Episode 85: RV Travel with Pets

Our main guest this week is guest is Amy Burkert, of gopetfriendly.com, which is – hands down – the best resource I’ve found for RVers who travel with their pets. And according to our survey – 67% of all RVers do just that.

But also this week,  Jennifer also has a special invitation for you to join us May 13-15 for a spontaneous trip to Nashville and the Grand Old Opry!

One of the reasons I like GoPetFriendly so much is because Amy and her Husband Rod are fulltime RVers themselves, traveling North America in a Class A with dogs Buster and Ty and documenting thousands of places friendly to pets. Their site is an encyclopedia of travel advice for RVers looking for pet friendly places.

Also this week, lots of great questions from our listeners, RV news, traveling tech tips and a great off the beaten path report. Plus Jennifer's special invite, of course!

Complete shownotes for Episode 85 of the Roadtreking RV Podcast:

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK – Meet us in Nashville

My tip of the week this week is really an invitation…. And a response to readers and listeners who say they want to meet us on the road.

Well, here’s your chance… though admittedly this is a bit spontaneous and short notice.

Mike and I will be heading down I65 in a couple weeks and we thought, wouldn't it be fun to stop and spend a night at the Grand Old Opry.

Meet us in Nashville!Then we got to wondering about finding a campground near there and then… would other Roadtrekers care to join us?

So… consider this your invitation!

We're looking at Saturday May 14 for the Opry. We’ve already reserved our seats for the 7PM show.

We’re staying at The Nashville KOA on Music Center Drive, which is near the Opry.

Mike and I will come in Friday afternoon, May 13th and leave Sunday the 15th.

If you’ll be joining us, there’s a post about this on our Facebook Group… let us know there.

You need to make your own reservations for the Opry and for the campground. But we’d love to meet you…. Or should I say “y’all!”

We’ll put a link to all this on the shownotes page for this episode at roadtreking-dot-com-forward slash-85. Alas, we won't have our dog, Bo, with us on this trip, It will just be Mike and me.

The tip of the week is brought to you by Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.

LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

  • Ed asks the best way to sell his RV, wondering about Craigs List. He also asks about the best way to accept payment for it.

I am NOT a fan of CraigsList. There are way too many reports of fraud, robberies, even murders linked to the site.

I recommend RV Trader as a great place to buy or sell a used RV.

To sell a Roadtrek, I recommend listing it on Roadtrek International, a chapter of Family Motor Coach Association for Roadtrek owners. Roadtrek International lists a lot of Roadtreks for sale at http://www.roadtrekchapter.org/roadtreks-for-sale.

I recommend being paid by a cashier's check. A cashier’s check is a draft guaranteed by a bank, drawn from the bank’s own funds and signed by a cashier or teller. It’s used in place of cash, personal checks, credit cards or money orders.

  • Ben asks about finding backgrounds for mountain biking and off grid camping

National Geographic rated the 10 best Mountain Bike areas in the country and two were in Southwest Colorado:

As to where to stay… Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Mesa Verde National Parks are two places I can suggest. Great campgrounds, can ride right out of the campsite.

The two mountain bike areas in SW Colorado, I suggest: Crested Butte and Durango, Colorado

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:

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TRAVELING TECH TIP: How to save smartphone’s battery

Updating software is probably the best way you can extend your smartphone’s battery life. Whenever you see a software update available, be sure to take it as battery life is always being improved.

Here are several other ways:

  • Location, location, location: Your smarthone’s constant use of GPS to keep up with your always-changing locations can really be a battery drain. Go to settings and Location Services to fix this. You can turn them all off or pick and choose. For example, Frequent Locations is a feature that tracks your regular destinations so it can send you targeted ads (like when you go to CVS and get an alert from CVS). Not only is that annoying, but it drains your battery.
  • Get a handle on apps refreshing: You probably have quite a few apps on your device and each one can be doing things in the background – unless you tell them not to. Go to Settings>General>Background App Refresh and you will have the option to turn off refreshing for all apps or for just a few you don’t use as often. Don’t worry, when you use any apps you’ve prevented from refreshing they will automatically refresh – because you told it to do so.
  • Disable some of your notifications: You don’t want to disable things like text and voicemail, but notifications from the likes of Twitter and Facebook can go. Go to Settings>Notification Center then scroll down to Include and Don Not Include. You’ll can pick and choose from categories (Phone, Messages) or individual apps.
  • Airplane mode is your friend in remote locations: When you are far off the grid and in limited cellphone use, turn your phone to airplane mode. When there is no signal, you phone will was constantly searching for a strong signal and thus, the battery always draining very quickly. Switching to Airplane mode will take care of that. When you get back to a coverage area, turn it off.

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 –  Patti Burkett reports on a Utah Ghost Town

This part of the podcast is brought to you by AllStays – the Internets #1 RV and camping app since 2010

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Traveling with Pets

Amy and Rod Burkert of GoPetFreindly.com, with Buster and Ty

Amy and Rod Burkert of GoPetFreindly.com, with Buster and Ty

Our guest is Amy Burkert, of gopetfriendly.com, which is – hands down – the best resource I’ve found for RVers who travel with their pets. And according to our survey – 67% of all RVers do just that.

One of the reasons I like GoPetFriendly so much is because Amy and her Husband Rod are fulltime RVers themselves, traveling North America in a Class A and documenting thousands of places friendly t pets. Their site is an encyclopedia of travel advice for RVers looking for pet friendly places.

Amy and Rod have traveled over 80,000 miles over the past five years with their two dogs, Buster and Ty. And she has lots of great advice for our listeners about traveling with your four-legged friends.

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  • rectalogic

    Craigslist recommends not accepting cashiers checks “Don’t accept cashier/certified checks or money orders – banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.”
    https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams