The RV Podcast

As the warm weather starts to arrive, many are planning their cross country RV adventures. Many of those routes will be on toll roads. Do you need to purchase a sticker or toll device for your RV? Which toll stickers are the best to get? What happens when you encounter unmanned tool booths?

In this episode, we answer those questions and sort out all those potential issues with an expert who will help us all make sense of turnpikes and toll roads.

Plus RV News and Tips, listener questions and comments and a suggested destination for your bucket list and much more.

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

As the nation copes with late winter storms and flooding, we’re still down along the Emerald coast on Florida’s panhandle enjoying sunny skies and upper 70 temps.

People are swimming in the gulf…shorts and T-shirt weather

We’re planning our next adventure, a leisurely exploration of the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf coast, Louisiana and into Texas, where we hope to time our arrival to the blooming of the bluebonnets, a dainty little plant which paints the sandy, rolling hills of coastal and southern Texas with sheets of royal-blue in the early spring. They have already begun to bloom in many places across Texas thanks to recent, unseasonably warm weather. 

We report that Bo no longer has the cone of shame. He either got some sand in his eye or was scratched while playing in the Destin, FL dog park last week and needed the cone for a few days to keep him from itching it. It has healed up well but we have on order a pair of something called Doggles to keep him from doing it again. 

Here’s what caught our attention this week:

Wyoming legislature want to collect new wildlife fee from Yellowstone visitors

There is a move underway in the Wyoming legislature to collect a fee from Yellowstone National Park visitors for wildlife management. The states surrounding Yellowstone say there is a cost they incur from wandering elk, bison and other creatures that leave Yellowstone's property and collide with cars, spread disease among cattle, and cause other problems. A bill proposing the new fee is moving through the Wyoming legislature but it will need the federal government's approval to take effect. To learn more click here

More than 200 earthquakes strike Yellowstone

Speaking of Yellowstone, did you hear that 200 earthquakes hit the iconic park over two weeks in February? Geologists say the swarm of quakes is nothing to worry about. In fact, Yellowstone gets about 1,000 to 3,000 earthquakes each year, and scientists say the quakes do not mean the super volcano under Yellowstone is ready to blow. Click here or here for more info.

RV industry brought billions into U.S. economy

Outdoor recreation accounted for 2 percent of the U.S. economy in 2016, about $374 billion according to a recent report from the U.S. Commerce Department. The impact of outdoor recreation on the U.S. economy is growing. While the report looked at boating, fishing, hunting and a variety of activities, it noted that outdoor activities centered on motorized vehicles, including RVs and motorcycles, were particularly popular, bringing in $59.5 billion with most of that from RVs alone. To read more click here

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 19 locations and growing

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

I always have my eyes open for tips for you when visiting folks in their RVs. Not long ago while hanging out with my friend Lisa Gruner from Huntsville, AL, I noticed she had a rather unique privacy curtain separating the back from the front of her RV.

 It didn’t cost much of anything except for a couple of stick on hooks. And it involved a bright and colorful beach towel.

There you go…

Now, 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!

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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

A listener named Pat asks about whether Roadtrek motorhomes have slides.

(Nope)

Here’s some email questions we have received:

In one of your videos you showed a sprinter side door screen with magnets.  You said it was new and aftermarket. So, how do you like it now?  Jennifer did not say who made it.., so who makes it, what is website. Have you come across any other you might like better? Thanks!! – Mike

(Call your Roadtrek dealer)

Hi Mike & Jennifer, I was wondering if Roadtrek is has a group/membership that travel to places together and if it is open to new travelers? Can you explain Roadtrekers? Thank you -Nancy

(Check out our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/roadtreking/)

The other day I saw on one of your Youtube blogs that you had purchased at on time a Stowaway carrier for your RoadTrek CS Adventurous.  I, too,  have a 2017 Roadtrek  CS Adventurous XL 4x4. I am looking for extra storage and was intrigued with your discussion of the Stowaway Carrier.  In reading the reviews by individuals who had a Mercedes Benz diesel Roadtrek I noted a common problem described by each—When they used the adapter to connect the flat 4-prong end from the carrier to the 6-prong round receiver near the trailer receiver hitch, the Mercedes Blind spot warning system was eliminated.  Did you have this problem and what did you do to solve it?  Or, did you elect to live with the loss of the warning system?  Looking forward to your thoughts.
I have talked to Mercedes and they tell me I have to live with it because the sensors on the bumper are so sensitive that the red warning light would continuously flash sensing a object (trailer) behind the rig.  I have certainly learned a lot from you and Jennifer about the Roadtrek and have enjoyed all of the “pearls” and “ratifacts”. Keep ‘em comin’. Mike R

(That’s why we stopped using the Stowaway and another even more deluxe one we tried out)

 

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INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

As the warm weather starts to arrive, may are planning their cross country RV adventures. Many of those routes will be on toll roads. Do you need to purchase a sticker or toll device for your RV? Which toll stickers are the best to get? What happens when you encounter unmanned tool booths?

