"[W]e've been full-timing for over three years and we've learned the ins and outs of RVing America. In this guide, you'll learn the answers to the most common questions we receive about RV living. Everything from how to choose the right RV to how we get mail on the road, to how to find free camping."--From back cover.
Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America
Author: Alyssa Padgett
Category: Recreational vehicle camping
The end of retirement? From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.” On frequently traveled routes between seasonal jobs, Jessica Bruder meets people from all walks of life: a former professor, a McDonald’s vice president, a minister, a college administrator, and a motorcycle cop, among many others—including her irrepressible protagonist, a onetime cocktail waitress, Home Depot clerk, and general contractor named Linda May. In a secondhand vehicle she christens “Van Halen,” Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying Linda May and others from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable “Earthship” home, they have not given up hope.
Author: Jessica Bruder
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Social Science
You've worked hard, lived carefully, and saved diligently. You've reached major milestones and accumulated more assets than you dreamed possible, and yet you hesitate. ""Can I retire?"" This book will help answer that question by showing you.... The tools you need to live a secure and independent retirement, without worrying about money What you must know before leaving a career behind How much it will cost you to live in retirement, and how to manage your cash flow The current choices for retirement health care, including lesser-known but effective options The threat from inflation: two secrets that politicians and bankers will never admit A realistic assessment of the impact that income taxes will have on your retirement Social Security's role in your retirement: when you should claim and how much it's worth to you How to construct and manage an investment portfolio for income and growth in retirement About immediate annuities and why you need multiple sources of retirement income The key variables and unknowns in your retirement withdrawal equation Reviews of the best retirement calculators, and tips for how to use them accurately Beyond the simplistic 4% Rule to the latest research on safe withdrawal rates Realistic bracketing of your retirement savings needs, without over caution or overconfidence The history of economic cycles and the related asset classes for optimal retirement security A survey of strategies plus original research for how to orchestrate your retirement distributions A practical "retirement fuel gauge" alerting you to problems while you still have time to act Backup plans: the "lifeboat strategies" for ensuring you'll never be without essential income The 6 crucial questions to answer before you can retire The one, simple, powerful, non-financial reason that you can and should retire earlier than later
How to Make the Biggest Financial Decision of the Rest of Your Life
Author: Darrow Kirkpatrick
The pop-up camping "Bible" is here! This book contains a wealth of information, practical instructions, and numerous tips, tricks and techniques for the novice or expert camper. The tent camping fan, the die-hard RV lover, and everyone in between is sure to find something useful in Camping in a Pop-Up Camper is Paradise. Calling on her own humorous "learning curve," the author shows how, with a few skills and a little know-how, almost anyone can learn to enjoy camping without feeling deprived of any modern conveniences. Checklists to make it all easy are included: Personal, recreational, and day-hike packing. Tools kept in the camper and a toolbox. Perishable groceries and stocked food. First aid, bugs, bites, and rashes. Winterizing your tent-trailer. Camper packing list. Steps to pop-up. Learning what to do and what NOT to do when camping just got easy. This is your ultimate "how-to" book on tent-trailer camping!
