Staying Connected

How do you stay connected while on the go?

I sure don’t know everything about technology – mostly enough to get into trouble.  I originally hoped this blog would also be a learning tool for us as well as a vehicle to share with our followers. We would love to receive contributions from fellow travelers! Participation and brain storming are great tools, but how do we make it happen?

I believe the most difficult question is: What is the best way to stay connected on the road? The answer keeps changing with the times.  Technology and the digital world evolve way faster than we do! More and more people are buying RV’s and working remotely, but how? What equipment is being used?  What services?

I have researched this subject TO DEATH.  I found some great information…until learning the article was written in 2014. So here’s what I want to know:

What do you use for Internet service? Cell service?  WIFI? TV reception? Do you use power boosters? Tell me how you work on the road.  What is the best setup?

 

 

 

 

Do you decorate your RV for Christmas?

We can only dream of having Christmas on the road yet.  So I would like some participation from all of you RV enthusiasts!  I could have stolen – AHEM – borrowed so many pictures of interior and exterior shots of holiday designs, but I thought it would be more fun to see yours. There are some great, festive ideas out there.  Will you please share yours?

I have found some RV decorations useful for us now since we have already sized down (Phase I) for retirement. We already live in a smaller space with very little storage.  I can never figure out how to display our Christmas cards. The picture below is one of the ideas I can use now AND later:

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image source: tipjunkie.com

We have already downsized our Christmas tree as well. Hubby already knows it will be coming on the road with us!

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Our tree this year (4 ft. tall)

This little tree will look perfect in the following scenario:

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image source: pinenearpark.blogspot.com

I can’t wait to decorate like this. But while I’m dreaming, this is what I’d like the outside to look like (I wish I had designed it):

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image source: calamresortsblog.com

Our RV is different – and the one we will choose to go on the road with will be different as well, but that part doesn’t matter.  I just think this festive look will be great when we become “Snowbirds”!  We plan to be in warm weather when it’s cold in California. My husband will probably hate it, but I think it fits our personalities just fine.

SO LET’S SEE WHAT YOU GOT!!! Ready…Set…Go!  Please like and share and visit our blog.

Merry Christmas!

An RV Tip – Propane and Propane Accessories :-)

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I sure have a lot of questions now that we are spending more time in our 5th wheel.  Most questions can be answered by my husband, but it doesn’t solve my curiosity. Sometimes I feel like a little kid:  “How does this work? How do you know blah blah blah?” Do men automatically come with mechanical solutions? It amazes me how he can put something together without instructions.  Not that most men want to read them anyway, but I digress. So I started researching to see what secret tips others have learned, or already knew, along the way.  I thought I’d share in case any of you have any cat traits like me!

Have you ever wondered how much fuel is really in that solid, white propane tank? How can one plan, OCD or not, if you don’t have the facts? Here are a few ways:

Check for dew on your tank first thing in the morning.  Wherever the moisture stops is where the propane level is.

Did you know a propane tank weighs around 30 pounds, plus the tank weight?  That’s one way of doing the math.  I don’t know if I want to travel with a scale, though.  Do you?  I’d rather stay in denial and judge my weight gain, or preferably loss, by the way my clothes fit. If there was a scale in our RV, I couldn’t help but torture myself by standing on it.

My favorite suggestion is to pour boiling water down the side of the tank.  The condensation line is where the propane level is.  Now THAT seems doable to me!

Or you could be like my husband.  He somehow never worries about it.  He just shakes it, or lifts it and says, “AH there’s plenty left”! Maybe that’s because we always have an extra tank for the fire pit and barbecue on hand. So we always have a back up.  But what if we run out of both at the same time?  I’m thinking we should monitor closer when we plan on being off the grid.  Yeah, that’s it.

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Choosing an RV

What will make you happy?

So you have decided to buy a recreational vehicle, but what type will fit your needs and lifestyle? There are many makes, models, design and body types.  In the interest of keeping it simple, I will attempt to address the most common, not including pop-ups and smaller units typically used for weekend camping:

Class A Motorhome

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The Class A RV is typically constructed on a commercial truck, bus or some type of custom designed chassis.  They can be powered by gas or diesel engines. Class A motorhomes can be up to 40 or more feet long.

Advantages:

  • Easy to drive
  • Living quarters are accessible from the cockpit
  • Some offer more luxury and amenities
  • No need to immediately brave bad weather to set up camp

Disadvantages:

  • Price – especially with extensive amenities
  • Size limits where to park and/or stay
  • Having a tow vehicle vs. driving the motorhome to run errands or tour areas
  • If coach breaks down you could be in a motel while your home is in the shop

 

Class B Motorhome

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Think van conversion only with some really cool amenities.  They sure have come a long way and come with dinettes, different bed types and even showers/toilets now. Mostly gas and diesel powered.

Advantages:

  • Easy to drive/handle than larger rigs
  • Living quarters are accessible from the cockpit
  • Less upkeep and expense than larger RVs
  • Can stay and play most anywhere

Disadvantages:

  • Too small and confining for tall people
  • Gas mileage isn’t great even for this small type of RV
  • Used, larger motorhomes can be bought for a similar price and offer more bang for
    the buck.

 

Class C Motorhome

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A mid-range motorhome (bigger than a Class B and smaller than a Class A). They are pretty much a motorhome stuck on a van chassis and gas, propane or diesel powered.

Advantages:

  • Easy to drive and maneuver
  • Take up less space to park and/or camp than Class A’s
  • Easy access from cockpit to living area
  • More storage than Class B – big enough to pack just about whatever you need

Disadvantages:

  • Not an ideal vehicle to tootle around town in – too big and not good for downtown parking
  • More difficult for smaller roads and facilities designed for much smaller vehicles
  • Not as fuel efficient as Class B’s
  • Height and length of modern Class C’s complicate accessibility (driveways, some campsites)

In Conclusion:

The RV that will ultimately satisfy your wishes, needs and lifestyle is a personal choice. Our goal is to travel as long as we possibly can and use our traveling home as a primary residence. We are minimalists who are not attached to “stuff” and have already successfully downsized .  The process was not only humbling, but freeing. We want to be able to go anywhere including boondocking off the grid. We don’t want to be limited on where we can go and/or stay because of rig size when we are not roughing it somewhere. We still believe a fifth wheel is the better choice FOR US.  Our next one will be 30′ or shorter and will have solar energy and other modifications for long-term, full-time living. I’m sure there will be another blog entry about our dream rig so stay tuned! And good luck finding the perfect RV for you!