In this episode, we answer those questions and sort out all those potential issues with an expert who will help us all make sense of turnpikes and toll roads.

Our guest is Danny Pryor, the executive director of Turnpike Information Company, overseeing a website dedicated to providing information on toll roads throughout the United States.

To learn more about the Turnpike Information Company click here. For a helpful breakdown of what passes work where, visit the Turnpike Information Company site here.

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 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

Parenting in the Digital Age Part 2

Last week we talked about the dangers our kids face when online and how important it is to talk to them when young so they’re prepared.

A study by Pew Research Center found 92 percent of kids age 13-17 go online daily. And social media tends to be a big draw - with the sharing of pictures right up at the top. Did you know, though, that the location you took the photo can be embedded in the photo itself? That’s why it’s important to check your child’s phone and make sure this feature is disabled. You can turn off geotagging for Android and Apple devices in the settings menu. Otherwise your child may be unknowingly sharing the location of their home and school.

Whether you have a tablet-obsessed child, or a smartphone-addicted teen, you can monitor the way they use these devices. For example, Family Base by Verizon allows parents to take back family time by limiting access to calls, texts and data, blocking unwanted contacts, viewing and monitoring a child’s text and call history, setting filters to block access to inappropriate apps/websites and more. Although you can’t be everywhere all the time, apps like these can help you rest assured someone is always watching to keep them safe.

The internet and social media have greatly enhanced our lives, but as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. That’s why it’s important to start conversations early with your children. And if you're unsure how to begin, well that’s where Google can help. 

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  

Craters of the Moon is a U.S. National Monument and National Preserve in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho that is like no where else on earth, a volcanic wonderland that is easy and fun to explore in one of the weirdest landscapes you can find anywhere.

And it’s perfect for Class B recreational vehicles.

Craters of the Moon formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. Lava erupted from the Great Rift, a series of deep cracks that start near the visitor center and stretch 52 miles (84 km.) to the southeast. During this time the Craters of the Moon lava field grew to cover 618 square miles (1600 square km).

And it’s still pretty active. Over the past 30 million years, this region has experienced extensive stretching. A recent example of these on-going forces was the 1983 Mount Borah earthquake. During that event the highest point in Idaho, Mount Borah, got a bit higher when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred across the base of the Lost River Range.

As Jennifer and I toured the preserve, National Park Service rangers told us the volume of past eruptive events suggests that slightly over one cubic mile (4.2 cubic km.) of lava will be erupted during the next event. And that is expected within the next 1,000 years – relatively soon on the geologic time table.

The park is very accessible to cars, small trucks and small RVs. A seven mile loop road takes you past all the major interest points, with comfortable walking trails everywhere.

There’s a nice first come, first server $10 a night campground at Craters of the Moon, right on the lava beds. The 51 sites sare perfect for tents, Class B or Class C motorhomes but too small for big rigs, though there are a couple of sites one could squeeze into. There is fresh water and restrooms but no hookups, showers or waste water dump.

To get there, plan on driving two-lanes. Craters of the Moon is located 18 miles southwest of Arco, Idaho on Highway 20/26/93, 24 miles northeast of Carey, Idaho on Highway 20/26/93, 84 miles from Idaho Falls, and 90 miles from Twin Falls.

Give yourself two to four hours to see it all, longer if you want to walk to the top of the cinder cone or check out the caves.

To see some photos of our visit, go to: http://roadtreking.com/rv-trip-craters-of-the-moon/

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: 

31st Annual Battle Creek Camper & RV Show

March 1-4

Kellogg Arena

Battle Creek, MI 

 

53rd Annual Red River Valley Sportsmen's Show

March 1-4

Fargo Dome

Fargo, ND

 

Colorado RV, Sports & Travel Show

March 1-4

National Western Complex

Denver, CO

 

CNY RV & Camping Show

March 1-4

New York State Fairgrounds

Syracuse, NY

 

Milwaukee RV Show

March 1-4

Wisconsin Exposition Center

West Alias, WI

 

Ocala RV Show

March 1-4

Florida Horse Park

Ocala, FL

 

Greater Philadelphia RV Show

March 1-4

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Oaks, PA

 

Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show & Sale

March 1-4

International Centre

Toronto, ON

 

Central Illinois RV Show

March 2-4

Peoria Civic Center

Peoria, IL

 

Central Valley's Sportsmen's Boat, RV & Outdoor Living Show

March 2-4

Kern County Fairgrounds

Bakersfield, CA​​​​​​​

 

Fredericksburg RV Show

March 2-4

Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center

Fredericksburg, VA 

 

New Orleans Spring RV & Camping Show

March 2-4

Pontchartrain Center

Kenner, LA

 

Oregon State Eugene Spring RV Show

March 2-4

Lane County Fairgrounds

Eugene, OR

 

Rhode Island RV & Camping Show

March 2-4

Rhode Island Convention Center

Providence, RI

 

Springfield RV Mega Show

March 2-4

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

Springfield, MO

 

10th Annual Spring Clean-Out RV Show

March 3-5

Germain Arena

Estero, FL

 

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RV Podcast #180: Why you need to have a bucket list!

