Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 25 -- July 16, 2015




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RV Tech Talk: Keeping That RV Refrigerator Really Chilly

With summer temperatures soaring, RV refrigerators are called upon to keep up with the chilling assignment. It's a tough job, but you can help. Find tips here on how to help your fridge keep its cool.











Down in the Boondocks: Boondocking on Timber Company Lands  

With plenty of government land turning to "cash to camp," it's no surprise that RVers want to find new places to camp. The largest private US landholders may be the place to turn to. Many of America's timber companies welcome recreationists -- many for free. Weyerhaeuser: This company owns land in both the South, Midwest, and Northwest. While lands in the south are typically "leased" for recreation, in the northwest much land is open to the public.  Plum Creek Timber: A BIG concern as we mentioned. Their website provides a rather generalized discussion of recreation in its various state landholdings here. opefully, more information specific to your needs can be tracked down.
 




Something Special: New RV Blog -- ICanRV Blog is Coming

As we mentioned in the show, a new RV blog will soon hit the Internet, Thursday, July 23. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to be added to our notification list. Use the "Contact" button to the right and let us know by e-mail.





This Week's Feature: Camp Hosting -- is it for You?

Across the country, state parks are struggling with financial burdens. They turn to volunteers to help them do their jobs, and many RVers find campground hosting fits the bill. But is a hosting assignment for you? We turn to experienced campground hosts for their advice, and point you to where you can volunteer.



Music credits:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org. Background music on mid-program announcement, Fabian Measures performing Melody of the Strings, all on freemusicarchive.org.

Photo credits:

Ice cubes: Kyle May on flickr.com. Logging road: Richard Webb, by Creative Commons License. Camp host: Virginia State Parks on wikimedia.org. Blog image: Public domain. All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 24 -- July 9, 2015




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RV Tech Talk: Pumps That Go Bump in the Night

It's almost the stuff from a horror movie -- that little sound that pulls you out of your sleep, leaving you with goose flesh. It isn't Dracula tapping at the window -- it's that RV water pump, indicating that there's a leak somewhere in your rig.








Rookie RV:  How Fast Should You Drive That Rig?

Stay with the pack? Drop behind them? Get out in front? Traveling with your RV down America's highways can leave you in a quandry. Just how fast should really drive that motorhome or tow rig with a trailer behind?






Down in the Boondocks: Will This "System" Really Save Tank Space -- and At What cost? 

There's an interesting "system" being pitched at boondockers. One that purports to save you fresh water, and save space in your holding tanks. It sounds good in principle, but what about in practice? After you listen in, here's where you can get more information.






Something Special: New RV Blog -- ICanRV Blog is Coming

As we mentioned in the show, a new RV blog will soon hit the Internet. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to be added to our notification list. Use the "Contact" button to the right and let us know by e-mail.




This Week's Feature: Ants in the RV!

With at least 200,000 ants on earth for every man, woman, and child, it shouldn't come as a surprise if these enterprising insects invite themselves into your rig. Listen as we help you 'pull the welcome mat' and urge these persistent pests to go elsewhere. And here's a link to something that may help you in your quest.



Music credits:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org. 

Photo credits:

Plumbing, Speed Sign, Dump Station, "Blog", and "Ant" all public domain images.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 23 -- July 2, 2015




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Rookie RV:  Should I Balance My Trailer Tires?

Balance your motorhome tires -- not a question. But travel trailer and fifth wheel tires? Is it worth the expense and hassle? What are the returns if you do? We help you get your balance without tiring in this segment.








RV Driving Tip: Watch Out for Tail Swing!

A simply law of physics can turn the rear corner of your RV into mashed materials. Here's what to watch out for -- and how to determine just how much danger of tail swing disaster is in store for your RV.







RV Buying Experience: Should You Shop for an RV on Craigslist?

We've all seen the warnings: There are scammers aplenty on this Internet classified service. Is it safe to even think about buying on RV through the service? We examine the issue at length.





Something Special: New RV Blog -- ICanRV Blog is Coming

As we mentioned in the show, a new RV blog will soon hit the Internet. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to be added to our notification list. Use the "Contact" button to the right and let us know by e-mail.





RV Housekeeping: Getting Rid of Deadly Refrigerator Odors

From decomposing fish to rotten eggs, your RV refrigerator has a "memory" for odors that beats that of the common pachyderm. If you suffer from the smelly refrigerator syndrome, here are some tips that may help your nose.






RV Tech Talk: How to Best Monitor Your RV Battery Condition

Keeping your batteries at the proper charge level will help them live longer, and make your RVing experience less troublesome. But flipping the switch on the panel that says, "Good, Weak, or Charge" isn't always a way of knowing the truth. Here's a link to digital test equipment mentioned in the segment. And here's a link to hydrometers. And go here to print out a chart to help you determine your battery bank's true condition.






