RV Navigator

RV Navigator Podcast

The digital home for RVers. RVing is not camping anymore. It has evolved into a high tech life style that requires maintaining many technology systems. This podcast addresses the myriad issues that arise while traveling in an RV. The podcasters travel extensively in their RV, so they can share their experiences with listeners in a fun and interesting style. Contact us at navigator@rvnavigator.com

RV Navigator Episode 173 - Everthing Ecuador
Twenty-seven days in Ecuador gave us a chance to explore diverse areas of this small country. These 3+ weeks in Ecuador allowed us to visit the Amazon rain forest, Galapagos islands, and Andes mountains all within a country that is the size of Nevada. Small but diverse with rural-urban, hot-cold, and wet,-dry regions all on the Equator. For a small country in South American, Ecuador has a lot to offer. Our first stop was Quito, the capital. At 9000 ft and surrounded by volcanoes (some active) it is a sce...


RV Navigator Episode 173 - Everthing Ecuador
Twenty-seven days in Ecuador gave us a chance to explore diverse areas of this small country. These 3+ weeks in Ecuador allowed us to visit the Amazon rain forest, Galapagos islands, and Andes mountains all within a country that is the size of Nevada. Small but diverse with rural-urban, hot-cold, and wet,-dry regions all on the Equator. For a small country in South American, Ecuador has a lot to offer. Our first stop was Quito, the capital. At 9000 ft and surrounded by volcanoes (some active) it is a sce...

RV Navigator Episode 172 - Getting it Fixed
Every RV needs to be repaired from time to time. Newmar has opened a very modern service center with campground for its owners. How you'll get your RV fixed might be a factor when you come to buy an RV either new or old. Newmar pride itself on fixing any RV that it has manufactured regardless of age. Not every manufacturer will stand behind its entire line of products this way. We were in the service center campground to have our captains chair ((driver and passenger) recovered with new fabric. Not some...

RV Navigator Episode 170 - Storm Clouds
With Memorial Day behind us, we are ready for summer and the warm weather to begin. But, spring is still bringing rain and cold. We were worried about frost and the motorhome so we had to leave the heat on for a couple of nights this month. With June’s arrival, we are looking for long days and warm nights but of course we’ll be a home. We let our camping families have the campgrounds in the summer. Their season is short and we can visit any part of the year, so we’ll head out again in the fall. Howeve...


RV Navigator Episode 171 - Agressive birds
A quiet month for us. In summer we fall in to routine activities centered around home in Chicago. We did do our yearly “exercise the motorhome” trip to Lake Geneva, Wis. (about 2 hrs from home) for 3 nights at a state park. We focus on photography topics this month - our camera choices, new photo options, and thoughtful ideas about photography and RVing are our main focus this month. On our short trip, we were attacked by birds - literally. Why would a cardinal keep flying into the motorhome for days? We...

RV Navigator Episode 169- Up the East Coast
April 1st we fired up the RV for the trip back to Chicago. This was to be a meandering journey that would up the month. We planned to visit Savannah, Washington DC, Charlotte SC, and the Laurel Highlands of SE PA. All went well on this journey as we explain in this months podcast. We had several new systems to test out on this 1200 mile trip. Although we had not been to these destinations in quite a few years, it was nice to relive earlier experiences. We enjoyed Washington DC because of the welcome i...

RV Navigator Episode 168- To the Cold South
this episode we are focused on our recent trip to Antartica. At the end of February, we headed South - way sou In th. In the land of ice, snow and rock that makes up the 7th continent. This land mass has no native animals, insects or plants (aside from a few liken). So why visit such a desolate place? The landscapes are bleak but beautiful with black rocky peaks and crisp white snow. The marine life is abundant with penguins, seals, whales, birds and many smaller lifeforms. Cruising is the only way to...


RV Navigator Episode 168- The Cold South
In this episode we are focused on our recent trip to Antartica. At the end of February, we headed South - way south. In the land of ice, snow and rock that makes up the 7th continent. This land mass has no native animals, insects or plants (aside from a few liken). So why visit such a desolate place? The landscapes are bleak but beautiful with black rocky peaks and crisp white snow. The marine life is abundant with penguins, seals, whales, birds and many smaller lifeforms. Cruising is the only way to ...

RV Navigator Episode 167- The Shortest Month
February is always short, but because we are leaving for Antartica in late February, we are getting ready early. This maybe a time when we’ll be totally out of touch at the beginning of the month and thus not able to do the podcast, so we did it early. Our 17 day sailing will take us further south than we've ever been at the end of their summer. However we are expecting cold - in the 20s. This is a big change from February in FL. This month has been very warm while the rest of the country is mired in col...

RV Navigator Episode 166- The Golden Age of Podcasting
CBS News came a calling to check out our podcast this month. This took the form of a 4 man crew coming to our RV site in FL to set-up and record your RV Navigator being interviewed by CBS Correspondent David Pogue. This took place on January 4th with the final product airing on January 20th CBS Sunday Morning program. Our segment (1 minute & 11 seconds) was part of a longer segment (5 minutes) called “The Golden Age of Podcasting” with more info on podcasting in general. This was all quite exciting fo...


RV Navigator Episode 165- A Warm Welcome to 2019
We begin our 13th year of the RV Navigator in the warmth of Florida. This episode is our annual NYE edition which features champaign and fun as the new year begins. Lots of RV tech topics to cover as your hosts share their adventures of the past year....