 

“What’s on your bucket list?” is a question we all understand and perhaps have asked or had asked of us. As RVers, it’s important to dream about and plan the places we want to visit before, well, before we kick the bucket. You may be surprised to know that psychologists say having a bucket list is very healthy for your mental well being. Plus it’s a lot of fun. In this episode, we’ll talk about how to make your RV bucket list fit your desires and goals and we’ll learn some great tips from a very efficient bucket list-keeper.

Plus, also in this episode, your questions, RV tips and a great off the beaten path report.

Show Notes for Episode #180 Feb. 21, 2018 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

This podcast comes to you from Okaloosa Island, FL, our home away from home, where we will be hanging out and exploring Florida and the Gulf Coast at least through April. We will be making a trip to Phoenix Arizona to meet and greet folks at the annual Super B RV Show held at the University of Phoenix Stadium March 12th to the 15th.

We had a great time last week at the Manatee Springs State Park along the Suwannee You can read about it on the blog at http://roadtreking.com/way-upon-suwannee-river

This week, we’ll be out on the Gulf Islands National Seashore just east of Pensacola, putting the finishing touches on our video review of our new e-bikes.

 Here’s what caught our attention in the news this week:

Plan to reorganize Interior Dept. causing concern

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's plan to reorganize his department by moving federal employees out of Washington, D.C. and into 13 newly created regions dominated national parks news last week. Zinke says he wants the federal employees to be located closer to the federal lands, rivers and ecosystems they manage. To do this he is proposing creating 13 regions that do not follow state boundaries. He says it will streamline federal government but not everyone is so sure. A few stories to follow can be found here or here.  

 

Climbers may soon need to haul their excrement out of Alaska park​​​​​​​

 

Denali National Park is considering proposing a poop carry-out rule, according to a story that caught my eye this week. About 1,000 people try to climb the Kahiltna Glacier annually, and because everything is frozen, this waste never breaks down. The result is about 150,000 pounds of human excrement in the glacier's crevices, by conservative estimates, frozen in time. Officials are discussing requiring climbers to carry their waste out in biodegradable bags. To read more click here

 

Rare month for stargazers: No full moon to view

 

Excited to get out there and gaze at a full moon? Well, better wait for March. February 2018 is the very rare month (roughly once every 25 years) where there is NO full moon to view. After two full moons in January, one a super moon because it was so close, there will be none this month. Click here to learn more or  here.

 

Canadian officials study how to legalize pot sales near national parks

 

The Canadian Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to have marijuana available for legal purchase everywhere in the country by July, but officials are saying they may need more time. Canada is on tract to become the second country in the world to legalize marijuana sales everywhere. But figuring out how to do this is causing some headaches for its national park communities as leaders try to figure out the right way to legalize and regulate pot sales in heavy tourist areas. For more information read here or here.  

 

If you read our RV Newsletter, you would have learned about these stories and more. It’s sent out absolutely free every Monday morning to our subscribers. Just go to http://archive.aweber.com/roadtreking

 

This portion of the Podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the RVer’s trusted resource for over 50 years, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 19 locations and growing

 

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

As we travel across North America, we love meeting and visiting with those who follow us on the blog, podcast and our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel. Everyone, it seems, has a tip of suggestion that is very helpful.

At the recent Jacksonville RV Show in Florida, we ran into a listener of the podcast named Ron. He shared with us how a mouse that got into the front part of his RV caused a massive amount of damage.

And he passed along a great tip on how we can avoid having the same thing happen to us.

Ron made small containers that held peppermint oil that he fastened with a magnet around the RV

Ron says, they are doing a very effective job in keeping mice out of his RV.

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

I love hearing from you!

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

  • A listener asks how much RV antifreeze do you pour into the toilet when camping in cold weather an RV that has been winterized.

 

  • A listener named Bruce responded to our request last week to send us a voice message about how and where they are listening to the podcast.

 

  • By e-mail: I recently received my senior lifetime pass to all National parks unfortunately I. Just discovered that the pass is not good for State Parks.  Is there a similar pass for State Parks and if so how do I apply for one.  If not, would it behoove us to start a united petition to get All States to get together and offer such a pass for Seniors, something like a Senior Lifetime State Park Passport, for Seniors and Veterans - Jesse, Camden, DE 

 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV  Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’ RVs with locations St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Kalispell, Montana and now… Colorado Springs, Colorado..

