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RV Life and Travel Newsletter #471 ~ January 27, 2012
January 27, 2012


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RV Life and Travel E-zine #471 ~ January 26, 2012

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

I'm asking you for a favor. Send me your "RVing with pets" stories. Dogs. Cats. Birds. Whatever furry, feathered, or finned friend that travels with you. Not sure if that covers all of them, but if you RV with a pet snake or pet turtle, or some other pet, I'm interested. Share with me about the good times you have traveling with your pets. Share any tips you have for finding vet care, dealing with temperature extremes, finding exercise areas, etc. Send poems you may have about RVing pets. Tell me where you found your pet and how he adapted to the RVing lifestyle. (I have a soft spot for rescues!)

I have a very personal reason for asking. This week, we said our final good-byes to our beloved dog. She'd been part of our RVing family for nearly 16 years. We got her from a pound in Georgia, rescuing her from death row. She had traveled with us from the Mexican border to Alaska, back to south Texas, and back to Alaska, with many states in-between. She loved RVing and would get super excited whenever we started to get ready to move. We miss her more than words can say.

In this week's newsletter, we answer more RVing questions.

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

Coleen

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RVing Tip

Two wooden, two-drawer filing cabinets and piece of counter top make an easy RV desk. Since, to us, an office area with a desk and storage is more important than a couch, we removed the couch and put the desk there. The file drawers lock, keeping things secure while traveling.

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Work Camper with Disabled Partner

~~ Debbie asks: I would like to try some work camping with my husband who had to retire early due to health issues. Possibly a three month stint of a summer north or winter south. Our home base is Virginia, which we will keep. He's not sure he wants to be in a camper for a three month stint while I work. Since I would love to retire and travel but can't, I would like to give the work camping at least a good try. Anyone's advice out there with a similar situation would be most helpful and thank you!

~~ I answered in part: There are many work camping jobs for one person. So, the fact that your husband is disabled shouldn't be a big problem, as far as you finding a work camping position. Look for one that advertises for a "single" or "single or couple."

I think the big issue you need to look at is your husband's outlook on this. It sounds as though he's afraid you are going to be gone all day and he's going to be stuck home alone in the RV. It's a reasonable concern. It sounds to me like he needs to be involved.

You might look for work camping jobs at facilities that appeal to his interests. Would he enjoy being at a golf course, museum, or an old-time re-enactment park?

~~ Read the rest of my answer -- and offer your advice -- on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Work Camper with Disabled Partner

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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Watkins Summit Group Bus. Info

We need to earn a living, even while we are RVing. Part of our income comes from my being an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289) within the Summit Group. You could be one, too.

~ Become a Watkins Dealer

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Emptying the Freshwater Holding Tank

~~ Jim writes: I'm sure this is a "dumb" question, but I bought a used 5th wheel trailer. The freshwater holding tank is 2/3 full. I've never used my freshwater tank in previous trailers and I'm trying to figure out how to drain it. Thanks.

~~ I answered in part: Not a dumb question at all, especially since there is not one standardized way of emptying the tank. I passed this one on to Bob to answer and he offered four possibilities, and a bit of extra advice.

Here is his reply: Almost all manufacturers have the water system set up a little differently. Some have an exposed water tank visible under the unit with a threaded drain plug that just needs to be removed and the water drains onto the ground.

~~ Read the rest of Bob's answer and a couple of tips he offered, on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Emptying the Freshwater Tank

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Snowbirds can save on both propane and electricity by wearing a sweater and slippers in the cool morning and evening hours, rather than turning on the RV furnace. I know folks who go straight from having their heat on in the morning to having their air conditioner on the afternoon. That seems wasteful to me, when it is so easy to just slip a sweater on for those few chilly hours first thing in the morning.

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Be Our Friend on Facebook

My Facebook page is another glimpse into our lives. Some of the posts are RV related, but most of them are about life in general.

~ Become My Facebook Friend

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

The Secret to Full-time RVing in Alaska

~~ Gordon asks: How can you be a full-timer and live in Alaska? My wife and I have been considering the full-time RV lifestyle, but we live in the Yukon Territory, Canada. We figured the only way we could do it was to move south. What is your secret?

~~ I answered in part: Although you didn't mention cold or wintery weather, I'm guessing what you are really wondering is how to live fulltime in an RV where the temperatures are below zero. In a word, the secret to that is … insulation.

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

~ Secret to Full-timing in AK

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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Full-time RVing Tip

If your overhead cabinets have glass panels in the doors, but you don't want the world to see what's in them, add paper liners. Cut paper slightly larger than the glass panels. Use ordinary Scotch tape to tape the liner to the inside of the doors.

Our trailer has frosted glass in the cabinet doors. I lined them with brown paper bags that I cut open and ironed flat. It blends in with the wood and wood paneling around them.

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Go Ahead and Like Us!

Speaking of Facebook, when you are on our websites, please hit the "Like" button when you read an article you find helpful or interesting.

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Adding Shocks to a Travel Trailer to Stop the Scattering

~~ Tom asks: Should I install shocks on my travel trailer? I'm not new to RV'ing, but what has always bugged be is that everything inside is scattered all over after traveling (27 foot travel trailer). I am considering installing shocks on the trailer, but I can't get a consistent answer from dealers if that would help at all. I'm thinking shocks would greatly reduce the undamped bouncing the trailer experiences.

~~ I answered in part: I don't know how you drive or how rough the roads are that you drive on, but my first thought was, "slow down." This may have nothing to do with your problem. But, I do know that when people drive too fast for the roads, things get bounced around and tossed about.

For a more mechanical answer and a man's point of view, I passed your question on to Bob. Here's what he said: Other trailers are unbalanced from side to side. When they hit a bump, the extra weight exaggerates the bounce to the one side throwing things across the room. It may be built that way or may be the way it is loaded. Proper loading can make a world of difference in these cases. A lot of weight in the upper cabinets of taller trailers also exaggerates the problem.

~~ Read the rest of Bob's answer -- and offer additional advice -- on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Adding Shock Absorbers

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RV Life and Travel Tip

A well maintained used RV may be more reliable than a new one

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RV Life and Travel Blog

Be sure to check our blog frequently for website updates and between newsletter announcements. Bookmark it, or add it to your list of favorites.

~ RV Life and Travel Blog

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Reading is a basic tool in the living of the good life. ~ Mortimer J. Adler

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news? ~ Robert Anthony

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