Author: Amanda Bush

Top Ten: Oregon Coast

We absolutely LOVED the Oregon coast. We drove all the way from the bottom to top and can’t wait to go back. It is on our “DO AGAIN” list for next year. You’ll notice that Tyler is missing in all these pictures. He was at EFY and BYU Ballroom Dance Camp in Utah while we were on the coast. The Redwoods: I know… it’s not REALLY the Oregon coast, BUT we drove through here on our way to the coast so it counts as this part of the trip. Goonies Movie Locations: Goonies Rock Goonies House Goonies Jail:   Exploring Lighthouses The Beach, climbing rocks and tide pools Shady, wooded and cool campsites (South Jetty TT) South Jetty is only 2 miles from the beach dunes. Brady and Carter had a great time with the RZR at the dunes. Tillamook Factory Tours and ICE CREAM Blowing up the Black Tank: In case you needed a reason as to why you don’t talk on the phone while hooking up the RV…. Brady took a call while working on set up. He got everything hooked up and I decided we should walk to the beach. We were gone about 30 minutes and when we headed up the hill to our spot we noticed there was water EVERYWHERE!!! Someone screwed up somewhere… then we turned the corner and saw that is was our RV, spewing...

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Top Ten: Sacramento

Free parking at the the racetrack. Hanging out with friends eating, doing laundry and playing games. Pedicures and girls night out. Trek Scout Camp Church with our home ward and earning Faith in God and Young Womens Medallion. Youth Dance-   Catching up with friends.   We have the greats friends in Sacramento. We miss you all!! Thank you for taking such good care of us while we were...

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Top Ten: Things I would do different when choosing an RV for full timing.

We searched for our RV for months. We had a “must have” list,  (you can read about the search for our RV here.) Now 7 months into full-time traveling in our toy hauler, there are a few things I would do differently, if I could do it all over again. Choose an RV with separate living and kitchen areas rather than the floor plan with the kitchen island right in the middle. Get the RV with recliners. Double check the placement of the washer and dryer hookups, making sure I can actually use them where they are, preferably in their own closet. Be sure a third ac unit can be installed in the garage and get it in writing, not just take the salesman’s word for it. Customize all the cabinets you want before you hit the road. Don’t take your husbands word that the cabinets are fine the way they are. 😉 REAL storage space under the bed. Windows that open in the master and loft areas… Fresh air (and emergency escape) is a good thing. Storage, storage and more storage. Master bed with nightstands in the front with closets in the in slide. Buy and register in a sales-tax free...

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Fulltime RV Budget

When we were getting ready to hit the road, I did a ton of research trying to figure out how much this life was going to cost us, and could not find very much information. Lets face it, no one likes to talk about money. But I’m gonna suck it up and share a little info about our budget as a full-time, traveling family. Fulltime RV life is very similar to S&B in that everyones budget is different. There are those making over $100,000 a year who live paycheck to paycheck and those making $30,000 who do a great job of managing their money and make it work. For us, our budget items are similar to what they were before though many of the payments are substantially less. This has to do with the fact that we had a large mortgage plus utilities and cost of living in NorCal is on the pricey side. Food/Household item: $1,600 month Our grocery/eating out bill is about the same as it was before. Some places it is a little more, and others less but that really depends on the cost of food in the area we are visiting. Food in California, Yuma and Las Vegas was pricey, Utah and northern Arizona it was cheap. Our family of 5 (keep in mind we have no “littles”) averages about $300 a week in groceries and household items...

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Fulltime with Teens

Another question/topic that gets asked quiet often is about our kids. How do we do this with teens? What about friends? What about sports? Dating? How are you that close to your teens ALL THE TIME? It’s a lot easier than you may think. First I want to clarify… we have REALLY good kids. The whole “teen” thing has never been a huge issue for us. (knock on wood) We don’t have particularly moody or mouthy kids and for the most part they are respectful and easy to live with. My kids are very social. In our sticks and bricks house they ran around the neighborhood with their friends and were always doing something or going somewhere. They were involved in scouts, dance, swimming, mma, rock climbing, parkour, homeschool groups and were leaders in their church youth groups. There was a lot to think about when we hit the road and left these activities behind. Friends: With modern technology this is probably the easiest to deal with. In our sticks and bricks home, 90% of my children’s daily interaction with their friends was through social media. Facebook, Instagram, texting and phone calls was how they communicated and is how they stay in touch. They also make new friends where ever we go. We attended a RoadSchool Rally in Tucson in April and met dozens of families doing exactly what we are doing....

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