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

What’s on your bucket list is a question we all understand and perhaps have asked or had asked of us.  “The Bucket List” is a phrase that’s been around awhile but entered the common vernacular in 2007 following a film of the same name, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two aging and terminally ill men who strike out together to cross accomplishments off their bucket lists – their term for those things they hope to achieve before kicking the bucket.  The idea of reaching certain goals and milestones before crossing life’s finish line is nothing new, really, but now we have a name for it and countless people have embraced the idea since. 

 

Having a bucket list is important because it will help keep your spirit of adventure going. Just having the list itself is great because through it, you are keeping your goals and dreams alive. Writing them down or making them vocal makes them more real and it will build your confidence and drive to fulfill them .Studies show that learning and seeing new things helps ward off dementia. Think of it this way: A mind that is growing is a mind that is young.

 

A bucket list is not about dying but about living, Life is all about making memories. Your bucket list certainly will give you plenty of them. They will be memories you will hold onto forever, and give you great stories to tell other people. It'll be nice to look back on the things you've experienced and seen, something to make you feel fulfilled and something you can share with other people.

 

The idea of making a bucket list to create a more meaningful life is certainly bolstered by anecdotal evidence. Just ask those who have one. But research also supports it. One study found that participants who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not. Other psychology research suggests that accomplishing goals that connect us to something larger than ourselves (say touring Alaska in an RV) is important for a fulfilled life.


And here’s the thing about a bucket list: A bucket list is never ending. You can always come up with new ideas, always try new things. It's not a list that's meant to be completed.

At our recent RV Lifestyle Roadtreking Gathering at Manatee Springs State Park in Florida, we spent some time with one of the most efficient bucket list keepers we’ve ever met and she shared just how she handles her list.

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

 

Parenting in the Digital Age Part 1

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. You find out that your child has been put in danger after having a conversation with someone they met online. Unfortunately, stories like this one happen every day. So what can you as a parent do to protect them?

First things first: communicate. And often.

Stephen Balkam, founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute says the number one thing to do is talk to your kids. Start as early as two or three years old and continue talking all the way until they get into college. Ask your child how they feel about social media. Create a social media contract outlining expectations and repercussions they may face if the contract is broken.

If you can’t beat them, join them! Follow your kids on all social media platforms and keep up with key trends. While you may not have time to be an active user across all platforms, it is important that you monitor their activity from a user’s standpoint. This will help you look for any red flags.

Unfortunately, what lands online today, stays online - forever. But your children may not think about the future consequences, so be sure to talk to them about this. Additionally, according to a recent Up to Speed podcast by Verizon, parents must learn to be digital role models. Children are far more likely to do what you do as opposed to what you say, so be sure your actions line up with your words.

This is just the first part of protecting your child online. Next week we’ll talk about important settings on your phone you’ll want to check and how to keep tabs on what your kids are doing online, even when you’re not around.

 

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 -  

September was cold in the Montana mountains, and we’d just enjoyed an afternoon soak in the hot springs at White Sulphur Springs.  We debated spending the night.  After all, it was hunting season, and there was live music at the local hangout.  There were a few other things to poke into around town, too, including a mansion built by one of the Ringling Brothers, of circus fame.  On the other hand, there was enough light left to enjoy the King’s Hill Scenic Byway through the Lewis & Clark National Forest.  Besides, it was Thursday night, and there were mermaids in Great Falls.

The byway was sprinkled with small national forest campgrounds, and as we pulled through a couple of them, mostly deserted and mostly strung along small mountain streams, we again considered just pulling off for the night.  Frankly, I was for it, but Tom was determined to see the mermaids, even if it meant night driving in the mountains.  Sure enough, it was plenty dark when we arrived in Great Falls, and the lights of the big refinery there lit up the horizon.

The O’Haire Motor Inn was built almost fifty years ago during the heyday of motor vacations.  It features a casino, an enclosed parking garage, a restaurant called Clark & Lewie’s, and, most importantly, the Sip ’n’ Dip Lounge.  There was a time in the fifties and sixties when tiki bars were all the rage.  Some still survive, and as you travel around North America, we encourage you to visit one for a bit of kitschy nostalgia.  The Sip ’n’ Dip is one of these.  Things were buzzing when we arrived, and we counted ourselves lucky to find two seats at the bar.

A gregarious bartender immediately greeted us and informed us that we looked like we could use a fishbowl.  The signature tropical drink was soon in front of us, yes, in a fishbowl (yours to take home) and sporting two straws.  While we waited for fish tacos, we visited with our neighbors at the bar.  On one side were two bikers from Jasper. Alberta making their way south on a long weekend fall ride.  On the other was the morning news anchor from the public radio station in Valdez, Alaska.  

I immediately chatted up the Canadians about the best route and things to see between here and Jasper, and Patti found out from Karen the news anchor just why there was so much excitement.  Over in the corner, surrounded by a crowd of barroom singers, sat Pat Spoonheim at the keyboard.  Piano Pat has been tickling the ivories in this room since the bar opened in 1969, and tonight the New York Times was in town for an interview and photos.  

