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

Tornado Preparedness for RVers

Tips for staying safe if you are camping in a tornado region

If you are planning on RVing or camping in a tornado region there is basic tips and information you should know before you go, straight from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The United States averages 1,200 tornados a year, according to NOAA. Doppler radar has improved the ability to forecast tornados, but still only gives a warning of three to 30 minutes. With such little forewarning, NOAA stresses that tornado preparedness is critical.

Tornado Warning Systems

If you are RVing near a small town, chances are there is a siren system that can be heard for several miles. Take a moment when you first arrive at your RV park to find out about the tornado and storm warning systems for your area, even if you are staying only a short time. 

Tornado Shelters

Find out if your park has a shelter onsite or where the nearest shelter is located. Basements and underground shelters are the safest, but small, sturdy inside rooms and hallways provide adequate protection during a tornado, as well.

If there is no shelter onsite, alternatives might be the park’s shower or bathroom stalls. If there is a sturdy building with closets or an inside hallway try to take shelter there. If none of these exist drive to the nearest shelter as quickly as is safe. Keep your seatbelt on. 

Tornado Preparedness Plan

NOAA’s and the American Red Cross’ recommended actions include:

*Monitoring an NOAA Weather Radio
*Know where to go for shelter, preferably within walking distance
*Be ready to go when a tornado watch is issued
*Remove lawn furniture and other objects that could become projectiles to an inside location
*Go immediately when a tornado warning is issued
*Wherever you find shelter stay away from windows
*Do not plan on staying inside your RV
*Bring your pets, in a carrier if possible
*Grab only essentials (purse, ID, cash, medications) and only if easily accessible (We now have a ‘bug out bag’)
*Don’t waste time searching for anything

Practice your tornado drill periodically

Signs of Potential Tornado 

*Electrical charge in the air — hair on arms standing up (not always present)
*Large hail
*Lightning
*Roaring noise
*Grayish/greenish clouds
*Visibly rotating clouds
*Wall cloud that appears as thunderclouds dropping close to the ground
*Cloud progressively extending down to the ground, increasingly funnel-shaped
*Rotating dust or debris rising up from the ground, often “reaching” towards a descending funnel-shaped cloud

Inland and Plains Tornados

Tornados that develop on the plains and most parts of the country often are accompanied by hail or lightning. These warning signs are your signals to seek shelter until the storm passes. We tend to think of tornados as “approaching” from some distance. Bear in mind that every tornado begins somewhere. If that “somewhere” is close to you, you won’t have much time to get to a shelter.

Tornados can develop during the day or night. Naturally, nighttime tornados are the most frightening since you may not be able to see them coming, or might be asleep when they hit.

Tornados Spawned by Hurricanes

Unlike inland tornados spawned from storms, those that develop in hurricanes often do so in the absence of hail and lightning. They can also develop days after a hurricane makes landfall, but tend to develop during the daytime after the first few hours over land.

Although tornados can develop in the hurricane’s rainbands, far from the eye or center of the storm, they are most likely to develop in the right front quadrant of the hurricane. If you know where you are in relation to the hurricane’s eye and sections, you have a better chance of avoiding tornados.

Obviously, evacuating before the hurricane makes landfall is the best choice you can make but isn’t always possible. Many situations can prevent you from getting as far away as you’d like, if at all. Running out of gas or diesel might be one of them.

Fujita Scale (F-Scale)

Have you wondered what the term “F-Scale” means, as in a tornado rated F3? Well, it’s a rather unusual concept, since most of us expect ratings to be derived from direct measurements. The F-Scale ratings are wind speed estimates based upon three-second gusts at the point of damage, rather than wind speed measurements.

Originally developed by Dr. Theodore Fujita in 1971, NOAA placed the Enhanced F-Scale in use in 2007 as an update to the original F-Scale. Based on this scale tornados are rated as follows:

EF Rating = 3 Second Gust in MPH
0 = 65-85 mph
1 = 86-110 mph
2 = 111-135 mph
3 = 136-165 mph
4 = 166-200 mph
5 = Over 200 mph

Bug Out Bag:

A Bug Out Bag Could Save Your Life. We recommend putting all these things into a bug out bag, which should be kept in an easily accessible location near the door. This will ensure you’re well prepared and can get to safety quickly, no matter what kind of weather comes your way. Because if you need to leave your RV on a moment’s notice, you will want to have a bug out bag easily accessible and ready to go.

