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Feb 19, 2017

Quick Changes Mean a Whole New Look

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.

Feb 18, 2017

RVing with Cast Iron Cookware

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.

Feb 17, 2017

Take Your Favorite China Full-time RVing

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.

Feb 16, 2017

Food Souvenirs Don't Waste Space

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.

Feb 15, 2017

Check the Weather Before You Head Out

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.

Feb 12, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1125

Find out more about working while RVing with our Workers On Wheels Newsletter. Here's the link to this week's issue.

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Feb 05, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1124

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Jan 30, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1123

Here's the link to this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. WOW is our FREE e-zine to help RVers who need to work while RVing. It covers paid employment, campground jobs, work-for-site trades, and volunteer work.

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Jan 29, 2017

Restaurants In Port Isabel, Texas: RVers Have Many Choices

Restaurants in Port Isabel, Texas, offer RVers and vacationers a mix of local cafes, fast food, and upscale eateries. Authentic Mexican and fresh seafood (especially shrimp) abounds.

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Jan 27, 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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Jan 27, 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.

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Jan 27, 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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Jan 27, 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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Jan 23, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1122

Do you have too much money? Didn't think so, but thought I'd check. Since you don't have an excess of cash stacking up, then you can benefit from our Workers On Wheels Newsletter. We provide information on how to find and keeps jobs while you are RVing, so that you can afford to travel and enjoy the full-time RV life. Read our Workers On Wheels Newsletter, for working RVers.

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Jan 19, 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 dr

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Jan 19, 2017

Storage Facility Choices - Dealing with What Doesn't Fit in the RV

Storage facility options… What should you do with all your stuff? You're about to go full-time RVing and can't take it all with you. Where should you store it? Should you rent a self storage unit?

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Jan 18, 2017

Your Tax Domicile Doesn't Change Just Because Your Address and RV Registration D

Your tax domicile might not be where you think it is. Tax expert CPA Martin Shenkman shows where changing your address, registering your RV, and registering to vote may not change your domicile.

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Jan 15, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1121

This goes to our Workers On Wheels Newsletter, which is about working while RVing. Today's issue has working while RVing tips, worker resources, links to jobs for RVers, and more.

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Jan 10, 2017

My Personal Planner is an Indispensable Tool for Organizing our RVing Lives

My personal planner is my portable filing cabinet. I use it for keeping track of basic vehicle, medical, banking, and other important information. It's my journal to track our RV life and travels.

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Jan 09, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1120

Here's the link to this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter, the newsletter you need if you aren't loaded with money and need to work to pay for your full-time RVing life and travels.

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Jan 08, 2017

Full-time RVing: How to Start, Where to Begin, What to Take for the RV Lifestyle

Full-time RVing … living in a recreational vehicle …. How in the world do you get started? Here's how we planned and prepared, along with suggestions and things we've learned through the years.

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Jan 04, 2017

Tools and Equipment: The Gear and Supplies for RVing Life and Travels

The right tools and equipment can make your RV life and travels a lot easier, safer, and more fun. The following articles are about the gear and general supplies we carry in our RV -- and why.

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Jan 02, 2017

Tax Help for RVers, from a Tax Lawyer and Accountant, and the IRS

Tax help for RVers, from an RVer who is an accountant (CPA) and tax attorney, and from IRS publications particularly relevant to the special needs and issues of recreational vehicle owners.

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Jan 01, 2017

RV Life and Travel: Full-time RVing, RV Traveling, and RV Camping

RV Life and Travel shares our RV experiences -- full-time RVing, cold weather RVing in Alaska, summer RV camping trips, snowbird RV parks in the south, and boondocking -- along with RV tips and news.

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Jan 01, 2017

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1119

The Workers On Wheels Newsletter is ready for you. This is our newsletter for working RVers. It can show you how to travel and enjoy full-time RVing before you retire.

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Dec 26, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1118

Read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter for help in finding work to pay for your RV life and travel. Workers On Wheels...work while RVing. There's no reason to wait until you retire.

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Dec 21, 2016

RV Life and Travel E-zine #514

Here's the link to the RV Life and Travel E-zine that we sent out this morning.

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Dec 20, 2016

Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant: A Port Isabel Favorite for Mexican Breakfast

Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant just took the number one spot on our list of Port Isabel places to eat. Tasty food, friendly and efficient service, can't-be-beat prices, generous servings, and clean.

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Dec 20, 2016

Pelicans Watching the Fisherman at Park Center RV Park, Port Isabel, Texas

Pelicans hang around the beach waiting for fisherman to clean their catch and throw the carcasses into the water. I captured these shots at the docks at the Park Center RV Park in Port Isabel, TX.

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Dec 20, 2016

The Port Isabel Sunset Paints the Canal with a Golden Blush

The Port Isabel sunset casts a glow on the shrimp boats in the canal, as well as on the water, fishing piers, and buildings behind them. This was our evening view from the campsite at Park Center.