And let’s not forget the mermaids.  Tonight there were two of them,  swimming on the other side of tall glass windows behind the bar.  Up and down they cruised, blowing bubbly kisses to patrons and posing for pictures.  The bartender told us mermaids are surprisingly hard to find, and both of these would be graduating from high school soon and swimming off somewhere else.  I wasn’t surprised.  After all, these were the only ones I’d ever seen except the ones at Weeki Wachee Spring in Florida.

Going out to a bar is not one of our regular travel activities, but we agreed, as we settled down to sleep in a parking lot a few blocks away, that festive atmosphere and easy conversation had made this one of the absolute highlights in our years of traveling.  So, you can click through to the New York Times article linked below and see us, sitting there with the mermaids, or just maybe you can find an empty bar stool yourself, somewhere off the beaten path.
RESOURCES MENTIONED:
http://www.spahotsprings.com/index.html
https://ohairemotorinn.com/sip-n-dip/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/25/style/mermaid-tiki-bar-sip-n-dip.html

 

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

 

RV Shows this weekend: 

Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show

February 19-25

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, IN

 

Red Deer RV Show

February 19-25

Westerner Park

Red Deer, AB (Canada)

 

Billings RV & Boat Show & Sale

February 22-25

MetraPark

Billings, MT

 

Dallas RV Super Sale

February 22-25

Dallas Market Hall

Dallas, TX

 

Harrisburg RV & Camping Show

February 22-25

PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

Harrisburg, PA

 

18th Annual Vermont State RV & Camping

February 23-25

Champlain Valley Expo

Essex Junction, VT

 

Belleville RV & Camping Show

February 23-25

Belle-Clair Fairgrounds

Belleville, IL

 

Birmingham RV Super Show

February 23-25

Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center

Birmingham, AL

 

Columbus RV Show

February 23-25

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Columbus, OH

 

Great Rockies Sport, RV & Boat Show- Bozeman

February 23-25

Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

Bozeman, MT

 

Hot Springs Boat, Tackle & RV Show

February 23-25

Hot Springs Convention Center

Hot Springs, AR

 

Maryland RV Show

February 23-25

Maryland State Fairgrounds

Lutherville/Timonium, MD

 

NCRVDA Raleigh RV Show

February 23-25

Raleigh State Fairgrounds

Raleigh, NC

 

Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo

February 23-25

Blair County Convention Center

Altoona, PA

 

RV and Boat Show Main Event

February 23-25

EAA Grounds

Oshkosh, WI

 

Worcester RV & Camping Show

February 23-25

DCU Center

Worcester, MA 

 

 

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RV Podcast 179: What solo women RVers need to know about the RV Lifestyle

Are women more adventurous than men when it comes to the RV lifestyle? Some estimates put the number of female RVers traveling alone as much as 30 percent. That may be a bit high, but not by much, because it’s been our experience that solo women travelers do indeed make up a huge segment of the RVing community.

In this episode of the podcast, Jennifer will introduce you to three such solo travelers who will share their traveling expertise on everything from staying safe to the RV adventures they have on the road. Plus your questions, RV news and Tips and much more.

 

Show Notes for Episode #179  Feb. 14 2018 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

This episode is coming to you from Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland, Florida, near the famed Suwanee River. The Suwannee River is a federally designated wild river.

We were at the Jacksonville RV show over the weekend. A shoutout to Ron and Sharri Chafin who were the first to meet us. They brought a very nice birthday gift for Jennifer! 

We are camping on the Suwanee River, which is the only major waterway in the southeastern United States that is still unspoiled. The Suwanee flows from the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. It winds for almost 266 miles through swamps, high limestone banks, hammocks of hardwood, and salt marshes. It also has fifty-five springs along the way. 

But besides that, it’s particularly famous because of Stephen Foster. He became America’s first professional songwriter in the 1800s. He wrote more than 200 songs with tunes and lyrics that captured the heart and spirit of the nation.

While writing “Old Folks at Home,” Foster had difficulty finding the right words to complete a verse joining his image of a beautiful river and longings for family and home. According to legend, his brother suggested the Suwannee River after consulting a world atlas. The words fit, and “Way down upon the Suwannee River” was on its way to making the Suwannee River famous around the world.

Foster never visited Florida and he never saw the Suwannee River. Nevertheless, since 1935, it has also been Florida’s state song.

In the 1950s, land was acquired on the Suwannee River at White Springs. The land was developed into the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Shortly thereafter, the Florida Folk Festival was established to highlight the state’s cultural history and traditions.

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 19 locations and growing 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

It can be hard to pack enough clothes for RV trips sometimes, especially if you are on the road for protracted periods of time.

Doing laundry can be a challenge, too, as often the washers and dryers at campgrounds are all being used.

