In this week's podcast, we tackle the question of just what it costs for enjoying the RV lifestyle. What should you budget for fuel? Food? Fun?
Mike and Jennifer, aided by lots of input from the Roadtreking Facebook community, share their experience.
Also this week, lots of reader questions, tech tips, how to earn a living while traveling and an off the beaten path report that will have you longing for the Florida keys.
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Shownotes for Episode 98:
This week we come to you from Memphis, TN. Mike and Jennifer update the audience on their travels, the hot weather gripping the country and how Bo is doing on his first extended road trip. [2:45]
We've been on the road now for six weeks!
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Many of you know that we have been traveling this summer with Bo, our new Norwegian Elkhound puppy. Bo is just 8 months old and a bundle of energy.
Mike and I call him “Mr. Enthusiasm.”
He loves the Roadtreking lifestyle and he brings us a lot of joy as we watch him take to life on the road and all the adventures he’s having.
But there is one thing we are not happy with about Bo.
In other words, he’s shedding.
He is a big dog with a thick, healthy double coat of long hair and with the heat and humidity we’ve been experiencing lately, Bo is leaving lots of very visible traces of his presence behind.
That’s why we are so glad to have discovered the Furminator Pet De-Shedding Tool.
This is a very special brush. It is expensive. It’s $45 on Amazon. Well over $50 in pet stores. But we think it’s worth every bit of that. The Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath his topcoat to gently remove loose hair. One swipe and it makes you a believer. It reduces shedding better than any brush, rake or comb we’ve tried. The manufacturer says it reduces shedding by up to 90% and we believe it.
The tool comes with a great ejector button that cleans and removes loose hair from the tool with ease.
And Bo actually seems to like it. In this heat, getting rid of all that excess fur and hair makes for a very happy puppy.
Mike and I like it because there is much less dog hair in the RV.
The Furminator makes us all happy campers.
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
- Lisa asks if we have any plans for something special for the 100th episode…coming in just two weeks. [13:38]
- Dorinda asks about replacing and installing a new side window for her Roadtrek campervan. [15:49]
- Rebecca is considering a Class B motorhome and wonders about getting a diesel unit and asks Mike and Jennifer to share their experience.[19:29]
- And Barak asks Mike and Jennifer to share a budgeting breakdown for living the Roadtreking lifestyle. We share our experience and also those from our Roadtreking Facebook Group [23:05]
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 BASIC TRAINING [37:50]
Even if your work doesn’t need to be done in an office, it can be very hard to work when you travel. You may be a freelancer, you may own your business, or you may telecommute, but there are ten steps you need to take to prepare yourself to work on the go.
I want to thank the folks at Lifehack for an article I found that helps you get thinking in the right direction. Also the folks at Technomadia have put together a great guide to various things you can do to earn money while traveling.
This part of the podcast is brought to you by Campers Inn, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership with 15 locations on the East Coast
RV NEWS OF THE WEEK: [48:17]
See the video at: https://youtu.be/OmQfFxiZesU
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: [56:05]
Whether at work or on the beach, a good chunk of the country is going to be dealing with dangerous levels of heat this week.
With the right amount of precaution, however, you can avoid any health issues related to sweltering conditions anywhere and at any time of the year.
To avoid dehydration, consider iDrated. The app oversees a users’ water intake by setting a daily target for hydration based on your gender, age, weight, and exercise schedule. It can even tell users their level of hydration at any given moment and send alerts for when another drink is due. The app is free for iOS.
When it comes to working outside, the OSHA Heat Safety Tool app developed by the U.S. Department of Labor allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for specific worksites and displays a risk level, sending reminders about things like drinking enough fluids, scheduling breaks, and adjusting work operations. The app is free for iOS and Android.
To avoid getting too much sun, consider the EPA’s Sunwise UV Index app from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, It provides a daily and hourly forecast of ultraviolet radiation from the sun delivering location-based information. It uses a color-coded system so users know when the UV index is highest, making it easy to plan for the day. Free for iOS and Android.
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
Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports [58:55]
When it comes to new smartphones, I’ll bet most people think there’s not much of a differentiation anymore.
Well that’s changing this week with the introduction of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. What’s cool about these phones isn’t just their sleek looks or amazing battery life, it’s that you can enhance the phones themselves by magnetically attaching super powers to them, with Moto Mods.
Moto Mods instantly transform your phone into an entirely new device, like a portable theater.
Moto Insta-Share Projector — Snap the Insta-Share Projector onto your phone to share vacation photos and even a movie! The projector includes an integrated kickstand, up to 70-inch projection and a built-in battery for up to an extra hour of projection time. $299.99
SoundBoost Speaker — Instantly get powerful stereo sound that’s perfect for a backyard party. The speaker features a kickstand, built-in battery for 10 hours of playtime and speakerphone capabilities. $79.99
TUMI and kate spade new york Power Packs — Add up to 22 hours of battery life to your phone without adding bulk. Simply snap on and you can forget about finding an open wall outlet to charge. Prices range from $59.99 to $89.99.
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force devices will be available in Verizon stores and online Thursday, July 28th.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT – Marathon, Florida [1:01:00]
A listener named Al shares why Marathon, FL needs to be on your must visit off the beaten path bucket list
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