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Episode162: How to fulltime RV on your Social Security

In this episode of the RV Podcast we’ll talk to an expert on how to fulltime RV on $1,500 a month, even less if you follow some of the tips you’ll hear on our interview of the week segment…coming up.

Also in this episode, lots of practical, how-to RV tips and advice, your questions and our answers, RV news of the week and an off the beaten path report for your RV travels.

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Show Notes for Episode #162 October 18.2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast: 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

We’re still down on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida’s panhandle and because we’ve heard from a number of you who would like to meet us, we’re going to try something – a meet and greet afternoon next Sunday, October 22. We’re going to meet on Navarre Beach, at the entrance of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Now because of the recent Hurricane Nate, the national seashore drive is closed just west of Navarre Beach. But the meet spot we picked is just to the left, or east of the bridge leading from Highway 98 and the mainland to Navarre Beach. Jennifer and I will be there from 2PM on and whoever shows up, shows up. Bring some beach chairs and refreshments and we’ll hang out for the afternoon on one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Just look for our 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL 4X4 and come by and say hello. If there are any updates it, we’ll post a notice on our Roadtreking Facebook Group and Our Roadtreking Facebook Page so check there for the latest.

We’re excited to see fuel prices dropping once again…especially east of the Mississippi. A new survey from AAA says that the national gas price average has dropped two cents on the week to $2.47, states east of the Mississippi are paying as much as eight cents less at the start of this week. While gas prices are more expensive than a year ago, the past five weeks of sustained weekly declines indicate that demand may be leveling out alongside refineries and pipelines returning to pre-hurricane operations. In September, Hurricane Harvey drove gas prices to the highest price of the year – $2.67. That was a 32-cent increase inside of 12 days. Now nearly seven weeks post hurricane, gas prices have shown steady decline dropping a total of 20 cents since September 11, 2017.

We’re really excited about the phenomenal growth of our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. We are now getting almost 1 million video views EACH month. We continue to put two videos up each week, as well as regular live reports, and we thank you for subscribing to the channel. 

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 reasons we so enjoy doing meet and greets like the one we’re planning for Florida this week, or attending RV gatherings and rallies around the country is the opportunity it presents to pick up valuable suggestions and tips from other RVers.

In North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, we met the Emby family, who shared with us how they pack and organize for RV trips using Ikea bags.

Thanks Embry family! We will definitely pick up some of those Ikea bags.

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

I love hearing from you!

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

A listener asks us how we level our Class B RV in when setting up camp. We share our procedures and also talk about the leveling blocks we sometimes use under the wheels. We use the Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers. They go together like Legos and fit under whichever tires need to be raised. They come in a 10 Pack, so you have plenty for even RVs with dual wheels. A lot of readers also recommend the Andersen Hitches Camper Leveler. These are curved. You just drive up on them till level and then chock the wheels. They cost $62. And cost $28

Another listener wants to know where she can but an alcohol based two-burner campstove.

These are most often used in boats by live aboard sailors, though sometimes RVers reluctant to use propane, prefer them for safety reasons.. They tend to be costly. The one we would suggest is the Dometic Origo 4100.  It is fueled by denatured alcohol, making it very safe. They work without pressure, are quiet and take up little galley space. The Origo 4100CB comes with a cutting board. Simply pour denatured alcohol into Origo's stainless-steel canister where fuel is absorbed and bound in a non-flammable wool material. The stove draws alcohol from storage to surface, which means there is no dangerous pressure involved. Fuel Capacity: 1 qt. 8-1/2 oz. (1. 2 liters) per canister. Average Cooking Capacity: 6-8 hours

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

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

How’d you like to quit your job and fulltime in your RV? Or maybe you’ve retired and just have social security to live on. Is that enough to live a fulltime life in your RV on the road? Our guest this week in our interview segment is Jerry Minchey, a frugal expert who says yes…it is.

But first, Jerry says, before you quit that job or sell the house, you better count the cost. Literally…and figuratively!

