The RV Podcast

Episode 155: How to Make Your Fulltime RV Dreams Come True

Have you ever dreamed about fulltiming in an RV? Quitting your job, moving from a sticks and bricks house to an RV, taking your family on the road and becoming location independent? It’s happening every day. In fact, our guest in the interview segment this week estimates that 200,000 families are doing that across the country right now. Is this for you? What about school and the kids? What about earning a living? Stay tuned because in this episode, Kimberly Travaglino, author of the book How to Hit the Road, Making Your Family's Full-time RV Dreams a Reality, joins us to talk about how breaking free and hitting the road.

Also, listener questions and answers, lots of RV tips, traveling technology you need to know about and the RV News of the week.

But first, my lifelong traveling companion and my bride…Jennifer.

 

Show Notes for Episode #155 August 30, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

 

The Labor Day weekend is almost here and this podcast comes to you from the heart of the Emerald Coast - Okaloosa Island, Florida where we’re catching some R&R time before jumping into a busy full travel schedule.

 

Our 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL 4X4 is not with us on this trip as its being outfitted with some experimental communications gear that we’ll be talking about in a few weeks.

 

We’re working on Facebook and YouTube Live videos. We’ve been doing two and three new videos a week. Best way to know about them is to subscribe to our RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube at

 

Over on our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel, someone wrote a comment about not understanding why anyone would spend $100K for a "depreciating asset" like our Roadtrek. I wrote a reply there that I want to share here:
"It’s much, much more than a "depreciating asset." In fact, it makes me APPRECIATE life more. It's a lifestyle. It's a freedom machine. It brings me joy every time I drive it, camp in it or look at it in the driveway. It reduces the stress in my life. It gives me wonderful vacations to look forward to and awesome memories to make me smile in remembrance of. It’s taken me to places and introduced me to people I would never had seen or met. It's enlarged my circle of friends, helped me learn history and geography, shown me the magnificence of nature up close and enriched my life, my marriage and my faith by giving me new perspectives and sensitivities. Add all that up and it's a terrific bargain in my book. :-) . "

 

 

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 of the realities of RV Travel is that things have to be put away and not left out. Otherwise, they’ll slide off counters and tables. RVers are not the only ones who experience such problems. So do boaters.

And this week, I received a tip from a listener named Melissa who is both an RVer and a boater and she shares a terrific suggestion on how to keep things in place…in our RV or boat.

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The product Melissa suggests is called coaster tacky.

You can find it at the dollar store as she suggests. And Amazon has lots of coasters treated with that tacky surface that will keep it – and the things you place on it – from sliding around.  I’ll put a link on the shownotes for this episode to an Amazon search page with several different types of coaster tacky you can look at. Just go to Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-155  EDIT EDIT EDIT

 

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

 

 

  • Robin is looking for a map she saw on our Facebook Group that shows various travel routes to get to lots of National Parks. The best one we have ever seen is from a guy named Randal Olson who's a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He created  a map of the shortest possible road trip through all 47 national parks in the contiguous United States. The trip spans just a hair under 14,500 miles, from Acadia National Park in Maine to Redwood National and State Parks in California. Olson estimates it would take about two months to run the circuit, depending on your tolerance for long driving days.

 

Here’s his map: http://www.randalolson.com/2016/07/30/the-optimal-u-s-national-parks-centennial-road-trip/

 

  • Doug is seeking ways to keep cool in an RV and minimize all the loud noise from air conditioners and generators.

 

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

 

Kimberly Travaglino and her husband, Chris, have been living full time on the road since June 2010. The couple has four kids, ages 14, 13, 10 and 7. They started when they were a family of three, with a 7, 6, and 3 year old.

 

The Travaglinos run Fulltime Families, a membership organization (cost $45 a year) that helps support families living full time on the road, homeschooling their children, in a number of ways. (sponsor gatherings, create community, practical support, counseling, campground discounts, etc.)

 

Kimberly has also written the book, "How to Hit the Road, Making Your Family's Full-time RV Dreams a Reality,' and is one half of a weekly podcast, called "Road School Moms, Where Education Meets Adventure."

 

Kimberly was living with husband in 3,500 square foot house in suburbia, husband came home one day with pop-up. They had never camped before. She went into camper, and had an epiphany, and said let's do it full-time. Chris did not want to do this at first – and it was about 3 years before they hit the road. They have been on the road now as full timers since June 2010.

 

Today, the two counsel and advise others considering the lifestyle. They also created a support system for families wanting to do this lifestyle.

 

Here’s a short video on who she is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R115xolrmM8

 

Another longer video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnYe5flh6UQ

(talks about hard times, and advantages)

 

and another video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI1egklf6ZA

 

 

Other Resources:

Fulltime Families Facebook group with 20,050 members

https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/    costs $45 for annual membership,

 

Her podcast with a second mom comes out weekly: http://ultimateradioshow.com/roadschoolmoms/

 

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…

  • Texas Opens State Parks for Free Use by Storm Evacuees Read more

Texas state parks, including those in the Highland Lakes, are open for free to evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott announced.

Parks open to evacuees in the Highland Lakes are Colorado Bend State Park, Inks Lake State Park, and Pedernales Falls State Park.

Cory Evans, superintendent of Inks Lake State Park, said the parks have opened in the past to evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

“We still have quite a few campsites. This week, about 70 or so are still open,” Evans said. “If anybody is needing those, we are trying to accommodate as many as we can.”

Evans said many of the park’s cabins have been filled with more than 70 evacuees.

“There are local folks that are providing food and water and that kind of thing,” he said. “If they run low, food pantries are contributing, too.”

