Monday, December 26, 2016

Discipline



Disciplines Needed For
Successful RVing Life


7:30 am - My years of living a nomadic RV life, has shown that discipline is a vital characteristic in order to do it successfully. I've limited this Blog post to a nomadic RV life. This would also be the same for an RVer who did not travel and lived in one area. But away from RV parks!

I've separated this Blog post into two parts:
  1. RV Park Camping
  2. Away from RV Park Camping
The reason for this separation is that RV Park Camping is very similar to living in a brick and mortar home.

Disciplines needed:
  • Daily cleaning of RV interior [floor, walls, kitchen, toilet, shower]
  • Personal hygiene [teeth, body, hair]
  • Food - Nutritious diet
  • Medical - Staying up to date with doctor visits
  • Maintenance of tow vehicle and exterior of RV [or Motorhome]
  • Restore Order [Put all stuff back in its place]
  • Monetary Discretion

Note: I'm seeking comments from Readers who are RVers. Agree/disagree? Any additional disciplines?

8:30am - Morning stuff
  • Grocery shopping [We need breakfast items]
  • Shipping solar panel back to Amazon
  • 24 Hour Fitness [Exercise, shower, soak in Spa 😎]

10am - Albertson's vs Food-For-Less
Right away as I began shopping at Albertsons, it was obvious that prices here are high. Very high!

But I continued shopping instead of going to Food-For-Less. I figured, OK! They got me this time, but there will be NO next time.

Albertsons Cost: $34.39


5:30pm - Scampy Team Stealth Camped
We are making our Camp near where we used to live. Guava Gardens Apartments. Check out our location map below.

We accomplished a good amount of stuff today:
  • Shipped the huge solar panel that we are returning via Post Office
  • Got labels for shipping the other stuff we are returning. But UPS store was closed today. We'll send those things off tomorrow [After golf]
  • Bought a loaf of Jewish Rye for making sandwiches. Ate a peanut butter and jam sandwich
  • Bought a zucchini squash for the vegetable to go with tonite's supper
  • Repaired our Samlex Inverter which stopped working. A little while ago an overload button was noticed. When that button was depressed, the Samlex began working again! Isn't that a very good thing?? 😀
  • Never got to 24 Hour Fitness. Ran out of daylite!

10pm - Tonite's movie
Another really good movie. "Cast Away," starring Tom Hanks.




Elevation: 551 feet



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19 comments:

  1. I would agree with you. While staying at an RV Park the last two months to be with family during the holidays, I also use the time for maintenance that's easier to do while plugged in to utilities. Like flushing water heater and sanitizing fresh water tank. Giving the waste tanks a thorough flushing out. January 1st I'm back on the road again, moving every week or two. I highly agree on comments you made about daily chores. Our moving homes get dusty and dirty faster than sticks and bricks. A place for everything and everything in its place.

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    1. Keeping moving to stay young. Move it or lose it!

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    2. Hi Gary,

      Thank you sooooo much for your feedback on my 7:30am Blog post today!

      And also, your comment:
      Keeping moving to stay young. Move it or lose it!

      I will!


      Tioga George


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  2. Geez, that sounds pretty expensive for that much food! Nothing there looks like a high-priced item. Yes, Food For Less next time, for sure!

    And I would add Exercise of some kind, probably walking or hiking for most of us. Your 240Hour Fitness works for that. AND - I like to do things from time to time for my mental health. Learning new things, etc. Keep the brain sharp. That's a good list for new full-time RVers. :)

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      Yes on your opinion of Albertsons food prices. It may be that some grocery chains charge what the surrounding community will bear.

      Von's is like that. But Food-For-Less seems to be consistent in their low prices.

      You may have read some of my Blogging about 24-Hour Fitness:
      * Locker room and showers are very good.
      * Exercise equipment - exceptional.
      * Spa (hot tub) is sooooo great! Love it! 😎

      Tioga George


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  3. Oops - 24 Hour Fitness, LOL

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    1. When I make a typo, I am able to correct it. After publishing!

      Readers cannot edit their published comments.

      Tioga George


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  4. I would add "Monetary Discretion" to your list of disciplines needed.

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    1. Hi Scott,

      "Monetary Discretion"

      Very good! I just added that.

