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When going on a trip one of the greatest challenges that lay ahead of us is to stay healthy during the trip. Most of us are used to thinking that providing enough fruits and vegetables is quite enough to assure a safe and healthy trip for the whole group. But the truth is that if we want to be sure that we are doing the best possible for our health we should take into consideration not only the healthy foods and vitamins but also food that might contain harmful chemicals and unhealthy substances. As you can easily guess the second ones should be avoided as much as possible.
Undoubtedly when we are in our homes using only healthy food with clean products is quite easy. But what about when we are on the road? As more and more families prefer to go on an RV trip for their holiday the matter of the healthy food becomes more and more important. The sad truth is that even if you have the best products with you on your RV trip the way that you store them can be also harming for our health. And that is not all. You should also be very careful in what types of bottles you store the water when on an RV trip. Some bottle materials contain substances that might be harmful to us. And the more water you drink thinking you are doing the best for your body hydration the more exposed you are to these substances.
One of the most dangerous chemicals is the BPA. It is widely used in manufacturing plastic bottles and food containers. So if you have made sandwiches and placed them into a plastic food box it is very likely that they will absorb a part of the harmful BPA. Other foods that contain BPA are food in cans, plastic bottles for water and beer and soft drinks cans.
Manufacturers claims that the amount of BPA in plastics is negligible low but scientists have proven that even in very small amounts BPA is extremely harmful to people’s health as it is the main reason for cancer and other serious illnesses. Just think about why plastic materials and BPA in particular are no longer allowed to be used for babies and children’s bottles, cups and plates.
The good news is that you can limit the influence of the harmful BPA. One of the easiest ways to do that is by replacing your plastic bottles and boxes with ones made of glass when you are going on an RV trip. We understand that they are a bit heavier but after all they are good for your health. Or at least try to use plastics marked as BPA free. And forget about food in cans. This is extremely important in order to limit the BPA while you are on your RV trip holiday.
Bio: Amber Collins is a professional content writer, blogger and specializes in everything related to living on the go and enjoying it to the fullest. Home improvement and management are her specialties due to her occupation with West Brompton moving houses. The perfect way to unwind for her is jumping in the family RV and driving away but health is always important, that is why in her present article she is giving very important heads up for safety food and water storaging, while on the road.
Ahh, the dream of the adventures of the open road! For some it remains a lifelong dream which for one reason or another never sees fulfillment, but for those lucky enough to live that dream, their lives are forever enriched with countless experiences. We are approaching our one year anniversary on the road. For us, it was a life changing decision brought on by unexpected medical circumstances, and many long talks, before finally deciding that we were ready to actually do this. So, we sold our house, got our motor home and headed out for our new adventures.
The first year has certainly produced many experiences we will never forget and has definitely given us hindsight knowledge that we can now pass on to others. Some of these things may seem like no-brainers to the many experienced RVers (and possibly produce a chuckle or two); but for those other greenhorns out there, some of this information might actually be quite useful. One of the biggest issues is finding the proper RV for your travels. Although the individual style preferences and monetary budgets are great deciding factors, there are some other things to take into consideration. We were hard-pressed to come to a decision about simply getting a larger fifth wheel and truck or going with a motor home and a tow vehicle.
Here are some of the areas we feel are important things to consider:
What are your travel plans?
What kind of RVing are you actually going to be doing? Are you simply using your RV for vacations or will it be your actual home? Are you going to travel and hop from one campsite to another? Are you going to stay in one place for a lengthy time? What kind of vehicle do you feel comfortable driving (size, driving experience and ability)? What does your budget allow (do you already own a truck – then a fifth wheel might be a good choice)? What length/age RV should I go with (your choices of parks/campgrounds can be limited by the length and age of your RV)? Slide out vs. non-slide out (more slide outs mean more room, but it also means more weight, and some campgrounds cannot/will not accommodate slide outs. Do you have enough room to move if slide outs are in)? These and other questions will help you in making your decision. Then of course, there is the age old question of gasoline vs. diesel, but that is a subject for another debate.
