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What's new on RV-Life-and-Travel.com ... Updates on our RV travels, articles we write about full-time RVing, articles we write about RVs and RV maintenance, recreational vehicle industry news, our RVing life blog updates…when we post something new on the RV Life and Travel website, we post a notice of it here and link to it, so it is easy for you to find.

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.



Sep 19, 2019

RVing and Camping Tip of the Day

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.

Sep 18, 2019

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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Sep 17, 2019

RVing and Camping Tip of the Day

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.

Sep 16, 2019

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1260

Click through to read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter for working RVers and campers.

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Sep 15, 2019

Restaurants in Galveston, Texas: Local Seafood, Cajun, and More

Restaurants in Galveston, Texas, offer RVers and vacationers a mix of local seafood, Cajun gumbo, barbeque, Asian, Italian, Mexican, German, and more with cafes, fast food, and upscale eateries.

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Sep 15, 2019

RVing and Camping Tip of the Day

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.

Sep 14, 2019

My Sea Eagle Boat Is a Lot of Fun, It's Safe, and It Fits In My RV

My Sea Eagle boat saved me from being boatless. It's an inflatable, so it packs up to fit in our RV. It's safe and stable. I have a lot of fun with it, fishing, or just being out on the water.

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Sep 13, 2019

RVing and Camping Tip of the Day

Unadvertised Campgrounds May Be Best Bargain: Consider staying 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.

Sep 12, 2019

Stop and Smell the Roses - God Doesn't Charge Admission

Stop and smell the roses. If there are wild ones, that is. One of the free pleasures on the road RVing is getting to see the wonderful flowers that nature offers us. The blooms are really colorful.

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Sep 11, 2019

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1259

Here's the link to this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter, online/emailed newsletter about working while RVing.

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Sep 10, 2019

Tools for the Road -- Bob's List of Tools and Related Supplies for the RV

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.

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Sep 09, 2019

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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Sep 08, 2019

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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Sep 07, 2019

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. We are still using most of those components today.

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Sep 06, 2019

Metal Detecting Revisited: My New Garrett Ace 350 and Pro Pointer AT

Metal detecting has turned into my new hobby. It started when an RV park friend took me with him and let me use his metal detector. I've since bought a Garrett Ace 350 and Pro Pointer AT.

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Sep 05, 2019

A Metal Detector: How I Come to Think I May Need One for RVing

A metal detector may soon find its way into my cache of RVing tools and toys. While visiting southern Texas for this winter, my friend, Everett, offered to take me along with him metal detecting.

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Sep 04, 2019

Steam Shows: RVing Weekends at Antique Power and Old Engine Shows

Steam shows, threshing bees, engine shows, and old time power shows are some of our favorite events to attend while RVing. Here are some of the highlights and pictures of some we went to this year.

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Sep 03, 2019

Observations of Southern Georgia

Observations of southern Georgia...here are a few things I noticed while Coleen and I were RVing outside a small town in southern Georgia. We were there for several months, so had a chance to get to know the people and learn about southern customs, especially in rural Georgia.

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Sep 02, 2019

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1258

Another week means another new issue of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter! WOW is the newsletter for working RVers, written by working RVers.

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Sep 01, 2019

NexGen Batteries: Our Experience with Lithium Ion Batteries in Our RV

NexGen Batteries: Our Experience with Lithium Ion Batteries in Our RV The NexGen batteries we bought for our motorhome are working well. We are finding these lithium ion batteries have advantages over deep cycle, 12-volt lead-acid batteries commonly used in RVs.

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Aug 31, 2019

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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Aug 30, 2019

RV Life and Travel E-zine #539

We sent out our RV Life and Travel Newsletter, today, by email. If you subscribe, you should have it in your email. If you don't subscribe, or if you didn't get it, you can still read it in the archives.

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Aug 25, 2019

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1257

The info you need to help you find work to support your RV life and travels.... Read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter.

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Aug 24, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 23, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 22, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 21, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 20, 2019

RV Lfe and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 19, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 18, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 17, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

Slap to it! We enjoy boondocking, and even when we have full hookups, if it isn’t too hot, we prefer natural ventilation. When the door is open and the breeze is blowing through the RV, our paper towels unroll themselves. We recently acquired a slap bracelet at a state fair. It works well, slapped around the paper towels. When we don’t require it, we leave it in its flat state, and slip it into the silverware drawer, next the silverware tray. Bonus tip: You can also use a slap bracelet to keep your toilet paper from unraveling while you travel.

