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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,, 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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Great Time to Eliminate Baggage

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Great Time to Eliminate Baggage

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Giving Thanks - Freedom
The feeling of freedom is the current trend in RV choices. Currently smaller, more hi-tech, mobility is in. This year alone offers small, pull-behind options that also carry your toys. Soon there will be all-electric selections that will change the RVing world. Poem from AboutRVing.Com [ ] Margo's book, For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection [ ] at Amazon.
November 25, 2021
Life Made Easier in Today's RV Lifestyle
This podcast features "Life Made Easier in Today's RV Lifestyle." Whether its the new solar awning, RV directories that help you find the perfect place to park, or the online booking service that does it for you, all these make the RV lifestyle experience easier. Mentioned in the Podcast Xplorer 1000-watt Awning [ ] Campground Views [ ] A 360-degree view of all campsites in their directory. Campnab [ ] Be notified if a cancelled site becomes available. Campspot [ ] Book it! Margo's Book "For Women Only: Traveling Solo in Your RV, the Adventure of a Lifetime." [ ]
November 12, 2021
Boondocking for Beginners
Just starting out on the RVing Lifestyle? Here are a few tips to help make boondocking a favorite way to travel. Margo's Blog: Margo's Book: The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True [ ]
October 30, 2021
Great Time to Eliminate Baggage
Now is a great time to eliminate the baggage carried around for perhaps many years and sell your house. The housing market is perfect for the Seller. If you have been waiting for the right time to Go Rving, the time is now. You have been looking at the RV ads and maybe even stopped by the local RV lot. Open the local newspaper and your eyes fly to the classified RV for sale section. The need to feel free seems pressing. Margo's book: "Selling Your Home" [ ] Margo's Blog: Some helpful articles: Tips to Avoid a Lemon [ ] New Ideas in RV Design [ ] RV Driving School [ ] Buying a New RV...Bad Investment [ ] 
October 14, 2021
The RV Adventure for Her
Join Margo in exploring the RV lifestyle that sparks the traveling bug in women. Find out the many ways women explore this country and find fun and rewards in abundance. Mentioned in the podcast:  - Reviews most RV parks in the USA. - Spend the season in a KOA park. - US Forest Service positions. - Many positions open with Habitat of America - Volunteer at the annual New Mexico shindig. - Nomads Mission Volunteers - Traveling Nurses Working with kids as camp counselors & staff - Looking for high adventure, this is for you. - Join the festival community, take your show on the road. - Seasonal openings with the Federal, State, and US Army Engineers Corp. Margo's Book, RV Lifestyle Collection []
September 26, 2021
The RV Lifestyle Adventure - Is it for YOU!
All the excitement cycling the web these days is centered around the RV Lifestyle. If you get caught up in it and want to play, what type of entrance vehicle is right for you? Margo's book: "The RV Lifestyle Collection: For the Adventure of a Lifetime" available at Amazon. []
September 4, 2021
The RV Lifestyle's Battle with the Refrigerator
One of the hurdles we must overcome to be happy participants in the RV lifestyle is finding the right refrigerator to replace the antiquated model that came with our used RV. Even new RVs are stocked with refrigerators that are not always reliable to keep their cool in high temperatures. With even hotter temps to come, this issue can become a major one. In this podcast, Margo discusses the newer compression-type RV refrigerators just coming to market, AC and DC. Listen to her personal dilemma when a decision to swap out the old Dometic 1292 absorption unit for a compression replacement that does not pass the "hot temp" test. Margo would like your help, please email her with any links or personal experiences in this area. Thank You. eMail: Margo's book "Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" []
August 17, 2021
Healing Places
Having lived through the tension and heartbreak of 2020, most of us are heading out in the fall season to spend some time in a healing place. My list of healing places to visit: The Springs at Borrego [] Rancho Sedona RV Park [] Mill Creek Ranch Resort  in Canton Texas [] Camp Gulf []  Margo's Book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers []
July 13, 2021
Preparing for the Workcamping Lifestyle
Before you start hunting for the perfect workamping job, listen to the tips contained in this podcast. Learn more about the lifestyle, the pros and cons, how to be successful finding that perfect job, and much more. RVer Job Exchange [] (new from the Escapees RV club) FREE RVNetwork [] Escapees RV Club Forum FREE [] 3 Levels of Annual Membership $20 to $67 Margo's book: RV Lifestyle Collection []
June 13, 2021
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 Portable Firepit: Outland Firebowl AGPTEK Solar Lantern Thermal Cookers Chef’s Table & Organizer Huski Wine Cooler RV Properties: Margo's book, Conquer the Road, RV Maintenance for Travelers:
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. []
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 []
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 [] Click Group search -> mobile RV repair. Also check out the Escapees forum, [] 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[] RSS feed: Margo’s eBook: For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection []
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) FEMA National Disaster Relief: Habitat for Humanity - search for local division 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 [ ]
March 27, 2021
Interesting Money-Making Ideas
Learn about - the Air B&B-like site that offers temporary storage space near you. Information on, 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. Margo's book: Writing and Publishing Books for Fun and Profit [ ]
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.
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: Law Depot (Free Health Care Directive) AARP Checklist to Follow When Someone Dies Register to Donate Body [they pick up the body wherever you are]:  ScienceCare Medcure: More Information: Russ & Tina De Maris' Article Posted on "Fulltime RVer - Death While on the Road" Margo's Book: "RV Lifestyle Collection" For the Adventure of a Lifetime.
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 Margo's Book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers [includes winterizing steps]
January 8, 2021
Tips for Holiday Travelers
The latest Covid-19 tips for holiday travelers RV Shows Still Happening in January and February 2021 RV Park Site Cancellation Fees Reminder Recycle Old Electronics Margo's Book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers
December 24, 2020
Quality Gifts for the Holidays
- Quality Gifts for the Holidays - Dog Training Technology BarxBuddy Mobile Dog Gear Travel Bag Chuck Woodbury Book ABCs of RVing: Clear Face Shield Roasting Smores Forks Portable Fireplace
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 Escapees Boot Camp and Driving School, Rainbow's End, Livingston, TX Margo's Book: Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers
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. Margo's Book on Amazon: "For Women Only: RV Lifestyle Collection 1, The Adventure of a Lifetime"
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.( Communication tools for RVers with Cherie and Chris ( RV Lifestyle Experts ( Click "Festivals/Special Events") Margo's Book: Working On The Road for Professionals and Just fun-loving Folks (Amazon: Stop the junk mail at CatalogChoice - Free ( Learn more about Escapees Mail Forwarding (
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.  For more information about the RV Lifestyle: Website: Blog:
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 RV Drivers Confidence Course My RV Driving School RV Driving School RV Superior Driving School RV Basic Training Escapees Boot Camp and Driving School RVing Women Oct. Online Boot Camp Class
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:  * Toxic People:  * My book, "The RV lifestyle: A Dream Come True":
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:
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: [] RVing Women [] Wandering Individuals Network [] RV Lifestyle Experts website []
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"
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: For an overview of the RV Lifestyle, take a look at my "RV Lifestyle Collection" eBook that includes "How to Save Money," For assistance with finding a certified RV Inspector: For complete information on a homebase selection, visit: => Fulltime-RVng => Choosing a Homebase.
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,
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,
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 [] Freedom Vans Chongo:
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: [] Excellent Guides: [] Margo's Book: RV Lifestyle Collection [
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 []
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 []
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 []
May 31, 2020