5 Helpful Tips for Rookie RVers

The affordability, combined with the comfort, convenience and personal freedom of owning an RV has made recreational vehicle (RV) travel immensely popular among  many over the years.  If you just purchased your first RV, congratulations!!    Whether you are a Rookie RV-er or a “Seasoned” RV-er, these tips can be very helpful for all RVers.

Here are 5 Tips for Rookie RVers

Learn how your rig works before hitting the road!

You’ll be thankful later that you took the time to learn your way around. There’s a small list of things to test and check before hitting heading out. Even with a new RV, it’s a good idea to confirm your systems are all working well in the driveway.

Plan your route

Half of the fun of a road trip is the planning! Spend time researching points of interest and booking campsites nearby. Don’t forget to plan your actual road route as well. Always check for road conditions before you leave so there are no surprises along the way.

Pack light

Yes pack light, but don’t forget to pack the essentials. Unfortunately, what you need to pack differs for everyone. Consider factors like the length of your trip, the size of your rig, and whether you are staying in Canada or will be crossing the border. Remember to pack the appropriate tools for minor repairs that might happen on the road.

Drive slowly

Slower than you want to. Towing a trailer is a lot different than driving a sports car through the city—especially if your road trip takes you through winding mountain roads. It’s okay to go a little below the speed limit if you aren’t comfortable. Just stay to the right to let faster vehicles pass you.

Talk to your RV neighbors

Always ask for advice! RVers are some of the friendliest people in the world, in our opinion. Everyone has a story to share around the campfire or a tip that will make your trip a little easier. Start chatting!

 

Now that you have these 5 helpful Rookie tips, you are all set to hit the road. The RV lifestyle is more popular than ever. Why not jump on the trend you’ve been dying to try?!

Do you have some other helpful tips to share?  Feel free to leave them in the comments for other fellow RVers.

Texas 6 RV Park

Like us out on Facebook

 

 

Article source:  https://gorving.ca/blog/rving-for-rookies/

5 Funny Must See RV Movies

There are many movies out there with RVs in them but we picked out these five funny family RV movies for you to watch with the entire family in your RV.   Which of these have you seen and which is your favorite?

The Long, Long Trailer (1955)  A 1950s on-the-road honeymoon

We are starting out with an oldie but goodie with this one.  In order to accommodate her new husband’s traveling job, Tacy Collini (Lucille Ball), pleads with on-and-off-screen spouse, Nicky Collini (Desi Arnaz), to purchase a trailer so that she can take care of him on the road. Instead of “living out of suitcases and using other people’s things,” Tacy and Nicky purchase an RV. This film on our list of funny family movies is directed by Vincente Minnelli, best known for being dad to Liza and, at the time, recent ex-spouse of Judy Garland (Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz). This golden-age-of-Hollywood flick is a hilarious story that highlights the struggles of a new marriage and RVing, as well as the compromises that eventually make it work. The Collini’s take many wrong turns on their journey, and so we wish you better luck in your travels than this oddball pair.

 

 The Incredibles (2004) – A jet-setting family “off-road” trip

The Incredibles is about an ordinary family with extraordinary abilities that tries to live as normal a life as possible. However, when the super villain, Syndrome, threatens the safety of the Incredible family, the Incredibles are forced to cast away their inhibitions and come together to save the day. Instead of a natural born superhero, Syndrome creates gadgets to feign power, and then attempts to convince the public that he is more powerful than Mr. Incredible. No heroic family is complete without their trusty RV, which Mrs. Incredible attaches to a jet for speedy travel.  9-

 

 

 

We’re the Millers (2013) Road trip with a twist

David, a small town pot dealer, is robbed of his stash and money. He takes an assignment to smuggle marijuana from Mexico into the United States and hatches a plan to fabricate an RVing family as cover. We’re the Millers is downright hilarious and sheds new light on family RVers, obnoxious RV neighbors, and navigating foreign territory.

 

 

 

Paul (2011)  What it Would REALLY Be Like to Meet an Alien!

