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We have been RVing since our early married life in the 70's. I am a retired General Contractor (wood butcher extraordinaire) and Linda retired from a career in Cosmetology (hairbender). We still have a stix & brix home, but travel extensively throughout the year whenever we want. Thus RV-Anytimers. We will be posting our travels so our family and friends can ride along. view my complete profile.

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Best RV Parks Or Caravan Parks For Dogs

November 12th, 2014

Has a nice dog or pet that you like for it to travel with you? Need an RV park or caravan park that suits best for you?

If you like to travel in an RV, but are worried that there is no one to take care of your dog at your permanent home, then you may pursue such RV park that can facilitate your pet travelling with you. You should know that more than 50 percent of RVers usually go with their pets, so finding out an excellent stop for your nice family member (and quite often, your best friend!) is a need. These RV parks – also known as Caravan parks, offer quite big open space for running, and pet-accommodating administers about where pets can play, and you can enjoy in peace.

In this article, I will list some RV parks that you like to see, which will hopefully help you in deciding the best RV park for you and your dog.

Four Paws Kingdom (Rutherfordton, NC)

It is one of oldest RV parks and a great spot, especially for pet managers. It has coddles puppy holders with off rope regions for little and extensive mutts, a pet bathhouse, and exercises. Additionally, it has a swimming lake and readiness territories. It provides full campground facilities such as free WIFI, Big Rig sites and first class events and entertainment. However, it is more about campsite than an RV park, so I would recommend it if your budget is high and you need a quite big place. As of writing this, they are giving a 30% discount on their RV site and rental unit rates; there’s nothing to lose!

Garden of the Gods RV Resort (Colorado Springs, Colo)

This park lies just outside Colorado Springs, Colo. It has whopping 198 spaces and plenty of fun for humans and their animal companions as well. Rafting, fishing nearby as well as covered picnic areas are sure to entertain visitors.  Rallies and large groups are always welcome. The park makes room for big-rig RVs and also offers body work and collision repair. It gives spectacular views of Pikes Peak, “America’s Mountain”. Highly recommended if you want a nice and calm place along with your pet accommodation.

Sunflower RV Resort/PMP (Surprise, Arizona)

This park is an extraordinary spot for a shopping excursion or investing eventually at baseball spring preparing. The 55 or more stop offers about 900 augmented stay destinations and a tight-sew group. Church administrations, small golf, a diversion room and a lot of different attractions make for an awesome long sit tight. The recreation center has a lot of open space for pets and is a short drive from fabulous Arizona parks. I would recommend it if you want more than an RV park out of the box.

Clackamette city park (Oregon City, Oregon)

Vast, shaded, verdant zone. Simply a couple of pieces away is a city-supported canine park fenced in with utilized tennis balls from the tennis courts adjacent; Can also be used for dry camping. Recommended if you want no more or less than a campsite.

Hidden Valley R.V. Resort & Campground (Milton, Wisconsin)

Located in Milton, Wisconsin, it is quite clean and decent place. It has an expansive, off-rope pet range. They give crap sacks and the zone is spotless. It provides swimming pool. Recommended if you occasionally go without pets, and like to go with pets as well.

Happy RVing!

Did the presented ideas in this article helped you in deciding the right RV park for you? Any other RV park that you like to add in this article? Please tell me in the comments section below!

Living in Low-Crime Neighborhood in an RV

December 11th, 2014

Feeling danger on the road in an RV? Has a fear that someone would steal your precious things in an RV?

Many people have asked me several times about the dangers of living in an RV. The most appropriate response I often give them is that we always take risks in our life. In an RV, we do have risks as well, but I would argue that the risks are low compared to living in a permanent residence, especially if you are living alone without your family.

In this article, I’m going to make points why RVing is still safer than living in a permanent residence and then I will show you the precautions that you can take to live safe-and-low-crime life in an RV.

