“To sleep, perchance to dream …” — but not behind the wheel

By Greg Illes (with apologies to Billy Shakespeare) Healthy sleep is one of the most talked-about subjects in many walks of medicine, and with good reason. Good sleep makes for a good life. Sleep – really solid, deep sleep – is the time when the body and mind heal up from the day’s rigors. Sleep time is about the only…

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Couple “out of sync” for volunteer time commitment at NPS

Dear RV Shrink: My wife and I felt we needed to change things up a bit in our travel routine so we decided to try volunteering at the National Parks. I don’t really want to be a campground host and find some of the citizen science projects or trail maintenance more appealing. My wife likes to participate in the visitor…

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Snowbirds – Can you feast on fresh fruits and veggies?

By Bob Difley About 10 percent of all the energy consumed in the U.S. – about 100 billion gallons of oil each year – is used just growing the food we eat. Processing and transporting all those tomatoes, pork chops and strawberries to our table raises the figure to about 17 percent. The Chicago Produce Terminal reports that food in…

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New book paints dark picture of “work campers”

By Chuck Woodbury “Nomadland, Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” is not a feel-good book. If anything it’s a feel-bad book. It paints a very dark picture of RVers who work as they travel. In the world author Jessica Bruder portrays, these people are desperate and must work to survive. She does not discuss the tens of thousands of other…

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Fulltiming doesn’t have to mean major eating change

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Despite the fact that a lot of “high end” motorhome builders have eliminated the “old fashioned” oven, it seems many fulltimers still eat much as they did before they went on the road. In a question posted on a fulltimer’s forum, a huge majority of respondents said they pretty well stuck with the way…

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KOA owner laments company’s branding, missed opportunities

By Andy Zipser Owner of Staunton/Walnut Hills, Virginia KOA It comes as no surprise that KOA has decided each of us will have to opt for one of its three “brands” by 2020, “Journey, Holiday or Resort.” Forcing those of us who have resisted this needless market segmentation was inevitable. What is surprising, however, is the amount of effort and…

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Trim your RV weight and increase storage space, too

By Adrienne Kristine There is a direct connection between reducing the weight inside your RV and increasing the mileage for every gallon of expensive gas you purchase. Storage space is limited, but you can make the best use of the space you have by thinking outside the box or can. When you shop for groceries and sundries for your home,…

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