RV Navigator Episode 164- Back2Back2Back
Once again we are on the road away from our motorhome so we don't have alot of RVing news. Back from our 3 cruise itinerary to Spain with a sail back to Miami. We sailed on a small 100 passenger ship within Spain and Portugal, then a super cruiser with 5500 passengers for 12 days to Miami and finally a 3100 passenger ship to Bahamas. We share our impressions of these very different cruising experiences in this episode. We’ve now driven to Chicago to be at home for family time during holidays. Oh, yes, ...

RV Navigator Episode 163- Small Ship Adventure
We’re off on a 39 day trip to Portugal, Spain and a transAtlantic sailing to Miami. Leaving from our winter home in Florida, first flying to Lisbon for an 11 day small ship cruise to Barcelona. This itinerary would have easily been done via a bus tour - so why would you do it by cruise ship? The world of cruising is quickly changing and we note many of those as we explain how a small ship experience is different from a large ship cruise. We had a chance to try out various ebikes on this trip - have you giv...


RV Navigator Episode 162- Happy Fall Y'all
Rvers need to be flexible and mobile. We planned to be in SC this month, but the hurricane had other plans so we headed to FL early. After stopping in Gaffney SC for a quick check up of the MH, we were planning to visit relatives near the coast of SC. However, this was just as the hurricane was scheduled to make landfall, so we packed and spent most of the month on our new lot at The Great Outdoors in Titusville. Unfortunately, once again mother nature surprised us. The weather in FL was very hot and h...

RV Navigator Episode 161 - RnR for RVers
R’n’R - you know rants and raves. A wide range of topics in this month, from digital cameras to diesel vs gas to credit cards. Yes we have some strong views & as always we share. Feel free to share, we want to hear from you via email or Google plus....

RV Navigator Episode 160 - Staycation v2
We pick up on several trending topics including hot skin, water heaters, new apps, and long term RVing with an interview. Loads of great news from the world of RVing in Gillette WY for the FMCA Rally. Tune in for a full report....


RV Navigator Episode 158 - Back from the Outback
After 23 days at sea from Australia (and the outback), we arrived home in IL for the summer. We spend summers at home so that families can have the campgrounds during their summer holidays. However, with more and more RVs being sold and on the road, campsites are sometimes at a premium. We share our views on the camping crunch that the industry is experiencing during this boom time. We look at camping strategies to use during the busy summer months and beyond to make sure that your camping experience is ...


RV Navigator Episode 156 - A Day Ahead
On the road in Sydney Australis this month. We are currently about 1 day ahead of our usual world - confusing to say the least. We left mid month for a 53 day journey that ends with us sailing back to Seattle from Sydney, Australia. It started with a long flight to Fiji where we spent a few days recovering from jet lag. This was a total day for night swap so it takes a while to make the adjustment. Another 5 hours landed us in Sydney for the start of our land tour of the interior of Australia. We did mos...

RV Navigator Episode 155 - No longer tourists
When in your travels do you shed the tourism mode and become more local? I think it has happened for us in Tucson with this visit. So this month we’ve just enjoyed the winter warmth (with a bit of cold) to do home like activities. Join us for the details...

RV Navigator Episode 154 - Record warmth in Tucson
Winter in the North means we are in the warm - this year in Tucson, AZ. After a brief encounter with winter in IL, we flew back to LV for a week before heading down to Tucson via Quartzsite and Pheonix. Then on to Tucson for a couple of months in the sun. Tucson is always sunny but often cool in January. This year turned out to be the warmest January in their history with 14 days above 75 degrees (very pleasant) and only a couple of freezing mornings. We enjoy the outdoor activities provided by this are...


RV Navigator Episode 151 - Americas Loneliest Highway
Rt 50 is considered to be the loneliest highway and we traveled much of it this month as we traversed several deserts and vast planes of CA and NV. We also visited several NPs including Crater Lake, Lassen, Great Basin, & Yosemite. Spending just a few few nights in each, we have had a block buster month of RVing ending in Cedar City UT (Cedar Breaks NM). We have driven across hundreds of miles of desolate landscape on RT 50. One sign indicated that the next service (fuel) was 167 miles ahead. In that tim...


RV Navigator Episode 149 -A Fresh Start
Summer is nearly over but our travel are just beginning. We’re on our way west to Rocky Mt, NP earlier than expected after Martha’s surgery so we’re starting new. We had carved out until the first of the year for her recovery, but it is a bonus to be able to leave in September. Our plan is to pick up some of the NPs that we missed on our last trip west. We'll be headed South to Tucson for a couple of the winter months after the first of the year. Last months eclipse was an event to be remembered. A 5 h...


RV Navigator Episode 147 - Redux mobile internet
After a month of PT and careful walking, Martha is recovering from her foot surgery. She no longer has a cast or needs walking aids (we've had a knee scooter, walker, and cane this month) so we see major improvement from the original days after surgery in May. With Martha on the road to recovery, we are again making travel plans but we are still at home in IL. This month we feature a return interview with Marc & Sara from a year ago. When we saw them last, they were driving their new motorhome from the fa...

RV Navigator Episode 146 - Staycation
At home again for several months as Martha recovers from foot surgery. Her inability to climb stairs & walk freely will keep us at home. We have lots of interesting RV topics to share. Many new RVers are getting on the road so we’re answering questions...