Jerry Minchey is the author of several books about the RVing lifestyle and retirement living. He lives full time in his 34-foot Class A motorhome. He has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA from the University of Suth Carolina, and management degree from Harvard Business School. He has worked for NASA and worked for many years as a computer design engineer. He holds five patents, and has a private pilot license. He is the founder and editor of the website, LifeRV.com.

Here’s a link to his many books of interest to RVers - http://amzn.to/2yPOUrc

 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:

 

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

For many teens, getting your driver’s license is a time for celebration. However for parents, it can lead to clock-watching and worrying. And for good reason: according to the National Safety Council, nearly half of all teens are likely to be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school.

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) - a great time to strike up a conversation on this important topic.

For instance:

  •         Set rules and expectations with your teen driver. A parent-teen agreement is ideal for outlining rules, privileges and consequences for both parties.
  •         Restrict driving with young passengers. A single young passenger can increase a teen driver's fatal crash risk by 44%.
  •         Practice with your teen for at least 30 minutes each week.
  •         Become a role model for your teen. Let them know it's OK to put the phone away or disconnect from in-car infotainment systems and drive distraction free.

Additionally, parents can look to technology like hum to keep a virtual eye on their teen when he or she is behind the wheel. Once installed, hum will show mom or dad where the vehicle is in real-time and will send alerts when it exceeds a speed limit set by the parent. In addition, hum offers additional peace of mind through navigation, roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics, a mechanics’ hotline and emergency assistance. You can learn more at www.hum.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

By Tom and Patti Burkett

We see a lot of folks with the North America map on the side of the RV, and we’ve visited with friends and acquaintances at camping get-togethers enough to know that making collections of travel memorabilia is a common pastime.  We ourselves collect national park magnets (only from parks in which we’ve actually camped) to put on the front of the fridge at our stick and bricks house.  They remind us both of where we’ve been, and of the fact it’s soon time to get out on the road again.  

Better than that, though, we’ve come across a few collectibles that are more intangible in the hand but sharper in the mind.  One of the latter recently saw us in Iowa Falls, Iowa at sunrise to capture a few photos of a tall wooden sculpture on the bluffs overlooking the river.

Peter “Wolf” Toth was born in Hungary and emigrated to the United States as a young man.  He settled in Akron, Ohio and received an art degree from Akron University.  He completed his first Whispering Giants sculpture in 1972, carved into the stone of a cliff overlooking La Jolla, California.  Toth studied and admired the Native Americans, both for their devotion to the Earth and for their tenacity.  Wishing to honor and bring attention to their mis-treatment, he chose to make them the focus of his lifetime work.

After selecting a location, he secures a native log or standing tree about ten feet in diameter.  He next spends time with the Native Americans of the area, learning from them about their history and lore, and looking at historic and contemporary photos and paintings.  Sometimes it’s agreed he’ll carve the likeness of a specific historical figure, like Chief Grey Lock, who can be seen in Burlington, Vermont.  

More often, Toth visualizes a face that incorporates the lines and features of many individuals.  Says he, “I look at the log until I can see the Indian inside it, then I start carving.  His work is mostly done with hammer and chisel, and takes two to three months to complete.  The town provides him room and board, and he donates the completed sculpture in return.

There are seventy-four sculptures in the series, with at least one in each of the fifty states, and in several Canadian  provinces.  We’ve had the pleasure of seeing several, and gladly drive out of the way to collect another.  Most recently we communed with heads in Paducah, Kentucky and Red Lodge, Montana, as well as the one in Iowa Falls.  Toth lives in Florida and creates small sculptures for sale, the proceeds from which support his ongoing work on the Whispering Giants.  In addition to creating new pieces, he restores and repairs earlier pieces that need attention.

Pick something that interests or intrigues you - giant balls of twine, ethnic pastries, esoteric breeds of cattle, regional dance styles, accents and dialects, or local folktales.  Let it guide your travel, if just a bit.  Gather some stories and tell them here.  We’d love to hear them.  Meanwhile, you just might run across us, Patti & Tom Burkett, somewhere off the beaten path.

