Monday

Top 5 National Parks for 2019 (Infographic)



The United States is home to some of the most beautiful parks in the world - and with so many to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down which one to travel to. To make your job a little easier, we've compiled a list of the top 5 national parks you need to add to your 2019 bucket list. Each park brings something amazing to the table from amazing wildlife to stunning views. Check out a few of our favorites below and get ready to pack up your RV and hit the road.


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Friday

Your Guide to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon



Grand Canyon National Park is on just about everyone's travel bucket list and it’s easy to see why. Millions of people visit the park, located in Arizona’s northwestern quadrant, each year to take in its main feature - The Grand Canyon (you guessed it).

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Top Reasons to Work From the Road



Have you ever wanted to make the full-time RV life a reality? We’ve all thought about it, but sometimes the thought gets brushed off because we think it’s impossible because of work. Well, we’re dreamers around here, and we want to encourage you to grab hold of the full-time vision and run with it. And if you need a little push - we’ve got your back. Check out our top reasons you should consider working from the road.

Provides Newfound Freedom & Flexibility - The day you leave the office for good (or maybe just for a little while) will be one of the best days of your life. The sense of freedom you’ll get from working from the road is unparalleled. You can go where you want, whenever you want. If you don’t like where you’re staying, simply gas up your RV and head to a new destination - it really is that easy. Working from the road gives you the freedom to explore new places, meet new people, and try new things.

Enhances Productivity - Depending on the type of work you do, working from an RV can significantly increase your productivity. In fact, a survey conducted by Connect Solutions reported that 77% of remote workers who worked both part-time and full-time stated they were more productive when working remotely. In an RV, there’s less distraction (when you’re not out exploring) and less time spent focused on work gossip or chats around the watercooler.

Lowers Stress - It’s no secret that in-office work environments can be stressful. And even if you’re not the one stressed out, co-workers can project their stress onto you. A study by Science Daily states that taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels, imagine what working outside or taking a hike on your lunch break could do.

Gets You Out of Your Comfort Zone - It can be easy to go to a job day in and day out, even if you hate it. It’s nice to be comfortable, but sometimes it’s time for a change that can lead to greater happiness. If you take the plunge and start working from the road you may also have the opportunity to change up jobs or eliminate the need for a full-time position. Check out our tips for working while on the road to see the remote and seasonal opportunities out there - some even include being your own boss, and what’s better than that?

Are You Ready to Hit the Open Road? Check Out 4 Tips From RV Trader: 
  • If you’re worried about having Wi-Fi on the road, we recommend checking out a MiFi. Most of the major wireless carriers offer them and it will free you up from hotspotting off your phone regularly. 
  • To make sure you’re being as focused as possible - and balancing your job with your desire to get outside - check out this article about The Power of One Focused Hour a Day.
  • More often than not, when you’re RVing, your destination is a campsite in nature. When you’re working from your RV, try taking your lunch break in the outdoors or enjoy a relaxing hike when you need a brain break.
  • Companies like WorkGenius, Scripted, Upwork, etc. are great companies to look into for short-term work to supplement larger projects you may be working on.
Want to Hear From a Working RVer Who is Living the Lifestyle? 

Sharee Collier is a working RVer and founder of Live Camp Work, an online resource center for those looking to work full time from their RV or with remote careers and location independence. She recently shared her work camping advice and expertise below.

"What is your favorite part of work/camping?"
My favorite part of being a working RVer is the freedom to explore! By living and working from the road, your home is your RV and your RV can come and go as often as you want! Seeing new places and experiencing the local flare of each is pretty awesome… working along the way, makes it all possible!

"What is the biggest lesson you've learned on the road/working remotely?"
Plan ahead and plan to adjust as needed. Living a life of travel means you need to be comfortable with change and ready to shift the plan at any given moment. Sometimes things don’t go as you intended and an alternate solution needs to be created and put into place quickly. Giving yourself the flexibility and freedom to change the plan as needed is the biggest and the best thing you can do to avoid stressing out- when you should be enjoying these moments.

