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DangRV – RVQuartzsite Drone

DangRv - RVQuartzsite Drone and now have their own drone! Yep, spotted it in a store in the mall while on vacation and just had to have one. It’s a made in China (as most are) quad copter but the quality is quite decent. It has colorful LEDs that light up, 4 axis controls, rechargeable battery, and a tiny camera which takes pretty decent video and still shots. It came with a charger, extra blades, a 2 gig Micro SDHC storage card, and a USB dongle to directly download video from the card to a computer.

Buying it was interesting. As usual, I got the woman’s run around with the salesman asking me if I intended to fly it myself, had I ever flown one before, and did I have a man to fly it for me. Aargh! I get that same nonsense at Radio Shacks, hardware stores, and auto parts stores. To dissuade me from buying it, he had me try to fly one around his tiny store with a male customer close by to try to avoid hitting. While I got the picture that flying it would take a lot of practice, he did not stop me from getting it. The cost was just over $100 and well worth it I figured if I could get even a couple of nice aerial shots for my blogs. One thing I discovered is it crashes well. The body took quite a lickin’ but kept on… well you know.

It is going to take some time but I have learned quite a lot about flying it already. I now know that right and left are relative to the nose and which way it is pointing. I’ll need to perfect the hovering maneuver so it doesn’t fly away and so I can get those shots I want. The distance it can travel away from the controller is not very far (though far enough to get high in the sky) so hovering will help. I think I’ll be ready when I can fly and control it inside my RV. Ah yes, grasshopper.

Looking forward to some great pics and videos to post on my websites for you all. Here’s a a little taste for you.

View of drone and Big Tent in Quartzsite, AZAerial view of campsite on BLM

I think my drone needs a name. Any suggestions?

55+ Parks Not Necessarily 55+

If you are traveling around the country and would like to stay at a 55+ park but are not 55 years old, do not despair. You usually can stay there! Under federal law, a park can only call itself a 55+ park if they rent no more than 20% to those under that age. Therefore, sites would normally be available for you. In my experience traveling around the country, no such park has ever even asked me my age. Many tend to follow the military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”. They don’t really want to exclude responsible adults. They do want to keep kids out. Many older people who have done their time around kids and the noise they normally make, no longer have a desire to enjoy their company full time. They are looking for peace and quiet without having to dodge young ones on bicycles, toys left in roadways, splashing in the pool, etc. This is especially true for parks that cater to monthly and yearly residents. I didn’t understand the problem when I was young and visited my grandparents in Sun City in California. They had many rules concerning children and very few places kids were allowed. Now that I am 55+ and done raising my own children, I totally get it. Don’t get me wrong, I personally like being around kids for short periods like weekly camping. While watching them play I remember fondly all the fun times I had growing up with my siblings. Being noisy and full of energy is part of what being a kid is all about! Anyway, if you see a 55+ park you would like to stay at, give it a shot but don’t mention your age unless they ask and don’t act like a misbehaved child while there or they can and will boot you out.

Goodbye Water Bottles

As a gate guard, I live in my RV out in the boonies on other people’s ranches far away from RV parks and the usual amenities such as full hookups. My guard company provides a support trailer with a huge (and rather noisy) electric generator on it to provide me with power and a 500 gallon water tank that provides non-potable water via an RV water pump inline with it. The water comes from a local well. It is labeled non-potable both because of the sediment in it and because the equipment and tanks used to haul it are not monitored or certified. In the summertime, the large black tank may also contain algae due to the unbearable Texas heat. All guards use water filters to at least clean the sediment out to use the water for showers and doing dishes. For drinking and cooking water, most use bottled water. Personally, I have gotten a little fed up with worrying about having enough water on board since I work alone with no one to run into town for more water for me. I also have some concerns about the actual quality of the bottled water I have been getting. How do we really know the water coming out of machines found at gas stations and grocery stores is clean? Are we sure those machines get regularly serviced and filters changed? One information source tells me that 40 percent of bottled water is actually just unfiltered municipal tap water we have been conned into buying. I have noticed the taste of my bottled water lately has not been very good. It has an after-taste. I could try using a different machine but I decided to give the bottles the boot and filter my own drinking water.

