A list of helpful resources for families interested in fulltiming or RVing for extended periods.
Cummins Onan Recreational Vehicle (RV) Generators The power in your "home away from home" should be no less dependable. Cummins has set the standard for quiet, reliable and innovative RV power for over 80 years. Choose from a variety of diesel, gasoline and liquid propane generators and accessories, all backed by a worldwide service network dedicated to enhance your RV lifestyle.
Solar World Solar panels are not just great for the environment, it's great for business, too. Learn how SolarWorld can help boost your bottom line.
Southwest Windpower Energy Where You Need It.With an AIR wind turbine, you have energy wherever you go, whether you're sailing across the world, setting up your mountaineering base camp or cruising byways in your RV. AIR turbines are lightweight, easy to set up, and produce clean DC power to directly charge 12, 24 or 48 V batteries to run your lights and charge satellite phones, GPS devices, cameras and other small appliances - keeping you connected, charged and ready to enjoy your adventures.
Trojan Battery Inc. Keeping your Rv electronics powered while boondocking.
Types of Campsites
A "Full Hookup" (FHU) site includes electricity, water, and sewer connections. The sewer is for both your gray water (we keep our gray drains open so they drain continuously) and your black water (which we keep closed until the tank is at least 2/3 full). They may or may not have cable.
Some sites are water and electric only (W&E). Then you dump all of your used water at the dump station, assuming the park has one.
Some sites are electric only.
Some sites have no hookups at all. This is generally called dry camping. You fill your water tanks either before you arrive or at a central location. You use your batteries, solar, or generator for electricity. And you dump at a central location or someplace else entirely.
Chassis, Engines, Transmissions
Allison Transmission ALLISON TRANSMISSIONS OPTIMIZE VEHICLEAND DRIVER PRODUCTIVITY
Freightliner Trucks Better trucks for the future.
Campground Directory - state by state listing of campgrounds and RV resorts
Free Campgrounds - Information for those interested in free or relatively cheap campgrounds.
Xantrex Xantrex designs and manufactures a wide range of AC and DC mobile power products for boats, recreational vehicles, heavy-duty trucks, utility and emergency vehicles and automobiles.
Gasbuddy - Gasbuddy.com has everything you need to find cheap gas. Just enter the zip code or name of the town and this site will help you find the cheapest gas around.
Good Sam RV Roadside Assistance, Trailer Towing, ERS Offers emergency road services for motor homes. Good Sam ERS roadside assistant club is dedicated to providing the best RV towing and repair services.
Horizon Transport Horizon Transport is one of America's largest and most professional wheeled vehicle delivery service in the industry
Live Your Road Trip Dream Tips, journal, newsletter and book to guide you on your dream road trip
LowClearances.com We know all too well how driving a big vehicle can be challenging enough without the added burden of low clearance hazards to worry about, and yet every year we happily travel thousands of miles safe in the knowledge that those big accidents only ever happen to other people. Of course we never set out to be complacent, but sometimes events just unravel in a way you can never predict.
RV Dumps - List of Dump stations organized by state and highway.
RV.net message boards, articles, advice. A wealth of information for anyone on the road full time or just doing some weekend camping.
RV Camper Guide Everything about RV campers, camper trailers, camper rental, recreational vehicle and motor home vans. Find the information on RV parts, accessories, used rv campers, pop up, pick up campers, etc.
RVers Online Another valuable web site for RVers, containing hundreds of pages of articles and other information. There is a separate Fulltimers Corner, and a lot of information on mobileRVing, as well as a listing of wifi-friendly RV parks.
RV NetLinx As the name implies, a fantastic collection of RV-related Internet links and publications.
RV America They have a lot of links to other RV-related sites, and their Fulltimers' Forum is very active.
RV Know-How A very helpful site by Joe and Vicki Kieva
The Gypsy Journal - Nick and Terry/Gypsy Journal.
The New RVer A great question and answer section for new RVers.
Boondockerswelcome.com At Boondockers Welcome you can connect with other RVers who have a location for you to dry camp for the night; it might be in their driveway or a field on their farm. The view may be of amber waves of grain or of the McDonald's parking lot... but it will be a free place to park where you don't have to worry about idling truck engines, security, or that dreaded knock on the window at 2 am.
