back by.”

And Connie added: “Be very cautious following your GPS. More than once we have been directed to forest service or Township roads totally unsuitable for a vehicle, especially a Roadtrek. Keep road maps up front (along with common sense). “

Good tips all!

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:

Sue is getting ready for a three month RV trip and has a question about bringing along a 15 amp extension cord.

Ann wants to know where to get those peel and Paste maps for the U.S. states and Canada - Here’s the one we have, for the US - http://roadtreking.com/jennifers-tip-rv-travel-map-state-stickers/

The one for the US is at: http://amzn.to/1R1QDe0

The one for Canada is at: http://amzn.to/2n7sGKU

Bruce is a new RVer who wants tips on finding great places to camp in natural settings

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

Today’s tip has to do with what to do with your dog when you set up camp. And the best advice is, take them for a nice, long walk around the campground.

 Animals never can relax unless they have an idea of where they are. And your dog has been cooped up in the RV during that long drive. So when you arrive and set up, even before you bring out the chairs and the BarBQue, put the pet on a six foot leash and go for a walk.

 A recently exercised dog will be in a more relaxed state for the rest of the day.

 And by the way… your dog may growl at strangers and that’s ok. It’s natural for your dog to be a little nervous around new people. He’s out of his element and may growl. This isn’t because he’s being aggressive, but because he’s a little freaked out and needs reassurance that everything’s under control. If you nervously pull him away from the new person, you’re indicating that there is something wrong and he’ll freak out more. Just smile and be calm with the people you encounter, be relaxed and show your dog that you’ve got it covered. Walk around, talk to people, let your dog see you’re happy and content. He will be, too.

 Then, when you bring him back to the campsite, everything’s cool. He’s happy, familiar with the new environment and you can now join him in relaxing.

 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 and sold at Home Goods Stores across their 600 store chain.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

 Are you planning your 2017 RV travels? Be sure to include Canada this year. There’s no better time to visit our neighbor to the north as the nation proudly celebrates its 150th birthday. And Canada’s amazing National Parks are making it particularly attractive for RVers this year with a pass that allows free entrance all year long, no matter where you’re from, Canada, the U.S. or anywhere else.

Our guest is Eric Magnan, of Parks Canada. He joins us from his office in Quebec:

Resources mentioned in this interview:

Parks Canada: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/index.aspx

Free Admission Pass: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/pn-np/index.aspx

Parks Canada Camping Info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/media/ltc-dlc/ltc-dlc01.aspx

Where to Camp: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/media/ltc-dlc/ltc-dlc05.aspx

Parks Canada Camping Reservations: https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/ParksCanad 

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:

California's Big Sur state parks may not reopen until June because of extensive storm damage. Read more

Meet Gracie, Glacier National Park's "Bark" Ranger, who helps keep wildlife and people safely apart. Read more

South Florida is taking applications for 25 paid snake hunters. Those hired start in April and are paid bonuses for eliminating pythons from the Everglades. 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

Depending on what part of the country you’re driving through, you’ve likely started to see the first signs of spring!

And with the warmer weather, comes the urge to get outside and be a little healthier. That includes eating.

 March is national nutrition month, which means there’s no better time than now to make some healthy choices. And of course technology can play a role.

Ever wonder for instance just how healthy that granola bar is? With the free Fooducate app, you can easily find out. Each food you search will give you a grade from A the healthiest to F the worst. If your first choice doesn’t make the grade, you’ll get healthy suggestions.

Another option is to pull out your smartphone or Google Home and ask google. Simply say, OK Google, how many calories are in an apple for instance, and it’ll tell you. Or ask Google for a healthy baked chicken recipe and you’ll get that as well.

Finally, remember that making better choices is a marathon and not a sprint. So watch your progress happen over time by using a free app like MyFitnessPal. Log your total caloric intake and keep track of how active you are all in an easy-to-use app. 

Or if losing weight is your goal, you can try out a wifi connected scale like the Fitbit Aria. Step on it the same time every day and watch as your healthy choices lead to real results. 

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

Just two shows to tell you about this weekend as the annual winter RV show calendar winds down for the new travel season…

48th Annual RV Super Show

March 16-19

State Fair Park

Oklahoma City, OK

 

Springfield RV & Camping Show

March 17-19

Prairie Capital Convention Center

Springfield, IL 

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

 

 

 

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Episode 130: Before you visit this year, take the “Yellowstone Pledge”

 

On everyone’s bucket list is Yellowstone National Park. But after record crowds and a series of unfortunate incidents last year, this year, before you go, park officials are asking you to take the “Yellowstone Pledge.”

What is it? Listen to our interview of the week, as we learn about the pledge and what else is new for 2017 at Yellowstone.

Plus, an important update to our recent report on Ticks and Lyme disease that shows a just released report predicting an epidemic of tick infestations, particularly on the eastern seaboard. And we have RV questions, tips and a great off the beaten path report.

 

Show Notes for Episode #130 March 8, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

 

OPENING MONOLOGUE

 

I've written before about the dangers of truck tire retreads and the shredded parts left on the road when they blow out and how the tire remnants cause damage and sometimes injuries.

