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Ken & Martha, The RV Navigators

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RV Navigator

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Ken & Martha, The RV Navigators

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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

Latest Episodes

RV Navigator Episode 186- Cranberry Boondocking

The north woods of Wisconsin is our destination this month as we travel the back roads in search of fall colors and cranberry harvesting. We spent time boondocking for several nights using various tools. Boondocking is camping without services, something our motorhome is well adapted to do. We can live comfortably for several days without outside connections. This has become very popular in this time of the pandemic. Social distancing is easy when boondocking. Many RVers think boondocking and Walmart camping are synonomous, but there are a wide variety of resources for those interested in boondocking. For the first time we used Boondockers Welcome website to fine and contact a private party who was willing to let us stay on their property as boondocks. We talk about this and other similar services. Photography was also on our minds as we drove the back roads looking for fall foliage. Software tips and trick are on the agenda this month. Listen for the details as well as photo tips. Alaska in 2021? Listen for our ideas on travel to Alaska. We've been twice in the RV and serval times on cruises. How should you tour our 49th state? These plus several technology related topics are on this month agenda, so take 54 minutes for a listen and let us know what you think. We appreciate iTunes reviews if you get a chance.

54 minOCT 1
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RV Navigator Episode 186- Cranberry Boondocking

RV Navigator Episode 185 - Are You Streaming?

You’re part of the podcast revolution that is taking place in the media world. You listen to the RV Navigator! We are navigating the world of RVs with your help. We give our best travel tips for the RV life as well as suggest new lifestyle technologies. During this travel down time, I have been tracking podcasting news. Podcasts are becoming a major player in the media world earning thousands via ads. We of course have buck this trend, no sponsorship or interruptions during our show. This is unusual as most podcasters are expecting to become rich via this new medium. We’ll continue as we are until the audience is gone. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions, so keep them coming. We do recommend several apps for this episode. Martha has been recovering from shoulder surgery which has interrupted her sleep pattern. We share our impressions of AutoSleep as a tool for tracking sleep issues. It works. Does the RV size have a major impact on the places you can camp? Always the question from new RVers. Listen for our answer in this episode along with our best tips for long term RV travel. During a short camping trip to an Indiana State Park, we had to rely on video streaming rather than our usual satellite for entertainment. Find out how it worked and our suggestions on the technology. We suggest several new apps for TV watching. These plus many other topics are discussed in this episode. Be sure to visit the episode web page on the RVNavigator.com. Thanks for listening.

54 minSEP 1
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RV Navigator Episode 185 - Are You Streaming?

RV Navigator Episode 184 - A Solitary Fourth of July

With the covid virus still with us, we have remained at home, with no firm travel plans. Martha is still recovering from shoulder surgery (9 weeks out now), so we are using the time to bring her back up to normal. Should the pandemic subside, we’ll be ready to travel. Ken is still the main cook and has found an app to help manage his many recipes which you’ll want to hear about. Should you want to listen to previous episodes of the RV Navigator, more are now available for downloading. I have spent several hours reconnecting broken links to old episodes. It is amazing that we have been doing this podcast for over 15 years so there are alot of episodes to engage your ear. We do feel that RVing is one of the safest travel options. There are still those RVing and enjoying the outdoors in one of the few travel modes still available. From our reading, we find that camp grounds are for the most part open and accepting guests. The summer season has not gone to waste for many of our listeners. We share apps for documenting travel, something we have done for many years. There are a number of useful apps and websites that make journaling easy and fun. As seasoned travelers ourselves, we are advocates of journaling in some form. We OFTEN refer to Martha’s online journal to jog our memories. If you are just starting out, take our advice and start journaling. You’ll appreciate it in later years. We also delve into several other topics including the ongoing Gas vs Diesel discussion. I try to make it easy to understand for the non technical RVer. We also share many ideas and suggestions from listeners. We appreciate their contributions and encourage sending us suggestions.

