Episode 147: A Bucket List Guide from “the RV Guy”

This week we meet “the RV guy.” That’s the nickname Jason Kimbrell has as the head of LaMesa RV, a chain of RV dealerships in Florida, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

But Jason didn’t always live up to that name. In fact, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to continue in the family business. So he walked away from it for a while and went off to explore the west in an RV. In the process, he became the RV Guy.

I think you’ll enjoy his story on how that happened, and his suggestions of the places across the Southwest that belong on your RVing bucket list. Jason is our interview guest of the week.

Plus we have lots of listener questions this week, some great tips, RV News and an off the beaten path report… all in Episode 147 of the Podcast.

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Show Notes for Episode #147 July 5, 2017 of Roadtreking – The RV Podcast:

Mike and Jennifer begin the show by discussing: [2:16]

  • Their recent travel…. A long month on the road… 5,500 miles in nine states… and one Canadian Province…from Michigan to Montana to Alberta… three U.S. National Parks (Theodore Roosevelt, Glacier and Yellowstone) and two Canadian National Parks (Waterton and Banff)
  • Highlights of their “serendipity” style of traveling… the 1880’s town in South Dakota, camping out on the Laura Ingalls Wilder family homestead as told on the Little House on the Prairie TV and book series, the Angel Museum in Wisconsin, Buffalo, WY and crossing Lake Michigan with their RV on the SS Badger.
  • All the video stories they shot and are now editing which will soon be on Mike and Jennifer’s RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube
  • Their visit next week – July 12-15,- to the Family Motorcoach Association’s annual summer reunion in Indianapolis

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 accessory every RVer has to have – no matter what kind of vehicle they have – is a hose to fill your unit with fresh, clean water. But unless you take a lot of time and attention winding them up, they can develop a lot of kinks and turn into a tangled mess. [11:38]

At our recent Roadtreking gathering in Montana, we met Ken Yoho who showed us a particular type of hose that solves that problem.

The hose Ken had is called the Zero-G RV and Marine Water Hose. That’s the model you want. The company makes a lot of garden type hoses but for drinking water, you want to make sure it’s labeled for RV and Marine or Fresh Water use. We could not find it at Amazon but if you search for it online by that NAME – Zero-G RV and Marine Water Hose – you will find several sources.

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

  • Paul is dreaming about getting an RV and has a lot of questions. He asks for Mike and Jennifer’s input about boondocking and air-conditioning and how much he will need it. He also wonders about how much battery capacity he needs. He has financing questions and questions about using an RV as a second vehicle. [15:45]
  • Darlene is about to be a fulltime RVer and is looking for a place to find an RV lot. Mike shares how he just did a Google search on “rv lots in florida” and found plenty! One site com has lots for sale in RV parks and lots for sale by private owners. Another site, www.rvproperty.com/florida-rv-lots-for-sale, notes that are so many RV lots for sale in Florida that they have divided the state into North and South for easier searching.  The dividing line is along Interstate 4 that runs basically from Tampa Bay to Daytona. [26:05]
  • Fran wants to rent a Roadtrek and try it out before buying and is having a hard time finding one. We refer her to com, which is a site for private owners who make their units available for rentals when they are not using them. [27:59]

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

Jason Kimbrell, “the RV Guy”

“The RV Guy” is Jason Kimbrell, who runs LaMesa RV, a chain of RV dealerships in Florida, New Mexico, Arizona and California. [32:30]

But Jason didn’t always like that name. In fact, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to continue in the family business. So he walked away from it for a while and went off to explore the west in an RV. In the process, he became the RV Guy. I think you’ll enjoy his story on how that happened, and his suggestions of the places across the Southwest that belong on your RVing bucket list.

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

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Three stories this week… [51:55]

  • Glacier National Park opened its 50 mile scenic road last Wednesday, later than normal because of unusually harsh winter. Read more
  • Friend saves cyclist from bear attack in Alaska, using bear spray. Read more
  • Camping World to keep 57 Gander Mountain stores open 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:

Steve Van Dinter

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

Now that the 4th is over, it always seems like we quickly slide into fall. But before we get there, I wanted to share some of the cool accessories I’ve found that I know your listeners will find useful not just for the rest of summer, but into the fall as well. [1:00:03]

First…the Chromecast Ultra. Admit it, you take a LOT of photos and videos over summer…and for good reason. From graduations, to holidays and family vacations, there’s a lot of picture perfect moments over these 90 days. When it comes to showing them off, there’s no need to have people crowd around your phone. Instead, plug the small hockey puck looking Chromecast Ultra into your TV and project “or cast” your photos onto the big screen. Chromecast works for more than just photos, you can cast Netflix, HBO and even your phone’s screen live onto any screen the device is plugged into. In fact more than 1,000 apps are compatible in up to 4K streaming.  Pretty cool, huh?

Next…if you’ve got a new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, you’re gonna want to pick up an accessory called DeX. This device looks like a stand for your phone, but it’s so much more. Set your phone on the device and connect it to your TV. A new, desktop like experience pops up on your television. Pair this with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and you now have a portable desktop on the go powered by your phone. The best part is it’s very secure as files you work on remain locked on your device. So if you do a lot of work on your phone and feel the screen size hinders your progress, DeX might just be your new best friend.

Lastly, we talked earlier about all those videos and pictures we shoot in the summer…with the OSMO Mobile kit, you can give these a professional flair. I’m talking three axis stabilization giving you ultra smooth cinematic shots as you walk, pan and move. Let OSMO be your personal cameraman as well…simply mount the device and have it track and follow your movement – so you’re always in shot.

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.

Come Meet Mike and Steve July 27, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI

Mike and Steve have been talking about cool traveling tech gadgets and gizmos week after week on the RV Podcast. We thought it would be fun to arrange a time and place to show and demonstrate these gadgets. So we will! On Thursday, July 27, we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at American RV. You're invited to come for an in-person demo. Grand Rapids is not far Lake Michigan and there are lots of camping opportunities in the area. Come meet us

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT –  

Larry Daniel, aka Ozarks Photos, checks in to shares some of his off the beaten path travels in Montana. From waterfalls to massive cedar trees to places to picnic and take photos, he offers some of his favorite stops, along with some tips on what kind of RVs can go down his out of the way spots. [1:03:57]

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 motrohomes and excellent pricing and service.

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