Sep 192020
 

When Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880, the world was a very different, and sometimes harsh place. People with physical challenges faced a hard life under the best of circumstances, and a child growing up handicapped often had a very limited future. Helen Keller was born into this world as a healthy […]

Meteor Crater

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
May 192020
 

50,000 years ago, a brilliant fireball streaked across the sky at 40,000 miles per hour and slammed into the earth’s surface with an explosive force greater than twenty million tons of TNT. The iron-nickel meteorite’s impact was so great that it created a massive 700-foot deep crater measuring over 4,000 feet across. Hundreds of tons […]

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 […]

Texas Sure Is Friendly

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 052020
 

Somebody once told me I could go to a stranger’s funeral and make friends with the guy in the box by the time the preaching was over. I’m not sure if that is 100% true, but I have always believed in the old saying that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met before. […]

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, […]

Mind Your Manners

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 122020
 

I’ve get a lot of e-mails from blog readers and a surprising number of them are from RVers writing about campground problems that make me wonder how so many people never learned basic manners as children. So today, let’s talk about how to be a good neighbor. Most RVers are pretty laid back, but living […]

Friday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 062019
 

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. I know that at one time you had a bus conversion, and I […]

Oct 142019
 

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m not really a Hank Williams fan. Though I love country music, his “twangy” style just never caught my fancy. But who can not appreciate the contributions he made to the American music scene? Over 50 years after his untimely death, Hank Williams has an ever growing legion of fans, his […]

The People We Meet

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 262019
 

We met some interesting people in our 18 years as fulltime RVers running a business on the road. Most have been nice, but some have been, shall we say, interesting? Challenging? Unique? Early in our fulltime adventure we had signs on our truck that said Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper. Once, we were approached by […]

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 […]

Feb 252019
 

The one thing we miss most about the fulltime RV lifestyle is the many friends we made in our travels around the country. It was always fun to arrive at an RV park or rally and see people we knew and have the opportunity to reconnect with them. A few of our RVing buddies have […]

Feb 222019
 

It’s been a while since I’ve run a blog featuring some of the questions I receive and my answers to them. While I try to answer all questions individually, from time to time I find some that are worth sharing here. Q. I am going to be 70 in July and my wife turned 68 […]

Campers And RVers

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 122019
 

Note: This is an updated post that I thought some of you might find interesting. It is based upon nothing more than my own personal opinion. In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten quite a few e-mails from RV campers who think that they are RVers. I hate to burst their bubbles, but at the […]

Dec 292018
 

When Miss Terry and I started fulltiming way back in 1999 we went into it with the idea that it was something we were going to do forever. We adapted well to living in the small space of a motorhome, we loved traveling and meeting new people, and we said that if we ever decided […]

Happy Thanksgiving

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 222018
 

Whether you are spending today at home with family or in an RV park somewhere sharing a community meal, Terry and I want to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving. Life has its ups and downs for all of us, but over all we have been very blessed, and we are thankful for that. When we […]

Sep 042018
 

If you are a fulltime RVer today is the start of a great time of year for you. Labor Day ended the busy summer camping season, the kids are all back in school, and life starts moving at a slower pace at your local RV park. You’ve got about nine months to enjoy it, so […]

Aug 212018
 

Yesterday blog reader Richard Sullivan wrote to tell me about an incident that happened while he was backing his motorhome into their site at an RV park. He said he was doing just fine with his wife guiding him as he backed up. Then two little boys came out of nowhere and ran directly behind […]

Hanging Up The Keys

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 242018
 

A blog reader contacted me yesterday asking when Miss Terry and I knew it was time to hang up the keys. He and his wife have been fulltiming for close to 10 years and enjoyed it much of that time. But he said lately they are beginning to dread it every time they leave a […]

There Is No Number

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 172018
 

One of the most frequent questions I get from new and wannabe fulltime RVers is, how much does it cost to be a fulltimer? I can’t answer that question for them because there is no number that is accurate. No one-size-fits-all, plan your budget this way and you’ll be fine number. How much does it […]

Get Off The Road!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 142018
 

It looks like we’re in for some more bad weather this weekend, with the possibility of severe storms and very strong winds on Sunday. No problem, we don’t have anywhere we have to be. The larder is stocked, I’ve got a book almost finished that Miss Terry can proof and edit, and she’s got lots […]