So, this can happen…

Fridge mess

Going from a standard propane powered RV fridge with locking door to a full residential AC powered fridge in your RV does have a small learning curve. You can see the price we paid for this education. I’ll share.

The larger residential fridge was an appealing option when we went bought our new 5th wheel. After all, we’ll soon be living in this thing nearly full time.

With an upgrade to solar, more batteries, and a state of the art Go Power 2,000 Amp 3 in 1 inverter, we were set on the power front. But the feature we missed, the most simple feature of all, was a lock to hold the doors closed.

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Residential fridge in RV – See bungee solution?

We thought the bungees would hold the doors back just fine, and they probably would have had it not been for the weight of the beer and eggs combined with highway 68 climbing out of Borrego Springs.

Three hours of drive time to San Diego, a hot closed-up RV on a sunny day: This was destined for ugly…

It was a smelly mess upon arrival. On top of that, I didn’t notice that a wayward beer had escaped the fridge and rolled behind the edge of the slide, so when I opened the slide I crushed the beer and successfully sprayed the entire living area with a warm and thoroughly shaken beer. Aaaarrrgh!

Lessons to learn:

  1. The manufacturers “Bungee solution” doesn’t work.
  2. Keep the food in your fridge secure, (common sense 101). Make sure it can’t slide around during travel.
  3. Keep the weight of lose items low. If it can’t be made secure and you’re going to keep heavy items in the fridge, make sure it can’t fall against the doors and leverage them open when turning, duh.
  4. Install a locking mechanism that will work on your fridge. Simple solutions will do, even a Velcro strap on the handles to aid the bungees.
  5. Keep eggs in a drawer or other secure location in the fridge. What was I thinking!
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Borrego Springs RV Resort

We’re figuring out our new Cardinal 3250 Fifth wheel. First long trip is Canada in June 2017. Hope we figure out the big stuff by then.

In the fall we’ll be hitting the road to promote our new website, RVPlusYou. We’ll be recruiting RV rental managers to help RV owners earn extra income by sharing their RV.

By then our hope is that we’ve learned a thing or two. Stay tuned!

RV Camping without RV Owning

RV Camping without owning, storing, maintaining, driving, or towing. Is this even possible?

Who hasn’t seen the movie RV with Robin Williams? I think most people view RV camping as the rolling box swaying down the highway that families climb into each summer to explore America. I’m fairly sure that this movie helped solidify that image.

Is it possible to experience RV camping without RV owning? YES! RVPlusYou has launched a new service that brings RV owners together with folks who want to camp in an RV, but don’t necessarily want to drive or tow.

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RV rental by owner delivered to Bodega Bay

The fact is there are millions of families who will never own an RV, but would love to experience camping in comfort. They want to go RV camping, but without the hassle. RVPlusYou has the solution for these kinds of renters and the benefits to renting this way are amazing:

  1. No driving, no towing. Show up and it’s ready to go
  2. Low cost – Because you’re renting from an RV owner, they will generally rent to you for much less than the big box rental companies.
  3. All the stuff you need is generally there; camp chairs, plates, foil, salt & pepper, cooking oil, etc. You don’t get that with the big box companies.
  4. You get the local knowledge of an RV owner who knows their backyard. Pick their brain, reserve the best campsite at the best campground during the best season.

The service makes sense for millennials, seniors, and everyone in between. Some people don’t like to own “stuff”, some people used to own “stuff”, and some people are thinking about buying “stuff”. RV owners sharing their “stuff” makes sense and it earns them extra money to help pay for all that “stuff”.

I recently rented to a wonderful couple in their 80’s who are former RV owners. They’ve done it all when it comes to camping with kids and RV’ing. When they found out that they could re-live their camping days without all the hassle of towing or driving a big bus, they were in.

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Meet Sandra, Al, and Sydney (the furry one)

So, let’s go RV owners; share your stuff with others and some extra income while your doing it. Or, if you’ve been dreaming about RV camping with your family, check out RVPlusYou and see if an RV rental by owner, delivered and set up makes sense for you.

Absolute Best Camping Coffee

Whether you’re camping in a tent, or under the open sky, or in an RV; you won’t find a better way to make coffee in the outdoors.

Some very good reasons why you should replace all other coffee making contraptions and use the Moka Pot while camping:

  1. It’s completely portable, lightweight and easy to pack
  2. Makes excellent Americano style coffee; strong or weak, your choice
  3. Fast brew: Faster than brew or press
  4. No electricity needed
  5. Cleans up fast and made ready for next day

If you’re an RV camper like me, and you love coffee, like my wife, then make sure this little gem is part of your kitchen set. It comes in various sizes and makes delicious espresso style coffee. In my opinion, way better and faster than a french press and better than brewed. It doesn’t beat a true espresso but it comes very close.

