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Homeschooling away from home

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Homeschooling away from home

As I am writing this, we have arrived in Toronto for an extended period of time while my husband works on a contract in the area.    We were fortunate to find a campsite close to the workplace where he would be (about 10 minutes of drive) and that was open before the long week-end in Ontario.  It isn’t our first time rving and homeschooling while my husband is working on a contract as we did it two years ago while being in Northern Ontario for a couple of days.   However, this time it is for a longer period of time and I am unsure about how the homeschool will go. When packing for such events – i.e. homeschooling/contracting – we had to be wise for the quantities of things to bring.   I am pleased to say that the math and English curriculum were finished before our departure.  The only books I needed to bring were French as well as science. I had two plastic containers of things to bring for our school time.   This got reduced to one container strategically placed so it... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of a Former RV Rookie :Give a Mother’s Day gift she’ll really like: an iPad docking station.

May 2, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of a Former RV Rookie :Give a Mother’s Day gift she’ll really like: an iPad docking station.

You know those moments: “Oh…how nice,” her glazed eyes shifting from side to side because she loves you and loves your gift efforts, but still…really…what were you thinking? If some of your gifts haven’t been hits and your wife/mom/mom-in-law has an iPhone, iPod, or iPad (known from here on as “iGadgets”), the iHome Docking Station iD9 may redeem you for any past busts. My sweetheart, Renato, completely surprised me with an iHome Docking Station iD9 for my birthday this past April, and it’s changed my life. OK, it’s probably more accurate just to say I love it …and I do. If the women in your life (or you) have any iGadgets, a docking station will change the way they use them, especially the iPads with their stinky volume. The only complaint I have about my iPad2 is the never-quite-high-enough-to-hear-the-actors-on-the-movies weak volume. However, the iHome rechargeable speaker system has more than taken care of that. Now, I can watch a movie or listen to a podcast... [Read more...]

Is Earthbound’s Future in Doubt?

October 24, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Is Earthbound’s Future in Doubt?

Marion, Indiana-based Earthbound Recreational Vehicles LLC shut down production at its factory about six weeks ago. Previously, the factory had been running “smaller” production for three months with 15 employees, reduced from around 50 earlier in the year, according to Earthbound President Charles Hoefer. The City of Marion backed a $2 million bond with county economic development income tax (CEDIT) money to support its startup in 2010. The company never met expectations to hire around 180 employees to produce 400 or more RVs a year. Officials at dealerships across the country say they are concerned about the future of Earthbound Recreational Vehicles, according to a report by the Indiana Economic Digest. Shifts in the company’s business strategy have left some dealers with long-standing ties to the company and its owners feeling left in the dark. “We were always hoping to be a part of their success, but right now I feel that we are in limbo,” said Bill Mirrielees, general manager... [Read more...]

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN! ( The EASY way to Keep Your RV Carpet Clean)

July 6, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN! ( The EASY way to Keep Your RV Carpet Clean)

It easily picks up lint, crumbs, pet hair and tracked in dirt.  The handle lies flat so you can reach under furniture.  The most amazing thing is there is no cord, broom or dustpan to deal with and it does not require electricity – not even batteries! Yep – what is old is new again, and the darn thing works fantastically. What I am talking about is the Bissell Sweep Up carpet sweeper.  I just happened to stumble onto one of these little wonders at Big Lot’s one day for the partly sum of $12.00. Shucks, for twelve bucks I thought I would give it a try. Every RV we have owned had some carpet.  Our current fifth wheel has carpet in the living area and the bedroom.  Even with a front door mat, we continually track in stuff and Oscar, bless his little heart, sheds fine little black hairs all the time. The makers of our RV installed a Dirt Devil central vacuum.  It is a nice accessory but you still have to drag out a bulky 30-foot long hose, tubes and attachments to vacuum the carpets. ... [Read more...]

