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RT016: Making 2015 the Best RVing Year Yet!

Happy New Year Roadtrekers!

In this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast, Jennifer and I share what is needed to make 2015 the best RV year yet, reviewing our travels and the lessons we learned in 2014 with an eye towards what we can do in the New Year as we continue our Roadtreking RV adventure.

We’re ending the old and starting the new year the best way possible, in our RV on a great trip – coming to you this week from Camp Gulf, a seaside RV park located on Mirimar Beach near Destin, Fla.

Take a look at the photo above of the beach view we have as 2015 rolls in. And listen to our podcast by clicking the links below or subscribing on your smartphone or tablet.


Roadtreking RV Podcast Shownotes for Episode 016

Our Top 5 Suggestions to Make 2015 the Best RV Year Yet:

  1. Slow down and look, listen and relax – Don’t be in such a rush. You miss too much by always hurrying.
  2. Take more and better photographs – If you don’t have a photo, says Jennifer, it never happened.
  3. Eat right and exercise daily – Don’t fall into the trap of a perpetual vacation.
  4. Learn more about the history of the places you visit – Find the local historian, get the local history book from the library.
  5. Do more mods and maintenance –  To get the most out of your RV travels, DIY needs to be a priority mantra.

Off the Beaten Path – Big Elk Creek Campground in Idaho

We have a great Off The Beaten Path report from Roadtreking Reporter Laura Robinson about a place you’ll want to visit in the western Tetons of Idaho – the Big Elk Creek Campground

Send me your Off the Beaten Path story! If I use it on this podcast, I’ll send an official Roadtreking hat (a $16.95 value), which all the cool kids are wearing.

You can do so by clicking the Send Voicemail link over on the right side of this page. That will open up a small window that allows you to select the built-in microphone on your computer to record your voice as you send in the report. If you make a mistake, don’t worry, you can review the recording and start over until you are happy with the result.

Just start your report by saying, “This is (whatever your name is) and my Off the Beaten Path trip took me to (just tell us about it).”

When you record the message and send it to me, I’ll have your email so if I use your report – and I can’t think of why I wouldn’t – I’ll send you an email back to get your address to ship you the hat.

Lightning Danger to RVers

We answer a question about lightning danger and the RVers by getting some expert advice from Roadtreking Reporter and Motorhome Engineer Yan Seiner. Here’s a link to an Amazon page with several socket testers. For more deluxe protection, here’s an RV electrical management system that comes in either a 30 amp or 50 amp version.

Traveling Tech Toy – A Dash Cam

I think this is a must have tech gadget to document every miles of your travels – a dashboard camera (dash cam).

Here’s my dash cam review and description of the unit I have plus a link to many others.

Please Subscribe and Rate This Podcast

Many of you ask how you 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
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

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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 You can then use the microphone on your computer to record your words.

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