We take risks every day

Life is brimming with dangers. House fires occur every day; yet you sleep in your house most nights. Cars are constantly involved in accidents; but you keep on driving consistently. An earthquake or meteorite could suddenly destroy the building you’re in and vanish your existence; but there you sit. When you are crossing the road, you are taking the greatest risk of your life. Keep that in mind that life is all about stresses; some are good (eustress) and some are bad (distress). Sometimes risks are the motivation to do something that seems impossible. Why obsess with something about which you don’t have any control?

Fears and Precautions

Some of the risks that we acknowledge while RVing are as follows:

1. Fear of road accident

Your house is your very RV, you live under the constant fear of road accidents, especially if you have a driving phobia, so you may avoid driving at all costs. Just try your best to dry safely on the road. Some RVs like Towable RVs are hard to drive, because they need a separate motor, while other RVs like Class A RVs are easier to drive because of their nice handling. So, if your driving skills are not on the top, you may need to choose an appropriate RV.

2. Fear of stealing of your things in an RV

The criminal wants to take your assets when you aren’t there to protect them; the petty thief steals when you’re not aware of his vicinity and the extortionist strikes when he can exploit your ignorance. To control their victims, the purse snatcher, mugger and armed robber rely upon force or fear. Whatever their mode of operation, all of these criminals select what they have determined to be an easy or vulnerable target. They move quickly and try to leave as soon as possible. Put your best efforts in eliminating holes in your security.

3. Fear of natural disasters

Who don’t fear natural disasters? It is a different story in an RV though; you have less shelter, so there is a greater chance of natural disasters destroying your precious earnings. Stay updated with the current weather of the place where you have parked your RV, so you don’t miss the bad tidings.

Did the ideas present in the article make you feel “safe”? Will you be feeling safe and sound when you travel on the road in an RV?

How To Earn Income As An RVer

December 8th, 2014

Want to do jobs as an RVer? Want to add an income stream while RVing?

You may need to earn income while you are RVing; maybe you have a family that you need to feed, or you want to pay the electricity bills. As I have already written articles on different RVs, full-time RVing and Boondocking – which kind of becomes boring, I thought to write about something new — Something readers wouldn’t think of. So, in this article, I’m going to tell you the different ways how you can earn income while you are enjoy RVing.

 

Employment in RV Parks

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Many RV parks and campgrounds employ RVers during their busy seasons. Office work, security and maintenance are just a few examples of the types of positions available. The best part is that these jobs are available during the most pleasant time of the year. RVers can find work in the north during the summer and in the south during the winter. Some sites even list the available jobs. See if you can get your dream job.

 

Money In exhange of free campsite

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Many free campsites are provided in exchange for a given amount of work. Others offer both a pay and camping area. The job opportunities in most RV parks and campgrounds are usually for couples, but singles are hired as well. Compensation often includes a free campsite with hookups and a salary commensurate with the type and amount of work you will be doing. Most of these jobs are temporary or seasonal in nature, so you will have a lot of chance to enjoy your RV travels between jobs.

 

Temporary Employment Market 

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An alternative way for finding the work is the temporary employment market. Today’s temporary employment agencies fill more than simply administrative and office positions. Today’s temp positions are men and ladies of all ages who work in every possible field. You will discover temporary employment agencies filling positions for engineers, nurses, draftsmen, accountants, bank employees, assembly-line workers, executives, pharmacists and a host of trades and professions. You can try to find job opportunities in Workamper News. The site is devoted to finding legitimate jobs for RVers. It is loaded with classified ads placed by employers who are looking for RVers to fill their job openings.

Best places for Boondocking

December 3rd, 2014

So you are going on free camping, but can’t find the good places?

As dry camping is all about camping in a free space without hookups, you can arguably find more suitable places than you may find if you go full time. Although you need to have a sense of adventure to find good remote areas, prior knowledge of suitable places is still valuable.

In my last post, I have talked on Boondocking and its basics. In this post, I will tell you different places where you can enjoy free camping without being broke!