A Carry-along Guide for Novice and Experienced Camping Enthusiasts Interested in Tent-trailer Camping
Author: Mellody R. L. Allee
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Category: Sports & Recreation
The appeal and dream of the RV lifestle has not changed much since the first RVs were introduced shortly after 1900. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison used to take their motorhomes and go on trips together back in 1910. They loved the adventure. Freedom, adventure, fun, stress-free, and relaxing are words RV owners frequently use to decribe why they enjoy the RV lifestyle. If you're retired, or thinking about retirement, this is one book you'll want to be sure to read. You may find that retiring and living the RV lifestyle is just what you want to do. After all, the RV lifestyle is the most enjoyable and least expensive way to retire. In this book you'll learn: What's It Like Living Full Time in a Motorhome/RV? Can I Afford the RV Lifestyle? What Kind of Rig Should I get? Can I Drive an RV? How Much Will an RV Cost? Pitfalls to Avoid & Buyer Checklist Planning for the Leap into Full-time RVing How to Get Rid of Your Stuff Pets Make Great Travelers - If You Know a Few Tips and Secrets What About Being Away From Family and Friends? How to Find the Best Campgrounds Boondocking - Camping Where There's No Campground Towing a Car - 4 Wheels Down or a Dolly? Getting Your Mail, Voting, Where is Your Legal Residence, and Other Logistics The Internet - How to Stay Connected While on the Road Healthcare on the Road Ways to Make Money Without a Computer How to Make Money With Your Computer and the Internet Things You Can Do to Your RV to Make It More Functional, Fun and Enjoyable Plus a whole lot more
The Most Enjoyable and Least Expensive Way to Retire
Author: Jerry Minchey
Category: Finance, Personal
Too much debt? Not enough savings? Stop your whining and get to work. It's time to become a battle-ready financial warrior, prepared to tackle any money challenge. Modeled on the Soldier's Handbook, which is issued to all new U.S. Army recruits, Soldier of Finance is a no-nonsense, military-style training manual to overcoming financial obstacles and building lasting wealth. Written by Jeff Rose, a Certified Financial Planner(TM) and army veteran with extensive combat experience, the book is divided into 14 modules, each section covering an essential element of financial success. You will learn how to: Evaluate your position and commit to change * Target and methodically eliminate debt * Clean up your credit report * Create tactical budgets * Build emergency savings * Invest for the short and long term * Determine an affordable mortgage size, insurance needs, and more. Complete with tales from the trenches and useful tools including quizzes, debriefings, and more--Soldier of Finance is the survival guide you need to face down your finances and bring order and prosperity to your life.
Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future
Author: Jeff Rose
Category: Business & Economics
How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income
Author: Jerry Minchey
This problem-solving reference answers questions such as, "Why do interior lights dim or burn out rapidly" and "Why won't the batteries recharge after a night without electricity?"
Author: Bill Moeller,Jan Moeller
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
Category: Sports & Recreation
A complete guide to the vagabond approach to travel espouses taking time off from one's normal routine--for weeks to years--to discover the wonders of the world for oneself, explaining how to plan and prepare for travel, simplify one's lifestyle and adapt to life on the road, handle travel adversity, and finally, reassimilate to ordinary life. Original. 15,000 first printing.
An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Author: Rolf Potts
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Time spent with the family in a Coachmen Leprechaun or a Holiday Rambler is unforgettable. Indiana retains a unique place in the RV industry going back to the 1930s, when pioneering individuals like Milo Miller, Harold Platt and Wilbur Schult created the original RV businesses in the Elkhart-South Bend area, making campers for sale. By the end of World War II, the national media was identifying Elkhart as the "Trailer Capital of the World." That status has been reinforced ever since, and the industry is still thriving in Indiana with the successes of Thor Industries and Forest River. Join author and RV expert Al Hesselbart as he chronicles how the Hoosier State became the RV Capital of the World.
A Fun-filled Indiana History
Author: Al Hesselbart
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Are you sick of the rat race, working at a job you hate and still just barely surviving? Are you ready to do it for the rest of your life? Or have you been laid-off or "downsized" and can't afford to live anymore. If so this book is for you. In it I give detailed directions how to get rid of your rent or mortgage payment and live in a vehicle.That way you can get out of debt, save money, travel and live free. You can live on so little money you can tell your boss to, "Take this job and shove it!" Sound good? Let's get started!
