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Casting Opportunity for RVing Families in the LA Area

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CASTING
*PAID TV PROMO FOR DESTINATION AMERICA*
SEEKING FAMILIES WHO OWN A RV
(RV MUST BE 2010 or Newer Model and MUST Have The RVIA Seal/Plaque)

SOCAL CASTING COMPANY is seeking RV OWNERS (Must Be 2010 or Newer Model) and
THEIR FAMILIES (prefer kids from 6-15, but don’t limit), any ethnicity,
who are active, fun-loving and find great value in using their RV
(Once again, the RV must be 2010 or Newer and have the RVIA – Recreation Vehicle Industry Association Seal/Plaque)

Whether it’s camping trips, vacations, family bonding time, connecting with
nature, your favorite ghost story, getting out of town or unplugging from the
world around, please come share your passion and RV experiences with us!!!

INTERVIEWS: Saturday/February 6, 2016
SHOOT: February 29 – March 4, 2016 (One Day Only)
Shoot Will Be Late Afternoon Into The Night
Enjoying Family Time Telling Stories Around The Campfire
Pay is $2000.00 per family – all media buyout for one year

For consideration, please email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com
with the following information ASAP:
-Your name and all family member names and ages
-Email and Contact Number
-RV Year, Make and Model
-Pictures of your family, pic of the RV
-Brief 1-2 sentences about your families’ favorite places to go and things to do while RVing
Come Share Your Camping Stories Sitting Around The Campfire
We look forward to hearing your adventures !!!

Interested in more opportunities like this? Complete our simple form to be the first one to hear about casting calls for RVing families.

Last Chance for Legoland Tickets

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The 4th Annual FtF Roadschool Fieldtrip to Legoland, Florida is Officially SOLD OUT!

If you have pre-purchased your tickets from Fulltime Families, please check your PayPal Email for a confirmation from us.  If you have not received a confirmation email, please email kimberly@fulltimefamiles.com

Here is some info you need to know if you are joining us on Feb. 12th, 2016.

IMPORTANT INFO:
 
Please arrive at the main gate of Legoland by 9:15am. 
  • If you are attending the Tampa Rally: The Legoland caravan will leave LazyDays, from the front gate, by the office at 8am SHARP.
  • If you are planning on going to Legoland separately, be sure to be on-site by 9:15am
  • Legoland charges for parking and this is not included in your pre-paid tickets.
  • We will take a Group Photo at 9:30am
  • The Flash Mob Dance (see details below) will take place at the front gate.
  • The FtF Group must enter the park as a group so it’s important that everyone is on time.
  • You are welcome to pack a lunch!  If you have a cooler and/or lunch sack, you will be able to take those to a location for storage until needed for lunch.
  • This part of the day is time sensitive.  The rest of the day you’ll be free to enjoy the part at your leisure.
  • If you have a rally t-shirt, please wear it to Legoland.
  • FtF Bracelets will be passed out to all so that we can identify each other inside Legoland.
Be a part of FtF History!  Legoland Flash Mob Info:  Please start practicing this dance.  All roadschooler participants will be receiving a limited edition Lego Minifig for doing their part!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoTV0NGtrrM
We are sorry, but no refunds can be processed at this time and tickets are non-transferable.

Additional Fees for Parking apply.
You can bring your own lunch into the park. Legoland supplies a group lunch locker and covered picnic tables for our group.
This field trip is rain or shine.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

We are sorry, but no refunds can be processed at this time and tickets are non-transferable.

 

Winner Announced in the Favorite 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Picture

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The Grand Prize Winner has been announced in the 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Contest.
By gathering the most votes, @boondockedmedia, Dana Haines has won the Grand Prize which includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a bag of swag from Go RVing!
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Here are the finalists:
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 Thank you for all that submitted Instagram Pics and participated in the contest.  There is a lot of joy in RVing and so many of you did a great job of capturing and spreading it!!!
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This promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

Top 3 Tax Deductions Fulltime RVing Families May Be Missing

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I have participated in many discussions in the Fulltime Families Facebook group, and the most common types of tax questions that pop up involve questions over deductions…what is deductible, what is not, specifically in the context of the fulltime RVing lifestyle.  So as a guest on the Fulltime Families blog, I thought I’d tackle 3 of the most common, most aggressive tax deductions people ask about.