This Week's Feature: Getting by With a Little Help from - Your RV Friends

We all need help with RVing problems from time to time. There's a wealth of experience and help available, just for the asking.



Music credits:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  La Casita Me Bonita (on our feature), George Chaffee, by permission. 

Photo credits:

Tire weight: Abelson on wikimedia.com  Broken fuel pump bollard: West Grove Fire Company (Penn.)  Craigslist ad; Web screenshot  Friends; zita952 on deviantart.com  "Blog" logo, voltmeter, public domain image.  Image for "refrigerator odor" by Grahmbones on flickr.com All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 22 -- June 25, 2015




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Rookie RV:  RVer -- Tilt that Awning!

When you make it into camp and extend that awning for that oh-so-heavenly shade, don't pull out the lawn chairs just yet. It's important to tilt your awning to increase its chances of survival in foul weather. Tips for both manual, and electronic versions.




Down in the Boondocks: Don't Get Your RV Stuck in the Boondocks

If your RV travels take you to the wild side, watch out for the mud -- and anything else -- that might turn your RV trip into an RV trap. Tools and tips to help you come back from your adventures.




RV Housekeeping: Wet Wipes -- They're Not Just for Kiddies Anymore

The common wet wipe has a myriad of uses, other than just the obvious ones. Inside, outside, all around the RV you'll find wet wipes useful for dealing with the RV -- and your own personal care as well.



Something Special: New RV Blog -- ICanRV Blog is Coming

As we mentioned in the show, a new RV blog will soon hit the Internet. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to be added to our notification list. Use the "Contact" button to the right and let us know by e-mail.




Cyber-Corner: Do-it-Yourself LED Awning Light Strip 

You've probably seen them -- maybe admired them. Long, colorful LED light strips that illuminate, change color, even form patterns. There's no need to spend over $100 to buy one. This do-it-yourself project slashes the cost, and eliminates the need for shore power to operate. Click here for more information and links to a "how-to" video and sources for parts.


This Week's Feature: The Songwriter Who May Have Made Casita Famous

George Chaffee and his ukulele spin a delightful story of traveling in those seemingly miniature travel trailers. We interview George for his interesting -- and somewhat heartbreaking -- background story. See George's wonderful tribute to the Casita on his youtube video here.



Music credits:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  La Casita Me Bonita (on our feature), George Chaffee, by permission. 

Photo credits:

RV awing: U.S. Forest Service. Stuck truck: Ben Towsend on flickr.com. RV awing light strip: FPV Dee on youtube.com. "Blog" logo, public domain image. George Chaffee, by George Chaffee.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 21 -- June 18, 2015




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Rookie RVer: 
Can You Trust Those Holding Tank Gauges? 

Considered by many RVers to be the most prone-to-prevarication device of the entire rig, holding tank gauges are indeed, prone to misinformation. We provide few tips on trying to help them clean up their act. If all else fails, consider installing a new gauge system that's build on a more truthful reporting system -- click here for details




RV Buying Experience: 
Don't be Oversold When RV Shopping -- Get the Right Size for You 

To hear the RV salesman tell it, bigger has gotta be better. There are plenty of good reasons why smaller can be a lot better, but really, the bottom line is your personal needs. We explore how to get just the right size to fit your needs. 



Down in the Boondocks:  
Balancing Shade -- Keeping Cool While Keeping Your Solar Panels happy

Hot weather got you down? How can you keep your rig in the shade, but give your solar panels adequate exposure to Sol? A few suggestions that could help you strike the elusive balance. 








RV Tech Talk: Be Safe When Plugging Into Shore Power

One would think that plugging your RV into a shore power connection is as simple as plugging in a lamp back home. Not so fast -- a miswired or poorly maintained RV park power supply can result in equipment damage, injuries, even death. Check your shore power supply before you plug in with easy tips. Looking for information on products we mentioned in the story? Click here for information on a low-cost circuit tester. Need an adapter for 30 amp plugs? Check here. Or if your rig needs an adapter for 30 to 50 amp, look here. Or go "whole hog" and get a 30 amp analyzer here, or a 50 amp analyzer here. 



Odds and Ends: Changes Coming to Escapees and Xscapers Clubs

If ever you'd thought about joining the Escapees or its associate club for younger, working-age RVers, now might be the best time to do it.  Visit the club's website for more information. 



Feature: Geocaching! The Great RV Sport

If you haven't already tried it, it's time you did. A high-tech hide and seek game that can improve your physical and mental health -- and be fun at the same time. Click here for a link to a wide range of products mentioned in the story.



