Mon, 7 August 2017
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:
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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.
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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK
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.
Douglas Scott’s tips - http://outdoor-society.com/how-to-stay-safe-while-hiking-11-easy-tips/
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
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.
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.
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.