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LTRVD Episode 18 – Wanderlust Estate

In this episode I interview fellow YouTuber, and nomadic van dweller James Weelock, who goes by the social handle: Wanderlust Estate

This podcast is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
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Who is James Wheelock?

James Wheelock is a nomadic van dweller, RVer, and fellow YouTube creator where he goes by the name Wanderlust Estate.  He’s also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

RV Classes

We discuss the pros and cons about the types of RV he’s driven. The Class A was comfortable inside but he hated having a toad. His current campervan is nimble and stealth but not totally self contained. I think we agreed that for both of us the best compromise would be a wide body Class B for him, and for me even a small Class C.

Favorite part of RV travel

Having the feeling of coming home every time, that you don’t get if you stay at a hotel.

Least favorite part about RV travel

The persistent stigma about full time RVers in society. Also the fact that there is always something breaking no matter the age of you RV.

Workamping and other work on the road

There are plenty of jobs, just not plenty of good paying jobs.  One of the best choices for James had been a ultra temp service.

He’s also done the Sugar Beet Harvest and Amazon Camperforce.

Favorite place: Yellowstone National Park

Overrated place: San Francisco

Free camping websites

Campendium

freecampsites.net

Boondockers Welcome

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LTRVD Episode 17 – Your feedback – Great American Eclipse

In this episode I read your emails and talk about some of the best places to watch the Great America Eclipse of 2017.

This podcast is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
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Videos this week

Champion Generator Noise Test

Champion Generator Noise Test

#TBT Throw back Thursday to our European Vacation of 11 years ago. That was an epic road trip.

#TBT European Road Trip Part 1

On Sunday I will publish a new video, this one about Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach (this will not be available until Sunday, July 16.

Lion Country Safari
RV Share

When we talk about visiting places far from Florida, our only options up to now have been one of the major RV rental companies. There is, however, a new option. RV share lets RV owners rent their RVs, and that is a great choice for people who want to try before they buy.
Full disclosure: I am an affiliate, but that only means I get a commission if you decide to use RV share by following one of the links below.
To rent an RV
To offer your RV for rent

Trailer Towing

I talk about my own experiences, but for the definitive guide I will differ to the definitive article on Living the RV Dream

The Great American Eclipse 2017

Here’s a link to the article I mentioned that lists some of the best places to experience the eclipse.

Off-Road Campers

Here’s a link to the article about expedition vehicles.

As always thank you for your continued support.

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LTRVD Episode 16 – A New Era and a Visit to Palm Beach

In this week’s installment, I reveal the news that I no longer have a “day job” and I talk about our recent RV trip to West Palm Beach.

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Self Employed

Well, as I hinted before, I no longer have my “day job”. I am going to dedicate 100% of my time to the podcast and my YouTube Channel. I will definitely be taking a pay cut, but I’ll be able to grow my media business at a much faster pace. As I leaned from John Huggins, the secret is multiple sources of revenue. I have the YouTube channel, which has been a hobby for almost a decade, and only about 3 years ago, it started showing promise. Then came the podcast, and I am eternally grateful to John Huggins for thinking of me when he decided to retire from it.

Then, I also have my music. As you probably know I compose the music for all my YouTube videos. Most of that music is for sale everywhere music is sold or streamed. While I’m not getting rich any time soon, it does make a little money. I also have physical CDs for sale, a double CD set with 30 tunes for $12.99. I also sell stickers for $5, and a CD/sticker combo for 15.99. FreeinmyRV.com is the place to get those. So the idea is to increase the number of videos per week, the length of the podcast, and maybe start offering more valuable content by having guests regularly. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Lion Country Safari

I am also going to talk about our recent trip to West Palm Beach. We stayed at the West Palm Beach / Lion Country Safari KOA. Very well maintained campground right next to the Lion Country Safari. Sometimes you could hear the Lions’ road from the campground. If you are not familiar Lion Country Safari is basically a zoo, but with the peculiarity that the animals roam free as you drive through the park. The do insist that you keep the car windows closed as some wildlife like the ostriches and the rhinoceros can be dangerous. The lions are behind a fence just in case. Very cool park, lots of animals to be seen especially if you arrive when they open at 9:30am, when it is not too hot yet.

