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RV Navigator

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

Published: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:28:52 -0800

Last Build Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:04:08 -0700

Copyright: 2016

RV Navigator Episode 151 - Americas Loneliest Highway

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:57:36 -0700

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 time we saw one car going in our direction and 3 in the opposite direction. This is impossible to happen in our part of the country - as probably yours but here in the western high plains. This meant that driving the large RV on a 2 lane black top was no challenge. The scenery was interesting despite the isolation. We crossed several 7500+foot passes which did challenge the RVs 450 hp diesel but we did fine in the end.

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RV Navigator Episode 149 -A Fresh Start

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 06:36:39 -0700

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 hour drive home turned in to 13 hrs due to heavy traffic as everyone headed north after the total eclipse.
For the last few years I have enjoyed flying my DJI drone, but its large size made it difficult to transport. I was able to buy a DJI Spark drone was put to good use. Ir is very small (7x7 inches) so is easily transportable in one hand. It is about the size of the old drones controller. The new one is controlled by the iPhone so no controller needed.
These topics plus lots of good RV stuff about boondocking and buying an RV are included in this episode - 54 minutes of entertaining banter about our favorite activity.

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RV Navigator Episode 147 - Redux mobile internet

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 06:20:41 -0700

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 factory in Indiana to Washington state. They were embarking on a totally new full timing lifestyle as RVers.
After removing our roof mounted internet satellite dish, we have been looking for an alternative solution for internet on the road for several months. I have been trying to get an ATT Mobley for some time. Finally I found it on Amazon and made the purchase. The local ATT store set up my account without a hassle and it has worked well since. The $20 a month charge for unlimited internet is a very good deal at this time. We were going to get the FMCA Verizon offer as a backup but Verizon pulled out of the deal at the last minute so our phones will be the backup until something better comes along.

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RV Navigator Episode 146 - Staycation

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:07:20 -0700

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

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RV Navigator Episode 144 - Too Much Travel? NOT

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 01:16:52 -0700

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 motorcycles are not in common use so the roads are empty most of the time. The flights to and from Cuba are short so we were able to drive to and from Miami without any extra nights stay. TGO is only 3 hrs from Miami. After a short stay at TGO during which we had our washing machine replaced, we headed the motorhome to Chicago. We arrived after a couple of nights, to find cold weather. Enough so that I decided to winterize it even though the calendar said spring.
We are also looking at the many new "unlimited" cellular data plans. A new one using the ATT Mobly we'll be trying our first unlimited data plan in the near future.
March 28th takes us on a 16 hour flight half way around the world. More details next month.

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RV Navigator Episode 143 - Inside Cuba

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:54:23 -0800

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 sharing details of the trip over the next two episodes. It is different than we expected - and how? Well listen to this episode! and we'll tell you all about it.
We have had fun with our resident owl and the excellent photo opts provided. When we left you last, our owl was just hatching into a chick. Now after hundreds of photos, our owl is all most ready to fly. Cuba may have caused us to miss this big event. I have learned alot about wild bird photography in the last few weeks. One of the new essential tools is a flash extender. An inexpensive tool to give your flash more range.
Another happening this month was the first RV Navigator Potluck at TGO. Not only did we have TGO residence but listeners from other campgrounds joined in the fun. An evening of good fun and food. Thanks to everyone who planned and attended the event. We did have a RV Navigator Trivia contest with big prizes and 3 winners who know much more about our lives than we do! If you'd like to try your hand at the trivia questions, follow the link in the show notes.
On top of these topics we share some RV news stories and other topics of interest.
Next month we'll be on the road once again this time in Singapore. I assume that the internet will not be a problem, so the upload should be on time.

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RV Navigator Episode 141 - Welcome 2017

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 03:34:39 -0800

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 136- What's Peace of Mind Worth?

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 10:43:12 -0700

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 132 - Travels to Patagonia

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:52:32 -0700

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 131- Modernism = 1950s

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 08:23:02 -0800

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 which we were lucky enough to find an open spot. Otherwise it is boondocking only. The month ended in Pahrump, NV just prior to our travels to South America.

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RV Navigator Episode 128 - Boondocking Africa Style

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:13:32 -0800

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 127 - Fix it and head off on Safari

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:50:22 -0700

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 123 - Maine Caravanning

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:00:31 -0700

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 122 - Watch & the RV Navigator

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:35 -0700

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 116 - Home for the Holidays

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 02:48:04 -0800

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 111 - The Transition

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:34:56 -0700

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 109 - Beyond Winter

Thu, 01 May 2014 11:00:00 -0700

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.

