What NOT To Pack For Full-time RVing

Deciding to live as RV nomads is relatively easy. But winnowing your stuff down and knowing what not to pack for full-time RVing is the hardest step of the journey. Here’s how to get started:
If you haven’t worn it in six months, donate it. (Image: iRV2 member lynch763)
Downsizing for full-time RVing is a shocking process. I never thought I was a consumer until I started taking dusty boxes off garage shelves and emptying my closet to begin downsizing. When everything was laid out on the floor and I had no room to walk in my home, I couldn’t believe the items I was hanging onto. Here are some lessons I learned while ditching these boat anchors.
Things you haven’t used for six months or more
There’s an old rule that says if you haven’t used a piece of clothing in a year, get rid of it. That’s well and good for conventional living but for tiny house living you need to speed up that timeline. If you haven’t worn something in your closet at least once every six months, donate it. The same goes for cooking utensils, books and even non-perishable food. All of those things can be bought somewhere along the way if you need them. The only place this rule doesn’t apply is your tool box. You hope you’ll never need to use that roadside emergency kit or jumper cables but you’ll be glad to have them if you do.
Single-use utensils
The kitchen utensils you carry seem like such a small thing but each one takes up space and weight. Although new culinary gadgets are fun to have on hand, most only serve one purpose. That Smore maker, kiwi peeler, and pineapple corer should all go in your Goodwill pile. If your Grandma lived without it, so can you. Only carry

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Full-time RVing Redux

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Two Camp Addicts Share The Joys Of Nomadic Living

Do you ever question the meaning of the phrase “settle down”? Kelly and Marshall did. Today these two full-time RVing nomads put their old lives behind them for an endless adventure on the open road and a website for camp addicts that they can run from anywhere.

Not content to put up with the flying cockroaches, humidity and hurricanes that inundate her home state of Florida, Kelly Beasley, age 44, hit the road nearly three years ago with her two dogs Gizmo and Trixie.

“Right after the end of an 8-year relationship, I found myself with nothing holding me back,” she explains. “With a rental income stream and a part-time job that could go mobile, and no relationship stopping me, I jumped at the chance to live like a nomad.”

She sold her house and the contents inside it to buy a truck and trailer. Soon she was on the road discovering the joys of dry camping throughout the country. It’s not always easy being a solo woman RVer but the benefits far outweigh the draw backs she says. She discovered the joys of dry camping far from civilization and shares them in an article she wrote called The Hold-Your-Hand Guide To Boondocking Without Fear.

News and media only show us the worst of what goes on in the world. They lead us to believe that without the supposed ‘security net’ of society, we are vulnerable to some sort of attack . . . Is it safe to be out on public land all alone? HELL YES. It’s way safer than living in a city! Or the suburbs, even. Why? Because if you’re scared of other people, just know this: Criminals are lazy. They don’t drive out to BLM land looking for a target.

She laughs at the thought of returning to a conventional sticks-and-bricks lifestyle.

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The Pros and Cons of Free Camping Spots

Everyone likes a good bargain and full-time RVers are no exception. Smart nomads who carry their homes on their backs know how to keep costs down by taking advantage of cheap and free places to camp.
From parking lots to public land, driving a self-contained home enables you to choose a variety of inexpensive overnight accommodations. When you do it, just remember the trade-offs, like these pros and cons of free camping in different settings.
Not all free camping is this good! (Image: iRV2 member raytronx)
When your RV changes from a vacation vehicle to a full-time way of life, your perspective about where you park your home should change if you want to save money.
Many new full-time RVers have unreasonable expectations about parking spots, even if they’re only staying for a night. Not every campground is going to be a resort. Many won’t even have a decent picnic table to eat on. But if you’re a full-timer without unlimited financial resources, it’s smart to take advantage of free RV camping opportunities whenever possible.
Just be aware that like anything, parking on the cheap has advantages and disadvantages.
The pros and cons of free camping in parking lots
First make no mistake, this style of free camping is not ‘camping.’ It’s a bare bones way to rest your head for one night. When you legally take advantage of Walmart overnight parking, stay curbside in an industrial neighborhood or stay overnight in a rest stop, the RVers Code of Conduct must be your guide.
The main advantage is obvious; you save a few dollars when you don’t need a place to hook up your self-contained home. But this kind of overnight stay has lots of cons including: noise, crime risk and some unsavory characters who give free camping a bad name in the eyes of the public.
The pros and cons of free camping in a

