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Expanding Tiny Spaces with Multi-Functional FurnitureExpanding Tiny Spaces with Multi-Functional Furniture | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 23-Mar-2017 in RV Tips & Education

In an RV, space is limited. Tiny living areas require some creative safe saving measures and one of the most popular ways is with multi-functional furniture. You probably already have at least a few pieces that serve several purposes; RV manufacturers have been using them for years. Dinettes that convert to beds and sofa sleepers with storage are fairly standard in most RVs, but there is an emergence of furniture pieces that have three uses – or even more.

Related Read: Spring Cleaning-Let’s Get Organized

My husband and I are planning to replace our sofa with a multi-functional piece so I’ve been looking at various options. My search has revealed not just sofas, but other interesting, useful pieces as well. Some of these are pretty cool. Do you think they would work in your tiny space?

Du....

What is your RV Class Personality?What is your RV Class Personality? | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 21-Mar-2017 in RV Tips & Education

Ever wonder what class motorhome you are best suited for? This little quiz will help you sort it all out.

1. When hitting the road, I:
A. Don’t need a lot of living space. Give me a simple bathroom, a little kitchen, and a place to sleep and I’m good to go!
B. Don’t want to feel cramped. I like to have some space to move around.
C. Like plenty of living space. Basically, I just want to bring my apartment with me.

2. When it comes to storage:
A. I’m a minimalist. I don’t have a lot of stuff so I don’t need a lot of cargo space.
B. I like the option of extra storage. I don’t need to carry a bunch of stuff with me but I do enjoy a few of the comforts of home.
C. I like to carry everything I need, everything I might need, and lots of things I will probably never need.

3. When taking day trips ....

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The Green RV: Chemical Free Cleaning ProductsThe Green RV: Chemical Free Cleaning Products | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 14-Mar-2017 in RV Tips & Education

It’s no big secret that the majority of our household cleaners are laden with chemicals. My SPD makes me extremely sensitive to them, but I also prefer to avoid them when I can. This is especially true in an RV. The close quarters can make it seem like there is a toxic cloud hanging over your entire living space – and some of it is toxic.

Related Read: Natural Cleaning Products for the RV

Going green with your RV cleaning makes it a much healthier place to live. You won’t be breathing in chemicals that could make you sick or even cause injury to your nasal passages and lungs. The can also cause asthma, allergies, and other health conditions. Green products are saver overall and provide better air quality for a purer environment. You know what’s going into your products and there are fe....

Avoid Clutter: Evaluating Your Buying HabitsAvoid Clutter: Evaluating Your Buying Habits | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 13-Mar-2017 in RV Tips & Education

There was a time when I bought camping gear just because it was cool or new. It wasn’t long, though, before my stuff was taking over and I was running out of space. Every new gadget that came along I had to have it. I didn’t take the time to evaluate whether it was necessary.

Related Read: My 10 Favorite, Must-Have Gadgets for Full Timers

Some years ago I knew a set of twins. They had grown up in the city and had led fairly sheltered lives. One year they decided to visit their older brother in Wyoming and go elk hunting. They had never hunted- or camped. They had no idea what they needed.

This was before internet so they pulled out the Sears catalog and flipped to the outdoor section. From there, they made their list then went and bought all the stuff that they had circled. They had way mo....

Weathering the Weather Related MigraineWeathering the Weather Related Migraine | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 01-Mar-2017 in RV Tips & Education

One of the coolest parts of RVing is the travel, the discovery of new areas and visiting favorite destination. However, going from one city or even state to another not only do you get to take in new sights, you also often get to experience different weather. If you are sensitive to climate and weather patterns as triggers for a migraine, you could end up with a doozie of a headache.

Related Read: RV Health: Staying Healthy in Varying Climates

Spring is turning my little corner of the world into a lush, green, flowery, pollen infested wonderland. I spent the last week battling brutal allergies sprinkled with an extended play migraine sprinkled with ice pick headaches for added fun. It also happens when I travel. Last March I traveled from Charleston to Williamsburg, South Carolina. It took....

