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Dreamers, Save Your Spot in the Upcoming Free Online RV Summit

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Are you dreaming of being a full-time RVing family?  Are you ready to Hit the Road?

Check out the Fulltime Families Bookstore for the resources you need to get your life off hold and on the road!

AND… Save your spot in this upcoming FREE Online RV Summit!

”Your RV Dream: Discover the Lifestyle, Make Money While You Travel, and Live a Life of Freedom and Adventure”

Summit producer, Melissa Dafnis has brought together 21 experts (including me, Kimberly Travaglino co-founder of Fulltime Families) to share our advice for achieving Your RV Dream.

She believes, as I do, that you can achieve your dream, and listening to this audio summit is a great first step!

It starts Monday, May 8th, and you can join us at no cost by signing up here:

Your RV Dream  

When you go to the link above and sign up to join us, you’ll receive actionable advice you can use right away to begin to use to achieve the life of your dreams in an RV.

Melissa is the perfect person to host this interview series; she’s done extensive research, has plenty of experience, and is living her dream in a big RV with her 2 dogs, Tigger and Roo.

I’m so happy to join this audio summit and share my advice and wisdom with you.  I believe that you deserve to live Your RV Dream life!

When you join Melissa, me, and 20 other experts for these interviews, you’ll discover:

  • What the RV Lifestyle is Really Like,
  • Why This Is A Great Lifestyle, whether you do it full-time or part-time
  • How Easy and Affordable It Can Be,
  • How To Choose the Right RV for You,
  • The Many Ways There Are to Make Money While You Travel,
  • How To Include Children and Pets, and
  • Live a Life of Freedom, Travel, Exploration, and Adventure
  • AND MORE!

These are short, information-packed interviews, because we know you’re busy! Each interview is no longer than 30 minutes. You’ll receive advice from proven experts who have been there and done that. They’re sharing real-life experiences and know-how so you can take action right after you hear the interviews.

Here’s that link again where you can sign up to join us at no cost:

Take Action Now! Live Your RV Dreams <<< Join Us Starting May 8th

This Summit features the powerful information you can use right away to begin pursuing Your RV Dream.

Each expert, including me, has a link to their website or a free gift right below their interview.  You’ll be able to connect with us right away to help you move forward and live your life of freedom and adventure.

 

To your success,

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P.S.  In addition to free registration to the Your RV Dream Summit, Melissa is offering you a FREE gift, a report called: “Wanna Live Your RV Dream?  Avoid These 5 Mistakes! The Keys to Saving Money, Time, and Effort.”  Register Here for the Summit & Free Report!

P.P.S. In case you’re wondering who some of the other speakers are, check out the registration page for a complete list:

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Gardening in Your RV; How to Grow a Garden on the Go

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One of the things I miss from my Sticks and Bricks life, is my garden. The ability to walk outside and harvest fresh grown, organic produce for free is something I know a lot of full time rvers miss.  So when I saw Ashleigh Priest’s pictures of her “garden on the go” on the Fulltime Families Facebook Group, I got very excited and asked her to write an article on just how she made her mobile garden a reality. Here’s what she had to say:

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

2015 has brought my family a few epiphanies. We had a rough winter for 2014. Too much of it was spent in our camper, as this Floridian family tried to adjust to a Minnesota winter.  It seemed something was always happening. First our truck needed an expensive repair. Our water access port kept busting every couple of weeks. The truck broke down a second time. A third time. We were behind on all bills.  Bad weather, meant work days missed and money was tight.  Some weeks we had to decide between food or paying the cellphone bill. Food obviously came first.

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RV Garden

Boy food is ridiculously expensive! How do people with large families do this?

Here’s epiphany number one.

If only we had a garden we could have healthy food. Too bad we travel.

March came around and my back went out. I’m young. This should not happen. It’s always attributed to my weight. Yes, I’m very unhealthy.

This was epiphany number two.

I NEED to get healthier! I really wish we could have a garden. How can this become something we can do?

I did research. Joined gardening groups on Facebook. Asked if anyone in the traveling groups have a garden. The limited replies I received were in the “that’s a cool idea” vain..  and if I followed through with the garden to keep everyone posted.

Garden on the Go

Garden on the Go

So, I got to work.

I planned out what I wanted to grow. What I’d use for containers. How to make my own compost (what’s a better fertilizer than compost 😉 ).

My original plan was to build planter boxes from pallets, have holes on both sides, put some rope through the holes, and make a loop on each side.

Then take two 2x4s, drill 7/8 inch holes in them and put a wooden dowel in the holes after putting the dowels through the rope and hang up the planter boxes. The 2x4s would have a rubber covering on the top and lean against the camper.