Many state parks near Houston and almost all of Southeast Texas are closed due to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website has updated information on which state parks have spaces available for evacuees.

 

  • Bass Pro Shops sends boats to help with Hurricane Harvey aftermath Read more

 

  • Camping world to match up $2 million for storm relief Read more

 

  • Drone illegally harassed grizzly bear and her two cubs at Grand Teton 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

Using Tech to Labor Less this Labor Day Weekend

It may be called Labor Day weekend, but the ultimate goal is to labor less, right?

First I want to talk about some apps to make your life easier. If you’re traveling you can keep track of the best gas prices along your route by using Google Maps. Click on the menu button, then categories and gas stations and it'll show you not only the next gas stations on your route but also their prices. If you’d rather stay handsfree, push the microphone and say "show me gas stations along my route".

Next...turn your video memories into a gif you can easily share using an app called Motion Stills. And the best part is it's free for Android and iOS.

When planning your Labor Day party, do you fill your backyard with more than it can handle? That's a thing of the past with the Asus ZenFone AR. Simply launch the Lowe's augmented reality app and point your phone towards the backyard. Now you can drop in tables and chairs and make sure there'll still be room for people to move freely about. Problem solved!

Maybe you've mastered the art of physical design, but struggle with the laws of physics? Then the Moto Z2 Force is the phone for you. Talk about rugged - it has a screen guaranteed not to crack or scratch even if dropped directly on concrete! Now when you're juggling your phone and chips and guac, you can focus on saving the food even if your phone slips. And with Moto Mods, you can turn your phone into a projector, speaker and gaming device all in a snap.

If you're going away for the weekend, you want to make sure things at home are fine. That's where Nest's newest camera, the Nest Cam IQ comes in handy. Not only will it sit quietly and keep watch while you're gone it can send you notifications and live views of your home should motion be detected. And if its smart sensors detect a person, it goes into total CSI mode, giving you an HD picture in picture view of the person that's detected. And with a high quality speaker, you can even talk live to the person in your home - whether welcomed or not.

Finally if your Labor Day weekend involves taking a hike or doing something else adventurous, take cinema-quality videos of the whole experience with the OSMO Mobile. This stabilizing device works with any smartphone and will make for the ultimate in buttery smooth shots.

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 -  Cody, Wyoming

 

To see a video of this, go to:  https://youtu.be/oRqa7uFo928  

Cody, Wyoming is an honest to goodness, real western town, founded in 1896 by William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The hotel he built and named after his daughter Irma still stands and is open for business.

Today, nearly 10,000 people live there, on the eastern road leading to Yellowstone National Park, a road Cody also built.

He was the real deal. A Pony Express Rider. A Buffalo Hunter. An Indian Scout. A man who epitomized the American West. He was discovered by dime novel paperback writers, who made up and embellished his many exploits. That led him to start his Wild West Road show, which traveled the world and made him the most recognized figure in America at the turn of the last century.

Today, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a world class museum in Cody that celebrates the exploration of the West, with exhibits that document the history of the Plains Indians, as well as Cody’s life and the history of firearms.

Speaking of guns, every night at 6PM downtown, the streets are blocked off for these folks, the Cody gunfighters, who stage a nightly gunfight between the good guys and the bad guys, with a couple of saucy saloon girls mixed in. The good guys always win and you can pose for photos with the gunfighting cast afterwards

Cody has another major claim to fame – the nightly rodeo… every single night of the week during the summer. The Cody Night Rodeo has also made the town America’s rodeo capital.

Then there’s the source of the music you hear under the video – the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue, which plays Monday through Saturday nights at 8PM. Don't miss this show.

Cody is a destination in and of itself, but especially for RVers heading to or from Yellowstone. There are several campgrounds to choose from. We spent two nights at the Ponderosa Campground. Allow at least that much time for your visit.

There’s a lot to do in Cody.

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.

 

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RT154  Wanna Be an Author? Telling Your Stories On the Road

 

Have you a story to tell, a book to write, a blog to do? This week, we are going to meet an on-the-road author, an RVer who likes to say she tells lies for a living. Writer Judy Howard will be our guest. Judy teaches creative writing to RVers at gatherings and rallies and workshops all across the country, at the same time writing her own novels while fulltiming on the road. You will enjoy our discussion.

Plus we have lots of RV news this week, including a big political controversy involving Camping World that is resulting in calls for a boycott of the nation’s biggest RV retailer, tips on how to get more from your RV and next outing and a great off the beaten path report that belongs on your bucket list.

 Show Notes for Episode #154 Aug. 23, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

We sure had a lot of fun with the Eclipse. Over on our RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube you can see a one hour Live Video special we did on RV gatherings from across the country formed to witness the event. We had video check ins from 10 different RV gatherings from Oregon to the Carolinas. It was a ball and we believe the largest single RV Travel weekend in history.

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner. And finding a spot in a campground may be harder than ever. Advanced reservations for the Labor Day Weekend at more than 500 Kampgrounds of America locations in North America are running more than 10 percent higher than those for the same period last year. The Labor Day numbers look to continue a string of record results for holiday weekends at KOA this year. In fact, the world's largest system of family-friendly campgrounds is on track to set yet another annual record for camping in 2017. KOA has set a new record for camping each of the past five years. October is also an amazingly busy month because of fall color, cooler weather and Halloween celebrations that go on every weekend at hundreds of campgrounds across the country.

We’re still in Georgia, to catch a couple of grandsons playing football this week. For the weekend, we’ll scoot down to the Emerald Coast on Florida’s panhandle, and then, for Labor Day, head on up to Michigan to catch up on some chores around the house before we set off on another very ambitious fall travel schedule that will have us in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida again and Mississippi.

