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RT57: How to Drive Your RV Like a Pro

| Updated Oct 14, 2015

We're all constantly seeing it  – some really bad RV drivers are out there with us on the road.

But as our guest on this week's Roadtreking podcast tells us, we needn't be among the offenders.

In fact, Mark Polk, publisher of – which also just launched an RV education app for iOS and Android – has all kinds of great tips to help drive an RV like a pro. Among other things, Mark helps us understand:

  • Where most RV dangers come from
  • How to turn properly
  • How to maneuver around gas pumps – one of the most frequent accidents for RVers
  • Proper use of driving mirrors for RVs
  • How to guard against sway and the push-effect that comes when you are passed by big trucks
  • The rookie mistakes most new RVers make

Also in this episode, we have Jennifer's Tip of the Week about the best cleaning product she's ever found for the RV.

And we have RV news, tech tips, an off the beaten path report from New Mexico, and a great bucket list destination – a winter camp-out set for January in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


Show Notes for Episode #57 Oct. 14, 2015 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

First Things First: Recapping a Dark Park Visit in Northern Michigan; Changing Seasons

milkywayMike and Jennifer Wendland kick off the show by talking about their recent short trip to northern Michigan and some dark sky photography they did over the past weekend. Mike got that picture of the Milky Way from a high bluff on Mackinac Island in the middle of Lake Huron.

They also talk about the changing seasons, winterizing their RV, and where they're heading next. [spp-timestamp time=”3:24″]

Jennifer's Tip of the Week: An Almost Magical Cloth to Clean Anything

Jennifer's Tip of the Week for episode 57 is all about the best cloth she and Mike have found for cleaning – the KAYWOS (Klean Anything Without Streaks). They clean just about everything from bugs off the windshield and the dirty hood of an RV to cooking grills. They're made of a special ultra-fine micro fiber that require nothing more than wetting and wringing.  The Wendlands first got them at an RV show and now you can get six for $6 from the Roadtreking Store: [spp-timestamp time=”6:10″]

Listener Tip: Check Out Fair Harbor RV Park in Perry, Georgia

perry sign (1 of 1)A listener named Kira checks in to talk about a great RV park in Perry, Georgia called Fair Harbor RV Park. You can read more about it here: Mike and Jennifer comment on the RV park and Perry in general, which Mike did a post about here:  [spp-timestamp time=”8:16″]

Listener Question: Can You Tell Me More About Making Postcards Online?

A listener named Joyce asks a follow-up question from Jennifer's Tip of the Week from episode 56 – about using an app called Postino to make postcards. Mike and Jennifer address why she may be having some issues with it. [spp-timestamp time=”10:55″]

Listener Question: Can You Help Me Find Bucket Seat Covers for My RV?

Roadtrekkers Buff and Deana Martino need help protecting their RV's leather seats from a cat who loves to scratch them. Mike suggests checking out a website called Auto Anything that can be found here: [spp-timestamp time=”13:20″]

RV News of the Week: California RV Dealer Fire, Bear Closes Calgary RV Park, Yellowstone Sets Record

Horrendous Fire at Holland RV in California: A devastating fire at Holland RV Center in San Marcos, California was seen for miles as it tore through the dealership. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”19:33″]

Calgary RV Park Closed Because of Grizzly: Parts of Mount Kidd RV Park in Kananaskis Country are closed as officials try to find an aggressive grizzly bear (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”21:15″]

Yellowstone Sets Attendance Record: More people have visited Yellowstone National Park this year than in any other year. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”22:22″]

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 percent 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.

Thingamajig of the Week: Mini Tablets – iPad Mini and Ellipsis 8

Paul Ulreich, Verizon's Uber User, joins the show to talk about iPad Mini and Verizon's Ellipsis 8 Android tablet. [spp-timestamp time=”27:18″]

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

Verizon first introduced 4G LTE about six years ago and is once again poised to usher in a new era with an aggressive roadmap for fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology.

5G is no longer a dream of the distant future. 5G technology should be introduced in the U.S. sometime after 2020, but Verizon is accelerating the expected rate of innovation. By working closely with key partners, Verizon aims to launch field technology trials next year.

The expected benefits of 5G include about 50 times the throughput of current 4G LTE, latency in the single milliseconds and the ability to handle exponentially more Internet-connected devices to accommodate the expected explosion of the Internet of Everything.

Today, more than 98 percent of the U.S. population has access to 4G LTE and 87 percent of Verizon data traffic is carried over the network. Even as Verizon begins the work to make 5G a reality, the company will continue to grow 4G LTE.

To learn more about 5G and Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum, visit 

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

RV Calendar: Second Annual Winter Freezeout Camping Adventure in January

Ever tried winter camping? Here’s your opportunityRoadtreking announces the second annual Winter Freezeout Camping Adventure at Tahquamenon Falls. The event will be held Jan. 22-24, 2016. You can read more about it here: [spp-timestamp time=”32:37″]

Off the Beaten Path: Sandstone and Lava Gems in New Mexico

This week we have a great report from Roger & Lynn Brucker about some off the beaten path spots in New Mexico: El Malpais and El Morro. You can read the full report here: [spp-timestamp time=”36:41″]

Interview: Mark Polk, Publisher,

In this week's Roadtreking interview segment, Mike talks with about some great tips to drive your RV like a pro. [spp-timestamp time=”42:00″]

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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…

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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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Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-10-14

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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