Chapter 3 Travels RVers of the Month October 2019
We've been on a mission to see as much of the United States as possible while traveling full time in our motorhome. We came to the realization many years ago that the things we valued most in life weren't things at all, but rather the places we went, the things we learned, the foods we ate, and the people we got to know. Armed with a healthy appreciation for our own mortality and realizing that we could walk our own path, we came up with a plan to turn our dream of full time travel into reality. We love our home on wheels, a Tiffin Allegro 36LA, and have found it surprisingly easy to adjust to life in less than 300 square feet. We've come to appreciate exactly what it is that we need to be happy and we've jettisoned all the other unnecessary stuff. We've been extremely content with our choice and haven't missed our old "sticks and bricks" house for a second. We love cities, but we also enjoy getting away from it all. Therefore, we try to balance our visits to cosmopolitan, diverse, and engaging cities with visits to places that allow us to get out into nature usually by hiking, but also by biking and the occasional kayak trip. This effort to balance cities with state and national parks also helps us balance our budget. We prefer to travel slowly, spending at least a week in most places, but sometimes, extending our stays to a month or more.
Live Laugh RV RVers of the Month September 2019
I was exposed to camping and RVing at a young age. Wanting to travel regularly, I became a Flight Attendant which led to marrying a Pilot. Although the aviation lifestyle was great, it was not conducive to starting a family. I quit aviation, became a Realtor, worked for a couple of Home Builders and eventually I started my own company in Home Building. Oh, add in a couple of kids just for fun. After years of running a business and raising children it was time for a break, time for a change, time to travel and explore. time to hit the road in an RV. Al grew up in a small farm town in Illinois and travel was something he dreamt about. After college, he became a Naval Officer and Aviator. This was an exciting adventure well beyond those small-town dreams. The Navy took him all over the world. He decided to leave the military and go into Commercial Aviation where he fell in love with a Flight Attendant ten years his junior. Years later, Al left aviation, joined Ingrid in the business and is now retired. well, kind of. In June of 2013, we moved into our RV full-time, and now home is where we park it. Since 2018 and with both our children living in Phoenix, you'll find us spending most of our time meandering around the state of Arizona or any number of her neighboring states with only the occasional jaunt well beyond the southwest. Weather, whims and family dictate our travels.
The Wandering Camels RVers of the Month August 2019
Some people think we are crazy to be undertaking this change in lifestyle. Maybe knowing where we've come from will help them understand why we want to make such a drastic change. So for those who don't know us and those who wonder how we came to this decision... That fall Dave and I went on our first road trip, we visited VA Beach and Lancaster PA. The summer of '83 we moved in together and were engaged that Christmas. In the summer of '85 we were married and honeymooned island hopping around Hawaii... This all led up to the "what are we waiting for" question, why not take some of the vacations/road trips we had talked about. Why wait till retirement. At this point Dave was getting close to 30 years at IBM and I was back in banking... Our home is a 2012 Keystone Montana Mountaineer 295RKD, with 2 slides it is less than 300 sq ft. While being newbies when purchasing this RV we do like the floor plan, we had some very specific opinions on what we wanted, no shower or vanity in the bedroom and no looking through a dining area to see the TV and fireplace. Of course we had a budget that we tried to stick around, overall we are very happy with our purchase, we did have some issues the first year, hopefully they are all taken care of. We have purchased an extended warranty, time will tell whether or not that was a good choice. In January of 2014 while in TX we upgrade our truck to a 2012 Chevy 3500HD DRW, crew cab with a long bed.
Back Roads and Other Stories RVers of the Month July 2019
Welcome to our little adventure corner. We started our RVing experience in 2018 in a Class B Carado Banff campervan. Join us as we travel on short and long trips across North America. We just hit our sixties and will retire soon so that we can travel more. In the meantime, we just travel whenever we can for as long as we can. Follow us as we follow the road, and yes, the destination may or may not matter. We will share with you stories and tips on campervan travel; DIY fixes, hacks, life on the road, beautiful vistas, cooking in the van. Tony is a contractor/carpenter and Margie is a recovering archaeologist/manager, so we may come up with some surprise, off-topic articles as inspiration may hit us. We'd love to hear your ideas, your experiences, and how you handled certain camper-vanning situations, so drop us a line. For us, a walk in the forest is a source of inspiration on many levels; aside from the obvious benefits of exercise and fresh air, void of the internet and Netflix, this is where our visions eventually align to create the magic of change and feed our wanderlust.
Rubber Tramp Artisit RVers of the Month June 2019
I’ve been a rubber tramp for nearly a decade.I like to see places I’ve never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again. For most of my years on the road, my primary residence was my van. For almost half of the time I was a van dweller, I was going it alone.I was a work camper in a remote National Forest recreation area on a mountain for four seasons. I was a camp host and parking lot attendant for two seasons and wrote a book about my experiences called Confessions of a Work Camper: Tales from the Woods. During the last two seasons as a work camper on that mountain, I was a clerk in a campground store. I’m also a house and pet sitter, and I pick up odd jobs when I can. I’m primarily a writer, but I also create beautiful little collages; hand make hemp jewelry and warm, colorful winter hats; and use my creative and artistic skills to decorate my life and brighten the lives of others. I am more than just a rubber tramp artist. I’m fat. I’m funny. I’m flawed. I try to be kind. I’m often grouchy. I am awed by the stars in the dark desert night. I hope my writing moves people.I hope you appreciate the time and energy I put into each post.
The Charming Adventures RVers of the Month May 2019
We are Philip and Tessa Miller of Scottsdale, Arizona. Our first RV Adventure was in 2013. Philip wanted to participate in the week-long RAGBRAI bike ride, where you and 20,000 of your closest friends ride your bike across the state of Iowa in one big epic rolling party. We thought about renting an RV for the occasion, but then said "Let's just buy one." We knew the model we wanted, but had never driven it (or any RV, for that matter). We located the perfect model in Las Cruces, New Mexico -- bought it over the phone sight unseen and then flew there to drive her back home. That was just the beginning of lots of good times. We did shorter trips (1-6 weeks) while we still had teenagers living at home. Now that we are empty-nesters and Philip is partially retired, we can go for much longer, our longest trip so far is 5 months. We love RV'ing, and the planning is sometimes as much fun as the actual trip. We are NOT "fly by the seat of your pants" travelers; we always have a very detailed itinerary and reservations along the way. It's less stressful to us that way.
ROAMLAB RVers of the Month April 2019
We started Roam Lab in San Francisco, California. The rental market was expanding into a massive bubble, a pretty popular activity in the Bay Area, and we didn't want our budgets expanding with it. Instead, we decided to participate in another popular Bay Area activity: starting our own business. But we didn't want to start our business in San Francisco. Instead, we pool our savings, got a van, and mix business with pleasure by living and working on the road. After a year of research, we knew what we wanted and were monitoring Craigslist. When a 1970 Avion truck camper was listed for sale in Florida, we jumped in the truck and took off. The last year and a half has been spent in progressive improvements to the loved but aged camper. We live an alternating life of work, renovation, and adventure. Our Avion continues to be a work in progress. So, when we aren't exploring the country side, we are adding incremental improvements to our home on wheels. Most recently, we extended the sleeping area and added a roof hatch. We have so many more exciting modifications up our sleeves that we can't wait to share with you.
Travels with Ollie RVers of the Month March 2019
We're the McKnights from York PA, mostly retired (except for a few volunteer commitments) and spending half our time on the road in our 24' travel trailer, Ollie. We've been camping since the Big Red1960's when we were pup tent purists, scoffing at big rigs wedged in next to our humble abode. Through the years we've slept in backpacking tents of various sizes, adding air mattresses at some point, and eventually cots. In 2013 we took a big step up when we graduated to a truck tent (neatly attached to our son's truck, Big Red) for our month-long trip to The Badlands and Beyond. It was a fabulous trip and our arrangement worked so well that we did another month long trip in the spring of 2015, this time following The Great River Road from the headwaters of the Mississippi down to New Orleans. The month of May proved to be quite chilly and damp, and we decided that if we wanted to continue camping, especially in the off season, we needed to upgrade our accommodations a bit. When we discovered Oliver Travel Trailers, it was love at first sight. The rest is history, and it's all recorded in this blog.
Mountain Modern Life RVers of the Month February 2019
That's right, we're going to buy an RV, give it some DIY love and then hit the road! Think we are crazy? I wouldn't blame you, but you gotta follow the beat to your own drum, and this is something we've talked about for years. Of course it was always one of those, someday dreams and it wasn't until recently that Eric and I both started working remotely, which means we can live wherever we want! Now think about that for a second... We don't know how long we will be Rving, a couple months, 6 months, a year? That is yet to be determined, and we won't even be hitting the road until our lease is up August 1st. That's a looooooong way off, yet it will likely be here before we know it. The good news is that it gives us time to plan and research our trip. And possibly time to fix up a less than perfect RV. Our goal of RVing is to visit states we've never been, explore national parks, check out small towns and ultimately figure out exactly where we want to buy land and settle down. Will it be hundreds of miles away, or just down the road? Only time will tell and I'm excited to share the journey with you.In fact I've already spent countless hours doing research and have the excel spreadsheets to prove it. We look forward to sharing more information with you along the way, and would love to hear any advice or questions you may have.
Maineiacs In Motion RVers of the Month January 2019
We retired from a full time work schedule routine in early 2005 and we have been enjoying our "mostly" retired lifestyle ever since. When not out enjoying America in our "rolling home" (2016 Winnebago Forza 34T) - we hang out in our other home in Topsham, Maine. Another year in the books! And what a year it was for us Maineiacs. On this date a year ago we found ourselves still freezing in Tennessee and heading further south to find some warmth. Today the high temp here in Maine is supposed to be over 40 degrees and we have almost no snow on the ground! We did find some warmth during our short visit to the San Antonio area of Texas and then wandered over to the Gulf Coast of Alabama to visit some Escapee friends at the Rainbow Plantation and enjoy all the Mardi Gras festivities. We picked up "The Wiz", our travel partner for 2018, at the Plantation and then drove over to Florida for a month of really nice weather and more visiting with friends. We made it back to Maine around the first of April to watch the last snowbanks melt. After spending our spring in Maine we made a short trip to New Jersey to celebrate our Granddaughter Graduation. We were on the road for most of July, August, and into September --- seeing what America had to offer, visiting with lots of friends and relatives, having a a blast at the McCloud High School Class of 1968 50th Graduation Reunion, and generally enjoying life.
Roaming Remodelers RVers of the Month December 2018
Becoming thirty-somethings compelled us to take stock of where we were in life, and honestly examine where the path we were heading down would likely lead. As it turns out, the path we were heading down was not likely leading to the life we dreamed of. So taking to heart many of our favorite motivational quotes, we decided to make some changes, and remodel our life. Career changes made it possible to purchase and remodel our first home. We knew a live-in flip of that property would allow us to begin to aggressively pursue our life dreams and goals. Initially inspired by the Tiny House Movement, Plan A was to downsize, and move to a city with a lower cost of living and greater accessibility to nature. Before long we came up with a Plan B and C and… What if we build a shipping container home instead, or a tiny cottage, or, or, or…? Our RV adventure began in August of 2016 when we left our native South Florida with plans for an 800 sq. ft. house in hand, figuring we would live in an RV during the build. The realization that we had the opportunity to travel the country while building our own business ultimately led us to halt our home build, and pursue loftier goals and ambitions. Along the way, we are continually making more changes and adjustments. We left our "normal" 9-5 jobs, and are focused on unlocking our full potential as digital nomads. What can we make? What will we create? What opportunities will we explore? We're excited to find out, and we hope you will follow along with us on this journey.
