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RV Recipes: Farmers Market Fresh Summer SandwichesRV Recipes: Farmers Market Fresh Summer Sandwiches | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


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

It’s farmer’s market season again which means lots of fresh fruits and veggies. In honor of this fresh season I thought I would share a few of my favorite summer sandwiches. These are great for bringing along on a hike, picnic, or anywhere you like.
Grilled Fontina and Blackberry Sandwich
This is an entirely, different, fresh grilled cheese sandwich. The fontina cheese and blackberries work so well together.
Five grain, everything, or other hearty whole grain bread
12 oz. fresh blackberries
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp evaporated cane juice
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. raw, unfiltered honey
1 tbsp. fresh thyme
In a bowl, mix the blackberries, nutmeg, and ECJ. Gently mash the blackberries with a fork.
Brush one side of each slice of bread with the olive oil. Heat a pan or use a griddle to to....

Are you Prepared for Unexpected Emergencies?Are you Prepared for Unexpected Emergencies? | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


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

The great thing about RVing is, of course, the travel. You can strike out cross country to visit new places and meet interesting people. It also means that you could be many miles away if there was an emergency back home or with your loved ones. You could find yourself in a strange place without access to resources – or know where to find resources.

Would you be prepared?

Last August my first grandbaby was born. I was in South Carolina and he was in Louisiana, but this grandma was not about to be deterred by a few miles! I had a little cash stash that I used to rent a car and zip down there for a few days (he is GORGEOUS, by the way!).

It got me thinking, though. Preparation is important. After something happens, your window to plan and prepare goes away and you are left to a reactive resp....


DIY Healthy Scents for Your RVDIY Healthy Scents for Your RV | Blogs | RV Tips & Education


Author : on 30-Mar-2017 in RV Tips & Education

Scent is important. We tie it to special memories, use it to relax after a tough day, and infuse it through out homes to make our environment smell better. We use air fresheners, wax melts, potpourri, and candles to bring those scents into our homes – and our RVs. Unfortunately, the majority of those products that line the store shelves (and smell so good) are laden with toxic, harmful chemicals that can actually make you sick – very sick.

Related Read: 10 ways Your RV could be Making you Sick (and what to do about it)

Paraffin, an ingredient in most scented candles and wax melts, is a waste product of petroleum. It has to be chemically bleached and deodorized before it can be made into wax. When it is burned it emits toluene and benzene which is highly toxic. In fact, both are known car....


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....