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

Last minute reminder: The price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass increased for the first time since 1994. On Aug.28 it will go from $10 to $80. Those with current passes are lifetime passes and will remain valid.

US citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older are eligible for the Senior Pass. Annual and lifetime Senior Passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Forest Service
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

The passes cover entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees.

Traveling companions can also enter for free. The Senior Passes admit pass owner/s and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas, not to exceed four adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Also, at many sites, the Senior Passes provide the pass owner (only) a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).
Senior Passes can be purchased at any federal recreation site, including national parks, that charges an entrance or standard amenity (day-use) fee. Many on site parks have sold out of the oases so the parks service is urging people to buy online.

That way you can get one instantly. An additional $10 processing fee will be added to the price. We will put a direct link in the shownotes for this episode, under my Tip of the Week section, to where you can go online and get your pass.

You can order online at https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass

To allow visitors to use a recently purchased Senior Pass before they receive the printed pass, the National Park Service and five other land management agencies that honor the pass will accept the order confirmation generated from the online sale of the pass as proof of pass ownership until the backlog is cleared. Eligible visitors who purchase a Senior Pass online can now bring their order confirmation along with a photo ID to one of the more than 2,000 sites and parks that accept the pass.

Additionally, some National Park Service and other agency sites that sell the Senior Pass will immediately begin issuing rain checks to eligible visitors who wish to purchase a pass if the site has no more printed passes. Purchasers can access a park with the rain check until they can exchange it for the Senior Pass. Visitors are encouraged to contact the national park or other agency site they plan to visit to ensure the availability of rain checks at that location before traveling there.

So remember, the deadline is Aug.28. After that, it’s $80.

 

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

 

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

 

I love hearing from you!

 

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

A listener named Gerhard called in to wonder why if the podcast is released every Wednesday morning, he doesn’t hear about it until he gets the newsletter every Monday. So, to clear up any confusion and make sure others like Gerhard understand our varuous platforms, let us explain:

The RV Podcast – this show – goes live every Wednesday morning. The absolute best way to hear it is on a smartphone or tablet app like iTunes or the Google Play Store. When you subscribe via iTunes, it will automatically be downloaded to your device on release and then, just click the app to play it. The vast majority of our hundreds of thousands of listeners listen to it that way.

But you can also listen to it on the Blog – the Roadtreking.com RV Lifestyle Blog. Every Wednesday morning, the latest episode, with complete shownotes and links to everything we report in the show, is published online. There are also links in the blog to subscribe by iTunes.

The third way…the only way our caller apparently knew about…is in the weekly newsletter we send out free every Monday morning. You can also sign up for the newsletter through the blog –at Roadtreking.com. The newsletter lists all sorts of RV stories and tips and it always has a link to the previous week’s podcast. But if the only way you get to the podcast is through the newsletter, it will be almost a week late.

There’s one more platform you hear us talk about a lot. That’s our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. This is where we publish our RV travel videos, our question and answer videos and our how-to videos about the RV lifestyle. We typically have one or two new videos being posted there every week and plan to soon have contests, lots more RV reviews and other interesting things. You can also subscribe to the Video channel so you will automatically be notified as soon as a new video goes online. We’ll put links in the shownotes for this episode n how to do all this.

To subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rv-podcast/id925781328?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

To  subscribe to the newsletter go to: http://archive.aweber.com/roadtreking

To subscribe to our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/roadtrekingmike

 

Caller Jeanne wants to know how to clean off the dirt under her solar panel. We recommend a hose with a steady stream of water.

 

And caller Kevin wants to downsize from a Class A to a Class B motorhome. He’s looking at Roadtrek and is confused about the differences between the RS Adventurous, the CS Adventurous and the eTrek. We try to sort it out.

 

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

Have you a story to tell, a book to write, a blog to do? This week, we are going to meet an on-the-road author, an RVer who likes to say she tells lies for a living. Writer Judy Howard is our our guest.

Judy is a motivational speaker and she teaches creative writing to RVers at gatherings and rallies and workshops all across the country, at the same time writing her own novels while fulltiming on the road.

She is a top ranking Amazon author travels in a big Winnebago motorhome she calls The Big Story, followed closely by her towed Smart Car she’s named The Short Story. 

You will enjoy our discussion.

Here’s links to her blog and all of Judy’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Judy-Howard/e/B005H1KXYU

Her Facebook Group: Authors on the Road

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:

  • Political Remarks by CEO has calls for a Camping World Boycott mounting Read More

 

  • Canada's national parks facing record crowds which bring unique challenges during country's 150th birthday.  Read more

 

  • Nine-year-old trying to save the 27 national monuments the Trump administration is reviewing, inspired by a Dr. Seuss book and movie. Read and listen 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

AR you Ready to Blend Digital with Reality?

If you think about it, our smartphones have really become the smart hub of our busy lives - keeping track of our schedules, helping navigate us around traffic and connecting us unlike ever before.

But would ever think to pick up your phone to help measure how tall your ceilings are? Or how about to see how a new couch looks in your living room? Or to virtually try on clothes?

Well add this all to the list, because the Asus ZenFone AR can do all of that and then some. This exclusive to Verizon device is the first project Tango phone certified by Google - meaning it has the sensors necessary to help it “see” the physical spaces around it and add in virtual elements.

For instance, ever wonder what your kitchen would look like with wood floors? Using the Lowe’s app on the Asus ZenFone AR - you can virtually replace your current flooring with wood floors and walk around your room seeing how it looks from any angle - using your phone as a window to this virtual world.