53 minAUG 1
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RV Navigator Episode 184 - A Solitary Fourth of July

RV Navigator Episode 183 - Summer Covid Vacation

The Covid-19 induced vacation form travel continues as the summer progresses. There is no let up in sight so no travel plans for us. As we record the podcast, our original schedule called for us to be on the road with a 2 month long RV caravan to Canada on the west coast. This was shutdown and cancelled - the Canadians shut our boarder until at least the end of July and the Eastern entrance to Glacier NP (where we were had reservation to spend the 4th of July) has been closed. Even the famous Going to the Sun roaThe Covid-19 induced vacation form travel continues as the summer progresses. There is no let up in sight so no travel plans for us. As we record the podcast, our original schedule called for us to be on the road with a 2 month long RV caravan to Canada on the west coast. This was shutdown and cancelled - the Canadians shut our boarder until at least the end of July and the Eastern entrance to Glacier NP (where we were had reservation to spend the 4th of July) has been closed. Even the famous Going to the Sun road in Glacier is closed. We also learned that the Albuquerque Balloon Festival scheduled for October has also been canceled, so now we no reason to head west this year. 2020 was going to be a year spent in the RV with over 8 months of travel scheduled but this has been reduced to our 4 months spent in isolation in FL with the balance of the year in our home in IL. We are hopeful that we can get out before the year ends but we have no plans at this time. We did take the time to have Martha's ailing shoulder repaired. The surgery took place in early June (after finding out the all of our plans were canceled) and will entail her recuperating for about 12-16 weeks. This involves lots of PT and husbandly care as she recovers. Ken now is the primary chief, bottle washer and house cleaner. Rv topics include answering listener questions about where to winter and why we chose FL. We did buy a bargain portable freezer/fridge for RV use. We have wanted an RV refrigerator extension but they have always been too expensive. Costco had a major sale so we've taken the plunge. This fridge fits in the bay and runs off of the batteries so we should be able to keep things cool full time. We also share some tips on RV refrigerators and their care. Add to these topics some new apps we've found, suggestions for LED light replacements, and other cool stuff that we found and you have a complete episode of the RV Navigator.d in Glacier is closed. We also learned that the Albuquerque Balloon Festival scheduled for October has also been canceled, so now we no reason to head west this year. 2020 was going to be a year spent in the RV with over 8 months of travel scheduled but this has been reduced to our 4 months spent in isolation in FL with the balance of the year in our home in IL. We are hopeful that we can get out before the year ends but we have no plans at this time. We did take the time to have Martha's ailing shoulder repaired. The surgery took place in early June (after finding out the all of our plans were canceled) and will entail her recuperating for about 12-16 weeks. This involves lots of PT and husbandly care as she recovers. Ken now is the primary chief, bottle washer and house cleaner. Rv topics include answering listener questions about where to winter and why we chose FL. We did buy a bargain portable freezer/fridge for RV use. We have wanted an RV refrigerator extension but they have always been too expensive. Costco had a major sale so we've taken the plunge. This fridge fits in the bay and runs off of the batteries so we should be able to keep things cool full time. We also share some tips on RV refrigerators and their care. Add to these topics some new apps we've found, suggestions for LED light replacements, and other cool stuff that we found and you have a complete episode of the RV Navigator.

58 minJUL 1
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RV Navigator Episode 183 - Summer Covid Vacation

RV Navigator Episode 182 - Ground Hog Month

Another month of quarantine, what will our world look like once this is over? After 3 months of Quarantine, all of the days at home seem to be the same. The Ground Hog day movie takes this idea to the extreme. Bill Murray relives "grand hog day" for weeks before he is brought back to reality. What will our RVing future be. According to reports, RVing may be very popular and on the cutting edge of the new travel. Here at the beginning of June, 2020 it is hard to see our way to the future however We are thinking about the future as we see RVing as the ideal way to travel. We share a bunch of ideas about now and the future as well as our usual problem solving tips and tricks. Interesting new Apps, a few jokes, and thoughts about the sun wrap up this months episode.

50 minJUN 1
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RV Navigator Episode 182 - Ground Hog Month

RV Navigator Episode 6

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

40 minJUN 1
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RV Navigator Episode 6

RV Navigator Episode 181 - Bubble to Bubble to Bubble

We’ve moved - but safely from FL to IL (both bubbles of safety) via our mobile bubble (the MH). For how long, we don’t know. We’ve got suggestions, activities and humor to share in this episode along with some repair pain. How are YOU surviving?

