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Forgo Nutrition … For a Little While
Camping with the kids should be all about letting them have fun, so why not bring the food they are generally not allowed to eat at home and in school? For example, allow them hotdogs, roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, and, of course, the ultimate favorite of every kid camper - s'mores!
When you need to go grocery shopping or otherwise get supplies or go out, is there a way to do it without having to move your RV? We have a class A motorhome.
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Practice Camping in Your Backyard
If your kids have no idea what it's like to go camping, then show them. Schedule a weekend where the whole family can camp out in the backyard at night. Teach them how to pitch a tent and cook dinner outdoors. In addition, to further the enjoyment, bring some s'mores, and don't forget to roast marshmallows over the fire. Through "warm up camping," not only will you prepare your kids for the real thing, you'll also get them excited for their upcoming outdoor adventure!
Get the Kids Involved From the Start -- Let your kids help you with planning and organizing the camping trip. This means working with them to discover activities that they'd enjoy. Will your kids want to go swimming, hiking, boating, horseback riding, or bicycling? Let them decide the itinerary and look for a place where you can do all those activities. In addition, include them in meal planning and supply shopping. Essentially, make your kids part of the process...allow them to "own" the experience from the very beginning.
Gourmet Camping Coffee
You can have gourmet coffee while camping. Just sprinkle a little cinnamon in with the coffee grounds. It will give it a wonderful, gourmet flavor, without being sickeningly sweet. You don't need to measure exactly, but use about an eight to a quarter of a teaspoon of the cinnamon.
Be Careful Up There
Don't walk on the roof of your RV unless you know where it is safe to do so. You can damage the roof if you step in the wrong spot.
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Twice the Savings on Camping Costs
Double up on savings by staying longer in one campground. First off, you save because you don't spend gas driving to another location. And, secondly, many campgrounds have a discounted rate if you stay a certain number of days.
Disposable Wash Cloths
Disposable washcloths are great in an RV. These are the kind made for medical patients or others who cannot get into a shower or bathtub. One brand is Attends. They are similar to baby wipes or wet wipes, but bigger and stronger. I use them for all sorts of things from a "sponge bath" to quick housekeeping tasks. If your RVing involves picnics or eating outside, they are better than napkins. We travel with water and we do use our shower. But, if we are boondocking and want to be extra conservative with water, or if we are just in a hurry, the disposable wash cloths fill the bill.
Built In Bulletin Board
Turn your RV refrigerator into a message center and photo display. Replace the standard door panels with sheets of thin cork from regular bulletin boards. You can then use push pins to post photos, notes, reminder lists, etc.
Unadvertised Campgrounds May Be Best Bargain
Stay at campgrounds that are not advertised in the camping directories and tourist guidebooks. They often charge less because they don't have the high advertising expenses to cover. You can find them by watching for roadside signs, by looking for the parks themselves, and by asking people in the community.
Frugal Cold Drinks
Partially (about two-thirds) fill plastic bottles or glasses with tea, lemonade, coffee, or juice and freeze them. On travel days, take one from the freezer, finish filling it, and you have a cold beverage for much of the day. Sure beats buying cold drinks at convenience store prices. It also eliminates the need to open your refrigerator or cooler, helping to keep things there cold.
Be a Considerate Camper -- Keep Off Other Occupied RV Sites
Use sidewalks and established walkways, or the edge of the roads, to get from one place to another within the campground. Do not take short-cuts across another camper's site. Similarly, your kids should play on the site you rented, not on your neighbor's site.
Camping tips to make camping go more smoothly, be more fun, and cost less money. These hints can all be used by RV campers -- and some by tent campers, too.
The Workers on Wheels Newsletter can help you earn while you travel. You don't need to be stuck in the same location for months on end. Workers On Wheels helps you find options that meet your style of RVing, even if that means you want to move every day. This link goes to today's issue of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter, THE resource for working RVers.
There's no need to wait until you retire before you start enjoying life. Working RVers enjoy the RVing lifestyle and earn a living at the same time. Here's the link to this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter, with all sorts of help for working RVers.
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You can try all sorts of things. As you've found, they don't work. Except kill traps. The spring traps work. The dead mouse does not return. Use one of the disposable gloves (the kind you use when dumping your tanks) to pick up and dispose of the dead mouse and trap.
When buying a used RV, look for water stains on the ceiling and walls. Water stains aren't just a cosmetic problem. They are signs of a leak. Leaks likely mean structural damage. Structural damage can be expensive to repair.