Or maybe your son or daughter is totally into dinosaurs? Using the Dinosaurs Among Us app created by the American Museum of Natural History you can drop a live velociraptor into your living room, walk around it and see it in all it’s animated glory!

All told there are dozens of these augmented reality apps that have been developed for this device with more on the way.

If you haven’t experienced AR, now’s the time!

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

New Haven Connecticut is probably best known as he home of Yale University, and if you go there, you would certainly enjoy a walk around that iconic campus.  But New Haven has some other things to offer that are not quite as obvious.  Connecticut is nicknamed the nutmeg state.  Early ship captains, and some industrious crew, brought these valuable spices back with them from voyages to the east and provided a steady supply for the bakers and meat packers of the east coast.  Southerners, unaware that the nuts had to be grated, accused the sailors of palming off worthless carved fakes, but were soon put into the picture.  
    In the late 1800s and early 1900s the population in some areas of the city was so completely Italian that visitors thought they had been transported to the old country.  Italians now make up only about 20% of the population, but the historic influence is still strong today.  An outstanding example of this is pizza.  Some pizza shops in the city have been in business for nearly a century.  Frank Pepe moved from Italy to New Haven in 1909.  Within a few years Frank was selling his inimitable tomato pies in the city market, where he carried his wares on a specially made headdress.  In 1925 he bought his boss’ bakery and renamed it Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napolitana.  Look at any list of the ten best pizzas in America, and you’ll find Pepe’s near the top.  It’s a traditional tomato pie, baked in a coal fired oven, and dressed with sauce and romano cheese.  Specify all toppings, including mozzarella if you want it.  Now there are several locations, but you can still eat at the original on Wooster Square and see where it all began.  Wander next door for a gelato after you’ve had your fill of pizza.
    New Haven is home to a much more macabre story as well.  It centers around Mary Hart.  Mary is buried under a large granite block in Evergreen Cemetery.  Across the top of the block is a quote from the book of Job—THE PEOPLE SHALL BE TROUBLED AT MIDNIGHT AND PASS AWAY.  More information follows below, and the story goes like this.  In 1872 the city was besieged by an epidemic of an unknown disease.  It spread easily from one person to another and from the corpses of the dead to the living.  When Hart, a young woman, died suddenly, her family had her quickly buried to protect others from the contagion.  That night her aunt dreamed that Mary was alive, and the next morning insisted the grave be dug up.  Mary was found in the coffin with bloody fingertips, the coffin lining shredded from her efforts to get out.  She had died of suffocation.  Some legends claim she was a witch and haunts her family home.  Others claim she walks the cemetery at night.
    If you’d like to hang on to the creepy vibe, head on over to the Yale University library and have a look at the Cushing Collection.  Harvey Cushing was a distinguished surgeon and Pulitzer prize winning author.  He also collected brains.  More than four hundred of them are tastefully displayed at the library, with more being added as they finish the conservation process.  Look over tools from Cushing’s work and his remarkable set of infant skulls.  The whole thing was just recently redone and is nicely organized.
    Make your last stop at Louis’ Lunch, where the hamburger was invented around 1900.  They’re still cooked in strange looking vertical cookers powered by gas, and served without condiments.  You can easily spend a week in this industrial city, hunting up oddball sites and stories that range from prehistory to the space age.  Find out why Connecticut’s other nickname is “the Constitution State.”  Try to break the code of the Voynich Manuscript.  Sneak into a meeting of Skull & Bones.  And while you’re there, look for us, Patti & Tom Burkett, somewhere off the beaten path.

RESOURCES MENTIONED

http://www.pepespizzeria.com/index.php#about

http://newenglandfolklore.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-ghost-of-midnight-mary.html

http://library.medicine.yale.edu/cushingcenter

http://louislunch.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 motorhomes and excellent pricing and service.

 

Direct download: RT154.mp3
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 Episode 153: The Biggest RV Event of the Year: The Total Eclipse

This week we are talking about THE outdoor and RV event of the year, and that is Monday’s total solar eclipse. We’ll tell you why this is so important, why it’s perfect for RVers, how to view it safely, how to find a place to watch it and why, even if you have to skip work or school, this is the one event of the year just made to be experienced by RV.

Plus, your RV questions, RV news of the week, traveling tech tips and Jennifer will tell you how to once and for all solve the pesky problem of RV light pollution from those inside switches and LED lights.

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK…

 

We’re in Albany, GA…on the road, visiting our son, Scott, and his family for a couple of weeks, and catching our grandson’s Jacob and Matthew playing football. We also plan to watch the eclipse down here with them and then maybe head out for some exploring maybe down towards the Emerald Coast after Labor Day.

 

In mid September, it’s our Blues and BBQ gathering in Tupelo MS and in late September, we’ll be heading to Ashevile NC to the Overland East Expo, a trade show for those go what’s called overlanding in extreme, off the grid, 4X4  adventure-type vehicles.

 

We met an interesting RVer this week, a nurse named Tiffany. She’s a traveling nurse and apparently, part of a group of traveling medical professionals who journey around the country in an RV, taking on short and long term contract work. Tiffany, her husband and two young preschool children, are in a small RV at a RV park near here. We suspect this is more common that we realized. TIffany is on a 13 week contract with the hospital here in Albany. Last year, Mike met physician, a coronary surgeon, who did the same thing. He’s from Orlando and travels throughout Florida and the Gulf States as far as New Orleans in a big new Tiffin Class A motorhome.

 

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 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

It’s been an ongoing discussion here on the RV Podcast for the past several months about how to dim or block out all that bright LED light from the electronics and switches in our RVs so we’re able to sleep in the dark.

