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Episode 137: What to do when encountering a newborn animal alone in the wild

 

With the return spring and warm weather, many RVers are making their first trips to the great outdoors this time of year. And seeing wildlife in or adventures is always exciting, especially when we encounter newborn animal babies out in the wild.

But what is the best way to behave when we come across these little critters?

Too many people make too many mistakes when encountering wildlife babies and this week, in our interview section, we talk to an expert who sets us straight on how we can best protect those animal babies… and ourselves.

Also this week, lots of RV news, Tips, a bucket list report and, as always, your comments and questions.

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THESE DAYS:

 

Our YouTube Channel has been redesigned and reorganized, now offering hundreds of RV videos on just about every topic. It’s called Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Channel and we put up new videos all the time. We invite you to subscribe!

 

Join us this weekend at the huge:

Super B RV Show

University of Phoenix Stadium Class B RV Show

Dates: Thursday, April 27th to Sunday, April 30th.
Time: 9am to 7pm

Location:University of Phoenix Stadium (Inside)
1 Cardinals Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85305

FREE PARKING & ADMISSION

Here is your opportunity to compare Class B & C RVs side by side from these manufacturers: Roadtrek, Hymer, Leisure Travel Vans, Winnebago, Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin and Jayco! Plus, get a sneak peak of concept vehicles on display to see what may be coming in the future. Almost 100 different floorplans to consider in vehicles that are 26 feet in length and shorter.

Attend a FREE seminar from Roadtrek. Learn about their EcoTrek system, VoltStart system and solar!

Meet factory personnel including:

  • Jim Hammill, President & CEO of Erwin Hymer Group North America
  • Trent Tiffin of Tiffin Motorhomes
  • Royer Allman of Mercedes Benz
  • Mike and Jennifer Wendland, Roadtreking.com

We’ll be doing Facebook Live videos on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3PM Eastern time on our Roadtreking Facebook Page at

The show is an indoor RV show, so you can leave the heat outside and shop comfortably indoors

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

The RV community is a very sharing group of people and one of the most enjoyable things for me as Mike and I travel about reporting on the RV lifestyle is hearing from members of our RV community who have great tips to pass along.

So it is today with one from Tom, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who has a suggestion about choosing a mattress to put on our bed.

Specifically, Tom mentions the Therm-a-Rest type of mattress…. And he has five reasons why it may make sense for your RV.

Like Tom said, you can find Therm-a-Rest air mattresses at most outdoor stores. There’s also a bunch of them on Amazon. We’ll put a link on the shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-137

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:

 

Wade has a great DIY solution for dimming the bright lights of various displays in the RV so as to be able to sleep in darkness.

 

Scott wants to know about the ProAir undermount ACand its availability

 

A reader asks for a resource on finding places to bookdock. We suggest a website -http://www.uscampgrounds.info

 

 

SPONSOR – VAN CITY 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

 

Our dogs can get so enthusiastic. In fact, that’s what we call Bo, our Norwegian Elkhound: “Mr. Enthusiasm.”

But when that enthusiasm results in excess barking, that is definitely not a good thing. Especially when we’re in an RV campground. So how’s the best way to curb your pet’s enthusiasm and get them to quiet down?

Here’s some suggestions from pet trainers and experts:

Number one - Don't yell at your dog to be quiet—it just sounds like you're barking along with him.

Number two – Use one word, firmly spoken as the command to stop barking. “Quiet” is probably the best.

Number three - If he doesn’t obey the quiet command and continues to bark at passersby when he's outside, bring him into the RV or house. Never leave your dog outside unsupervised.

Number four – Break his focus. Put yourself between the dog and whatever he seems to be barking at. Toss him a ball, move in the opposite direction, talk to him, get him to look at you and preoccupy him.

And number five, keep your dog tired. Make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired dog is a good dog and one who is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration.

Want more tips to stop barking? Here’s a link to the Humane Society’s suggestions.

 

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

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

With the return spring and warm weather, many RVers are making their first trips to the great outdoors this time of year. And seeing wildlife in or adventures is always exciting, especially when we encounter newborn animal babies out in the wild. But how is the best way to behave when we come across these little critters?

Too many people make too many mistakes when encountering wildlife babies and this week, in our interview section, we talk to an expert who sets us straight on how we can best protect those animal babies… and ourselves.

Our guest this week is Sandy Woltman, senior animal care director at Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in Illinois, and former board president of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.