Peanut Island

We also visited West Palm Beach. Many viewers and listeners had recommended we visit Peanut Island, just north of Palm Beach, at Riviera Beach. Besides the beach, the camping, snorkeling and many more things to do, the island was the site of a cold war era bunker for John F. Kennedy. It was built during the Cuban missile crisis during the course of two weeks, to take the president to safety during a nuclear attack. The even tried to build a tunnel from Kennedy’s estate to the island but it collapsed, so they had to settle for speedboat or helicopter. The place is totally cool as is the tour of the historic Coast Guard Station. Visit before November, because after that date the maritime museum will relinquish the site to Palm Beach county and nobody really knows what’s going to happen to the place.

John F. Kennedy Bunker, Peanut Island
West Palm Beach

We also visited downtown West Palm Beach and had lunch a very trendy place called Avocado Grill. They had very loud house music with a conga player and a trombone player playing over it. The food and the beer selection were very good.

Palm Beach

We also visited the historic and iconic The Breakers Hotel, which is practically a symbol of Palm Beach. The hotel was founded by Henry Flagler himself in 1896, although the original structure burned to the ground twice. The current palatial building dates back to 1926. We also drove around the exclusive oceanfront residential neighborhoods. As the day came to an end we drove by the famous Mar-a-Lago Club, where President Trump stays often. There were two demonstrations, one in favor, one against Trump. Check out the video of this trip this coming Sunday at YouTube.com/TravelingRobert

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Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33 Handycam Camcorder
Sony Action Cam FDR-X3000 Wi-Fi GPS 4K HD Video Camera
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LTRVD Episode 15 – RV Road Trip to the Wild West Part 3: Page, Arizona

Living the RV Dream episode 15. In this edition of the podcast we talk about Class B vans, and we continue our chronicle of the epic trip we took on the 4 corners region: Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

This podcast is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
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Class B Vans

I received an email Vivian Oliva about Class B camper vans but I think I will dedicate a whole future episode to Class Bs and the pros and cons,   also go into some of the B+ units we’ve been looking into. In a nutshell, build quality aside, there are very few comfortable or innovative floor plans, in my humble opinion. There are all kinds of configurations and different length models, mainly on the Sprinter and Promaster platforms, but they all boil down to the same thing. Galley on the passenger side, bathroom and closet on the driver side, an ultra narrow hallway in the middle, sofa bed in the back, rinse and repeat. I have only found two units with a permanent table, and a permanent, or at least semi-permanent bed. One of them is the new Hymer Aktiv, formerly the Grand Canyon. The other one is the Winnebago Travato. Still both units seem a little cramped for more than one person full timing, but I’ll try to interview owners of both in the future and get their opinions.

Lake Powell
The Wild West Part 3

I the second segment of the program I continue with the last leg of our Four Corners road trip to the Wild West. We left off as we were arriving at Page, Arizona. This small town can be the home base to visit many points of interest in the area, mainly Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon and the Horseshoe Bend. Here we deviated from our original plan to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in order to enjoy this area a little more.

Lake Powell

We took one on the cruises offered at the Wahweap resort, which covered the Glen Canyon Dam, Antelope Canyon and Navajo Canyon. Overall is was a very pleasant trip, and very informative, if a little expensive at around $70

Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell
Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is divided in two parts, three actually if you count the underwater part on the lake. The two parts are the upper and the lower. The upper is more accessible and wider, but you must book your tour at Page, Arizona, and they take you by Jeep. Lower Antelope Canyon is just a crevice in the ground, but you can just show up, pay your fee and follow the guide down a set of steep stairs. The slot canyon is of incredible beauty.

Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon
Horseshoe Bend

This iconic place is just a deep meander of the Colorado River. There is a little bit of a hike to get there, but the views are truly breathtaking.

Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend
Bryce Canyon

After our stay at the Wahweap RV Resort, we continued towards Bryce Canyon. The canyon is full of these rock formations called hoodoos, that almost look like people standing in formation. A truly otherworldly place this is. There is a network of trails you can take, either by foot or on horseback, but we just didn’t have the time to do any of them. We had to content ourselves with admiring the breathtaking views from the many viewpoints.

Bryce Canyon
Capitol Reef National Park

Our next destination on this action-packed day was just driving through Capitol Reef National Park. Here we also had the ambition to hike to one of the arches, Cassidy Arch to be exact, in which you can stand on top of the arch, and take that Instagram perfect selfie. Of course we didn’t have time.

Capitol Reef National Park
Goblin Valley

Our last stop in Utah was Goblin Valley State Park. The valley is covered with all these mushroom shaped little hoodoos, some of them resembling giant Hershey Kisses. Another very interesting place that used to be an ocean in prehistoric times.

Goblin Valley
Continental Divide

As we crossed the mighty Rocky Mountains on our way back east, I decided to get off Interstate 70 and use US-6, the old road that goes over the continental divide at the Loveland Pass. I even suffered from some mild altitude sickness on the way up.

Echo Lake and Mount Evans

We spent the last night among the clouds at the Echo Lake campground, a fitting end to our road trip. This campground sits at over 10,000 feet above sea level, but this is just halfway up to the 14,265 feet that is Mount Evans, if we were to continue up on North America’s highest paved road. Unfortunate the RV is too long to travel on this road, so we decided to save Mount Evans for a couple of days later with a rental car. In the morning we descended onto the Mile High City, Denver, emptied our holding tanks and returned the RV.

Echo Lake
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LTRVD Episode 14 – RV Road Trip to the Wild West Part 2

In this week’s edition we talk about Mesa Verde National Park, the Four Corners Monument, Monument Valley, Page Arizona, and the Navajo Nation. It can all be summarized as the Wild, Wild, West if you think about it.

This podcast is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
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Previously on Living the RV Dream

We begin where we left off in the previous episode, in which we drove from Denver, Colorado to Moab, Utah and visited Arches National Park. We spent the night at the town of Cortez, Colorado, at the Sundance RV Resort.

Mesa Verde National Park

Cortez, Colorado happens to be very close to Mesa Verde National Park. The main reason I wanted to visit this park is because of the cliff dwellings abandoned by the Ancestral Pueblo Peoples about 700 years ago. The actual reasons why the abandoned this area remain a mystery to this day. The ancestral pueblo people built this amazing dwellings, almost like apartment building on the side walls of the numerous canyons. If you want to visit the main structures you must make a reservation at the Visitors Center before you enter the park. We reserved a guided tour of the Cliff Palace, one of the largest and more accessible of the structures and were very impressed.

Cliff Palace

Video—> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzV9GA1a21g

Four Corners

After our visit to Mesa Verde National Park we continued towards the Four Corners Monument. It marks the point where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico converge. This is the only point in the United States where the boundaries of four states coincide. It is also the only time we area going to step onto New Mexico soil. I didn’t add NM to my sticker map because it doesn’t really count.

Four Corners Monument
Goosenecks State Park

From here we continued deeper into the Wild West. We spent the night at Goosenecks State Park in Utah. At night, thanks to the lack of light pollution, I was able to see the Milky Way with the naked eye for the first time in my life.

