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Boondocking in the Winter

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Here’s we go a boondockin’ among the rocks and leaves

Here we go a drycampin’ without utilities….

It’s our first night of dry camping on US Forest Land in Arizona.  The temps tonight are supposed to go down to the teens!  Oh joy!

We spent the morning filling and emptying in preparation for our self contained adventure.

Filling water tanks, refrigerators, batteries, charging electronics and  fueling propane tanks.

We emptied tanks, garbage cans, laundry baskets and a sink full of dishes.

When we pulled in I felt liberated!  Stunning views, hundreds of acres to explore and no neighbors for our rowdy kids to annoy!

We hiked around and saw a deer and four cows (I’m sure they are wild cows)!

There are only 5 other rv’s here right now – die hards who need their space – no matter the temps.

I hope we make it the whole seven days.. but only time will tell.

Tune in tomorrow for our next installment…

Day 1 – Here we go a Boondocking

Day 2 – Boondocking Challenges

Day 3 – Dry Camping – Is it supposed to be this dry?

Day 4 – What’s the meaning of Christmas?

 Day &*#$% – It’s all a blur now

 

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

Snowbirding – In Places other than Florida – Guest Post

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We’ve all heard of birds migrating to places that have a climate which is better suited for their well being. Snowbirding is the human’s version of migrating to places that have better climates. Technically speaking, people who snowbird leave their place of residence due to its unbearably cold climate and migrate to warmer places in order to lead a more comfortable life.

 

In the United States, people who live in areas of the Northeast, Midwest; or those living in areas of Pacific Northwest and Canada choose to spend the greater part of winters in warmer areas. This particular practice is called Snowbirding and the people who engage in such a practice are known as snowbirds. A major chunk of the Snowbird population comprises of retired individuals who no longer can bear excessively cold climates. Others comprise of people with RV’s who love to travel and want to get away from the bone chilling cold and those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder among many others.

 

Where do these Snowbirds seek refuge?

 

It’s quite clear that the Snowbirds seek refuge in warmer areas; they can either go to Florida, which is a Snowbird’s favorite, or Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico and around the Caribbean. After Florida, the next favorite destination of Snowbirds is Arizona. Arizona has a very mild winter when compared to places that get buried snow. Places like Scottsdale and Phoenix are the most visited by Snowbirds and during the winter months, the place is buzzing with traffic. Arizona extends the Snowbirds the luxury to relax in temperatures at 65F during the day and 41°F during the night. Snowbirds have a lot of options concerning their accommodation which can range from staying at hotels, lodges, apartments and a few numbered properties in Scottsdale.

 

  • California is another attraction for Snowbirds and it has a dozen areas where Snowbirds like to settle for the winters, the most popular of them being the Southern Californian areas. Southern California has abundant opportunities for the winter tourists to relax. Some of them include, the hot springs, the desert adventures. With pleasant and close to perfect weather conditions, tourists love this destination. Coachella Valley in Southern California is surrounded by desert cities where most snowbirds flock to.

 

  • Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta are others places in Southern California that are popular among tourists.Texas is another favorite of the snowbirds as it’s blessed with a consistently warm weather. Besides the weather, Texas also has beautiful beaches lined with palm trees to offer to its tourists. The snowbirds get majorly attracted to the tropical feel that’s emanated by the Southern part of Texas. Corpus Christi, Galveston, Port Aransas and Rockport are some of the destinations that snowbirds are totally in love with.

 

  • New Mexico is the new favorite of Snowbirds who on hand do want to get rid of the bone chilling cold, but at the same time want to enjoy the wintery sport of Skiing and snowshoeing. New Mexico has an average temperature of 70 degrees in the day and a pleasant weather by the night. New Mexico, with its lakes, rivers, dormant volcanoes, forests, ice cakes and fossils makes up for an interesting destination for Snowbirds.

 

Popular places in New Mexico include Alamogordo and Albuquerque.

 

Author Bio:

Jeff Takson is writing this article from his work experience. He is travelling all the time because of his job. So, he always has to stay at hotels or other rentals apartments. Among many rentals companies, his choice is is holiday rentals from Casamundo.

