The RV Podcast

 

Episode 159: How to shop for and get the absolute best deal on your next RV

 

Don't buy an RV without listening to this episode and our interview of the week... Plus your questions, our answers, tips and RV news

 

Show Notes for Episode #159 Sept. 27, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

 

We’re hitting the road as soon as this podcast is recorded, heading first to Ashville, NC where we will be attending the Overland East Expo,  Sept. 29-October 1 on the grounds of the beautiful Biltmore Estate.  This is the premier overlanding event in the world—no other event offers the scope of classes taught by the world's leading experts, alongside a professional-level trade show that brings together in one place all the camping and vehicle equipment and services of interest to extreme RVers…overlanders, off the beaten path explorers who love rough terrain and rugged wilderness. We’ll have a Facebook Live report Saturday afternoon from the event.

 

Bo is not going to be with us! He’s attending a six week off leash boarding school that will make him a very Smart Dog. We’ll be following his progress with photos posted on the training school’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Smartdogllc/

 

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

In Montana this summer, we spent some delightful time with Marilyn Daniel, who showed us the best screens we have ever seen in an RV. Marilyn made them herself and they cover the driver and passenger windows of their Roadtrek Popular 210.

Mike also shot a video of Marilyn’s do-it-yourself screens. I’ll put a link to it on the shownotes page for this episode at roadtreking-dot-com-slash-59/

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

 

Gerhard from Washington State called with information for the Florida caller least week who wanted to be able to use the generator in her RV to power her home refrigerator if they ever lose power again like they recently did with Hurricane Irma.

 

Kathy wants a hands-free device for her cellphone so she can have access in the car. We like the kind that attach to the air vents. Here’s a link to a whole page of various mounts and cradles that will let you go hands free with your smartphone in your car http://amzn.to/2xsp8Z7  We like the Kenu Airframes - http://amzn.to/2ypDjuX

 

Lynn wants to travel in her motorhome to Florida or Arizona with “no mountains at all… please.” She hates mountains. She’s leaving either from Canada or Iowa, but to get to Florida from the north, I-65 south to Alabama and then on two lane roads over to I-10 East. That will avoid the little bit of the Smoky Mountains you encounter on I-75 between Corbin, KY and Knoxville, TN. Once you head west on I-10 to where you can pick up I-75 you can then head south right down the middle of Florida.

For Arizona, my best solution is to take I80 to Des Mointes, IA, then I-35 South to Dallas-Ft. Worth, west on I-20 and then pick up I-10 and head north to Phoenix.

I also suggest she post this on our Roadtreking Facebook Group and get input from lots of other RVers. That’s at https://www.facebook.com/groups/roadtreking/

 

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

Gary Tilkin is a very in-demand Automotive Consultant and Trainer. Through 32 years of experience, he has guided automobile dealerships and sales personnel all across the country into developing successful programs that bring integrity and professionalism to the car-buying procedure.

When he decided he wanted to purchase an RV for he and his wife to travel in, he was shocked to find the RV industry was, in his words, “15 years behind the auto industry.”

In this interview, he shares how his many years of automotive expertise applies to the RV industry. Among topics covered:

How consumers should research the RV they want to buy

Is it better to buy from the lot and the dealer’s inventory or wait for a special order?

What markup do RV dealers add to the RVs they sell?

Should you buy an extended warranty?

Why you should never negotiate with a dealer

What’s more important, the dealership or the price?

What are the extra fees that some RV dealers may try to charge that you that you should refuse

 

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:

 

Tourist Vehicles Vandalized at Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Environmental Groups sue over drilling near Yellowstone

 

Many Florida State Parks Remain Closed or only open for day use following Hurricane Irma

 

Officials close a Virgina state park after black bear attacks a woman walking her dogs 

 

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

 

If you’re a fan of iOS, then you’re in heaven with the recent release of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and Apple Watch Series 3!

Featuring a new glass and aluminum design with three beautiful finishes, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are sure to stun! Couple that with wireless charging, retina HD displays and an A11 Bionic chip and you’ve got phones designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience!

And what pairs best with the next generation iPhone but an Apple Watch Series 3 of course! This next generation wearable now comes with a built in LTE connection. That means whether users are out for a run, at the pool or just trying to be more active throughout their day, Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular allows them to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without their iPhone nearby.

Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70 percent faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip.

All are available now both in your local Verizon store or online at verizonwireless.com

 

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 -  Update on the fires in Waterton National Park, Aberta, Canada

 

Tom Burkett updates us from the scene about the devastating effects of the fires that swept through Albert’s Waterton National Park in Canada.

 

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.

 

RV SHOWS THIS WEEKEND

Great American RV Show

September 28-30

Norris Penrose Events Center

Colorado Springs, CO

 

Austin RV Super Sale

September 29-October 1

Dell Diamond

Round Rock, TX

 

Evergreen Fall RV Show

September 29-October 1

Evergreen State Fairgrounds

Monroe, WA

 

New York State RV Show

September 29-October 1

NYS Fairgrounds

Syracuse, NY

 

Direct download: RT159.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

Episode 158: Satellite Internet for RVers Takes a Huge Step Forward

Location Independence is a phrase you hear a lot about these days in the RV industry as more and more people take to a life on the road in their RV and do their work from anywhere, as long as they have a connection to the Internet. That connection is now a whole lot more reliable thanks to a company called Kymeta that has come up with a revolutionary satellite solution that provides broadband-speed Internet where it’s never been before. And this week in our interview section coming up, you’ll learn how this works and what it can mean to you. And I’m also excited to tell you that I am testing that solution right now in my RV.

That’s coming up soon. But also this week… your RV questions, RV tips and news, plus a special off the beaten path report. But first, my lifelong traveling companion and my bride…Jennifer.

Show Notes for Episode #158 Sept. 20, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

We’re back from Canada and the opening of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America’s brand new 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility – see https://youtu.be/CyLm5_3LrA8

We’re testing out that new Kymeta system we’ll be talking about in our interview section but we’ve also added the WiFi Ranger system to the RV, plus our Wilson WeBoost cell phone booster and a new VHF/UHF amateur radio transceiver that utilizes some cool new technology.

We also have tested a new cargo box for the RV. We did a review on it and you can see why we won’t be recommending it for others by watching the video review we did. We’ll link to it in the shownotes for this episode at roadtreking,com/158

Our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel is rockin and rollin! One of our videos, a tour of our 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL RV, just reached a very huge milestone! It has been watched over 1 million times! We love doing RV videos and have been putting out two and sometimes three a week. You can subscribe by going to rvlifestylechannel.com and clicking the little red subscribe button. There’s also an option to be notified of when new videos go online. After subscribing, just click that little bell icon you at the top right of the channel page.

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

With fall now upon us, the nights are getting colder and for those with forced air heaters, the air inside your RV can get mighty dry. We met fellow RVer Jan Mathews at a campground a while back and she had this suggestion for us.

Jan says these little humidifiers are available everywhere. We found them on Amazon. In fact, we found a whole page of them, some of them even offering aroma therapy as well. We even found one that works off the USB connectors in your RV. Here’s a link to the Amazon offerings - http://amzn.to/2w5jCHY

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  

For a complete list of all the products, gear and apps mentioned by Mike and Jennifer on their podcast, YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel and here on the blog, go to http://roadtreking.com/gear

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

Lynn is from Florida and recently lost power at her home as a result of Hurricane Irma. She wonders about the generator in her 17 year old Roadtrek Popular 200 RV is strong enough to power her house refrigerator of it happens again.   

The generators that Roadtrek uses are made by Cummins/Onan and the gas generator model that is installed will generate 2800 wattsor 2.8KW of 110/120 volt AC power. Most house refrigerators use about 700 watts.

Alan asks about his water pump and boondocking. Can he leave it on when off the grid or just turn it on when he needs it.

The water pump in your RV is an on demand pump in other words the only time the pump will operate is when you turn on a faucet or flush a toilet. As long as the pump is operating properly it will not use any power when there is no demand for water.

And Dan wants some ideas on where to go RVing in the winter and I the snow where there are fun things to do.

We suggest he read our blog story on our annual winter campout at Tahquemenon Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at http://roadtreking.com/time-reserve-spot-annual-winter-campout  It’s January 19-21, 2018

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

Location Independence is a phrase you hear a lot about these days in the RV industry as more and more people take to a life on the road in their RV and do their work from anywhere, as long as they have a connection to the Internet. That connection is now a whole lot more reliable thanks to a company called Kymeta that has come up with a revolutionary satellite Internet solution that provides broadband-speed Internet where it’s never been before. And this week in our interview section coming up, you’ll learn how this works and what it can mean to you.