>> Want to learn more about Fulltime Families Membership? Head here for more details and learn more.! <<

To hear the entire interview with Leah Johnson, CPA and the Roadschool Moms, click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/tackle-tax-time-for-the-rv-lifestyle/

Can I deduct the cost of my RV?

For most fulltime RVers living in their RV as their primary personal residence, the full cost of their rig is generally not going to be deductible.  Some have tried to take a home office deduction for a portion of their RV, but the IRS has a strict “regular and exclusive use” rule for any portion of a home being deducted as a home office, and it is difficult if not impossible to meet this requirement while living in an RV as your primary residence (see IRS home office guidelines here: https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Home-Office-Deduction; also see this tax court case where an RVer’s home office deduction was disallowed: http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/InOpHistoric/dunfordmemo.gustafson.TCM.WPD.pdf).  If you financed your RV, you may be able to deduct the interest on your loan.  You also may be able to deduct the personal property taxes you pay to your state for registration of your RV and your tow or towed vehicle.  And in the year you purchase your RV, it may be beneficial to deduct the sales tax you paid upon purchase.  If you make special adaptations or purchase equipment for your RV that is primarily or exclusively used for business purposes (such as a wifi booster, work desk, office chair, computer equipment, etc.), this may also be deductible.

 

Can I deduct my travel expenses?

Travel away from one’s “tax home” may be deductible.  The question of where a fulltime RVer’s tax home is can be a challenge to answer, though.  For most fulltime RVers who do not have a “home base” (i.e. a second home somewhere that they check in with regularly where living expenses are being duplicated), they are considered what the IRS calls “itinerant.”  Itinerants do not by definition travel away from home because their home goes with them where they go.  There may be exceptions depending on your unique situation.  If you do plan to deduct travel expenses, it is important to keep a detailed, written log of your miles traveled (the IRS will ask to see it if you’re audited!).  To read more about deductible travel expenses and record keeping requirements, see https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p463.pdf.

 

Can I deduct my campground fees?

This question is somewhat related to the previous one.  If you can’t prove you’re traveling away from your tax home, then in general, your lodging (i.e. campsite fees) is not going to be deductible.  If you can demonstrate you are traveling away from your tax home, then it may be possible to deduct some or all of your lodging expenses.

To hear the entire interview with Leah Johnson, CPA and the Roadschool Moms, click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/tackle-tax-time-for-the-rv-lifestyle/

In conclusion

In my experience, fulltime RVers really do not get any special tax treatment compared to those living in “sticks and bricks.”  If the RV is your primary personal residence, treat it as such, and enjoy the financial savings you reap by not maintaining a second residence while you travel.  Aggressively attempting to write off expenses which are truly personal in nature won’t be worth it in the case of an audit.  For those who own their own business, there may be more gray area.  If yours is a special or complex situation, it would be a worthy investment to work with a qualified tax preparer who can take your unique set of facts and correctly interpret and apply the tax code to your situation.  Remember that you are ultimately responsible for the numbers that are reported on your return, so it’s important to work with a professional who will be fair but not overly aggressive.  Be sure to keep good, organized records so that you may take every deduction to which you are legally entitled to take.

1Leah Johnson (http://www.leahjohnsoncpa.com/) graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and soon after obtained her CPA license.  She has extensive experience in both the private and public accounting sectors.  Leah is an expert in taxation and is passionate about providing personalized, timely service with a high attention to detail for her clients.  Together with her husband, Steven Johnson, they comprise the “Leah Johnson, CPA” team, providing specialized tax, consulting, and bookkeeping services to a variety of clients, including several fulltime RVer clients.  Leah Johnson, CPA is a paperless firm and serves clients completely remotely, making them an ideal firm for those who are comfortable leveraging technology and those with a traveling lifestyle.  Leah, Steven, and their toddler son have been fulltime RVers themselves since June 2015

EXCLUSIVE FtF MEMBER OFFER: Current FtF Members, provide your FtF membership number at the time of your initial consultation for a $25 discount to be applied against your first invoice for services.