In addition to the items above, make sure your family is fully dressed with closed-toed shoes on. Grab your phone and any important documents in the rig and then get to shelter. If you can, grab helmets and/or pillows to cover your head and protect yourself from flying objects. 

Items to include in your bag:

Bottle Water
Medications

Hand Crank Portable Power
Portable battery bank
Irreplaceable papers ie: social security card, passport etc.
First-aid supplies
Dried food
Flash Light
Pet supplies, shot records
A sweatshirt, gloves, warm cap, and rain gear, for every member of your family

I also suggest having cash on hand. You might not want to put cash in your go-bag but having it in a ready to grab-and-go location in your RV will save you time.


Can you RV during the winter months?

Considering our latest experience of RVing during the Polar Vortex, we thought we would share a few tips on how to survive in your RV during the winter months.

Summer may be the most popular time for road trips, but that does not mean you have to pack up your rig at the first site of a snowflake. RVing in the winter is a great way to experience a wide variety of outdoor activities, from skiing and snowmobiling to simply meandering around in winter wonderland, cup of hot cocoa in hand.

You may be wondering, however, how to keep a RV warm in the winter. After all, even the best-made rigs on the market have significantly less insulation than a sticks-and-bricks home. And just like your sticks-and-bricks, RVs have a variety of items that can be damaged by the freezing temperatures.

RV winter living is all about one thing: preparation.

If your not prepared, you will experience big problems. Your RV’s pipes can burst just like the ones at home, and the cold weather is killer on your RV batteries. Even though many four-season RVs come with thermal packages, which include extra insulation, it’s still not enough for extreme cold weather RVing in sub-zero temperatures. If you’re camping in extreme cold, put your RV in a skirt! Skirting the RV will keep the battery bays, plumbing, and other important components warm. We spent a winter in Iowa and put a skirt around our RV but also placed a small heater under the RV to keep it above freezing.  If you don’t have a skirt, you can pack snow around the RV bays.  We do not suggest hay or straw bales being placed around your RV because of rodents and it’s a fire hazard.  But if you travel for work like we do, do you best to keep the furnace running to keep that RV belly warm so the pipes don’t freeze. 

Some of the most important items in your RV is deep in the underbelly: the tanks, batteries, and plumbing. While skirting can help, you’ll also want to wrap your pipes in heat tape and invest in a heated RV water hose, so as to avoid having your water line freeze if you’re hooked up to a city water connection. If you don’t want to upgrade to a heated hose, you can also add insulation or tape to your existing water hose or fill your onboard freshwater tank and use that as a water source instead.

RV windows lose a ton of heat, no matter how insulated the manufacturer claims they are. There are several ways to insulate them: foam insulation boards, relectix, bubble insulation, solar blankets, etc. For extra warmth, line your windows with heavy-weight thermal curtains. You may also want to go over your RV windows and doors with a layer of RV sealant or caulk, just to ensure they’re nice and weather-tight.

There’s one major area of confusion many RVers face when RVing in the winter, and it’s all about the HVAC system. Many rigs have both a “heat pump” that’s built into your AC unit and an onboard furnace that uses propane. We feel the heat pump can be used UNTIL you are experiencing freezing temperatures.  You need the onboard furnace to run during these times, so it heats the belly of your RV, keeping the plumbing warm and toasty.  Now with that said, we use the heat pump and furnace to keep us nice and toasty inside however, we do run the furnace to ensure the belly temperature stay above freezing.  While your furnace does utilize propane to burn, it’s more efficient at warming a space quickly. Which means that if you’re planning on living full-time in an RV in winter, you need to ensure you’ve got plenty of propane. When you’re out of your rig for the day, be sure to leave the thermostat set to switch on your furnace if the RV reaches a certain temperature — it can be pretty cool, if you don’t have pets waiting, but you don’t want your pets to freeze inside while you’re away.