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot FuzzShaun of the Dead) reunite as sci-fi geeks taking a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland. There they meet a smart-alleck alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home, the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

 

 

 

 

RV (2006) – RVer family with a few rebellious teens

Original Cinema Quad Poster – Movie Film Posters

This is the quintessential film to watch before taking your teens RVing. It combines Robin Williams’ witty humor with a story that leaves you laughing in your captain’s chair. Bob (Williams) is frustrated with media overload and lack of face-to-face communication. So he takes his family on an RV trip that should bring everyone closer together. Sound like your family? Maybe an RV road trip is what you need to unplug. Robin Williams, Jojo Levesque, Josh Hutcherson, and Cheryl Hines star in this family-friendly comedy. This film’s charm is best summed up in scenes packed with hilarious physical comedy, like Williams running over mailboxes and chasing a raccoon from the vehicle.

 

Do you have a funny RV movie not mentioned here?  Leave it in the comments.

 

Need a Reservation? Click here!

Are You One Of Thousands of RV-Dwellers That Work on the Road?

For such workers, living in an RV is better than staying in a hotel or renting a place when away from home for months on a construction project.

Are you coming to the Houston area to work on a construction project and need a place to park your RV? Make a reservation today!

 

Here’s an article about RV-Dwellers traveling in an RV to work different construction jobs:

Pleasant smells wafted from the little kitchen inside Brett and April Denson’s Open Range recreation vehicle parked in the Cozy Acres Campground in Virginia’s Powhatan County.

Brett, a boilermaker by trade, had come in for the evening from his job on a crew building a storage tank for a Virginia client of Fisher Tank Co., his Lexington, S.C.-based employer.

April was preparing dinner while he relaxed and played with their dogs. They had been in Virginia for 2 ½ months, and his job was nearly done.

A couple of days later, having received his next job assignment from the foreman at Fisher Tank, the Densons battened down their belongings, dismantled the satellite dish, hitched the RV to their truck and headed off to Lawrence, Kan., according to the Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch.

Brett Denson, 43, has been traveling around the country building storage tanks since he was 19, part of the time alone, other times with his wife, also 43, and their three children.

Their children are now adults — and living in the family home in Kentucky — so the Densons travel fulltime together.

“I guess it’s because it pays good,” explained Brett Denson about his career, while noting that using the RV beats staying at motels. “I don’t know how to do anything else. I took spells where I wanted to get a job at home, but I got over it.”

While some people use their RVs to chase work while seeing America, others simply live in their RVs and commute to their regular job. Some travel from place to place trading their work for a free campsite. But how many there are is anyone’s guess.

Anywhere from 25,000 to 250,000 working Americans travel around in RVs, motoring from state to state and job to job to earn a paycheck, according to Arkansas-based Workamper News, a website that caters to RV migrants.

“We definitely know that work camping is alive, well and growing in numbers,” Workamper News owner Steve Anderson said. “I know that because our subscriber base continues to grow.”

The biggest national RV trade organization, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) in Reston, Va., does not keep statistics on RV owners who travel from job to job. Spokesman Kevin Broom estimated that 400,000-800,000 people live full time on the road in an RV. “Many are also working,” he said.

Jean Daniels, who owns Cozy Acres with her husband, Larry, said RV workers are frequent residents there.

“They stay here until the job is completed and then they move on to the next job,” she said. “We had somebody building a Joseph A Bank Clothier store and one of the guys here is doing something with that American Family Fitness facility. . . . When they built [state] Route 288, a lot of the foremen on that job stayed here.

“There’s always people working in the area,” she said. “They don’t want to stay in a hotel. They have figured out that they can buy an RV and have the comfort of their own place, fix their meals and watch TV.”

Sonny Allen, manager of Americamps KOA Richmond, which is near Ashland, said about 30% of the campground’s tenants are workers traveling from job to job. They have included a computer analyst who sets up computer systems for companies, a nurse working under contract to a local hospital and an employee of a tobacco company transferred here from another state.

“The people we have in here right now — some of them are pavers,” Allen said. “They go around to different places and do paving projects” such as fast-food or grocery-store parking lots.

