This week’s RV Miles podcast covers lots of tips and trips for folks that are new to the outdoor lifestyle — how to visit a National Park or other public lands for the first time. Then we talk with Staci Ritchie-Roman from Wholesale Warranties about the ins and outs of extended RV warranties. You’re going to want to bookmark this one! We also have lots of news and the answer to last week’s brain teaser. Listen above, or subscribe for free on any podcast app, such as Apple Podcasts.



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The big news of the week is that the government shutdown is over, at least for the time being, so get those reservations in for later this year while you can.

We also followed up on the scandal at Erwin Hymer North America, where the top three executives have been reportedly removed for the embezzlement of upwards of $100 million. Thor Industries has dropped Erwin Hymer North America from the purchase of global Erwin Hymer Group, and the implications are unknown for Roadtrek owners and buyers:

Finally, we let you know about our latest America’s National Parks Podcast episode, about a truly remarkable set of 6 sisters that survived on their own in the Smoky Mountains for 40 years. Check it out below, or find it on any podcast app.

After the break and the brain teaser, we chatted about some great tips from our friends in the RV Miles Facebook group about exploring the outdoors newbies. Click here to join the group:

Then, we talked with Staci Ritchie-Roman of Wholesale Warranties about why you should or shouldn’t get an extended warranty, and all of the great options her company provides. Staci put together an article breaking out what we discussed in more detail, read it here: