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Quartzsite 2012

Kimberly 2 comments

 

The last week of January, 15 families congregated in Quartzsite to tour the World’s Largest RV Show, have nightly campfires and share some fun times.

We loved every minute of our circled wagons.  Being on BLM meant no water, no sewer, no electric hook ups, and no rules, no quiet times, and the opportunity to let our unwashed hair down for a few days!

The show was a lot of fun!  There were beautiful RVs to walk through, tons of equipment and upgrades to inspect and lots of one of a kind goodies to buy.  One of my best purchases was an $8 1/2 flat of strawberries.  The berries were the size of apples and tasted sweeter than candy.  We ate most of them while I was counting out the 8 singles for the man that sold them to us out of the back of his truck.  I looked for him a few days later, but never found him again.

 

Unbeknownst to me, Chris had a goal to put on a solar panel while we were in Q.  He had lots of help from Rod Garrison, Kent Butterfield, and of course his wing man, Sean McCloskey.  So much help, in fact, he went back the next day and bought / installed a second panel – so now we have two!

I’m not sure what they do for us, but he installed a special plug so we can charge our phones at night when we’re dry camping.  That seems well worth the $500!

On Saturday Night, we went to Michelle Thomas’ revival tent to experience a Quartzsite Revival.  During the revival, I was struck with the idea that Quartzsite is full of pallets and we needed firewood for the evening.  On our way home from the tent, we swung by the area with the most pallets and sure enough – they had a sign on them… it read “FIREWOOD”!

So we loaded up the Mc’s Big Red Truck and then went back for two more truck loads… We learned that pallets burn HOT and FAST!  We spent most of the night moving our chairs back and forth as each new pallet was laid on the fire.  The next day, we set most of the kids on the task of disassembling the pallets so we could control the fire a bit better.

Kent Butterfield showed us all how to make survival bracelets with paracord… needless to say, I am now waiting on $60 worth of paracord in our General Mail delivery… thanks Kent!

 

Kent also held a Kids’ Gun Safety Course!  Stay tuned for a replay, as we filmed the whole thing!

We played games, had a pot luck, ran “The Real Housewives of FtF” radio show. Shared stories, harassed prank callers, learned new things, roasted a pallet of marshmallows, let the dogs loose and had an all around wonderful time!

I think we all left with smiles in our hearts… and tons of dust in our campers!  Which is fine, since I’ll probably be sweeping the last of it out, just in time to do it all again!

Families on the Road

Kimberly No Comments

Are there really families that live on the road?  There sure are! And we’re one of them.

As I type this, the RVing industry currently estimates that 3% of all full time rv’ers are rving with their children.

So, what is life like for a family on the road?  In some ways its very different then our “sticks and bricks” (homes) counterparts and in some ways its very similar.

Take for instance, work homeschooling, housekeeping, laundry, dishes, bill paying, taxes, grocery shopping, all the boring, all the drudgery of everyday life… we do them…

The main difference is – we do them… exactly where in the world we want to do them.  We seek out the weather, scenery, neighbors – the all around best places we like to hang out – or explore – and we drive there… and then we do those boring things.

Then, in our free time we explore our new surroundings and immerse ourselves in the local culture. When we feel like we’ve seen it and done it all, we move on.

It’s not like we’re on a permanent vacation or anything – its just that what we gave up in a house (lots of space, space, space) we traded in our rv dwelling lifestyle (lots of amazing, wonderful, fantastic things to see, do, experience).

If you’re interested in bringing your family on the road – check out ‘How to Hit the Road’ and see how easy it is to get your life off hold!

Winter Camp in Comfort with the January Issue of FtF Mag

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A New Year and a New FtF Mag! More pictures, more great ideas, more of what you love about the only magazine that addresses full time rv living with your family in mind!

In this issue you will find:
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Winter Camping Tips
  • Putting your blog to Work For you! – Free Webinar!
  • A Review of the Gypsy Mama’s Guide to Real Travel with Kids
  • Installing a Pellet Stove in your RV
  • Free Internet on the Road
  • Keeping Your Furnace Running Smoothly
  • Dreamers to Drivers: Downsizing Your Wardrobe
  • What’s Playing on FtF TV
  • What Drives Us: The Anderson Family
  • and as always… tons more!
So go check it out now!  And remember, if you haven’t subscribed yet,
you can catch up on all your missing (all 21 issues) for just $1 but hurry ’cause

this is the last day for this offer!

Kimberly

The Conclusion of our Boondocking Experiment – No

Kimberly one comments

You know us way too well!

Of course we didn’t make it 7 full days, subsisting on our own grit and spit!

We might have… but…

Well, it started 11:00pm on the dot on night 5 – Tonia started throwing up!  This should not have been a big surprise since DJ had been sick 2 days earlier, but as parents tend to do when a stomach bug takes up residence, denial sets in and the first victim is usually attributed to an isolated issue.  Right?  No one wants to believe that the flu will tear through EVERYONE in the camper!  And neither did we… but of course, we were wrong.

So Tonia was sick from 11pm – 6am the following morning, when she handed the proverbial vomit baton off to her brother Dominic – who precisely at 6am  – started throwing up.

By 8am, I was so ill, I was virtually useless.