Live, Breathe, Move RVers of the Month November 2018
In 2013, my wife Robin and I decided to make a major life change. We sold our house, cars and a majority of our possessions, bought a 5th wheel travel trailer and a diesel truck, quit our corporate jobs and moved into a 450 square foot cabin, 9500 ft up a mountain with our two cats and two big dogs. All with the intention of slowing down, simplifying our lives, and experiencing more of this vast continent through travel. At least to start, we are going to be what some people call "Snowbirds". People that live in one house during the warmer months and then flee for warmer climates in their Recreational Vehicles when the weather turns. I guess we will also be what people call "Technomads". Basically this term refers to people, like my wife and I, that are self employed, primarily conduct business online, and that live on the road as a lifestyle choice. Apparently we are a growing segment of the population. This is the travel blog-site for Jeremy and Robin. Here is where we intend to share our journey toward success in life and fill in some of the details of what goes on after we get up in the morning and before we go to bed at night; wherever that may be. Sometimes we may post together and sometimes we may post separate. Either way, this blog will be our outlet to our friends, family, and anyone else that wants to read along as we Live, Breathe, and Move.
Off Our Rocker RV RVers of the Month October 2018
We are Dave & Kathy Boland. This site shares our life as full-time travelers that live in a 25-foot RV following a dream of exploring North America on wheels. We created OORRV to inspire others who dream of this lifestyle to give it a try. Follow along and enjoy our crazy journey. Why do we travel full time in an RV? We’ve been told it’s because we are “off our rocker” crazy. We might be a bit crazy but we were that way living in a house, too, so there is more to it. The travel bug hit us many years ago and we did go as much as life would allow. Finances, jobs, and family obligations stopped us from going places and exploring the world as often as we would have liked. From early on in our relationship we planned to retire early and fashioned our spending and savings to accommodate that goal. The world was ours to explore. We tried doing car trips and cruising but we were always rushed from place to place and didn’t have the opportunity to immerse ourselves into the local culture. It also didn’t solve the issue of the cold winter weather that we no longer wished to experience. We purchased our RV in July of 2016 and off we went traveling at first around Wisconsin and then a nine week trip to the east coast and back. Upon returning we knew that this was the life for us. We absolutely love this life and have no regrets. We love meeting new friends, seeing new things, and experiencing life on our terms. We are a bit crazy and “off our rocker” and that’s okay with us.
newschoolnomads RVers of the MonthSeptember 2018
We are a family on the road. Last year we decided to follow our dreams and spend a year or more traveling the United States in an rv with our 3 pets. This blog chronicles our journey, the treasures we find, the people we meet, and the simple moments that fuel our souls. Traveling the country in an rv had been our dream for years but we were always waiting for the “perfect” time.The wait is over. There is no perfect time. We took our family on the road so we can live our dream to see all 50 states before the boys grow up. We only get one life to live we’ve decided we don’t want to wait around regretting our choices and fearing the future. We are trying to embrace each day as a chance to live purposely. We don’t know what the future holds but we do know we want to live more simply. To live more intentionally. To live more adventurously. Along the way… We stumble. We fall. We (mostly me) throw tantrums. But… We catch each other. We get back up. We wipe away the tears. And… We move on, investing in moments, because “moments” are the threads of this big crazy beautiful tapestry that we call our lives. We hope you’ll join our family on the road.
RV-A-GOGO RVers of the Month August 2018
"Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling. Now that Betsy and Nancy are traveling across the country, new opportunities will present themselves. Betsy's plans are to continue writing a book that describes the use of technology to save endangered species. Nancy hopes to work seasonal jobs as a wildlife biologist or continue in the culinary field. Needless to say, travelling seems to always provide gracious inspiration that allows the soul to feel and the mind to wander. We sold our belongings, stored the remainder and have decided that our travels will lead us to a new place to settle. Where that is we don't know, nor does it matter at this point in time. That is the fun of the adventure. In the meantime, we will be chasing sunsets, photographing rainbows, kayaking and watching glorious sunsets. After five years with our Phaeton, we decided to purchase a new motorhome that gave us a little more room and more amenities. The coach that caught our eyes was a 2015 Entegra Coach 45' Anthem DLQ. After looking at these coaches for a couple of years, we were really impressed with the quality, floorplan, reputation and, especially, their two-year warranty."
Our Odyssey RVers of the Month June 2018
Prior to moving aboard Odyssey, we lived in San Jose, California. Each of us had lived in the south bay area for nearly 20 years, with varied backgrounds prior to that. We met in 1997 at a motorcycle campout, motorcycling being one of our shared passions. In 2003 we were married, the second one for each of us. Neither of us has any children. "Odyssey" is the name of our 40' Neoplan bus. We now live aboard Odyssey full-time, and have no fixed residence at all. We purchased Odyssey in 2001, with the idea of renovating it and eventually moving aboard to tour full-time. Our plans were accelerated when, later that year, Sean's job at a Silicon Valley start-up evaporated along with his company, at a time when available high-tech vice-presidential positions were scarce. Sean began working on the bus plans full-time, and Louise started looking for a buyer for her business, Information Publications.By early 2003, we were both officially "retired" and living off savings that Sean squirreled away during the glory days of Silicon Valley start-ups and the proceeds of Louise's business sale. Renovations on Odyssey were well under way, and we began the process of condensing our lives down to what would fit in a 40' bus.We finally moved aboard in August of 2004, before the coach was even painted. We rented out our San Jose condominium, and moved our official domicile to Washington state. We chronicle our travels and misadventures almost daily in a blog.
RV There Yet RVers of the Month May 2018
Time passes quickly, more quickly than we ever imagined, and all of a sudden we were preparing to retire. We moved from the Washington, D.C. area to Green Cove Springs, FL, to be closer to family and then it hit us! We weren't ready to just settle down and enjoy our retirement....just yet. Full-timing in an RV was really my idea, and I almost croaked when RV agreed with me. So our journey begins....telling our family who was supportive of our idea, but didn't believe us; telling our wonderful friends, who didn't believe we'd go through with it; and more important was getting rid of ALL that STUFF we've been carrying around for years. Our house sold quicker than we anticipated so we began shopping seriously for the right coach for our needs and decided on a new 2007 Tiffin Allegro Bus, 40' diesel pusher, with 400 HP. When you pull out of your drive that last time, you say goodbye to a lot of support services you'll never need again; however, you say hello to other types of support services you're going to need. And that's what makes all this so interesting. We are enjoying the freedom our country gives us to travel and to experience meeting and talking to people who are just like us. In time, I'd like to devote some of our blog to introduce you to some of our friends on the road - full-timers just like ourselves. If you see us going down the road you'll notice we pull our car behind us. When we arrive at our new destination, we usually travel within about a 100 mile radius in our car to try to learn more about the area and its historical significance in our country.
The Roadrunner Chronicles RVers of the Month April 2018
I don't know exactly what prompted us to stop in at an RV dealer and talk with them but it definitely got the wheels churning. My first question was how 'regular' people could afford this. I went next door to a KOA to get some coffee early in the morning and talking with some folks who were working there and lived in there RV. I didn't think much of it then but eventually we became aware of 'workamping'. That was one way people financed living in an RV. Eventually I got immersed in blogs on the internet and was reading them for hours a day. And I found a number of forums to answer my many questions. And we started taking day-trips to RV dealers climbing all over hundreds of RVs. And we'd look at RVs when we went on vacation (to Orlando, Tampa, California, etc). Over the 2 1/2 years it took us to think about it, decide and go for it, we ended up visiting 10 states and 32 dealerships. We test drove 16 motorhomes before we decided on our 2007 Tiffin Allegro Bus. We thought the best way for us was to sell our house, take some of the money and buy the RV outright so we did not have a mortgage hanging over our head. We have been on the road since May 2009 and are in our seventh year. We learn something new everyday and like to see and meet new people. We have gotten reacquainted with family and friends from coast to coast and border to border. We have travelled over 100,000 miles. One thing that we love is volunteering and we have done that with two groups: NOMADS and Care-A-Vanners. It gives us a sense of purpose and we love learning about building and fixing up houses.
Pau Hana Travels RVers of the Month March 2018
We are blessed and fortunate to say we are semi-retired which allows us to get out on the road and see what our beautiful country has to offer. Our name pretty much says it all “Pau Hana”, which translates to Done with Work, Quitting Time or Happy Hour in Hawaiian. We are not your typical full-time RVers (we like to say we are part-time fulltimers) as we still own a “sticks and bricks” back home in Washington State. We spend typically 6-8 month out of the year on the road so we want to have all the creature comforts of home while away. Our Fleetwood Discovery 37R gives us just that. "The Disco” a 2016 Fleetwood Discovery 37R Diesel Pusher. The Disco has been our best rig to date. She’s a perfect size for two people in full-time conditions. She is also a perfect length to get into most State and National Parks. Any longer and that would be a huge hassle. We also love the tank capacities which allow us to stay out on the road longer. So please feel free to follow us on our pau hana adventures of life… we hope you will enjoy the ride.
On the Road of Retirement RVers of the Month February 2018
Having never RV’ed before my bride, Sharon, and I (John) sold everything we own except what we could fit into our rolling home. We left our working lives behind and only look forward to our future adventures. As we discussed retirement options and locations it was Sharon who first suggested the idea of purchasing a motorhome and traveling. Her motivation was the desire to watch Katie play her last year of softball in college. After discussing this option we decided that to make it financially feasible we would have to sell everything and travel for a minimum of two years. That got the ball rolling and before we knew it and to the amazement of our friends and family we had sold everything we owned except what we could fit into our rolling home.
With only two weeks before we were scheduled to retire we finally found a motorhome. A 2007 Tiffin Allegro Bay was going to be our next home.We left our house behind and hit the road on March 3, 2011. Neither of us had ever camped or driven in a motorhome before we made this decision. My first driving experience was the day we bought it when I had to drive 165 miles through Austin Texas to bring our beauty home. That drive home was only the beginning of what has been several years of pleasure for us as we have traveled thousands of miles across the USA. We have no regrets having left our working lives behind and only look forward to our future adventures on this wonderful road of retirement.
Our Awesome Travels RVers of the Month January 2018
Come join us on our journey of North America in our Holiday Rambler, since August 2006. Out of the workforce at 56 yrs old (me George) and Suzie somewhat younger (7years) we are enjoying life, traveling and exploring Canada, USA and Mexico. We have wheels so lets make them turn. Home to both of us is southern Ontario where we usually spend the summer months, visiting with family and friends. Married in 1993 and still on our honeymoon. In the winter months we head south to warmer climates all the way from Florida to California, our favourite spots are Louisiana, all over Texas, New Mexico, California, Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Omaha, but mostly the desert of southern Arizona, California, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and more. I have always loved camping (now it's not called camping anymore, its a lifestyle) and had a tent trailer from 1969 until we bought a van conversion in 1995. With a trailer we have to drive a big pickup truck around for errands and sightseeing lostsa fuel all the time. With a coach we use lotsa fuel only when we move from site to site traveling. Once set up we have a car that gets great fuel economy. We had looked at layouts, construction, types of power trains, storage, new verses used, all that. Well in 2006 we came across our dream home on wheels. It was a 1999 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36 feet.
Our Newell Adventure RVers of the Month December 2017
We began living full time in our motor home on February 1, 2011, and began to travel full time February 1, 2012 after spending a year in a local SoCal county RV park getting used to living in a small space with each other. We are still at it and loving each and every day as if it were our first. Our motorhome is equipped currently with two 150 watt solar panels, and two 160 watt panels installed by A.M. Solar out of Springfield, OR. Shortly after we bought the coach we installed wooden floors, and have made minor modifications in the interior (flat screen TV's, recliners, new Dometic absorption fridge) since that date. We completed our purchase of our 36 foot 1982 Newell on March 1st, 2008, and have never looked back since that day. When we took delivery of the Newell it had exactly 103,500 mile on her, and we now have over 167,000 miles on her. Over the 64,000 miles we have driven her we have had one major repair....the water pump, which I wrote about here. I removed and replaced the water pump myself. Other than that it has been a matter of changing the oil and various filters (oil, tranny, fuel) on a periodic basis and replacing the tires every 6 years. Join us now that we have retired and are now fulltiming in our 1982 Motorcoach, and traveling across the width and breadth of the USA. I know, it looks like a bus conversion, but it was built from the ground up to be a motorcoach.
