RT35 Roadtreking RV Podcast: Bear Attacks and Bad Weather – How to Handle RVing Dangers

 RT35 Roadtreking RV Podcast: Bear Attacks and Bad Weather – How to Handle RVing Dangers

Bear attacks and bad weather are making headlines all over the place and you definitely do NOT want any future headlines like that involving you on your RVing adventures!

That’s why for this episode of the Roadtreking RV podcast we talk all about these two big potential pitfalls of RVing.

We start by addressing what people are doing wrong when it comes to bears, including getting too close to take pictures. We have a report from the National Park Service about how to enjoy bears without any trouble.

The majority of the show, however, is dedicated to dealing with bad weather, which is especially timely for the spring season. Mark Polk, of RV Education 101, joins Mike to talk about the dangers of severe weather and RVing. Among other things, they discuss:

  • How to drive when you suddenly encounter heavy winds
  • What safety equipment you should condider installing on your motorhome or the towing system for your travel trailer
  • Why an RV is no match for strong winds
  • Why you should not stay in the RV when a dangerous storm is approaching
  • The most common mistakes RVers make when encountering sever weather
  • The first question you should ask when checking into an RV park or campground
  • If storm-chasing TV shows are helpful or harmful when it comes to educating people about severe weather

We also talk tech tips and food storage while RVing on episode 35 of the Roadtreking RV podcast!

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Complete shownotes for episode 35 of the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast:

First Things First: Weak Signal..HELP!!

Jennifer and Mike kick off the show by answering a Roadtreking listener question from Joe Bunch about boosting mobile device signals. Mike provides some details about what he uses: the Wilson Sleek $115 from Amazon. To see it in operation check out https://rvlifestyle.com/adding-a-cell-phone-booster-for-my-on-the-road-rving/

Listener Question: Best Way to Properly Store Pre-Made Food in the Freezer?

Jennifer had lots of great comments and some questions about the make-ahead recipes she has shared on the blog, notably Salsa Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna. Joni from Reno asks specifically about the best way to store lasagna in a freezer.

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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 dean 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: All About Bear Attacks and Bad Weather

Bear Attacks – A camper was killed over the weekend by a black bear in British Columbia, Canada. The man and his fiancee were camping in a small campground at the Parsnip River near Mackenzie, British Columbia. It appears the man killed was sleeping by a firepit and, after the overnight bear attack, was discovered the next morning by the fiancee who had been sleeping nearby in the couple’s RV. The bear was found and killed. (Read more)

Meanwhile, at least two videos have been circulating showing what some say are charging, overly aggressive bears. One was in Yellowstone National Park and shows a mother black bear and her three cubs trapped on a highway bridge by camper-touting tourists. She and the cubs are noticeable stressed, unable to easily escape off the bridge. Tourists were way too close.  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/watch-tourists-run-bears-yellowstone-national-park-n356516

The other incident actually happened last summer in Canada but was getting lots of social media traction this week. Two runners were followed by a black bear. The video claims they were stalked but it appeared to be a bear that was looking for a handout. It didn’t seem aggressive or hostile at all but got way too close to them. https://youtu.be/9ifkzAdplwI

The National Parks Service has a great video on what to do when you encounter a bear that was done at Great Smokey Mountain National Park, offering tips such as not playing dead. We hear from a ranger- https://youtu.be/qZ9GzIMGRMw

Bad Weather – A devastating tornado wiped out an RV park in Oklahoma last week. You can see the story at this link: http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbc-news/tornado-destroys-oklahoma-rv-park-441353283923

Mike shares a clip of what happened when he was caught in his RV during a “land hurricane” a few years ago. A land hurricane, aka derecho, consists of massive, straight line winds that everyone thought was a tornado – https://youtu.be/n4mTtKsBJNw

Interview: Mark Polk, of RV Education 101, on Severe Weather and RVing

Mark Polk, of RV Education 101, joins Mike to talk about the dangers of severe weather and RVing. Among other things, they discuss:

  • How to drive when you suddenly encounter heavy winds
  • What safety equipment you should condider installing on your motorhome or the towing system for your travel trailer
  • Why an RV is no match for strong winds
  • Why you should not stay in the RV when a dangerous storm is approaching.
  • The most common mistakes RVers make when encountering sever weather
  • The first question you should ask when checking into an RV park or campground

Traveling Tech: Kwikset Kivo Lock for When You Leave Home

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

Did you leave someone in charge of house sitting before you left for vacation? Forget about leaving your spare key under the welcome mat! Get a Kwikset Kevo lock instead.

Not only does it turn your compatible smartphone into a set of house keys (how cool is that!), but you can also use the Kevo app to make temporary electronic keys for friends and family.

As long as authorized users have a compatible smartphone on hand, they can unlock your door by simply touching the Kevo deadbolt.

Safer than a spare key, the Kevo lock protects your home with multiple levels of encryption and allows you to grant temporary access to friends and relatives through the Kevo app. You can control who has access to your home by sending, deleting and disabling electronic keys using the Kevo app and web portal.

Still like the idea of having a physical set of keys on hand? The Kevo lock works with traditional keys, too.

Turn your home into a smart home with tech savvy accessories that help you stay connected while on-the-go. Visit your local Verizon retailer today to check out the Kwikset Kevo!

Visit Roadtreking.com/vzw for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life.

 

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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.

1 Comment

  • Mike, Your comments about how to act when a bear is around were fine – for black bears. The advice from NPS for Grizzly bears is different, where you are supposed to play dead. That may well be what happened in Canada. The worng advice could threaten lives.

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