Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Program Notes - Episode 9 - March 26, 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: How Much Battery Power do You Need?

In our last episode we talked about how and where to put more batteries to increase your power "bank account." In this episode we help you calculate just how big that "bank" needs to be. Click here for worksheets and tables to help you in your quest.








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.








This Week's Feature: Will deferred maintenance affect your National Park Visit?

The Park Service is far behind in handling routine maintenance at parks around the country. We put it on a scale most of us can envision as we talk with the Superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park. Learn how and why things got so far behind, and what RVers and other visitors can expect when they visit their national treasures.  


Music credits for this episode: "Down in the Boondocks" theme: shorthopper, "jack-n-jill-guitar-banjo", on freesound.org under license. "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major on freemusicarchive.org. De Falla, Ritual Fire Dance by Illinois Brass Band is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License and from freemusicarchive.org -- used in opening segment. Grand Canyon Suite, by Eric Pancer. Published February 13, 2010. Usage Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States  Barbara Schubert, conducts the Dupage Symphony Orchestra, performing the Grand Canyon Suite, by Ferde Grofe. Used in "feature" segment, from freemusicarchive.org. 

Photo credits:  RV awing: U.S. Forest Service. Closed canyon, wet wipes, and RV photo used in link to mp3 file, R & T De Maris. All others, public domain. 



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Your RV Podcast Program Notes - Episode 8 - March 19, 2015




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Cyber Corner:  An app to help you find NPR stations

If you find yourself classed as an "NPR junkie," you know how difficult it can be to be on the road and not be able to find an NPR station. We've found the perfect app for your Apple or Android device.

NPR station finder is easy, accurate, and free for download and use. You can find out more about the app on or download it. For Android, click here. Apple users, go here.     




This Week's Feature: To toad -- or not to toad. The motorhomer's dilemma.  


Having a motorhome is great fun on the road. But what about when you drop anchor and settle into the campground? Should you have a "toad" or "dingy" to get around the area, or use the convenience of the motorhome instead. We examine both sides of the issue with input from motorhome owners on both sides of the tow hitch.


RV Housekeeping: A couple of thoughts from the galley.

If Rodney Dangerfield thought he had problems getting respect, he should have spent a day as a common dishpan. These little-thought-of kitchen slaves can make your RVing lifestyle easier, and properly used, help you spend less time at the dump station. Listen to our story, then click the link to learn more about one sold on Amazon. Camco 43516 Mini Dish Pan


And for less time in the galley, listen to some pre-trip food prep ideas from Tiña, our show producer. A little time spent fixing before you leave home base can translate to a lot of time saved delivering delicious meals on the road.


RV Product Review: Cut through that stubble with the new ShaveTech.

For what may be a most unusual "RV" product, we review this slim, lightweight, and USB-rechargeable grooming accessory. After you've heard the review (and the shaver itself) you can learn more or get your own by clicking the link. Shavetech USB Rechargeable Travel Razor.


RV Boondocking: Add more battery muscle to your RV. 

All those power-hungry devices making demands on your RV batteries? Here's how you can safely add more battery power to your rig. Tips on how to do it, and where to do it. And more information on a vented battery box at this link.









Odds and Ends: National parks, monuments, and news from the weird file.

This month marks the 75th anniversary of California's Kings Canyon National Park. Learn how it almost didn't happen, and why we can be glad that it did.

The little-known Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument is one of the darkest night-places in the Lower 48. Little visited, it's a trip not for the faint-of-heart, nor the unprepared.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Your RV Podcast Program Notes - Episode 7 - March 12, 2015




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Rookie RV:  Is There a Slide-Out too Far?

Can you run your RV slide-out too far out? How to do you take care of these wonderful rooms that make room out of thin air? We answer these questions that puzzle new RVers -- and add a few other points.    






This Week's Feature: Tips for the Solo RVing Woman 


Janet Groene, an experienced solo RVer, answers questions in our interview. How can the woman who solo RVs overcome fears? Are there dangers lurking on the roadways? How about a support network?

Janet's years of RVing experience will delight RVers of all genders. The author of numerous books, thousands of articles, and publisher of multiple blogs -- all on RVing, you'll enjoy her insights.  Visit Janet's website devoted to women who RV.


RV Tech Talk: Get the Real Chill from Your RV Air Conditioner


You may not believe it, but the heat is already on in some parts of the country. Even if you're still up to your knees in white stuff, we provide pre-season maintenance and service tips to ready your RVs "chiller" to keep you refreshed in the long, hot summer ahead.

Our discusstion centers on both inside work you can do now -- even if there's a ton of the white stuff piled up at your house -- and the outside work to undertake when your weather improves.





RV Mailbag: Our listeners sound off. 

We love to hear from you, and this week, we share some of the communiques we've received. Please keep them coming -- they help us refine our show to make it truly Your RV Podcast.












Music credits for this episode: "Down in the Boondocks" theme: shorthopper, "jack-n-jill-guitar-banjo", on freesound.org under license. "This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major on freemusicarchive.org. 

Photo credits: Woman on rock:  blondinrikard on flickr.com, some rights reserved. Janet Groene headshot, courtesy Janet Goene. Air conditioner fins and filter photos, R&T De Maris. All others, public domain. 



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Your RV Podcast Program Notes - Episode 6 - March 5, 2015





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R&T De Maris
RV Boondocking: Getting Out the Sewage -- With a Blue Boy!

Apologies to the famous artwork, but the RVer's Blue Boy is a handy way of disposing of black and gray water without having to move the RV. A few tips on how to use -- and sometimes improve, these nifty necessities.   







R&T De Maris
This Week's Feature: Travel Gems -- Utah's Little Grand Canyon. 


It may not be the same as Arizona's Grand Canyon, but for starry nights, majestic scenery, and artwork from ancient cultures, all without crowds, you can't beat the the haunting landscape of the San Rafael Swell. The local tourism agency provides excellent directions, and additional information. Click here to get it.




US Fish & Wildlife Service
RV Driving Tips: Watch Out! Road Gator Ahead!


Those nasty rubber reptiles inhabiting the highways and byways of America can jump up and do severe damage to your rig. Here's how to catch them, before they catch you.







Cyber Corner: Keeping Your Privacy While Using Public WiFi

Nasty criminals may lurk at your favorite Starbucks or McDonalds, just waiting to intercept your private Internet communications. We share tips on how to protect your cyber privacy from skulking stalkers.








dwstucke on flickr.com
Odds and Ends: Pilot/Flying J Pulls the Rug on RVers

Just when you thought you really had discounts on fuel, propane, and RV dumping fees, one of the nation's largest truck stop and travel plazas pulls the plug on a good deal. And a how so-called "isolated incidents" can short-change you at the fuel pump.



Music credits for this episode:

"Down in the Boondocks" theme: shorthopper, "jack-n-jill-guitar-banjo", on freesound.org under license. 
"This Week's Feature" theme: Soni Ventorum Wind Quartet, performing: Danzi's Wind Quartet Opus 67 No. 3 in E-Flat Major on freemusicarchive.org.
Indian flute on "This Week's Feature," "Kerri" on freesound.org.  

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