Escapees RV Club 101 Rainbow Drive, Livingston, TX Phone: 888 757-2582 An RV club geared to fulltime RVers, with member benefits and Birds of a Feather special interest groups, including an RVing with Kids BOF for fulltiming families.
Workamper Viewpoint a division of Workamper News edited by Jamie Hall
Fulltime-Rving.com provides tips, resources, and inspiration for wannabe's and veteran Rvers. Discover full-time Rving essentials that help you enjoy the RV lifestyle. Information on RV rentals, manufactures, clubs, workamper jobs, parts or repair, and RV nightmares.
Everything About RVing Whether you are new to RVing and camping or a veteran, Everything About RVing has something for you.
RV Sales and Services
RV Safety Everything from an extensive list of RV manufacturer's links, to travel and weather sites, to 'RV Specialists' available to answer RV- related questions - all under one roof!
New Orleans Hotel Book your hotel in New Orleans on New Orleans.com, The Official New Orleans Travel site.
10 TIPS TO JUMP-START YOUR ROAD TRIP DREAM
Everyone has a travel dream. For many it's hitting the road for an unlimited time, either here or abroad. But how many people actually get from the dreaming to the doing?
Here's a list to inspire you to go live your personal vision of a road trip dream.
BRAINSTORM WHAT YOU WOULD WANT TO DO ON YOUR TRIP
Everyone has dreams about what they would like to do "if they just had the time" to take that long, unencumbered vacation. What are those things for you? Why not take a weekend away and begin to formulate your plan? Dream big.
PICK A THEME OR TWO
Once you have identified all the ideas you might enjoy doing, there is a sad reality: even in a year, you can't do it all. So organize those groups of ideas into a "theme" for your trip. Maybe it is seeing all the national parks, or seeing a baseball game in every major-league stadium, or painting a scene in every state. The ideas are endless depending upon your interests.
RESEARCH YOUR IDEAS
Now the fun begins. To further refine your ideas, get on the Internet and browse, order visitor guides from the locations you plan to travel in, buy some books about your destinations, talk to people who share your passions, subscribe to some online "newsletters." Get excited, get motivated to go.
START "SOCIALIZING" THE TRIP WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
One of the most difficult parts of actually doing a trip of a lifetime is gaining the support of your family and friends. It's not that they really don't want you to have this incredible experience; it is that we are all resistant to change, and your leaving means adjustments in their lives. Start early, talk often, but make sure they know you really are going to do this.
DECIDE ON YOUR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
More research is in order. Do you want to camp or stay in motels -- or a combination? Do you want to move every day or stay in one spot for awhile? How important is it to have your belongings around you? All of these issues and more will influence your choice of transportation.
DEVELOP A BUDGET TO MEET YOUR GOALS
There are many ways to finance your dream trip, but at some point you do have to figure out the details. Once you know what you want your trip to entail, how long you will be gone, and how you will travel, it is time to put pencil to paper.
MAKE LISTS OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO LEAVE ON YOUR TRIP
There is so much to think about that it may seem overwhelming. You begin to doubt that you can make it happen. But you can. Just take a deep breath, and work through it step-by-step.
PICK A DATE TO LEAVE AND START WORKING TOWARD IT
This is VERY important. Once you have a real date to leave, everything will begin to fall into place and your dream will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. People will help you; you will have a special theme and trip to plan on. Then, before you know it, you will be on your way.
INCLUDE FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN GETTING READY TO GO
Everyone will want to feel included, and feel that you have taken care of their needs while you are gone. One of the best ways to do that is to let them help you plan it and help find solutions to the issues that arise. Every family has issues to manage, don't be discouraged by them.
SAY GOOD-BYE AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!
The work is done and the date is drawing near. Let your friends throw you a going-away party or two. Take pictures and exchange e-mail addresses in order to stay in touch. Give them your web site address, so they can follow your travels. Wave good-bye and embark on the journey of a lifetime!
Excerpted from Live Your Road Trip Dream: Travel for a year for the cost of staying home ©2004 Phil and Carol White. All rights reserved. To order: 1-888-522-TRIP (8747) or visit http://www.RoadTripDream.com
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