RV Navigator Episode 144 - Too Much Travel? NOT
The beginning of April finds us traveling again. We are currently sailing the high seas on our way from Singapore to Rome for a total of 30 days. However we began March in Cuba so we spend some time debriefing our Cuba adventure. It was not your usual Caribbean island adventure. Our tour involved several intense cultural experiences - as required by our visa. We traveled about t1500 miles from rural Cuba to Havana. Most roads (even the 6 lane expressway) have almost no traffic. Private cars and even ...

RV Navigator Episode 143 - Inside Cuba
A quick flight from Miami brought us to Cuba for a long planned 12 day tour of this forbidden island. We started in the East with our trip heading to Havana in the next week. I have been worried about the viability of the internet (Wifi) in Cuba, but have been pleasantly surprised. Not free, but fairly fast so it was worth the cost. As I write this, the actually podcast has been successfully uploaded, so only this linking file (XML) is necessary to make it active. This should not be a problem. We'll be s...


RV Navigator Episode 141 - Welcome 2017
Our annual NYE live recording of the podcast is on location at TGO in Florida. Warm weather allowed us to record outdoors and with a glass or two of champaigne. We even had an audience some podcast listeners joined us to welcome the new year....


RV Navigator Episode 136- What's Peace of Mind Worth?
July was a month at home, but we are thinking of RV topics. We do an extended interview with our single RVer friend Mike about his adventures since our last interview. Now that his rig is more that a year old, he is considering an extended warranty. Does an extended warranty give you peace of mind? It should, but do the contracts really deliver what most RVers expect in terms of service. Hear our take on this topics (with RNR) plus bad weather horror stories, getting into VR and drones....



RV Navigator Episode 132 - Travels to Patagonia
Major travels this month to the bottom of the world in South America. We spent 22 days away from the RV in Chile & Argentina traveling to the remote Patagonia region. Follow our adventures on the sea and land as we tour the bottom of the world....

RV Navigator Episode 131- Modernism = 1950s
We are traveling in the desert west this month with stops in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, and Lake Havasu. Lots of photo ops as we attended the fireworks extravaganza & modernity week on our travels. We also visited Death Valley NP. Good weather made these adventures lots of fun. Death Valley which boosts the hottest temperatures in the world, was a pleasant 70 degrees at this time of year. This park is very large with several camping opportunities. The newest option are the FHU sites at Furnace Creek wh...


RV Navigator Episode 128 - Boondocking Africa Style
This month is our full report on our African Safari this month. We returned from 28 days on the Dark Continent with a 1000s of great animal photos and wonderful memories of a great trip. Our adventure ended mid month with a very long flight home and days of jet lag. We did manage to get some RV questions answered and interesting topics discussed on this edition of the RV Navigator....

RV Navigator Episode 127 - Fix it and head off on Safari
Even a fairly new RV needs repairs so this month we visited Newmar in Indiana. Thus just before heading for Dubai, UAE & Nairobi, Kenya for our African Safari. These plus lots of good RVing and travel info make up this episode....



RV Navigator Episode 123 - Maine Caravanning
After several weeks at home, we began our 2 month adventure that will go as far north as Labrador. The trip out involves 1200 miles to get to the caravan starting point. Lots of topics invade this podcast so give it a listen....

RV Navigator Episode 122 - Watch & the RV Navigator
June fines us home with plans to leave at the end of the month for the Canadian Maritimes for the rest of the summer. Lots of tech talk today as Ken has been using his Apple Watch for most of the month, plus serval other tech topics make up this episode....



RV Navigator Episode 116 - Home for the Holidays
After a quick 2 weeks in the USVI (St Thomas and St John), we made it home for TG & Xmas. This month we focus on gifts for RVers. See the episode web page for all of the links and pictures. Many listeners contributed to the list via the Google Plus page. Thanks & happy holidays to all of our listeners....



RV Navigator Episode 111 - The Transition
This is the story of transition from the old RV to the 2012 Dutch Star motorhome. Will our stuff fit? How will it drive? Will be like all electric? What modifications will we make? All questions on the agenda....

RV Navigator Episode 109 - Beyond Winter
We return home to winter after months of sun in AZ. I re-winterized the RV & prepared for some summer weather, only to be disappointed. New ideas & new topics are on our agenda this month as we dissect the winter travels. Next month we’ll be in Japan....










RV Navigator Episode 83 - Alaska or Bust
Our long awaited trip to Alaska begins this month with the long drive across the US to the Canadian Rockies. Follows us for the next few months as we explore our 49th state. Of course, we have lots more topics in the show, so take a listen....

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RV Navigator Episode 77 - RV or Caravan, it's all in the name
Another podcast from the high seas without an RV. This months episode features an interview with some fellow RVers (Caravaners in their eyes) from Great Britain. They travel in their rig for months at a time by heading south to Spain....

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RV Navigator Episdoe 75 - Locked In?
Home once again for a month while we get ready for the next adventure. Your navigators share some tech tips,updates, and gadgets as well as full timing surprises. These along with the usual banter make this an interesting episode....

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RV Navigator Episode 74 - End of the Road?
A flood caused detour found us at the end of the road - How to proceed was our dilemma. This plus many other observations and adventures are shared by your Hosts in this episode from upstate NY Wine country. News, also, for work campers, blogers, & apps....