To start my new water filtration system, I first had to stop using the blue inline Camco cartridges which clog quickly, are rather expensive, and don’t filter as well as home filters. They work fine for weekend warriors and did make life tolerable in Ocala, Florida where the water is loaded with sulfur that stinks so bad that you don’t even want to think about washing your hands or showering with it until you get some sort of water filter installed on the line coming in. However, for less cost, I can do better.

Camco Inline Water Filter

I finally purchased a two-stage house filtering system with a 5 micron sediment filter in the first housing and a charcoal block in the second housing. The charcoal filters out chemicals and improves the taste. These housings are very easy to use and more can be strung together if you want to add a third or fourth stage such as perhaps an extra 1 micron sediment filter or a water softener. Some people sit them in a bucket or on the ground. I’m using a plastic crate to hold mine upright off the ground and provide storage for the 4 foot hose attached between it and the RV. I also made a jacket for mine out of aluminum surfaced bubble wrap used for insulating RVs. That keeps the sun and cold winds off them. Speaking of sun, both of my canisters are blue not clear. The clear ones seem nice to be able to easily see how dirty your filters are but they allow the sun in which promotes algae and bacteria growth. The clear canisters should only be used in closed environments like under the sink. To open the canisters easier when it comes time to change the filters, I also bought a wrench made just for them.

Whole House Water FiltersWater Filter Cover and Crate

With the new system installed, I have noticed an improvement in water pressure. It’s small but noticeable. It should also be filtering better. That got me better quality water in the shower, for doing dishes, and for doing my laundry. But, that still wasn’t good enough for drinking. After a lot of investigation and research, my choices for the next step came down to two choices which each are good but each have a downside. Remember, this is for an RV, not a house with lots of space and water pressure. The first and cleanest choice would by a reverse osmosis system with a UV light. That system would filter out everything including bacteria, cysts, and viruses. It’s the ultimate in filtering! Unfortunately, it tends to be very large and requires electricity. If the power goes out or I boondock, it is no better than my second choice, a ceramic filter system. Ceramics are often used to bring drinkable water to areas in third world countries and they are used by hikers to drink from lakes and streams. Ceramic filters can handle everything except viruses. Debating my choices, I decided the odds of having a virus in my water are fairly slim but the odds of having no power are pretty good. A good UV system can cost $400-$500. A ceramic filter system was less than $100. With ceramics being used so readily by hikers and in foreign lands, I decided that was the best choice for me at this time.

I would have liked to use a ceramic to filter the whole RV but ceramics as well as RO (reverse osmosis) systems tend to really lower your water pressure since they filter down to less than 1 micron. With my only pressure coming from a small RV water pump 50 feet away from my trailer, it just isn’t practical. Instead, I chose a countertop water filter housing which connects to the kitchen sink faucet with a bypass switch and has it’s own faucet. It doesn’t take up much space and the water pressure is bearable for filling a cup to drink or a pan to cook. When I do laundry which also hooks up to the kitchen faucet or do dishes, I don’t need that extra filtering so I can push the switch to bypass the filter and get more pressure. It is also nice to know I can easily move ALL my filters over to a new RV at any time.

Counter Top Ceramic FilterCounter Top Filter Faucet Hookup

With the new system installed, my water is tasting great! It definitely tastes better than the bottled water I was getting and it is safe. I am very pleased with the end results. If I choose to spend a lot of time in Mexico someday, I may reconsider the UV light system addition then. For now, this works!

John and Gary Get Me Back On The Road Again

BarHarbor043I have been gate guarding in the oil fields of Texas for nigh onto 2 years now. While not completely off the “Road” as I travel from gate to gate south of San Antonio, it is a life of many months spent in one place, usually though not always far out in the boonies away from civilization, guarding one gate 24/7, umbilical cords to a support trailer providing the necessities of life (water, electricity, refuse removal), with an occasional monthly wild ride into a town for fresh supplies for my earth ship. Entertainment is found in the beauty of nature, sunsets so red and bold as to require nightly pictures, and the occasional visits of curious animals, both wild and domestic. Of course, there is also the standard TV provided by a well-tuned satellite dish, radio stations blaring out both Country and Western when not in Spanish, and books. Lots of books.

