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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in your RVHow to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in your RV | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 20-Jan-2017 in RV Tips & Education

A few weeks ago I was doing a little RV cleaning when I heard a frantic knocking on my door. I opened it to see my neighbor standing there, a wild look in her eye as she thrust a baggie toward me and in a breathless voice said, “What kind of bugs are these?”
Something told me that she didn’t really want to know, but I took the baggie, looked at the contents then looked at her with what I hope was sympathy (and not the relief I felt that they did not come from my RV).
“They’re bed bugs.” I replied somberly.
She was not happy with the news.

Related Read: RV Pest Control: Signs you might have a Pest Problem

I sent her some information and had my husband talk to her when he got home. More than 30 years in the pest control business does have its advantages. This is the advice we gave her and n....

Refresh Your RV’s Decor for $20 or LessRefresh Your RV’s Decor for $20 or Less | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 16-Jan-2017 in RV Tips & Education

Are you feeling a little antsy and looking for a change? Maybe it’s the post-holiday crash or the grey sky blues, whatever the case, here are a few quick changes you can make to your RV to refresh, update, or makeover.

Related Read: The Best Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues in an RV

Maps as Wallpaper
Maps make great wallpaper and are a great theme for an RV. You can buy them new at gas stations or Walmart if you want something that looks new (just iron out the creases). However, if you want something with some character, you may opt for older maps and atlases. Poke around at thrift stores and yard sales to find some great, weathered beauties.
What it’ll cost ya: $14 for an atlas and $13 for a wall map. The USGS website has some incredible maps that are sure to impress.

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New Bill would give a Tax Write Off for Outdoor Gear, Sporting Goods, and Gym MembershipsNew Bill would give a Tax Write Off for Outdoor Gear, Sporting Goods, and Gym Memberships | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 11-Jan-2017 in RV Tips & Education

It seems that the powers that be are coming to understand what we RVers have known all along: physical activity, especially of the outdoor variety, keeps you healthy. In fact, Senator Charles Boustany of Louisiana and Senator Ron Kind of Wisconsin have introduced a bill to the House of Representatives that would make fitness-related “qualifying purchases” tax deductible.
They brought it before the House in 2015, but it has been gaining support to the point that it looks like 2017 may be its year. The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Section 3 of the bill summarizes the goal as “certain amounts paid for physical activity, fitness, and exercise treated as amounts paid for medical care.”

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10 ways Your RV could be Making you Sick (and what to do about it)10 ways Your RV could be Making you Sick (and what to do about it) | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 06-Jan-2017 in RV Tips & Education

Our RVs are supposed to be happy places full of fun and laughter. However, there are some things that you may be doing that are making you sick. Take a look at this list. Are you guilty of any of them?
  1. Blender – Failure to thoroughly clean your blender after each use could be inviting illness into your RV (and no, the alcohol you use in the margaritas does not sanitize the unit!). Liquids that collect at the bottom of the blender can become home to such lovely houseguests as E. coli and salmonella, turning your healthy concoction into a vehicle for Martian death flu. Protect yourself by cleaning your blender after each use. Wash your hands well, take the appliance apart and clean each component, rinse well, and dry before you store it.

Related Read: Avoiding Food Poisoning on the Road: The....

Winter Outdoor Activity Safety TipsWinter Outdoor Activity Safety Tips | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 03-Jan-2017 in RV Tips & Education

I love winter. I love the cold, the snow, the crispness in the air. But winter can be cruel and the weather can turn on you in an instant. If you will be RVing to any winter wonderlands and enjoying some outdoor activities, make sure you make safety a priority. Here are some of my best tips for staying safe during winter outdoor activities.

Dress in Layers
Dressing in layers will help you avoid getting too chilled – or overheated. Yes, you can dress too warmly in cold weather and that’s not good. When you get too warm, you start to sweat. As the sweat evaporates it pulls the hear from your body causing you to feel chilled. When exercising, cycling, hiking, or doing anything that requires physical exertion, the first layer you put on should be something that wicks sweat from your skin. P....