For More Information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_the_Whispering_Giants#The_Trail

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 SHOW SCHEDULE FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND

Panhandle RV Show

October 19-22

Emerald Coast Convention Center

Fort Walton Beach, FL

 

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Episode 161: An RV Club for Today’s RVers

There are RV Clubs and then there are the Escapees. Ever heard of them before? If you’re an active RVer, if you dream of working from the road, or retiring to an RVing life of adventure, or packing the most fun you can into your weekend camping tips, you need to know about the Escapees.

This week, in our interview segment, you’ll meet the young couple who are leading the Escapees community and discover just why this club may be the perfect fit for you.

Also this week, lots of listener questions and answers, plenty of tips, RV news and an off-the-beaten path report about two great Georgia state parks that Jennifer and I visited last week.

Click the player below to Listen Now or scroll down through the show note details. When you see a time code hyperlink, you can click it to jump directly to that segment of the podcast.

Show Notes for Episode #161 October 11, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

We’re coming to you from Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast after a very eventful trip down here, in which we were brushed by Hurricane Nate. You can see a video on that adventure at https://youtu.be/TXsAG7_aOKk

 

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

Two weeks ago back in Episode 159, Mike interviewed veteran automobile sales consultant Gary Tilkin, who shared his expertise about the RV buying experience. Gary gave a lot of very helpful tips and if you are shopping for an RV, I urge you to go back and listen to episode 159.

But we just heard back from Gary, who wanted us to know that he has just signed the bottom line to buy a new motorcoach. And Gary put into personal practice many of the tips he offered here in the RV Podcast.

Gary called in with a follow up tip on buying an RV from a dealer located far away.

Thanks, Gary. We are delighted to hear back from you. Congratulations on that new motorhome. And Mike and I look forward to taking you up on that kind invitation for a visit while we are here on the Florida Emerald Coast.

And for all of you listening this week, please 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

  • Brian asks if 80 years old is too old for he and his wife to start a life of RVing in a small motorhome – the Roadtrek Agile SS
  • Lisa asks Mike and Jennifer about the varying amounts of solar panels they have had in previous RVs they’ve owned. She wants to know the ideal setup. 
  • A caller with an older RV is frustrated that when he puts in gas, the pump keeps shutting off, unless he holds the handle down a tiny bit so the gas going through the nozzle flows out very slow.\
  • And a caller wants to know if she still needs to winterize the hot water heater even though it didn’t work last year.

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

The Escapees RV Club has been around since 1978 and is a community that perhaps is more in tune with today’s RVer than any other organization out there. It’s open to everyone, no matter what kind of RV they have and it comes with lots of great benefits, not the least of which is the cool and fun aspects of RVing.

I love the club’s motto: An RV club that gives you the freedom to break the mold and do something different with your life.

Escapees is now being run by Travis and Melanie Carr, a young couple who are on the road about half the time who represent the third generation of Escapee’s leadership. Travis, the grandson of the original founders, was exposed to RVing from a young age. After he served in the military, Travis and his wife Melanie returned to the RVing lifestyle.

He began in the maintenance department for the club’s network of RV Parks, but his focus quickly shifted as he took the lead on upgrading every park’s reservation system, bringing them into the digital age. Since then, Travis and Melanie have made themselves an irreplaceable part of the Escapees culture. In 2015, they founded Xscapers, a lifestyle group of Escapees that brings the club back to its origins. Xscapers are RVers who work full-time while traveling, just like Travis’ grandparents Joe and Kay Peterson did in the 70s. Under their guidance, Xscapers has grown to provide numerous benefits targeting the needs of this demographic, including the development of Escapees’ Job Board and diversifying Escapees’ social and educational opportunities.

We’re delighted to have Travis and Melanie join us in our RV interview of the week.

Resources:

Escapees Website: https://escapees.com

Escapees info kit: https://escapees.com/images/pdfs/infokit.pdf

Escapees Online Tools: https://escapees.com/

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:

Cougar shot at Oregon RV park after it was caught hunting house cats

Everglades National Park re-opens, but funding needed for hurricane repairs

Next generation state campground, now open in Minnesota

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

Google Pixel is Back and Better Than Ever

Last year Google Pixel unexpectedly took the world by storm. And this year Pixel is back and better than ever!

