RV lifestyle is not for everyone, to know for sure if it’s for you, you can try it first before spending a lot of money for something you might not like. What you can do is to use one of the RV delivery services. There are some businesses that do this, but peer to peer websites like RV Plus You connects RV owners with campers who are not yet ready or don’t want to buy an RV but still want to enjoy RV camping.
Here are some things that you need to know about what RV Delivered Rentals entail:
What is a Delivered RV?
First of all, it is important to note that RVs are available in different sizes, styles, and models. Therefore, if you want to rent one, you may request a specific size and style to be delivered to the campground. The website will make it simple to find the right one by displaying pictures and descriptions of the RVs.
Great for the Novice Campers
Unlike the veteran camper, the needs of a novice camper are usually vastly different. Novice campers can simply rent one for a specific time frame. Also, based on your interest, there is very little that will need to be done after it has been delivered. The owner will deliver the RV for you to the campground you choose, so won’t have to deal with driving.
RVing Helps You to Get Closer to Nature
Many of today’s youngsters spend a lot of time inside of their homes in front of their desktop and laptop computers. In some situations, the time that they spend can be viewed as educational, while others are simply recreational. In either case, these times can better be used on the outside connecting with nature because there is still a lot to be learned. Fortunately, when people begin to change their attitudes and styles of living, they may find that an RV can help to facilitate comfortable late nights listening to the sounds of crickets and other audible things in nature. Also RV camping helps people to enjoy the primary comforts of home such as the microwave or comfortable bed along with the sound of the birds in the morning.
To that end, here are 5 common activities that you can enjoy with the convenience of a RV:
• Hike to the nearest panoramic view
• Canoing and kayaking
• Watching the sunrise and the sunset outside
• Sitting around the fire in the evenings in nature
• A time out of business life to breathe in the fresh air
I’ve been full-timing in an RV for almost two years. RVs provide wide-open space for unlimited exploration, but it also becomes your compact home. Saving space is essential for daily activities. And when the weather doesn’t permit, or you simply want to stay in the comfort of your RV you need to be creative when it comes to exercising since space is very limited. I, for example don’t have enough floor space to put down a yoga mat, so most my exercising will be on the bed.
Creating the perfect amount of space and having the correct size equipment for your RV can help you get a proper workout. Like most RVs, space is a luxury, but clever owners find ways to make room. Fold away tables, as ensuring there are enough storage units can create a clutter-free instant gym. Your next step is to find easily storable and size-appropriate equipment.
Free weights are not only versatile, they can also be tucked away when not in use. You only need small weights like a set of neoprene dumbbells to give you enough strength training while limiting your range of motion. Use them to do squats, bicep and triceps curls, wrist and arm lifts, and more. They come with 2lbs, 3lbs, and 5lbs weights, so they fit any exercise and anyone’s workout routine. A weight stand is included to keep your weights accounted for and secure during travel.
Strength and endurance
If you are in need of strength and endurance training then a stationary mini exercise bike serves both purposes. I have one of these which I use on days when I don’t get to go outside. I am just watching TV sitting while biking. You also can use this compact machine to exercise your legs or arms in small narrow rooms or even in your RV walkway. The top handle makes it easy and light to carry to find the perfect spot to cycle. Then use the safety straps to secure your feet or hands. Adjust the tension between 8 settings to either get a longer cardo workout or a short burst of strength training. Watch the LCD screen as it indicates your calories burned and distance achieved. When you are done the small bike is designed to be tucked under a bed or inside a closet.
For joggers, a low impact elliptical may seem like a daydream in an RV. But, a hands-free elliptical makes your dream come true. Sit or stand and this machine does the rest. Its sturdy steel design and slip-free petals keep you in place while getting a cardio workout that mimics your outdoor run without the strain on your joints. Keep track of your calories and strides per minute with a small rotating monitor. It also has an adjustable tension gauge that can simulate a hill climb or a smooth flat surface. And like most ellipticals, it can go in reverse to give your calves an extra burn. Of course, your new tiny fitness track fits right next to your mini bike.
