The RV Podcast

Episode 142: The New Trends Shaping the RV Park and Campground Industry

 

As the demand for recreational vehicles continues to grow, the RV Park and Campground industry is working hard to add new camping sites, new pricing and new amenities. This week’s guest is Paul Bambei, the President and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and he shares about how the campground industry plans to make your camping experience this year better than ever.

Besides Paul we have lots of audience questions, feedback, RV news and tips, along with a great Off-the-Beaten-Path report.

 

Show Notes for Episode #142 May 31, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

There are so many hobbies and activities that fit so well with the RV Lifestyle. Some of those activities can help us stay fit, too.

So we learn with a tip we received this week from listeners Jeff and Deb Spencer.

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They share a great resource from those who like to run – a website called vacationraces.com

The group has info on boondocking, camping and RVing in beautiful wilderness areas where trail runs and races can be found.

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:

 

Listener Bill wonders whether he should rent or buy. He’s new to RVing, thinks he wants to do it but asks our recommendations. We are big believers in renting. If he can’t find one at a dealer to rent – they are in high demand and dealers have limited rental fleets – we suggest he try a website called RVShare

 

And we received a nice voice mail this week from, a listener named John who understands that Roadtreking isn’t about any specific brand…its all about the lifestyle w-no matter what size RV you have.

 

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

 

When we travel with our pets, there are things we need to bring with us, besides their food, bedding and some toys. Just like with humans, you should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand.

Keep your pet's first-aid kit in your home and take it with you if you are traveling with your pet.

One way to start your kit is to buy a first-aid kit designed for people and add pet-specific items to it. Or you can also purchase a pet first-aid kit from a pet-supply store or catalog. But you can easily assemble your own kit by gathering the items suggested by the Veterinary Medical Society. They have an special first aid for pets handout .

But besides the first aid kit, make sure you also bring along the phone number of your veterinarian and health paperwork for your pet, including proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other immunization medical records and a current photo of your pet - in case he gets lost.

 

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 – Paul Bambei, Campground Association

As the demand for recreational vehicles continues to grow, the RV Park and Campground industry is experiencing a “brand new world” and working hard to add new camping sites, new pricing and new amenities.

This week’s guest is Paul Bambei, the President and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and he shares how the campground industry plans to make your camping experience this year better than ever.

Among the topics we discuss:

  • All-inclusive pricing at some parks and campgrounds
  • New and easier-to-access reservation systems
  • New amenities that are in demand at campgrounds
  • How parks are trying to increase Internet bandwidth
  • The changes millennial campers are bringing to the campground industry
  • More pet-friendly campgrounds
  • Park expansion to improve the “no vacancy” problems

 

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…

 

Motorists Waste 29 Hours a Year Using GPS Gadgets – Read More

 

Giant mudslide near California's Big Sur expected to close scenic Highway 1 for a year – Read More

 

Group works to stop oil refinery from opening just outside North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Read more

 

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

 

I’m coming to you from Indianapolis this week, home of the 101st running of the Indy 500 and this year a huge milestone for Verizon. As speed records fall at the track, Verizon is racing ahead to bring the fastest possible wireless speeds to market. 

 

In fact, just west of IMS, Verizon has a pre-commercial 5G network up and running providing a consistent 1.6 Gbps connection to a real home. It’s one of 11 cities across the country where these tests are occurring.

 

This connection is powering a whole home of the future including multiple 4K screens running streaming video, a live 4K VR stream from the track and smart devices like Google Home, Ring Doorbell and Phillips Hue lighting. 

 

It’s called fixed line of sight 5G and it’ll be here before we know it! And while that happens, Verizon is also working on bringing 5G to our smartphones and devices as well. In fact, a recent test showed consistent 5+ Gbps mobile speeds with a vehicle driving 60mph around the track.

 

So what’s that mean for you and your listeners? Within the next year or two you’ll likely have faster than fiber internet speeds available wirelessly to your home. This will enable you to download movies in the blink of an eye, stream extremely high quality content and experience events - like Indy 500 - in 4K streamed live in VR. And before 2020, these speeds will be available to the latest smartphones as well!

 

Stay tuned...5G is coming soon!

 

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 -  

 

We're in the middle of an extended visit to the ‪Great Smoky Mountains national park. We came to look at spring wildflowers and see the synchronous fireflies. Having been here any number of times, and given that it's the most visited of all our parks, we didn't expect it to generate any off the beaten path reports. I'm happy to report we were wrong. 

 

Did you know it was possible to enter the Smokies from the north and completely miss Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg?  Driving in through the tiny town of Wears Valley, we noticed a sign in front of a local church advertising a potluck dinner and talk by a park ranger the following night. 

 

Up and over the mountain we arrived at Elkmont campground. On the road in, we remarked a dead end spur with a sign--Elkmont cemetery. The next morning we took the spur and found ourselves alone in a light mist in a graveyard filled with stones--some simply large rocks--from the early 1900s. We were struck with a number of markers for children only days old. 