 

Casinos

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Many casinos provide free space for free camping, just make sure to read the laws of the places there. Ask the casino owner to get hold of information about free spaces around them. Las Vegas is full of casinos, and is a deserted place as well, which is positive thing if you are going for free camping. Many spaces around the casinos provide electricity and WIFI as well.

 

National Parks

Some National Parks in the US allow overnight RV parking and boondocking, although camping is generally restricted to established campgrounds.High popularity areas of USFS (United States Forest Service) and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) often have restricted access camping areas. For example, the area around Mammoth Lakes, CA is extremely popular with tourists, and many areas allow camping only in designated campgrounds. Information about camping restrictions are available at USFS Ranger District and BLM Resource Area offices.

Desert

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) controls vast amounts of land across the southwest and other areas of the country.  They allow you to pick out your little corner of the desert and stay for 14 consecutive days in one spot before you’re required to move at least 25 miles away where you can again spend an additional 14 days.  If you establish 3 to 4 campsites — and rotate between them — you could stay indefinitely for free.  Or you could stay in one of their Long Term Visitor Areas for a flat-rate seasonal fee.

Did the advice given here help you in deciding the right place for you? Any suggestion that you like to give?

RV Boondocking or Dry Camping – Basics

December 1st, 2014

Tired of living in an established campground? Want to try a different taste?

 

Boondocking, also known as Off the grid, Off the cord, Dry Camping or Wild Camping is simply living in your RV without the use of commercial campgrounds and hook ups (water, electric or sewer). It is a free camping, generally out in the boondocks. For some people, wild camping is the ultimate reason to own an RV. In many areas of the west, you can simply move your RV into the desert, and stay free for up to two weeks. This is the situation on most BLM (Bureau Of Land Management) and national woods grounds. You may not stay more than two weeks if you want to abide by the laws.

In this article, I will answer commonly asked questions on Dry Caming/Boondocking that may come in the mind of readers interested in Boondocking.

 

Is it safe, legal and sanitary?

It is most likely safe, because there is less chance some creeper would drive all the way out to the middle of nowhere looking for unsuspecting campers. It is perfectly legal, as long as you stay in designated dispersed camping areas and believe it or not it’s even encouraged! And, yes, it is sanitary as well. Usually there are little or no camping fees. Many great boondocking locations have good cell and internet data coverage.

Advantages Of Being A Full Time RVer

November 22nd, 2014

Decided to permanently shift your home into an RV? Ready for the adventure and challenges ahead!

Fulltimers consider their RVs as their only home. They have no fixed-foundation home to return to and therefore they need all the necessities of life contained in the RV. It is debatable how long one must commit to live in an RV to be considered a fulltimer; probably a minimum of one year is a good starting point.

In my previous article, I have made the points to help you in deciding whether full time RVing is right for you or not. This article assumes that you have read the previous article and decided to choose full time RVing. Major characteristics and advantages of full time RV lifestyle are the following:

1. You can relocate any time you wish

The activities of a fulltimer are almost the same as those living in a house. Numerous fulltimers are resigned and quit their job, and do the things that resigned people like to do – moving from one place to another, going outside for a walk, etc. There is one difference though between fulltimers and their home abiding partners: fulltimers cherish the opportunity of moving and they love the freedom to travel any time they wish. If you are an outgoing person, you would enjoy living as a full timer!

2. You can adapt any climate change

Fulltimers can live in all atmospheres, however, they try to avoid the compelling low temperatures. The equipments in an RV for full timers is generally designed to keep the people living in an RV comfortable in a more extensive scope of climate conditions, with a few models, ensuring open to living below the freezing point. Regardless of how decently protected, RV’s experience issues keeping up agreeable temperatures as the outside cools beneath solidifying. Warming expenses climb drastically as temperatures drop. If you tend to enjoy diversity in climate, then you will find good company in living as a full time RVer, whether you live in the cold streets of Minnesota or warm streets of Miami.