 

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 for you this week

  • Wolf population declines at remote island national park, reeking havoc as moose population explodes, scientists say. Read more
  • Oregon's first RV park designed to be a legal place for campers to gather and smoke pot is to open May 5. Read more
  • Wisconsin state parks and campgrounds work to find ways to be self-sustaining after governor's order. 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

 

Spring is just flying by and before you know it Mother's Day will be here. That's why now's the time to start thinking about those gift ideas! And here are some thoughts to get you started.

 

First, you've got a busy mom, right? Then make sure she's got a smartphone that can keep up. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 is a perfect fit. Its Infinity Screen will let her see more at once and even let her multitask in split screen mode, its 8mp front facing camera means she'll always look good in her selfies, and when she needs a little extra help it's got two artificial intelligence engines - Bixby and Google Assistant - to help get the job done.

 

Next, moms rarely have any spare time in the day so the more we can help her get what she needs to done sooner, the easier her life will be. And that's where the Wear24 smartwatch comes into play. This beautifully designed device is something she'll feel good wearing, and once she gets notifications of calls/texts/and can respond with her voice on the go she'll wonder how she ever lived without. Not to mention with its 4G LTE chip inside, she can leave her smartphone at home and still stay connected.

 

Finally, now that we've got her feeling good about herself, she's probably ready to take a selfie. But is the lighting ok where she's at? If she has the Allure Selfie Case, she'll never have to worry. This case not only protects her Samsung or iPhone from the hazards of life, it really shines, literally, when you flip on its LEDs. That's right, the case has LEDs built into the frame around your smartphone and when you turn them on, you can get the perfectly lit selfie. Not to mention the rotating ring on the back helps you steady your hand.

 

Want to see Mike’s take on the Galaxy 8+, which is now is personal phone. Here’s a video review from the Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike has a whole playlist of his RV technology and gadget reviews.

 

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 -  Quilt City USA

Reader Rebecca EWilson sends in this week’s Off-the-Beaten-Path RV travel suggestion – Quilt City USA, also known as Paducah, KY.

Quilting, you say? Hold on. Quilting is an amazing art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy. But it is also a $3.5 billion a year industry, with 21.3 million quilters, nationwide. Fourteen percent of U.S. households are home to at least one active quilter.

And this week, April 23-30 is Quilt Week in Paducah and a major destination for thousands, including many RVs.

There are exhibitions, demonstrations, seminars and much more but if you can’t make the Quilt Week festivities, you’ll want to keep Paducah on your bucket list because it is home to the Quilt Museum. This is no small little out of the way place, The Quilt Museum is a destination for quilters and art enthusiasts worldwide. Annually the Museum receives visitors from all 50 US states and over 45 foreign countries from every continent. The Museum's in-facility and traveling exhibits are viewed by over 110,000 people per year. In addition, over 6,000 youth and adults participate in Museum youth and adult educational opportunities on an annual basis.

Located in a 27,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Paducah, , the Museum's three galleries feature exhibits of the finest quilt and fiber art in the world. The Museum features three exhibit galleries. The Museum's vibrant and breathtaking exhibits are rotated 8-10 times per year. The primary gallery features quilts from the Museum's collection which includes over 500 works of art. The two other galleries feature unique and diverse traveling exhibits.

The Museum has also gained a reputation for its educational programs. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts educational programs on a diverse number of topics for quilters of all skill sets. Quilters come from all over the world to attend the Museum's educational programs taught by master quilters.

 

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

Come join Mike and Jennifer this weekend at the:

Super B RV Show

University of Phoenix Stadium Class B RV Show

Dates: Thursday, April 27th to Sunday, April 30th.
Time: 9am to 7pm

Location:University of Phoenix Stadium (Inside)
1 Cardinals Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85305

FREE PARKING & ADMISSION

  

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

 

Direct download: RT137.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

Episode 136: How the RV Lifestyle Enhances Your Favorite Interests and Activities

Show Notes for Episode #136 April 19,2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

In this episode we meet a couple who have been RVing for 40 years! They started in a popup and now have a Class B RV and they share how RVing has allowed them to enhance and enjoy other interests and hobbies, like discovering antiques, old cars, trains, planes and all things mechanical.

Also this week, lots of reader comments and questions, traveling technology tips and a special off the beaten path report about an amazing natural phenomenon you need to see.