Now that we’ve covered the basics for keeping you and your RV warm, let’s talk about what RV is best for RV living.  Although many RVs are advertised as four-season or insulated, not all rigs are created equally when it comes to living in an RV for the winter.  The best RV for winter living is one that’s fully self-contained and as insulated as possible, perhaps even with some extra, after-market insulation added. Large motorhomes and trailers may be constructed out of sturdier, more weather-proof materials, but on the other hand, a smaller motorhome or trailer may be easier to heat, since there’s less internal living space.  In today’s RV market there are particularly large, luxurious RVs — offer fireplaces, which can be a welcome addition for those planning on extreme cold-weather traveling. And no matter which rig you go with, you’ll want to ensure it does have an onboard furnace, since, as discussed above, the HVAC heat pump or fireplaces won’t cut it below freezing.

Here are some more quick tips and tricks for winter RV camping

Many RVers drain their freshwater tanks completely for the season. That means bringing bottled water for brushing your teeth and doing the dishes.  However, if you’re a Full-Time RVer this may not be possible so we suggest installing tank heaters for those freezing temps.

The bay that holds your tanks must always be kept above freezing. Mini space heaters are inexpensive and use very little amperage. Buy one and stick it in the bay.  Just be safe!  They can easily cause a fire.

Use RV antifreeze in your plumbing and gray/black tanks. You can do this by flushing antifreeze down the toilets and pouring it into your drains. That said, you do not want to introduce RV antifreeze to your freshwater tank or water heater!

If you do choose to use water hookups, make sure you insulate the pipes with heat tape. You’ll also need to insulate any connections and exposed piping.

Never allow your black tank to freeze unless you want to deal with a disgusting mess. Use a PVC pipe for your sewer hose – it’ll have less chance of freezing than a regular hose. If you plan on leaving the tank hooked up, add a layer of insulation around the sewer pipe. However, it’s a good idea to keep your tanks closed until it needs to be dumped.  Don’t leave your black or gray water valves open if you’re camping in a spot where you’re connected to the city sewer. Why, you ask?  Poopsicle!

Your never too dry.  Even if your hair sticks up when brushing your hair

Cold and wet is bad. Not just for you, but for your RV, too. All that heat in one confined space can lead to humidity and condensation, which can cause mold in your walls.

Vent covers are great for two things: they help prevent condensation, and they keep you warm. Lots of warm air escapes out the vents in your RV. A cover adds an extra layer of insulation. The best part is, you can still open the vents even if there’s snow on the roof.

We hope you learned a few things in this post. So get out there.  You’ll see some beautiful, unique sights along your winter RV trip. There’s nothing quite like being in the solitude of a winter campsite, watching the snowfall and blanket the land around you. Make sure you follow the tips we’ve included here to stay safe during your winter adventure. Remember, warm and dry, not cold and wet!

What Does It Cost to RV Full-Time? Is it affordable?

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The biggest question most people have before they run away to live in an RV full-time is: Can I afford it?

When we first started talking about RVing full-time, we had no idea how much it cost to live full-time in an RV. Was it going to cost more than living in a house? Was it going to cost less? How much would we spend on gas a month? We had no idea. If you are thinking about RVing full-time and wondering if you can afford it, this post is for you.

Living and traveling full-time in a RV is of course not free, but we were surprised how affordable it can be. You actually have a lot flexibility when it comes to expenses – depending on your budget and how you like to travel.

People enjoy the full-time RV lifestyle on all kinds of budgets, and the money full-timers have to work with comes in all kinds of forms. Some retirees have big pensions but not a lot of savings. Others have a nest egg of savings but no pension. Many younger full-time RVers work while they travel, either to cover all of their living expenses or to supplement other income streams.

We hope you find todays post helpful to anticipate some of the costs of full-time RVing.

Full-time Campsite Budget

Think of campsites like your mortgage or rent. Campsites are, in my opinion, where you can either spend the most money or make full-time RVing cheaper than “normal” life because there are so many options. Depending on your budget and camping style, you can stay in RV parks, State Parks, on free Boondocking land, or utilize RV Discount Clubs.

RV Parks

RV Parks with full-hook ups (electric, water, sewer) will cost on average anywhere from $30-$90 a night. Many provide showers and other great amenities, which has nothing to do with the budget but sure is nice.  Average Monthly (which can vary greatly): $400 – $1,600

State Park Campgrounds

State Park campground fees will vary by state and what is offered. We’ve been found State Park campgrounds with partial hook-ups (electric, usually water) anywhere from $15-45 but have dumpsites available on the premises.  We found most state parks do not allow monthly stays.