And Get Out of Debt, Travel, and Find True Freedom
Author: Bob Wells
The journey began as a vacation, I did not want to go. My husband said, "Go, you've earned it! My co-worker and I were off. Mr. Raymond Barrette, tour guide at Half Moon Equestrian Center, took us on a tour of Montego Bay. God let me see with His eyes, people who do not know the love of Jesus. I felt a call to return to this land--Jamaica. At an early age I made a commitment to God to go to the mission field. Thirty years later, after raising a family, with the blessings of my husband, I returned to Jamaica in answer to that call. I saw the majesty of God in this land. I felt His power being the only white person in the community I was accepted. These people truly looked beyond the color of my skin to my heart changing it forever. There are so many who do not know of Jesus, the salvation He offers so freely. It's our prayer that hearts will be changed through the pages of this book, and the steps that my friend and guide, Mr. Barrette, and I have taken on this journey.
A Travelogue and How to Guide
Author: Arlene Trainor Corby
From shabby chic to rock 'n' roll heaven, restful craft room retreats to road-tripping travelling vans; from on-site artist studios and relaxing, reflective retreats, to travelling markets stalls and family summer holiday abodes; and from chandelier-clad glamping venues to the pride and joy of long-term nomadic lifestylers - there's a dream vintage caravan for everyone. Vintage Caravan Style takes the reader on a visual voyage through the world of vintage and retro caravans, exploring both the exterior and interior design of these classic icons. The book reveals the huge resurgence of interest in modern-vintage caravans - whether used for touring or as creative backyard spaces - and reveals how you can buy, restore and style a little capsule of retro heaven. Over 350 beautiful and inspirational photos sit alongside practical tips on restoring, upcycling, decorating and styling the small spaces of your dreams - whether you own a caravan, beach hut, shepherd's hut or even a shed - satisfying the desire to see inside other people's spaces and take inspiration from the small but perfectly formed spaces they have created.
Buying, Restoring, Decorating and Styling the Small Spaces of Your Dreams!
Author: Lisa Mora
Publisher: David & Charles Publishers
A complete & comprehensive RV buying guide designed in three easy-to-read sections. Section 1 includes a step-by-step process for determining the type of recreational vehicle required to satisfy the buyer's needs. It expands on how to choose a recreational vehicle for weekending, vacationing, snowbirding, or fulltiming--whether it's a motor home, travel trailer, camper, or tent trailer. It details types of tow vehicles & matching criteria: weight consideration; how to compare brands & more. Section 2 will take the buyer through an inspection process to determine positive & negative features of the RV's design, workmanship & structural integrity. This section includes illustrations & photos in a special "Walk-Around" chapter to show the buyer the specific steps for a good evaluation. Section 3 will take the buyer through the buying process, which includes negotiating techniques to assist in avoiding pitfalls normally associated with financing & extended warranties. JD Gallant is a nationally-known consumer advocate, president of RV Consumer Group & author of many consumer titles. Prepaid orders 40% discount plus $6 s/h. Order through publisher: RV Consumer Group, PO Box 520, Quilcene, WA 98376. 1-800-405-3325, or e-mail: [email protected]
A Complete Guide
Author: J. D. Gallant
Category: Recreational vehicle industry
Official website: http: //www.mobile-solarpower.com Finally an easy approach to mobile solar design and installation: -Add a solar system to your RV, Van, Trailer, Car or Boat -Step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow -Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced methods for calculating your solar system. You choose! -Tips and tricks that will save you time and money -You can read this book from start to finish, or use it as a reference -Large, easy to understand pictures And much more! I promise that this book will be worth your time, or you will get your money back. There are many solar system books on the market that are just too hard to understand, and impractical. Tired of googling every question you have about setting up your own solar system? Then give this book a chance. It will show you everything that you need to know, from start to finish.
