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Fishermen, you are in luck! We have a brainstorming exercise that everyone can do to find work related to personal interests. However, we used fishing in the example. So, if you are a fisherman, you'll find some of it has already been done for you.
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.
Keeping your RV neat and tidy can be a challenge. Especially if you are a shopper. Especially if having a place for everything and putting everything in its place is a foreign concept to you.
Coleen recommends a SD mail forwarding service, specifically the Rapid City UPS Store.
RV boondocking means using the utilities on board the RV, rather than relying on electric, water, sewer, and telephone hook-ups. Boondocking is a good thing, using the RV's self-contained systems.
Today's Workers On Wheels Newsletter answers the question, "Are there any jobs out there for working campers like me?" Plus, the usual tips, resources, and info on where to find current job openings.
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.
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.
This week's edition of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter (our newsletter for working RVers and campers) went out today. Read it now, so you don't miss out!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The right tools and equipment can make your RV life and travels a lot easier, safer, and more fun. The following articles are about the gear and general supplies we carry in our RV -- and why.
RVing isn't just for the retired! Those of us still working can also enjoy full-time RV life and travel. The "secret" is to work while RVing. The Workers On Wheels Newsletter is all about helping you live your RV dream life. Here's today's edition of the WOW Newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can have gourmet coffee while camping. 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.
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.
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.
Leveling our RV, whether we are in our travel trailer or motorhome, is a simple procedure. It's quick, easy, and I didn't spend any money to buy leveling blocks. You may want a more high-tech way to level your rig, but this basic method works efficiently for us.
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.
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.
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.
Resealing my motorhome roof turned out to be a labor-intensive project. It is a 1987 model, so amongst the many other necessary maintenance items to do was to reseal the roof.
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.
I'm having a problem with high oil pressure in my 1991 Rexhall motorhome. Do you know what could be causing the problem or what I could do to fix it? Thanks
Unique RVs such as these stand out, even in Homer, Alaska, a community filled with artists and free spirits. We saw these unusual motorhomes this summer.
Isn't this homemade camper neat and tidy looking? That's one of the first things I noticed about it. It's not hacked together like some do-it-yourself
Free things to do in Pigeon Forge, TN. RVers love free activities, free museums, and free places to go. Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas (Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park) have many freebies for RVers. Here's a list with some for you to enjoy.
Exercising on the road…don’t get the wrong impression. I’m not a fitness guru, or a health fanatic. I’m just a regular guy, who is trying to keep ahead of old age, which is coming up on me from behind, awful quickly.
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.
Learn to pack your RV’s wheel bearings. This is a job seldom done until it is too late, resulting in expensive repair bills. Do it every year or whenever you check your brakes. It is also a good idea to make note of wheel bearing numbers and seal numbers while you have the hubs off the spindles. Frugal RVers do this and other RV maintenance jobs.
Frugal RVers travel the shoulder seasons for pre-season discounts. Campgrounds, theme parks, and various other attractions routinely have lower prices before the prime tourist season hits. And, at the end of the season.
Supplement your frugal RVing by finding a hobby that pays. Make and sell crafts. Take extra photographs and sell them. Use your love of fishing and your knack at catching fish to become a fishing guide. Teach someone your hobby skills, either individually or in an adult education class.
Take advantage of your mobile status in looking for unconventional places to make purchases. Rental stores frequently have appliances, tools, and a large assortment of various merchandise for sale. Shop warehouse or discount outlets in areas where those stores are present. Prescriptions and health care items may be considerably less costly in some states than others. Check prices on items closest to their point of origin, whether it is produce, other foods, or manufactured goods.
Start RVing in an inexpensive, used rig. This is perhaps the number one tip for frugal RVing.
A big part of frugal RVing is being aware of prices. Compare prices of goods and services in the area you are currently in with prices in the area you plan to visit next. Costs vary considerably from one part of the country to the other. Community size, location, competition, local values, popularity of the items, and time of year can all affect prices.
Restaurants frequently charge less for diners eating earlier in the day. Lunch menu prices may be less than dinner menu prices, even for the same food selections served in the same quantity. Early bird dinner selections, with reduced prices, often include feature dishes not available on the regular menu. Restaurants sometimes give a flat percentage discount on any meals ordered before a certain time, to help spread out the dinner hour rush.
Choosing a toy hauler is somewhat different than buying an RV in general, because of all the storage room and how they are used. If I were buying a toy hauler, these are things I would shop for.
A new issue of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter is out today. This is the newsletter for working RVers. If you need to work while camping, this is the newsletter you are looking for.
We are winter RVing in cold climate. This year (winter of 2001-2002) we are semi-settled near Seward, Alaska. Folks here tell us that if we managed RVing in SD last winter that we will do fine here.
We've decided to spend this winter in the northern states. We will mostly be in western South Dakota, with plans to make side trips to eastern South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
This is being written as a journal of sorts, describing what winterizing we are doing as the weather gets colder. We are preparing to spend the winter in the mid-west, living in our travel trailer.
Fishing and RVing are naturals together. Some people only enjoy angling for a single species. Others, like me, like the wide range of fish out there just waiting for someone to try to catch them.
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