 

A little used path across from the gate struck off across a hillside where we'd seen a ‪tumbledown house, so we took it in hopes it would lead to the ruin. Sure enough it did, and we found not one but a half dozen old summer homes in various stages of collapse, all perched overlooking the little river below. The path was rich in wildflowers and discarded artifacts from a century ago. 

 

Conversation with the campground ranger about the dwellings led us to another nearby area, not on any visitor map, where the park service is restoring a street of summer homes from the same era. At the end of the row is a fully restored social club built in 1934, complete with rockers on the wide porch and a big dance hall. 

 

We spent the afternoon wandering along the street, thinking about what it must have been like to summer in the mountains a century ago, gathering in te evenings for card games at the club or a weekend dance. Then we hopped in the RoadTrek and drove back over the mountain to Wears Valley and the little Methodist church. 

 

After surveying the pantry, we were able to come up with a satisfactory plate of deviled eggs as our ticket to the dinner. And what a dinner it was!  The church members insisted the speaker and his family go first, followed by a couple of folks with canes and wheelchairs. Next, all eyes turned to us, in the back corner of the room. "You're next," they said. As the only 'guests' in the hall, we got special treatment. 

 

 Like most good small town potlucks, there was a feast of choices and a separate table for desserts. After the meal, everyone gathered in the sanctuary for the talk. The speaker was introduced as the recently retired chief wildlife ranger from the park, who grew up in the valley and worked in the park for more than forty years. "Well," he said, "when I looked in the rear view mirror of the jeep and saw a bear looking back at me, I knew it wasn't going to be an ordinary day."  He spent the next two hours telling stories about skunks, elk, river otters, beaver and, of course, bears. He also told a few stories about hunters and tourons. 

 

We've been to the Smokies any number of times, but nearly everything on this trip was a surprise. Almost all of it came from a willingness to take a little risk, dig a little deeper, and step a bit outside the comfort zone. The reward was spectacular--history, entertainment, and an afternoon completely alone with history and nature in this beautiful and crowded park. So turn left when everyone else is turning right and you may find us, out there somewhere, off the beaten path. 

 

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5927164

https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Back-Seat-Adventures-Mountains-ebook/dp/B00EW8TTQW

 

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

 

Direct download: RT142.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Episode 141- Lise’s Story: Finding Empowerment and a New Life in an RV

 

They say that up to 20% of all RVers are solo travelers, many of them single women who find fun, friends and great adventure out on the road. So it is for our interview guest this weekend, a woman named Lise, who, after three decades of marriage and a dfifficult divorce, suddenly found herself alone and uncertain of what life had in store for her. So, as she shares in our interview of the week, she bought an RV and took off, pushed out of her comfort zone and finding a new sense of empowerment.

Also this week, listener questions, lots of RV tips, traveling tech advice and a great off-the-beaten-path report.

Show Notes for Episode #141 May 24, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

Like a lot of people, I like sleeping in darkness. And with all the technology in today’s recreational vehicles, that can be challenging. That’s because of all the glowing LED indicator lights that are shining to tell us various things are on and operating normally.

We’ve talked before about how to cover them up easily at night and a listener named Wade has about the simplest suggestion we have had yet!

He suggests getting white electrical taps from a hardware store, using a hole punch to cut out a little circle, and then just sticking that little circle of white tape over the glowing LED.

Problem solved

Our listeners are the smartest people. Thanks Wade!

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:

Peggy is a new RV owner and wants to know about the wisdom of purchasing High End Motorsports Sunshades for all the windows. She asks if just the windshield shade is sufficient or should she get sunshades for all windows. Mike recommends their windshield and front side shades but then suggest she buy a roll of Reflectix and make her own for the other windows. The material keeps out the heat in the summer and keeps the heat in during the cold camping months. Here’s a video we did on how to use Reflectix in your RV. By the way, to use Reflectix in the summer it should be placed on the outside of the windows so as not to bounce back the sunshine to the glass interior. Just add double stick Velcro to fasten around the outside windows when you have stopped. The windshield sunshade from High End Motorsports can be stuck up on the inside.

Michelle writes:

We have been vacationing for 3 years of retirement all over the country. But we are finding the call of the Gulf Coast pretty difficult to resist. We have loved "camping" in the off-season. Usually heading south we do find ourselves overnighting somewhere mid-States: Kentucky, Tennessee area--Daniel Boone National Park a number of times. And our miseries seem to start there. You never see them--but about 2 days later the most unmerciful, unrelenting itching starts around the ankles and calves of your legs. I have to guess that they also get on the dogs, as they will also be itching and when you pet them my fingers will find little welts. It has taken me until now do diagnosis that this must be chigger bites. We come from Wisconsin--so we do have them somewhat in the summer in sandy areas. But these seem to always catch us by surprise---we'll camp that first night in areas that I would normally think are too cold at that time of the year---bammmm. We are miserable for over three weeks. I would expect to get these bites down in the sandy areas of the Gulf Coast but there it does not seem to be as terrible--some but not like those mid-States. So, are regular repellants effective against chiggers that we will have to remember to spray at the beginning of our travels? Especially on legs and maybe the poor dogs on that first night of a walk? Suggestions please…

DEET is one of the most effective bug repellents for use against chiggers and other mites. Apply the repellent to your exposed skin, especially on the hands, arms, and legs. Off Deep Woods spray, Sawyer Premium Clothing Insect Spray and Sawyer Maxi-DEET all promise to work well against chiggers. Available at sporting goods stores, outfitters and even many pharmacies.

