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RT33 Roadtreking RV Podcast: Why the RV Lifestyle is So Unhealthy for So Many

| Updated Apr 29, 2015

Everyone knows there as so many great things about the RV lifestyle, but there is one thing particularly not-so-great: it can be downright unhealthy.

Of course, there are good reasons – it takes effort to make healthy foods and avoid stopping for a quick snack or fast food meal and even more effort to stay fit.

After all, who wants to work so much or be uncomfortable when you are supposed to be most comfortable – while RVing?

Too bad say the guests on this week's episode of the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast – Stefany and James Adinaro of – who say you're going to have to suck it up if you want to live long enough to truly enjoy everything that RVing has to offer. The payoff for being fit and healthy? Being able to RV into your 90s!


Among other things, Stef and James talk with Roadtreking about:

  • How the RV Lifestyle is terribly unhealthy for so many people
  • [spp-tweet “While on the road you can not eat as if every day is a vacation”]
  • Walking isn't enough or a good enough exercise for most people
  • You must exercise 150 minutes of moderate cardio exercise each week. If you don't sweat, you are NOT working out
  • You need two to three full body sytrength workouts every week
  • You can be healthy and fit and active into your 80s and 90s IF you exercise and eat right
  • What to eat every day to lose weight or keep from gaining weight
  • The perfect exercise equipment to take with you that doesn't take up much room
  • How to incorporate exercise as part of your RV adventures through active outdoor activities
  • The perfect workout to start your exercise regimen
  • [spp-tweet “Stop driving every two hours and get out and move around for 10-15 minutes”]
  • [spp-tweet “Don't eat when driving, have snacks only when you stop and snack on healthy things like fruit. Popcorn (unbuttered) isn't a bad snack!”]

This episode also features tons of great listener questions addressing everything from diesel fuel and packing clothes to upcoming Roadtreking trips, a great Off-The-Beaten-Path report from Utah, RV traveling tech tips, and more!


Complete shownotes for episode 33 of the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast

Ticks: A Tick Removal Tool

Jennifer says it's time to protect our pets against ticks, noting that Tai had one this week. The vet they take Tai to said dogs should be on tick medication all year around. Mike says he bought a tick extraction tool called the Tick Key that he will keep in the RV this season (a little over $7 on Amazon). To read about how to remove ticks  check out this post from the blog –

Listener Question: Can You Help an RV Newbie Out?

A listener named Tony, who says he is a newbie to the RV scene and about to get his first RV, has lots of questions, especially about how he can camp year-round.

Question: Is It Hard to Find Diesel Fuel for RVs?

A blog reader named Burt asks about the availability of diesel fuel, noting that he has heard it is hard to find. We put that idea to rest, even sharing the Road Ninja app ( that lets you quickly find diesel stations around you.

Question: Can You Help Me Pack All These Clothes Better?

Medium eBags (that's what we use). They come in sets of three, in different colors

Listener Brenda says she has heard us talk about some bags we use for packing our clothes. We tell her about eBags Packing Cubes. We each have the large bags, which come in a set of three.  They also come in different colors. Mike has blue, Jennifer red. Here's a link for them at Amazon – .We also direct her to this video Jen did on how we pack them.


Question: I'm Ready to Cut the Cord  (I Think)…HELP!

We have an email from Roger who asks about cutting the cord – using one phone for home and one for RVing – and wants to know what is involved. We put the question to Verizon Wireless Uber User Paul Ulreich, who gives a couple of options for cutting the cord.

Question: Any Roadtreking Trips Coming Up?

Readers Carole and Ted write an email telling us they're bummed about missing the Roadtreking Montana Photo Safari coming up in June and want to know if there are any other Roadtreking trips on the horizon.

I share the The Roadtreking Fall Fun and Art Fest, Sept. 24-27, at American RV in Grand Rapids, Mich. This promises to be an awesome fun-tilled gathering that coincides with the internationally-acclaimed  Art Prize in Grand Rapids, a city-wide celebration of art that transforms three square miles of downtown into an open air art exhibition that attracts a some of the world’s most talented and eclectic artists.  Buses will run throughout the gathering. There are also casino visits to the nearby Gun Lake Casino and, for those interested, a golf excursion as well. We’ll provide the transportation. Your job is to have fun. There will be nightly entertainment in the campground, technical seminars, food and an on-site micro brewery that operates out of a converted RV. Register at

Also, our second annual Roadtreking Upper Peninsula Snowshoeing Winter Campout, at Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, January 22-24, 2016. It's too early for reservations, but you may want to pencil in the dates if you plan to join us.