Get a First Look at Augusta RVs New Toy Hauler; The Luxe Hauler

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The Luxe Hauler is on the move, embarking on a 2100 mile journey from the Augusta RV Design Facility to the Pomona RV Show and Fulltime Families is excited to share a sneak peek at this exciting and innovative new entry into the towable toy hauler market.

Augusta is the RV company to watch. With high quality components, tasteful (non-rv) interiors inspired by America’s stunning landscapes, full size appliances, and a firm foundation riding on MOR/ryde’s Independent Suspension and Disc Brakes, the Luxe is on our short list of full-time rving rigs to consider when shopping for a house on wheels.

To be a part of this cross country journey, follow #luxehauler on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and be sure to set your alerts to join, Peter Thomas, ARV Marketing Manager, for a live walk through taking place on Facebook on this Friday, October 7th, at 6:15pm Pacific Time!

first peek at the Luxe Hauler

Fulltime Families Introduces Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership

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Fulltime Families has received numerous requests to re-instate a Lifetime Membership Option after our initial Lifetime Membership was sunset last spring.

After consulting with members, and membership experts, we are proud to unveil an option that honors our original Lifetime Family Members while providing new members a Lifetime Membership option.

Introducing the brand new Fulltime Families Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership!

This membership boasts the following benefits:

Existing members should login to Fulltime Families before purchasing the Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership to retain their original membership number.  If you need assistance with this, please email Chris@fulltimefamilies.com

Previous FtF Lifetime Members will now assume the exclusive title of “Pioneer Lifetime Family Members” to honor their early commitment to the community.

Did you know that Charter Memberships, Pioneer Lifetime Memberships and Trailblazer Lifetime Membership are multi-generational membership models?  This means, these membership benefits are extended to your children without any additional membership fees.

To purchase the new Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership go to: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/join-now/

Please note, this membership option will be closely monitored to account for inflation or unforeseeable changes in the economic climate.

 

Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer? Take the Quiz and see what’s your family’s best fit!

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Are you lost in a sea of RVs? Wondering what is the right rig for your family?  Should you ride in style, making lunch on the go,  in a luxurious motorhome, or is a truck more up your alley?  When it’s time to park, do you want that homey, apartment feel, a fifth wheel provides, or do you not mind, putting the kids beds away every morning.
The Motorhome vs. Towable debate is age old and the answer depends on you!
It depends on the size of your family – as towable accommodates more kids with 2 – 3 bedroom layouts.
It depends on your driving style – as a motorhome is a much more comfortable and convenient ride – allowing you to cover much more ground in a single day.
It depends on your length of stay – as a towable has much more living space if you are going to be spending considerable time in between travel days.
It depends on your budget – as towables are much more affordable, but motorhomes maintain their resale value better.
Still confused?  Take the quiz and see what RV best fits your family’s style.

Roadschool Moms Share their Top 10 Summer RV Destinations

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No matter what your U.S. location, summer is in full swing with long days and starry nights. The Roadschool Moms team hit the pause button on their summer travel to reflect on their top ten favorite destinations in the country visited in their RV. The July 5th episode of Roadschool Moms, now in it’s fourth season, breaks down the highlights of each destination, where they stayed with their families in each location, and the educational opportunities that were found along the way. Here’s a short summary of the Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations (in no particular order):

 

Bar Harbor ME1. Bar Harbor, ME This coastal town is located at the base of Cadillac Mountain and neighboring Acadia National Park. As one of the premiere North American destinations dating back to the 19th century, this area once included a Millionaire’s Row of summer estates belonging to some of the most powerful families in the history of this country. The resources that grew from that network of the rich and famous, are still apparent today in the way of museums, shoppes, and historical points of interest. The nature scene is overflowing with sport opportunities while the discovery of the beautiful surroundings is an event in itself. For more information about Bar Harbor, go to visitmaine.com.

