May 012020
 

Note: This is a blog post from 2011 that I dusted off and updated because it answers questions I still get asked today. I received an e-mail from a reader a while back who is in the planning stages before going fulltime, asking about the annual costs of fulltime RVing. This is probably the most […]

RV Trash

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 202020
 

Ken Harris of Liverpool, New York sent this to us quite some time ago and we got a chuckle out of it! You know you’re RV trash when: *They post signs at WalMart saying your RV is not welcome! *You call the garbage cans at rest areas “dump stations.” *You “found” most of your RV […]

Really, More Q&A

 Posted by at 1:26 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 052018
 

I know it’s only been a couple of weeks since my last Q&A column, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers that I thought might be of interest to some of you as well, so here we go. Q. Years ago we bought a membership in Western Horizons campground chain which has […]

From The Mailbag

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 292017
 

While I was working my way through yesterday’s e-mail, deleting all of the warnings from the IRS and Windows, and three different banks where I don’t have accounts, all wanting me to click some link to save myself from disaster, along with four messages from women in other countries who want to come to America […]

10 More RV Tips

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 022017
 

Since a lot of you seemed to appreciate them, here are ten more RV tips we picked up in our years as fulltimers that will hopefully make your RV travels a bit easier and less stressful. Know your rig’s height. Not just what it says on the sales brochure or the data sheet, get up […]

Making Friends

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
May 122017
 

A topic that often comes up in the seminars I present on fulltiming at RV rallies and other events is making friends on the road. More than one new or wannabe RVer has told me that they wonder if they will have anybody to talk to when they are surrounded by strangers. I am always […]

Holidays And RVers

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 102016
 

I will never forget our first Thanksgiving on the road. We had been stuck in the Phoenix area waiting for RV repairs and when they finally got done we just wanted to be gone. We hit the road and found ourselves in an RV park in Saint David, Arizona that night. The next day we […]

Jul 262016
 

Sunday evening we got an email from our old friend Pat Astbury, telling us she was at Elkhart Campground and had been thinking about us and the times we have crossed paths here. Pat and her husband Scott were a very nice couple that we always enjoyed visiting with, and we were heartbroken when Scott […]

Guy Rules

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 052015
 

Okay, fellows, this is for your eyes only. If your beautiful bride spots this we’re both in big trouble. These helpful hints are guaranteed to make things easier as you travel down the highway of life with the girl of your dreams. Strict adherence to these “guy rules” can add years of enjoyment to your […]

Merry Christmas!!!

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 252014
 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Seasons Greetings, or whatever sounds best to you. Wherever you are and whoever you are with today, I hope you are surrounded by love and happiness. No matter what your religious beliefs are, if any, this is a time of year to be happy. I know we are, here in our […]

Dec 222014
 

Congratulations to Jimmy Cullipher, this week’s winner of the our drawing for an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake! We had 137 entries in this week’s drawing. Stay tuned, a new drawing starts soon. Except for a quick trip to the dumpster, yesterday was another writing day for me. I did another 3,249 words […]

Holidays On The Road

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 162014
 

We are almost halfway through our fifteenth year of fulltime RVing which means that we have spent a lot of holidays on the road. Most of them really aren’t family events, except for the two coming up, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But for many RVers, they can be challenging. Of course it’s easy if your family […]

Unresolved Conflicts

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 112014
 

In a blog about being two-gether that I wrote few months ago, I said that communication and compromise are necessary to work out problems in any relationship, and especially for an RVing couple. I think that many times problems arise because someone doesn’t understand what their partner needs or wants, and this may be because […]

Hot Weather RVing Tips

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 082014
 

My cousin Beverly called the other day to tell us it was 108 degrees in Tucson. There’s a reason I stay out of Arizona in the summer. Although I’ve seen some days here in northern Indiana when it felt just as hot. Of course, fans of the desert will tell you that while it does […]

I Broke It!

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
May 272014
 

Anybody who knows me well knows that I can keep a platoon of mechanics and handymen busy with all of the things I mess up in the course of a day. But yesterday I impressed even myself. Just by joining RVillage, the great new social network for RVers, I crashed the whole thing! Call me […]

We Survived The Storm

 Posted by at 12:24 am  Nick's Blog
May 222014
 

Severe storms were predicted for the Elkhart area Tuesday night, with winds up to 60 MPH, lightning, rain and hail. We got the rain, lots of thunder and lighting, and some hail, but fortunately it wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted. But it sure was a noisy night that made sleeping difficult for a lot […]

I Used To Be Famous

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 072014
 

Several years ago my cousin Berni Frees and her husband Rocky spent the summer parked next to us here at Elkhart Campground. We were sitting under the awning of their motorhome one afternoon when somebody walking by stopped to ask if I was Nick Russell. When I admitted that I was, he asked if I […]

The Mighty Bungee

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
May 022014
 

Except for a Swiss Army knife, can you think of anything more versatile than the simple ball bungee? As RVers, what would we do without them? They’re like elastic duct tape and no recreational vehicle should be without a ready supply on hand. A Ball bungee is a short piece of rubber bungee cord looped […]

Nov 282013
 

The wind blew hard all Tuesday night at the Pima County Fairgrounds and the slide topper awning over our bedroom slide rattled and flapped so much it was like sleeping inside a bass drum. We had the slide toppers replaced a couple of years ago by a mobile awning guy in Apache Junction and he […]

Oct 102013
 

How windy was it yesterday? It was so windy the National Weather Service asked all the politicians in Washington to shut up. No seriously, it was so windy it blew the tramp stamp right off our waitress’ back at dinner last night. For much of the day winds here in north central were 35+ miles […]