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Aug 23, 2017

Climate Controlled Storage - Suggestions for When You Store Your Valuables

Climate controlled storage can be the answer for storing your valuables and those things that can't be replaced. They're wrapped, padded, and crated for safe-keeping inside a weather proof building.

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Aug 22, 2017

Your Electricity Costs Can be Low, Even with Metered Electric

Electricity costs for campground owners are constantly rising. It is not unusual to find that they are installing individual electric meters at each site. There are ways you can keep your costs down.

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Aug 21, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1152

The longer I work with RVers, the more I'm convinced there's something for most everyone who wants to work while RVing. Your skills, background, and physical capabilities make a difference in what is out there for you, of course. But there is such a variety, there's something suitable for most everyone. Fortunately,

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Aug 20, 2017

Solar Power - Celebrating 25 Years of Electricity from the Sun

Free electricity from the sun! It was 25 years ago this month that we got our first solar system. It went on the first travel trailer we used for full-time RVing. We are still using most of those components today.

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Aug 19, 2017

Fishing from a Pier Can be Inexpensive and a Lot of Fun for RVers

One of the ways to cut the cost of fishing is to fish from a free public fishing pier. Notice that I said fishing pier. Some piers are open to the public but don't allow fishing, be aware of that.

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Aug 18, 2017

A Little Giant Ladder -- Something That's Really Handy When RVing

My Little Giant Ladder is a tool I bought about 15 years ago at the Florida RV Super Show. I came across a dealer in the commercial area selling folding ladder systems. I had looked at other brands before, but these were different.

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Aug 17, 2017

The Branson Hobby Center: A Chance Discovery While Walking

The Branson Hobby Center wasn't on my list of places to go in the Branson area. We were staying at an RV park in Hollister, MO. I was out for a walk, and went in when I saw the model railroad sign.

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Aug 16, 2017

My Fishing Experience Is Extensive Because Of Our RVing

Fishing and RVing are naturals together. Some people only enjoy angling for a single species. Others, like me, like the wide range of fish out there just waiting for someone to try to catch them.

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Aug 15, 2017

Bob's Tools, Tips, and Thoughts on Needed RV Repair Supplies

Tools and repair supplies are usually the first things we put into our RVs. You never know when you are going to have a mechanical breakdown or have something go wrong in the RV that needs fixing.

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Aug 14, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1151

Steam whistles from massive traction engines, the popping of single-single engines, the put-put of two-cylinder John Deeres, the clatter of a Caterpillar track, whinnying of horses, the crushing of gravel under the steel wheels of the giant plow tractors…these are the sounds I hear in the background. We are at the Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show. We hadn't planned to be in Iowa this week. But, here we are, taking part in Albert City's 47th annual show, which happens to be hosting the 175th Anniversary of Case.

I love the flexibility that comes with working while RVing.

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Aug 13, 2017

Packing Your Wheel Bearings Is Important for Good RV Maintenance

One of the first real automotive jobs I learned to do was to pack wheel bearings. I was exceptionally proud of my accomplishment, even though I had two or three years before I would even be able to drive. Since then, I've been somewhat obsessed with proper bearing care.

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Aug 12, 2017

My Sea Eagle Boat Is a Lot of Fun, It's Safe, and It Fits In My RV

My Sea Eagle boat saved me from being boatless. It's an inflatable, so it packs up to fit in our RV. It's safe and stable. I have a lot of fun with it, fishing, or just being out on the water.

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Aug 11, 2017

Stop and Smell the Roses - God Doesn't Charge Admission

Stop and smell the roses. If there are wild ones, that is. One of the free pleasures on the road RVing is getting to see the wonderful flowers that nature offers us. The blooms are really colorful.

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Aug 10, 2017

Tools for the Road -- Bob's List of Tools and Related Supplies for the RV

There are two things that I've never had too much of … fishing equipment and tools. When it comes to fixing, building, or remodeling something in the RV, I have what I need to get the project done.