Listen up… this tip from and RVer we met named Ken is probably that last idea you’ll need on How to finally solve the The Great LED Light issue.

Play

This IS the ultimate solution!

Once again, the product Ken said is called LED Light Dims and we have built in direct links to them on our special site at kit-dot.com/rvlifestyle. There you will find a master list of every product we talk about on the podcast and the Light Dims are there. Amazon sells two types, one which dims the LED by about 50%, and another kind that dims by 100% - or completely blocking all light. They cost about $8 for a package that will let you cover up just about any offending light in your RV or your home.

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

 

  • Elaine is in a Class B Winnebago and she’s suffering with vertigo while fulltiming. They are missionaries and wants to find a solution to better ride
  • Rich from California is upgrading to a Sprinter Based 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL and is concerned about using 20% diesel bio He asks are take.

 

  • Susan from Pennsylvania wants to know if a good quick grip solution for fresh water hose.
  • Gerald wonders about needing a spare tire on his Pleasureway, and also about a storage box for the back to carry things

 

 

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

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the earth and the sun, so that it completely blocks the light from the sun. During a total eclipse the shadow of the moon falls on the Earth, and you can see the atmosphere around the sun, called the corona, which you usually can’t see.

During that time it gets like dusk, and the animals react, and it is just a really special time. At the eclipse’s peak, four planets can be seen, and you can even see stars!

Everyone in the continental US will see at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting.

The total eclipse will start in Oregon at 10:15 am local time, traveling about 1,600 miles per hour (that is three times faster than a jet plane) to South Carolina. About a 70 mile swath of land in 12 states will be the path of totality – that is complete darkness – with an area in southern Illinois, called Giant City State Park, experiencing the longest period of darkness, at about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

A total solar eclipse is rare. The last one to hit the U.S. mainland came in 1979, but it could be seen in only five states. A total solar eclipse from coast to coast has not crossed the entire country since 1918. Next one IS April 8,2024.

(https://www.space.com/35495-where-to-see-2017-total-solar-eclipse.html (good state by state description and overview)

What you need:   Glasses….

You cannot look at the solar eclipse without wearing glasses to protect your eyes. You can not only injure your eyes, but you could actually go blind. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/08/11/solar-eclipse-glasses-where-buy-them-why-you-need-them/559710001/

Unfortunately, as Aug. 21st gets closer, it is getting harder and harder to find safe glasses.  The glasses must have ISO on them – for International Organization for Standardization. And they must have this reference number: 12312-2.

Five companies make eclipse glasses that the American Astronomical Society and NASA have certified are safe: American Paper Optics, the Baader Planetarium (in Germany), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

NASA says once you have the  glasses, there are steps you need to take to wear and use them safely: Again, we’ll link to those steps in our shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-153

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

If you can’t find approved solar eclipse viewing glasses, check your local library. Many have glasses they will be distributing for free. Many of the public viewing events in the path of totality will be providing public viewing glasses as part of their price of admission. Also many science websites have information on how to make your own safe viewing device.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-solar-eclipse-sun-viewer

https://www.livescience.com/33906-solar-eclipse-viewer.html

 

National parks

There are 21 national parks and seven NPS trails that lie in the path of totality. Many of these parks are expecting record setting crowds and planning special events. They’ll all be listed in the shownotes.

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060058581

This site lists each national park by name and says what is going on that them.

https://www.space.com/37254-see-the-solar-eclipse-in-a-national-park.html

 

Boondocking:

In Oregon state officials are warning people not to camp on the beach in hopes of experiencing the solar eclipse, because of dangerous changes in tides. Officials said Aug. 20 and 21s will have very high and very low tides, making it potentially dangerous when the high tide rolls in.

http://www.kptv.com/story/36119350/oregon-state-parks-warn-of-dramatic-tide-shift-during-eclipse

http://www.oregonlive.com/eclipse/2017/08/oregon_solar_eclipse_meets_ver.html

 

NASA

NASA has a count down and will be reporting live from noon-4 pm eastern at its website tracking the eclipse.  It is one of the best sites to visit before Monday to watch interviews with scientists and learn more about what you are about to watch.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-streamm.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

NASA also has a webpage listing community events throughout the stream of totalitaty. (below really good interactive map with community /small town listings)

 

We are excited to bring back to the podcast Michael Zeiler, the map making solar eclipse expert behind the Great American Eclipse Website

Michael’s wesbite is hands down the best resource you will find on this momentous event, where to best see it, how to see it and how to how RVers are best poised to be a part of this.

 

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:

Two stories this week…

But first, breaking news. Announcing the birth of our 8th grandchild, Jax Jeffrey Wendland, born Aug.12 in Kalamazoo, MI to son Jeff and daughter-in-law Aimee. Jax was 9 pounds, oneinches.

 

Disney World Unveils New Glamping Resort for RVers  read more

Michigan to Raise Camping Fees Starting Nov. 1  read more

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP: What do we need? More Power! When do we need it? Now!

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

With fall quickly approaching, our already packed schedules start to overflow with work, school, practices and games. And all that extra running can put a strain on our device's batteries. But fear not, there are some easy ways to power up.

SoundSport Charging Case

Your SoundSport bluetooth headphones can be a lifesaver - playing your favorite tunes while on the run, allowing you to finish a conference call on the go, or letting you listen to an audiobook for work while watching your child's game. Spend less time charging and more time using them with the SoundSport Charging Case. With just 15 minutes of charge time, you get an additional hour of listening time. Or leave your headphones in here for two hours for a full charge.