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 talked before about the importance of choosing healthy food for your pet. Unfortunately, a lot of bad food is being sold on the market. Pet food recalls are much too frequent. Like us, I’m sure you are concerned about finding safe and healthy food for your dog.

Last week while we were exercising Bo at the Fort Walton Beach, FL off-leash dog park, we got to talking with one of the women there. She worked as a vet tech and she told us about a public service website that is designed to help pet owners make more informed decisions about buying dog food.

It’s called DogFoodAdvisor.com and it’s motto is “Saving Good Dogs from Bad Dog Food.” The website has researched, reviewed and rated more than 4,500 dog food products. The website knows who actually makes each dog food, the company’s recall history and safety practices.

They teach how to read labels and correctly interpret the nutritional content. They also report where the ingredients come from, which additives are safe and which ones are toxic. And they promptly list all pet food recalls. You can even sign up to get an email about them as they happen.

It is so important for you to know what’s actually in your dog’s food — before you buy it. And this website, which is privately owned and maintained and is not affiliated in any way with the pet food industry, is the best way Mike and I have found to be sure that what we feed our Bo is the best food available.

Check it out. I think you’ll agree.

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

We’ve talked before about solo travelers, often single women, traveling across North America in their RVs. This week’s guest in our interview of the week is a recent solo traveler. Her name is a Lise and after her multi-decades long marriage ended bitterly, she found herself alone and wondering how to make a new life. A year ago, she bought a new Roadtrek Class B RV and found a new sense of empowerment that, we believe, will be a great inspiration to many as she ventured out past her comfort zone. Let’s meet her.

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…

  • Record Travelers expected this Holiday Weekend Read More
  • Pickup towing trailer has roof ripped off by winds on I-90 Read More
  • Millions of senior Americans are living too frugally, according to a new study. Read more

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless 

Summer is almost here and for the school age, that means a few months of care-free fun. Today I’ve got some app suggestions that’ll keep them entertained (and stretch their brains a bit).


First up...one I know parents will like - Chore Check. This free web-based tool and app allows parents to log in and create a list of things that need to be done and to assign them to their kids. Then once done, they’re checked off. For a little added fun, you can also make some of the chores “stealable” and the first child to complete them gets the bonus money associated with the chore. 

Next...what happens when you make education a game? You get the app, Think! Think! Designed by Japanese mathematicians, these brain games are designed to be challenging and fun. With more than 30 games in all, your children will never get bored. And they won’t spend all day on it either as the app will remind them once the daily time limit is met.

When rain puts a damper on the day’s fun, have the kids check out the website Story booth. On the site, children are encouraged to share their story in their own voice and submit. The best ones will be chosen to be animated and then appear on the website.

And finally something I used to love to do as a kid - Mad Libs - only now there’s an electronic version. It’s like Choose Your Own Adventure meets comedy hour. With Mad Libs, you have a seemingly endless number of stories to choose from but the best part is you fill in the blanks by answering questions ahead of time. You’ll blindly add in nouns, verbs, adjectives and even photos. Then the app goes to work filling the blanks of its story with the pieces of speech you chose. Not only will this have your kids rolling on the floor with laughter, but they’ll also learn the basic parts of speech along the way.

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

Curse of the UP… black flies … see my video report here - https://youtu.be/eYGM4Cj7bQ8

June and July along the Lake Superior shoreline is where they are the worst.

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

 

Direct download: RT141.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

Episode 140: How to Be Prepared for RV Emergencies

As millions of RVers are planning their summer adventures and making lists of what to bring to add to their fun, stocking first aid kits and doing some emergency preparation planning also needs to be on all our To-Do lists.

This week, we talk to a top expert from the American Red Cross in emergency wilderness and camping first aid. This is a must-listen intervew so be sure and take the time to learn what you need to do to be ready for the unexpected.

Also this week, lots of audience questions and comments, along with RV news, RV tips and a fascinating Off-the-Beaten-Path Report from the Burketts.

Show Notes for Episode #140 May 17, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

One of the things we like the most about doing this podcast is hearing from you and receiving your tips. Sometimes, it’s about how to do things better while on the road, or maybe a helpful Do-It-Yourself Project. Or it could be a nifty product you came across that you want to share with the audience.

So it was today with a listener named Ed.

Ed’s product is a Bem Multi Function Lantern EXO-900, a 300 lumen lantern with three different power levels. It has a blue tooth speaker and can even be used to recharge cell phones. He found his for $30 at his local Sams Club. On Amazon, it is $48.

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:

 

  • Dan asks about parking a Class B RV in regular parking lots, noting how Mike uses his as a second vehicle to run errands around town. Dan seeks more elaboration on the ease of parking.

 

  • Jeff asks about using an electric can opener or a toaster in a Class B RV and wants to know if they are worth the space.

