RV Lifestyle eZineAuthor

October 25, 2015

No. 331



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






Top 10 Fall Foliage Trips


Boondocking Explained


The Happier Camper, a Modular Solution


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Trivia Quiz


Fabulous Fall Foliage Trips




Top 10 Fall Foliage Trips


According to RVParks.com, these are the top 10 places to be for the "turning of the leaves," a popular ritual celebrated by RVers everywhere.

Feather River Scenic Byway, California
Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, Colorado
Litchfield, Connecticut
Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway, Massachusetts
The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Allegany State Park and Allegheny National Forest, New York and Pennsylvania
Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, South Dakota
Route 100 and the Green Mountains, Vermont



Coach-Net has their own favorites for this ritual:

Blue Ridge Parkway 470 miles through Virginia and North Carolina
The Gold Coast of Michigan

Rand McNally has their own 16 Amazing Fall Foliage Drives.




The Fun Times Guide says:


"Take the 'circle Route' for a three-day trip around the lake as the North Shore of Lake Superior is getting ready to come into full color. What a show!"

They also like the Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, a two-day journey.
For the complete picture of fall foliage areas, Weather.com has a map that depicts all the choice areas for leaf peeping. The surprising state shown on this foliage map is Flagstaff, Arizona. It is apparently  just coming into its best color season.



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


  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



Boondocking Explained




If you are new to the RV lifestyle, it is only a matter of time before you experience boondocking for yourself. It is an adventure where you rely on the self-contained elements within your motorhome, fifth wheel or trailer to provide water and electricity.

The RV Vagabond blog definition: "Boondocking, Dry Camping, Dispersed Camping . . . camping in the boonies we used to call it when I was a kid. Back then, we did it in a tent.

Now, most do it in an RV. And it's free or very cheap. The word boondocking got it's origin from a Tagalog word, bundog, meaning mountain. Soldiers in World War II, stationed in the Philippines, used it to describe a remote, rural or bushy area and when they came home, it worked its way into American slang as 'the boonies'.


Now RVers have coined a derivation of it for camping in the boonies without the benefit of docking up to ongoing services such as running water, electricity, cable and the internet. Hence boondocking! Sometimes it is free camping but sometimes not."

“Boondocking” means camping in your RV with no hookups. There are two types of boondocking. One type is parking in more out-of-the-way places, usually for several days or even an extended period. Public lands offer many opportunities for boondocking.

The other type of boondocking is often referred to as “blacktop boondocking,” that is when you camp overnight on a Wal-Mart or shopping center parking lot or in a truck stop. Some call it dry camping since you are not in the “boonies.”

RVers choose to spend the night on parking lots because of convenience—they do not have to drive miles off the highway to a campground. Other RVers boondock because of budget reasons; they cannot see paying $20 or more a night to stay in an RV park when they are traveling from point A to point B and not using the amenities the park has to offer.



Boondocking Etiquette


When parking overnight in a Wal-Mart lot or other commercial entity:


Get permission from the manager.


Purchase dinner, fuel or other items as a thank you.


Park away from other vehicles, along the sides of the parking lot.


In a truck stop, if there is no designated area for RVs, park off to the side or to the back away from truckers. Truckers will appreciate you not taking their spaces, plus it will be less noisy for you.


Do not get chairs and barbeque out, nor put out your awning. Avoid using your slideouts if possible.


Stay only one night.


Pick up any trash you have generated.


To learn more about boondocking and solar panels, click here.



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





The Happier Camper






Finally, a trailer with a modular interior plus a 100 Watt solar panel for lights, charging the phone, and running a fan. Gone is the closed-in feeling of sleeping in a tin can, this trailer is open to the environment when you want it to be, and shelter from the elements when needed.

At just over 1100 lbs., the Happier Camper HC1 is one of the lightest on the market and can be pulled by almost anything with a trailer hitch. It has fantastic styling and a dual hull construction for insulation, durability and strength. It even has a retro look!




But the best thing about the HC1 is their trademarked Adaptiv modular interior. Want to use the camper to sleep five across? Need counterspace with a sink? Haul a dirt bike and a kayak? These are all possible modular arrangements.

Using a series of modular cubes and a specially designed grooved floor, just fit everything together like you’re building your ideal camper of the moment. Think LEGO bricks.

Read the rest of the story…

For design specs...

For possible layouts…



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".



No Explanation Necessary Here


Geography Trivia Quiz

1. Name the state that is mostly a peninsula.
            a. Florida
            b. Hawaii
            c. Louisiana
Hint:  A peninsula is a portion of land nearly surrounded by water and connected with a larger body of land.

2. Name the 840-acre park that features an Egyptian obelisk, a skating rink, a zoo, and the Metropolitan        
Museum of Art.
            a. Golden Gate Park
            b. Central Park
            c. Lincoln Park
Hint: The park is located in Manhattan.

3. Name the longest cave in the world.
            a. Lechuguilla Cave, N.M.
            b. Altamira Cave, Spain
            c. Mammoth Cave, Ky.
Hint: You can get lost underground right here in the United

4, Name the state that is made up of islands.
            a. Alaska
            b. Puerto Rico
            c. Hawaii
Hint: The word “state” is important.

5. Name the smallest national park, which measures a mere .02 acres.
            a. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
            b. Acadia
            c. Badlands
Hint: The park is located in Pennsylvania.

6. Name the highest mountain in the U.S.
            a. Mount Hood, Ore.
            b. Mount McKinley, Alaska
            c. Pike’s Peak, Colo.
Hint: It is known locally as Denali, or “the Great One.”

7. Name the geographic center of the 48 conterminous (connected) states.
            a. Smith County, Kans.
            b. Butte County, S.D.
            c. Falls City, Nebr.
Hint: Don’t include Hawaii and Alaska


1. Florida. The Florida peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west.
2. Central Park.The city of New York acquired the land for Central Park in 1856, and it took 20 years to create the park.
3. Mammoth Cave, Ky. The Mammoth Cave system has 345 mi of subterranean passageways.
4. Hawaii. This 1,523-mile chain of islets and eight main islands became our 50th state on Aug. 21, 1959.
5. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial. Thaddeus Kosciuszko 6. Mount McKinley, Alaska. Standing at 20,320 ft high, Mount McKinley is mostly covered in permanent snowfields, which feed numerous glaciers.
7. Smith County, Kans. There is a spot near Lebanon, Kans., that marks the exact center of the mainland states—39°50'N lat. 98°35'W long.





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