Episode 114: Camp overnight for free at wineries, ranches farms and attractions

Had it with overcrowded campgrounds? Looking for something more unique and scenic? Then listen up to this week’s podcast as we learn about Harvest Hosts, a membership service than lets you camp for free overnight at some of the most beautiful wineries, farms, ranches and special attractions that you can find anywhere in North America.

Plus RV tips, travel suggestions news and much more.

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Show Notes for Episode #114 Nov. 16 2016 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

JENNIFER’S TIP OF THE WEEK – Kitchen Anti-Fatigue Mats

jennifer2One of the favorite things we do when we meet folks in campgrounds and at R gatherings across the country is see how they have customized their motorhomes and RVs… adding little finishing touches or accessories that meet their needs. [9:37]

So it was with the couple I want you to meet this week… Ari and Jessie Adler. They share how kitchen anti fatigue mats are a great addition to their mototrhome. I’ll put a link to a whole bunch of anti-fatigue floor mats that I found on Amazon. They come in different sizes and colors and range in price from $19 to a little over $40.

I love hearing from you!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.

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The Adlers

Jennifer’s tip of the week is brought to you by  RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

A listener wants to be able to use his Direct TV account in his RV, instead of paying for two connections.[13:53]

Direct TV has a service called Direct TV for Travelers that lets enjoy your favorite TV entertainment wherever you go. Multiple homes require another account if you want service at both homes at the same time. Mobile accounts are not permanent fixtures and may be used part-time, so using one account is acceptable…

Here’s a link on how our friend Campskunk does it – http://roadtreking.com/how-to-take-directv-on-road/

A woman who just bought a used RV notes that it came with solar panels. Some are on the room. But one if just sitting in the front seat. She wonders what she is supposed to do with it as it gets in the way. [16:29]

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 – Camp overnight for free at wineries, farms and attractions

This week we interview Kim Greene of Harvest Hosts, a membership service that allows RVers to camp overnight for free at wineries, farms and special attractions. [21:27] While there is no charge for camping, you are asked to purchase a bottle of wine or some produce or items grown on the property.

More than 540 beautiful places around North America are part of Harvest Hosts, located in all the lower 48 states, Canada, Alaska and Baja California.

Harvest Host locations across North America

Harvest Hosts locations across North America

Kim and her husband Don had been traveling for many years in their motorhome, when in 2008, while traveling across Europe, they were introduced to France Passion, an RV visitation network that invites RV owners to visit farms and wineries and stay for 24 hours.

Upon returning to the U.S., Kim & Don had hoped to find a similar program. But discovering that no program existed, they decided to create a program themselves. So after months of research, Harvest Hosts, LLC was born!

Harvest Hosts is the first membership program of its kind in the United States to provide RV owners with free overnight stops at wineries and farms across the country.

Host vintners and farmers generously invite self-contained RV owners (motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, truck and van campers) to visit their vineyards, farms and orchards and to stay for 24 hours, free of charge. Most of the Hosts are small, mom-and-pop agricultural operations and are not formal campgrounds.

Kim notes that there is no obligation or requirement to buy anything from your Host. However, if they are offering something for sale that you like, your support would be most welcomed. You will get value for your money with the freshest fruits and vegetables available right from the source and delectable baked goods, cheeses and bottles of wines that you’d be unlikely to find in big stores.

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Four stories for you this week…[36:58]

  • National Parks Announce Free Days for 2017
  • Father out for hike with his family in Tennessee bit by rattlesnake, now urges others to be careful.Read more
  • LA passed an ordinance to ban people from sleeping in vehicles, including RVs, near homes, parks and schools.Read more
  • About $1.1 million in camping reservations refunded after Hurricane Matthew devastated South

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:

Steve Van Dinter

Steve Van Dinter

Verizon’s Steve Van Dinter reports on Google’s first virtual reality headset [46:35]

Not to put any pressure on…but the holiday season is almost officially here and that means the annual struggle of trying to think of the best gifts for those you love.

Google Daydream View

Google Daydream View

Well fear not…over the next few weeks I’ll bring forward some ideas that will fit just about everyone on your list.

This week…I’ve got an idea that’s good for kids to adults.

It’s called Google Daydream View, and it’s Google’s first virtual reality headset.

Now if you haven’t experienced VR before, this is the one to try out.

You simply pop open the front of the device, slide in your Pixel or Pixel XL phone and close the lid. This magically triggers Google’s Daydream app to open and suddenly a world of amazing virtual experiences is at your fingertips.

And when I say fingertips, I’m serious – that’s because Daydream View comes with a remote control to help you navigate these virtual experiences.

Use the remote to select the video or game you want to queue up or even use it as a virtual bat for a baseball game, a golf club for virtual golf and a wizard in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them virtual experience.

For those not into gaming, you can fly through the solar system, take a trip to anywhere in the world, or watch a movie on your own virtual bigscreen – it’s a really cool experience.

Daydream View costs $79.99 and currently is compatible with just the Google Pixel and Pixel XL but Google promises more devices will be supported in the coming months.

Again, if you want to just see it for yourself, swing on by your local Verizon store and our staff would be happy to take you on a tour.

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. 

RV CALENDAR 

RV shows coming up… [50:28]

West Palm Beach RV Show

November 17-20
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL

Fall Clean Sweep RV Show
December 2-4
CenturyLink Sports Complex
Ft. Myers, FL

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds
Indio, CA

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year,

 

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