Episode 173: What happens if you get sick?

What happens if you get sick while out on the road in your RV? What happens if you need a doctor and you are far from home in another state? In this episode, we will tell you about a terrific plan that I think every RVer should consider. There's a new organization that provides on-call doctors for RVers in every state, doctors who can talk to you on the phone or via video, prescribe most drugs you’ll need for any sudden illness, even help you find a local specialist.

Plus… this episode is chock full of RV tips, questioned and answers about the RV lifestyle, RV news, the full RV show schedule for the coming weekend and some wonderful off the beaten path advice.

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WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK [2:14]

We’re coming to you this week from the Wisconsin Dells…

We outline our travel plans for the next few weeks, share yet another reason why we believe RVing is a better way to travel than flying and we update listeners about what's been happening with our RV Lifestyle as we get excited by all that lies ahead in 2018.

We also shares something that really stinks about our sticks and bricks home back in Michigan.

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

 JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK [12:20]

Our dog Bo loves the winter. And he really loves snow. But sometimes, the snow and ice can build up on his paws and cause him some pain.

So we use a product called Musher’s Secret.

We learned about this product while covering dog sled races for the blog and it goes on his paws whenever we take him out for extended play in the snow. Musher's Secret is a dense, barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog's paws. Developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, it provides tenacious protection even in the most extreme conditions.

Just spread a light coating of Musher's Secret on the pads and rub in. It protects the paws and still allows perspiration to escape through the toes.

The neat thing about this product is that it is not just for ice and snow and salt protection in the wintertime. It also protects your dog in sand and from hot pavement during those summertime hikes. It can be used weekly or as needed to prevent abrasions, burning, drying and cracking.

Think of it as an invisible boot.

It’s $19 on Amazon and at pet stores everywhere.

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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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 [16:02]

Stephanie saw our report on the need for RV service technicians and wonders where to find help. We referred her to the educational programs offered by the RecreatIon Vehicle Industry Association – http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=educational and its many in person and eleaning programs. Also the RV Maintenance Tech Course offered online and through hands on programs at https://rvtechcourse.com/

Listener Pat asks about a recent development that makes the very po;ular and helpful AllStays app now unavailable for Android users. We explain and tell her those Android users who have the app will find it still works, there just wot be updates. The iOS app will continue to be updated, and of course the Allstays website also has up to date infor at https://www.allstays.com/apps/camprv.htm

And a listener has a question about mixing different blends of diesel fuel in his sprinter-based RV. We try to clear up the confusion, which we covered in depth in episode 171 – http://roadtreking.com/episode-171-clearing-lingering-questions/

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK [27:50]

What happens if you get sick while out on the road? What happens if you need a doctor and you are far from home in another state? In this episode, we will tell you about a terrific plan that I think every RVer should consider. An organization that provides on-call doctors for RVers in every state, doctors who can talk to you on the phone or via video, prescribe most drugs you’ll need for any sudden illness, even help you find a local specialist.

The service is called RV Health.

You can use RV Health for many of your medical issues instead of expensive and timely urgent care visits. For example you wake up one morning with sudden cold-like symptoms: stuffy nose, cough, congestion. You have trouble getting an appointment with an area doctor while traveling and you don’t want to miss time at work or going through the hassle of sitting in an urgent care or hospital waiting room. What to do?

Our guest is Scott Blair, a fulltime RVer who set up the service, which is called RV Health. He has a special price for listeners of this podcast of 1-cent for the first month to try the program. Just go to: https://rvhealth.com/RVPODCAST

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

TRAVELING TECH TIP [47:22]

Steve Van Dinter

By Steve Van Dinter
Verizon Wireless

Happy New Year to you and your listeners! As we look to get our lives off on the right foot, it’s time we take a look at our entertainment options at home as well.

And if your Bluetooth speaker has become long in the tooth, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.

Google Home Max

I can’t think of a better edition to your home, than the newly launched Google Home Max (https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/google-home-max/)  Think of this as Google Home’s ultra cool older brother.

Not only does it do everything a Google Home or Google Home Mini does – like turn your smart lights on and off, answer your questions and help you out in the kitchen – but it also packs a seriously awesome array of speakers.

In fact, the Google Home Max has two 4.5 inch woofers and two tweeters which will pump out some high fidelity sounds.

And using its smart sound technology, it’ll automatically measure the acoustics in your room (or RV) and tweak the audio so your Pandora, Spotify and YouTube music will sound better than ever before.

All you need to make it work is wifi in your home and you’re good to go.

It’s an audiophile’s dream come true.

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 [49:02]

Patti and Tom Burkett

Tom and Patti Burtkett recap their favorite trips from the past year as they look forward to new adventures in 2018.

They had a busy 2017 but wait till you hear what they have planned for 2018.

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 CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND [53:56]

Colorado RV Adventure & Travel Show

January 4-6

Colorado Convention Center

Denver, CO

63rd Annual Houston Boat, Sport & Travel Show

January 5-14

NRG Center

Houston, TX

Greater Atlanta RV Show

January 5-7

Georgia International Convention Center

College Park, GA

Knoxville RV Show

January 5-7

Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, TN

South Carolina RV & Camping Show – Greenville

January 5-7

TD Convention Center

Greenville, SC

Wisconsin RV Show

January 5-7

Wisconsin Center District

Milwaukee, WI

Indy RV Expo

January 6-14

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, IN

2018 Pittsburgh RV Show

January 6-14

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA

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