The RV Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK:

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

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

 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

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

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

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

God tip, Sharon!

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

I love hearing from you!

 

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

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

 

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

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

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

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

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

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Blog

YouTube

 

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

 

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

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

 

Three stories this week…

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

 

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

 

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

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

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

With the tablet you may want some apps.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED

http://www.maskmuseumsma.com

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

https://vimeo.com/152855076

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

 

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

 

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

Episode 149: The Changing Face of Camping

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

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

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

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

I love hearing from you!

 

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

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Four stories this week…

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

 

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

 

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


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


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


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


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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED


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


https://www.schoodicinstitute.org/


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


http://www.phumchurch.com/

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

All that is coming up in our interview section.

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


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

Mike and Jennifer’s activities this week:

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

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

Again, while the Informed Delivery product is available for most addresses, it is not available for all. A few of you may need to be patient a bit as the program is rolled out.
Meantime, be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

Sue and Bud want some help in cleaning their screens, which are getting clogged up by insects and tree seeds
Alan can’t get a foul taste out of his city water hookup. His fresh water tastes fine but the city hookup…not so. He’s looking for help.
Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.

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

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Two stories this week -

Verizon deal with FMCA falls through – read more
Bison injures hiker in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Read more
This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde,  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV

TRAVELING TECH TIP: July is all about Food

By Steve Van Dinter
Verizon Wireless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  The Enchanted Highway

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

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

 

Direct download: RT148.mp3
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 Episode 147: A Bucket List Guide from “the RV Guy”

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

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

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

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

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

Mike and Jennifer begin the show by discussing:

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

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

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

 

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

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

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

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week…

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

 

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

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

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

 

 

Direct download: RT147.mp3
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