Finding overnight parking in an RV is easy using the RVillage App. This tip is specific to finding Elks Lodges but the concept is the same for other overnight parking.
If you’re a traveler, you probably love maps. I love to have maps of where I’ve been and we teach how to make these maps using Google My Maps. But, if you are an RVer, and you use RVillage.com, it’s a lot easier. RVillage automatically creates a map of everywhere you check in. Here are the Geeks on Tour maps from RVillage for the last 4 years. Notice the date selection boxes at the top left of each map.
Use RVillage to Check in at every stop
If you’re not familiar with RVillage, it is a free membership website and mobile app. The primary purpose of RVillage is for RVers to connect with other RVers as we travel. You do that by checking in with the program whenever you park at a new RV park or other destination. You will see the other RVillage members who are there, and they will see you. Then you can exchange messages and perhaps schedule meetups. Who knows, you might be parked right next to each other! RVillage makes the introduction and you have a new friend.
Just a couple of clicks makes the map
Whenever you check in to a new place, RVillage makes a note of that as a map entry. To see your map:
- Open RVillage and be sure you’re logged in, either the website or the app
- Go to your Profile
on web: click the round icon with a face or other photo in upper right then View my Profile
on mobile app: tap the 3-line menu and then My Profile
- View your places
on mobile, you’ll see a menu item for “My Places”
on web, you’ll see an icon for My Places
- You should now be seeing a map with all the places you’ve ever checked in. Options to limit the dates shown are found under the drop-down list “All Places”
If you want to send someone the map of all your places, you will see a link to share below the map. To get maps limited by dates, like my samples above, I just took a screen shot.
What if there are some stops missing because you forgot to check in? Just above the map, you’ll see a link to “Add a Place.” That allows you to add a location and a date, then refresh the map. You can even add places anywhere in the world.
RVillage uses the map for keeping track of all the members, not just you. Watch this video to see how you can find other people, using clubs or interests along with maps.
Interested in learning more about RVillage? Check out their Youtube channel.
We had Curtis join us on a Google+ Hangout on Air. He tells a little about himself, then helps us explore the features of RVillage.
RVillage.com is a social network for RVers. If you spend more than just a couple weekends on the road, you need to join RVillage. Here’s a short interview of RVillage founder, Curtis Coleman to explain:
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March in Florida
Do you blame us?! While winter is still raging in the rest of the country, we hang out in Florida and even get to indulge in our favorite pasttime – Kayak Diving. It’s lobster season too so we go out on the reefs off of Fort Lauderdale beach and caught our dinner! Here’s a video on Youtube of Jim G. and Jimmy L. catching lobster and showing how it’s done!
In addition to Fort Lauderdale, we also spent some time in northern Florida at Ginnie Springs and Orlando on our way coming and going to the FMCA rally in Perry, Georgia. See all our March photos on our Web Album, or read our personal travel blog for March.
By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach. If you’re a traveler, we teach you how to plan, preserve, and share your travels. It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative on the computer and share your travels with friends and family.
New Tutorial Videos in March include Google Maps and Smartphone topics. Check ’em out at Recent Videos.
Calendar: Coming up in April/May
- April 2 7pm: Sarasota PC Users Group – Cloud Computing
- April 6: SLOBytes Computer Club – a remote presentation on Cloud Computing
- April 9 1pm: Cascades User Group in Port St. Lucie – Cloud Computing
- May 2-6: FMCA International Area Rally in Lebanon, TN
- May 10-11: Escapade pre-rally workshops on Windows 8, iPhones/iPads, Android
- May 12-17: Escapade in Goshen, IN
- May 28-June 8: appearances in the Quad Cities – Moline, IL / Davenport IA
For more details, see our website Calendar.
Some Geeks on Tour members tell us that the Q&A forum is worth the entire cost of membership! Here are some of the topics that have been discussed this month. Anyone can read the forum, only members ca ask questions.
- Getting Photos from Google+ to Picasa Web Albums for editing and printing
- Adding pictures to Blogger
- Opinion on RVTripWizard
- Printing a CD Cover with Picasa
- Google+ Hangouts
- Posting Photos to Blog with Live Writer
- Best Laptop Computer
It’s called RVillage. It’s for RVers, but we pronounce it like Our Village, a social network just for RVers. Now, before you immediately say, “I don’t need another social network” check out the special features RVillage.com offers. Each one who joins RVillage can easily ‘check in’ whenever you pull into a new RV park, and when you do, you get an icon on the map so friends can easily see where you are. You can also join all sorts of special groups within RVillage. …
Google+ will Auto Backup all the Pictures from your Computer
I’ve been using Google+ Auto Backup for the pictures on my computer for a couple of months now. Once you understand it, and use it appropriately, it is wonderful. You never have to worry about losing a picture ever again! They’re all in the ‘Cloud.’
However, there are some very important things to understand:
- If you let it back up your full size pictures, you will probably need to pay for more storage. If, however, you change the default size to 2048 pixels, you get unlimited Free storage from Google
- If you have a limited, metered, Internet connection this will be using it up. You may incur substantial charges, and probably won’t want to use Auto Backup at all.
- It’s not really a “Backup” in the traditional sense of the word.
The full article will explain more …
Must Have App: Allstays Camp and RV
We’ve run into so many people who already have Allstays Camp and RV, that we won’t spend much time telling you all the details. Suffice it to say, if you travel the USA or Canada, and you camp or RV, this is a Must Have App! It has a price tag of $9.99 – and it is well worth it!
You can visit theAllstays website and search all the campground listings for free, but if you want to be able to look at your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet and find the best place to park, where you are, the Allstays Camp and RV app is the way to go.
Update on Jim’s Note 3
I chose the Note3 for its screen size and cool features. It is so big, it rivals my Nexus 7 tablet. I find the Nexus 7 being relegated to the bedroom. Some people refer to this form factor as a “phablet,” or phone-tablet. The feature list for this device is extensive, almost mind-boggling, and I am enjoying learning all about it.
So, how do we learn about technology? I start with a web search. I read the manual. The manual for this device is 184 pages in pdf format. I copied it to a folder on OneDrive so it is accessible on all my devices for reading anytime, anywhere. There are tons of learning resources on the web, too. Some good, others not
Learning Picasa the Easy Way
Some people want a book. They like to read instructions, take notes and make highlights. They need to be able to skim information they already know, and be able to go back and quickly refer to instructions. Other people don’t want to read. It’s tedious and not clear enough. They want to sit back and watch a video that shows exactly how something is done.
Our Picasa Beginner’s Guide book has both. It is a 66 page printed book with written instructions and screen shots. Read thru the printed material, and when you need more, you will see a reference to an online video that you can watch to see exactly how the procedure is done.
RV Travel Newsletter by Chuck Woodbury
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