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RV maintenance and repairs, toys and tools for the road, and the joys and tribulations of RVing, all from a man's point of view. Bob's articles have become a favorite of our website visitors.

NexGen Batteries: Our Experience with Lithium Ion Batteries in Our RV The NexGen batteries we bought for our motorhome are working well. We are finding these lithium ion batteries have advantages over deep cycle, 12-volt lead-acid batteries commonly used in RVs.

Exercising on the Road: Walking while RVing Exercising on the road…don’t get the wrong impression. I’m not a fitness guru, or a health fanatic. I’m just a regular guy, who is trying to keep ahead of old age, which is coming up on me from behind, awful quickly.

Observations of Southern Georgia Observations of southern Georgia…here are a few things I noticed while Coleen and I were RVing outside a small town in southern Georgia. We were there for several months, so had a chance to get to know the people and learn about southern customs, especially in rural Georgia.

Steam Shows: RVing Weekends at Antique Power and Old Engine Shows Steam shows, threshing bees, engine shows, and old time power shows are some of our favorite events to attend while RVing. Here are some of the highlights and pictures of some we went to this year.

A Metal Detector: How I Come to Think I May Need One for RVing A metal detector may soon find its way into my cache of RVing tools and toys. While visiting southern Texas for this winter, my friend, Everett, offered to take me along with him metal detecting.

Metal Detecting Revisited: My New Garrett Ace 350 and Pro Pointer AT Metal detecting has turned into my new hobby. It started when an RV park friend took me with him and let me use his metal detector. I've since bought a Garrett Ace 350 and Pro Pointer AT.

Solar Power - Celebrating 25 Years of Electricity from the Sun Free electricity from the sun! It was 25 years ago this month that we got our first solar system. It went on the first travel trailer we used for full-time RVing. We are still using most of those components today.

Solar Panels: What Do I Really Need in a Photovoltaic System for RV Electricity? Solar panels and a photovoltaic system are amazing. Use them to maintain your batteries in the off-season, to supplement while occasionally boondocking, or for a full time stand-alone electric system.

The Magic of Solar Panels: Bob's True Fairytale RVing and Photovoltaics Story Solar panels play a big part in our full-time RVing independence. Here's Bob's story -- written as a fairytale, but very true -- of how we became full-timers and how we started with a solar system.

Hints for Easier RV Living: Four Handy, Practical RVing Tips We Use Everyday Easier RV living…isn't that what we all want? Here are four tips that we use every day in our motorhome. They solve little, but annoying problems, and help us keep an RV home neat and organized.

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.

Stop and Smell the Roses - God Doesn't Charge Admission Stop and smell the roses. If there are wild ones, that is. One of the free pleasures on the road RVing is getting to see the wonderful flowers that nature offers us. The blooms are really colorful.

My Sea Eagle Boat Is a Lot of Fun, It's Safe, and It Fits In My RV My Sea Eagle boat saved me from being boatless. It's an inflatable, so it packs up to fit in our RV. It's safe and stable. I have a lot of fun with it, fishing, or just being out on the water.

Packing Your Wheel Bearings Is Important for Good RV Maintenance One of the first real automotive jobs I learned to do was to pack wheel bearings. I was exceptionally proud of my accomplishment, even though I had two or three years before I would even be able to drive. Since then, I've been somewhat obsessed with proper bearing care.

Your Electricity Costs Can be Low, Even with Metered Electric Electricity costs for campground owners are constantly rising. It is not unusual to find that they are installing individual electric meters at each site. There are ways you can keep your costs down.

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.

My Fishing Experience Is Extensive Because Of Our RVing Fishing and RVing are naturals together. Some people only enjoy angling for a single species. Others, like me, like the wide range of fish out there just waiting for someone to try to catch them.

The Branson Hobby Center: A Chance Discovery While Walking The Branson Hobby Center wasn't on my list of places to go in the Branson area. We were staying at an RV park in Hollister, MO. I was out for a walk, and went in when I saw the model railroad sign.

A Little Giant Ladder -- Something That's Really Handy When RVing My Little Giant Ladder is a tool I bought about 15 years ago at the Florida RV Super Show. I came across a dealer in the commercial area selling folding ladder systems. I had looked at other brands before, but these were different.

Fishing from a Pier Can be Inexpensive and a Lot of Fun for RVers One of the ways to cut the cost of fishing is to fish from a free public fishing pier. Notice that I said fishing pier. Some piers are open to the public but don't allow fishing, be aware of that.

Staying Mobile while RVing: Being Organized and Having a Routine Staying mobile and being ready to move quickly is part of the freedom of RV living. Coleen and I like to be able to leave in 15 minutes or less. The majority of the time we can accomplish that goal.

Breakdowns on the Road If you’re out on the road long enough, no matter how careful you are, no matter how new you RV is, or no matter how well you maintain your equipment, you’ll likely have breakdowns, and need to be towed in. After over 25 years and hundreds of thousands of miles, Coleen and I had to be towed in recently.

RV Tranny Repairs in Knoxville: Atkins and Son Transmission RV transmission repairs in Knoxville -- that's what followed after the tow truck dropped us and our motorhome off at the transmission shop. When I last left you all, we had just used our road service to tow us to Atkins and Son Transmission in Knoxville, Tennessee. Our transmission had given out on the Interstate about 20 miles out of town.

Leveling Our RV: We Opt for No Cost, Low Tech, Easy, and Efficient Leveling our RV, whether we are in our travel trailer or motorhome, is a simple procedure. It's quick, easy, and I didn't spend any money to buy leveling blocks. You may want a more high-tech way to level your rig, but this basic method works efficiently for us.

My Dog Has Fleas Yes, my dog has fleas. Being from Alaska, we haven't been bothered with the pesky little critters for the last 10 years. At least in close quarters we noticed them before there was a bad infestation.

Meet NeeMo, our New RVing Dog: He's the New Pet Addition to our RVing Family We got a new RVing dog: NeeMo. He's black with a white blase on his chest, and little gray around the muzzle and the legs. You get that way when you get a little older, and he is a little older. He has his peculiarities, but he should fit into our household well.

RV Renovation Comes to Life: Follow Along as We Repair and Remodel a Motorhome RV renovation, repair, and remodeling are part of RVing for us. Whether we get a brand new RV or a new-to-us used RV, there are always things to fix or change in our travel trailer or motorhome.

Motorhome Renovation: The Story of the New Fixer-Upper RV Continues The motorhome renovation story continues…. Wouldn't it be fun to buy a brand new RV instead of a fixer-upper? Oh, wait, we have bought brand new ones and Bob still did major work on them.

Motorhome Renovations: There's a Glitch with "Our New Motorhome" Motorhome renovations ... do they ever go as planned? We hit a snag. We haven't yet started on mechanical, body, or systems problems. There's another issue to be on the lookout for when buying a used RV.

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