Wireless Charging Pad

Have a device like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6? Then you can wirelessly charge it! With a wireless charging pad you simply set your phone on and charging begins instantly. No more fussing around with tangled or lost wires. Simply set it and forget it! And with 15 watt fast charging, devices that support fast charging will wirelessly charge about as fast as when they're plugged into the wall.

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless

Turn any phone into a wirelessly charging phone with the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless. This protective case will provide an additional 50% power to your device making sure you make it through the day. And when it's running low, simply lay it on the included wireless charger to get a boost.

Mophie Powerstation XXL 20000

Find all of your devices are always running on empty? Now you can power your tablet, smartphone and another USB device at once with the Mophie Powerstation XXL 20000. This is seriously the king of battery packs with enough capacity to fill your smartphone six times over! And it's slim size means it easily slips into a backpack, briefcase or purse.

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 -  

Our off the beaten path report this week is about what you need to know, state by state, about the eclipse.

 

Oregon:

  • All Oregon State Park Campgrounds are full. This is not the weekend to wing it!
  • Expect unprecedented traffic before, during and after the eclipse. Avoid travel on Aug. 21.
  • The usual conveniences may be hard to get to. Fill your tank and stock up early on food, medicine, cash and anything else you can't live without.
  • Cell phone service may become iffy.
  • Expect campfire bans in central and eastern Oregon.
  • Expect very high tides at the coast overnight: camping on the beach is risky. Overnight parking on the beach is prohibited.

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.page&id=75

 

Idaho and Wyoming:

Officials have no idea how many people will come, crowds ranging from 50,000 to 500,000 were the estimates according to the Idaho Falls Fire chief. Toilets, food,  medical emergencies, crowds heading outside increasing the risk of wildfires are all real concerns.

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45369115&nid=1419

 

Nebraska has banned oversized trucks from traveling I-80 for four days  from sundown Friday to sunrise Tuesday to ease traffic around the eclipse. (Wyoming and Oregon doing the same)

www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/oversized-semi-trucks-won-t-be-allowed-on-nebraska-roads/article_e4b5c0f0-7ded-11e7-b368-8b52c1a3824b.html?ex_cid=SigDig

 

Missouri Department of Transportation were anticipating more than a million visitors heading to its state to view the eclipse. Residents are being warned to expect extreme gridlock.  Officials are also warning people not to stop in the middle of the road to watch.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article166570472.html

 

Illinois  The Carbondale – southern Illinois University football stadium is being converted into a stadium viewing spot. Tickets are selling for $25 a piece.

http://eclipse.siu.edu/tickets/

 

South Carolina

And officials with the SC Emergency Management Division  issued a tongue in cheek   warning to citizens in several of its counties to be vigilant of paranormal activity associated with the upcoming total solar eclipse. Specifically they are asking for residents to report any sightings of lizard men – a report that gained a lot of traction at news agencies across the country last week.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/11/south-carolina-warns-citizens-lizard-man-sightings-during-solar-eclipse.html

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article166660277.html

 

And across the country..

Individual states are setting up portajohns, setting up extra emergency rooms, canceling optional surgeries, setting up additional cell towers, stocking up on toilet paper….

http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2017/08/14/total-eclipse-towns-stock-toilet-paper-add-cell-towers-ahead-unprecedented/

 

Weather forecasts

The weather forecast is the one variable that could ruin your view of the total solar eclipse. At the time of this recording,  a six days ahead of the event, the forecast was for clear skies in the west of the country and chance of showers in the southeast.

https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/solar-eclipse-weather-outlook-aug2017

 

https://weather.com/forecast/national

 

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: rT153.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Episode 152: What every camper needs to know before heading out on the trails!

 

One activity every RVer loves to take part in is hiking. Whether it’s a long day trip, a short hour long loop or a half-day picnic hike, exploring the wilderness by foot is one of the joys of camping and our mobile lifestyle. But staying safe needs to be a top priority on any hike and in this week’s podcast, we’ll hear important advice from an expert hiker… coming up in our interview of the week.

But we also have your questions, comments, RV News and lots of RV tips. Plus a great off the beaten path report.

 

Show Notes for Episode #152 Aug.9 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO:

  • ­We discuss the latest long range weather forecast, which predicts unseasonably chilly August temperatures for the eastern two-thirds of the US with 60F lows lasting up to TWO WEEKS. Experts say a southward dip in the jet stream is causing the cooling effect. This pattern will continue into the second week of August with below-average temperatures affecting much of the East Coast, Midwest, and some of the South. The Weather Channel reported that Sunday morning saw record breaking lows in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

 

  • School has begun across many parts of the country this week… the south… also far west. That means less crowded campgrounds and an ease in congestion around national parks.

 

  • The August 21 total eclipse is coming fast. Listen to episode 132 of the podcast for detailed info. On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. You’ll be able to see stars! To learn where to see it best and how to safely view it, go to the Great American Eclipse website

 

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

Here’s a dilemma every RVer has… what to do with wet towels? One of the nice things about traveling and meeting so many of our listeners on the road is seeing how they solve such everyday problems.

So it was with our friend Jeff Curry, who showed us his creative solution to the wet towel issue.

 

Jeff took bungee cords, two S hooks and a piece of PVS pipe to make a portable towel rack.

 

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

  • Josh is about to become a fulltime RVer and has a suggestion on Kayaks from a company called Oru Kayak https://www.orukayak.com/– foldable kayaks that are perfect for storing in a small RV

 

  • Chris talks about what to expect when traveling between Canada and the US in an RV

 

  • And a listener named Virgil sent us an email asking us to talk about how we select a route for our RV trips.

