When deciding to live or camp in your RV for the winter, there are many things to consider. The most important factors include keeping the heat inside (and cold air out) and keeping all of your tanks and connections from freezing. Watch the videos below to learn what you can do to properly winterize your RV for winter living and camping. Be sure you don't winterize it for storage, rather than living, as there is more than one type of winterizing. We love the advice from the two experts in the videos below, as they offer practical tips everyone can follow and they both have different things you can apply.
Need to replace the fabric on your RV awning? Why fight with it, trying (and failing) to figure it yourself? Don't risk injury. Instead, watch this video to make sure you do it right (and easily) the first time.
Roadschooling is homeschooling while on the road. Until we're back in the RV, we'll be doing what we can of that in our old school Toyota 4Runner. Recently, we took a very short road trip to Bingham Lake, which is in The Pinery (Parker), Colorado.
We taught Nathan about the fish, deer, and other wildlife in the area. He even got to see some. He made some vlogs, as well as captured some photos, in addition to the footage we got, which makes for a good lesson in arts, video and photo editing, science & nature, and local history. You won't see Nathan's content in this post, as it belongs to him and he has another place to post it.
Anyhow, we got to see some deer, rabbits, fish, and more all up close. The deer were mere inches away, so we were walking among them. But, obviously we did not feed or pet them. That's a big no-no! What a great roadschool/homeschool lesson in enjoying nature and leaving it as is.
Here are some of the many photos from our adventure.
All photos © Lyn Lomasi; All Rights Reserved
What roadschooling adventures have you been on lately? Share your links and commentary below.
Living in an RV can actually be a great lifestyle for babies. Wait, what? Here are 5 reasons RV living is awesome for babies!
Teach Your Baby Important Social Skills Faster
Because living the RV life calls for exploring new places, this also means new people. Social skills are very important for a developing infant. This means it helps establish an outgoing personality early on.
You Don't Have to Leave Your House For a Soothing Drive
Cranky baby who wants a ride? No worries. Your little one can have all the comforts of home because you don't even have to leave home to go on a soothing ride. Gotta love the RV life when you have a baby!
Everything You Need is Within Easy Reach
The bigger your place is, the easier it is to lose track of what your baby has and where it might be. It's not as much of a problem in an RV because everything has its place, since space is so limited. Plus, even if you do put something out of place, there aren't very many places it could be.
Create a Love of Nature Early On
The RV life generally comes with a lot of nature. This is important for babies (and their parents, too). By helping to create a love of nature early on, you are helping your baby form a deeper connection with the world around them.
It's Easier to Offer Stability
I always think it's funny when people wonder if RV living is stable. Babies like familiarity. So, what better way to have adventures than in something familiar? When the place they know most (your RV) is also the same place you take adventures in, you're never away from home. This offers stability and is actually a simpler way to do so than traditional living.
When caring for a baby while in an RV, there are many things to consider. Convenience and ease of preparation is a must when it comes to baby bottles during travel. So, what do we consider the best travel bottles?
We've tried several bottle brands and while there are plenty of good ones out there, only one actually met the standards we needed for traveling with a baby in an RV.
And the winner is Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature!
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles have the option of convenient formula dispensers.
This is so helpful and saves so much time and space! Who wants to hear a baby crying in the middle of the night while you fumble for a formula can while rolling down the highway? Not me. The formula dispensers fit inside each bottle and keep the formula dry so that you can pre-fill the bottles with water. It's so much easier to prep a bunch of these ahead of time and then use a wet bag to store the dirty ones until the next washing.
The associated parts are simple.
Taking apart bottles for washing can sometimes be crazy. Some of them have ridiculously shaped parts that are impossible to clean, which makes them even more impossible when traveling in an RV. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles are just the opposite. Even when you add accessories, they're easy to take apart and easy to clean. This makes them much more convenient when on the road. Some of our favorite accessories include the variable flow nipples, the formula dispensers, and the bottle handles.