At Google’s recent announcement, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were unveiled and boy are they something to be excited about!

With Google Assistant front and center of both devices, Pixel 2 helps you get answers and get things done. To activate you can say “ok Google” like you can on most android devices. But with Pixel 2, you can also squeeze the phone’s frame and activate your assistant that way.

Also, let’s say you are traveling and want to know what the name of the building is you’re looking at. Simply fire up your camera and click on the Google Lens icon and you’ll instantly receive a ton of information - like when it was built, what it’s called, and see other pictures that people took of it.

Speaking of pictures, Pixel 2 features the highest rated smartphone camera and can take professional looking portraits from its rear and front cameras. And Google is also throwing in unlimited photo and video storing for Pixel 2 users - so you never have to worry about running out of space.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are also IP 67 water resistant, come in 64GB and 128GB sizes and are available in a number of colors.

Plus they’re both Gigabit LTE ready, meaning they’ll have access to Verizon’s fastest possible network speeds right out of the box.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use smartphone that gets thing done, check the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 out at any Verizon store or 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 -  Georgia’s Black Rock Mountain and Tallulah Gorge State Parks

Jennifer and I just visited these two state parks, located in north Georgia, right near the North Carolina line. And you couldn’t find two parks more diverse…even though they are located just 15 miles apart.

Black Rock Mountain State Park is the highest state park in Georgia, offering some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Roadside overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas, and four hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. Visitors enjoy the summit visitor center for its views, gift shop and picnic tables.

Campsite are nestled under rhododendron and gnarled oaks. Tent campers will appreciate the walk-in sites that allow extra privacy. The park’s small lake is popular with anglers and circled by an easy walking trail. At an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is often cooler than other Georgia parks and may close during icy weather. RVers should be comfortable driving on steep, winding roads.

Tallulah Gorge State Park, meanwhile, is the exact opposite. Where Black Rock Mountain’s attraction is its height, Tallulah Gorge draws folks because of its deep, 1,000 foot gorge. One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, and mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10 mile trail.

 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 NEXT WEEKEND 

Oregon State Salem Fall RV Show

October 12-15

Oregon State Fair & Expo Center

Salem, OR

Georgia RV & Camper Show

October 13-15

Cobb Galleria Centre

Atlanta, GA

RV Liquidation Super Sale

Oct. 13-15

David L Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Toronto Fall RV Show and Sale

October 13-15

Toronto Congress Centre

Toronto, ON (Canada)

 

 

 

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Episode 160: How to save on fuel costs and get better mileage with your RV

Probably the top question motorhome owners are asked is “what do you get for mileage?” Although gas prices are dropping again, the big spike they had after the hurricanes this summer reminds all of us that one of the biggest expenses our RV lifestyle has to deal with is fuel prices. So, how can we lower those costs and get the best mileage possible? To help us with that our interview of the week features our friend Mark Polk of RVEducation101 who will share some very practical tips that are all but guaranteed to increase your mileage and save you money.

Also this week, lots of your email questions, RV news, tips and an off the beaten path report.\

 

Show Notes for Episode #160 Oct 3, 2017 of Roadtreking - The RV Podcast:

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

This episode is recorded from our camping spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina after a great four days attending the Overland East Expo held on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

 

We shared what we learned there, explaining what overlanding is and how it relates to boondocking. We also share the results of our first real world test of the Kymeta satellite Internet system we are testing out.

 

And we talk about what a great month October is for RVers.

 

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 many of us do when we’re stopped for the night is spin the front passenger’s seat around so that instead of facing forward, it faces the back part of the coach, making for a way to relax, to create a conversation area or to use the front table if we decide to set that up.

 

But for some of us, the way that seat is angled makes sitting there a bit uncomfortable.

 

At the Overland East gathering this past weekend, we met Pam Brown. Pam knew we would be there was on the alert to share her tip about dealing with the seat. It is so simple. What Pam does is use a Yoga Block – one of those foam square shaped little blocks that you find yoga practitioners use – as a foot rest.

