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RV Life and Travel Newsletter #448 ~ July 1, 2011
July 02, 2011

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RV Life and Travel News, Updates, and Tips
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Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora

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RV Life and Travel E-zine #448 ~ July 1, 2011

Life As We Live It ... on the road with Coleen and Bob

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Where In the World Are Coleen and Bob?
(And Just What Are They Doing?)

We're back at our home base in Alaska. We put on over 13,000 miles this trip. The first 10, 000 were in the motorhome. The last 3,000 -- basically through Canada and Alaska -- were by SUV.

RV travel spoils us because it is so easy. Even now that we have a home base cabin, I can pack (or unpack) the travel trailer with pretty much one armload. Grab my computer, my Watkins totebag, and our cat -- and that's about it. Conversely, we returned with the SUV packed to the gills -- including a large crate for Dude the cat -- and I am still unpacking and putting things away.

Bob gets top billing for writing articles for the website this week. It's super when your RVing partner is also your business partner and pitches in wherever needed. We're fortunate that we work well together.

Have a wonderful Independence Day holiday weekend. Stay safe.

Wherever you are in your travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,


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Camping and RVing Tip

Use a ball of aluminum foil to clean your grill. Make a ball as big as your fist and just rub away grease and grime.

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RV Life and Travel Blog

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~ RV Life and Travel Blog

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New Article On

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. Late last fall, we left our home base in Alaska, heading through Canada, to the southern states. Here is a list of the tools I chose to take with us on this road trip:

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Bob's Tool and Supply List

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RV Life and Travel Tip

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 and let in warm air, especially important if you are traveling with it turned off.

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Bob's Article

Bob's Tools, Tips, and Thoughts on Needed RV Repair Supplies

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.

Here are some random thoughts about tools and supplies while RVing:

• In a pinch, run two or even three strands of electrical wire, if you don't have heavy enough wire on hand.

• My ground cloth is a scrap of rubberized pond liner.

~~ Go to the website to read the rest of Bob's tips, including the "what and why" on his cordless power tools.

~ More Tool Tips from Bob

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Full-time RVing Tip

When you start full time RVing, take along your favorites and use them. If your favorite cookware at home is cast iron, 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.

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Preparing for Full-time RVing

~~ John writes: I enjoy your two newsletters and thanks for doing them. My wife and I are about to go full time and we are trying to think about all the stuff we need to do to prepare for and survive this new phase of our lives. I would like to suggest that you do a topic that might help us prepare for full timing. I should think others would find it helpful as well. Thanks for considering this and please let me know what you think. Thanks

~~ I answered in part by asking John what kinds of things are concerning him. He responded with an excellent list of questions and concerns. I plan to address them in future articles.

~~ If you have RVing questions, please feel free to email them to me.

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RVing Tip

Simplify bed making by using sleeping bags instead of sheets, blankets, and quilts. This is especially good for cab-over beds and beds that convert to tables or sofas during the day.

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Watkins Summit Group Bus. Info

We need to earn a living, even while we are RVing. Part of our income comes from my being an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289) within the Summit Group. You could be one, too. We need dealers all over the USA and Canada.

~ Purchase Watkins products.

~ Learn more about becoming a Watkins rep.

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Put cheap paper plates between casseroles dishes or other glass dishes that you stack in your RV cabinets. This helps keep them from bouncing against one another when you are on the move so they aren’t as likely to chip or crack.

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Featured Website Section

Your Questions, Our Answers

This section has all sorts of questions from our website readers -- both RVers and those thinking about RVing. I've answered them, along with input from Bob. On some of them, other RVers have also joined the discussion and shared their ideas and experiences.

Topics include cold weather RVing, vehicle registration, dealing with mice, generators, fire wood, working while RVing, women RVing alone, camping and campgrounds in specific geographical areas, technical issues, boondocking, and more.

~~ Find more articles on this topic on the website.

~ Answers to Your Questions

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RVing Tip

Smile at your campground neighbor – especially the one that doesn’t look very happy. You might just turn his gloomy day around and that will make you both feel good!

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Reader Feedback

My tip in the last issue suggesting that you keep a windshield repair kit in your RV drew several responses. I should have added where to buy the patch kit. You can get them at auto parts stores, as well as some supermarkets and big box stores that have an automotive section.

~ Bill Benham also added his experience, "All you need to fix rock chipped windows is a small tube of Super Glue. Just put a small drop on the center of the ding and let it dry, this will seal up the little hole in the window and will not allow any moisture in, as this is the cause of the cracks spreading. I have used Super Glue on all three cars and RV, and neither of them have any cracks. Some of the dings are 5 years old." = = = = =

Positive RVing Attitudes

One's philosophy is expressed in the choices one makes. ~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Imagine starting over. Think of reinventing yourself every year. What would you keep? What would you change? ~ Unknown

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Coleen Sykora, Editor/Publisher
35555 Spur Hwy #281
Soldotna, AK 99669

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