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Fulltime Families Charter Member Roster

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Fulltime Families would like to extend our deep appreciation to the membership’s first visionaries and investors.  These are the first 50 families who choose to become Lifetime Members of the organization and are the foundation on which the community was built back in 2010.

#1 Travaglino Family
#2 Pepper Family
#3 Gardner Family
#4 Roloff Family
#5 Pelizzari Family
#6 McCloskey Family
#7 Harris Family
#8 Kennard Family
#9 Hoffman Family
#10 Ethridge Family
#11 Matt Smith Family
#12 Simpson Family
#13 Mann Family
#14 Muller Family
#15 Arnold Family
#16 Sparks Family
#17 Woolf Family
#18 Hoernke Family
#19 Burrell Family
#20 Dempsky Family
#21 Schrier Family
#22 Parent Family
#23 McCintyre Family
#24 Tullis Family
#25 Hyde Family
#26 Graf Family
#27 Lively Family
#28 Sensenig Family
#29 Schrodel Family
#30 Tishler Family
#31 Valdes/ Escanaverino
#32 Williams Family
#33 McElroy Family
#34 Tammy Smith Family
#35 Wendy Young Family
#36 Schillaci Family
#37 Paul Family
#38 Holford Family
#39 Denkins Family
#40 Weed Family
#41 Willey Family
#42 Marrs Family
#43 Graham Family
#44 Ray Family
#45 Sutton Family
#46 Thomas Family
#47 Fite Family
#48 Griggs Family
#49 Miles Family
#50 Goff Family

 

Fulltime Families Resource Guide To Help Keep Business “in the Family”

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Finding resources on the road can be difficult.  Wouldn’t it be great to have one place to find everything:FtF Resource Guide

Our first advertisers can now be found at https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/business-directory/

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can quickly find the resources your looking for, while supporting fellow Fulltime Families Members!

Look for a hard copy of the FtF Resource Guide at the FtF Family Reunion in Feb. 2017 (an on-demand download version will be available sooner).

It will be the ultimate resource to connect families to the trusted providers we all need.
Small Business Owners
We want to hear from YOU about your business. Our goal through all of this is to support small businesses in our organization to help them grow.  This is exciting news because our fellow travelers have been looking for one spot to find these resources like yours. We are working hard to give the people what they want and support small businesses in the best way we know how.   Ad rates start as low as $30 per year!
To reserve your spot in this directory, send an email to our Resource Acquisition Director.

HURRY!  The Deadline to get your ad into the 2017 Hard Copy Guide is Fast Approaching!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Bloomington

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IMG_5755As the #thisisRVing tour pulled into Indiana, it was time to stop  at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bloomington, IN.

Located south west of Indianapolis, Bloomington IN is known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana” and the Jellystone this town boasts is certainly scenic.

We pulled in to our large and spacious pull-through site on Monday afternoon and headed straight to the… laundry room!  After a few days on the road, it was time to clean the clothes. Centrally located and spotless, I was able to get many loads done while the kids explored the park’s highlight, the giant splash pool!

With multiple slides, tons of features and a ginormous bucket that dumps on regular intervals, this wet and wild play place was a huge hit with our family.

After we were fully waterlogged, we headed to the bounce pillow for some “Jump and Jam”.  I immediately noticed how engaged the Jellystone Rangers were with the kids.  They bounced right along with the music, initiated games like duck, duck, goose and tag and really added to the kid’s enjoyment of this fun feature.

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We headed home for a late dinner and an early bedtime because we had a ton of fun on the schedule for the next day.

Bright and early, we headed back to the Ranger Station for a quick park wide scavenger hunt.  With our appetite wet for treasure, we purchased two bags of  gem mining dirt (one containing gems and one containing fossils) and headed to the gem mining flume.  This was a great highlight – check out the video to see the kid’s reactions to their unearthed treasures!

Next on the schedule was some mask making and marble painting.   The littles and I created masterpieces while the big boys and Chris went back to the splash pool.

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We met up with Yogi and got some ice cream at the Ranger Station. We heard rumors of a short hike to a waterfall within the park but we were too wiped out to actually explore it and it was time again for the #thisisRVing tour to move further north. We’re looking forward to spending more time at this campground in the future.

