The Full Wheelingit Database Of US-Based RVing Topics
Another few weeks have passed and I’ve spent most of it back in the USA, at least in blog-land. You see I’ve been doing a very necessary Spring Cleaning of the blog and re-organizing it into what I think will be the new look going forward. It was a bear of a project, but I “think” I’ve finally found a general format that makes sense, at least for the now (things can always change, right?). So I figured I’d write a quick post to introduce it to you all.
First things first ALL my US-based blogs & articles will remain available and accessible on the blog. I know that many of you were concerned the “old stuff” would disappear from the web-sphere but fear not, it’s all still there! However I have made some changes. In order to make space for our upcoming European travels, I have consolidated my categories which means I’ve significantly reduced the number of tabs in the 2 banner menus at the very top of the page. So in case you’re reading this via e-mail or RSS, the blog now looks like this:
As you can see, all my US-based items are now exclusively on the upper menu of the blog leaving the bottom menu open for my (hopefully lots of) upcoming Europe stuff. Also there are now only 5 main US- based categories:
- US Maps (detailed maps of each travel year and everywhere we went from Mar 2010-Mar 2018)
- US Camping (links to my master camping map & all my campground reviews, sorted by State)
- US Travel Tales (links to my master travel map & all the stories I wrote along the way, sorted by State)
- Boondocking (everything about camping in the wilds)
- US RVing Tips (literally everything else related to RVing)
The last category (US RVing Tips) is probably one of the meatiest, especially for newbie RVers since it contains literally everything we ever learnt about the RV lifestyle from our 8 years on the road. So I cover things like finances, maintenance, technology, entertainment, solar, RVing with pets and volunteering etc. There’s lots of juicy stuff here, and I’ve broken it into sub-catagories that (hopefully) make it easier to sort through. The “overview” page is a good place to start since summarizes it all, but for those that would like to keep a reference copy of this in their files I’ve re-created that page directly below (plus I’ve added a little blurb about boondocking at the bottom). Hopefully you’ll find this useful.
That’s about it for the current version of the blog. Now, back to writing about Europe stuff…
Below is a recreation of my “Overview (All Topics) US RVing Tips page. It is always accessible HERE:
All my general articles about the RV lifestyle from detailed financial costs to buying warranties to how to caravan with friends. I’ve written about general maintenance, driving (tolls, low clearances), and planning your RV travels. I’ve got posts on selling you house items (before you move into an RV) and even a few posts how to handle the BAD side of RVing (yes, it does happen). Lots here….
A sample of my most popular posts
- 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Fulltime RVing…
- The Costs Of Fulltime RVing (Part I) – Budgeting & Planning Your Spend
- The Costs Of Fulltime RVing (Part II) – Specifics & Links
- RV Driving In The East -> Tolls, EZ Pass & Low Clearances
- 5 Tips On Handling RV Maintenance, Repairs & Downtime On The Road
- RV Camping Club Memberships – Are They Worth It?
- Does It Ever Get Bad? Our Top 6 Road “Incidents” & How We Survived With Our Sanity In-Tact
- The Darker Side Of FullTime RVing? 5 Thoughts To Ponder Before Making The Leap..
- 3 Tips To RV Caravaning With Friends (Without Driving Each Other Nuts)
- 4 Tips For Tackling Humidity & Moisture In Your RV On The Coast
- Planning RV Travels Part I -> 4 General “Rules” For Planning Where To Stay & When To Go
- Planning RV Travels Part II -> Selecting Pace, Map Routing & Campsites
- Planning RV Travels Part III – Maps, Resources & Links
- 3 Simple Steps To Protect Your RV During “Downtime”
- The Ins & Outs Of RV Extended Warranties
- RV Tank Sensors &The GEO Method
- Fulltime RV Insurance – What’s the Difference?
- Free Overnight RV Parking = Finding “Freebies”
- Our 5 Favorite Kitchen Items For RV Cooking
- Lessons in Cold-Weather Dry-Camping = Our Sierra Nevada Week-end
- 6 Tips To Survive Being Together 24/7 In An RV
Adding solar to our RV was one of the very first things we did to “the beast” back in 2010 and we loved it so much that we upgraded to an ever bigger, better system in 2016. Plus we switched our batteries from AGM to lithium which we absolutely LOVED!! If you’re at all interested in solar, this is the section for you!
- The Big “Beastly” Solar/Battery Upgrade Part I – Why?