3. Staying in contact

Fulltimers have no consistent postage information with the exception of mail forwarding services. Persuading a liberal companion to be the mail sending administration will in the end wear on that individual and turn into a load a paid-for mail sending administration ought to be put into the financial backing. Cells are the main type of voice correspondence for the dominant part of fulltimers. Continuous access to the Internet gets to be essential for email, observing monetary records, and paying bills. If you are tired of people disturbing you through modern mean of communication, such as social networks, etc. then you will find good in living full time in an RV.

4. Housekeeping

All housekeeping undertakings must be attended to. Clothing is a week after week assignment and needs to be considered when selecting the RV. The outer surface and top of the RV needs cleaning sometimes, which can be challenging in light of the fact that most parks object to RV washing on their property. A helpful time to wash the RV is amid a move.

5. Wide choices of RVs

Full timers don’t need to live permanently in a single RV; they can change their RVs whenever they want! They even have a choice to either get Towable RV or Motorized RV. Depending on your budget, you won’t change RVs so frequently, but it will still be more frequent compared to living part time in an RV.

Overall, I think living as a full-timer is an adventurous experience which most of us miss.

Still not convinced about the advantages of being a full time RVer? Tell us the suggestion in the comments section below!

How To Decide If Full Time RVing Is Right For You

November 19th, 2014

Can’t decide whether you should go full-time or not?

If you are any-timer RVer and want to take the challenge of full-time RVing, then at this stage, you may not be able to decide if it’s right for you. You may have heard from your colleagues that full-time RVing reduces your responsibilities and the cost of living is quite cheaper comparatively. A large number of engineers, directors and individuals are fulltimers, living in their RVs and going from one place to another. It’s financially considered a proficient method for taking care of the housing problem, especially if you would otherwise be moving a lot of relatively brief work sites.

In my previous article, I have mentioned different RVs for full-time RVing. In this article, I will make some points that will help in deciding the right decision for you. Let’s get started!

Are you a retiree trying to save money?

For retirees, it has the gift of not having a house to keep up, so less spending. Housecleaning is simple and snappy; there’s no yard to cut, there’s no snow evacuation issue in the winter. Also the landscape is quite big. Consistently, you can delight in view that city people would pay several thousands for in the event that they could purchase it whatsoever, and for you it’s free! Furthermore, when you’re worn out on it, you transform it!

Do you have any spouse or children?

If you have children living with you, it is possible to take them on the road, but it’s not easy, because they have their specific needs. If you have a spouse, and there’s any dissatisfaction with any of you, then you should think about it carefully. Living in an RV means living in close, tight quarters, and if both of you aren’t having any desire to make it work, and focused on the venture, it won’t work, and you should reconsider. If you don’t get along astoundingly well, don’t think fulltime RVing an easy job.

Living so near with your partner will bother any irritations that are a part of your relationship. Is it true that you are certain that your association is sufficiently solid to survive it? In a modest RV, there’s no space for pompous personalities or passionate, unreasoning demeanor. Both accomplices must be arranged to bargain a considerable measure. Is it true that you are ready to be that adaptable? If your answer is yes, then you take the challenge!

How much money can you spend on travel?

Do you have an adequate source of funds to make this work? If your income is less than your expenses, then chances are, you may want to go full-time due to less expense in living full-time in an RV. You’ll require at least about $8,000 a year to live agreeably, less in case you’re into extremely Spartan living, and more in case you need to have the capacity to use uninhibitedly. Your using of cash will be trained not by expense as much as where to put things, however you’ll have to have an unfaltering supply of little measures of money and enough money hold for crisis vehicle repairs. Your vehicle is your home, so you’ll have to have a plan to supplant it on the off chance that it is lost in a mischance or fire, or if some redneck sheriff supposes you’re a medication runner and appropriates it. Have an arrangement as a main priority on the off chance that something happens that uproots you from your vehicle.