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RV Navigator Episode 73 - Hurricane be Damned
We ended the episode with the wind howling outside our RV's window. We are glad to report that all is well in Irene's aftermath although it was a close call for us in Vermont. We are reporting from coastal Maine this month and many adventures to share....

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RV Navigator Episode 72 - Sailing on
A final thanks for those who voted for us. We have been cruising this month on the Carnival Glory out of NYC. Despite this time away, we have many RV topics on the agenda for this month. Emails have prompted some interesting discussion about RVing....

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RV Navigator Episode 71 - Keeping it Cold
Big Thanks to all who voted for us in the recent Best Cruiser award - we won. We have been busy updating the RV in Elkhart for the past couple of weeks. New floor, fridge update and engine repair. These interesting topics plus our usual banter & topics....

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RV Navigator Episode 70 - Hot time at Spartan
After a fire safety demonstration we realized how much we didn't know about RV fires & emergency procedures, so we share with you what we learned. We answer listener emails, new web sites, and great products for RVers as part of this episode....

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RV Navigator Episode 69 - Is $10/night camping for you?
This month we have camping ideas from around the globe as we talk with a listener in the MIddle East about camping. This plus the usual Rving new and events will round out an exciting show. We appreciate those who have voted for us at budgettravel.com....

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RV Navigator Episode 68 - Remember the Royal Wedding
After more than 4 months on the road, we arrived back in our stationary house late in April. We took a couple of extra days driving from SC to skirt the constant heavy storms that have plagued the southeast this spring. Without a fixed schedule we were able to avoid the storms with a few extra days in the warm. The Chicago area has been very rainy and cold both before and since our arrival. You ask why did we come home so early - that’s my question, too. We can now enjoy the hight gas prices of the Ch...

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RV Navigator Episode 67 - Why High Point?
We do see signs of Spring, but it is still too cold to be at home so we continue to travel the mid south. Lots of new RV topics are discussed in this episode including the most popular RVs, Trucker GPSs, digital TV meter, and new websites....

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RV Navigator Episode 66 - Louisiana Cajun
A few miles from New Orleans is the Cajun country noted for seafood & music. We spent a nice couple of weeks enjoying both before heading to Natchez to travel the Trace north. We share tips and some new gadgets during this episode for our listeners....

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RV Navigator Episode 65 - The Full Mardi Gras
Twelve days in New Orleans gave us a chance to really have the full Mardi Gras experience. Ending on Fat Tuesday, it was an extravaganza unlike anything we have experienced before. We bring you all of the details and our impressions of this event....

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RV Navigator Episode 64 - Across the Panhandle
Leaving warm Sarasota we headed north to what turned out to be more great weather in the Florida panhandle. This area combines the best of old & new Florida with great camping and reasonable prices. We also share several email comments from listeners....

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RV Navigator Episode 63 - Moving on
After a month in place, we start the engine to head northwest on the trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. This episode features an interview with Bob & Linda full timers who are making some big changes after several years on the road....

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RV Navigator Episode 62 - Sun'n'Fun or Fun'n'Sun
Our report on the differences between winter RVing in Florida compared with wintering in Texas. We have been in the RV bubble in Florida for over 2 weeks, so we have some interesting comparisons to make. This plus the latest RVing news....

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RV Navigator Episode 61 - Florida cold, show super
After spending a week on the Atlantic coast we head to the Tampa Super show. Listeners, show highlights, and repairs have dominated our time at the show. What's happening and what are the trends in RVing is our main topic....

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RV Navigator Episode 60 - Escaping the snow
We begin our usual trip south for the winter as we celebrate episode 60, our 5th year of doing the podcast. This year takes us to Florida and several adventures in the southland this winter. Class A or 5th Wheel? What's with megapixels? Topics for #60....

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RV Navigator Episode 59 - Sleeping through the month
We have yielded to listener request by adding a mid month version of the RV Navigator. We never thought this podcast would generate such interest, but if you want to hear our rantings, you'll now get them more often. The RVers Xmas list is our topic....

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RV Navigator Episode 58 - RV Navigator times two
We always find it hard to believe that we have so many loyal listeners, but we hear from them regularly each month so it must be true. Based on the number of downloads the RV Navigator is reaching quite a large number of interested RVers and others hungry for information. With this in mind, we are going to succumb to listener suggestions that we take the podcast to a new level of frequency - bi monthly. Is this vanity or are we really filling a niche? The iTunes comments are great and your email feedba...

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RV Navigator Episode 57 - Digging the RV Navigators
This months RVing adventure was a short 4 days in Parke County Indiana home of 32 covered bridges. Covered bridge may conjure up images of New England but Indiana's Parke County has more in a compact space than anywhere else. They have 5 driving routes of about 35 miles each that take visitors to all of the bridges. Some are still in use while others are just along the road side as tourist stops. Many are from the 1800s with other from the early 1900s and all are in fairly good shape. Visitors can at l...

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RV Navigator Episode 56 - About RVing at Sea
Our cruise continued into September as we enjoyed the Crown Princess for almost a month of cruising on our way to New York City. After some difficulty uploading last months changes, we are back with good internet and easily able to make this months deadline. Sorry to those who were looking for the Rv Navigator on September 1, but although finished, it was just not possible to get it uploaded. This month we are back home ready to focus on the RVing lifesyle that we love so much. As regular listeners kn...

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RV Navigator Episode 55 On the Road far away
We come to your this month from the oceans around the British Isles several thousand miles from home. Once again we are doing "RVing on Steroids" on a cruise ship - no navigating, no cooking, no cleaning. Join us for some RV news at sea....

