RT27 Podcast A Prescription from the RV Doctor: Getting Your RV Ready for Spring

After a long, cold winter, Roadtreking is finally bringing you a doctor you won’t mind hearing from – The RV Doctor.

Gary Bunzer, the "RV Doctor"
Gary Bunzer, the “RV Doctor”

Gary Bunzer, who is known as the RV Doctor and writes columns for the Family Motor Coach Association and has become the go-to guy for practical how-to and do it yourself RV info, joins us for this episode of the Roadtreking podcast to talk about getting your RV ready for spring. You can check his website here.

Among other topics, we cover:

  • A list of to-dos that should be done before hitting the road
  • Proper tank care and maintenance
  • How to use bleach when prepping your fresh water source
  • What to do concerning batteries before spring
  • How one becomes the RV Doctor
We did this week's podcast from a picnic table under the awning of our Roadtrek at the Winter Garden , FL RV Park.
We did this week’s podcast from a picnic table under the awning of our Roadtrek at the Winter Garden , FL RV Resort.

Of course, Jennifer and I couldn’t quite wait for spring so we headed to it in Florida this week. We bring you this episode of the Roadtreking podcast to you from the Winter Garden RV Resort in Winter Garden, FL. In addition to checking in with the RV Doctor, we also discuss cleaning tips, equipment recalls, and talk with a woman who survived what could have been a horrific fall at Pikes Peak last year were it not for some preparations you might also want to take into consideration before heading out for the RV year. All this plus a lot more on episode 27 of the Roadtreking podcast.

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Listener Question: Any Tips on Cleaning Stainless Steel?

A listener asks about cleaning stainless steel inside the RV. Jennifer shares how she does it, suggesting a Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish available from Amazon for $6.60. It makes for streak free stainless and has a convenient trigger spray bottle. This formula removes fingerprints, smudges, residue, and grease from all stainless steel surfaces.

Listener Feedback: Fire Extinguisher Recall Tip

Another listener comments on the Fire Extinguisher Recall notice Mike posted on the Roadtreking blog, noting that she sent it out to her camping club. You can read the Roadtreking post here.

The recall is for one of the most popular fire extinguishers used in many RVs – including Roadtrek – and widely sold to consumers throughout North America at big box stores like Home Depot and Walmart. It’s being recalled by the manufacturer because of a potentially faulty valve. There are 31 models of Kidde plastic valve disposable fire extinguishers being recalled after 11 reports of the extinguishers failing to work. They have Zytel black plastic valves, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the extinguishers failing to discharge. Kidde has received 11 reports of the recalled fire extinguishers failing to discharge as expected. No injuries have been reported.

The extinguishers were sold between July 2013 and October 2014 at Home Depot, Menards, Walmart, online, and other department stores. There are about 4.6 million units in the United States, according to the CPSC. Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher at (855) 283-7991. The company says consumers should keep the one they have until the replacement unit arrives.

There is a nameplate with the model number affixed to the front of the extinguisher. A full list of the models being recalled is available here.

Listener Question: Can You Help with Unstable Table?

A listener and newbie RVer asks what to do about a wobbly table in her RV. We talk about what she might want to do – including NOT eating soup.

From the Email: Can You Help with Clearance?

We read an email received from listener Margaret who has some questions about road clearance in her Class B Pleasure Way Mercedes MP Series Van. We talk about what she might want to do BEFORE booking and heading to a cabin that has special clearance rules.

RV News of the Week: The Importance of Prepping for the Worst

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Moments after taking this selfie above the treeline on Pikes Peak, Sarah Bonham slipped and fell. It was a harrowing brush with death at high altitude.

 

I talk to Sarah Bonam about how she took a nasty fall while solo hiking Pikes Peak – and the lessons she (and you, the listener) can take away from the accident. Because she benefited from being able to access her Verizon Wireless network, the company did a story about her that you can check out here.

Traveling Tech Tip: How to Control Stick-and-Bricks Appliances from Afar

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You can even set schedules for your devices and program lamps and TV’s to turn on or off at a certain time each day. Add as many switches to your home as you want to set schedules and control energy costs.

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Interview: Gary Bunzer, The RV Doctor

Gary Bunzer, aka The RV Doctor, is in! Bunzer’s columns for the Family Motor Coach Association and his many seminars on all aspects of the RV industry have made him the go-to guy for practical how-to and do it yourself RV info. He joins us this week to talk about getting your RV ready for spring.

Please Subscribe and Give Us a Rating and Review

And, of course, many listeners are asking how they can subscribe, review and rate the Roadtreking Podcast on iTunes. With a new podcast like this, those reviews and ratings are really important to be able to show well in the iTunes listings. So if you can, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d subscribe and leave me your review.

Here’s how:

How to subscribe, rate and review a podcast

First, open up the iTunes app on your computer or mobile device. Click on Podcasts up on the top
> From the iTunes Podcasts page, use the “Search Store” field up at the top right corner of the page. Type in Mike Wendland or Roadtreking RV Podcast.
> Click on the logo image of the Roadtreking RV Podcast on the search return page
> From there (see photo above), you can…

1) Subscribe

2) Choose and Click on a star (1-5) that reflects your rating. Five stars means you really like it, one star not so much.

3) Leave a written review.

Thanks to all for the kind reviews we’ve received so far. That got us noticed by Apple/iTunes as “New and Noteworthy.” I appreciate every review!

And remember, you can appear in future episodes. Ask a question or voice your comments about RV topics by clicking the Leave Voicemail tab on the right side of this page here at Roadtreking.com. You can then use the microphone on your computer to record your words.

Mike Wendland

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.

3 Comments

  • I strongly suggest Spot Beacon. This device does not rely on cell service but actual satellite. It costs about $125 and then the service is $150 per year. You can notify along the way you are okay by it sending a preset message to who you want and it gives your coordinates so if you aren’t heard from again they know where you last were. And then there is a true emergency notification that goes to official searchers (can’t remember the group). Link is here. Well worth the money not just for hikers but anyone gone for a long period of time to notify family you are okay. http://findmespot.com/en/

  • i suggest converting tio a gas operated table mount if your having a problem with table stability..this is only if you haste the room..they come in various sizes with the shock mount. My home is whats called a B+ a 19 ft. Tahoe that i have been converting too a dinette after i had the couch taken out. now i have converting the single tires on the rear to duals for road stability because the home is the standard hight.

  • You said you would post some of the particulars of your interview with Gary Bunzer, such as his recommendation for sanitizing the fresh water system, but I don’t see it here.

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