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RV Life and Travel Newsletter #457 ~ September 1, 2011
September 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 #457 ~ September 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?)

I hope that you have avoided the recent storms and that you and your loved ones have not been in danger.

Campground and RV parks here in Alaska are looking pretty bare. Some have closed for the season. Others will close after this coming Labor Day weekend. And, what may be surprising is that some will remain open all winter long.

Now that I've finished jury duty, we hope to do some fall traveling within Alaska.

One of my projects the projects these past couple of days has been putting Facebook "Like" buttons on the website. If I've done it correctly, you should be able to recommend a particular page on the website to your Facebook friends by clicking the "Like" button at the end of the article. Please try it and let me know if it works for you.

We've had some questions about how we got started RVing. I share that with you in this week's article.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Stay safe.

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


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RVing Tip

We screwed cup hooks into the wall of the RV galley. I hang our four most frequently used mugs on them. It opens up cupboard space, keeps them handy, and keeps them from being set on the limited counter space. They travel just fine that way, with no breakage.

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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

Our First RV: That Little Winnebago Trailer Changed Our Lives

Our first RV purchase was a surprise to Bob. It was back in the summer of 1991. I bought a 12-foot Winnebago travel trailer unbeknownst to him. I had no idea at the time how it would change our lives.

It was our first summer working an outdoor flea market. Actually, the flea marketing thing was pretty much my venture. I worked the market each weekend. Bob helped me when he could, but he still had his regular full-time-and-them-some job.

That little Winnebago already has some age on it when I bought it.

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

~ Our First RV

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Use multipurpose products. You'll save on both space and weight. An example is a combination shower gel and shampoo. Another is a metal steamer that can double as a colander.

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Want to Know More About Working While RVing?

Subscribe to our Workers On Wheels E-zine. There's no cost.

~ Workers On Wheels

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Take advantage of the book swaps that many RV parks offer.

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Featured Website Page

Single RVers' Clubs Offer Socialization and RVing "How-to" Support

Single RVers' clubs and organizations give solo RV travelers a special network. Whether the focus is on having fun at campouts or sharing RVing information, the groups form a support system.

Here is a list of clubs and groups for singles with recreational vehicles:

~~ Read the rest of this article on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Single RVers

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered


~~ Mr. C. from Texas asks: How do I plan for full time RV life budgeting and expenses beyond the obvious? What are some things I need to plan for both on a monthly and emergency basis?

~~ I answered in part: Some expenses look different, but you've probably been paying them all along. For example; laundry. If you have a washer and dryer now at home, but you won't have one in your RV, you may see going to the laundromat as an added expense. But, you've been paying for water and electric to do your laundry at home, so it really isn't extra.

Where your RV travels take you will affect your costs.

~~ Read the rest of my answer -- and offer additional advice -- on the website.

~ Budgeting

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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Watkins Summit Group Bus. Info

If you'd like to save on products you use every day, as well as on gifts for the coming holidays, consider joining me as an Independent Watkins Associate. As a new associate, you can get $200 or more retail product of your choice for $169 plus shipping -- and you'll be able to buy at wholesale prices for the next 12 months. Should you want to earn some extra money, that would also cover your membership fee, allowing you to sell the products and/or to build a residual income.

I am an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289) within the Summit Group.

~ Get Discounted Prices

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Fill a pump bottle with a mix of liquid soap and water. Keep it at your RV bathroom sink. Use a pump or two of the mix to wash your hands. Then, give them a good rinse. It cuts down on your water usage, important if you are boon docking.

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Featured Website Section

Winter RVing and Camping in the Cold, Northern States

If you are thinking about using your RV in cold weather these pages will help you.

Winter RVing in old country -- I'm talking South Dakota and Alaska -- takes planning. But, the rewards are wonderful! Prepare your RV for freezing temperatures and get ready for a great experience.

Deciding to Winter in the North in a Recreational Vehicle (RV) -- 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. Five reasons why.

~ Deciding to Winter in the North

Winter RVing in Freezing Temperatures -- Cold weather RVing requires preparation. Much of it has to do with the RV or camping unit. However, the mind-set of the RVer is nearly as important. We find the joys of RVing and camping in freezing temperatures outweigh the problems.

~ Winter RVing in Freezing Temps

Winterizing for Cold Weather RVing -- 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.

~ Winterizing for Cold Weather RVing

Preparing to Winter RV in Alaska -- Once again, 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 could manage RVing in South Dakota last winter that we will do fine here this winter.

~ Preparing to Winter RV in AK

~~ Find more articles on cold weather RVing on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Cold Weather RVing

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time, like the dew on the tip of a leaf. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~ Cesare Pavese

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

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