Take Your RV To The Next Level!

Today’s video showcases how to enhance your RV experience with upgrades and modifications to take it to the next level. From simple tweaks to more advanced modifications, this video covers a variety of options to improve your RV’s functionality and comfort while on the road. Just be sure to do your research and consult with professionals to ensure the modifications are safe and within legal guidelines.

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Enjoy Your Weekend!

Ed, Dora, Mason & Missy

It’s A Bit Shocking – Lightening Strikes

In the event of a lightning strike on the job site, it’s important to have a stand down procedure in place to ensure the safety of all workers. Here are some steps that they consider:
The safety officer on each location is responsible for monitoring weather conditions and determining when it’s necessary to initiate the stand down procedure.
When lightning is detected within 10 miles of the job site, the safety officer will notify staff to alert all workers to stop work immediately and seek shelter indoors.
All workers will be instructed to remain in their vehicle and remain on-site during this time.
Once the storm has passed and it’s deemed safe to resume work, the safety officer will give the all-clear signal.


Remember, safety should always be the top priority on a job site, and having a stand down procedure for lightning strikes can help ensure that everyone stays safe in the event of an unexpected storm. Well…do the procedures on paper really work? Are the procedures inforced?

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Ed, Dora, Mason & Missy

Juggling Solar Farm Work and Personal Repairs

Juggling solar farm gate guard work and personal repairs can be a challenging balancing act, but with proper planning and prioritization, it is possible to manage both effectively. By creating a schedule for ourselves, prioritizing tasks you too can maintain a healthy work-life balance even though we are required to be on-site 24/7.

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Ed, Dora, Mason & Missy

Is Working a Renewable Gate For Us?

Ed and I value transparency and honesty. When it comes to the jobs we do to earn our income and share with you, we want to be very upfront and honest. We strive to provide clear and accurate information about all of the job opportunities, including the required qualifications, responsibilities, and compensation. In this video we are only into our 2nd week on this solar farm gate and we are wondering if this is a good fit for us OR if it may work for you.

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Ed, Dora, Mason & Missy

Moving To A Renewable Job

Working security on a solar farm involves monitoring the premises, performing regular patrols, and ensuring the safety of the equipment and personnel. This includes managing access control and notifying police any potential security breaches. It is important to be vigilant and proactive in identifying and addressing any security risks to keep the solar farm operating smoothly and safely.

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Ed, Dora, Mason & Missy

A New Normal: Adjusting to Life After Quartzsite

A New Normal:

It’s been a few months since we returned from our trip to Quartzsite, and life has definitely changed since then. We’ve all had to adjust to the new normal, and it’s been a crazy transition. But, with some creativity and effort, we’ve been able to make the most of our new reality. For starters, we’ve had to get used to working a frac gate and…..not to mention a few other adventures that is coming your way. It’s definitely been an adjustment, but Ed and I are doing our part to keep our positive head in place and get working to pay for some projects for the near future. Overall, its been a change for us but we would change this #rvlifestyle for anything.

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Enjoy Your Weekend!

Ed, Dora, Mason & Missy

Choosing a Towable RV or Motorized?

Cost?

In todays blog, I will go over the initial costs of your RV purchase because it is certainly lower than buying a sticks & bricks home. On average RVs can cost between $10,000 to $300,000 or more depending on the style, brand and features. On the lower end for a RV being towed behind a truck, it may cost $20,000. The lower end for a 5th wheel may cost $40,000. And most motorized RVs start around $100,000. Just keep in mind, if you choose a towable RV, you need to consider the cost of your tow vehicle. The average price for pick up trucks range from $42,000 to $90,000 OR above. Again it all depends on your preferences. So…lets say you purchase a mid-range RV & Truck spending $100,000. If you were to purchase a motorized RV spending $100.000. Would you also need to purchase a toad? (A vehicle to pull behind your motorized RV) If so, lets add on another $40,000. So your total purchase price would be $140.000. Many people choose to RV this way and that’s great if this is your choose this. But, the way I tend to look at things is now you have 2 motors etc. to maintain. So if you choose a towable RV and a truck, you will only have one motor to maintain. But….. what ever you choose for YOU to get out there, DO IT!

