LTRVD0354 Techno RV

Techno RV owners Eric and Tami Johnson are the subjects of this week’s interview. We recorded it at the Tampa Supershow. If you need anything electronic for you or your RV, Techno RV http://www.technorv.com is the best place to go for both sales and good advice as well as excellent after sales customer service.

We read the mail and discussed a potential safety hazard. If the person in the navigator’s seat places something on the dash, it could easily block the driver’s view of that side mirror. Even with a side view camera, once in the camera blind spot, you will need a properly adjusted side view mirror to see vehicles alongside.

We answered an inquiry about whether or not to buy a Thousand Trails membership. Our view is you should first have a Passport America membership. All the Thousand Trails parks are in the Passport system and you can visit them at half price. The next best thing is to purchase a Thousand Trails Zone pass that gives you access to around 20 of the Thousand Trails parks in a geographic zone for $525. Check out Thousand Trails at https://www.thousandtrails.com/

Then we discussed the potential issues of purchasing a 17-year-old rig that had been unused for 7 years. Obviously, the tires and batteries along with all fluids from engine and generator would have to be changed out. I would also replace all engine belts as well. Then a serious investigation of all rubber gaskets and seals would need to be done. I would go over the roof thoroughly looking for cracking and bad caulk. If the price was right, it could possibly be a good rig to get through the years until retirement.

The new revision of our “So, You Want to Be an RVer?” is now available on amazon as both an e-book and paperback. You can win an autographed paperback copy in a random drawing on Nick Russell’s blog. Just go to http://www.gypsyjournalrv.com and click on the Free Drawings tab to enter.

Next week another interview from the Tampa show as well as more tips and adventures.

LTRVD0353 Harvest Hosts

We interview Harvest Hosts founders Kim and Don Greene. These folks started a very unique and popular service where RVers can spend a night (usually boondock) at a farm or winery and learn all about the operation and even purchase produce or wine from the farmer or vintner. It is called Harvest Hosts and the web site is http://www.harvesthosts.com. What a Win, Win! The RVer gets a free night and some new knowledge and the farmer meets new people and explains his business. We have been trying to get this interview for 4 years and we’re so glad we finally did.

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We have been at the Tampa Supershow for the last week and we have several shows worth of material to share. We also recorded 4 interviews, this week’s Harvest Hosts interview one of them along with last week’s interview with Keith and Tia Simms of the Soulful RV Family. The other two will be coming up in the next two shows.

Before the interview with Harvest Hosts, we read a lot of listener mail. I asked you to email us with your questions and you did. We’ll be discussing mildew control and RV information websites. We have a wonderful description of a day at the Tampa Supershow by a longtime listener. We had an inquiry about one of our favorite websites about trailer weights and matching truck to trailer. That would be http://www.fifthwheelst.com which is now back up and in full operation. We discuss wired and portable surge protection devices. I got some great advice from a listener suggested website about the harm long time idling of large diesel engines can do to the engine. Check that out at http://www.epa.gov.region1/eco/diesel/pdfs/diesel_factsheet_truck_idling.pdf

I spend some time answering a question about what to take into consideration when storing a motorized RV for up to 3 months in Florida. I end the mail session with answers to what pressure to inflate trailer tires at different temperatures. This is a great show. Check it out!

LTRVD0351 Soulful RV Family

We interview the Soulful RV Family, Keith and Tia Simms. They are a family of color on a mission to convince others to join this awesome lifestyle. Keith is an NFL alumni with 8 years with the Miami Dolphins and 3 years with the Washington Redskins. They are homeschooling their 3 young boys and loving the RV lifestyle. Check out their website and blog at http://www.soulfulrvfamily.com

We discuss our first impressions at the 2016 Tampa RV Supershow after our first 3 days here.

LTRVD0350 RV Show Tips

RV Show Tips are the focus of this show. We start with initial planning and obtaining a show map and list of vendors. We briefly discuss obtaining advance financing. Then we discuss the things you need to being to the show, including first and foremost, comfortable shoes. Then a few other things like small camera, notebook, backpack, tape measure, small flashlight among others.

We had a little problem with show numbering. The Christmas rerun threw me off. Even though we said this is show number 349, it is actually number 350. That stuff happens when you get to a certain age.

Then we move on to some RV Show Tips for the day of the show, and how to maximize your time and see all the important things to you. Kathy goes into some length on checking out a rig for livability.

We found a new RV centric podcast from Jannine Pettit called Girl Camper http://www.girlcamper.com. Great audio quality and content. Check it out on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

LTRVD0349 Good RV Info

In this, our New Year’s show, we cover a lot of good RV info for you. We talk about some uses for baking soda and white vinegar. We discuss the Instant Pot, our new cooking gadget. We cover quite a few other things as well.

We have moved after 10 months in Bradenton, FL at the Horseshoe Cove RV Resort. Not a very big trip, but we moved 70 miles up to Zephyr Hills, FL to another Carefree park called Majestic Oaks. Happily, it was an uneventful trip with nothing broken, no trips to the ER, and no need to be towed.