Boondocking

Boondocking is basically camping at free spots without hook-ups. Several State Forests and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) locations have free dispersed camping. Typically, you can stay in one location for a maximum of 14 days. We have also found a few state parks have free campsites. While this option is free, you do have to find and pay for dump stations.  Monthly: $0

RV Discount Clubs

There are several RV Discount Clubs out there that allow you to pay an annual fee to camp at various sites. For example, there is Boondockers Welcome which costs us $50 a year. You are able to stay with Boondockers Welcome hosts throughout the country for no additional charge. Another option is Harvest Hosts which starts at $79 a year. We’ve haven’t tried this one yet, but it looks awesome!  With either option, spend a few nights a month at different locations and it pays for itself after a few nights.

Our Monthly Campsite Budget

We budget $450 a month for campsites, but that is because while we are working, we are provided free onsite generator, water & sewer onsite. It works great for us – it’s free!

Full-time RV Gas Budget

Honestly, I’m not sure if there’s a way to generalize the gas budget, since gas prices, gas mileage, and the number of miles you travel varies so much. However, we do recommend a discount fuel card if you use diesel.  A TSD Fuel card has been very helpful to keep our fuel costs down.  We budget anywhere from $300-$500 a month depending on how far we travel, the fuel prices and how much driving around we do in our tow-behind car.

RV Insurance

Since our RV is our home, we upped our RV insurance when going full-time.  If you are living in your RV rather than just taking vacations, you will need specialized insurance.  We recommend doing some research on providers and finding out exactly what you need. Our RV insurance is $54 a month.

RV Maintenance and Repair Budget

If you’re planning to RV full-time, just know things break – often. This isn’t to scare you – full-time RVing is totally worth it, but just be prepared to spend $50-100 a month on repairs or maintenance. Thankfully, ED can fix most things on our RV, so we just have to buy the parts. Depending on the condition of your RV and your handiness, you may need to adjust this number.

Remember, you’ll also be putting some miles on your RV or Tow Vehicle, so oil changes and regular maintenance should be in your budget.

RV “Utilities” Budget

While you may no longer have a water, sewer, or trash bill, you may need to include utilities in your budget. Since we are provided a site during our work assignments over half of the time, we only budget $75 a month. This too will vary greatly.  Some campsites your rental fee covers the cost of all utilities however, some monthly sites charge electric.

Cell Phone + Internet RV Budget

Before we hit the road, we upgraded our cell phone plan to the Unlimited Plan with AT&T but later got rid of those plans and now use Straight Talk utilizing AT&T towers. We saved appropriately $60 per month by doing this.  Between both of our phones we pay $110 a month with unlimited data however only 15GB of data on our hotspots.  So, we purchased another phone plan through a third-party vendor that allows us to use the hotspot with unlimited data.  The cost of that plan is $45 per month.  Our monthly costs for both our cell phones & internet phone is $155.

Full-time RV Laundry Budget

Laundry budget. This is our least favorite chore – even before full-time RVing and we do have a washer/dryer combo in our RV.  But the larger items such as our bed quilt, we have to pack everything up and go to a laundromat, it’s really not our favorite. But it must be done. Some RV parks will have washers and dryers onsite, but if you are on remote jobs sites or boondocking, you’ll find yourself at the laundromat.

If you can find a place that has the industrial size washers and dryers, then you’re in luck. You can wash several loads in one machine. If we are washing clothes, bedding, towels, and the dogs’ stuff, we spend about $18-20 to wash and dry it all.

Propane Budget

We really weren’t sure how much to budget per month for propane. We read online that you can spend $40 a month, so that’s what we originally budgeted. Luckily, we don’t spend anywhere close to that. We refilled our propane tanks approximately 2x’s a year.  We only use propane for cooking, our refrigerator as we travel, and if its super cold out and our electric heater cannot keep up, we do run our furnace.

RV “Fun Money” Budget

This totally depends on what you want to do for entertain and fun while full-time RVing. Our fun money budget is way less on the road. This for a few reasons:  We eat out way less on the road than we did at home.  We can go explore or hike for free versus paying for entertainment.  We do spend fun money on is the occasional dinner out, park fees and drinks if we are meeting up with someone.  Your monthly budget is up to you!

