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RV Lifestyle Expert

RV Lifestyle Expert

By Margo Armstrong
If you are interested in the RV Lifestyle, this is the podcast for you. Margo Armstrong is in her 26th year living the RV lifestyle full-time. Her monthly blog, MovingOnWithMargo.com, plus 11 books on the subject provide an abundance of material for her podcast.

She brings out-of-the-box topics to you every month. As an advocate of this lifestyle, you can expect her to keep you current on the RV industry's shenanigans, latest toys, and new designs.
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Boondocking Essentials

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Boondocking Essentials

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Boondocking Gadgets
 Fun Boondocking Gadgets Yes, we all enjoy the daytime treasures available to us when boondocking, but when the dark veil drops, our enjoyment carries on.  We need some gadgets to make it more fun. Here are a few I found that extend that joy. (Disclaimer: I received no compensation for links to any of the suggestions, just great gadgets for boondockers.) Portable Power:  The Dakota Lithium Powerbox 10 https://dakotalithium.com/product/dakota-lithium-power-box-12v-10ah Portable Firepit: Outland Firebowl https://www.amazon.com/Outland-Firebowl-863-Portable-Diameter/dp/B073SMX1TC AGPTEK Solar Lantern https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XH2DRYR Thermal Cookers https://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Brand-Thermal-Cooker-RPF-20/dp/B006K2Z8EA Chef’s Table & Organizer https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Chef-Sherpa-Table-Organizer/dp/B005DTEM2U Huski Wine Cooler https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RHC25V7 RV Properties: Landdocker.com https://www.landdocker.com/ Margo's book, Conquer the Road, RV Maintenance for Travelers: https://amzn.to/2L5H7bk
11:45
May 22, 2021
Boondocking Essentials
Confusion reigns when you start thinking about boondocking in your RV. How does it work, what do you need to get started, how much do you have to sacrifice to enjoy this lifestyle?  Margo's book, For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection, available at Amazon. [https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g]
10:01
May 20, 2021
Boondocker's Etiquette
For many travelers, boondocking in their RV is their dream come true. Visiting national parks, lakes, fishing streams, and beautiful vistas is why they invested in their own home on wheels. To keep this available to all of us, we follow the Boondocker's Etiquette as laid down by experienced RVers and approved by campground owners and park rangers. Margo’s book, The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True [https://amzn.to/2JcYCER]
09:32
May 18, 2021
Important Info About Mobile RV Repair Services
The biggest threat to the RV lifestyle, in MHO, is the high cost of maintaining your rig on the road. The last few years have seen a downturn in NRVIA and RVIA training certifications among mobile service repair providers while they increase the rates. It is going to take all of us to reign in the greed that is rampant today in the mobile RV repair industry. Just say NO. Having options makes a difference. For help, look on Rvillage.com [https://rvillage.com] Click Group search -> mobile RV repair. Also check out the Escapees forum, RVNetwork.com. [https://www.rvnetwork.com] Find out where you can get RV maintenance training that will save you thousands of dollars once you take to the highways. Thanks for your support. …Margo MovingOnWithMargo.com[https://movingonwithmargo.com] RSS feed: https://anchor.fm/s/20ccd128/podcast/rss Margo’s eBook: For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection [https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g]
09:36
April 24, 2021
The Effects of Volunteering on Ageing
Volunteering is good for your health! Websites that provide volunteer opportunities: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) https://www.nvoad.org/about-us/ FEMA National Disaster Relief:  https://www.fema.gov/disasters/volunteer-donate Habitat for Humanity - search for local division https://www.Volunteer.gov/s/ Volunteer openings in 6 government divisions National Park Service,  US Forest Service,  Corps of Engineers,  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  US Geological Survey,  Bureau of Land Management Margo's book: For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection [ https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g ]
