Working for a living

We have been on the road now for several months.  Finances are looking ok, but there is always that one something that you would like to have, or the unexpected breakdown or extended stay, family obligation etc. that needs to have some funding.  Daisy and I knew this when we hit the road and have been looking at different opportunities to earn extra money.  Here is what we found that hopefully will work for us.

I have always found AMSOIL to be an interesting product.  25,000 mile oil changes in the car, really appealed to me for a lot of reasons.  Then I looked at the RV diesel engine and found out that I may never have to change the oil in it.  Truckers running AMSOIL run for over a million miles without changing the oil, just a new filter and oil analysis and they are on the road again.  This seems to me to be idea for the full time RVer.  Finding a place to change oil is not as easy as it sounds and the oil changes in a big RV can be expensive.  So a couple of years ago I signed up.  I am now starting to let people know about the products and using as many as I can in our vehicles.

Recently we talked to another couple about a dry wash and wax product.  Seems that many campgrounds do not allow you to wash your rigs or charge you for the extra water.  Well we had a couple of demonstrations of the outside and inside products.  Daisy was floored!  We have, or should I say had, a few bad spots on the rugs and furniture.  A 30 sec demonstration, PROVED that these dry wash products worked!  So we are becoming distributors for Dri Wash and Guard.  Now Daisy has something to get excited about and so do I.

Lastly, I have been taking training on becoming an RV Inspector.  Think of this as Home Inspections for Recreational Vehicles.  This is a fairly new field and I will be working with RV Inspection Connections.  I completed my certification as an RV Inspector and will be taking the Advanced RV Inspection course the middle of Nov.  Once that is done, I have some business paperwork to complete and a couple of live inspections to do.  By the time we get to FL in January, I should be ready to roll.

None of these by themselves will make us rich as we will only be working them part time.  But with our retirement and savings we shouldn’t need much.  Basically, we want to sure up the savings accounts for when that day comes that we need to spend some.

If you are interested in earning some extra money with a business of your own or you have any questions on AMSOIL, Dri Wash and Guard or the RV Inspection Services, please let us know.  We will be glad to answer them or put you in contact with someone who can answer your questions.

Raymond Laubert
23 Pinewood Circle
Hatfield, PA 19440
rlaubertsr @ gmail dot com

 

Williamsburg, VA… need more than a week

We arrived in Williamsburg, VA.  We have been here several times before and have seen most of the sights over the years.  But this is one area where you need to plan more than a week to see just the major attractions.  This area has four major themes.  First, is naturally, Williamsburg.  This is the old city pre civil war.  Included in this attraction I also include trips to the outlaying plantations.  Several days will be required to see it all.  In fact, you could spend a week there all by itself.  The old city has many different attractions.  Start with a visit to the Visitor Center, to learn the background and history.  Also pickup the guides and schedule.  Then take the bus to Williamsburg.  Williamsburg is a walk through historical district with many rebuilt homes, building and settings from its past.

Many of the areas within Williamsburg have reenactments that vary during the week and by seasons.  There are many different shops and restaurants as well. Kids will enjoy the Revolutionary War Boot Camp.  The whole family should take a guided tour by horse and buggy around Williamsburg.  The excitement does end at dusk either.  Plays, dancing and more reenactment happen after dark.

From Williamsburg you can take Colonial Drive either East or West.  West will take you to Jamestown Settlement and back further in time.  Jamestown has a great setup of the early days of the founding of our country.  The first settlement in this area as well as how the Indians lived prior to the settlers arrival.  This is an indoor and outdoor attraction and will take a good part of the day to complete.

Heading East takes you forward in time to Yorktown and the Navel attractions.  Yorktown is both the old and the new.  Starting with the Revolutionary War to present day US Navy.   Yorktown has several great attractions to visit.  Some of which are Yorktown Battlefield, Colonial National Historical Park, Victory Center and the Colonial Drive.

You are going to have to eat while here so here are two places to add to the list.  First is Peking Restaurant.  This is a Chinese Buffet and you will not be disappointed.  Second is Captain Georges Seafood Buffet, This has been a favorite for years.  Although the prices have  gone up ($36 a person), you will not regret a visit here.  Sunday from 1-4 PM is early bird special only $27 per person.

I hope you take some time to come visit this wonder area.  It will be worth the time.

 

Millenicom, no longer supporting Verizon

We have had Millenicom for awhile now as our means to get onto the Internet when traveling.  Millenicom was a reseller of Verizon data and we were able to get a good amount (20 GB per month) for about $90 with no access fees.  We did have to purchase the Jetpack up front, but that bets the monthly rental fees and access fees that Verizon would have charge.  Since this was Verizon it worked anywhere our phones worked and was a pretty good option.