Winnie Views RVers of the Month November 2017
My family didn't camp much when my brother and I were kids. There was one miserably memorable attempt when we were chased by mosquitoes all day, and in the evening, each given a spoon and a lunchbag and told to go into the woods to hunt for small white rodents called "snipes." Returning empty-handed, we were given S'mores and cups of hot cocoa, and sat around a cozy campfire listening to my stepdad tell us all kinds of tall tales of the "snipes that got away." With a growing love of the outdoors and RVing, by 2012, I knew I needed to make some major changes to my unsatisfied and unfulfilled life. I turned 50, was caring for a mother with terminal cancer, and starting to see long-time dear friends also face major health crises. Would I even still be around by normal retirement age? If so, would I be healthy enough to enjoy it? So after my mom died in 2013, I knew it was finally time to quit my soul-sucking corporate job and start living a life of my own full intentions. I ran off to discover Mexico for the winter and gave full-time RVing one final test run. That felt so good and right that I returned to my house in Chicago in early 2014 and spent the next 6 months selling off all my household possessions. In August of 2014, leaving only 7 modest storage boxes behind in Chicago, I finally officially began life as a full-time RVer!
David and Keng On The Road RVers of the Month October 2017
Thanks for stopping by. We are David and Keng. In July 2016, after having lived in Richmond, Virginia for 12 years, we retired, bought our RVs, sold our house, became full-time RVers, and moved back to the West. Looking back, it was a big leap of faith and we were glad we did. We’re enjoying the mobile lifestyle and slowly exploring this beautiful country. Come along with us. We completed our relocation from Virginia to Oregon in July 2016. We spent the first few months in Oregon to get our RV set up, visit with friends, and enjoy summer and fall in the Pacific Northwest then headed south. We spent the first winter in Desert Hot Springs. One of the things that worried us during the planning for this transition was our cat, Tiger. We adopted him in 2008 and he had been the center of our attention in Richmond since. Tiger is an outdoor kitty which we didn’t think would transition into a traveling cat very well. Besides, with our travel plan it meant we’d be out of the country for an extended period occasionally. Fortunately, we found a good home for him but it wasn’t without issues. All is good now. So the kitty situation turned out to be the best for him and for us. Stimpy is a 2006 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40E. He was built on Spartan Chassis and has a Caterpillar C9 400 HP diesel engine and Allison MD3000MH transmission. He has a GVWR of 34,000 lb. and a GCWR of 49,000 lb. Ren is a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado extended cab with a Fourwheel Fleet pop-up camper.
Travel with the Bayfield Bunch RVers of the Month September 2017
From the first day Kelly & I met, it was apparent we had a lot of things in common. Over the years we talked more & more of someday owning a motorhome & traveling around this big beautiful land of ours. In 1997 the dream began to take shape. We bought our first rig, an old 17 foot 1979 Dodge Centurion Class C. It was kinda beat up but it was a start. Next came a 24 foot Prowler travel trailer in 1999. From there, we shifted back to a 23 foot Gulf Stream Conquest Class C . Went all the way down to Big Bend National Park in southern Texas during the winter of 2003 with the Gulf Stream but sold it when we got back because the rig had some issues. Somewhere between then & 2006 we acquired a couple of extra doggy pals so when we decided to get another RV we had to think bigger. After waffling back & forth between a Motor Home or truck & 5th wheel trailer we decided on the truck & trailer combination & headed off for New Mexico & Arizona in the winter of 06/07. The 2004 GMC Sierra 6.0 & the 2005 Rockwood fifth wheel worked well to-gether but it didn't take us long to realize we should have decided on the Motorhome!! Nothing against trucks & fifth wheels but it just wasn't the right set up for us, especially traveling with 3 dogs at the time.
Marlene and Benno's Odysseys on Land and Water RVers of the Month AUG 2017
Many people know us already from our cruising years on the oceans with “Najade” a 37-foot sailboat and later “Diesel Duck” a 41-foot motor vessel. Discovering fascinating places and making new friends all over the world had been a big part of our lives, while we were full time cruising on our boats for 13 years. It must have been during one of the blizzards that we came to the decision to not want to spend our winters shoveling snow, but rather go somewhere warm like all those Canadian Snowbirds. The RV life looked like a good idea and the interest in RV-ing was born. In short order the travel trailer sold quickly, the Jetta got traded in for a red RAM 1500, 6 Cyl. pickup truck and we treated ourselves to a 19ft. Jay Flight Swift 198 RD travel trailer that suits us just fine to try out and get our foot into RVing. Well, that was then. In March of 2016 our family grew with the addition of our two dachshunds. Although the 19 ft Jayco had been sufficient for the two of us, it now seemed a bit cramped and we were looking to upgrade a bit. For the present time the 2016 model of the Jayco White Hawk 24RKS we call our home from home.
The Traveling Sitcom RVers of the Month July 2017
In June of 2010, my husband and I made a major life decision. With the kids grown and gone,we were ready to begin a new chapter in our lives. Both of us had jobs in the city. I was an Executive Assistant in a huge corporation, and my husband was a Fleet Manager in another large company. Both of us were tired of the major commute (an hour and a half each way). Both of us were tired of our jobs; tired of city life; tired of the crowds. Let’s face it, we were just plain tired. We needed to come up with a new plan. We quit our jobs, sold our house and everything in it, and hit the road. We plan on seeing the country, and living the stress free life that we hope goes along with it. We are driving a 2013 Itasca Meridian Class A Motorhome, and are traveling with our two Chugs (part Chihuahua, part Pug). We are learning the ropes as we go. And believe me, there is lots to learn. Join in our travels. You will soon see why I call it a Sitcom.
Meet the Colliers RVers of the Month June 2017
We’re Antwon & Sharee Collier - a husband and wife duo that decided to hit the road fulltime with our kids in 2013. We were stuck in a rut of monotonous life and really needed a change of scenery to get our spunk back. We were sick of living the Standard American Life- so we stopped. We were sick of seeing the same people, day in and day out- so we stopped. We were sick of taking vacations to have a chance to spend time together- so we stopped.In the beginning, we did what everybody else did. Average Americans. We purchased a home, got married in Jamaica, and started a family. We purchased cars, went to school, and worked fulltime. After a few of life’s unexpected twists and turns- we found ourselves wondering… Is this it? Collectively, we made a huge decision to do something big. We came up with a 3 big ideas: 1. Move to the beach. 2. Live in an RV fulltime 3. Sail around the world.
Camper Chronicles RVers of the Month May 2017
Our names are Lee and Tracy Perkins and we have been full-time RVers since November of 2015, traveling in a 40 foot Open Range fifth wheel. After 25 years of marriage and raising 3 beautiful daughters, we knew we needed to find a way to reconnect with each other and deal with our empty nest, so despite having never camped before, we decided to try RVing. A few months later our plans to become full timers were in full swing. In a relatively short amount of time, we sold our house, Lee quit his job and Tracy took her corporate job on the road. Our main goal in this blog is to write what we wish we could have read prior to becoming full timers. To that end it is as honest as we can stand to be and includes detailed information on our monthly expenses and revenue. We have certainly made our share of mistakes along the way, but also had some amazing moments and hopefully you will enjoy reading about them.
Drive Dive Devour RVers of the Month April 2017
We're two travelers passionate about exploring, scuba diving, and food. The best places to discover on or off the beaten path. The best spots to scuba dive in a state you would never think of diving. And the best local food to make your stomach growl. This is what excites us in traveling and what we want to share with you. While living in the NYC/NJ metro area, we got into camping and bought a pop-up camper to take a break from city life and explore the Poconos and Catskills. This planted a seed, a seed that would grow into this adventure you’re reading about now. We were happy in our pop-up. We were always happy on the road exploring new places and experiencing new things. Maybe we could do this full-time; no permanent home except the one we drive. So we planned, saved, researched, and then jumped in with both feet. We left our corporate jobs to use our design skills as consultants on the road (deglossed.com) and bought a home on wheels. Join us for our new life and new adventure as we explore all the nooks and crannies of America to see what makes each region unique.
RV Love RVers of the Month March 2017
We’re full-time RVers who are now into our 3rd year of living and traveling in our RV and our mission is to help you hit the road so you can live and love a life of freedom, fun and travel too. Since June of 2014, we’ve visited all of the lower 48 states, explored national parks and state parks, stayed in private campgrounds and dry camped in the middle of the desert. We’ve summered in Maine, wintered in Arizona, hiked the rocky mountains in Colorado, parasailed in the Florida Keys, driven up into Canada and walked across the border into Mexico. We’re not retired and we don’t have a trust fund either. When we started, we had very little knowledge of what was what in the world of RVs – there are so many to choose from. Finally, after several months of focused and intensive research, we ended up buying a gas powered Class A motorhome. It’s a 2012 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 35QBA (bunkhouse model) and so far, we love it.
Two Lanes of Freedom RVers of the Month February 2017
We’re a young at heart couple with a taste for the crazy. We’re from the hills of Tennessee, though when we say “from”, we just mean that it’s the place most fondest in our hearts and it is where we have lived the longest. Today we are perpetual travelers that rarely live in one place more than two weeks. We’ve been in love for over a quarter of a century and have developed a taste for discovering something new. This unhinged wind lifted our sail once again in 2014 at the age of 49 and 50 and propelled us into a flipped-out ride of selling everything we loved and owned and exchanging it all for a little turtle shell with wheels that we could tug around America. This website and the tales we share here have blossomed from a new years resolution. It’s a way for us to make a road map of sorts with the pictures and places this journey takes us. We’d love for you to tag along, jump in the creek with us from time to time, sing along and let’s see where this little buggy goes..
Drivin' and Vibin' RVers of the Month December 2016
We are Olivia, Kyle and River Moon. We enjoy learning, traveling, and connecting. Our dream is to live deliberately and minimally, removing the clutter and fostering our relationships with the community and the natural world. We currently live fulltime in our camper, exploring all of life’s nuances as we ease down the road. Our lovely 16' Fiber Stream Camper was manufactured in 1985. And, here’s how we made it our home… Once Olivia & I decided to live a life on the road, one of our first challenges was finding a camper suitable for our needs and finances. We also wanted something we could tow with our 2004 Ford Ranger Edge. This meant the camper had to be under 4000lbs, and no more than 20 feet long. The majority of campers that fit these requirements were the fiberglass, eggshell style – Casita, Scamp, etc… We didn’t want to break the bank to purchase a camper either. Months of scouring Craigslist, trailer classified ads, and our local streets led to many visits (sometimes sketchy) to potential home-on-wheels. The searches led to finding our unique Fiber Stream; it was right in our budget and had lots of potential.
Venture Wild RVers of the Month January 2017
Life is just one big adventure. Venture Wild is a place, for the doers, explorers, dream chasers and anyone who has a travel itch. Wether you’re planning your next trip, or just dreaming about an adventure, inspiration abounds on this site! Living and exploring out of their 2016 Winneabago Travato, Katie & Dj are full of tips and tricks, for traveling on the road, and getting the best out of each destination!
Ditching Suburbia RVers of the Month October 2016
We left a traditional suburban life in 2010 to travel the USA full-time by RV. Our oldest is Harrison and he’s 19. He’s a sports fan, reader, and vocal percussionist. He recently exited from the RV to take a fulltime job back in our hometown. Our second is Miranda. She’s 18 and is our resident animal whisperer never having met an animal she didn’t like. She’s completed a Humane Society Internship this summer and looking into a possible career as a Vet Tech. We write about leaving a suburban life in search of simpler living, closer family, richer education, and uncommon adventure. We purged our stuff, found a friend to stay in our house, and hit the road to spend a year traveling the USA by RV. The year wasn’t enough. We came back and sold the house. We gave away everything that didn’t fit in the RV. We returned to the road fulltime as location-independent tech-nomads.