Goosenecks State Park
Stars long exposure at Goosenecks State Park
The Milky Way, Goosenecks State Park
Mexican Hat
The Alhambra Rock, near Goosenecks State Park
Monument Valley: The Wild West

On the next day we visited Monument Valley. The place that epitomizes the “look” of the Wild West thanks to movie director John Ford. It was his movie Stagecoach starring a young John Wayne that put Monument Valley on the pop culture map. We had to take the very expensive tour of Monument Valley because RVs are not allowed on the dirt road, for good reason. Here we also eat some unimpressive Navajo stew and honey fry bread.

Pretending to be Forrest Gump near Monument Valley
The “Mittens” at Monument Valley
John Ford Point, Monument Valley
Our Navajo Guide, Monument Valley

Video—> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0h7XOlEWZY

From here we continued towards Page, Arizona where we would spend the next two nights with breathtaking views of Lake Powell.

For more details listen to the podcast.

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LTRVD Episode 13 – RV Road Trip to the Wild West Part 1

In this edition of Living the RV Dream with Traveling Robert we talk about RV upgrades and modifications, and one of my favorite road trips in the United States. This road trip involves the Four Corners region, more colloquially know as the Wild, Wild West.

This podcast is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
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RV Upgrades and Modifications

Last weekend I spent my Sunday making some more upgrades and modifications to Minitini the Trailer. First of all we finally took care of an underused space above our refrigerator. We found a net that fit the opening of this space and now we have a bit more storage.

While I was doing this my wife noticed a large gap behind our television set. We hardly ever watch our TV so I said, what if we get rid of it and the enclosure behind it. While we are at it let’s get rid of the shelf below it, and voila. Now we have enough room for a coat closet. All we need now is a matching door, and a closet rod. Something tells me the closet rod will be a lot easier.

Four Corners Road Trip (The American Wild West)

The main topic of this episode is the first leg of our second road trip in an RV. By this time we were a lot more confident, as we had already read many books on RVing, including John Huggins’ So You Want To Be an RVer. We had also attended the Tampa show once and we were pretty sure we would get a small gas class A. How things change with time!

We flew from Miami to Denver, Colorado, and rented a 28-foot class C from El Monte. The first leg was a breathtakingly drive on I-70 crossing the Rockies. We spent the night at the Colorado River State Park, at the Island Acres campground, near Grand Junction, Colorado.

Arches National Park

In the morning we continued into Utah, and we took State Route 128, another beautiful drive. It goes through the Colorado River Gorge, and Castle Valley. In this area we began to see the type of landscape that Hollywood epitomized as the Wild West. We spent the better part of the day visiting Arches National Park. While in the park we did the Delicate Arch trail, which is in my opinion a must if you are in decent shape. It is a moderately strenuous hike.

After a quick visit to the neighboring town of Moab, we continued driving south towards Cortez, Colorado, which is the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park. See some pictures below and listen to the podcast for more details.

Crossing the Rockies
Crossing the Rockies, by Lake Dillon
Island Acres Campground
Island Acres Campground
Castle Valley
La Sal Mountains Overlook, Arches National Park
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
VIDEOS:

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LTRVD Episode 12 – First RV Road Trip

In this episode I document our first RV road trip from South Florida to North Ohio about a rental motorhome.

This episode is sponsored by RAD Power Bikes
RV model numbers and length

In this first segment I discuss the apparent difference between the hinted length in the model number and the actual outside length.

Last week’s video
Key West Sunset Cruise Video
This week’s video (available at noon)
Video thumbnail. Click to watch
This is the video of the trip I mention in the podcast

Camera Technology

As I talk about publishing one of my older videos soon, I also ramble about how camera technology has improved in the past 10 years. It is not the 4K resolution, or the high dynamic range of the high end models. It is the optical and electronic image stabilization, nowadays present even in phones. I find it really noticeable while editing older videos. While the image quality is almost the same, camera shake is impossible to overlook.

Our first RV road trip

We began our first RV road trip ever by going north on 1-95. We stopped several times to make coffee and take a break. Tripped the circuit breaker when we tried to run the air conditioner and the microwave simultaneously off the generator. We even managed to parallel park the rig at Delray Beach.