- The Big “Beastly” Solar/Battery Upgrade Part II – Component Details
- The “Big Beastly” Solar/Battery Upgrade Part III – Installation
- The Big “Beastly” Solar/Battery Upgrade Part IV – Summary
- An Early Christmas Present -> Our New MSH3012 PSW Inverter
- RV Solar Part IV – Panel Tilting & Winter Solar Optimization
In this category I’ve got detailed posts about all the other cool upgrades and mods we’ve done over the years from installing WiFi extenders to interior decor & replacing the fabric on our valences.
A sampling of posts:
- Easy RV Mod -> Slide Topper Replacement With Tough Top Toppers
- RV Tow Bar Upgrade -> Our Snazzy New Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain!
- Easy RV Mod -> Re-Cover & Update Your Window Valences (For Under $100!)
- Easy RV Mod -> Install MCD Shades
- RV Electrical Fire (Almost!)-> Our Automatic Transfer Switch Failure & Replacement
- RV Surge Protectors = Protecting “The Beast” Against Bad Power & Surges With EMS-HW50C
- 4 Tips For Creating Instant Indoor RV Coziness
Wondering how to RV with pets including 2 cats AND a dog? Our pets were an integral part of our travels so naturally they became a big part of the blog too, and it wasn’t all smooth sailing either. During our 8 years on the road we dealt with the whole gamut of pet issues from adapting our cats to RV life to serious health problems, emergency & surgery. Plus just figuring out where we could go that was pet-friendly (Pro Tip: if you click on my camping map you’ll see EVERYwhere we went that was!)
Some of my biggest posts on traveling with our paws:
- Handling Pet Medications On The Road
- Handling Pet Care & Emergencies On The Road
- 5 Tips For RVing & Camping With Cats
- Taggart’s I-131 Treatment & Radioactive Kitty Update
- Summer Plans Change Again (This Time It’s The Dog)
- Polly 3-Week Post-TPLO Surgery Update
- Polly 7-Week Post TPLO Surgery Update
- Polly 3-Month Post TPLO Update
We volunteer hosted almost every year we were on the road. Our specialty was hosting at lighthouses as docents (although we also did a few other gigs), and we absolutely LOVED it! Not only did it provide a way to indulge our lighthouse obsession, but it also allowed us to spend several months for free in absolutely stunning coastal locations. If you’re spending significant time on the road I HIGHLY recommend picking up a few gigs like this. It’s super fun, it’s social and it’ll save you money.
A smattering of the topics covered:
- Volunteering On The Road Part I – Why Do It?
- Volunteering On The Road Part II – Where To Look For Openings
- Volunteering On The Road Part III – 4 Steps To Securing Your Dream Job
- Top 10 FAQ -> Lighthouse Volunteering/Hosting
- Volunteering as Lighthouse Hosts -> What Do You Actually DO?
- Volunteer Hosting at Cape Blanco Lighthouse, OR
- Volunteer Hosting at Mount Constitution, Orcas Island, WA – What Do We DO Here?
- On the “Job” At North Head Lighthouse – Cape Disappointment, WA
- Workamping & Volunteering As A Solo RVer
Health care can be a major hassle on the road, and one of the biggest obstacles to going fulltime RVing. Not only can health insurance be very expensive (especially pre-Medicare) but with insurance laws changing all the time it’s hard to keep up. Plus how do you keep a network of doctors when you’re traveling all the time? I don’t have all the answers, but in this category of blogs I’ve got a few:
- Health Insurance Time -> 2018 Considerations For Pre-Medicare RVers
- Self-Medical Care Part I – Why Do It?
- Self-Medical Care Part II – Self-Testing Links
- Self-Medical Care Part III – Negotiating Doctors, Hospitals & Clinics With Cash Pay
- Getting Dental Work In Mexico Part I – Clarifying Myths & Facts
- Getting Dental Work In Mexico Part II – Our Los Algodones Experience
Like the idea of camping for FREE in the wilds? Well so did we! It was the whole reason we installed solar back in the day, and we loved it so much that it became an integral part of our yearly travels. We boondocked almost every fall in the Eastern Sierras and spent at least a few months boondocking in the SW desert every winter. I’ve written a bunch of articles about boondocking from detailed “how to’s” to reviews of many of our fav boondocking sites (which are also viewable on my interactive camping map). So, if you’re curious dig in here!
A sampling of posts:
- Boondocking For Newbies Part I -> Finding Where To Go
- Boondocking For Newbies Part II -> Prepping Your RV
- Boondocking For Newbies Part III -> Geting Your Rig Into The Site
- Boondocking For Newbies Part IV – Enjoying Your Time In The Boonies
- 4 Ways To “Glamp Up” Your Outdoor Boondocking Area
- 6 Great Resources For Finding Boondocking Spots in Arizona
- 7 Tips On Boondocking Etiquette -> Rights, Wrongs & Plain Common Sense