 

Presto! Instant comfort.

 

You can find the Yoga blocks everywhere. Pam got hers at Walmart. You can also find it in on the master list of products and handy services that we talk about on the podcast at Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-gear… that’s Roadtreking-dot-com-slash-gear. Since we just added it, you’ll need to scroll down to the end of the list to find it.

 

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

 

I love hearing from you!

 

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

 

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

We just bought a Roadtrek Zion SRT. Its small with very little counter space in the bathroom & kitchen. What do you use for hand wash & dispensers & how do you store them when you’re rolling? Leslie

 

What is the name of the reflective bubble wrap you talked about? Terry

 

My husband and I are looking at purchasing our firt rv, a roadtrek. The undermount air conditioner seems quieter than the roof mount. Is there a reason one would want the roof mount? Kristen

 

Thinking about purchasing a Roadtrek CS XL.  Wondering if you have trouble parking it in town or parking lots with the extra length? Kathrine

 

Planning on getting a used Roadtrek next spring and am wiring a new garage for electric hookup. What size power source would you recommend? Greg

 

Do I need a cover for my RV? It will sit in my driveway at the back of the house all winter. I live in Minnesota and it won’t be unusual for it to be covered with up to two feet of snow fromDecember through February. David

 

Hi Mike. Great video, as always. Question: As this video was published 18 months ago, and technology tends to march forward relentlessly, I am curious whether you are still using the Jetpack and weBoost combo for connectivity or not. We are researching for our class B and not sure why we wouldn't just use the "Personal Hotspot" on our iPhone 6's (Verizon) as our connectivity point, coupled with a weBoost Drive 4G-X RV for added signal strength. What are your thoughts, sir? Thanks! Via YouTube

 

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

 

 

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 - How to save on fuel costs and get better mileage with your RV

 

Probably the top question motorhome owners are asked is “what do you get for mileage?” Although gas prices are dropping again, the big spike they had after the hurricanes this summer reminds all of us that one of the biggest expenses our RV lifestyle has to deal with is fuel prices. So, how can we lower those costs and get the best mileage possible? To help us with that our interview of the week features our friend Mark Polk of RVEducation101 who will share some very practical tips that are all but guaranteed to increase your mileage and save you money.

 

Mark’s Resources:

www.rveducation101.com

https://rv101withmarkpolk.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/rved101

https://www.youtube.com/c/RV101

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:

Some concerned by RV Industry lobbying to privatize campgrounds, other services on public land

 

Custer State Park reports another successful buffalo round up

 

Massive rockfall at Yosemite National Park's El Capitan kills one visitor, injures another

 

 

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 - Verizon's New and Improved Family Base

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

 

Now with the kids back in school, there’s homework, sports practice and other demands pulling at their lives. That sure puts a premium on family time! To help you make the most of it, Verizon has something called FamilyBase.

With this tool, you now have control over your child’s devices, who they’re texting, who they’re calling, how much data they use and most importantly when they’re using those devices. That means if you want to restrict data use - both wifi and cellular -  during dinner time or late at night, you can!

In addition, for younger kids, Family Base lets you block access to inappropriate websites or apps so someone is always watching out for them, even if you’re not able to.

Family base is available for just $4.99 a month no matter how many lines you have, is easy for parents to use and is compatible with all Android and iOS devices. You can learn more at vzw.com/familybase

 

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 – Beer and bacon

 

Sometimes, I have to admit, it can be exhausting traveling with Tom. He's relentless in his pursuit of things to see and do. Every time we go on a trip he spends weeks preparing an itinerary. He looks at dozens of websites and books, and the google map he comes up with looks like a pincushion. Then he goes into his notes. He has newspaper clippings going back I don't know how long--about things we might do some day.  Emails from other travelers, blog posts, and a shelf full of maps and brochures from parks and tourist bureaus across the country. 

And it doesn't stop when we get in the RV. We're constantly looking at roadside signs and searching things on the internet.  Just yesterday, on I-94 we passed an exit sign for Home On The Range. Off we went, to discover a remote prairie ranch for the rehabilitation of troubled youth. 

