RV Podcast 191: What to do with your RV

It always amazes me how our RVs enhance our lifestyle. We collect stories from the road on how people use their RV and the stories are endless. The hobbies, personal interests and the discoveries people make when they start traveling in an RV inspires us and gives us ideas on activities we can participate in and places we need to visit.

In this week’s episode during our interview segment, you’ll meet a bunch of different RVers we met on the road a couple of weeks ago when we were in Arizona. You’ll enjoy learning the many ways we can use our RV.

Plus much more, RV News, RV Tips Traveling Tech ideas and much more.

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WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK  [2:03]

As this episode goes live we find ourselves in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. We’re doing a seminar this week at the headquarters of Roadtrek and the Erwin Hymer Group of North America at “Owners School,” a special three-day event at the assembly factory for new owners of Hymer and Roadtrek motorhomes. This is the first of three sessions they will be having this year and all are filled right now, with no openings. But fear not, future sessions are being planned and we’ll do a best to give you a feel for it on our RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube.

Mike is recovering fine from his elbow surgery.

Jennifer almost lost her key to the RV.

We used our RV as a palace to hang out during a weekend event with our grandaughters

Meanwhile, here’s the RV News you need to know about this week:

National parks visitors bring billions into U.S. economy in 2017
The new report shows national parks visitors bring in $35.8 billion in benefits last year to the U.S. economy. The report by economist in the U.S Geological Survey and the National Park Service showed 330 million national park visitors brought in $18.6 million of direct spending to communities within 60 miles of a national park. That spending contributed toward 306,000 jobs, with an overall economic benefit of nearly $36 billion.

Plan calls for removal of mountain goats from Olympic National Park
A plan is underway to remove the mountain goats from Washington's Olympic National Park. The mountain goat was reportedly brought into the park by hunters in the 1920s, before Olympic was designated as a national park. In recent years, however, the goats have become a problem. As a non-native species there is no natural salt, essential to their diet. Some blame this for the rare goring of a hiker several years back, and the animals' occasional aggressive behavior towards people. And they hurt native plants. The plan is to move to as many as possible to North Cascades and kill any that remain over two years.

Hiker bit by copperhead good reminder to know your snake safety before hitting the trails 
A woman hiking at Kentucky's Red River Gorge last week was bit by a copperhead snake, and carried away in an ambulance. The incident led to many reminders about the importance of snake safety when out on the trails. To read more safety tips click here. To listen to a  podcast we published that covered North American venomous snakes and safety tips, click here.

CDC reports number of people contacting insect-borne disease triples
The Centers for Disease Control issued a warning last week about the rise of disease and illness caused from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas. The CDC reported the number of people reporting insect-borne illness between 2004 and 2016 tripled. More than 96,000 people reported insect-borne illness last year alone. The best defense? Prot ect yourself. Click here to listen to listen to podcast we did on tick protection.

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 [17:38]

Have you ever had a bar of soap slip out of your hands while using your small, RV shower? Sometimes bending over to pick it up is not all that easy when showering in a small space.

This week reader Liz wrote in to share her solution – a terry cloth cotton washcloth soap holder, complete with an attached string for easy storing.

Liz wrote she made her washcloth soap holder to use specifically in her RV shower. After dropping her soap one too many times, Liz said she found the washcloth soap holder extremely helpful when showering in a small space. With the slippery soap secure in the washcloth holder, she no longer has to worry about it slipping out of her hands. She also likes that she can hang it up when it is not in use, eliminating soap messes in her RV.

I think this concept could also work well when using public campground shower, too. Sometimes those showers are not the cleanest. We wear flip-flops while in the public showers, so having something to protect the soap from hitting the ground could be helpful, too.

I did a little research and found the cotton terry cloth washcloth holder is a pretty popular idea! I saw several reviewers say they simply take the soap out of the washcloth holders and wash the cloth with their regular towels, keeping them sanitary.