Music credits:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

Oversize pants: mickey.! on flickr.com. Solar panel: Richard Masoner on flickr.com. Big nose: kewl on flickr.com. Geocache: i_am_jim on wikimedia.org. Electric shock warning: public domain image. Escapees logo: Escapees RV Club.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 20 -- June 11, 2015




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RV Tech Talk: Mystery Toilet Splashes

Reports of puddles mysteriously appearing around RV toilets flood the Internet. Could it be small alien creatures mistaking the bowl for the bath? Regardless of cause, it's a frustration for the RVer tasked with drying up the floor. We investigate -- and offer possible solutions. 



Cyber Corner:  Make the Road Shorter With an Audio Book

Driving America's back roads, there's plenty to see to keep the mind occupied and pleased. But what happens when your road travels take you over endless miles of Interstate boredom? Audiobooks can make the journey seem shorter, while entertaining you at the same time. We delve into these auditory lifesavers, and provide tips on where to find a few free ones, or a wide selection of contemporary titles available commercially. The latter offers a free month's membership with two free audio books. 

Down in the Boondocks:  Keeping Your RV Cool, Without Using Tons of Power

Just because the weather is warm doesn't mean you'll necessarily have to fire up that noisy air conditioner -- or a fuel-sucking generator. We provide some simple tips to keep your rig cooler. Follow this link to an evaporative cooler than can keep the temp down as much as 30 degrees below ambient air temperature. Or this link will take you to an inexpensive device that will transform your awning area to a cool space. 


RV Driving Tips: When NOT to Use Your Cruise Control 

Your rig's cruise control can be great for keeping your speed level, and your foot cramp-free. But there are times when your cruise control can turn from being a friend into a mortal enemy. We sort out the details to keep you and others safe on the road.  


Odds and Ends: Full Moon Ranger Tours -- For Lunar-Ticks

Listen to more about how Desert Southwest visitors can still get their hiking in, without perishing from triple-digit daytime temperatures. Click here to visit Joshua Tree National Park



Feature: "Good Sam" Offers Free RV Dump Stations -- Is it Really So? 

The world's largest RV club says "join up" and you'll get a host of great benefits. Included are "free" dump stations available to members. Is the "benefit" all that it's cracked up to be? 



Music credits:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. End music on Cyber Corner, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

"It's FREE" sign, SpiderWeb Marketing Systems" Detective, Cruise Control, Night Moon, all public domain images. Evaporative cooler, amazon.com.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Program Notes -- Episode 19 -- June 4, 2015



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RV Buying Experience: 
Don't Let Air Brakes Take the Wind Out of Your Purchase

For some, the expression, air brakes, is frightening, conjuring up images of truck crashes. But to the contrary, air brakes are extremely safe, and not difficult to learn to operate. With a large number of diesel pusher motorhomes sold with air brakes, don't cut yourself off from a potential rig just because air brakes are part of the package. 


Rookie RVer:  Getting to Know Your RV Air Conditioner

While the principles of RV air conditioners are the same as for those at home, some are a little buffaloed by the controls and a few operational tricks. We take away the mystery. 



Product Review: Endless Breeze RV Fan

Keeping the air moving in your RV can make a world of difference in a comfortable experience, without having to use the air conditioner. We give our candid opinions of a 12-volt RV fan after years of real-world use. Here's a link to where you can learn more, or buy, your own breeze-maker




RV Housekeeping: 
Make Your RV Oven Work Like it Really Should

Uneven baking results? Struggles to light the pilot? Why can't an RV oven be more like the one back home? Learn about some practical suggestions that can make your experiences with your RV oven more like Julia Child's than Olive Oyl's.  In the story we comment about a digital oven thermometer that can make getting along with your oven easier -- here's a link to it


Feature: Don't Let Your Travel Trailer Become a Runaway

Hitching up the trailer for a trip? Listen to some safety suggestions that can help keep your travel trailer where it belongs: Securely hitched up behind your tow vehicle. We explore hitches, safety chains, and more. Some may consider adding an extra line of defense against loosing their hitch ball -- here's a product that can help



Music credits:  "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major. Theme music for "RV Buying Experience": The Freak Fandango Orchestra performing Hitmans Lovesong feat. Paola G. End music on Odds and Ends, Fabian Measures performing Hanami Matsuri, all on freemusicarchive.org.  

Photo credits:

Brake alert: webster on flickr.com. Chill pill: mirjoran on flickr.com. Bread in the oven: public domain image. Endless Breeze fan: Amazon.com. Trailer hitch: mass.gov.  All others, including RV photo used in link to MP3 file, R & T De Maris. 

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