42 minMAY 2
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RV Navigator Episode 181 - Bubble to Bubble to Bubble

RV Navigator Episode 180 - Cancel, cancel, cancel

It was just a month ago we were joking that the virus would never impact our lives here in the US. Naive as that sounds today, we didn't see this coming so quickly. As of this date (4/1/20) our lives are in disarray - not sick (yet) but everything on hold. Plans cancelled or significantly change, family out of touch, local business interrupted and travel out of the picture. Although our lives and schedules are up in the air, we are still optimistic and secure. Our lifestyle while on the road, is hermit like. Staying away from people is easy and familiar to RVers. For the time being, we have decided to stay at our property in FL. Our community is isolated and the weather has been good. We stay away from people, but we can still enjoy nature and warm weather. However, we don't know what our government will do to curtail our travel further. Now we can do grocery shopping but that's about it. This month we share a few little known coronavirus facts as well as an interview with Patrick f...

55 minAPR 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 180 - Cancel, cancel, cancel

RV Navigator Episode 179 - The basics: water, tires & batteries

Stationary in FL for another month. We are all about sharing our RVing experiences with our listeners. In January we attended the Tampa RV Supershow with the idea of learning what's new in the industry. We toured the lots and talked with vendors. This month and next we'll have some interviews vendors that have new products that we feel are of general interest to our listeners. Today, we welcome Keith with a new water filtering product as well as David sharing his fleet tire program we described briefly last month. We look at new water filtration products, replacing our 4 yr old batteries & a tire buying service you should know about. Our 8 new T105 67lbs each batteries were purchased on a discount offered at the show. Is the Tampa Supershow worth attending? Based on this months topics, absolutely yes - or listen to our podcast to learn what you should know. We leave FL later this month to head north - a bit early this year as i will have to winterize again (April is just too early i...

70 minMAR 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 179 - The basics: water, tires & batteries

RV Navigator Episode 178 - Joint the Fleet

Winter is time for RV Shows & we attended the Tampa SuperShow. We had several questions to get answered by the factory reps at this show. We also visited hundreds of vendors selling all types of RV products. We hope to have some follow-up with selected venders in the coming months. We mention fleet in the title because we have joined two fleet services as a way to save a few $$s on RV products. We are now getting discounts on diesel purchases at truck stops and a fleet discount on tires for our motorhome. Lots to look & buy at such a big event. We talk about some trends that we noticed as well as some of the RVs we toured. We are not selling anything, so these are just casual observations from the field. We had fun buying new tires and plan to buy a new set of batteries, but what type is still up in the air. Many tips and tricks in this months episode as we spend the winter in FL.

50 minFEB 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 178 - Joint the Fleet

Latest Episodes

RV Navigator Episode 186- Cranberry Boondocking

The north woods of Wisconsin is our destination this month as we travel the back roads in search of fall colors and cranberry harvesting. We spent time boondocking for several nights using various tools. Boondocking is camping without services, something our motorhome is well adapted to do. We can live comfortably for several days without outside connections. This has become very popular in this time of the pandemic. Social distancing is easy when boondocking. Many RVers think boondocking and Walmart camping are synonomous, but there are a wide variety of resources for those interested in boondocking. For the first time we used Boondockers Welcome website to fine and contact a private party who was willing to let us stay on their property as boondocks. We talk about this and other similar services. Photography was also on our minds as we drove the back roads looking for fall foliage. Software tips and trick are on the agenda this month. Listen for the details as well as photo tips. Alaska in 2021? Listen for our ideas on travel to Alaska. We've been twice in the RV and serval times on cruises. How should you tour our 49th state? These plus several technology related topics are on this month agenda, so take 54 minutes for a listen and let us know what you think. We appreciate iTunes reviews if you get a chance.

54 minOCT 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 186- Cranberry Boondocking

RV Navigator Episode 185 - Are You Streaming?

You’re part of the podcast revolution that is taking place in the media world. You listen to the RV Navigator! We are navigating the world of RVs with your help. We give our best travel tips for the RV life as well as suggest new lifestyle technologies. During this travel down time, I have been tracking podcasting news. Podcasts are becoming a major player in the media world earning thousands via ads. We of course have buck this trend, no sponsorship or interruptions during our show. This is unusual as most podcasters are expecting to become rich via this new medium. We’ll continue as we are until the audience is gone. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions, so keep them coming. We do recommend several apps for this episode. Martha has been recovering from shoulder surgery which has interrupted her sleep pattern. We share our impressions of AutoSleep as a tool for tracking sleep issues. It works. Does the RV size have a major impact on the places you can camp? Always the question from new RVers. Listen for our answer in this episode along with our best tips for long term RV travel. During a short camping trip to an Indiana State Park, we had to rely on video streaming rather than our usual satellite for entertainment. Find out how it worked and our suggestions on the technology. We suggest several new apps for TV watching. These plus many other topics are discussed in this episode. Be sure to visit the episode web page on the RVNavigator.com. Thanks for listening.