 

 

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

One activity every RVer loves to take part in is hiking. Whether it’s a long day trip, a short hour long loop or a half-day picnic hike, exploring the wilderness by foot is one of the joys of camping and our mobile lifestyle. But staying safe needs to be a top priority on any hike and in this week’s podcast, we’ll hear important advice from an expert hiker Douglas Scott of the Wilderness Society.

That’s him on the featured photo at the top of this post!

Scott is a nationally recognized outdoors writer, with works appearing in publications all over the country. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, his passion for the wilderness spills into everything he does. He is a trail runner, avid hiker and guidebook author, sharing his experiences with like-minded modern adventurers hoping to get to know their own backyards a little better.

Resources:

Douglas Scott’s tips - http://outdoor-society.com/how-to-stay-safe-while-hiking-11-easy-tips/

His blog:

http://outdoor-society.com/articles/

 

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…

An RV owner who crashed into a toll booth in San Francisco may be billed as much as $10,000 for damage. Read more

Many government agencies running out of senior national park passes and having to issue vouchers because of rush to buy one before price jumps. Read more

Texas mom hiking with kids in Grand Canyon believed to have died of heat exhaustion. 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

Recently at our meet up in Grand Rapids, we had a number of questions come up about how best to use to a Chromecast Ultra to meet your entertainment needs while on the road.

First...for those who need a bit of a refresher, a Chromecast Ultra is a hockey-puck looking device that has an HDMI cable that plugs into the back of your TV. When connected to a wifi network - be it via a hotspot on your phone or jetpack - it allows you to stream or “cast” any video or pictures from your phone, laptop or tablet to your TV.

This means content like HBO Go for those Game of Thrones viewers, or Netflix or even streaming video from your local news stations back home can be easily viewed while on the road.

You can even move the Chromecast Ultra easily between your home TV and RV TV. Just make sure your wifi network’s name and password matches that of your mobile one.

Then once plugged in look for the blue cast icon in apps like Netflix, HBO Go, and others. Or if your app isn’t supported, you can cast anything that’s on your device’s screen to the TV by clicking on the Google Home app and then clicking on menu and cast screen/audio.

With this week’s traveling technology tip, I’m Steve Van Dinter from Verizon.

 

 

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

By Tom and Patti Burkett

 

There are some places in this wide country of ours where there are no big roads, and no one ever really goes except the people who live there.  Here’s description of one of them: an oozing mass of water, mud, snakes, wolves, wildcats, biting flies, and clouds of gnats and mosquitoes forty miles long and a hundred or more wide.  Water stands stagnant on the ground, waist deep, until it evaporates in the summer or turns into mud and muck in the winter.  The undergrowth is absolutely impenetrable.  While some travelers are given to hyperbole, this is a fairly objective description of the great black swamp in northwestern Ohio, sometimes called the dismal swamp.
    Families and explorers headed westward detoured around it until, gradually, it was diked and drained to create extraordinarily rich farmland.  Today it grows strawberries, fruit trees, and produce that would make central California farmers blue with envy.  It’s also home to a large settlement of Amish craftspeople, and these make up much of the workforce at Sauder industries in the little town of Archbold.  Sauder makes those flat packed, some assembly required bookshelves and TV carts and entertainment centers that predated Ikea.      
    Still very much a going concern with hundreds of workers, Sauder continues to provide furniture for churches, schools, college dorm rooms, and yard sales.  Also in Archbold is Sauder Village, a living history museum and farm that recreates life at the turn of the twentieth century.  Costumed interpreters share stories of life on the Ohio frontier, the struggle to keep the fields drained, and the pleasures of days on the farm.
    There’s a church, an ice cream shop, and several craftspeople working in their shops.  All the ones you’re expect are there, as well as some that you don't see at other museums—a cooper, a broom maker, a tinsmith, and an encampment of Native Americans napping flint and making rope from natural fibers.  Walk over to the farm and you might enjoy a local farm market, a chance to pet the baby animals, a stroll through the herb garden, or a turn behind the mule-drawn plow.
    Drive a bit south to Wapakoneta (there’s a town name that’s fun to say) and you can visit Jim Bowsher’s Temple of Tolerance.  Jim bought up some vacant land behind the houses in his neighborhood and he and his brother began building rock structures.  From simple to grand, each structure has a story.  So do many of the rocks, which have been collected from notable locations.  Call ahead and you might get Jim to give you a tour himself, a real treat.
    If you’re here at the end of the summer, head over to tiny Venedocia on Labor Day weekend for the annual Gymanfa Ganu.  This tradition was brought to the region by the Welsh coalminers that emigrated here in the 1800s.  Under the direction of a guest choral conductor, and usually with the assistance of a well-known Welsh soloist, singers gather to belt out an evening’s worth of hymns in unaccompanied four-part harmony.  Sing in Welsh or English as you like.
    It’s a little easier to get around than it was two hundred years ago, but it’s not much more populated.  Despite that, there are dozens of things to see and do in this little corner of the Midwest.  Come explore on your own.  Whether you like history, classic cars, art, natural beauty, or delicious pizza cooked in a six hundred degree oven, it’s quite possible you’ll run into us, Patti & Tom Burkett, somewhere around here, off the beaten path.

https://saudervillage.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9JBrVr-N5I
http://www.venedocia.org/

 

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: RT152.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

 

There’s a new trend sweeping the RV industry: Downsizing. In involves trading in big Class A or Supersized Class C motorhomes for something smaller, most usually a Class B. Today we meet a couple who have done just that: Jim and Chris Guld, otherwise known as the Geeks on Tour as they’ve traveled the country demoing technology tools to RVers at major shows and rallies.

The Geeks share with us the factors that led to their downsizing and how they are adjusting to traveling the country in a smaller RV…. Plus we have lots of listener questions and feedback, RV tips, RV news and much more…all coming up in episode 151 of The RV Podcast.

