RV Lifestyles Ezine
February 25, 2014
No. 315
 
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: Net Neutrality Vote Coming Up
RV Lifestyle: Ultimate RV
RVing Nugget: Sewer Solution
1. A Note From Margo: Historic Event 
 
 
We are close to experiencing an historic event. The FCC votes on Wheeler’s proposal for "Net Neutrality" at its Feb. 26 meeting. If all goes well, it is a watershed victory for activists who have fought for a decade to protect the open Internet.
 
In May 2014, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a plan that would have allowed companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to discriminate online and create pay-to-play fast lanes.
 
Millions of you spoke out — and fought back.
 
Thanks to the huge public and political outcry, Wheeler shelved his original proposal, and on Feb. 4, 2015, he announced that he will base new Net Neutrality rules on Title II of the Communications Act, giving Internet users the strongest protections possible. This means a simply change in classification that puts major providers firmly in "telecommunications services" where they belong.
 
Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open Internet. 
 
Net Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn't decide who you can call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn't be concerned with the content you view or post online. 
 
Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the Internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors' content or block political opinions. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open Internet.
 
 
We are close to winning this, four million people gave their voice to the cry. Let's keep the pressure on.
 

                                                              

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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: Ultimate RV
 
You know how fond I am of sharing these expensive and forward-thinking RV designs. This is my latest find:
 
If you are looking for the ultimate RV then this custom built KiraVan extreme motorhome built by a Dad for his daughter might be the perfect thing, if you have deep enough pockets.
 
The awesome and very rugged RV has been built by Bran Ferren, co-founder and chief creative officer of technology firm Applied Minds.
 
Built specifically to do a little globetrotting, it also provides the perfect expedition vehicle for the family to enjoy the remote sights of the world.
 
 
 
 
Ferren does not divulge the exact budget of the rugged RV, but says that the total cost is in the millions. Kevlar-reinforced 46-inch tires, and over a dozen interlocking communication systems has got to run up the price.
 
The KiraVan is based on a Unimog chassis, but with three axles and part-time six-wheel drive, it resembles a high-tech tractor trailer.
 
 

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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: The Sewer Solution
 
I just discovered a new product that makes the sewer-dumping chore so much easier.  Heading to the RV supply store to replace yet another sewer hose, I stumbled (literally) over the The Sewer Solution.
 
Attach this to the sewer termination end connected to your rig, just like your present sewer hose. When dumping, add a water hose to the included quick-release nozzle. Turn on the water and start pulling the black water tank valve, slowly at first. The high pressure water blasts the contents into tiny pieces that disappear down this small hose into the park sewer receptacle.
 
Turn The Sewer Solution valve in another direction and the hose itself is cleaned. Turn it to yet another position and the black tank is flushed as far as the water can reach. If your tank is situated too far back from the termination cap, it only cleans the pipe, not the tank. Use one of those cleaning wands on the inside of the toilet to finish flushing the tank.
 
(Amazon carries it for the cheapest price. Valterra SS01 Boxed SewerSolution System)
 
At first it sounds complicated, but the product and the instructions are made in the USA and easy to read. The 20 ft. hose included is supposed to be indestructible. I bought a second 20-ft hose for that inevitable long reach that happens once ever so often.  If you search the Internet you can find a shorter second hose. It is so easy to coil and store; clean hose, clean hands (or gloves, in my case).
 
If you boondock (primitive camping) a lot, this does not work (needs pressurized water), but for park-to-park RVing, this is great.
 

 

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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 ventures at her blog, MovingOnWithMargo.com, and her website, TheMaxwellGroup.net, that showcases her ebook collections.
 
Visit RVLifestyleExperts.com for information on everything about this great lifestyle.
 
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4. RV fun, resources and news
 
Will Ice Cubes In An RV Sewer Tank Dislodge Waste Buildup? 
 
The buildup of solids in an RV sewer tank is a bad thing. So, getting rid of the yucky mess is a frequent topic of discussion among RVers.
 
Most of us have heard that putting ice cubes down the toilet does the job. The idea is the hard cubes bounce around when we drive the RV, banging all that nasty buildup away. 
 
So does it work? 
 
James of Fit RV (fitrv.com) set out to find out. See the results in this very interesting and enlightening video: http://vimeo.com/107203617
 
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Fun With Trivia
 
 By recycling just one glass bottle, the amount of energy that is being saved is enough to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours. 
 Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do. Approximately 150 people are killed each year by coconuts.
 English is the only language that capitalises the first person singular, 'I'. 
 Every Alaskan citizen over the age of 6 months receives an oil dividend check of about $1000 per year!
 For every gallon of sea water, you get more than a quarter pound of salt.
 In 1956, 80% of all U.S. households had a refrigerator, but only 8% of British households had one! 
 Natural gas has no smell. The odor is artificially added so that people will be able to identify leaks and take measures to stop them.
 

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