Trips by the Saumure RVers of the Month November 2016
We have been travelling and camping together since 1974. Now retired and have taken our travelling to a whole new level. On June 30, 2012, the day after Danielle retired, we took off on an epic trip which took us to Alaska, then south through Yellowstone National Park and back home. In the winter of 2013, we went to Florida, to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and also to Texas. The following winter, in 2014, we returned to the US but this time to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Utah. On that trip we visited 14 US National Parks. In the summer of 2014 we purchased a truck and a 28 ft travel trailer. During Winter 2015 we returned to Arizona and California with our goal to visit the large cities of California and the California coastal road. For the 2016 winter, we went to Florida for 3 months and went by the US east coast and visit its small cities and historic towns. In the winter of 2017 we are planning to go to Arizona and California for 4 months and and visit BLM's and also small cities and historic towns.
The More We Explore RVers of the Month Sept 2016
We are adventurers, videographers, photographers, travelers, minimalists, and explorers. We love exploring this amazing planet. We have always loved the outdoors. In 2012, we set a goal to go tent camping once a month. By 2013, once a month wasn't enough. In 2014, we camped 58 nights in a tent, and we still wanted more. Before we knew it, our house started feeling like a burden, and we decided to sell. As we sold our house, we looked at tiny houses and small apartments. Eventually we migrated to started researching RVs and we loved the idea of being able to travel with our home. From there, we set a goal to live in an RV full-time and keep exploring this great country. For the next several years, we will be living in our Airstream, traveling wherever the winds may blow us, in search of great friends, great trails to hike, ride, paddle, and explore. This is our journey as we try to explore more of the world and seek to enrich our lives and the lives of others.
The Reckless Choice RVers of the Month August 2016
Hi, we’re Nik and Allison White. We’re under 30 and we live in an RV. We both still work real jobs, we just live in an RV and drive around the country. In 2015 we decided that we wanted to be able to hang out outside more because the whole buying a house and commuting to work thing was getting kinda old. Other than being young and continuing to work, we are a little different from many RVers in some other ways too. We don’t stay at RV parks much; we prefer to dry camp or boondock for free out in the middle of nowhere. We bought a used 1989 26 ft motorhome and gutted the interior and rebuilt everything from the wood up to make it exactly the way we wanted. This blog chronicles our adventures with renovating a the rig and the travels that we take it on.The blog is named after a line from the Robert Frost poem “The Sound of the Trees."
American RoadTrip RVers of the Month July 2016
In the fall of 2015 we decided we weren't very happy living the 'American Dream' (am I even allowed to say that?) ; ). We had just gotten married in 2013, and we were both working like crazy at full time jobs and as landlords. We hardly saw each other, and felt tremendous guilt in leaving our pups (whom we adore) home alone all day. We knew we wanted to sell our house in the city, but we were unable to find another affordable option in the country. The idea sort of snuck up on both of us at the same time. And finally it was decided, we would sell our house, get rid of our stuff, and move into an RV. Crazy, right? But we haven't looked back since.Our goal is to try to visit as many states as possible over the course of a year, which makes each stop short and sweet. So far we are learning a lot about this country, meeting new people & making some mistakes along the way.. but loving it. Our home this year is a 2008 31' Class C motorhome with 2 slide outs, which is definitely roomy enough for the two of us and our dogs. We are using a tow dolly to pull our Honda Fit.
Live Small Ride Free RVers of the Month June 2016
We are Ching and Jerud, a couple of outdoor enthusiasts who decided it was time to make the nomadic lifestyle happen for ourselves. Our lifestyle and setup on the road is driven by our belief that with our passion for the outdoors comes our responsibility to take care of it. With that in mind, we hit the road with the goal to show that living fossil fuel free in an RV is possible. But seeing that it’s hasn’t really been done before (not that we’re aware of), this is kind of an experiment. One that includes a 25 ft. RV that is powered by solar panels and a truck that runs on waste vegetable oil. Living on the road, specifically in RVs, vans, buses and tiny homes, is getting to be more popular. Our goal here is to share our experiences - specifically that living on the road sustainably, even fossil fuel free, in an RV is doable. We want this site to be a hub of information about life on the road, living sustainably in an RV, DIY on various things, how to rebuild an RV, and anything outdoor related.
Our Rv Travels RVers of the Month May 2016
Liz and I currently live in Brunswick, GA just north of Jacksonville, FL. We retired here in 2009 after meeting and working for over 30 years in the Washington D.C. area.
We decided in October of 2014 that we wanted to travel more and be able to take our dog Montana with us. That led us to the idea of trying an RV. We bought a travel trailer to try out the lifestyle, and ended up loving it. In eight months we have traveled over 7000 miles and spent 70 nights in it. We also decided that there was no reason to pay for the upkeep of the house if we would be gone the majority of the time. So we have decided to sell our house, downsize and get a new RV that meets our needs. We decided to start this blog so family, friends and anyone else interested can share in our adventure and maybe learn from our travels or give us advice through their comments.
Wandering With Purpose RVers of the Month April 2016
A process that was years in the making, Kelly and I began living from the road as proper full-timers on April 3, 2015. Born and raised in the Midwest, we’ve spent the bulk of our adult lives living in Chicago and Seattle. In November 2011 we relocated from Seattle to San Francisco, a move that afforded us the opportunity to significantly downsize. Everyone knows about the outrageous housing costs in the Bay Area and we had no interest in getting caught-up in that game. Instead, we bought an Airstream and began living very comfortably at an RV park in Half Moon Bay. With the transition to a tiny living space, we shed nearly all of our belongings, keeping only the basic essentials. Increasingly, a dream of ours was to travel and experience the country slowly and serendipitously. So with that goal in mind, we hit the road. It’s easy to look at Airstreams when the only objective is just that – looking. During the process of looking, we eliminated many floorplans, but the daunting task remained … settle on one floorplan and live with the decision. Ultimately, we landed upon the International Signature Series – ’27FB CCD. For the uninitiated reading this, that mumbo-jumbo translates essentially to the following: a hipster cool interior design (courtesy of Christopher C Deam), ’27 feet in length, with a front bedroom location.
Venture Off Grid RVers of the Month March 2016
We decided to drop everything and start travelling the US. After giving the idea a little though, the decision to hit the road wasn’t all that hard. But why wait until retirement to travel? Nick and I found this to be the perfect time, we had both graduated college and really had nothing tying us down. We found ourselves working just to afford to live the 9-5 life. We wanted more adventure, more excitement. After a little inspiration from the tiny house documentary and online travel blogs we decided there is too much out there to see and do to stay in Michigan the rest of our lives. Thats when we decided why not live out of an RV and start traveling the US. Our plan at first was to find an older Class C Motorhome, but we realized if we wanted to stay somewhere for a few weeks we aren’t going to want to drive our home with us every time we need groceries. We settled on a fifth wheel instead of a travel trailer because they are a lot easier to drive and better for towing. We found this 1991 beauty on Craigslist and were more than happy with our purchase (and pockets). Our truck was a little harder to find, ended up with a nice 9mpg V10 F-250. Although the gas millage is nothing short of terrible, it does get the job done.
The Roamans RVers of the Month February 2016
Runner, herbivore, and creator of all things pleasing to the eye. Vanessa enjoys a good tub soak, the nude beach, and clean ears. Health fiend and Eco-enthusiast, this free-spirited gal is the resident natural home and body product artisan. Disciplines include yoga, water fasting, and winning thumb wars. She also loves Marisa. A lot. Marisa is a published novelist, promising screenwriter, avid book enthusiast, and vegetarian who dabbles in seafood. Hiking, biking, and longboarding, she prefers her time spent in the great outdoors. As the in-house hash slinger, Marisa is often found preparing delicious plant-based fare in the small RV kitchen. She also loves Vanessa. A lot. As the oldest member of The Roamans, Penny is also the sleepiest. Penny loves organic peanut butter, sunbathing, and incessantly barking at small children. Spike is just happy to be here. 2007 Itasca Navion, Maude, is the newest member and full-time mobile digs of The Roamans. At only 24 feet, she's got a baby body, which means: small RV.
Traveling The Long Road
RV Travelogue about places we visit and our experiences there. We have a 2104s Forest River Rockwood mini lite. With all of our gear it weighs around 5k. Our original tow vehicle was an older Tahoe Z71 but has since been upgraded to an ecoboost F150. Towing is now a breeze.
Van-Tramp RVers of the Month December 2015
I have been full-timing in my van since December 2011. I do what I do out of the joy of traveling, adventuring as it is around the country. In 2010 I drove nearly 17,000 miles around the West, visiting 15 National Parks and other attractions. Another 13,000 miles logged in 2011 and it was then that I began venturing into ‘boondocking‘ which has really captured me. 2012 brought on another 14,000 miles of travel and my start of full-time van living. 2013 was my first full year of full-timing in the van. My 2014 travels included 8 months of urban camping with only a few short periods of adventures on either side.In late 2009 I decided to stop smoking. I wanted to see all the national parks so mobility (and MPG) was a priority over luxury.
Home Sweet Home on Wheels RVers of the Month January 2016
A young couple and a puppy traveling full time for work, all over the country in a 2015 Grand Design Momentum, making the most of every mile along the way. You'll find RV park reviews, recipes, camping complications, DIY crafts, and a whole lot more.
Poorest Tourist RVers of the Month November 2015
We'll be the first to admit that we have no idea what we're doing. We're both in our twenties and love to travel, so we remodeled a vintage Toyota RV and hit the road. We've been traveling the USA since January and it has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of our lives. We made this website to share how we did it. Why? Besides the freedom of travel, it's pretty economical. We love our Campy. We wanted to see all of the amazing places we had heard about. And we wanted to do it while we were still young and healthy. So we decided to buy an RV. We spent about a week on the internet researching what model suited us best. We wanted a solid engine that's cheap to fix, 10+ mpg, and a compact size that fits into a parking spot. Also, a durable fiberglass body was absolutely necessary. The Toyota Sunrader was the ultimate combination of these attributes and we began combing craigslist for the best available option. We decided on a diamond in the rough.
Nealys on Wheels RVers of the Month October 2015
We have been RVing with our 3 dogs since 2013. We first started toying with the idea of RVing when we somehow ended up with 3 dogs, and it became ridiculously expensive to board them when we went out of town. For over a year we read about RVs and attended a few RV shows. We had four must-have criteria: 1) It had to be 35 feet long or less, 2) It had to be diesel, 3) It had to have a king size bed, and 4) It had to have a washer and dryer. We looked and looked, and people kept telling us that the right RV would eventually come along. And it did: the perfect RV for us showed up on eBay in early 2013 – a 2010 Tiffin Allegro Red 34QFA. Since we had been looking for so long, we new immediately it was the right one for us and agreed to buy it sight unseen. The first few days with the RV were a little crazy as we tried to educate ourselves about it as fast as we could. There were a few moments of “What in the world have we done?”, but overall we were very excited and couldn’t wait to take our first big trip. In March 2014 we set out in the RV, sold our house in Florida, and have been in the RV ever since.
Take To The Highway RVers of the Month Sept. 2015
My life has been a constant metamorphosis of sorts, always morphing into a new stage in a new place. I have had an incurable case of wanderlust since I was a kid growing up with parents who loved to road trip on a minute’s notice. I have been blessed to see some amazing places on this beautiful planet, so I decided I would like to have a place to share these experiences. I am living out my dream as a full time RVing 9 to 5’er, still hanging on to the “golden handcuffs” for a little longer. So I sold my home, bought my Winnie View (A 2008 Winnebago View 24J, with 31,000 miles, and a 1994 Geo Tracker tow vehicle thrown in for good measure), and hit the road. It is my intent to try to capture some of these memories in a more minimalist method than hauling boxes of photos and hand-written journals with me to the grave.
The Ardent Camper RVers of the Month August 2015
Fantasize about quitting your day job and traveling around the country? We realize that this isn't possible for everyone, but your dream may be closer to reality than you think. Because of widely-available technology and the business world’s increasing acceptance of telecommuting, it’s easier than ever to stay connected and work from anywhere. Ardent Camper is our proof of this. After building our own location-independent businesses, we sold our house and most of our stuff in 2014 and moved into a new house on wheels. Now, we work full-time as we travel all over the United States of America. Serenity is our 2011 Coachmen North Ridge Fifth Wheel. Dovahkiin is our 2010 Ford F-350 with dual rear wheels and a long bed.