 

  • Steve is a soon to be fulltime RVer and solo traveler and he wonders whether he needs a Class A or a Class B to work in from the road.

 

  • Sue winders whether she should get a dedicated Mi-Fi data card for on the road connectivity or use her iPhone as a hot spot. 

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 had a nice voicemail from a listener named Ken, who heard our recent Traveling with Pets T about how Mike and I make a point to find off-leash dig parks for Bo while we’re traveling. Ken knew we were in Florida this week and offered this tip about a dog park he likes.

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Thanks Ken. Next time we travel through the Punta Gorda area of Florida, we’ll be sure to check out the Hounds of Henry Park.

But while I’m on the topic of dog parks, let’s talk about problems that can happen at any park, namely, over-aggressive dogs. That happened to us last night at a park we visited. There are times when as a pet owner, you need to either cut your visit short or not go in at all.

Last night, there was a German Shepherd and a Great Dane in the park, along with many other dogs. The shepherd was extremely possessive of its owner and became very aggressive whenever anther dog came near. The Great Dane just got too excited as he chased and played with other dogs. He was too big – about 120 pounds – to roughhouse with any of the other dogs. For what he intended as a gently romp was way overpowering for other dogs.

So, our advice when entering a dog park is to spend a minute or two assessing the other dogs. And when you are inside, don’t spend all your time visiting with other owners. Never let your dog out of your sight and be ready to intervene at any time.

We want to stress that we very seldom encounter problems in a dog park. But that doesn’t mean we can relax our vigilance.

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our guest n this episode is Dr. Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, PhD, MPH. Dr. Pellegrino is a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and professor and program director of Health Sciences at Aultman College in Canton, OH. One of his specialties is remote and wilderness first aid.

Here’s notes from his interview:

RV Travel Safety

Everyone wants to have a safe and enjoyable trip when they venture out in their RV. It’s important for travelers to take some steps ahead of time in order to help make this happen.  Knowing when and how to provide first aid can be at your fingertips through the American Red Cross First Aid app (free).

GET YOUR VEHICLE READY

  • Have a mechanic check your tires, battery, brakes and fluid levels. Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
  • Pack an emergency preparedness kit with water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a battery operated or hand crank weather radio, blankets and non-flammable flares.
  • Personalize your kit with extra medications (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, prescriptions), medical supplies, and items for your pet.
  • Include a first aid kit in case an injury or accident occurs with:
    • Non-latex, preferably Nitrile disposable gloves (to prevent body fluid contact)
    • Assorted sizes of self-adhesive bandages- transparent, sterile dressing that is waterproof (known as transparent film dressing), sterile gauze and adhesive tape (to cover and protect open wounds)
    • Wound gel or antibiotic ointment (to help promote healing/ prevent infection)
    • A breathing barrier (to prevent disease transmission while giving rescue breaths)
    • Other items to include:
  • Low-dose (81mg) chewable Aspirin (for chest pain)
  • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
  • Instant cold compress (to control swelling)
  • Scissors (to cut tape, cloth or bandages)
  • Emergency blanket (to prevent heat loss and to treat for shock) 

PLAN AHEAD

  • Map out your route and share your travel plans with a family member or friend.
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast before you leave and throughout your trip.
  • Download the American Red Cross Disaster Apps for free in your app store.
  • The apps provide weather alerts, suggest safety actions, and other helpful tips to prepare. 

BOONDOCKING

  • Water is help item, from preventing first aid emergencies to using it to help others
    • Heat related illness
    • Burns
    • Cleaning wounds
    • Gastro Intestinal health
    • Fill up your tanks and keep a spare, also a backup plan to decontaminate water is recommended
  • When help is delayed, the Red Cross has a first aid course that is recommended, Wilderness and Remote First Aid
    • The Check Call Care Emergency Action Principles
    • Resources that can be improvised
    • Packing first aid kit with things that can’t be improvised.
      • Low-dose (81mg) chewable Aspirin (for chest pain)
      • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
      • Instant cold compress (to control swelling)
      • Scissors (to cut tape, cloth or bandages)

DURING YOUR TRIP

  • Obey traffic rules and avoid distractions like cell phones while driving.
  • Drive in shifts so drivers are well rested.
  • Heed all severe weather alerts and warnings.
  • Pellegrino also recommends that people get trained in First Aid and CPR and learn how to use an AED. Training can give you the confidence and skills to act in an emergency until help arrives.
  • The Red Cross has a variety of online and in-person courses available at redcross.org.
  • A little preparation and planning can help make your journey one you’ll remember for years to come.

Help and suggestions for handling emergencies, first aid kits and emergency supplies as well as training resources can be found at redcross.org . The Red Cross has one of the very best first aid apps available in their app store or at redcross.org/apps

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:

  • Camper demographics are changing fast – Read More
  • Now you can search for Campspites and “Trails near Me” … Read More
  • Washington couple's RV was stolen at a repair shop; found one and a half months later with nine people living in it. 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: Time to Get Snapping!

By Steve Van Dinter 

Verizon Wireless

Happy National Photography Month to you and your listeners! And guess what? With today’s mobile technology, there’s no better time to be an amateur or even pro photographer. Not only are our mobile devices taking better photos, but the tools we have to enhance and share them continue to improve as well. 