Erik Bjorklund, a 54-year-old carpenter, lives in a 26-foot Airstream RV at Americamps. He said he is kept busy by a small clientele of doctors, lawyers and other professionals. One job performed in 1993 for a urologist led to all the work he can handle.

“I’ve never had to look for work, and I’ve never been out of work,” he said. “I hardly have a day off.”

Bjorklund decided to live in, and work from, his RV after divorcing from his wife, who got their house in Richmond. “I’ve been here since October,” he said.

Brad Herzog of California has researched and written three books based on his RV travels.

For two months every summer, Herzog travels with his wife and sons, ages 8 and 9. He blogs and researches books.

“Fifteen years ago, we didn’t have a cell phone, no e-mail, no wireless Internet,” he said. “Now, when you hit the road, you can be as connected as you want to be. I think that’s why more and more people have found that it’s pretty easy to work from the road from an RV.”

Herzog also noted the money saved by not staying in hotels, not buying restaurant meals, not renting cars and not booking flights “makes up for what we spend in gas.”

Americamps charges $33 to $53 a day for a site with water, sewer and electricity, or a weekly rate of $275. Cozy Acres has daily rates starting at $37 and monthly rates starting at $475 plus electricity. Many campgrounds offer a variety of discount plans.

The Densons note that RV living is not for everyone, and life on the road can be tough.

A lot of the reason that some jobs pay so much is because people don’t want to be gone all the time, Brett Denson said. “Some do it for a little while and quit.”

Also, “you’re away from your extended family,” April Denson said, and “you really have to not mind being in close quarters.”

But the lifestyle offers a lot of variety. It has taken the Densons to more than 40 states.

“We really like going to different places,” she said. “We always have a good time.”

“It’s better doing it when you can take your family with you, especially your wife,” Brett Denson said. “It’s more like a regular life.”

 

 

Article courtesy: http://www.rvbusiness.com/2010/06/many-americans-work-on-the-road-in-their-rv/

5 FREE Family-Friendly Spring Break Attractions

Spring Break is just around the corner.  Do you have any plans for the kids or entire family yet?    And if you are like many people, your budget still might be tight from the holidays but you still want to get out and enjoy the weather.

Fortunately, for locals and visitors alike, several of Houston’s most memorable attractions won’t break the bank, in fact they won’t even cost a dime.

5 FREE Family-Friendly Spring Break Attractions

  1.  Tucked on the west side of Memorial park is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, a 155-acre nature sanctuary that educates visitors on how to protect native plants and animals in the city.  Walk the center’s five miles of trails and visit the sanctuary’s interactive exhibits free of charge. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
  2. Set sail on a free, 90-minute boat tour of the Port of Houston.  While on board the 90-passenger boat, you’ll learn about the history of the seaport and be able to watch ocean freighters and barges navigate the 50-mile channel.  The tour is free, but reservations are required.
  3. Witness 250,000 bats emerge at dusk from under the Waugh Drive Bridge, located over Buffalo Bayou between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive.
  4. Miller Outdoor Theatre might be one of the best reasons to visit (and live in!) Houston.  Open from March through November, the venue hosts a range of performances including classical music, ballet, dance, film, Shakespeare and more.  The theater, set inside Hermann Park, also allows patrons to BYOB (no glass containers, please!), so pack a picnic and settle in for the show.
  5. Open and free to the public, the Moody Center is dedicated to trans-disciplinary collaboration in the arts, sciences and humanities, and establishes a new arts district on the campus as it stands close by the distinguished Shepherd School of Music and the permanent James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. The $30 million, 50,000-square-foot center serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists.

 

Maybe you are not one of the ones with a tight budget and have a few dollars to spend.  If that’s the case, here are some local destinations that come with a reasonable cost.