As always please do your research. Do not depend on a sales person to know all the towing capacity details about your potential new tow vehicle or motorized RV. A great resource for these details is autoguide.com. Do the calculations BEFORE you purchase. Now get prepared to look at what fits in your budget and what you can safely tow OR drive.

Another thing you need to consider & research on is how or what company will you be using to insure your RV, Tow vehicle or Motorhome? When I was researching for this post, I found the Top 5 RV Insurance Providers. Good Sam, Roamy, National General, RVInsurance.com and Progressive. Whether you use your RV as a full-time home or for occasional road trips, insurance is a must. To help determine which company is best for your needs, you can check with you current insurance first and compare policies. Please keep in mind when shopping, several insurance carriers will not write the policy IF you are living in your Rv. Please please do not ever hide your situation from your carrier. If at some point you have an accident, and they find our you are hiding your living situation from them, they can & will deny your claim.

Are you going back and forth between a towable and a motorized RV? Both have their pros and cons, and it all comes down to your lifestyle, your plans and your budget. If you’re not exactly sure what you will be using your RV for or how you plan to live or travel in it, slow down your purchase process. Taking your time will ensure you make smart decisions.

The RV lifestyle is booming. But is the current time a good time to buy? You are the only person that can answer that. But don’t wait too long. Be a savvy shopper and go for it!

Check out one of our recent videos, https://youtu.be/KnnO2ODVL3w as we discuss some of the costs associated with RVliving.

What is 1 way we find jobs while living on the road?

As you may know, we have been living Full-Time in our RV since 2009. When we decided to get rid of our Sticks n’Bricks, we started looking for more “OUT OF THE BOX” ways for us to make the income necessary to live a comfortable RVlifestyle. When we took our 1st camphost job in Tybee Island GA., I was able to do the job while Ed stayed in Iowa for a month to finish up his job then he joined me. This particular job was WORK FOR SITE only which worked great for the season. But after the 1st season there I started a Sales Job that I worked at a physical location during the summer. Once we headed south again, I was able to take that job with and work remotely. But after that year I found that the Sales Job was not something she wanted to do long term. So we began searching for all the options out there. We had NO idea how many different options were out there.

1 of the ways we look for opportunities are by subscribing to a FREE NEWSLETTER at, Workers On Wheels. New postings come right into your email on a weekly basis. There are volunteers positions to fully paid positions so it will fit everyone’s needs. On Workers On Wheels they also have services that allow you to post your resume for employers to see for a very low cost of $5.00 for 30 days OR if your an employer, you can post job openings for as little as $1.00 per day/minimum 30days.

As you would for any job, do your research before you accept the job. And if you are not able to make it to the job for any reason, and you’ve accepted the position, please be courteous and let them know so they can find a replacement.

The summer season has just begun so Ed and I hope as you get started on your new ventures, you have an enjoyable time living on the road, making money and making long lasting friendships.

Dora & Ed

Brrrr…..Tips for Surviving the Winter in Your RV

“Are you crazy? You plan to live in your RV during the winter?” We’ve heard that question many times. My response is always the same, “You bet, we’re full-time RVers. Where life takes us may be uncertain, but the changing seasons are predictable.”

You may be wondering, however, how we live in our RV in the winter, while experiencing freezing cold temperatures. I’ll be the first to admit there can be challenges because RVs are not made or insulated like a sticks-n-bricks home. Even “four-season” or RVs that have the arctic package are not immune to the effects of extreme cold weather.

While we prefer to spend our winters in parts of the country with more mild winter weather, we’ve experienced extreme cold, snow, and paralyzing ice in these areas as well. We’ve also wintered in the Midwest and spent weeks in sub-zero temperatures and managed to survive to tell the tale.

