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RV Life and Travel Newsletter #455 ~ August 20, 2011
August 20, 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 #455 ~ August 20, 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?)

Is it just me or is this summer whizzing by faster than usual? School buses are on the roads and "Back to School" ads fill the newspapers. This can only mean that fall will be here before I am ready for it.

The Kenai Peninsula State Fair is this weekend. Alaska is the only state that I know of that has multiple state fairs. We had planned to go today, but it rained all day, so we decided to wait and see if the weather is more agreeable tomorrow.

This issue is about friends. We have articles by two guest authors, both offering some how-to advice on making friends while RVing. And, this week's question is about the friendliness of full-time RVers. I shared my thoughts, but I'd also like to have yours.

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


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RVing Tip

Traveling with an RV on days with bad weather is not only stressful, it can be downright dangerous. Rain makes the road slick. Wind can blow you all over the place. Plan your schedule with enough leeway that you can sit back and let the weather calm down before hitting the road.

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~ RV Life and Travel Blog

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New Article On

Put Yourself out There - A Method for Being Friendly

~Guest article from full-time RVer, Mike C.

I am a full timer and usually go to campsites that rent by the month. We went to a campground in June. I noticed my neighbor everyday sitting outside in the morning, drinking coffee and smoking by himself. He looked really unhappy and lonely.

One morning I grabbed my coffee and smokes and went out there.

I took the plunge and asked, "Do you mind company?"

He said to come on over. I met his wonderful Labrador dog, and we shot the breeze for a while and had our coffee. Come to find out, we had a lot in common.

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

~ Make Friends

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RV Life and Travel Tip

If your RVing takes you fishing in salt water, rinse your hooks in fresh water and dry them before putting them away.

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~ Workers On Wheels

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

RVers Attitudes Have Changed

~~ Mike C. writes: I have been camping - RVing on and off full time for many years (25). As of late, I have found that we full timers and others have had a recent change of attitude to "don't bother me." It's taboo to talk to each other. It's a very stand-off attitude.

~~ I answered in part: As full-time RVing has gotten more popular, it has drawn people from a wider basis of backgrounds. I think there was a time when most full time RVers who stayed in campgrounds and RV parks were retired. They had worked their career job for 30 years or so, retired, and were out camping and taking life easy. That's not true today.

~~ Read the rest of my answer -- and share your opinion -- on the website.

~ RVer's Attitudes

~~ See more RVing questions with my replies -- and add your comments.

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RVing Tip

If you have a cash register receipt on your RV counter or table and it gets wet, and the ink transfers and leaves a stain, try removing it with ordinary rubbing alcohol.

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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.

Special deals for those who join my team this month. The Fall Favorites assortment is coming out later this month and there are some great new food products in the line-up.

~ Coleen's Summit Group Watkins Website

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RV Life and Travel Tip

If you travel with a thermos bottle of coffee or tea with you, you've probably come across the dilemma of how to get the stains out of the bottom of the bottle. Here are two solutions. Fill the thermos partway with water. Then, add either a couple Alka Seltzer tablets or denture cleaning tablets. Let the solution set for an hour or so to work.

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Featured Website Article

Making Friends Everywhere You Go

~ Guest article by Janice L. Evans

There is an art to making friends, but when you are traveling from place to place, it is sometimes difficult to establish long term friendships. It can be done if you are willing to make the effort, and that is the kicker: are YOU willing to make the effort?

There is absolutely no need to stay holed up in your RV with no outside contact, unless that is what you choose to do. RV'ers can be the most friendly people you have ever met, if you are willing to put yourself out there.

Let's discuss a few ways to get out and about.

As we have traveled around the country, we find that numerous campgrounds and resorts serve breakfast at a nominal charge

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

~ Making Friends

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RV Life and Travel Tip

While all the bells and whistles on a fancy RV may be fun, a more basic RV is less expensive to buy, is usually easier and less expensive to maintain, has fewer things to breakdown, and when it does break down is usually easier and less expensive to fix.

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Featured Website Section

State Travel and Tourist Info Sharing Our RV Life and Travels State by State

Looking at this section reminds me that I have a lot of notes that I need to turn into articles and get posted. With these articles, we give you first hand comments from my travel log, where I take notes as we roll down the highway. And, you get our personal travel journal comments about the places we eat, sleep, work and play while RVing.

Texas RV Life and Travel, Including Rio Grande Valley Snowbird Tourism Texas is second home to many RVers. Snowbirds flock to the Rio Grande Valley. Winter Texans fill destination campgrounds. Here we'll share about our RVing there, including our stay in Port Isabel, TX.

Kansas RV Campgrounds, Plus Places to Eat, Shop, and Visit While Traveling in KS Kansas, centrally located, with wonderful free and low cost city park campgrounds, we visit it on most of our RVing trips across the country. Here are some of the things we've found to do in KS.

Louisiana Ranks Among One of our Favorite States to Visit Our Louisiana RV travels include Cajun country. On these pages, we share with you what we experienced, especially around Lafayette, LA. The state is rich in food, music, people, culture, and industry.

Missouri RV Travel Stops: Look Into Our MO State Travel Log Our Missouri RV travels include a fun stay in the Branson, MO area. Here we share with you some of what we experienced while in the "show me" state -- shows, dining, heritage crafts, shopping, etc.

~~ Find more travel articles on the website.

~ State Travel and Tourist Info

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Teachers open the door, but you enter by yourself. ~ Unknown

The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream. ~ Harry Kemp

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