For instance…if you have the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ phone (https://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/samsung/) you just HAVE to try out the selective focus feature. You choose it by swiping right when the camera is open. Simply take your photo and now your subjects will magically pop out from the background. It’s like having a professional hiding in your pocket! 

Take your photos to the ultimate level by packing an Allure Selfie case (https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/case-mate-allure-x-case-mate-selfie-case-for-iphone-7-plus-rose-gold/). The case, designed for the S8 series and iPhone 7 has a ring stabilizer on the back to help you take your photos, and it also has a ring of LEDs around it allowing you to look great no matter the ambient light.

Speaking of stabilizing your phone, all the kids have a PopSocket (https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/popsockets-arabesque/?lid=sayt&sayt=Pop*)go   these days - and they’re on to something! These circular and colorful additions to your phone have a super strong adhesive on the back. Normally they lay flat against your phone, but are always ready to spring into action. Pop it out from the back and use it between your first two fingers to keep your phone steady. Or use it as a prop later to show off those great photos!

And finally to make sure you keep every moment...download the free Google Photos app (https://photos.google.com/). Free for Android and iOS, this photo storage system will automatically back up unlimited photos for free. And if you have Verizon Unlimited, make sure you choose the back up anywhere option, that way should your phone ever get stolen or broken while on vacation, at least you’ll always have the photos.

Happy snapping!

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 Partti Burkett

Once in a while, exploring out-of-the-way places puts us on the path of a much greater adventure.  We’ve seen Cincinnati’s painted pigs, Lexington’s painted horses, and Fort Wayne’s painted frogs.  Recently, we took a stab at finding some of the 47 unique Mr. Potato Head statues adopted by communities in Rhode Island.  One of these is Betty The Learned Elephant, who sits behind the town hall in Chepachet.  Asking a local resident why choose an elephant, we were treated to an amazing story.  We’ll tell it to you somewhat backwards, the way we first learned it.

“Head out to the Putnam Pike Bridge,” we were told, “and look for the plaque.”  Erected in 1976, the monument recognizes Little Bett, an elephant who was shot down on the bridge by local residents in 1826.  It seems the Puritan town fathers didn’t look kindly on the fact that local residents were spending their money on frivolous and exotic entertainment. 150 years the town decided to come clean, admit the deed, and declare Elephant Day in honor of the 12-year-old pachyderm who had amazed audiences from Massachusetts to North Carolina with her intelligence and personality. 

Little Bett was part of a traveling menagerie owned by Hecaliah Bailey, of Somers, New York.  By chance, Bailey had seen the very first elephant ever to come to North America s it was being offloaded from a ship, the America, in New York harbor in 1796.  He was entranced.  Imagine his surprise when, several years later, he again saw the elephant, this time offered for sale at a livestock auction he was attending.  He bought the behemoth, named Betty, and took her home.  Bailey imagined rightly that his neighbors would pay a few cents to have a look, and he was right.  It wasn’t too long before he gave up farming and earned his living traveling with a menagerie of animals and sideshow attractions.

Several of his neighbors became partners and competitors in these endeavors.  When one of them married the star of a traveling acrobatic show and joined the two entertainments, the American circus was born.  Somers, New York is known as the birthplace of the circus, and when you visit, you can climb to the third floor of the Elephant Hotel and see exhibits of early traveling show history.  Sadly, Bailey’s first elephant, bought at the cattle auction, was also shot dead by religious fanatics, and the museum and hotel stands as a memorial to her.

Hecaliah served as a mentor and role model for young PT Barnum, and the Bailey family continues in the circus business to this day.  You can discover more of the story at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  So, the chance encounter with a Mr. Potato Head elephant led us first to New York, then to Bridgeport, and then back to Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania.  With an eye open for new stories, we now collect elephant lore as we travel, and have found some great tales.  If you like, we’ll tell you one the next time we see you somewhere, out there, off the beaten path. 

Links to places mentioned by the Burketts:

Elephant Hotel

Betty the Learned Elephant

Memorial to Little Bett

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.

 

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Episode 139: Paying Jobs for RVers

 

Would you like to leave your current job and fulltime in an RV? Or perhaps you’re retired and would like to travel more in your recreational vehicle but need to have some income to offset the costs of living on the road.

In this episode, we talk about making money while you’re out there RVing.

Yes, it is possible – and practical – to make enough money to live in an RV full-time, travel, and enjoy life! You may be surprised to know there are more jobs for RVers and work campers than there are RVers and campers willing to work. You can also earn a living running a business from your RV.

Our guest today has been helping RVers find paying jobs for many years.

Her name is Colleen and, with husband, Bob, she publishes a Workers on Wheels website that keeps track of temporary, seasonal, and mobile jobs that pay. Also, RV based business, online careers, work camper campground jobs, and volunteer workamper positions. You can do them all while traveling, camping, or living in a recreational vehicle – while being Workers On Wheels!

Plus your questions, comments and tips.