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

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For a Limited Time Get a Free Good Sams Membership with your Fulltime Families Membership

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For a limited time, new Fulltime Families Members will receive a Free Good Sams Annual Membership*

It’s a great time to join Fulltime Families!

Not only will you have access to tons of money saving exclusive offers, be eligible to join Fulltime Families Events and get plugged into a one-of-a-kind community, for a limited time you’ll also receive a free Good  Sam’s Annual Membership* (a $25 value)!

Your Good Sams Membership Allows you to Save:camping world image

  • Savings at Good Sam Parks, Camping World and Pilot Flying J
  • Save 10% on the nightly rate at 2,100+ Good Sam Parks
  • Save up to 30% at Camping World—the Club’s official RV Accessory Retailer!
  • Save instantly on fuel at Pilot Flying J

 

There are tons of additional Good Sams Members Benefits!  You can see them all here: http://www.goodsamclub.com/

Keep in mind that your FtF Members ALSO gives you a free year of Escapees Membership**.  That means for $45 you get over $109 in membership values alone!  Not to mention the savings on Teledoc, Passport America, OvernightRVParking.com and so many more!

This offer is for a limited time only, so get your Fulltime Families Membership today and start enjoying the benefits of a Fulltime Families Membership today.

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After you make your purchase, you will receive an email with how to access the additional clubs free of charge.

 

 

*Offer valid for New Good Sam’s Club Members.  Offer not valid for existing Good Sam’s Members. 

**Offer valid for Escapees Club Members.  Offer not valid for existing Escapees Members. 

Birding From Your RV – Guest Post

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Official Birding Trails in the US: Alabama to Wyoming

As you’re traveling around the country in your RV, you have ample opportunity for bird watching – birding, as many prefer to call it. No matter which state, or states, you drive through, you can find birding trails specifically set aside for looking for our feathered friends.

male_downy_lgWhen planning your trip, you might want to set aside some of your time seeking out these trails. If you’re already an avid birder, maybe you want to dedicate the majority of your time to finding them.

The list below has links to websites that tell about these birding trails in almost every state in the US. I couldn’t find a suitable site for half a dozen of them.

I tried not to use more general sites like Rails to Trails (that is, traillink.com), but that resulted in not finding any good sites at all for a few states. So you might have to use Rails to Trails (see link at the end of the list) or something similar anyway in those cases.

Some of the sites linked to are honestly kind of lame. (Sorry, states with lame sites, but it’s true.) They are in dire need of updating to modern standards. I included them because they were the best available that tried to look at the state as a whole (not just one region, as many Audubon chapters obviously do) when it comes to birding trails.

I hope you find the list useful and are able to incorporate some birding into your next RV trip.

Alabama – Alabama Birding Trails

Alaska – Top Ten Birding Hotspots

Arizona – Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory Birding Guide

http://sabo.org/birding-guide/

Arkansas – Arkansas Birding Trail

California – Sonoma County Regional Parks

Colorado – Colorado Birding Trail

Connecticut – Connecticut Walking and Hiking

Delaware – Delaware Birding Trail

Florida – Navigating the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Georgia – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Hawaii – Hawaii Birding Trails (and festival)

Idaho – Idaho Birding Trail (regions)

Illinois – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Indiana – Indiana Birding Locations

Iowa – Iowa’s Birding Trails

Kansas – Bird Watching

Kentucky – Birding Locations in Kentucky

Louisiana – Louisiana’s Birding Trails

Maine – Maine Birding Trail (publications)

Maryland – Top Spots for Nature Watching and Birding

Massachusetts – Nature and Birding Trails

Michigan – Michigan’s Birding Trail Network

Minnesota – Birding in Minnesota

Mississippi – Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail

Missouri – Missouri Bird Watching

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Montana – Montana Birding and Nature Regions

Nebraska – Birding Trails

Nevada – Area Birding Guide

New Hampshire – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

New Jersey – Order Form for Free Guide

New Mexico – Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail

New York – State Parks

North Carolina – North Carolina Birding Trail

North Dakota – Birding in North Dakota

Ohio – Find Ohio Birding Sites by County

Oklahoma – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Oregon – Welcome to Oregon Birding Trails

