RV Lifestyles Ezine
July 25, 2015
No. 325
Buying that First RV; running away from home to follow the sun; frugal RVing; working on the road.

1. A Note From Margo: Driving Schools
Are you ready? The time to climb into that RV and hit the road is coming soon. Taking a few driving lessons to build your confidence is a great idea. The first step is finding a school within 300 miles. Make this your first destination.

Here are a few suggestions:

Lazydays RV Sales

Lazydays has two locations, Tampa Florida & Tucson Arizona. Both sales lots have a drivers training class each week. Free if you buy your RV from them, otherwise a minimum charge.

RV Drivers Confidence Course - YouTube
Series of videos demonstrating Lazydays RV driving and safety class.

RV Driving School

Our driving lessons are designed to make you more confident and safe on the road. Our number one priority is to make sure you have the knowledge and training you need to arrive safely at your next destination.

RVing Women (RVW)

Driving School, Drumwright, OK, October 10, 2015 and 10/11/2015

RVW is sponsoring a two-day driving school for new owners of recreational vehicles and those who wish to renew their driving skills. For members planning to attend the 2015 RVW Convention in Shawnee, Oklahoma, this presents a perfect opportunity to brush up on driving skills.

What you will learn: Working with certified instructors and using a state-of-the-art three-mile driving range, you will practice backing and other skills maneuvers and learn how to use your mirrors effectively.

Classroom instruction will augment the hands-on driver training you receive. Instruction will also include pre-trip vehicle inspection, space and speed management, map reading, trip planning and tips to avoid driver fatigue.

Each student must provide her own RV. All types of RVs are welcome, including travel trailers, fifth wheels, Class A, B or C motorhomes, conversion vans and truck campers.

Where: Instruction will be provided from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Central Tech Transportation and Safety Education Division of Central Technology Center, a nationally accredited driving school located 45 miles west of Tulsa at 3 CT Circle, Drumright OK 74030.

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


2. RV Lifestyle: Boot Camps
Now that the driving school lessons are complete and you feel confident to navigate anywhere, it is time to move on to the next step: Boot Camp.

Usually these camps are a three-day event with plenty of play too. This learning experience gives you a hands-on relationship with the sewer, water, hydraulic, and battery systems. Often there are classes on adding solar, updating equipment, balancing weight, safety issues and various other areas that interest the beginning RVer.

Escapees Boot Camp and Driving School

Rainbow's End, Livingston, TX
Date: November 13-15, 2015

Price includes all training, handouts, RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide (CD), breakfast in Saturday and Sunday morning, and dinner on Saturday evening. We'll have campfire gatherings each night, weather permitting.

RV parking is available on site at additional cost. Additional optional services, such as RV driver training, RV weighing by Escapees SmartWeigh, and fire/life safety products, will be available at the event at additional cost.

RV Basic Training

 You will receive one-on-one instruction in your RV, with a Professional Driver / Trainer. Your experience begins with classroom instruction and progresses thru to driving in the Country, City and on the freeway. We show you the “tricks” Professional Drivers use to keep safe. There is also a printed RV Basic Training Manual available.


Healthcare and the RV Lifestyle” is designed for senior travelers. This eBook introduces the important elements required for a safe and healthy interface with the healthcare industry. Partial Contents:

Introduction to Healthcare and Life Before 65
Medicare and Fighting the Medical Syndrome
Dealing with the Healthcare Industry
Staying Organized
What about Medical Records
How to get Caregiver Credit
Get Help Paying Costs
Examining Medicare Part A, B, C, D, MSA, Therapy Management, Medigap
Retiree Insurance, Where do You Go From Here
Medicare Coverage Limitations
Dental Implants - What to Expect
Female Issues
Glossary of Medical Terminology


"Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" 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. Learn basic maintenance skills and know when to call for help.



  3. RVing Nugget: Show Off Your RV
Now that you are stepping into the spotlight at driving school or boot camp, the RV should be clean and glossy, at least on the outside.

I use these Mequiar products to keep my aluminum-sided motorhome looking like it came off the showroom floor (and it did 14 years ago). Use the Quick Detailer for those easy shines anytime. Add the microfiber cloth and you have the secrets to the shine.

Meguiar's G55048 Ultimate Car Care Kit

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.
4. RV fun, resources and news

Charge Your Phone With Your Bracelet
Here you are, sitting in on a wonderful demonstration at a rally, when you want to call your best friend to share the information. Oops, your phone is almost dead. If you are wearing your SolarHug, just plug in the phone and continue the conversation.

When connected to a computer, SolarHug acts like a USB drive with storage up to 128 GB. Also, a colorful LED light is included, and it also works as an indicator of the battery status. Even more, SolarHug vibrates, when it needs your attention. And do not worry about leaving the cable at home. It is built-in within the bracelet, just pull it out.

SolarHug is covered with flexible solar panel that charges the battery inside. This innovative idea can be a real game-changer for travelers.

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Geography Trivia

1. What are the easternmost and westernmost points in the United States?
            a. Provincetown (Cape Cod), Mass. and Eureka Calif.
            b. West Quoddy Head, Maine and Cape Wrangell, Alaska
            c. Honolulu, Hawaii and Key Largo, Fla.
Hint: Measure from the geographic center of the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska.

2. What is the speed limit in the Erie Canal?
            a. no speed limit
            b. 10 mph
            c. 15 mph
Hint: The speed limit matches the traveling speed of a Segway motorized personal transporter.

3. What geographical and meteorological phenomena are known as the “devil winds”?
            a. El Niño
            b. Chinook winds
            c. Santa Ana winds
Hint: The winds form between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Rocky Mountains.

4. Lake Ontario is the source for which river?
            a. Ohio
            b. St. Lawrence
            c. Yukon
Hint: This river empties into a gulf of the same name.

5. How many territories are currently under U.S. jurisdiction?
            a. 14
            b. 8
            c. 2
Hint: All but Palmyra Atoll are unincorporated territories.

6. What boundary is 1,933 mi. (3,111 km) in length?
            a. boundary between Alaska and Canada
            b. boundary between the 48 conterminous states (including the Great Lakes) and Canada
            c. boundary between the U.S. and Mexico
Hint: If you were to drive from New York to San Francisco, you would travel approximately 2,907 mi.

7. There are 92 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet tall in the U.S. Where are the majority located?
            a. Alaska
            b. California
            c. Colorado
Hint: Sunshine Peak just makes the cut at 14,001 ft.

1. West Quoddy Head, Maine and Cape Wrangell, Alaska. West Quoddy Head is located 2,507 mi east of center (Butte County, S.D.), while Cape Wrangell is 3,625 mi west of center.
2. 10 mph.  At 10 mph, it takes approximately five days for ships to cruise between Albany and Buffalo.
3. Santa Ana winds. The Santa Ana winds blow warm air from east to west across southern California each autumn, often exacerbating existing wildfires.
4. St. Lawrence. The St. Lawrence connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.
5. 14: They are: American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll
(incorporated), Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Wake Island.
6. Boundary between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexico’s border with California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas is 67 mi shy of 2,000.
7. Colorado. Fifty-six of the mountains rise in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado




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Publisher: Margo Armstrong
The Maxwell Group
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Livingston, TX 77399-2022

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