Typically, if you plan to stay put for any length of time, a fifth wheel seems to be the RV of choice, as it has more living space and tends to feel more like a home. If you are more of a roaming traveler and tend to move on to new locations regularly, a motor home is more widely recommended, because of the conveniences of being able to freely move around, (but do so with safety in mind to avoid accidents) and when making stops along the way, everything is self-contained. Most are equipped with generators and do not require getting out of the unit to set up, or cook. If it is raining, you don’t have to get wet, and if you are in a questionable area, you can stay locked in for safety. Another consideration is what happens when a breakdown occurs. With a fifth-wheel you still have a home if the truck needs to go to the shop; whereas with a motor home, you may have to stay at a hotel until repairs are completed.
What kind of storage do you need?
Bus-type vehicles and motor homes that have “basement storage” are fantastic if your life is on the road or you simply need a lot of storage room. Fifth-wheels tend to have less storage underneath, yet there are several models with quite a good amount of storage inside, and you learn to be very efficient with storage after a while.
What amenities do you truly need?
For us, a prerequisite if we ever traded vehicles is a washer and dryer. We are work campers, and stay put for months at a time. Unlike campgrounds and resorts, most state/federal parks do not have laundry rooms; therefore, we typically have to drive a minimum of 30 minutes to a nearby town to use the Laundromat.
We also wish we had a larger refrigerator. For vacations a small one is fine, but for actual living, a larger version would be preferred.
Certainly there are a plethora of anesthetic options and choices, but if you are starting out for the first time on the road, the functionality and livability should be the top issues to consider, and they are very often overlooked when standing here, and gaping in awe at a sparkling new RV.
Safe travels everyone!
“Flying free and loving it. Our home is where our wheels take us!”
It can be found in the treasure mine of history, western art, native American art and traditions of the Phippen Museum at 4701 Highway 89 N. Prescott, AZ.
Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the art sculptures made from scrap metal which are outside in their small park complete with picnic tables and a very small walking trail.
The treasures that will touch your heart are revealed in the lovely galleries and the awesome gift shop at the Phippen Museum.
Named after George Phippen, (1915 – 1966) a western artist who blessed the world with over 3000 creations. As a cancer survivor it was humbling to note that this great artist died from cancer at the age of 50.
He was not only a gifted painter. His talents also included being an accomplished sculptor. His works of love are centered around the daily lives of the westerns and show these early Americans in activities.
Here around a campfire and there a working cowboy. He personally worked as a rancher and well knew their daily life challenges. He was the first president of the Cowboy Artists of America. A recreation of part of his studio is featured here along with some of his best work. The George Phippen Memorial Foundation was formed in 1974 to offer a venue that would fully support his beloved western art.
The Foundation was able to open the museum to honor him and his art on October 13th, 1984. The Phippen Museum’s permanent collection features drawings, etchings, paintings, bronze sculptures, American Indian jewelry and artifacts from the 19th to the early 21st century.
The museum is dedicated to representing artists of the American West, Arizona’s Pioneering Women, Native American artists and the legendary craftsmen of saddles and cowboy tack such as Miles City Saddlery and Al Furstenow.
Grumpy loved the informative talk about the history of the A.Z. Rangers. He was fascinated by the rifles and was thrilled to find one with an octagon barrel that was exactly like his first rifle. Memories flooded in and we spent time walking down memory lane. He loved the hand guns there as well.
The saddles of different types along with the lariats brought back memories of our childhoods being raised on ranches in Montana and the cattle drives we had taken part in. He loved the chuck wagon and buckboards which are also housed inside the museum. He was intrigued by the Indian baskets from different tribes.
One of my favorite exhibits was the 3 dimensional Dioramas of RG Rodell. This gallery has the perfect lighting to show off their unique beauty. He was famous worldwide for the miniature outdoor settings he created each unique three dimensional piece to reflect the natural wonders of the West. He crafted these unique pieces by combined painting, carvings and natural materials inside a glass-covered box to create an outdoor scene. It is no wonder that these awesome pieces of art became coveted collectors’ items.
