This week, we talk about a topic near and dear to every RVers heart – food.
We hear from a woman who has started a company that aims to meet the special needs of campers and RVers who want quick, tasty and nutritious meals – the preparation of which doesn’t take time away from enjoying the outdoors.
Plus, we have RV news, some tech tips, a great off the beaten path report and, of course, your comments and questions.
JENNIFER’S TIP OF THE WEEK – KAYWOS Cloth
This week’s tip is about one of our favorite cleaning products… the KAYWOS cloth. KAYWOS – spelled K-A-Y-O-S stands for Klean (why they spell it with a K is beyond me) Anything Without Leaving a streak.
Anyway, weird name and spelling aside, these cloths are nothing short of amazing.
They really do clean just about anything.
On our RV, we’ve used them to remove bugs, road gunk, bird droppings and dirt and grime from the exterior of our Roadtrek motorhome.
Without soap and water. In essence, we cleaned the whole RV with the cloth. You just wet it, wring it dry and start cleaning.
The cloths are re-useable. You can run them through the wash. Just let them air dry, never put them in the dryer.
On the interior, we use them to clean mirrors and windows– with no streaking. They remove tar, grease, fingerprints and grime.
They clean plastic, granite, stainless, chrome, computer screens, glasses and more.
The KAYWOS cloth is made of ultra fine micro fibers and they grab and hold dirt like a magnet.
The results are clean, streak free surfaces. Using water helps emulsify dirt and oil, making it easier for the micro fiber cloth to pick it up. Its high absorbency will quickly clean up spills.
When washing a well used cloth, machine wash with laundry detergent or hand wash with dish soap in hot water. Rinse thoroughly. Using bleach will shorten the life of your cloths. Do not use fabric softener (fabric softener leaves a film on the cloth and decreases its effectiveness).
And be careful when machine washing or drying in mixed loads as cloths will pick up lint from other fabrics. Air-dry only.
We love the cloths.
They cost $6 for one, $10 for two. We’ll put a link to them on the shownotes for this episode at Roadtreking-dot-com-forward slash-83.
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LISTENER QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
Norm is getting a new RV and will use a mobile hotspot. He asks how we measure and report back the temperature in our motorhome while their dogs are alone. I share info about the Canary system we use.
Tina is off from Southern California to Lake Louise, Calgary and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. She’s looking for places to stay and see.I refer her to travelalberta.com for a list of attractions, places to camp and so much more
Tom suggests a way to protect against pollen for RVers. He recommends a product called PollenTec that is an extra fine screen that can be put over your RV windows.
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RV NEWS OF THE WEEK:
Free Days and National Parks:
Mark your calendar and plan to visit your National Parks on these special days! Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor the following important dates:
April 16-24 – National Park Week
August 25-28 – National Park Service Birthday Weekend
September 24 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
Winnebago Recalls 2-16 Winnie Drop Trailers
Winnebago Towable is recalling certain model year 2016 Winnie Drop recreational trailers manufactured Sept. 10 to March 8. The refrigerator compartment may not be completely sealed and thus may allow carbon monoxide to enter the main cabin.
If carbon monoxide were to enter the main cabin, it can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, or possible death.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Jayco recalls 2016 White Hawk Travel Trailers
Jayco is recalling certain model year 2016 White Hawk travel trailers, model 25BHS, manufactured on March 3. The affected trailers were incorrectly built on axles rated for 3000 lbs., when they should have been built with axles that have a capacity of 3500 lbs.
If the trailer is loaded to the capacity listed on the label, trailer handling may be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.
Gas Prices on the Rise
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States gained 8 cents in the past three weeks, according to a survey released on Sunday (April 10).
Regular-grade gasoline climbed to around $2.10 a gallon in the Friday survey, from $2.02 a gallon on March 18, according to the survey conducted by Trilby Lundberg
The latest price was the highest since Dec. 4,. Gasoline prices have risen 33 cents since Feb. 19.
The recent rise in gasoline prices has little to do with U.S crude oil prices, Lundberg said.
U.S. crude futures inched up to $39.72 cents on Friday from $39.44 on March 18.
“Even if crude oil prices keep meandering with no decisive climb, we may still see pump prices rise short-term,” Lundberg said.
The rise in gasoline prices is partly because of a seasonal increase in demand as more people are on the road as the weather improves and the days are longer. The improvement in the economy has also led to more auto sales, Lundberg said.
In the Lundberg panel of about 2,500 gas stations in large cities in 48 states, the lowest average retail price for gasoline was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $1.67 per gallon, and the highest was in Los Angeles at $2.80 a gallon.
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TRAVELING TECH TIP:
Warmer weather means more and more of you are taking to the road in your RV. And a big take-along item we RVers usually have is a bicycle. But often, we’re riding unfamiliar territory. We’re not as familiar with the terrain the trails or the roads in the areas we visit with our RVs.
That’s where apps can come in so handy. If you want to get the most out of those rides, I have three great bicycle apps for you to consider ths week.
Under Armour’s MapMyRide uses your phone’s GPS to track and map your route. You can see how fast you went, how long your bike ride took, even how many calories you burned. And the app runs in the background so you can easily access other apps as needed, such as messaging and music apps. The basic version is free for iOS and Android with premium paid services available.
The developers of BioLogic’s BikeBrain app say it essentially turns your phone into a computer for your bike. BikeBrain offers GPS mapping, max and average speed, distance, altitude, time, and calories burnt. You can program the app to keep pushing yourself further and get more out of your riding experience. The app is free for iOS with premium services available for purchase.
The Strava app also uses your phone’s GPS to map your route and track your pace. It tracks other details such as calories burned, total time, and max speed. The biggest difference with Strava is an emphasis on competition. It allows you to see stats from others who have biked the same route, or your past scores, and turns your workout into an actual competition. The app is free for iOS and Android, with premium services available for $5.99 a month
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OFF THE BEATEN PATH REPORT – The Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Roadtreking’s Off-the-Beaten-Path Correspondent Tom Burkett takes us to the amazing Cumberland Island National Seashore.
This is Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness.
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INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK – Jo Stein of CampEats
CampEats is a brand new company that offeres pre-packaged “Provision Pack” collections of food aimed squarely at the RV and Camping Community. Loves nature and making noms. Started her professional career as the kite fest queen at outdoor retailer Kitty Hawk Kites. Jo then moved back to the land of enchantment where she and her friends honed their campfire cooking in the open spaces of the southwest. She moved to CA in 2012 and began pansy camping with her overly educated partner Dan.
The goal of her company is “to make the world less hectic by providing families with delicious ways to recharge in the outdoors.”