It happened to us on I-75 just north of Chattanooga over the weekend. A part of a truck tire was hit by a vehicle in front of us and flew up and took out my side mirror. We are very glad it wasn't the window it hit as that would have injured Jennifer in the passenger seat. Nasty.

Truck retreads and the "gators" they leave are real hazard on the roads! They cause over 25,000 accidents and at least 100 deaths each year in the United States and Canada.

JENNIFER’S TIP OF THE WEEK - Tick Prediction Update

We’ve talked on this podcast before about how bad Lyme Disease has become. As we reported in Episode 128 a couple of weeks ago, Lyme Disease s contracted in humans primarily through ticks. Officially, the Centers for Disease Control report 30,000 cases are diagnosed every year.

They actually suspect the real number is 10 times that!

That means 300,000 people come down with this very serious illness every year in the U.S. alone.

The reason we’re revisiting this as a tip this week is because officials have come up with a way to estimate how bad tick infestations and Lyme disease will be in any given year.

And the prognosis for 2017 is grim.

They are predicting an epidemic.

NPR recently did a major story on this. We will link to it on the podcast. but, essentially, scientists who have studied Lyme for more than 20 years, have come up with an early warning system for the disease. They can predict how many cases there will be a year in advance by looking at one key measurement: Count the mice the year before.

The explanation is simple: Mice are highly efficient transmitters of Lyme. They infect up to 95 percent of ticks that feed on them. Mice are responsible for infecting the majority of ticks carrying Lyme in the Northeast. And ticks love mice. An individual mouse might have 50, 60, even 100 ticks covering its ears and face.

The warm winter has led to an explosion of mice, killed off much fewer ticks than usual and, as a result, 2017 is predicted to be the worse year yet. The disease shows up in Maine, swoops down the East Coast into Washington, D.C., and southern Virginia. Then it hops to the Midwest into northern Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. There are also small pockets of Lyme on the West Coast.

So what can you do to keep from getting infected? The experts say you should do a tick check to your daily routine, When you're in the shower check your body for tiny ticks, especially the places they like to hide. That's the scalp, behind the ears, the armpits and in the groin area.

If you do find a tick, get it off as quickly as possible. The longer an infected tick stays on your skin, the greater the chance it will pass the Lyme bacteria on to you. EDIT   Generally, it takes about 24 hours for the tick to infect a person after it starts biting.

Then be on the lookout for Lyme symptoms — like a red rash or a fever. It anything crops up, go see a doctor immediately. Don't wait: The earlier you get treated, the better chance you'll have for a full recovery.

That’s this week’s tip. I invite you 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:

 

Deborah is a regular listener of the podcast. She has a 40 foot fifth wheel towned by a bug truck She says she’s always stayed away from state and federal parks because she didn’t think her RV would fit. But will it, she asks? And if so, how does she make sure before making a reservation?

Mike answers. He notes RVs up to 40’ in length fit in 53% of all National park Campgrounds. National Forest Service dispersed and organized camping sites also have can take rigs that big, though not all.

Some of the resources to check that he mentions include: www.recreation.gov, http://www.rv-camping.org/usfscampgrounds/ . He also says to call or visit the district headquarters office for U.S. Forest Service lands. They have maps available, and can give you the latest road and campground status report for the area you wish to visit. They can also provide little known information about the area you intend to visit such as old ranch and railroad buildings, mines, and other points of interest nearby and road conditions. Many boondocking spots can easily handle big rigs.

 

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

People ask us how we find places to take Bo for exercise while we’re traveling. We love off leash parks where he can run and play with other dogs. We also are big believers in doggy day care. To find them, we have a couple of apps that we use.

For doggy day care – places that let you drop off your dog for supervised play with other dogs during daytime hours – and for occasional overnight stays in the homes of trusted pet sitters, we use the DogVacay app and website. It automatically finds your location and returns a list of boarding and day care facilities in areas you will be visiting. You can read all about them and contact them right from the app.

When it comes to finding off leash parks and other pe friendly places like restaurants, hotels and even doggy beaches where Bo can swim, we use the website GoPetFriendly. As we plan our route for the day, we open up the site and find places where we can stop along the way and get Bo some exercise or places we may want to visit where we can bring him. Some time back, Mike interviewed the owners of GoPetFriendly.

Hope this helps!

 

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  and sold at Home Goods Stores across their 600 store chain.

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

 

Our guest in this episode is Morgan Warthin, a Public Affairs Specialist with Yellowstone National Park. And we talk about the 2017 season at Yellowstone and what’s new and expected for the coming season.

Spring plowing is underway now. Roads to wheeled vehicles and RVs are expected to open, weather permitting, around April 21.

For one thing, Morgan shares how attendance at Yellowstone is expected to keep rising. In 2015, the park set a record with 4 million visitors. Last year, the centennial year for the National Parks Service, Yellowstone had 4.2 million visitors. Even more are expected in 2017.

