Rollin' on TV: Erwin Hymer Group NA travel trailers and motorhomes



On this week's program, your truly serves as a guest host for Rollin' On TV. I interview Jim Hammill of Erwin Hymer Group North America, the new company formed when Europe's Erwin Hymer Group Group acquired Roadtrek.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

The Fit RV videos: Golden Village Palms RV Resort Review, Winnebago Travato, Composting Toilet, Coachmen Crossfit, & Leisure Travel Vans Wonder


About The Fit RV

Meet Stef & James: Travato-owning outdoor enthusiasts keeping fit and active on the road. Get inspired, be entertained, & find (sometimes) useful RV tips! Follow The Fit RV on their websiteblogFacebook pageTwitter account and on Pinterest.

Top Trail Running Races Around the World

Photo credit: Nike
According to a recent report, there are nearly 6 million trail runners in the U.S. The number of trail runners has been constantly increasing over the past few years and so have trail races. There are hundreds of yearly races in North America alone and thousands around the world. 

These races vary from 5 miles up to 100 miles. While most races are single-stage, where the final time includes stops and resting time, there are multiday races with support included for the athlete. Let`s have a look at some popular races across the continents.

North America
Badwater UltramarathonDescribed as “the world`s toughest foot race” the Badwater Ultramarathon has a total length of 135 miles. It starts bellow the sea level, at the Badwater Basin in California`s Death Valley. The finish line finds the runners at an elevation of over 8.000 feet at Whitney Portal.

Marshall Ulrich became the first runner to complete the race without any exterior help or crew in 1999. He used a trolley to carry his supplies, ran in stages and eventually reached the finish line in just 77 hours. The first woman to complete the course was Lisa Bliss. She reached the finish line without any crew help in 2011.111

The Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run
One of the most scenic trails races in the world, The Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run is a true ultra-marathon. With an average elevation of 7.700 feet, it takes runners from Logan, Utah, to Fish Haven, Idaho. The race has a 36 hour time limit.

South America
The Jungle Marathon
Naming itself as “the world`s wildest eco race”, The Jungle Marathon is a spectacular race that can be both 127km in 4 stages and 254km in a 6 stage run. It comes with everything you would expect from a jungle experience: swamps, river crossings, fluvial beaches and a combination of heat and humidity specific to the Amazon Jungle in Brazil. 1

Europe
Tor des Géants
Every September the Aosta Valley in Italy hosts the 205 miles race. This must be completed in less than 150 hours. However, runners have over 40 refreshment points that include eating, sleeping and medical care. The difficulty of the race pushes athletes to their maximum capacity. Just 60% of runners actually finish the race and in 2013 a runner unfortunately lost his life falling on rocks. The weather is also challenging, with sun, rain, wind and even snow. The complexity of the race is also seen in the altitude levels. The minimum altitude is 985 feet and the highest altitude is 10.800 feet.

Fruškogorski Maraton
This ultra-marathon is held every April in Serbia`s Fruška gora. It boasts over 18.000 participants and it lasts for two days.

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
No trail running race list can be complete without a French race. But Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is much more. It takes runners through 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. The 103 miles race is one of the most popular options in Europe, with a combined participation of 10.000 runners. 

Most runners finish the race is less than 45 hours. Refreshment points are available every 10-15 km and some even offer massages. The event is very popular and if you want to book a place you have to move fast. In 2008, 5 months before the race, 6.000 runners registered in less than 10 minutes.
Africa

The Fish River Canyon Marathon
Set in a harsh and unforgiving environment, The Fish River Canyon Marathon has two main options of 65 and 100km. Starting in Windhoek, Namibia`s capital city, the race is expecting runners to finish in 24 hours. 

Checkpoints are organized through the race but runners are expected to be of above average quality due to the demanding environment.

The Peninsula Ultra Fun Run
Held in the scenic South African city of Cape Town, The Peninsula Ultra Run has a total length of 80km. The race goes through the Table Mountain National Park and expects runners to be self-sufficient.

Asia
Trans Japan Alps Race
The demanding Trans Japan Alps Race has a total length of 415km. Runners are expected to be self-sufficient but most drop due to hypothermia or bad weather conditions. 

Unfortunately international runners are not allowed to participate and thus the race stays relatively minimal in popularity, with 20-30 participants.

The Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji
With a total length of 168km, the Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji takes runners takes runners around Japan`s Mount Fuji. There is a time limit of 46 hours. The race is a sister event of Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, mentioned above.