Throughout the years, we’ve made our fair share of mistakes, experimented with different winterizing techniques, and learned some valuable lessons that you might find beneficial for living comfortably in the winter. It just takes preparation.

Top Winter RVing Tips

Manuals. First, read and familiarize yourself with your RV manufacturer’s and RV component manufacturer’s manuals so that you understand how your RV’s systems work. Then you can take steps to overcome or cope with your RV’s deficiencies and limits.
Batteries. Cold temperatures are hard on RV batteries. Make sure your batteries still have a useful life and are charging properly.
Windows. Insulate your windows at night or during extreme weather events. RV windows lose a ton of heat, regardless of how insulated they claim to be. There are several ways to insulate windows: foam insulation boards,Reflectix aluminum foil insulation, solar blankets, or heavy-weight thermal curtains. You also want to check the weather stripping around the windows to make sure nothing needs to be replaced or caulked. Don’t forget to check your door window.
Skirting. Put your RV in a skirt when parked. We prefer using rigid pink foam board insulation sheathing. This product typically has an R value of 3.6 to 4.0 per inch of thickness. Use the thickest material you can find as it not only provides the best thermal performance, it is stronger and less likely to break or blow away. The material is virtually impervious to moisture penetration, lightweight, durable and easy to handle and install. Keep your vehicle and generator exhaust pipes clear of the skirting and snow accumulation. You want your RV exhaust to blow outside, not underneath.
Pipes. While skirting can help prevent freezing, you will need to wrap your pipes with heat tape and use a heated RV water hose if connected to a water source. If you don’t have a heated water hose, limit use to your RV’s onboard fresh water tank. A standard water hose will freeze and crack.
Roof. Inspect your RV’s roof and all seals before the cooler temperatures arrive. Look for cracks or broken seals and make repairs or caulk. During the winter, keep the roof clear of snow, ice and debris. Icing and melting can cause cracks in seals and then leaks.
Hatch vents. Lots of warm air can escape through the roof vents in your RV. A vent cover made of a piece of foam can add an extra layer of insulation. Be sure to close your AC vents.
Ceiling fans. Use your ceiling fans by switching to reverse. This will push the warm air down to your level.
Furnace. Service and inspect your furnace regularly. Make sure it ignites and functions properly.
Heat pump. Some RVs come equipped with a heat pump as well as a furnace. A heat pump should not be used when it’s less than 40 degrees.
Doors. Check the weather stripping on every exterior door, including the entry door, basement areas, and access panels. Replace if necessary.
Indoor plumbing. For added protection for your indoor plumbing, you may want to open your cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathroom to expose the pipes to the interior heat. You may also want to turn your faucets on to drip, especially at night.
Tanks. The bay that holds your tanks must always be kept above freezing. If your RV doesn’t have tank heaters, buy some. Mini space heaters in the bay can also help prevent freezing.
Propane. When living in your RV full-time in the winter, you need to ensure you have plenty of propane. If you’re away from your RV during the day, be sure to leave the thermostat set high enough to keep the RV warm and to prevent the pipes from freezing or any pets from getting too cold. A propane tank gas level indicator that can be read by your smartphone could be very valuable.
Utility space. Placing a drop light in the utility space can keep the space’s temperature above freezing.
Portable heaters. Use portable heaters with extreme care and caution. Never leave a space heater unattended or when you’re sleeping. Keep them out of reach of children and pets. Make certain the area around your heater is kept clear of rugs, blankets, and combustible materials. Never use a portable heater with an extension cord. Portable heaters safe for RV use include: a ceramic tower, electric, or oil-filled radiator. Exercise extreme caution to prevent carbon monoxide build-up and always use a carbon monoxide detector inside your RV.
Fresh water tank. Many RVers drain their freshwater tanks completely during the winter. Of course this is the safest approach because it prevents the tank from freezing; however, it also means you will need to switch to supplying your own potable water for drinking, brushing your teeth, doing dishes, and cooking. And, plan on using public restrooms. In our experience, having indoor plumbing in the winter is a must, so draining and winterizing is a last resort.
Holding tanks. Never allow your holding tanks to freeze. Keep your tanks closed until they are full and need to be dumped.
Extreme sub-zero temperatures. Ideally, if you’re planning to live in your RV in the winter you don’t want to fully winterize it or it becomes impossible to utilize your water and plumbing systems. However, if you are going to stay in your RV in a region with sub-zero temperatures for an extended period, you will need to fully winterize your RV. The fresh-water tank and hot water heater must be drained. The grey/black tanks should have RV antifreeze added. You can do this by flushing antifreeze down the toilets and pouring it into your drains.
Location. In the summer, RVers hunt for the shadiest spot to stay cool. But in the winter, you’ll want all the sun you can get. Look for possible areas of direct sunlight. Avoid tree branches that might break under the weight of heavy snow. We also recommend a site with a concrete pad. With fluctuating temperatures and freezing and thawing, your RV can settle or sink into the ground without a pad.
Generator. Having a generator saved our lives during a major ice storm that took out the park’s electricity and made it impossible to travel to another safe location. Be sure to perform all preventative maintenance on your generator before winter arrives. Make sure the generator runs properly and you have plenty of fuel for it. Test your generator at least an hour each month.

