November 7, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminBy Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers We were fortunate to have several highly experienced nurses among the travelers on our caravan trip to the Canadian Maritimes this summer, including Sarah from Seattle, who gave me good advice when I was having severe heartburn.  With that in mind, she forwarded this article, which I found very interesting.  Maybe if you read all the way through it, Sarah may save your life (and it’s not just for females).  At the end I have printed comments to previous blogs. Female Heart Attacks The Emergency Room nurse who wrote this, begins … I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever read.  Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have … you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies.  Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack. I had a heart attack at about 10:30 p.m. with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that... Read more

Driving An RV. How Old Is Too Old?

July 29, 2010 by Lug_Nut · 54 Comments 

A Lug_Nut pondering thought.   A while ago, while staying in an RV resort, I got to thinking about the aging population.  Of those that enjoy RVing today many are in the upper middle age group.  This is particularly true when looking at the people that own larger RV’s like motor homes and 5th wheel trailers combinations.  Despite the average age of people that own RV’s in the U.S. being in the mid forties, one must realize that RV;s include everything from a tent trailer and up. In the larger class of both motor homes and trailers there are many owners that are 65 years old and older.  This may be partially due to the cost of some of these rigs.  For the investment required, the average working person could not possibly reap enough benefits from it given the available free time their job may offer.  Then of course there is the affordability.  Life is backwards, by the time you can afford what you want, you are too old to enjoy it.  Well, that may fit most cases, but with an RV that may not hold true. So, how old is too old to operate a motor home or trailer combination?  There is no correct answer.  There is a time when one must quit.  This time is when one may become either physically or mentally unable to operate their vehicle in a safe manner for all concerned.  This does not only affect aging drivers, but applies to all.  But, we will look at those that are caused by age. What actually causes this to happen to an otherwise healthy senior citizen?  His eye... Read more

Our Alaska Trip Part XVII Going It Alone With the Group

July 5, 2010 by Barry & Monique Zander · 12 Comments 

This is the 17th in a continuing series about our trip to Alaska   Monday and Tuesday are free days for members of the caravan, a chance to drive or fly to the Arctic Circle or some other desolate spots, return to North Pole, Alaska, for a missed opportunity of hard-core shopping, or just resting.  We’re not doing any of the above.  Today we are catching up on routine RVing tasks, including laundry, rehabilitating our trailer and, of course, sitting at the computer.  As the weather clears, we will head to town to see what’s left.  I’ll have some photos from a very busy day yesterday at the end of this article, but I want to digress in this issue to talk about caravanning as an unaccompanied driver.   Without a doubt the bravest of our tribe of RVers is Karen, who is driving almost alone with her bird Bobby at her side.  Karen drives a Winnebago View, a 23.5-foot motor home without a “toad.”  From my conversation with her, she seems to have five obstacles not faced by most of us, but all of these would apply whether she were in the Lower 48, Canada or Alaska: 1)     She is single so she has to do everything herself, unless others volunteer to help 2)     She is not retired – the rest of us are 3)     She doesn’t have a separate vehicle to use on the road, like all but one other member of the group 4)     She is slightly disabled, a situation which got much worse when she injured the sciatic nerve in her back. 5)     She cares for Bobby.   Again,... Read more

Six Words About Your RV Life

September 24, 2009 by Evanne Schmarder · 58 Comments 

Hello intrepid travelers, Calling all wordsmiths, writers, witty individuals or families…can you condense your RV and camping experiences and expectations into six words? I double dog dare ya to share Six Words About Your RV Life!! Have you heard of the six word memoirs project from SMITH Magazine? In 2006 the fine minds behind SMITH Magazine offered aspiring writers, poets, those with something to say, and plain ole witty folk an opportunity to tell their story in six words. It’s said that Hemingway did just that when challenged to write a six word story. He came up with this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  Thousands of others from the famous to the neighbor-next-door have submitted their six word story in several SMITH Magazine projects including a series on Love & Heartbreak. And this got me thinking about my own six word memoirs…stories about my life on the road, as an RVer. My motto and the RV Cooking Show’s tag line is a mere six words – “Love to travel. Love to eat.” I quickly realized we all have a story to tell, a short ditty to share – especially when it comes to our RV and camping travels. So, with much anticipation and excitement I am delighted to introduce a special six word series – Six Words About Your RV Life. Think about your adventures and see if you can craft a six word memoir about your RV vacation, lifestyle, camping experiences. Leave your six words on my RVCookingShow blog or right here on this blog posting – Six... Read more

RVers with Special Needs

May 6, 2009 by Bernice Beard · 8 Comments 

Many people with special needs find that they can travel in comfort and convenience in an RV. More than a dozen manufacturers offer RVs and conversion vans with features such as wheelchair lifts or ramps, roll-under sinks, and lower kitchen counters and cabinets. Additional information on services for travelers with disabilities is available at the following locations: forum: RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues Travelin’ Talk Network Woodalls Search the Web using “handicapped accessible RV.” Visit Click on the Specialty Vehicles link at the bottom of the home page. Visit, a Web site dedicated to mature and disabled travelers. Click to the Links page, then click on Transportation for further leads on whom to contact to rent accessible vans and motorhomes. Read more  Read More →

Your Body, Time for Scheduled Maintenance.