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Aug 09, 2017

The Magic of Solar Panels: Bob's True Fairytale RVing and Photovoltaics Story

Solar panels play a big part in our full-time RVing independence. Here's Bob's story -- written as a fairytale, but very true -- of how we became full-timers and how we started with a solar system.

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Aug 08, 2017

Solar Panels: What Do I Really Need in a Photovoltaic System for RV Electricity?

Solar panels and a photovoltaic system are amazing. Use them to maintain your batteries in the off-season, to supplement while occasionally boondocking, or for a full time stand-alone electric system.

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Aug 06, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1150

Did you know that some employers pass over applicants simply because they are not smiling in their photographs?

Life skills are very marketable. Think about the things you may do on a regular basis -- working at your computer, cooking, home maintenance, planning social events, organizing volunteer projects, paying bills, yard and garden work, etc. All of those activities can translate into job skills.

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Aug 06, 2017

Metal Detecting Revisited: My New Garrett Ace 350 and Pro Pointer AT

Metal detecting has turned into my new hobby. It started when an RV park friend took me with him and let me use his metal detector. I've since bought a Garrett Ace 350 mand Pro Pointer AT.

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Aug 05, 2017

A Metal Detector: How I Come to Think I May Need One for RVing

A metal detector may soon find its way into my cache of RVing tools and toys. While visiting southern Texas for this winter, my friend, Everett, offered to take me along with him metal detecting.

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Aug 04, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to exercise wherever your RV life and travels take you. It doesn't require special equipment that takes up space or adds weight. It is easily adapted to your health and fitness level, to the weather, and to most any locale.

Aug 03, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

RV life and travel is what you make it. You don't have to do it the way the other guy does. Turn it into the life that works for you.

Aug 02, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

A towel bar mounted on the wall, near the floor keeps shoes in place, off the floor, but yet readily available. Just slip shoes in behind the bar, toes first.

Aug 01, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Baskets. Use baskets to keep your RV neat. Use baskets to keep things from falling over in your cabinets. Use baskets in drawers to keep things from shifting. Attractive baskets can expand your storage greatly, as well as your organization. Use them for fresh fruit, laundry, tools, pet supplies, canned goods, clean clothing, bathroom supplies, office supplies, and oh so many other things in the RV.

Jul 31, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1149

Workers On Wheels Newsletter is the free, weekly e-zine for RVers who work while RVing. There's no need to wait until retirement to go RVing!

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Jul 30, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Many businesses allow overnight RV parking in their parking lots. That doesn't mean overnight camping. Overnight parking means your slides remain in, your awning is rolled up, your jacks are up, your lawn chairs and other camping equipment stays in your RV. I can hear some of you saying that the store owner doesn't care if you put your slides out -- and you may be right about that -- but the local busy bodies who don't want you parking there care, and they work diligently to get ordinances passed to prohibit overnight parking. Don't give those busy bodies reason to complain -- don't set up camp.

Jul 29, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Cut your RV life and travel expenses by taking advantage of local food deals. It seems each area has some grocery items that are bargains. In some places, it may be fresh fish that you catch. In others, it may be seasonal produce.

Jul 28, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Parking overnight in the parking lot of a big box store, instead of paying to overnight at a campground, doesn't save you money if you shopping at the store and buy a bunch of stuff you don't need or won't use.

Jul 27, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Frugal RVers look for campgrounds that have the amenities they use -- and they use them. Example: If you use workout equipment, an RV park with an exercise room means you don't need to go to the gym.

Jul 26, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Cut your RV life and travel expenses by staying in one place for at least a week or a month. Campground and RV park rates are often cheaper by the week or month. The monthly park rate may be about the same as it is for two or three weeks.

Jul 25, 2017

RV Life and Travel Reader Question of the Day

An RVer with a Class A motorhome asks if it is necessary to unpack the RV when taking it in for service. No, it is not necessary to unpack your things from the RV. The exception, of course, is if they are in the way of the area being serviced. For instance, if you were having a new shower installed, you would want to move your soap, shampoo, towels, and whatever else you keep in your shower to a different location in the RV.

