Monday, April 3, 2017

The OLD MAN in the KEYS - Evolving Chapters

Seagulls, Palm Trees and smooth GULF Waters

OK, Here are a set of links to my chapters about being AN OLD MAN IN THE KEYS.

These are writings about my observations while staying down here, and include photographs, people and how they act while on their vacations, little pieces of natural beauty I see, and of course, some of what I consider the better Tiki Bars and casual dining places.

So, come back here regularly, or just follow this blog post to be notified when I have written a new chapter.

Don Bobbitt

The OLD MAN in the KEYS - Part - 1

Livin' in the Keys for a While


The OLD MAN in the Keys - Part - 2
Being an Observer

Maybe it's the Pelicans


The OLD MAN in the Keys - Part - 4
Or it could be the TIKI BARS




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Work Camping. Is it right for you?


Work Camping is a great way to travel for longer periods of time and make a little money while you do so.

There are thousands of campgrounds around the country that will give a camper (or camping couple) a part-time job and a low price for a campsite if they have the right skills and even better experience.

Campground owners always need people to perform low-impact labor around the campground to keep things operating well.

They will need clerks to check people in and make reservations. They will need people to repair plumbing, electrical problems and do house-keeping. And they will need people to maintain their landscaping.

So, if you are interested in Work Camping, and are good at these things and especially if you have done this before in another campground, click on the link below to read my article on HubPages where I explain Work Camping and the details about this special lifestyle.

by Don Bobbitt






Thursday, February 2, 2017

RV Financials - Part-5 - Resale Expectations, be prepared.


This is the fifth and final article in my series; RV FINANCIALS

The final thing for me to explain to the novice RV owner is how shocking it is to find out just what your RV is really worth.

And, after getting over this shock, you need to make a careful analysis of just what you can do to increase your RV's resale value. 

You need to know just which things on your older RV have a decent payback and which ones are just too costly to do.

Read the other four parts of this series of articles and then read up on how to make your RV as desirable as possible to a potential buyer.


So, click on these links and learn.

But, I recommend that you read the three previous articles also, so here they are below;

 RV Financials, Part-1 - RV Prices, where the world of RV pricing is explained for the novice.

RV Financials, Part-2, Understanding RV Depreciation where you will get a better understanding of how much an Rv can depreciate every year.

RV Financials, Part-3 - Understanding the RV Trade-In Process where you will get an inside view of how RV dealers work you into accepting their offer for your old Rv when you want to trade.

RV Financials, Part-4 - How to Sell your RV yourself. Here you can pick up on how to properly sell your RV and get the maximum possible price.

RV Financials, Part-5 - Resale Expectations. Be prepared for the reality of your RV's true value.



RV Financials - Part-4 - Learn how to sell your Rv yourself


Sometimes, even after all of your effort, you feel that the dealers you have tried to work with just aren't giving you the best deal.

Well with a little extra work, you can often sell your RV yourself and if nothing else you can cut them out of their profit they were going to make off of you.

Read the other three parts of this series of articles and then read up on how to sell your own RV yourself.


So, click on this link and learn.

But, I recommend that you read the three previous articles also, so here they are below;

 RV Financials, Part-1 - RV Prices, where the world of RV pricing is explained for the novice.

RV Financials, Part-2, Understanding RV Depreciation where you will get a better understanding of how much an Rv can depreciate every year.

RV Financials, Part-3 - Understanding the RV Trade-In Process where you will get an inside view of how RV dealers work you into accepting their offer for your old Rv when you want to trade.

RV Financials, Part-4 - How to Sell your RV yourself. Here you can pick up on how to properly sell your RV and get the maximum possible price.






RV Financials - Part-3 - Understanding the RV Trade-In process



So many people get into the world of RV ownership without a real understanding of the ery structured world of TRADING YOUR RV, the Ins and the Outs, of what you need to do to get the most for your RV.

Every RV dealer uses the same tools to place a value on your Rv when you want to trade it for a newer one.

But , if you know how these dealers make their profits off of you, then have an opportunity to get more for your RV.


So, click on this link and learn.

But, I recommend that you read the two previous articles also, so here they are below;

 RV Financials, Part-1 - RV Prices, where the world of RV pricing is explained for the novice.

RV Financials, Part-2, Understanding RV Depreciation where you will get a better understanding of how much an Rv can depreciate every year.

RV Financials, Part-3 - Understanding the RV Trade-In Process where you will get an inside view of how RV dealers work you into accepting their offer for your old Rv when you want to trade.




Sunday, November 20, 2016

RV Financials - Part-2 RV Depreciation facts


So many people get into the world of RV ownership without a real understanding of not only the pricing but the world of RV Depreciation.

Every RV depreciates, and in fact they depreciate monthly.

Some years, the depreciation rate might be affected by;
the state of the economy,
Interest rates,
and even fuel prices.

So, first read my article that is the first in my series called RV Financials, Part-1 - RV Prices, where the world of RV pricing is explained for the novice.



Friday, November 18, 2016

Understanding RV Financials - Part-1 - RV Pricing and Values

Important Tips and references for an RV Buyer

So, you're interested in buying a NEW RV?

Or, maybe you're just interested in trading in your old one for a newer one?

Well, before you do this, you need to go to the appropriate web sites and get the latest official pricing that the typical dealer will use when you start your negotiations.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

RV TRAVELING - Making my Long Range plans for next Summer in my RV.