Phew! Let me say if that sounded like a lot of work, it was! With two toddler boys, I was already stretch thin. I got two planters built and that was that.

I planted sweet peas and green beans in the boxes.

Then I simplified.  I used four 5 gallon buckets to plant tomatoes and corn in. Everything got covered at night because there were still cool nights.

Then we got a surprise snow! That storm killed all my plants except my sweet peas. I decided to wait until May to replant.

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This time I had a different plan.

I bought some storage tote boxes, soil, pea pebbles.

I took my original 5 gallon buckets, and with a hammer, and a nail, poked 4 holes in the sides of the buckets at the bottom. I put about 3 inches of pea pebbles in the bucket then filled up the bucket about 2/3 full with soil and added my seeds for corn and tomatoes (I feel like I just did this lol). Finally, I watered the seeds and set them aside.

I replanted green beans in the wooden box I used before. I watered them and put the box aside.

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I was ready to expand my garden.

Butter crunch lettuce, spinach, green bell pepper, parsley, and basil seeds were all planted in the storage totes, which had been prepped like the buckets, with several holes and pea pebbles topped with soil.

In one tote, I planted the lettuce and spinach together. This way I have an instant salad with the combination of these greens.

The other box was a little more tricky. I went to Dollar Tree and bought two long, plastic planter boxes. I poked holes in them. Next I filled the tote box the way I did the other containers. I then grabbed two pieces of broken concrete blocks we had laying around and placed them on top of the soil in the tote box. Afterwards I placed the Dollar Tree plastic planters, each on the concrete pieces. There was space in between these, which is where the green bell pepper was planted. In one planter I put seed for basil and the other for parsley.

So far everything has sprouted wonderfully. I’ve harvested two large handfuls of sweet peas already. My lettuce has been harvested for salad as I please. My corn is growing along with my tomatoes. My last box has just sprouted in the last couple weeks.

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The dirt on dirt.

I mentioned compost earlier. We made our own compost as well. We bought a Roughneck tote box (I think like 3 gallons) in dark blue. We have put in things such as used coffee grounds and filter, banana peels, orange peels, egg shells, ashes, mud, corn husks, and whatever else we thought of. We then bought fishing worms (don’t judge) and added them to the box as well. We read that the worms help aid in the breakdown of the matter and their excretions are good for the soil. I will be adding some compost to each plant this week.

I have been asked how we will transport our garden when we move. We have a bumper pull travel trailer so we are able to put the garden in the bed of the truck. We have a contractors topper on our truck so the garden will be protected during travel. As for crossing borders, we’ve never been somewhere we have been stopped, so we will address that if we ever encounter that problem. So I will say, use your best judgement and plan ahead.

Another option would be to place your garden in your shower during moves.

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I’m excited to see how well our traveling garden does. I hope to have enough of a harvest to give me the opportunity to learn to can as well.

For those considering gardening on the go, this is my first garden ever. I have not killed the plants this go around (so far). If you put your mind to it and do some research, you can do it! Happy trails!

Ashleigh Priest is a proud wife of a union pipe welder/fitter. Mother of two rambunctious toddler boys, traveling this great land since 2011. Always looking for the best in life to make my family the happiest and healthiest it can be.

You can find her on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.huggins1?fref=ts

Fulltime Families Family Friendly Campground Directory Boasts over 340 Campgrounds

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The FtF Family Friendly Campground Directory now contains over 340 campgrounds who will waive the “kid tax” (additional person fee) for Fulltime Families Members, nationwide.

Look for this plaque at Family Friendly Campgrounds across the country

The Family Friendly initiative was started two years ago, in an effort to keep camping affordable for families.  Many times a nightly rate can soar to an additional 25% – 50% when campgrounds charge separately for over two occupants.  The FtF Family Friendly Campground Directory seeks to connect families to the independent campgrounds across the country who value their business and are willing to waive any additional fees.

Chris Savory – FtF Lifetime Member with family of 7
I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first about the FtF campground directory. Not that it wasn’t a good idea, but that we wouldn’t use very much since we usually stay at a lot of Thousand Trails.

However this month we are in a state that has no TT and I was having trouble finding anything under 700 for a month. Finally I was about to give up and then I checked the FtF campground directory. Found one that was about 10 miles farther out from where I was looking so no big deal there. I called and the guy told me it was 450 + 70 flat for electricity. That’s not terribly bad for us.

Then I asked him about any extra costs and he asked how many people we had. I told him 7 and he said one moment let me calculate your extra costs (the charged for anything over 4 people). I told him that I was a FtF member and he quickly said there was no extra charges for us.

So now that I just saved $150 at this campground I’m a believer in the FtF campground directory!!

Thanks Fulltime Families!!