Show Notes for Episode #136 April 19,2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

What Mike and Jennifer are up to this week:

  • Mike is awaiting the arrival of the brand new Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus smartphone, coming this week. He’s also been working on the RV Podcast and Blog You Tube channel – You can sign up at: https://www.youtube.com/user/roadtrekingmike
  • Jennifer is working on a video on how to keep the cushions in the RV from sliding off while driving, turning corners, etc.
  • Next week, we’re heading to Arizona, Phoenix area for The Super B RV Show

April 26-30 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Jennifer and Mike will be there! Come meet them, ask questions. Roadtrek will also be conducting seminars. And there will be representatives on hand form all of the major Class B motorhome manufacturers.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

I get so many of my tips from friends we meet on the road, in campgrounds at our Roadtreking gatherings. So it was not long ago when we met our friend Kiki around a campfire. She was wearing a Onesie. You know what a Onesie is… its those one piece jumpsuit-like coveralls that we buy toddlers and infants to keep them all warm and cozy. Well, Kiki was indeed that, in an adult Onesie… perfect for hanging around a campfire.

Here’s Kiki.

PLAY REPORT

Kiki got hers from a local store in northern Michigan. But you can also find a wide variety of them in all different sizes on Amazon. We’ll put a link to them on the shownotes page for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-136

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:

Jan is a new RVer and wonders why the monitors inside her RV are so bright and how they can be dimmed so the panel lights are not as jarring at night.

Arvid has an alternative to the Lynx Leveling blocks many of us use for our RVs. The curved device he suggests is the Anderson Hitches 3604 x 2 2 Pack Camper Leveler and chock set. I warn you, it’s expensive. $82 on Amazon. A cheaper alternative for just $17 is the Camco Yellow Tri-Leveler. The Tri-Leveler features a gradient of three levels for simple, customizable leveling up to 3-7/8-inch.

Craig wants to know of a good exterior wax for his RV. We suggest Turtle Wax paste, available in most stores. Here’s a handy article we found that recommends other waxes, all of which is fine - http://www.doityourselfrv.com/what-is-the-best-product-to-use-for-waxing-your-rv/#

Laura was interested in Campskunk’s planned RV trip to Europe, which we talked about in Episode 135 of the RV Podcast. She shared how years ago she and her husband took advantage of a unique way to buy a new RV in Europe from Volkswagon and then ship it back here as a used vehicle. She wonders if, now that Roadtrek is owned by the German-based Hymer group, whether it will be possible to do such a program under Hymer.

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

One question a lot of dog owners have is how much water do they need?

You may be surprised to now that your dog should drink about as much as a human is supposed to drink, namely about ½ t 1 ounce of water for every pound of body weight each day. So a healthy 65-pound Labrador Retriever should be drinking between about 33 and 65 ounces, or about ¼ to ½ gallon of water daily.

To determine if your dog may need more water, lift some skin at the back of her neck and let it go. If your dog is well hydrated, the skin will fall quickly back into place. The skin of a dehydrated dog will fall more slowly and form sort of a tent. Another method is to check your dog’s gums. Moist, slick gums indicate a good level of hydration; dry or sticky gums mean your pet’s body needs more water.

One important note here: The amount of water your dog drinks can be an indicator of an underlying illness. Dogs with pancreatitis or parvovirus, tend suddenly not drink much water, but a brewing bladder infection, or other types of infection can cause excessive thirst and water consumption. So if your pet is drinking less or more water than normal, you should have her checked by your veterinarian to rule out an underlying condition.

What about cats?

A normal cat's daily water requirement ranges from 5 to 10 fluid ounces per day. Cats eating canned food will receive much of their needs from its food, since canned food is about 70 to 80 percent water. In contrast, dry food is only 7 to 10 percent water.

So… whether a dog or a cat…lets keep our pets well hydrated, especially as the weather is starting to warm up and they can easily overheat.

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our guests today are John and Nancy Richardson, an RVing couple we have met several times in our travels around the country attending various gatherings.

The Richardson’s have been RVing for four decades now. They’ve been everywhere. And they have a lot of things to share, from doing your old maintenance – which John does – to their unique traveling style and how it enriches their various hobbies and special interests.

Let’s meet them now in our interview of the week.

