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Episode 117: A Pet Detective Reveals What RVers Need to Know about Pet Safety

| Updated Dec 7, 2016

About 70% of all RVers travel with pets and while they bring great joy to us, taking care of them on the road presents some unique challenges. This week we talk to a certified Pet Detective who offers us some critical tips for pet safety.

Plus RV News, RV travel tips, technology suggestions and a great off the beaten path report.

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Show Notes for Roadtreking Episode 117:


jennifer2We RVers all have our own ideas and tips and little things that make life on the road a little easier. So it was with a couple of newbies we met not long ago… Doug and Glenda McLendon from Texas. If you drink wine and are always worried about breaking a bottle while you’re on the road, then you'll want to listen to the McLendons. [spp-timestamp time=”8:07″]

 We hunted around Amazon and found these wine bags like the McLendons showed us. Each wine pouch carries one full bottle of wine. They are leakproof, reuseable and you get two for $18.98. They come with a collapsible funnel and corkscrew bottle opener. (

We also found the unbreakable rubber glasses. A set of four costs $22.98.

Glenda and Doug McLendon show their wine bag and unbreakable glasses
Glenda and Doug McLendon show their wine bag and unbreakable glasses

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.

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Jennifer's Tip is brought to you by Rad Power Bikes www.RadPowerBikes.coman electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.


A couple with a 43-foot Class A are thinking about downsizing and want to know how Mike and Jennifer get around in their Class B, especially when it comes to driving around town and parking. [spp-timestamp time=”13:57″]

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 – Cindy Gordon, Pet Detective

Cindy Gordon, Pet Detective

 This week we interview Texas-based Pet Detective Cindy Gordon. She has some very practical advice for all RVers who travel with pets. You need to listen to ther whole interview for details, but here are some highlights and resources that she mentioned. [spp-timestamp time=”26:48″]

 5 Critical Tips for RV Pet Safety:

1.Microchip your pets, and immediately REGISTER the microchip with your personal information. A great tip is to keep all of the microchip information for each pet as a contact on your own phone. Keep the chip number, and the phone number for the chip company. Immediately report as lost if they escape, and call them and be sure the chip info is up to date.

2. Identification collar embroidered with your phone number: Tammy has been kind enough to offer a discount for Roadtreking listeners. Enter in the discount code RVLIFE for $3 off through the end of December 2016.

3. Kennel your pet during transport. If you want to read more about the kind of crates that are available, there’s a good Facebook group called “Dog Sport Vehicle Ideas & Set-ups” that has a lot of reviews and specifics about different brands, etc. Here's the link to that page:

4. Harnesslead for walking pets:  Lisa at has been kind enough to offer a 10% off any purchase through the end of December 2016, with the same discount code, RVLIFE.

5. Lastly, and most importantly, a Marco Polo tracking system which is a radio tracking device (not a GPS tracking device.) There's no monthly fee for this product, so it makes a perfect holiday gift. 2016 Holiday sale is going on right now with the BEST discounts they’ve ever had on 1, 2 and 3 pet tracking systems: Please visit them on Facebook to see their testimonials: Please visit Cindy’s Facebook page and read in great detail about the Marco Polo Tracking System in a post:


Four stories for you this week: [spp-timestamp time=”52:39″]

  • Connecticut state parks struggle to keep campsites, more open throughout season in midst of state budget crunch. Read more
  • Georgia town seeks to pass laws to keep RV parks from becoming home to temporary workers. Read more
  • The location where John Smith met Pocahontas is purchased and added to the National Park Service.Read more
  • Couple in 80s escape Smoky Mountain fire by hiking down a mountain in the dark. 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 taking your connected home to the next level… [spp-timestamp time=”1:01:18″]

How many connected devices do you have in your home? This year for the first time more than half of US homes had at least one connected entertainment device – whether it was a TV, gaming console or streaming media player.

And I’ve got some great gift ideas that can take your connected home to the next level.