      Tioga George

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  5. I'm still in learning mode until this time next year. I have always grocery shopped for the cupboard and know this will probably have to be curtailed due to space and weight limitations. My fear is that price swing as we travel will really wreak havoc with my attempts to budget. Thanks for all the good data here!

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    1. Hi Scoobie,

      I am guessing that you are retiring from your work this time next year? Big RVing adventure for you ahead!

      When you become an RVer, your biggest challenge with budgeting should be gasoline.

      However, if you adopt:
      "Only travel daily within the amount of your gasoline budget"

      ..... you should be fine!

      Tioga George


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  6. George, What was the breakdown of those groceries? We could go to Whole Foods and spend less for what you got. Probably get a yummy cake, too. The nickname for Whole Foods is Whole Paycheck.

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    1. Hi nD,

      Sorry, no breakdown.

      Thanks for your supportive comment! 😎

      Tioga George

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  7. Yes, Albertson's is VERY expensive. We have at least six major chain stores within 2 miles of us. I could guarantee that of them all, Albertson's is the most expensive. Incredible the price you paid for so few items.

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    1. Hi Rose,

      Yes! Albertsons has really high prices!!

      I promised myself to NEVER shop at Albertsons ever again!

      Tioga George

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  8. I agree on the discipline. Small spaces require constant vigilance in keeping things in their place. Second is to eliminate what you don´t need and never accumulate junk and travel brochures. Everything is on line.

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    1. Hi LBM,

      Sounds as though you and I are on the same page!

      BTW, when MsTioga died in 2014, I was in no condition for several weeks to get all the stuff that was inside her. That stuff represented my lifetime. I walked away from all that. Never retrieved it.

      I believe that this was the right decision for me. All of that stuff is still in my brain. I am able to visit everything. But, I don't have to haul all of that around anymore.

      Eventually, when an individual passes on, all of their stuff is taken care of, one way or the other. For me, all of my stuff was taken care of during my lifetime.

      Tioga George


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  9. We generally shop at Walmart. Prices are lower, however we eat a plant based diet so we go somewhere else for produce. When in Arizona there are many inexpensive Mexican based grocery stores. A treasure trove for Produce. In San Diego, we are using Vons for produce. Their prices are good and quality is superior. I limit my shopping there to produce however.
    In the short time we've been here,I've seen many "Stealth campers" it seems that the streets are just littered with these older run down RVs. This is the first city we have been I've noticed this problem. Just in the Pacific Beach neighborhood I saw dozens of these vehicles. I realize these people are just trying to get by everyday, but I also can see now the need for all the overnight parking laws.The whole coastline of California is pricing out many who once could live there.
    Quite frankly, I feel the parking laws in place now are very liberal. At any one time in Mission Beach there are 10-20 RVs parked in the parks parking lots.
    Most of these vehicles are run down. In fact,most of them would not be allowed in the RV parks.
    I do understand your motivation to "stealth park" but you have the discipline to do whats necessary to be a RVer.

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  10. Hi David,

    You know something weird? I know about the Wal*Mart Grocery. Used to shop there when I lived in La Mesa. But Wal*Mart did not cross my mind today!

    I went to Albertsons because I asked Google, "Directions to grocery markets near me." Google replied with: Albertsons and Vons [both high priced stores].

    The Wal*Mart Grocery was only about 1/2 mile from Albertsons. Probably cost me at least $10 in the price difference.

    Camping in the streets
    I have a different answer to anti-RV parking laws. Communities should address proliferation of RVs camping on the streets by providing free RV parking zones. For example, a big lot for RVs to stay the nite. [There is a community in the Sierras that does this. And it is successful without harrasing poor RVers.]

    Here in the United States, the reaction of residents toward strangers in a neighborhood, boils and simmers into hostility.

    This is NOT the case in Mexico. Where strangers are welcomed. [ie: Bien venidos amigos]

    My motivation to Stealth Camp comes from my need for free camping during the several years after I began to RV. I do not need free camping now. I could afford to stay in an RV Park. But I prefer Stealth Street Camping. I enjoy it!

    In addition, I believe that the streets are NOT property to be controlled against the welfare of a group of poor people. There is a feeling by residents here in the USA that:
    "The streets of the community where I live are my property. Kick the poor, the needy, the downtrodden in the ass! Jail them! Hound them. Get the police after them. Get these strangers away from me!

    I am opposed to all of that crap!

    Tioga George


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