LTRVD0384 RV Slide Room Maintenance

Bad Power Pedestal

RV Slide Room Maintenance is the focus this edition. First off though, is a lot of mail. One very interesting email discussed a problem with a park electrical pedestal. This is an all too common problem, especially in older campgrounds with aluminum wiring.

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RV Shows

Kathy read a list of upcoming RV Shows. We also discuss our pamphlet “How to Survive an RV Show, and Have a Great Time Doing it” It is available on Amazon.com. Check it out, it could save you a lot of steps and time as well as a lot of money.

RV Slide Room Maintenance

RV Slide Rooms are designed to be “More High Tech that High Maintenance”, but the RV Slide Room Maintenance requirements that are there are very important. Lubrication is key as is using the proper lubricants. Seals both inside and outside must be inspected periodically and also need treatment to remain soft and pliable. We discuss methods of manual override to close slide rooms when there is no power present. RVers are cautioned NOT to adjust slide rooms and to use trained RV Technicians to do this type of work. We also talk about the preventive maintenance to be done on your slide rooms.
Slide rooms seem to have quite a few failures as evidenced by many Facebook comments and complaints. I try to emphasize that adequate 12-volt power to the slide room is the main failure mode that prevents proper slide room movement.

LTRVD0383 RVing NH to FL

RVing NH to FL

We’re RVing NH to FL on our way back from the Escapees Escapade in Essex Junction, VT. We cover our route and some of the issues we were faced with on our way home.

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GPS Lies

We had one of those “GPS lies” moments in NH on US Rt 4 where we were supposed to detour but no road was selected. That put us on a one way trip up a 15 degree grade the wrong way. It was exciting to say the least.

Military FamCamps

We describe the Military FamCamps we stayed at in Georgia at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, and at the Aberdeen, MD Army Proving Ground. We also discuss some of the campgrounds we stopped at along the way.

LTRVD0382 Greg Gerber Interview

Greg Gerber Interview

We’re proud of our Greg Gerber Interview. Greg is the editor of the RV Industry newsletter RV Daily Report http://rvdailyreport.com/ and the RV consumer newsletter Let’s RV http://letsrv.com/ . He’s been a good friend for several years now since we convinced him to get an RV and hit the road.

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Full-time RVer

It was becoming an RVer himself and going through some of the same things all of us go through getting our rigs fixed that prompted him to write about the sad state of the RV Industry today.

RV Industry Death Spiral

Yes, RV’s are selling faster than any time in the last 8 years, but quality is routinely terrible, there are fewer campsites available, dealer service experiences are as bad as the initial build quality. All this prompted Greg to write an 8-piece commentary about the “Death Spiral of the RV Industry”.

In this Greg Gerber Interview, he covers what made him write the piece in the first place and some of the background material.

LTRVD0381 Escapade 2016 Interviews

Escapade 2016 Interviews

This is our second show with Escapade 2016 Interviews. We were able to do 5 interviews before we ran out of time. Perhaps we can get even more next year at the 2017 Escapade in Tucson, AZ in March. Get much more information at http://www.escapees.com .

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Escapade 2016 Interviews

Boondockers Welcome

This week we interview Marianne Edwards and her daughter Anna Maste who are the principals at Boondockers Welcome. This is a website somewhat similar to Harvest Hosts, but it matches up boondockers needing a place to stay with folks who have an RV pad, or even limited hookups. The interactive map allows you to see the approximate area where the host site is located, and after you make a connection, you will be given explicit directions to the site. This is an excellent way to make good camping connections and at $24.95 a year, it’s a bargain as well. Check them out at http://www.boondockerswelcome.com . Marianne is also the author of the excellent Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides to RV Boondocking. Check out this series of boondocker books at http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com .

We had a great time at the Escapade but we ran into a snag on US4 in New York in Glen’s Falls on the way there. Apparently I missed a detour and ended up going up a road with a 12-degree grade that was one way…the other way. Of course I met someone going the other way. She had to back up and wasn’t too happy about it. It’s all part of the adventure.

Escapade 2016 Interviews

Geeks on Tour

Our second of the Escapade 2016 Interviews was with our good friends Chris and Jim Guld aka the Geeks on Tour. We have known these folks for about 7 years and we meet from time to time in different parts of the country. These folks are very well known in the RV community for their seminars all about how to use our new technology. They’re even better than our 10-year-old grand children at helping us to come into the 21st century, sometimes kicking and screaming. We were fortunate to have had them at our Gathering rally last year and they will be back this year in October for the 2016 edition of the Living the RV Dream Gathering rally. Check out the Geeks at their website at http://www.geeksontour.com .

LTRVD0380 Escapees and Full Time Families

Escapees and Full Time Families

Escapees and Full Time Families are the subject of this week’s show. We are in Essex Junction, VT at the 56th Escapees RV Club Escapade. Kathy and I have had a very full week here both presenting 2 seminars and manning a booth to sell our books.

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We sure appreciate all the listeners of our podcast as well as folks in our Facebook group who came up and introduced themselves. Kathy started to write the names down but she quickly got overwhelmed. Thanks to all of you who came by to meet us as well as to buy our books.

Escapees RV Club

Travis and Melanie Carr were named the President and Vice President of the Escapees RV Club http://www.escapees.com this week, succeeding his parents, Bud and Kathy Carr. We interviewed them by phone a few months back and they were gracious enough to give us some time yesterday during a lull in the action to do another interview. I think you will enjoy what they have to say now and about the future of the Escapees RV Club.

Full Time Families

Kimberly Travaglino and her husband are the principals of the Full Time Families http://www.fulltimefamilies.com organization. We have been chasing them all over the country for an interview and our schedules finally allowed one. Kimberly gives us a good overview of the group and some insight on how they are able to raise, homeschool, and care for a family of 4 young kids while travelling full time in an RV.

We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we did doing them.