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RV Navigator Episode 91 - Oh, Those smokin' CCs

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 09:46:02 -0700

After 8 months on the road we spend time at home.

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RV Navigator Episode 89 - Scenic Alaska

Sat, 01 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Experiencing Alaska's scenic beauty through many miles of driving.

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RV Navigator Episode 83 - Alaska or Bust

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 03:32:15 -0700

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

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 02:20:06 -0800

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?

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 10:30:27 -0700

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?

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:20:19 -0700

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

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:21:40 -0700

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

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 15:06:26 -0700

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

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:53:10 -0700

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

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:15:19 -0700

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?

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 01:02:06 -0700

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

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RV Navigator Episode 68 - Remember the Royal Wedding

Sun, 01 May 2011 00:24:10 -0700

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 Chicago area with all of our neighbors. Lots of interesting technology in this episode. How about rooting a B&N NOOK? Easily done. How did our Sensar work out? How about an extra lens for your phone camera? These plus lots of RV tips and ideas are in this episode. When you are finished, send us a comment, or write podcast review in iTunes about your friendly RV Navigators. is our email.

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RV Navigator Episode 67 - Why High Point?

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 06:30:08 -0700

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

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 17:38:03 -0700

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

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:57:04 -0700

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

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:32:12 -0800

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

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 06:34:18 -0800

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

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 13:50:16 -0800

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

Sat, 15 Jan 2011 17:34:05 -0800

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

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 16:17:38 -0800

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

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:05:04 -0800

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

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 10:38:45 -0800

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 feedback has been very positive so I can only assume that our RV experiences are valuable beyond our lives. We are glad to share and are rewarded by your listenership. However, a second month episode comes with the caveat that listeners help provide content and feedback for the mid-month edition. Our trial mid-month episode will feature Christmas presents appropriate for RVers (or Techies) so send us your suggestions and comments. This episode starts with our getting the RV Fridge repaired under the Norcold recall. Norcold has recalled several models of RV fridges, but ours has always been outside the range of models recalled. This month they issued a recall for nearly all of their fridges between 1999-2010. Ours of course fell in this range. We recommend that you get yours updated, it is free and takes only 1/2 hour for a technician to complete. You’ll find links to several interesting stories that we talk about in the links section of this web page. Today’s feature[...]

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RV Navigator Episode 57 - Digging the RV Navigators

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 08:58:37 -0700

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 least walk over them all as well as photograph them in the rural settings. Each fall they have a huge outdoor festival that draws thousands of tourists. Our visit was a week after the festival so things were quite. It is worth a visit if you are in the vicinity with your RV. Turkey Run SP offers great camping for all types of RVs. Other topics this month include numerous topics presented by listeners via email including reports from Australia. This months feature is about the changing landscape of wireless internet. Data access is important to most RVers these days for at least email and usually much more. With the vast increase in the demand for data (anything beside voice communication) by cell phone users (all of those Apps), cell companies are struggling to keep up. How does this effect you, what types of service is and will be available, which carriers are best, and alternative to cell phone are all discussed in this feature. Finally, [...]

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RV Navigator Episode 56 - About RVing at Sea

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 10:46:05 -0700

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 know, we purchased an iPad at its introduction on April 3, 2010. At this point, it has been part of our family for a little over 6 months. It has become a useful tool which we use almost daily. It has now traveled the world by RV and ship, so we have some interesting comments to make on its use. We also explore the competition as well as update its use for RVers. Finally, this episode is capped with a interesting interview with RV author, Ron Jones from the website and several RVing books that he has published. He has presented at many RV rallies and shares his take on full time RVing with us.

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RV Navigator Episode 55 On the Road far away

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 02:55:18 -0700

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"

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 23:58:41 -0700

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 electric hookup, but this was very expensive due to the portable generators that were used to supply the power. We just fired up the genset and boondocked. It was Louisville's hottest days of the year, in the high 90s, so we had to use the generator all of the time we were in the motorhome including over night. Fortunately, the entire event was held under one air-conditioned roof within a couple of minutes walk of our parking spot. Seminars, vendors, dealers and RVs all housed inside for the show. This made the entire event pleasurable and kept us going for the 4 days. It featured 175 seminars, 300 vendors, and 42 dealers as well as evening entertainment. If you want to know what's going on in the world of RVing, come to "The Rally" some year. The next one will be held in Redmond, WA. Among the trends that we spotted were lots of green products, smaller motor[...]

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