Fog, Weed, And Rain

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282020
 

We were out running errands much of yesterday and I ran out of time, so here is my blog post from five years ago today. Hard to imagine that weather when it is 90 degrees here on the central Florida coast. Yesterday was a long day on the road for us, 262 miles, from Sutherlin, […]

Three Quickies

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 152020
 

Oh, get your mind out of the gutter! When you’re as old and fat as me, nothing is ever quick. But today I thought I’d share three different quick stories from the Nick Happens files, which are a collection of my adventures and misadventures over the years. *** In our first trip in our motorhome, […]

Crime And RVing

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 232019
 

A while back I posted a link to a blog titled A Violent Encounter about our experience returning to our RV one night while we were parked at a repair shop and coming face to face with an armed burglar. As I wrote when I first reported on our crime, RVing is a safe activity […]

How About Some Q&A?

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 022019
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. We are new to the RV life and not sure what the accepted […]

Winners and Losers

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 052019
 

One of the good things about publishing the Gypsy Journal and this blog is that I was always being offered products to try out, with the manufacturer hoping for a good review. Of course, when I told them that if I liked the item I would tell the world why, but if I thought it […]

Ingrates Everywhere

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 272019
 

In yesterday’s blog I mentioned the fellow who told me he only comes to this blog to enter the weekly contest and was upset because he has not won yet. But he’s not the only ingrate around. Not by a long shot. I heard from a longtime reader who owns a campground in Kentucky who […]

Fulltimer FAQs

 Posted by at 1:34 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 202019
 

At every seminar I did on fulltime RVing at rallies and shows nationwide, I always got the same questions from new and want to be fulltimers, and I get the same questions by email all the time. So today I thought I would try to answer some of them for you. How much does it […]

Mar 032019
 

The first time I met Miss Terry I was impressed not only with her beauty and her intelligence, but also the fact that she was an independent, capable woman who could do anything she set her mind to. In the 10 years or so that we were friends before we became a couple, and the […]

Sep 122018
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk […]

Jul 072018
 

A blog reader new to the RV lifestyle wrote to me to stay that they have been really disappointed in the campgrounds they have been staying at because the sites are very close together. He said when he thought about RVing, he pictured them being parked along some beautiful lake or river in a quiet […]

Apr 242018
 

Note: This is an updated repost of a blog from January, 2014 and is based on the seminar by the same name that I have presented at RV rallies coast to coast.  We all change and evolve over time, including fulltime RVers. While Terry and I reached the point where we preferred the comforts of […]

No, No, And Hell No!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 232017
 

I’m not one for conspiracy theories. Maybe there was somebody on the grassy knoll when JFK got shot, and maybe not. Maybe the government really is hiding all kinds of information about UFOs from us. But if they are, I don’t really care. And maybe the last election was rigged, or the one before that, […]

Sharing Some Tips

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 262017
 

Most of yesterday was spent getting the initial 5,000 mile oil change and check-up on our Pacifica, then running some errands in Daytona Beach, and stopping for dinner at Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, the best Chinese buffet we have found in the area. So rather than bore you with the details of all of […]

Phantom Power

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 242017
 

Most of you probably know about phantom electrical loads in an RV. They are those parasitic things like the memory and instant-on feature for your television, satellite TV boxes, various alarms and such that make miniscule draws on your battery bank. As long as your batteries are in good shape, these are not a real […]

Fake News

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172017
 

You all know what that is, right? That’s all the misinformation, innuendo, and BS that anybody associated with politics and the media puts out these days. Well, apparently I’m just as guilty as the rest of them. But in my defense, I really couldn’t help it. After all, besides publishing the Gypsy Journal for the […]

The Best Laid Plans

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
May 162017
 

Something I learned early in my Army days was that you can plan an operation down to the last detail and spend weeks talking strategy, but it can all go out the window the minute you put boots on the ground. That’s why you should always have a Plan B. And it doesn’t hurt to […]

Out Of Retirement

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 052017
 

Anybody who’s been reading the Gypsy Journal or this blog for very long knows that for over eight years we fulltimed in a 1976 MCI bus that we converted ourselves. And many of you know that Miss Terry is the handylady in our family. While I installed the plumbing and electrical systems in the bus, […]

Even More Q&A

 Posted by at 1:06 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 222017
 

Except for putting the front page photo in place and then printing it out to be proofed, which I will do this morning, the new issue of the Gypsy Journal is pretty much done. And since that’s about all I’ve been doing lately and I don’t have anything else to write about today, I thought […]

Use That Generator!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 112016
 

Like most motorhome owners, we have a generator in our rig to supply electric power when we are not plugged into a campground’s power outlet. And like many new RVers who own generators, when we started fulltiming we abused our first motorhome’s gasoline powered Onan auxiliary power plant for a long time. Not by using […]

What We Use

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 232016
 

I get a lot of e-mails from readers asking for recommendations or advice about various RV products. Over the years many manufacturers have provided us with products to test. Some of them we have liked a lot and others we have passed on for something we consider to be better. So I thought today I […]