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One of the most common questions asked by people looking to full-time RV is “how much does it take?”. The simple answer is “whatever you have” and honestly, that’s quite accurate. There are people who full-time on $1K/mo and those who full-time on $5K/mo and then there are those who work along the way, either volunteering at campgrounds or picking up workamping jobs to close the gap. If you live off your investments you have to be flexible in how you spend your money and the beauty of full-timing is that you can be exactly that.  The key is to manage your variable costs to whatever you...

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I ran across this article and thought it has some great information for you who are considering becoming “Full-timers”.  Keep in mind, these insights are those of the author and certainly don’t apply to everyone.  The author’s name is “Curtis”.  I’m sorry, I couldn’t find his last name in order to award him proper credit for this fine article.  Enjoy ~Bryan My wife and I made the decision to hit the road as full time RVers with little more preparation than a few years worth of subscriptions to Trailer Life magazine. We sold the house, the car, and a lot...

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Snowbird Tips You NEED To Know Are you a snowbird traveling south for the winter? Tips, advice and information for snowbird retirees who plan to travel to warmer destinations during the winter months. For those that do not know what a snowbird is, it is commonly defined as a northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter. This topic is particularly interesting to me.  My partner at Excel, Vaughn Peterson and his wife Duana spent nearly 30 years making the trek from Kansas to South Texas for the winter.  They echoed many of tips you're going to...

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Your RV lead-Acid battery is a consumable item. No matter how well you care for it, if you use it as intended, sooner or later it will need to be replaced. The difference between replacing it sooner or later is understanding the charge cycle. Lets start with an understanding that a battery doesn’t make electricity it stores it. When the electricity is used the battery must be recharged. A battery “cycle” is one discharge and recharge. Battery life is directly related to how deep the battery is cycled each time. A deep cycle is considered to be discharging the battery...

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RV Battery Voltage Monitor Helps Extend RV Battery Life A lot of modern RVs are equipped with an RV battery voltage monitor. However, most older and many new RVs are not. If your RV is one that doesn’t have an RV battery voltage monitor, you can add a simple volt meter that plugs into a 12v power socket for less that $10. These little volt meters don’t have all the bells and whistle features of the fancy installed monitors but, frankly, voltage tells you pretty much what you need to know about your batteries. When plugged into power your RV’s converter...

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