Normal Living Expenses

Normal living expenses include food, cleaning supplies, toiletries – all the non-specific RV items you already pay for. This varies from family to family and should not change too much from your current budget. Except there is a lot less space to clean meaning fewer cleaning supplies!

Hit The Road

As you hit the road you may find several ways that you can reduce your overall monthly costs. However, on the flip side, you can live a luxurious life on the road, too.  More and more RVS are being designed for full-time living and offer many of the same features that houses do.  You can also find RV resorts all over the country that make you feel like you are at a 5-star resort.  Obviously, this will all come at a higher price.  We strongly believe that full-time RVing can be as expensive or inexpensive as you make it.  While it may take some discipline and extra planning, there are a ton of ways to save money on the road and therefore make RV Life affordable and achievable.  So, get out and get started today.  You will not regret it.  It’s A Good Life!

7 Benefits of becoming a Full-Time RVer

Traveling the country like modern-day nomads, full-time RVers lead unique, enriching lives. While the idea of trading your house for a small camper doesn’t immediately appeal to everyone, more and more people are considering—and pursuing—a life on the road. From couples spending their retirement traveling to young families starting a new life together, full-time RVing is a growing trend across many different demographics. Every RVer has their own reason for hitting the road, but there are a few common perks that everyone experiences. Here are seven incredible benefits of becoming a full-time RVer.

The Cost

An RV lets you live without a mortgage or monthly rent. However, you will either pay campground fees or you can choose to boondock.  Boondocking you will have to consider how you will be doing it.  Running appliances on propane?  Solar?  Or will you be running a generator?  Staying in a campground rates will vary depending on where you travel, what time of year you’re there, and how long you’re staying. If you plan it right, you can easily stay under the average cost of housing or rent. Your utility bills will also be much cheaper—if they’re not already included in your campground fees. You also have to think about gas and other regular expenses like groceries. However, it’s just as easy to make a budget for your RV as it would be in any other home. With the proper planning and financially responsible habits, you can turn your RV into a much more affordable option.

No More Living in a Rut

Some people find comfort in staying put in a sticks or bricks home, while others feel restless or uneasy with it. If you’re part of the group that likes to be moving, a full-time life on the road might be perfect for you. In an RV, you never feel tied down to one place. When you feel bored or getting the ‘hitch itch’, you can simply pack your things and drive to a new place. You can change your home and neighborhood as often as you want or need. Does the snow and cold of winter get you down? Drive south and spend the season in warmer weather. Have you had your fill of the beach? Head on over to the mountains for a few weeks. On the other hand, if you ever crave more permanency, you can park your RV and set up camp for as long as you want. Every day of the year, you get to decide where you live and how long you stay there.

Jobs on the Go

Once upon a time, you would need a retirement fund or a massive amount of savings to leave your old life behind and live comfortably on the road. These days, with the internet and more remote job opportunities, anyone can find an enjoyable way to earn an income while traveling. Of course, there are plenty of side jobs in the campgrounds and towns you wander through. However, many people are finding remote work as bloggers, photographers, online tutors, and more. You can run an online store, produce a travel YouTube channel, or work as a freelance artist for pretty much any company imaginable. There’s no end to the unique jobs that can lead you to an adventurous RV life.

The Great Outdoors

This may be one of the greatest benefits of becoming a full-time RVer. As with any RV trip, life on the road gives you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty around you. Spend lazy mornings in the comfortable shade of your RV awning or exciting afternoons hiking through woods and mountains. If you get tired of the environment, you are in, you can simply leave and pursue the next great landscape. Even though Ed & I work full-time while on the road, just being able to pick up and change the view outside of our windows and to be able to experience the country is one of our favorite things.

The Friendly RV Community

If you think the lack of neighbors can get a little lonely, think again. There is a warm RV community spread across the entire country, waiting to welcome you with open arms. No matter where you wander, you’re sure to run into other couples and families living their best lives on the road. You’ll meet kindhearted neighbors and even lifelong friends. Swap stories, share advice and recommendations, and lend or receive a helping hand. The sense of community between RVers—especially full-time RVers—can enhance your travels everywhere you go.

