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Journalist Mike Wendland Travels North America in a Class B Motorhome

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Mirrors: The Illusion of More Space

Mirrors: The Illusion of More Space One evening a giant Prevost  motorhome pulled into the campsite next to us. We were in an tiny old campground in a small town for a week while attending an... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Copper Harbor, MI – The end of the road

Copper Harbor, MI – The end of the road Everyone knows we Michganders love to represent our state by showing our hand. Here, try it. Take your left hand and extend it, palm facing out. That’s the Lower Peninsula,... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Places the guidebooks ignore

Places the guidebooks ignore I’m one of those eclectic travelers. It’s not that I disdain tour guides and “must see” sights. It’s more that I am amused by, and interested in, the funky, the... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Little Mods That Make RV Life Better: Forgetting to turn things off?

Little Mods That Make RV Life Better: Forgetting to turn things off? One of the joys of an older Class B is the absence of reluctance to make changes.  Over the years we have learned much from Roadtrek owners we encountered on... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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IPhone 6 Plus is Now My Main Mobile Device

That’s my old iPhone 5 on the left. The new gigantic iPhone 6 Plus on the right. For as 10 million other people have done over the past two weeks, I’ve upgraded to the new and very large iPhone 6 Plus. It’s massive 5.5-inch size was a big reason. I spend a lot of time online. Too much, in fact. And my eyes and my thumbs appreciate the extra real estate the new iPhone provides. The first thing I did after transferring all my apps and settings over to the new phone from iCloud (a process that

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Our Love Affair with Mackinac Island

For the better part of four decades, there is one place that has lured Jennifer and me back again and again, multiple times each year: Mackinac Island, located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. It’s a place where motor vehicles are prohibited and where RVs must be left on the mainland at the passenger ferry docks. On the island, the only transportation available is by walking, riding bicycles or by horse. Just 3.8 squar

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IPhone 6 Plus is now my main mobile device

IPhone 6 Plus is now my main mobile device That’s my old iPhone 5 on the left. The new gigantic iPhone 6 Plus on the right. For as 10 million other people have done over the past two weeks,... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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After 43 years, a return to Indiana Dunes

After 43 years, a return to Indiana Dunes The last time I was at the Indiana Dunes was on a field trip my senior year in high school. That trip was so cool that I knew some day... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Our love affair with Mackinac Island

Our love affair with Mackinac Island For the better part of four decades, there is one place that has lured Jennifer and me back again and again, multiple times each year: Mackinac Island, located in Lake... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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The Mysteries of the RV Water Pump

The Mysteries of the RV Water Pump Water pumps in Class B RVs, or pretty much all RVs for that matter, are just about the same. The basic design was developed back in the middle Cretaceous and... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Happy Holidays Any Time!

Happy Holidays Any Time! Earlier this summer, Olga, my RT Adventurous, went to the RV spa for some revitalizing treatments and beautifying. She got 2 new uber batteries. The retractable step was repaired... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Mini Office for Your Class B

Mini Office for Your Class B At times on the road we need more than a laptop computer – we need an entire office. The need arises to scan something or print something or even just... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Why We Like Boondocking Deep in the Woods

One question we get a lot when we talk about our love of being off the beaten path and away from everyone is, “Why? What do you do there.” This is as good a time as ever to try and answer that because, as I type, we are very deep in the woods, in the middle of the Pigeon River Country State Forest Area at the very top of the Michigan Lower Peninsula mitt, a 105,049-acre area so vast it rambles across Otsego, Cheboygan, and Montmorency Counties. This is one of our top five favorite places to g

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Why we like boondocking deep in the woods

Why we like boondocking deep in the woods One question we get a lot when we talk about our love of being off the beaten path and away from everyone is, “Why? What do you do there.” This... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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How We Roll in our RV: Tech use while on the road

How We Roll in our RV: Tech use while on the road Every week we get at least one question about how we use technology while traveling. In this edition of How We Roll in our RV, you get to see the... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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Hot Topic: Carrying firearms in an RV

Hot Topic: Carrying firearms in an RV It’s certainly one of the most controversial topics there is among RVers. I’m talking about guns and carrying them in your RV. I get reader questions on this all the... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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More RV Lessons from the Road

Since I released the post on the 10 lessons we’ve learned in our 75,000 miles of RV travel, several readers have asked for another installment. So here it is. This one, though, has 12 things we’ve learned from the road. 1) GPS units are all unreliable – If you rely totally on GPS to get you somewhere, sooner or later you’re going to miss your mark and be lost. In my role as a tech reporter for NBC affiliates, I’ve tried them all – Garmin, Magellan, TomTom, Rand McNally, the GPS apps, Google, V

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More RV Lessons from the Road

More RV Lessons from the Road Since I released the post on the 10 lessons we’ve learned in our 75,000 miles of RV travel, several readers have asked for another installment. So here it is. This... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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RV Side Trip: Deadwood, South Dakota

If you like gambling, you’ll probably love Deadwood. If not, probably not so much. After years of passing by on the way to the Badlands or Yellowstone and seeing the signs, Jennifer and I made a recent RV sidetrip to this town on the edge of the Black Hills of South Dakota. The entire city is listed on the National Historic Register. The city aggressively promotes itself as having done a careful, accurate restoration of a historically significant western city so we figured it was worth checkin

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RV Sidetrip: Deadwood, SD

RV Sidetrip: Deadwood, SD If you like gambling, you’ll probably love Deadwood. If not, probably not so much. After years of passing by on the way to the Badlands or Yellowstone and seeing the... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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National Bison Range: Perfect for a Class B RV Visit

The story of the American bison is one of the most sad and captivating episodes in U.S. history. Once thought to be limitless in number – an estimated 50 million ranged across North America before European settlement – they were hunted to near extinction in the late 1800’s. Greed by hunters and a calculated political effort to eliminate the food and main staple of the American Indian tribes were the reasons. From 50 million, the senseless slaughter left about 100 animals in the wild in the late

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National Bison Range is perfect for a Class B RV visit

National Bison Range is perfect for a Class B RV visit The story of the American bison is one of the most sad and captivating episodes in U.S. history. Once thought to be limitless in number – an estimated 50 million... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

Roadtrekingmike

Roadtrekingmike

 

Yellowstone Supervolcano is Not About to Blow, Says Park Service

Well, at least it’s not going to erupt anytime soon. Probably. This has been a strange year at Yellowstone National Park, which indeed sits atop a supervolcano. Two months ago, extreme heat from the thermal features below caused oil to bubble on a road surface and damage a 3.3-mile loop road that takes visitors past White Dome Geyser, Great Fountain Geyser and Firehole Lake. A couple months before that, some yahoo posted a video on YouTube purportedly showing bison in the park supposedly evac

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Yellowstone supervolcano is not about to blow, says park service

Yellowstone supervolcano is not about to blow, says park service Well, at least it’s not going to erupt anytime soon. Probably. This has been a strange year at Yellowstone National Park, which indeed sits atop a supervolcano. Two months ago,... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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RV Side Trip: UP Michigan’s Palm Book State Park

RV Side Trip: UP Michigan’s Palm Book State Park I had traveled throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula over recent years but had never heard of Palm Book State Park. Now that I know about it, who would want to travel... Roadtreking : The RV Lifestyle Blog - Traveling North America in a small motorhome Source

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