Our campsite in 3-Flags, a TT RV Resort in Wildwood Florida.

If you're going on a relatively long trip and camping in several different places, a smart RV owner absolutely must make his plans early.

Even if it's just a skeleton of a travel outline, good planning is an absolute must for us all.

My wife and I are planning on spending most of the Summer, in 2017 traveling up the SouthEast states and then spending a couple of months in the eastern parts of Virginia.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

TRAVEL - Going to the Keys? Better be prepared for the wild traffic.


Everyone I have ever met have either been to the Keys on a vacation or are hoping to go there at some time in the future.

I have been to the Keys several times over the past. I have stayed in hotels right on Duval Street, I have stayed in a nice Bed and Breakfast, and more recently, I have been down here in my RV motorhome for longer stays in nice campgrounds located in the upper Keys.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to select the right Grill for your RV and your outdoor lifestyle

A typical model of tabletop Grill used by campers.

One of the things a camper does often is cook out on their Grill.

It's just what you want to do when you are camping; you stay outside more often and you eat foods that you can easily and quickly prepare while you're outside.

This kind of lifestyle and foods literally demands that you have a decent Grill for preparing these meals, appetizers and even snacks.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Campground Memberships - Save big with the right memberships for your camping lifestyle.

Campgrounds and Camper Priorities

Eventually, we RV campers will have stayed at so many different campgrounds that we tend to take them for all granted and start looking for savings wherever possible.

You know what I mean, we’re always running around the country in our RV, and at each campground there is a charge for your stay. The savvy Camper soon learns where to get the best deals on their favorite campgrounds.

Even though we might only stay for one or two nights at one campground or maybe we’ll settle in for several weeks at another, after a few years of traveling the country in our RV, many of them tend to blend together in our brains but we end up prioritizing them by cost first and quality later.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Your RV Generator and How it Works - Tips on Maintenance

Many of the larger RV campers today have built-in generators.

These generators will typically operate on the motorhome's fuel system while owners of towed campers will have a portable generator they can use.

Portable Generator - pic by Marion Doss via Flickr
Below is a link to my article on my HubPage site that provides a short history on the evolution of RVs and their use of generators.

It then goes into how Gas and Diesel Generators function differently and provides some tips on the proper maintenance of your RV Generator.

Also, I have included links to a couple of very good YouTube videos that are full of tips on RV Generator maintenance.

How to keep Warm in your RV


Every RVer will eventually end up in their camper when a surprise cold snap hits on a cold night ,wondering how to keep warmer without having that propane furnace running throughout the night.

For the more experienced camper, careful pre-planning has them sitting cozy in their RV while the Winter cold has a minimal effect on them.

When you travel up North (anywhere north of Florida) you can wake up with this stuff on your car. Pic by Don Bobbitt
But it often ends up that some of us, are just happily camping and when an unanticipated cold snap hits the area, and we are left spending several nights and days, cold and uncomfortable.

Friday, April 8, 2016

RV HEATING Systems Controls - Here is a Tip on how they operate.


A Winter Camping Surprise, Pic by Don Bobbitt

As I have mentioned before, my wife and I have often camped in the Tampa area of Florida during the Winter.
And, we quickly learned that, even in Florida, it can get quite cold at night.

As all campers soon learn, when you are traveling in your camper and cold weather does hit, you can often end up looking for multiple ways to keep yourself warm.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

How to recognize the different Types of Campers and RV's



Over our lives, my wife and I have owned a number of different types of Recreation Vehicles.
We originally started out camping with tents, and we eventually moved up to Pop-Ups, then Trailers and then finally Motorhomes. 

We changed types of campers as we found over our lives that our camping lifestyle changed in parallel with our normal life changes.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

RV Slides - they add room to your RV, but must be maintained.



The addition of Slides to RV’s has revolutionized the interior designs of RV’s, by giving you, the owner much more floor space to enjoy once you arrive at your campsite. 

If your RV has one or more slides, and nearly all of the newer ones do, there are a few things you should know.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How to keep COOL in your RV

OK, you're HOT!

That's my assumption, if you are reading this Blog Post.

And in an RV, if you don't take certain precautions, you can get really hot while vacationing in the deep South of the United States.

But, don't despair, there are some things you can do to make your RV much more comfortable in the heat and it only takes a little thought and self-management.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Spring is Near! Are You ready for your first Camping Trip?

Ready to be de-winterized

That's right!

Winter happens every year and pardon the pun but it is often an uncomfortable time of the year to one degree or another.

And, if you have an RV, the weather can really cause you some problems if you have not prepared your "home away from home" for its potential onslaught.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

QUICK RV TIP, A Tool for Closing those hard to reach Windshield Curtains




Close those RV Windshield Curtains easily

This is one of a series of QUICK RV TIPS for RV owners.

They are simple things you can do as an RV owner to make your camping and travel more comfortable and enjoyable.

I have written the tips, which are short and informative, and listed them on my site; RVANDCAMPER.ORG. Click on the link above to read the actual article;

Friday, March 6, 2015

QUICK RV TIP, RV Tires, A Quick Check you can make while on the road.



RV TIRES, A Quick Safety Check

This is one of a series of QUICK RV TIPS for RV owners.

They are simple things you can do as an RV owner to make your camping and travel more comfortable and enjoyable.