These convenient workout tips and products save you space, time, and money, because you just made a miniature gym right in your RV.
BOONDOCKING. Not a term familiar to everyone, it refers to stealth camping or dry camping, which means no electrical or water hookup for the RV. Typically boondockers will park overnight at a large store parking lot or campground, even truck stops and casinos. People boondock also on BLM (public) Lands where you can usually stay for 14 days at times. I know people who exclusively boondock so they have no housing expenses. They still have to make sure to fill up their water, dump their tanks and have the appropriate way to generate power, but it’s possible.
So how do you find the free sites? There are numerous resources available, such as Campendium or Boondockers Welcome, for those looking for boondocking sites and they offer members free parking at over 800 different places across America and Canada. The point of these services like Boondockers Welcome is to connect like-minded people with a passion for travel and boondocking.
Once you are a member you can search for spaces using several different parameters to locate what you need. You can search according to the size of your rig, the location of the parking space, outdoor activities you like to do, whether pets are allowed or not and Wi-Fi availability. I like places with nearby biking trails, I always carry my bicycle with me. You will be able to find a place that meets your needs and you can easily communicate with the site owner to request permission to park overnight. The owners will check their calendar, review your request and get back to you promptly.
Some members offer boondocking space regularly throughout the year whereas others are more restricted. Some hosts choose to hang out wither guests and often provide useful information about the area but this is not a requirement. Members can also restrict the use of generators, slide-outs and grills if they so choose. It is not much different than getting accommodations through Airbnb; you make contact and arrangements through the website and get a place to park your RV for the night. It is critical that all hosting members make sure they have adequate liability insurance coverage in the event there are any accidents or injuries on their property.
In addition to this, RV owners also want to have good insurance because state and province regulations vary greatly and you want to be sure you are covered. Once all is said and done, boondocking is a useful tool for RVers everywhere. Paying for campgrounds can get costly over time, especially if you are only staying a night at a time. Boondocking allows for free camping so you can focus on the more important aspects of your trip. For the most part, even though it is not mandatory, most host members offer electrical and water hookups for their guests, so it really makes it a more economical option over campgrounds.
So what’s the better way to get into boondocking?
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Living in your RV is a great way to find new landscapes while staying comfortable. I know that part of the adventure of traveling is exposure to different climates that you may not be accustomed to. I avoid cold places as much as I can but I have to say, Arizona and Southern California can be also cold (lower 30’s) during the nights in an RV. It is important to stay warm and I discovered several ways I can keep myself warm.
This is a no-brainer. Using the furnace can be expensive especially if you stay at parks where you are plugged in most of the times. The first recommended product to keep you warm in a small space is a personal mini heater. Most of the newer ones are safe to the touch because its surface stays cool even when it’s running. Some of them even shut off automatically when tipped over, this is great when you have pets or kids. This might not work if you have a large RV and you are at very cold temperatures, but there are larger ones that can be effective.
Classic Rubber Transparent Hot Water Bottle
I bought my hot water bottle a few weeks ago and I am using it almost every night. I put it under my blanket about an hour prior I go to bed and by the time I climb in, my bed is nice and cozy. This handy thermoplastic bottle is two liters and comes with a cozy knit cover for added comfort. It boasts a wide mouth to make it easier for you to fill with water. This is excellent to help you with the sore muscles that may come with cold weather or is useful for added heat while you are relaxing. Classic Rubber Bottle is also adaptable because it can also be used for cold water, in case you need it for the summer.
Lightweight Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bags are specially designed for travelers who may not want to stay in their RV to sleep. They come with different temperature ratings. I would suggest getting a really good one. It can also serve you if you need an additional bed for a guest or are lacking enough internal heat to make your standard bed comfortable. It is also great for backpacking trails as well. You will definitely find sleeping bags useful during the cooler months.