Oceania
The Kokoda Challenge Race
Held in Papua New Guinea, The Kokoda Challenge Race has a total length of 96 kilometers. It starts at Owers Corner and has the finish line in Kokoda. The race sees 70 runners at the starting line, 20 of which are internationals. 

There are manned checkpoints throughout the race. The current record time for the race is held by Brendan Buka, who managed to finish the race in 16 hours and 34 minutes in 2008. Advanced competitors do not sleep through the race, all the rest they get is at checkpoints as they continue through the night.

Some of the most spectacular trail running races around the world are also very demanding. There are many options available with or without checkpoints. In some races runners have to prove previous experience due do the dangers and hazards along the way. However, these races have managed to gain popularity over the past years.

About the Author
Dan Chabert is a husband, entrepreneur, and ultramarathon distance runner (in order of importance). He spends most of his time on runnerclick.com, monicashealthmag.com & nicershoes.com and has been featured on some of the most popular runner blogs around the world.

Thor Motor Coach debuts Windsport 31Z Class A Motorhome

Thor Motor Coach introduced the new Windsport 31Z floor plan to dealers earlier this month at the RVIA National RV Trade Show. The 31Z offers a spacious living area with opposing double slideouts, the first in the Windsport 2017 line-up. The 31Z is packed with high-end amenities such as solid surface kitchen countertops, leatherette fabrics, and high-sheen cabinetry.

The 31Z features a walk-around Denver Mattress queen size bed in the bedroom and is easily accessible on both sides. Extra places to rest are available with the sofa bed, Dream Dinette booth, and drop-down overhead bunk with a Cotton Cloud™ mattress that can support up to 500 pounds. 

In addition to the impressive interior living space, the exterior of the 31Z demands attention. The innovative MEGA-Storage compartment in the rear of the RV is large enough to hold full size bicycles and plenty of camping gear. With the exterior 32-inch LED TV and exterior speakers tied to the Bluetooth® coach radio, entertaining outside is a breeze.

Additional Windsport 31Z features: 
  • Ford F-53 motorhome chassis 
  • 6.8L Triton V10 engine with 320-HP and 460 lb.-ft. torque 
  • Automatic hydraulic leveling jacks 
  • Dash workstation with 110-volt and 12-volt outlets 
  • 8,000-lb. trailer hitch 
  • 40-inch LED TV in the living room and 32-inch LED TV in the bedroom 
  • Black tank flush system 
  • 1000-watt inverter 
  • Rapid Camp Wireless Control System 
  • Optional 50-amp service, dual 13,500 BTU air conditioners and Onan RV 5500 gas generator package 

For more information, visit thormotorcoach.com/windsport.

Take a Hike for the New Year!

Make 2017 #MiShoeYear!

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites you to "make an adventure resolution this year." Check YES for your Recreation Passport, then pick your top 10 outdoor destinations to visit.

Michigan state parks, the Iron Belle Trail, the more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails – wherever you’re going, just shoes, get outside and snap a selfie. Share your resolution on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using #MiShoeYear. 

The following Shoe Year's guided hikes will be taking place:

RV & Camping Gear Reviews by 50 Campfires



About 50 Campfires
Ever since "Camping Life" magazine went away, I'd been searching for a publication that could satisfy my camping/hiking wanderlust. 50 Campfires is pretty much about the best source for camping/hiking – gear, destinations, recipes, tips, etc. – that you'll ever find anywhere. Besides its website that has a ton of great info, 50 Campfires also is on YouTubeFacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+Vimeo, and Instagram. And its free monthly e-magazine (see below) is gorgeous.

RV Gear: Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock from BOLT deters RV theft

BOLT (Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology) knows the best way to prevent costly trailer theft is with a visible and functional sign of security. To meet this need, the company is introducing its Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock that secures a trailer when it's not attached to a vehicle. 

The Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock is a new dimension in trailer security that features BOLT's patented one-key lock technology that permanently programs locks to the vehicle's ignition key for single-key use no matter how many BOLT locks are being used. The lock is easily programmed the first time the ignition key is inserted into the BOLT Lock cylinder through the use of spring-loaded plate tumblers that move up and down to uniquely code the cylinder to that specific key. 

Made of hardened steel for extra security, the Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock works with 1 7/8-inch, 2-inch and 2 15/16-inch couplers to keep a variety of trailers secure while unattended. The innovative BOLT lock is a visible theft deterrent that is designed with a unique plate tumbler sidebar to prevent picking and bumping. A highly durable powder-coated finish is factory applied to the lock to keep dirt and moisture out while protecting the locking mechanism from harsh weather.

