Friday, March 24, 2017

Better RV Life, Better Towing

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Things to Know Before You Tow
    Think you’ll never tow? Even if your RV is a motorhome, providing you a complete home and complete vehicle in one, you may want to tow something someday: a small car, a trailer with watercraft or motorcycles, a sailboat, a jon boat for fishing . 

    You already have insurance on the vehicle that does the pulling. You have insurance on the car, boat, water toy or ATV that is being pulled.   But what about the trailer or dolly under that car, boat or ATV?
  Here, from Boat Owners Association of the United States, are tips on protecting a tow.

    + First, says BoatUS,  understand the roles of your homeowner*, auto, boat and boat trailer insurances. 

    + When shopping for insurance for your trailerable boat, ask if the policy provides boat trailer coverage. Not all insurers provide it.

    + Know the value of the dolly or  trailer itself.  Your insurer needs to know the cost of the boat and trailer separately. If not, the insurer may have difficulty compensating you fairly in the event of a claim.

    + Are there geographic limits on how far you may trailer a boat? 

    + Check your auto/truck/motorhome insurance. Does it include liability coverage for  damage to others’ property caused while trailering? Say, for example, you are driving the motorhome while towing a trailer and back it into a fence. Is your motorhome liable? Your trailer? The boat or motorcycles on the trailer?  

    + Check your homeowner’s insurance to make sure the trailer itself is covered when it’s parked at home. 

    + Read the fine print. If you store a boat trailer at a marina or other storage facility, what about insurance?  It’s likely the facility isn’t liable for any loss. 

    + Roadside assistance?  Your RV's coverage may include roadside assistance but what if it’s the trailer that is disabled and you have to leave it at the side of the road? Coverage may be available at added cost, usually with a towing limit of 50 or 100 miles.

    The more travel toys you have, the more important it is to get insurance from a specialist who covers all the bases from all possible angles.
* If you are a full-time RV-er with no homeowner insurance, look into extra policies to cover things usually covered by a homeowner policy. (Such as your dog biting a neighbor or your golf ball hitting another player.) 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Health Care, Jobs and the RV Lifestyle

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 Medical Skills Can
Fund Your RV Fun

    Do you dream of going RV full-timing now, not after retirement? Unless you win the lottery you’ll need a portable profession. The medical field is wide open and getting hotter. And you don’t necessarily need a college degree, R.N. or M.D. after your name.

    Thanks to sites such as BecomeAnXray, and, jobs in the medical field can take you anywhere.

How it Works

    Contact a staffing or recruitment agency that specializes in travel healthcare jobs. Are you a clinical laboratory scientist? At we found more than a dozen temporary jobs ranging from nine to 26 weeks, in locations from Boston to California. Are you a Cardiovascular Intervention Technician?  Choose from half a dozen 13-week gigs from Connecticut to Kansas. A Cath Lab Tech? How about 13 weeks in San Luis Obispo, California?

    As a traveler you’ll be employed by the agency, not the clinic, hospital or medical practice. The agency takes care of your state licensing, travel and housing. Many hospitals have RV hook-ups or are near fabulous campgrounds. Agencies may also provide health benefits and other perks. Search  by job description, preferred location and duration of the job. Then work where you choose and move on when you need money again. 

    Healthcare occupations that are available as travel jobs include  nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medical imaging, cardio cath and many other skills.  Agencies generally want professionals who’ve had at least one year of clinical experience. You should  be adaptable because your work environment, job duties and fellow employees will change constantly.  You’ll also need to be a quick learner because job training for each new assignment is short and intense.   

    Benefits are many. Traveling healthcare jobs usually pay better because they are temporary and critically needed, although pay varies depending on  your qualifications and the area where you work. You’ll have lots of adventures, meet wonderful people and live in a variety of places along the way. 

I’ll see YOU down the road.

Janet Groene’s book Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition takes you through the full-time life on wheels from making the decision through choosing the rig,  earning a living on the go, how to choose a home base and much more. It's available here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Meet This Little RV Woman

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    Abby Holcombe is only 12 years old and she’s already earning her chops as an RV woman and a nationally ranked freestyle kayaker. 

Two RV Women,  One Happy RV Family-a-GoGo

 Peter, Kathy and Abby Holcombe sold their home in Boulder, Colorado to go full-timing in their Class C motorhome.  On the road since June, 2014, they recently tackled the 280-mile-long, 26-day whitewater challenge of the Grand Canyon.

 And,  even though the trip is not recommended for anyone under age 16 to take solo,  Abby is paddling her own kayak!

    Relying on a dozen sponsors to help bankroll their adventure, the Holcombes blog about their travels. Abby makes not just an attractive model for her father’s photo shoots, she is a champion in her own right, often photographed in full professional gear at the helm of her own kayak.

    According to their website,, the family were doing too much wheel spinning back in Boulder.  Peter’s commercial photography business was thriving but it kept him away from home, family and the whitewater they all loved.  They decided to combine their yen for  adventure travel with Peter’s photography skills and business acumen and Kathy’s writing skills. They took their show on the road.

    Their rig consists of the 24-foot Class C motorhome plus a trailer bristling with all the extras including kayaks and paddlehoards. Abby’s “room” is the cab over pad, plastered with pictures typical of girls her age.

    It’s daunting to read about all the places they have been pell-mell in less than three years.  Florida, New York, Alaska, and dozens of places in between have all been recorded by Peter’s talented camera eye. That’s life in the fast lane, just the way this young RV woman likes it.

    “I love how I have friends all over the country now,” says Abby, who fastens their photos above her RV loft bed like any pre-teen. “I have friends in Georgia, Ontario, the Yukon--everywhere. And I’m seeing all these different cultures.”

How can YOU go full-timing, make a living on the go and educate school-age children at the same time? See Janet Groene's book Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition. 

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