12V Heating Blankets
Heating needs lots of energy which is why 12V heated blankets are great. They’re great for road trips and even emergencies. You can easily power them with your RV batteries because you can plug them into your car’s utility lighter. It is made of 100% polyester fleece, and is soft and feels great on your skin. You don’t need to worry about the blanket overheating because it has a built-in timer, which you can set for 30 to 45 minutes; and will automatically shut off on its own.
Personal Propane Heaters
One last great way to stay warm during RV travel is the Mr. Heater F215100 MH45 Little Buddy. The Little Buddy is a great travel companion because it uses indoor-safe propane heater technology, and makes a great addition to your propane and propane accessories. You’ll appreciate its odor-free warmth and is designed to last for up to five and a half hours. Or you can get the bigger one that will last you the whole night. No matter where you put it, you can adjust it up to 45-degree angles. It is easy and safe to use because it has a simple off and on switch, and, more importantly, built-in low oxygen sensors which will cause the Little Buddy to shut off on its own.
You shouldn’t let the possibility of cold weather stop you from exploring the country in your RV. There are many great ways to keep warm in any situation, no matter what size or model your RV may be. You can use these excellent tools to keep you comfortable, and you can rely on their ease and safety as well. Staying warm is not only a matter of what the weather may bring but also depends on your preparedness. You’ll be ready for anything the outdoors has in store on your next road trip by utilizing these great products.
I’ve met many RVers who are boondocking full time, only occasionally going into an RV park. While RVs are designed with campgrounds in mind, with hook ups for electricity, water and sewer, they can function nearly as well when parked out ‘in the boonies’. If your dream is to boondock out in the beauty of nature, you’ll want to keep the following seven tips in mind.
#1) Check the Road Before You Take Your Rig In: While RVs are designed to be “self contained”, they are not built for serious off road use. (If your goal is to go deep off the grid, then your choice should be a 4×4 truck camper, or a small, lightweight trailer, with good ground clearance, pulled by a 4×4). You can check into an RV park in the boondocking area you are interested in, and take your car or truck to check out potential boondocking spots, or, walk in to take a look. The roads should be solid, not sandy or muddy, and free of deep tire ruts. And you should be able to turn your rig out of any boondocking spots you find. If you are dependent on solar, there should be sun.
#2) Don’t Invade Anyone’s Space: Other RVers you see out in a boondocking area are there for the same reason you are; they want to get into nature, and away from people. This isn’t an RV park, so don’t pull in next to another camper, and expect a warm welcome, because you are not likely to receive one. Other boondockers aren’t hostile, they just don’t want you invading their territory. Park a comfortable distance away, and let them have the same privacy you came out here for. Also, don’t invade anyone’s space with loud music, or running a generator all day and night. Boondockers like their quiet.
#3) Take Quick Showers and Use Paper Plates: Water is precious when you are boondocking, and while we all love to just stand in a nice, hot shower to relax, that isn’t a luxury you will have while boondocking. Get in the shower, soap up, rinse off, and get out as quickly as you can. Also, you probably don’t need to shower every day, so get used to being a little grubby!
Washing uses a lot more water than you think; rather than using your dinnerware, use paper plates which can be thrown into the campfire, rather than washing them in the sink. Also, you can save what dish water you do have for flushing the toilet, and you can tap off some gray water into a bucket for drowning the campfire.
#4) Utilize Natural Air Conditioning: Boondocking means you need to be as efficient as possible. You can turn to your RV air conditioner on when you really need it, but try to use nature’s air conditioning, cool night air, to bring the rig down to a comfortable temperature. Leave a window and your ceiling vents open to catch the breeze.
You can also heat shield your RV windows with Reflectix; Reflectix is a type of silver bubble wrap, which reflects the heat of the sun away, and insulates the windows. It can reduce the temperature by 5 degrees. Also, if you are running on solar, and are boondocking in a dry climate with low humidity, a portable evaporative cooler takes very few watts to run, unlike the roof air conditioner, and can easily operate on solar.