The price is considerably low for the convenience they provide.
When you factor in all the conveniences offered with the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature system, the price of stocking up on them is lower than some of the other brands but with more convenience. Even when the price is fairly comparable to other major brands, those other brands don't seem to offer the same conveniences. So, why pay that price to get something that's less than stellar? We don't. We only use Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles in the RV (and elsewhere) now.
Kansas is one of the many states we passed through on our huge RV road trip this past summer. Here are some beautiful photos of a sunset in the hills over a lake in Dorrance, KS.
There are plenty of RV parks pretty much everywhere you go. But did you know there are also a large amount of free dispersed camping, parking, and boondocking spaces around the United States? Here is a comprehensive list of resources to find the best FREE spot to park your RV overnight or longer.
Park For Free at Select Walmart Locations
Free Camping in Colorado
Free Dispersed Camping in Colorado
Roads Less Traveled - How to Find Free RV Campsites
RV-Camping.org | Boondocking
Gone With The Wynns | Boondocking Tips - How to And Where to
Love Your RV! | Boondocking Basics
Boondocking.org (Boondocking search database)
Boondockers Welcome | Be My Guest RV Parking
Vanabode | Camp, Travel, and Live Forever on $20 a day!
RV.net Open Roads Forum | Public Lands, Boondocking, and Dry Camping
Camp In My Garden (Private Free and Affordable Lots)
Casino Camper (search for casinos that allow free parking)
Bureau of Land Management (Dry camping is allowed in many BLM areas)
Eugene Carsey | Free Campgrounds and Camping in the USA
Your RV Lifestyle | Boondocking Tips
RV Dump Stations
During our recent long cross-country trip, Watertown, New York was one of our stops. That's where I was born and we wanted the kids, especially Nova (since she was practically a newborn) , to see relatives we hadn't seen in years. While we were there, among other things, we visited Waterworks Park. Enjoy our adventures through pictures -- and don't worry, we didn't venture into the rough waters. We only waded (aka stuck our feet in) at the very beginning of the shallow rocky waters.
All Images © Lyn Lomasi and Richard Rowell; All Rights Reserved
When RV’ing with babies, it’s important to choose gear that is versatile, safe, convenient, and functional. Knowing which cribs work best on the road is important. Here’s why we chose the Graco Travel Lite Crib as the best playard or crib for parents traveling or living in a travel trailer or motorhome.
Our Criterion For a Good RV-Friendly Crib
When we decided to try out the Graco Travel Lite Crib, we were already familiar with the Graco brand and had a larger Graco travel playard model. While that model does fit in our RV, we wanted something even smaller and less bulky (while the baby is still small) without losing the convenient features.
Why Graco Travel Lite Crib Fits the RV Lifestyle Best
We didn’t have to hunt much for our Graco Travel Lite Crib, as it showed up at a thrift store just as we decided we needed a smaller bassinet or playard. But they’re actually easy to find. That’s not why we chose it as the best one, however.
Why Graco Travel Lite Crib is the Best Playard or Crib For RV’ers:
How Does Our Baby Like the Graco Travel Lite Crib?
Of all the various nap and sleep solutions we’ve used, Nova Skye (our baby) has enjoyed the Graco Travel Lite Crib the most. We think it’s the cozy compact design coupled with the extra comfy mattress. She also enjoys the little toys hanging from the mobile on the sunshade. As she grows, she might fit better in the other (bigger) one we have. But for now, we use that one when in bigger spaces or for various other purposes. May as well, since we have it and she enjoys that one, too.
You won't believe what this rare 1977 Winnebago looks like inside and out! It's all decked out Denver Broncos style, but still remains true to the 70's.
The engine needs a rebuild, but most other things inside are in working order. We're working on getting this vintage beauty into tip-top shape. Take a rare peek at what's going on inside this '77 Minnie Winnie!