 

Show Notes for Episode #151 Aug. 2, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

  • Back from Grand Rapids and a fun day with Verizon showing traveling technology gadgets
  • Waiting for grandchild #8 to be born
  • Hoping to enjoy spectacular northern Michigan and the Great Lakes
  • Catching the total eclipse on Aug. 21
  • Planning our next trip to Georgia for a grandson’s football games, to the Emerald Coast of Florida once peak tourist time passes, to our Roadtreking Blues ‘and BBQ Gathering near Tupelo, MS Sept. 14-18

After that to Ashville, NC and the Overland East Expo, which is perhaps the world's most unique event for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts and their rugged, 4-wheel-drive vehicles, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Biltmore Estate

 

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

Maximizing space inside an RV is Job #1 for every RVer. No matter what size RV we have, we can all use more room. So we look for ways to make that happen, especially in the kitchen.

Many of you are familiar with Mary Jane Curry. Mary Jane is our RV Recipes writer for the Roadtreking.com blog. You know her from the wonderful recipes she posts on the blog each week. Recently, I got a chance to visit her and husband, Jeff, in their RV and was mas most impressed by a way Mary Jane had extended the working space in her kitchen, or galley area.

She uses dish mats!

Want to learn more about these dish mats? We keep a master list of all the products, gadgets, apps and services that we mention on the podcast at http://kit.com/rvlifestyle

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

 

  • Jim has a lot of questions about maintenance, DEF fluid and the use of CB radios in an RV

 

  • Joan is looking for tips on buying a used RV out of state, registering and paying for it.

 

  • Listener Valerie heard me struggling to pronounce some Hawaiian words on a recent podcast and called in with a pronounciation guide…. With a little twist at the end. Let me share it with you.

 

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

 

Jim and Chris Guld are some of our oldest friends in the RV world. We met them right after Jennifer and I started RVing and they were one of the very first interviews I did for the blog way back in 2012.

You know them as the Geeks on Tour, from their many seminars and teaching sessions at RV rallies and shows around the country, and from their weekly What Does This Button Do? YouTube video series.

But this week, we talk to them about something very different. They are RV downsizers, recently trading in their big Super Size Class C RV for a compact Roadtrek Class B campervan.

They are part of a growing trend of downsizers in the RV world and I am delighted to bring them on the show to share with our RV Podcast audience what factors caused them to downsize and how they are adjusting to life in a smaller RV.

 

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

 

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. They 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…

 

  • Rare seven-week old ring-tail cat rescued after traveling 200 miles in Texas under an RV. Read more

 

  • Camping World acquires RV dealers in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Amarillo, Texas. Read more

 

  • Alligator eats a nine-month-old puppy on a walk with its owner at an Alabama state 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

 

We’ve talked about the best tech for elementary, high school and college students, so today we’re going to talk the best tech for the student athlete. For many students, sports is a big part of life and we want to make sure they have a leg up.

First up...the Fitbit Alta HR. If you’re training for a PR, you want definitely want to be able to track your progress and see how hard you’re pushing yourself. This lightweight wearable does that and more, automatically recognizing and recording every step, stair and calorie you burn - not to mention keeping continuous watch on your heart rate. And when you’re done, it also monitors how much sleep you’re getting as well.

Next, you want to protect your phone from drops, but wouldn’t it be nice if you had added benefits from your case? That’s exactly what you get with the Under Armour Grip. It’s shockproof design with layered ridges makes for a more secure hold. And paired with the UA Magnetic Mount it allows your phone to magnetically attach to fitness equipment, a basketball hoop, and more. Now you can watch training videos, make sure you’re lifting properly and even record your personal best to share with your friends all without having to hold your phone.

Lastly, there’s the Google Pixel. This smartphone seriously does it all. Start your pump up music, ask how to properly do a dead lift or begin a timer all via voice. And with unlimited photo and video storage through Google Photos, you never have to worry about running out of space.

 

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 Ari and Jessi Adler

We recently planned a trip from our home in Michigan to Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada so that we could take advantage of free admission as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Along the way, we took a side trip off the beaten path to an historic fort we spotted on Google Maps while planning our trip.

Fort Malden is located in Amherstburg, Ontario, about 35 minutes south of the Ambassador Bridge where you enter Canada from the U.S.  It was built in 1795 by Britain to protect against an invasion by those upstart Americans. Throughout its history, it is most known for its military use during the War of 1812 and also is the site of the longest occupation of any Canadian land by the United States. Over time, however, the main building that now serves as a museum has been everything from a private residence to a lumber mill to an insane asylum.

Visitors are able to see the wide array of Fort Malden's history through the buildings that remain and the information provided in the museum. Local college and high school students get summer jobs serving as “soldiers” at the fort and help tell the history through period costumes and exhibitions of firing muskets and cannons.

The fort sits overlooking the Detroit River, so you can always take a stroll through the grounds to enjoy the view or sit and relax by the water to see if any boats happen to float by. Coming and going from the fort, you drive through the city of Amherstburg and the entrance is basically in a residential neighborhood now. I can only imagine what the soldiers from the 1800s would think of the area compared to what they saw!

Amherstburg is located along Highway 20 in the southwest corner of Ontario. It’s a pleasant drive and we think Fort Malden is a great stop to soak up some history and wander the well-manicured grounds. The staff was very friendly and welcomed questions, as they all seemed to enjoy talking about this historical treasure that is kind of tucked away. We recommend making it a stop if you’re going to be in the area.

Maybe some day soon we’ll run into you off the beaten path. Until then, happy travels everyone!

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

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