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RV Living: California Coast Has Plenty of Paid and Free Parking

Ocean, breeze, no crowd…what more can you ask for?

The best part about RV living between San Diego and Los Angeles is that there are plenty of beaches to park. The only thing that’s a bit annoying (besides gas prices) is that there are virtually no truck stops on Interstate 5 or the Pacific Coast Highway in this area. That makes it difficult to empty black and grey water, along with refilling fresh water tanks. Truck stops are also great overnight parking spots that are easy to navigate in a large vehicle.

There are obvious conveniences that RVs offer that vans and Class B’s do not. But the one thing you have to get used to is not being able to just park where ever. A lot more planning and logistics are necessary with an RV, particularly those over 35 feet long. Many California cities have street signs everywhere saying its illegal to park vehicles 30+ feet long. Regardless, there are more than enough places to park for free. But even the paid beaches only cost between $15-$20 for 24 hours. read more

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New Refrigerator, Cooking Appliances In The Van

After replacing all four shocks and getting a transmission service, I’m ready for the 8,000+ mile round trip from San Diego to Bangor, Maine and back. It should span about the entire summer. The ARB 50-quart refrigerator is expensive (around $900) but well worth it, particularly being a highly-efficient 12-volt fridge/freezer. I also highly recommend the Max Burton Grills.

Have a great summer all!

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Emergency Comfortable Showering For Vandwellers

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SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA — When you haven’t showered in three days and you don’t feel like dealing with traffic and other Monday B.S. that comes with locating a gym to shower, this is an effective alternative.

Find a deserted spot, put on the shower shoes, two gallons of room temp water, 24 ounces of boiling water, generator for shaving/trimming tools, and shower away. Crazy the average American shower lasts eight minutes and uses 17 gallons of water, per one source. But two gallons is more than enough for your pre-wash spray down, then wash yourself with whatever you use (I’m a body wash guy), and use the remaining water to rinse. read more

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