Aug 16, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

Does it really need to be put away? We drink coffee almost every day. We have a nice looking stainless steel percolator. It stays on the stove while we are parked. It actually gives the kitchen a homey look, without looking cluttered. It rides nicely in the kitchen sink when we travel. Again, we save space in our cupboards for other things. Bonus tip: Limit what you have loose on your counter tops and stove to what will easily fit in your sink when it is time to move.

Aug 15, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 14, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

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.

Aug 13, 2019

My Sea Eagle Boat Is a Lot of Fun, It's Safe, and It Fits In My RV

My Sea Eagle boat saved me from being boatless. It's an inflatable, so it packs up to fit in our RV. It's safe and stable. I have a lot of fun with it, fishing, or just being out on the water.

Continue reading "My Sea Eagle Boat Is a Lot of Fun, It's Safe, and It Fits In My RV"

Aug 12, 2019

Stop and Smell the Roses - God Doesn't Charge Admission

Stop and smell the roses. If there are wild ones, that is. One of the free pleasures on the road RVing is getting to see the wonderful flowers that nature offers us. The blooms are really colorful.

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Aug 11, 2019

Hints for Easier RV Living: Four Handy, Practical RVing Tips We Use Everyday

Easier RV living…isn't that what we all want? Here are four tips that we use every day in our motorhome. They solve little, but annoying problems, and help us keep an RV home neat and organized.

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Aug 10, 2019

Observations of Southern Georgia

Observations of southern Georgia…here are a few things I noticed while Coleen and I were RVing outside a small town in southern Georgia. We were there for several months, so had a chance to get to know the people and learn about southern customs, especially in rural Georgia.

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Aug 09, 2019

Rhythm and Ribs BBQ Festival: Free Festival in Tifton, Georgia

Smoke wafting from barbeque cookers fills the air as we get close to Fulwood Park. The Rhythm and Ribs BBQ Festival is in high gear. Food trucks and vendor booths dot the park. Live music emanates from the stages. Meat cooking contestants have their entries well underway.

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Aug 09, 2019

Tools for the Road -- Bob's List of Tools and Related Supplies for the RV

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.

Continue reading "Tools for the Road -- Bob's List of Tools and Related Supplies for the RV"

Aug 08, 2019

Solar Electric for RVers: RV Solar System for Electricity Independence

Solar electric on our RV lets us use our electric appliances and tools without a generator and without plugging into shore power. Our solar panels and the rest of our photovoltaic solar system rock.

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Aug 07, 2019

Coleen Recommends a SD Mail Forwarding Service: The UPS Store in Rapid City, SD

We use a SD mail forwarding service, specifically, The UPS Store #1884 on West Main Street in Rapid City, SD. I have worked with Stephanie, the manager there, for years. She and her staff continue to provide excellent service.

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Aug 06, 2019

Workers On Wheels Newsletter #1254

Read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. Find out how RVers are able to live full-time on the road BEFORE retiring.

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Aug 05, 2019

RV Tip of the Day - Getting Rid of Mice

Getting Rid of Mice in an RV: You can try all sorts of things. As you've found, they don't work. Except kill traps. The spring traps work. The dead mouse does not return. Use one of the disposable gloves (the kind you use when dumping your tanks) to pick up and dispose of the dead mouse and trap.

Aug 04, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

Turn your water heater off when you aren't using it. Turn it on about half an hour before you want to shower; it will be plenty hot enough. To wash up a few dishes, heat a kettle of water on the stove or nuke it in the microwave. Or, plan to do dishes and other jobs requiring hot water immediately before or after showering, while the hot water heater is on.

Aug 03, 2019

RV Life and Travel Tip of the Day

You'll likely enjoy your RV trip more and arrive less stressed if you don't travel more than 300 - 350 miles a day.

Aug 02, 2019

RV Living Tidbit

"Winter Texans," are people who go to Texas for the winter, but live somewhere else during the rest of the year. Many, but not all, Winter Texans are RVers; some Winter Texans rent traditional homes or apartments, or live in motels.

Aug 01, 2019

Full-time RV Living Tidbit

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.

Jul 31, 2019

Full-time RV Living Tidbit

There is no such thing as a "test run" for full-time RVing. You either are a full-time RVer, or you aren't.



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