 

 

Meetup in Austin, TX – You’re Invited!

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Fulltime Families & Ditching Suburbia Meetup in Austin, TX

Dreamers – Meet Doers.

Think about ditching the suburbs? Meet families currently fulltiming in their RVs – living on the road and schooling their kids along the way.

Currently a Fulltime Family? Other families would love to know what life on the road is like – tell them your stories!

Wonder what it’s like to go back to the suburbs? Meet some folks who’ve done that as well!

Cost?

Free!

We’re just asking you sign up so we have a better idea of the size and makeup of the group coming.

Date?

17th January 2016.

Time?

We’ll be there starting around 10:30AM.

Potluck eating starts at 12:00.

Stay until..whenever!

Where?

Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749.

The park has playgrounds, trails, ballcourts and more. We have a ‘just down the street’ backup location in case of inclement weather (we’ll announce that if the forecast looks unfavorable).

What to Bring?

  • Drinks
  • Dish to pass
  • Chairs
  • Outdoor games & sporting equipment
  • Stories
  • Questions

What To Get?

We’ll have a small giveaway of fun prizes:

Tickets

  • Select 1 ticket per family.
  • In the ‘special requirements’ field let us know your family structure (2 adults/4 kids) etc.

Sign Up!

On the following page use the ‘Organization’ Field to let us know your blog/road name (ie ‘DitchingSuburbia’).

 

The Travs Appear on New FYI Show Roadstead Nation

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We said we’d NEVER do it!!!  We’ve helped many production companies find “just the right” family for their television reality project, but we always steered clear.  We had many reasons not to do it, the main one being we didn’t want to be made to look like fools on national TV, but when a producer from New York called, somehow we got sweet talked into making a special appearance in a pilot for a spin off of Tiny House Nation.

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So we agreed to meet our film crew in Rapid City, South Dakota and show them a day  in the life of a full-time rv family.

We filmed an interview portion for hours the night before and then we filmed a scheduled day in our RV.

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Here are a list of things you might want to know if you are considering exposing your family to a Reality TV project:

  • Many projects take months to kick off and many more never even make it out of the gate.  We’ve worked with countless production companies finding talent for their projects and the vast majority of them never came to fruition.
  • It takes tens of hours to produce minutes of edited coverage.  We filmed for approx. 16 hours to yield less than 5 minutes of air time.
  • Act normal.  While the inclination is to be on your very best behavior and we wouldn’t encourage you to do anything on camera that you would regret, realize that when you’re filming with your family for a huge length of time, kids will act like kids, and even adults can get tired and cranky.  Just try you best to be normal and consistent to keep cool during filming.
  • Speaking of keeping cool, because of the noise RV a/c’s make we filmed this entire project with no a/c in 90 degree South Dakota weather.  Everyone was sweating all day long.
  • Speaking of everyone, our film crew consisted of an amazingly talented camera man (Mike Kentzman of Red Summit Productions) a very pleasant and patient sound guy named Tony and an energetic and charming production assistant (Allison Trimbell from Loud TV).  If you’re doing the math, you know that means we had 9 people in our RV during filming.  IMG_0471
  • Repeating something or doing something a little different each time is the name of the game and we did things like open and close our sleeper sofa several times.
  • You are mic’d all day and in your contract it clearly states they can use all the audio and video footage they acquire during the show.  This was a bit nerve racking as you might imagine.
  • Waiting for your show to air is tortuous as you have no idea how your family will be portrayed.  Thankfully our production company was very upfront and honest with us, in what their goal was for the program, and we are so pleased and thankful for what a beautiful job they did in portraying what our life looks like.  If you are considering making an appearance in a project, make sure you feel comfortable with the direction of the project and the people driving it.

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  • Our producer Matt Binetti, reached out several times during the editing process and really sought to understand the logistics of our lifestyle choice.  That was very comforting because I really felt that they were going to feature us in the best light possible, which is obviously our goal to.
  • And lastly, speaking of goals, as a family, you should be very clear on what your goals are for appearing in a project.  Ours is always to encourage people to live intentionally and we were able to meet on common ground with the producers like Meredith Lerner,  about that.