11:22
March 27, 2021
Interesting Money-Making Ideas
Learn about Neighbor.com - the Air B&B-like site that offers temporary storage space near you. Information on Starlink.com, the new satellite service for residential and mobile RVs, vans, trucks, and anything that moves. Want to make excellent money while traveling the country? Learn about NRVIA's opportunity for you to become an RV pre-purchase inspector and take home $100 per hour. NRVIA.org Margo's book: Writing and Publishing Books for Fun and Profit [https://amzn.to/2NHJVwX ]
09:37
March 13, 2021
Dealing with Loneliness
Is the thrill of the RV lifestyle fading? Is boredom setting in? Are you dealing with loneliness? Think about volunteering for a few hours a week or more. Here are 7 steps to make the transition work out for you. Start loving life again! Margo's Book: "RV Lifestyle Collection" For the Adventure of a Lifetime. https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g
10:12
February 20, 2021
Handling Unexpected Death on the Road
How do you handle an unexpected death while living on the road full-time. It can be complex and nerve-wracking while you are grieving. We need all the help we can get while away from family and close friends. Find out the steps to take and who to call for comfort. As mentioned in the podcast, below are the numbers to call and the web addresses to find help.  Call this number to talk to someone during your crisis (free): Crisis Call Center (775) 784-8090 Facebook Forum: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LegacyLossOfASpouse Law Depot (Free Health Care Directive) https://www.lawdepot.com/contracts/living-will-medical-power-of-attorney/#.YBMKWhZlCHs AARP Checklist to Follow When Someone Dies https://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2020/when-loved-one-dies-checklist Register to Donate Body [they pick up the body wherever you are]:  ScienceCare https://www.sciencecare.com/ Medcure: http://medcure.org/donor/#HIW More Information: Russ & Tina De Maris' Article Posted on RVTravel.com "Fulltime RVer - Death While on the Road" https://www.rvtravel.com/fulltime-rver-death-road/ Margo's Book: "RV Lifestyle Collection" For the Adventure of a Lifetime. https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g
07:40
January 28, 2021
RVing in Cold Temperatures
RVing in cold temperatures is a different mindset from other seasons. Discussion:   * Winter Storage   * Traveling in Cold Temperatures  * What to look for in Arctic RV Packages  * Warranties  * GPS Links: RV101 with Mark Polk - Winter Storage https://rv101withmarkpolk.com/2017/11/06/7-easy-steps-to-winterizing-your-rv-plumbing-system/ Margo's Book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers [includes winterizing steps]  https://amzn.to/2L5H7bk
11:14
January 8, 2021
Tips for Holiday Travelers
The latest Covid-19 tips for holiday travelers https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html RV Shows Still Happening in January and February 2021 RV Park Site Cancellation Fees Reminder Recycle Old Electronics https://www.e-cycle.com/contact Margo's Book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers https://amzn.to/2L5H7bk
12:15
December 24, 2020
Quality Gifts for the Holidays
- Quality Gifts for the Holidays - Dog Training Technology BarxBuddy  https://www.barxbuddytrainer.com/enV1/deal.php Mobile Dog Gear Travel Bag https://www.chewy.com/mobile-dog-gear-week-away-tote-pet/dp/188167 Chuck Woodbury Book ABCs of RVing: https://www.amazon.com/ABCs-RVing-Everything-wanted-afraid/dp/0578787873/ref=sr_1_1 Clear Face Shield https://www.amazon.com/Glasses-Transparent-Anti-Fog-Reusable-Protective/dp/B08G1QPRSN/ref=sr_1_6 Roasting Smores Forks https://www.amazon.com/Telescoping-Rotating-Marshmallow-Roasting-Sticks/dp/B01AYESJ5Y/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top Portable Fireplace https://www.amazon.com/Outland-Firebowl-823-Portable-Diameter/dp/B007UMD2L0/ref=pd_sbs_86_1/143-4895829-9496722
10:17
December 11, 2020
Now that the House is Gone . . .
