RV Lifestyles Ezine
April 25, 2015
No. 319
 
Buying that First RV; running away from home to follow the sun; frugal RVing; working on the road.



 
IN THIS ISSUE:
A Note from Margo: Chance to Win $250
RV Lifestyle:  Escapees New Group Xscapers
RVing Nugget: Amazing Motorhomes
1. A Note From Margo: Chance to Win $250
 

Let's RV logo

Here is a chance to win a $250 Amazon card by revealing the most bonehead thing you have done while traveling with your RV.  LetsRV.com, an affiliate of the RV industry newsletter, RV Daily Report, sponsors this challenge.

Following is a quote from the page where you enter your bonehead adventure:

We've all done silly things with our RVs. That's part of the adventure. But, there are those mistakes from which legends are made. Think Jethro Bodine meets Fred Flintstone and Barney Fife. They're the type of mistakes so colossal that others talk about them years later around a campfire. It's the kind of mistake that if there was a hall of fame for boneheads, you'd stand a good chance of securing a nomination. So, fess up! What is the biggest, dumbest, most bone-headed thing you've done as an RVer?

You can attach up to THREE photos. This is optional. Sometimes its best that photo evidence isn't shared. Submitting a photo doesn't necessarily increase chances of winning. But, if it helps tell the story, by all means, send them along.

If you have a long story, it might be best to write it in a word processor and paste it here.

Lesson learned -- So, what did you learn as a result of this colossal mistake?

Entries are posted to the website and also appear in an upcoming daily newsletter. Then, in early May, the Top 10 most viewed submissions are entered into the final round of voting.

The entries are published in the daily edition of the Let’s RV newsletter throughout the month. The Top 10 most-viewed stories are listed in a the May 2 weekly edition of the Let’s RV newsletter. Readers vote for their favorites, and the story getting the most views wins the $250 Amazon gift certificate.

The winner receives the grand prize of $250. The other finalists receive a $25 gift certificate. As a consolation for being a good sport, the nine runners up receive a $25 gift certificate.

Be aware that some entries, whether finalists or not, may be included in an eBook produced by LetsRV.com (any compensation  for this eBook participation is not revealed here).

 
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For Women Only: Traveling Solo You have decided to turn your life into an adventure rather than living a life that seems destined to be empty. You are looking for new faces, new places, and joy. Even if your surroundings are filled with friends, family, and the same old events, you feel as though your life has come to a dead-end.

Join the crowd with 20,000+ women traveling alone in their RV, living the adventure of a lifetime.  Everything you need to know to get started is included in "For Women Only - Traveling Solo In Your RV." It is a simple life and all under your control. So, what do you say, let's hit the road


 
Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True; an eBook that contains the answers.

– Buying That Dream RV - Things to Consider
– Equipping an RV and Tips on Maintenance
– Managing Power, AC and DC
– Emergency Road Service
– Towing Your Auto
– Planning Trips - How To Get The Most For Your Money
– Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
– Earning an Income on the Road

– Staying In Touch with Family and Friends

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2. RV Lifestyle: Special Group for the Under 65 Travelers

When I started the full-time RV lifestyle back in 1996, most of the travelers were between 45 and 65. The Boomers had not begun their migration into the lifestyle yet. Joining the Escapees was one of the first things I did because their magazine was invaluable with its tips and articles for the full-time lifestyle. Now, most of us are over 65 and the younger generation gravitating to the full-time lifestyle have different needs.

There is also a much younger generation running the Escapee RV Club now. They are reaching out to this younger crowd and making them feel at home. The Xscapers is a club within the original Escapees club that appeals to this next generation of travelers. Anyone of any age can get involved. I certainly joined up right away. Just change your member profile to add this group and be included in all the activities.

Read the rest of the story here.

 

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Margo's eBook, "Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" is available at all major eBookstores. It covers all the basic systems: air conditioning, awning, generator, hot water heater, hydraulic levelers, inverter/converter, roof, sewer, tires, and much more. Driving and weight
balance tips are included.

 

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  3. RVing Nugget: Amazing Motorhomes

Yes, I found more of those exotic RV designs I am so fond of sharing.

Home is a Castle

How would you like to live in a castle? When art meets engineering, you get some surprising results.



Before it unfolds like a Transformer cartoon, it looks like this:

In just minutes, this house truck transforms into a castle. Yes, a castle in a truck. See for yourself in the video here.

The New Design in Toy Haulers

Introducing the new revolutionary Alfa Gold "Side Hauler" Toy Hauler floorplans! Finally a manufacturer has designed a 5th-Wheel toy hauler that does not reduce interior livability for toy space.

For years the requests have poured in from "mature" users of high-end fifth-wheels for a trailer that can carry just one full size motorcycle and not sacrifice the livability they desire for "extended stay" use.

Most ask if they can carry their full size bike on a Hydralift mechanism on the rear of the trailer as done on motorhomes. But this does not work on 5th-wheels due to the stress the weight of the bike creates with a trailer
in motion.

Other configurations are possible for this sidehauler space, such as a kids room with bunk beds or a TV room.