Woodall’s FREE App is Here! For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

July 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Woodall’s FREE App is Here! For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

Woodall’s, a Camping World company and the leading brand in campground directories, today announced the launch of RV & Camping Copilot, the most comprehensive campground mobile application available for iPhone and iPad. The free app provides RVers and outdoor enthusiasts instant and convenient access to more than 12,000 private and public campgrounds and RV parks in the United States and Canada, plus Mexico. Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and provides complete campground information, including amenities, services, types of campsites, on-site recreation and identifies many camping discounts offered at parks. Private campgrounds also include Woodall’s 5W/5W Rating System, which is the most trusted consumer campground rating. “Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot is a groundbreaking mobile application that provides RVers and family campers access to campground information from the comfort of home or their home on... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Freewheeling Part 1 (Why We Sold Our House and Live on Wheels)

June 15, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

 I’m a “Baby Boomer.”  I have long teeth and even longer memories of a simpler, freer,  United States of America. It’s these memories, and a desire for a deeper connection with loved ones,  that motivated us to simplify our lives; that is, to sell our home, possessions, and hunker down to a 24 foot motor home. In essence, we have declared our independence.  Our Declaration of Independence, 2011: Given that we want to decrease the ways we’re impacted by governmental direction, and decrease the time and resources required to maintain a house, and given that we want to increase our freedom, and increase the time we spend with loved ones around the country… We have sold most (virtually all) of our possessions, including our home, and purchased the motor home we think works best for us. Thus, we declare ourselves official members of the full time RVing community. We’re delighted and quite pleased with ourselves. However, my beautiful grown-up girl frets, ”... [Read more...]

Conserving Fridge Space while Dry Camping…

May 30, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Conserving Fridge Space while Dry Camping…

For us, summer always means a few camping trips.  Dry camping, camping trips.  You know, no KOA store, no electrical plug in, no unlimited water…   Now, unlike some, our family LOVES to dry camp – and over the years we have learned a few tips that make it easier to last a week in a remote location without having to leave camp to restock supplies.   For our family, we don’t want to give up the healthier foods that have to be stored in the fridge or freezer in exchange for boxed foods that are often not good for you.  With 13 people in one rv, we have learned a few tricks to conserving space in the refrigerator and I thought that I would share 2 of my favs here;   ~Repackage foods – often times there is a lot of wasted space in the packaging of everything from sandwich meat to shredded cheese.  Ziploc bags are our friend – they are great for repackaging foodstuffs, and they can be formed to fit anywhere in the fridge.  They are also great for storing... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: What’s Your Plan for Living in the 21st Century?

April 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

We want to live smaller, cleaner, leaner, easier, and freer. Do you? Perhaps  you’re in a season of life where living like that seems appealing.  Or maybe you agree that 21st century America seems quite  different from the last decades of the 20th century…and that we’re coming to a time and place where less is more?  With those things in mind, maybe you’re considering downsizing to an RV or a much smaller home or condo. We are.   Here are three reasons reducing the weight of 21st century basic living appeals to us. Maybe you’ll be able to relate to one of them: 1)      Our home is starting to feel like an obstacle rather than a source of joy. My husband and I are not who we used to be: we’re freer, funnier, wilder, lazier, and goofier. Quite often, these traits don’t support the thrills of home ownership, if you get my my drift. For us, the pride of owning a home is melting away like dirty snow on a hot spring day. It’s kind of like we’re... [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier This Year

March 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier This Year

It’s time to throw open the windows, spruce up your home, and get rid of clutter—the emotionally gratifying way: donate things you no longer need to causes in your neighborhood or around the country. The Giving Effect (www.thegivingeffect.com) is a new website that makes it easy to discover who needs your stuff. Donors browse the site by needs, location, or categories to find a cause, then complete a simple form to arrange a pickup, drop off, or shipment. Participating organizations include Operation Kid Equip, a nonprofit in Royal Oak, Michigan that provides school supplies, toiletries, and food to tens-of-thousands of kids in need, The American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity locations across the country. Hundreds of animal shelters have also listed their needs with The Giving Effect. These organizations can use almost anything you can spare, from clothes, food, and books to cleaning supplies and lumber. Following your donation, the site generates an easily shareable web... [Read more...]

ALMOST FREE CAMPING GADGET FINDS!!!

March 4, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

ALMOST FREE CAMPING GADGET FINDS!!!

Nancy often calls me “The Goodwill Junkie”. Goodwill is a non-profit company that provides training and job placement for people that may be mentally challenged or disabled.  In our community, they operate a large thrift store stocked by donations of unwanted clothing and assorted household paraphernalia. You never know what you might find on their shelves – items change daily. As I was perusing the shelves one day, I spied something in a box that really caught my eye.  It was a reflector oven manufactured by Palco Products. It was only $6.25 – cheap enough for me to take home to explore possibilities. An Internet search led me to the conclusion Palco was no longer in the business of making aluminum camping equipment.  Apparently the reflector oven I found was sold somewhere between 1955 and the early 60’s.  This one was brand new, in the box.  It had never been used. The instructions on the front of the box suggested using the oven not only for baking, but drying tents... [Read more...]

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