5 More Fun Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations That Cost

    • Moody Gardens: On top of Moody Garden’s famous aquarium, rainforest and discovery pyramids, they also have an exhilarating five-tier Sky Trail Ropes Course which boasts being the tallest Steel Ropes Course on the Gulf Coast! After you conquer the ropes course, thrill seekers can boost their adventure with the Moody Gardens Zip Line that travels 60-feet above Palm Beach and the Lazy River!
    • Schlitterbahn Spring Break: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston heats up the Wasserfest section of the park to deliver the most Spring Break fun. Their indoor waterpark is awarded the Golden Ticket for World’s Best Indoor Waterpark for the last eight years in a row. Tickets are only $25.99 for adults and $20.99 for children and seniors! Schlitterbahn Spring Break will be open from March 10 to 18 with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: The beautiful landmark located at 25th & Seawall will be open from March 9 to 18, and will offer a special three-in-one deal that offers Pleasure Pier, the Kemah Boardwalk and the Downtown Aquarium in Houston for a reduced price of $89.99. This price includes unlimited access to each of these attractions throughout the entirety of spring break. Enjoy the cool Gulf breezes as you enjoy rides such as the Gulf Glider, Iron Shark and Revolution.
    • Jet Boat Thrill Ride: The entire family will enjoy the thrill and excitement of right-angle turns, accelerated speeds and “The Hamilton Spin,” a maneuver that spins the boat 360 degrees on its axis throwing a head-high wall of water into the air. Tickets are $30 and you can book online here.
    • Space Center Houston:  Experience nine days of space exploration education during Space Center Houston Spring Break – Days of Innovation March 10-18.  Discover flown spacecraft from the first and last crewed lunar landings, see and touch actual moon and Mars rocks, have Lunch with an Astronaut and explore space science through hands-on learning. With more than 400 things to see and do, Space Center Houston has something for everyone.

 

Did you know Texas 6 RV Park is located with easy access to Houston, Pearland, Sugarland , Galveston and all these Local Attractions!! Call us today to reserve a spot!  

 Request a Resevation today, Use our Contact Form or Call Us at 281-972-9223!

 

 

 

Do you have  a favorite Spring Break destination not listed?  Leave us a comment!

 

Content credit: 

https://www.visithoustontexas.com/things-to-do/attractions/free-things-to-do/
https://www.galveston.com/

Can I Take RV Tax Deductions?

Whether you like it or not, tax season is upon us.  Lucky for you, the nation’s tax deadline will be April 17 this year – so you will have two additional days to file beyond April 15. Yay!  

 

 

 

But back to the question at hand….Can I Take RV Tax Deductions?  Well….this question is actually a great question for your Tax preparer or CPA.  But if you purchased a new RV or own an RV, you might be interested in this article by Sapling about RV Tax Deductions.  If you have any additional deductions not mentioned here, leave it in the comments! Enjoy!

RV Tax Deductions   

Although most folks don’t buy an RV for the tax breaks, there are a few to be had. If your RV meets the Internal Revenue Service qualifications for a first or second home, you may deduct any mortgage interest and points you purchased to finance the RV. You may also write off the cost of RV sales tax in lieu of deducting state income tax. Taxpayers can claim both deductions on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions.

Qualified Homes

Any interest you pay financing an RV may be tax-deductible. The IRS allows taxpayers to write off interest expense on the purchase of a first or second home. The interest on the purchase of an RV, trailer, motor home or camper can be deducted if it meets the definition of a qualified home. If it has a place to sleep, cooking facilities and toilet facilities, it qualifies as a home.

Deducing Interest

The loan origination fee, any discount points and subsequent interest payments on qualifying RVs are all tax-deductible expenses. Your lender should send you a Form 1098 each year detailing the amount of tax-deductible interest payments you made during the year. If you did not receive one, call your lender to request either a Form 1098 or an amortized list of payments that break out interest. Itemize interest and points on lines 10 and 11 of “Interest You Paid” on Schedule A.

Sales Tax Paid

If you purchased your RV outright, you’ll have the opportunity to claim a deduction for the sales tax you paid on it. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct either state and local income tax or state and local sales taxes. If you live in a state that doesn’t levy income taxes, it’s a no-brainer to claim the sales tax deduction. If you do pay state income taxes, you should compare the amount you paid in state income tax to the amount you paid in sales tax and choose the larger of the two.