#5) Pack It In, Pack It Out: You probably won’t have a dumpster like you would when staying at an RV park or state park campground. Instead, need to store all of your own waste, so it can be properly disposed of after you leave.
Keep trash inside to prevent wild animals from getting into it, and never leave it behind when you head out. You can keep the trash in the back of the tow car, or in a solid, sealed container in the back of the truck, or a compartment on the outside of the RV. Just be aware before you leave, you need a secure place to keep your trash.
You can also separate your paper and non-paper trash, and burn the paper trash in the campfire (Always play with fire responsibly, and be aware of any fire restrictions in the area). Buying eggs and milk in paper cartons, and throwing those in the fire can also reduce your trash load.
#6) Make Wise Food Choices: Successful boondocking means planning ahead. There are no easy runs to the grocery store when boondocking. Plan simple, easy meals, with ingredients that can be used several different ways.
Pre-cooked meats can save on water, and something like a package of pre-cooked sausage could be used in a pasta dish, roasted in a campfire, as a side with eggs, on a sandwich. A box of cherry tomatoes could be used in a salad, tossed with pasta, in an omelette, on a sandwich. A pack of grated cheese could be used with pasta, a grilled cheese sandwich, on an omelette… you get the idea. Aim for nutritious, easy to cook, and more importantly, easy to clean up things to eat.
#7) Use the Terrain to Your Advantage: When looking for a place to park your RV, take a look at the terrain; where will the sun rise, and where will it set? How will you angle your solar panels for the best sun? If the weather will be hot, is there a place that will have some afternoon shade? Does this spot have a nice view? Is it easy to drive in and out? Are there hiking trails? Is the ground solid? Is it away from the main road? Is it safe to park here?
There are a few things to keep in mind, but once you get the hang of it, boondocking is not that hard, and can be a very rewarding, and frugal, experience!
Cleaning my RV is easy this is one reason why I love living full-time in an RV. It is way easier than to clean a home. Of course, it will make it easier if you have your necessary cleaning equipment. Because of the small space, most of the times I just use a broom to clean the floor but a small, handheld vacuum cleaner can be really handy. It took me a while to find the perfect vacuum for my RV, here are a few that I liked:
1. Milwaukee M12
This vacuum cleaner is lightweight because it measures 18.5’’ in length and weighs only 2.25 lbs. Milwaukee M12 is cordless with a 12V battery that can run for an hour on a high capacity (2X) battery pack. When the battery runs out of power, you can recharge the cleaner through a small inverter from your RV. M12 comes with a 5-year warranty from the manufacturer and a reusable 42 pleat filter. The M12 is available with a lock on a switch that reduces user fatigue in case of extended use. The equipment has versatile attachments that facilitate cleaning small and large areas depending on the attachments used. However, M12 is quite noisy compared to other handheld vacuum cleaners.
2. Eureka Easy-Clean 71B
Although handheld, Eureka Easy-Clean Vacuum is very powerful eliminating the need for carrying a full-size vacuum cleaner. In addition, the cleaner is not very expensive because it costs around $40 and it can be used to clean car upholstery, carpeted stairs, and sofas. It operates on a 110 volt with a 20-foot long cord that can also be wrapped during storage to economise on available space. With a crevice tool located on the end of the hose, this vacuum is able to reach into all kind of tight places when cleaning. The high power suction of this cleaner is driven by two motors. One motor provides power to the revolving brush while the other motor provides power for suction. It is bagless with a built-in washable filter and a see-through dirt chamber.
3. Vacuums Shark SV75Z
A cordless Shark SV75Z is convenient for cleaning all surfaces because it has attachments for rugs and crevices. The manufacturer uses Twister Cyclonic Technology to enable the cleaner to deliver a consistent strong suction while cleaning. This cleaner includes a rechargeable 15.6 V battery that can last several days without being recharged. However, how often you recharge the battery may be determined by how long and often you use the vacuum cleaner. It is easy to use this cleaner because it is portable (cordless) and it is lightweight (4.34 lbs weight).