Goza's Wanderings and Wonderings RVers of the Month July 2015
I retired in April of 2014 after 31 years with the State of Louisiana. I bought a Fifth Wheel RV and Truck about 4 months before retirement. It is my first RV. On April 11, 2014 I hit the road and headed to the Atlantic Coast then up to Maine then over to Minnesota and back down to Louisiana for Thanksgiving (2014). After Thanksgiving, I hit the road again with plans to do a western swing. I'll return to Louisiana for Thanksgiving again in 2015. I move campgrounds, on average, about every 3 to 4 days. I like seeing a lot of different country and sights. I travel solo and record my travels in my blog so my family and friends know that I'm OK and am not in a ditch somewhere.
Travel with Kevin and Ruth RVers of the Month June 2015
Married for thirty years, they are now in their early fifties. They love adventure travel including hiking, camping, and exploring. And they’re never afraid to try something different. The informative diary style of writing keeps readers tuned in to their activities on a daily basis. The detailed accounts of their RV and motorhome travel throughout North America and Mexico have prompted many of their readers to take on the same lifestyle. Sherman is our motorhome. He was sold as a 1996 Damon Daybreak, but on a 1995 Chevrolet P-30 chassis. He is 28 feet long. There are no slideouts, and no leveling jacks. We have done a lot of modifications to Sherman. We installed three 80w solar panels, four 6v deep cycle batteries, and a power inverter. This is our supply of electricity because we like to be self sufficient and it enables us to park overnight for free when we can.
Redneck RVers RVers of the Month May 2015
My name is Hope and my husband is Jeff. We, along with our hairy, incredibly spoiled, happy, pampered companion Black Dog are traveling the US in our 5th wheel camper. About 5 years ago we retired. It didn’t take us long to figure out we were bored after leaving busy careers. We hope that if you are already a fellow RVer you might be introduced to some new places to explore, places to eat, or RV parks that fit your needs and likes. We will share different tips we have learned from fellow RVers and some we have learned ourselves, sometimes the hard way. If you have not embraced this lifestyle and are curious, it is our hopes that you will see how wonderful it can be. If it is just the enjoyment you get from reading the sometimes crazy stories, well then, enjoy.
LOAFin Around RVers of the Month April 2015
This is the personal, travel website of an adventurous Canadian couple. We've visited all regions of our own beautiful country, been fortunate enough to have seen most of the rest of North America and have completed a few trips to other countries. Most of our travel activities are 'self-propelled' paddling, hiking, cycling, SCUBA / snorkelling. As North American travellers, we are fortunate to be able to choose camping in government or privately operated campgrounds. These camping places provide all the civilized amenities that most RV'ers would ever want, just by plugging in. We come from a background of backcountry wilderness camping where privacy, peace, quiet and solitude are the standard not the high density, noisy, parking lot styled sites that RV campgrounds often offer. Currently they roll in a 2011 Ford F350 4x4 CC SRW SB Lariat 6.2l gas with 2013 LANCE 855s 4-season Camper.
Two Wheels Two Feet RVers of the Month March 2015
Welcome to the ride along of my journey in finding my own two feet again. First of all, let me introduce myself, my name is Ginamarie Austin but most of my motorcycle friends call me Purple. My motorcycle adventures started over 6 years ago when I got tired of looking at the back of my husband’s head while riding and decided it was time for me get my motorcycle license. We have met some great people and gone on some amazing rides. Then last year, we decided to attend the Horizon Unlimited event in Cambria, CA. This is where we got the bug to wanting to travel the North America to discover the small towns on the back road. You’ll be following along my trials and tribulations as I use the tools and tricks that my late husband has taught me. This trip will be about closing one chapter and finding my own feet in the next chapter of my life. I hope you will learn from my mistakes and successes in this journey.
Shell On Wheels RVers of the Month February 2015
Jack and Rose are in their late 40s and just retired, now living on the road in an RV. They found each other on the roof of a Miami Beach condo under the glow of July 4th fireworks in 2002. Jack is a retired navy sailor obsessed with politics, comic books, salt water aquariums, and the intersection of science, religion, skepticism, and culture. Ramblin’ Rose is an inveterate natural born traveller ready to cash it all in, strap on a backpack and travel the world couch surfing and crashing in youth hostels. The Big Kahuna is a 1963 GM PD4106 bus converted into a motorhome a few decades back. He’s powered by a Detroit Diesel 8V71 engine that was rebuilt about 80,000 miles ago. Though the interior is well crafted, we are looking forward to updating the 1980s maroone and gold decor to something more suitable to our tastes.
Old Dogs New Truck RVer of the Month January 2015
Many RV travelers dream of trips North to Alaska. We are heading the other way. George and I have lived in Alaska–on and off–for almost 25 years since the mid-1970’s. We tried to leave twice, but Alaska has an extraordinary hold. If you love it, it spoils you, making it difficult to live anywhere else. But its isolation, which is part of what makes it special, can also lead to a kind of state-wide cabin fever. Travel is the cure. So, we are heading to the Lower 48 by road with a pickup, a 22-foot travel trailer, our loving old dog, Zoe. We are planing on working our way back East to visit with family over the summer and fall (with a side-trip to the Canadian Maritimes) and then heading to the Southwest for the winter. We will be towing and living in an Outback Terrain 220 TRB. We wanted a trailer small enough for National Park campgrounds but large enough to live in for an extended period.
J. Dawg Journeys RVer of the Month December 2014
I'm currently traveling and exploring the country in my Class C - 2014 Winnebago View Profile 24V motorhome. I love traveling and exploring the country - seeing new things and experiencing the different parts of the country. I'm staying away from the big cities and tourist traps. I saw a lot of those when I was traveling for my job and taking my family on vacations. I'm also taking it slow. There's no 30 cities in 30 days for me. Instead, I'm going to different areas and spending some time to savor what it has to offer. I wanted something a little bigger than a camper van that would be more comfortable for stay put camping, but still had the nimbleness of a small vehicle. And, after 17,000 miles and 140 days of traveling, its met all my expectations. I have the Winnebago View Profile model 24V. Its 25 1/2 ft long and 7 1/2 ft wide and technically a Class C motor home. Its built on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis which has a a GVWR of 11,030 lbs. Its considered a small motor home.
RV Built For Two RVers of the Month November 2014
We are just beginning our journey to be full time RVers. After 11 months of research, we have purchased a 2008 Winnebago Journey 39Z. We continue to chronicle our decisions as we get closer to our goal. In 2013 we decided that we want to explore the U.S. and Canada. Two of our close friends, Judy and Jan purchased a motorhome after they retired and spent several years exploring the U.S. as full-timers. Over the years from time to time we linked up with them at Thousand Trails to catch up on their adventures. This is exactly the lifestyle we want to pursue. But, can we do it?
Russ on the Road RVers of the Month October 2014
This site is about adventure and exploration: my adventure and exploration of the USA in a motorhome named Charlene. It began with renting an RV for a few days more than a year before I actually purchased Charlene, and it’s continued on ever since then in the process of shopping for an RV, learning about and making modifications to Charlene, and now in learning about blogging so I can share what I’ve learned with you. If you’re thinking about RVing yourself but haven’t yet started, then some of my experiences may help pave the way. If you’ve been RVing for years perhaps some of my product reviews for a new gadget will prove useful.
McQuade Travels RVers of the Month September 2014
I am a retired small business owner about to embark on a long anticipated journey, that of traveling the country “full-time” in my motorhome. Towing a 2012 Prius behind my 2004 Allegro gasoline powered Class A ( I don’t feel as guilty about the 8 mpg in the motorhome when I balance it out with the 50 mpg from the Prius), I plan to travel north and south as the seasons dictate without any fixed routes, destinations, or timetable, except to stay away from the white stuff I have shoveled here in New Hampshire the past 30 plus years. In preparing for my “full time” adventures, I have gained invaluable knowledge from the blogs and websites of other full timers who have been very willing to share their experiences with others, and I would like to say thanks to all of you.
59 National Parks RVers of the Month August 2014
As we travel to the US National Parks over this next 59 weeks, we will be chronicling our travels with blog posts, photography and social media updates. We begin our quest at Hot Springs National Park on April 1st, 2014. From there, our travels will take us to most of the fifty States and the territories of American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are spending the most time in Alaska. In our twenty-one days there we will be visiting the the National Parks of Glacier Bay, Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Denali, and Wrangell-St. Elias. Some parks, such as Rocky Mountain National Park and Badlands National Park, we plan to visit twice to gain seasonal perspectives for our photography.
The Millers Full Time RV Nomads RVers of the Month June 2014
We are Greg and Marcia Miller, and we are living our dream! Our interests have changed over the years, but Marcia's goal of extensive travel has remained firm. Somewhere along the way, we heard about full-time RV'ing, and thought it sounded fun and interesting. Of course, that isn't something all couples are willing and/or able to do. So in 2009 we did a 19 week trial run in a 33 foot class A motorhome, and we loved it. We decided that we would definitely full-time when we retired. So here we are... launched into a new phase of our lives. We hit the road on May 5, 2013 in our new home-on-wheels - a 2007 40 foot Tiffin Phaeton. We chose Tiffin, as our research indicated their RVs are well made and the company stands behind their product. We opted for used, so we could avoid the major depreciation hit of the first years. We are now retired and traveling full-time - living our dream.
Dream Bounder RVers of the Month April 2014
This website follows Diana & Mike’s journey into full time RVing, simple & sustainable living and going after their dreams. Hi! We’re Diana & Mike and were on a mission; a mission to find a new way of life. We’ve tried the ‘conventional’ way of living… and it’s definitely not for us. In 2012 we found ourselves working jobs that we hated while falling behind on our bills and racking up debt. Our lives lacked excitement, adventure and fulfillment. One night we decided to finally face the terrifying truth about our lives. Where were we going? Where did we want to go? What was holding us back? We came to the conclusion that our cost of living was too high, and our income was too low. We knew that we were heading down a very dark road if we continued like this. An idea came. A crazy/exciting/scary idea. All we needed to do was drastically lower our living expenses and our problems would be solved. So how can we do this? By living in an RV! Follow their journey and hopefully be inspired to start a journey of your own
The Roaming Pint RVers of the Month March 2014
Brian and Mariao have been traveling in their 29 ft RV, named Stanley, since 2010 seeking out all kinds of great beer destinations. When we started our trip from Lawrence, KS, our first stop was in Colorado Springs. We weren’t exactly sure what to do, so we thought, let’s see if there is a brewery and sure enough, Bristol Brewery impressed us and provided a fantastic first night of our trip. From there we just kept discovering brewery after brewery and once we left Colorado we were already 20 beer destinations deep. The direction of our trip was clear, just keep seeking out great beer destinations and that we did. If you’ve visited a place, would like to host us in your city, have a great beer pic you want to share, or think we could use a better information for a beer destination let us know.
Stanley is our 1999, 29 foot Ford Jayco Class C RV. We purchased him in March 2010 for $10,000.
Seeing The USA RVers of the Month February 2014
"Bill is a native Virginian. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Bill worked as a mortician, in real estate sales, middle management with Transamerica for 18 years, small business owner, and most recently as an optician for 12 years. Kris is an Army brat having lived in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Taiwan, Louisiana, and Virginia. She has worked in insurance claims processing, doctors' offices, as a day care provider, and most recently an administrative assistant with Carpenter Company. She has always wanted to see more of North America with time to really get to know each area. Bill and Kris were married in 1973 and have 2 children. Our blog is a chronicle of our experiences as we live our dream of "Seeing the USA". It is written as a journal to be enjoyed in our old age. Interested family and friends can ride along on this journey as we visit new places, experience new adventures, create new friendships and make memories. We had a 2008 Itasca Navion iQ for three years which taught us about the RVing lifestyle. We had pretty much committed to the going fulltime after the FMCA rally in March 2011. Now traveling in a 2011 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40QXP."