Now this system is brand new and I am really excited to reveal that our RV   - a 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL 4X4 – is the first production RV to have the Kymeta solution installed. Jennifer and I will be traveling the country with it, testing it out in many different places and under many different scenarios. I’ll be doing a video in the next week or two that shows how it works in our RV but – to answer your question – YES! It will soon become available but only from one RV manufacturer – the Erwin Hymer Group of North America. How soon? I don’t know. How much? Pricing hasn’t been set yet. We should have answers to those questions certainly before the end of the year.

But right now, I want you to meet Bob Shuman, an executive with Kymeta, who will give us an overview on why this system is a first of a kind satellite technology that can deliver broadband Internet connectivity anywhere, anytime, while on the move.

 

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:

Interior Dept. Recommends Cuts or Changes to Seven National Lands Monuments


Wildfire destroys 70 percent of Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park's forested area

National Parks Service seeks hunters to shoot bison in Grand Canyon's North Rim area

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

Many people have a goal to be more active. But the difficult part tends to be conflicting priorities like family, work and let’s be honest - relaxing. Sometimes all it takes though is a little extra prodding from a digital friend to help you out.

That’s where the newest wearable - the Fitbit Ionic comes into play. This one is supercharged to help you go the extra mile.

Think of it as your coach, friend, assistant and entertainment director all in one!

That’s right, Fitbit Ionic has a full color screen that will walk you through your workout giving you on screen guidance for every stretch, lift and step you take.  It also has built in GPS to keep track of your distance and even a heart rate monitor so you know just how hard you pushed it.

Because life doesn’t stop when you’re working out, Fitbit Ionic also makes sure to keep you on top of your notifications, calls and texts. In fact, you’ll see them right on screen.

And when it’s time for some motivation, just connect a bluetooth speaker or headset to this smart tracker and play away. With it’s on-board memory, it can even store 300 or more songs...so you can leave your phone at home and still get the boost you want.

Speaking of boosts, ever wish you could be pushed harder while training in the water? You guessed it...Fitbit Ionic can track your swims as well!

Finally when it’s time for bed, leave it on and it’ll keep track of your sleep.

Fitbit Ionic boasts a four day battery life and even has an NFC chip allowing you to make mobile payments on the go.

It’s available at Verizon stores and Verizonwireless.com beginning Oct 11. 

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

 When Mike was twelve years old, he accidentally dropped a baseball in a bucket of paint.  "Interesting," he said to himself, and kept dipping it. Then he wrapped a wire around it to use as a handle and invited his friends to help.  That was the beginning of this story.  It continues when Mike helped his toddler son begin painting his own baseball.   In 2006 Sherwin-Williams sponsored the ball and provided a building to house it.  It hangs suspended from steel I-beams and occasionally gets a steel band reinforcement. 

     We came across an article about the ball a few months ago. Don't just drop by, the article said, call and make an appointment. Not wanting to miss it, we did just that the day before we arrived. Mike and his wife Glenda were waiting for us. We pulled up in the drive, and as we got out, the lights in the building lit up the ball for us to see through the glass front doors.   It was quite the reveal. 

     The ball hung there like a giant orange avocado, with the number 25,271 written on one side.  We had a brief tour of the historical articles posted on the walls, saw the original ball of paint with its coat hanger hook, and were asked to select from several colors for the next coat of paint on the ball. "Teal looks good," Patti said. "Now let's get a before picture," Mike said as he opened the teal paint bucket. Next thing we knew we had rollers in our hands. "You can use the mirror on the floor to make sure you get all the way underneath," advised Glenda.

     Twenty minutes later we'd finished our chore and the once orange 2 1/2 ton ball now looked like a slightly misshapen Earth, seen from space, and covered with clouds. As we painted, we heard about the list on the wall, naming the countries (about two dozen) from which our fellow ball-painters had hailed. We heard about the Oak Ridge Boy's visit and the ball's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show, and about the numerous periodicals that had featured this Guinness certified creation.    

