Episode 79: The RV Questions We Get

In this episode, we come to you from the Emerald Coast of Florida's Panhandle, recording the podcast from a picnic table 25 feet from the Gulf of Mexico at the Navarre Beach Campground, answering listener questions, sharing tips and reporting the RV news of the week.

Complete shownotes for The Roadtreking RV Podcast Episode 79:

MIKE AND JENNIFER’S WHEREABOUTS

We’ll be at the big Family Motorcoach Association 2016 Family Reunion at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, GA March 17-20.

Jennifer and I will be there and presenting two seminars: The first is called “Serendipity Travel with the Wendlands” which details the way we travel in our RV with no reservations and stopping and sightseeing at random along the roads we travel. It will be on Friday, March 18, at in Seminar Room 4 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

The second seminar will be “Living in a Type B Motorhome” and talk about how two people and a dog have happily lived and traveled over 100,000 miles over the past four years in a Class B motorhome. There’s a lot of interest in Class A and Class C owners in downsizing and we’ll talk about what it’s like. That seminar will be held Saturday at in Seminar Room 2.

In between times, we’ll be hanging around the FMCA booth The FMCA Membership booth, in the Miller-Murphy-Howard building at the gathering or camped out with a bunch of Roadtrek owners in a special area of the campground. Come look us up and say Hi.

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK – Our Protein Smoothie Maker

I’ve shared before how we are trying to eat healthy on the road. Today, I want to tell you about one of the best tools for doing that. A high speed blender/mixer called the NutriBullet, and Mike and I use it to make the most delicious protein smoothies. Today, for example, we mixed up frozen cherries and some whey protein. It was so good it was hard to believe it WAS actually good for us!

jenBut it was!  The NutriBullet breaks down and pulverizes the stems, seeds, and skins of fruits and vegetables, which is where most of the essential nutrition lies – unlike what juicers and blenders do.

Simply add your favorite foods and special boosts like nuts, seeds, and, along with some water or another liquid, and it extracts the ingredients into smooth, tasty drink.

And the best part is it takes only seconds to prepare, seconds to clean and couldn’t be easier to take on-the-go.

We have a NutriBullet at home and, for $70, we added another for our RV. It effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables and healthy superfoods with a high torque 600 watt motor.

nutribulletThe unit we got on Amazon came with a tall cup which we use when we are both having a protein shake, as well as two short cups that are good for individual servings. It comes with a flat blade and an emulsifying blade, as well as a manual and some recipes

So… you want our favorite recipe? Okay, for the two of us, we mix in two cups of frozen fruit, two scoops of protein and some coconut milk. Sometimes, we have it for breakfast, sometimes after a workout or a long hike or some strenuous exercise.

The NutriBullet itself fits with all the accessories in a cabinet beneath the sink in our Roadtrek’s galley, cleans up very easy and is probably our favorite appliance.

You can find in any of the big box stores like Walmart and Target. We’ll put a direct affiliate link to it on Amazon on the shownotes page for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-forward slash-79

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

  • A listener asks for an app to make free long distance calls to other countries – Mike suggests the aptly named Roger app, which has walkie talkie-like features. Just a push the big simple button, record your message, and send. One especially cool feature about the Roger app is you can see the location, weather, and time of day of the person who is receiving your message. And all you need to get started is the phone number of the person you want to start communicating with via Roger – and recipients don’t even need the app installed. The app is free for iOS and Android.
  • A listener is in the midst of installing solar in an old Class A and promises updates as he gets things working. We share how the 650 watts of solar power for our Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL makes us energy independentlevels
  • A listener wants to know how often Class B RV’s have to be leveled. Very seldom, we note, and on the occaisons when it is necessary, we easly do so with those leveling squares that look like giant Lego blocks.levels
  • A listener has a steep driveway and wants to park her RV on it but is worked about the refrigerator not being level. We share how the older RV refrigerators are more sensitive to being level than the newer ones. Generally, if you can sit without tipping and walk around without feeling like you're going to topple over, then you are probably OK.
  • And a listener asks about a he small motorhome show at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale AZ near Phoenix. It’s the Super B RV show sponsored by LeMesa RV, March 17-20 from 9 am to 7pm. New Class B and B+ models will be on display from all the top names like Winnebago, Roadtrek and Leisure Travel Vans!

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.

RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Yosemite National Park Changes Some of its Iconic Names

RV Industry CEO Charged With Pumping Up Company in False Report

 

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

The Alde hydronic system brings many features and benefits not found with any other product.

  1. Silent Radiant Heat – providing a warm even natural heated interior. Great for pets. (And Humans)
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TRAVELING TECH TIP: Offline Maps

Using a smartphone or tablet to pull up a map and easily find your way is one of the best things about our technology today. But if you are not careful, data charges can add up, especially for RVers who use them all the time

But some apps make it so that you don’t even need to be connected to the Internet or have mobile service when using a map app. And that is good news for RVers and frequent map users.

Here are three to consider:

Maps.Me is among the best when it comes to offline map offerings. Its developers claim you could download maps to just about the entire world if you want to. Maps.Me, which used to be called Maps With Me, has a nice clean interface and easy to use. It has clear, easy-to-read maps (including street numbers) with the details you need. Maps.Me is free for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.

OsmAnd is the offline map for those who want as many details as possible. OsmAnd is rich in details, offers turn-by-turn voice guidance and re-routing and search options using information obtained from the popular navigation service called OpenStreetMap. The free version of OsmAnd gives you up to 10 maps and you have to pay if you want more. The app is available for iOS and Android. It’s also available for Kindle, but costs $6.49.

Sygic is a GPS app with almost global coverage – useful for whether going to Japan and China or a two-hour trip away from home. Sygic has a simple user interface and gets information from the popular and reputable GPS service called TomTom. Sygic developers say one of the biggest benefits is the way the app stores a ton of info and uses less memory on your device. The app is free for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Kindle with premium services available for purchase.

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Don’t forget to visit Roadtreking.com/vzw for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT – Dade City, FL

Listener Beth Field has an off the beaten path report in Dade City, FL, a wonderful town abut 45 minutes north of Tampa, that has a great Pioneer Museum.

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