Deducting Sales Tax

Add up all the sales tax payments that you have documentation and receipts for. It can be a time-consuming task, so use bank statements and credit card statements to help you identify purchases. Record sales tax as an itemized deduction on Schedule A. Under item 5 in “Taxes You Paid,” mark box B and record your total general sales tax payments.

Tips for a Safe and Healthy New Year’s Eve

Whether it is staying home and watching Dick Clark’s New Year Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest or going out in your swankiest attire to ring in the new year with friends…we want to make sure you stay safe and healthy while doing so.  We found these helpful tips by The Huffington Post (original article: http://bit.ly/2AqHCaQ):

New Year’s Eve: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday

New Year’s season is one of the most fun and joyous holidays of the year. However, did you know that it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year? It is estimated that during Christmas and New Year’s season, almost 95 million Americans will be on the road traveling to visit family and friends. People are much more likely to drink and drive around Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday of the year. Almost half of all car accidents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to drinking and driving.

When planning New Year’s Eve, the majority of people aim to celebrate as best they can and create one of the most memorable nights of the year. This often involves lots of alcohol. While it is hoped that most make responsible plans, many often do not. By not ensuring the safety of yourself and others around you during this night, you put yourself at a higher risk of the biggest dangers surrounding this holiday. Make sure you take the proper precautions to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of those around you. Here’s what you should know to avoid some of the biggest dangers and to stay safe and healthy during the New Year’s season:

Don’t drink and drive

Jan. 1 is the No. 1 day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data. Between 2007 and 2011, alcohol accounted for 42 percent of all traffic deaths during the holiday. The more alcohol we consume, the slower the activity of the brain, heart and lungs. Before you celebrate, plan ahead. Aim to have a designated driver, or at least to take a cab or an Uber. Beware of other drunk drivers as they are probably more of a worry than yourself. And as always, wear your seatbelt!

If you will be drinking, pace yourself

What many people don’t realize when drinking is that our bodies absorb alcohol faster than we metabolize it. Therefore, the faster we drink, the more time the toxins from the alcohol spend in our bodies. As a result, we have harsher hangovers. Aim to drink no more than one drink per hour. Our livers metabolize about one alcoholic drink per hour. Know the difference in the amounts of the types of alcoholic drinks you are consuming, and that one beer does not equal six shots (12 oz. beer = 4-5 oz. of wine = 1.5 oz. of hard liquor). When drinking, sip slowly. Melted ice will dilute drink, so order drinks on-the-rocks. Add more club soda or tonic water to your drinks than alcohol.

Know what to mix, and what not to mix

Make sure to stick with the same drink all night. While it is a myth that mixing drinks causes greater intoxication, is remains true that it can often makes people sick and experience worse hangovers. To avoid this, choose light liquors such as vodka. Dark liquors have a higher concentration of toxins which make hangovers more severe. Instead of mixing with soda, use non-carbonated fruit juice or water instead. Carbonated mixers speed up the rate of absorption in the blood. Avoid diet mixers such as Diet Coke. With less sugar and calories, the alcohol goes directly into your bloodstream.

Alternate alcoholic drinks with water

Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that the more you drink, the more you have to urinate. More frequent urination leads to dehydration. Dehydration causes hangover symptoms such as headaches and dizziness. Aim to drink at least one large glass of water before and in between drinking alcoholic beverages. You should drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. This will also keep you from getting too drunk.

Eat before you drink, and snack while you drink

Never drink on an empty stomach. Make sure to eat a full meal before drinking, and continue snacking while drinking. Eating while drinking will slow down the absorption of alcohol in the digestive track. This gives the alcohol more time to metabolize in the body. Aim to eat foods high in protein such as cheese, meat, and nuts. Fatty carbs work well too, however these are not as healthy.