     At least until the next group of visitors, or until tomorrow (Mike or his son paint the ball faithfully once a day even if no one shows up), we hold the record for the worlds largest ball of paint --coat number 25,721!  We have certificates to prove it and signed our name on the wall along with all those who came before us!  So head up IN route 9 northeast of Indianapolis towards the little town of Alexandria, and among the truck farms and housing developments, you'll find this roadside wonder.  It's waiting for you to set your own record. Don't look for us there, because we've already done that, but you might well find us, Patti and Tom Burkett, somewhere else off the beaten path. 

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

RV SHOWS THIS WEEKEND

Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Show, Sept. 22-24, 2017

 

 

Direct download: RT158.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

 

Episode 157: How to find the perfect boondocking spot

 

Boondocking just may be the biggest trend affecting the RV Lifestyle these days. For one thing, with so many new RVers coming on the scene, it’s getting more difficult each day to find an open site at a campground. But for another, new technology like solar power, engine generators and lithium batteries are making it much easier to camp in the wilderness, with no hookups, off the grid.

So how do you find that perfect boondocking spot? In our interview segment coming up, we’ll hear from an expert – Nina Fussing, a fulltime RVer and the author of the popular WheelingIT  RV blog.  Nina, with husband Paul accompanied by a small a menagerie of pets, are boondocking experts and this week, she’ll share how to find the perfect boondocking spot.

Plus we’ll answer your questions, share a bunch of travel and technology tips and some great off the beaten path RV stops in the American heartland.

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

 

Show Notes for Episode #157 Sept. 13, 2018 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

 

We’re in Cambridge, Ontario today, as this episode is being released, covering the Grand Opening of a new manufacturing facility for the Erwin Hymer Group of North America. It’s in the next town over from Kitchener, Ontario, where Hymer has its factory to manufacture Roadtrek motorhomes. This new building will be used to assemble Hymer’s new line of towable trailers. It will also have a couple of dedicated bays for warranty work for all their products. We’ll be doing a live video from the new factory and you’ll be able to see it on our You Tube RV Lifestyle Channel.

 

We’ve heard from lots of friends from Florida who are in their RVs after evacuating their homes in the path or Hurricane Irma. With 5 million households out of power throughout the Sunshine State, having a self-contained RV has been a great convenience for so many. Hats off to the many state and local campgrounds in adjoining states that have welcomed the evacuees, many waiving their camping fees for the duration.

 

We’re getting ready to head to northern Michigan over the next week or so to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and the early color we’re seeing on the trees. It’s been spectacular so far this month, with lows in the 40’s for good sleeping at night and highs in the upper 60’s or low 70’s.

 

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 week, a listener named Bill shared how he uses cleaning vinegar mixed 50-50 with water in a spray bottle to wash the dishes in his RV, thus saving use of fresh water when out boondocking.

Mike and I were a little skeptical about the idea and Len, or “Vinegar Ben” as he now calls himself, sent us in this follow up Tip.

He swears there’s no after taste and…best of all… he says the vinegar cleaner is a great way to clean your dishes on winter camping trips!

Thanks, Bill! You won us over with your suggestion on how cleaning vinegar will help during winter campouts, especially the one we have coming up in January at Michigan’s Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula. In winter camping, you don’t have running water. So we promise, we’ll try your idea and use cleaning vinegar – to clean the dishes we dirty during that event. We appreciate your tip!

And for the rest of you, 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

 

Listener Sue has a question about the indicator lights on her black water tank showing that there is still stuff in there, even though she has dumped it. She’s tried a bunch of enzymes and liquid solutions sold by Camping World but still, the LEDs show it’s not empty. She asks if this is normal.