Last night, I poked my Bluetooth headset into my right ear, threw a camper on the back of my old truck, fired it up, and headed back out on the road with a large dog of French persuasion named Charley whose command of the English language was limited to “pfft”. I drove many miles out of my way to avoid the traffic congestion of New York City, crossed through Connecticut and Vermont, enjoyed the White Mountains of New Hampshire, till at last I was back in Bangor, Maine. After a night of peaceful sleep without the constant hum of a generator in my ears or the buzz of alarms telling me another tanker truck was coming through, I spent some time in the local and profuse antique stores gawking at the many items stored in basements, attics, and barns for years as they were replaced by newer models or thrown away with chips and dents by ancestors now long dead. I was amazed by the prices even a previously 10 cent plate now fetched or attempted to fetch.

After a leisurely uninterrupted lunch and a short walk with Charley to meet and greet the nearest Maine bush, we hit the road again to find Deer Isle for the night. The lady inn owner was expecting us. As usual and despite the numerous maps onboard, I managed to get lost and pass my turnoff. I had been warned not to ask directions from locals who delighted in providing wrong directions to tourists while silently laughing there heads off inside. I tried asking a rather taciturn local officer of the law for help which led to nothing more than a nod of the head in the direction which I had come. I set off again following the nod until I found the turn I had missed and managed to navigate to the old but stately inn in the woods. The owner was a very nice woman, alone and of senior age, who greeted us with typical New England cordiality. She provided a place for us to rest and all the info needed to enjoy our stay. She introduced Charley to her cat who thoroughly detested both dogs and humans and would have been quite glad to see the whole of Maine decimated of beings save for herself and the lady. Thankfully, Charley has no interest whatsoever in cats either for speaking to or chasing. We got some dinner, introduced a tree to the unique essence that is Charley, and went blissfully off to sleep again to relieve our tired bodies and ponder our current adventure.

The next morning, I woke up alone. Charley was nowhere to be seen. He had not woken me up as usual with a “pfft” in my face. The inn and lovely woods of the island were gone. Alarms were shrieking. I could hear a generator humming in the background. Looking outside, the land was now patches of dirt and cactus. A tanker was passing by, too fast as usual. A large wide gate stared at me as if to say, “Get back to work!”. I was home again if you can call it home.  The new adventure was over, for now. I look forward to hitting the road again this evening and continuing my explorations. I secretly grin at the thought of traveling the back roads of America with a dog named Charley when I once again poke my Bluetooth headset in my right ear to let Gary Sinise and his wonderful voice read John Steinbeck’s book, “Travels With Charley”, to me again from my Kindle Fire. I read it myself as a child so many years ago and it was the catalyst in my life that led me to becoming a full-time RVer and wanderer of the country, of the planet. Till tonight…

Kindle Fire HD Review

I just got a new Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16 gig to replace my old Kindle Reader and gosh awful slow cheap tablet. I bought my Kindle Fire at Best Buy so I could try it and a full Android tablet out first. The Fire is a very good compromise between the two devices it is replacing and very fast unlike my previous tablet.

Their app store had my most important productivity apps including Evernote so no problem there. The couple they didn’t have I was able to get by going direct to the website of one to download it and the other I searched a forum and found I could get it through an alternative store at Fire has it’s own app store (which should be used rather than 1Mobile whenever possible) and does not support Google Play since it uses a modified Android operating system. Other apps I only use on my full android smartphone so no need to find and install those.

I love how tied into my Amazon account it is which the other Android tablet I looked at wouldn’t have been. It easily brought in my hundreds of eBooks. Browsing on it is a very nice experience. Playing games on it is fast and addictive. Reading email and Facebook are easier with the bigger screen than on my phone which I usually use. It only has WI-FI, not 3G or 4G, but that works for me since I use a MI-FI device. I had free WI-FI at my motel and was able to use my Prime membership to play music and stream movies for free. With only 36 channels available at the motel, it was nice to be able to watch “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” which played smoothly without a glitch. The Fire also supports Netflix, Hulu, etc. The sound on this thing when playing movies, music, or games is excellent Dolby with two stereo speakers.

It’s a bit heavy like an Ipad, more so than my other devices it is replacing. I like the standard charging port which is much better than the odd port on Ipads. X-Ray for music shows the song lyrics while playing some of my favorite songs which is certainly nice to have. I should see if it knows the words to Louie Louie LOL. It will also show extra info on movies I play.

