FAQ & Helpful Links

This page will be ever changing, but I wanted to create one central place for easy access to links that I think would be helpful resources for full-timers, part-timers or even weekend warriors. HINT….anything in blue is a link…so just click!

CAMPING

Passport America – save 50% off nightly camping for one flat yearly subscription fee of around $50

Thousand Trails – nationwide camping membership, with varying yearly costs. We have a zone pass and it paid for itself in the first few uses.  Definitely worth looking into to see if they have a plan that fits your needs.  Here is a post I did comparing camping memberships.

Campendium – find great boondocking spots and see reviews from recent campers on public and private campgrounds, even down to cell signal strength!

Campground Hosting/Volunteer – Hosting/Volunteering with a public or private campground is a way to camp for free!  Click here to see a list of my Top 5 things to consider before you accept a hosting position.

Also, check out this post I did about comparing all the different camping memberships.

REMOTE WORK

FlexJobs.com – a job search engine that focuses on mostly or 100% remote position.  BJ and I both found amazing and steady remote work using this site.  There is a yearly fee, but in my opinion, it is 100% worth it. Sign up for FlexJobs today and use promo code FLEXLIFE to save up to 30% off!

Appen – social media work on a project by project basis, not a great base pay, but it is a great way to make some extra spending money.

Amazon Seller – you purchase items at a discount from any store and then turn-around and sell them on Amazon for a profit.  That’s the gist, click here to get more info.

Blogging – monetizing a blog is something I haven’t started doing, yet.  But I hope to someday be able to bring in just a little passive income through my site.  If you want more info on how this is done, reach out to the pro…Michelle of Making Sense of Cents.  Her, her husband and pups were full-timing, all while she pulls in some major dough from her site.  Now they’ve started sailing full-time (OMG, the pix they share are amazing) and is still running her blog.  Like I said, she’s the pro!

Rakuten – you get paid for shopping online and in stores.  It’s not a ton of money but if you’re spending it anyways, why not get a little something back! It’s quick and easy and the cash goes to your PayPal account or you can get a a paper check. Sign-Up today!

FULL-TIMING

The RV Entrepreneur – I started listening to this podcast when we decided we wanted to full-time.  Heath and Alyssa are full-timers while running multiple businesses and side hustles.  They interview other full-timers and it helped inspire me to make it happen!

Books – Young RVer: How to Enjoy the Freedom of the RV Lifestyle While Making a Living on the Road- quick read with tips from health insurance, receiving mail and the best states to make your domicile.  Kindle Edition  or Paperback

A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America

Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income

My Blog! – this is a link to a post I did about making and saving money while living in a RV full-time.

RVLife – This is a great website, full of RVing tips, whether you’re full-timing or not.  But it’s more than just a website, the folks that run this site, truly care about the RV community.  

Insurance – Foremost Insurance has been a great company to work with for our full-time policy.  We’ve only had only claim (knock on wood) but one of the first things the adjuster said…”We realize this is your home and we’re going to get this taken care of as quickly and as convenient for you as possible”. They may be a little higher than other policies out there, but I’ll pay for the extra peace of mind.

Internet  – this is always a HUGE topic in all the groups and forums.  We’ve been able to use park wifi most the time.  But when it isn’t offered we just use our cell phones as a hotspot.  We upgraded to an unlimited Verizon plan when we started and our weBoost has helped us get strong signals in even the most remote spots.

Route and Trip PlanningRV Trip Wizard is a great tool for planning your path.  With it’s cost estimator, POI and campground locator, hazard (low bridge) warnings, and so MUCH more! And only $39 a year…yes, a year!  It should definitely be apart of your #rvlife whether you’re #fulltime or a #weekendwarrior!!!! Learn more here.

Dumping – Not every campground will have sewage hookups and the lines for the dump station can get extra long.  This guide to dump stations around the USA will help you find locations near you.  A must for those that boondock often.  Also, here’s a post I did about black and grey tank maintenance.

Mountain Traveling – Trying to navigate mountain roads can be tricky.  Google maps doesn’t always understand that you’re pulling a RV or driving a big rig.  These books (available in print and ebooks) written by a long-haul truck driver who found himself in a few sketchy situations, will help keep you and your vehicle safe! Maps, grade info, mountain pass locations and more!

TV & Cable – we’ve decided to go the streaming route.  Whether it’s Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.  There’s great programming through all these providers. See in the accessories section below for a link to an adapter that shares your phone screen to your TV so you can stream without WiFi!  Try Amazon Prime Video free trail…..Join Prime Video Channels Free Trial

RV & CAMPING ACCESSORIES

US Decal Sticker – you’re not official until you’ve put a sticker on it..LOL!