Well the middle of October, we received two emails from Millenicom stating that they are no longer handling our accounts and that Verizon would be in touch with us.  The actual emails are:

We are announcing the acquisition by Verizon of the Millenicom customers who use their service. There should be no interruption with your Internet connection, they will be in contact with you regarding plan options.

Please accept our most sincere appreciation for the opportunity to be your Internet provider.

Dennis Castle
Owner
Millenicom Inc.

And

This is to correct an earlier email that was sent to you regarding your service.  Verizon Wireless, the carrier providing your wireless service, may be contacting you about options for your ongoing service.  Going forward your relationship will be directly with Verizon Wireless.  Millenicom will no longer have any role concerning your account and Millenicom does not now or will have any relationship with Verizon Wireless.  Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience this notice may cause.

Since Internet is so important to us, I started to research what our options where.  First by visiting the web, nothing of any value was found.  Second by visiting a couple Verizon Wireless stores, again nothing of value, except a firm belief that no one knew anything about this.  Finally, I called customer service (twice).  I finally got Amy and she tried to track things down.  Unfortunately, no one at Verizon seems to know anything either.  As it stands know, Amy is going to call me on Wednesday to see if I have any more news and at worse case, transfer my jetpack over to my Verizon account before the end of the month when the 2 for one data sale ends.

I am not sure what happened between these two companies, but no one I have been able to talk to knows anything about the issues and what will happen to the customers.

For us, the double the data promotion works out in our favor.  We will be able to get 30 GB of data, transfer our current jetpack (no additional purchase required) for about the same amount that we paid combined between Verizon (cell phones) and Millenicom (data).  I will have to pay an access charge for the jetpack ($20 a month), but the increase in cost is off set with my military discount.  When all is said and done, my total bill will increase by about 50 cents and my data will increase to 30 GB instead of 20 GB I was getting.

When and if I hear anything else, I will update this site.

We are in VA!

Well the second part of our journey has begun.  We left Hershey Thousand Trails on Tuesday and arrived at Williamsburg Outdoor World in Williamsburg, VA.  We are here for a couple of weeks before moving down to NC.

This is a pretty nice park with full hook-ups and 50 amp service.  Major roads are near by so getting around is also pretty easy.  Staff has been excellent so far.  Looks like there is constant activity this time of year.  Rigs coming and going.  The sites are all pull through which made it easy for Daisy.  I let her drive the last couple of hours which means she got to park the rig when we pulled in.  I have to say she does a pretty good job at it.

If you been reading any of the older post or the Facebook pages, you know we have had our Internet service with Millenicom (a Verizon Reseller).  Well it appears that Millenicom and Verizon have had a falling out.  Our Internet service is up in the air.  I will write another post on that subject in a little bit.  Watch out for it.

We are here for 2 weeks, so if you are in the area, stop by site A19 and say hi.

Best Laid Plans…

Well, life has a way of messing up plans.  I had planned out the rest of the year and scheduled our stays at the campgrounds.  Then a few weeks ago, I got the chance to take a RV Inspectors training class which led to having to take an Advance Inspector Training class.  So all the plans went out the window.

Luckily, I found out that they were having training in NC around the time we are to visit Gabby, Gray and Jackson (our Great Grand Son).  Daisy and I talked about it and Daisy decided that since it is so close to Gabby and the family, I should take the training.  You read between the lines.

So plans were changed, dates rearranged and all is good.  Until… Garth Brooks released his next set of dates for concerts.  Low and behold, he is playing in NC a week after my training.  I do some quick checks and if we rearrange the schedule Daisy can go to the concert.  Being that Garth is her favorite singer, the campground reservations are changed yet again.  This time the plans were harder to make.  Seems before we were changing campground in the middle of the week, this time we were scheduled to move on Thursday, November 27.  No biggie, right?  Except that is Thanksgiving.  After much discussion, we came up with a new schedule for Myrtle Beach.  But plans are now made and we will be having dinner with one of our relatives in Myrtle Beach.  IF they will have us 🙂

Christmas is the next big planning headache.  But for now, I think we are all set for that one too, unless…

Daisy’s Birthday!

