Mar 192020
 

I stole the title to today’s blog from my favorite singer of all time, Jimmy Buffett (who is followed closely by Billy Joel). If you haven’t heard the song, here is a YouTube link to it. I think it’s a message we all need right now. My email and newsfeeds and Facebook are all blowing […]

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 […]

Feb 272017
 

Sometimes part of my job is bursting somebody’s bubble. I really don’t like doing it, but I guess somebody has to. One such example was an e-mail I received the other day from a very nice couple who have been reading the blog for a long time. They are weekend campers and have a pop-up […]

Dec 162016
 

While there is no question that there are some clods in the world who don’t realize that their actions can impact others, I think overall most people are nice and don’t go out of their way to be obnoxious. Many times new RVers do things that irritates those around them only because they don’t understand […]

Oct 142016
 

I bought my first motorcycle when I was 15 years old, a much used and abused Triumph Daytona. A summer of hard work at a gas station allowed me to buy not only my first car, but a better bike, a 1968 Triumph Bonneville. For the next 30 years there were not many times in […]

Call It What You Like

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 062016
 

I got an email yesterday from someone who needed clarification on a couple of things and said he wanted to pick my brain. My first thought was, “that should only take half a minute or so.” He said that he refers to his Jayco travel trailer, which he and his family use just about every […]

Feb 182016
 

The Escapees RV Club‘s 56th Escapade rally will be held July 24- 29 in Essex Junction, Vermont, and like all Escapees events, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m not sure of the exact schedule yet, but I’ll be presenting several seminars at the rally and they will have a full lineup of […]

No Flying For Us

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 082015
 

You can sure tell it’s the weekend. The campground is full, dogs are barking everywhere, kids are running about, and I think I smelled a smoky fire, even though they are banned statewide because of dry conditions. Rules? No way, they can’t be for us! We would have loved to be out on the beach […]

Quiet Days

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312014
 

The life of fulltime RVers isn’t always all about traveling and sightseeing, exploring new places, meeting new friends, and making new memories. Sometimes we just have quiet days at home. And that’s nice, too. Yesterday was one of those quiet days that we appreciate so much. We slept in and then stayed in bed snuggling […]

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 […]

Weekend Warriors

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 102014
 

Weekend warriors – you gotta love them. Some fulltime RVers tend to get the attitude that the campground is their private reserve and resent it when the weekend campers arrive on Friday with their campfires, kids, and dogs. This is mostly because of the relatively few who don’t understand campground etiquette and allow their dogs […]

Jul 272014
 

They say when in Rome, do as the Romans do, and I guess it works that way in small towns too. So yesterday we joined half of Wilmington and went to the Caesar Creek Flea Market, which is only a couple of miles away from the Thousand Trails campground. The venue bills itself as Ohio’s […]

The Madness Begins

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
May 242014
 

RVs are pulling into Elkhart Campground one after another as weekend warriors arrive to kick off the season. For the next three months or so every campground and RV park in the country will be full of campers, kids, barking dogs and smoky campfires. You gotta love summer, right? Hey, it’s all part of the […]

Cabin Fever

 Posted by at 3:00 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 052013
 

It was just as well that I spent the weekend working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal because it was gray and cold, and breezy at times. When I walked down to the dumpster to throw away the trash yesterday I was glad to bet back inside. I lived here on the Washington […]

Holiday Weekend

 Posted by at 3:01 am  Nick's Blog
May 242013
 

As fulltime RVers, there are three holiday weekends every year when we try to plan ahead and be settled in at an RV park by midweek to be off the road ahead of the holiday crowds. We learned this lesson our first summer, when we found ourselves on the Washington coast at Independence Day with […]

Mileage And Potties

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 242012
 

A few days ago we were talking with some brand new fulltimers and they said that they seem to be running from one corner of the country to another all of the time visiting kids, grandkids, and other family members. The husband said it was fun, but also exhausting. That’s when Terry told him to […]

Last Day In Hershey

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 072012
 

Today is our last day here in Hershey, and just in time, since the thermometer is only going to make it up to about 50 today, and it will be in the high 30s tonight. That’s way too cold for this chubby little RVer! But that hasn’t kept the weekend campers away. The campground is […]

Sep 162012
 

I think I’m getting the hang of this being lazy thing. Of, course, I’ve had most of 60 years to perfect the process. Yesterday we slept in, mostly because it got down into the 40s overnight and it was so darned chilly that neither of us wanted to crawl out from under those warm covers. […]

Aug 052012
 

We have had a good time visiting New England and seen some awesome places while we’ve been here. But our time is about up for this visit and I thought I would share my perspective on this part of the county from an RVer’s point of view. First of all, if you come to this […]

Once Burned, Twice Shy

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 152012
 

Given some of our experiences with weekend campers, we kind of expected to be kept awake Friday night with a lot of noise from all the kids at Pope Haven Campground in Randolph, New York. But we were wrong. By about 10:30 PM everything was pretty quiet and we had a very good night’s sleep. […]