Parallel parked on Ocean Boulevard (A1A), Delray Beach, FL

The idea was to spend the night in Saint Augustine but among the lessons learned during this trip was the fact that the ETA on the GPS does not necessarily apply to RVs.

Eventually we made it to Savannah in the middle of the night. The next morning we took a lunch river cruise, and wandered around the streets of the Historic District ending up at famous and historic Forsyth Park.

Forsyth Park

We continue through South Carolina, we stop briefly for dinner at Charlotte, North Carolina. Then, we continue under a torrential thunderstorm and end up boondocking at e Walmart in Whytheville, Virginia

Driving the RV

On the next day we traversed some of the narrowest back roads of West Virginia due to a navigational error on my part.

Lost on the back roads of West Virginia

On on the return trip we spent the first night at Winton Woods in the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Winton Woods

Then we explored the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sunset from Balsam Mountain, near the Smoky Mountains

 

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LTRVD Episode 11 – Full Time Family

In this episode we chat with full time RVing family Engjell and Kaleigh Vrapy. They are travling the USA with three children and have plans to continue towards Europe and Asia. The currently travel the USA on a class A motorhome but plan to downsize to a camper van for their European adventure.

This episode is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
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Links

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Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33 Handycam Camcorder
Sony Action Cam FDR-X3000 Wi-Fi GPS 4K HD Video Camera
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
If you buy on Amazon follow the link below. It will cost you the same and I get a bit of commission for sending you over.

Music for all my videos is also available at Amazon Music.

LTRVD Episode 10 – San Francisco

  1. In today’s edition of the podcast we talk about South Dakota, how to travel more comfortably, and San Francisco.
San Francisco

There is so much to see in this city that it is impossible to mention them all. I am just going to mention a few and show you pictures.

The view from Twin Peaks
San Francisco from Hawk Hill
Alcatraz Island
Alamo Square, San Francisco
Transamerica Pyramid, from Chinatown, San Francisco
Lombard Street
Powell Street Cable Car
Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill
Wine tasting at the Hess Collection, Napa Valley
Hess Collection, Napa Valley
Babbage Difference Engine at the Computer History Museum

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Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33 Handycam Camcorder
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LTRVD Episode 9 – The Pacific Coast Highway

In this week’s edition of the podcast, we talk about one of the most epic trip one can take in the United States: California Highway 1, The Pacific Coast Highway

Low Season at the Florida Keys

In the fist segment of the episode I ramble about our recent trips to the Florida Keys, and how, for the first time, we have noticed the noticeable differences between the high and low seasons. This time of the year everything is either under construction or sad in comparison to the high season.
The main subject of the episode is the trip we took in 2012 on the Pacific Coast Highway, from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a large classic American vehicle.

Los Angeles

First we talk about Los Angeles and its points of interest.

• Hollywood Sign
• Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Fame
• Griffith Observatory
• Beverly Hills
• Music Center
• Olvera Street
• Venice Beach
• Santa Monica Beach

The Pacific Coast Highway

Main points of interest along the way
• Malibu
• Rincon Parkway Campground
• Summerland
• Santa Barbara
• Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley
• Moro Bay
• Cambria
• Hearst Castle
• Elephant seal beach at Piedras Blancas
• Big Sur
• Julia Pfiffer Burns State Park
• Monterey
• Half Moon Bay
The following are some photos of this epic trip

Western terminus of Route 66
McWay Rocks
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway, near Big Sur
Elephant Seal Beach, Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Beach, Piedras Blancas
The Hollywood Sign
Grauman’s Chinese Theater
Venice Beach
LA at night from the Griffith Observatory
The California Cruiser
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Nitt Witt Ridge
Clam Chowder Sourdough Bowl in Morro Bay
Morro Bay
Summerland Winery
Solvang

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Bixby Creek Bridge
Pacific Coast
San Francisco, California