Here it is, take a look at the YouTube video here
 

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WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE?
 
You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:
 
Margo Armstrong is an RV lifestyle expert full-timing on the road for more than 18 years. She specializes in making the RV lifestyle seem friendly, interesting, adventurous, and safe, all at the same time. She is the author of 18 eBooks (9 about the RV lifestyle). She also maintains a weekly blog and two websites. Her writing workshops pop up wherever she stops along the road.  
 
Find out more about her adventures at her blog, MovingOnWithMargo.com, and her website, TheMaxwellGroup.net, that showcases her eBook collections.
 
Visit her website, RVLifestyleExperts.com, for answers to any questions you have about this great lifestyle.
 
 

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4. RV Fun, Resources and News

 
 
Loners On Wheels

One of my readers commented that the last issue of the eZine did not include an important support group for traveling solo. Thank you, Karel, for bringing this group to my attention.
 
Loners On Wheels logoLoners on Wheels is an RV club of single men and women who enjoy campouts, RVing, traveling and spending time with other interesting people. "It's not a find-a-mate, make-a-date club," emphasizes Christine Beliveau, President of the Loners on Wheels (LoWs) Penn Chapter. It is a place where companionship, friendship and hugs are offered with all
good intentions.

That said, the club rules state that members must be legally single and not traveling as part of a couple.

Read this article to learn more about this group.

5th-wheels and Tow-behinds Not Recommended for Women

There were also several comments from readers wondering why I do not encourage women to pull 5th-wheels or tow-behind trailers. Apparently some of my readers did not realize that my website, RVLifeStyleExperts.com, and the RV Lifestyle eZine, are primarily designed for the wanna-be and just getting started RVers.

Of course, everyone needs support and can learn something from most articles they read, but I feel a certain responsibility to those just starting out on their new adventure, or are just in the planning stage. The ability to enjoy and extend this lifestyle is directly related to the amount of problems and incidents we experience right from the beginning.  

IMHO, 5th-wheels and tow-behinds represent more problems for women than motorhomes, hence my stress on that area. Yes, the financial investment is less in either form of trailer, but there are nonetheless safety issues and plain physical strength required that some women cannot handle alone. There are also women who can handle a truck and trailer with ease. It is primarily about confidence and exposure in the past.  These women already know their capabilities, so they do not need my input.

I have seen women who start and fail because the problems seem overwhelming. If I can prevent this from happening even for one woman, I am content. This is a great lifestyle for women traveling alone. More women are realizing this every day and leaving their other life behind to experience joy and freedom at last.

 
 

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More Geography Trivia

Which of the following continents does not have a "major" desert?
a. Europe
b. Asia
c. North America
d. South America

Which of the following U.S. cities has the nickname "Iron City"?
a. Detroit
b. Chicago
c. Pittsburgh
d. Philadelphia

Once a part of the Inca Empire, which of the following countries was named after a famous person?
a. Brazil
b. Bolivia
c. Mexico
d. Peru

With a population of just over 56,000 people, which country is the "least densely populated" country in the world?
a. Greenland
b. Iceland
c. Canada
d. Finland

Approximately what percentage of the continent of Africa is wilderness?
a. 38 Percent
b. 48 Percent
c. 28 Percent
d. 18 Percent

Which country's flag is the only one to have a bible pictured on it?
a. Haiti
b. Brazil
c. Puerto Rico
d. Dominican Republic

In altitude, which U.S. state has the highest capital?
a. New Mexico
b. Utah
c. Montana
d. Colorado

Approximately, how far away from the real North Pole is the North Magnetic Pole?
a. 800 miles
b. 400 miles
c. 200 miles
d. 600 miles

Of the following countries located in Europe, which one is the smallest?
a. Italy
b. Spain
c. Poland
d. Sweden

Which of the following continents does not have a "major" desert?
a. Europe
b. Asia
c. North America
d. South America

Which of the following U.S. cities has the nickname "Iron City"?
a. Detroit
b. Chicago
c. Pittsburgh
d. Philadelphia

Once a part of the Inca Empire, which of the following countries was named after a famous person?
a. Brazil
b. Bolivia
c. Mexico
d. Peru

With a population of just over 56,000 people, which country is the "least densely populated" country in the world?
a. Greenland
b. Iceland
c. Canada
d. Finland



Answers to the April 10 trivia questions:

1> Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah – [Farmington, New Mexico is the most populous city in the region.]
2> North America – [United States is the most populous nation within North America with a population of approximately 316 million. ]
3> Algeria – [Algeria is the largest country in Africa. Congo is the second largest. ]
4> Mount Kosciuszko – [Located in New South Wales, Mount Townsend is the second highest mountain at 7,247 feet. ]
5> Southern Ocean – [Larger than the Arctic Ocean, the Southern Ocean encircles Antarctica. ]
6> Bolivia -[The country of Paraguay is also landlocked.]

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Contact information 

RV Lifestyles Ezine is published twice a month. Part I comes out on or about the 10th of the month. Part II comes out around the 25th.

Contact information:

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Livingston, TX 77399-2022

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