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RV Life and Travel Newsletter #466 ~ November 18, 2011
November 19, 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 #466 ~ November 18, 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 in Alaska, where it is currently 10 degrees below zero. Bob spent much of the day working on a snow-blower -- and using it. I tended to our secondhand store and did some work on the websites and our Watkins business.

One year ago today, we were in Rapid City, SD. We'd recently traversed Canada by motorhome. We'd visited our mothers, and were now visiting friends in SD. We were on our way to southern Texas for the winter.

Ten years ago, we were in Seward, AK. We had prepared our trailer for cold weather RVing and were settling in spend our first winter in this state. Yes, that first winter (and several more to follow it) were in RVs.

Eighteen years ago today, we were in Summerdale, Alabama. We were set up as vendors at the Hwy. 59 Flea Market. We stayed there for much of the winter, until early February when we ventured on to DeFuniak Springs, FL, to work the market there.

Good memory that I can tell you exactly where I was on what date? Nope. Just a good habit of taking some notes each day.

I suggest you do the same. Doesn't matter if you do it on a give-a-way calendar, a spiral notebook, or a fancy journal. Or, you can keep notes on your computer or go all out with a formal blog. The thing is to get in the habit of writing just a little each day. At the very least keep track of the city and state that you sleep in each night.

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


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RVing Tip

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.

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RV Life and Travel Blog

Be sure to check our blog frequently for website updates and between newsletter announcements. Bookmark it, or add it to your list of favorites.

~ RV Life and Travel Blog

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Your Favorite Campgrounds and RV Parks

Silver Palms RV Village

~ Submitted by Marie N.

Silver Palms RV Village resort is a unique. It's 5 star all the way, but not restricted to class A rigs. They take 5th wheels and class C's as long as they are over 25' and 10 years or newer.

~~ Read more about this RV resort (and add your comments) on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Silver Palms RV Village

~~ Tell us about your favorite campgrounds and RV parks.

~ My Favorite Park

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~ Workers On Wheels

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Solar for Boondocking

~~ RV Cheryl asks: We want to go solar for boondocking. Currently, we have one 12 volt marine battery. Our needs are few, but our wants are many. How many batteries and what size solar panels would we need to...

~ Run a small refrigerator day and night. ~ Run a small personal heater, only on cold nights. ~ A small fry pan (electric).

~~ I answered in part: Heating and using heat producing appliances isn't the most practical application for an RV solar system. You may find that you don't have enough roof space on your trailer and tow vehicle for the number of panels you'd need to do what you ask. Finding space for the batteries, as well as the extra weight they would add, may be other issues.

~~ I also asked Cheryl a bunch of questions, giving her an idea of what things would affect her system. Read the rest of my answer -- and offer additional advice -- on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Solar for Boondocking

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RVing Tip

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.

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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.

~ Buy Watkins Products

~ Build a Watkins Business

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Christian Workcamping

~~ Ronald asks: How do we get started workcamping? We would like to be part of a Christian group doing odd jobs or needs, vbs, or whatever God needs us to do while enjoying His grand beauty.

~~ I answered in part: If you attend church services in various locations as you travel, that would be a good starting place. They may have needs that would be a good match for you. And, they should be able to put you in touch with community organizations that could use your help.

~~ Read the rest of my answer, including info on six specific Christian RVing organizations -- and offer additional advice -- on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Christian Workcamping

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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RV Life and Travel Tip

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.

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Featured Website Section

Winter RVing and Camping in the Cold, Northern States

With our local temps below zero (Soldotna, AK), this seems like an appropriate section of the website to feature this week.

Spending the winter in a recreational vehicle in places where it gets down to 35 or 40 degrees below zero 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.

Some of the articles in this section are about how we prepared our RV and dealt with those temperatures. Other articles in this section answer RVers questions for RVing in freezing, but not necessarily below zero, climates.

~~ Find more articles about RVing in freezing temperatures on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Cold Weather Winter RVing

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Website Hosting Service

If you are thinking about doing a blog or website as you travel, either for personal or business use, I use and recommend SBI. They are making massive improvements on what was already an excellent suite of web building tools.

~ SBI for Website Building and Hosting

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have. ~ Edward Everett Hale

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man. ~ Pliny the Elder

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

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