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RV Tips and Preparation

RV Tips and Preparation
…1-3 months ahead

• Checked over and tune up done. Brakes and tires checked, correct pressure and replaced if necessary.
•  Carry spare tire and spare tire for RV. “Tire in a can” for emergency repairs.
•  Roll of heater hose and clamps, oils, fuses, electrical tape, duct tape, tools, voltage meter jerry can with gas.
•  Is there a manual for either the vehicle or the RV? Bring it
•  RV Insurance not just vehicle insurance, and have confirmation that you are covered. One tow could pay back the fee.  Don’t find out on the road like we did that we weren’t covered. BCAA is good to deal with and you can order maps and accommodation guide books ahead
• Check: water tank, black and grey water tanks,
• Electrical connections checked. All running lights and brake lights. Batteries cleaned and tested.
• Propane connections checked and fridge, stove, and furnace.
• Roll out awning, spray metal moving parts with WD40. Roof check for cracking or leaks.
• Tires inflated to proper pressure (listed on side of tire). Inspect for cracks. Replace if tread is down to 1/16”. Check brakes.
• Clean solar panels.
• Extension cord with 15-30 amp adapter plug, TV connection cable
• Pressure reducer connector for water hose. Hose that is long enough for hard to reach hook-ups.
• Pack extra sewer hose, or use a 20’ hose. Check for splits.
• Spray bottle of bleach water or can of spray Clorox to disinfect water hoses. Don’t assume others only use potable water hoses for water.
• Boards for leveling

• Get medical check-up before leaving; let your doctor know where you’re going, and get prescriptions renewed.
• Stock up on prescriptions. Keep an empty pill bottle for all the information. Pharmacies in Ontario and Quebec won’t refill out-of-province prescriptions except at hospitals or clinics.
• Pack your medicine cabinet: cold and allergy remedies, vitamins, aloe vera jell for burns (keep it in the fridge), pain killers, contact lens rinse if contact wearer, mosquito repellant, besides carrying a good first-aid kit in the vehicle.
• Confirm that your medical insurance covers you out of province; if not get some.
• Copy of glass’s or contact prescription
• Pet medical: up-to-date shots and papers.

General Packing:
• Stock up as dry good, pet supplies or toiletry sales come along. Ex: toothpaste, hair dye, shampoo, lens rinse
• Put a batch of wine on?
• Copies of RV Times, RV West or RV Lifestyles in a binder for valuable travel and repair tips.
• For list of sani-dumps go to: www.sanidumps.com
• Travel log or journal. You’ll forget the little details when you get home and wish you remembered the name of a place etc.
• Don’t over pack clothes but even if its summer pack cool weather clothes and footwear.
• Battery chargers for cameras and cell phone.

Home Notes and Stuff:
• House and plant sitter. If away more than a couple weeks home insurance may not be valid if home is left untended. Check with insurance company.
• Wills up to date, executor has copy and knows where you’re going. Family has their contact information and written instructions if you should die while away.
• Let credit card companies know you are travelling or for security reasons they may decline charges.
• Who will check the mail or send it on for you?
• Home computer backed up and files stored out of the house.
• If no one is staying in your home, unplug computer and other equipment, shut off hot water heater. Turn down home thermostat low enough it will only come on if it gets cold.
• Photo-copy Passport and all important cards: credit cards, driver’s license, social security, medical, insurance. Keep one copy with you and leave one copy in your safety deposit box or with family.
• Traveling with a lap top, activate WIFI unless you’re using another method of connecting to the internet.

Utility plans changed:
• Cable: ex: Shaw will reduce all aspects of cable except internet for app. $1.98 a month and re-hook up fee when you’re back home
• Home phone: ex: TELUS reduce the bundle to lower charges
• Cell phone: Make sure you have the best long distance plan, most minutes. Install SKYPE (www.skype.com ) in computer for free computer to computer calling or very cheap calls to land lines.
• All utility payments online or automatic bank withdrawal.

Staying in touch:
• Create a blog(www.blogger.com)  or Yahoo( www.yahoo.com)  site to post messages and pictures to. Invite family and friends to sign up so they can keep up with your travels.
• Take address book. Leave rough itinerary with family in case something happens and they know where you are.
• Online address’s and passwords to important web sites or newsletters.


Sassyscribes online writers group
Sassyscribes is a friendly, encouraging group of writers with many levels of expertise from around the globe. No harsh critiquing , but rather a shoulder to lean on when necessary and a “KIP” …kick in pants if needed. Monthly meetings are held in Powell River.

