LTRVD289 Choosing RV Insurance

Happy Halloween! After the mail, John repeats our new email address. It is . We discuss our buying issues with our new Honda CRV. Love the car, hate the buying process. We also talk about our new data plan with Verizon since the demise of Millenicom.

Kathy talks about a way to generate heat when you are without electricity by heating up a crock pot with tea candles. It really works!

Today’s feature is all about choosing RV Insurance. John talks about things to look for and questions to ask while obtaining RV insurance. Next we discuss the special insurance needs of full-time RVers. We also bring up towing and roadside assistance plans, special RV medical insurance that will cover air ambulance transportation to your home hospital, and Extended Warranties and service plans.

Kathy talks about a Facebook group to exchange recipes called Deb’s RV Cooking. John reads a bulletin from Michelin about RV tire life. Then we mention how all our eBooks are listed on the Kindle Unlimited plan where for a monthly fee, one can borrow as many books as you can read.

Free RV Books

Hello Happy Campers!! Would you like some Free RV books?? All our e-books are now in the Kindle Unlimited program. Kindle Unlimited is a subscription program for readers that allows them to read as many books as they want. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a collection of books that Amazon Prime members who own a Kindle can choose one book from each month with no due dates.


Have you ever been driving down the highway and seen an RV headed in the other direction and thought, “That could be us.”? Most people have. If you’re thinking or dreaming about becoming a full-time or part-time RVer, then this is the book for you. In it you will find what we’ve learned (often the hard way) in eight years of full-time RVing, but all the information is valuable to part timers and weekenders as well. We provide over a hundred tested links to the websites of those experts we look up to. The advice we offer is based on our own experience. In 25 Chapters and 4 appendices, we take you from doing the initial homework, to choosing the right rig, to the buying process, where to camp, and way beyond. We discuss what you need to have in your rig and why. If you are interested in budgeting, communicating, boondocking or workamping, we discuss them at length along with many other topics. We wind it up with a chapter on our most memorable lessons learned. Yes, that includes the infamous black water dance. This book would also make a great gift for a would-be RVer or for folks who wonder why we do this.


Have you ever asked yourself how you can finance the RV lifestyle? Most of us have. If you’re thinking or dreaming about becoming a full-time RVer, and you must work to make it happen, then this is the book for you. In it you will find what we have learned (often the hard way) in over eight years of workamping while full-time RVing. We provide many tested links to the websites of those businesses that hire workampers and volunteers. The advice we offer is based on our own experience. We take you from doing the initial homework, to choosing the right job for you, to the writing of a workamper resume, and to the interview, and way beyond. We discuss what other considerations there may be such as taxes and home domicile We wind it up with a chapter on our most memorable lessons learned. We have had many experiences working on the road, most good, but some not so much. This book would also make a great gift for a would-be workamper or for folks who wonder why we do this.


Would you like to attend an RV show and make the most of your precious time? Then this booklet is for you. We discuss strategies for before, during and after the show. We show you what to look for in an RV besides the glitz. We include a list of RV shows around the country with live links to their websites. We also include a Towing Glossary to decode the alphabet soup of acronyms for tow weights and measures. After reading and implementing our show strategies, you won’t ever come home from a show and wonder what you saw.

LTRVD0288 Finding RV Campsites

We want to remind our listeners that we can be found on which is the Reno Viola Outdoors Podcast network. There are many outdoor related podcasts on fishing, hunting and other subjects. We start with a clarification on the recent Arizona Fuel Tax issue surrounding higher fuel taxes for commercial vehicles.

Then John discusses finding RV campsites. It is a recap of a recently added webpage to the website on the subject at . We cover finding sites in the Public sector such as National Parks, Forests, Seashores, and Grasslands. Go to Also in this sector are the campgrounds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at

Next are the privately owned “mom and pop” campgrounds which can include large camping companies like Kampgrounds of America(KOA) and the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campgrounds.

We briefly discuss the membership campgrounds including Thousand Trails, Coast to Coast among others. Check our web page on these at .

Then we discuss boondocking and how to find those locations. We like blog posts by Bob Difley on the subject We also talked about the Boondocking .org site as a good place to find campsites One more site we mentioned was

Then we got into Apps for finding campgrounds to include:

Allstays Camp and RV

RV Parking

RV Parky

and others included on the web page

LTRVD0287 Phred’s Poop Sheets, Escapees

We answered some great mail questions this week including questions about the Thor A.C.E. motorhome, our location at the Tampa RV show, storing wheeled chairs for travel, and about Phred,s Poop Sheets. We also read a wonderful testimony for Coach-Net and Passport America during a listener’s time of need.

Fred Tinseth aka “phred” was Escapee number 394 and wrote extensively in the Escapees Magazine from 1980 about RVing subjects from boondocking to inverters to solar electricity and many more. Fred died in 2010, but his excellent “Phred’s Poop Sheets” remain as a great legacy to a man dedicated to full-time RVing. Check them out on our website. Some of these are dated as they were last revised in 2002, but most of the information still holds true.

We discuss the Escapees RV Club “Good Neighbor Policy” which has turned into an RV industry sanctioned Code of Conduct while overnighting on private business’ parking lots.

Kathy discusses the responsibilities of being a good co-pilot from another Escapees magazine article. We both talk about the wonderful Instant-Off RV water saver gadget available from

Our last discussion is about hiding your valuables in plain sight with “can safes.” These are identical to a real can but with a screw off top. You can hide cash and small jewelry in your refrigerator that look exactly like the real thing. Available on

LTRVD0286 RVers and Firearms

We start with John’s good report from his doctor. As we get older, our health is the main thing that can affect our time on the road. After the mail, we discuss older RV’s and what a good idea it can be to at least start out with an older rig that will fit your budget. John talks about the steps to take to ensure you are making a good decision.

Next we get into RVers and firearms. We discuss the fact that states have very different laws about firearms. One good publication is “The Travelers Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States” by attourney J. Scott Kappas available from . Another good guide is “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan L. Ciyou available from the National Rifle Association. A good source to learn about the reciprocity of Concealed Carry Permits(CCW) is the U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s website . We also discussed self defense. A good source of information is from the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network at Kathy reads an insightful essay from Gypsy Journal author Nick Russell titled “The Armed RVer.”

Then we discuss how to make yourself comfortable in your rig in winter conditions. Much of that information is available on the Winter Camping page on our website

Our Full-timer’s Tip of the week concerns doing your own investigation into RVing and not simply relying on hearsay input.