"Any advice/tips for people who want to take the plunge?"
Go small and go now! Start small and know that it’s not permanent. Test the waters with a small RV that you can buy in cash without financing. Make adjustments to your needs and wants to create a budget you can manage while working on the road and make sure the lifestyle is something you enjoy, before making a huge investment!

Sharee is hosting a FREE online event August 5-9, called the "Make Money & RV Virtual Summit" designed to help people learn how to RV full-time, part-time or seasonally, and make cash along the way. The online event hosts 30+ diverse keynote speakers highlighting remote work & full-time work camper experience. Click here to reserve your spot and attend live for free!


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FMCA Tech Tip: Guide to Motorhome Lubricants



Motorhomes require periodic maintenance to stay in good working order. Engine oil changes are the most common procedure, but axles, the transmission, wheel bearings, and other components also must be serviced. No oil or lubricant is one-size-fits-all, so it’s important to make the right choice for each component according to the chassis manufacturer’s specifications.

Lubricants are designated with American Petroleum Institute (API) or military (MIL) category numbers that identify their suitability for various applications. To choose the proper lubricant, consult your motorhome’s owners manual for the prescribed API service level, and then match the lubricant’s viscosity and rating to your vehicle’s operating environment.


Ratings
Two ratings apply to lubricants — viscosity and quality. Viscosity is another term for thickness. An engine is designed to utilize a specific viscosity oil for a given set of operating conditions. That’s why the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) determines viscosity grades according to a standardized numerical rating. Always check the owners manual to determine the proper engine oil viscosity for your vehicle. The larger the number, the heavier the oil. For example, an SAE 40 oil is heavier than an SAE 30 oil.

Viscosity also denotes the ability of the oil to flow at a given temperature. As oil heats up, it thins, flows faster, and doesn’t provide the same level of lubrication as a thicker oil. If the oil is too thick, it won’t flow fast enough to lubricate critical components. SAE ratings reflect the ability of oil to flow at 210 degrees Fahrenheit. The ratings can be useful for determining how an oil will perform in summer, but they don’t take into account the low-temperature performance of the oil in winter. So, a second test is performed at 0 degrees Fahrenheit to assess oils designed for winter use and to designate a “W” rating. For example, 10W oil is thinner than 20W oil, but both are designed for winter use. The thinner 10W oil will flow better in colder temperatures.

Most engine wear and tear occurs during startup when the motor is turning over but everything is cold and the pistons haven’t yet expanded to their operating tolerances. Oil begins to flow, but by the time it reaches all critical areas, the engine has been running for a few seconds. A lighter-weight oil brings the oil pressure up much faster than a thicker oil. But, once the engine is working under a heavy load, the oil becomes too thin to provide adequate lubrication. So, in the case of a single-viscosity oil, it is better to opt for a heavy oil and live with the startup wear than to use a lighter oil and pay the penalty when the engine is working really hard.

Multiviscosity oils eliminate that dilemma. A multiviscosity oil has two ratings. For example, a 10W-30 oil provides the cold-temperature performance of a 10W winter oil, yet it retains the high-temperature performance of an SAE 30 summer oil once the engine reaches its operating temperature. This offers the best of both worlds and does a better job of protecting your engine at both startup and when under load.

Oil quality is determined by its chemical makeup and its imbedded additives. Base oils account for about 85 to 90 percent of the formulation. The remainder consists of additives that provide full protection, including antioxidants, viscosity modifiers, dispersants, detergents, antiwear agents, rust and corrosion inhibitors, antifoam agents, and a host of others. API established its rating system to identify the quality of every oil.

Both API and SAE ratings are marked on every container. Consult the vehicle’s owners manual for the minimum API rating specified for your engine. You always can exceed the API ratings and use a better grade oil, but never drop below the minimum API rating.


Check The Manual A proper maintenance cycle for your motorhome revolves around following the recommended service schedule and matching every component with the correct lubricant. The owners manual specifies the minimum requirements, but keep in mind that exceeding those specs with a higher-quality lubricant generally will yield greater longevity. Taking proper care of your coach will save you money in the long run and greatly improve the odds of trouble-free operation.

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This information is for educational purposes. FMCA shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.

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