Are you ready for the 2015 RV season? Now’s the time to plan and in this episode of the Roadtreking RV Podcast, I share not only a great destination for you to check out – with a must-visit “sweet” side trip to take –  but also talk to Toby Hedges, KOA’s marketing director, who shares some great info on how to prepare for your 2015 adventures.

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Here are the shownotes for the Roadtreking RV Podcast, Episode 18:

First Things First: RVers Fight Back!

Anti-RV laws seem to be in the news more and more these days as RVing grows in popularity. So, too, is news of RVers standing up for their rights. Take, for instance, one Kansas community where a caravan of vehicles lead by a motorhome protested stricter guidelines pertaining to RVs. Hear what happened as a result of the protest as we kick off the show.

RV Shows: January

We talk about upcoming RV shows this month, including details of where, when, and how to meet Jennifer and I as we take a day off from our travels to meet and greet as many fellow RVers as possible.

We’ll be at the Grand Rapids RV show Saturday, Jan. 17, from 3 p.m. until closing. Look for us at the American RV display. For show details, go to http://showspan.com/GRV/

Question of the Week: Stabilizers and Anti-Sway Bars

Our listener question of the week concerns stabilizers and anti-sway bars for larger motorhomes. I offer some advice on why you might want to consider upgrading and how to get started.

Off the Beaten Path: North Central Kansas

The latest installment of our Off the Beaten Path segment comes to us from a listener who provides a quick look at the geographic center of the U.S., specifically where it is and what you will find when you get there.

Destination of the Week: Florida’s Forgotten Coastline

We started in Destin, Fla. — which was nice — but it was the area we traveled to next that we really liked best. We talk about how we wound up with our backs to beautiful sand dunes and the sound of crashing waves without a building in sight, found the world’s smallest police station, and tasted world famous honey (Hint: Van Morrison fans will know it well…it’s a pretty sweet story).

Travel Tech of the Week: First Aid Apps for Humans AND Pets

No matter where you are, it’s always good to have first aid apps on the smartphones and tablets. I talk about three that are great to pick up asap, including one designed specifically for pets.

The first app I recommend is the Red Cross First Aid App. It puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, it gives instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies through videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.

And while you’re at it, pick up the Red Cross Pet First Aid app. It costs 99-cents for Apple and Android devices but it offers the same easy to follow instructions on what to do if our dog or cat is hurt in an accident.

Want more detailed info? Check out the U.S. Army First Aid Manual for the iPhone. This has much more detailed info, 600 pages worth. There are drawings and diagrams and information aimed at helping you save lives. The cost for this app is $1.99.

Interview: Toby Hedges, Marketing Director, Kampgrounds of America (KOA)

Joining Roadtreking from the location of the very first KOA – in Billings, Mont. – is Toby Hedges, marketing director of Kampgrounds of America (KOA). Hedges brings us up to speed on what’s happening and what to expect from KOA in 2015 and beyond. Among topics discussed are:

– Best time to reserve a camping spot

– The different kinds of KOAs (KOA Journey, KOA Holiday, KOA Resort)

– Increased use and evolution of technology in the camping experience (Wi-Fi, cable, etc.)

– The issue of pets at campgrounds, including off-leash parks

– Why KOA views uncensored reviews as a crucial part of its business

– The demographics of campers today

– How KOA uses quality review teams to check out campgrounds

– How KOA trains affiliates to maintain the highest levels of quality

And finally… a giveaway!

quickenFor only the MOST loyal listeners, I have free giveaways for five lucky listeners who took the time to listen to Roadtreking’s 18th episode – a free copy of Quicken for Dummies, an awesome book that teaches you how to use to popular Qucken financial software. If you’re looking to get your finances organized, but don’t know where to start, look no further than this book. With this easy-to-understand guide, you’ll discover how to set up accounts, track income and expenses, monitor your investments, pay the bills on time, and take the sting out of tax time with perfect organization!

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

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…

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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!

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