4. Vacuums Dirt Devil 100
They can either be corded or cordless depending on what you prefer. Most people opt the corded model because it has more power. One of the reasons why Dirt Devil 100 is preferred by RVers is because it can fit in small compartments (it is small sized with dimensions of 6.5 × 11.75 × 8.5 inches). Dirt Devil 100 vacuum cleaner is effective in lifting up pet hair but it’s not effective in removing dirt from carpets and bare floors.
5. 3M 497 Vacuum
3M 497 vacuum cleaner is powerful, self-contained and portable because it has a handle on top. It is efficient for cleaning typewriters, toner from copiers, laser printers, computers and other office equipment. Its hose, power cord, and attachments are all tucked up inside the lid for easy storage and portability. It has a modular filter for easy replacement when a need arises. Although durable, it is quite expensive with a new cleaner costing around $250.
6. Dewalt Vacuum DCV580 Cordless
DCV 580 cordless either uses 18V or 20V lithium batteries to suck up to 2 gallons of a dry or wet mess. It has an easily accessible filter which can be washed and re-used. It’s onboard hose and accessory storage tank makes it easy to be moved around. It also has a 2-gallon tank capacity which offers enough storage to empty a clogged pipe or a toilet. However, you may have storage problems due to its large size.
7. Vacuums Carrand 94005AS
Carrand 94005AS is small, have good suction and its electric. There are also battery operated models although they have limited power capacity. However, since a camper does not require much, a battery operated model is also okay with him. It has a flexible hose and multiple attachments that allow you to clean anywhere in your RV.
The type of handheld vacuum cleaner you will buy will be determined by its cost, how you intend to use it and its features. Ensure you research thoroughly before buying to avoid buying the wrong vacuum cleaner. Finally, after buying your preferred vacuum cleaner, regular repair and maintenance will make it last longer in its perfect condition.
When you own a motorhome there are times you will need to leave the campground and unhooking your RV, driving to places is too much of a hassle. Towing a vehicle is also hard, I don’t want to deal with towing. So, I own a normal bicycle which is great for exercise but I am limited. If I need to go farther I use Uber or Lyft but something still was missing. There are so many electric vehicle options today, I didn’t know what’s the best for me. I tried a scooter but had to send it back and now I picked the iMeier Electric Pedal Bike.
My iMeier Electric Pedal-Assisted Folding Bike Review
The iMeier came later. I wanted something with pedals, so if I am 3 miles away, and my battery dies I won’t get stuck pushing my bike back home for miles. This one didn’t have any reviews so I took a risk and I am planning to update you how it is working. It’s hard to find.
It is lots of fun! When you switch it on you can either use the pedals to go faster or the accelerate with the handlebar.
So after having it for a few weeks and riding around a couple of hundred miles, I have to tell you that I love this thing. I bought a nice little basket that I can put in the front so now I can use it to run some errands too.
Easy to put together when you first get it. Only the handlebar and the seat needed some installation and the tires needed some air.
The manufacturer says it can go 18-36 during ideal conditions, so far the maximum I used it for was around 12 miles but it was already in the RED. I don’t know how much more I could have ridden with it and for sure it wasn’t only flat straight surface, but I would not risk going way farther than that. I am happy with the 12 miles, that’s enough for most of my errands and commute.
The seat is really soft and you can set it up the way you need it. You can set the height and also set it closer or farther from the handlebar. The handlebar can also be set the way you want it. It feels like a high-quality bike.
It is foldable and it’s quick and easy.
It charges within a few hours.
The tires are pretty thick and I feel safe balancing and riding it. Easy to get on it and to get off.
