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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.
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.
Find out about campground jobs, sugar beet harvest jobs, oil field gate guard work, selling advertising for campground site maps, resort work, and other jobs for RVers with the Workers On Wheels Newsletter and website. A new issue of the newsletter is available today.
We've answered hundreds of questions about RVing. You'll probably find your question already answered here. But, if you don't, there's also a place where you can ask.
Bob's articles on 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.
Fresh produce -- I can always find room in our RV for it! We stop at farmers markets and road side stands wherever we find them. The Cordele Farmers Market in Georgia is a favorite. More than a place to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s a sensory delight.
Bob and I were asked to share some insight and tips for a Peak Season article. It’s always fun to be interviewed by reputable sites, so we gladly complied. The resulting article, 10 Seasonal Jobs That Provide RV Parking, is full of worthwhile info and helpful tidbits. Give it a read!
Pelicans hang around the beach waiting for fisherman to clean their catch and throw the carcasses into the water. I captured these shots at the docks at the Park Center RV Park in Port Isabel, TX.
Galveston Island RV Resort, Galveston, Texas, is one of the nicest and newest RV parks we've visited. I'm impressed with the utilities -- the water, sewer, and electrical systems. And the wi-fi.
This week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter is ready for you. There's no reason to put off full-time RVing until you can afford to retire!
Coleen recommends a SD mail forwarding service, specifically the Rapid City UPS Store.
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.
Teach your kids that it is not acceptable to play in or run through other campsites, unless specifically invited.
Keep your pets on a leash when they are outside. Yes, this includes all of them, especially small dogs.
Watermelon was something we ate on the Fourth of July. We bought it at the store. It wasn’t something we raised ourselves. Thanks to RVing in southern Georgia, I’ve now seen how thousands of sweet, juicy watermelons are grown, from preparing the field through harvest.
Restaurants in Port Isabel, Texas, offer RVers and vacationers a mix of local cafes, fast food, and upscale eateries. Authentic Mexican and fresh seafood (especially shrimp) abounds.
If you aren't independently wealthy, you'll want to read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. It has info on how to earn a living while you are RVing full-time.
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.
Storage facility options… What should you do with all your stuff? You're about to go full-time RVing and can't take it all with you. Where should you store it? Should you rent a self storage unit?
Leave some space between you and your neighbor. If there's room in the park, choose a site that is not right next to someone. It gives you both more breathing room.
My Little Giant Ladder is a tool I bought about 15 years ago at the Florida RV Super Show. I came across a dealer in the commercial area selling folding ladder systems.
Park Center RV park is a busy Winter Texan campground in Port Isabel, TX, with daily, weekly, and monthly rates. It sits across the causeway from the coveted South Padre Island beaches.
Keep you equipment and other stuff on your own site. This includes bicycles, kids, awnings, pets, your slide-out, awning, and satellite dish.
When you drive through the campground, go slowly. Many have 5 mile per hour speed limits. you never know when a kid is going to dart out in front of you or when someone is going to back out of a site without being able to see you.
If you arrive late in the evening, be as quiet as possible. You might wait to do some of your hooking up and unpacking the next day. If you can arrive while it is still light outside, besides making it better for your neighbors, it will be easier for you to see what you are doing.
Climate controlled storage can be the answer for storing your valuables and those things that can't be replaced. They're wrapped, padded, and crated for safe-keeping inside a weather proof building.
Find more jobs for RVers, tips for working campers, and resources to help you get started on your dream life sooner rather than later. Read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter.
We sent out a new issue of the RV Life and Travel Newsletter this weekend.
The RV solar panels we use are the same kind of panels used on off-grid homes and in other applications for harnessing electrical power from the sun. We recently added to the system on our motorhome.
I look up and see one fisherman, one party boat, and one pelican. The party boat revelers quickly pass from view. The pelican flies off to play swoop and dive air games with a seagull. The lone angler
Recreational vehicle safety means knowing your RV, maintaining it, and using it responsibly. A few safety measures can go a long way. Here are some basics to help protect you and your RV.
RV repairs are an inevitable part of RVing. Here are some tips for finding a mechanic, shop, or service technician to make the problems less of a headache, and to make the fix less expensive.
Oh, yes, you can go full time RVing and enjoy this wonderful dream life long before retirement age. In the Workers On Wheels Newsletter, we show you what's available for work, and how to earn a living while RVing. This link goes to this week's issue.
The Branson Hobby Center wasn't on my list of places to go in the Branson area. We were staying at an RV park in Hollister, MO. I was out for a walk, and went in when I saw the model railroad sign.
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.
Bears! Seeing this mama grizzly bear and her cub were a real treat. This brown bear sow and yearling were foraging right along the highway, not far from Haines, Alaska.
The Toot Family band members Ooty Toot, Pooty Toot, and Sister Cutie Toot took turns telling jokes and singing. The crowd was in tears, laughing at this week's entertainment at the RV park.
Do you have a Class B or B+ motorhome that you want to sell? I was chatting with a friend this morning, and commented on her Class B. She informed me that they had sold it. Fiddlesticks! We're looking to buy a different motorhome. A Class B. The kind of Class B they had. So, in a better-late-than-never thought, it occurred to me that I should simply ask to find out who here has a Class B, or Class B+ for sale. We'd consider a small Class A or Class C, too. Our preferred length is 22 feet, but we're willing to go a bit shorter or longer. We're looking for something with no slides. So, if you have something for sale that fits the description, let's see what you have. ~Coleen
Sierra Mobile RV is the place to go in Port Isabel, Texas, if you need RV repair, RV service, or RV parts. They wash and wax RVs, too. They also sell used trailers, fifth-wheels, and motorhomes.
One of the first real automotive jobs I learned to do was to pack wheel bearings. I was exceptionally proud of my accomplishment, even though I had two or three years before I would even be able to dr
Be sure to read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter, the practical scoop for working RVers, written by working RVers.
Pigeon Forge attractions! Comedy shows, dinner theaters, music reviews, theme parks, adventure lands, museums, arcades, water parks, tours, racing rides…it goes on and on, way beyond Dollywood.
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.
Canned food to the rescue, again. The gnocchi failed. Big time. Not sure what went wrong, but I ended up with a pan of paste. I’ve made them before—well, not really made, but cooked the packaged kind—and they turned our great. They’re usually a quick to fix, inexpensive side dish. This flop could have been a lunch disaster. But, because we keep an assortment of canned foods on hand, it wasn’t a big deal. I opened a can of potatoes to go with the meat and vegetables we were having for dinner, and all was good.
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.
Here's the link to this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter, filled with info on volunteer positions, work in exchange for an RV site, and jobs for RVers that pay wages for all hours worked. Plus, working RVer tips!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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