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006 RV Podcast: The Migration of the Snowbirds

| Updated Nov 5, 2014

It's underway – the annual migration of the Snowbirds , with an estimated 2-5 million RVers  heading to the South and Southwest. That's the featured topic in Episode 006 of Roadtreking the RV Podcast.

Snowbirds typically spend three to five months in the warm climates. It's a dream lots of us have.

We cover lots of other subjects in this episode, too, from vandalism in our national parks to RV fraud to a list of five awesome places you'll want to add to your bucket list for 2015 RV travel.


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Here's the show notes for Episode 006 of Roadtreking – The RV Podcast:

[spp-tweet “The snowbirds are beginning their great RV migration.”]

Our interview with Kevin Broom of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association sheds light on the ins and outs of snowbirding.

Also, for reference, Good Sam publishes a snowbird guide  that you can get at

[spp-tweet “Is it art or vandalism that is defacing our National Parks? “]We talk about a wave of weird graffiti drawings showing  at several National Parks being labeled by some as “graffiti art.” You can be the judge of that. Here's a story on the problem.
And we refer to a story in the Edmonton Journal newspaper about a big RV fraud case in Alberta.

I share an amazing typing shortcut app I use for my Apple MacBook Pro laptop and my home desktop called Text Expander. It lets you quickly type “snippets” of text, whether a full letter or paragraphs or a signature. No more fat fingered typos. I love it for use while traveling because I can respond to email and write faster and more accurately, keeping data charges down while online via my mobile hotspot.

But here’s the deal, last week the company provided me five copies that I can give away. They went an hour after the show become available. But I talked to the company this week and they are offering 20% off the #34.95 cost to Roadtreking listeners. Just use this link and you'll get 20% off the normal $34.95 cost. Again, this is for Mac computers and for our blog readers and podcast listeners. Everyone else pays 20% more. I must have 100 or more snippets that I'm using. Everytime I type something that I know I will use again, I make it a snippet. Very handy.

I refer to a great online backup service I use called Backblaze. I trust it for all my photos and videos while I'm out on the road. All I need is a Wi-F connection and it automatically backs up every single file and photo I have to the cloud. It's the best peace of mine backup system I've ever used.

If you buy using those links, I get a small commission as an affiliate.

Jennifer and I share [spp-tweet “our top 5 RV destinations in the awesomely beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan”]. I also mentioned a Winter camping trip on schedule for Jan. 23-25, 2015 at Tahquamenon Falls in the UP. If you think you'd like to try winter camping, here's the info:-

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Here's how:

How to subscribe, rate and review a podcast
How to subscribe, rate and review a podcast

First, open up the iTunes app on your computer or mobile device. Click on Podcasts up on the top
> From the iTunes Podcasts page, use the “Search Store” field up at the top right corner of the page. Type in Mike Wendland or Roadtreking RV Podcast.
> Click on the logo image of the Roadtreking RV Podcast on the search return page
> From there (see photo above), you can…

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Thanks to all for the kind reviews we’ve received so far. That got us noticed by Apple/iTunes as “New and Noteworthy.” I appreciate every review!

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2014-11-05

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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