Are Off Grid Robbers Hiding Out On Public Lands?

A tragic robbery-gone-wrong homicide in an Alabama nationwide forest final week, many surprise: Are off grid robbers hiding out on public lands?

We discuss at size about this unbelievable story out of the Talladega Nationwide Forest that claimed the lifetime of a 22-year-old faculty scholar who stopped to assist what he thought have been two ladies stranded within the wilderness when their automobile broke down.

It was a setup from the beginning and though police have the alleged perpetrators in custody, the case has many who boondock on public lands questioning if the numerous homeless encampments hidden within the woods all through the nation are additionally harboring harmful criminals.

You’ll be able to hear this story for your self in Episode 410 of the RV Podcast, wherein we additionally report a grisly thriller has rangers at Yellowstone Nationwide Park questioning a couple of human foot – in a shoe – discovered floating in a harmful scorching spring on the park.

Additionally this week, we preview of the upcoming Hershey RV Present – often called America’s Largest RV Present – with an interview with the present director. It is a must-attended occasion for those who’re on the lookout for a brand new RV. Plus, we reply your RV Way of life questions and share RV suggestions. 

You’ll be able to watch the video model of the podcast in its entirety by clicking the participant under.

In case you desire an audio model, you may pay attention in your favourite podcast app or click on the participant under.

First, an RV Way of life Tip

From Bob H, who noticed final week’s article on 15 Pool Noodle Hacks for RVers.

Bob has a sixteenth tip: “I simply noticed your article on pool noodles, and also you missed one. I’ve been utilizing one for some time now within the microwave in my Thor Tellaro. I minimize one lengthy sufficient to place contained in the microwave and put strain between the roof of the microwave and glass turntable to maintain the turntable from bouncing misplaced whereas driving. Now I don’t must put the turntable again in place earlier than utilizing it at a campsite.

Robbers Hiding out on Public Lands

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This younger couple was robbed by two ladies posing as stranded motorists within the Talledega Nationwide Forest. The 22 12 months previous boy on the left was shot and killed.

Essentially the most sensational and disturbing story of the school scholar murdered in a nationwide forest final week was our foremost podcast matter.

The sufferer, driving by way of the forest along with his girlfriend on the way in which to a hike, was flagged down by a few robbers – each ladies – posing as disabled motorists.

The long-time couple, each college students on the College of Central Florida, made an impulsive resolution to go to the forest and have been driving on their means for a hike after they have been flagged down by the ladies who stated they wanted assist getting their automobile began.

The couple stopped, and the younger man, 22, tried to help when one of many ladies he was attempting to assist pulled a gun on him and his 20-year-old girlfriend and began marching them by way of the woods to rob them. The 22-year-old had a gun additionally, and he shot the robber, who then shot and killed him. 

Police discovered the wounded robber and her affiliate, and a 5-year-old boy, who was holding a shotgun when police arrived, and a hidden encampment deep within the woods a couple of half mile from the scene of the theft. To learn extra of the story, together with an interview with the younger girl who witnessed her boyfriend’s dying, click on right here

Jennifer and I mentioned this case at size. We each have very robust emotions. You’ll be able to pay attention your self within the podcast.

However the bigger and ongoing query many RVers who prefer to boondock on public lands are asking themselves is how secure is it on the market? A few years in the past, we have been warned by locals to avoid sure areas of the Ocala Nationwide Forest the place related long-term encampments are well-known.

And throughout the nation, officers have been closing off many areas due to issues attributable to those that keep over the conventional 21-day time restrict for dispersed tenting.

A Grisly Thriller in Yellowstone

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A human foot in a shoe was discovered floating in Abyss Pool within the West Thumb Geyser Basin at Yellowstone Nationwide Park final week.

The ghastly discovery was made by a park worker. Whereas park officers have no idea whose foot it’s, they do imagine there might have been a dying in July on the pool. They don’t count on foul play.

The Abyss Pool within the southern a part of the park is likely one of the deepest, estimated to be 50 toes. Its temperature is 140 levels.

Yellowstone has many geysers and thermal areas (see our story right here) with delicate floor areas making it essential for guests to remain on the boardwalks. To be taught extra in regards to the foot discovery, click on right here.

Earlier than July, the newest dying was in 2016, when a 23-year-old man walked off a boardwalk and fell into Norris Geyser Basin, the most popular thermal area within the park. In 2000, an individual died after falling right into a scorching spring in Decrease Geyser Basin.

There even have been at the least eight folks injured previously six years, together with a 3-year-old little one who in 2020 ran off a path, slipped and fell right into a thermal function. Final 12 months, a girl was burned from her shoulders to her toes after she entered Maiden’s Grave Spring to rescue her canine, who had jumped in.

Get Prepared for America’s Largest RV Present – Sept. 14-18 at Hershey, PA

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We’ve been going to Hershey for years! This picture is from 2013.

Within the podcast this week, we interview Heather Leach, the manager director of the Pennsylvania Leisure Car and Tenting Affiliation, the present sponsor.

Greater than 1,300 new RVs might be on show this 12 months, she stated, from 40 totally different producers. She offers a whole rundown of the present, together with admission prices and present hours.

Full particulars on the present – which affords first-come, first-served dry tenting for attendees close by, will be discovered at

Mike & Jen’s Meet and Greet Schedule at Hershey

Search for us Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2PM on the Battleborn Batteries show at Sales space 539-540.

And on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, we’ll be assembly people at 10 AM on the Keystone RV show close to the 2023 Arcadia Fifth Wheels.

There could also be different occasions and areas, too, and we’ll put up the ultimate schedule earlier than the present. We stay up for assembly everybody.

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