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Facebook Groups–Large and Small

imageAs a Facebook member, you can take advantage of the Group feature. You can join an existing group, or make your own. I belong to a few RV-related groups. One is Roadtreking, a Public group where I can keep up with our friend Mike Wendland and his community. Another group is Living the RV Dream – a very active group with 28,000+ members. If you want to get immediate feedback on any RV-related question. I noticed a post yesterday that was concerned about their dog being allowed in RV parks since it was a pit bull mix. Within 20 minutes they had a dozen responses from people with first-hand experience! That’s useful information.

The third one is LTRVD Gathering. This is a small group that was created specifically as a communication device before, during, and after a rally. What a great way to easily communicate to the whole group and give each person in the group a way to share information and ideas.

You can search for RV groups on Facebook by using the search field and typing RV, then click the option for Groups, or here’s a link to the search (you must be logged into Facebook for this link to work.)




What is the difference between a Public and a Closed Group?

If a group is public, anyone on Facebook can see the posts there, but only a member of the group can create a post. If a group is private, anyone on Facebook can see the list of people who are members of the group, but you can’t see any of the posts unless you are a member. For more details about the different types of groups see the official Facebook help page on Privacy Options for Groups.

Private Family Group

We even have a private group just for our family. We used the “Secret” designation so nobody else can find it, but Jim and I can post to this group just as easily as posting anywhere else in Facebook. We have it set so that we each get notified anytime the other posts. It’s a great place to put reminders, ideas, and links to funny things we know we would each enjoy but we don’t want to post to all our friends.

How do you become a member of a Group?

imageIf you find a group you want to join, you should see a button for Join Group at the upper right of the page. You may have to wait for an admin to approve your membership – it could be in 5 minutes or it could be a few days depending on how active the group and its admin is. Once you are part of a group, you will be notified anytime someone posts. You can control those notifications by clicking on “Notifications” at the top of the page (on a computer) and choosing the option you want.

How do you Make a Group

Anyone on Facebook can make a group. Probably the easiest way to get started is to visit a current group that you belong to – using a computer – and click the 3-dot menu at the upper right. At the bottom of the list, you should see “Create New Group.” On a mobile device, you can tap the 3-line menu at the upper right, scroll down to the Groups section and, at the end, you will see “Create a New Group.”

Train Ride Recorded on Google Earth with My Tracks App

We took a day to play tourist the day before we left the Verde Valley in Arizona. We posted a question on the Facebook group “Living the RV Dream” asking for suggestions of what to do. Within the hour we had no less than 20 responses. More came in over the next day. The consensus seemed to be Take the Train! So we did.

We called and made reservations for the Verde Canyon Railroad. We arrived the next day around noon and boarded the train at 1pm. Then I turned on My Tracks on my smartphone. This is so cool. It is GPS aware so it just keeps drawing a line on a map that plots where we are. But, more than that, you can take pictures along the way and they will be added to the correct spot on the map. When your trip is complete you stop the recording. Then you can view the tour or share it.



My Tracks is a Google product, so it integrates with Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Drive.  If you use Google Drive your Tracks are automatically saved there, so you can access them from your computer, or whatever device you like.  This also makes them easy to share with others.  I tapped the share icon at the top of the screen and chose the option to share publicly with Google Drive.


If you have Google Earth installed on your computer (or whatever you’re using to read this) you can click on this Verde Canyon Track to download it. Then, when you open that .kmz file it will open in Google Earth. You should then see something like the following screenshot. I think the most entertaining way to view it is by double-clicking the Marker labels at the left. So, double-click on Marker 1 and Google Earth will fly you to that point and open up the picture. Then double-click on Marker 2 etc.


After you record a track, you should be able to open your Google Drive and see a folder called My Tracks.  This folder can be on your computer as well as in the cloud if you download the Google Drive Desktop.

The one big problem with My Tracks is that there is no App for iPhone, just for Android phones.

I doubt that I’ll use this feature very often, but it sure makes for a ‘gee-whiz, look at that’ way to view some special trips.