Retreat 2 Write
An online writer’s retreat that at times morphs into the real thing …a retreat held in an exquisite setting in the Powell River area.

Driftwood by Dave
My husband Dave has sold his driftwood across Canada in many forms. From cute little ornamental pieces to large garden roots to glass topped tables, he does it all. He also carries cottonwood bark for carvers.

Powell River Writers Conference Created in 2003 to give writers and wannna be writers a place to learn the craft, this festival grown up into a conference is truly a celebration of the craft of writing and the joy of reading. Held in the spring as a two day affair it has motivated many writers to not only get started but continue on to become published authors.

The purpose of the society is to provide literacy and the craft of writing through writer’s festivals, public readings, and workshops. Secondary purposes are: to work towards building an international network of similar services and to research ways to improve and expand public access to resources dealing with reading and writing.”

Friesens Printing
This 100 year old printing company in Altona, MN are very helpful to work with. Printers of my second book, they worked patiently with me and turned out a professional looking product. Their BC rep Jorge Rocha works with several types of BC printers for specialized needs: jorger@friesens.com

Island Blue Print

A family run printing business in Victoria with a  long history of great customer service, they printed my third book. Contact: info@printoriumbooks.com

Precision Proofreading
Deborah Wright,  editor of RV Canada On A Dime And A Dream has a lifelong involvement with the joys and intricacies of the English language. A retired English professor with a wonderful sense of humour, she’s easy to work with. Punctuation Tips.com (Booklets)Deborah’s six “don’t be without” handy booklets on punctuation and grammar.

Sunshine Speakers Toastmasters

Powell River’s friendly, fun club is also one of  the strongest clubs on the west coast.If your communication and leadership skills  could use a boost, check us out. Our meetings are held 1st and 3rd Thursday at 12:05-12:55 pm, and 2nd and 4th Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm in the lower board room of the School District offices. Call me for directions or information: 604-485-2732

Toastmasters International
Communication and leadership skills taught in a safe, friendly setting. It’s not just for those in public speaking, it’s for anyone interested in improving their communication skills. Join this international organization with clubs around the world. I’ve been part of Sunshine Speakers club in Powell River for almost 10 years, and without it I wouldn’t be the proficient presenter I am. Check out the club nearest you.

Gwen Enquist Author    
A new and exciting author burst onto the scene a few years ago when she came to her first Festival of Writers. Since then Gwen has published two books both of them “page turners.”

BC Association of Travel Writers
A member of the BCATW, an organization for those involved in writing about travel.

Miracle Thinking
An inspirational book written by Randy Peyser in California, with my story about our 2003 cross Canada trip included as one of many miracluous experiences. Unique stories are told in the book about those who could have given up but didn’t because they believed in miracles. My favorite quote from the book is “A tragedy is an opportunity for a miracle.”
It can be purchased directly from Randy or if you’re local from me for $20.

Practice Linkin’-Thinkin’ vs Stinkin’-Thinkin’ and watch your world expand.
Greet each day with the question “Who can I link up with today?’


 RV’ers Links

RV Times Magazine
Free BC magazine full of tips and stories from RV’ers, and many of my articles.

Snowbirds & RV Travel 

Free BC magazine that carries my series about our 2009 northern trip.

RV Lifestyle Experts

Jaimie Bruzenak, publisher and full-timer for longer than I’ve owned an RV has a web site and very useful newsletter. Her ezine “RV Home Yet?” is full of trips, tips and tidbits. I wonder how many times I asked Dave, “RV there yet” on a long trip?

RV Lifestyle magazine
Published seven times a year it has many interesting stories. Once a year it includes a BC campground guide.

RV West magazine
A free magazine out of Cranbrook, it’s practical and once a year includes an RV dealer directory.

Fulltimer RVer
If you’ve dreamed of selling everything and living the RV lifestyle full time, this is for you.

RV Bookstore
An online book store whose cyberspace shelves are brimming with every kind of book on RV’ing you could wish for.

RV Lifestyle Seminar
An annual June event held at the Okanagan College in Kelowna, RV’ers not only listen to presenters for three days but they also camp onsite making this an impromtu RV rally. Go to the college page, then click on RV Lifestyle Seminar.

Never again will we wander around looking for a sani-dump because this site keeps adding new locations. A click on the map and you know exactly where you’re going to dump.