GoneByRV RVers of the Month October 2013
In our previous lives, Karen was a dental hygienist. She is now anxious to begin this new chapter in our lives of fulltime RVing. Steve was in local law enforcement beginning in 1982. He spent the last 22+ years as a Crash Investigator. We are both very anxious to travel and embrace the adventures which lie ahead. In April of 2010 we purchased a Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH motorhome. We managed mainly short weekend trips and a few trips of a week or ten days several times throughout the year. Finally, in October 2012 we closed on the sale of our S&B house in Virginia and lived in our motorhome locally until we were able to finally retire at the end of 2012.
Turn When The Road Does RVers of the Month May 2014
The name of our blog is a quote from Rhonda’s late Dad, Eugene Courtney, from one of his famous driving directions. We consider it profoundly applicable to life in general. The home page picture is our camp site at Canal Campground on Lake Barkley in Kentucky, the first park we stayed in when we began our full-time RV adventure, and we found it to be the perfect representation of “Turn when the road does”. This blog will be our journal, and we hope sharing our experiences can inspire and/or inform others along the way.
RVWheelLife RVers of the Month November 2013
Julianne G. Crane writing about the recreation vehicle lifestyle decades ago after she purchased her first RV, a grossly underpowered early ’80s Toyota Dolphin 4 cylinder class C motor home. Between 2000-2007, she was a staff writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is currently the RV lifestyle specialist for Motor Matters, an automotive content provider serving the print and online pages of daily and weekly newspapers across the United States. Her homebase is Eastern Washington, however, Julianne is on the road much of the time exploring the United States and Canada in a 2005 10.2 Northern Lite truck camper on a 2001 F350 diesel Ford.
whereRVgoing RVers of the Month December 2013
RV camping and road trips in the Pacific Northwest. My name is Carley and I hope to inspire you to discover all the amazing places you can explore and gain quality time with your family. We are transplants from Texas living in the great Pacific Northwest just outside of Seattle and we love to travel – particularly in our 25 foot travel trailer. We started camping in our RV during the summer of 2011 and have explored Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. I hope my blog can become a resource to help you learn about great places and to prepare yourself with the information and experience I have put together.
Living The Dream RVers of the Month September 2013
We married in 1982, in 1990 we built our dream home in North Saanich just north of Victoria BC. We both had long careers, Dianne in Human Resources and Steve as Branch Manager for a controls systems wholesaler. Steve always felt that there were no guarantees in life as far as health and mortality went, so we planned to retire early and RV full-time. In late 2009 we began the build process on our custom Toy Hauler truck, taking delivery in early 2010. We moved into our new Montana 5th wheel in Feb 2010, living in it for 4 months. We're ready! Just shy of our 55th birthdays, on June 25, 2010 we retired and started our life as gypsies. We prefer dry camping (boondocking), getting as far away from civilization as possible. However, our size limits us from getting into all of those remote areas. Good thing we have the ATVs to explore with.
Two Happy Campers RVers of the Month July 2013
Hi, we are Mark & Michele and this is our online playground where we share all our outdoor adventures in hopes of inspiring you to get outside and live your life to the fullest. This website chronicles our adventures and we hope it inspires you to get outside and live your life to the fullest also. After all the research that went in to deciding on a truck camper vs. a trailer, camper van, etc., we thought we had made some progress when really we had a long way to go. Okay, so we want a truck camper, now we need to decide on a truck and a camper. Four Wheel Camper was the obvious choice for us. We managed to find a great used 2001 Ford F250 7.3L Powerstroke Turbo Diesel within a couple of weeks.
As Time Goes... Bye RVers of the Month August 2013
We met and married in our 20's while working for General Motors in our home state of Michigan.Presently in our 50's and having raised (and married off) our 3 daughters, we decided to make our dream of seeing this great land of ours a reality. The sole purpose of this blog is to serve as a log or diary of sorts for ourselves and as a way for our families to keep abreast of what is happening in our lives and where we are currently camped. After a year of research and debating the pros and cons of a motorhome vs. a 5er, we opted for a well built, four season DRV Mobile Suite 36RSSB fifth wheel. We have made a few interior modifications to better suit our needs. We pull our home with a Ford 450 pick-up truck that has also been adapted to our lifestyle needs.
Watsons Wander RVers of the Month May 2013
Why not simplify life and travel to all the places we’ve always dreamed of? Why not live out a different lifestyle where everything we own fits in a small space and our backyard is anywhere we desire? In the past ten years some of our most enjoyable memories together have occurred while traveling. The thrill of seeking out a new place, exploring hiking trails and lakes, visiting tiny towns and discovering hidden gems is hard to beat. Arriving back home and adjusting to real life was always the most difficult part of the journey. Then one day it hit us- why can’t this be our “real” life? Why does travel always have to mean vacation? The answer is simple - it doesn’t. Fueled by our desire to travel while maintaining a regular lifestyle and inspired by others who chose the same path three years ago we set out to make our dream a reality. Introducing our 1999 25 ft. Airstream Safari.
Life With Kurumi RVers of the Month June 2013
Kurumi: A 2002 21ft VW/Itasca Class C motorhome. A fairly standard Winnebago RV design on a Volkswagen Eurovan chassis. Built from 2002-2004, not many were made. Pilot(me): A guy with a modest freelance business via the internet. I have no need to be any particular place to do my work as long as there's a decent internet connection. I began my full-time RV living on March 29, 2011. Co-Pilot: Mitsuki the Siamese mix. Born around Labor Day 2011, adopted by me in June 2012. Auxiliary Vehicle: 2012 Kawasaki KLX 250 Dual-Purpose motorcycle. It attaches to the rear of Kurumi with an Ultimate MX Hauler. Auxiliary Aquatic Vehicle: 2011 Advanced Elements AirFusion. It deflates and disassembles to fit inside storage.
Interstellar Orchard RVers of the Month January 2013
This site is about RVing. Full-time traveling in a small RV to be more precise. My name is Becky, and after a bit over a year of planning and preparation I purchased a molded fiberglass travel trailer. Cas is a ’99 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe, a molded fiberglass RV with a single axle, and a GVWR of 3,500 lbs. Bertha is a ’01 Dodge Dakota SLT Club cab, with a 4.7 liter V8 engine, 2 wheel drive and a factory installed tow package. Instead of following the masses and suffering through the daily 9 to 5 grind of work until retirement, I said screw the status-quo and started working on my dreams of perpetual travel, exploration and adventure.
The Travels of Jim and Rosie RVers of the Month April 2013
"We started tent camping in the 1980's and discovered we really enjoyed being out in nature. In 2003, we bought our first RV, a 26' travel trailer.We pulled that trailer from Idaho to Georgia in 2006 and from Idaho to Alaska in 2008. In 2009, we sold the travel trailer and found a used 1997 Alpenlite 34' fifth wheel at a small dealership in Salt Lake City. With 2 slides it seemed very spacious compared to the travel trailer.We plan to limit our travels to the western USA going where ever the weather is warm at that time of year. We hope you will enjoy following us and reading about our travels."
This Blog will be a record of our journey and experiences as we Fulltime RV in our 2011 Carriage Cameo 37CKSLS pulled by a 2011 Chevy 3500HD Duramax/Allison/CC/DRW.
Metamorphosis Road RVers of the Month February 2013
We are realizing our dream of retiring early and hitting the road full time in an RV. We spent a couple of years researching the full time RV lifestyle, purging our excess belongings and prepping to sell the house. This blog chronicles what it's like to plan for and then live on the road in an RV; with additional focus on our favorite past times: trail hiking, urban walking, biking, exploring new places, cooking (Lisa), eclectic music (Hans). We live and travel in a 2013 Keystone Montana 3000RK fifth wheel, pulled by a 2013 Chevy HD3500 extended cab, long bed, diesel, 4x4.
Wish Upon an RV Star RVers of the Month December 2012
We are thrilled that you have found your way to our rv blog. We hope you enjoy reading our journal and viewing our attempts to photograph the natural wonder of America. Al and I are finally living our life-long dream of traveling the United States. We invite all of our family, friends and future friends to follow along in this great adventure of ours. And remember to "do what you love, love what you do"; Life is, indeed, good.
Fulltimeusa RVers of the Month August 2012
After years of caring for Ann’s parents we sold our home, furniture, etc. in Northern California in 2010. Ordered our Lazy Daze from the factory and picked it up in August 2010, loaded our “stuff” on board and took off on our travels. Our goal is see as many interesting places in North America as we can while we are still reasonably healthy. This blog explains how we live and travel fulltime in a “small” RV, about the places we visit, the things we do and what we see while we travel.
It's About Time RVers of the Month October 2012
"We are RV part-timers, 6 months in Ontario, and 6 months elsewhere. In 2011 we sold our home, downsized our personal belongings and moved into an apartment, and upgraded our 5th wheel. We have a 2009 F-350 dually Ford truck and a 2011 Keystone Avalanche 340TG 5th wheel. Now we've retired, downsized our belongings, sold our house, and upgraded our trailer, now it's our time."
RV Sue and Crew RVers of the Month March 2012
I’m a single, sixty-something, great-grandma wandering around the Southwest, living fulltime in my 17-foot Casita Liberty Deluxe with my two canines, Spike and Bridget. I’m originally from northern New York and formerly from Florida. PTV stands for Perfect Tow Vehicle. That's the 2005 Chevy Express van that takes us places. BLT is what I consider the Best Little Trailer, a 2011 17-foot Casita Liberty Deluxe .
Full Time RVing With Jeff & Laurie RVers of the Month March of 2013
We are Jeff and Laurie. We are avid travelers and LOVE spending time outdoors. We have begun our new adventure traveling the world, making new friends, and living the full time RVing dream. We will be exploring America with no real place to be and all the time in the world to get there. Follow our Blog, check it out.
Full Time RV USA RVers of the Month September 2012
Both suburban Chicago natives, raised in typical middle-class homes. TnT met in 2005, and it didn't take long before they realized they not only enjoy each others company, but also have a high degree of compatibility. They have remained inseparable for 7 years, are engaged to be married, and are looking forward to a fulfilling and happy life together. As TnT pursue their dream of becoming full time RVer's - traveling the USA - they look forward to broadening their horizons, exploring new interests, and make many new friends along the way.
Retirement Dreams RVers of the Month July 2012
My husband and I are retired, and RV as much as possible with our Old English Sheepdog Miracle. Please join us on our adventures. We moved from tent camping, to a pop-up and finally to a travel trailer. Our first trailer was 26 feet. Bob was already retired, so when I decided to retire at 62 we moved up to a 30 foot Rockwood travel trailer. Our game plan was to camp for about half of the year, and to stay home for the other half. We considered going full time, but wanted to try living in the trailer for extended periods of time to see if we liked the life style.
Yippee Tyo's RVers of the Month April 2012
For the last 6 years we have dreamed of seeing the U.S. and becoming full time RV'rs. Since we have grand-girls in Rhode Island and California we plan to spend some time with them, and see as much as we can in between. We will be traveling in our 2007 Dodge Ram Diesel, 4x4, all the whips and jangles that guys like, and a 2011 Jayco Eagle Travel Trailer 31.8'. We are retired airline people, who are excited to become road trip people. I hope you enjoy reading about our travels and adventures.
The Good Luck Duck RVers of the Month May 2012
We're full-time RVers traveling with six cats in a class A.
Annie introduced the RV idea. A place to be, a place to house and transport the cats, and a way to make this all happen. We began with a fifth-wheel and a one-ton diesel truck; it was a false start. Now we have a 1996/7 Fleetwood Bounder Class A (motorhome). Our plans have changed over two years, but the Southwest is still the goal.
Where's Eldo? RVers of the Month June 2012
We are full time RVers traveling all over the U.S. in a 40 foot Tiffin Phaeton. Our first two years, complete with bloopers, travel info, park reviews and funny happenings are in our blog, Where's Eldo?
Technomadia RVers of the Month November 2012
Exploring the intersection of full time travel and technology. Chris & Cherie are in their late 30s and full time RVing in a 1961 vintage bus conversion while running their technology company.
