Gadgets: The Tech I Use on the Great Lakes Tour

 Gadgets: The Tech I Use on the Great Lakes Tour

Lots of people have asked how I'm filing my Great Lakes Shoreline Tour reports and what tech gear I have on our Roadtrek Etrek.

It was raining yesterday and we were stuck in camp so I did a short little video to show some of the gear I'm using.

miketechI'll do more and show the drone and some other gadgets and gizmos in future reports but right now, here's what was handy as I was shooting the report.

You can see a list with links of all the gear I use at

The Wilson Sleek cell phone booster I use comes with a small magnetic mount antenna, a couple inches long. I replaced it with a longer one I found on Amazon that I have up on the roof of our Roadtrek Etrek. Here;s a picture: wilsonantenna

By the way, all the gear you see here – with the exception of the MiFi card – is my own, purchased by me at full retail. Verizon, which is sponsoring the Great Lakes Shoreline tour and compensates me for reports that appear on their corporate blog, provided the Mifi card and covers my data fees.

Good thing, too, because last month in Canada, I forgot to turn roaming data off and racked up $3,000 in wireless fees during a two-week stay. But that's another story and a mistake I won't make again.  🙂

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland 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 at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • You are quite the Tecno Geek! lol

  • Mike, here’s a BIG THANK YOU for your “My Tech Gear” post. You probably saved me LOTS of time and dollars I otherwise would have spent repeating your process. Great job AGAIN, sir!

  • Thanks for including the link with the list of all your tech stuff. The thought that crossed my mind is: Where do you keep all your equipment as you are driving?

    Campskunk just posted a series of 4 photos on Facebook showing how he packs his satellite dishes in his Stowaway Cargo Carrier. Very clever.

  • We’re big Netflix fans. Do you stream videos much (watching, not making them!) with the MiFi? How often do you find that you cannot, due to a weak signal?

  • Just purchased my first Roadtrek 170 Versatile and I can’t wait to explore. Anyone else here with a 170 Roadtrek?

  • Hey Mike,
    Thanks so much for posting the video on the tech stuff you are using. I do go quite frequently to the Huron county parks in the thumb and find it somewhat hard to get a good cell and LTG signal sometimes at the camp grounds. I am going to look into some of those verizon gadgets that will get me a better signal soon. I will be heading to Huron county sometime this summer. As you know us fellow Hams need a good signal for our logging software in remote areas.

  • Mike, when did you get a 5d Mk iii? I’m so jealous.

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