At one of our recent Roadtreking gatherings, one of our fellow campers shared how they handle dirty laundry while traveling.

Steve uses “Wash and Go” services at local laundrymat.,

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!

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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

A very basic question from a newbie on your site.  I understand that you are a long-time owner of and very devoted to the automotive technology offered by Roadtrek RV vehicles.  However, I have been watching various  RV B+ machines for quite a long time now, and I have found quite by accident that I really admire only the Roadtrek and Airstream B+ models for their looks, conveniences, reputation, reliability, and overall technology.  As these critters are major purchases, much like a home, have you any advice or cautionary tales about buying either of them. or might there be something else out there even more desirable?    Thanks.   >>>   John  

Mike will you help the rv people? Do a piece on unfriendly towns that pass ordinances against anyone stopping to rest in there town.  Case in point Crescent city Ca. I got woke up at 3 am and made to leave the city.   I am not a vagrant and I drive a Roadtrek64 200 that looks good.  ( not a rust bucket) I think we all need to change this anti freedom cancer in America.  Not all of us can afford a camp at 50 dollars a night! – Mike T

 I have a question that maybe Jennifer can answer for me. What brand of toilet paper do you use? The brands at Camping World is over priced and poor quality. I read that any kind that is safe in septic systems work, but I would appreciate your input. Thank you, Linda 

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV  Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’ RVs with locations St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Kalispell, Montana and now… Colorado Springs, Colorado..

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Are women more adventurous than men when it comes to the RV lifestyle? Some estimates put the number of female RVers traveling alone as much as 30 percent. That may be a bit high, but not by much, because it’s been our experience that solo women travelers do indeed make up a huge segment of the RVing community. In this episode of the podcast, Jennifer will introduce you to three such solo travelers who will share their traveling expertise on everything from staying safe to the RV adventures they have on the road

Here’s a link to a video version of this interview: 

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

With the Olympics in full swing in South Korea, I thought it would be fitting today to talk about how technology is changing the way we enjoy and follow the big event.

First up - how to take it all in. If you have a cable subscription, you can watch any event you’d like streamed live at NBCOlympics.com. You’ll just log in with your cable provider’s credentials and choose the event.

If you’re a cord cutter or find yourself watching in your RV, there are some other ways to tune in. Those near a metro area and who have an antenna can watch the over the air broadcast. But if streaming is more your style, sign up for YouTubeTV. It has a free 14 day trial that’ll let you stream all the action and last you until the closing ceremonies.

And while you’re streaming from your phone or tablet, you can pump up the volume with the UE Wonderboom, a portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker.  

After watching figure skating, maybe you’re inspired to hit the ice but worried about injuries. The Google Daydream is all the equipment you’ll need. Just pop in your phone and enjoy 50 hours of live virtual reality coverage by NBC Olympics.

Perhaps you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. You can create your own Olympic-inspired videos when you hit the slopes with a GoPro and Head Strap that can be worn over a helmet or directly on your head.

Speaking of the sporty types, you certainly wouldn’t want to lose your phone or other valuables when you’re out on the hill. That’s where the new Tile Sport Bluetooth waterproof tracker comes in. Just clip these on to the things you don’t want to lose...and their 200-ft. radius will help you find your lost belongings whether on the slopes, in the stands or in your hotel room. And you can even reverse roles and use the Tile to find your smartphone.

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  

Campskunk joins us to talk about the land around Manatee Springs and this geologically unique part of Florida – a place abounding in natural springs and lots of interesting things for the RVer to see,

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: 

Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show

February 14-18

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Duluth, MN

 

49th Annual RV Super Show

February 15-18

State Fair Park 

Oklahoma City, OK

 

50th Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show

February 15-18

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, IL

 

Austin RV Expo

February 15-18

Austin Convention Center

Austin, TX

 

Earlybird RV Show & Sale

February 15-18

Tradex Building

Abbotsford, BC (Canada)

 

Utah Sportsmen, Vacation & RV Show

February 15-18

South Towne Expo Center

Sandy, UT

 

West Palm Beach RV Show

February 15-18

South Florida Fairgrounds

West Palm Beach, FL

 

Alabama RV Super Show

February 16-18

Von Braun Civic Center

Huntsville, AL

 

44th Annual Northeast RV Show

February 16-19

Rockland Community College Field House

Suffern, NY

 

Atlantic City RV & Camping Show

February 16-18

Atlantic City Convention Center

Atlantic City, NJ

 

Central Gulf Coast Boat, Sport & RV Show

February 16-18

Lake Charles Civic Center

Lake Charles, LA

 

Chattanooga RV Show

February 16-18

Chattanooga Convention Center

Chattanooga, TN

 

Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show

February 16-25

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, IN

 

Gulf Coast RV Show - Mobile

February 16-18

Mobile Convention Center

Mobile, AL

 

London RV Show

February 16-19

Metroland Media Agriplex

London, Ontario (Canada)