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RV Navigator Episode 54 - Hitting "The Rally"
We headed south in July knowing that the temperatures would be on the rise as we hit Louisville, KY. This was the site of the largest RV show in the country this year so we felt compelled to see the show regardless of the summer heat. We did spend a couple of extra days on each end checking out Indiana State parks, but the main event was in Louisville, just across the Ohio River in Kentucky. Almost 2900 RVs parked in the lots of the Kentucky Expo Center made the place seemed jammed. Some paid extra for ...

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RV Navigator Episode 53 - A Spartan Trip
RV manufactures generally do not build the entire RV because they buy the chassis with engine from chassis builder. Once the chassis leaves their factory, the RV manufacturer adds the body and interior. Responsibility for warranty and repair of the chassis and engine is Spartans (in our case). At a chassis rally we learned about how to maintain and use our motorhome under pinnings. Obviously it is important to keep all of these systems in good working order and maintained so that you will arrive at your...

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RV Navigator Episode 52 - The Long Way Home
After 4+ months of travel on the road, we headed back North to the Chicago area to visit our stick home. Having traveled about 7 months out of the last year, we wonder if having a home is really worth it. It is, however, nice to be "home" again. The Chicago summers are pleasant and the list of activities is extensive. So we'll be on the home front until mid-August when the wanderlust will catch up with us again. After detouring around Nashville and other flooded point of Tennessee, we made our way nort...

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RV Navigator Episode 51 - From BBQ to Cajun
We have been on the road most of the month, although for us that means staying for a week or so at a time in each campground. After the Texas coastal experience, we headed in land to check out the Texas Hill country near Austin. Spring in this area brings the Bluebonnets to life creating a blue tapestry on the side of the road. This is all courtsey of Lady Bird Johnson. She was a wild flower lover and had the seeds spread along the highways of the the area. The LBJ ranch is in the region so she spend al...

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RV Navigator Episode 50 - A shady story
I toyed with making some lame Aprils fools joke this month, but we did not want to mislead our listeners. We make enough honest mistakes so that intentional ones would not be appreciated. The RVIA reports that February RV shipments to dealers is up 95% over last year, so maybe we can be optimistic about RVing next year. Plus have lots more company in the campgrounds. Our travels have taken us to the Gulf beaches of Texas near Houston. As many of your will remember, just 18 months ago they were hit by a ...

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RV Navigator Episode 49 - Black skies in the night
Waiting, waiting, waiting in the RGV for the weather to finally warm enough to hit the road. We have many plans for travel in Texas, but this winter has been cold even here, so we are waiting until El NIno gets through with winter. Mid month we headed off to west Texas and Big Bend National Park. We wanted to give this area enough time - no rushing the itinerary so we scheduled 2 weeks for the NP and associated state parks. In retrospect, this was plenty of time for us. If you were a avid hiker, bird...

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RV Navigator episode 48 - Exploring the RGV
After arriving in South Texas in late December, we have spent a stationary month in the Rio Grande Valley. This month, we interviewed some long time fulltimers, attended the local RV show, & did some comparisons of the RGV & other warm weather spots....

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RV Navigator Episode 47 - From flurries to bugs
Leaving home in the winter is always a challenge and this year was no exception. However, 4 days later in Texas, our windshield was loaded with warm weather bugs. This episode made on the last day of the decade, includes some old and some new topics....

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RV Navigator Episode 46 -This is the life
Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving from your RV Navigators. Oh, yes we are on the road again but not in the RV. After a cold couple of weeks in Northern Europe to begin the trip, we have made our way to Rome and points south as we head eventually for Ft Lauderdale and home in mid-December. We landed in Munich just after the last podcast to visit our friend Hartmut and his family. This was a return visit after many years away and a heart-felt reunion. Then via the very fast autobahn, we drove to Vie...

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RV Navigator Episode 45 - old or new
Despite the very cold and rainy October in the midwest, we did get away for a short weekend of RVing with some new friends who have just purchased a new 2009 motorhome. You'll hear about the purchase and their impressions in an interview we conducted while on the road in Indiana. I have had requests for the webpages that we used most often when RVing. I have created a new page on this website that will get you started with some of my favorite links. I am focused on quality rather than quantity, so this...

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RV Navigator Episode 44 - A View of the Mississippi
A few technical issues are still outstanding from our comments last month. iTunes downloading seems to be going smoothly since I updated some software. I explain how to actually download our podcast (for listening later) instead of listening live. We also will be posting our podcast on Podomatic.com as a back up to iTunes. We always like to travel in September. If you travel in this month, you know that the weather is usually good, crowds have eased, and the roads are open. We took the month to improv...

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RV Navigator Episode 43 – Renewing Friendships
Several readers have emailed with problems with downloading via iTunes. I have tried to fine a solution to the perplexing problem and I must apologize for the inconvenience for those who are experiencing download issues. The problem seems to be the connection from the RV Navigator website and the iTunes software on SOME computers. I really have no connection to iTunes other than the notification of new episodes when they are posted. This happens automatically via their servers talking to the RV Navigato...

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RV Navigator Episode 42 – Home at the Stampede
Ride em cowboy was our mantra this month as we made our way North to attend the Calgary Stampede. This is a traditional rodeo with major side shows to visitor entertained. We attended with the help of Fantasy RV tours who made all of the arrangements. They did a superior job of organizing our activities. Although you probably could have made all of the arrangements ourselves, we chose to participate in the Fantasy tour Rally. They provided good tickets of all of the major events and gave us advice on o...

