RV Lifestyle eZine

August 2017  Issue #355

In This Issue

Rugged Options Off-Road
Online Boot Camp
Latest Telephone Scams

American States Trivia

RV Lifestyle Books

by Margo Armstrong


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RV Maintenance


Traveling Solo


Motorhome Care


The RV Lifestyle















Rugged Options for
Off-Road Play


Oregon Trail'R defines its mission as building trailers that blend the nostalgic looks of 1930's/40's teardrops with modern amenities like Bluetooth audio and solar power. It offers several distinctively shaped teardrops for both road tourers and off-road explorers.




If leaving home without video entertainment is toughing it too much, here are two options to consider:


Opus "Ready to Roll" Outback package includes the standard hardware and features, along with a leatherette sofa, spare wheel, annex and 100-Ah deep cycle AGM battery. Available options include a microwave and the Opus Cinema System.




The Nexus trailer rides compact and streamlined, and pops open at camp to reveal luxuries like leather furniture, a premium sound system and an indoor laser projector for showing movies hundreds of miles from the nearest theater.



Looking for something a bit bigger?


The new Tremor is a larger dual-axle trailer that follows your 4x4 to the roughest, most distant destinations. It not only provides a sturdy roof, comfy bed, a shower and hot meals but clean clothes too. Yes, it has a washing machine.


The Tremor can store power in dual 120-Ah batteries and keep them charged with help from dual 150-W solar panels. The trailer beats the sweltering heat using a standard roof-mounted Ibis air conditioner. LED lighting is used throughout the interior and exterior.



   Online Bootcamp

RVers Online University (RVOU) is Escapees RV Club's answer to the demand for more RV education. With millions of RVs currently on the road, and more joining every day, it is important for RVers to understand the capabilities and limitations of their rigs. Escapees RV Club, established in 1978, has a long tradition of providing education to the RVing community.


RVOU brings Escapees acclaimed RVers Boot Camp online. RVOU offers lessons on topics ranging from driving safety to RV maintenance, with new lessons and topics added regularly.


You can access RVOU anywhere there is an internet connection. With each registration, you get 90 days to explore all the content offered. It is easy to start and stop lessons as needed. Questions? Ask the online instructor! As with most online universities, direct access to each instructor is included in the program.


This comes in handy whether you are new to the lifestyle and trying to learn the basics or a seasoned RVer trying to find out specific information.


  Latest Telephone Scams

Even though telephone scammers do not know you are traveling with your important papers and information left behind in a safe place, they can deduce certain things by how you react to their speal. Scammers try to throw you into a panic, if possible. If they sense fear, there is a good chance they can get you into their trap.


These three latest phone scams include references to Social Security as their bait.


Know that SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. In only a few limited special situations, an SSA employee may request the citizen confirm personal information over the phone. 


If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.


SCAM 1 Cost-of-Living Adjustment


The reports indicate that the impersonator calls from a telephone number with a 323 area code.  The caller claims to be an SSA employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits. 


The impersonator goes on to ask the victim to verify all of their personal information including their name, date of birth, Social Security number (SSN), parents’ names, etc. to receive the increase. 


If the impersonator is successful in acquiring this information, they use it to contact SSA and request changes to the victim’s direct deposit, address, and telephone information.


For more information, click HERE.


SCAM 2 Inspector General


According to reports, the calls include a recorded message from an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security.” The recording states the person’s Social Security account, Social Security number (SSN), and/or benefits are suspended, and the person should call a non-SSA number to resolve the issue. 


For instance, a common recording from “Nancy Jones” requests citizens call 806-680-2373.  Upon calling the number, an unknown person alerts unsuspecting citizens about a warrant for their arrest.  The unknown person urges citizens to purchase iTunes cards, other gift cards, or prepaid banking cards, for hundreds of dollars, and to provide the card information to the unknown person, to resolve the warrant.


For more information, click HERE.


SCAM 3 Conn Client Compensation Fund


According to reports, the callers claim to be from SSA and offer citizens $9,000 from a “Conn Client Compensation Fund” if the citizens send $200 to the “Federal Reserve Bank of New York.”


The number associated with these calls is 202-681-5115.  Those who have sent money have received additional calls; some callers report that citizens can receive greater compensation amounts if they send more money, while others threaten that citizens will be arrested if they do not send additional funds.


The Acting Inspector General is alerting citizens that SSA personnel are not making these calls, and the compensation fund described in the calls does not exist.


For more information, click HERE.

American States Trivia

1. In what U.S. city were the first electric traffic lights installed on August 5, 1914?

a. Cleveland, Ohio

b. Boston, Massachusetts

c. New York City

d. Chicago, Illinois


2. What is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas?

a. Topeka

b. Lawrence

c. Kansas City

d. Wichita


3.  Which state is also known as the "Creole State"?

a. Arkansas

b. Louisiana

c. Florida

d. Mississippi


4.  With an average of about 64 inches of precipitation each year, which state receives the most rainfall in the United States?

a. Florida

b. California

c. Texas

d. Hawaii


5. "Manly Deeds, Womanly Words" is the motto of which U.S. state?

a. Georgia

b. Nebraska

c. South Carolina

d. Maryland



1. Cleveland, Ohio - The first traffic lights ever to be used were in London.

2. Wichita - Wichita is the 49th-largest city in the United States.

3, Louisiana - Louisiana's largest city is New Orleans.

4. Hawaii - Hawaii is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands.

5. Maryland - Currently Maryland is the wealthiest state in the United States.