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Full-Time RVer Newsletter #4, May 26, 2021

Volume 2. Issue 4
Welcome to the Full-time RVer Newsletter, published every other Wednesday by Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and full-time RV living tips from the pros, travel advice, and anything else of interest to full-timers or those who aspire to be. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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Quote of the day

“People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have.” —Richard Carlson

Downsizing pros and cons. Is it now or never?

By Gail Marsh
I never thought we’d have this conversation. At least not for a few more years. My hubby and I are talking about downsizing our RV. I agree that our needs have changed and our reasons for RVing have shifted. But downsizing? Now? Really? How can you know the right time to downsize?

Read some pros and cons of downsizing (now is a good time to sell, but is now a good time to buy?) in this article.


Moving from a “house RV” to an “apartment RV.” How do we downsize? 

Want to downsize? Sell your stuff on eBay

Full-timers: Husband wants to downsize RV; wife says no

Did you miss last weekend’s RV Travel Newsletter
If so, here is some of what you missed…

Electric vehicles could change the way we camp
Campground Crowding: Millions of new RVers – Is social media ruining it all?
Dog is my co-pilot: Better places to stop for RVers with pets
Video: “Five lessons I learned in 5 years of RVing”
It’s amazing how fast an RV burns up! 
RVers ask: Our RV’s steps hurt our aching knees. What to do?

PLUS: Our latest RV Travel Podcast, hosted by Scott Linden

Two new guides to free campgrounds
Discover thousands of designated camping areas the West and in America’s Heartland —real places-not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various agencies — federal, state, local, etc. Learn more about West edition or Heartland edition.

Question for you

If you could communicate directly with RV industry leaders (designers and engineers), what would you suggest for RV improvements? Read more and please leave a comment.

Be cool this summer.
Now use your RV air conditioner when you could never use it before. No kidding!


Some of these articles are from past issues of and have been updated for this newsletter. 

Important warning! Bad RV door part can lock your loved ones in the RV

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
We’ve been RVing for nearly 35 years and we still fall into the “Learn something new every day” category. Sometimes it’s nearly an embarrassment to recognize how little you know. We’re sharing a “new thing” for us, and maybe it’ll be new for you. This “new to us” may spare you a bit of humbling, or it could actually spare a life. … Learn how Russ accidentally locked Tiña in their RV (which could have been a disaster), and how an astute reader alerted them to a recall on the defective product. Read more.

Tips from a pro: Digitize your family photo albums

By Nanci Dixon
When we cleared out our house to begin our full-time journey, one of the hardest things we had to do was leaving behind the mammoth number of family photo albums. After they languished in a storage locker for two years I did a “what if” measure of just taking cell phone camera photos of the most important pages in the albums “just in case.” Learn how Nanci digitally saved all of the family photos here.

How long is “too long” for a 5th wheel when staying in national and state parks?

Dear editor,
My wife and I are planning on RVing full time when I retire. We are inclined on purchasing a 5’er but have not yet decided on the length. We don’t want to feel cramped but neither do we want to be largely excluded from national and state parks due to our length. Read more and our response.

Let your drill clean your RV, really!
This 4-piece cleaning brush attachment connects right to your drill. Deep-clean virtually any surface. Perfect for grout lines, corners, tiles, tubs, showers, carpets, wooden furniture, windows, shower doors, siding, linoleum, stoves, counters, fiberglass, grills, marble, and more. Learn more or order here.

Don’t miss today’s RV Daily Tips, our readers’ favorite newsletter!
Read it here.

Reader poll

How likely is it you will be full-time RVing in five years?

Tell us here, please.

Thinking about work camping? Check out these articles:

Work camping: Why now is the time to try it
How much money can you really make work camping?
Work camping tips from the experts
13 tips about work camping that will point you to success

Quick tip

Maintaining your fire extinguishers

Once you’ve determined that you have the right type of fire extinguishers, the next priority is to keep them properly maintained by checking them periodically. Check the fire extinguisher gauge to determine if there is pressure in the extinguisher. If the gauge indicates empty or needs charging, replace or recharge the extinguisher immediately. To test non-gauged extinguishers, push the plunger indicator (usually green or black) down. If it does not come back up, the extinguisher has no pressure to expel its contents. If you need help testing your fire extinguishers, check with your local fire department. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Selling your RV? Start here.

Selling your RV: How to prepare it before listing it for sale

Tony Barthel gives you an insider look at how you can prepare your RV before you list it for sale. How many photos should you take? What time of day should you take photos and what angles should you take them from? Why is lighting so important? What story are you trying to tell with your RV? Who are you selling it to, and why does that matter? All this, plus common mistakes sellers make. If you’re thinking of selling, you’ll want to read this.

So you want to sell your RV? Here are the best places to sell, and why

By Nanci Dixon
Whether you have had it with crowded campgrounds, have discovered RVing is just not for you, or are looking to upgrade or downsize, you might be asking: “Where’s the best place to sell my RV?” Let’s find out. Read Nanci’s list (and bookmark it!) and learn all the possibilities you have when listing your RV for sale.

What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?

From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response: 

“Carefully consider where you will claim ‘domicile’ – your state of legal residence. It will impact many financial issues while on the road.” —Steve Jones

This book is a must-have for state park campers!
This book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.

Featured recipe

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Cilantro Lime Mayo
by Lauren Perkins-Boyd from Portland, OR
This grilled chicken sandwich is downright scrumptious! The combo of grilled chicken, lime, and taco seasoning is terrific. We love the cilantro-lime mayo. It has a fresh and tangy flavor. Easy to make, this will definitely be on your summer menu.

This would be a perfect Memorial Day lunch! Get the recipe.

RV Daily Tips Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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Bud Ramkey
1 year ago

We are going to be testing the water on full time RVing while in between home sale and any purchase.
What do full time RVers do about essential mail deliveries ?

1 year ago

I forgot to mention Legacy will digitiz everything and I need to do that because otherwise I need to find a new vhs player. And legacy is having mega sales right now.

1 year ago

I knew when we upgraded from my favorite trailer a jayco feather lite to a coachman clipper so we could travel 4 people eventually it would go back to 3 or 2 or just 1. Keeping the coachman because it is a nice size fit for me. I am taking off next year to Maine by myself and don’t need anything bigger then a 21 foot. I can use the bunks for storage. Unless the husband comes for a visit. Downsizing is always a great idea when the children are grown and flown. They can get their own camper. I will grab the grandchildren.

1 year ago

I agree with Shane this was a very good edition. Question, did I not read in a past edition on synthetic lubricants vs standard oil products. I use Amsoil to extended vehicle life in all of my tow vehicles for many years actually starting in 75. I was looking for such an article to forward to a friend. Thanks

Last edited 1 year ago by Skip
Shane McGuire
1 year ago

Good edition. Keep it up.

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