You will find a new column in this month’s issue of RV Life to help people who are contemplating becoming RVers or have just bought their first RV.
New2RVing is the title of the column and its authors are Russ and Tiña De Maris, who have been writing our Tech Tips column for many years. The intent of the new column is to educate newcomers on the basics of RVing, and to answer questions that might occur to anyone entering this lifestyle.
Russ and Tiña are longtime RVers themselves. Russ grew up in Western Washington with an interest in the outdoors and Tiña comes from a Northern California family that spent its summers camping. But Russ and Tiña got into RVing more or less by accident.
They were raising dairy goats and chickens and needed a pickup truck to haul things. Russ said he went to buy a used truck from a private party, and it was just fortunate that the truck for sale also had a well-equipped camper.
Since then they have owned a variety of RVs, all bought used. With used RVs, there are often things to fix, and that’s how Russ acquired the expertise in maintenance and repair that he shares with readers in the Tech Tips column that he and Tiña produce for RV Life.
Russ and Tiña have taught community college courses on RVing and written RV books, including RV Boondocking, which offers tips on camping away from campgrounds and utility hookups. Russ is also a contributing editor at rvtravel.com.
The couple divides their time between Quartzsite, Arizona, and Olympia, Washington, when they are not on the road with their travel trailer.
When they started RVing, Russ said they read some magazine articles that offered guidance to newcomers, and they had an older couple that served as mentors, but they also just learned by doing.
Russ and Tiña are outdoors people who loved RVing from the start. But RVing isn’t for everyone. Russ advises newcomers to start by renting a motorhome or by going camping with friends who have an RV to see if you really like it.
If the lifestyle appeals to you, the next step is to decide what kind of RV you need. Do you want a motorhome, a travel trailer, a truck camper, a folding camping trailer, a toy hauler? In their first New2RVing column, Russ and Tiña describe the kinds of motorhomes that are available and how they can serve different needs. In their column next month, they will explain the advantages and disadvantages of towable RVs.
Thereafter the column will appear in RV Life from time to time, alternating with a new column on full-time RVing by Rene Agredano.
We first wrote about Rene five years ago when she was 38 and her husband, Jim Nelson, was 40, and they had decided to become full-time RVers. They felt burned out from 12-hour workdays running a marketing communications and graphics business out of their home, and decided to change their lives drastically. They bought a pickup truck and fifth wheel and began traveling the country.
Quickly, they found themselves in love with the lifestyle. As Jim said at the time, “People should do things like this when they are young enough to really enjoy it to the fullest.” And, as Rene added, “If more people did this, we’d have happier, more balanced adults, and the country might be a better place for it.”
Beginning in the November issue, Rene will write a column that will share her full-time RVing experiences and discuss the things you need to think about when considering whether to become a full-time RVer.
But you don’t need to wait for the November issue to read about full-time RVing. In this issue, Rene has written a feature story about a jewelry designer who is a full-time RVer, and about a couple with two small children who run a business out of their fifth wheel. They are what Rene calls “location independent entrepreneurs,” people who successfully mix recreation, sightseeing and work.
This month we also have an article from Charlie A. Webb, a Southern California businessman who has discovered that he can run his business from his motorhome while also calling on customers and seeing the sights with his family. It’s one more example of the virtues of RVing.
We don’t often add new columns to our magazine because we like to leave lots of room for travel articles and other features, but we think these columns for new RVers and on full-time RVing will be informative, entertaining and helpful. Check out the new columns, and we think you will agree.
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