 

Fulltime Families Hosts 4th of July Hangout in Hershey, PA

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The Boudreaux Family (FtF Trailblazer Lifetime 1324) invites fellow Fulltime Families Members to join them for a Good Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July in Hershey PA, at the Hershey Thousand Trails Campground, June 30th – July 7th, 2017.

Family Friendly Activities will be announced shortly.

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations at this Thousand Trails park, asap.  Not a Thousand Trails Member yet, contact the TT / FTF Rep Alisha Deschene at  (207) 270-1121.  Non-Member rates are also available for this park.

An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 10 families.

Not on the East Coast this Summer?  Check out the other scheduled Fulltime Families Hangouts

Interested in hosting your own Fulltime Families Hangout?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families 4th Of July Hangout Hershey PA
2017 Fulltime Families 4th Of July Hangout Hershey PA
Hosted at the Hershey PA Thousand Trails - June 30th 2017 to July 5th 2017
Price: $50.00

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before May 1st, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between May 2nd, 2017 –May 31st, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after June 1st, 2017  will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

Fulltime Families Partners with DISHForMyRV with an Exclusive Offer

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Fulltime Families Mission is to make full-time RVing with Kids easy and fun!  We partner with the resources that make RVing easy and enjoyable and we are proud to announce an exciting new offer from our newest partner DISHForMyRV!

DISHForMyRV allows you to conveniently and simply enjoy all the comforts of home while you travel. The Pay As You Go program from DISH® is designed with the RVer in mind. They are the first and only provider to offer Pay-As-You-Go TV for RVers and campers.

  • No long term contracts
  • Pay only for the months you use
  • Fastest and easiest equipment set up
  • Only provider offering HD for all portable antennas

At DISHForMyRV, you can shop our products and portable satellite antennas, learn about our Pay As You Go program and take advantage of an exclusive discount for Fulltime Families members.

 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, TN

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IMG_5644Our first Tennesee stop on the #thisisRVing tour was the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in downtown Nashville.

We had visited this park in the fall and knew the great things to expect.  The Nashville Jellystone is a friendly and rustic oasis  tucked in the center of Music City.  It’s shady spots and family friendly amenities make it a great jumping off spot to explore all the treasures of Nashville,  but you may find so much to do at the park that you never actually leave.

We pulled in on a Friday night during the Hawaii Themed Weekend.  Our first adventure was a tour around the park atop a vintage fire truck.  Sirens and lights in full effect, all ages enjoyed the ride.

 

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After that, it was time to get some of our pent-up roadtrip energy out on the bounce pad.  The Nashville Jellystone Park has a huge assortment of inflatables that both parents and kids can bounce on together.  Nestled in the corner of the park is also a playground our kiddos enjoyed.

While at the park, we watched Boo Boo bring down the flag and Cindy joined us on the “hey” ride.  There were lots of opportunities to meet and mingle with the Jellystone Bears!

IMG_5613On Saturday, we started the day with a crazy fun game of laser tag.  This was my family’s favorite activity, hands down (and guns up).   The laser tag guns this park has are some serious weaponry.  You can change modes, set games, time limits, and restock ammo, all through the gun’s software and blue tooth technology.

After the laser tag game, we headed to the mini golf to perfect our swings and got up to our elbows in sparkles at the craft barn.

Chris and Blaise rented some awesome bikes and tooled around the park and then it was time to get ready for the Laua.  We donned our grass skirts and participated in the hula hoop and limbo contests.  Andy, the park owner, together with his fine staff of managers and cheerful rangers, have created a friendly atmosphere. Their theme weekends are packed with activities that appeal to every age group and the amenities at the park are great for every activity level.  From lounging at the pool to bouncing on the inflatables, edible playdough, arts and crafts and games of all types, there really is something for everyone to do at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, GA.

For more information or to book your vacation, visit www.campjellystone.com

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RV Trader Supports Fulltime Families

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RV Trader knows members of the Fulltime Families community have needs different than other RV owners. While some RVers only need certain amenities for vacations or weekend getaways, RV Trader knows you are in your RV year-round, and it’s important that it feels like home. Whether you’re seeking more bunk space, a larger kitchen or the miles on your rig are adding up, RV Trader can help you find the perfect fit for your family.
 