Author: William Errol Prowse, IV
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Category: Electric automobiles
Old campers have an appeal that reaches back in time and can send your imagination soaring. Let's face it: they are cool. Who hasn't seen one parked on a boulevard with a "for sale" sign and pictured it bouncing along behind the family car, ready for adventure and fun? Unfortunately, campers are not quite homes, they are not quite cars, and they have their own unique systems and demands that make fixing and upgrading a challenge. Even if you have plenty of DIY experience, a camper speaks a foreign language. Consider Camper Rehab your Rosetta Stone for the language of Shasta, Dutchmen, or Airstream. This book is a top-to-bottom guide to getting a fifth-wheel, teardrop, or other camper trailer ready for the road and beyond. From basic troubleshooting to electrical and plumbing projects, replacing interior surfaces, and clever (sometimes "retro") decorating ideas, this book uses detailed illustrations, color photography, and a wealth of step-by-step, how-to information to get help you get your travel trailer into shape for your next big--or little--adventure. And in case you haven't pulled the trigger on that trailer you're eying on Craigslist just yet, Camper Rehab also walks you through the process of evaluating a potential purchase, identifying which issues are fixable and which are dealbreakers, as well as how to spot hidden problems. Written by accomplished DIY author Chris Peterson, whose light and approachable tone is coupled with the hardworking DIY information you need, Camper Rehab is a must-have for any camper owner or dreamer.
A Guide to Buying, Repairing, and Upgrading Your Travel Trailer
Author: Chris Peterson
Category: House & Home
An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante. His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by way of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation; finally, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New York. Travels with Charley in Search of America is an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life—a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South—which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand—Travels with Charley is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Author: John Steinbeck
This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings. The Dumbest Generation is a dire report on the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American democracy and culture. For decades, concern has been brewing about the dumbed-down popular culture available to young people and the impact it has on their futures. But at the dawn of the digital age, many thought they saw an answer: the internet, email, blogs, and interactive and hyper-realistic video games promised to yield a generation of sharper, more aware, and intellectually sophisticated children. The terms “information superhighway” and “knowledge economy” entered the lexicon, and we assumed that teens would use their knowledge and understanding of technology to set themselves apart as the vanguards of this new digital era. That was the promise. But the enlightenment didn’t happen. The technology that was supposed to make young adults more aware, diversify their tastes, and improve their verbal skills has had the opposite effect. According to recent reports from the National Endowment for the Arts, most young people in the United States do not read literature, visit museums, or vote. They cannot explain basic scientific methods, recount basic American history, name their local political representatives, or locate Iraq or Israel on a map. The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future is a startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American culture and democracy. Over the last few decades, how we view adolescence itself has changed, growing from a pitstop on the road to adulthood to its own space in society, wholly separate from adult life. This change in adolescent culture has gone hand in hand with an insidious infantilization of our culture at large; as adolescents continue to disengage from the adult world, they have built their own, acquiring more spending money, steering classrooms and culture towards their own needs and interests, and now using the technology once promoted as the greatest hope for their futures to indulge in diversions, from MySpace to multiplayer video games, 24/7. Can a nation continue to enjoy political and economic predominance if its citizens refuse to grow up? Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, The Dumbest Generation presents a portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture, and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies. The Dumbest Generation pulls no punches as it reveals the true cost of the digital age—and our last chance to fix it.
How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future(Or, Don 't Trust Anyone Under 30)
Author: Mark Bauerlein
Category: Social Science
Take the driver's seat on your very own RV adventures! There's something uniquely satisfying about packing your bags, mapping your route, planning your campground stops, and hitting the open road, family vacation-style. And when you travel in an RV, you enjoy all the comforts and conveniences of home while you traverse the great outdoors. Fully stocked with suggestions for planning and carrying out fun and exciting RV vacations to remember, this handy guide gives you everything you need to know for safe and successful RVing. In it you get: + Simple steps to finding the right type and size of RV for you and your family. + Smart advice on buying or renting your rig, taking successful test-drives, negotiating price and options, and getting insurance. + A primer on operating and maintaining your rig's electrical, plumbing, and LP systems. + Pointers for planning a perfect trip, choosing your campgrounds, and even boondocking. + Troubleshooting tips for dealing with bad weather, accidents, breakdowns, and other pitfalls.
Author: Brent Peterson,April Maher