First off, how many times have you been out and about only to wish you could turn on a lamp in your home remotely to make it appear like someone was home or pop on your tree lights so you could see them as you drove into your driveway? Well with the Belkin Insight Switch you can! This one is so easy to use. Just plug it into an outlet and then plug in whatever you want to control from a lamp to your Christmas tree to a coffee maker. Then you can use your app to turn your appliance or light on and off or even schedule it to turn on and off on its own!

Next if you’ve ever felt bored by the lighting in your house then listen up – you want to go pick yourself up some Hue lights by Philips. These are wifi connected lights – meaning they talk to one another and their internet hub. Now you can turn them on and off with an app…AND you can make them appear one of 3 million colors. Talk about festive lighting! Also, paired with apps like Hue Disco, you can make your lights dance to your holiday music! Who needs a DJ?!

Finally, I know you and your listeners travel a lot. Wouldn’t it be great to know if your home is in danger while you’re away? Thanks to a device from HouseSetter you can. This little plastic dog is a big time helper. Simply set him anywhere in your house and he’ll monitor things like temperature and humidity. If he senses trouble he’ll send you a message. And if your power goes out he has battery backup and connects to our network so he can alert you before you have burst pipes. He’s available at  The rest of these ideas here are available at your nearest Verizon store or at

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 –  Woolaroc Museum in Oklahoma

Patti and Tom Burkett
Patti and Tom Burkett

By Tom and Patti Burkett [spp-timestamp time=”1:04:40″]

Remember Phillips 66 gas stations? Well, Frank Phillips made his money in the oil business and he thought about building a big east coast mansion like his friends the Rockefellers and Carnegies.  Instead he bought a big hunk of Oklahoma land and put up a western style lodge, but one with eastern style amenities.  He called the lodge Woolaroc, and shortly built an adjacent museum to house his extensive collection of western, Native American, and pre-Columbian artifacts.

We puzzled over the name of Phillips ranch, thinking it must be a Native American word until a docent told us no, it came from Frank’s love of the WOOds, LAkes, and ROCks of his beloved acreage.  In its industrial heyday, it hosted many of the illustrious names of the US boom in oil, gas, steel, and manufacturing.  Anxious to impress his Eastern business friends with the spirit of the West, Phillipps hosted a barbeque in 1927 that included tycoons, lawmen, Native Americans, ranchers, and several notorious outlaws.  The rules required all guns to be checked at the gate and that no one could be arrested while on the property.  The “Cow Thieves & Outlaws Reunion,” as it was called, was an instant success and continued for many years.

Wollaroc Museum
Woolaroc Museum

Nowadays, Woolaroc is a museum and animal sanctuary.  A few exotic animals roam the grounds, among them ostriches and water buffalo, but mostly it’s a rehabilitation facility for native bison, antelope, raptors, and small mammals.  The big show is the museum. It has a stellar collection of Fredrick Remington sculptures and Charlie Russell paintings.  Of “Kid” Russell, as he was called, it was said that he could paint a sunset just a bit better than God.  We were also intrigued to see Russell sculptures and Remington paintings.  Those guys could do it all!

While the museum was a showcase of archaeological items and cultural treasures, it was also a sad reminder of a time in which a single man with vast capital could plunder the treasures of half a continent.  The artifacts are beautifully displayed, and the extensive grounds have walking paths and a variety of animal habitats.  There’s a nice large picnic area near the entrance.

Woolaroc is a bit south of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, many miles from I-40, the nearest interstate, but handy to US 60 on the Osage Indian Reservation.  The reservation has a small casino with a small RV park, where you can hook up to water and electric for free if you check in at the information desk.  There are lots of other things to see.

Among the regulars at the outlaw barbecue were the Miller brothers who owned the 101 ranch not too far from here.  It was the gathering place for many performers in the Wild West shows, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Pawnee Bill, and May Lillie.  Local lore says that on a moonlit night, if you sit by the foundation of the old ranch house, you can hear the ghosts of the cowboys singing around the fire.


Here's what's coming up this weekend… [spp-timestamp time=”1:08:24″]

For a complete list of RV shows this weekend and for the rest of the year, click here.

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds
Indio, CA

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2016-12-07

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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