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Episode 106: The World is Our Backyard

| Updated Sep 21, 2016

The title for this week’s episode “The World is Our Backyard” comes from the sign our special guests put out on the back of their RV. A little later on you’ll meet Jim and Rhonda Phipps, two recent retirees, whose lifestyle has dramatically changed for the better thanks to their Roadtreking across the country in a Class B campervan…. Also this week, your questions, helpful tips, RV news and a special Off The Beaten Path Report.


Mike and Jennifer begin by recapping their week in Hershey, PA at America’s Largest RV Show, then they update the audience on their adventures with Bo, their nine-month-old Norwegian Elkhound puppy and his recent “Great Escape.”They share their travel plans for this week, heading out to do some boondocking in the woods with their granddaughters. [spp-timestamp time=”2:13″]

This part of the podcast brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.


One of the biggest challenges faced by RVers is finding that perfect campsite in the perfect place. [spp-timestamp time=”12:38″]

The problem is, the most popular campgrounds are booked up months in advance, sometimes even a year ahead of time.

So, it can be very frustrating. The only way to get in is if someone who already has a reservation cancels.

That means you need to spend a lot of time…. Checking.

Well here’s a great tip, originally passed along on our Facebook Roadtreking Group by Judy Bass. Judy has discovered a terrific online service.

If you want to book a site at a public campground and there are no vacancies, go to and enter the information – the campground you want, dates and length of stay desired. For $3 they'll check the site every 5 minutes and text you if something opens up. For no charge, they'll check every four hours and email you. If you book, they request a donation.

Again, the site is to That’s to

Judy used the site and snagged a hjghly desireable spot on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for this week, even though it's booked solid till the end of the season.

The tip of the week is brought to you by Good Sam, the world's most popular RV organization, now celebrating its 50th year.


Mark and Melissa in Des Moine, IA are getting a new Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL and wonder how lithium ion batteries behave in the winter time. [spp-timestamp time=”16:44″]

Jaqueline wants to know what innovation and “surprises” are coming from Roadtrek in 2017 [spp-timestamp time=”20:30″]

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.

Listener Bill shares his recent experience with Creston RV in Montana [spp-timestamp time=”26:58″]


The U.S. Forest Service recommends campers be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes and other unexpected events by bringing the following items when they head out camping for any extended amount of time. How many items do you have tucked in your RV? [spp-timestamp time=”28:44″]

  • Candles
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Foil (to use as a cup or signaling device)
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Map
  • Nylon filament
  • Pocket knife
  • Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)
  • Prescription glasses (an extra pair)
  • Prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions
  • Radio with batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Trash bag (makes an adequate poncho)
  • Whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device
  • Waterproof matches

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 


Three stories this week – [spp-timestamp time=”35:15″]

  • Dog lost during mountain camping trip in July is found six weeks later and returned to owner. Read more 
  • Snowbirds, often in RV, add $269 million per year to Mississippi economy. Read more
  • Montana state lawmakers plan to write Yellowstone National Park managers a note supporting Native American tribes request to hunt bison on park lands. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV


Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports: [spp-timestamp time=”44:05″]

How did it get to be football season already? Well it is and hopefully you’ve got your fantasy football team in a good place.

But with all the travel you do, how do you keep up on the games, especially while on the road?

Well if you’ve got Verizon…that’s easy…just open up the NFL Mobile app.

Being a Verizon customer gives you access not just to news, stats and facts about your favorite teams and players, but you can also watch LIVE HD streams of the games in market – for free!

Not only that but you won’t use any data watching the games as well! As long as you’re viewing through the NFL Mobile app or Go90, you won’t see the smallest dent in your data plan.

So go ahead and stream football from sea to shining sea! Just make sure you’re in the passenger seat while watching!

Again to access this free content simply download NFL Mobile or Go90 from your respective app store, then kick back and enjoy.

This podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.


Jim McKay tells us about a great campground in Madison, IN that is right on the Ohio River. He suggests to bring your bicycles for some great touring.[spp-timestamp time=”45:50″]

For more info go to

This part of the podcast is brought to you by AllStays – the Internets #1 RV and camping app since 2010


Recent Retirees Jim and Ronda Phipps share their new life of adventure as Roadtrekers. [spp-timestamp time=”50:58″]

Jim and Rhoda
Jim and Rhoda

Among other things, they share how:

  • Stress is no longer a part of their life
  • This new lifestyle is healthy and active and has brought them closer together
  • They have found interesting new ways to earn money and travel
  • They have met new friends and discovered new friends
  • They have had adventures they never expected
  • They have lost weight and gained energy
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Mike Wendland

Published on 2016-09-21

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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