Campgrounds and Campsites – Florida Hiker/Camping Trails

This article from the Florida Forest Service describes their Trailwalker program and their top ten recommended Trails. Click here to read the article; FLORIDA HIKE-IN TRAILS Looking for a high quality T-Shirt  with a HIKER's Slogan (Hikers See More) and a picture taken from a trail overlooking the Allegheny Mountains on it?? Click on this …

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NHTSA report on Rv recalls as of Dec.27, 2017

Here is the latest NHTSA report on RV recalls. I picked the information up from the Rv Business site. Report: NHTSA Releases Latest List of RV Recalls As of December 27, 2017 • Jayco Inc. is recalling 49,563 2002-2016 recreational vehicles equipped with Kidde plastic-handle or push button ‘Pindicator’ fire extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, …

From the Desk of Rambling Don – post-3 – The RV Dream vs the RV Reality

Far, far too often, I see or meet people who go out, spend their hard earned savings on an RV that they believe will take them to those places they have dreamed about visiting for decades. They think the RV itself will make their traveling dreams come true, when the reality is that they, themselves …

From the Desk of RamblingDon – post-2 – It’s My Turn, My RV, and My Lifestyle

From the RV Desk of RamblingDon - Life and Traveling Owning an RV - A Traveling Lifestyle My wife and I love to travel. In fact, we've been doing this travel thing for quite a while now and we're thoroughly enjoying this life path we have taken. Sure there are so many ways a person …

From the Desk of Rambling Don – post-1 – A writer’s workspace in their RV

Post-1 - A writer's workspace in their RV As you can see by the picture on this article, a writer who operates from their RV has a limited amount of working space. I'm lucky enough that, with this RV, I actually have a desk, of sorts, where I work on my writings. I have everything …

RV ELECTRICAL TIPS and How to Fix Electrical Problems

Electrical problems in an RV are so common that I have written the article referenced here so that those of you out there who have electrical problems can do several things, such as; 1- Just look up definitions of the most common electrical terms used in the electrical industries. 2- See many of the more …

Don, Helen, and IRMA – Timestamp 170908.15:10

Well, We were work-camping in the Keys and they ran us out a couple of days ago. So we packed up and returned to our home in Ruskin Florida (just south of Tampa). Exhausted with fighting the insane traffic on the highways, we parked our RV in front of our house and essentially, we just …

Balance your RV Power Load on 30Amp Service

There are a number of things you can do to maximize your usage of your 30-Amp campsite service and not have problems like kicking the site or RV breaker. Click on the link below to read my Hub (article) on Hubpages that takes the reader through thee power management tricks. How to maximize your RV …

Camping free for a month using my Thousand Trails membership

That's right, I have made the reservations and I will be leaving Tampa Florida in a couple of weeks, travel to Lynchburg Virginia, stay there for 3-weeks and then return, without paying a penny for a campsite. I will be using the Thousand Trails campgrounds, Three Flags, near Wildwood Florida for a night, then I …

Back from the KEYS and planning our next adventure in our RV

We left the RV Resort, Fiesta Key, almost two weeks ago, and headed to our Homebase in Ruskin Florida. Our motorhome had developed several problems that we needed to address so we decided it was time for our move. It has taken until now for us to get the RV back in shape for our …

How to Upgrade your RV TV service

Regardless of whether your RV is brand new or ten-plus years old, the TV technology in it is probably not the latest. Every RV owner I know has thought about upgrading their TV's or their internal wiring at one point or another. So, I have written a Hub on my Hubpages site that goes through …

RV Holding Tanks, Tips on how to Manage them efficiently.

