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RT45: Managing Your Health Care While Enjoying the RV Lifestyle

| Updated Jul 22, 2015

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in making sure our RVs are in tip-top shape before hitting the road that thinking about our own health care once we're actually on the road falls by the wayside.

That is, until it's too late.

That's why for this episode of the Roadtreking podcast, we talk with expert Margo Armstrong, blogger at and author of “Healthcare and the RV Lifestyle.”

Margo and Mike talk tips for on-the-road health care in a discussion that aims to at the very least get you thinking about healthcare before you get on the road – and at the very most could help avoid a serious health disaster. Among other things, they talk about:

  • What kind of medical records you should keep and be carrying while RVing?
  • How to find good health care on the road
  • What kind of research you can do online to find the right health care
  • Why it really matters what, where, and when you eat
  • How keeping an up-to-date calendar can help keep you healthy
  • A test that all RVers should have have
  • How to handle medications on the road

Also in this episode of Roadtreking, we talk about a beer-drinking bear (an old story), an expansion of a beautiful campground in Florida, a new feature from Jennifer, listener questions about solar power, a traveling tech tip to make managing streaming media easier, an off the beaten path report from Colorado, and more!


Show Notes for Episode #45 July 22, 2015, of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Jennifer's Tip of the Week: Camco Adjustable Broom and Dustpan

This new feature for the Roadtreking podcast will feature a weekly tip from Mike Wendland's wife (and lifelong travelling companion), Jennifer. Sometimes Jennifer will just pass along something she’s learned or seen that makes the RV lifestyle a little more fun or easy. Sometimes it might be a recipe. Or sometimes, like in this episode, Jennifer will talk about a product or accessory that other RVers may benefit from.

Today’s product is the Camco Adjustable Broom and Dustpan – [spp-timestamp time=”2:58″]

Listener Question: Should We Believe the Hype Over Solar Power for RVing?

Listener Johnna asks about about growing use of solar power in RVing. Mike and Jennifer respond by talking about solar power for RVing, including how big the market is now and what is driving its growth. [spp-timestamp time=”5:28″]

Listener Question: How Long can You Run Your Air Conditioning and Refrigerator?

Another Roadtreking listener asks about running the air conditioner and the refrigerator, specifically how long both can run together. [spp-timestamp time=”13:38″]

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: Beer Bear, Florida RV Park Expands, Forest River Hit with $35M Fine

Beer-Guzzling Black Bear: Another story about bears that is funny, but also illustrates the need to keep food (and beer) locked away when camping in bear country – and also that taste and beer brand loyalty isn't just a human trait. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”20:09″] Please note, NBC and the Associated Press ran this story this week. Turns out, it is an old story, first published in 2004. It wasn't corrected until after we had recorded the podcast. Still… it's pretty funny.

Florida Campground Expands: One of Florida's most beautiful state parks is going to be easier to get into for RVers. The stunningly beautiful Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area on the Atlantic Coastline has doubled the size of its campground. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”22:33″]

Forest River RV hit with $35 million penalty: After failing to properly handle safety recalls and related data, Forest River RV has been hit with a $35 million penalty by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”24:26″]

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde, the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV.

The Alde hydronic system brings many features and benefits not found with any other product.

  1. Silent Radiant Heat – providing a warm even natural heated interior. Great for pets. (And Humans)
  2. Increased Interior Space by combining two systems in one.
  3. Efficiency. The whole system draws less than 1 amp on 12V DC and will extend the life of your propane roughly 40% over forced air.
  4. Heating on Electric or Gas.
  5. Multiple Options and Amenities: Towel Warmers, Floor Heat, Tank Heating, 4 Season Camping, Engine Heat, Driver Comfort,
  6. Modern Programable Color Touch Screen Thermostat and Interface
  7. Minimal Side-Wall Penetration. Small combined intake and exhaust eliminate big cut outs and sidewall congestion.


Traveling Tech: Use InstantWatcher, the Best (and Free) Way to Search Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos

The good thing about having more streaming media choices like Netflix and Amazon Prime Intstant Video? The amount of content offered.

The bad thing? The amount of content offered. That's because there are so many choices, it can be tedious, time-consuming, and just plain hard to find – let alone remember – what to watch.

There’s a great way, though, to make sure the media you consume is actually worth consuming.

It’s called InstantWatcher. You can go to the website directly or get InstantWatcher apps for iOS and Android. And it’s all completely free.

In short, InstantWatcher helps you navigate the catalogs of Netflix and Amazon Prime – without having to do that tedious hunt-and-peck search thing on your TV screen using your remote control. If you use InstantWatcher on a desktop or laptop computer, you can link InstantWatcher to your Netflix or Amazon Prime account and have instant access to content. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”30:02″]


Off The Beaten Path: Colorado's Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area

Roadtreking Reader Larry Daniels recommends Highway 24 in Colorado near the town of Lake George, in particular Eleven Mile Canyon Road. As Larry says, it's an awesome drive with great scenery and lots of campgrounds. It’s all part of the Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”32:40″]


This part of the podcast is brought to you by Leisure Time RV, serving central Florida and the Internet from Winter Garden, Fla..

Leisure Time RV, a family-owned dealership in Winter Garden, Florida,  near Orlando has been in business for 45 year and is consistently among the top Roadtrek dealers in North America. They have a full line of the Roadtrek inventory as well as travel trailers and used RVs. Jennifer and I have visited Leisure Time RV and we know the staff and we are very impressed by the honesty, integrity and first rate service we found there. They sell to customers all across the country, wich tells you that they know how to deal. They also offer unparalled RV service and if you are looking for Roadtrek parts, call Leisure Time RV because they also carry a full line of parts which they ship out nationwide..

Main Topic: Margo Armstrong, Managing Your Health Care while RVing

Margo Armstrong is an expert and author who frequently writes about the RV lifestyle. Margo’s blog,, follows all things related to the RV lifestyle. Her website,, contains hundreds of topics important to those interested in living the dream. For more information on health care and the RV lifestyle, see her eBook, “Healthcare & The RV Lifestyle.” [spp-timestamp time=”38:13″]

During her interview for this episode of the Roadtreking RV podcast, several resources are mentioned, including:

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-07-22

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.

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