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 …

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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 …

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 …

Tips for good Campground Sanitation Habits

Taking your vacation and staying in a campground in your RV is very popular these days. But, often you are taking your vacation during the peak season when campgrounds are very crowded. These crowded conditions can increase your probability of getting infections or even being exposed to potentially dangerous bacteria. We all know that we …

Campground Memberships are a good way to save money.

If you are a camper who want s to get out and see this great country of ours, one of the things you soon run into is the costs of renting good campsites in really good campgrounds. As you search for ways to save, you will find that a lot of your fellow campers are …

Heading to a CG near Wildwood Florida. Got Tiki Bars?

My wife and I have just made reservations for a few weeks stay at a campground near Wildwood Florida called Three Flags. We have decided that I should write an article on small, out-of-the-way Tiki Bars in the area. The campground is near  places like; the town of Ocala, the town of Mt.Dora, and the …

RETRO-WINNIE Shakedown Trip, The Good and the Bad

OK, I am not keeping up, even with myself. We did finally complete our trip to Lynchburg VA from Ruskin FL. it was a round trip totaling over 1400 miles and we were in our site for over three weeks. Because of my Doctors demand (a recent Blood Clot in my leg) that I only …

A Lazy Writers plans while camping in Lynchburg Virginia.

We have been parked in our campsite here in Lynchburg Virginia for over a week and a half now and it has been great, just Chillin'. Oh we have been busy visiting the kids and seeing our grandkids, along with the occasional friend. But, haven't actually made any plans or set up a schedule of …

Our First Day in our Campsite in Lynchburg, Virginia.

We finally moved from our daughters driveway and moved into our campsite at the Moose Club (#1727). As you can see, we had just leveled the camper, hooked up to my sites power and turned on the AC. You see, coming from Florida, we had been expecting the weather to be typical for late August/September, …

RETRO-WINNIE – Shakedown Trip – End of Day-2

Well, we arrived yesterday at our daughters house. We backed into their driveway, just like I describe in my article on HubPages. In the spot first try! We hooked up to their utilities and sat back with a glass of Chardonnay, just to take that hyped up "we are on the road" attitude and crank …

RETRO-WINNIE- Shakedown trip – Day-1- End ofDay

Well, my old Retro, or soon to be Retro, Winnie did well today. We drove slightly over 365 miles before we pulled into a great campground called Lake Jasper RV Resort. It is off of exit-8 as you come into South Carolina. Anyway, we stopped every two hours at rest stops and walked around per …

RETRO-WINNIE- Shakedown trip – Day-1

Well, we have done all of those things you do before you pull out on a trip in your Motorhome. The Oil level looks Good, The transmission fluid is full and clean. The Generator is running like a dream and all of my electronic are working. And, we plugged into our house 36 hours ago …

Spring is Near! Are you ready for your first Camping Trip?

OK People! Spring is just a few weeks away, ans your Camper has been stored away for months now. The question is, if you want to take a short (or long) Camping trip soon, you need to start your "End of Winter" preparations. Here are a few reminders for you to think about as you …

How to change your State Residency for Full-Timers

 Click on this link to read a very good article by a fellow camper who is also a full-timer. She provides some great information on why you should consider changing your state residency if you want to save money traveling around the country full time. She provides some great specifics on the most popular states …

Autumn in Virginia – a Camping Trip – Day-5

It aint always pretty when you are Camping! OK, all Campers know it, but they don't like to admit it, especially to non-Campers. Often, they don't even like to admit it to themselves. It rains in Campgrounds just like everywhere else. And, sometimes it rains for days, just like everywhere else. We have actually been watching …

Autumn in Virginia – a Camping Trip – Day-2

Well, Helen and I are old enough that after 14-hours on the road that we are pretty much Zombies the next day as our bodies go through their recovery mode. We did slep late and when we did get up, we pulled out the Coffee pot ready for a fine cup of rejuvenating Java. And …

Maintaining your RV’s HOLDING TANKS, with a Smile.

Whew!  Those Holding Tanks on your RV can be a real problem for the average Camper, if they do not pay attention to the proper procedures for maintaining them. Or, should I say a SMELLY and DISGUSTING problem? Well this is your lucky day because I have pulled together the Holding Tank experiences of myself …

Campsite Idea: Food Waste and Wildlife Do Not Mix

Every Camper eventually learns this lesson. And I, like many, have learned it the hard way. You must manage your campsite very aggressively to minimize the chance that your site might draw Insects, and even worse, Animals. Remember, you are camping in their world, not your safe and densely populated  suburb or city. In their …

Campsite Idea: Use a Tarp on the Ground

Use a Tarp on the Ground! This is a quick Campsite Idea that every camper should consider. If you are going to be camped for a longer period of time than just an overnight stay, you should use a tarp on the ground. Whether you are a tent camper, or a drive a big motorhome, …

TRIP Preparation – You and Your RV – Prepare for the Worst and Enjoy the Best

TRIP Preparation - You and Your RV - Prepare for the Worst and Enjoy the BestThis article is designed to remind you of all of those little things that you need to do to make sure that your vacation trip will be fun and you will avoid those nasty roadside accidents and problems that haunt …

From San Antonio TX, to Mesa AZ, in 2 days

Yeah, we broke it down.On Monday, we drove 9-hours to El Paso TX, and crashed in one of those secure roadside RV parks.You really need to use these sometimes, even though they cost a little more at times.We were only 2-3 miles from the Mexican Border in Ciudad Juarez,, which is just outside of El …

Back Home and Preparing for our TRIP

I can't believe that I have been so long without posting to my Blog.But ..... I do have an excuse, if you will allow me.Right after the last post, I went through a series of physical problems that sapped my desire to write.  I say physical problems and not illness' because I wasn't realy sick …

Organize your RV information for quick and easy access.

ORGANIZE or PAY the PRICE LATER:It really doesn't matter if you have a Pop-Up Camper or a Motor Home, or whether it is shiny new, or one of the great old units on the road, you must put together a plan to organize all of the information on your unit. Please understand, THINGS WILL BREAK …