"The new BOLT Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock brings the convenience of our one-key technology to those who routinely use and store their trailers, said BOLT National Sales Manager Erika Garcia. "This new addition to our lock line is a highly-visible deterrent that sends would-be thieves on their way and gives trailer owners a piece-of-mind that their investment is secure when not in use. Since the lock works with the vehicle ignition key, you never have to worry about keeping track of an extra key." 

In addition to the new BOLT Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock, the extensive BOLT product line includes Padlocks, Cable Locks, Coupler Pin Locks, King Pin Locking Systems and Receiver Locks as well as a Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit. For Jeep(r) owners, BOLT also offers a J-Mount, a JK hood lock as well as a spare tire carrier lock. BOLT's patented technology helps to deter theft in a variety of applications and reduces key clutter by allowing use of the ignition key for numerous locks.

About BOLT 
BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. Find a BOLT retailer by using the zip code finder, www.boltlock.com/retail-finder or purchase from the BOLT website at http://www.boltlock.com/shop. BOLT locks are also available at 4-Wheel Parts stores, advanceautoparts.com, Basspro.com, Cabela's, Pep Boys, and Summit Racing.com. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com or call 844.972.7547.

Love Your RV videos: Reviews of LevelMatePRO, 100W Lensun Flexible Solar Panel, Noco GB150 Battery Booster & More



About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.

Long, Long Honeymoon videos Part 3: F-250 'SEEMORE" is Sick (EGR Failure)



About the Long, Long Honeymoon
After getting married in the Florida Keys, C.S. (Sean) and Kristy Michael spent their wedding night in their newly purchased recreational vehicle — a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer. Instead of jaunting off to honeymoon on a posh Pacific island, the newlyweds hitched up their trusty Ford diesel truck (nicknamed “SEEMORE”) and started exploring America.

Their “long long honeymoon” journey has stretched over 100,000 miles and 49 States, ranging from Key West (the southernmost point in the United States) all the way up to Fairbanks, Alaska. They have camped in every conceivable environment, from scenic national parks to less-than-exotic asphalt parking lots.

A writer and filmmaker, Sean totes his video camera everywhere, relentlessly documenting the experience. And in addition to Sean’s filmmaking equipment, the couple always pack their sense of humor. Their blog explores the lighter side of RV life; or as Kristy says, “the fun stuff!”

Why do they do it? “Because life should be a long long honeymoon…”

You can catch Sean and Kristy’s latest RV adventures (including all of their videos in glorious high-definition) on their website: LongLongHoneymoon.com. When not aboard their Airstream, the newlyweds divide their time between homes in Alabama and Florida. But you can always reach them via email at HoneymoonShow@aol.com.

Long, Long Honeymoon videos Part 2: RV Drain Clogs, Tilley Hats & How to Find Free Dump Stations



About the Long, Long Honeymoon

After getting married in the Florida Keys, C.S. (Sean) and Kristy Michael spent their wedding night in their newly purchased recreational vehicle — a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer. Instead of jaunting off to honeymoon on a posh Pacific island, the newlyweds hitched up their trusty Ford diesel truck (nicknamed “SEEMORE”) and started exploring America.

Their “long long honeymoon” journey has stretched over 100,000 miles and 49 States, ranging from Key West (the southernmost point in the United States) all the way up to Fairbanks, Alaska. They have camped in every conceivable environment, from scenic national parks to less-than-exotic asphalt parking lots.

A writer and filmmaker, Sean totes his video camera everywhere, relentlessly documenting the experience. And in addition to Sean’s filmmaking equipment, the couple always pack their sense of humor. Their blog explores the lighter side of RV life; or as Kristy says, “the fun stuff!”

Why do they do it? “Because life should be a long long honeymoon…”



You can catch Sean and Kristy’s latest RV adventures (including all of their videos in glorious high-definition) on their website: LongLongHoneymoon.com. When not aboard their Airstream, the newlyweds divide their time between homes in Alabama and Florida. But you can always reach them via email at HoneymoonShow@aol.com.

Long, Long Honeymoon videos Part 1: Hobo Pockets, Wall Drug & Hiking Arches National Park

  


About the Long, Long Honeymoon
After getting married in the Florida Keys, C.S. (Sean) and Kristy Michael spent their wedding night in their newly purchased recreational vehicle — a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer. Instead of jaunting off to honeymoon on a posh Pacific island, the newlyweds hitched up their trusty Ford diesel truck (nicknamed “SEEMORE”) and started exploring America.