Pennsylvania – Interactive (Birding Trails) Guide

Rhode Island – Bird Watchers Nature Trail

South Carolina – South Carolina Birding Sites

South Dakota – Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail (PDF)

Tennessee – Birding Trails

Texas – Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Utah – Utah Birding Trails

Vermont – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Virginia – Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Washington – Audubon’s Great Washington State Birding Trail

West Virginia – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Wisconsin – Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail

Wyoming – Wyoming’s Best Birding Spots

If the state you’re interested in doesn’t have a good birding trails site, you can use the Rails to Trail site below.

Rails to Trails – Birding Trails by State

If you know of a better online source of information for birding in a particular state, let me know. I’d be glad to let others know about it too.

About Gary Sonnenberg – Gary is a backyard birder and owner of Optics Owl. He doesn’t own an RV but keeps an eye out for birds whenever he does travel in his sedan. You can contact Gary about the article above by going to the Optics Owl site.

Camping with a Newborn

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If your Summer plans include a camping trip, but your Spring plans included a newborn… don’t cancel the camping.. Babies can make great campers! Here’s how.

A trip to Babies-r-Us will have you convinced that babies need LOTS OF STUFF!!! This is absolutely false and babies can travel much lighter than their older siblings.

Love, patience and plenty of cuddling are the most important things your newborn needs, but some baby gear will also go a long way

Infant Car Seat / Carrier – so your precious bundle can be safe on your travels.

A sling – I recommend “hug a monkey” www.hugamonkey.com as they are lightweight, fits in a diaper bag and very easy to use. No buckles, no straps, no criss crossing – just a sturdy fabric loop that can carry newborns to toddlers.

A stroller – If you only have one strolling child, I strongly recommend a Snap and Go. I have a three year old that still likes to sit in the stroller – so I went with the Combi Twin Ex Sport. If fits the carrier, is very lightweight and folds up small so it fits our lifestyle well. http://www.combi-intl.com/Products/Item.aspx?Item=46

A bed – I have slept with all my children as infants, however, I am not comfortable doing so in the small queen bed in our camper. I searched for a Moses basket as my first choice, but I didn’t find one. What I did find, I feel is even better – The Summer Infant Rest Assured Sleeper is a co-sleeper but it does not fit in the bed with my husband and I. But its great anyway! It fits everywhere else and it comes with a light/sound/vibration module that can come off and go on anything. http://www.summerinfant.com/categories_products_view/591/Rest-Assured-Sleeper.html

If you have the room, a pack and play also makes the perfect camping baby bed, and you can even set it up outside so baby can take an outdoor siesta.

Diapers and wipes and organizer – I have been using my Prince Lionheart Diaper Depot Organizer for many years. Keeps everything neatly organized and where you need it – Simple and useful! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Prince-Lionheart-Dresser-Top-Diaper-Depot-Organizer/4457084

A diaper bag – When my 2nd child was born, I was fortunate enough to have found the Skip-Hop bag. I am on my 5th one. Keep in mind, none of them have worn out after years of use and many washes – some I sold on eBay and some I have passed on to other moms. This great bag holds EVERYTHING you could need for multiple kids – and clips right on to your stroller. Sturdy and attractive – the Duo is by far the BEST diaper bag available! http://www.skiphop.com/product/20000.html

My camping baby lives in onesies and one piece pajamas. Comfort goes much further than style when baby is enjoying the great outdoors.

Be sure to pack a few baby blankets and pacifiers.

Since I breastfeed only, I do not need bottles, formula or burp clothes.

Keep in mind, it did take me four kids to finally draw these conclusions and I’m sure a mom of more would come up with an even smaller list of “essentials” but the bottom line for babies is – less is definitely more!

Kimberly Travaglino is the editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, the official monthly publication of Fulltime Families Camping Company(https://www.fulltimefamilies.com). A company that supports families fulltime rv adventures or aspirations. We have the S’most Fun!

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

Kimberly 2 comments
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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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.

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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