The Excuse to Simplify

Many of us long for the chance to declutter and unplug from a lot of the hectic routines of our daily lives. Switching to the full-time RV life might mean downsizing, but it’s also a chance to simplify your life. If you feel like you’re suffering from unnecessary modern worries like too much screen time or the routine of an office job you don’t enjoy, RVing is an excuse to let some things go. Whether that means spending less time online or simply learning to live in the moment, becoming a full-time RVer might just be the drastic life change you’re looking for.

You Never Stop Traveling

Do you have a map hanging on your wall, marked with all the places you want to visit? Have you written a bucket list full of incredible destinations you want to see some day? Full-time RVing is the perfect way to relieve your wanderlust. With the road as your home, adventure is always available to you. This is a great way to see what the world has to offer, all from the comfort and familiarity of your own home. While living in an RV full-time certainly isn’t for everyone, it was definitely made for those of us who love to travel. If the open road calls you, this might just be the perfect way to answer. 

WE ARE DONE! – Our Top 5 RV Must Haves

WE ARE DONE! – OUR TOP 5 RV MUST HAVES

As gate guards, while living in our RV full-time, we just never know what’s in store for us. Thankfully we work with a great gate guard company that allows us to stay in their yard until another position opens up. AND, don’t trust the pins that are given to you for new locations. LOL We have had good luck previously but this one. Nope nope. Thankfully one of the company service techs came to our rescue.

Our Top 5 RV Must Haves

Water Filter: Access to clean, fresh water is an essential part of any RV adventure, whether your destination is a local campground or a remote, off-the-grid exploration. Your travels shouldn’t be accompanied by dirty tasting tap water and cloudy showers. From nasty grit and debris to potentially dangerous bacteria, there are plenty of contaminants that can ruin your campground experience. Luckily, there are a wide array of RV water filters on the market that will keep your water clear and safe and help prolong the life of your RV’s equipment and internal plumbing. Installing a water filter eliminates the need for expensive and wasteful bottled water cases and provides you both peace of mind and refreshing clean water.

Surge Protector:  A surge protector is designed to protect your RV’s electronics from issues that stem from the outlet you plug into. An outlet that seems fine could suddenly provide a huge surge of electricity, like in the event of a lightning strike.  A surge protector will shut down any current before it wreaks havoc on your RV’s electrical system OR it will sacrifice itself to protect the RV.  We have a Progressive 50-amp external surge protector.  We have had this brand/type since we have been RVing.  Our last surge protector sacrificed itself during an electrical surge.  We called Progressive and they sent us a new one at no charge. 

Extra Sewer Dump Value:  Twist on waste value that eliminates the messy poop disaster at dumping.  If your interior values leak or stick open, you can add this to prevent the unwanted surprise.  Simply attach the twist-on valve to the broken valve and open the handle of the broken valve for a quick fix. Valve rotates to most convenient location. 

Good Sewer Hose:  Having the best camper sewer hose is essential.  It is also a sometimes anxiety-inducing chore for the fear of doing it wrong or of something GOING wrong.  Ask pretty much any experienced RVer if they have an RV sewer hose hookup horror story, and you can just about guarantee that they have one.  This is the perfect reason to have a high-quality RV sewer hose.    We use RhinoFlex and have been incredibly happy with the quality.

Sewer Hose Storage:  Storing your stinky slinky is one item you must have a special storage area.  You do not want to throw your used hose into the RV.  If you do not have bumper storage, you can complete a DYI project OR you can now purchase them.  If you are looking to spend the least amount of money possible, you can custom build a tube for yourself using PVC fence post or square tube hose carrier.  Ed has installed the tube right next to our sewer outlets.  Check out our video about the install.

Jamaica Beach & Our Favorite Restaurants

Jamaica Beach TX is approximately 13 miles west of Galveston. There are no lifeguards on duty, so children should be supervised at all time. The City does not allow glass on the beach or fires. The beach has a public access beach, with free parking.  When we were visiting, off season, there were several people driving & parking on the beach. However when researching it, the city does have an ordinance prohibiting the operations during certain days and/or months. The information listed below is directly from the City of Jamaica Beach website.

The speed limit on the beach is 10mph. Beginning the 2nd Saturday of March, through the Tuesday after Labor Day, designated area sof the beach are closed to vehicular traffice – from 12:01am each Saturday until 6pm each Sunday. The public beach is the area of sand from the vegetation line to the water’s edge. They ask you respect areas north of the vegetation line because its private property.

