RV Lifestyle eZineAuthor

September 25, 2015

No. 329



Buying that First RV; following the sun;
frugal RVing; working on the road


Easy Retirement Suggestions
Earn an Income on the Road
Swift Hitch Wireless Camera
Pickleball - the RV Lifestyle Game
Trivia Quiz


Easy Retirement Suggestions


Let’s discuss retirement for a moment. There may be many options to consider or just a few. Retirement can be easy or hard. One thing you do know for certain is that you can’t make an expensive mistake here. Unfortunately, you don’t really have enough information at this point to make the best decision about retirement. Then there is your partner to consider (or not). Here are some easy retirement suggestions.

One way to temper the anxiety is follow the path of millions of retirees and leave your options open, this is known as easy retirement. Don’t get stuck waiting for the end with every day looking the same, it is just too darn depressing.

For a serious number of retirees (and others too), choosing to explore this wonderful country seems like the first step. After many years of punching the clock,  the sense of freedom is exhilarating. There is really only one way to do that right, live the RV lifestyle for awhile.

Find out first hand if the altitude, weather, and the people-mix work for you in a new location before you make a commitment and plunk down your retirement cash.

  Sometimes travelers find their way back to their original home with a new appreciation and lease on life. They start down the road after leasing out their house, storing their stuff, and saying their goodbyes. After spending a few years on the road, they find that home suits them best and return.

Other travelers find unique locations where they feel at home and put down roots, never regretting the choice made.

Some decide that the traveling lifestyle suits them and continue traveling for many years, stopping at new and old haunts for months at a time, then traveling on to a new adventure.




Following the sun is a popular pastime in the retiree’s world, but you don’t have to follow the sun to the same place every year. The point here is that the RV lifestyle is not a permanent condition for most travelers, but it does give you the opportunity to try out other options without investing money and emotions dealing with the stress of what to do next.

Relax and enjoy each day! Don’t stress out over what to do next. When the right choice appears, grab it, until then be patient and allow the world to flow to you. One of my eBooks, The RV Lifestyle, A Dream Come True, explains in detail how the RV lifestyle works. It takes most of the fear out of the dream.




Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs!

Earn an Income on the Road

So…retiring to an RV sounds good, but there is an income gap to be filled.


There are a number of opportunities to glean an income while living the RV lifestyle, even if it is just seasonal. Start researching and sending resumes about six months before you plan to start traveling.

Commercial and private resort parks hire seasonal employees in exchange for a small salary and a parking spot with full hookups. There are also parks that provide a site in exchange for a few hours of work a week.

  Several sales companies hire RVers to travel the country selling community ads to be included in local park maps.

  National parks hire hundreds of seasonal employees to work as rangers, in the food and gift concessions, and as tour guides.

  Be a campground host for the Bureau of Land Management in exchange for full hookups.

  If you have a skill that applies to the RVing environment, start a mobile business. This pays very well and enables you to set the hours worked.

  Wal-Mart employs seasonal workers and prefers the older generation. Amazon has a similar program.

  Camping World hires seasonal employees and is open to transferring you to one of their other stores so you can follow the sun.

  Join Workamper News - Weekly updates on employment for RVers.

  Sell online - If none of the above employment options fit your lifestyle, try selling products or skills over the Internet. The income potential here is much greater and the hours more flexible.


See my eBook, "Selling Online, Supporting the Traveling Lifestyle" for more information.



  Healthcare & The RV LifestyleHealthcare and the RV Lifestyle” is designed to present the important elements required for a safe and healthy interface with the healthcare industry:

 – Healthcare and Life Before 65
 – Fighting the Medical Syndrome
 – Dealing with the Healthcare Industry, Get Help Paying Costs
 – Staying Organized, Medical Records, Caregiver Credit
 – Medicare Part A, B, C, D, MSA, Therapy Management, Medigap
 – Retiree Insurance
 – Dental Implants - What to Expect
 – What Female Issues are covered
 – Glossary of Medical Terminology






The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True  Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, "The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True" is 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



Swift Hitch SH01 Portable Wireless Camera System




Here is a real find for RVers that struggle with the hitching-up process. The Swift Hitch’s portability, reverse imaging and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool. Swift Hitch’s versatile system can be easily used by anyone who has ever struggled with hitching-up any tow car, trailer or snowplow.