The best solution we’ve had is I use a half cup of Calgon water softener and half cup of dishwasher detergent in the tank. This is not foolproof nut it does the best job I’ve found in keeping the tank clean and the sensors to read closer to accurate. The Key is using lots of water to flush

Here’s a nice video from Pete’s RV Service that explains the problem and Pete’s idea on how to fix the problem: https://youtu.be/xJRvK6rU_-k

 

 

We got a long email from a listener named Gary who writes with several questions: I've recently been searching for the next Rv. I enjoy watching your video clips. After various size campers, two used Class Cs, new 2004 Class A DP (11 years) and just sold new 2016 Class A gas; towing the jeep of course.  I'm 66, ready to down-size and simplify; Mike and Jen are good examples. 
You mentioned on one of your videos about the air conditioning in the Adventurous CS E-trek, just turn on, no need for shore power or generator.  I understand batteries and inverters but you can actually run roof air and for how long?
Also, how does the under-hood generator work?
Question:
One recent video you took delivery of new 4X4 Adventurous. What did it cost you in mileage?
I'm coming from 8mpg world; I'm curious about the mpg difference. 
Question:
I caught your discussion that the new Rv has a roof air again.  I'd be no fan of under-structure AC components.  We live in CA and have traveled all over the USA, hot weather happens. Does the roof air do the cooling job?
My final challenge is to convince my wife we no longer need 34ft Class A.  We started off in a sleeper camper shell, then 8ft camper. Ready to get back to simple Rv-ing. Our big Los Angeles RVshow is in October, I want to get good information from an experienced owner, not a weekend salesman they seem to float to shows. 

 

 

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.a

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Boondocking just may be the biggest trend affecting the RV Lifestyle these days. For one thing, with so many new RVers coming on the scene, it’s getting more difficult each day to find an open site at a campground. But for another, new technology like solar power, engine generators and lithium batteries are making it much easier to camp in the wliderness, with no hookups, off the grid.

So how do you find that perfect boondocking spot? In our interview segment coming up, we’ll hear from an expert – Nina Fussing, a fulltime RVer and the author of the popular WheelingIT  RV blog.  Nina, with husband Paul accompanied by a small a menagerie of pets, are boondocking experts and this week, she’ll share how to find the perfect boondocking spot.

 

Resources:

Boondocking for Newbies

 

Finding your Boondocking Area

 

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:

 

Georgia family gives their loaded RV to strangers left homeless by Harvey

 

Western National Park sites endangered by wildfires

Canada's popular Waterton Lakes National Park ordered evacuated because of wildfire danger

 

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: Samsung Note 8

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

 

Wow the year is just flying by! But that also means we’re at my favorite time of year - when we see a whole bunch of new updates to our favorite smartphones.

And first up is the beauty that is the new Samsung Note 8.

Talk about an amazing piece of art...this phone and it’s 6.3” infinity screen feels absolutely perfect in your hands.

The larger screen means more viewing space for the latest videos or watching a presentation and taking notes at the same time using the multiwindow experience.

The beloved S Pen is back...and allows you to take notes, doodle and even leave notes on your lock screen so you don’t forget the memo.

And before I forget, more than ever people want a great camera...and the Note 8 has two. This means when you take a photo one lens is snapping a telefoto and the other a wide angle...you you won’t need to choose in advance. And with its Live Focus, you can choose to blur out the background or foreground of a photo after it’s been snapped, so you won’t have to worry about making a decision in the moment.

For our techies it features iris and fingerprint scanning, IP 68 water and dust resistance, has Gigabit LTE capability and is compatible with DeX - letting you plug your phone into any TV and turn it into a fully functioning computer.

Whew! And that’s just scratching the surface.

You can learn more at verizonwireless.com

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 -  Rural Kansas

Listener Len has a nice Off the Beaten Path report this week about two attractions in rural Kansas.

 

In Concordia, he tells us about the National Orphan Train Complex, which commemorates a fascinating social reform movement that saw an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement from 1854 to 1929. When the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City.

 

About an hour away in Abilene, Kansas, hevisited the Eisenhower Presidential Library and the boyhood home of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

 

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.

 

Since 1917, the Steinbring family has been bringing you the best products and service within the transportation industry. The sales staff at Steinbring Motorcoach brings you decades of experience in the recreational vehicle industry and is celebrating 100 years in business and a 3rd generation family business. 

Along with being named a Blue Ribbon dealer by RV Business Magazine, Steinbring’s has been named a Top 50 Dealer numerous times including in 2015. Steinbring Motorcoach offers new and used Newmar Class A motorhomes as well as Roadtrek Class Bs. Also for sale are pre-owned coaches from popular brands such as Roadtrek, Winnebago, Itasca, Tiffin, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler and Monaco along with a wide selection of consignments.  