March 23, 2009 by Gary Smith, Jr. · Comments Off 

This time of year most of us are planning on getting our campers and Tow vehicles or toads in shape for camping.  We are changing oil and putting in new batteries and cleaning awnings and all the other stuff to get ready for the spring, summer camping season.   One of the biggest things that we forget to do is take the time and get ourselves checked out.  Think of it this way, you wouldn’t expect your camper to tow well (or safely) with the wheels damaged or tires bald would you?  Well, how to you think you can safely camp if your own wheels (legs) are having problems? So I would like to encourage all of you to go see your doctor and have a check up.  Think of it as your ten-thousand mile maintenance for your body.  But what most of us don’t know is how to approach a check up.  To be honest, most of us are afraid of our doctors.  Folks, they are just people too…. Heck, some of them even like to camp; ask them you maybe surprised.  But how do you get the most out of your doctors visit? Read more  Read More →

Moving and Preexisting Conditions.

February 23, 2009 by Gary Smith, Jr. · 5 Comments 

First off, I want to say to my readers (if any of you remember me) that I am sorry I haven’t written anything lately.  Life outside of camping and RV.Net sometimes takes all of your time.  So, let me tell you what has happened to me in real life.  As some of you know, we have been looking for a new house out in the country (we like camping so it should follow we like the country).  We had several near misses and looked at some wonderful and beautiful homes.  It seemed that when we found a nice piece of land, we didn’t like the house and, when we liked the house, the land was less than wonderful.  Still we found several that we liked but could never come to terms.  However late in November that changed, we found a three bedroom farm house on 11 1/2 acres.  We made a very reasonable offer, and, almost to our surprise, it was quickly accepted.  Which was nice because we were having storage and other problems at our old place and wanted to move quickly.  Now I hadn’t purchased property in many years, and found some of the new government rules and regulations to be very, very confusing as well as well as having to play the mortgage percentage game! But to make a long story short, we started MOVING Thanksgiving weekend, for us it was truly Thanksgiving!  So, that is when we lost our internet connection.  But the following Monday my real problems began.   As some of you know, I hunt, and I was out on the first day of buck season with my daughter.  While... Read more

Our Grand Adventure and Parking the Rig

December 17, 2008 by Brad Sears · 6 Comments 

RV Parking “on the Road” Our Grand Adventure is moving along swimmingly. We have traveled from the Pacific Northwest down the magnificent coastline to Southern California. But a common problem with a big RV is parking. In a lot of the National Forest campgrounds, we are too big. In California, a number of the State Park campgrounds have signs, “No Trailers or Motorhomes”. That is, in the ones that are open during the winter. In California, posted rest areas allow overnight “rest”, not camping. Scenic overlooks are posted, “no overnight parking or camping”. However, in the National Forest along CA Pacific Coast Rte 1, a National Forest site host, with only short RV options available and night upon us, suggested to park in an overlook. So the rules appear to be different on federal land. We had an experience the other day while visiting the town of Solvang, CA, that took the fine edge off a visit to their unique town. Solvang is a Danish-themed village founded in the early 1900’s as a base for a Danish school. The town is unique in its architecture, typical of what would be found in Denmark. Delightful shops and restaurants line the streets and invite tourists. Solvang spends a good deal of money on advertising and for the most part the town lives up to its advertising. However, we encountered an attitude among a few of its inhabitants that left a bad taste. I am not sure how you do your snooping and sightseeing when on the... Read more

Are you ready for the unexpected??

December 15, 2008 by Tony Cornett · 7 Comments 

From the desk of Firedude My last blog was regarding RV’ing/Full-timing and your health. This one is a spin off from that. In this blog I want to make sure potential full-timers and others are aware of unexpected and possible “hidden’ costs. It even drives home the point of pre-planning your full-timing and when you do your budgeting be sure to have some offset funds to provide for the unexpected. These unexpected things can put a dent in things as I have found out. It really applies to all RV’ers and not just full-timers. Those taking extended trips can be affected as well. I had explained in my book about my medical encounters while Full-timing in regards to the tumor in my neck that had to be removed and my wife’s cancer all of which was overcame successfully thank God. I had a pretty good nest egg before all this and thankfully so as it helped defray the huge medical bills encounter. I can’t emphasize enough about planning and having the ability to adapt and overcome in the full-timing world since it is ever so dynamic and things can change in an instant just as they can living the conventional lifestyle. being on the road makes it even more important! Ca you handle such unexpected things on the road? you betcha you can as I’ve explained in my book. Be prepared for the unexpected financial surprises. Have a plan. I was recently diagnosed with a form of skin cancer which will require surgery in a couple weeks. Just when I thought all... Read more

Full-timing, RV’ing and your health!

November 24, 2008 by Tony Cornett · 5 Comments 

From the desk of Firedude In this blog I’ll discuss the issues of health and well being specifically with full-timers, but it really applies to everyone. I can’t stress the importance of regular checkups such as your annual physicals ect. It’s so easy to retire and venture out into the world of full-timing, traveling, seeing the sites and all the lifestyle has to offer and slough off the importance of these checkups just because you happen to feel OK so many feel there’s no need. WRONG! Read more  Read More →

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