Show Notes for Episode #139 May 10, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast: 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

In an RV, storage space is at a premium. And one of the things that takes u a lot of that space is clothing.

We recently met w woman named Lise, who travels solo in her Class B RV.

And Lise showed us how she’s able to maximize her clothes storage with a great accessory.

Here’s Lise.

She uses a cloth she storage bag she bought at Ikea.

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

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (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:

First this listener note about a recent tip we had on our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel about removing bugs that get squished on our windshields.  You can find that tip on our RV Tios and How-To Playlist or by clicking here

Listener Julie is looking for an owner’s manual for her Roadtrek RV. We refer her to the Roadtrek.com corporate site, Here’s a link to the page that lets you download a manual for every model they have made.

Jon wants to know how long he has to wait for an RV that is propelled by electricity. Mike says a very long time as he knows of nothing like that in the works for RVers.

And listener Jeff has a suggestion to the person in episode 138 of the RV Podcast who wanted to use a crock pot to slow cook as they drive down the road in their RV. It’s a non-electric Thermal Cooker. It comes with an inner pot that will go over the stove top to boil the food. Once the food is boiled, set into the outer, stainless steel vacuum insulated container to allow the food to cook thoroughly without fire or electricity while the outside body stays cool to touch.

We found a whole page of them on Amazon starting at a little over $60,

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

With warm weather we become more aware of  the need to protect our pets from fleas, ticks and parasites.

But these days, many vets are urging year-round protection programs.

Fleas are the most common external parasite that can plague pets, and they can lead to irritated skin, hair loss, hot spots, and infection. Fleas can also introduce other parasites into your cat or fog. All it takes is for your pet to swallow one flea, and it can to end up with tapeworms, the most common internal parasite affecting dogs and cats.

Year-round prevention is key, say animal health experts.  They suggest regular flea and intestinal parasite control, as well as heartworm prevention.

You also need to protect your pet against ticks. Ticks are major health worries for pets and people, linked to Lyme disease among and many other serious ailments. Many vets now recommend that your pet be put on tick prevention program year round,

Because some parasite medications made for dogs can be fatal to cats, talk to your vet about keeping your precious pets worm-free, flea-free -- and safe.

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

Would you like to leave your current job and fulltime in an RV? Or perhaps you’re retired and would like to travel more in your recreational vehicle but need to have some income to offset the costs of living on the road.

In this episode, we talk about making money while you’re out there RVing.

Yes, it is possible – and practical – to make enough money to live in an RV full-time, travel, and enjoy life! You may be surprised to know there are more jobs for RVers and work campers than there are RVers and campers willing to work. You can also earn a living running a business from your RV.

Our guest today has been helping RVers find paying jobs for many years.

Her name is Colleen and, with husband, Bob, she publishes a Workers on Wheels website that keeps track of temporary, seasonal, and mobile jobs that pay. Also, RV based business, online careers, work camper campground jobs, and volunteer workamper positions. You can do them all while traveling, camping, or living in a recreational vehicle (RV) – while being Workers On Wheels!

Colleen and Bob’s website is http://www.work-for-rvers-and-campers.com/

The guide to flea markets is at: http://www.work-for-rvers-and-campers.com/clarks-flea-market-guide.html

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

At Sunshine State RV’s you’ll find the largest selection of some of the rarest Class B RVs in the United States of America. If you are looking for a Class B RV, you need to make a trip to Sunny Florida. Our RVs range from 1990 to our current year and everything in between. 

We also carry the most popular brands like Roadtrek, Pleasure Way, Winnebago, Leisure Travel, and more. You will not find a wider selection anywhere else. 

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

Heavy damage to a water pipeline will limit services to the Grand Canyon's North Rim when it

Community in Virginia seeks to make up budget shortfall by levying tax on residents who own an RV. Read more

Humans causing noise pollution in national parks, study finds. 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

Regardless of whether people have a wearable device today, chances are good in the next year or two there’ll be a smart device on their wrists. And there’s no better time than now to start looking because the choices are endless.

And that means often the question isn’t whether to get one...but which one to go with. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • If you’re looking to keep track of your activity and sleep, get notifications of calls and texts and have continuous heart rate monitoring, look no further than the Fitbit Charge 2. And with all it does you’ll be surprised the battery lasts up to five days on a charge!
  • Let’s say you’re a bit more concerned with how a watch looks on your wrist - but then again you still want the functionality that comes with a smart device? No worries - Fossil Q Grant and Q Tailor Hybrid smartwatches have you covered. At first glance, there’s no way anyone would know it’s anything but a traditional watch. But once you wear it, the vibration and LED notifications let you know this device is so much more. Fitness tracking, notifications and a six month battery life make the Fossil Q hybrids definitely worth a look.
  • Finally if you’re ready for the smartwatch with a colorful screen and apps, you guessed it there are options here as well. From the Apple Watch, to Samsung’s Gear S3 and the newest - Wear 24, all of them have amazing screens and will make your wrist oh so smart. And my picks - the Samsung Gear S3 and Wear 24 also come with 4G LTE technology as well, meaning even when you’re away from your phone or if your phone battery dies you can still make and receive calls and texts, do google searches and even order an Uber.