How to Stay Cool During the Summer Extremes…

Summer travel comes with hot days, depending on your current location, even fall and spring days can cause temperatures to climb. That’s why, whenever you travel, you need a game plan to keep your RV cool during your trip. With the right mixture of positioning, planning and a few other tips, you’ll be able to stay comfortable. Check out our video on these particular tips and how we stay cool living in our RV.

While no single tip will keep your RV completely cool, combining these tips should make a noticeable difference in the indoor temperature of your RV. But by minimizing your RV’s sun exposure and the heat you create, you can greatly reduce the amount you’ll sweat.

How to Keep Your RV Cool During Hot Weather

1. Consider Your RV’s Orientation

Before turning on your air conditioner, make sure you’ve positioned your RV in the best possible spot. Choosing a shady spot is no-brainer, but if you only have partial shade, try to park your RV so the refrigerator vents and the A/C unit are covered. Also, try to park your RV so the largest windows receive the least amount of full sun.

2. Install Roof Vent Covers to Increase Air Circulation

Traveling without air conditioning? If you don’t have AC, do some advanced planning to take advantage of passing breezes by installing RV roof vent cover. This product will channel breezes inside and keep rain out. Keeping windows and vents open also encourages cross ventilation that keeps your RV cool. You can also add fans to your roof vents, which will ensure that you’ll be able to make your own breeze during still days.

3. Use Shades to Prevent Heat Gain

Even if you’re running your air conditioner, use your awnings and window shades to prevent the sun from overheating your RV. Once you’ve parked your RV, extend any awnings to provide some shade. Close the shades and blinds on windows that also receive full sun.

4. Clean Your A/C Filters

When you regularly hit the dusty trail, it’s easy for your A/C filters to get dirty. Dirty filters make it difficult for your air conditioner to work efficiently, but you can clean them quickly with a handheld vacuum cleaner. You can also wash some A/C filters with soapy water to keep them clean.

5. Swap Incandescents for LED Bulbs

If you still have a few incandescent light bulbs in your RV, change them for some LEDs. Not only do LED bulbs run significantly cooler than old-school light bulbs, but the LEDs.

6. Cover Your Shower Skylight

A skylight can make the shower stall feel larger, but it’s also a major source of heat gain. After you’ve finished using the shower, consider covering the skylight with sun block attached to the ceiling with hook and loop fasteners. If you don’t mind permanently blocking the skylight, consider replacing the inner part of the skylight with Reflectix insulation.

Well, this concludes our RV tips how to beat the heat and keep your RV cool during the hot summer months. You can still enjoy RVing and camping as the mercury rises. Happy camping!