Myth: Coffee sobers you up

Many people believe that coffee sobers you up in that the caffeine will speed up alcohol’s metabolism. As a result, many think it is helpful to drink a quick cup of coffee before hitting the road. However, this is a MYTH. Coffee may help you wake up a bit, but will not sober you up. The only cure for being drunk is time. If you need to get home and don’t have time to wait, get a ride from a sober driver or call a cab. You don’t want to risk getting into an accident and hurting yourself, or someone else.

 

If you are staying at our Park, make sure you are aware of our Rules & Regulations on

 ALCOHOL, SMOKING, DRUGS AND FIREARMS 

 

If you are looking for a place to celebrate New Year’s in the Pearland, Alvin, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Houston area, check out these events:

Houston area New Year’s Eve events 2016-2017

 

Have a safe & Happy New Year!!

Texas 6 RV Park

4 Easy Tips For Parking Your RV

So now you’ve got your brand new 30-foot long fifth-wheeler or even longer motorhome and are ready to set out on the open highway.  You’ve picked out your destination RV Park and just arrived at the RV Park….but wait….how do you park your new RV????

With many campsites designed to accommodate smaller vehicles, easing your 30-foot long fifth-wheeler or even longer motorhome into some spots can be a challenge.  At Texas 6 RV Park, we have available Back-In spaces and Pull-Through spaces.  (Check out  our daily, weekly and monthly rates)

That’s why it’s important to know these 4 easy tips for parking your RV:
  1. Verify that your RV can get to the RV Park. While the roads in most RV Parks are easy to navigate, there are still some that could be difficult to access due to sharp turns and tight squeezes around big rocks and trees. Be sure to check the RV Park’s website for any caution notices to warn of longer rigs.  Of course if you have concerns, you can always contact the RV Park directly to check.
  2. Make sure your RV will fit the park. Most RV Parks in Texas and other states websites provide details for each site, including its length. Check that the spot you’ve selected will accommodate both your tow vehicle and your trailer or your motorhome, without sticking out into the road.
  3. Check the RV Park before you pull in. If you can do so without blocking others, get out and take a look at the spot. Look for any objects or areas that might pose any hazards, such as, low hanging branches, posts, and power and water hookups. You’ll also want to keep these same objects can prevent you from extending your slide outs, so make sure the coast is clear!
  4. Have a friend guide you in. No matter how skilled you think you are at backing into parking spots, things will go a lot smoother with extra eyes watching. There’s nothing worse than the crunch of an RV bumper hitting a picnic table or something worse. Your friend can also make sure you are in straight and that you’re completely out of the road.
And that’s how to park your RV! Your RV is now safely in the RV Park and ready to enjoy!
Happy RVing!
Texas 6 RV Park

5 Actions You Can Take To Help Safeguard Your Identity While RVing

Identity thieves don’t take a vacation when you go RVing. In fact, 30 percent of Americans have either been the victims of identity theft while traveling, or know someone who has, according to a 2014 survey conducted by Edelman Berland on behalf of Experian’s ProtectMyID®.

Crooks have no trouble hitting a moving target. That’s why it’s important to take steps to protect your identity as you prepare for your trip, and also while you’re traveling. Here are five actions you can take to help safeguard your identity.

1. Plan Your Trip Carefully

When you are out and about on vacation, carefully plan where you’ll go and the sights you’ll see. Investigate the companies you’ll be traveling with and learn the names of reputable taxi companies and transportation providers at your destination.

2. Back Up Important Documents

Before you leave home, make copies of your driver’s license, passport, credit cards, and any other vital documents, and carry them with you. When you leave your hotel room, lock the copies in the hotel safe. If your wallet or purse gets lost or stolen while you’re out sightseeing, you’ll have the backups safely stored at the hotel.

3. Travel Light

The more you take with you, the more you have to lose. Carry only the essentials, such as your driver’s license, passport, credit card, and health insurance card. Leave everything else securely stored at home, including your Social Security card, extra credit cards, and other forms of identification.