Whether you are looking for a Class A, Class B, Class C, a diesel pusher, gas or a toy hauler, you’re sure to find your next RV at Steinbring’s. 

Along with award winning sales, Steinbring Motorcoach offers award winning service.

 

 

RV SHOW SCHEDULE 

 

Hershey, PA - America's Largest RV Show Sept. 13-17, 2017

 

Portland OR - Portland Fall RV Show, Sept. 14-17, 2017

 

Timonium, MD - Maryland Fall RV Show, Sept. 14-17, 2017

   
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: RT157.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

Episode 156 - RVing in Europe: Campskunk’s Big Adventure

 

In this week’s podcast we catch up with our friend Campskunk, who shipped his RV to Europe and has been touring as many different countries as possible. He tells us what RVing is like over there, the differences he’s encountering and the surprises – both good and bad. If you’ve ever thought about RVing in Europe, his is a must listen. Also, if you want to see a video version of the interview, we’ll post that on our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel.

Plus we have lots of listener questions to answer this week, RV news, RV tips and a great RV off the beaten path report… all coming up in Episode 156 of the RV Podcast

 

Show Notes for Episode #156 Sept. 6, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast: 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

First off, a new way to hear this podcast, especially for those of you who have the Amazon Echo or Alexa sysetm in your house. Besides, iTunes, the Google Play Store, Sticher and other streaming services, the RV Podcast is now available through Tune In, the service used by Amazon Echo and Alexa and a bunch of other devices. You can just tell your device to play the RV Podcast and it will start doing so with the most recent episode.

Our direct link on Tune In is https://tunein.com/radio/The-RV-Podcast-p1026701/ Tune in also has an app you can download to your smartphone, like the Apple Podcast app, so you can listen anywhere.

We’re back in Michigan for a few days. Keeping an anxious eye like many others on Hurricane Irma, which, as we speak, seems to be taking a direct bead on Florida sometime over the coming weekend. We just left the Emerald Isle area on the panhandle where we have a beachfront condo. So we’re a little apprehensive. To all of you in Florida and along the eastern seaboard, pay attention to the warnings. This is not a storm to take lightly.

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 things RVers need to conserve is the water they use. About the only time you don’t have to be concerned about water usage is when hooked up to city water and sewer in a big campground.

But when boondocking or traveling, especially in a Class B or C motorhome, you can only carry so much in your fresh water tanks. And those grey tanks are also limited in how much dish or shower water.

So how do you conserve?

There are lots of ideas. We’ve talked about many of them here in the podcast over the years.

But this week, a listener named Bill called in with a way to really cut back on water usage when washing dishes.

Bill’s suggestion is to use cleaning vinegar, put in a spray bottle, mixed 50-50 with water. They spray it on the dishes and use a paper towel. Bill gives the details in an audio report.

Thanks, Bill.

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.

 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

  • Listener John shares how he has started a entire new life through RVing!
  • Lee Ann from Sacramento asks for an RV Inspector in the Las Vegas area. We refer her to the National RV Inspectors Association, which certifies professional recreational vehicle inspectors across North America. There is a search box on the site at https://nrvia.org/locate/ that lets you find the nearest inspectors. We didn’t find any in Las Vegas. If you can’t find an NRVIA inspector, our suggestion is to use the services of a mobile RV repair company. Just do a Google search on RV inspection and the name of the city. We found several listed in Las Vegas. You might also try a major RV dealer. In Las Vegas, we recommend our friends at Wagon Wheel RV.
  • Lou is looking for an RV cover for her Class B motorhome. There is only one RV cover we recommend. It is Hugger Covers. You can find them at http://huggercovers.com Make sure you tell them you heard about them through us and they’ll throw in a special gift. 
  • John in Hawaii is interested in an update about our experience with the Bike Friday folding bicycles we bought at an RV rally a couple of years ago. We talk about the bikes and

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

In this week’s podcast we catch up with out friend Campskunk, who shipped his RV to Europe and has been touring as many different countries as possible.

He tells us what RVing is like over there, the differences he’s encountering and the surprises – both good and bad.

If you’ve ever thought about RVing in Europe, his is a must listen. Also, if you want to see a video version of the interview, we’ll post that on our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel.