Full substitution cost protection is a better than average thought. If you anticipate working, you’ll require a vehicle that is satisfactory to RV Park administrators, and that implies a manufacturing plant assembled RV. You’ll likewise require a relentless wellspring of openings for work – it’s best to be snared with a few headhunters who know and like you.

If you have finally decided to go full-time, then do not turn back. Life is all about challenges, and we need to cope with it, so trust your instinct.Try to spend less on your lifestyle and spend more on your health and activities, and you will enjoy RVing!

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Best RV For Permanent Living

November 17th, 2014

Did you decide to become an outsider to go fulltime on an RV, but can’t get the right RV?

If you have decided to live in  an RV, with no permanent address, then you are most likely looking for an RV that stays with you till the end. If you are brave enough to take this decision of living without responsibilities, then getting a right RV wouldn’t be a challenging task for you, but then prior knowledge of what other RVers prefer can be helpful to you in a long run. Nevertheless, in this post I will show you different RVs that are considered suitable for permanent living along with their costs and benefits.

Towable RVs

These RVs rely on a separate vehicle with a driving compartment. The advantage of the Towable RV is that when you arrive at your site, you can unhitch the tow vehicle and use it as your mode of local transportation. If you are going full-time, chances are you may consider this type of RVs. Below I listed some Towable RVs that you may like to see.

 

Fifth Wheel

An occasional RVer would pursue a more modest and presumably a more established fifth wheel. The cost and inside space are exceptionally engaging if you have the family who has a huge truck or you like to use it as a part of your everyday work. A bigger family would require a truck with a big taxi cab since it is not sheltered to have the youngsters inside the trailer as they travel. It costs around $1,000.00-$5,000.00.

 

Travel Trailer

The travel trailer, more natural to most individuals, hitches to the tow vehicle, which can be a truck, van, or even an overwhelming auto, contingent upon the weight and size of the trailer. The trailer length changes enormously. The more extended trailers have a tendency to influence and don’t finish turns as effortlessly as the fifth wheel. They are likewise more hard to back into a campground. Less underneath capacity is accessible than in a fifth wheel. Full comforts is in the more extended trailers. There can be more space in the van or substantial auto, which makes pulling a travel trailer a more appealing choice than a fifth wheel. The travel trailer is less extravagant than the fifth wheel. It costs around $3,000.00-$5,000.00.

 

Truck Camper

The slide-in camper is a camper shell that can be expelled from the assortment of a level couch pickup truck.  They are packed in the bottom of a pickup truck. They are very cheap and takes way less space than other traditional RVs. However, a good quality truck camper can cost you as much as a much larger RV. This is a great RV for one or two individuals, or it can be used as the tow vehicle for a travel or pop-up trailer for a bigger gang. It costs around $2,000.00-$29,000.00.

 

Motorized RV

Even though, you are better off getting the Towable RV if you want to go full time, motorized RV nevertheless provides you other facilities out of the box; you don’t need to buy a separate motor for mere rectangular box.

Class A – Bus Conversion

If your budget is quite high, you can get a class A RV, which is actually a bus conversion whose body is rectangular. It is the most expensive Motorized RV, so you really need to make sure if your money is worth spending on this monster. They provide great facilities of class A including dining room, bathroom, kitchen, etc. They are often rectangular in shape. It costs around $50,000.00-$500,000.00.

Did this article encourage you to go full time on the RV? If you have decided to choose an RV from the list, then for what reasons did you pick it? Please tell me in the comments section below!

Medicine Men, Solar, Solar & More Solar

March 4th, 2014

Well here it is another couple o’ weeks gone by an someone hasn’t written any blog posts. That someone would be me. I seem to be gettin’ in deeper with the Medicine men I been seein’. Since my cough didn’t go away they wanted me to get a chest x-ray, which I did. Then a CT scan with dye contrast, and now I have to go for a biopsy. Seems they spied somethin’ on my x-ray which has led to all this testing. We’re stayin’ optimistic.

