Metal Detecting Goes Well With RVing

Ever since I was a small boy I loved to find treasures. I remember scouring the neighborhood in search of pop bottles or lost coins. When I grew up and metal locators became available I bought one and was hooked. Nothing like the thrill of unearthing that rare coin, gleaming gold ring or historic artifact.

Metal Detecting is a great hobby and a natural for the RV lifestyle. As we travel to so many locations there is usually a great opportunity to hunt a new place all the time.  Some places are going to be off-limits, such as National and State Parks but there is a ton of BLM land available and if you ask many landowners will grant permission.

The most exciting hunts for me are the ones where I may unearth a historic old item. You find so many interesting things and half the fun is researching the origin and history of the item. I equate detecting to fishing, some days you may get skunked but every once in a while you pull in the big one and that gets the juices flowing and keeps you coming back.

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People ask “What do you find?  Coins, Jewellery, Old Toys, Badges, Buckles, Buttons, Lanterns, Knives, Guns, Tin Items, etc.  Almost every time out I will find something unique. That’s the fun of it, never knowing exactly what you’ll discover.

You can spend  a lot of money on a metal detector if you want, there are many very advanced models on the market. I used to sell detectors as part of my electronics repair business and got to try many different models and brands. For someone who just wants to do it as a now and then hobby or is just starting out I highly recommend the ACE 250 from Garrett Metal Detectors. It’s a very simple to use but powerful little light weight unit.  The ACE 250 is the one I pack around with me when traveling. I throw it in the back of the truck and if I see an interesting place it’s there waiting to hunt.

It takes only 4 “AA” batteries to run and they last for 25-30 hours of hunt time. Also, it breaks down into a smaller package, so it’s easy to stow away in the RV. They are a very durable unit made of ABS plastics and can stand up to some abuse.

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I find metal detecting is a great excuse for a walk and gets me out in the fresh air and clears my head of distractions. When hunting I get to concentrating on only the hunt and forget anything else. If you’re looking for an interesting hobby to do while RVing I highly recommend you get yourself a metal detector and join us nerds out there looking for treasure!

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