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Solar Screens for RV

Solar Screen DIY project to help keep your RV cooler.

Solar Screens for RV

August 31, 2021 – Shane

Cool off your RV with a quick DIY project!

It can get pretty hot in a camper when you’re sitting in the sun. Our families live in the South, so we spend way too much time in 90+ degree weather. During our first summer as full-timers, we knew we had to do something to reduce the heat inside our fifth wheel, and started researching. It was obvious the windows were letting in a lot of heat, so we did what campers have done for decades, add Reflectix. . . but it wasn’t enough.

In the simplest terms, Reflectix is bubble wrap with a reflective coating on both sides. It’s used as insulation in the construction industry and RV’ers use it to help keep the sun’s heat out of their rigs. You buy a roll and cut it to fit against the inside of your windows, but there are a couple of problems.

Reflectix in an RV window, doing very little to help keep the heat out.
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Umbrella Stand for RVs

DIY campground umbrella holder.

Umbrella Stand for Campgrounds

August 31, 2021 – Shane

A picnic table can always use a little shade. Our quick and easy DIY umbrella holder keeps you out of the sun and rain.

A little shade on the picnic table can sure be nice. We’ve used pop-up canopies and screen rooms before, but they take forever to set up and take down. We wanted something quick and easy that we didn’t dread dealing with. Something that could be brought down quickly when the weather reared its head. One day we found an end-of-the-season clearance on patio umbrellas and grabbed one.

Our new umbrella shading where our dog, Tucker, likes to nap.

Normally, we would have bought an umbrella base, but that isn’t a good option when you’re on the road. Not only do the cheap ones start at $30 and top out around $150, but they weigh 25 pounds or more and take up a lot of room. Rv’ers are painfully aware of two things: weight and space. So this was going to take a bit of creativity.

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Wandering Words. . . Reflection #2

Wandering Words. . . Reflection #2

May 31, 2021

What are you willing to do to change your life?
How bad do you want it?


Anyone can say they want to travel, or lose weight, or write a novel, but you’ve got to make changes in your life to accomplish your goals.


So how bad do you want it? Are you willing to make the changes it will take? Or are you like everyone else?

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Wandering Words. . . Reflection #1

Wandering Words. . . Reflection #1

May 31, 2021

Your body might be a temple, but my body is a tent.

Every once in a while I have to pull up stakes, head down the trail and find someplace with a different view.

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Why Every RV Should Have Reflective Decals

Why Every RV Should Have Reflective Decals

A tale of fear and loathing in a Walmart parking lot. . .
May 31, 2021

Grace hitched up to Miss Kettlebottom and ready for our next adventure.

SLIDE OUTS ~ It all started when we were boondocking in a Walmart parking lot with nearly a hundred campers and semis. Big trucks were coming and going all night, just inches from our slide out and we cringed each time.  3AM found me in the automotive section buying stick on reflectors.  They looked ugly, but we felt safer.  We knew there had to be a better way. . . and Wander and Reflect was born

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