For those of you who are sometimes visually challenged or often busy, the Kindle Fire HD has text-to-speech and audiobook support. I had it read my newspaper to me this week while I was working. Yes, you can get newspapers and magazines delivered to you anywhere on your Kindle too. Is that cool or what! It can also switch back and forth easily between text and audio without losing your place. The speech is very smooth and distinct.

I do wish it had a camera flash. The cameras are fully useful in good light and for things like Skype and other video chat. Not a deal killer for me since I usually use a good separate camera or my smartphone camera or take most of my pictures outside in daylight anyway. Still, they should consider adding it.

The battery seems to be about average. I have to charge it once or twice a day depending on how much I use it and what I do with it. They claim up to 8 hours depending on usage. It fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included. They do sell a faster 9 Watt charger. Mine seems to charge fairly fast.

I highly recommend getting a book about the device. There is no manual with it. I learned from a book some shortcuts and that it could do so much more than what I thought. A few tips I can give you: 1) It does have a caps lock mode. You have to double tap the shift key to access it and disable it. 2) Long press on keys and items to access special menus. This works especially well in the keyboard when typing to access numbers and other characters. 3) Set the rotation to NOT rotate when reading a book. It is an icon on the main navigation menu. Now you can hold your Fire any way you want without it flipping all around on you.

All in all, I am very pleased with my choice though I am still testing it and learning what more it can do. I already checked and found I can maintain my websites and post to my blogs away from home with it which is important to me. I also tested the Square credit card reader on it and found it is supported though I had to get the Square register app elsewhere rather than in the Kindle app store.

The specs:

Quad Core up to 1.5 ghz with 1 GB of RAM
HD Display (1280 x 800)
Fire OS4 (proprietary scaled down Android)
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (including support for Bluetooth keyboards)
Location-based services via Wi-Fi
Two speaker stereo Dolby sound
Front AND rear cameras
Create individual profiles for each user
Time limits app for kids
Web browsing, email, calendar, view and edit Office documents
Share movies, TV shows, etc. with your HDTV via an HDMI adapter (more $$$) or wireless
Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and Fire photos
Over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games

Many will likely prefer the newer Kindle HDX model which starts at only $20 more with a faster 2.2 gig processor, slightly better screen resolution, lighter weight, and a bit more fine adjustments. Unfortunately, it does not come with a rear facing camera which I wanted. Don’t go for anything less than 16 Gig. Despite unlimited cloud storage, memory on the device does matter. More IS better if you can afford it.

I hope this review of the Kindle Fire HD helps you. If you have never owned an eBook reader or are using one that just does books, you should check out the Kindle Fire. You may find the added functionality can really improve your life. If you travel a lot, it’s a must!

Note: I am an Amazon affiliate and use affiliate links but everything stated here is true to the best of my knowledge and own opinion at the time of this writing. Your mileage may vary depending on what you are looking for in a tablet/reader.

San Antonio Reprieve

I got a couple nights off in San Antonio last week. I had high hopes of doing a lot of tourist stuff but the rain squelched that but good. I did get a nice hot bath for the first time in many months at the motel. I like showers just fine but every now and then you just want to lay around in a bathtub. It felt especially good after I had spent the evening walking around the Riverwalk downtown in the rain for fun. It is such a lovely place to walk in any kind of weather. I started at Rivercenter Mall where I got a delicious Chinese dinner just as good as the first time I ate there years ago. There were a few late tourist boats out but headed to the barn empty. Some of the shops were still open. I scored a couple of fun items and some after-dinner ice cream. There were several others out there walking or sitting so I wasn’t the only fool who didn’t know to come in out of the rain. I had my BFF on the phone while I walked and described it to her. I don’t know if I bored her or not but she hung in there like a true BFF. At one point I managed to get lost but quickly found some signs to point me in the right direction. Watch those crossovers. The Riverwalk is like a maze. I hope you like the pictures I snapped for you.

Chicken-mushroom teriyakiRivercenter Mall and RiverwalkDowntown San Antonio

RiverwalkInside atrium fountain and streamOne of the unique Riverwalk paths

I had to go up to New Braunfels one day for a doctor’s appointment. He was ecstatic about my weight loss and a bit surprised. Heh heh. :-D After that, I did some shopping nearby since I am soooo familiar with New Braunfels now. I got my annual Texas state safety inspection done on my truck. Got some Taco Bell for lunch. Went to Harbor Freight (aaar aaar aaar!) and Best Buy.

