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Happy New Year! Here are some of the top RV travel stories of 2013 from RVDA's NewsBrief.

Alaskan trip of a lifetime: The Alaska Highway
By Laura Weaver
From June 26: Our dream trip to Alaska became a reality after careful planning and elaborate preparation, following the advice of fellow RVers who shared a wealth of information with us. After determining our route options, heeding the recommendations of sights to see and not-to-miss attractions, we began our journey with uncontained excitement and unwavering confidence. Like most who drive to Alaska, we traveled the Alaska Highway, picking it up at mile marker 0 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
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Hooking and unhooking utilities
By Ronald E. Jones
From July 31: Rain or shine, dark or light, cold or hot, you have to manually hook up and unhook your utilities. This is probably the most unpleasant task related to RVing, especially if there's a cold downpour, it's dark, someone left a mess at the campsite, or you're standing in mud. However, there's a correct and, most importantly, safe sequence to do this. The good news is that it's also the most efficient.
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RV full-timing: Plan now
By Michael Charland
From April 3: Are you considering full-timing and wondering what's involved? Michael Charland and his wife made the leap just over two years ago and discuss the process they went through in making their decision. Once you decide to go for it, the next step is planning, including whether or not to sell your house.
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Slow cooking on the long road to Alaska
By Jerri Grubb
From June 5: After teaching for a combined 69 years, my husband Larry and I decided it was time for an adults-only field trip. We eagerly started plotting out a two-month trip to Alaska. One day I mentioned the trip to a former co-worker and her husband, who had also been talking about driving their motorhome to Alaska. So the four of us began planning the trip of a lifetime. Our goal was to be as economical as possible on this trip but see everything we wanted.
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Nothing beats a campfire-in-a-can when RVing
By Laura Weaver
From Oct. 23: One of the most enjoyable activities of camping in an RV is sitting around the calming, hypnotizing flames of a campfire at night. But due to the ash borer epidemic, strict firewood restrictions are often in effect, and many areas ban campfires because of dry conditions and the danger of wildfires or forest fires. How can we overcome the campfire ban? Try using one of my favorite camping supplies — a campfire-in-a-can.
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Staying gluten-free while RVing
By Laura Weaver
From May 15: The author, whose medical condition requires her to keep a strict gluten-free diet, was initially concerned that maintaining her regimen while on the road would be difficult if not impossible. But the RV lifestyle turned out to be the perfect way to travel; she could pack plenty of her own special foods and stop at local markets for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Watch for the Northern Lights
By John Mosley
From Sept. 4: If you're a reverse snowbird spending the remainder of the summer in the cooler northern states or Canada, watch for the Northern Lights. This year and next are the best times to see them until after the year 2020, because we're now at the peak of an 11-year solar cycle. RVers have an advantage in enjoying the lights — we can simply move our homes-on-wheels to the north, where we're more likely to see them. They occur when electrically charged particles from the sun hit Earth's upper atmosphere and cause the air molecules to glow.
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Prescriptions on the road
By Ronald E. Jones
From Aug. 14: Receiving your normal prescriptions may not constitute a medical emergency. However, prescriptions are "medical," and some may be life-threatening if you miss taking them. The good news is that today, getting your prescriptions filled while traveling is much easier than ever before. Full-timers and RVers on long trips need to be aware of this.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal (The Washington Post)
Thor Industries delivers high-class results (The Motley Fool)
Santa Claus is alive and well at the North Pole — Alaska, that is (By Laura Weaver)
IRS announces standard mileage rates for 2014 (Small Business Trends)
RV industry shows more signs of recovery (The Associated Press via Arizona Daily Star)

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RVing with pets allows the 'Gypsy' lifestyle
By Laura Weaver
From March 20: Laura Weaver often accuses her husband of buying their motorhome for the "other woman" in his life — an 8-pound Maltese-Shih Tzu mix named Gypsy. RVing is a wonderful travel option for pets; they typically adjust well to the routine of traveling. They appreciate the relaxed pace. They are comfortable because all of their needs are met. Most importantly, traveling in an RV allows pets the opportunity to be with their owners while sharing trips of a lifetime together.
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Employment opportunities for the motorhome lifestyle
By Laura Weaver
From Nov. 20: Traveling in our 36-foot motorhome has allowed us to meet many wonderful people at the campgrounds where we've stayed — retirees like us who are following their dreams and doing what they love to do. We have also met people who are still employed while living in their motorhomes full-time. The variety of employment opportunities is as abundant and creative as your imagination allows.

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Confessions of a miser: 6 tips to a strong budget
By Bob Fortune
From Oct. 23: Budgetary decisions often require the employer to make hard-nosed decisions that can help the company but hurt individuals. Belt tightening and cutbacks are a necessary and healthy part of the business cycle, but nobody cheers when these actions are taken. Here are six cornerstone budget philosophies that have helped our organization bear fruit through the ups and downs of many business cycles.

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Wildlife photography on RV trip to Grand Tetons, Yellowstone
By Charles Noble
From Nov. 6: The wife and I had wanted to take an extended trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks for the past couple of years, but something always came up to prevent us. This fall we decided nothing was going to stop us. We spent four days in the Tetons and traveled every possible road and trail we could find, and I was able to photograph elk, moose, bison, grizzly bears and more.

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Rallies, caravans and RV shows
By Ronald E. Jones
From July 17: There are three types of gatherings for RVers: rallies, caravans and RV shows. A rally is a planned gathering of a group of RVers, usually with some common interests. Caravans are commonly organized tours operated by a commercial company or organization. RV shows are events where dealers and product vendors gather to show off their products. Each has its own unique features, and I recommend you try them all. There are several good reasons to go, even if you’re not a "joiner."
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