Volume 2. Issue 31
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Quote of the day
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” ―
Three common ways full-time RVers get their mail
How do you get your postal mail when you’re on the road full time? Don Humes, the owner of South Dakota’s Americas Mailbox, answers that question. There are basically three ways, one of which Don favors over others (and which most full-timers favor as well).
And is it true that you can have large items shipped to a place like Don’s – for example, a fully assembled Gold Wing motorcycle, or even a motorhome? Watch the two-minute video to find out.
Did you miss last weekend’s RV Travel Newsletters?
If so, here is some of what you missed…
- Expect a lot of turnover in campground ownership this year
- Safely carry LP cylinders in your pickup with this clever mod
- Yet another tiny house village debuts at RV park
- RV boo-boos: RV industry poster child. NOT!
Also: A new study says a third of campers want to be full-time RVers. Click here.
Some of these articles are from past issues of RVtravel.com and have been updated for this newsletter.
What to do when your RV breaks down: Everything you should know
By Gail Marsh
When your RV breaks down it’s never expected. And not one person I know likes when it happens. But sometimes trouble finds you or, more specifically, trouble hits your RV when you’re far from home. Whether it’s engine failure or a flat tire, there are specific things you should do to keep yourself, those traveling with you, and other highway drivers safe. Here is a compilation of suggestions from several different insurance websites.
RV holding tank treatments: What’s best for the environment?
Stroll the aisles of your favorite RV accessories store, or even Walmart. When you get to the RV holding tank treatment shelves, what do you see? Row upon row of bottles and boxes. Every one of those potions promises less smell, and the best outcome for your “outflow.” As RVers, we love nature, and often, when we dump tanks, we’ll have an effect on the environment. So when dumping your tanks, how can you avoid “dumping” on Mother Nature? Read this thorough report from Russ and Tiña De Maris.
A few excellent resources to find a veterinarian for your pet while RVing
You are happily hiking with your dog when she suddenly yelps and goes down. You run over to find that your furry friend has a deep gash in her paw. What now? Accidents and illnesses can happen to your pet at any time. It’s more unnerving when it happens while you’re on the road RVing. How do you find a veterinarian for your pet when you’re RVing? Here are some important tips.
Neglected emissions control spells more $ at pump
Poor emissions and/or a faulty oxygen sensor can cause a 40% reduction in fuel economy. Can you believe that? A 40% REDUCTION! So get the sensor checked and fixed, if necessary. Save big bucks, especially these days. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Big things in a small town. Casey, Illinois, is the land of giants!
By Gail Marsh
If you like big things … really big things … then you should visit Casey, Illinois. This little town is home to lots of really big things. So big, in fact, that they’ve won a place in Guinness’ Book of World Records! The town of Casey boasts a population that’s under 3,000, but its huge outdoor constructions will make a big and lasting imprint on your memory. Continue reading.
Replace your RV’s annoying two-cavity sink with one large one
By Kate Doherty
This is the third installment in a series of customizations, upgrades and changeouts to better fit one’s RVing lifestyle. In the second article in this series, I noted a full-timer who replaced their dishwasher with a dual pullout spice rack for cooking proximity (you can read about it and see photos here). Their tradeoff? Hand-washing dishes and cookware. In this installment we cover replacing the RV sink.
Stay free on private property across America
Boondockers Welcome opens up a world of new camping opportunities. Escape the crowded and noisy campground in favor of a private spot on a beautiful property and a meaningful connection with a friendly host. Enjoy truly unique stay experiences often without any sacrifice to comfort as 70% of Boondockers Welcome hosts offer hookups. Learn more or sign up.
What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?
From the editors: We asked our readers this question. Here is one response:
“Travel by the weather. Use Google to type in the name of the town and state you’re in and ‘weather’ (for example Helena MT weather). This will give you a 7-day weather report with buttons for Temp, Precip, and Wind, and they will work for each day you click on. Avoid driving in rain or wind above 12-15mph. Also, enter the names of towns along the way. Below this window, the next listing should be (e.g.) Helena, MT 10-day weather report. Use this to plan where you’re going next. We traveled for 4 years and only got caught in bad weather once. That was the last time! Also, think about not driving more than 250 miles in a day, then staying 1-4 nights or more.” —Ruth and Eric S.
Before you go make sure you read today’s issue of our RV Daily Tips newsletter.
Country Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Squash
by Janice Ross from Citronelle, AL
We were very impressed by this zucchini recipe. It’s a great way to use the extra bits of ingredients you may have in the fridge. Really, this could be served for any meal. It was like a breakfast casserole in a zucchini boat. If you like a little extra kick to your meals, use hot sausage. Looking forward to making this easy recipe again.
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No one can predict what will happen to a pet when you are RVing or staying at one location for more then a few days. I had one scoped out because I am spending the summer in Maine. But no one can predict an animal emergency will occur on a holiday like mine did. Be prepared for at least a 300 or even a 600 vet bill. Like mine did. I brought two dogs with me and Teddy started having health issues but nothing concerning until that weekend and well Memorial Day Monday was a memory for me. I ended up sending him over the bridge for kidney failure. Both of our vets said it happens. But left me confused. Our one dog got the green light for this trip and well, I miss him very much. He left me with one other dog, his sister and she is grieving. But the neighbors are keeping her busy while I work part time. So long story short I never predicted this. Now I am having other issues but nothing I can’t figure out. Can’t wait until the family joins me at the end of June. Happy Trails.