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:

  • Legislators May Seek to Override Michigan Governor’s Plan to keep unfair RV Tax – Read more
  • RV Hall of Fame Eyes $10 million expansion Read More 
  • Fires Continue to Rage in West and Northwest 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

September means the end of summer and a look ahead to the fall and winter months. It’s also Preparedness month, which is a great time to make sure your family is ready for what’s ahead.

With reliability at the top of its priorities, Verizon considers every month preparedness month. For instance, did you know that most of Verizon’s cell sites have battery backup and generators to ensure your phone continues to work even when local commercial power is lost? That’s one of the reasons it continues to be the primary network for first responders. 

You, too, can take steps to be prepared for any disaster.

  • 
Store phones, tablets, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. Ziploc storage bags will do the trick or look into waterproof phones, cases or other protective accessories.
  • 
Keep your phone and tablets fully charged – in case local power is lost.

  • Have additional batteries and car-chargers available for backup power. A nice variety, including solar-powered devices, make it easy to stay powered up.

Maintain a list of emergency numbers – police and fire agencies; power and insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; etc. – and program them into your phone in advance so you have them ready when needed.

  • Use your phone or tablet to photograph and catalog your valuables and other household belongings for possible insurance claims.

  • And for a wealth of additional tools and apps you can use to prepare your family, check out gov

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

Recently we saw a copy of a letter posted on the wall of a museum.  It was dated November third.  The letter said. “The federal government is taking your land for a project of vital national importance.  We’re going to pay you fair value for it, and you have to be gone by December 15.”  Six weeks to pack up and leave.  Hundreds of people got these letters.  A fair number of them had been forcibly displaced to make room for the great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Of those, some had been displaced a second time for construction of dams by the Tennessee Valley Authority.  As you might imagine, they were not too happy.  But what could they do?  War was coming, and Uncle Sam needed a safe place to develop a secret weapon.

    The place he chose was a remote valley in the Tennessee mountains with a scattered rural population, far from transportation corridors, air lanes, and casual visitors.  The town that grew up here is called Oak Ridge, and it’s the home of the atomic bomb.  To be fair, work was done elsewhere, too—in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington—but this was the beating heart of the infant nuclear age.  Contractors, sworn to secrecy, poured in and built a city.  Three years later, seventy-five thousand residents lived and worked here behind a ten-foot-high fence and under the eyes of elevated guard towers.  The city offered schools, movie theaters, churches, restaurants, a library, sports facilities, and a symphony orchestra.  It even had its own Fuller brush salesman.  The National Museum of Science and Energy, where you can learn about all this, is part of the national park system.

    Because of the war, a majority of the workers here were women.  We enjoyed reading a fascinating book, The Girls of Atomic City, that details the efforts and the daily lives of these patriotic scientists and technicians.  Women gathered here from around the country, knowing only that they were volunteering to help in the war effort.  From the sprouting of the city almost overnight to the challenges of keeping house and living a life of total secrecy, you’ll be impressed with the lives they made for themselves and their families.

      Outside of the museum you can see a fully restored flat-top house.  These unique modular homes were developed to meet the need for fast, comfortable accommodations when thousands of families suddenly arrived.  Featuring two bedrooms, living room, bath and kitchen, each house could be erected by a crew of four in an afternoon.  Several of these have made their way around the country and can be seen in other locations.

    For a variety of reasons, Oak Ridge was also at the heart of the movement to desegregate public schools, and the now-vanished town of Scarboro had one of the first segregated high schools to be closed as integration swept the south.  The struggle for civil rights played out here in microcosm several years before it gripped the nation as a whole.

    When you visit Oak Ridge, don’t miss the International Peace Bell, the University of Tennessee Arboretum, and the Southern Appalachia Railroad Museum.  Drive the Coal Creek Motor Nature Trail, and enjoy one of several excellent campgrounds along the shoes of the reservoirs in the area.  Look out across the water and you might just see us, Patti and Tom Burkett, somewhere off the beaten path.

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

http://amse.org/

http://archive.knoxnews.com/entertainment/life/original-flat-top-house-on-display-at-oak-ridge-museum-ep-410247173-359509341.html

https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Atomic-City-Hardcover-Kiernan/dp/B00CP6M8NY/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=VPGNYEFRS29EZSHQVW97

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5EK9_The_Scarboro_Community_1D29_Oak_Ridge_TN

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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