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…

National Park advocates say $12 billion needed for park maintenance ranging from neglected roads to sewage issues to broken water lines and more. Read more

Virginia woman converts RV to a hair salon on wheels. Read more

Yellowstone National Park euthanized often-photographed white wolf after hikers find her with unknown injuries. 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

In today’s power-hungry world, the thought of running out of juice for any of our gadgets is enough to send shivers down your spine.

And it’s not just maximizing battery life we worry about…it’s also remembering to bring along the right chargers and wondering if there will be enough outlets to cover them all.

That’s why to save some sanity when I travel, I bring along a power inverter like the Energizer Cup Inverter. What I like about this inverter is it plugs into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter then sits snugly in a cup holder so it’s not moving about. Then on the top you have 4 USB ports and 1 standard AC outlet – yes that means you can plug in a laptop in addition to 4 smartphones!

Also, while we’re talking about power, if you have a Mophie Charge Force case for your phone, you’re going to want to pick up the Charge Force Vent Mount. This mount plugs into your vehicle’s power port and hangs on your vents. Your phone magnetically attaches to it and begins charging wirelessly! Use it in portrait or landscape mode for easy Google Maps viewing and never worry about draining your phone’s battery because it’s charging the whole time it’s mounted.

So what does saving all this power get you – more battery for more selfies! Take your selfie game to the next level with a PopSocket. These ultra-portable accessories stick to the back of your phone giving you more stability when holding your smartphone or tablet. Pop it out and set your phone on a table to use it as a kickstand when watching a video or wrap your headphones around it for easy storage. With their reusable adhesive and wide selection, switch them out anytime you’re looking for a different pop of color.

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

One of nature’s most unusual spectacles is on offer during the month of June, and it’s a good idea to plan ahead if you want to see it.  Many folks think the Great Smoky Mountains are the only place to see synchronous fireflies, but they can be found in several other places as well. There are more than a dozen species of fireflies, and three are known to show this unusual behavior. 

Fireflies start life as eggs, and live for two years in the soil and under the bark of trees before emerging in their winged form.  Once they begin to fly, they never eat again, and groups of twenty to several hundred will all flash together, creating a genuine spectacle for those willing to stand around the woods or fields in the dark on a June night. 

Our favorite place to see them is the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania.  The local town of Kellettville, in Forest County, hosts an annual festival featuring guided walks and expert talks, but for the few weeks the bugs are active you can just walk out and look at them.  Nor do you have to walk far.   Stake out a site at the Kellettville Campground in the National Forest, and walk onto the bridge over Tionesta Creek.  Watch the fireflies put on a show.  Of course, you can walk down along the creek and get into the middle of it all if you like.  There are dispersed campsites available too.

Another place you can watch synchronous fireflies is in Congaree National Park.  This little known park is near Columbia, in the interior of South Carolina.  It’s full of huge, beautiful old growth trees, and we’ll give you a complete description one of these days.  Meanwhile, know that flashing season is about a month sooner than in Pennsylvania, and sometimes starts as early as the middle of May.  Congaree has a lot of wetland areas and is notorious for mosquitoes, so be prepared in case they’re about.  They do tend to abate as it gets darker, and this park has some of the darkest skies in the state.

The operation in the Smokies is a bit more organized, with a lottery for passes to the Sugarlands parking area on firefly nights.  The dates are being announced on April 27, and the lottery for spots begins on April 28.  Early June is the window for the Smokies outbreak, and can vary by as much as two weeks.  Check the park website for updates.  And if you love fireflies, think about making a stop to see their cousins, the glowworms.  They can be seen seasonally at Hazard Cave in Tennessee, and at Dismals Canyon in northwest Alabama.

Some things simply can’t be captured with a camera, and this is one of them.  Early summer air redolent with new growth and rich with moisture, the buzz of nighttime insects and frogs, a sky full of stars, and the excitement of the hushed crowd around you all contribute to an incomparable experience.  Go see for yourself.  We’re Patti & Tom Burkett, and we’ll look for you, out there, somewhere in the dark, off the beaten path.

Resources on where to see the flies:

http://pafireflyfestival.blogspot.com/

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article78506127.html

https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/fireflies.htm

http://dismalscanyon.com/dismalites/index.html

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/activities/pickett-swimming

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

Two shows on the calendar this week…

22nd Annual Super Saver Show
April 21-23

Century Link-Lee Sports Complex

Ft. Myers, FL

The Super B RV Show

April 26-30

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, AZ

Jennifer and Mike will be there! Come meet them, ask questions. Roadtrek will also be conducting seminars.