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RV Navigator Episode 41 – National Parks Revisited
After a long drive from our home in the burbs of Chicago, we spent a week in Flagstaff catching up with a town which hosted us for some university classes in 1978. That was the last time we were in this area, so we were anxious to retrace some of our earlier adventures. At that time we were in our green camper van (see our 35 years of camping) and did the national parks on the weekends during the summer session. With the arrival of our friend, Hartmut, from Munich on the last day of May, we headed to th...

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RV Navigator Episode 40 - On the road again
After only 6 weeks at home the travel bug hit us again so we cranked up the motorhome to head to Arizona and points North. That's the grand plan, but leaving on May 15th with those many days and miles of road between us and Arizona, left us rather road weary. Arriving in Flagstaff, AZ some 1500 miles from home, we took some time for sight seeing and relaxing in the Arizona sun. That just didn't work out as the weather was not even up to Illinois Memorial Day standards. We tried many free campgrounds on ...

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RV Navigator episode 39 - To Daisywheel or not
After several long flights, the RV Navigator arrived home from 83 days in New Zealand & Australia in early April. This month we are glad to share a new RV song and an interesting interview with another Australian RVing couple, Andrew and Catherine. This interview was conducted in our hotel room on one of the final days in Sydney. They we kind enough to drive several hours to spend some time with us. The efforts of our listeners to spend some time with us is truly gratifying and we appreciate the efforts. ...

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RV Navigator Episode 38 - 8000 miles around Australia
If you tried to download last months episode (March, 2009) and found 20 minutes of silence about a minute into the show, please download it again. This mistake was online for about 12 hrs. Sorry for the mistake, I have no explanation for this gap - but that's technology. As for this month, we have taken a different approach to seeing Australia. After 35 days in New Zealand driving on narrow roads on the wrong side of the road, we are letting some one else do the driving. We joined the Sun Princess in S...

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RV Navigator Episode 37 - When left is right
Have you thought of an RV vacation in New Zealand? Hundreds of RVers are traveling to New Zealand to see the sights and enjoy the wilderness. We don't know how many are Americans, but there are "camper-vans" on every road at every major tourist attraction. Renting an RV is a very popular way to see the country, so we decided to give it a try. Over all our experiences were very positive. Although it may seem daunting to plan an itinerary for a trip in such a distant location, it really is as easy as tra...

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RV Navigator Episode 36 - RVing Way Downunder
This winter we decided to head really far south, crossing the equator, dateline, hemisheres abd multiple time zones, to find a real summer experience. We landed in Auckland NZ for a month of travel via rental RV. In our case we are renting a 21ft Jayco class C, with a left hand drive diesel and manual transmission. The biggest problem with this set up is that the copilot is always getting in on the drivers side. Artie our Garmin GPS has been updated with NZ maps so is doing his usual great job of gettin...

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RV Navigator Episode 35 - 2008 Wrap-up
The end of our 3 season of doing the podcast and it has been rewarding. We now have over 1600 downloads per month plus we hear from many listeners. It is time to say thanks for listening. Year end bring lots of interesting topics for this month episode. After unsuccessfully searching for RV themed carols for last months episode, listener Don from Texas suggested "Livin' in a Mobile Home" by "Riders in the Sky" as a theme song with no holiday significance. An a joy it was to listen too after spending qu...

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RV Navigator Episode 34-Gifts for RVers
A warm holiday greeting from your RV Navigators is the first order of business. We have heard from so many listeners about their RVing hopes and dreams this past year. It has been very rewarding for us. We are homebodies for the holidays. Since retiring we don't travel over the holidays, so we spend the time getting caught up on projects and seeing friends. Out of this busy schedule (oh, ya, very busy :-) we take time out to make the monthly podcast. Our thoughts are about the holidays, so we are doing...

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RV Navigator Episode 33 - Fall foliage in review
It has been quite a month on the road for us. With falling prices of diesel, we feel more like hitting the road and that is exactly what we did. We left you on the coast of Maine eating Lobster. We headed inland to take in the fall colors of New England. After a rainy and cold beginning, the weather turned perfect for leaf peeping and we got to working taking what turned out to be 24 gigs of digital photos. The crystal blue skys combined with the rich color of the foliage really made our photos pop. T...

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RV Navigator Episode 32 - The POI Story
This month has been full of great experiences from interviewing two of our listeners to eating many lobster dinners in the RV. A week on Cape Cod in the off season was a great way to introduce us to the best of New England via some great beaches, scenic campgrounds, bike paths, good eateries, and new friends. This is RVing at it best. Leaving was hard, but we headed up the Maine coast to see some of the picturesque fishing harbors for which this state is famous. Boothbay was one of the most interesting ...

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RV Navigator Episode 31-September, 2008-The perils of travel
Labor day finds us in Boston, MA at a very nice campground. You'll remember that the weather in the Northeast was perfect this year and we made the most of it. We don't travel much on Labor day, but this year we wanted to be ready to see the fall colors a bit later in the month so we left a bit early. After a 1200 mile trip where we saw the price of diesel drop significantly (only about $4.10/gal), we'll be in this area for a couple of months. In the podcast we describe our 2 week trip to this area with ...

