How an Article on Renting an RV Led to a Psychology Session

Chris Moller is a camping enthusiast born in Switzerland and the founder of Campanda, a web-based company that matches unused RVs with RV renters worldwide. Anyone, from an RV dealer to an RV owner, can apply to list their RV for rent on the Campanda website. Owners that use their RV only part of the year can list it with Campanda, set their own terms and prices, and make money with the RV instead of just parking it. Learn more here.

If renting out your RV is not for you, you may still enjoy Campanda Magazine. The magazine is how we found out about Campanda’s RV rentals in the first place!

One particular Campanda Magazine article is entitled, “The sofa made me do it.” Who could resist reading more? The author, Camille Attell, writes with candor and humor about, after 20 years in the corporate world, leaving everything behind to live, work, and travel in an RV. Enjoy Camille’s article here.

Camille hard at work.

If you liked Camille’s writing style, you’re in luck. Camille has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and change management, so knows something about transformation in life. According to Camille, if you’re anxious, you’re normal. She write to help prepare RVers for the emotional challenges of full-time RV living at More Than A Wheelin’.

RV Lifestyle is About Choices

The choices to keep the comforts of a brick-and-mortar home and add an RV for long road trips, or to sell your home and go full-time with the RV lifestyle can be daunting. 

For some, it comes down to cost. For many, it comes down to the thrill of adventure. For both, there’s the aspect of simply choosing freedom.

Here are some thoughts on going full-time.

Choose the right RV

Whether you are looking for adventure on the road, or parking seasonally in climates that suit your style, you want to choose the right RV at the beginning. There’s money to be saved with a used RV, but if you choose a preowned RV be sure you have inspected by an independent RV inspector. Weight the cost of a new more efficient RV with lower operating costs vs. a pre-owned RV that’s less efficient and likely to need ongoing repairs. 

Choose the right RV Park

Boondocking in public spaces like Walmart parking lots or public lands will save money when you are on the road, but when choosing to put down roots in a RV Park, look for one with one-site management, great laundry facilities, convenience to shopping and medical care, and appropriate lots with space for patios and slides.

There are many choices, more than we can mention here. But isn’t that what the lifestyle is about anyway? The choice to keep life simple, affordable, and flexible. We’ve often heard that RVers believe that life is the journey, not the destination. 

We’d love to hear about the choices you think are important and why. Visit our Facebook page.

Our Pick for The Best Blog on RV’ing

A recent article on TripSavvy about the five best RV blogs to follow caught our attention. So we dived right in to discover which blogs we thought our fans would enjoy. Hours and many pages later, we found ourselves still on the first listing: Love Your RV hosted by a Canadian named Ray.

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LoveYourRV! site screenshot

Ray and his wife Anne have been a full-timers for seven years and have logged over 60,000 miles from their home base in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. His monthly blog has 6 sections: Tips & Tricks, Mods & Upgrades, Product Reviews, RV Travel, Boondocking, and of course, About Us. 

Ray offers a free eBook, Tips to the RV Life, as a gift when you sign up. We did! The eBook is beautifully done, well written, and packed with great photos and super useful articles, tips, and suggestions. Fifth Wheel owners will want to read the eBook article on 5th wheel maintenance. Every article was well organized, full of great stuff, and worth reading. 

The home page has a link to an Amazon shopping page that could save time if you’re looking to buy outdoor furniture, sanitation supplies, lighting, and a host of RV wants and needs.

The blog has over 400 posts, so you’ll want to bookmark their site for hours and hours of good reading. In fact, they’ve recently launched a sister site to LoveYourRV.com called RVHappyHour.com, a social community where RVers can meet and mingle online. He calls it a “virtual happy hour”—sort of a sit-around-the-campfire-with-new-friends-and-share -experiences-to-help-each-other-out kind of blog.

Ray comments how social the RV lifestyle is and says that he’s made more friends and connections since they began their RV lives than he made in the previous 20 years. He sounds like a great guy. We checked his travelogue at travellerspoint.com and discovered he’s never stayed at Floridays RV Park. Hopefully, the next time they come through Florida they’ll look us up.

Meantime, here’s a link to their best photos taken of places they’ve visited. Enjoy!h

Let’s Go to the Show!

The Tampa Florida RV SuperShow celebrates 34 years of being one of the best RV shows in the country. Last year, over 73,000 attended. The show runs for 6 days beginning on January 15, 2019, at the Florida State Fairground in Tampa. While the first day of the show is reserved for RV businesses and companies only, the public can enjoy everything the show offers for five full days beginning on January 16. 

  • Education Seminars
  • Daily Entertainment
  • New RV Products and Accessories

Brought to you by the Florida RV Trade Association, this show attracts more than 450 vendors in the RV trade. Visitors can stroll through two huge exhibit halls full of parts and accessories and towing supplies or pick up tons of literature and information about campgrounds, RV resorts, and tourism to plan your on-the-road adventures in the coming months or years. Whether you are just dreaming about a spanking new RV, or are in the market for an upgrade to the latest in RV manufacturing and accessories, there will be everything from small travel trailers to bus conversion luxury motorhomes. 

Tampa Florida RV SuperShow

January 16 – 19,  Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
January 20, Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy 301 North, Tampa

Can’t made the Tampa SuperShow? Here’s the 2019 schedule of RV shows in Florida.

Ft. Myers RV Show

January 24 – 27, Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
January 28, Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, Ft. Myers
Details »

Jacksonville RV Mega Show

February 7 – 10, Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
Details »

West Palm Beach RV Show

February 21 – 24, Monday – Thursday (see details for times)
South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL
Details »

Ocala RV Show

February 28 – March 3, Florida Horse Park, 11008 County Road 475, Ocala, FL
Details »


Campground Tips

recreational-vehicleRVing and camping in general should be relaxing. In fact, many of the rules that Floridays has posted are intended for just that purpose—to promote harmony and understanding. We’re always happy to enhance your stay, and in that vein we found an article that promotes just that.

As Carrie Todd writes in her article, “Top Campground Tips: What to Do and Not Do”…

Rights and responsibilities, privileges and politeness—it seems more difficult than ever for people to get along with each other. This has even become evident when staying in RV parks, where you can often pick your site, but you can’t always pick your neighbors. Although most campgrounds have posted courtesy signs and a set of easy-to-follow rules, there are many aspects that are left up to “common sense” and interpretation, and oftentimes, people just don’t know what to do.

The article (see the full article here) explores Do’s and Don’ts from both safety and etiquette perspectives. Reviewing these should lead to a more pleasant experience, whether here in South Florida or at your favorite spot.