We sent out an update with the RV Life and Travel E-zine this week. If you missed it, be sure to read it now. We have it archived online for you. This is our newsletter about the RVs, our RV travels, and the fun stuff of RVing. (Not to be confused with our working while camping newsletter.)
Respect campsite boundaries. Neither your children nor your pets should be allowed onto your campground neighbor's site. Teach your children to walk along the side of the roads or on sidewalks -- and to not run through anyone else's site. Your RV, including your slide-outs, and your vehicle should all be parked completely on your site. Same with your lawn chairs, bicycles, and other camping equipment, they belong on your campsite, not on your neighbors.
RV repairs are an inevitable part of RVing. Here are some tips for finding a mechanic, shop, or service technician to make the problems less of a headache, and to make the fix less expensive.
It's easy to make big visual changes in small spaces -- such as an RV. Change the curtains, the bedspread, and put up a different wall hanging and you have a completely different look than you had an hour before. Even doing just one of those things can make a big difference.
The Pawnee, Oklahoma, steam show is one of our favorite antique farm equipment shows. It's officially the Oklahoma Steam Threshing and Gas Engine Association Show. It's a weekend full of activities.
Schulenburg, Texas, is often on our travel route to and from southern Texas. It's a good place to stop to eat. The Pilot travel center is a good place for RV services -- to empty tanks, and get fuels.
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.
Motorhome maintenance, repairs, and upgrades are a regular part of our RV life. This last winter, Coleen and I have been in our 1987 Lazy Daze motorhome. It was purchased as a somewhat temporary RV.
I liked cooking with cast iron before we went RVing. After years of full-time RVing, I'm still cooking with cast iron. Some wonder about the weight and where to store it. When we lived in a traditional house, I kept my cast iron cook wear in the oven. So, the oven in the RV is the logical place to keep my cast iron fry pans, chicken fryer, and Dutch now. As for the weight, we make choices, and I think they are worth it.
When you start full time RVing, take along your favorites and use them. If your favorite kitchen appliance is your bread maker, you will still like using it the RV. If your favorite dishes are china, yes, take them along and use them every day in the RV.
RVers like to buy souvenirs, just like other travelers do. But, where do you put them? One answer is to buy your souvenirs at the grocery store, farmer's market, or shop that sells foodstuffs. In Georgia, we bought Vidalia onion salad dressing. In Alaska, we bought salmon and reindeer sausage. In Louisiana, it was Cajun seasoning mix. If you want something that can be kept, look for foods that come in decorative tins that you can keep and use for something else.
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Before you head out on travel days, check the weather report for where you expect to be at mid-day, as well as where you expect to be at day's end. That info may affect when you get started, how fast you travel, and how long you take on stops.
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.
This weekend, May 19-21, 2017, enjoy free entrance to all South Dakota state parks and free fishing on all public waters. Camping fees and fishing limits and regulations apply.
Full-time RVing stories from our readers who actually live in a recreational vehicle - a travel trailer, motorhome, bus, camper, fifth-wheel, or other home on wheels -- along with why they do it.
You don't have to wait until retirement to enjoy full time RV life. Workers On Wheels shows you how to start now! Read today's issue of the free newsletter for working RVers.
Go ahead and ask your questions about RV life and travel. I'll answer based on our experience of being full-time RVers for over a decade. And, we'll open it up to fellow RVers and campers.
The view out my motorhome window is a lush, back yard field of green, profusely dotted with bright yellow dandelion flowers. I happen to like dandelions. Mainly, it is because of their cheerful color.
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.
Yes, my dog has fleas. Being from Alaska, we haven't been bothered with the pesky little critters for the last 10 years. At least in close quarters we noticed them before there was a bad infestation.
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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.
A mini storage unit seemed the ideal solution for storing less valuable items that we couldn't take with us. They're available in several sizes, easily accessible, and reasonably priced. But....
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.
Lots of ideas for working campers in this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. It is best to subscribe, so you get each issue delivered free to our email. We do post it online for you, too. The link will take you to it.
We've spent at least a month at three different Texas campgrounds this winter. We've enjoyed -- and recommend -- all of them. I compare them here because each has a different "feel" from the others.
Where in the world are Coleen and Bob, and what have they been up to now? Get updates on our RV life and travels with our RV Life and Travel Ezine. Here's the link to the issue that went out this week. Note: We have two RVing newsletters -- Workers On Wheels is about working while RVing. RV Life and Travels is about other RV stuff.
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