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Celebrating the RV Lifestyle by Mike and Jennifer Wendland. Tips, travel ideas, RV news and great interviews about the RV Lifestyle.

RV Podcast Mike Wendland

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Celebrating the RV Lifestyle by Mike and Jennifer Wendland. Tips, travel ideas, RV news and great interviews about the RV Lifestyle.

    The RV Podcast Meets Traveling Robert

    The RV Podcast Meets Traveling Robert

    This week on our RV Podcast interview of the week, we're going to continue our series of talking to other YouTubers and other bloggers who are out there covering the RV lifestyle. And I'm really excited to bring on as our special guest this week - Traveling Robert. He'll share his story and you'll get to know more about him and how that all his wonderful video and RV stores have come about. 







    Also this week, RV News of the week, Your RV Lifestyle Questions, Tips and another great off the beaten path report from the Burketts.







    Show Notes for Episode #278 Jan 22 2020 of The RV Podcast:







    WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK







    What a whirlwind two weeks this has been for us! First our annual winter campout in the snow in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and, all last week, the huge Florida RV Supershow in Tampa. 







    We should be tired, but instead we are so energized by the enthusiastic encouragement we received at the show from so many people. At times, we couldn't walk more than 10 feet without being recognized and it was so much fun meeting our Fellow Travelers in person that it's a wonder we got any work done, what with all the visiting. We so enjoyed meeting and making so many new friends! Look for a video on the show this Saturday.







    Speaking of videos, we are starting to get very excited about our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel on YouTube! We are just over 2,000 people shy of having 100,000 subscribers!







    Having 100,000 subscribers is a really big deal in the YouTube world and it has been a goal we have been working for hard over the past few years. You can help us reach that goal by subscribing to the channel.PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR RV LIFESTYLE CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE.We are almost there! Please, if you haven't yet subscribed, please help us reach our goal. If you are already a subscriber... THANK YOU! And please tell a friend.







    This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dish Outdoors, which lets RVers pay as they go and watch HD satellite television from wherever they are camped with easy to set up gear made with the RVer in mind. Just go to https://rvlifestyle.com/dish for details on the service and special deal just for listeners of this podcast.







    RV LIFESTYLE NEWS OF THE WEEK







    Norovirus to blame for 200 people sick with a stomach bug after visiting Yosemite Authorities believe they have discovered the source of a stomach illness that affected 200 people at Yosemite National Park recently: Norovirus. Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and stomach aches and typically occurs with 12-48 hours of exposure. It is spread from contaminated foods and surfaces, and person to person contact. Most of the 200 Yosemite visitors became sick the first week of January. Nebraska state parks offering Valentine's Day specials ...

    • 56 min
    Every place has a story

    Every place has a story

    Our guests this week are Tom and Patti Burkett, who share with us how they find all those fascinating off-the-beaten-path stories



    Show Notes for Episode #276 Jan. 15, 2019 of The RV Podcast:

    WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

    We’re recording this podcast at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We’re here for our annual winter camping trip, a gathering we've been doing now for seven years. Over 30 RVers from across the country joined us to hike, snowshoe, take photos and explore the beauty of the northwoods in winter.



    When this podcast is released, we should be in Tampa, Fl, where we'll be attending the Tampa RV Supershow. Every day from 2-3 PM, we'll be doing Meet and Greets at the Leisure Travel Vans display at the show. And on Thursday, Jan 16, from 5-9 PM, we'll be attending a big After Show party with other YouTube influencers and bloggers at the Wing House right near the fairgrounds. Please come by and say Hi. We'll have an invitation to the party to hand you, so look for us. When not at the LTV display, we'll be roaming the show shooting videos and reporting on what's new.



    This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dish Outdoors, which lets RVers pay as they go and watch HD satellite television from wherever they are camped with easy to set up gear made with the RVer in mind. Just go to https://rvlifestyle.com/dish for details on the service and special deal just for listeners of this podcast.

    RV NEWS OF THE WEEK

    Glacier National Park is replacing signs that predicted its glaciers would be gone by 2020

    The signs at Glacier National Park warning that its signature glaciers would be gone by 2020 are being changed. The signs in the Montana park were added more than a decade ago to reflect climate change forecasts at the time by the US Geological Survey. In 2017, the park was told by the agency that the complete melting off of the glaciers was no longer expected to take place so quickly due to changes in the forecast model. But tight maintenance budgets made it impossible for the park to immediately change the signs. The most prominent placards, at St. Mary Visitor Center, were changed last year. The park is still waiting for budget authorization to update signs at two other locations. But the glacier warning isn't being removed entirely. Instead, the new signs will say: "When they will completely disappear depends on how and when we act. One thing is consistent: the glaciers in the park are shrinking.