RV Trader has worked with Fulltime Families for many years. We’ve helped sponsor rallies and co-promoted the #ThisisRVing tour alongside the Fulltime Families crew last year. RV Trader also has a special member benefit for Fulltime Families members to upgrade their units on RVTrader.com. When visiting the website, we allow you to compare thousands of units, prices, images, videos and more to make searching for your dream RV easy and fun.
Fulltime Families is the go-to community for families living the full-time experience, and RV Trader is proud to be a long time Official Partner. Visit RVTrader.com to get started today and don’t forget to use your discount code to get $20 off RV Trader’s BEST Sales Ad – One (1)  Year sales ad with enhanced features and video upload. (reg. $99.95)  Go to RV Trader and  and the Promo code found in the Fulltime Families Members Only
Cheers to many more adventures together!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, Georgia

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1220a_jellystoneOn our third stop of the #thisisRVing tour, we headed due west of the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, to the sleepy rural town of Bremen, GA, and found a true vacation treasure at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, GA.

Pulling up to the Ranger Station, we immediately recognized that this Jellystone Park has a lot of custom, one of a kind features.

The park is immaculate!  Rich red mulch against a carpet of lush green grass highlights the beauty of the park’s extensive and stunning landscaping.

After pulling into our level and long pull through site, we headed out to explore the grounds and were amazed to find a menagerie of exotic animals.  From giant tortoises, to dancing birds, to a snake named Lucy this park has it all from fins to feathers.IMG_5553

There are several playgrounds and we spent quite a lot of time at the one with the rope swing.  My kids loved the “tree house” feel of this play space and getting them to leave was quite a challenge.  Through dusk we played a couple of rounds of teetherball and then headed back to the RV for a good night’s sleep so we’d be well rested for the day ahead.

The next day, the kids made a variety of arts and crafts in the well organized craft room, and then we went on a train ride around the park. We also went bouncing on the bounce pillow and got a few quick dips in the pool before the thunder rolled in.

The park was designed by owner Phil Asztalos, who explained to us that he used his previous knowledge in the automotive industry to create a layout that would allow all the guests to easily access the centrally located amenities.

After chatting with Phil, we hit the mini golf and scored several holes in one, or at least, that’s how we’re counting them.

We had several opportunities to talk with the staff at this park and all of them were friendly, warm and welcoming.  It was obvious that they loved being a part of this park and serving their campground customers.

IMG_1265Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Bremen, GA is a first rate campground with accommodations for RVs (overnight to long term), tent campers and cabin rentals. The park also offers a variety of structured family friendly activities including games and crafts.

We stayed for 2 days but could easily have spent an entire vacation here.  We hitched up and headed out to the next stop on our tour, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, TN.

 

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Fulltime Families Hosts Hangout at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Fulltime Families is hosting a “Balloon Fiesta Hangout” at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta,  October 4th to October 11th, 2017* in the Standard (dry camping) RV area, in Albuquerque, NM

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Hot Air Experiments, Arts and Crafts
  • Flying High Dance Party
  • Roadschool Classes
  • Campfires and Corporate Meals
  • Experience Morning Ascensions and Night Glows along side your Fulltime Families Friends! (additional fees apply)
  • Balloon Crewing Opportunities (18 and older, baby sitting swap will be organized if there is enough interest in this feature)
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations with the ABQ Balloon Fiesta as soon as possible to ensure you have a space.  http://balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/rv-information.  When completing the reservations be sure to include “Please park me with the Fulltime Families Group” in the Comments Section 3 (see below)

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An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 25 families.

Interested in hosting another Fulltime Families Hangout in another location?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
Hosted at the Balloon Fiesta Fairgrounds (Standard Sites) Dates: Oct. 4th 2017 - Oct. 11th 2017
Price: $50.00

*The dates of the Hangout incorporate Pre-Fiesta dates and only 1 Fiesta weekend… feel free to choose the dates for this event that best suit your plans.  Fulltime Families will be hosting events during the Hang Out dates only. 

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before August 5th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between August 6th, 2017 –Sept. 4th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after Sept. 5th, 2017 will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping and Balloon Fiesta Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

Fulltime Families Hosts Solar Fest in Oregon, Experience the Solar Eclipse with your Friends

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Fulltime Families is hosting a “Solar Fest Hangout” in Bend, Oregon,  August 17 to August 24th, 2017 at the SunRiver Thousand Trails in Bend, OR.

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Solar Experiments and Crafts
  • Black Out Dance Party
  • Solar Science Classes
  • Campfires and Corporate Meals
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations at this Thousand Trails park, asap.  Not a Thousand Trails Member yet, contact the TT / FTF Rep Alisha Deschene at  (207) 270-1121.  Non-Member rates are also available for this park.

An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 15 families.

Interested in hosting another Fulltime Families Solar Fest (or hangout) in another location?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families Solar Fest Hangout
2017 Fulltime Families Solar Fest Hangout
Hosted at the Sunriver Thousand Trails Bend Oregon - Aug. 17th 2017 to Aug. 23rd 2017
Price: $50.00

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before June 18th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between June 19th, 2017 – July 18th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after July 19th, 2017 will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

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