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

 

Direct download: RT136.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

Our longtime boondocking buddy Campskunk has shared lots of information on the blog and podcast about traveling North America as a fulltime RVer. But he’s now expanding his territory and is about to embark on a six month RV tour of Europe. His RV is now on a ship somewhere in the mid Atlantic. In a week or so, Campskunk and his wife, Sharon, and their cat, Fiona, will fly to Belgium and pick their RVup at the dock and begin the tour.

In this episode of the RV Podcast, Campskunk shares what you need to do to take your RV to Europe. And he tells us the places he’ll go, where he’ll boondock and how much it will cost.

Plus your RV questions, RV news and lots of tips and helpful RV information.

Show Notes for Episode #135 April 12, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One frustration many RVers have is not having enough room to take all the things they’d like in those small RV refrigerators.

Our friends Tom Burkett and his wife, Patti, have found an innovate way to get more food in the RV freezer

Tom shares his idea with us.

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:

  • Rosie asks for advice in cleaning the little fuzzies and stuff that accumulates on the window screens of her RV. We answer, noting that clean screens produce more efficient air flow through your windows and will make you breathe better. Normally, to meticulously clean your RV screens, you remove them and wash them off with soap and water. But if they are just dusty, a microfiber towel which you can buy at WalMart or in auto stores can do the trick even without water. You will be surprised how it can do wonders to your screen. A small battery operated vacuum like the Dirt Devil also helps.
  • Pam wants to remodel her older RV. One such place is focalwood.com in Indiana. They specialize in RV makeovers and amish-crafted RV furniture like tables, desk units, headboards, window treatments and much more. Another is RVMakeovers in Wheat Ridge, CO. They do all sorts of projects on RV kitchens, baths, flooring and more on Sprinters, campervans and lots of Class A, B and C motorhomes.

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’ve heard of jobs for volunteer campground hosts at RV parks. But here’s one for you dog owners. You and your pet can become “Bark Rangers.”

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan is hosting an orientation meeting for anyone interested in volunteering to serve as a “Bark Ranger.”

Bark Ranger volunteers and their canine companions serve as ambassadors on national lakeshore beaches to provide visitors information about the park, highlight pet policies, and pet safety. Bark Rangers will also help to protect the lakeshore’s nesting shorebirds.

You do not have to own a dog to become a Bark Ranger. Bark Rangers will receive training and Bark Ranger gear for their dog, if they choose to volunteer with their dog.

“We started this program last year and it was very successful," said lakeshore wildlife biologist Sue Jennings.

She said the park received numerous positive comments from visitors about the Bark Ranger program throughout the summer.

Ms. Jennings noted dogs are welcome in the park as long as they are on a leash and stay on beaches that are open to dogs. Biologists are concerned about the potential impact unleashed dogs may be having on nesting shorebirds.

“We are seeing an increase in nest disturbances from dogs whose owners are not fully aware of the negative impact dogs can have on nesting plovers," she said. "The Bark Ranger volunteer program is a fun way to inform dog owners of our policies, help bridge the information gap, and protect the birds.”

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Campskunk is about to embark on a six month RV tour of Europe. And he’ll be doing it in his own RV, which, as we talk, is now on a boat in the mid Atlantic waiting for him and wife, Sharon to fly to Belgium and pick it up at the dock.

In this episode of the RV Podcast, Campskunk shares what you need to do to take your RV to Europe. And he tells us the places he’ll go, where he’ll boondiock and how much it will cost.

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...

  • Spreading near Florida’s Big Cyrus Park force camper evacuations Read More
  • Caution: Bears emerging from their dens Read more
  • Free Admission at National Parks the next two weekends 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

Like you and your listeners, many people who travel for business also love to travel in their personal life. In fact, a recent survey by Luth Research reports growing interest in “bleisure” travel – where people tack on a few extra days to their business travel to relax and enjoy the areas they visit. And extending bleisure time relies heavily on mobile devices, especially when booking additional hotel stays or finding the best local events and attractions.

