Episode 129: How One Couple Uses their RV to Bring Comfort and Support for Gold Star Families

 Episode 129: How One Couple Uses their RV to Bring Comfort and Support for Gold Star Families

We love hearing how other people use their RV. In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast we meet Jim and Carolyn Diepenbruck who have one of the most inspirational stories we’ve ever encountered about how they use their RV to help them bring support and encouragement to Gold Star families who have lost loved ones to conflict in the armed services.

You’ll definitely want to tune in to meet the Diepenbrucks, subjects of our interview of the week.

Plus, lots of email questions, reader tips and helpful RV news and information.

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Show Notes for Episode #129 March 1, 2017 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Rhonda Phipps roasts Starburst candies on marshmallow sticks


Today’s tip is a fun one… and tasty, at that! [spp-timestamp time=”11:12″]

Quick now: What do you roast around a campfire at night?

Marshmallows, sure.

We all love gooey marshmallows and s’mores.

But there’s another treat you can put on that marshmallow stick.

Listen up as our friend Rhonda Phipps shares an alternative – Star Burst candy!

Thanks Rhonda!

And be sure to send me your tips and suggestions for the RV lifestyle. You can use the “Leave Voicemail” link at Roadtreking.com. 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.

I love hearing from you!

Jennifer’s tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes. Now with free shipping! And if you are attending the Portland RV show March 8-12 be sure to see Rad Power Bikes on display!


Listener Don has a question about the new Hymer Activ RV, a relative new Class B in the North American market. You can find more info at http://www.gohymer.com/ [spp-timestamp time=”15:13″]

Here’s a list of where you can see the Activ at an upcoming RV show – http://www.gohymer.com/upcoming-tradeshows-and-events/

Here’s an Activ dealer list http://www.gohymer.com/dealer-locator/

Meanwhile, here are some email questions that came in this week:

  • From Alan: Newbie question. If I park my RV at home and it has a 30amp cord, how do I plug it in to a cord from my house? [spp-timestamp time=”17:40″]
  • From Nancy: This question is for Jennifer. Please talk about driving your motorhome. I know my husband wishes I would drive more but, frankly, it scares me. I know you drive. I guess I need a little female persuasion that tells it like it really is, rather than my husband’s advice to “just get behind the wheel and do it!” Do you know what I mean? Men! Thanks in advance. [spp-timestamp time=”18:53″]

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.


This week’s pet tip is for those of you who travel with cats, although I would think those who have very small dogs will also want to take notice of it. [spp-timestamp time=”24:44″]

It comes from reader Ken Sowell, who passes along this valuable information;

Dear Mike and Jennifer:

I listened to the tip on lost pets on the podcast this week and an additional comment.  We travel with our two cats.  When we checked into Banff National Park for a stopover on our way to Alaska, the check-in ranger saw one our cats who rides on the right dash in the windshield.  She warned that coyotes in the park were picking off pet cats and we should be cautious with our pets in the park.  When we parked at our campsite I took the cats out on their leashes and harnesses as we usually do when we reach a campsite.  They were out for 20 minutes and I then put them back in the RV.  A few minutes later a coyote trotted through our campsite with me standing outside and he wasn’t the least bit afraid of me.  If I had a cat out on a long leash, he could have grabbed it and made off with it.  The same could happen with small dogs.  The rest of the summer as we traveled through Canada and Alaska I was very wary of our surroundings when walking our pets on a leash and took care to keep them on a short leash and sometimes only one at time.

Thanks Ken. Good advice! We appreciate your sharing it with us. And if you have a ip about traveling with pets in your RV, please send them along. EDIT   Use the send voicemail link on the right side of the Roadreking.com blog.

Like we always tell you, his podcast is your podcast and we love featuring your voices right along with ours.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dozers Dental Chews, an all natural and healthy treat your dog will love. Available direct through Amazon 


Jim and Carolyn Diepenbruck

We love hearing how other people use their RV. In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Travel Podcast we meet Jim and Carolyn Diepenbruck who have one of the most inspirational stories I’ve ever encountered about how they use their RV to help them bring support and encouragement to Gold Star families who have lost loved ones to conflict in the armed services. [spp-timestamp time=”29:08″]

The interview of the week is brought to you by http://sunshinestatervs.com/, where every new or used Roadtrek motorhome is delivered to the customer free, anywhere in the country


Three RV News stories for you this week [spp-timestamp time=”44:44″]

Wyoming county allowing permits to land owners as it prepares for tens of thousands of visitors for summer solar eclipse.Read more 

  • Man called the RV bandit, who stole wallets from RVs at races for decades, finally faces justice.Read more
  • Man with drone caused a 1,500 elk stampede in Wyoming.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

By Steve Van Dinter

Verizon Wireless

With the start of spring just around the corner I’m sure the RV community just can’t wait to get back on the road again. [spp-timestamp time=”44:59″]

And while traveling coast to coast, now more than ever it’s important to stay connected not just in major metro areas, but also America’s countrysides as well.

That’s why I wanted to share with your listeners the latest results from RootMetrics, an organization that drives across the country consistently checking how each major cell carrier performs in various criteria and then awarding winners in reliability, calling, texting, data, data speeds and overall.

For the second half of 2016, Verizon not only swept all six categories, but for the first time since RootMetrics testing began, Verizon maintained its lead in all categories for back to back testing periods.

So what’s that all mean? If you’re looking to call, text, check social media or watch videos and you’re always on the go there’s no better choice than Verizon.

And with third party validation like this, you don’t have to just take my word for it.

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.


Here’s a list of RV shows scheduled this upcoming weekend [spp-timestamp time=”57:48″]

Colorado RV, Sports and Travel Show
March 2-5
National Western Complex
Denver, CO

Greater Philadelphia RV Show
March 2-5
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks , PA

Ocala RV Show
March 2-5
Florida Horse Park
Ocala, FL

Central Illinois Recreational Show
March 3-5
Peoria Civic Center
Peoria, IL

Eugene Spring RV Show and Sale
March 3-5
Lane County Fairgrounds
Eugene, OR

Fredericksburg RV Show
March 3-5
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
Fredericksburg, VA

Rhode Island RV, Camping Show and Sale 
March 3-5
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI

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


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Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.