4. Prep Your Home

Criminals who break into your home now can do worse than simply take your belongings. They also can steal your identity if they find documents or electronic items that contain sensitive information. Take steps to ensure it looks like you’re still at home. Put lights on a timer so they switch on automatically when it gets dark. Put a hold on all mail and newspaper delivery. Ask a trusted friend to water outside plants or bring trash cans off the street so your home looks lived in. Secure important documents in a lockbox inside the house. Finally, turn off your home Wi-Fi network so no one can access your home systems while you’re away.

5. Stay Alert for Identity Theft Situations

Of course you want to have fun and relax while RVing, but always be aware of your surroundings as you sightsee or pass through busy areas; thieves can pick your pocket and then use the information they find to commit identity theft. Also, stay alert to scams — the “taxi” driver in an unmarked car who promises entry to a popular attraction at half the price or without a wait, or a RV Park Host who wants to keep your credit card for the duration of your stay.

If you suspect your identity may have been compromised while traveling, check your credit report for signs, such as new credit accounts you didn’t open. When you return home, you also should review all your credit card and financial accounts to determine if there are any unauthorized transactions. Contact your bank or credit card company immediately if you see any activity you don’t recognize.

With a few simple steps, you’ll have peace of mind during your next RV vacation.

Safe travels!

The Staff at Texas 6 RV Park

Texas 6 RV park is dedicated to providing small town hospitality and feel, with the big city amenities.

To book your spot with us, go to http://e7b.e51.myftpupload.com/contact-us/ or call us at 281-972-9223.

29 Reasons Why Living In An RV Is Better Than Living In A Traditional Home.

(Blog credit: http://bit.ly/2w8N1Fg)

Here are 29 reasons from RV bloggers Heath and Alyssa (www.heathandalyssa.com) why living in an RV is better than living in a traditional home. One reason for every foot of their awesome RV named “Franklin”.  Enjoy!

1. Our RV has taken us to 49 states across America. My childhood home didn’t have wheels. Deal breaker.

RVing through the redwoods in California

2. Franklin likes to boast breathtaking views out of his window. In a normal home some of these views would run you a million dollars.

view from our RV at Yellowstone Lake

3. RVing across the country makes you not take normal things for granted (i.e good wifi, nice showers, and a dishwasher). I miss the days where streaming Netflix was almost thoughtless. Now we measure RV park wifi based on whether or not we can watch Daredevil.

4. I can drive to a destination and cook a Totinos pizza at the same time. Heck, Alyssa can cook most of our meals while the RV is driving.

5. We aren’t being crushed under a giant mortgage. Our home is paid off.

6. Living in a small space during our first year of marriage forces us to learn how to resolve conflicts, like the massive blow-out fight over the GPS while driving in downtown Albuquerque, NM.

fighting over the GPS while driving in Albuquerque
Fighting over the GPS while driving in Albuquerque

7. The RV lifestyle promotes being outdoors where as having a big house promotes sitting on the couch, binge-watching Netflix.

kayaking in the tetons
Kayaking in the Tetons on our inflatable Challenger Kayaks.

8. Our RV pays for itself in one year. What we paid for our RV ($11,500) is the equivalent to approximately one year of rent in Austin, Texas (and equivalent to way less than a full year of rent in most other cities across the country!).

9. We have no utility bills.

10. RVing is like speed dating for friendships. Invite someone over for a cup of coffee and see how long you can stand being with them in a small space.1

happy campers
When we gave Snagajob’s company a tour of our RV. Pretty sure we broke some fire code violations.

11. An RV teaches you to be clean. One dish left out is no big deal in a large house, but in a 29 foot RV it’s basically going to make the whole place feel like a mess. Clean that up!

The remodel of our RV
Franklin after we gave him a massive renovation!

12. I can pee without having to make a pit stop. Maybe this is a guy thing, but I think it’s cool.

13. You can decorate for the holidays on a ridiculously cheap budget. We skipped Halloween, spent $15 at Walmart and Franklin is decked out for Christmas.

How to make a fake fireplace: Go to Youtube, type in fireplace. You're welcome.
How to make a fake fireplace: Go to Youtube, type in fireplace. You’re welcome.