I picked up a new Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16 gig as a replacement for both my old Kindle and my terrible, cheap tablet. So far, I’m loving it! I’ll post a review of it next.

After a quick stop the next day at another Best Buy closer to my motel for the inevitable must-haves for a new device once you decide to keep it, I headed to TGI Friday’s for lunch. I had spotted it on my truck’s GPS hallelujah! It has been years since I have tasted their delightful Jack Daniel’s sauce, to die for shrimp, or spicy mashed potato goodness. YUM! It’s good to take a break now and then from a diet and I actually didn’t put on any weight from all the eating out. Walking apparently really does work. I took my time enjoying my last meal out for awhile then hopped in the truck and hit the freeway to Pleasanton for groceries then on home to my gate and RV. The water trucks ran all night so I was back to 4-5 hours of sleep again but I have new material for my dreams at least. ;-)

Chowing down at TGI Friday's

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Effects Of A Sunny Day

Clean truckThe sun was shining and warm so I decided to put the new valve extensions on my truck tires and air them up. That put me into truck mode and got me to clean the armrests which were bugging me because they were dirty. Well, you know, cleaning a vehicle is like trying to eat only one potato chip. You just can’t stop! The clean armrests highlighted the dirty dashboard. I just HAD to clean the rest of the inside of the truck. That led to finally finishing re-installing the driver door panel that I had pulled off two years ago to replace the window motor. I decided I had been jabbed enough by the screws that were still laying in the ash tray for the door. The panel was on but not screwed down and the paper vapor shield for it was laying behind the seat. With all that done, the ridiculous dirt on my truck from driving in the rain bugged me even more so I whipped out a couple of buckets, a cloth, and my long extendible brush to wash it. I don’t have running water so buckets would have to do. I have been known to run out in the rain to brush my truck down too. LOL. Whew! I finally have a clean, put together vehicle again. The last time I did all that, I got a baby the next morning.  I’ll let you know what happens…

Update: No baby came the next morning. Think I’m safe. But, for all you ladies whose babies are overdue, this worked for me… TWICE!

Saving Money With Credit Cards

I’m back with more info on how full time RVers can save money every day to make the best of their lifestyle by saving on and with credit cards. While the purists will all tell you to dump all credit cards and live on cash only, in the real world you cannot buy a new tow vehicle or RV without a good and recent credit history nor will you be able to rent or buy a house if medical issues or other unforseen circumstances pull you off the road. You need available credit for emergencies out on the road. Even with good insurance, you will have to wait to be reimbursed for expenses so how will you pay for a motel or repair in the meantime? A good cash reserve is certainly a must but a good credit reserve also helps. If you are already in debt, you can still create a plan to pay it off with the help of another credit card at a better rate and a balance transfer if used wisely.

If you are like many others, you got your first credit card many years ago, were just glad anyone considered you worthy, and are still using the same plain Jane credit card. Big mistake! Credit cards evolve. They are highly competitive and offers change all the time. It isn’t just about interest rates anymore. Now they offer 0% interest charges for up to 16 months on balance transfers, new purchases, or both. Moving high debt from old cards with ridiculously high interest rates to a new card with a lower interest rate will help you pay it down faster and save money. If you can pay it off during that introductory 0% interest rate, then you will really save a bunch of money. Be sure to read the terms and be sure they apply your payments to the old debt first or you will need to use the new card for the balance transfer only with no new debt added. Another great thing about new card offers is many now come with extras like insurance coverage when renting a car, flight insurance, added years of warranty protection on items purchased with the card, etc. My favorite is cash back. How would you like 1%-5% cash back on all purchases? How about 6% back on groceries? Would you like to get a special lower price on theater tickets purchased with your card? Most cards also have no yearly fee though that should not be a deal killer. Look at the full offer. No yearly fee and 3% back on groceries compared to a $75 yearly fee and 6% cash back on groceries. How much do you spend on groceries a year? What really makes these deals work to save money is to use the credit card instead of a debit card to pay for your daily necessities but pay the entire bill off every month with no carryover. You may want to get a separate card just for that purpose and with the best rewards deal you can find. Maybe you are a frequent flier. If so, get a card that rewards with sky miles. Do you cruise a lot? There are cards that reward in cruise points. Find a new card that matches your lifestyle.

