In this episode we answer lots of reader questions, check out the RV news of the week, offer some tech tips and learn all about the many benefits of having a dash cam in your RV.
Our guest in the second half of the show is Dewey DeVane, the owner of Windshield Witness, the company that makes the dash cam I use in our RV to document our travels and capture the beautiful scenery Jennifer and I encounter as we travel North America.
Shownotes for Roadtreking Podcast Episode 36
First, though, Jennifer and I answer a bunch of listener questions aimed at Jennifer, on topics about what items we permanently keep in the Roadtrek, what pots and pans she takes on our trips and how we share the driving and the chores in our RV.
Come meet Jennifer and me in Florida next Week
We share how we are about to head fown to Florida for a week and invite podcast listeners to come meet us on Tuesday, March 17, from 3-7 p.m. at Leisure Travel RV in Winter Garden, Fla. We'll be there with our brand new Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL, which has some top secret experimental features that we are testing. We can't talk publicly about them but if you happen to stop by, I can at least point out the things we, ahem, can't talk about. As an extra incentive for Roadtrek shoppers, Jim Hammill, President of Roadtrek Motorhomes, will offer anyone who comes by and is a member of our Facebook Group a check for $2,500 if they buy a Roadtrek from Leisure Time's current inventory. You can find details of our meet-and-greet and the special deal on the Leisure Time RV website.
The podcast and blog I do about eating healthy and losing weight is called SuperHealthyMe.
RV News of the Week
- Arsonists torch RVs at two Florida lots http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/28295343/sanford-rv-business-catches-fire
- Missing Boy found in Colorado http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/03/09/missing-6-year-old-boy-found-at-great-sand-dunes-national-park/
- Gas price hikes tapering off again http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2015/03/10/US-gasoline-prices-tapering-off/5651425982243/
RV Bucket List Destination – the Beartooth Mountains of Montana
I talk about the Roadtreking Boondocking Montana Mountains Photo Safari, scheduled for June 8-11 in the Beartooth Mountains, just north of Yellowstone National Park.
Traveling Tech News – the Apple Watch and the Belkin Net Cam
I offer my take on the Apple Watch. Suffice it to say, I'm trying to find a reason to buy one. But as I say in this post, I'm not having much success – http://pcmike.com/has-apple-finally-become-too-elitist/
I also talk about the Belkin Net Cam.
Being an RV owner, I spend a lot of time on the road. However, I still like to keep tabs on what’s going on at home. With the Belkin NetCam HD Plus, I can check in on the house while I’m gone.
With the Belkin NetCam HD Plus, you can literally watch your home from anywhere. The device delivers 720p HD live streaming video straight to your smartphone or tablet and sends you automated alerts whenever the camera detects motion in your home.
What’s even cooler is that the Belkin NetCam HD Plus also works with other devices in the WeMo family so you can program home automation triggers like turning on your lights when someone walks through the door.
But that’s not all! The push-to-talk feature lets you communicate directly with anyone on the screen, such as a house sitter or family member who couldn’t join the trip.
Visit your local Verizon retailer today to pick up your own Belkin NetCam HD Plus and check out all the other smart home devices they offer.
And, visit Roadtreking.com/vzw for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life.
Why You Need a Dash Cam in Your RV
We interview Dewey Devane, CEO of Windshield Witness, the maker of the dash cam I have in our RV.
There are three basic reasons for adding a dash cam:
1) Protection: Accidents are often become a blame game with one driver’s word against another’s. Dash cams offer proof of what happened.
2) Documentation of a trip: When traveling great distances, there are just too many beautiful places and things to stop and photograph. A dash cam provides for a thorough recounting of your journey with high def video.
3) Capturing the unexpected: Entire websites are dedicated to this use of dash cams. The reason is simple – so many things happen so fast for even the most skilled camera quick-draws. Take the Chelyabinsk meteor that was caught flying over Russia last February. Because so many dash cams are used in Russia, plenty of documentation of the event exists. Now, you may not be likely to catch such a visual and impressive event, but then again, maybe you will.
Reports indicate Russia, in fact, has led the way with dash cam use because of the weight the legal system puts on the video evidence, especially when it comes to auto insurance fraud, a particularly problematic issue in the region. But with so many dash cams from Europe making the You Tube rounds, dash cam use has now become a worldwide phenomenon.
Windshield Witness offers some great benefits:
– It mounts to the dash/windshield to video capture what happens in front of the vehicle.
– It records automatically when driving.
– It powers on/off with vehicle.
– It recycles media (i.e. deletes the boring stuff and, when the little SD memory card fills up, it starts recording over the oldest clip) automatically.
– It has a G-sensor. This sensor will earmark any video connected with detection of an impact.
Like it? You can buy it here. Total price including USPS Priority Mail delivery is $221.16.
The Windshield Witness System includes a 32GB Class 10 SD memory card and Transfer Kit. The system delivers 1080P video quality and comes complete with everything needed to video your travels and to better protect yourself and your loved ones from a fraudulent accident claim.
The Transfer Kit allows customers to easily move the Windshield Witness between two vehicles, without having to remove and re-install the window mount and power cord. You can easily transfer their Windshield Witness back and forth between your RV and your daily driving vehicle. Simply unscrew the camera and then screw it into the window mount on the other vehicle.
I couldn’t be happier with this camera.
We make long RV trips go by fast by listening to audiobooks. We try to pick books and novels set in the area we are visiting or about the history of the region. The best way we've found to buy audiobooks is through Audible. And as a special affiliate of Audible, our podcast listeners can get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/roadtreking. Audible offers over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player. For listeners of the Roadtreking podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook download with a free 30-day trial to give you the opportunity to check out their service. To download your free audiobook today, go to audibletrial.com/roadtreking.
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