54 minSEP 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 185 - Are You Streaming?

RV Navigator Episode 184 - A Solitary Fourth of July

With the covid virus still with us, we have remained at home, with no firm travel plans. Martha is still recovering from shoulder surgery (9 weeks out now), so we are using the time to bring her back up to normal. Should the pandemic subside, we’ll be ready to travel. Ken is still the main cook and has found an app to help manage his many recipes which you’ll want to hear about. Should you want to listen to previous episodes of the RV Navigator, more are now available for downloading. I have spent several hours reconnecting broken links to old episodes. It is amazing that we have been doing this podcast for over 15 years so there are alot of episodes to engage your ear. We do feel that RVing is one of the safest travel options. There are still those RVing and enjoying the outdoors in one of the few travel modes still available. From our reading, we find that camp grounds are for the most part open and accepting guests. The summer season has not gone to waste for many of our listeners. We share apps for documenting travel, something we have done for many years. There are a number of useful apps and websites that make journaling easy and fun. As seasoned travelers ourselves, we are advocates of journaling in some form. We OFTEN refer to Martha’s online journal to jog our memories. If you are just starting out, take our advice and start journaling. You’ll appreciate it in later years. We also delve into several other topics including the ongoing Gas vs Diesel discussion. I try to make it easy to understand for the non technical RVer. We also share many ideas and suggestions from listeners. We appreciate their contributions and encourage sending us suggestions.

53 minAUG 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 184 - A Solitary Fourth of July

RV Navigator Episode 183 - Summer Covid Vacation

The Covid-19 induced vacation form travel continues as the summer progresses. There is no let up in sight so no travel plans for us. As we record the podcast, our original schedule called for us to be on the road with a 2 month long RV caravan to Canada on the west coast. This was shutdown and cancelled - the Canadians shut our boarder until at least the end of July and the Eastern entrance to Glacier NP (where we were had reservation to spend the 4th of July) has been closed. Even the famous Going to the Sun roaThe Covid-19 induced vacation form travel continues as the summer progresses. There is no let up in sight so no travel plans for us. As we record the podcast, our original schedule called for us to be on the road with a 2 month long RV caravan to Canada on the west coast. This was shutdown and cancelled - the Canadians shut our boarder until at least the end of July and the Eastern entrance to Glacier NP (where we were had reservation to spend the 4th of July) has been closed. Even the famous Going to the Sun road in Glacier is closed. We also learned that the Albuquerque Balloon Festival scheduled for October has also been canceled, so now we no reason to head west this year. 2020 was going to be a year spent in the RV with over 8 months of travel scheduled but this has been reduced to our 4 months spent in isolation in FL with the balance of the year in our home in IL. We are hopeful that we can get out before the year ends but we have no plans at this time. We did take the time to have Martha's ailing shoulder repaired. The surgery took place in early June (after finding out the all of our plans were canceled) and will entail her recuperating for about 12-16 weeks. This involves lots of PT and husbandly care as she recovers. Ken now is the primary chief, bottle washer and house cleaner. Rv topics include answering listener questions about where to winter and why we chose FL. We did buy a bargain portable freezer/fridge for RV use. We have wanted an RV refrigerator extension but they have always been too expensive. Costco had a major sale so we've taken the plunge. This fridge fits in the bay and runs off of the batteries so we should be able to keep things cool full time. We also share some tips on RV refrigerators and their care. Add to these topics some new apps we've found, suggestions for LED light replacements, and other cool stuff that we found and you have a complete episode of the RV Navigator.d in Glacier is closed. We also learned that the Albuquerque Balloon Festival scheduled for October has also been canceled, so now we no reason to head west this year. 2020 was going to be a year spent in the RV with over 8 months of travel scheduled but this has been reduced to our 4 months spent in isolation in FL with the balance of the year in our home in IL. We are hopeful that we can get out before the year ends but we have no plans at this time. We did take the time to have Martha's ailing shoulder repaired. The surgery took place in early June (after finding out the all of our plans were canceled) and will entail her recuperating for about 12-16 weeks. This involves lots of PT and husbandly care as she recovers. Ken now is the primary chief, bottle washer and house cleaner. Rv topics include answering listener questions about where to winter and why we chose FL. We did buy a bargain portable freezer/fridge for RV use. We have wanted an RV refrigerator extension but they have always been too expensive. Costco had a major sale so we've taken the plunge. This fridge fits in the bay and runs off of the batteries so we should be able to keep things cool full time. We also share some tips on RV refrigerators and their care. Add to these topics some new apps we've found, suggestions for LED light replacements, and other cool stuff that we found and you have a complete episode of the RV Navigator.