    5 free days you can visit a national park in 2020

    One of the terrific things about the National Park Service — aside from its duty to serve as the caretaker of America’s greatest outdoor spaces — is the annual designation of five days during the course of the year that are free to the public. Those five days have been announced for 2020:



    * 20:Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    * April 18:First day of National Park Week (a weeklong celebration of all parks)

    * 25:National Park Service birthday

    * 26:National Public Lands Day

    * 11:Veterans Day



    On these dates, you can visit any national park across the country without paying an entrance f...

    • 50 min
    RV Bucket List Destinations for 2020

    RV Bucket List Destinations for 2020

    This week in the RV Podcast, we present the 2020 RV Bucket list.



    Each year at this time we ask our audience to call in and leave us a message about their RV travel plans for the New Year. And we have a lively assortment of them to play for you in the Interview of the Week segment, coming up. You’ll find it fascinating where other RVers want to go, and why. And, we’re sure, come up with some new travel ideas as suggested by our audience.



    Also, this week, RV News, tips, questions, comments and a great off the beaten path report from the Burketts

    Show Notes for Episode #275 Jan. 7, 2019 of The RV Podcast:

    WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

    The Holidays are over. We packed away the last of the Christmas decorations this weekend and now it's time to hit the road.



    From Wednesday-Sunday, we'll be camping in the snow at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This is an annual event that we've been doing now for seven years. Over 40 RVers from across the country will be joining us to hike, snowshoe, take photos and explore the beauty of the northwoods in winter.



    The day after that event ends, we head to Tampa, Fl, where we'll spend from Jan. 14-18 attending the Tampa RV Supershow. Every day from 2-3 PM, we'll be doing Meet and Greets at the Leisure Travel Vans display at the show.



    And on Thursday, Jan 16, from 5-9 PM, we'll be attending a big After Show party with other YouTube influencers and bloggers at the Wing House right near the fairgrounds. Please come by and say Hi. We'll have an invitation to the party to hand you, so look for us. When not at the LTV display, we'll be roaming the show shooting videos and reporting on what's new.



    The after Show Party at the Wing House opens to the public at 6PM and is free. It promises to be really fun.



    Who will be there? Here’s the list:



    * Mike and Jennifer Wendland, RV Lifestyle, www.rvlifestyle.com

    * Peter Knize and John Sullivan, The RV Geeks, www.thervgeeks.com

    * Jason and Rae Miller, Getaway Couple, www.getawaycouple.com

    * Marc and Julie Bennett, RV Love, www.rvlove.com

    * Anthony Nalli, Creator and host of The RVers, www.thervers.tv

    * Kyle and Olivia Brady, Drivin’ and Vibin’, www.drivinvibin.com

    * Tom and Caitlin Morton, Mortons on the Move, www.mortonsonthemove.com

    * Nathan and Marissa Moss, Less Junk, More Journey, www.lessjunkmorejourney.com



    Come see us!



    This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dish Outdoors, which lets RVers pay as they go and watch HD satellite television from wherever they are camped with easy to set up gear made with the RVer in mind. Just go to https://rvlifestyle.com/dish for details on the service and special deal just for listeners of this podcast.

    RV LIFESTYLE NEWS OF THE WEEK

    Camping reservations for Canada's national parks unroll this month

    If you are planning on camping in one of Canada's beautiful national parks this summer, the reservation system will open in waves throughout this month. A handful opened last Friday. Others, like Jasper and Banff open this week, and others like Prince Edward Island, open January 20. For a complete list of when reservations open for each national park click a href=...

    • 53 min
    RV Travel when you are all alone

    RV Travel when you are all alone

    Welcome to another edition of the RV  Podcast - Your Guide to Freedom and Fun through RV Travel.  This week we meet a remarkable woman, Carolyn Rose of the YouTube Channel Carolyn’s RV Life. Carolyn left a big corporate job in the city for a life mostly spent in the boonies, traveling alone in her RV, to follow her dreams.



    Carolyn is our Interview of the Week on this 274th episode of the RV podcast, being released on Jan 1, 2020, the first day of a new year and a new decade. So Happy New Year Fellow Travelers and welcome to our New Year’s Day edition of the podcast. Besides the interview, we have RV News, your questions, and much more.



    But right now, my lifelong traveling companion and my bride…Jennifer. 



    WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK



    We took last week off for Christmas and have had a great Holiday season with family.



