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We also post some tips about living in an RV and some tidbits about RVing and camping here. We also post notices here to let you know when we send out a new issue of either of our RVing newsletters -- the Workers On Wheels Newsletter (the one for working RVers) and our RV Life and Travel E-zine.
Another issue of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter went out today. Good stuff for RVers and campers who want--or need--to work while RVing.
Restaurants in Texas. BBQ, seafood, Mexican, German, Cajun, buffets, bakeries, and.... You've heard that song, "Waltz Across Texas". Well, we are eating our way across Texas as we are RVing.
If you are rolling in money, and don't have any spare time, just pass this by. But, if you'd like to get your RV site without a cash outlay, or add some money to your travel kitty, or if you'd like do something helpful and volunteer, then you really should read the Workers On Wheels Newsletter.
Questions arise about what makes a full-time RVer a full-time RVer. The only requirement is that you live in an RV full-time. It doesn't matter what kind of RV. It doesn't matter how often you move the RV. It doesn't matter if the RV is parked on private land, in a campground, or in an RV resort.
Ads for auto insurance quotes, you know the ones that say you could save if you switched companies, abound. Can you really save any money, or are all the RV and car insurance rates about the same?
Tools and repair supplies are usually the first things we put into our RVs. You never know when you are going to have a mechanical breakdown or have something go wrong in the RV that needs fixing.
Health insurance is a much talked about issue for full-time RVers. Remember employee paid health coverage is still an option. And, there are private medical insurance policies and group plans.
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.
Yes! We did publish a new Workers On Wheels Newsletter for you this week. Now's a terrific time to look for work at campgrounds and other places that hire campers and RVers.
There is no such thing as a "test run" for full-time RVing. You either are a full-time RVer, or you aren't.
RV camping is not the same as RV living. Neither my husband nor I like camping. But, we thoroughly enjoy RV living. Camping conjures up images of roughing it, having picnics shared with mosquitoes, and eating on paper plates. RV life for us is not like that -- we have the comforts of home in our RV, because it is home.
Emergency road service - some say never go RVing without it, while others say it is a waste of money. Can you change your RV tires? Can you do minor RV repairs? What does a tow cost?
There are two things that I've never had too much of … fishing equipment and tools. When it comes to fixing, building, or remodeling something in the RV, I have what I need to get the project done.
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.
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.
Be sure to read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter! We think it's the best newsletter available for RVers and campers who need (or want!) to work.
Bob and I will be discussing something, and we’ll try to remember where we were on a particular date. Example: Was that Pennsylvania bean soup festival we worked in June or July? Well, it was back in 1994, and I don’t remember for sure. But, thanks to a simple log I keep, I can easily look it up, to find out the date and the name of the town. If you aren’t already doing something similar, you may want to start. As the years go by, it gets more difficult to remember all the places our RVs have taken us.
Single RVers' clubs and organizations give solo RV travelers a special network. Whether the focus is on having fun at campouts or sharing RVing information, the groups form a support system.
Full time RVing with a toddler presents some unique challenges. Mandi, a full time RVing mother, shares what she does, how it works for her, and she has some excellent advice for other RVing parents.
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Every so often, flush out your RV galley sink drain. Bring the hose into the RV and give the drain a good flooding. It washes down particles of crud that collects, especially if you do a lot of boondocking and sometimes skimp on how much water you use.
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One thing the pioneers had in their favor when they moved west was that they didn't have to figure out a bunch of clover-leaf intersections. ~ Bill Ziegler
Coordinate your wardrobe around one or two main colors. You can then mix and match them more easily so you don't need as many clothes -- nor as much closet space.
RV Life and Travel with Pets Tip: If you are traveling with pets who routinely take a prescription medicine, your primary veterinarian may be able to mail you the prescriptions on a regular basis. It may be easier and less costly than going to a new vet each time.
RV maintenance and repairs, toys and tools for the road, and the joys and tribulations of RVing, all from a man's point of view. Bob's articles have become a favorite of our website visitors.
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.
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Be a Considerate Camper: Okay, this may come across as grumpy and negative, but some folks need to be told, so here goes--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.
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.
Gourmet Camping Coffee: You can have gourmet coffee while camping, without lugging around heavy bottles of flavoring syrup. 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 per pot of coffee.
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.
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. Or, save even more cash by working off the cost of your site.
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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.
Some RV parks have RV age restrictions. They may have a rule on the books that indicates they do not accept RVs more than ten years old. Our experience is that the neatness of the RV is more important than the age. We have never been turned away from an RV park/resort, even when in 15, 25, or 30-year old RVs, but we also never have stuff hanging on the back or piled on top. There may be some RV parks that strictly enforce their RV age restrictions, but it is not the norm. Keep your older RV clean, neat, and well maintained, and you’ll do just fine in most places!
Your first RV for full-timing doesn’t need to be perfect. Chances are good that sooner or later you’ll get a different one. It really is possible to start full-timing in a small, older rig. If you have a camper, it will probably do just fine. You’ll likely find that the experience is more important than the RV itself.
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.
Hang it up! I'm not talking only about your jacket that you take off when you come in the door and automatically hang on the nearby hook. You can hang lots of frequently used items where they will be handy for use. We have our coffee mugs hanging by the coffee pot. We mounted two substantial, but nice looking, hooks for the cups on the wall next to the stove. We don’t have to open a cupboard to get them. This also frees up space in our cupboard for other items. We have been on some very rough roads, and never had a problem with them jumping off the hooks. Bonus tip: Coleen changes out the mugs according to the seasons. It's an easy way to do a little decorating for the holidays that doesn't overwhelm a small RV.
Organize your storage areas. Find tubs, totes, or bins to fit in your closets and outside compartments. Organize items by similar category, or by things that you typically use together. You can remove the container for easy access to items that would otherwise be in the far reaches of the closet or compartment. Everyone has his favorite brand of tubs or totes, but check different brands for a better fit. Bonus tip: Square and rectangular containers with straight sides help make the most of your space.
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RV Buying Tip: 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.
You don't need to be retired to be a full-time RVer, and, you don't need to have a lot of money to be a full-time RVer. Workers On Wheels was founded because we went full-time decades before retirement age, and with debt. We continue to work--and to save for retirement--as full-time RVers.
Camping and RV Etiquette Tip: 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.
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.
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.