Cody WY2. Cody, WY The natural beauty of Cody, WY, is like no other place on earth. This old west town has all the charm of yesteryear while entertaining all ages of today’s traveler. Home to Buffalo Bill, this area has a multitude of things to see including rodeos, museums, out-west activities, scenic byways, wildlife galore, and all the adventure of the great outdoors. All the details for what to see in Cody, WY can be found at yellowstonecountry.org.

lancaster3. Lancaster, PA Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country offers a wide variety of fun things to see and do in Lancaster County for all ages. Theater productions, tours, museums, amusement parks, covered bridges, and Amish activities are all on the list of favorites from previous visitors. Much of this area moves at a slower pace and centers around traditions from a different time period. Amidst the peaceful scenery in Lancaster, a unique blend of attractions, history, and opportunity to explore exists. Visit lancasterpa.com to begin the journey to a change of pace.

assateague island4. Assateague Island, VA The seashore of Assateague Island reaches 37 miles of pristine, white sandy beach and is considered one of the best beach destinations on the East Coast. Bird watching, kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and the many other outdoor activities are the daily routine of visitors to this area. The wild ponies of Assateague Island travel the beach near Chincoteague, Virginia & Ocean City, Maryland offering a grand history lesson in itself. More facts about beautiful Assateague Island, VA can be found at assateagueisland.com.

seaside5. Seaside, OR If the Oregon coast is on your radar for the summer, make plans to stay in Seaside for bonfires on the beach, beautiful summer sunsets, and more things to do than will fit on your travel calendar. While the beach if the place to play, there are so many other sights to take in such as feeding the seals and wildlife watching. Making a day of it can include exploring the galleries, festivals, coastal lighthouses, historical landmarks, and the many sports made available by Mother Nature. Stop by visittheoregoncoast.com for the scoop on Seaside, OR. And if the Oregon Coast is on your route, be sure to check out the Oregon Coast Lighthouses Study Guide in the Learning Store.

montrose co6. Montrose, CO Exploring the Black Canyon and the natural wonder of the Gunnison River is the center of this charming Colorado attraction. Local art and culture are also a treat while the thrill of nature is abundant with fishing, rafting, rock climbing and the breathtaking beauty of the area. Adventure for all ages can be found easily at coloradoinfo.com.

UP MI7. Michigan Upper Peninsula There are four beautiful seasons to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; however, summer can’t be beat in this area packed full of fun. If outdoor sports on the list of important area amenities, then look no further. Biking, boating, birding, hiking, golfing, and fishing can be enjoyed from sun up until sun down. The UP offers famous lighthouses, museums, historic sights, and even America’s first national seashore. If a trip to Upper Michigan in is sight, keep the calendar open because there is much to enjoy. Check out uptravel.com for more details.

Lake Thief8. Horse Thief Lake, SD In the shadows of Mount Rushmore, the rustic mountain scenery of Horse Thief Lake exists in an area where there is so much to explore, it’s hard to know where to begin! The abundance of family fun available here starts with open roads, preserved nature, world-famous roadside attractions, historic landmarks and so much more. The Black Hills of South Dakota provides the back drop for family memories that will be monumental in the memory books. The best place to begin this top summer destination is at travelsouthdakota.com.

knoxville tn9. Knoxville, TN On the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is one of the country’s perfect summer destinations. As a neighbor to America’s most visited national park, the area offers much to see and do for all ages for as many days or weeks as are available. Here lies a quirky combination of art, music, science, nature, sports, and history that comes together for entertainment opportunity like no other. Museums, historical treasures, and attractions of all kinds make up a list that is hard to pare down when looking at the things to do list of the area. Water sports include everything from serene to extreme on the river that is so much a part of the region. To experience Knoxville, go to tnvacation.com and start making plans.

tybee island10. Tybee Island, GA Less than 20 miles from historic Savannah, GA, lies Tybee Island known as Savannah Beach. An area rich in history and natural beauty, Tybee Island really does have something to offer for everyone of all ages. Exploring the island’s beach, salty marsh, and beautiful southeastern coastline is an amazing combination of nature that provides a backdrop that is best known for birdwatching. The usual opportunities for watersports exist as well as historical points of interest but all come together with a twist of Southern charm not available anywhere else in the country. To put Tybee Island on your summer travel schedule, start out at tybeeisland.com.

Kimberly Travaglino, Fulltime Families founder, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, come together as the Roadschool Moms© team with one of the top educational podcasts available on iTunes. Roadschool Moms airs LIVE every Sunday night at 9 pm EST on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. For more details on Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations, check out the July 5th episode.