I found several links with step by step tips on how you could make your own washcloth soap holder:

Make it yourself:

Or, if you do not sew, I also found several stores that sell washcloth soap holders. I found them on Amazon, Walmart, Bed, Bath Beyond, Etsy, and several other sites. Amazon sold three for $10.49.

Thank you, Liz, for sending me an email with that very helpful suggestion!

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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK [23:28]

Lisa wants to buy a new motorhome but has some questions about using it at high altitude and on ice and snow. She asks for our experience in our 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL 4X4.

A listener wants to know where he can go to look at a Hymer RV in Colorado. We refer him to the gohymer.com website. Buy Van City in Colorado Springs is a Hymer dealer.

And we had a very nice email with some questions:

Mike and Jennifer – Thank you so much for all the information you put out on you tube, and in the newsletter. We cannot thank you enough. We are new RVers having purchased our 2016 CS Adventurous in Dec. So far so good!
A couple of questions I have found answers to yet; how is the best way to wash your Roadtrek particularly the roof? 2) Do rely solely on your Verizon hot spot (jet pack ) to connect to the internet ? I hear some prefer a satellite of some kind. Thanks again… we will keep watching and following you!- George McClure

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.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK [38:10]

It always amazes me how our RVs enhance our lifestyle. We collect stories from the road on how people use their RV and the stories are endless. The hobbies, personal interests and the discoveries people make when they start traveling in an RV inspires us and gives us ideas on activities we can participate in and places we need to visit. In this week’s episode during our interview segment, you’ll meet a bunch of different RVers we met on the road a couple of weeks ago when we were in Arizona. You’ll enjoy learning the many ways we can use our RV.

This week we meet and interview several different RVing couples who tell us the many different ways use their RV

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 [59:16]

Steve Van Dinter

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

Last week we talked about some great gift ideas for Mom. But if that wasn’t enough to get you inspired for Mother’s Day, today I’ve got a few more great gift suggestions.

First, quality time with the family poolside, beachside, outside or inside never sounded so good with the JBL Link 10 speaker. It’s a small and super-portable – not to mention bluetooth and wi-fi enabled wireless speaker. Plus, it’s water- and drop-proof and is compatible with the Google Assistant – so Mom totally won’t have to lift a finger to ask what the weather’s like or call up her favortie song.

For the mom on the go, the PopSockets Vent Mount is the perfect travel companion. As long as she has a PopSocket on her phone, all she needs to do is slide it into the vent mount and then attach to her vent. Now it’ll hold her phone in place so that she can use it to navigate or for playing music.

And if she’s spending time a lot of time out and about, she’d probably appreciate a free hand while taking phone calls. The brand new Jabra Elite 65t Wireless earbuds are a stylish and functional way to do that! Four on-board microphones mean crystal clear audio. And she has the choice of tuning out ambient noise or allowing it in. The earbuds are also compatible with Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon’s Alexa – letting her get information and stay connected all via voice.

Lastly, does mom have a cracked smartphone screen and no time to fix it? Verizon’s Total Mobile Protection has her covered with fast, convenient cracked screen repairs. Plus, repairs are cost-effective, at a $29 deductible for select smartphones.

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.

RV CALENDAR OF EVENTS [01:02:05]
MAY
10-14
Roadtreking Sonoma Wine Tour Gathering
Indian Leap Winery
Sonoma, CA
MAY
10-13
West Palm Beach Summer RV Show
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL
MAY-JUNE
27-1
Escapade-Escapees RV Club National Rally
Missouri State Fairgrounds
Sedalia, MO
JUNE
7-10
Tampa Bay Summer RV Show
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, FL
JUNE
18-22
Roadtreking Photo Safari at Glacier NP
Chewing Blackbones RV Park
Babb, MT
JULY
9-13
Roadtreking Natahalla River Wildwater Adventure
Smoky Mountains Meadows Campground
Bryson City, NC

 

 

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