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Full-Time RVer Newsletter #6, June 23, 2021

Volume 2. Issue 6
Welcome to the Full-time RVer Newsletter, published every other Wednesday by RVtravel.com. 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
“Nothing adventured, nothing attained.” —Peter McWilliams


One lonely consequence of RV life

By Gail Marsh
I didn’t think it could happen, but the more hubby and I travel in our RV, the less we seem to see our friends once we get home. Some of our long-time friendships no longer seem as “close” as they once were. The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” unfortunately has held true for friends we leave behind when we are on the road.

I first noticed the consequence of our long absence from home when a close friend’s child graduated from high school. We were not invited to the celebration. Friends didn’t know we’d be in town on “party day” so we didn’t make the invited list. I don’t blame them. Really! Over the past five years, we’ve been away from home for short trips as well as travels that lasted months at a time. But now I wonder what friendships will be like if/when we give up our traveling ways…

Read Gail’s tips on keeping in touch with friends when you’re on the road and missing important milestones.


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

Campground Crowding: Even the camp hosts are throwing in the towel!

The secret way RV parks will soon charge you more

Popular RVing YouTubers buying RV park; fans get first dibs on sites

Research reveals how people choose their campsites

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


Chuck Woodbury
RVtravel.com’s Chuck Woodbury explains SoftStartRV in new video.

Not enough power to run your air conditioner? Think again!
When the summer heat arrives and your 110 power is from a small portable generator or a 20-amp household hookup you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible when you never could before. Learn more and watch a video where RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury explains how the product works.


Features

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

How to find that boondocking spot again: Just take a photo

By Chris Guld
In several articles here at RV Travel, I have praised the ability of our phones to record location along with the photos we take. Here is another example of that, using a new feature of Google Photos called “Explore Map”. Remember that great boondocking site you had near Quartzsite? Could you find it again? Did you take a photo of it? If so, then Google Photos can help you find it, and give you exact directions to drive there again. Learn how easy this is here.

Losing cell service? Try these tips to reconnect or keep the signal

If you are heading out of town, into the mountains or desert or other remote areas, you might start to see your cell signal dropping off. There goes one bar, and another, and another… And you were JUST about to send that email too… Darn! Here are a few tips to reconnect if your signal seems to be fading away or if the bars keep dropping.

My new favorite tool: I’ve solved so many RV issues with this gadget!

By Nanci Dixon
My new favorite tool was just delivered. It is a Digital Inspection Endoscope that allows me to see into very tight, small, dark spaces. It is two cameras at the end of a long, 16 ft. cable connected to a viewing monitor so I can see exactly what the cameras see. This thing is cool! Find out some of its many uses here.



Reader poll

In the last year, how often have you met by video with friends, family or business associates?

Answer here and see how others responded.


Quick tip

Tips to help you put it back together correctly

Fixing broken “RV stuff” doesn’t always mean you need to know the “stuff” inside-out. Many RV technicians know how every assembly in a rig is put together. But when you do tackle that “something” that isn’t right that requires disassembly, it’s critical you put it back together the right way. A digital camera, tablet, or cell phone cam is just the ticket. Take plenty of pictures as you go through the process of taking something apart. Try and track down a service manual for your item – the internet is full of manuals folks have kindly scanned and posted. Can’t find it? Drop a request on an internet RV forum and ask – somebody may just have one.


Did you miss today’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter?

Inside:
• Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons
• RV Review: 2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel Trailer
• Poll: Have you ever been bitten by a wild animal?
• RV battery dangers
• 20 epic natural swimming holes across the U.S.
• Recipe of the Day: Blackberry-Honey Ribs
…and much more! Read it here.



DANGER: Beware of camping with only one road in and out

Only one road in and out: It’s a situation that RV owners need to take to heart, which became more obvious when a fire raged through a Northern California campground. Two hundred people camping in RVs and tents beat hasty retreats into nearby Shaver Lake, plunging into the water to stay safe from the threatening blaze. Read more.

New device keeps your fresh water tank clean. So simple, yet effective!

By Tony Barthel
Using bleach to sanitize a fresh water tank in an RV is something that has become customary for many. But it’s not as easy to sanitize a fresh water tank when you’re worrying about getting bleach all over you or your RV. Here’s where the RV Inline Sanitizer comes in handy. Read more.

7 handy uses for RV shelf liner you probably haven’t thought of

Most RVers are familiar with the cushioned shelf liners that protect our dishware when we travel and bump down the road. Beyond lining shelves to cushion and grip objects, the leftover pieces can be used for a lot of things around the RV. Learn about some of them here, then please add your tips in the comments below the article.


This is a must-have for state park campers!
“50 States: 500 State Parks” is a must-have book 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.


Your assignment

What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?

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

“Make sure at least one of you is handy. It seems like every day, there’s something that needs fixing, and paying a tech every time will add up! Be patient and kind to one another. Travel as much as you can and enjoy every minute.” —Laura Shank


Featured recipe

Chicken and Bacon Macaroni Salad
by Sue Faccone from Richmond, VA

This hearty pasta salad can double as a side or main dish. The addition of bacon and chicken makes the macaroni salad. It may have simple ingredients, but the combination of flavors is perfect. Definitely prepare this ahead of time so there is time to chill. Once the flavors mingle together for a bit, the salad is even better.

Learn more and get the recipe.


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

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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Sharon L Boehmer
3 months ago

We have been full timing now for almost 2 years, my advice is slow down. Take your time in everything you do, from driving your rig to staying in a location. It saves you money, gives you time to do the normal life things like shopping and laundry, and more time to relax and explore. For the most part, we stay at least a week. Our current trip in Idaho is all about DH fishing. We are staying a total of 8 weeks (6 campgrounds) in the state, all on (or close to) water, all with electric, half with full hook ups and averaging $24/night.

jillie
3 months ago

I am about to become a full time RVer. And all I can say is this. Make sure you know you have RV insurance that will be there when it comes down to it. Otherwise I will call for help if I can’t figure it out. Thats what I am learning from reading an personal experiences. I have noticed that if you have trouble with something? Everyone from their campsites comes calling. O let me help you with that. I love it.

rvgrandma
3 months ago

Finding boondocking spots again really did not tell me much.
Do you need your location turned on when you take the picture?
What if you don’t have ‘google maps’ show up when you go into google photos?

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Chris Guld (@chrisg)
3 months ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

Yes, this requires that the photo include the location information. See this article for more details: https://www.rvtravel.com/travel-photos-should-include-location-information/