Leisure Travel Vans intros new Sprinter model with slide

Leisure Travel Vans has announced it's new Sprinter van – the Free Spirit SS. It is billed as having the first slide for a living room in a Type B and a three-piece dry bathroom with shower. For a Video tour go to this link. The video is pretty extensive with a lot of hyperbole. […]Read More

The “Dog Divide” – Traveling with a dog in an RV

We have a dilemma as we prepare for a very long extended trip west in our Roadtrek: Should we take our dog, Tai, an eight-year-old , 70 pound Norwegian Elkhound? There are a lot of pros and cons and, beneath the surface, strong feelings among a lot of campers and campground owners. First, I need […]Read More

My on-the-road blogging and video tech gear

I get lots of requests for suggestions and recommendations on the tech gear I use to capture and blog the reports I'm doing out on the road. So for everyone interested, here's the tech gear I take with me on-the-road: My main video camera: I use the Canon Xixia HFG10 HD Camcorder. This is a […]Read More

Handy apps for the Open Road

Open road apps from Mike Wendland on Vimeo. Instead of huge guidebooks or trying to fold and refold paper maps, our smartphones and tablets can get us to our destination with ease, making sure we don’t miss anything interesting along the way. I did a recent NBC-TV PC Mike segment on  two very handy and […]Read More

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Marais

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Mike Wendland on Vimeo. The heat wave that enveloped the nation's midsection this summer was just the excuse we needed to pack up the Roadtrek and head north, nearly 400 miles from our suburban Detroit home to one of the most spectacular stretches of undeveloped wilderness coastline found anywhere in […]Read More

On-the-road connectivity is an issue

I've been largely pleased with using my iPad to create a Verizon wireless WiFi hotspot for on-the-road Internet. Until this past weekend, that is,  when I basically went off-the-grid in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. While I have had 3G connectivity in the tiny town of Grand Marais, it seems to go in and out as the […]Read More

In Michigan’s U.P. – No black flies (yet)

We're on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, MI and I should have known the gorgeous weather and postcard-picture Lake Superior sunset we watched  last night comes with a cost when the campground manager asked if I wanted to be in the Fourth of July parade. “What would I do.” I asked. “The […]Read More

FMCA free campground is a very nice perk

FMCA free campground is a nice perk from Mike Wendland on Vimeo. Are you a member of the Family Motor Coach Association? While there's lots of benefits, here's one a lot of people are unaware of: A great, full hookup campground in Cincinnati that is absolutely free to members. I pulled in the other night […]Read More

Another reason to choose an RV: No Hotel room E. coli

Here's another reason to be glad you have an RV to sleep in when on the road. Thanks to Ron, who posted this ABC News story on the Cyberrally email blast from the Roadtrek International group: Picking up the remote control in a hotel room may also mean picking  up fecal matter, a new study […]Read More

Make your RV battery last longer: Swap out old bulbs for LED lights

Installing LED lights in an RV from Mike Wendland on Vimeo. More and more, we're using our Roadtrek for boondocking, or dry camping – living off the power in our batteries or onboard generator rather than the electrical hookups found in most commercial and state parks. Out in the sticks, or even in a WalMart […]Read More

Class B RV’s are the rage as Class A owners downsize

I've talked to several of the nation's biggest RV dealers this week as I've looked into upgrading my 2006 Roadtrek RS-Adventurous to a newer model. The dealers all remarked on how hot Class B RVs were right now. That's because a lot of Class A owners are downsizing. They're tired of the sheer work involved […]Read More

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