Where to Find RV Coupons and DealsWhere to Find RV Coupons and Deals | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 26-Dec-2016 in RV Tips & Education

I don’t know about you, but I love a good deal. I clip coupons, search for codes when I shop online, and use my favorite cash back site to get the most out of my shopping dollars. These are some of my go-tos when I want to find a great RV deal or two.

Related Read: Money Saving Tips: 5 Ways to Save in your RV

Coupons and Discounts
There are plenty of coupon sites out there, but you eventually get to a point where they are redundant. I found these sites to have some pretty good RV coupons and deals with very little overlap.

I like this site because I can find coupons or coupon codes for just about anything. Many people think they just have grocery coupons but that isn’t true. You can find so much more on here. They have printable coupons, codes, cash back offers, and loyalty ....

Top 5 Winter Weather Gear for Outdoor ActivitiesTop 5 Winter Weather Gear for Outdoor Activities | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 23-Dec-2016 in RV Tips & Education

One of the great things about RVing is that you are so mobile. If you are in a warm climate and would like a little cold weather action you can be there in a couple of days. Now I realize that many people head south when the winter chill takes hold, especially with some of the crazy cold weather some parts of the country are experiencing, but for those of you who like a little adventure, the winter weather beckons. Before you head out to hit the trail or any other winter weather outdoor activities, you do need to take a few extra precautions. Stow this gear in your backpack before you head out – just in case.

Related Read: Top RV Winter Destinations

Flashlight and Extra Batteries
Winter days yield a lot less light. Darkness can creep up on you quickly, especially in stormy conditions. Carr....

Top RV Winter DestinationsTop RV Winter Destinations | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 22-Dec-2016 in RV Tips & Education

I love winter – all of it. I love the snow, the cold, the chill in the air, the hush that comes over the world when a new blanket of snow covers the ground. What can I say? I may have grown up in Louisiana, but my time in Montana turned me into a good ole northern girl. I love every bit if a good, chilly, northern winter.
My husband says you should never have to shovel the weather.

Related Read: Camping During the Winter Months

He also says that no one ever slipped on sunshine.

He is not a winter person.

Currently, we are in South Carolina, in the Charleston area. It isn’t too bad, weather is actually a bit of an adventure here. Today the low is 58 degrees, but tomorrow it is expected to be 42 degrees. Thursday should see a low of 30 degrees and Friday it’s back up into the 50s. Peopl....

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Must Have RV Gifts for 2016Must Have RV Gifts for 2016 | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 19-Dec-2016 in RV Tips & Education

As promised, here are my picks for the must have RV gifts of 2016. Whether you are planning an RV vacation or thinking about going full time in 2017, these RV gadgets and accessories will definitely help you along.

RV Solar Kit
No hook ups, no problem! Use the sun to power your television, AC, and other appliances – without a noisy generator. Solar kits are a totally green way to power your RV. The kits usually run a little cheaper than getting your panels, inverter system, and other components separately. It might be a little pricey, but well worth the cost for the RVer who is out for three or more days at a time.

Portable Reclining Camp Chair
When you are sitting around the fire pit or grilling a couple of steaks, a comfy chair is a necessity. And let’s face it, most camp chairs aren’t....

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10 Last Minute RV Stocking Stuffers10 Last Minute RV Stocking Stuffers | Blogs | RV Tips & Education

Author : on 15-Dec-2016 in RV Tips & Education

I love gadgets. Tech gadgets, RV gadgets – well pretty much anything cool gets my attention. So, I’m pretty good about keeping my finger on the pulse of uber cool RV gadgets. Here are a few of my picks for some last-minute RV stocking stuffers. Be inspired!

RV 6 Tire Pressure Monitor
Your RV tires are very important. A problem with them could leave you boondocking on the side of the road or cut your vacation short. The RVer in your life will love to find this tire monitor in their stocking. It checks for high temps, high and low pressure, and slow leaks – 24/7. The warnings and alerts are customizable and have great range so they work on most RVs and travel trailers without the need for a booster. Don’t send your RVer on the road without this handy gadget.

Spot Trace Anti-Theft Tracker
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