We were headed for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and as we approached Medora, the little town at the entrance to the park, I heard the inevitable words, "Hey, what about this. . ."  This, as it turns out, was the Medora Beer and Bacon fundraiser. Though it was a bit pricey for us, at $20 a ticket, we bought a couple. 

It was a perfect day. As we drove down the hill to the campground, we saw a bison grazing next to someone's tent. The air was warm, the breeze was steady, and the Little Missouri river chattered past the campsites. We chose the best one, stopped at the visitor center, and headed on over to the chamber of commerce, where we picked up a map. Strolling this picturesque western town on a perfect night was magical. At each business on the map there was a beer to sample, many of them local. There were sixteen different beers.  And there was bacon. Lots of bacon. 

Stop one offered a local porter paired with ice cream. Ice cream topped with homemade chocolate cream sauce and crumbled bacon. There was bacon taffy, bacon dip, bacon meatballs, and bacon maple donuts.  Our path matched that of some other folks, so we struck up conversation and heard about living in the oil boom towns of the Bakken shale. 

Myron Schweitzer, owner of the Farmhouse Café, said his first year had been pretty good, and he was glad he'd chosen to move here. Medora is wall to wall people during the summer, but the proprietor of Hidden Springs Java told us about living in this tourist town during the off season, when locals stop by for soup and a sandwich and there's plenty of time to catch up on the books. 

Almost every town has a website, and they're often treasure troves of information. Take the time to look, and you may find the firefighters fish fry, the jalapeño festival, or the school's annual local history scavenger hunt. There's a good chance we'll be there too, Patti and Tom Burkett, scouting out something happening today, 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

28th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show
October 4-8
Suburban Collection Showplace
Novi, MI

Tacoma Fall RV Show
October 5-8
Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, WA

California RV Show
October 6-15
Los Angeles Fairplex
Pomona, CA

 

Direct download: RT160.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

 

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 EDT

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 EDT

 

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 EDT

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.

 

Direct download: RT156.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

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

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

PLAY

The product Melissa suggests is called coaster tacky.

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

 

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

I love hearing from you!

 

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

 

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Here’s a short video on who she is:

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

 

Another longer video:

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

(talks about hard times, and advantages)

 

and another video:

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

 

 

Other Resources:

Fulltime Families Facebook group with 20,050 members

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

 

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

 

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

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Four stories this week…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • Drone illegally harassed grizzly bear and her two cubs at Grand Teton National Park. Read more

 

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

 

TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

Using Tech to Labor Less this Labor Day Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  Cody, Wyoming

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s a lot to do in Cody.

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

 

Direct download: RT155.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

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

 

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

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

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

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

I love hearing from you!

 

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

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

You will enjoy our discussion.

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

Her Facebook Group: Authors on the Road

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RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

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

 

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

 

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

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TRAVELING TECH TIP:

By Steve Van Dinter

 Verizon Wireless

AR you Ready to Blend Digital with Reality?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

By Tom and Patti Burkett

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

RESOURCES MENTIONED

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

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

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

http://louislunch.com/

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

 

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 Episode 153: The Biggest RV Event of the Year: The Total Eclipse

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

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

 

WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

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

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

Play

This IS the ultimate solution!

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

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

I love hearing from you!

 

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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

What you need:   Glasses….

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

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

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

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

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

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

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

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

 

National parks

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

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

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

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

 

Boondocking:

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

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

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

 

NASA

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

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

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Two stories this week…

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

 

Disney World Unveils New Glamping Resort for RVers  read more

Michigan to Raise Camping Fees Starting Nov. 1  read more

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

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

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

SoundSport Charging Case

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

Wireless Charging Pad

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

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless

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

Mophie Powerstation XXL 20000

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

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

 

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT -  

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

 

Oregon:

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

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

 

Idaho and Wyoming:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

South Carolina

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

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

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

 

And across the country..

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

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

 

Weather forecasts

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

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

 

https://weather.com/forecast/national

 

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

 

 

Direct download: rT153.mp3
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