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RVerís Life on the Road

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Many retirees feel that they haven't seen all the beauty of their country. Some are tired of the mundane and want to experience life for what it is, day by day. Getting rid of overhead and seeing the world with a portable home, aka RV, is definitely one way to do it. Probably the best part about life on the road is that if you don't like where you're at, simply move on!
 
When deciding to become an RVer, many questions are involved. Here are some questions and answers to help in planning your new lifestyle:
 
What should you do with your present home and belongings?
If you're interested in renting or selling your current home, click here for instant access to Realtors. Consider selling or having someone hold your furniture and valuables. If you want to keep your belongings, click here for storage information.
 
How will you get your mail?
Consider asking friends or family members to collect and send your mail when you arrive to certain destinations. Also ask your local post office about other options. They can even help you pay your bills online! Visit usps.com for more information.
 
What should you budget for?
Consider costs for food, fuel, any set expenses like insurance or credit, cell phone service, campground fees, entertainment, vehicle maintenance, and laundry.
 
What if there's an emergency?
  • Always have a map with local hospitals, police departments, public transportation areas, etc. indicated.
  • Carry proper identification at all times.
  • Have a phone number or voice messaging system where you can always be reached.
  • Leave your itinerary with someone so they know where you're located.
 
How can you make traveling with your pet easier?
Click here for a detailed article on this topic.
 
How can you stay in contact with family and friends?
Email is one of the fastest, most reliable forms of communication. But if you don't have a computer or email setup, the safeguard of standard mail is still there. Send postcards or letters from your different stops to let people know where you are and live vicariously through your adventures.
 
Having cellular service while you're on the road is another great way to stay in touch. It's also a peace of mind insurance in case you break down or have an emergency. However, if you don't have a cellular phone, consider a voice messaging system that you can check at your leisure. This will give your loved ones a toll-free way to contact you too.
 
According to seasoned travelers on Roadstoadventure.com, these are the top 10 things that make life on the road more enjoyable:
  • Sleeping bags
  • Nationwide camping directory
  • Folding table and chairs
  • Pop up awning or outside shelter
  • Propane barbeque
  • Cellular phone
  • Inverter
  • Lap top computer
  • Television with VCR
  • Electronic cooler/food warmer
 
Learning all you can about the RV experience is a good way to keep from becoming overwhelmed by the lifestyle. Many clubs and magazines are dedicated to this topic and carry lots of valuable information.
 
Happy trails!
 
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