Hot Weather RVing Tips

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 072019
 

The thermometer has been flirting with the 100 degree mark, which is a reason a lot of people stay out of Florida in the summer. The good news is that there is less traffic on the roads, and stores and restaurants are not very crowded. The bad news is that it’s too bloody hot to […]

This Month’s Q&A

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 252018
 

I get a lot of questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, writing and self-publishing, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all of them individually, sometimes I also share some here. Q. At one of your rallies in Ohio there […]

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 […]

I Want A Nap

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 282016
 

When I was a kid I hated taking a nap. Hated it! There was too much going on to waste time napping. I could think of a hundred reasons why I shouldn’t be taking a nap, and my mom wouldn’t buy any of them. I’d get up, she’d make me go lie back down, I’d […]

Good Deal Or Ripoff?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 242015
 

One reason that we don’t have very much advertising from the RV industry in the Gypsy Journal is because I have never made it a secret that a lot of what is being made and sold is junk, and that poor service after the sale seems to be the norm with many companies. In fact, […]

Mar 292015
 

There has been a lot of talk about the recent brawl at the Cottonwood, Arizona WalMart, where a family living in a vehicle attacked a store employee and then police officers who responded to the store’s calls for help. By the time it was over, a policeman had been shot, one of the suspects was […]

Nice Old Boats

 Posted by at 1:43 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 072014
 

Even though it was still bloody hot yesterday we had cabin fever and needed to get out of the motorhome for a while. So we took a road trip about 55 miles south to Reedville, a tiny little fishing town on the Chesapeake Bay whose claim to fame is that it is second only to […]

Aug 172014
 

Except for a quick trip to the dumpster I haven’t left the motorhome. Actually, I pretty much haven’t left my desk. But the good news is that I’ve only got a little over three pages left to go on the new issue of the paper. That trip to the dumpster was enough. There are a […]

RV Goodies

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 292014
 

I’ve been working hard to finish my new Big Lake book, so instead of boring you with the details of that, today I thought I’d share some RV goodies that we find useful and add to our comfort and safety level. Strike-Hold: We discovered this amazing product on Ken and Marilyn Murphy’s vendor table at […]

Words And Warping

 Posted by at 2:01 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 032013
 

We spent the day at home yesterday, and except for a half hour or so I spent outside cleaning some kind of sticky road goop off the side of our Explorer, we never left the motorhome. But we both managed to keep busy. Terry spent most of the day figuring out how to warp her […]

Cool It!

 Posted by at 3:47 am  Nick's Blog
May 222013
 

In June Terry and I will begin our fifteenth year of fulltime RVing, and we love it just as much now as we did the day we drove away from our old hometown. That means that we have been living this wonderful lifestyle for almost 1/4 of our lives! And while we may not be […]

Dust In The Wind

 Posted by at 2:45 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 102013
 

I didn’t hear the rock band Kansas singing their hit song Dust in the Wind, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of it blowing around the last couple of days. A lot of it! The high winds we had on Monday subsided a little bit yesterday, but there were still plenty of […]

A Rough Trip

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 022012
 

We left our site at Patio Gardens in East Mesa at 10 a.m. yesterday morning, expecting an easy five hour trip to Redlands, California. Didn’t Gilligan and his crowd expect a quick trip somewhere once? 🙂 Traffic was moderate and we made good time going though Phoenix on Interstate 10. It was going to be […]

Is Comfort Worth $50?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 262012
 

How much is comfort worth to you? How about your health? How much are you willing to suffer to save $50? Over the last two days, I’ve had an exchange of e-mails with a couple who wrote to ask me for tips on staying comfortable in an RV in Arizona’s hot weather. They told me […]

102°!

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 222012
 

That’s right, it was 102° here in the East Mesa/Apache Junction area yesterday. And it’s supposed to be even hotter today! This is no place for a chubby RVer like me to be. 🙁 We spent most of the day at home yesterday, trying to avoid the heat. We have been pleased to discover that […]

A Couple Of Moles

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 202012
 

Yesterday you would have thought we were a couple of moles, hiding inside our motorhome with the blinds closed and the air conditioning running. We don’t do extremes of weather, either hot or cold, so we were happy to just hunker down inside for the day. I spent most of the day working on my […]

Holiday Weekend

 Posted by at 1:25 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 032011
 

The Labor Day holiday weekend is here; the last blast of summer, and Elkhart Campground is starting to fill up with campers. Sure, there are a lot of RVers here too, but holiday weekends really bring out the campers and weekend warriors. You can tell the difference between campers and RVers by just walking around […]

Aug 032011
 

Heavy thunderstorms were predicted for Grand Traverse County yesterday, and about 7:30 a.m. it rained really hard for about 15 minutes, and then it stopped. It was strange, because there was no light rain or wind as a prelude; it just suddenly started to pound on the roof of our motorhome, and just as suddenly […]

Living With Less

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 022011
 

We are driveway camping at my cousin’s house in Traverse City for a few days, so we’re adjusting to living with less. Less, in terms of electrical power. Yes, you can live on just 20 amps, even if you have a big old diesel pusher that is set up for 50 amp service! We’ve done […]

Yes, Terry Drove

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012011
 

Several blog readers have been asking me if I was going to drive over the Mackinac Bridge, or if I was going to wimp out and have Terry drive our motorhome over the bridge. High bridges terrify me, and last year I debated whether or not to drive the bridge, finally deciding that sooner or […]