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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.
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.
The winners of the Watkins prize package for October were...Karen P. from Lore City, Ohio, and Ciara K. from Hopewell, Virginia! Each received an assortment of Watkins food products valued at about $100.00. If you'd like to be in the drawing this month, be sure to enter!
Read this week's issue of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter, for RVers who need to earn an income or who want to work for an RV site.
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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.
Here's the link to the Workers On Wheels Newsletter, for RVers who need--or want--to work while enjoying RV living.
RVing In Cold Weather: Spending the winter in a recreational vehicle in places where it gets down to 25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (or colder!) is not everyone's idea of a good time. But, for some of us, the beauty and other benefits of it make it worthwhile. We've done it more than once.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bayview R-V Park sits in Port Mansfield, TX, a small fishing community on the Gulf Coast. I love finding inexpensive, quiet campgrounds like this, where we share the park with local wildlife.
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
If you are among those without electricity this week, I hope you had your RV ready to use. Thanks to your RV’s self-contained features is can be a real life-saver during any number of emergencies. With propane appliances, batteries and a solar system, and a generator, heat, lights, cooking, and refrigeration aren't a problem.
Up to date Help Wanted ads, articles about working while RVing, tips for working RVers, and resources for the working RVer are all part of this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter.
Acadiana Park draws us in because of its calm and quietness. We first went to this city campground because it was easy to find and fairly inexpensive. We return because the RV park is peaceful, not cr
Everyone receives free entry to our national parks November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. Some state parks also have free admission on Veteran's Day.
RV maintenance goes a long way in keeping your recreational vehicle running smoothly. These articles share what we do to prevent problems and keep our RVs safe. They also discuss RV repairs.
This week's Workers On Wheels, the newsletter for RVers who work for a living, work in exchange for an RV site, or do volunteer work.
This week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter. We're not the oldest, biggest, flashiest, or most high tech. But, we bring you practical jobs, work that is suitable for RVers. We've been out there doing it--still are--so we give you useful info that's proven to work.
This week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter!
"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.
Nomads is a fictitious book where the main characters are RVers. It is not a book about RVing. I’d describe it more as a book about preppers, survivalists, and extreme activism. The book is politically charged, and filled with violence. Keep in mind that it is fiction.
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.
This week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter for working campers is here!
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.
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.
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 drive. Since then, I've been somewhat obsessed with proper bearing care.
This week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter -- the newsletter for working RVers and campers -- is ready for you.
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.
Staying mobile and being ready to move quickly is part of the freedom of RV living. Coleen and I like to be able to leave in 15 minutes or less. The majority of the time we can accomplish that goal.
One of the ways to cut the cost of fishing is to fish from a free public fishing pier. Notice that I said fishing pier. Some piers are open to the public but don't allow fishing, be aware of that.
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.
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. I had looked at other brands before, but these were different.
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.
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.
You can read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.