Journalist Plans Ultimate Summer Vacation Road Trip

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As Recreational Vehicles sales skyrocket, Mike Wendland, Emmy winning journalist and publisher of the popular Roadtreking RV travel blog, is gearing up for the "Great Roadtreking Family Vacation of 2013".


Who says small motorhomes are only made for small vacations?

In an effort to prove that the small motorhome lifestyle is very conductive to large family vacations, travel writer/journalist Mike Wendland is turning a summer road trip into an RV caravan that he calls “Great Roadtreking Family Vacation of 2013”

It’s set to kick off Saturday, August 3, 2013. The road trip will consist of six adults, two kids and three dogs and travel through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

What will be a first on this RV trip for Wendland and his wife, Jennifer, is that they will use their 2012 Roadtrek eTrek to tow a 21-foot long 2014 Gulf Stream AmeriLite Super Lite trailer purchased from American RV in Grand Rapids, MI. A real advantage to the Roadtrek is that it is small enough to travel to remote destinations, but it is also powerful enough to pull behind a trailer for a larger family vacation.

Wendland’s daughter, Wendy Bowyer, son-in-law Dan Bowyer and two granddaughters, Hua Hua, 10, and Rachel, 7 will be calling the Gulf Stream trailer home for the road trip vacation.

Following behind in a 2010 Roadtrek will be son, Jeff and his wife Aimee. Jeff is a website developer and helps to manage the Roadtreking blog. He'll be assisting in posting videos, photos and daily accounts of the trip for blog readers and social media sites.

"There are a lot of people who travel in Roadtreks who wish they could take their whole family," says American RV General Manager Chad Neff, of Grand Raids, MI, who sold Wendland the travel trailer. "But they forget that a Roadtrek like Mike has, can tow a full-fledged travel trailer. They can easily pull 5,000 pounds. That means they can take another family with them."

Wendland, a former journalist whose RV travel blog gets over 100,000 readers a month or 1.2 million a year, says the idea of pulling a travel trailer came about because he wanted to show the country to his family.

"I never thought I'd be buying a travel trailer," says Wendland. "But I have grandkids. I can take them and their parents with us. Today's travel trailers are very lightweight. I just hook up and go. Our Roadtrek is perfect for my wife and I and the dog but we always wished we could take the family. Now we can.”

Some of the specific destinations for stays on the Wendland’s Roadtreking vacation tour will include Colorado Springs, Mesa Verde National Park, Telluride, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado River State park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. The family is also keeping a few days open for any sites that they learn about on the way or from recommendations from the readers of the Roadtreking RV Blog.

Wendland’s RV, an environmentally-friendly 2012 Roadtrek eTrek is an ideal vehicle for seeing the sights and RVing in Colorado as it has solar power and a super quiet engine generator that allows him to be fully contained and powered in the middle of the wilderness, far off the grid.

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, and Norwegian Elkhound, Tai, travels North America in a Type B motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He is the official on-the-road reporter for the Family Motor Coach Association, a columnist with Family Motor Coaching Magazine and his Roadtreking reports appear in numerous newspapers and publications.

He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, video editing and all things dealing with technology. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.

Wendland’s website coincides with a huge boom in RV sales across North America as retiring baby boomers and young families discover the freedom of recreational vehicle travel. Through the midway point of 2013, RV wholesale shipments tracked by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association climbed to 174,871 units - a 12.8 percent increase from the same point in 2012.

Shipments in motorhomes jumped from 14,576 units in June 2012 to 19,425 units in June 2013. Even towable trailers grew from 140,412 units to 155,446 units, a 10.7 percent bump.

Visit to stay up to date with the adventures of the "Great Roadtreking Family Vacation of 2013"

For interviews, contact Mike Wendland by phone at 248-895-2786 on email at mike(at)roadtreking(dot)com.

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