Volume 2. Issue 21
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Quote of the day
“‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.’
‘I don’t much care where –’
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.'” ―
Popular Full-Time RVing articles you may have missed in the past…
Getting the best out of your shower
Adjusting to the full-time RVing lifestyle includes many different areas of life. One of them is access to hot running water. Sure, you have a water heater in your RV. Typically it’s a six-gallon job, while your old land-based heater was probably 40 or 50 gallons. All is not lost: Most of you won’t be doing piles of laundry, so the biggest adjustment will be showers. Continue reading.
Staying warm—without busting the bank
Can you live full time in your RV on $1,000 a month? We know some that do. While that question is too multifaceted to tackle in just one little post, we thought it might be good to talk about one aspect: Heating your rig. Continue reading.
RVing will not make you happy
By Tammy Williams
Two and a half years ago, I completely dismantled my perfectly good life. I exited the Rat Race, downsized drastically, and embarked on a journey of travel and discovery. So what did I learn? Find out here.
Did you miss last weekend’s RV Travel Newsletter?
If so, here is some of what you missed…
• The winter of their discontent: Many proposed RV parks facing stiff public opposition
• Self-powered trailers speak to the future of EV towing
• Campground Crowding: “I resent snowbirds for taking over everything”
• Heading for Tampa or another winter RV show? Here are a few warnings to consider
Some of these articles are from past issues of RVtravel.com and have been updated for this newsletter.
DON’T MISS IT! We’re inheriting a house. Can we still be full-time RVers?
If you missed this article in last Saturday’s newsletter, you’ll want to read it here.
Ways for RVers to stream free (or almost free) TV
By Gail Marsh
Who doesn’t like a cable or satellite television bill? Me! How about you? It’s aggravating to pay for 200+ channels and still find absolutely nothing you want to watch. … In this informative post, Gail lists numerous ways to get free (and legal) TV services as well as low-cost streaming services. Learn about them here.
For newbies: How expensive is traveling with an RV? Here’s what you can expect
Traveling by RV is a great way to see the country and it has many advantages. You can cook your own meals, sleep in your own bed, and use your own bathroom no matter where you are. You can save money, but it is important to note that traveling with an RV might be more expensive than you think. Many families purchasing an RV for vacations only consider the cost of the RV itself, and not the other expenses that go along with RV ownership. Learn about other expenses and watch a video, “How much do campgrounds really cost?” here.
Professional photographer says this tripod is best for RVers
By Nanci Dixon
I need to preface this by saying I was a professional photographer with access to everything photographic – and I mean EVERYTHING. Every lens, camera, film (in the old days), printer, computer, strobe units and tripod ever made. When I retired, for better or worse I ditched it all. I said goodbye to my camera closet and decided to use only my cell phone. The worn phrase “The camera you use is the camera you have with you” is so true. But I’ve found the perfect tripod for RVers. Continue reading.
Under-rig cheapy creepie!
“I always carry what I call a ‘cardboard creeper’ in the bed of my truck. It stands straight up alongside the utility bed out of the way. I just got a new one, made out of the thick cardboard that made up the box our new TV came in. It’s glossy on one side and ‘cardboard’ on the other. Easy to slide around on and great for any kind of under-vehicle work. Not so good on wet surfaces, of course.” Thanks, Tommy Molnar!
RV Gadget: Drinkmate carbonator, worth the space? Yup!
By Tony Barthel
If you drink carbonated beverages, the Drinkmate carbonator might save you space in your RV (no more bulky cardboard boxes or dozens of cans) and money. Read what Tony thinks about this gadget, and see what he carbonates (hint: mimosas just got a lot easier!). Read more.
Moving from a “house RV” to an “apartment RV.” How do we downsize?
After a popular trend to “Go Big,” more and more RVers are deciding to ditch the big rig and downsize to a smaller RV. Class B van-style RVs and smaller Class C’s are definitely more nimble to drive and park, not to mention the ease of backing into tight spots and stopping for groceries and dining out. Campground crowding is making it harder to find big rig campsites, plus a smaller RV opens up far more opportunities to camp in national and state parks. Readers Suzanne and Danny R. asked how is an RVer supposed go about the Herculean task of downsizing? Get a gazillion great tips here.
Can you RV camp at a military campground?
Are you or a member of your family on active military duty? Are you retired, disabled, or have an honorable discharge? If you are, did you know you’re eligible to camp on military campgrounds? If you’ve never heard of the program, it’s called the MWR branch. And all branches of service have one. It stands for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) branch. Continue reading this very thorough article.
What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?
From the editors: We asked our readers this question. Here is one response:
“Research! For at least 6-12 months before jumping in. Understand that everything, EVERYTHING, is a compromise. You need to be comfortable with simplifying your life. Downsize everywhere you can and know you don’t need as much stuff as you think you do. Get as much solar as soon as you can so you don’t annoy everyone around you with your generator (obviously doesn’t apply to people who will exclusively stay in RV parks). Please, don’t use a contractor generator. Understand what in your rig is powered by your batteries and how long those batteries will last before you need to recharge. Use a medium-sized pure sine wave inverter to charge your devices. Find community. Even if you are shy, be friendly and you will be rewarded with wonderful friendships.” —Angela Krause
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