Their “long long honeymoon” journey has stretched over 100,000 miles and 49 States, ranging from Key West (the southernmost point in the United States) all the way up to Fairbanks, Alaska. They have camped in every conceivable environment, from scenic national parks to less-than-exotic asphalt parking lots.

A writer and filmmaker, Sean totes his video camera everywhere, relentlessly documenting the experience. And in addition to Sean’s filmmaking equipment, the couple always pack their sense of humor. Their blog explores the lighter side of RV life; or as Kristy says, “the fun stuff!”

Why do they do it? “Because life should be a long long honeymoon…”

You can catch Sean and Kristy’s latest RV adventures (including all of their videos in glorious high-definition) on their website: LongLongHoneymoon.com. When not aboard their Airstream, the newlyweds divide their time between homes in Alabama and Florida. But you can always reach them via email at HoneymoonShow@aol.com.

Traverse City Tourism announces 2017 Winter/Spring 'True Escape' Packages



Michigan’s popular Traverse City resort area is offering visitors an added incentive to travel there during the 2017 winter/spring season.

Traverse City Tourism, the town’s official destination marketing organization, has announced its 2017 “Traverse City True Escape” package. From Jan. 2 until May 11, the package combines special rates at participating hotels and resorts with a wide range of discounts on winter recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment.

“It’s true that the busy pace of summer and fall has subsided, but everything people love about Traverse City is still here -- great restaurants, charming downtown boutiques, wine tastings, and exhilarating outdoor recreation,” said Traverse City Tourism spokesman Mike Norton. “And with fewer crowds and great off-season pricing, winter is the perfect time to visit.”

Best known as a summer vacation destination, the Traverse City region is winning accolades as a magnet for skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoe hikers who consider this one of the country’s most beautiful winter destinations. Budget Travel calls it one of the 11 “Coolest Winter Places in America” and Livability.com has it on its list of the nation’s best winter vacation destinations.

Traverse City prides itself on the diversity of its winter experiences (both indoors and outdoors) and on the sheer physical beauty of its surroundings. The region presents a wide range of quality winter recreation for a comparatively moderate price – which appeals to people who don’t want to spend an entire vacation doing the same thing over and over.

For more details about the 2017 Traverse City Escape Package, go to https://www.traversecity.com/hotels/packages/true-escape-packages/

Lower Tahquamenon Falls prepping for quiet winter recreation

Tahquamenon Falls State Park will provide an improved area at the Lower Falls for quiet recreation beginning this winter. Enhancements include an enlarged plowed parking area, trailhead, marked snowshoe trails and dog sled rides.

“We have seen an increased interest in snowshoeing, hiking, photography and winter camping over the last few years,” said Craig Krepps, park manager. “Encouraging visitors to explore the Lower Falls area provides that quiet, snow-covered Upper Peninsula experience many are seeking.”

Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses 48,129 acres in northern Luce and Chippewa counties and access to the falls is located off M-123, about 21 miles northeast of Newberry.

For decades, even before roads were built to the area, Tahquamenon Falls has been a destination for countless visitors, with the winter experience rating high.

The Lower Falls cascade over a staircase of five waterfalls. At the Upper Falls, located upstream, the roughly 200-foot-wide river drops a roaring 50 feet, with peak water flows measured here at over 50,000 gallons per second.

Among the park’s winter enhancements at the Lower Falls will be 4 miles of marked snowshoe trails, along with a half-mile of packed walking trail. Portions of this walking trail include steep hills. Visitors are encouraged to wear devices to improve traction, such as YakTrax, when walking the packed trail.

Dog sled rides through the Lower Falls area will be offered on weekends, as snow depth permits. To make a reservation, contact Husky Haven Kennels at 516-790-9183.

Exploring the park off-trail, with snowshoes or cross-country skis, is encouraged. Park staff can help adventurous souls plan a backcountry adventure. Cell phone service is limited at the park. Park staff urges backcountry travelers to tell someone their plans and to bring adequate food and water.

Winter camping is also available at the Lower Falls Hemlock campground for $18-20 per night, and includes electricity at each plowed site. The restroom buildings are closed, but a water spigot is available in the campground to fill drinking containers.

Snowmobilers will continue to have access to the winter parking areas at the Lower Falls and Upper Falls to allow riders to walk the trails to the falls viewing areas.

See a map of the Lower Falls Day Use Area. For more information on park winter activities, contact Tahquamenon Falls State Park at 906-492-3415.

