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!

LTRVD0347 RV Shows and Trip Planning

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We cover upcoming RV shows and Trip Planning on this podcast. We want to wish all our listeners a very merry Christmas as we approach Christmas week. This is an exciting time for us as we will be relocating to the Majestic Oaks RV Resort in Zephyr Hills about 75 miles north of our current park in Bradenton, FL. We’ll be there for 3 months and then back here to begin planning for our Gathering RV Rally to be held in October, 2016.

In the mail for this week, we discover an article on emergency GPS locater beacons at http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Personal-Locator-Beacon-Reviews

Kathy talks about a long list of upcoming RV shows across the country and in Canada in the month of January. These include the awesome Tampa Supershow! We will be there for the entire show. We will greet our listeners and Facebook fans on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of January from 11:00 AM ‘til 1:00 PM at the Pavilion near the park model trailers. We hope to see you there!

John discusses planning now for your RV journeys to come this spring. He talks about trip planning software and trip planning Apps as well as books that help in the planning and driving process.
Once again, Have a wonderful merry Christmas and be safe out there!

LTRVD0342 RVer Health Insurance Enrollment

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After the mail, and before we discuss the RVer Health Insurance Enrollment, we talk about going back to the Tampa RV Supershow this coming January 15th and 16th, and greeting our listeners again on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Come see us if you are in the Tampa, FL area.

We discuss the wonderful video produced by Robert Morales of our Gathering Rally. He did a really professional job of capturing the flavor of both the resort and the events of the Gathering. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV9yCVMHmaY

I spent some quality time investigating a very thorough and well thought out app called The Ultimate Public Campground Project. This fits in very well with last week’s discussion about camping on public lands and where to go. There are almost 25,000 sites in the lower 28 states, 3,500 in Canada, and another 400 just listed in Alaska. This covers BLM, COE, USFS, TVA, National Parks, U.S. BOR, U.S. Forest Service, military, state, county, municipal, utility, Indian Reservations, non-profits, and other miscellaneous public camping spots. This is a really great App for $3.99 Check out the website at http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/uc3/index.php

We discuss the top 10 things you need to know when traveling in Canada. It is mostly common sense, but it puts a lot of good information together to help in trip planning.

The main feature is all about RVer Health Insurance Enrollment as it relates to current open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care). The folks at the RVer Insurance Exchange https://www.rverinsurance.com/ have produced a very extensive RVer Guide to ACA Open Enrollment. This is very key information to those of you under 62 years of age traveling around the country. Our feeling is that lack of adequate health insurance can be a game changer for the full-timing RVer. Here is a link to the guide. https://www.rverinsurance.com/uncategorized/rver-guide-to-2016-aca-open-enrollment/