RVing With Poppa RVers of the Month September 2011
We live and travel in our 2009 40' Tiffin Phaeton QTH motorhome. We sold our home in 2009 to our daughter and son-in-law, but retained a RV site at the house for when we are in town. We are thankful to be so blessed to have the opportunity to see and enjoy some of the beautiful sites that this USA has to offer from sea to shining sea. We hope we see you somewhere in a campground soon.
Box Canyon Blog RVers of the Month December 2011
We are Mark and Bobbie Johnson and our "hotel suite" is a 26 foot Excel fifth wheel RV that we pull behind our 2001 ford F 250 pickup truck. We are about to quit our jobs, sell our house, and embark on our third "sabbatical" in the past 8 years. Check out the photos and descriptions of our adventures and learn where and how you can park your RV hotel suite on the edge of a canyon or right on the beach."
The Quinn's Awesome Journey RVers of the Month January 2012
Travel along with Bob & Snookie as they live their dream as fulltime RV'ers. As of Monday, November 13, 2006 at precisely 11:51 a.m., when we finished our last errand, we became "fulltimers". We are living fulltime in our 2002 Newmar, Kountry Star fifth wheel trailer. It's 35 feet long and has triple slide outs.
RV-Anytimers RVers of the Month February 2012
Hi we're Linda and Barry. We have been RVing since our early married life in the 70's. I am a retired General Contractor (wood butcher extraordinaire) and Linda retired from a career in Cosmetology (hairbender). We still have a stix & brix home, but travel extensively throughout the year whenever we want. Thus RV-Anytimers. We will be posting our travels so our family and friends can ride along.
Everywhere Once RVers of the Month November 2011
In truth, we're just a couple of travel junkies determined to live life on our own terms. Proving that obstacles are made to be overcome, we completely retooled our ambitions and set out on a North American RV road trip instead. Wise men told us we should take it slow. "Get a pop-up trailer to try out camping," they said. "Rent an RV before committing to a lifestyle you've never experienced." All prudent advice, but we knew a deeper truth.But when the ends are true, the means are of little consequence.
Wheeling It RVers of the Month February 2011
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road. In early 2010 the hubby, the 2 cats, the dog and I quit our day jobs, packed our lives away and moved into a 40-foot tin-can home to follow our dream of living an alternative life and exploring the US on wheels. Through our blog our goal is to share that story and hopefully enable and inspire others who dream of this lifestyle to go out and try it. Come join us on our journey.
The RV Tripper RVers of the Month October 2011
The RV Tripper is a travel blog with recreation ideas, RV cooking, accessories, and personal reflections on the RV lifestyle.
CoolRVers On the Road RVers of the Month July 2011
Since retiring we have fallen in love with the RV Lifestyle - traveling in our 2007 Itasca Horizon 40TD with our current pooch, "Star", a German Shepherd/American Dingo mix. We've been in Anchorage since last Wednesday so this blog covers a lot of territory. We have been catching up with traveling Escapee Club members, touring the downtown area on foot, by tourist trolley, and by car.
Cajunville RVers of the Month August 2011
Cajunville takes us to relaxing places where we can lay back and rejuvenate our minds and spirits. We enjoy cooking, dancing, and traveling. With Cajunville we are able to enjoy these activities. Join us and travel down the road with Cajunville.
Rolling in a RV - Wheelchair Traveling RVers of the Month June 2011
We've been fulltiming since 1993. Traveling in an RV became a long term goal of ours after we spent a year on the road in 1976 with our 4 year old daughter. Then in Oct. of 1993 I was in an accident which damaged my spinal cord and I am now in a wheelchair permanently. Our new handicapped motorhome was finished in Oct. 1994. We got back on the road.
Details my experiences getting into traveling fulltime in an RV, and also some of my travel adventures.
Delusion's - Drifting & Diaries With Duke-Duchess & Dutch R.O.M. MAY 2011
My husband (Mike) and I (Gina) together with our baby boy (Dutch) have always yearned and love to travel. With about 5 years before retirement, and hitch itch travel desires we've decided to sell the stix & brix, purchase our new dream home on wheels, live in it and traveling when every opportunity arises temporarily. Once retirement approaches we plan on becoming fulltime RV'ers living a nomad lifestyle.
Jorge and Evielynne Adventures on the Road RVers of the Month April 2011
We are RV full timers who have meet so many wonderful people and often have enough ask us "How we do it"? And so we decided to start a Blog to explain our adventures. It's not an easy life but its certainly is a great way to live... This is our blog about what we think on people, places, products, locations, campground, local business and so much more. We travel full time and all over United States.
TraveLiving Journey RVers of the Month March 2011
Funny, we did not even mean to become full-timers and never had an RV before... Sequence of events put us on the road - and we loved it so much that we decided to become full-timers. We still work and travel - Love hiking and biking in the nature and would love to do it with other RVers. So if you are into nature - jump in - read - and you are welcome to contact us.
Cave Dwellers RVers of the Month September 2010
Dennis and I hit the road mostly as snowbirds... We are newbies to RVing, having done it for only 7 years at ages 62 and 68..And we love it!
Endless RV Summer RVers of the Month December 2010
We are reinventing ourselves. We parted ways with our jobs, sold nearly everything, threw the rest in our fifth wheel, and the only plan was to go east out of the driveway. We are not retired, we've got to figure this out as we go.
Cruzin2some RVers of the Month November 2010
We are two middle aged women embarking on a new chapter of our lives as fulltime RV's. We are getting rid of most of our worldly possessions and moving into our fifth wheel. We are both fulfilling a life-long dream and taking advantage of the freedom to roam. We are planning on seeing all we can see of these great United States.
Diary of a Midlife Cruiser RVers of the Month August 2010
I'm a 36 year old heading out with a great husband and a stinky dog on an RV trip of a lifetime. Going full time, baby... while we both still have all our teeth.
Generation Z: Cruising in an RV RVers of the Month July 2010
Back from the Philippines and Taiwan, we rented out our condos, bought Star, our first motorhome, and Vino, our scooter. On 6/29/09 we left for the never-ending cruise of our life. We have since been to Alaska, the Arctic Circle, the West Coast, through Mexico, the Gulf states, and Florida, logging 21,000 miles. We bought a bigger RV/dinghy for full-time RVing and are now going up the East Coast.
We Will Follow The Sun RVers of the Month June 2010
We want to explore the world around us and experience the vastness and the natural beauty of our earth. Inspired in part by the song by Lee Ann Womack, “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance , I hope you dance.” And so, Ken and I paid off the mortgage, quit our jobs, bought an RV and we hit the road.
R Sanity RV Adventures RVers of the Month January 2011
WE have been RV-ing for 20+ years, planning on retiring to RV full time - no definite date set. Join us as we prepare to RV fulltime.
Hit The Road Jack... on a wing and a prayer RVers of the Month October 2010
We are full-time RVers, traveling and since we are too young to retire, we work our way around the country. Freelance writers, photographers, entrepreneurs & jack of all trades, we do it all and we love sharing all of our adventures with our readers.
Great RV Adventure RVers of the Month May 2010
Join Bob and Ellen as they venture into full-time RVing. With no previous RVing experience, they sell their home in the Midwest and head onto the open road. After years of planning, we are setting out on our lifelong dream of full-time RVing. Come along with us virtually. Who knows? Maybe you’ll spot someone you know, maybe a long-lost relative. Maybe even you.
Adventures with Tassie RVers of the Month April 2010
I am married for 41 years to my honey Ralph. We sold our house to our oldest daughter about 6 years ago and moved into our motorhome full time. We retired almost 5 years ago and have been traveling around since. Tassie is a Itasca Horizon made by Winnebago. We always tow a car behind her so when we park we just unhook the car and have a way to get around site seeing.
Gundyville On Wheels RVers of the Month February 2010
I've had a great life so far! I've been a lifeguard, a teacher, a dive master, a retail business owner, a technical writer, a landscaper, a property manager and now, saints preserve a blogger. We take to the road full time in our 43' Newmar Dutchstar and you get to come along for the trip.
Full Time Journey RVers of the Month January 2010
Follow RV traveler's, Bruce and Margie, as they enjoy a full-time life in their motorhome, a 40-ft. Winnebago Tour. We began this lifestyle in 2008, after over 20 years of vacation traveling, and we love it. We have family in Tumwater, Washington so we return there every few months to be near them. The rest of the time we like to see new places. We have traveled by RV to 49 states and many areas in Canada.
RVeCafe RVers of the Month December 2009
This site began in 2004 as a report of our experiment in long term RV living while I commuted to work and Gwen worked for a southern Oregon RV resort. Now it has become much more. It's a report of all our accessories purchased for the RV. It's also tells of the repairs and remodels we have made to a couple of fifth wheel trailers we have owned. Our favorite part of the site are the stories of the times we get to travel with our RV. We have still enjoyed our travels and made detailed reports.
Ron & Elena's Odyssey RVers of the Month November 2009
We started our full-time rv adventure on June 1, 2007. Our home is a 23 foot Komfort travel trailer. We tow it with a 2004 3/4-ton Chevy Avalanche. We had this rig for vacations before we started full-timing. We call our travel trailer "Da Honu", Hawaiian for "The Turtle". You are invited to join us on this adventure by following along with us on this web page and travel log.
Roads Less Traveled RVers of the Month October 2009
In May, 2007, we sold everything we owned, rented out our house,and moved into a travel trailer to have the adventure of a lifetime. We have been traveling the North American continent ever since. These pages are a photo journal of our experiences. If you are planning a similar adventure, enjoy pretty photos of fun places, or are curious to find out what.
K and D in an RV RVers of the Month September 2009
We are one retired guy, his nearly retired wife and an elderly schnauzer/poodle AKA Gator Girl, traveling as much as they can between their large RV lot and other recreational vehicle travels. Lots of laughs, great friends who love to RV - with the whole bunch known as The Hardwall Hippies.
Travels With Miranda RVers of the Month August 2009
The story of a Canadian gal, two cats, an RV and the call of the open road. After a year of trying out RVing, I knew for sure that it’s the right life for me, so I officially quit my job, went into business for myself, and am presently dividing my time between the Yukon and BC. Miranda is a 1997 31' long Glendale Royal Classic class C RV.
Dale & Mary Lynn's Travels RVers of the Month July 2009
Traveling by RV during retirement has been a dream of ours for many years. We purchased a 2008 37 foot Tiffin Allegro Bay in mid-December of 2007. No reservations, no plans, no worries.. Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, Wow what a ride!
Road Bandit RVers of the Month June 2009
My name is Randy Primm. I am 25 yr old filmmaker from Seattle Washington. I am traveling the country in Betsy my 24ft Class C RV. The motorhome is equipped with solar panel on the roof and an inverter under the bed to allow me power whenever I need it. I have been living in Betsy for over a year now and haven’t once stayed at an RV park. We offer our viewers video, picture, and written updates.
Life On Our Ark RVers of the Month May 2009
I live in a 2006 Okanagan 36 -5c fifth wheel. We chose to start this life at the end of the RV season, in the Fall of 2008. In the mobile world in which we now live, we have the fifth wheel, and a 2001 duelly 3500 Ram which we got to replaced the 4 wheel drive 3500. Having grown up in a military family I spent a lot of my life moving around. Therefore, the proposed lifestyle change was an exciting, and welcome challenge.
Paul & Joyce Exploring our Country RVers of the Month April 2009
We are both 62, retired and have been married 42 years. We both love travel, the outdoors, and the country life so we thought we would try the RV lifestyle. We started by flying out west and renting a class C from Cruise America, we would pick a state, rent the RV, then take a two week vacation to travel. After five years of doing this we ordered a new Georgie Boy Landau class A Motorhome....
West by Southwest RVers of the Month March 2009
We are Gene, Judi and Peanut and we have lived fulltime in our Montana 5th wheel since November 2005. Welcome to our travel journal. We started the New Year by visiting with family in Macon, Perry, and Warner Robins, Georgia. On January 5th we officially start this year’s journey which will take us to Texas, New Mexico and eventually up the Oregon coast to Washington State.
Adventures in our American Dream RVers of the Month February 2009
Welcome to our trip journal. We are Jerry & Gloria Quincy from Jacksonville, Florida. Join us as we travel and live our dream in our American Dream Motorhome. We left Jacksonville, FL the day after Jerry's Birthday in February, 2008. We have been traveling ever since in our RV.