    Yesterday we traveled to Frankenmuth, MI, home of Bronner’s famous Christmas Wonderland. It was surprisingly crowded even though Christmas was last week and they don’t discount their decorations because they are open 361 days a year, closed only on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter.



    We’re getting ready for our annual winter campout in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula next week, where we’ll gather with several dozen RV Lifestyle Fellow Travelers.



    And the day after we get back from the UP, we head to Tampa, FL to spend a week at the Tampa RV Supershow. We’ll be doing Meet and Greets every day during the show from 2-3PM Eastern Time at the Leisure Travel Vans display.



    On Thursday Jan. 16, we’ll be at a big party that everyone is invited to that is held at the Wing House right near the Fairgrounds. We’ll put info in the shownotes for this episode at rvlifestyle.com/274



    On Friday we’ll be at the Islamorada Restaurant at Bass World in nearby Brandon to meet with a group of Leisure Travel Van owners. They call their club the Flamingoes.



    And every day during the show we’ll be roaming the fairgrounds doing stories. If you see be sure to introduce yourself!



    This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dish Outdoors, which lets RVers pay as they go and watch HD satellite television from wherever they are camped with easy to set up gear made with the RVer in mind. Just go to https://rvlifestyle.com/dish for details on the service and special deal just for listeners of this podcast

    RV LIFESTYLE NEWS OF THE WEEK

    People breaking rules and getting close to Yellowstone wolf pups being blamed their deathSad news out of Yellowstone National Park last week for all wolf lovers. Two wolf pups died after being struck by a car back in November. Officials said the pups’ death was tied to them losing their fear of humans. Park officials did their best to keep people away from the wolves - closing off the area around their den, requiring people stay 100 yards away when they left their den, hazing them to scare them of roads and people, and so on. But people kept breaking the rules and getting close for pictures. After losing their fear of humans, the pups kept getting too close to roads, which ultimately,  park officials said, led to them being hit by a vehicle and dying.



    New Mexico's White Sands National Monument is now White Sands National Park 

    It's now official: America has a new national park.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Keep Your Daydream and RV with Teenagers

    Keep Your Daydream and RV with Teenagers

    Our guests in RV Podcast Episode 273 are Marc and Trish of Keep Your Daydream (see https://keepyourdaydream.com) who share the joys and challenges of RV Life with teenagers. We talk about education on the road, earning an income as a fulltime RV traveler and getting along, having fun and experiencing all the joys that come from the RV Lifestyle. We love this couple and are sure after listening to this interview and watching the video version of our conversation as well…you will too!



    Plus, your comments, questions, RV News and tips.



    Notes for Episode #273 Dec. 18, 2019 of The RV Podcast:



    WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK



    JENNIFER

    Here we are a week before Christmas. Can you believe it? How time flies! I’ve been baking Christmas cookies the past couple of days and spent the last few hours decorating them with our daughter, Wendy and out two granddaughters Hua Hua and Rachel.



    MIKE

    How many did you decorate? I can’t believe how many you guys turned out. I’ll have to put a photo on the shownotes page. But man, they will be hard for me to resist!



    JENNIFER

    The secret is having just one… or maybe two.



    MIKE

    Dozen?



    JENNIFER

    You know!!! Meanwhile, though, we better let everyone know about the schedule. This episode is being released Wednesday December 18. Since we release our podcasts on Wednesday and next Wednesday is Christmas Day, we want you to know we will still be here with the podcast.



    MIKE

    In fact we will have a great interview with you next week with Carolyn Rose, of Carolyn’s RV Life, a very popular YouTube channel that chronicles Carolyn’s RV boondocking adventures. She’ll talk about RVing when you are all alone, a solo traveler. You will really enjoy meeting her and will not want to miss this episode!We also will have a podcast the following Wednesday, too--- January 1, New Year’s Day.



    JENNIFER

    And for the New Year’s Day podcast, need your help for that podcast. We need you to call in our voicemail number and share your 2020 Bucket List plans for us. Tell us where you want to go in your RV next year and why. You can share as much or as little as you want but we need to hear from you. We’ll edit all the voicemail responses together and Jennifer and share them as master RV Lifestyle 2020 Bucket List. Now to make that episode come together, we really, really need your help. The number to call to leave a message is 586-372-6990. 



    MIKE

    It’s just like leaving a message on any answering machine. Just call that number and tell us 1) What’s on your 2020 RV Bucket List and, 2) Why it’s on your list. Don’t worry, if you make a mistake, just start over. We’ll give the messages an edit if needed so you soon good. But to dedicate an episode to a Bucket List like this means we need you to call yours in. Again, that voicemail number is 586-372-6990.  Please call!