A card deal that is the best for one person’s situation may be terrible for another’s. A card recommended as best for balance transfers may have some catch such as low initial limits that are hard to get raised. A lower interest card may seem good for balance transfers but is it a good deal if your situation has changed such that you can pay off all debt on a card during a 0% introductory rate term? Do you fly enough to be able to get enough frequent flyer miles for a trip or would cash back on gas be better for you? Read the recommendations on several websites, read the comments on them in discussions, compare the offers, look for the catches, then take your pick and apply. I know it sounds complicated but it isn’t really. The deals are usually pretty clearly spelled out in tables and the reviews and comments help you find the gotchas.

Wondering how to find these great deals if they aren’t just pouring in to your mailbox? There are lots of financial sites out there that evaluate and report on current credit card deals. They also provide links to apply and get an answer within minutes. You can Google "best credit cards" to find them. You should start with The ads on TV may be annoying but they really are free and provide a LOT of information about your credit situation to get started. You may find you have better credit than you thought. You may also find some bill you missed during all your traveling so you can take action to fix the problem and improve your credit. They have a lot of excellent credit articles on their website too which you should take some time to read. Some of the info is surprising. Not everything you "know" about credit is necessarily correct. They will also explain the safe way to apply for another card or cards without killing your credit score and give you your odds of getting approved for each card they recommend. Be sure any card you apply for has a way to pay online since you will be traveling or you may need to setup automatic payment.

A word of caution: do NOT cancel your old credit cards. Doing so will affect your credit score two ways and lower it. Scoring agencies look at how many cards and loans you have which can be both good and bad. They also look at the overall length of time your accounts have been open (longer is better) and the ratio of how much debt you have compared to how much credit is still available. They want to see 10 + year old paid on time accounts. They want to see that while you may be carrying some debt, it is not more than 30% of the total credit available. If you close a credit card with say a $10,000 available limit on it, you just raised your debt ratio way up thus making you look like you are in financial trouble when you aren’t. The same thing happens when you close your older accounts in favor of newer accounts with much less positive credit history. They just plain don’t want to see account closures no matter what the reason for the closure. Be sure to pull the old cards out once in a while and charge something on them then pay it off to keep the cards active or the credit card company may close the accounts themselves to get them off the books.

You should also have more than one card in your wallet. Have you ever been somewhere far away from home and had your card declined at the register, especially around the holidays? I know I have. Credit card companies try to protect us by looking for unusual activity. If they don’t know you just drove 1,000 miles to gawk at a big hole in the ground and see a charge coming in from the Grand Canyon, they may decline the charge. Do they know you are a full time RVer and rarely in your home area? While I personally would never tell them that since it makes them nervous, I do tell them I travel a lot. Around the holidays, security gets even tighter so things they let go before will now get extra scrutiny and action. With another card in your wallet from a different card company, you may still be able to checkout. If both get put on hold, you will need to call the phone numbers on the back of the cards to explain the situation and get cleared but you can do that right from the store on your cell phone. What you tell them is up to you but don’t lie and you may want to give them a special heads up call around the holidays or when cruising out of the country to let them know to expect out of area charges. For cruising, provide specific dates or just go with plenty of cash and use the safes cruise ships provide.

Being on the road, it is real easy to pile up debt on credit cards with the cost of gas, campgrounds, and emergencies. A new lower rate credit card with a balance transfer deal may help. If you have managed to stay out of debt on your cards, are you also making the most of them to save money with cash back reward cards? You should be! Would you throw away all the smaller fish you catch just to wait until you catch that one big fish? Four or five small fish can make a tasty meal just as 1% – 6% cash back all year can make for a mighty nice Christmas present or a free cruise or flight to warmer winter climates.

As part of your fulltime RVing life, credit cards can sink you or help you. You need them at least for that emergency far away from home and to build credit for your next RV purchase but they can also help save on the costs of fulltime RVing if used wisely and you get the right credit card. Sticking with credit cards you have had for years that offer no extra benefits and perhaps higher rates will make your RV life less than it could be.