Living Without Limits RVers of the Month January 2009
We have embraced that ageless adage of the 'the glass is always half full'. With our recently purchased motorhome, three kids, two cats, guinea pig and rabbit we will live life without limits on the road. Join us in our adventure.
RV Travels 2008 RVers of the Month December 2008
I'm just a run-of-the-mill ORF (old retired fuddyduddy), traveling about the country with my terrific husband Chris and our spoiled budgie Bubba in our 40' Beaver motor home. We've been to most of the U.S. states over the past 8 years.
Artful RV Adventures RVers of the Month November 2008
We are Mark and Bobbie Johnson and our “hotel suite” is a 26 foot Excel fifth wheel RV that we pull with our 2001 Ford F 250 pickup. We are now on the road in our rv seeking out, exploring, photographing and painting the west’s most scenic places.
Mike & Pats Travels RVers of the Month October 2008
We reside in Custer, SD in the Summer, will travel anywhere South in the Winter although mostly in Texas and Arizona. We purchased our 2001 Volvo 770 in Nashville, TN in October, 2004 and it hauls a Teton 5th wheel. We love to hike, fish and travel. I hope you will join us on our rv adventures.
Ian and Margaret's RV Adventures RVers of the Month September 2008
Since early 2006 we have been traveling summers in our New Horizons fifth wheel with our two cats Titus and Max. We're loving the opportunity to see parts of the country we haven't visited and to get out of Phoenix (our fixed home) during the blistering summer months. We'll keep it up as long as we are able and having fun.
The Trailer Tales RVers of the Month August 2008
We had talked about full time RVing casually for years. Our home in Benton City, WA had sold, and we moved into our Salem fifth wheel and headed out. Our only plan is to explore the United States in our rv and have some fun along the way.
Travels With Keith and Kathy RVers of the Month July 2008
Keith is a retired aerospace engineer, and Kathy is a retired middle-school teacher. We travel about halftime in our 29' Winnebago. Since purchasing our motorhome new in 2001, we have driven 75,000 miles through 49 US states and 10 Canadian provinces.
RV Adventures RVers of the Month June 2008
We both took early retirement in August 2007 with the intent to do some extended travel in our rv . We're absolute newbies and never spent time in a recreational vehicle before we bought this one. You are invited to follow along as we travel across the United States in our 30' Arctic Fox fifth wheel.
Joan on the Road RVers of the Month May 2008
I think we were bit by the RV Bug in the mid 70's when we rented our first rv ...a 23' Itasca Class A. In 2000-2001 we did a lot of serious motorhome shopping when we visited one of our large local dealers. In the spring of 2001 we started our search and finally purchased our 32' Aerbus in July, 2001.
The MoHo and Other Traveling Tales RVers of the Month April 2008
RV travel tales of a couple of older women rving in a Dynamax. So many places, so little time. One of the dreams of retirement for me was a motorhome and a tracker and the time to start each day with the question, do I want to be in this place today or not?
Justravelin RVers of the Month February 2008
We are Ellie and Jim, justravelin with our 2 mini schnauzers in our 2004 Bounder Motor Home. We retired, sold our house, and became full time RVer's to travel and explore our great country. Come along with us as we describe our adventures!
Boomers RV'ing Style
Discussion of Campgrounds, tips, recipes, crafts etc. In 2004 Trish and David decided to buy a Motor home since the kids didn’t want to go RV’ing anymore. They bought a Sun Voyager and in 2007 they traded it in for a 2007 diesel pusher Cresendo.
From the Lily Pad
Widowed at 57, I spent 7 months traveling the country solo - by motorcycle. When I came home, months of thought followed before I put my house up for sale and searched for my full-time RV. As of October 26, 2007 I am on the road full-time in my 1999 26' Class C Tioga, the Lily Pad, along with my BMW motorcycle, Squirt, in his Chariot trailer home.
RV Travels with Protech RVers of the Month January 2008
Join us as our family tours the country by RV. We have been fulltimers since 2002. Summers are spent in our home state, Connecticut, and winters in warmer climates. Our journal began in October 2006 as we left CT to travel cross-country to Tucson, AZ and back in April 2007.
Cross Country Adventures RVers of the Month December 2007
While we wait for our stick house to sell, we've taken our RV for a summer vacation. As soon as the house is sold, we will begin our full-timing RV adventure. This has been our dream for many years as we are happiest when we are on the road whether it's on the motorcycle, in the car or in the motor home
Corgi~Dog News RVers of the Month November 2007
Our trial retirement began the end of June 2006. We don't know how long it will last, but, for as long as it can, we plan to travel America's highways in our Winnebago Journey, a 32 foot house on wheels. Jake and Addie, our tri-colored pembroke welsh corgis travel with us, making it more fun.
Hop A Log RVers of the Month October 2007
I, the mom, am in my 40’s and have always enjoyed a wanderlust. We drive a 15 passenger 2002 white Ford van which tows a 2005 Ameri-Camp T315QBS travel trailer. While not designed for fulltiming, the trailer has done amazingly well.
Life is Good! RVers of the Month September 2007
We retired in 2004 and now travel extensively in our motorhome and overseas, visiting family and friends and enjoying the outdoors. Our current motorhome is a Tiffin Phaeton and is powered by a 350 HP Cat diesel engine with a six speed transmission.
Wandering America RVers of the Month August 2007
We live and travel with our two adorable ragdoll katts (Katie and Alex) in a 2006 38' Cedar Creek Custom fifth wheel towed by a GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel. The purpose of this web site is to keep our family, friends, and web site visitors informed as to where we are, where we have been, and where we plan to be next.
Living our RV Dream! RVers of the Month July 2007
The time has come for us to live our road trip dream, in a 40 foot "Condo on Wheels", our Winnebago Chieftain.
We hope you'll enjoy living vicariously through us by this journal as we pursue our dream and travel an undetermined length of time through the continental USA, Alaska and Canada (maybe some of Mexico if we're brave enough!).
Bill and Cap RVers of the Month June 2007
Our home on wheels is a 30' Arctic Fox 5th wheel we call Plan B. We hope you enjoy reading our blog, "Views from the Open Road". We want to share with you the never-ending-saga of RV life on the road, and we will not bore you with details of day to day life.
RV Travels With Huggy RVers of the Month May 2007
I have been a Snowbird RVer who has traveled with my cat, Huggy, in our Sea Breeze motorhome. I was widowed in 2005 but have had the good fortune to meet a wonderful lady named Pat. We are buying a new RV that will be Pat & Dick's and I hope to travel together about the western part of the US with her.
The Happy Wanderers RVers of the Month April 2007
After years of morning conversation over coffee, countless visits to RV dealers, many happy weekends of travel and camping in smaller RV's and three backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon, we have made the decision to become full-time RVers.
Bonehead's Traveling People RVers of the Month February 2007
This is about Dan, Patty, and one very spoiled cat named, Bonehead. They are all retired and travel around in their 5th wheel toy hauler.
Inspiration's Journey (Malia's RV) RVers of the Month March 2007
You’re a full time whaaat??? Most people had one of two reactions when I said I was going to become a fulltime RVer on my own: either that I was really crazy or really inspirational. Now, after more than 5 years, I am often thankful that the irrational won out over the practical, because I love this lifestyle more than I can adequately express.
Our Adventure RVers of the Month January 2007
Our blog began in 2005. We are now traveling 90% of the time in our RV and are now houseless but not homeless. We are involved with church construction projects in the summer up north and the remainder just travel around. Jean is a avid quilter even in the motorhome with fabric vying for space with tools.
The Wandering Wishnies RVers of the Month September 2006
After living for six years downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we have chucked it all and are going to shoehorn ourselves and our two catsinto a 390 sq. ft. Fifth Wheel Trailer towed by a Ford F350 Diesel Crew Cab. Not only was this a 180° lifestyle change, but we have no camping experience, both of us having lived an urban life our entire lives, disdaining even the suburbs.
Adventure Highway RVers of the Month July 2006
Chronicles the travels and adventures of Jerry and Erika as they hit the road in a motorhome satisfying their passion to live life to the fullest. When you combine two adventurous, and a tad quirky people like these together in an rv, it gets entertaining.
Joan on the Road RVers of the Month December 2006
In 2001, after years of renting rv's we bought our own motorhome. In 2003, in our 60s, we decided to hit the road before it was too late. Little did we know what was in store for us. Come along with us as we visit all the states.
Cuzz Travels RVers of the Month August 2006
After 34 years of marriage and Jeff retiring this year we are beginning an rv adventure we have discussed for years, full timing in our Motorhome. We are experienced RVers who have owned motorhomes since the 1970's and have always enjoyed RVing.
Because We Can RVers of the Month April 2006
We began our journey down the road to become extended RV travelers. On these pages we describe how we came to our decision, what plans we made, the missteps we took, the successes we enjoy and the unfolding, evolving life we are living.
Am Road RVers of the Month May 2006
After many years of weekend RV'ing, we decided to sell the house and join the ranks of the full-time RV bunch hitting the road with no particular destination. Our original plan was to do this for at least a year or two but we knew that the lifestyle grows on a person. After less than six months on the road, we sold the fifth wheel and purchased a motor home.
Backroad Chronicles RVers of the Month October 2005
Joy and Phil have been making plans, researching the lifestyle and working together for nearly five years preparing for their dream of full time RV living. After retirement in June 2004, they purchased and moved into the perfect motorhome; sold their vehicles, boat and the house; crossed off what seemed like thousands of items on their endless lists and at last, the day of departure has arrived. Let the adventure begin!
Rick and Susan - Coulson Castle RVers of the Month September 2005
Rick and Susan Hollingshead, both 50 years old, are a Canadian couple who started “fulltiming” in December 2003. They welcome you to join them in their travels around Canada and the United States by visiting their website where they journal daily. You can learn about their daily trials and tribulations as well as some information about full timing, travelling in a motorhome and their reviews of campgrounds, restaurants and places of interest.
Sandra's Blog RVers of the Month February 2006
After working for 38 years, I retired in August of 2004 and my husband, Gordon and I sold our 4 bedroom house, bought a diesel truck and fifth wheel and hit the road. We spend five months in Ontario, one month in another part of Canada and the winters in the US.
RV Vagabonds RVers of the Month January 2006
We are the Brauns, traveling the country in our 2002 Palisades fifth wheel. We have been on the road since September, 1998 and our goal is to play golf in all fifty states while enjoying the sights along the way.
Oh Boy! We're on the Road RVers of the month July 2005
Two computer gurus and poodle named Audiotape been living/working in our motorhome full-time since July 2003, our house sold in November of that year. We've been on the road since April 2004. Our life's story, since deciding to become RVers, is on our Weblog!
Dan and Susan's Excellent Adventure RVers of the Month May 2005
Susan and I are in our early 50s. Since the day we met, our enjoyment and main activity has always been camping. We will no longer own a “stick house” on a foundation. Our house will have wheels. This is a lifestyle that is becoming more and more commonplace. There may even be a couple of updates per day.
The Adventures of Tioga and George RVers of the Month June 2005
Go visit and see where the Team is today...
The Happy Wanderers RVers of the Month December 2005
Spending most of our adult life in the military, we enjoyed traveling and moving every few years. However, if we stayed in one place too long, Larry got what he called the 3 year itch.
After retiring from the USAF, we both semi-retired in our mid 40's and started traveling full-time in our motorhome in September 2004.
Scott's Adventures RVers of the Month November 2005
I'm currently a full time RVer, living in my 2003 Tradewinds Diesel Pusher with my Italian Greyhound, Molly. I sold my Las Vegas home and put only the large furniture and antiques into storage. I've outfitted my motorhome with satellite Internet capabilities and continue to work on my web site projects. Follow my blog.
Malia's Miles RVer of the Month March 2008
I am a solo fulltime RVer and consider myself extremely blessed to be able to live this lifestyle. I will provide my honest reviews of the campgrounds I visit and I'll let you know about some of the local activities and businesses.