So . . . now that the house is gone. If you have thought this through rather than made a snap decision, you have come up with a plan. Set a date to start your new life. Make changes to this plan as you move toward the goal.  Some helpful suggestions that may not of occurred to you from Margo's archives (26 years of life on the road). Mentioned in the podcast: Duck Pack & Track - The storage inventory software  https://www.duckpackandtrack.com Escapees Boot Camp and Driving School, Rainbow's End, Livingston, TX      https://escapees.com/education/rvers-boot-camp/ Margo's Book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers   https://amzn.to/2L5H7bk
14:40
November 30, 2020
Common Sense Ways to Celebrate the Holidays
Enjoy the holidays and stay safe by following two common sense suggestions. Mentioned in the podcast: New type of comfortable, see-through, fog-free face shield for safe social mixing over the holidays.   https://www.amazon.com/Glasses-Transparent-Anti-Fog-Reusable-Protective/dp/B08G1QPRSN/ref=sr_1_6 Margo's Book on Amazon: "For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection 1, The Adventure of a Lifetime"  https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g
08:11
November 20, 2020
5 Tips to Start Working On The Road
If living the RV lifestyle is your dream, don't let the lack of funds keep you from experiencing the adventure of a lifetime. There are so many ways to make a living and still enjoy the good life. Margo offers 5 tips to help you resolve roadblocks to achieving your goal. Workamper News offers weekly updates on jobs available for RVers.(https://www.workampers.com) Communication tools for RVers with Cherie and Chris (https://www.techomadia.com) RV Lifestyle Experts (https://RVlifestyleexperts.com Click "Festivals/Special Events") Margo's Book: Working On The Road for Professionals and Just fun-loving Folks (Amazon: https://amzn.to/2znAjo5) Stop the junk mail at CatalogChoice - Free (https://www.catalogchoice.org/) Learn more about Escapees Mail Forwarding (https://www.escapees.com/)
10:14
November 5, 2020
Selling Your House for an RV Life on the Road
If planning to move into an RV for a life on the road, the urgency to get rid of that last big obstacle (your house) may become an obsession. I know because this happened to me. You can save yourself a lot of money (and headaches) by selling the house yourself. Learn a few tips today about how the Real Estate market really works.  For the step-by-step plan, pick up Margo's book: Selling Your Home: How the Real Estate Market Works. What the Seller Needs to Know and What the Pros hope you never find out. https://amzn.to/2KVjwgN  For more information about the RV Lifestyle: Website: https://RVLifestyleExperts.com Blog: https://MovingOnWithMargo.com
22:01
October 3, 2020
Driving Schools and Maintenance Boot Camps
Learning as much as you can about your rig before roaring off into the sunset pays off. But I suspect the anxiety is building. Stepping into the cab of a new machine can be terrifying. Even if it’s just the new-to-you huge pickup that tows the trailer or fifth wheel. Are you sure you can back into a small space with confidence? What about the skills that are necessary to back in that small space with your tiny new Rpod, piece of cake, right? Before spending frustrating hours, and possible embarrassment, make that first trip to a Driving School. Lately, driving schools are popping up everywhere. Here are a few examples: My Website: RV Lifestyle Experts https://rvlifestyleexperts.com RV Drivers Confidence Course   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CeThR_A4VI My RV Driving School http://www.myrvschool.com/ RV Driving School https://www.rvschool.com/ RV Superior Driving School http://www.superiordrivers.com/rv-and-campers.html RV Basic Training https://www.rvbasictraining.com/boot-camp/boot-camp.html Escapees Boot Camp and Driving School https://www.escapees.com/education/rvers-online-university/curriculum/ RVing Women Oct. Online Boot Camp Class https://www.rvingwomen.org/default.aspx
10:21
September 20, 2020
Relax and Let It Go!
With all the anxiety impacting our world today, learning new habits could save our health and our lives. Take a few minutes to relax and let go.  Learn to Say What You Think.  Training dogs to sniff out COVID 19. For the rest of the story:  * Training dogs to sniff out COVID 19:  https://newatlas.com/medical/uk-researchers-dog-detect-covid-19/  * Toxic People: https://dariusforoux.com/toxic-people/  * My book, "The RV lifestyle: A Dream Come True": https://amzn.to/2JcYCER
10:10
September 4, 2020
Be Maintenance Ready
For those of you just starting your RV adventure, one of the mental preparations to make for the first trip (and really all future trips) is patience. You may have heard the rumor that maintenance can be ongoing and expensive. “Be maintenance ready” is a phase that resounds with all RV travelers, and many that just live in an RV all year.  My book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers: https://amzn.to/2L5H7bk
08:18
September 3, 2020
How to Start the Solo RV Lifestyle
Having spent 25 years on the road, 10 years as a solo, Margo offers some suggestions on how to start the solo RV lifestyle. Support Clubs: Escapees.com [https://www.escapees.com] RVing Women [https://www.rvingwomen.org] Wandering Individuals Network [https://www.rvsingles.org] RV Lifestyle Experts website [https://rvlifestyleexperts.com]
12:52
August 7, 2020
Follow the Rules or Go Home!