Manage your RV Holding Tanks properly and you can have a much more enjoyable camping experience. Click on this link to see my article of information about your RV Holding Tanks and a number of valuable tips for managing these necessary accessories in your RV. How to Manage your RV Holding Tanks and avoid problems. …

How to easily keep Your RV Clean and Shiny

Keeping your RV clean and shiny is a point of pride for most RV owners. The link below is to a great article of mine explaining how an RV owner should keep their RV, regardless of whether it's a big motorhome, or an small travel trailer, clean. The task may seem large, but if done …

Your RV Generator and How it Works – Tips on Maintenance

If you ever wondered how a Power Generator works, you might want to read this article that gives simple explanations on how they operate. This is a link to my article on my HubPage site. It also provides a short history on the evolution of RVs and their use of generators. It then goes into …

The Old Man in the Keys – Views of Life in the Keys of Florida

The Old Man in the Keys OK, I'm the OLD MAN in the Keys. I am staying down here for an indeterminate period of time (it has already been two months). As I roam around the Keys, I see things that are the same as decades ago, but I also see where a lot more …

Work Camping, What you need to know, if interested.

If you have been camping for a few years, or if you are someone considering Camping more often, one way to see the USA and help pay for the travels is to get into Work Camping. There are literally tens of thousands of campgrounds around the country; some seasonal and some open all year, that …

That campground you like will be full when school lets out.

OK, it's WINTER, and you're sitting in front of your fireplace, watching TV, or doing some other thing where you can keep warm as you wait for warmer weather when you can un-store your RV and start your travels. But, here's a thought you need to consider; along with warm weather comes a surge in …

RV Financials, Part-5, Re-Sale Expectations and Upgrade Costs

  Re-Sale Expectations, and upgrade costs As you can tell by this point, the world of owning and selling an RV is complex. This is part-5 of my 5-part series covering this subject. So, if you're interested in selling your RV yourself, you do need to recognize the market and provide your RV in the …

RV Financials, Part-4, Understanding how to sell your RV yourself

My three other articles on Rv Financials have given you a good perspective on the pricing, valuing and trading procedures used by dealers for an RV. If you feel the dealer is making far too much money off of you in a trade, there are other options for you to sell your Rv yourself. Click …

RV Financials – Part-3, Understanding the RV Trade-In Process

This is Part-3 of my articles that will help explain the financials associated with buying, selling and trading an RV. Because of the amount of data I am providing, I have broken the subject into multiple parts for the convenience of the reader. The two previous articles are; RV Financials, Understanding RV Pricing, and RV …

RV Financials – Part-2 Understanding Depreciation

This is the second part of a series on RV Financials. In this post, Part-2, I have a link to my article on HubPages where I explain what RV depreciation is and how it changes every year for all motorhomes and other styles of campers. Many of us really don't understand the RV pricing systems …

RV Financials – Part-1 – RV Pricing and Values

This is the first part of a series on RV Financials. In this post, Part-1, I have a link to my article on HubPages where I explain how RV values are defined for dealers to use in their sales efforts. Many of us really don't understand the RV pricing systems used, and many of us …

My Summer RV travel plans, suggestions gladly accepted

OK, I know it's a bit early, but Helen and I have made a few decisions about how we will travel and camp this upcoming Summer in our RV. As you know by now, we have a 2006 Fleetwood Bounder motorhome and we are members of Thousand Trails Resorts. I mention this because of the …

How much will your new RV lose in value when you drive it off the lot?

RV FINANCIAL TIP - 1 - How much will my new RV be worth after I buy it? This is a question so many new RV shoppers fail to do their research about. You see, an RV, like an automobile, will drop in value as soon as you sign the papers to buy it. But …

How did I avoid Hurricane Matthew while camping in the Keys

The hurricane, Matthew was such a devastating force to the Southeast coast of the US. At the time it was approaching, I happened to be enjoying myself in my RV in a campground called Fiesta Key. It's a great campground, with nice amenities and an onsite restaurant/bar. On the other hand, its halfway down the …

Taking your RV to the Keys? Be prepared for the traffic.

Everyone wants to go to the Keys and those of us who have an RV, are lucky enough to have campgrounds available all along the Overseas Highway for us to use. I have been in one of these campgrounds several times and now that I'm a little older, I prefer the distance from Key West …

Chillin’ in the Keys, settling in and adjusting a lifestyle.

Well, we got to our campground a few days ago, and once we had set our site up, we kind of went into our "Chillin" mode. You know what this is, the Chillin' mode? Well, traveling on these highways in our country, driving a motorhome and towing a car, is one of the more stressful …