Jul 24, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1148

Here's the link to this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. Bob and I are working RVers, out there on the road, earning a living from our RV. So, we aren't going to give you a bunch of hoopla or something somebody dreamed up in a corporate job that has nothing to do with working RVers. We give you practical information that you can use.

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Jul 23, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Take clothes for all seasons. Very few RVers manage to always be where it is "sunny and 70." Sure, you can follow the sun, so to speak, and go north in the summer and south in the winter. But, chances are good that you will have cold spells and need sweaters and jackets.

Jul 22, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

When you own a home, there is home maintenance. You either do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Doesn't matter if your home is a traditional home or an RV. Home maintenance still takes time, and, it still takes money.

Jul 21, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Full time RV living is not a full time vacation. Household chores still need doing -- there's still laundry, bed making, dishes to do, floors and bathroom to clean. And, if you aren't retired, there is still work and earning a living.

Jul 20, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Full time RV living is not full time camping. Living in an RV is not about daily hot dog and marshmallow roasts, eating outside at the picnic table, or sitting around a campfire every night.

Jul 19, 2017

RV Life and Travel E-zine #521

We sent out a new RV Life and Travel E-zine today. If you subscribe to it, you should have it in your email. We also post it online. Click the link to read it now.

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Jul 19, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Have a place for everything. The small space in an RV looks cluttered and messy with just a few things out of place. Designate a specific place for each item, and put it then when you are don using it.

Jul 18, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Screw cup hooks into a galley wall. Use them for hanging ---- cups! It frees up cabinet space and keeps them handy. Choose cups or mugs that match your décor or that have sayings or designs on them that reflect your personality and interests.

Jul 17, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1147

If lack of money and needing to work for a living are what's holding you back from being full-time RVers, then you NEED the Workers On Wheels Newsletter. This week's issue is ready for you.

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Jul 17, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Towels make good RV curtains. Linen ones are elegant. Terry cloth towels are casual. It is easy to change them out too change the look of your RV, especially the bathroom and galley. When they are dingy, toss them in the washer and dryer.

Jul 16, 2017

Full-Time RV Life and Travel Tip for Today

Take your good things with you when you move from a sticks 'n bricks house into an RV home. Use them. Good dishes and cookware. Good towels and linens. Good jewelry. Etc.

Jul 15, 2017

RV Life and Travel Tidbits

Questions arise about what makes a full-time RVer a full-time RVer. The only requirement is that you live in an RV full-time. It doesn't matter what kind of RV. It doesn't matter how often you move the RV. It doesn't matter if the RV is parked on private land, in a campground, or in an RV resort.

Jul 14, 2017

RV Life and Travel Tidbits

"Winter Texans," are people who go to Texas for the winter, but live somewhere else during the rest of the year. Many, but not all Winter Texans are RVers; some Winter Texans rent traditional homes or apartments, or live in motels.

Jul 13, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1146

If you need money to pay for your RV life and travels, then you need the Workers On Wheels Newsletter. It is free, emailed to subscribers, and posted online for you. Here's the link to this week's issue.

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Jul 12, 2017

RV Life and Travel Tidbits

There is no such thing as a "test run" for full-time RVing. You either are a full-time RVer, or you aren't.

Jul 11, 2017

RV Life and Travel Tidbits

RV camping is not the same as RV living. Neither my husband nor I like camping. But, we thoroughly enjoy RV living. Camping conjures up images of roughing it, having picnics shared with mosquitoes, and eating on paper plates. RV life for us is not like that -- we have the comforts of home in our RV, because it is home.

Jul 10, 2017

RV Life and Travel Quote

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. ~ Author Unknown

Jul 09, 2017

Finding a Veterinarian: Locating the Right Animal Doctor While RVing

Finding a veterinarian to provide good health care for our RVing cats, dogs, and other animals is important. We crosscheck, rather than relying on one method to find a good vet on the road.

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Jul 09, 2017

Bob's Tools, Tips, and Thoughts on Needed RV Repair Supplies

Tools and repair supplies are usually the first things we put into our RVs. You never know when you are going to have a mechanical breakdown or have something go wrong in the RV that needs fixing.

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