So if this sounds like you or someone you know…listen up…here are some tips to make your bleisure travel more enjoyable:

  • Since most bleisure travelers check on hotels, restaurants and local attractions on their mobile devices, life is easier with a device that has a larger screen…I’m talking the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus here, the iPhone 7 plus or the Pixel XL.
  • If you need to keep track of miles for work, let Google help. In Google maps, you can see your personal travel timeline showing you where and when you traveled on a map – complete with miles! It’ll make life way easier when you get back. Just click on the menu in Google Maps….and then choose personal timeline.
  • For light packing and back-up battery, make sure you’re packing the Mophie powerstation plus 12000 which comes with a switch tip cable built in for both Apple and Android devices for charging on the go. No extra cables to carry means more space in your suitcase!
  • Before leaving for travel, make sure to enroll in Verizon’s Total Mobile Protection – where you can protect your devices against loss, theft and damage. Receive a replacement device as soon as the next day. Same-day repair may be available for cracked screens – just in case the unfortunate happens as you’re on the road.
  • Finally…a travel app I can’t live without…TripIt! It automatically scans your email looking for hotel, rental car and flight info. When it sees it, it adds it to your personal travel timeline. Now you’ll always have access to the info you need – including confirmation numbers – in one easy to use location.

And when all these boxes are checked, the only thing you need to focus on is relaxing and having fun!

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 National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL

Sometimes, the most amazing museums and attractions are in places you’d never expect. Such it is with the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL, ranked one of the top 25 museums in the world, and in the top 12 in the U.S.

We came to spend half a day there but learned the hard way when a “Now Hear This” announcement told visitors it was closing at 5 PM that a whole day should be devoted to seeing this fascinating attraction.

More than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation are on display inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds. There are even fighter World War II airplanes from Japan and the very first jet fighter ever flown – an amazing machine built by the Nazis and captured by the U.S. so as to be reverse engineered.

We’ve visited the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. several times in the past and found the Naval museum in Pensacola to be every bit as fascinating.

The National Naval Aviation Museum’s exhibits provide a close look at the people and events that shaped our history. From vintage uniforms and historic documents displayed in brilliant mahogany display cases, to dioramas that transport visitors to the World War I Western Front, Main Street U.S.A. in 1943, and the depths of Lake Michigan, the exhibits seek to capture the human element of the enduring history of Naval air power.

To really appreciate it, we suggest you tag along with one of the regular – and free – guided tours staffed by volunteers who are experts in Naval Aviation history. Jennifer and I started out on our own, going from airplane to airplane, display to display, reading the signage and picking up as much as we could by looking. But when we found a tour group and joined it, we were captivated by the history and significance of the displays.

The museum is in two levels. A separate building called Hangar Bay One, has more displays.

In the main museum are flight simulators, an interactive display that puts you on an aircraft carrier’s flight deck and a huge IMAX movie theater.

The museum is located on the sprawling grounds of Naval Air Station Pensacola, which serves as the launching point for the flight training of every Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer (NFO), and enlisted aircrewman. In addition, approximately 23,000 aviation personnel in aeronautical technical phases of naval operations are trained here.

Because this is a secure and very active military installation, you’ll need photo ID to get on the grounds and also again in the museum. But there is no charge to tour the museum.

There is ample and free parking right next to the museum, with a dedicated area for larger RVs.

If you go, try and arrange your visit on a Tuesday or Wednesday. That’s because the world-famous Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, and can be seen practicing over the Museum most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November. Practices typically begin at 11:30 a.m.(Central Time), and last about 55 minutes. Admission to practice is free and open to the public.

The outside viewing area for the Blue Angels practice is located on the Museum Flight Line north of the Museum. Signs are posted to direct visitors to viewing and parking locations, including limited parking for handicapped visitors. Open bleacher seating is available for seating 1,000 people.  Chair service is provided at each practice session, a limited quantity of chairs are available for a fee of $3 per chair good for that day’s practice session. Concessions (bottled water, sport drinks, light food and treats) and merchandise are also available.

Chair service, concessions and merchandise are provided by the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and proceeds support the Museum and Foundation programs.

Be sure and use sun protection. And hearing protection is recommended for those people with sensitive hearing. Those awesome jets are LOUD!

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

RV CALENDAR

The Super B RV Show
April 27-30
University of Phoenix Stadium
9am-7-pm
La Mesa, AZ
(Jennifer and I will be there. Come meet us!)

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

 

Direct download: RT135.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

In Episode 134 of the RV Podcast, we talk about Blacktop Boondocking, free or very low cost self-contained overnight camping on blacktop, specifically parking lots at businesses and places that welcome RVer, like casinos, Walmarts, Cracker Barrel restaurants and many others. Unlike traditional boondocking in wild places that allow dispersed camping like national and state forests or Bureau of Land Management holdings out West, Blacktop Boondocking has its own distinctive rules. This week, we talk to an expert who sets us right on the benefits and etiquette of Blacktop Boondocking.