This episode about campground rules is designed to alert you to the restrictions many campgrounds and resorts are placing on visitors this summer. Being thrown out of a park is not fun. With campgrounds and resorts filled to capacity, you may be homebound sooner than you expect. For more information about the RV Lifestyle, visit Amazon and pick up my book, "The RV Lifestyle Collection" https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g
14:17
July 17, 2020
Part 3: Saving Money While Enjoying the Lifestyle
What most people exploring the details of the RV lifestyle want to know is “can I afford to live this dream?” This podcast is dedicated to answering that question. If you set a budget for your travels, get the most for your money. Here are some suggestions to maximize your dollar and have fun too. For more information, explore my book, "How to Save Money While Enjoying the RV Lifestyle" at Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Jcap6l For an overview of the RV Lifestyle, take a look at my "RV Lifestyle Collection" eBook that includes "How to Save Money," https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g For assistance with finding a certified RV Inspector: https://www.nrvia.org For complete information on a homebase selection, visit: https://RVLifestyleExperts.com => Fulltime-RVng => Choosing a Homebase.
14:22
July 2, 2020
Part 2: RV Maintenance...Are You Ready?
Discussion of typical maintenance costs related to each class of RV. For more information on the RV Lifestyle, take a look at my RV Lifestyle Collection eBook, https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g
13:33
July 2, 2020
Part 1: Find The RV that is RIght for YOU
Part 1: Finding the Right RV for Your Lifestyle Different classes of RVs available are Class A, Class C, Class B, Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, and Class B/B+. Find out which one works for you. I discuss cost and features of each to help you make the right choice. For more information on the RV Lifestyle, take a look at my RV Lifestyle Collection eBook, https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g
13:23
July 1, 2020
RVers Helping RVers and Other Tips
“Full-timers” consist of thousands of construction, energy, and medical workers, living mobile out of necessity for their jobs, as well as retired and gig-economy folks who sold their “sticks-and-bricks” homes to live a nomadic lifestyle. Displaying the entrepreneurial spirit for which the RV industry is known, businesses and services are adapting swiftly to help these displaced RVers. Here are some of the ways they are helping: This episode includes: RV Groups Helping Full-timers Find a Space Dogs Detecting COVID-19 Freedom Van Conversion Say What You Think Margo's book: For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection 1 [https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g] Freedom Vans Chongo: http://freedomvans.co/project/chongo/
08:45
May 31, 2020
Towing Rules of the Road
Towing Rules of the Road Start your RV lifestyle safely by learning the towing rules of the road in each state. If you are new to towing or just need to be reminded about the different state laws, here in a capsule are the main requirements.   Reference: [https://www.motorists.org/blog/rules-regulations-towing-vehicle/] Excellent Guides: [https://www.trailerlife.com/trailer-towing-guides/] Margo's Book: RV Lifestyle Collection [https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g
10:15
May 31, 2020
RV Industry Death Spiral - Part 2
Is the RV Industry in a Death Spiral?  Maybe, maybe not. Starting in 2008, the RV industry headed into a slump that lasted until 2010. As the industry started to turn around, manufacturers decided on a  survival plan, build cheap and sell high. This podcast takes a look at what really happened. This podcast highlights the RV Dealers participation in the Death Spiral. Margo's Book: RV Lifestyle Collection [https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g]
11:47
May 31, 2020
RV Industry Death Spiral - Part 1
Is the RV Industry in a Death Spiral?  Maybe, maybe not. Starting in 2008, the RV industry headed into a slump that lasted until 2010. As the industry started to turn around, manufacturers decided on a  survival plan, build cheap and sell high. This podcast takes a look at what really happened. This podcast -Part 1 - presents the RV Manufacturer's part in the RV Death Spiral. Margo's Book: RV Lifestyle Collection [https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g]
12:02
May 31, 2020
Introduction to RV Lifestyle Experts
To give my audience a taste of the topics to come in future monthly podcasts, several episodes are available today. I plan to cover changes in the RV industry, new RV designs, innovations, environmental bulletins, and my observations on the RV lifestyle. Please feel free to respond by clicking the “voice message” link. Be aware that I may replay these messages in my podcast when appropriate. Any observations that you may have about the RV lifestyle are welcome. Margo's eBook: RV Lifestyle Collection 1 [https://amzn.to/2LQoE3g]
04:02
May 31, 2020