    JENNIFER

    Meanwhile, we are so excited to announce that our latest Seven Day Adventure Guide is done and you can download it instantly for just $7!

    MIKE

    It's a Guide to Florida's Gulf Coast from the Gulf Islands National Seashore to Naples and you can get it right now for $7 by Clicking Here!

    JENNIFER

    This digital guide (ebook) is written as a seven-day exploration of Florida’s Gulf Coast with a suggested route and itinerary, links to multiple campgrounds and boondocking sites, and the best spots to see along the way.

    MIKE

    You can hit everything in seven days, do a whirlwind weekend tour, or you can take your time and explore the area over ...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    RVing with an infant

    RVing with an infant

    We have a fun episode in store for you this week as we welcome Heath Padgett to the podcast. Many of you know Heath and his wife Alyssa, the hosts of the RV Entrepreneur Website, YouTube Channel and Podcast. Heath and Alyssa are a young couple who have traveled all over North America as a couple but, about six months ago, were blessed with the birth of a baby girl… Ellie.



    And now, they are RVing with an infant. Heath shares what that changes, compared to their previous traveling routines. And we talk about being an RV Entrepreneur and working remotely from the road.



    Also, we have lots of RV News, Tips, comments questions and another fun off-the-beaten-path report from the Burketts.



    But first my lifelong traveling companion and my bride…Jennifer.



    Show Notes for Episode #272 Dec. 11, 2019 of The RV Podcast;

    WHAT MIKE AND JENNIFER ARE UP TO THIS WEEK

    We are in Christmas mode here… hanging with family and friends, attending our grandkids Christmas recitals and concerts, getting the shopping done, the tree up and looking forward to the Big Day.



    Speaking of which, since Christmas and New Years’s Day both occur this year on Wednesday – our normal podcast release day – we will be taking off the 25th and January 1st from producing the podcast. So our last episode of the year will be next Wednesday, Dec. 18. And our next episode after that will be January 8.



    Also this week, we’re doing the finishing edits of our next 7 Day Adventure Guide ebook, which will cover Florida’s fabulous Gulf Coast.



    Barring unforeseen circumstances, it should be released next week. In fact I hope we can announce its availability on our Sunday night “Ask Us Anything” live broadcast on YouTube. If you’ve never caught us in that live Q&A show, just go to YouTube.com/RVLifestyle and subscribe. When you click the little bell icon, you will then be notified when we go live or have a new video to see.



    So the plan is to make it available after 7PM Sunday, to be officially announced on our YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. That way it will be able to help those snowbirds planning to head to Florida after the holidays. And just a heads up, our Seven Day Adventure Guide to the Gulf Coast will be followed in a few weeks with a Seven Day Adventure Guide to the Atlantic Coast… so we will soon have two guides out covering Florida. The Gulf Cast guide will be ready next week. So stay tuned!



    TO SEE ALL OUR CURRENT TRAVEL GUIDES AND E-BOOKS, CLICK HERE



    We hope you are enjoying this podcast. If so, will you help us get the word out? The best way to do that is to share a link to the RV Podcast by email or social media to friends who would benefit from all the RV travel information and advice we put out every week? Thanks for helping us get the word out about the RV Podcast!



    This part of the podcast is brought to you by Dish Outdoors, which lets RVers pay as they go and watch HD satellite television from wherever they are camped with easy to set up gear made with the RVer in mind. Just go to https://rvlifestyle.com/dish for details on the service and special deal just for listeners of this podcast.

    RV LIFESTYLE NEWS OF THE WEEK

    Invasive species pose real problems to the national parks

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

Jay Lione ,

Great podcast. Informative and practical.

Keep up the good work. My wife and I enjoy listening to your show, especially when we’re on the road traveling to some new destination.
Would love to hear more about your experience with ham radio. We monitor citizens band while traveling and have indeed found it to be useful, and I would love to hear more RV’ers on the air.
Great show.

ksyantrak5 ,

Biased against millennials

Mediocre content, heavy on ads, and frustratingly prejudiced towards younger folks (“millennials”) on many occasions. Please work on being more inclusive of your listeners, and people in general.

Skeet254 ,

Some good tidbits but caters to older demographic

You can get decent basic info about RVing here. The show seems severely slanted towards the wealthy, white, retired, Baby Boomer RVer. The style of RVing the show covers assumes you have a ton of disposable cash to spend on your rig and gadgets and toys for it. The show is punctuated by a slew of ads for expensive gear and high end RV dealers. The hosts’ travels are frustratingly dull and devoid of real adventure and more focused on clubby get togethers for seniors. The show notes on the website contain the info you need without having to listen to the shows.

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