Although it looked so effortless to use the pedals on the intro videos, this is really not a bike, you need lots of force to use only the pedals without having it “on”. It’s like biking uphill.
The manufacturer says it can go 15.4 MpH but honestly, the fastest I was able to go with it was around 12 MpH on straight concrete road.
The manufacturer says it is “lightweight”. It’s not that lightweight. The battery is the whole mid-section which makes this thing heavy. I need a ramp to put it in my RV. I cannot lift it easily.
My Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter Review
The EcoSmart Scooter is known for its style and functionality with amazing features such as an ultra padded seat, adjustable handlebar rake and seat rear disc braking and so on. This is the first one I liked and bought. It came and I had to assemble it. Then it turned out I got a lemon. The battery didn’t work, so after it stopped working in the middle of my trip, I decided this one is not for me. They offered to send me a replacement battery but I just decided I need something with pedals. It gets great reviews and it seems like they usually don’t have this problem. What I liked about it that this is one scooter that is affordable. For about $350 you get a comfortable little electric scooter with a nice basket. Battery life is good, charge time is 2 ½ hours which is more than enough to get to drive over 7 miles (normally).
In 2015, Americans spent over $2.5 billion on camping equipment, including RVs, according to data. However, there is a growing concern about security in State Parks and campgrounds. As a solo female RVer safety is always my concern. I always try to use common sense and don’t attract too much attention when in parks. I always try to stay close to some neighbors and bought some safety devices.
Most of the crimes are theft, generators, bicycles, camping equipment is not safe unless you tie it down or lock it for the night. Violent crimes on campgrounds are generally low. One source puts the odds of falling victim to a violent crime at the campground at one in 25,000. But you should never leave your RV’s safety to chance. Here are my 3 favorite RV Security devices.
My 3 favorite RV Security Systems
SABRE Wireless Home Security Door Window Burglar Alarm with LOUD 120dB Siren
It is a Door/Window burglar alarm that goes off when you open your door or window. It is a very budget-friendly solution to your RV security needs. The 120dB siren is just loud enough to alert you or your neighbors and yet not cause a disturbance. SABRE is a well-known brand among private individuals and law enforcement agencies and has brought all of that knowledge into this system. It is a great security tool for your RV.
Features of SABRE Wireless Home Security Door/Window Burglar Alarm
It can be easily installed without stress.
Uses a battery and doesn’t require any form of wiring.
Features a low battery indicator.
Also features a chime mode to monitor your kids’ movement in and out through the door.
It is a very effective deterrent.
It has the ISO 9001:2008 Certification as a mark of quality.
Tattletale RV Alarm
This is another advanced security alarm system designed with modern technology to give your RV great protection from burglars. It has one of the fastest cellular alarm systems on the market, powered by Verizon at no cell charges. It is easy to set up and takes only about 60 seconds, can be plugged into any outlet and has an after-charge performance of up to 20 hours. What this means is that even when it is not connected to an electric source, you can continue to enjoy efficient protection.
Features of Tattletale RV Alarm
It is 100% tamper proof for enhanced security.
Patented rattlesnake technology for the quickest response to a trigger.
You will receive email and text alerts every time the alarm is triggered.
Comes with a remote key fob for convenient control.
Features a pet button that prevents false alarm when your pets roam around the house.
Includes extra features such as smoke detectors, motion sensors and entry point sensors.
Reolink Argus Wireless Motorhome Security Camera
While the first two products for RV security are alarm systems, this is a security camera. The good thing is that it is wireless and powered by standard lithium batteries. This means you will not have wires flying all around. Plus, it doesn’t matter if there is a power problem; your RV is still protected. Also, the batteries can last for about 180 days without replacement. That is 6 months of effective HD camera performance for your RV’s protection.
Features of Reolink Argus Wireless Motorhome Security Camera.
1080p HD and Night Vision for enhanced clarity.
The audio system means you can hear sounds picked by the system and talk back to it using your smartphones.