14. It takes five minutes to clean the entire house. Six minutes if you vacuum.

15. When you cook bacon, the whole RV smells like heaven.

Cooking in the RV

16. RVing is a great conversation starter. No one cares that you own a house. Everyone lives in a house, but everyone we meet asks to tour our RV.

17. When you want to move, instead of hiring a moving company you just pull in the awning and unhook from electricity. Plus, you can move every day. Don’t like the weather? Tired of the mountains? Want to live beachfront for the summer? NBD. You can live literally anywhere.

Biking through La Veta, Colorado
Biking through La Veta, Colorado

18. It’s perfectly acceptable to constantly eat s’mores, popsicles, and hot dogs whenever you like.

19. You can travel full-time and still make money. Here’s a breakdown of how much money (and how) we made while RVing in 2015.

bow falls, banff, alberta, canada
Sunset hiking around Banff with my bride. Pictured: Bow Falls

20. You can only be a hoarder for so long, because you literally don’t have the space to accumulate stuff. You’ll never own anything that isn’t essential.

21. It allows you to be somewhat nomadic and embrace a lifestyle of whimsy. You can take your RV anywhere in the world. (And yes, we have met people who ferried over RVs from Europe, where RVing is also popular.)

Exploring the Alaskan Highway
Exploring the Alaskan Highway.

22. RVing can help you eat healthier. In my former life I spent $300/month eating out. Now since we travel with our kitchen we (as a couple) only spend $50/month eating out. Plus I don’t eat McDonalds and all that junk anymore. (This may mostly be a side effect of marriage).

23. If you want to sell the RV you just post it on Craigslist, instead of hiring a realtor. (Except why would you sell this thing? It’s awesome!)

Update: We totally did sell Franklin! But, no sadness here. We upgraded to a 2016 Winnebago, check it out!2

24. When you watch the Walking Dead in the middle of the woods, it’s so much more intense.

25. You aren’t homesick when you’re away from your home town. Home is where you are.

26. Whenever you want to remodel your house, it only takes one can of paint to change the entire feel of your home

RV remodel

27. The RV lifestyle reinforces not living a “comfortable life.” Things are always breaking, life is hectic, and really difficult to make plans. It helps you grow as a person (like when the slides on your RV won’t let you reach all of your underwear or the tow car nearly crushes you to death, true story).

living in a RV
TBT to that time I had to change out our dump hose (sewage)

28. RVing teaches you to fix things. I hoped I was going to be rich enough to pay a mechanic all the time. That strategy hasn’t worked out for me yet, so now I know how to flush my radiator, fix my generator, check gauges, and a lot of other manly stuff I couldn’t do before. I even recently outfitted our Honda CR-V for proper towing, Dad would be proud.

29. It teaches you to value experiences over belongings, and relationships over work. At the core of it, this is what our lifestyle is truly about.

Breaking our first martial arts boards and seeing the Grand Canyon all in one day.
Breaking our first martial arts boards and seeing the Grand Canyon all in one day.

Several years  ago I remember listening to Dave Ramsey talk about how one couple moved into a trailer after getting married so they could save money and pay off debt before buying a home. I remember thinking to myself, “That seems cool and everything- but I would never live in a RV. I’m better than that.”

Those were my exact thoughts. I wanted the comfort of a home, security, and consistent income. To live in an RV I might be thought of as “less”, or people might judge me.

However, somehow I landed an amazing wife who challenged me to dream big and to not worry about what other people think. Awhile back we faced a decision to either stay in Austin with our jobs and save up, or buy an RV and hit the road. We decided to choose adventure instead of comfort, and it’s made all the difference in the world.

I wish I could tell you there weren’t any times where I was scared or unsure about our situation. I’ve doubted myself quite a bit actually. But looking back over the last six months I’ve grown more as a person than I could have ever imagined.

All in all, I stand by all of my beliefs in choosing the RV lifestyle over buying a traditional home. Does that mean we’ll never settle down and buy a house? Not at all, but for this period of my life, it was the best decision we could have ever made.