Relax RV Podcast

Relax RV Podcast

Ever get stressed while on the road in a RV? Well this podcast focuses on Stress Management while RVing. I retired in June 2018 as a Nurse. I have been a Stress Management Consultant since 2003. Trish and I have been planning on RVing for about 3 years, At that time, our knowledge base on RVing was zero. For many years I had wanted to buy a pop-up camper after I retired, I took Trish to a RV show to show her my plans. Well ..... she looked at pop-ups and said she couldn't camp in that, it was too small for her. She then looked across the room, pointed at a Class A and said "but what are those over there?". I shook my head and when I saw the price tag, my whole body shook. And 3 years later Me and Trish bought a 29' 2015 Thor ACE - Class A and we tow a 2015 Jeep behind us. LET THE STRESS BEGIN !!!!!... Show More

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October 11, 2020 45 min
You see we are now on season 2, this because we are now on RV #2. We decided to sell our rig and buy a newer one. The episodes numbers will continue the same sequence so this is episode 57, can you believe it??

We placed our ad on RV trader and cost $250. It was sold in 1 month. I've always heard how much RVs depreciate. When we sold this one we got back our purchase price plus the cost for all of the solar and the cost for th...
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So my back ache started in January. Turns out it's mainly arthritis with very minor bulging discs. So thinking back to when the pain had started and I think it was from being too inactive. We had started our 2019 southeast trip and it was cold, so we weren't very active and so I was sitting a lot more than I typically do. I do believe that's what caused the flare. I had been in PT for 6 weeks and it's feeling much...
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We visited Trishs' daughter and grandson in south Jersey. Then visited with with a friend in PA. Then went up to the Finger Lakes NY for a few days. We installed a Easy Start in the roof air conditioner and can now run the A/C off of the inverter.
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Episode 54
6/6/20

Here in New York restaurants are still closed down
we are hoping to travel at some point this summer but we are no rush to get somewhere where everything is closed. Our restaurants are just starting to open and they're packed with people. We're trying to use our best judgment in avoiding large crowds but still trying to enjoy ourselves.
We go on hikes but we pick places that are not popular heights. We live ...
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Stayed in (and liked) Billings Montana then off to White Sulphur Springs and it was cold, sleeting and snowy and this was in August 2018 !!!!!!  Remember you are in the Rockies. 

We wanted to get out the cold and figured a glass of red wine would help so we looked and found 2 bars, "The Lane" and "The Sockman". We figured Stockman sounded more like Montana so we went in a met a couple of locals (transplants from PA)....
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We visited the Mall of America (the largest mall in the US) then stayed in Wisconsin, nice.  We visited the Badlands National Park in South Dakota where Trish developed Heat Exhaustion !!!! It was over 100 degrees when we did an easy (for us) 4 mile hike.  Then off to Montana (big sky country) and the Purple Mountains Majesty. 
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We ripped the topper on the slide Ugh.  Batteries still dying too fast because of the Battery Control Center and it looks like the generator will be dead till its fixed. But we are seeing lots of things and places.
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We started our 1 year long road trip on July 8th 2018, but befoe we left I fried our battery cutoff switch and blew the solenoid behind the BCC (battery control center) which killed our camera system on the rig (back up and side view) and is killing the house batteries faster than normal.
And if that ain't enough stress, our generator died in 90 degree weather.  So with the hot weather we are staying in more campgrounds than we ...
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After weeks of working on the solar we finally get it installed, but we still need to wire the inverter to the rig.  All that while heading into the final weeks of my career as a RN. All of this is new to me, RVing, solar, retirement, podcast production etc. So, be patient I will continue to tweak this podcast. Paul, remember to breathe .....
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I am preparing to retire and installing 800 watts of solar on the roof, a charge controller, 300 amp of batteries, and a 3000 watt sine wave inverter.  Whew ... talk about STRESS !!!  So, I then talk about stress management tools.
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Released 5/13/20
Podcast moved to Podbean. Then moved back to Spreaker. A tad more money but SO WORTH IT. You can still access it anywhere.

2 different battery monitors Bayite DC 6.5-100V 0-100A
Very accurate. No State of Charge (SOC). No indicator that showered level of charge. Cost was $16
I then bought the Victron Energy Battery Monitor, BMV-700
2 wires just plug in. SOC and battery level indicator. No bluetooth at this level but ...
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Episode 52  - Released  4/4/20
These are strange and trying times.
It seems that people who are "not essential" are experiencing new stressors at this time of change.
..lack of income
..frustrations of try to negotiate super inundated systems like unemployment
..kids and adults are stressed with isolation from their friends
..adults are dealing with working at home OR being an essential employee
..hard to get comfortable with the ...
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Take 7 Minutes to Relax I recorded this many years ago, I hope it helps you to relax. Do NOT listen to it while driving or operating heavy equipment. Find a safe comfortable location. Use headphones or earbuds if available. 
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Progressive Relaxation  I recorded this many years ago, I hope it helps you to relax. Do NOT listen to it while driving or operating heavy equipment. Find a safe comfortable location. Use headphones or earbuds if available. 
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An Introduction to Stress I recorded this many years ago, I hope it helps you to relax. Do NOT listen to it while driving or operating heavy equipment. Find a safe comfortable location. Use headphones or earbuds if available. 
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Episode 48 - Released 3/26/20
We visited Centralia Pa on our way to Bloomsburg Pennsylvania.  Centralia is a town had an iron field under it and had caught in fire many years ago.  We then arrived at our Boondockers Welcome host site, and met our hosts Scott and Amy.. They invited us to join them for dinner the next night we said absolutely and we would bring wine and dessert. We looked online and found Dalos bakery in Berwick, Penn...
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We visited Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium. 
The next stop was in Hardy Va. We stayed at a BDW and visited the Booker T Washington National Monument. 
We then stayed at Devault Vineyard a part of Harvest Hosts. We then took a ride over to Lynchburg Virginia. We stopped in at a restaurant called Bootleggers. The next morning and drove to Gordonsville Virginia and stayed at Honah Lee Winery. We hooked up to 30 amp and had a water ...
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On 3/10/20 this podcast celebrated it's 2 year anniversary.
Our Boondockers Welcome hosts in Brooks Georgia invited us in for ice cream. We sat with them for over an hour having a really nice conversation about a lot of different things. Then I met my buddy Rob at Nic & Norman's in Senoia. This is the town where Walking Dead was filmed.
The next day we drove to The Cottage Vineyard and Winery which are Harvest Hosts. Afte...
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Drove to Pearl River Louisiana. We wanted to hike but because of the flooding we had a hard time finding a place (see the photo for this episode). We drove a half hour to Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville Louisiana. And hiked for 2 and 1/2 hours. A nice park with boardwalks and small trails.
The next day we drove to Prichard Alabama to Chickasabogue Park and because we booked it through Passport America we camped there for $9 a ...
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We left New Orleans and I wanted to drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Why? Well according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the longest continuous bridge passing over water in the USA (it was the longest in the world but now the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China is the longest). 
Arrived in Lafayette Parish Louisiana and stayed at a Boondockers Welcome host, Lonnie and Antoinette. Wow what a fantastic time we had wi...
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