Walk Through Captain Phillips Lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama Somali Pirate Conflict

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I’m sure you recall in April 2009 when Captain Phillips was taken hostage aboard his own lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama by Somali Pirates, but did you know that you could actually see and walk through the lifeboat?

Maersk_Alabama_Captain-Phillips-Lifeboat-easter-seals-rescueThe lifeboat is on exhibit at the Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, FL.

When you visit the Museum, you can board the lifeboat upon which Captain Richard Phillips was held hostage for five days before being rescued on April 12, thanks to the accuracy of Navy SEAL snipers.

You can board the Alabama lifeboat at the Museum and see the holes left by the SEAL bullets as they opened fire simultaneously, firing three bullets and killing three pirates.

The Maersk Alabama lifeboat arrived at the Museum on in April, 2009. We [The Navy Seal Museum] assisted the makers of the motion picture Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, due out in October, 2013.

NSM_Logo2-300x112Other exhibits featured at this one of a kind museum include:

  • A replica model of theBin Laden Compound
  • World War II Era Beach Obstacles
  • Desert Storm Vehicles
  • Displays of Unique Weaponry

navy sealsThe United States Navy’s Sea, Air, Land Teams, commonly known as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy’s principal special operations force and a part of the Naval Special Warfare Command and United States Special Operations Command.

navy seals 2The Museum is located at:

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
3300 N. Hwy. A1A, North Hutchinson Island
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Phone: (772) 595-5845

Our Hours

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
Note: We are closed Mondays
Closed for July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Admission

Adults (13 years and older) $8
6 to 12 years $4
Under 6 free
Group rates and tours are available. Please call (772) 595-5845

https://navysealmuseum.com/

 

Announcing a New Partnership between Fulltime Families and Escapees

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The mission of Fulltime Families is to support the needs of full time / extended time / family rvers and those seeking resources for the full time rving with kids lifestyle choice.

In the past 5+ years, we’ve worked diligently to provide our members with exclusive ftf pricing on the best services and products in the marketplace.  By establishing corporate partnerships with leaders like Thousand Trails, OvernightRVParking.com, Passport America, Time4Learning, as well as small businesses to provide you excellence in Accounting Services, RV Insurance, Photography, we’ve sought to help you make the most of your adventure while saving your time and money. To see the complete list, click on our members’ benefits page.

Last Spring, we rolled out many new membership enhancements,  starting with our partnership with Escapees RV Club.

Escapees has been supporting the needs of RVers since 1978 and they have established an extensive network and support system, including their award winning mail forwarding services.

Fulltime Families has entered into a full reciprocal partnership with Escapees meaning that current and future FtF members will receive a free year of Escapees online membership*.

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Current Fulltime Families Members can take advantage of this offer by calling 888-757-2582 and having their Fulltime Families membership number in hand.  Don’t remember your membership number?  Email me at Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com and I will be able to supply that for you.

Not a Fulltime Families Member yet?  It’s a great time to join, as rates will be going up next week!

Click here to join the premier resource for your full time / part time rv family organization.

*Offer applies to new Escapees members only

Ever Wonder WHY You have So Much Clutter?

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You purge, you downsize, you weed out.  But every time you turn around, there’s another pile of stuff on your dresser, on your table, seeping out of your junk drawer.  Clutter is everywhere!

Did you know there’s a reason you’re not making any headway against your clutter?  Sure, you might be able to temporarily have an impact, but slowly the clutter creeps back into your life.  Have you wondered why that is?

buried blissI did, so I researched it extensively and found that once I addressed by clutter collecting triggers, I could really get to the bottom of things (and piles).

You know what else I learned, that all that stuff was really making me miserable!   and I bet it’s making you miserable too!

On my quest for clean surfaces, I discovered the 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All and compiled them in one easy to read e-book so you could share the same success and peace of mind.

Now it’s your turn.  Ask yourself if your un-cluttering efforts have worked for you (or maybe just take a quick peek around your home) and if you find the answer is ‘no’ then do yourself a favor and get “Buried Bliss; 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All” .

