Month: June 2014

Vehicle Organization #1

In the next 6 months we will travel 8,000 miles. In our first 6 months we drove just shy of 3,000 miles. This has me thinking about how often we will be in the car and how to keep it clean and organized. When traveling full time, staying organized is a constant battle. When we started traveling I wasn’t very concerned about making sure I had all the necessities in the truck.  I figured we would have everything in the trailer right behind us. Problem is, when driving down the road, pulling an 18,000 pound, 43 foot trailer, stopping every time someone needs wipes, a snack or Advil is not an easy task. Neither is climbing into a closed up RV when all the slides are in. While the boys are on a “boys only” camping trip and Trina is at dance camp, I am working on organizational projects I have found on Pinterest. Project #1- Front Seat Organizer When we are traveling I usually carry a backpack instead of my purse. Before travel days I am always trying to remember everything I may need on the road, and with out fail I miss something important. Then I found this idea on Pinterest. I can not find the link to the original post but here is my version. Loved the idea so first thing was a trip to Walmart....

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Are you retired?

A man approached us as we were setting up camp in Goblin Valley, Ut. Brady and the boys were in the process of pulling the Rzr4 and dirt bikes out of the back of Big Mama. The man stood back a little ways and watched in what appeared to be confusion as we scurried about getting everything setup and to make the campground home for a few days. After a few minutes he approached, saying, “Wow, thats quiet the set up!” He then proceeded to talk to Brady abit about the RV and our toys. Then the dreaded question… he asked where we are from. Brady and I found ourselves looking at each other, for just a moment, as the silent conversation between us went something like… Do we tell him? He’ll think we are nuts. Yes, but everyone does. Might as well…. Brady answered, “Actually we live full-time in our RV. We are taking our children on a several year road trip to see the US.” The mans jaw dropped and you could see his mind reeling trying to come to grips with this bizarre idea. He then said, “Oh, but your too young to be retired. Are you independently wealthy?” Brady and I both laughed, and answered, “No. We work from the road. We are both lucky enough to have location independent careers that allow us to work any where we...

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Lets talk Thousand Trails

One question we get all the time when people find out we travel full-time is how we afford it. Our monthly budget in an RV is about 1/3 of what it cost us to live in our S&B’s. One of the ways we save money is using our Thousand Trails Elite Membership. Thousand Trails is a network of RV parks around the country. They are primarily found around the edges of the country, Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Florida and up the East Coast. If you want to stay anywhere in the middle of the country you are pretty much out of luck. (Though there are “preserves” in Vegas and Northern Arizona and a few others sprinkled around.) With an Elite membership you also have access to many of the Encore parks at a discounted nightly rate. (visit ThousandTrails.com and readysetcamp.com for park locations.) The way the Elite Membership works is you pay a one time fee of $4,000 – $5,000, and an annual maintenance fee of aprox $560. (They offer financing for the membership fee.) As an elite member you can stay in any of the TT Preserves (their parks) for up to 21 days at a time, (there are seasonal restrictions that may limit you to 14 days) and then go immediately to another park. If you want to return to a park you need to have spent 7 days either at another TT park or...

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Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night

It has been too long since I have posted. I have many partial posts written in my draft folder but none that have been completely finished. I am sitting in our room,  listening to the sounds of the kids getting ready for bed, and REALLY looking forward to going to bed tonight. You may remember, that when we started our search for the perfect RV, one of our top 5 REQUIREMENTS was a king size bed. We have been married for 17 years, and we have slept in a California King bed for all 17 years. In the years before we hit the road, both Brady and I started having back problems. We decided the problem was our mattress (it couldn’t possibly have been lack of exercise or our weight) and we made the decision to invest. We bought ourselves a California King Sleep Number. It was a splurge but was worth every penny. We had never slept better. Our back pain was gone. We woke early, refreshed. We were young again. Ok, maybe thats going too far… but we LOVED our new bed. You can see why we NEEDED to have a king size bed. But to our dismay we could not find an RV, in our price range, that had everything on our priority list. It was time to compromise. To my surprise, the compromise came in the form of giving up...

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