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Dec 20, 2016

Sierra Mobile RV, Port Isabel, TX, for RV Parts, RV Repairs, and RV Services

Sierra Mobile RV is the place to go in Port Isabel, Texas, if you need RV repair, RV service, or RV parts. They wash and wax RVs, too. They also sell used trailers, fifth-wheels, and motorhomes.

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Dec 20, 2016

Park Center RV Park, Port Isabel, Texas, Home to Winter Texans

Park Center RV park is a busy Winter Texan campground in Port Isabel, TX, with daily, weekly, and monthly rates. It sits across the causeway from the coveted South Padre Island beaches.

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Dec 20, 2016

The Port Isabel Flea Market, a Sunday Market Offering Antiques to Baked Goods

The Port Isabel Flea Market is a fun place to stop after Sunday morning church or breakfast. The first booth we saw was a colorful display of metal lawn art. Then rocks. We ambled in to see more.

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Dec 19, 2016

Winter RVing and Camping in the Cold, Northern States

Winter RVing in cold country -- I'm talking South Dakota and Alaska -- takes planning. But, the rewards are wonderful! Prepare your RV for freezing temperatures and get ready for a great experience.

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Dec 19, 2016

Our First RV: That Little Winnebago Trailer Changed Our Lives

Our first RV purchase was a surprise to Bob. It was back in the summer of 1991. I bought a 12-foot Winnebago travel trailer unbeknownst to him. I had no idea at the time how it would change our lives.

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Dec 19, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsetter #1117

Find out more about working while RVing. Here's the link to this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter.

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Dec 12, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsetter #1116

Workers On Wheels Newsletter Issue #1116 went out to subscribers yesterday. It is our newsletter about working while RVing. If you are wanting to be a full-time RVer, but don't have a wad of extra money, you can work while RVing. It's a way to cut your expenses, earn some supplemental income, or completely make a living. You can read this new issue online.

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Dec 04, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsetter #1115

Workers On Wheels Newsletter is our weekly e-mailed newsletter all about working while RVing. Includes info on volunteer jobs, working in exchange for an RV site, and paid employment. Read this week's issue, and then subscribe (It is free!) so that you get it emailed to you each week.

Dec 04, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsetter #1114

The Workers On Wheels Newsletter is our weekly e-zine for and about working RVers. We send it out by email each weekend, usually early Sunday morning. Each issue includes job ideas, answers to RVers' questions, tips for working RVers, and links to resources and articles to help you find work or earn an income while RVing and camping. Subscriptions are free! We also post it online. Here's the link to this week's issue.

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Nov 21, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsetter #1113

This week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter is ready for you. This is our e-zine for working RVers and campers -- RVers who want to volunteer, find gainful employment, or work at a campground (or other business) in exchange for an RV site.

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Nov 14, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsetter #1112

Read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. The help you need to earn a living while full-time RVing. More than campground job leads, Workers On Wheels gives you the info to earn enough to live on, to pay for your new RV, and save for retirement.

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Nov 13, 2016

Workers On Wheels Newsetter #1111

Here's the new issue of our weekly e-zine about working while RVing, the Workers On Wheels Newsletter.

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Nov 11, 2016

Staying Mobile while RVing -- Being Organized and Having a Routine

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.

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Nov 11, 2016

Cold Weather RVing: Winter RVing in Freezing Temperatures

Cold weather RVing requires preparation. Much of it has to do with the RV or camping unit. However, the mind-set of the RVer is nearly as important. We find the joys of outweigh the problems.

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Nov 11, 2016

RV Life and Travel E-zine #513

Bob and I are in Hollister, Missouri. We left Alaska in September, and just arrived here yesterday. Along the way, we visited friends and family, played tourist, worked, and took the motorhome in for repairs. Something fun we've taken time to do on this trip is stop at thrift shops and antique stores along the way. So, we didn't get here in any record speed.

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Nov 11, 2016

National Parks Celebrate Veterans Day

WASHINGTON – In honor of Veterans Day, many national parks across the country are hosting special events, displays, and ceremonies to commemorate the service

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Nov 05, 2016

For RV Repairs in Vermillion, South Dakota, Start with Henderson's Exhaust Plus

For RV repairs in Vermillion, SD start with Henderson’s Exhaust Plus. I do most of our mechanic work, but didn't have the tools for this job. I needed to find a professional mechanic who works on RVs.

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Nov 05, 2016

RV Parts and Service: Getting Repairs and Mechanical Work on Your RV

RV parts and service businesses, when you need a mechanic to do repairs on your motorhome, fifth-wheel, or camper trailer. And, when you need parts and accessories to fix and upgrade your RV.

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Nov 04, 2016

Conquering the Shoulds

RV living is a flexible life. Freedom! Traveling, coming and going on our schedule -- or no schedule. For us, there's mostly no clock watching. And for

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