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3 Things To Consider For Reliable Mobile Internet

The Internet is no longer just a plaything, it’s a way of life for everyone from grandma to hipsters. You can use it to stay in touch with friends and family or earn a six figure income, the possibilities are endless. But when it comes to living as a full-time RVers, these pros and cons of mobile internet for RVers shows that it’s not always easy and often expensive to get online.
It’s not always this easy to get online.
You don’t often think about internet access when you’re in a city or at home in a sticks-and-bricks. Much like the water that flows from the sink, broadband is usually cheap and plentiful. But getting online when you go RVing is like dry camping without a water hookup. You’ve got to savor every bit of data your computers and mobile devices use up, because you’ll quickly run out if you don’t. When you live in your RV and enjoy seeing the best nature has to offer, getting online can be a challenge.
You’ll find that where internet access does exist in the hinterlands, cellular broadband speeds can be slow and frustrating. And while commercial RV parks make a valiant effort to keep up with demand for fast internet, seasoned RVers know that relying on park WiFi is a gamble. Sometimes it’s great but more often it’s lackluster at best. Only a fool (or someone who doesn’t need to earn a living online) relies on RV park internet to get connected.
Three things to consider for mobile internet access
Whether you plan to work from your RV or are living the retired life, you’ll most likely need to get online at some point during the week. Costs can exceed $200 if you actually rely on the internet to make a living. Don’t hit the road until

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A Look at the “Green RV” Certification Process

Ah that “new RV” smell. The aroma of a brand-new trailer, motorhome or truck camper can be intoxicating during the buying process. Unfortunately the scent wafting from the toxic formaldehyde glues holding the units together can also be bad for our health. Today a new generation of eco-smart RV manufacturers are trying to limit our exposure to toxins in RVs. They’re going for the Green RV certification process and attracting more savvy, eco-conscious buyers in the process. Here’s how they do it.
The Basics of Green RV Certification
Airstream Class B coaches are TRA Green Certified.
RV manufacturers have often used less than eco-friendly materials to build their homes on wheels. Formaldehyde is the most well-known controversial RV material included in the fabrication process. This is a known carcinogen found in glues that hold wood products together. It’s also the key ingredient in that “new RV smell” and one of the reasons why RV manufacturers were thrust into bad press about it a few years ago. That’s when hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees reported similar respiratory problems after moving into their temporary government-issued FEMA trailers. Over ten years later, the RV industry is striving to recover from this bad press by aiming for Green RV Certification from third-party evaluators like the Elkhart Indiana-based TRA Certification Incorporated.
The Four Components of a Green RV
TRA has certified green RVs for nearly a decade.
TRA Certification Incorporated is an independently owned organization that works with RV and modular/manufactured home producers who voluntarily strive to incorporate green practices into their business models. The organization assesses and assigns points to major manufacturing categories common to all RV makers’ facilities, procedures and practices. Within those categories, applicants can earn points in one of many areas such as:
Indoor Air Quality

Are the RV’s wood materials “CARB compliant”? The “CARB” acronym refers to a standard set by the California Air Resources

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Our Downsizing and Decluttering Evolution

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Freak RV Towing Accident Caused by Flying Ratchet Tie Town

Think about the last time you tossed an object into the back of your pickup truck and didn’t think twice about it. Most objects stay put but sometimes they don’t. One Canadian recently survived a freak RV towing accident when a flying ratchet tie down caused nearly $6,000 in damage to a truck towing a fifth wheel trailer.
Freak RV Towing Accident Caused by Ordinary Ratchet Tie Down