The flexibility of the Swift Hitch allows it for use by everyone from farmers watching their bins fill-up and other agricultural applications, to building and marine inspectors, chimney sweeps, equestrians, and a myriad of other uses wherever an additional set of “eyes” can come in handy.


Conquer the Road

"Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" covers maintenance of 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.



Join the thousands of women traveling alone in their RV and live 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.


-- Partial Contents --
Safety On the Road
Breaking the News to Your Family
Basics of Buying a Motorhome
Buying an RV Long Distance - NEW
Resources for Choosing the First RV - NEW
Dealing with the Repair Shop
Sales Tax and Registration Fees
Managing Power, AC and DC
Essential Tools
Repair Tools
Towing Your Car
Finding the Best RV Accommodations
Boondocking (Primitive Parking) - NEW
Adding Solar Panels - NEW
Maintaining a Comfortable Lifestyle





Pickleball – the RV Lifestyle Game


Brief History of the Game

From the USAPA, “Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating the game. Pickleball has evolved from original hand made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts.”


The Game

My description of the game is not as technical as you find on the official website, but it is how I see the game. Any age can play from about 7 years old to 87. I was taught by an 85-year-old accountant turned full-time RVer.

The equipment looks like a ping-pong paddle on steroids and uses a whiffle ball (you know, the light-weight ball with all the holes in it).  Until recently, most RV parks just marked up their tennis courts a little different, so both games could be played there.

Now this game is so popular with the RV crowd that special courts are popping up wherever you see people living the RV lifestyle. It can get a little competitive (it is a ball game), but usually certain times are allotted for beginners to play (or my kind of non-competitive sports person).

One game gets the heart pumping but does not exhaust you. Two games and you can call it quits on the exercise quota for the day. It is additive, so pace yourself.


See Margo’s blog, Moving On With Margo.com, for more tips, tools, and strategies to help you explore the RV lifestyle and get started. Her website, RV Lifestyle Experts.com, has articles on all phases of the RV lifestyle. Start with "Road Map to RVing".



Geography Trivia Quiz


1. State nicknames often reflect a particular characteristic. Which state is dubbed the Land Where the Tall Corn Grows?
            a. Iowa
            b. Idaho
            c. Nebraska
Hint: The most official nickname of this state is the Hawkeye state.

2. Which U.S. coastline has the greatest length?
            a. Gulf coast
            b. Atlantic coast
            c. Pacific coast
Hint: Don’t forget Alaska and Hawaii!

3. Which one of these is NOT one of America’s 17 World Heritage Sites?
            a. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Ill.
            b. Olympic National Park, Wash.
            c. Cape Cod National Seashore
Hint: You can sample cranberries while you are here.

4. Which state has the largest water area?
            a. Michigan
            b. Alaska
            c. Wisconsin
Hint: This state also boasts the highest total land area


1. Iowa.  Nebraska might be home of the Cornhuskers, but Iowa is the Land Where the Tall Corn Grows.
2. Pacific coast. At 7,623 mi, the Pacific coast, including the corresponding coastlines of Alaska and Hawaii, tops the second-place finisher, the Atlantic coast, by 5,554 mi.
3. Cape Cod National Seashore. While beautiful and certainly worth a visit, Cape Cod National Seashore is not a World Heritage Site.
4.Alaska. The total water area of Alaska is 91,316.00 sq mi. New Mexico has the lowest, at 233.96 sq mi.




Contact Margo @ TheMaxwellGroup.net


Blog: Moving On With Margo.com

Website: RV Lifestyle Experts.com

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