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Episode 112: How to Get The Best RV at the Best Price

| Updated Nov 2, 2016

In this week’s podcast we answer your questions about staying connected on the road with the Internet and Satellite TV, plus tips about how to rodent-proof your RV. And we talk about how to get the best RV at the best price, learning from Steve Fretz, whose Pennsylvania dealership was just named as the 2016 Dealer of the Year by review website

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Show Notes for Episode #112 Nov. 2, 2016 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Our new Roadtreking schedule of Gatherings for 2017 has been posted – see


jennifer2It’s that time of year again. Many RVers are winterizing their RVs and putting them in storage for the winter. But besides antifreeze, one other step that is very important before you put your RV into hibernation for the winter is to make sure you keep the mice from getting inside. [spp-timestamp time=”11:33″]

While we were in Pennsylvania this week at Fretz RV, we met with company rep Mike Myers who told us about Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellant.

moserepellantWe found a great deal for it on Amazon – three boxes, with four pouches for box… for just $39.

­For uninfected areas, the directions say to place one pouch for every 125 sq. feet. So two or three pouches will do it for an RV. The scent lasts 90 days so you may need to replace them come the end of February. For infected areas where mice are active, they suggest one pouch every 8 square feet and to replace the pouches every 30 days.

Remember, besides your RV, this keeps mice keeps mice out of homes, cabins, basements, attics, garages, sheds and storage units. It protects stored vehicles, boats, RVs, ATVs, campers, snowmobiles and farm equipment. It repels mice from pet food, bird seed and livestock feed… just about anywhere mice like to get into.

Also, some of our readers have suggested putting a box worth of dryer sheets around your RV. Rodents supposedly don’t like that smell. And if you suspect mice are getting in, be sure to check for open spaces under the chassis. It wouldn’t hurt to set some traps, too.

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Just click it and then use the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile devise to record a message to me. You can do it over as many times as you want, until you are satisfied. And then you just click a button and it comes right to my email inbox.

If I use your tip in the podcast, we’ll send you a free Roadtreking hat!

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by T RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.



Listener Denise asks about satellite and Internet on the Road and Mike shares his experience. [spp-timestamp time=”19:42″] He suggests she check out an online guide to cell boosters go to:

The new cell booster Mike will be installing on his Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL is the Professional Grade weBoost Drive 4G-X + RV Trucker Essentials Kit – 470510-RV

For Satellite TV in a small RV, mike recommends

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.


INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – How to Get the Best RV for You at The Best Price

Steve Fretz

This week we talk to Steve Fretz, from Fretz RV in Souderton, PA, just named the 2016 Dealer of the Year by the review website We met with Steve last week and got him to share the things consumers need to do to get the absolute best price on an RV. [spp-timestamp time=”30:59″]

Among other things, Steve talks about:

  • Why this is now a “Buyers Market” for RVs
  • What to look for in choosing a dealer to shop
  • What kind of discount off the MSRP consumers should expect
  • Why Class B motorhomes cost as much as some Class A supersized models
  • Why Class B motorhomes are so popular
  • Why the RV’s warranty terms are even more important than the purchase price
  • What kinds of RV has the highest resale value
  • What’s best: To finance or pay cash?

Here’s a blog post I did about Fretz RV, whose dealership also happens to be the oldest Roadtrek dealer in North America.


Three stories this week: [spp-timestamp time=”49:44″]

  • California veterinarian has RV stolen with cat inside while she worked at a clinic. Read more… Flash! The cat has been located and returned – Read more
  • Couple on way to Mayo Clinic tried to spend night at a Sioux Falls Walmart parking lot only to be told by security to leave.Read more
  • Couple encountered angry grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, used bear spray to safely escape. 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


Steve Van Dinter
Steve Van Dinter

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports [spp-timestamp time=”1:00:00″]

Now that the night’s are starting to get cooler, it’s clear that winter is coming. And when cold weather brings you and your listeners indoors, or you’re traveling for the holidays, no doubt a little entertainment would go a long way.

That’s why I wanted to tell you today about StreamPass from Verizon. For your listeners with a Verizon L or larger data package, it’s an entertainment package that includes live streaming of NBA, NFL and professional soccer games all for free and all without using a drop of data.

More specifically NBA League Pass is included at no cost – that means access to all of the league’s games live-streamed for free. And when it comes to soccer, not only will you have access to more than 1,000 live streamed games, you can also cast them to your TV with Chromecast, Apple TV or Miracast for free as well. On the NFL side, it’s free live streaming of the five nationally televised weekly game as well as the local games broadcast in your market.

To access the content, look for the Go90 app on your device, or head on over to your respective Apple or Google Play Store and download it.

In addition to sports, there’s lots of other great content available as well for viewers of all ages.

Happy watching!

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.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT –  Summit Lake State Park, Indiana


Thanks to listener Mike Deutsch for sharing a report on the 2,680-acre Summit Lake State Park, in Indiana, a great migratory bord area, especially at this time of year. [spp-timestamp time=”1:02:25″]

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2016-11-02

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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