The museum is a frequent haunt of the locals and keeps their freshness by scheduling shows of well known Western Artists and up and coming newer Artists. A great variety of art work is presented, making this a must see in Prescott, AZ. We came for an hour and stayed for three and a half! A totally enjoyable afternoon.
So I meet my mate which happens to be a full time RV’er. But let me give you a little Bio on myself. I’m a mother of 6 and grandmother of 8. I’ve worked my whole life and now my kids are all grown up.
I meet this wonderful person that becomes my best friend but he lives on the road. What to do? Can I quit my job and travel? What will I do with myself? I told my kids their whole life, ” when I get old, I’m buying a camper and hitting the road”.
“Your Mom’s going to wear sundresses, aprons and combat boots all day, everyday if I want.” “I’ll send postcards as I’m leaving one place going to the other”. lol
Did I believe that dream would ever happen. Of course not! It was a pipe dream to say the least.
Again, I meet a wonderful person that ends up being a perfect match that offers me my dream.
Should be an easy decision right? NOT!
How can we combine “things” to fit in an RV? What do I bring? How would I keep myself occupied? I start figuring these answers out and my OCD kicks In. I explain to Steve how I’d probably make him miserable with my OCD, everything having to go in the right place, my constant cleaning and organizing. And he just smiles and says, ” that’s great.” Well dang, I can’t scare him off even trying.
Long story short I decide to take the plunge and we plan a date for my retirement. As time approaches, I get nervous but never lose the excitement.
Right about d-day we find out the RV is totaled due to a bent frame after being stuck in the mud and pulled out by a tow truck. Oh crap…… But we look at the bright side, a new RV for a new start.
Seemed simple at the time. After dealing with the insurance company we realize the money we’re to receive will not replace the 42ft RV. Do we get another and finance? I was not comfortable with that option,being on a fixed income. Buy if we purchase what we can it will be smaller than what we have. What to do?
At this point I’ve already quit my job and am freaking out a bit. But I say my Mantra, “this is fun, I can do this”. Over and over. (Maybe brainwashing myself?)
On the day I quit we headed to my sons house in Ringgold, GA. The first stop of visiting kids and grand kids everywhere before heading to Arizona.
Then we began our RV search. Ugh….. Again not as easy as we thought.
I liked several but as I learned quickly, “the holding tanks we not big enough, the water tanks not big enough, not enough room for solar panels and batteries, no room to build a desk for Ham radio, etc”. Sooooooo? At least it has a big closet for my shoes! After a quick lesson on why these things are important I give in.
Did I mention that during all of this we’re also planning Quartzfest 2013? Oh yea…. And hoping we find an RV in time to make it to the event.
We finally find a RV but only 30 ft. As I look around I think, how in the world will we fit ourselves, 3 dogs, and everything we own in here? Not possible. Then I say to myself, “self… You need a closet trailor”. And self said, ” that’s a great idea’”.
Well, actually deep inside I thought how wonderful it would be if we purchased an enclosed trailor, built me a closet in it for clothes, etc and the rest of the trailor could be for “my perfect mates’s JUNK.
I presented this idea to Steve convinced it would make him realize that I’m going to drive him nuts. Don’t ya know this man smiled and said, “great idea”. Hummmm kinda fishy that he’s so agreeable.
As I write, we’re still at my sons, we’ve picked out a RV and are waiting on a check from the insurance company. We’ll also go purchase the enclosed trailor by the end of the week. After that there will be a mad dash to move things to new RV and trailor, deciding what to keep and trash. (Steve’s stuff, when he’s not looking of course) and getting the insurance company to pick the old one up.
After that and visiting family?
Oh lord… I guess I’ll be a full time RV’er with no major bills, a small area to clean, learning to put up with different beautiful sights along the way to wherever I want to go, meeting wonderful news friends. Geez… I don’t know how I’ll do it!
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Driving across the country in an RV can be addicting. Once you get a feel for the road, the desire to drive becomes constant. Owning an RV can make a vacation less expensive and may even prompt you to start living in your RV full-time. Spending more time in your RV can be a wonderful experience, but the more hours that you spend behind the wheel, the more important it is to keep safety in mind. Keep the following safety precautions in mind before any trip.
