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Thoughts for the Road

ThoughtsForTheRoad
By Kay Peterson #1, Escapees RV Club Co-founder and Director Most full-time RVers head south when the leaves start turning color. Stragglers getting a late start often find themselves in unexpected snow storms. In an automobile, this can pose a serious problem. We were towing a 30-foot Airsteam with a three-quarter-ton pickup. It was in prehistoric...
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Giant Metal Sculptures

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Article and Photos By Doug Imberi, Guest Contributor After a three million-year hiatus, the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the Anza Borrego area of Southern California are back. Thanks to the vision of multimillionaire Dennis Avery, of Avery Labels heritage, and the metal sculptor, Ricardo Breceda, we can see these life-size sculptures of r...
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Apps for RVers

AppsForRVers
Enter your text here ... By Karen Ballentine #68014 It took six months, but I finally made the decision in December 2011 to purchase an iPad 2 with WiFi, 64 GB and 3G. All those letters and numbers are not really so confusing when broken down. I wanted the 64 GB of storage space so there would be plenty of room for photo albums, and I wanted the 3G...
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From the Bookshelf

FromTheBookshelf
By Marcella Gauthier #12371 As you have probably figured out by now, I am an avid fan of e-books. But I do not have a broad range of experience with all the various models of e-readers from iPads to basic Kindles. I have a Kindle 3 which allows me to download books both by using WiFi and the free 3G WhisperNet offered by Amazon. So I can pretty muc...
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Holiday Cooking

Holiday-Cooking
  By Evanne Schmarder #65409 Maybe it's because I'm a confirmed foodie or maybe it's because I'm a dedicated full-time RVer, but, either way, ask me about a gift idea and, like a broken record, I'll get on the subject of food, glorious food. While that's my standard go-to all year long, the holidays make this topic tip-top Christmas tree talk....
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A Nest Plan

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By Karen Minard #64779 Having a plan for your health care and housing is important, and this plan is best made, at least tentatively, before you must place the keys on that key hook. If the plan is not for yourself, maybe you need to help plan the care of one of your relatives. Believe it or not, there is a sense of relief after one has dealt with ...
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Life-Changing Decisions After 50

LifeChangingAfter50
Question: My husband and I are thinking about selling our home and becoming full-time RVers. My close friend and her husband are planning to move clear across the country, away from the home where they raised their children and everything they know. I realize we are both making big, life-changing decisions and neither of us are young anymore, which...
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San Diego, California

SanDiego
Article and photos by Joyce Space #61818 My husband, Larry, and I like inexpensive or free activities but found that many places in San Diego, California, were out of our price range. We were delighted when Escapees Marilyn and John Bintz #27791 told us about Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (SHP) and the surrounding area, as well as Cabrillo...
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Escaping an RV Fire

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By "Mac the Fire Guy" McCoy #48271 CM#310 • www.macthefireguy.com Recently, an RV fire took the lives of John and Sue Thomas, long-time American Coach owners. The fire started from a front right tire blowout, and they were forced to the rear of their coach. We will never know why they couldn't escape the fire, but maybe this would be a good time to...
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Weight & Safety | Winter Driving

WeightSafety
By Jim Koca #86367 Escapees RVers' Boot Camp Instructor If you have been traveling for a while and are like most RVers, you probably head south for the winter to avoid driving in inclement weather. However, even if you travel in the South, there is still a possibility you may encounter freezing rain, ice or snow. While on the road during these cond...
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Tips | Helpful Hints, Ideas and Solutions for Today’s RVer

Tips
Build a Smokeless Campfire Most of us love a warm, crackling campfire. The experience can evoke pleasant feelings of dancing flames, s'mores toasting, ghost stories and sharing time with friends and family. Although a campfire can create wonderful memories, they can also be a lot of work. The wood and fuel has to be carried to the fire pit, the fir...
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RV Gadget Box | Portable Induction Cooktops

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Compiled by Mark Nemeth #45776, Escapees Technical Advisor ​ Most RVs don't have large stove tops, and the burners are usually fairly low output. This can be a challenge when you want to cook a big pot of food such as gumbo, stew or soup. Several of my RVing friends carry induction cooktops, and they love them. I finally bought one for myself, and ...
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A Message From The Board | 40 Years of Support and Progress

AMessageFromTheBoard
By Shawn Loring #76442, Escapees CEO, and the Escapees Board of Directors When Escapees founders, Joe Peterson (a traveling electrician) and Kay Peterson (a traveling nurse), started Escapees RV Club, there was no lofty vision. There was no detailed plan with five- and 10-year goals. Rather, Joe and Kay authored a series of articles for Woodall's T...
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Mark, My Words

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By Mark Nemeth #45776, Escapees Technical Advisor Water Hose Odor Q. My travel trailer's water hose has a strong plastic smell and taste. It is coming from the hose, not the supply line or the internal RV plumbing. How can I clean the inside of the hose, and what is the best way to store it? - Terry A. First, make sure your hose is designed sp...
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From the Bookshelf

FromTheBookshelf
By Marcella Gauthier #12371 Full-time RVing and Grilling on the Road Take Risks: One Couple's Journey to Quit Their Jobs and Hit the Open Road Joe Russo #126844 • Weretherussos.com 2017 • ISBN: 978-1549900563 Kindle: $5.99 • Paperback: $14.99 Joe and Kait Russo #126844 are an amazing couple who quit their jobs in 2015 and hit the road, in a class-A...
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Different Viewpoints

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RVers' Opinions and Advice from the Road Submissions that are sent by e-mail can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Joining Escapees I was on a consulting contract in Florida when I came across a copy of Full-time RVing. I thought it was interesting and sent a copy to my wife, Darleen. After the contract ended, Darleen agreed that we s...
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Be My RV VALENTINE | Create A New Way To Celebrate

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By Melanie Carr #8, Escapees RV Club Vice President For kids, Valentine's Day in an RV is quite different from what it is in a stick-and-brick home. When children are going to school, or even if they are homeschooled but still surrounded by a community of peers, there are long-standing traditions where you exchange cards or gifts. This exchange is ...
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The Good Samaritan Law | Is it safe to stop and render aid?

TheGoodSamaritanLaw
By K. Susie Adams #134068 Years ago, I was in the bathroom at a local cinema washing my hands. Next to me, a young girl popped a peppermint in her mouth and immediately began to cough. Convinced she was choking on the mint, I raced over and began to perform my version of the Heimlich Maneuver to help dislodge the mint. However, my only training in ...
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Ditch the Diet | A fun, flexible and nutritious way of eating

DitchTheDiet
By Evanne Schmarder #65409 With all of the holiday hubbub and talk of resolutions, this time of year our goals and dreams come to the forefront. Whether you are one of the 41 percent of Americans who set New Year's resolutions, or part of the 59 percent that don't, I'd wager that at least once last year you told yourself you wanted to eat healthier...
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Coping Skills

CopingSkills
By Diane M. Berry #102219 Question: I hear a great deal about coping skills to deal with stress. What can I do to obtain these skills and how can I learn to use them? -Confused Dear Confused, We hear much about coping skills, but few people take the time to learn what the skills are and how to acquire them. Do not despair, because coping skills are...
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