130° wide angle and extremely sensitive PIR motion sensor.
You can receive email motion snapshots when movements are captured.
Comes with a 64GB SD card for sufficient storage.
It is also weatherproof and can be placed anywhere.
Depending on your preference and budget, you can choose among many awesome mobile RV security devices and worry less again about theft. For violent crimes, you better have other types of protection.
My previous RV had an awesome little table that turned all the way around. It spined, it turned and was very convenient. It was easy to get up from the booth, because I was able to move it out of the way. My new RV came with an L-booth. I like the set up but it was annoying to get in and out of the booth, since I used the inside part to hang out and watch TV – like on a couch. So I upgraded and got the Lagun Table. It was not difficult to install but it took me a while. I wasn’t able to use my old table, it was just not the right size, but I was able to find and order a table top for it. It’s a bit too thick, it could been half the size and weight, but it serves the purpose. I saw some videos where people were able to create similar systems using pipes and TV arms, but I wanted something that looks like it came with the RV not a home made thing.
This table made the living space so much more comfortable, it is really one of the best upgrades I’ve ever gotten. Loving it.
#2 Creating A Side Door
Do you know anyone who loves the seat storage? Most RVs newer and older have them. It would be way better if manufacturers would make this more accessible by using drawers. This one seat I had in the corner has a storage, but who wants to always remove all pillows before taking anything in or out? This space is perfect for my shoes but in order to make it more convenient, I needed to cut a hole on the side of the seat. The panel is very thin, so this wasn’t difficult at all, but I had to remove the whole panel at first, make measurements and make it nice. When the hole was cut, I decided to create a little door from the piece that I cut out by using some hinges and handle that I got at the local Home Depot. Well, I am no professional so it doesn’t look perfect, but perfect for me. So this is it. Now it is easier to use it for my shoes since I can get to it from outside my entrance door.
Not all seating area would be good just with a door on the side to make it useful, most would need a drawer which is a bit more difficult to install, but not impossible.
#3 Better TV Arm
This RV of mine came with a crappy short TV arm that I couldn’t even tilt. So basically the TV is sitting up in the top corner, facing straight. I like to hang out in the booth, which is now my couch and watch TV from there. I needed to get creative and get a better TV arm system. So I got this longer arm and can go in multiple directions. It took a while to install it, I had some help, but it is a great upgrade.
I installed a solar panel to my previous RV so when I was dry-camping and it was sunny, I was able to charge my batteries. This is all good, but none of the outlets work unless you are plugged in or using your generator. Charging my devices; my laptop and phone was difficult because I don’t like to run the generator because of the noise. Here are 5 ways to charge your devices without using a generator.
My new Coachmen Orion came with one charging station by the bed which has a 12V outlet and two USB ports. I can charge my phone with this, but not my laptop. My TV is a normal residential TV, but there is a 12V plug on the wall just in case I wanted to replace it with a 12V TV. I love the TV though, it is a ROKU TV, it has all the smart TV options, Netflix, Hulu etc. I knew I don’t want to replace it. So I got a small 300W inverter which can run my TV from the batteries if needed and also charge my laptop at the same time. I had a 150W inverter that I used at first but that cannot run both things at the same time. Also, I wanted one that has an on/off switch, so I can keep it plugged instead of plugging it in only when needed. Of course getting a 12V TV would be more energy efficient. Why? Because the inverter converts power from 12V to 110 and that takes a bit more power.
I am not sure yet how long I could watch the TV when I am dry-camping because mostly I am plugged in, but I already used the inverter and it works great. It has a small fun which makes a little sound when it is turned on. I need to test it more.
I am also planning to install 2 or 3 solar panels on this RV too, so I can charge my batteries without a generator.
#5 Hooks And Holders
Small upgrades are also great upgrades. My counter space was limited because when I opened the cabinet it needed the whole corner. Instead of putting stuff away all the time when I got something out of the cabinet, I installed a spice rack outside that I can use for the most important, every-day cooking stuff. I only use the cabinet for snacks and I don’t need to open it often.
