Saturday, June 13, 2020

RV Checklists

RV Check lists can be a real lifesaver. 

I know when we've sat in one place for a while, they help us remember everything we need to do to get ready to leave. For fun, we created a little "musical" video about lists, based on "A Little List" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado" You can check it out here: (and yes, we extend our apologies to G&S)



But seriously, they do help. And the biggest advice we can give you one a list, is find a template, and edit it to fit your needs. here's what we have on our departure list:

Exterior:
  • Disconnect Utilities 
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Sewer
  • Propane Off
  • Steps up
  • Awnings stowed
  • Leveling Mats stowed
  • Baggage doors locked
  • Check fluids
  • Check air in tires

Interior:
  • Galley Cabinet doors and contents secured
  • Refriferator doors secured
  • Refrigerator turned off
  • Medicine Cabnet Door secured
  • Shower door locked
  • Pocket Door secured
  • Bedroom doors and drawers all secured
  • Curtains down
  • Wideshield curtain oopened and secured
  • Co-pilot window blinds open
  • Hotspot off and antenna stowed

Towing:
  • Connect tow bar to Jeep
  • Connect Safety Chains and Light cable
  • Set-up brake system
  • Check all lights and tow connections
As you can see, ours is customized to better fit our needs. For example, we don't list slides, because we don't have any. So have fun creating a checklist that works for you!

By the way, here's a couple other sites that may help you develop your check lists:

Mark Polk (RV Education 101 and RV University)
By the way...a huge shout out to Mark Polk and @RVEducation101. We learned A LOT from his channel!!!!

Campanda-They have a few different checklists

Hope this was helpful for you. Safe travels and who knows...As We Go, maybe someday we'll see you on the road!




Thursday, April 23, 2020

Month in Review-Feb-Apr-2020

Month in Review - February-April 2020

Well, we wrapped up a few more months in our 3rd your of full-time RVing.

Covid-19 has sure slowed down our plans, as it has for several others in the RV community. As a result, our costs haven't really changed, so I won't put those in here this time...just refer back to January for how it looks now. Just roll our entertainment and repairs into shopping 😉 and cut gas for the Jeep in half.

But we have learned a few things and got some video editing caught up on. You can check out our YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/c/AsWeGoRV 

And during the whole "shutdown" season, I even got desperate enough to cut my own hair. You can see how that turned out by watching this:



We also did a coouple videos on DIY masks, things I never thought we'd need in order to shop or go to the bank. In fact, who thought it would be okay to wear a mask when talking to a cashier?



We're  doing more research on solar for our rig so we can do some boondocking (that's using the RV without any "shoreside" connections, such as water and electric. ) We hope to have it installed later this year.

And our regular life goes on. This video was shot before the Covid-19 shit downs hit Galveston, but it does give you a glimpse at our "pre-Covid" errand day. They are simpler, low key, and masked currently. And we do a bit more shopping, heading over to Galveston every few weeks for some of the dietary items we can't get at the local stores.



So, that's about all the news that's fit at the moment. Thanks for joining us on our journey! Safe travels to you and who knows, "As We Go", maybe one day we'll see you on the road!



Friday, January 31, 2020

Month in Review-January 2020

Okay, I admit it. It’s a challenge to juggle social media and blog and YouTube. Especially since I’m still learning video editing. (check out our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJCiPrX41kycHwHUL4HXnGQ/ )

 In an attempt to get more consistent now on our blog, we’re launching “month in review”. It will cover a quick look at what we did and what the RV lifestyle costs us in that month. Once we're traveling again, we'll include campground info as well.

So, what do a couple retirees do their at the winter layover location? Here’s how January 2020 looked for us:

Weekly trips into Galveston for shopping and any other errands that can’t be done on the Bolivar Peninsula. (We love the free Texas State Ferry system!) And we found a great local church to attend...Crystal Beach Community Church.

Maintain Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. We’re doing a lot of catch-up from 2019 with our videos. This month we uploaded these:














We take walks and enjoy getting out on the beach. The Bolivar Peninsula offers easy access to over 20 miles of drive-able and camp-able beach on the Texas Gulf Coast.  All you need is the annual $10 beach permit which is readily available at several businesses on the peninsula.

And we did some maintenance and repair on our coach, like replacing one of the gas struts on a basement door.

We took in some history this month with Galveston Museum Day. Several museums take this day to offer up free or deeply discounted admissions. We took in two (free) places…. the Bishops Palace and The Grand 1894 Opera House. Videos for those will be uploaded in a month or so. (If you subscribe to our YouTube channel and sign up for Notifications,You'll be among the first to know when our videos post 😉)

It was also a month to celebrate. Happy 43rd Wedding Anniversary to us. We enjoyed running errands (yes, that’s normal for us), the free ferry boat ride, seeing lots of marine traffic and the celebrated with dinner out at the Stingaree restaurant in Crystal Beach Texas…our favorite place for splurge dining. Good food and great views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

 Bottom line…January was a good month of our RV life.

So, what does this lifestyle cost us anyway? Here’s a “big picture”, in general terms, run-down for you. Your experiences and costs may vary, but if you’re wondering about your own future plans, we hope you find this helpful.

Fixed Expenses (i.e. campground fees, insurance, cellphones, etc…):  $1340

Fuel:  Jeep - $40   RV - $0 (after all, she’s not going anywhere at the moment 😉)

Repairs and Maintenance: $14

Shopping (i.e. groceries, sundries, etc): $730 (5 shopping trips this month)

Entertainment and Misc. (i.e. eating out, admissions, etc) $300

Hope you found this helpful! Safe travels to you, and who knows, As We Go, maybe someday we'll see you on the road!