I did shed my cough by takin’ a regiment of Prednisone for nine days. Actually the cough disappeared the second day of treatment, A miracle! Now if the miracle continues.

Well since I been feelin’ a bunch better, I been working on a solar power system fer’ the truck camper. We now have a 100 watt panel on the roof, Prostar solar charge regulator, 1600 watt inverter and a Tri Metric meter to monitor the system. Findin’ room for all this new equipment without takin’ up what little storage space there is in a truck camper was a challenge. After I had it all figured out, I went to plan ‘B’, then plan ‘C’, then ‘D’ and I did have to use a little tad of storage space to get it done.

The camper has only room for one battery in the battery box and no area anywhere that I could add another box. That precludes the use of two six volt batteries, which I prefer, so we’ll be using two 125AH 12V batteries like before. One in the battery box and the other in a rack in the bed of the truck. I would have preferred two panels on the roof but the panels I have are to large in size for the roof spaces, so one it will be fer’ now. We rarely take the camper off the truck and we have a good Iota power supply, that replaced our crappy ole’ converter and does a good job when we plug in. The truck also seems to do an excellent job of recharging the battery when traveling down the road.

One thing I did that may come back to bite me is I purchased an inverter on price and output rather than reliability. Lets face it most inverters are junk made in China. I didn’t like some of the features of the inverter when I received it, but I’m stuck with it now. It’s a Whistler 1600 watt modified sine wave inverter and has a mickey mouse power hookup. I also purchased the remote switch fer’ it but it doesn’t turn it on or off unless the switch on the inverter is on and then the remote will put it ‘standby mode’ or turn it back on. So in stand by it still burnin’ precious battery power doin’ nothin. If I have to go outside and switch on the inverter what good is the remote. My other inverter turns off and on at the remote. Oh well.

I routed a #10 wire from the AC side of the inverter to the compartment where the power cord is stored and installed a 30 amp outlet in there. All I have to do is plug the power cord into the outlet and turn on the inverter and it powers the entire camper. Simplifies things and eliminates the need for a transfer switch.

Sorry no pics of the installation cause all the equipment is installed way back and up high in an outside storage locker, barely visible. Also I installed and removed the panel on the roof just in case we have a hurricane, we don’t want to risk something breakin’ it.

I also purchased a set of Firestone ‘Ride Rite’ air bags for the truck and had them installed. Had planned to install them myself but when I wasn’t feelin’ so hot I knew I wasn’t up to it. Got a great deal on the install anyway, one hour labor at $72, couldn’t beat that. With the camper sittin’ on the truck for 5-6 months those leaf springs get mighty tired and can use the help. Even with the truck empty they make a amazing difference in the ride and I’m sorry I didn’t put them on years ago.

Since all this doctorin’ goin’ on and we don’t know what the immediate future has in store for me, we have decided to postpone once again our west coast trip. We were goin’ to take the truck camper but that’s off as well. If we get to travel this summer we’ll probably stay here on the east coast again and use the 5’ver.
That being said I added a 100 watt panel to our existing system on the trailer boosting our capacity to 355 watts of solar with 440 AH of battery power.
That should ensure that we are recharged even after a several days of bad weather or overuse of power. From what we experienced this winter boondockin’ here in Florida we use about 50 –70 amp hours a day from our battery bank. Of coarse we are still learning and adapting to our solar power system and we probably will use more power as we become more comfortable with the system. That may bring on the addition of more solar power. It’s so great to have the independence of free electric from the sun anytime, anywhere.

Well that’s enough blabberin’ from me fer’ today. Hope to see ya’ down the road as we’re;

A Short Post

Well Hello folks. This is a difficult post and I ‘m not really sure it will get posted or not. Our fun and travels have come to a halt, for the near future at least. I have been diagnosed with lung cancer and all my/our efforts will be concentrated on fightin’ this disease with everything we have.