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RV Life and Travel E-zine #423 ~ July 8, 2010
Life As We Live It ... on the road with Coleen and Bob
Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora
www.RV-Life-and-Travel.com

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Where In the World Are Coleen and Bob?
(And Just What Are They Doing?)

So little room… so much stuff. Every so often, it is just time to go through cabinets and storage bins and get rid of things.

I have one Rubbermaid tub in the closet for spare linens. An extra set of sheets, pillowcases, and bath towels. A few extra hand-towels and washcloths. Even tablecloths and cloth napkins all fit nicely. So how come lately I'd been struggling to get the laundry put away and the bin is overflowing? Well, seems that one extra set of sheets morphed to three sets. And, uh, ten large bath towels -- we didn't need that many when we lived in a sticks and bricks house. Twenty minutes later, extra linens are gone, the closet is neat, and we have a few less pounds to tote around.

I know I have other areas in the trailer that need the same purging treatment.

If you prefer to read the newsletter online, you'll find it at Newsletter Issue #423.

~ http://www.rv-life-and-travel.com/RV_Life_and_Travel_Newsletter-423.html

Wherever you are in your travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,

Coleen

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RVing Tip

We use an electric toothbrush in the RV. I didn't want it sitting on the bathroom vanity because then I would need to put it somewhere else every time we traveled. Still, it needed to be somewhere that it could sometimes be plugged in to recharge the battery.

The solution we found was to put it in the medicine cabinet and to cut a hole in the bottom of the cabinet for the cord and plug to come though. Bob shortened the cord so it reaches the nearby outlet, but doesn't have excess cord dangling. When we are traveling or using solar and want to be particularly conservative, we unplug it. When we have electric, it gets plugged in. The toothbrush heads and the charging unit stay clean and secure in the cabinet. An added benefit is the hole for the cord also lets air into the cabinet.

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Free Day at Florida's State Parks

July is Recreation and Parks Month in Florida. In celebration, on Saturday, July 17, 2010, entry to all state parks is free, except the Skyway Fishing Pier. Canoe rentals, camping and other activities will be normal price.

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~ RV Life and Travel Blog

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Keep a journal or diary, noting where you sleep each night (city and state), as well as the campground or other rest stop. Write down the funny, odd, or significant things that happened during the day. Note what stood out in your mind -- the things you think you'll never forget. Note special activities, info on campgrounds and restaurants, comments on the weather and people in the community. These journals are fun to read years down the road when reminiscing about the good times you've had during your RV travels.

We prefer to keep vehicle information in a separate gas and mileage book. However, you may also want to record miles traveled and gas prices in your journal. They are also a handy place to keep track of maintenance and mechanical work done on the rig, if you aren't keeping track of it elsewhere. These can be handy for later reference, possibly for tax purposes.

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New Pages On RV-Life-and-Travel.com

RV Financing When You Have Poor Credit

~~ One of our readers asks: How do you find financing for an RV? We are ready to take the plunge to full-timing, but are having trouble financing the RV purchase. We went to our credit union, but because of a bankruptcy a couple of years ago, we didn’t qualify for a loan there. Any suggestions you have are welcome.

~~ I answered in part: Many RV dealerships finance the rigs they sell. Most banks, credit unions, and other lending institutions also make RV loans.

Considering that you have a bankruptcy in your credit history, I'd suggest you skip the RV loan and buy only an RV that you can afford to pay for with cash.

An RV suitable to live in doesn't have to cost very much. You might consider giving up your current living quarters and using that monthly mortgage or rent money to buy or lease-to-buy an RV. It is likely that living in the RV for a few more months would save you enough on living costs to enable you to trade it for something nicer.

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ RV Financing

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RVing Tip

RV tip from RV Life and Travel reader Jon delPozo: If looking for a little more performance and a slight increase in fuel mileage in your gas rig, consider swapping out the factory mufflers for performance units like Magnaflow or Flowmaster. Both build replacement hi-flow units for virtually all truck chassis.

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Prescriptions on the Road

~~ A future RVer asks: I'm having trouble figuring out how to get prescriptions on the road, especially since they are all filled on different dates, and my insurance won't fill 90 day prescriptions. Suggestions?

~~ I answered in part: Both online and traditional pharmacies mail prescriptions. One is DrugStore.com, but there are many others. Verify that the one you choose is registered and licensed to dispense and ship prescription medications.

Another option is to use a pharmacy with branches nation-wide, or at least popular in the states where you travel. Once your medical history and prescriptions are on file with one branch, it should be easy enough to get them refilled at a store in another location.

~~ Read the rest of my answer -- and offer additional advice -- on the website.

~ Prescriptions on the Road

~~ More RVing questions with my replies -- and add your comments.

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

People can't get your goat if they don't know where it's tied. ~ Unknown

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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