Well Daisy celebrated her birthday this week.  We spent the day driving around Lancaster, Blue Ball and the Amish Country.  The day started with a breakfast buffet at a Yoders.  Breakfast is free on your birthday!  Wasn’t bad either.  Lots of good breakfast food.  After breakfast it was Daisy’s turn to decide what she wanted to do.  We have always found the Amish and Meninite family lifestyle to be interesting so she decided to visit the Amish Home and Farm off of Route 30 near Dutch Wonderland.

This was a pretty neat place.  It was built back in the early 1830’s, although no longer belonging to the Amish, it was kept as the Amish would have used it.  Except that it now has electric lights.  They have three basic tours you can pay for.  Since it was Daisy’s birthday we took the premium tour which included a 90 minute guide tour of the Amish country, a walk through tour of the house and the farm buildings and animals.

The guide tour was, well ok.  I did learn some things but the driver was hard to understand and we spent a third of our time at commercial businesses instead of learning more about the lifestyle and practices.  Some interesting things I learned was that the Amish have Camels and Alpacas!  They use the milk from the camels for different products and for people that have allergies to regular milk.   How much do you think a gallon of camel milk cost: $5, $25, $100 or $125 a gallon?  According to our guide it cost about $125 a gallon.

Back at the house we were guided through the house by another guide who contradicted the guide on the bus tour in some areas.  But the tour itself was pretty good.  We learned that the Amish are not that bad off.  They DO have electric, just not from the power company.  We saw houses with solar panels and the guides told us they do have generators.  They also use powered farm equipment, they just can’t own it.  In fact one of the stop we made on the tour of the farms they were working on a tractor while we were there.  I always thought that they couldn’t use any motorized equipment.

The clothing was pretty much what we expected.  We did learn a little bit about how to tell the difference between the married and unmarried Amish folks.  Also learned that they can furnish their homes any way they want and even shop at Costco and Walmart as needed.

We finished our tour with the farm area.  I found the tobacco area really interesting.  Amish don’t smoke but they spend a lot of time and energy growing tobacco.  Turns out it is  a big cash crop for them.  The tobacco barn had a lot of good information on how it is grown, harvested and processed for sale.  Also got to feed some Alpaca.  If I was ever to be a gentleman farmer, that is the animal I would have.

All that walking took a toll on us so we headed out to dinner.  We missed lunch, so we were ready for Shady Maple!  This is another one of those places that you eat free on your birthday.  Got to love a  cheap date!  Shady Maple is an all you can eat buffet with good old fashion home food.  One of our favorite places to eat, but we always over eat.  Daisy was trying to be good and did pretty well until dessert.  She had picked out a pudding for dessert and then saw the pumpkin roll, she had both.  I won’t say how I did, but they have several desserts that are my favorite.

All in all a pretty good day here in Lancaster area.  Once I get pictures off the phones will post them in this article, so be sure to check back.

 

Life is slowing down…

Well we moved from PA Dutch Country to Hershey Thousand Trails until Oct 21.  Then we will be on the road again heading south to FL.  Going to be a slow trip.  Won’t make it to FL until beginning of Jan 2015.

While at Hershey, I hope to get some of the little maintenance things done.  Need to replace the springs on the levelers and the awning material.  After that the only open issue is the air horn.  Tried looking into it the other day and can’t seem to figure out what is wrong.  May have to call my son-in-law for some help.  Once he fixes it will take him to Shady Maple for dinner.  Have to keep him willing to work on the rig as much as possible.

Been on the road now for 3 months and still haven’t pulled out the guitar.  So today is the day.  I have the books and stuff, just have to make time.  Will post a picture to prove I did it.  It is a nice guitar.  Thank you Dr Gerry!  I promise to get a picture to you soon.

Hershey Thousand Trails is a nice park.  They are wired for 50 Amps on most sites.  However, only one section is free (for 50 amp service), the others you have to pay for 50 amps if you want to use it.  We are in the H section and have SATELLITE!!!!  Been over a month since I have been able to watch satellite TV.  Our site is pretty level and gravel covered.  Even at the end of the season, they have quite a few events scheduled, which is nice.

Until we move again, not much is going on.  Have camped in this area for so long we have seen most of the sights.  Friday we will go to Green Dragon Flea Market, Tuesday we go to Rices.

Daisy’s Birthday is coming up so we will be going to Shady Maple for dinner and then on Saturday will get with the kids.  She celebrates her 10th anniversary of turning 50!

Oh, I am now a Certified RV Inspector.  I will be writing more about that in the coming weeks.  Hoping to get the advance class done while in FL.  Will be putting up an new website for the RV Inspection stuff as well.  Hope to write some articles to help people understand their rigs that they might be buying as well as promote the RV inspection business.

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