First the window shattered.
Nobody ever expects to join the freak RV towing accident club. But that’s exactly what happened to a Canadian snowbird hauling his triple-axle toy hauler fifth wheel last season.
The return trip from the Southwest to Canada was just like any other during the last five years. Canadian snowbird John Smith (not his real name) was enjoying an uneventful drive north in West Virginia while towing his 2009 Chevy Silverado and 40′ toy hauler down the highway. Life was good at 55 miles-per-hour until the split second he felt a sickening jerk motion coming from the rear, followed by a loud “Pop!” explosion from the cab window. Shocked and uncertain about what just happened, Smith instantly took his foot off the accelerator to stop the rig. He glanced in his rear view mirror and couldn’t believe what he saw.
Then the ratchet tie down fell between the cab and truck bed.
The Chevy window shattered to pieces.
He managed to safely pull the 50-plus foot rig over to the shoulder. All he could see was shattered glass when he looked around the truck. But then he spotted a mysterious liquid trailing from underneath. At that moment he understood the gravity of the situation. Smith quickly got he and his wife out of the truck, walked a good distance and then called his emergency roadside assistance provider. Within minutes they arrived on the scene. After dropping

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Best Tip To Drive Your RV Through Highway Toll Lanes

Do you break into a cold sweat when squeezing your RV through highway toll lanes? This unlucky traveler probably did and unfortunately reacted a bit too late when crashing into the Golden Gate Bridge toll lane.
The RV was extracted in one hour.
The RVer’s drive into the city by the bay didn’t start out so well. “Luckily, when we arrived on scene it turned out the only reason the occupants were trapped inside is because the only door to the RV was ripped off in the collision and the vehicle was wedged into the toll booth,” stated the California Highway Patrol on their August 2 Facebook post.
Occupants suffered minor injuries.
“Golden Gate Bridge crews were able to extract the RV and repair the Toll Plaza in less than an hour. The occupants suffered very minor injuries and were treated at the scene.”
If the damaged motorhome fell into the average RV width of 8 feet 5 inches, it’s not clear why it got wedged into the toll lane. Because according to the Golden Gate Bridge website, the designated wide lane measures 11 feet, 10 inches wide. “When traveling south through the Toll Plaza, use only the two right hand toll lanes; these toll lanes are wider (11 feet, 10 inches) than the other toll lanes (9 feet, 2 inches) in the Toll Plaza,” bridge authorities advise.
Was the driver to blame? The wide lane was being used.
The width of Golden Gate Bridge toll lanes are about the same as other toll plaza lanes around the U.S. All must comply with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s lane and shoulder width design parameters which state that a “Toll lane width should be a minimum of 11 feet, with 12 feet desirable to accommodate large vehicles.”
Since your RV probably doesn’t exceed the required width limit, you shouldn’t

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Weedcamping Your Way To Seasonal Income On The Road

Weedcamping. It was destined to become a verb in the full-time RVing community. With marijuana legalization sweeping the nation, the cannabis marijuana plant harvest has joined the ranks of short term but lucrative seasonal workamping jobs such as the sugar beet harvest workers and Amazon warehouse fulfillment staffing. Interested? Here’s what you need to know to apply for jobs.
Weedcamping 101 For Newbies
Workers are in demand for weedcamping harvest jobs.
Even before it became legal in most states, each fall thousands of “trimmigrants” would flock to marijuana growing regions like Northern California and Oregon. They came for the annual cannabis harvest. Young and old, they arrived in droves to harvest mature cannabis plant buds and prepare them for market. Back then the harvest and its related subculture of migrant workers was always under wraps in mainstream society. But now that marijuana legalization has occurred in most states, even your everyday full-time RVer is profiting from industry growth.
In a legal marijuana world, today’s modern marijuana growers are struggling to fill a growing market demand. They’re reaching out to a broader workforce that includes full-time RVers. Their efforts to find marijuana harvest workers are displayed in mainstream publications like Workamper News.
Legit marijuana producers advertise in mainstream workamping magazine.
Many in the full-time RVing community have dubbed this line of work “Weedcamping” and they’re expressing an interest in joining the boom.

“I did the potato sugar beet harvest last year received a 100lbs of potatoes. Wonder what the weed harvest bonus is?” — Les B.

Snickering aside, the industry is legit and now hiring. “We place people in a variety of positions including supply chain, operations, packaging, trimmers, warehouse, administrative, bud tenders, IT professional, marketing, packaging and every other area of the cannabis industry,” announces the Rogue Staffing company that fills jobs for Oregon’s marijuana producers.
Things to consider before applying for harvest jobs
Aspiring weedcamping harvest workers

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