Functional carbon monoxide detector
As winter approaches, you will be utilizing your furnaces and heaters more frequently. Keeping warm is important, but it is just as important to do so in a safe manner. Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious and can be deadly. Make sure that you seek medical help if faced with the following symptoms:
The gas can be caused by coal, propane, wood, oil, gasoline and natural gas. In short, carbon monoxide is easy to come by in an RV. Since it is colorless and odorless, it is vital to have a working carbon monoxide detector to warn you of a leak. Don’t risk your family’s lives by gambling on your detector.
Check your smoke detectors once a week when you are on the road. Whether it is battery operated or wired, you can’t afford to risk a malfunctioning smoke detector if a fire should break out. A few minutes can be the matter of life and death, so check those smoke detectors weekly. Keep spare batteries if your detector is battery operated and know where to go for help if it is a wire operated device.
If your smoke alarm goes off, you need to be able to put the fire out right away. Like the smoke detector, first make sure that your fire extinguisher is in working order and up to date. Also, let your entire family know where it is located. It should be in an easy to reach spot that you could get to at any time. Lastly, make certain it’s universal and can put out all fires. You don’t want a Class A extinguisher which contains water if a grease fire breaks out. Your fire extinguisher needs to be multipurpose.
Tires as well. Many car accidents begin with a blown tire, so this is one of the most important RV safety precautions.
Carry RV insurance
Even if you follow every last safety precaution and drive very carefully, accidents can still happen. You can’t control everything on the road, so make sure that you have RV insurance to cover you in case of an emergency. Learn the different policies based around how much time you spend on the road. RV insurance is not the same as regular automobile insurance, so make sure that you understand the differences and choose the policy to best suit your needs. You will enjoy the time you spend in your RV much more if you have safety equipment and good insurance to back you up. Being prepared allows you to stop worrying and start enjoying life on the road.
These tips were sent in by Joe Schembri who writes about RV-related topics. No matter if you’re in a small pop-up camper or a luxurious class c motorhome, it’s important to keep safety first.
Through this series, we are going to be sharing several tips to be sure that you’ll be able to visualize, plan then execute your very own full time RVing trip.
But before we get to the RV full time guidelines, this is the most critical principle:
Become flexible…it’s for your own good!
At every turn in your full time RV adventure, you are going to have challenges, even so, the key is to be versatile and also roll with the punches.
The way we started turning the full time RV dream into reality is by having one big map and over the dinner table, and also methodically organizing a geographically wishful path from the east coast to the west coast then back again. It was just the first stage of course, but an very important one in order to get the creative juices flowing.
And then we searched at RVing reference books and all sorts of Internet resources for the places around the United states and also Canada in which we planned to visit.
If ever there is 1 single book you should have to assist you with this section of your full time RV planning it’s Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways, a definitely must read!
We then handed the kids colored pencils and allowed them to gleefully colour the map to where they wished to visit. It looked wonderful! We then propped the map over a mantle and appreciated it each day.
This rough map later came to be our very personal full time RVing “vision board”. It was an excellent idea…a rough draft…but we all knew it necessary to be refined.
We then began the actual planning…and the entire route changed for the very first of A lot of times.
So this comes to our 2nd full time RVing rule:
Always be prepared to make changes!
Your full time RVing course can and will be “tweaked”; which as a result may change the following destination. So, just be versatile (remember “the most important rule?”)
As soon as your course is actually “set in stone” and you start in your journey, certain points of interest may possibly change once again.
(In fact we just changed our route to South Dakota and North Dakota today around this writing to be able to see our very good pal and also honorary Hell’s Angel, Dale Gorman).
Apart from Hell’s Angels and other kind of distractions, you can find all sorts of reasons which may change the route and plans and the greatest one of these is Mother Nature.
Mother Nature is a major force to reckon with. For us, it was re-routing much of the journey around the flooded mid-west. We had no option, National Park Campgrounds which we had reserved months in advance practically closed down because of flooding, so we had to sit back, look at a map and figure out “where to next?”.
