Volume 2. Issue 2
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Quote of the day
“I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
What I’ve learned about RVing in 5 short years
By Gail Marsh
I’m not a long-time RVer. In fact, my hubby and I have only been RVing for the past 5 years. In that time, we’ve learned a lot, but some things hold more importance than others.
Here’s what I’ve learned in those short five years:
- Ask questions when you purchase your RV (either from an individual or a dealer). We’ve called our dealership numerous times. They’ve always been knowledgeable and patient. We also kept the phone number of the private owner who sold us our latest rig. He, too, has been extremely helpful!
- You can ask neighboring campers for advice. They’ll often guide you to products they’ve used and many times their hints can help you avoid costly mistakes.
- Ask camp hosts/owners your questions. They most likely know great local places to eat and out-of-the-way places to see in the area.
Continue reading to see the many other important things Gail and her husband have learned.
Thinking about joining AllStays? You should!
Your membership includes a massive online directory of campgrounds (including free ones) with rankings. It also includes interactive maps where you can pinpoint public lands, state and federal parks. Find RV-friendly truck stops, RV-friendly Walmarts, rest areas, dump stations, fraternal lodge parking, propane sellers, weigh stations, road hazards, motels with RV parking, RV washes and much more! Click here.
Did you miss last weekend’s RV Travel Newsletter?
If so, here is some of what you missed…
• Proposed Texas law could limit overnight RV parking in any public space in entire state
• 2021 North American Camping Report finds 2.6 million new camping households
• Out-of-state motorhomes are exempt in California smog plan
• Campground Crowding: When living in an RV is cheaper than a house or apartment
• Moving from a “house RV” to an “apartment RV.” How do we downsize?
• Expedition Boondock: A journal of adventure and extraordinary danger (hilarious!)
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New Directory Lists Every Make, Model, and Manufacturer of RVs in the U.S.
If you’ve ever wondered how many RV manufacturers there are in America, RVtravel.com has a new, free, comprehensive 73-page directory listing every U.S. manufacturer. The directory, “RVs: Who Makes What,” also includes information on every make and model of RV produced in the United States.
“The exhaustive report is the result of hundreds of hours of research and fact checking,” said RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury. “It’s the most comprehensive guide to RV manufacturers and their brands ever assembled. It’s an incredibly valuable tool for would-be RV buyers, especially those who favor one particular manufacturer more than others and want to focus their buying efforts on that brand.” Learn more and download a free copy of the publication.
“Earthquake Putty” a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.
Some of these articles are from past issues of RVtravel.com and have been updated for this newsletter.
A creative way to get a free long-term RV site
Need a place to “settle in” for a little while but don’t have the cash to pay high rates at RV parks? One enterprising RVer explains his methodology for developing leads for places to stay in his RV. See what he did.
Telltale signs full-time RVing is not for you
This funny list from Liz Wilcox will make you laugh. Why wouldn’t full-timing be right for you? Check out these reasons.
Establishing a full-timing “home state” for taxes
By Neil Seidler, CPA, CMA
We are currently in the process of selling our sticks-and-bricks home to become full-time RVers. What should we know about establishing a “home” state for taxes, vehicle registration, insurance, etc.? Read Neil’s response.
Is the increasing need to make camping reservations far ahead cramping your style?
Firearms laws guide updated for 2021
The 2021 updated edition of the best-selling Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States is a must-have for firearm owners. The annual guidebook helps ensure RVers and others stay out of trouble when crossing state lines. What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another. More than 100 updates from last year. Learn more or order.
Banish RV slideout squeaks
Driven to distraction by a squeaky slideout? There’s just something jarring to the nerves about this noise. Perhaps it’s the same affliction that hits us when fingernails are drawn across a chalkboard. What’s to be done to exorcise those squeaks? With slideout extended, take a close look at the slideout support arms. If you spot any “wear marks,” it’s a good indication of a primary source of nasty noise. Grab a can of spray-on dry lube. Shoot the wear marks thoroughly, then using a clean, dry cloth, wipe down the excess. Dry lube sprays are preferable to “wet” lubes as they are less likely to attract dust and dirt. You’ll also find it useful to shoot the “teeth” on your slideout mechanism, if you have any. Other anti-squeak tricks include ensuring that the squeak doesn’t emanate from contact between the slideout seal and the sidewall of the slide. With the slide extended, wash and dry the sidewalls, then apply the appropriate wax for the wall surface.
You likely already know this, but perhaps a reminder is good
An anthropological study of retired RVers conducted by Drs. Dorothy and David Counts, both college anthropology professors, revealed positive news for those leading the lifestyle. After extensive research, they found that people who traveled via RV were healthier both physically and mentally than they would be if they led more sedentary lives. The Counts attribute these health benefits to physical activity, the constant exposure to new people, places and events, and the great sense of freedom associated with RV travel. Their study identified three conditions of successful full-time RVing: control of one’s life, interesting and challenging things to do, and friends outside the family.
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Are you transporting alien bugs in your RV?
Stink bugs! Specifically, brown marmorated stink bugs. Have you seen them in your RV? They’re more common in the eastern U.S. but are rapidly heading west, in part because they’re hitching rides in our RVs! They are not just ugly and smell bad: They present a potentially devastating threat to North American agriculture. (We first brought you this story two years ago, but it is worth repeating.) Learn more.
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
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What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?
We asked you this last issue, but we’ll ask it again for those of you who just signed up for this newsletter. The question is for current full-time RVers. It goes like this: What advice would you give to someone who told you they (or he or she) were planning to buy an RV and live in it full time? Based on your experience, what would you say? We’ll publish as many of your responses as possible in future issues of this newsletter.
Be cool this summer
Now use your RV air conditioner when you could never use it before. No kidding!
Killer White Chili
by Suzanne Mills from Huntsville, AL
We can see why this white chicken chili has won so many awards. It has the perfect balance of spice and creaminess. Each bite just got better and better. Easy to make. Whip up a batch when you’re in the mood for comfort food.
Yum! Get the recipe.
Watch short cooking videos: Don’t watch near mealtime or you could get terribly hungry. If you love to cook, you will love these videos, most a minute or less.
Most of the “carving” of Mount Rushmore was done with dynamite.
If you want to have a wonderful day, send $10, $50 or $100 to a local food bank. There are millions of our fellow citizens, including little kids, who are going hungry because their parents lost their jobs. You will feel so good if you contribute — helping people less fortunate than you go to bed without the pain of an empty stomach. Here’s where to donate.
RV Daily Tips Staff
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