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Episode 121: Must visit ideas for Your 2017 RV Travel Bucket List

| Updated Jan 4, 2017

It’s a New Year and RVers have made their bucket lists and are ready to take on 2017. And in this episode of the podcast. We hear from lots of our fellow RV travelers who share what’s on their bucket list for this year. And in the process, they offer all of us plenty of ideas for places and events that wemay not have been aware of.

Plus tech tips, your questions and much more.

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Shownotes for Episode 121 of the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast

Episode 121: Must visit ideas for Your 2017 RV Travel Bucket List 1JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK

There are lots of ways to use a Roadtrek besides camping and boondocking. [spp-timestamp time=”7:18″]

You can driveway camp at the homes of friends and relatives, use it to stay in the parking lot of a hospital, use it as a moving van or as a second vehicle for errands around town.


We have follow up report from Steve Dodd, a Roadtreker we met and interviewed last summer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Steve shares a most unusual second use for his Roadtrek…. As Santa’s delivery van. He gives us this update on how it worked out for him this past Christmastime.

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 device 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.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes , an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.


A listener named Donna put her RV under cover and in storage. When she checked it the other day, the carbon monoxide alarm was chirping. She wonders what’s wrong…[spp-timestamp time=”14:24″]

Carbon monoxide detectors and alarms are designed to alert you to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.  They do this by making noise and flashing lights.  However, they also make noise and flash lights under other conditions.  The noise that they make has been described as beeping, chirping, and even squeaking.  Most detectors will make two sounds: a “beep” and a much shorter “chirp”.  The beeping noise is used to alert you to unsafe CO levels.  It is usually in the form of 4 beeps, a pause, then 4 more beeps.  This pattern is repeated continuously until the CO level drops or until you press the “mute” button.

On the other hand, the chirping sound is used to report some problem with the detector.  It is not as critical as the beeping alarm, but it should be addressed.  The chirping is telling you that the detector may not be functioning or may fail soon. It may be reporting a low battery, an internal error, a unit malfunction, or the end of the internal sensors useful life.

If you do not have it plugged in, your batteries will drain down.

If the CO detector and/or the smoke alarms notice low batteries, they will beep to warn you the batteries are low.  That is most likely what is happening.

My gut feeling is that your C0 detector is probably fine; but your batteries might need looking at and or replacing if they been drained down too often.

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

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Bucket Lists for 2017

Jennifer and I have a bunch of trips on our 2017 bucket list, too. We’ve shared many on the blog (see

Mike and Jen’s big trips include:

  • January 20-22:  January Freezeout, Tahquamenon State Park, Michigan
  • February 24-27, Pogo’s Smokin’ on the Bayou Mardi Gras Gathering, Ocean Springs, MS
  • June 19-23: Roadtreking’s Photo Safari, Glacier National Park (Chewing Blackbones Campground)
  • August 18-22: Pacific Northwest Gettogether and Solar Eclipse, John Day, OR
  • September 14-18: Blues and BBQ, Tupelo, Mississippi – Trace State Park
  • October 2-6:  Fall Foliage Tour, Shawangunks, NY

Listen to the podcast as numerous listeners share what’s on their bucket lists for 2017. [spp-timestamp time=”27:01″]

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Episode 121: Must visit ideas for Your 2017 RV Travel Bucket List 2
Steve Van Dinter


Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports on new traveling tech gadgets for 2017 [spp-timestamp time=”1:02:30″]

Welcome to 2017! I hope you and your listeners had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season.

And with the start of the new year, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about some new tech that can get you off on the right foot.

First up…the Misfit Ray Fitness and Sleep Monitor. It looks like a sleek piece of jewelry for men or women, but it’s really packing a whole lot of smarts inside. In fact, while you’ll feel good having it on your wrist, it’s actually keeping track of your movements throughout the day, notifying you when you get a call or text, allowing you to take selfies and even wakes you in the morning at the time when you’re in the lightest sleep! And its 6 months battery life – yes one half of a year – means you never have to think about plugging it in. And all its info is shared via an app on your phone! Again that’s the Misfit Ray.

Next, if you struggle with getting pictures and other files onto and off of your Android device, then have I got the gadget for you! It’s the Ultra Dual Drive USB Flash Drive – long name I know, but what it does is simple. On one side you have a traditional USB connector that plugs into your computer, on the other is a USB type C connector that plugs into any phone with a USB C port. Plug it into your phone and easily transfer files to and from the flash drive. Then plug into your computer and easily transfer there as well. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

And finally if you ever stop to take a hike on any of your roadtreks, or maybe your kids like to listen to music on their Bluetooth headphones while on a cross country drive, then the Mophie Power Capsule would be a great addition to your trip. Not only does it act as a protective case for your headphones, it also has a built in battery and will charge your Bluetooth headphones up to 8 times over! Again that’s called the Mophie Power Capsule.

For more information on any of these, head on over to With this week’s traveling technology tip, I’m Steve Van Dinter from Verizon.

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.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2017-01-04

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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