Again it just all comes down to what makes the most sense for you.

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 -  Stromy Kromer Hats, Ironwood, MI

Ball caps, cowboy hats, straw hats, watch caps and lately, Stormy Kromer hats.

We picked up our first Stormy Kromer hats while doing some winter camping a couple years ago in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Seemed like every Yooper we saw was wearing one. So Jennifer and I both got one, me a rakish black, Jennifer’s a demure grey with pink trim.

As we returned from that trip but kept wearing our hats, we met lots of other people who either had one, knew someone who had one or wanted one.

Lots of people call them an Elmer Fudd hat. Don’t do that.

This is a Stormy Kromer hat, steeped in UP tradition. Here’s the official story, from the Stormy Kromer website:

George “Stormy” Kromer was a real guy – a semi-pro baseball player and railroad engineer. Not the kind of guy you’d expect to start a clothing company, in other words, but one who happened to create a cap that became known for long-comfort and the ability to stay snug, even in the fiercest winds.

The hats have really become cult items.

Hollywood and rock stars wear them, they’re showing up in trendy magazines and a new marketing campaign is about to make them even better know.

The Stormy Kromer factory in Ironwood welcomes tours. Just stop in next time you are through the area. A wall of photos tells the history and story of this cool hat. You can watch the Yooper ladies in the sewing room assembling the hats. And afterwards, shop a retail area of the factory to get your own.

Here’s my video of the factory and the hats: https://youtu.be/ZGebSrX51-0

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.

 

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 The RV industry is booming, no doubt about it. But it’s also changing and facing new challenges and opportunities. In this week’s interview, we sit down with Jim Hammill, the CEO of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the corporate owners of Roadtrek Motorhomes. Jim is a straight talking, shoot from the hip guy who tells it like it is and coming up in the interview segment of the podcast, you’ll learn how the trends shaping the RV industry will impact your RV Lifestyle.

Plus lots of reader questions, some great tips, traveling with technology and a fun off the beaten path report…all in Episode 138 of The RV Podcast, being released May 3, 2017.

 

Mike and Jennifer share their whereabouts:

  • A recent visit to Arizona and an RV show devoted to nothing but small motorhomes
  • Jennifer’s mishap that left her with a broken hand
  • Their current trip to the Gulf Coast and where they stay overnight while on long drive days

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

One of the fin things about visiting RV shows like the Super B small RV show that Mike and I attended this past weekend in Glendale, AZ is visiting with other RVers and sharing tips and suggestions.

 

So it was with one of our listeners named Jim, who came out to meet us and offered a tip about using mobile RV repair services when local RV service centers can’t squeeze you in for an appointment.

 

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:

 

  • Sharon has a question about using a crock pot with a small inverter of the type that can charge a laptop. She was specifically wondering if the Energizer Cup Inverter being offered by Verizon would work. A crock potis a slow-cooking vessel which uses a heating element. It has two settings, Low (223 watts) and High (312 watts). The Energizer inverter is only capable of a continuous power output of 180n watts, not nearly enough for a power hungry crock pot. Here’s a guide to choosing the best one for you.

 

  • Ron and Jan share their excitement about being new RVers

 

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

 

PET TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Mike and I are big fans of off-leash dog parks. It keeps Bo happy, healthy and out of trouble. Not all dogs are good candidates for off leash parks. Before you take your pet to one, make sure it has been socialized well and gets along with other dogs, If so, visits to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life:

 

Here are three reasons why Pet MD says off leash parks are a wise choice for pet owners

  • Physical and mental exercise for dogs- Your dog can zoom around off-leash to her heart’s content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until she happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards.
  • Opportunities to maintain social skillsDogs are like us, highly social animals, and many enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs’ body language and using her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.
  • Fun for pet parentsDogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy dog parks. People do, too. They can exercise their dogs without much effort, socialize with other dog lovers, bond and play with their dogs, practice their off-leash training skills, and enjoy the entertaining antics of frolicking dogs.

Do you have a pet about traveling with pets. Send it to me by using the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com.  Thanks!

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

This week our special guest is Jim Hammill, the CEO of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, the corporate owners of Roadtrek Motorhomes. I got him to sit own for an interview at the recent Super B small RV show out in Arizona and we talk about how the RV industry is booming and changing. With that growth and change come new challenges and opportunities Jim is a straight talking, shoot from the hip guy who tells it like it is and coming up in the interview segment of the podcast, you’ll learn how the trends shaping the RV industry will impact your RV Lifestyle.

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

The RV Consumer Demographic Profile released last week shows 8.9 million American households own a RV, a new record, up from 7.9 million in 2005.

It also showed who is buying RVs. For example:

  • The median income of RVers is $62,000.
  • About 39 percent of RVers have children under 18 at home.
  • Ownership among those 55 or old rose to 9.3 percent.​​​​​​​

The Profile, conducted by an economist at the University of Michigan, was sponsored by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. To see the RVIA release click here.

