In this episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast, we report on tumbling gas prices across North America, what it means to travelers, and predictions that fuel prices across North America will keep falling well into 2015.
Plus, we received some great listener questions and feedback, including a highly unusual use for an RV.
There is news of the week on the first front wheel drive RV, plus a cool technology profile, and an RV destination that belongs on everyone's bucket list.
Complete show notes for Episode 14 are below:
Gas Prices are Under $2 a Gallon in 13 States!
We start out with an encouraging report on how fuel prices are rapidly falling across the country. [spp-tweet “Gas for less than $2 can be found in 13 states across the country.”] Data from price tracker GasBuddy.com shows that three states – Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio – have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Experts forecast that oil could fall to near $40 a barrel at some point in 2015. That would drive gas prices down even more and make gas for under $2 a gallon common at stations across the country.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK – Cleaning RV Windows
A listener asked us about cleaning windows in an RV.
Jennifer uses a very efficient foam cleaner called Sprayway. It comes in a 19-ounce can. You can get four of them for $15 from Amazon.
And we swear by the Kaywos Cloth. You can get two for $10. The Kaywos cloth is made of a special yarn that is 0.1denier, an ultra fine Micro fiber. This filament is very fine, strong and is virtually lint-free. The wedge-shaped polyester, together with the core nylon, fits the surface of any object and gathers dust efficiently.
It's the best cleaning cloth we've ever used, perfect for RVs, trucks cars, bicycles, windows, and just about everything else. The “KAYWOS” Cloth stands for – “Kleans Anything WithOut Streaks” You Wet it, Wring it, Wipe any Surface. It's Streak Free, Spot Free and Lint Free It never streaks glass, mirrors or windows!
Use only water. I like it because it also removes bugs, tar, grease, fingerprints brake dust, soap scum, dirt, and dust from our RV.
RV NEWS OF THE WEEK: Chrysler, Roadtrek Celebrate Rollout of the New Zion
We cover the debut of the new Zion motorhome from the Kitchener, Ontario headquarters of Roadtrek motorhomes. Built on the Ram ProMaster chassis and the only front-wheel drive RV on the market. Here's a story we did on the Zion rollout and here's a link to our podcast from the National RV Trade Show in December that publicly showed off the Zion for the first time.
RV BUCKET LIST DESTINATION: The Badlands of South Dakota
The Badlands National Park protects 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. There is a rugged beauty about the place like none other we have seen anywhere in North America.
Jennifer and I love this place. If you want to see lots of photos and directions on how to get there and where to stay, please check out our review of the Badlands National Park.
TECH FEATURE OF THE WEEK: The ArcHause RV Shelter
Sara Williams from LetsGoAero tells us about this very cool shelter, which affixes to either the rear or side door of an RV.
The ArcHaus tent system is 10 feet long, 6 feet wide and 6.5 feet high – ideal for serving as an outdoor living shelter, gear storage, sun shade, and as a bridge canopy for vehicles, trailers, and more.
Here are the specs:
• Aerodynamic arc design provides protection from the elements and inherent privacy
• Solid door panels (2) with screens zip on and off on both ends
• Construction Fabric: 190 polyester ripstop, 2000mm polyurethane coating (premium quality ripstop and highly water-resistant)
• Steel and fiberglass poles; 360 degree tension system
• Weighs 23 pounds
• Color is green
• Carry bag included
Jennifer and I were very impressed with this little shelter. You can attach a couple of them together for even more room. It fits right in with my “Small House, Big Yard” motto.
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