What's new on RV-Life-and-Travel.com ... Updates on our RV travels, articles we write about full-time RVing, articles we write about RVs and RV maintenance, recreational vehicle industry news, our RVing life blog updates…when we post something new on the RV Life and Travel website, we post a notice of it here and link to it, so it is easy for you to find.
We also post some tips about living in an RV and some tidbits about RVing and camping here. We also post notices here to let you know when we send out a new issue of either of our RVing newsletters -- the Workers On Wheels Newsletter (the one for working RVers) and our RV Life and Travel E-zine.
If you need to work while you are RVing -- either to earn your living or cut your campground rent -- you need the Workers On Wheels Newsletter. This link goes to the new issue.
The new RV Life and Travel E-zine went out early this morning.
This link goes to the current issue of the newsletter RVers need if they want to earn a living on the road.
Restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee offer RVers and vacationers a mix of local southern cooking, pancake houses, catfish, BBQ, family style dining, and numerous eateries from fast food to upscale.
Steam shows, threshing bees, engine shows, and old time power shows are some of our favorite events to attend while RVing. There are numerous old time demonstrations and farm collector shows.
Easier RV living … isn't that what we all want? Here are four tips that we use every day in our motorhome. They solve little, but annoying problems, and help us keep an RV home neat and organized.
I hope you have already seen this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. But, if you missed it, here's the direct link to it. The Workers On Wheels Newsletter is the one for RVers who need or want to work while RVing.
When go to events, we visit with the vendors. Ray had a table set up selling old-time hand crank telephones, horse tack, leather goods, and other miscellany. He was telling us about his friends who travel and what they do for work. His friend is a rodeo announcer. His friend's wife is a chiropractor. She works the rodeos, too. Cowboys getting thrown from bulls…certainly seems logical they'd be in pain and could use a chiropractic adjustment. But, the twist is that she works on the horses. We keep looking for more kinds of work RVers can do, and being an equine chiropractor is one we hadn't had on the list.
LED lights. What took us so long to replace the old, florescent tube lights with efficient LED fixtures in our RV? It was not knowing how much energy they would save and how much we would like them.
We sent out an RV Life and Travel E-zine update this week, with a recap of what we did this summer. In fact, the title of the feature article is one Bob wrote, "What I Did on My Summer Vacation."
Remember back in grade school, where the first assignment each fall was to write about what you did over the summer? Well, since fall is here, I thought
Staying mobile and being ready to move quickly is part of the freedom of RV living. Coleen and I like to be able to leave in 15 minutes or less. The majority of the time we can accomplish that goal.
Prepare your RV for emergencies so you can use it for temporary shelter. You’ll have utilities, food and clothing, your important papers, medications, pet supplies, tools, and cleaning supplies
Stock your RV for emergencies so you can use it for temporary shelter. Part 2 of Preparing Your RV for Emergencies article. Keeping your RV well stocked can reduce stress during an emergency.
Be sure to read this week's issue of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter. It's the newsletter for those who don't have pockets bulging with money, and who need to work to pay for their RV life and travels.
Our RVing blog, where we, the RV Life and Travel editors, Coleen and Bob, share what we do while RVing and what our days are like as full-timers, along with our personal thoughts about RV living.
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.
Take time to read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. The opening section is something everyone can benefit from -- whether you are RVing or not.
Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor
What do these people have in common? A yodeler. A blacksmith. The Tupperware lady. A parking lot attendant. Someone selling wine. A magician. A watercolor artist. A toy train collector. A sound technician. Someone making funnel cakes. A jewelry maker. A masseuse. An author. A photographer. The bartender. A woman selling time shares at a fancy resort. A guy sharpening knives. The caricature artist. An implement salesman. A wood carver. Someone who turns digital photographs into DVDs. A woman who makes soap. The trolley car operator. The medicine man. Security officers.
All those listed above are people who work antique
Be sure to read this week's newsletter for working RVers -- the Workers on Wheels Newsletter. Workers On Wheels is a sister site to this one. While this website is more about the fun and technical aspects of RVing, the Workers On Wheels website and newsletter are about working and earning a living while RVing.
Ask questions before accepting a position. An RVer who wishes to remain anonymous writes, "We should have asked more questions up front - instead of learning later that the wife's job was spending the majority of the time standing in a chuck wagon for six hours and the husband cleaning the restrooms and maintenance/mowing, etc. Since I hate to cook for other people, working six hours cooking hamburgers and burritos is awful. We have learned to ask up front what is required and be sure it's what we want to do for an entire summer."
Resealing my motorhome roof turned out to be a labor-intensive project. It is a 1987 model, so amongst the many other necessary maintenance items to do was to reseal the roof.
Taking the kids camping in the RV sounds like it should be fun and exciting. A family vacation. A summer trip with Grandma. Keep it simple for sweet memories. Complicate things and it can turn sour.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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