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RV Life and Travel Newsletter #469 ~ January 12, 2012
January 12, 2012

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RV Life and Travel E-zine #469 ~ January 12, 2012

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?)

Sure hope your new year has gotten off to a fantastic start. We're starting 2012 in Alaska, amidst much snow. We're looking forward to some upcoming southern travels this spring. Yes, we're doing things a bit mixed up -- in Alaska now and going south later. Guess that is just part of our unconventional nature.

Twenty years ago, we were buying the trailer that would be our first full-time RV home. We had our sticks and bricks house up for sale. We were busy learning about solar panels, macerators, tankless water heaters, and the things that would transform that camper into a home-on-the-road. That was back in South Dakota, so the weather wasn't all that much different than what we have here.

Oh, but the things we have seen, the places we have gone, and the people we have met these past twenty years. From first hitting the road in April 1992, we've experienced so much, and learned such a great deal about our country, its people, and their various cultures. Full-time RV living is a wonderful life for those of us who are curious, adventurous, and who can hardly wait to see where our next trip takes us.

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


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RVing Tip

Color coordinating your bath linens, bed linens, and clothing can make wash day a lot easier. Since most of our towels, sheets, and clothing are dark colored, we don't need to worry much about sorting.

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New Article On

Why Are You a Full-time RVer?

Why are you a full-time RVer? Just what made you decide to move into a recreational vehicle and call it home? We tend to think that other people do things for the same reason that we do them. But, that's not always the case. Why did you start full-time RVing and why do you continue RVing full-time?

~~ Read the responses we've received so far and add your comments on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Reasons for Full-time RVing

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RV Life and Travel Tip

For out of the way shoe storage, mount a towel bar near the floor. Stand shoes upright between the wall and the rod in the towel bar. We have one on the back of the dinette seat, which is near the door. It keeps our shoes close by, yet out of the hallway. We used a wooden one, so it blends with the wood paneling on the dinette.

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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

~ Become a Watkins Rep - Earn as You Travel

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RV Life and Travel Tip

Free Admission to All National Parks from January 14-16

Start your new year with a free visit to a national park! All 397 national parks across the country will offer free admission from January 14 through 16 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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New Article On

Mail Service for Full-time RVing

If you've been traveling with us for a while now, you probably know that we highly recommend using the UPS Store located on Main Street in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a mail forwarder. But, what you may not know is that we used three other services before that. I don't think I've ever really explained why we didn't stick with those first three, until I answered a reader's question this week.

Three services, three different reasons for leaving them, plus a surprise bonus.

~ Read about it on the website.

~ Mail Service for Full-time RVing

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Your RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Dogs and Full-time RVing

~~ Susie asks: How many RV parks allow you to bring dogs? We would like to start this year as RVers, but have dogs that are a part of the family and they would have to go, too. How receptive are the parks?

~~ I answered in part: Many campgrounds and RV parks allow dogs. We've traveled with a dog and at least one cat since day one. We've never had a hard time finding to a place to stay with them.

Some parks have special amenities for dogs. A growing number actually cater to dogs. Some parks have areas where you may unleash your dogs to let them run. Other amenities include a doggie bathhouse, wading pool for dogs, hiking trails, grooming stations, dog walking service, and even obedience training and agility classes.

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

~ Dogs and Full-time RVing

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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~ Workers On Wheels

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Help One of Our RV Life and Travel Readers

Name that Campground with a Tower and Zipline

~~ Kristine writes: When my brother and I were kids, our family went to a campground that had a man-made swimming "lake' with a tower in the middle and a zipline from the tower down to the water. The swimming area had other playground type equipment, all in the water as well. I believe it was in Maryland or Pennsylvania. We lived in Virginia, and I'm pretty sure we left the state and went north. For nostalgia, I'd love to find the place and take my brother and his family there if it's still open. Do you think your readers might be able to help Name That Campground?"

~~ My reply: Okay RVers and campers, it's time to play, "Name that Campground." If you are familiar with the park that Kristine is asking about, of if you have some information on it, please stop by our website and leave a comment.

~ Name the Campground

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Use a Notebook, Journal, or Website to Record Your RV Travels

Trust me, years from now, you'll forget. Oh, you'll remember many things. But there will be times that you'll remember an event, but forget just when it was. Or, you'll remember a great museum you visited, but you'll think it was in one state and your spouse will be sure it was in another. Keep a diary or log of your travels. Anything from a cheap spiral notebook, to an elegant journal, to a website works. The main thing is that you add to it regularly.

If you're interested in keeping track of your travels and sharing them on a website, see what SBI has to offer. They make it easy. Besides being an excellent platform for recording your travels, you could also make some money with it.

~ SBI Websites for Travelers

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Establishing Residency

~~ Nancy asks: We will be selling our home before full-timing. How do we establish residency in Florida or any state?

~~ I answered in part: To establish residency, you'll want to cut ties with your former state and establish ties to your new home state. It seems the more connections you can make, the better. You may want to start with getting an address.

~~ Read the rest of my answer on the RV Life and Travel website.

~ Establishing Residency

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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 RV Life and Travel Questions Answered

Medical Insurance for Full-time RVers

~~ Nancy asks: Because we are not yet medicare age, what health insurance company will insure us any place in the US? We will probably establish residency in Florida so we can get our tags and vote. Would we need to get insurance in Florida or are there insurance companies who insure you no matter where you live or are located?

~~ I answered in part: If you have pre-existing conditions, have hobbies the insurance industry considers dangerous, or if you weigh more than their charts indicate that you should, it may be extremely difficult to find a company that will accept you. Some states have what they call "high risk" pools to provide coverage to those who have been denied coverage in the free market.

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

~ Health Insurance Question

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

~ Questions and answers about RVing.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. ~ Irish Toast

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer, with never a thought of sorrow. The old goes out, but the glad young year, comes merrily in tomorrow. ~ Emily Miller

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