When you are setting off knowing in your head that plans may possibly change then this isn’t monumental, it’s only a dip in the road, like numerous other things that might happen while RVing full time. However, if you cannot handle bending the route a bit, this might really feel disastrous for you.
Telling yourself that plans can change will prepare you for when they do, so now you can begin preparing it.
Below is the 1st in our RVing full time guidelines:
Step #1: Yes!, you can RV full time!
For my family, the full time RV trip began as an “imagine if we could possibly ever….” kind of totally free association. We all sat around the table, with US road maps and internet site books, and discussed matters just like:
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could…”
“Wouldn’t it be so nice for our family to have this experience together…”
“I just want to enjoy the moment while the kids are still young, and plan this while they’re thrilled about hitting the road…”
“I’d love to give my family members the opportunity to really begin to see the country…”
“I feel it can be a huge learning experience for the children…”
“Wouldn’t it be relaxing to try some thing new and exciting; to breakaway from our everyday routines and also spice things up…”
So free associate.
Then, tabulate all your answers and after that, thoroughly consider exactly what you’d like to do and what you would like to achieve.
Remember to keep The Full Time RV Payoff in Mind
Every single family has their own “pay off” for hitting the full time RV route. For us, it was a combination of fabulous “pay offs”. We also made the decision the timing was ripe for the pickin’, so we did it our goal.
Should a full time RV trip is something that you and your family members choose to set about, our first tip is to talk about the ways that it will and can occur, and also shut out all the talk inside your mind (along with your well-intentioned acquaintances) about how it “can’t” happen.
Ignore these negative feelings:
“We can probably in no way afford it and my boss wouldn’t let me work from the road”
“We are only able to go if the baby was just just a little older”
“Our family of five might probably feel so trapped in a tin can just about all summer”
“How would I ever homeschool? – I’m not really a teacher”
“I can never do it, I do not have any idea exactly where to begin!”
Quit the negative self-talk. And then take road blocks one at a time, and think of some solutions on how you’ll be able to make it work.
And after that decide to get on the road full time RVing. The next step covers your RV full time Mission as well as Time frame.
My husband and I live full-time on the road in a 39 foot tour bus that has been converted into an RV. While this is considered fairly large by RV standards, it is a very small home, especially considering that we share it with one dog, two cats, and four tropical fish.
Keeping things uncluttered is vital for several reasons. First, we travel almost every day. Loose items simply cannot be lying around in a moving vehicle. At best, they will become a big mess as they slide and shift. At worst, they can become deadly projectiles in an accident.
Secondly, clutter can become overwhelming in such a small space. Our bedroom is 9 ft x 8 ft and our kitchen even tinier. Anything left on the counters or floor makes it seem even smaller. Travel is dusty, too, and it is much easier to clean a smooth, empty surface. The good news is that 300 square feet doesn’t take long to clean.
One way we have reduced clutter is by going electronic. Bills are paid online through a service. Paper bills are received at their facility, scanned, and emailed to me. We pay our taxes electronically. All our banking is done over the internet. We keep in touch with friends and family through email, our blog, Twitter, and phone calls. News, weather, and entertainment arrive via the web. We take digital photos and even conduct meetings using on-line conferencing software.
What paper we have left, such as pet vaccination certificates, vehicle registration/maintenance receipts, passports and marriage license, easily fits in a single file drawer.
Because we are on-line often, we each have our own laptop computer. They take up much less space than a desktop unit with a monitor, and are much easier to stow for travel.
We chose a clean, light, simple interior design for our bus to help reduce visual clutter. The plain maple cabinets used in every room have no knobs. The hardware that shows is all the same brushed stainless steel. All the window blinds are cream colored and very simple. Furniture is solid colors and patterns are limited to muted tones on the bedspread and throw pillows.
Items used often, such as the TV remote, reading glasses and camera, are stored in attractive wicker baskets or leather boxes. These neutrally-colored storage containers keep small items corralled and blend nicely with the countertops. They also make it simple for everything to have a place to be put away quickly before hitting the road.