Our No.1 Pick Dorado’s Dive Club, Surfside Beach TX

Our 1st pick for restaurants is Dorado’s Dive Club in Surfside Beach TX. Its about a 35 minute drive from Jamaica Beach but totally worth it. They have a outdoor dining space but it was closed due to weather. Oysters on half shell were very fresh. I had fish tacos. Very good and reasonable price. The atmosphere, service and food was awesome!

Our No.2 pick is Katie’s Seafood Restaurant in Galveston TX. They have a very nice outside deck to eat on however when we were there it was too cold for us. But, eating inside in the dining room was just as good experience. Ed and I shared oysters on the 1/2 shell for an appetizer. Ed’s first oyster was a huge hit and he had a kick butt burger & seasoned fries. Me, well I had fish tacos! Soooo delicious.

Minimalism OR Living Simply

Is living in an RV considered a MINIMALIST life or a similar lifestyle called SIMPLE LIVING?  We think so. 

Minimalism OR living simply, is a lifestyle in which you reduce your possessions. There is no official definition of either, and in fact they are actually whatever you say they are. Our understanding of minimalism is that each person pares down his/her life to the absolute minimum they think they need to live happily and comfortably with.  We know many RVers who have much less stuff than we do, and others who have much more. They carry things we don’t consider necessary, and we carry things they don’t consider necessary, but we are all minimalists, since we each have gotten down to what we think is our minimum amount of possessions. Believe me, it is an ongoing experience. On a regular basis we go through our RV and examine everything in it to decide if it really is necessary. Every item has to justify the space and energy it takes.  Ed and I have found the longer our wheels stay put – the more objects find their way into our home.  Once this happens, we must go through a purge to get rid of the CRAP.

You do not need a bunch of STUFF to make you happy.  We used to think that the more we have, the happier we will be.  When you convince yourself this, you surround yourself with useless CRAP and spending the money that you could be using for EXPERIENCES. So we say goodbye to a lot of things, many of which we had for years. And yet now we live each day a bit happier. Think about how much better your life would be if you could get rid of so much stuff you could move into a RV.  Ultimately, all we have is our time, it is the most precious thing in our lives, and we squander it away by buying and warehousing more-and-more stuff. 

Looking for ways to make money while traveling?

We’ve met many amazing people while RVing. Some are retired, but others are like us and also trying different things in order to make their traveling dreams a reality by making money while traveling on the road.

Everyone does something a little different to make money while traveling.

So, yes, it is possible to make money while traveling full-time! In fact, there are many ways for anyone to make money on the road.

This factor is something that holds many potential full-time travelers back, but it shouldn’t! Don’t let making money on the road hold you back from living your dream, because even though it may seem big, it’s something that can usually be worked around.

One of the first questions we are asked as a full-time RVers is what we do for money. Some assume we are retired, but most are blown away by the fact that working while traveling is such a possibility.

There are many ways & options to get paid while living in your RV. In todays post we talk about one ways we’ve found to make our income. The bulk of our income has been from Gate Guarding. As a Gate Guard, we are contracted by a oil company to log & monitor the traffic that comes and goes onto a site. These jobs can last from a couple of days to months. We enjoyed the flexibility and income that comes along with these jobs.

But, as remote working or unconventional jobs become more popular, there will be new developments and ways to earn money where- and whenever you want to. Never give up living on the road.

Hindsight is 2020

Who could have ever imagined that at the beginning of 2020, we would be rethinking the phrase “hindsight is 2020”? Seriously, this past year has been some of the scariest and strangest times of our lives, that I’m beginning to believe our hindsight may need a new pair of glasses.

Although the world has seen it’s fair share of tragedy, anxiety, and utter strangeness, it has also produced some great memories. As we were laid off from a job we so enjoyed, it made us appreciate what we had. To take the time to go see & visit the things we had planned on down the road. Nothing was holding us back. This is also when we decided to share our journey with others and start our channel.

In retrospect, 2020 was a great year because of its challenges. Challenges give us the opportunity to adapt; to become stronger; to learn and grow as individuals and as a country. 2020 challenged us as a couple but we emerged from challenges stronger than ever before. I’m so excited for what we’ll do together in 2021.