The dinette that doubles as a bed needed a little work done when we got it as the center piece was missing and one of the benches had a crack in the seat area. I went to Home Depot and got some board for both areas, as well as the necessary hardware, picked up some marine vinyl fabric, and put it together. More about that in a future post.
The top bunk is a perfect hideaway and doesn't really need any work done to it. We may eventually replace the mattress there, along with the cushions and mattresses in the other areas.
The kitchen doesn't really need much work, as most everything is in working order. I did replace the p-trap in the beginning, as there was a small leak, which is normal in any kitchen, not just RVs. We also will need to replace the water pump. But that's about it. The bathroom doesn't need any help at all. In addition to the toilet and sink pictured, there is a spacious closet with a door, as well as a full tub and shower.
When we got the RV, the wood floors came painted blue to match the Broncos theme. However, raw wooden floors are not very livable in an RV. So, we replaced them by installing vinyl tile, which is much easier to clean during adventures. It's also better when you have kids. The picture on the right shows the original floor and the one on the left shows what we did.
The picture on the left shows my son on the long bench that is opposite the dinette bench. The picture on the right is the RV refrigerator. It does have an issue staying cold that may or may not be simple. We're working on that too. When we adventure, we do have a system that keeps it cold. So it's not a priority yet. Though, it is on the list of fixes.
This is just a small glimpse of everything that's on the inside and what we've been doing. Stay tuned to future posts for even more by hitting the subscribe button on the right.
We've been having so much fun at a campground in Strasburg, CO. Outdoor movies are one of the many fun things they do. Here's a couple pics of the kids watching one of the Peter Pan movies this past weekend. We think it's cute that the campground owners let one of the little girls here bring the feature movie that night. They're really good here about making sure everyone is happy and included, especially the kids. When the kids are happy, the parents are happy.
We had lots of fun at the campground in Strasburg, CO this past weekend. One of the things we did is a hay ride. This was a first hay ride for Aja, Nathan, and Nova. Rich and I had done them before, but it had been quite some time.
All Images © Lyn Lomasi; All Rights Reserved
We're not quite sure where it's headed because we don't believe in disturbing fellow campers/RVers. But we spotted the Victoria's Secret PINK Bus in Strasburg, Colorado. Nice paint job! Since it's been traveling around to college campuses, we suspect that might be the goal. Who knows? Either way, nice paint job and enjoy the ride!
by Lyn Lomasi & Richard Rowell, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff Writers
One of the best things about this campground we've been staying at in Strasburg, Colorado is the fact that they have plenty for the kids to do on weekends. One of the activities is renting bikes (actually pedal powered go-karts) for an hour or so. They aren't the easiest things to ride, but that's part of the beauty of them.
Aja and Nathan had a blast riding the pedal go-kart bikes this past weekend. Just look at them go in the photos and video below!
Here's a video Rich took of Aja and Nathan riding and having fun. Please excuse the fact that his finger shows up in the camera view a few times...
If your RV sink is turned off or broken in some way, there are still several ways to make use of it. Find out which way is right for you, based on how bad your RV sink situation really is.
Method One: Hand-Fill and Drain Later
This method is best for those who have a working drain and a grey water tank that is less than ¾ full. If your p-trap is leaking, do not use this method. However, if there are no leaks when your pump is turned off and your grey water drains into the tank properly (and your tank is capped with the release valve closed), you can use this method.
Since your RV sink pump will be turned off, you must be either boondocking or you have an issue when the pump is turned on. This means you will need a couple gallons of water. One is for a rinse bucket and the other is for your washing water. You can either buy this water or if you are at an RV park (or other location) with access to water, you can fill up a jug or bucket accordingly.
Plug your drain and fill one side of your turned off RV sink with water. Add antibacterial dish soap and swish it around to make it soapy. Add dishes and wash them. Place them in the empty side of the sink and drain the soapy side. If you have a heat source available, you can boil the water first for added disinfecting. Use the rinse jug or bucket to rinse the dishes over the unplugged side of the sink. Again, only do this if your tank can hold both the rinse water, as well as the soapy water.