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So, are you ready to star in your own reality show?  We have a dedicated email list for families interested in these opportunities and have been successful in helping cast many of the RV related projects that you’ve seen on TV.  If you’d like to be considered for an upcoming show, complete the form below:


And if you’d like to see our portion of the Premier of Roadstead Nation, from the FYI channel, you can check it out here:

GoPro Giveaway Live Event Scheduled on Google Hangouts

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We did it!  1000 members strong and to celebrate we’re giving away a GoPro to one lucky, active member* of Fulltime Families live via Google Hangout this Friday, Oct. 9th at 7pm.  RSVP and add this event to your calendar via this link: https://plus.google.com/events/cmmhgftkq2flv922nibat6ccdu4

New members, who registered between the contests start date and member 1000, have each received an entry!

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Current FtF Members can continue to earn extra entries until midnight,pct Wednesday 10/7 by doing the following:

  • Add our button to your blog.  Send us an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com when it’s ready.
  • Use your affiliate link to refer new members. Earn one extra entry for each referral.
  • Tell us why you love FtF!  Send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com.

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*An active member is defined as an Fulltime Families Member with an unexpired membership.  This includes Annual, Lifetime and Charter Members.

 

Time 4 Learning; The Go Any Where Homeschool Curriculum

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The idea of being responsible for your children’s education can be daunting.  When we hit the road in 2010, I was so nervous and scared that I would ruin my kid’s education and as a result, made quite a mess of things.  I share those experiences, that fear, the learning curve, every Sunday night on Roadschool Moms Live Podcast, but in this post, I want to tell you what has worked best for my four roadschoolers.

 

Over the last five years, we’ve adopted an “eclectic” approach to our homeschool.  Creating our own curriculum from recommended workbooks, researching on the web, and incorporating hands on lessons as much as possible.

While this method has mostly worked for us, I wondered if I was leaving holes in my education approach.  That’s when we “went back to” Time4Learning, online curriculum.  When we first launched, we subscribed to Time4Learning for our, at the time, 3 students.  Back then, wifi coverage was spotty at best and it made an online curriculum very hard to maintain.

However, coverage has come a long way and with the introduction of an Unlimited Verizon Wifi Plan, we were able to reintroduce Time4Learning as the foundation of our Roadschooling efforts.

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We love that this comprehensive curriculum (from K – 12) provides my roadschoolers with grade level learning opportunities.  We also love that it’s “pack and go”.  All you need is a laptop and wifi and you’re ready to learn.  That means you can roadschool at:

  • coffee shop
  • in the park
  • at your picnic table
  • in the club house
  • driving down the road
  • anywhere you like!

Try it for yourself

Recently, Fulltime Families partnered with Time4Learning to provide FtF Members a a totally free, full access two week trial to the system.  For your exclusive promo code, and details on how to take advantage of this offer, visit the Members’ Benefits section of this website.

Full Time RVing Families Flock to Branson for One-of-a-Kind Event

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Reprinted from Hometown News

BRANSON, Mo. – In the coming days, 45 fulltime RV families from around the county will be traveling to Branson to take part in the Not Going Back to School Rally.

Starting on September 10, these families will be parking their RV’s at America’s Best Campground in Branson, for four days of family friendly activities. This event has been created for students whose families have adopted a road-schooling lifestyle, according to event organizer Kimberly Travaglino.

Activities include: Smore’s Gash Bord Campfire Creations, Field trips to Titanic and Jonah, Going Solar and RV Weight Seminar, Color Run, Kid’s Entrepreneur Workshop and the main event, an 80s prom!

Download the Sample 2015 NBTS Rally Schedule

From the area’s unique history to the Hard Work U attitude at College of the Ozarks, Travaglino says, she and other families will be using the Branson area as a learning tool for their children. While this event is currently sold out, Travaglino says they will be extending day passes to homeschooling families in the area who are interested.

The organizers are also looking to feature local attractions in their “Must Do Branson Attraction Guide”. People or organizations interested in getting a day pass or learning more about this event can email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com for the details.