This time tomorrow, you could finally be on your way to a clutter free lifestyle!

P.S. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to keep and what to toss, tune into Roadschool Moms this Sunday night at 9pm est, when Mary Beth and I share with you what you really need and what you can re-home.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Blow Your Top; How to Avoid Low Clearances – Guest Post

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If you’ve ever come across a low clearance, then you know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ll need to cross your fingers and hope you can “squeeze” under, or figure out a detour.  This week, we’re joined by Jon Mills from LowClearances.com on tips to avoid this costly trip expense.

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The journey in any RV has its challenges, and those terrible accidents we often see or hear about unfortunately don’t just happen to other people. Of course we never set out to be complacent, but sometimes events just unravel in a way you can never predict.

In our experience we have seen too many times how a loss of concentration, a simple distraction, or a
combination of unexpected bad weather and a forced diversion has resulted in disaster. This is especially true at night, so please don’t let this happen to you.

To help combat this problem, LowClearances.com created ‘Route-1’. Route-1 is a Low Clearance Avoidance System, with a highly accurate Points of Interest (POI) database designed specifically to integrate with your navigation system.

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Because Route-1 includes alerts on and off the major routes, it’s perfect for RV drivers. It covers a wide range of heights from as low as 5’6″ all the way up to 15’11” under railroad bridges, overpasses, & pedestrian walkways. The database also has alerts for covered bridges, truss bridges, and even tunnels. So by using Route-1, you will significantly reduce the chances of hitting a low bridge, improve your safety, and be able to relax and enjoy your drive so much more.

The Route-1 database is huge (More than 5000 for USA, & over 750 for Canada)

Our research has uncovered:

  • There are an estimated 5,000 low hazard collisions in the USA each year causing over 100 million
    dollars’ worth of damage to public and personal property.
  • Every year there are approximately 1000 injuries and 5 fatalities in strike incidents, not to mention
    that the fines for damaging a bridge are huge.
  • There are still too many unmarked low clearances out there, and many signs have become too dirty,          obscured or faded to read properly, particularly at night or in heavy rain, snow, mist or fog.
  • No matter how rigorously you plan your journey even the most experienced drivers can get caught
    out, especially after a diversion when you’re likely to be distracted.
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a big accident is one of the biggest stresses a driver can face.

 

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Take a look at the top ten reasons why you should get Route-1:



1. Ease of use
.  It can be used while you’re driving whereas truckers atlases cannot. 
It also has custom designed POI symbols to give higher clarity
allowing you to make decisions faster.

2. Sheer size
. The POI database is by far the largest available. In addition to the
 major routes, it covers towns, cities, and rural areas. Other
databases cover the major routes only.

3. Personal customization. 
Set it to suit the height of your vehicle, and adjust the audio
alert to sound at any distance you choose.

4. Versatility
.It can be used as a warning system while you’re on the move, and as
an avoidance tool when planning your route. Particularly important
to those still unfamiliar with their vehicle, or RVers who rent.

5. High accuracy
. Our location coordinates and clearance heights are checked using
several different resources to ensure peak precision.

6. Compatibility
. Can be used with most GPS and mapping systems.
7. Up-to-date information
You get regular delivery of our latest database of new locations,
height modifications, or deletions. We are notified of any changes
from many different sources including our driver community which we
then confirm.

8. User friendliness
. Simple and clear download and installation instructions to get you
up and running as quickly as possible. With online customer support.

9. Convenience
. Member’s page providing you with a practical way to access your
downloads, updates, and more.

10. Pure value. 
Any smart driver shouldn’t be without it.

So to summarize, you will get the biggest, most accurate low clearance databases for USA & Canada ever created
.  More than 5000 locations across the US. (Over 750 for Canada.)

Route optimization to save time and fuel
,clear audible and visual alerts
, increased driver confidence and reduced stress
.  The ability to plan safer routes
, customizable settings to the height of your vehicle
.  Simple installation instructions
. Regular updates to the database




. As you can see, ‘Route-1’ is an essential tool for all RV drivers.

So to find out more, visit http://www.lowclearances.com and get your copy now.

Safe driving,

Jon

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