Question: Any Good Recipes for the RV Lifestyle?

Last, a listener named Terry asks Jennifer to share some of her favorite recipes for on the road, specifically, favorite meals. Jennifer promises to do a video soon on two of our favorites: Salsa Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna.


Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, Mo.
Van City RV only sells Class B. RVs. Owner Ray Dwyer has been in the RV business for 44 years and is considered the dead of Class B RVs. Nobody knows more about small motorhomes that Ray and his crew. They have new and used Class B motorhomes in stock from the major manufacturers. When you fly in to buy your RV from Van City, they'll arrange to have you picked up from the airport and will reimburse you $500 toward your airfare. Then, your RV will be fully prepared for travel, complete with full tanks of fuel and propane. After a complete orientation with their staff on your new RV, you can take delivery and set out for home. Dan the Van Man gives the week's specials on the podcast.

RV News of the Week: Motorhome Theft Ring, RV Rental Nightmares, Carbon Monoxide Death

Motorhome theft ring stole right from dealer lots. Ringleader convicted (Read more)

Family Blames RV Rental Business for Vacation Nightmare (Read more)

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning kills RVer in Wisconsin (Read more)

Traveling Tech: Apps for Severe Weather

It's severe weather season. That means there probably isn't a better time to check out these severe weather warning apps and services –

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

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With the ability to connect up to eight WiFi-enabled devices, you can stay connected to Verizon’s 4G LTE network and take the Internet anywhere you go. And with up to 10 hours of use, its long-lasting battery enables you to get more done while you’re on the go.

Visit your local Verizon retailer today to learn more about all the other connected solutions Verizon has to offer.

Visit for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life.

Off the Beaten Path: Monument Valley, Utah

Roadtreking Listener Valerie tells us about a visit to Monument Valley, Utah, and shares some out-of-the-way roads to travel for some great photos.

To drive Moki Dugway and Muley Point you need to be on Utah State highway 261 north or south bound.  Going north from Monument Valley on US Highway 163, take Utah State Highway 261 to the left after passing through Mexican Hat, UT.  To come south on Utah State highway 261 you need to use Utah State Highway 95, Natural Bridges National Monument is 7 miles west of the intersection of Utah State Highways 261 and 95.

Here's a couple of the photos she and her husband took:

Mulley Point on Monument Valley, UT
Mulley Point on Monument Valley, UT


The Moki Dugway Road in Monument Valley


Interview: Stefany and James Adinaro from


This dynamic young couple from are dedicated to helping RVers truly enjoy their traveling lifestyle by developing healthy habits of exercise and fitness.

Besides the detailed fitness and nutrition topics we summarized above, Stef, James and Mike talk about a book called Younger Next Year. It shows us how to turn back our biological clocks—how to put off 70 percent of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50 percent of serious illness and injury. This book was instrumental in helping Mike lose 30-plus pounds. All three said it was their top recommendation for RVers who want to live healthy and travel for a long time. There are editions of the book for men and for women. In addition, you can get a free audio version of Younger Next Year by using the special deal for Roadtreking listeners below or by signing up for a 30-day free trial of via

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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

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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!

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.


Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-04-29

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

3 Responses to “RT33 Roadtreking RV Podcast: Why the RV Lifestyle is So Unhealthy for So Many”

April 29, 2015at11:19 am, Brett Neilson said:

According to the RoadNinja facebook page they have reached their destination. It looked like a great app…

“After leading the way for over 3 years, RoadNinja has reached its destination. We are closing the dojo and leaving the app store in pursuit of new adventures.
RoadNinja will be removed from the App Stores (iTunes, Android and Amazon) on February 6, 2015.
Thank you to all of our users, supporters and fans. We appreciate all of your support!”

April 29, 2015at5:34 pm, Mike Wendland said:

Wow. That’s pretty strange. They still have billboards up advertising it along the major interstates. Thanks for letting us know, Brett.

April 29, 2015at11:01 am, Brett Neilson said:

On the subject of home phones, you might also want to look into the Obi. It is a little box from Obihai and it uses your home internet connection to link to Google Voice. You just plug it into your home internet connection and plug in your home phone and Google Voice will ring through with little to no fees or monthly charges.

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