After a series of unfortunate incidents involving people who risk their lives getting too close to wildlife or intentionally walk all the boardwalks in the thermal areas, this year Yellowstone is asking visitors to take the “Yellowstone Pledge,” a series of behavioral promises that will help them be a steward of the park and protect themselves and others.

Here are some other resources that will help RVers plan their visit:

Yellowstone webcams

Yellowstone Traffic and Road updates

Resources and Issues

Camping Reservations

 

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…

 

  • RV Industry Publication cites Roadtreking Facebook Group as example of effective social media… Read More

 

  • Need a Job? RV Industry desperate for workers in Elkhart Read More

 

  • Sandhill crane migration underway at Nebraska's Platte River valley. 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: Spring Cleaning Your Tech

 

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

 

Just like our closets get overrun with clothes and other things over the course of the year, phones, too can become slower and low on space. But unlike when you clean out the closet at your house, spring cleaning your electronics won’t cause you to break a sweat and is more satisfying that you may think.

 

So a few questions you want to ask yourself. First, are you using all the apps on your phone? To be sure, open the app tray and take a look…a real look. If you’re not using them, go ahead and delete.

 

Second, is your system up to date? Most phones will update their software automatically. But just to be sure, go to settings and system update and make sure you have the latest.

 

Next…are photos taking up lots of phone space? No need to delete them, instead take advantage of the cloud. Google Photos will back up unlimited amounts of your photos and videos. Once the backup happens, hit “free up space” and the copies will be deleted from your phone but stay in the cloud for you to access anytime, anywhere.

 

Remember downloading that PDF of your gym schedule or a local restaurant menu? PDFs and other downloads are easily forgotten and take up space in a download folder. Open up your apps menu, select downloads and delete.

 

Finally, when it’s out with the old and in with the new, put your old phone to work helping others in the community. Consider donating it to HopeLine from Verizon – a national program that recycles old phones for cash grants to local nonprofits. HopeLine dedicates its resources to agencies that help survivors of domestic violence.

 

Happy spring! 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 -  Tower of the Four Winds in Blair, Nebraska

By Tom Burkett

If you’re familiar with historical Native American figures beyond Crazy Horse and Osceola, you’ve likely heard of Black Elk. He was born to the Oglala Sioux on Wyoming’s Powder River in 1863.  As a young man, already a distinguished warrior, he fought in the Battle of Greasy Grass (we call it Little Bighorn), in which Custer’s forces were defeated.  After that battle, pressure from the Army increased and many of the Oglala Sioux fled to Canada rather than be forced onto reservations.  Black Elk was among them.

After several years in Canada, he returned to the reservation and settled near Wounded Knee Creek, where became known widely as a skilled healer.  In 1886, he joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and toured North America and Europe for three years before coming back to the Dakota Territory to help lead the Ghost Dance movement.  Ghost Dancers believed that traditional rituals could end the European dominance of the West and bring back the bison. 

The Ghost Dance movement became more and more threatening to the Army, and in 1890 the Wounded Knee massacre ended the hopes of the Sioux.  Black Elk continued to live on the reservation, where he maintained his practice of traditional healing and his position as a respected elder.  In 1930, he met John Neihardt of Dana College, who recorded his biography and memoirs.  Black Elk Speaks became the best selling book ever written by a Native American. 

In the final chapter of the book, Black Elk reflects on the moment Chief Red Cloud convinced him and others to surrender in the wake of Wounded Knee: “I did not know then how much was ended….I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people’s dream died there. It was a beautiful dream.”  Black Elk’s complex vision of the transformation and healing of the world is memorialized at the Tower of the Four Winds in Blair, Nebraska.  The tower is covered with intricate mosaics, and more are inlaid in the walkways that crisscross the park.      

Just down the road, Dana College, where John Niehardt was a professor, sits shuttered amid the growing weeds, a victim of declining enrollment and rural location.  It’s striking, and unusual, to see an abandoned college campus.  The Sioux are gone, Niehardt and Black Elk are gone, Dana College is gone, but the vision remains of a transformed Earth.  Blair is on the Lincoln Highway, just a bit north of Omaha.  It’s worth a visit. 

When you’re in Blair, stop by a sports bar called Runza and get yourself a runza.  This local chain began in Lincoln in 1949.  What’s a runza? Well, it’s a lot like a bierock, if you’ve ever had one of those.  Here, they’re hot, tasty, and Nebraska perfect.  We’re Patti & Tom Burkett, and if it’s not eating hubcaps and runzas among the cornhuskers, we’ll hope to see you somewhere else out there, off the beaten path.

 

Tower Of The Four Winds

Black Elk Speaks

 

RV CALENDAR

 

Rally in the Valley

Family Motorcoach Association gathering

March 7-10

Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, Ariz.

 

The RV season is winding down. Just two shows this weekend:

Virginia RV Show 
March 10-12
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton Roads, VA

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Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show
March 10-12
Indoor Sports Center
Loves Park, IL

 

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

 

 

 

Direct download: RT130.mp3
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