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RV Navigator Episode 30-August 2008 - We Listen to our LIsteners
Once again we are podcasting from the home front but we have lots of good RV stuff to share. Really our listeners have been sharing with us this month by sending comments via email and voicemail. In these days of bad news in the RV industry, we try to take a lighter approach to our usual RV news with several rather funny stories form the world of RVing. We are about to finish the TV swap project started last month now that we finally have a solution to the last problem. Included is a great book review from...

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RV Navigator Episode 29 July08 - The tale of 2 TVs!
With lots of days of perfect weather, Chicago is a delight in the summer - this is our camping off season! The big city offers a plethora of interesting activities for all tastes - including the taste of Chicago food festival. We bike the lake front, go to the theater, golf and generally enjoy the summer ambiance surrounding the big city. Rving is never far from our minds as we planned to replace the factory installed TVs in the rig. This is a challenge because we didn't want just big holes where the old...

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RV Navigator Episode 28 6-08 Is there a future to RVing?
We, like all RVers are faced, with dramatically rising costs for our favorite means of travel (not that other modes are not also facing increases). How will be cope? After discussing the latest RV trends many of which involve fuel saving technology, we give you our perspective on the high prices. For instance, soft demand for RVs many mean lower purchase prices which if leveraged can be put into fuel to power the new rig. A $10,000 savings on a new RV can buy alot of fuel. Beyond this type of "saving" s...

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RV Navigator Episode 27 5-08 RVing on Water
It has always been one our dreams to sail the ocean blue on a small boat. The opportunity to act on this dream presented itself when we met a real sailor who was looking for a crew. This started our La Paz sailing adventure aboard the "Gato de Cortez" catamaran rented from "The Moorings" in La Paz Mexico. In late April we embarked on a 10 sail along the rugged coast line of the Baja. Ten days of complete wilderness on the water. Anchoring nightly in small protected coves, hiking the hill, walking the b...

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Rvnav_ep26_4-08 - Winter wrap-up
Life after "The Rally" in Perry, GA. We basically headed for home and cold weather. Yes, the motorhome had to be winterized for the second time this season. Temps in Chicago are not reliably above freezing until mid-May. In the podcast, we share the latest news, rv web sites and our impressions of the Rally's display of rigs. I share some thoughts about the transition to digital TV as it relates to RVers and some WiFi hints to keep the signal coming. We use Wifi to distribute the satellite/cell interne...

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RV Navigator Episode 25 March 2008 pt2
Follow our adventures in the Peach state as we travel the roads of Georgia on our way to attending the national RV Rally in Perry, GA. This rally attended by thousands of RVers with their rigs showcases all of the latest RV technology and updates. With over 500 vendors and 30 informational sessions, we have lots to share in this episode. So much in fact that we cut the report in to two sections with the second to follow in April. The RV Navigator feedback line has been busy as we share two calls with o...

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RV Navigator Episode 24 2-08 Roving in Florida
Our goal for this winter's warm weather traveling was to circumnavigate Florida without a schedule. We started on the West coast near Tampa and spent the month traveling south to the Keys and then back North as we gradually head toward home. We had some surprises and many interesting experiences in this the Sunshine state. Join us for our reactions to the major camping centers of Florida both positive and negative. The trip South started at the nations largest RV dealer, Lazy Days RV near Tampa. Many ...

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RV Navigator Episode 23 2-08 The Super Show
After some delay in starting our trip South due to poor weather/road conditions, we got under way in -3 degree weather at home. Just a few days later we had made the journey south where the weather turned out to be very nice thus making the trip worth the effort. Our first stop was in Fort Desoto county park near St. Pete. A wonderful campground offering sites on the ocean and one of the great beaches of Florida. We headed off to Fort Wilderness at Disney World. Quite a different experience but quite ...

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RV Navigator Episode 22- Winter Camping
As we begin the new year our thoughts turn to hitting the RV road and how to handle the cold that we experience while RVing in the winter. We begin with some interesting news from the RV industry- trends and developments as well as some takes on new products. We also follow up on some comments about RVing in Europe with a very interesting RV blog. We move on to some ideas about winter RVing - we are not experts so we ask for your suggestions via our new listener comment line 815/230-0772. Thanks for makin...

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RV Navigator Episode 21 12-07 Home for the Holidays
After spending a couple of months on the road -not RVing - we are once again at home planning our next RV trip. We'll be heading off to Florida for the winter season. Nothing stationary for us this years as we'll moving around the entire state following the weather. This episode finds us at home reflecting on our most recent trip and making some comparisons to camping in the US and the UK. With the Christmas season upon us, we also got to thinking about some appropriate gifts for the RVer in your family...

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RV Navigator Episode 20 11-07 Rving from afar
RVing is never very far from our thoughts and is one of favorite means of travel. In order to see much of the world however, we have to leave the RV. This month we are on a suitcase trip that will take us to Ireland. It might be possible to RV in Ireland, we are renting a car while doing the B&B stays for the nights. More on this later. This episode's first topic came via a listener who asked about sway bars for their TT. Although we've had some experience in this area, we did a bit of research and shared...

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RV Navigator Episdoe 19 - RVing on steroids
We have been cruising since 1973 - almost as long as we have been RVing so we have had many exciting trips on various cruise ships over the years. When we thing of cruising is it in many ways like RVing. Compact living away from home. AHHH, but cruising has a major difference - 2600 passengers move from port to port with only one driver. We don't have to navigate, drive, cook, clean or worry about where to park. RVing is great but cruising puts it on steroids. We talk about the similarities and differen...

