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Journalist Mike Wendland Travels North America in a Class B Motorhome

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Spritzing up your RV with Lavender at the Tumalo Lavender Farm

Lavender. Just the word brings olfactory recall, doesn’t it? Such a pleasant smell, such a pleasant flower. While we were RVing in the Pacific Northwest, I saw a notice in a local publication about a lavender farm that invited visitors. Before Mike could say “where are we headed today?”, I had the GPS programmed. The Tumalo Lavender Farm is located just outside of Bend, Ore., and is a 10-acre garden filled with the sweet fragrance of 10,000 mature plants, all grown organically, pollinated by s

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The Tech Gear I Take on the Road RVing

I get lots of questions and requests for suggestions and recommendations about the tech gear I use to capture and blog the reports I’m doing out on the road. I’m always adding various things, but here’s my latest update on the gear I like to take with me. My main video camera – I use the Canon XA20 Professional Video Camera. I love this camera. I got this in the fall of 2013 and have found it to be the perfect ”run-and-gun” camcorder, suitable for HD ENG work (Electronic News Gathering), event

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Amateur Radio and the RVer

Thanks to the Internet and email, text messaging and Facebook updates, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends and family while traveling. But a very active group of RVers takes such connectivity to a whole new level, out-Interneting even the Internet when it comes to being able to communicate with the world. They take their own radio stations with them. They are members of the Amateur Radio Chapter of the Family Motorcoach Association and their radio stations are ham radio transceivers that

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RV Trips: Florida Caverns State Park

The Florida Caverns State Park is one of those perfect half-a-day side trips, offering a guided tour of a fascinating geologic wonder, some nice hikes and an opportunity to kayak and explore a wilderness river that offers up a blue hole as a bonus. And at the end of the exploring, there’s a nice campground available, too, if you’re in need of a place to overnight. Located near the town of Marianna in Florida’s panhandle just off I-10, the underground tour offers inspiring vews of limestone sta

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Farewell to a Friend

"How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to.” – Anonymous I write this with tears steaming down my face. Our noble friend and companion, Tai, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge – that sappy, mythical but nevertheless comforting place where much-loved pets go to await their masters. He would have been 12 this December. I debated whether I should do a blog post about this. But Tai was so well known by the Roadtreking community that he was a celebrity in and of himself, of

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Our Roadtreking RV Burglarized in Illinois

Seven minutes is all it took for our RV to be burglarized, to lose $12,000 and counting worth of equipment – just about everything of value inside the motorhome except the dog. Yes, just seven minutes. That’s all it took for the bad guys to come into our space, take our stuff. We know it was only seven minutes, too, from our dash cam recording most of it. But as Jennifer points out, what they physically took are only things. The stuff is just that – stuff. And, yes, it isn’t fun, but it is

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The Bonding Power of the RV Lifestyle

No matter where or how you roll, the one thing all RVers have in common is the way the RV lifestyle seems to bring people together - literally and figuratively. For snowbirds, full-timers, near full-timers like Jennifer and me or weekend campers, it's the sheer joy of getting out and meeting new people or simply spending quality time with your spouse or friends. For families with younger children or grandchildren, it means bonding time away from the distractions of day-to-day living, TV, video

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I Hate it when RVers use construction generators

I Hate it when RVers use construction generators Now I have to admit that I’ve been one of the main encouragers as far as this boondocking movement goes – I have been telling folks to get out of... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Climbing Pikes Peak in an RV

Climbing Pikes Peak in an RV I’m often asked about the favorite things we’ve done in our Roadtrek eTrek. At the top of my list is mountain climbing. We used it to drive to the top of Pikes Peak, some... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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My RV as a Sag Wagon

My RV as a Sag Wagon After my massage on Tuesday I drove out of San Diego in my cute little Roadtrek, due east towards Yuma, Arizona. It was a beautiful afternoon drive through the mountains... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Protecting your digital assets

Protecting your digital assets In this information age, gathering up and securing the most important information – the critical passwords, user names, insurance, savings and important documents we have – is a vital task... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Travels with the eTrek: A photo montage

Travels with the eTrek: A photo montage Like a lot of RVers, I’ve been reviewing memories and photographs over the past couple of years. That’s what we do during the down time: Go back and look at... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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006 RV Podcast: The Migration of the Snowbirds

006 RV Podcast: The Migration of the Snowbirds It’s underway – the annual migration of the Snowbirds , with an estimated 2-5 million RVers  heading to the South and Southwest. That’s the featured topic in Episode 006 of... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Another reason to RV: It saves money

Another reason to RV: It saves money I knew RVing made a lot of sense for us as we travel about North America. It gives us freedom, mobility and we get to bring most of the comforts... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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The Making of a Roadtrek: The Movie

The Making of a Roadtrek: The Movie If  any of you have been to the Roadtrek factory in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada for a tour, you would have an idea of what it takes to build a Roadtrek,... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Dolly Towing With Our Roadtrek

Dolly Towing With Our Roadtrek We had no problems driving our 2015 Roadtrek CS Adventurous E-Trek while towing our Prius 1,900 miles to Arizona. End of story, right? Well, not exactly. Getting to that decision... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Our most-asked Roadtreking Question

Our most-asked Roadtreking Question I love getting reader mail and I do my best to answer them. But lately, as the fall RV RV shows start getting underway and lots of people are thinking... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Apps to help you find fall colors

Apps to help you find fall colors The annual fall foliage show is now underway as trees across North America begin turning color. I have some online resources available that can make your fall color RV travels... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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In the Black Hills: Custer State Park

In the Black Hills: Custer State Park Custer State Park was our favorite spot when traveling the Black Hills of South Dakota. If you want to see an abundance of wildlife along with great scenery, this is... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Campskunk’s back on the road in a new RV

Campskunk’s back on the road in a new RV After many long months, I was finally able to give my captors the slip and am now safely across the border at Port Huron and proceed west a few miles... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Here’s your chance to try out winter camping

Here’s your chance to try out winter camping Announcing, the first annual Winter Wonderland Roadtreking No Rules Rally,  to be held Jan 23-25 at the very snowy Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Last time I camped there that time... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Spontaneous Roadtreking

Spontaneous Roadtreking We’re the traveling trio- Olga, Laura and Ruka. Olga (stands for Old Ladies Get Aound)  is my comfy-ever-ready-super-cool-traveling machine that makes me feel a little bit like Dr. Who?, because... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Episode 1 – The Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast

Episode 1 – The Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast Here it is, the first of what will be a weekly program: The Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Podcast. This has been a lot of fun to do. This is a show... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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