The most important way we reduce clutter, however, is simply by having less stuff. Sometimes less means fewer. For instance, we gave away at least half of our clothing to prepare for RV life. What is left exactly fills the drawer and closet space we have. A strict “one in/one out” rule, which makes it easy to resist buying new clothes. More than 90 percent of our books were left behind. Place settings for four and a handful of knives and kitchen utensils suit us just fine.
By looking for items with multiple uses, we can often get by with less. Our mixing bowls double as serving bowls, a folding stool is used as a footrest, small padded trays are used both for dining and to hold the laptop computers, and bungee cords are used for everything. Washable microfiber towels when damp can clean floors, counters, ceiling, and shower; and when dry can dust, absorb leaks and spills, and pad breakable items.
Sometimes, less means smaller. We use two small scooters as our alternative transportation. They are light, fun and get fantastic fuel mileage. When possible, we look for items that collapse for storage. We have a collapsible ladder, laundry cart, exercise mat, pet carriers, and patio furniture. All were chosen to fit the small storages spaces we have available. Doesn’t fit? We don’t own it.
And sometimes, less means none. We don’t own a car, but when we need one (about once a year), we either borrow or rent. In fact, we choose to rent a number of bulky, seldom used items such as skis, bicycles and golf clubs. We visit laundromats all over the country and don’t need a washer and dryer.
None of these decluttering techniques seem like sacrifices to us. For our life of travel, less is definitely more. The reward has been freedom, simplicity, and happiness, and that’s an article for another day!
This is a guest post written and published by Louise Hornor at Unclutter.com
This list is simply our opinion based on our personal experiences and talking with actual owners. This article was written by full time rvers Jerry and Cynthia.
The RV Geeks have been RV snowbirds for 8 winters in a row, mostly in the Desert Southwest. This year, for the very first time, they spent the winter in the RV in a northern location.
Granted, the Lower Mainland of British Columbia isn’t exactly Manitoba when it comes to winter, but we’re far enough up in the mountains to get some freezing temperatures and snow out there.
In this video the RV Geeks show you all the steps they take to winter in their motorhome. They demonstrate how to keep the water hose from freezing and how to keep warm and comfortable.
You’ve probably read the section in your RV owner’s manual that describes keeping your water supply fresh and clean. You’ve probably also read an article or two on the subject. Maybe you’ve even attended a lecture on the topic. Nonetheless, a healthy water system is important enough to warrant an occasional reminder. So take a few minutes and brush up on the proper techniques and considerations.
One thing that every RVer shares is the need for fresh water. Our kitchens and bathrooms, regardless of size and amenities, depend on it. Keeping our RVs supplied with clean, fresh tasting water involves more than just hooking up a garden hose to a faucet. The following tips will help ensure that your water supply is clean and healthy.
Start by picking up a few essentials from your RV or camping supply store. You will need a potable water hose, because regular garden hoses can impart a bad taste to your water. Next, get a pressure reducer. Your RV water plumbing is a low pressure system. Too much pressure can cause burst joints which could ruin your trip and cause a lot of damage in your RV. Finally, pick up a good filter. To save money, some campers choose to buy filters from home supply stores and adapt them for use with their RV. Either way, filtering all of the water that goes into your RV will help ensure that you always have clean water available. While not essential, an under-sink charcoal filter for drinking water is a nice addition if your rig was not equipped with one.
Now that you have the necessary equipment, here’s how you use it. Let’s start with hooking up to a campground or RV park water supply. First run some water out of the faucet to clear any rust or other material that might have collected. Hook up your hose and run a little more water to flush it also. Now hook up your filter and pressure reducer, flush them, then hook up to the fresh water inlet hose connector on your RV. A second short length of potable water hose may make this easier.
BEFORE USING YOUR FRESH WATER supply tank for the first time, make sure to sanitize it. Follow instructions in your user manual. If you don”t use your fresh water tank for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to sanitize it again before refilling. Also, if the water from your tank develops an unpleasant taste or odor, it’s probably time to re-sanitize.
Filling your supply tank is a lot like hooking up. You probably don’t need the pressure reducer, but otherwise, hook up your hose and filter and flush them as before. Then insert a hose end into the water inlet and fill.