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RV Navigator Espisode 18 -Customize the Rig
We take the opportunity to wrap up a couple of issues from previous months and to share our experience with custom cabinetry for our rig. Wether it's a motorhome, 5th wheel, or TT , it probably is not exactly as you'd wanted from the factory. The Elkhart IN vicinity offers many opportunities for customizing your rig. We share our experiences and offer ideas. We are always anxious to hear from you about this topic, so share when you can....

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RV Navigator # 17 8-07-cell vs satellite
Dog days of August but we are still at working customizing our motorhome. Lots has happened this past month, but we are focusing on our internet connection options this month. You can rely on campgrounds for internet connectivity or you can bring it with you. We have started a 2nd service via cell phone which offers several advantage over the long time satellite connection that we have used. Both deliver the internet over wifi but each has its pros and cons. Listen to our first hand experiences and deci...

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RV Navigator Episode 16 7-07 "The Switch"
Several emails have prompted us to describe the process that we went though in making the switch between a 5th wheel trailer and a Diesel pusher motorhome. Our rational make sense to us but it may not be for everyone. Join in the discussion via email at navigator@rvnavigator.com. The switch will be fodder for several more podcasts as customize this coach for our specific uses. This should provide listeners with many interesting ideas for their own rigs....

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RV Navigator Episode 15 from HOPs to the Web
Join us as we go through the process of buying a new (to use) rig for future adventures. How to buy and sell on the web as well as our use of the web for other RV issues and questions....

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RV Navigator Espisode 14 5-07
Join us for a discussion of the pros and cons of membership campinng - is it for you? Topic two is an interview with two new owners of a Sportsmobile class B RV. Why did they choose this type of RV? Is Sportsmobile for you?...

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RV Navigator Episode 13 4-07
The RV caravan is a great way to get introduced to RVing in Mexico. Our experiences were very positive, but there are some special techniques that are required to camp in this interesting country. Over all they are not set up with full service campgrounds so how do you cope? Last month we discussed water issues and we expand on that with electricity this month. What are the concerns with electricity both at home and in another country....

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Rv Navigator Episode 12 3-07
The RV Navigators are on a 44 day caravan RV tour of Eastern Mexico including the Yucatan. The trip has many interesting aspects and challenges. One problem while in a developing country is clean water. Your Navigator spend some time explaining the ins and outs of finding and purifying water for their RV. The website has several handouts and links to relevant information....

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RV Navigator Episode 11
Have you considered full time Rving - selling your house and your possessions in order to hit the road full time? Is this a dream or reality for those of any age? Today we interview a couple in their 40s who have done just that. How do they manage to survive both financially and emotionally while in their RV 365 days a year? Howard and Linda have set up a website that details their experiences and decision making processes as they have followed this path since 2005. This interview will give you a tant...

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RV Navigator Episode 10
The weather in southern Texas turned down right cold in January, 2007 so your hosts had to hunker down in their rig until the warm returned. The RV resort life style can be enjoyed in many parts of the country. Get your hosts impressions of several popular RV hotspots from across the US. They also talk about several breaking RV news stories and their trip to an RV Showcase in this episode...

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RV Navigator Episode 9
With Christmas 2006 fast approaching, the RV Navigators explore some gifts for the Technology oriented RVer in your family. The list is use during the entire years as it has many interesting suggestions, tips and hints....

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RV Navigator Episode 8
With the official switch to digital TV scheduled for 2009, it is critical that RVers buy with the future in mind. What are the choices and how do they fit into the RV mobile lifestyle are the topics of discussion today....

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RV Navigator Episode 7
This espisode takes you into the reality of mobile internet - how to connect, speeds, options while you’re on the road. While talking about connectivity, we explain the idea of having a travel blog....

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RV Navigator Episode 6
The post South Africa caravan report plus information on buying a GPS Navigation system for your RV....

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RV Navigator Episode 5
Join us in the second of our reports on our RV Caravan adventure in South Africa. What are the campgrounds, roads and scenery experiences in this country so far away from home....

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RV Navigator Episode 4
We have been on a 5 week adventure of RVing in South Africa. With the senic beauty and natural wild life to match any country in the world, this trip was an RVing highlight to date. We’ll be describing our adventure and sharing our experiences with you over the next few weeks as the Podcast continues. The first segment gives you some of our impressions as we start the driving adventure. Lots of changes from RVing in the US. Driving on the left, stick shift, change of seasons (fall not spring), and the s...

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RV Navigator Episode 3
Driving the Florida panhandle with a visit to the Johnson Space Center. We like to ride our bikes so we share our bike rack experiences plus talk about blogs and recommend ours....

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RV Navigator Episode 2
Your RV Navigators head north for a senior learning experience at an Elder Hostel. Topics include learning while RVing, choosing a long term destingation, and an introduction to Geocaching....

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RV Navigator Episode 1
Boondocking with your RV - what's involved. The RV Navigators are camping on the beach, but still living the high tech lifestyle. What are the issues and experience that need to be shared....

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RV Navigator Introduction of hosts
This short segment will introduce you to the RV Navigator Podcast - our hopes and dreams for this endeavor. The audio is a bit rough but we are still learning. It is a big step betweening RVing and podcasting but we are anxious to share our experiences a...

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