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RV Life and Travel Newsletter #433 ~ February 24, 2011
February 24, 2011


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RV Life and Travel News, Updates, and Tips
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Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora

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RV Life and Travel E-zine #433 ~ February 24, 2011

Life As We Live It ... on the road with Coleen and Bob

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

We are now in Port Mansfield, Tx. It's a small community of about 800 people, right on the coast. Bob's gotten in some fishing. There are herds of whitetail deer throughout the area, including in our campground. We've also seen flocks of wild turkeys.

We haven't been where it is this warm in years. It was over 90 degrees yesterday. Today, it's cooled down to the upper 80's. Thankfully, there's a good cross breeze.

We're staying in Bayview RV Park. It's not fancy. But, it is wonderfully quiet and peaceful. The owner is friendly. The sites are large. It's inexpensive -- only $160 a month.

Many of you have invited us to visit you on our travels. We appreciate that. If only we had the time to meet every one of you in person!

This issue features questions about RVs and RVing from you, our newsletter and website readers. Interspersed among them, you'll find our tried and true RV life and travel tips.

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

Coleen

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Mexican Violence

~~ Darrel S. writes: Saw in your newsletter that you are headed to Port Isabel, TX. We were thinking of going to south Texas, also, but concerned about the Mexican violence there. Both Fed and State have issued travel alerts near the Mexican border. Just interested in how you may have overcome any concerns.

~~ I answered in part: When planning to go to the Rio Grande Valley for the winter, the Mexican border violence really didn't factor into our decision. We spent about six weeks in Port Isabel. We felt safe there.

We had considered going into Mexico to have some dental work done. We decided against that. One reason is that we believe part of staying safe is staying alert to what is happening around you. It is hard to be alert after you've been to the dentist and had major work done.

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

~ Mexican Violence

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RVing Tip

If you don't like the taste of the local water, consider making sun tea. Just drop a few tea bags into a jar of water and let it sit in the sun for a couple of hours.

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Firewood for Camping

~~ Motorhome owner Nick asks: How do we get firewood for camping now that we have a motorhome? What tips can you offer for us to get firewood short of bringing it with us, which can be unlawful in some places?

~~ I answered in part: The easiest, but probably most expensive way, is to buy bundles of firewood when you get close to the campground. You might also watch bulletin boards for notices from people selling heating wood.

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

~ Firewood for Camping

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Eat regionally for the best food at the best prices. In the Texas Rio Grande Valley, we're indulging on oranges, grapefruit, and Mexican food.

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~ Workers On Wheels

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RV Trivia Question - Help a Fellow RVer

Toyota's Winnebago Look-a-Like

~~ Rodney asks: I am looking for an RV that looks like a Winnebago. It was made in the late 1970's to the early 1980's. It did not have the pick-up front end. It was also a four cylinder. Can anyone help me to locate a picture or at least help me with a name?

~~ Okay readers, some of you must know the answer to this. Help Rodney out. Post your answers on our RV Life and Travel website.

~ Toyota's Winnebago Look-a-Like

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Check long term campground rates even if you don't plan to stay a long time. Staying for a week at the daily rate can be more expensive than paying for a full month at the monthly rate.

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

RV Water Tanks

~~ A motorhome owner asks: Since I've owned my motorhome, I have never put water in my holding tanks. I shut the valves off to my tanks. We don't go boondocking, and we always find places for total hook ups. We carry drinking water. Is there a problem with this, or will there be a problem later on?

~~ I answered in part: If the dealer put water in them to test for leaks, there could be a problem. It's often impossible to get all of the water completely out. If there's a small amount of water remaining in them, you could have something growing, such as unfriendly bacteria.

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

~ RV Water Tanks

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RVing Tip

Take a sweater or light jacket with you when you go on day trips, even if it is hot when you leave. Temperatures can change quickly.

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Asking for a Campground Recommendation

Campgrounds Around San Ramon, Ca

~ Elsie is asking for recommendations for campgrounds around San Ramon, CA. If you have firsthand knowledge of one you'd recommend, please let us know.

~ San Ramon Campgrounds

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RV Living Tip

Carry a plastic grocery bag or two in your purse, tote, or pocket. Lay them flat and squish the air out of them. Then roll them up tightly so they don't take up much room. We got into this habit because we often need one for picking up after our dog. We find they are handy for all sorts of things. Here are a few things we've used them for: collecting seashells, shopping at flea or farmer's markets, when Bob got caught in the rain and had a wet shirt that needed to be stashed somewhere, and when picking up litter while out on a walk.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

You will learn more about a road by traveling it than by consulting all the maps in the world. ~ Unknown

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~ Robert Frost

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Soldotna, AK 99669

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