 

Maryland RV Show

February 16-18 and 23-25

Maryland State Fairgrounds

Lutherville/Timonium, MD

 

Red Deer RV Show

February 16-25

Westerner Park

Red Deer, AB (Canada)

 

Springfield RV Camping & Outdoor Show

February 16-19

Eastern States Exposition Grounds

West Springfield, MA

 

 

 

Direct download: RV179.mp3
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Episode 178: The Unwritten Rules of the RV Lifestyle

There is a certain etiquette and behavior standard that RV owners are expected to adhere to. The problem is, many of the key tenants of that etiquette are learned through experience. Many are unwritten and usually learned through trial and error. We're going to help you avoid the errors by sharing 10 of those unwritten rules of the road and how to camp. EDIT

Plus we have lots of listener questions, some great tips, a traveling tech report and an off the beaten path restaurant destination that believes if a little food is good, a lot of food is even better,

Show Notes for Episode #178 Feb. 7, 2018 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

We come to you this week from sunny Okaloosa Island, on Florida’s Emerald Coast, where we’ll be spending the next couple of months, except for the long list of side trips we plan up and down the Florida peninsula and across the Gulf Coast.

We both celebrate our birthdays in the week ahead. Mike’s is Thursday Feb 8, Jennifer’s Monday Feb. 12.

One of those sidetrips will be this coming weekend. Sunday, Feb. 11, we will be at the Jacksonville RV Show in Jacksonville, FL. The show is being held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center at 13611 Normandy Boulevard in Jacksonville. We’ll be hanging out with the folks at Sunshine State RVs and we’re planning to do a Facebook Live report from the show Sunday afternoon.

Another sidetrip starts February, 12. We’ll be at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland, FL for a Roadtreking gathering with lots of other RVers. We’ll be kayaking and snorkeling with the manatees, as well as taking boat tours of the area. We’ll have live reports from there next week but this gathering sold out within two ours after we announced it last summer. 

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 19 locations and growing

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 We love sitting around a campfire. But, like a lot of people, we are not big fans of the smoke and mess that comes with a traditional campfire. That smoky smell permeates or clothes and even our hair and it can be quite unpleasant.

On a recent campout in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we spent some time around Mark Fawcett’s campfire. Mark is from the Minneapolis area and he was using a portable firepit that uses propane and did an excellent job in keeping us warm while providing all the ambiance of a traditional campfire.

The name of the firepit Mark has is the Outland Firebowl Model 870 Premium Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit. It comes with a Cover & Carry Kit and measures 19-Inches in Diameter , making it easy to store in the back of an RV. And we can attest to how warm and pleasant it is to sit around.

To see it yourself, here is the direct Amazon link - amzn.to/2BZqWa8

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

Alexios just bought a used Class C motorhome and wants to replace the flooring. He asks what’s best – a floating floor or a glue down?

Jim wants to visit our gathering in Manatee Springs next week

Beverly asks about bringing a printer along in an RV

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV  Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’ RVs with locations St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Kalispell, Montana and now… Colorado Springs, Colorado..

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

There is a certain etiquette and behavior standard that RV owners are expected to adhere to. The problem is, many of the key tenants of that etiquette are learned through experience. Many are unwritten and usually learned through trial and error. We're going to help you avoid the errors by sharing 10 of those unwritten rules of the road and how to camp.

Here’s a video version of this report:

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 

TRAVELING TECH TIP

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

February is a month devoted to the heart in every sense. We don red throughout in support of National Heart Month and warm the hearts of those we cherish with special gifts for Valentine’s Day. And like other parts of our lives, tech now plays a role in both helping keep us healthy and also making a special night more memorable.

Looking to set the mood for a romantic night in? The Google Home Max is the perfect companion. With its built in Google Assistant, you can use it to walk you step by step through recipes of your date’s favorite meal. It’ll play your favorite love song simply by asking for it by name. And after dinner, it’ll help you watch your favorite romantic comedy. All you need to do is say, “Hey Google, play Sleepless in Seattle on the living room TV” (provided you have a Google Chromecast Ultra plugged in to your TV).

It's said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, but only if you can actually find that picture! In today's digital world, keeping track of the 1,000's of photos taken every year can be a challenge in itself. So when you snap a photo this Valentine's Day and want to cherish it, use the Lifeprint Photo and Video Printer.

In today's world it can be tough to stay connected and look good while doing it. But when you've got the Fossil Q Accomplice Hybrid, you don't have to worry. This smartwatch features Fossil's thinnest design. And because it's a smartwatch hybrid you get all of the notifications without the battery drain - in fact the watch lasts for 6 months without needing a charge!

Did you know that nearly 9 in 10 New Year's resolutions don't stick?! This year, let's change that and use motivation from the Apple Watch LTE to help! Have it walk you through a workout in the gym, or keep track of your heart rate and distance traveled while on a run. And with LTE built in, you can stream Apple Music to your bluetooth headphones and leave your phone at home!