Rollin' on TV: A Look at the Unforgettable DecoLiner



On this week's program (#2016-25), Rollin' On TV looks back at a couple of popular past shows, starting with a visit with Steve and Bonnie Gibons, a couple that has combined a fun business with full time RVing. Also they check out the DecoLiner, one of the wildest custom built RVs in the country.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

RV Education 101 videos Part 3: Motorhome Towbars, Portable Ice Makers & Clotheslines, Gray Water Tank Odors, & Trailer Towing Tips



RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

RV Education 101 videos Part 2: Selecting the Right RV, Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar, RV Rear View Camera System & More




RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

RV Education 101 videos: RV Condensation, Emergency Preparedness, Awning Accessories & More



RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

Volunteer campground hosts needed in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds

Lori and Leo Constine spent time as volunteer campground
hosts in Hartwick Pines State Park this past fall helping campers,
answering questions and taking part in the annual fall
Harvest Festival. (DNR photo)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteer campground hosts for the 2017 camping season in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds.

Spend time in Michigan's great outdoors, while engaging with park visitors. Volunteer campground hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week, including duties such as helping campers find their campsites, answering questions about the park, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Camping fees will be waived for campground hosts. 

Both individuals and couples may apply for volunteer positions that begin as early as April and last through October. Volunteer hosts must provide their own camping equipment, food and other personal items.

Interested volunteers can click on "campground host" at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers to learn more about the volunteer host campground program, download an application and waiver and view a vacancy host campground report, which is updated regularly and indicates when and where hosts are needed in specific parks.

Hosts are screened and interviewed by park managers and selected based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area. Hosts must participate in a two-day host training session within the first two years of being selected as a host. The 2017 training will take place June 7-8 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.

For information about the campground host program and how to apply, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers or contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.

We're the Russos Wednesday: Sequoia National Forest Fire, Garmin RV 760LMT GPS Review, Full-Time Expenses



About We're the Russos
In 2015, Joe and Kait Russo quit their jobs, sold their home, and got rid of most of their possessions to live their dream – travel and work for themselves. Together with their rescue dog, Leo, the Russos are traveling all across North America seeking adventure. Their rig is a 2015 Newmar Bay Star, a gas motorhome coming in just shy of 30 feet. Visit their website for tons of more information about the Russos and their travels. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel, where they have videos on RVing, Living Life on Your Terms, Following their Adventure, and more, plus they're on Twitter and Facebook. You can also help support them via their Patreon site.

RV Geeks Videos Part 2: Water Heater Flush, LED Conversion, Towbars, & See you in Quartzsite!

About RV Geeks
The RV Geeks offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips from “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers. They’ve handled most of their own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America. While not RV technicians, the RV Geeks are mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. They handle most of their own minor service, repair and upgrade work on their 2005 43-foot Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. They also maintained their 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during their first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

RV Geeks Videos Part 1: Window Replacement, Modern Leveling, Awnings, & Refrigerator Bats



About RV Geeks
The RV Geeks offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips from “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers. They’ve handled most of their own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America. While not RV technicians, the RV Geeks are mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. They handle most of their own minor service, repair and upgrade work on their 2005 43-foot Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. They also maintained their 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during their first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Volunteers needed in southeastern and southwestern Michigan State Parks



The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the December schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays at state parks and recreation areas in southeast and southwest Michigan.

A volunteer helps remove invasive species
 at Belle Isle Park. Volunteer efforts at state
 park workdays like these are critical in
helping to protect Michigan's natural areas.
Volunteers are needed to cut invasive, non-native shrubs like glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, multi-flora rose and others to help restore important ecosystems. These activities are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while restoring high-quality, unique ecosystems and learning more about them. 

Workday details, maps and directions can be found on the DNR website www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers by clicking on the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.

Workday dates, locations (counties) and times include:

Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. 

All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the DNR website or via email. Any questions should be directed to Echo Prafke-Marson at 517-719-2285 or prafkemarsone@michigan.gov or Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov.

Watch the brief video (above) to learn more about why these volunteer stewardship efforts are so important to protecting natural areas and ecosystems in Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

The DNR's Volunteer Stewardship Program is a hands-on way for all ages to learn about and protect Michigan's natural resources by collecting native seeds, removing invasive species, conducting plant and animal surveys and more. Other ways to volunteer with the DNR include joining a state park friends group, serving as a campground host or a lightkeeper and many other opportunities.

Rollin' On TV: Looking Back on 2016, and at the Jayco Jay Feather Hybrid



On this week's program (#2016-26), Rollin' On TV looks back on 2016 and some of the stories they covered, and a couple of feature stories including the Jayco Jay Feather Hybrid, and a visit to KZ RV.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.