Mike Wendland

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, and Norweigian Elkhound, Tai, travels North America in a Type B motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and frustrations of RV life on the road. He is the official on-the-road reporter for the Family Motor Coach Association. a columnist with Family Motor Coaching Magazine and his Roadtreking reports appear in numerous newspapers and publications. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, video editing and all things dealing with technology. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.

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RV Must-Do Trip: The Badlands of South Dakota

RV Must-Do Trip: The Badlands of South Dakota

Written by on April 19, 2014 in Trips with 1 Comment

It’s easy to see why American Indians and the early settlers called the area of southwestern South Dakota the Badlands. They are dry, unbearably hot in the summer, rugged, isolated and - in the days before modern transportation – extremely difficult to navigate. But while it may be an inhospitable place to live,  these days the Badlands […]

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Roadtreking sunsets and an urge to hit the road

Written by on April 17, 2014 in People & Places with 2 Comments

Roadtrekers love to take photos. And while our styles, skills and the things we like to photograph may vary, one thing I bet all of us like to get are images of a sunset. I’ve used these awkward days of spring before the warm weather travel season really gets underway to organize the thousands of […]

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The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis along the Natchez Trace

The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis along the Natchez Trace

Written by on April 15, 2014 in People & Places with 5 Comments

One of the great joys of traveling North America in an RV is the way it connects you to history and the people and places that have shaped us.  So it was for us when we came to a historic site along the famed Natchez Trace where American explorer, soldier, and public administrator Meriwether Lewis […]

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Where do you park your RV?

Where do you park your RV?

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Observations with 22 Comments

The snow is gone and the five foot high banks that formed a wall along the driver’s side of our Roadtrek eTrek has melted away. As I look at it sitting there on it’s special little apron in the driveway, I can almost hear it calling: “Take me someplace fun. Now.” But when I snapped […]

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How to sanitize your RV fresh water tanks

How to sanitize your RV fresh water tanks

Written by on April 9, 2014 in People & Places with 8 Comments

Yuck. Nothing tastes worse that the first sip of water through a just de-winterized RV’s plumbing system on the first trip of the year. That’s why it is important to sanitize that fresh water tank. And for that, there are lots of different approaches. Everybody seems to have their favorite way of sanitizing the fresh […]

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Amateur Radio and the RVer

Amateur Radio and the RVer

Written by on April 6, 2014 in People & Places with 9 Comments

Thanks to the Internet and email, text messaging and Facebook updates, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends and family while traveling. But a very active group of RVers takes such connectivity to a whole new level, out-Interneting even the Internet when it comes to being able to communicate with the world. They take […]

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Five tips to find a good RV mechanic

Five tips to find a good RV mechanic

Written by on April 5, 2014 in Observations with 4 Comments

I’m lucky. To tend to the mechanical work on my Roadtrek eTrek on the Sprinter chassis, I have two great technicians: Daryl and Josh. Plus Eric, a great service manager who always manages to squeeze me in. I was just in the other day after a check engine light came on. Wouldn’t you know, it […]

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Critter signs along the way

Written by on March 31, 2014 in People & Places with 5 Comments

Over the last week, I’ve been organizing the thousands of photos I’ve taken over the past few years and noticed that I have a pretty good collection of animal crossing signs. Like a lot of people, I love seeing wildlife while roadtreking. Somehow, I started taking photos of them as we traveled. From there, well, […]

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RVing’s dirty little secret: Filthy campgrounds

RVing’s dirty little secret: Filthy campgrounds

Written by on March 30, 2014 in Observations with 23 Comments

People wonder why we prefer boondocking over campgrounds. Here’s why: Too many campgrounds are dirty. Not all. But way too many. In the bathrooms, there are almost always spiders, bugs, things in the toilets and stalls that disgust you, broken windows, mold, rusty pipes, grimy sinks. In Mississippi earlier this year, one of the showers […]

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If headed to Florida, better learn Pickleball

If headed to Florida, better learn Pickleball

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Observations with 0 Comments

Actually, amend that headline. Pickleball is everywhere. In fact, its leading proponents claim it is the fastest growing sport in North America.though verifying that is not easy to do. But there is no doubt that the sport, invented in 1965, is now hugely popular, particularly among retirees and in campgrounds, RV resorts, retirement communities and […]

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