58 minJUL 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 183 - Summer Covid Vacation

RV Navigator Episode 182 - Ground Hog Month

Another month of quarantine, what will our world look like once this is over? After 3 months of Quarantine, all of the days at home seem to be the same. The Ground Hog day movie takes this idea to the extreme. Bill Murray relives "grand hog day" for weeks before he is brought back to reality. What will our RVing future be. According to reports, RVing may be very popular and on the cutting edge of the new travel. Here at the beginning of June, 2020 it is hard to see our way to the future however We are thinking about the future as we see RVing as the ideal way to travel. We share a bunch of ideas about now and the future as well as our usual problem solving tips and tricks. Interesting new Apps, a few jokes, and thoughts about the sun wrap up this months episode.

50 minJUN 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 182 - Ground Hog Month

RV Navigator Episode 6

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

40 minJUN 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 6

RV Navigator Episode 181 - Bubble to Bubble to Bubble

We’ve moved - but safely from FL to IL (both bubbles of safety) via our mobile bubble (the MH). For how long, we don’t know. We’ve got suggestions, activities and humor to share in this episode along with some repair pain. How are YOU surviving?

42 minMAY 2
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 181 - Bubble to Bubble to Bubble

RV Navigator Episode 180 - Cancel, cancel, cancel

It was just a month ago we were joking that the virus would never impact our lives here in the US. Naive as that sounds today, we didn't see this coming so quickly. As of this date (4/1/20) our lives are in disarray - not sick (yet) but everything on hold. Plans cancelled or significantly change, family out of touch, local business interrupted and travel out of the picture. Although our lives and schedules are up in the air, we are still optimistic and secure. Our lifestyle while on the road, is hermit like. Staying away from people is easy and familiar to RVers. For the time being, we have decided to stay at our property in FL. Our community is isolated and the weather has been good. We stay away from people, but we can still enjoy nature and warm weather. However, we don't know what our government will do to curtail our travel further. Now we can do grocery shopping but that's about it. This month we share a few little known coronavirus facts as well as an interview with Patrick f...

55 minAPR 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 180 - Cancel, cancel, cancel

RV Navigator Episode 179 - The basics: water, tires & batteries

Stationary in FL for another month. We are all about sharing our RVing experiences with our listeners. In January we attended the Tampa RV Supershow with the idea of learning what's new in the industry. We toured the lots and talked with vendors. This month and next we'll have some interviews vendors that have new products that we feel are of general interest to our listeners. Today, we welcome Keith with a new water filtering product as well as David sharing his fleet tire program we described briefly last month. We look at new water filtration products, replacing our 4 yr old batteries & a tire buying service you should know about. Our 8 new T105 67lbs each batteries were purchased on a discount offered at the show. Is the Tampa Supershow worth attending? Based on this months topics, absolutely yes - or listen to our podcast to learn what you should know. We leave FL later this month to head north - a bit early this year as i will have to winterize again (April is just too early i...

70 minMAR 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 179 - The basics: water, tires & batteries

RV Navigator Episode 178 - Joint the Fleet

Winter is time for RV Shows & we attended the Tampa SuperShow. We had several questions to get answered by the factory reps at this show. We also visited hundreds of vendors selling all types of RV products. We hope to have some follow-up with selected venders in the coming months. We mention fleet in the title because we have joined two fleet services as a way to save a few $$s on RV products. We are now getting discounts on diesel purchases at truck stops and a fleet discount on tires for our motorhome. Lots to look & buy at such a big event. We talk about some trends that we noticed as well as some of the RVs we toured. We are not selling anything, so these are just casual observations from the field. We had fun buying new tires and plan to buy a new set of batteries, but what type is still up in the air. Many tips and tricks in this months episode as we spend the winter in FL.

50 minFEB 1
Comments
RV Navigator Episode 178 - Joint the Fleet
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