Plus, as always, your tips, suggestions questions, as well as RV news, the RV calendar and a great off-the-beaten path report.

Show Notes for Episode #134 April 5, 2017 of The RV Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Well, it’s April and for most RVers who live in the Midwest, mountain and northern states, that means it’s time to de-winterize their rigs, draining out all that sticky, sweet-smelling pink antifreeze, sanitizing and filling their fresh water tanks for a new RV season.

For a lot of folks, one of the hardest things about dewinterizing is to make that water taste clean, without that bleach odor or aftertaste that seems to linger from the sanitizing process.

A listener of the RV Podcast named Bob from the state of Arkansas has sent in a great tip about how to get rid of that chlorine or bleach taste.

Bob suggests using one cup of white vinegar for every 15 gallons of fresh water. 

We love to get 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.

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:

  • Yvonne is a new RVer and she hates laundromats but asks what we do about washing clothes on the road.
  • Trish asks what was the follow up to the break in we had a couple of years ago, as discussed in the RV Podcast Episode 36
  • And a new RVer named Sharon is headed to Yellowstone National park with her husband on what will be their first big camping adventure. She asks for our recommendations.

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

If you are a regular listener, you’ve heard us talk a lot about our dog Bo and how much energy he has. Bo is 16 months old this week which, in dog years, makes him a very active teenager. We’ve shared before about finding places to exercise Bo as we travel. We love to find various off leash dog parks and have found it’s also a great way to get to know the towns and places we’re traveling through.

But this week, we want to stress just how important it is for your pets to get exercise. We know it’s important for people. But with dogs, it is even more important.

According to Vetstreet.com, exercise a necessity for maintaining optimal physical and mental well-being in your dog. As with people, obesity is a major health problem in today's dogs. Between 20 and 40 percent of all dogs seen by veterinarians in the United States are considered overweight, and many are clinically obese.

If the health threats associated with obesity aren't enough, consider the behavioral aspects of a lack of exercise. Dogs are active by nature. Their ancestors, wolves, covered many miles every day in search of food. Many domestic dogs were selectively bred to be even more active, with a focus on hunting or herding or patrolling. Preventing them from their genetically programmed activity level can build frustration, which may exhibit itself in the form of hyperactivity, barking, digging, tail chasing, and home destruction. Boredom has also been associated with behavioral problems in some dogs.

How much exercise depends on your dogs age and health but generally, dogs should be exercised twice a day. If it’s just walks that consist of his exercise, make them brisk and give him two to three walks a day. Shoot for at least 20 minutes at a time. Playing fetch, letting him play with other dogs or jogging with you will also help.

Talk to your vet for a specific plan. But be sure and exercise that dog, taking frequent breaks to move around, especially after he’s been cooped up during long RV drives.

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our main interview subject this week deals with Blacktop Boondocking, or self-contained overnight camping on blacktop, specifically parking lots at businesses and places that welcome RVer, like casinos, Walmarts, Cracker Barrel restaurants and many others.

Jane Kerry is an expert in Blacktop Boondocking. She is the author of the book Casino Camping , now in its 8th edition. She has been a fulltime RVer and has put together the best guide I’ve found to locating free or dirt cheap places to stay at nearly 400 casinos in 37 states across the U.S.

She believes casinos just may be the absolute best places for RVers to overnight while on long trips, noting that a great many now offer modern, upscale facilities for free or at reasonable rates. But whether at a casino or a Walmart, Blacktop Boondocking has its own special etiquette.

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...

  • Oregon man finds baby bear in woods off trail, "rescues" it; wildlife specialists say finding baby animals alone in woods common. Read more
  • Trump donates first quarter salary to National parks Read more
  • Major League Pitcher lives in an RV 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

As the trees green up and the weather gets warmer, this is the time of year when many of us are ready to go out with the old and in with the new.

And if you’re looking for a new smartphone to take cross country, have I got the travel partner for you! Two actually – the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

With the world’s first infinity screen, these new smartphones look more like a gem than a piece of technology. The infinity screen stretches basically from side to side and top to bottom of the phone. In fact the S8 Plus has Samsung’s biggest smartphone screen at 6.2”…and this means more screen real estate than ever for gaming, browsing and watching movies. But it doesn’t feel that much bigger thanks to the two gentle curves on either side of the device.

