Here it is, the first of what will be a weekly program: The Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast.

This has been a lot of fun to do.

This is a show that celebrates the RV lifestyle.

Whether you have in a Class B motorhome like the Roadtrek Jennifer and I travel in, a Class C, a Class A, a Fifth Wheel, a Pop-up, heck, even if you dry camp out of your car, or tent and are just thinking about getting an RV, this show is for you. We talk about the RV lifestyle – getting out there, enjoying God’s creation, meeting interesting people and places and sharing tips on keeping our RVs running right, looking good and using the right gear and technology to enhance our camping and RVing experience.

We have two episodes up, and every week, there will be a brand new one! Please help spread the word and if you can, leave us a review on the iTunes podcast site. If you’re going to listen, please listen to them in order. We’ll be posting new episodes every Wednesday.

I’ve built a podcast studio at home and a mobile one for our Roadtrek. Looking ahead, we’ll probably add a live video feed of the podcast, too.

You can listen to the very first episode by clicking the play arrow below, then keep reading this post for the show notes and information that will help you if you are new to podcasts or are unsure how to make them a part of your routine:

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Why am I doing a podcast? Because it is fun, that’s why. It’s also perhaps the most personal medium out there. And, quietly, over the past year or so, it’s become huge. According to the Washington Post, podcast downloads passed the 1 billion mark last year and monthly podcast listeners now number 75 million per month. Podcasts have been around for a decade. They almost died three or four years ago. The New York Times and the Boston Globe abandoned  most of their audio programming citing a lack of interest and revenue.

But then things changed. First, the technology improved.. Apple built-in a Podcast app on its iPhones and iPads operating system. Android podcast apps also proliferated. Bluetooth is now part of every automotive and RV entertainment system. Faster Internet speeds and 4G LTE technology made downloading seamless and more and more people started abandoning traditional radio in favor of podcasts. In the last year alone, according to Fast Company Magazinethe amount of people listening to podcasts has gone up 25%. And people who podcast listen to an average of six podcasts a week.

Apple says its mobile device users subscribed to one billion podcasts last year.

Podcasts are so simple thanks to apps. And they make so much sense. So for an RV journalist like me – who just happens to love this stuff – it makes even more sense.

Here’s a link to subscribe to the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast on iTunes:

You can play this on your computer if you want by just clicking the little play arrow up at the top if this post. That’s fine if you want to sit in one spot and listen at your computer. But let me say right up front that’s not the best way to listen to podcasts. Where podcasts are meant to be heard is on your smartphone or tablet. Mobile devices are meant for podcasts. The apps let you subscribe to your favorite shows and then, whenever the show releases a new episode, the new show is automatically updated and listed on your app. If you want to listen, just hit play.

When you listen on your smartphone, here's what it looks like.

When you listen on your smartphone, here’s what it looks like.

So [spp-tweet “mobile podcasting listening is the driving force behind the crazy new popularity of podcasts”]. They let you listen as you do stuff. Listen as you drive. You can start it and stop it and resume it whenever you want. You can play it over Bluetooth through the vehicle speakers so everyone in the vehicle can listen. Or you can listen through earbuds.

You can subscribe to this podcast and others you discover through  the Apple podcast App or one of the Android apps. I also want to recommend a great app called Stitcher, which offers really quality podcasts for whatever platform your mobile device works on – be it  Apple, Android or your computer. If you’re using an app, just search for Roadtreking – the RV Podcast. The app will find it. Then click “Subscribe.”

If you’re on the geeky side and want the direct feed URL for our Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast, it is http://rvpodcast.libsyn.com/rss.

But get an app and use your mobile device. It simply couldn’t be any easier.

In this first episode:

    • I introduce myself to the audience and explain how a hard-nosed journalist became an RV travel writer
    • Jennifer and I share some tips on how to get along in a small motorhome.
    • I answer a reader question about setting up the bed in the Roadtrek (For sleeping, I recommend RV Superbags).

I ask a whole bunch of RV folks what’s on their bucket list There’s a very in depth interview of Campskunk, our Roadtreking Reporter fulltimer who shares his annual travel routes, how he and his wife, Sharon, cope in what is essentially a campervan, what they do, how much they spend on campgrounds and pretty much everything you’ve been wondering about the Campskunk boondocking method.

I hope you enjoy it.

Meantime, I invite you to be a part of it.

I’d like to feature comments, questions and tips from readers on the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast.  Will you help me ?  I’d like you to leave a Voice Mail that you can record right from your computer and have automatically sent to me. Click the “Send Voicemail” link that you see over on the far right side of this page. It’s a black tab on the side.  It will open a little window. You can capture your voice from the microphone on your computer or phone or tablet. Then push the button and leave your tip or question! You don’t have to leave your full name, maybe just say “this is…” and put your first name in or whatever you want. Then talk away.

I’ll play your message on the podcast and thus be able to share your information with a wide audience, Will you do that for me? Thanks in advance!