I also installed a little towel holder (it is really a toilet paper holder) for the bottom cabinet door.
I also bought some other small hooks for jackets and getting really creative with strong Velcro to hold stuff in place when I am moving for example my toilet brush holder, power outlets and pillows.
After all this upgrades my RV feels way more comfortable and homey. There are some other things I want to install soon; solar panels, I am also planning to have 4 6V batteries; a curtain for my bed area but all this can wait.
When you step out of your comfort zone, you are most often awarded. Then why is it that so many people are afraid to take the leap and get to the RV lifestyle alone? After all, really do meet a plethora of people along the way. And so it shouldn’t be completely scary. But many people are stuck in their ruts waiting for those two for one sales. Just looking at the Black Friday madness, it makes me wonder, why things are more important for most than freedom?
When you go traveling alone, expect to start to become a different individual. You might have some experiences that bond you to strangers. But you will start to long for adventure instead of familiarity. You will begin to look at these experiences as novel rather than frightening. Normal will become boring.
You will get to know what real FREEDOM is
After living the RV life for a while, I am realizing that I would not want to go back to the “normal” life. (Of course, I never say never and maybe one day I will need to but I am not planning it). I believe living the “normal” life won’t give you freedom. Most believe they are free, but not really. Let’s say, you are working every day the hours your employer wants you to work, waking up early, getting ready, commuting all just because you need to pay your bills, your debt, and to buy more stuff. You don’t own your stuff, your stuff owns you. You most likely have other responsibilities that will tie you to some schedule. You have a certain amount of vacation days a year which you try to spend with travel and see as many things as possible. You most likely never have time and always busy. At least you feel that way.
Living in an RV and working remotely will slow you down. All that extra time that you don’t have to spend with a commute or unnecessary meetings, buying more stuff will give you more time for things you enjoy. You will stop to “smell the roses” more. You will enjoy being in the present more. Of course, depending on what you do, you will still have a schedule and I believe having a routine will help you achieve your goals but you might be able to set up this routine yourself instead of someone else’s schedule. You will start looking at your time as your most important asset. It is really hard to explain the feeling but I feel more free and more in control over my life now.
A solo RVer doesn’t value the same things as a person who mostly stays at home or travels with companions. If you are an introvert, then chances are, solo RVing will work on that part of you that is an extrovert and make that more dominant. After a few days, everyone will crave some social connection. You will need to get out there to find it. If you are an extrovert just like me, solo RVing will change you to accept being alone more. In the beginning, I wanted to call my friends more often but now it’s not important. I love being alone and don’t crave company but after a few days, I need to socialize. You start to prefer quality rather than quantity. I don’t really crave to go in the crowds, I prefer to hang out a friend or two at the same time, dinners and good talks. Solo RVing changed me.
Looking for Different Qualities in a Partner
Also, you will start to have different priorities. Whereas before you might have only wanted to date people who are stable and family orientated, now you might look for individuals with a free spirit and an open mind. You might know that sticking to one location and never leaving is not an ideal way to gain a worldview. And you might start to crave a companion who can relay interesting stories, or have the same travel mentality, not simply telling their favorite color.
Say Goodbye to Materialism
More importantly, you will find it difficult to relate to people who are focused on accumulating material possessions. After all, you live in a small size RV. You don’t really understand why your friends are wanting to buy houses and willing to be more in debt. After all, they won’t be able to just pick up and go and it costs way too much. You might want to get away from it all. So you’re not that interested in a mortgage. You friends might be fashionistas who buy Chanel and Louis Vuitton. You have simply given up on buying expensive clothes.
When you meet like-minded you tend to connect with them way quicker than in “real life”. You are likely to be able to relate to these qualities in others more than before. It is an interesting phenomenon what solo travel and RVing does to a person.
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