Fulltime Families would like to thank the following businesses:

Thank you to our Sponsors

Lazydays, The RV Authority

Instant Pot
RV Trader
Let’s RV
National Pilot Car Association

Time4Learning
Oxygenix


Preferred Attractions in Branson

These attractions have generously provided rally prizes for our event.  Please consider giving them your business while in Branson!

Tiger Sanctuary
Butterfly World
Toy Museum
Imax
Cantina Laredo
Pirate Adventure Golf

FtF Entrepreneurial Partners
Special thanks to these FtF Members for providing prizes from the following companies.

31 Gifts Jen Holt
Jamberry Nails  Jen Schillaci
Custom Vinyl Creations – Bush Creative
Young Living Oils – Misty Lively
Usborne Books – Stephanie Simpson
ItWorks – Jamie DuVergy
RV Sunshade Company – Renee Seeley
Beachbody Fitness – Kimberlee Wilkes
AJ Hendrickson Pilot Cars – Mary Beth Goff
Ruby’s Closet – Dianne Connelly Moreno
Especially Created For You – Jennie Ennis-Mason
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The Lundy Family
CampgroundViews.com – Mark Koep

 

Kids Explore: Grand Tetons National Park

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We are wrapping up our 6th day of touring Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area of Jackson Hole (the valley) and Jackson, WY (the city) and I have to say, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time at this amazing National Park.
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Here are some highlights that I suggest you look into, if a visit to Grand Teton National Park with kids is on your route.

The three main Visitors’ Centers in the park each have short hikes right out their doors.

Moose Visitor Center (aka The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center), the largest of the three, boasts a great movie, a large gift shop, many interpretive learning stations, and the opportunity to borrow the GTNP Naturalist BackPack, which we strongly suggest you do.  Check out our seperate post about this fun and educational free offering.

A great family hike option from this visitors center is the 1 mile round trip hike to Murie Ranch where your family can tour the ranch’s historic buildings.  Keep your eyes peeled on this hike as it’s also well traveled by the park’s wildlife and opportunities abound for keen eyes to spot multiple animal track types.

Another easy and interesting touring spot in this southern portion of the park, Menor’s Ferry and the Chapel of the Transfiguration.

Here you’ll be able to grab an icy huckleberry soda from the turn of the century general store, once run by the Menor Brothers (some of the park’s earliest settlers) and when the river is running smoothly, the park operates a replica ferry to cross the snake river.

In the center of the park is the Jenny Lake Visitors’ Center.  This alpine lake carved by glaciers thousands of years ago is a popular spot.  There is a boat that shuttles people across the lake to the trail head for the Hidden Lake Trail and Inspiration Point.  The fee is $15 per adult and $10 per child.  We opted instead to take the lakeside trail to the Jenny Lake Boat Ramp where the kids happily splashed around in the 47 degree water.

Another option in this area is the multiuse path that runs through this portion of the park.  A family with bikes in tow could park at the Taggart Lake parking lot and bike the path to the Jenny Lake Visitors’ Center and stop for ice cream in the General Store there.

At the park’s northern most visitors’ center, the Colter Bay Area has a great film about the re-introduction of wolves the area (could be graphic for little kids) and Native America exhibits.

A great family hike option in this area is the Lakeshore Hike, a 2 mile loop around one of the lake’s small islands.  Pack a picnic and find a shady spot along the shore for a stunning lunch time landscape.  But remember here and everywhere to be Bear Aware and properly secure your food and dispose of your waste in the provided bear safe dumpsters.  Our hike to this area was aborted as people coming off the trail had just crossed paths with a large grizzly.

Borrow a Naturalist Backpack to make a mold of nimal prints, sketch, water color and journal.

 

National Fish Hatchery in Jackson

Jackson Juggernauts Roller Derby

Lakeshore Hike from Colter Bay

 

Attend a Ranger Program: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/ranger-programs.htm

Things to pack:

Bear Spray

Sun Screen

Hats

Sunglasses

Water

Snacks

 

 

 

Where we stayed:

 

 

 

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