Finding Stability in a Nomadic Lifestyle – Part 2Finding Stability in a Nomadic Lifestyle – Part 2 | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 23-Feb-2017 in RV Tips & Education

This is the second part of my post on finding stability when you live on the road. There are actually a lot of little things you can do like putting money into savings each month or setting goals. Many times, it depends on the person. What one person may find grounding another may see no value in it at all. You have to find your balance, your methods of keeping your feet on the ground.

Plant a garden.
Container gardens are pretty hot right now and they are great for the RVer because you can just pick up your garden and take it with you. Of course, you need to keep it small, a few potted veggies or herbs should do the trick, but if you have the ability to transport them without much drama, then go for it. That way you can enjoy the grounding activity of tending your garden wherever you are.
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Finding Stability in a Nomadic Lifestyle – Part 1Finding Stability in a Nomadic Lifestyle – Part 1 | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 21-Feb-2017 in RV Tips & Education

When my husband and I first decided to get a travel trailer the first thing (and I do mean the FIRST thing) that people said was, “Oh, that will make you look so unstable.” In a world that values a societal ideal of stability (which is often an illusion) we were going against the grain.
And the folks were freaking out.

Related Read: Ready…Set…Wait! Becoming a Full-Timer

If your living space is mobile, if you travel often (in an RV or otherwise), or if you simply move a lot, stability can be an issue. While you don’t necessarily have to have a fixed address or even a traditional job to be stable, there are some things you should do to stay grounded. It can be a tightwire act too, especially in the beginning when you are still trying to get your feet under you. It’s very easy for life stu....

RV Friendly Crafts You can do this WeekendRV Friendly Crafts You can do this Weekend | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 17-Feb-2017 in RV Tips & Education

RVs and crafts just seem to go together. Just about every RVer I know enjoys some type of craft. Even I am a crafty sort now and then. I enjoy doing unusual things with beads (I make some pretty awesome beaded spiders) and dabble in a few other things. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to pursue my craft projects, my writing had kept me busy with both work and personal projects (I just finished my latest book and am working on another).

Related Read: Road Trip games for the whole family to enjoy!

However, I do plan to enjoy some downtime at some point and plan to fully utilize it to complete some existing projects and start a few new ones. Naturally I scoured Pinterest for ideas and how-to articles, picking out some that looked fairly doable. I have giggled over my fair share of Pinte....

Preventing Mold in your RV Preventing Mold in your RV | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 15-Feb-2017 in RV Tips & Education

Mold is a common problem in RVs. Take a cruise through some RV forums and you’ll find befuddled RVers seeking answers to mold, mildew, and dampness issues. Make no mistake, it can be a real problem. Mold can exacerbate certain respiratory issues and cause others. You don’t want to play with it.

I’ve shared in the past my own story with a moldy RV. I still have issues from breathing those spores for so long – so does my little dog.

So, in order to hopefully spare you some moldy angst, I’ve assembled a few mold busting tips taken from mold experts, boat owners, and, yes, good ole RVers.

Run a Dehumidifier (if you have electricity)
Running a small electric dehumidifier can cut down on the moisture and keep your RV dry and mold free. Amazon has a number of dehumidifiers for RVs in varying price....

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Road Work: Avoiding Homebased Work BurnoutRoad Work: Avoiding Homebased Work Burnout | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 09-Feb-2017 in RV Tips & Education

I love working from home. As a fully committed introvert, this work arrangement suits me just fine. However, even I, a person just shy of full out hermit status, get burned out from time to time. I am a freelance writer which means as long as I have internet I’m in business. It also means lots of deadlines, some of them pretty crazy as well as delving into a project and getting so wrapped up in it I just lose myself. It’s great to be able to work wherever you are, but it is important to maintain a good work life balance to avoid homebased work burnout.

Related Read: Maintaining Balance: Working from the Road

There are many different reasons that a person may burn out at work. Work at home burnout can be a little different but actually not all that much. Just like a regular job, factors lik....