Welcome to Part II of RVT.com’s interview with writer and blog author Margo Armstrong. Now semi-retired, she continues to travel the USA in her motorhome (19 years full-time, the last 5 years solo) exploring, writing ebooks, and sometimes workamping for a season to get the true flavor of a locale.
How have you financially supported your RV lifestyle?
Margo: In the earlier years, technical writing projects paid the bills. Now retired, my book sales help defer the costs. My RV is so much more economical than a brick and mortar dwelling. If you love nature and boondock (primitive with no utilities) often, it is really a cheap way to live. My rig is not set up for that style of living, but thousands of people do it at least fifty percent of the year.
When did you first begin writing about RVing?
Margo: I started writing for the RV community around 2005 with articles published in the Escapees Magazine, Trailer Life, and other RV publications.
What have you written about RVing since your first RV writing project?
I published my first eBook in 2011, “How to Save Money While Enjoying the RV Lifestyle,” followed by “Selling Online: Supporting the RV Lifestyle.”
“The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True,” “For Women Only: Traveling Solo in Your RV,” and “Working on the Road: For Professionals and Just Fun-Loving Folks” were the next to go online. These have all been updated since then.
Few people living the RV lifestyle today are mechanics or even mechanically inclined, but they need ways to keep their rig on the road without constantly paying a mobile repairperson. When I saw the need for a care and maintenance book, I published “Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers” and “For Women Only: Motorhome Care & Maintenance.” RVers needed a book that gave step-by-step instructions that they could follow to keep the repairperson at bay.
Just released, my latest book, “Healthcare & the RV Lifestyle,” addresses the need people living this mobile lifestyle have for information about health insurance. Its focus is the over 65 crowd and Medicare. I have, however, included in the Introduction, several paragraphs quoted from respected bloggers about the needs of the “under 65” group of wanderers. It would be a humorous book if the topic was not so serious. (Links to Margo’s books found here.)
Anything you would like to say to RVers just getting started?
Margo: Please spend the time and money to find the RV that works best for you. It makes all the difference to your lifestyle if you are comfortable driving and living in your rig.
Look for the layout first, decide if it fits your needs. Visit websites that advertise all types of recreational vehicles. Choose two or three to research. Visit RV dealers to view these choices. Note the quality of the construction (if you see staples, walk away). Once you find a model that works, find the websites that advertise For Sale By Owner. Some people travel hundreds of miles to view and purchase the perfect rig. It is worth the trouble.
Buy used, if possible. Buy from the owner, if possible. Purchase aluminum, not paper siding, if possible. Always, always, always have it inspected first before signing on the dotted line. A new association for RV inspectors (NRVIA) popped up last year. They train and certify RV inspectors. Their website has a search page, use it.
My ebook, “The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True” covers the different types of RVs available and where they work best in your lifestyle. It gives you a place to start, then follow your dream.
(To see Part I of this interview go here.)