The Essentials – sewer hose, sewer hose support, drinking water hose (yes, a specific hose for drinking water is necessary), water filter

Sewage Adapter Cap and Portable Waste Tote– the adapter allows you to connect a water hose to the cap and drain gray water more easily when not connected to sewage hookups.  (Just be sure to never get that hose and your water hookup mixed up). The tote is helpful when there isn’t a sewage hookup for black water waste.

Mattresses – RV mattresses are usually weird dimensions, not quite the same as a traditional queen or king size. And who wants to spend the money to have something custom made…not me! So we bought this topper and cut it to fit our mattress.  Cutting was easy and the topper is SO comfortable! We even have one for our pull out bed.

Portable Fire Pit – folds up tiny, and even though it’s pretty inexpensive, it is durable.  We kept a fire going for almost a week straight.  I was prepping myself for a giant burn hole in the middle or the legs to collapse,  but this little thing hung in there and has been great to use.

TV – streaming can sometimes be difficult because there isn’t always WiFi available.  So we purchased this adapter (for iphone) or this adapter (for droid) so we can share our screen to our TV (along with an HDMI cord).  We can watch Netflix, Sling and any other channel apps just using our data.

Storage Solutions – this hanging shelf has made organizing our closets an ease.  Our first camper, like most, didn’t have drawers, so this inexpensive fix was the perfect fit.  Nightstand for your phone, book, etc. or in my case, ear plugs and chapstick, but it isn’t a table, instead a nifty little hanging contraption for only $5! Toothbrush holder you can stick on the backside of the medicine cabinet. And I can’t say it enough… Command Hooks, Command Strips, Command EVERYTHING! They make RV living and decorating a bagillion times easier!

Traveling with dogs – most of us have four-legged children we travel and camp with.  We bought two sets of these fences, so they can be contained outside with us, without constantly having to untangle leads or runners. Also, these seat belt leads have made moving day and riding in the truck with the pups easier on everyone.  The pups are safe if we have an accident and it keeps them in in the backseat when we run into gas stations. And this cover has helped save our back seat and  keep it hair free.

 

I’ve done a TERRIBLE job of documenting our trip so far.  Maybe if I would’ve had The Ultimate RV Logbook from the beginning I could remember more about our stops. 😦 

We use this small safe to store passports, cash and other important docs.  It locks with a key and we store it in a hidden area.  If I told you, I’d have to kill you :).  But under the bed storage is a good spot or under the sofa.  You choose. Fifth Wheel Lock – just to feel a little safer when boondocking this lock gives us peace of mind when we leave our rig.

These accessories were life savers when we had our Jayco Travel Trailer.  Bumper Cargo Carrier (you’ll probably need these items to add to your bumper brackets and hitch) for light weight items, like coolers and rugs. This tray that goes over the propane tanks was the perfect mount for our generator and made boondocking easier.  And the ladder mounted bike rack that could hold both bikes was just what we needed for our setup.

 

Surge Protector – we bought (well, actually my Mom and DD) after our first one failed to work properly and protect us.  No issues so far! Ours is for 50 amp service, here’s a link to 30 amp.  Also, this plug that allows you to convert two 30amp outlets to a 50amp has been a must have for us since day one. It’s only $40 and with most state parks and others not offering 50amp service, has paid for itself 10x over.

Keeping moisture and smells out of your RV is a constant problem.  We’ve found just having a few of these DampRids around helps.

Portable wagon – I wish we would have gotten this from the very beginning.  Now I don’t have to drive the truck to the laundry room every time I need to do a wash or if you have a ton of trash to take to the dump. I just really hate having to drive the truck in the park unnecessarily.  The pups like to ride in it and if we want to take a cooler and chairs to a neighbor’s site, we can do it in one trip.  oz in the wagon

Outdoor rugs – we bought two so we can cover an area for us and the dogs.  I think they’re a must because they REALLY help to keep dirt and debris out of the camper. 

Portable Ice Maker – unless you have a residential fridge you don’t have an ice maker. So one of these portable makers is worth the investment!

 

Portable Grill – you’re not camping/RVing unless you’re grilling! We researched and compared and decided on this Char-Broil and have loved it.  It tucks away in the basement storage well and is lite.  

To get all the above items with FREE 2-day shipping…try Amazon Prime for a free 30 day trial.  Most campgrounds will let you ship to their office, just check first. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

 

*some of the above links are affiliate links, but all are products and services we have personally used and highly recommend.

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