In addition, the S8’s feature iris recognition for security – yes you can literally unlock your phone with your eyes! They’re also water resistant to five feet…have fast wireless charging…expandable micro sd storage…a physical headphone jack and are VR ready – meaning you can plug them into the new Gear VR with in-hand controller for the ultimate immersive experience.

And these phones feature Samsung’s artificial intelligence engine…called Bixby. Bixby is so smart it’ll learn your typical habits and then prompt you. For instance, let’s say you call your loved one every day when you’re five minutes from home. If you forget one day, Bixby will remind you! It’s that smart!

Lastly…back to the amazing infinity screen. It’s the world’s first HDR premium certified smartphone meaning the level of detail in the HD videos you watch is unparalleled. That would certainly come in handy for your passengers on those long flat stretches of highway. And paired with Verizon’s new Unlimited plan, you won’t have to worry about running out of data or facing overages.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are currently on pre-order at Verizonwireless.com and will be in store beginning April 21.

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

On a recent trip, I stopped after dark at the city park in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.  There were all night bathrooms with showers and even electrical hookups, but no signage at all about rules or fees.  It took most of an hour to track down one of the local police officers, but he gave the thumbs up and I settled into an area near the outdoor basketball court.  The court was in use, and the players were blasting music from their car radio, but they soon left, and after finding the switch that turned off the court lights, I passed a restful night.  Even the trains running through on the nearby track didn’t disturb us too much.

Walnut Ridge is home to the guitar walkway.  Set in the ground is a large replica guitar.  Walking down the neck of this facsimile Fender, the visitor is treated to several displays, each featuring a famous R&B or country artist who has some connection to the area.  Each display is equipped with a speaker, and the push of a button delivers a notable performance by the artist.  Amazingly, all of them worked!  The installation sits alongside the railroad station, which now houses the visitor bureau.  Just across the street is the local diner.

We’ve always loved diners, and not just for the grits, eggs, and biscuits (which were delicious), but for the opening they give onto the local culture.  Invariably there will be a group of locals, usually retired men, drinking coffee at the corner table.  Ask a question of your waitress, loudly enough to be overheard, and within a few minutes one or more of them will begin to volunteer information on the topic.  Then you’re in.  You can take your cup, move over to their table, and spend the rest of the morning talking over local history, politics, and sports as if you were a native. I remember on morning along the Ohio River when I asked about a factory that used to make buttons from the shells of freshwater clams harvested from the river.  I spent the rest of the day on a private tour of the local museum, which had been closed for two years, and being driven to the site of the factory by the only man still living who’d worked there.  But I digress.  “What can you tell me about the guitar across the street,” I asked, just a little too loudly. “I don’t really know anything about it,” admitted the waitress.  Pause. Pause. And one of the old guys at the front table called out, “Ask Danny about it. He runs the yogurt stand around the corner.”

Walk around the corner, as instructed, and you come face to face with the Beatles crossing Abbey Road.  Tucked into a corner park by Art & Culture Frozen Yogurt and The Dark Side Coffee Shop is a life-size sculpture and the story that inspired it.  It seems the Fab Four, on their 1964 tour of the USA, were offered a bit of R&R at a dude ranch near here.  Secretly they flew into the small local airport, it being the closest to the dude ranch in question.  But small towns are small towns, and the secret didn’t last.  A screaming crowd of locals greeted them on the single runway.  Danny West, owner of the coffee shop and yogurt stand is also Danny West, sculptor and artist.  He was there the day it happened.

So drive down US 67, the music highway, through Arkansas.  Stop in Walnut Ridge to see the Beatles and the guitar walkway.  Enjoy some R&B at one of the roadhouses that still survive along the way.  And whatever else you do, don’t skip breakfast and morning chat at the local diner.  We’re Patti and Tom Burkett, and we hope to run into you out there, somewhere, off the beaten path.

http://www.beatlesattheridge.com/attractions/guitar-walk/

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

Two shows to talk about this month…

The Fifth Annual Vancouver Island RV Show and Sale

April 7-10

Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre in Nanoose Bay

British Columbia Canada

 

The Super B RV Show

April 27-30

University of Phoenix Stadium

9am-7-pm

La Mesa, AZ

(Jennifer and I will be there. Come meet us!)

Direct download: RT134.mp3
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