Dry the dishes inside the clean sink, on a dry towel, or in a drying rack. Once you have access to a sewer drain hookup, drain your grey water tank. If you can’t get access to a hookup and you need to drain it, drain it into a bucket, safely handle/store it, and drain the bucket as soon as there is a safe place to do so.
Method Two: Hand-Fill and Hand Drain
This method is best used if your RV sink drains well, but the tank is full. Follow the same instructions as above, except don’t drain the water into the sink. Both sides should be plugged. When emptying is needed, siphon the water out with a jug and pour it into a bucket. Follow proper safety methods for disposing of the grey water in the bucket. If there is any residue left in the sink that cannot be siphoned, use a towel to soak it up and dry and clean the towel as soon as possible.
Method Three: Cover the Drain Hole and Use Bins in the Basins
This method is basically the same as method two, except you’re going to use bins to do the washing into so that as little as possible gets into the actual RV sink. This is best for when you either don’t want to siphon out water or don't want to risk getting too much water into the actual sink.
Other Possible Options
So, you have a fridge in your RV or camper but you’re boondocking and can’t turn it on or it’s broken. Here’s how to use a turned off or non-working RV refrigerator as a cooler for food, drinks, or both.
How to Use Your Turned Off or Non-Working RV Fridge as a Cooler
You can use your makeshift RV or camper trailer refrigerator cooler for drinks, refrigerated food, or both.
The first step is to place a freezer pack into each storage container. Then, fill them with ice. Place the covers onto the shelves and then place the containers on top of the covers. The containers need to stay open to keep the refrigerator cool enough. Placing them on top of the covers helps eliminate dripping when the ice melts and helps keep them in place when your RV moves.
Once the containers and food are in place for each shelf, use the RV refrigerator bars to secure everything so that it doesn’t move too much while driving. These bars are inexpensive and will save you from having food crash against the door and either get smashed, spilled, or cause the refrigerator to open while the camper is moving.
Once your shelves are stocked and secure, place a freezer pack in each refrigerator drawer and then fill about halfway with ice. The space left over is where you will place the food that needs to go into the drawers. Freezer bags and storage containers help prevent your food from getting wet, just like in a traditional cooler.
Welcome to RV’ing Successfully! Whether you’re a full-time RV’er or traveling in it now and then, we have tips, adventures, and no-nos for you. This includes all types of motorhomes, campers, travel trailers, pop-ups, and the like. Let us make the mistakes so you don’t have to!
We’re a little new at this, but studied hard beforehand and are learning so much along the way. Read about our start in “Beginning the RV Life - The BroncoBago” by my fellow writer and life partner, Richard Rowell.
That’s just the start of a long journey and we plan to have tons of great resources, advice, projects, fun, adventures, and more for everyone living the RV life to enjoy.
We are a roadschooling RV family spreading the word about how to #RV successfully, sometimes in Denver Broncos style! We have two classic Winnebagos. One is a '77 Minnie Winnie, that is decorated Denver Broncos style. The other is a '78 Chieftain named Cowbelle. Follow along as Lyn Lomasi, Richard Rowell, and their family share adventures, tips, how-to guides on the RV Life in a #Winnebago, and more! If it's about RVs, homeschooling, roadschooling, camping, and the like, you can bet we'll cover it. Hop in and enjoy the ride!
Lyn Lomasi & Richard Rowell are life & business partners. Owners of the Write W.A.V.E. Media network, they are your content superheroes to the rescue! Running their network, tackling deadlines single handedly, and coaching fellow writers & entrepreneurs to be thought leaders is their top priority. While rescuing civilians from boring content and marketing, they also conquer the world, living the RV life with their awesomely crazy family and telling The Nova Skye Story. They also strive to one day cuddle with lions and giraffes. Until then, they’ll settle for furry rescue kitties and doggies.
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