WAYS TO MAKE MONEY ON THE ROAD

More and more people are becoming interested in RVing, whether that be full-time or traditional traveling.. However, one of the factors that often holding people back is the ability to earn money to support their traveling dream.

 

Monument Valley

 

While this may seem difficult to fathom at first, it is possible to earn a living and travel in an RV. You may have to put some sweat into it, but there are many RVers who work while traveling.

Plus, if you are able to make money while in your RV, you may not be as bound by having limited vacation days at your current job. This means more time to travel and explore new places in your RV!

 

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NAVIGATING CAMPGROUND MEMBERSHIPS

Summer is now here and you can already smell the scent of pine forests and campfires. Excited for another season of RVing, you are already thinking about finding your AWAY.

In a recent conversation anticipating the upcoming season, a fellow RVer mentioned she just bought a campground membership. She excitedly told you that her new membership is going to save her hundreds of dollars in campground fees. Curious, that evening you googled “campground memberships” and came up with lots of websites using terms like “home park,” “reciprocal”, and “zones.” It didn’t take long for you to find out that there are many different types of campground memberships and you asked yourself, “Should I buy one? If so which one?”

 

 

Considerations When Purchasing a Campground Membership

 

Location – Most camping clubs have campground directories and online maps. Take a look at the directory or map to see where the parks are located. Are they near you? Are they near places you want to visit? If not, you may end up you spending more money on gas to get to the places you want to visit than you will save on camping fees.

 

Usage Rules and Restrictions – Each membership or club has different usage rules. For instance, some allow so many weeks in a particular park a year or so many consecutive days in a campground before you must leave the system for a set amount of time. Rules also often vary by season and affiliations with other networks. Many of the campgrounds in the discount clubs also have restrictions when using the discounted rate as to how many people the discounted rates includes or when it can be used. To be sure you understand don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions, take notes, and read the fine print. Making sure you understand the usage rules and restrictions now will save you a headache later on and for most RVers joining a club or two or even more is worth the effort!

 

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TOP 5 ESSENTIAL RV PRE-TRIP CHECKS

Checklists are an easy way to make sure nothing is overlooked or forgotten. RV pre-trip checks are one of the most important checklists to have on-hand and follow. I cannot tell you how many times I see damaged RV steps, TV antennas, power cords and awnings simply because an owner forgot to check things prior to leaving.

 

 

I could probably list 25 items that should be on a pre-trip checklist, but today I want to concentrate on what I consider to be the top 5 essential RV pre-trip checks to make prior to driving the RV. Following a simple checklist like this can save you time, money and headaches.

 

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AN RV MOM’S MEAL PLANNING TIPS – SAVE YOURSELF TIME, MONEY AND STRESS

As a mom of three young boys, I am constantly in search of recipes and meal plans that are nutritiously yummy. I read labels and try to stick to organic grocery items or at the very least non-GMO foods.

 

 

I always stock the RV with these very same foods and we do our best to stick to that while we are on the road, but that becomes difficult depending on what part of the country we are traveling in. This is where our food prep and planning helps us to stay on track with providing healthy and yummy meals that we know our boys will enjoy.

 

Tips for food prep and planning before long trips

  • As best you can, plan your daily meals ahead of time
  • Shop for your groceries (don’t forget seasonings, spices & condiments)
  • Depending on the length of your trip, shelf stable foods are probably best
  • Save money by purchasing fresh veggies, clean, cut and freeze them yourself
  • Frozen fruits and veggies go a long way in meal prep
  • Pre-clean, season and marinate your meats before freezing
  • Make ahead items like muffins can be frozen for a healthy quick breakfast

 

 

What qualifies as a “go to” RV friendly meal for our family? In our case, a meal that I can pop in the slow cooker gets placed in my “go to” meal planner for travel. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is be stuck in the RV preparing three square meals for the family. This mama wants to be outside having fun with my crew!

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE MOST ENCHANTING HIDDEN GEMS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Ross Lake, Tamolitch Pool, Mount Si… these are just a few of the most underrated but overwhelmingly drop-dead gorgeous off-the-beaten-path hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest.

 

Image via Flickr/Esther Lee

 

The Pacific Northwest possesses an abundance of natural wonders. The rugged coastline, the towering mountains, and the lush temperate rainforests are all what make the PNW so special. In search of that authentic Northwestern experience? Here are a few completely unique places you don’t want to miss.

 

Painted Hills

 

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