Coffee potOne of the hard parts about making coffee while camping is that it usually requires electricity for a decent brew or espresso. Not a problem in an RV, but most people want coffee when they wake up. I wake up early and if you kick on your generator to brew some joe, you’re going to piss off your neighbors, or wake your kids, or any number of not fun things.

We figured this contraption out while traveling through Europe last fall. It’s really simple and has been around since 1933, an Italian invention. The quality of your coffee will be all about 3 different variables:

  1. Grind – How fine to grind. I suggest a 50% espresso blend with a 50% med-fine blend (just under espresso)
  2. Water – Quality and amount, to taste
  3. Coffee – Quality and amount, to taste

Play around with these 3 variables to get it just right, and since these pots are not expensive, go for the best: Bialetti. They are the original and make good quality pots.

As for size, they come in various sizes from single espresso (demitasse) up to huge. We have a 9 cup’er and it does fine for two strong cups of coffee. Backpackers might want the single or double for the weight.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it, and what tricks you may have stumbled across to make that perfect cup of joe!

 

Post-Retirement Business Opportunity

Once an entrepreneur always an entrepreneur.

I once had a conversation with a devout surfer who said he surfs everyday and had been since his teens. Wow I thought, that’s commitment… wait, what? This upper 40 year old guy (now retired) just finished telling me he had lived in Oklahoma over the past 10 years working in the oil industry. How… where…?

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Sunrise Avila Beach

The mind is an amazing place. We go there to work, play, create, and often times we go there to escape the demands that life requires.

Just because life sometimes gets in the way of our business plans, and we have no choice but to put off turning our dreams into reality, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop surfing.

Whether your surfing or creating business opportunities in your mind, when you’re ready to look at a post-retirement business opportunity, check out RVPlusYou.

When people ask us, “so who delivers the RV rental”? Our answer is, it depends on whether or not the RV owner is an entrepreneur or not. If he or she is a “hands on” person, then they are going to deliver and set up their own RV for their guests.Truck Pic

What if the RV owner doesn’t want to do it? Well then, the “retired firefighter” is the one delivering and setting up. We’re recruiting RV Vacation Rental Managers in every territory across the US and Canada. This person handles the details of booking, delivering, cleaning, and maintaining the RV asset, and then they share RV rental revenue with the RV owner. Check it out

The thing about creating a business is that anyone can do it, but not everyone will. The guy who’s been “surfing” while working in the Oklahoma oil fields is the guy who will.

Anyone who’s been “surfing” while working, and has recently retired, or those entrepreneurs who’ve been searching for the next cool business idea should look at this opportunity.

  • Low cost of entry – Your own RV can be put into service, or your neighbors, or both.
  • Excellent returns – At an average of $150/night rental fees, plus $150 delivery fees. There is money to be made and the RV Vacation Rental Manager earns 50% of the nightly fees plus 100% of the delivery and cleaning fees.
  • Enjoyable work environment – Delivering RV Rentals to beautiful destination vacation locations in the outdoors. Not bad.
  • Great customers – Campers are notoriously fun. First time campers are ecstatic about their upcoming experience. You’re facilitating that while getting paid.
  • Supportive franchise – RVPlusYou provides the turn-key business model, does the marketing, provides the listing and inventory software, a protection policy to cover the RV while it’s set up, and does all the billing.

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Not everyone who owns an RV can or will do the work. However, since all RV’s sit idle about 90% of their life, all of them should do some work.

Our savvy, creative RV owners and business partners put RV’s to work in a win/win/win business that allows these assets to be shared and enjoyed by more people, earning extra income at the same time. It’s time to take a look!

 

 

Discover Pismo Coast Village

One of the most sought after camping destinations on the central coast has to be Pismo Coast Village, a shareholder owned property with a prime beach location on the Central Coast of California.

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Pismo Coast Village – Common Area

With a long list of amenities, well kept campsites, and a location boasting great weather year round, this is atop most RV camper’s bucket lists.

When it comes to family RV camping, there probably isn’t another RV Park on the Central Coast that compares. The recreation department offers kids programs that run all week long during summer months and weekends during off peak times.

A heated pool, arcade, bike rentals, mini-putt golf course, basketball, ping pong, restaurant/grill and many other amenities will keep everyone in the family happy during your vacation or weekend getaway.

Want to store your RV and have it delivered and set up at your campsite? This service is popular among owners and visitors alike. For around $50 per month PCV will store your RV, and setup at your campsite is around $60. RV set up

Pismo Coast Village also allows RV rentals from local owners on RVPlusYou and other rental companies to be delivered and set up at your campsite. So joining friends and family for a weekend getaway or a long vacation is a convenient and inexpensive option for everyone.

Camping is one of those family activities that creates lasting memories, especially for kids. Being able to experience the outdoors on a camping trip in the comfort of an RV at a location such as Pismo Coast Village really is a treat, one that comes highly recommended.

Photo Gallery: Pismo Coast Village, Nov 20, 2015

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