And finally if you are getting out and about more, you'll want to keep that phone protected. And with the Case-Mate Waterfall Case you'll glitter and shimmer every time you pull it out.

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 – Tony’s Restaurant, Birch Run, MI

By Tom and Patti Burkett

One of the pleasures, and occasional challenges, of traveling away from the main routes is finding a good local restaurant.  Forty years ago, around the time we got married, Patti gave me a copy of the first edition of Jane & Michael Stern’s book Roadfood.  It’s a listing, with a few details, of great, mostly inexpensive food joints within a few miles of our country’s most traveled interstates.  The book went through numerous editions, each one thicker than the last, until it finally became a website.  We’ve had the pleasure of adding to the collection several times over the years, and one of our favorite contributions is a diner in Birch Run, Michigan, just off interstate 75.

Whenever we travel to the upper peninsula, as we did recently for the Roadtrek winter freezeout, we pull off for a meal.  It’s always best if it’s breakfast, and on this trip we spent the night in the parking lot of the nearby Meijer store.  The Meijer parking lot is quiet, the staff is friendly, and the doors are open 24 hours.  And Tony’s is just a few hundred yards down the road.  The menu looks like a tabloid newspaper, and you’re encouraged to take it with you.  Tony’s has a lot of tasty offerings, but they’re best known for bacon.  Ridiculous amounts of bacon.  Their BLT has a pound of fried meat, and I don’t know anyone who can get their mouth around it.

We asked for a cheese omelet and an order of bacon to share.  The omelet is made with at least a dozen eggs and a half pound of cheese, and comes with two thick slabs of toasted Italian bread, made in-house every day.  Loaves of it are offered for sale at the counter, and it goes out the door by the sackful.  Looking forward to a weekend of visiting, we also brought in a half gallon thermos.  They filled it with coffee without batting an eye, and at no charge.  We took most of the bacon away in a carry out box, ate two more meals off it, and served it with biscuits to the early risers in the campground on Sunday morning.  There’s still a little of it in the fridge.

Tony’s has been in business for nearly seventy years here.  They serve eleven thousand pound of bacon a week.  That’s right, five and a half tons.  That same amount of hash browns will hit the plates in a weekend.  Their desserts are as legendary as their bacon, with slices of pie that weigh in at a pound and a half, and a banana split that can serve a table of eight.  And just in case, they give you a handful of candy on your way out the door—wouldn’t want you to leave hungry.  

Roadfood finds are great fun.  They give you something to look forward to when traveling in a particular part of the country.  Like the throwed rolls at Lambert’s in Sikeston, Missouri or the foot high pie at the Crystal Cafe in South Sioux City, Nebraska, Tony’s lives up to its legend at every visit.  And just like that granddad catfish lurking in the bottom of every farm pond, you know there’s another one out there waiting to be discovered.  We’ll happily keep looking, and we’ll look for you, too, asking for just one more cup of coffee, at a booth in the corner, somewhere 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: 

Detroit Camper & RV Show

February 7-11

Suburban Showcase Collection

Novi, MI

Houston RV Show

February 7-11

Reliant Center

Houston, TX 

Colorado Springs RV & Outdoor Show

February 8-10

Altered Reality Event Center

Colorado Springs, CO

Edmonton RV Expo & Sale

February 8-11

Edmonton Expo Centre

Edmonton, Alberta

Erie RV Show Powersports &  Camping

February 8-11

Bayfront Convention Center

Erie, PA

Jacksonville RV Show

February 8-11

Jacksonville Equestrian Center

Jacksonville, FL

La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV & Hunting Show

February 8-11

La Crosse Center

La Crosse, WI

Oregon State Salem Spring RV Show

February 8-11

Oregon State Fair & Expo Center

Salem, OR 

Seattle RV Show

February 8-11

Quest Field & Event Center

Seattle, WA 

Arkansas RV Show

February 9-11

Statehouse Convention Center

Little Rock, AR 

Cedar Rapids Sportshow

February 9-11

Hawkeye Downs Expo Center

Cedar Rapids, IA

Lawton RV, Boat & Outdoor Leisure Show

February 9-11

Commanche County Fairgrounds

Lawton, OK

Midessa Boat, RV, Sport & Gun Show

February 9-11

Ector County Coliseum

Odessa, TX

Minneapolis/St. Paul RV Vacation & Camping Show

February 9-11

Minneapolis Convention Center

Minneapolis, MN

Montana RV & Boat Show

February 9-11

Four Seasons Arena

Great Falls, MT

Ottawa RV Expo & Sale

February 9-11

EY Centre

Ottawa, ON

Richmond Camping RV Expo

February 9-11

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, VA

St. Cloud Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show

Feb. 9-11

St. Cloud Civic Center

St. Cloud, MN 

 

Direct download: RV178.mp3
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