College student dies of hypothermia while out camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with friends. Read more

President Donald Trump issues executive order to review national monuments of 100,000 acres and larger designated by past three presidents 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

Hi Mike,

Hope you are enjoying your new Samsung Galaxy S8 device as much as I am. And for your listeners out there who just got one or are thinking about it...I wanted to share a few cool things to help you get the most out of it.

First, the front camera is now 8mp meaning your selfies are looking oh so much better. But did you know that you don’t have to push the button to take a photo? Just hold up your palm somewhere in the viewfinder and the phone will set a two second timer and take your pic. This helps for those of us who move a bit when we try to take a selfie.

Also as part of the camera feature is a setting called “selective focus”. This will really make your selfies or traditional photos look like a portrait. To enable this mode, swipe right on the screen after you open your camera. Choose selective focus. Now when you take a pic it’ll separate your subjects from the background and give a professional look.

Looking to take a screenshot? If you want the whole thing press your power and volume down buttons together. But let’s say you only want part of the screen and would prefer it cropped as a circle? That’s totally do-able. swipe left on the edge panel which is on the righthand side of the screen near the power button. Swipe left on the menu until you see “smart select”. Now choose rectangle or oval and select the area of the screen you’d like to copy. Easy as that!

Lastly I know a lot of your listeners take videos as they travel around the country. But sometimes we don’t want to use all of the video we took. Fortunately editing videos even with captions is now a breeze. Open up your Galaxy Apps and search for video editor. This downloads a free Samsung video editor for the S8. Now you can edit down the videos you have, add in transitions, captions, title screens and even music. Your home movies are definitely going to a new level!

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

As Europeans moved westward across the North American continent they found a variety of artifacts left behind by earlier cultures.  Even more have been discovered in recent times.  Think petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, cave art, and totem poles.  Throughout the Midwest and stretching south to northern Alabama and Mississippi can be found a variety of earthen mounds.  Many of the most striking of these are in Ohio.  Southeastern Ohio boasts Fort Ancient and the Great Serpent Mound, and a bit farther north you can visit the Great Circle and Octagon earthworks.

The small city of Newark is home to the latter two structures, which are on the short list to be designated World Heritage Sites.  Early explorers thought these might be burial mounds and dug into them hoping for treasure and ancient bones.  We know now that they’re mostly ceremonial, built for gatherings and celebrations.  A thousand years ago the Adena and Hopewell people marked specific lunar events at this site.  Modern astronomers and astro-tourists gather here for the periodic alignments.  The next one will occur in 2024.  archaeologists and historians are unsure why these events were important to the cultures that built the mounds, but it’s clear they were.

Even if you’re not here for a lunar viewing, there’s plenty to see.  The eagle mound, in the center of the great circle, is interesting, as it the small museum on the grounds.  In nearby Granville you can see the alligator mound, protected by a traffic circle in the middle of the upscale Bryn Du subdivision.  While you’re in the area, take the time to see the site of the first lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal and tour the Hebron State Fish Hatchery.  If you’re especially lucky, your visit will coincide with one of the periodic tours of the unique floating cranberry bog on nearby Buckeye Lake.

Ohio has several other mounds to visit.  The Great Serpent, between Columbus and Cincinnati, is the largest effigy mound in the US, and features an interesting museum and an elevated viewing platform that’s perfect for photos.  Also along I-71, the Fort Ancient earthworks are interpreted by rangers who convey their vast knowledge with enthusiasm and flair.  For true mound junkies, a variety of smaller earthworks cluster in this part of the state, and most are publicly accessible.

Summer can be pretty brutal in the Buckeye state, but spring and fall are frequently delightful.  Spring arrives with abundant wildflowers and flowering trees, and fall offers autumn colors to rival New England.  Roads are less crowded and the pace more relaxed.  Canoeing and rafting are great in the spring, festivals and fairs in the fall.  There are numerous boondocking opportunities in the Wayne National Forest and along the Ohio River.  Come for the mounds and you’ll find much more to pique your interest.  We’ll be looking for you out there, maybe just over the top of the next mound, off the beaten path.

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.

Since 1917, the Steinbring family has been bringing you the best products and service within the transportation industry. The sales staff at Steinbring Motorcoach brings you decades of experience in the recreational vehicle industry and is celebrating 100 years in business and a 3rd generation family business. Along with being named a Blue Ribbon dealer by RV Business Magazine, Steinbring’s has been named a Top 50 Dealer numerous times including in 2015. Steinbring Motorcoach offers new and used Newmar Class A motorhomes as well as Roadtrek Class Bs. Also for sale are pre-owned coaches from popular brands such as Roadtrek, Winnebago, Itasca, Tiffin, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler and Monaco along with a wide selection of consignments.  Whether you are looking for a Class A, Class B, Class C, a diesel pusher, gas or a toy hauler, you’re sure to find your next RV at Steinbring’s. Along with award winning sales, Steinbring Motorcoach offers award winning service. Our service team has won the Mahlon Miller Service Excellence Award 4 times along with the Newmar Customer Service Award numerous times since 2004 and most recently in 2015. Dealer

RV CALENDAR

Puyallup RV Show
May 4-7

Washington State Fair Events Center

Puyallup, WA

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

 

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