That’s when Chris told me:

1. We were out of propane (perfect for 40 degree weather)

2. We were out of water (tremendous for all the mess we were making)

3. The black tank was full (can it get any better)?

Enough was enough… while I curled up in the fetal position on the couch, flanked on either side by my very ill children, Chris packed up the entire rig and drove us to the Thousand Trails 2 miles down the road.

You may be asking yourself why we did this in the first place.  Well, TT (Thousand Trails) has a stipulation that if you are in a particular preserve and want to return to said preserve – you must spend a “week out”.  So that’s what we were doing.

But we learned yesterday, that you could stay longer or return earlier if you had a medical issue (man, did we ever) for $10 a night.  That was $10 well spent!

Now, we are parked in between two terrific families (The Lundys and The McCloskeys), looking forward to the holidays and thrilled that our winter boondocking is behind us.

In a future post, we’ll be tallying up the week… I can’t wait to see how much we spent saved by parking ourselves in the desert.

This is part 6 of what was supposed to be a 7 part mini series…

If you’re just joining us now… here’s what you’ve missed.

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

 

 

The Conclusion of our Boondocking Experiment – Yes!

Kimberly one comments

You give us WAY TOO MUCH credit.

Of course we didn’t make it 7 full days, subsisting on our own grit and spit!

We might have… but…

Well, it started 11:00pm on the dot on night 5 – Tonia started throwing up!  This should not have been a big surprise since DJ had been sick 2 days earlier, but as parents tend to do when a stomach bug takes up residence, denial sets in and the first victim is usually attributed to an isolated issue.  Right?  No one wants to believe that the flu will tear through EVERYONE in the camper!  And neither did we… but of course, we were wrong.

So Tonia was sick from 11pm – 6am the following morning, when she handed the proverbial vomit baton off to her brother Dominic – who precisely at 6am  – started throwing up.

By 8am, I was so ill, I was virtually useless.

That’s when Chris told me:

1. We were out of propane (perfect for 40 degree weather)

2. We were out of water (tremendous for all the mess we were making)

3. The black tank was full (can it get any better)?

Enough was enough… while I curled up in the fetal position on the couch, flanked on either side by my very ill children, Chris packed up the entire rig and drove us to the Thousand Trails 2 miles down the road.

You may be asking yourself why we did this in the first place.  Well, TT (Thousand Trails) has a stipulation that if you are in a particular preserve and want to return to said preserve – you must spend a “week out”.  So that’s what we were doing.

But we learned yesterday, that you could stay longer or return earlier if you had a medical issue (man, did we ever) for $10 a night.  That was $10 well spent!

Now, we are parked in between two terrific families (The Lundys and The McCloskeys), looking forward to the holidays and thrilled that our winter boondocking is behind us.

In a future post, we’ll be tallying up the week… I can’t wait to see how much we spent saved by parking ourselves in the desert.

This is part 6 of what was supposed to be a 7 part mini series…

If you’re just joining us now… here’s what you’ve missed.

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.

 

 

 

 

Did we or Didn’t We?

Kimberly one comments

Thanks for following along on our boondocking experiment…

Now it’s your turn – Did we make it 7 days in the wild or not? Click on your answer to see if you’re correct.

We’ll be posting the results of the “survey” on our FB Fulltime Families Group tomorrow.

Yes, you Travaglinos are hardcore troopers and you’re probably still out there.

No way!  You wussies totally bailed early.

 

Dry Camping – is it really supposed to be this Dry?

Kimberly 13 comments

Before the sun set on our 2nd day… we realized we were out of water, which gave ‘dry camping’ a whole new meaning.
Now we are faced with the unexpected challenge of getting water back into our rig:

Here are some options:
1. Move the rig to a filling station – Hate that option
2. Make a zillion trips with gallon jugs and pour them in one by one – slightly better than option 1.
3. Get ourselves a Flintstones Style prehistoric elephant to fill our tank for us. Love this option! Not only do we get a new (useful) pet– but they come in purple! Score!

(did you know they double as a vacuum cleaner)

Maybe you’re wondering why it is we are out of water. Have we been taking baths, washing the car, filling the pool? Nope! We’ve been leaking.
It seems that our “check valve” on our city water connection went bad. This was quickly diagnosed by the rhythmic groaning sound the water pump would make when we turned it on. Listen to it here>>>Our Moaning Waterpump
The other big clue was the puddle of water in the desert… under our city connection. We are a couple of sleuths – let me tell you!
So, we called an RV Service Guy and he told us we just need a “male hose cap” for $3 at the Home Depot.
So, an easy fix – but we’re still faced with how to get filled up again…  I’ll be scouring the town looking for my elephant… and if I find one of these too… then we could dry camp forever!

This is a hopefully 7 Part Miniseries…

If you’re just joining us now, here’s what you’ve missed:

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.

Boondocking Challenges – Day 2

Kimberly 9 comments

Here we go a boondocking

Among the rocks and leaves
Here we come drycamping
Without Utilities

Gas and heat you must bring
your own garbage you must fling

And God bless you and send you a full hook up site
And God send you some power and light!

(Are you singing it in your head? – Can you name the tune?)

It’s day 2 (of potentially 7).  Last night, after a rousing game of Candy Land, I tried to put the kids to bed at 8 oclock.  For regular kids… even my pre OTR brood – this would have been fine.  But, I’m hesitant to say.. that my kids (all of them) don’t go to sleep before 11:30 every night.  This, of course, has more to do with the time changes, then my lack of parenting skills… Of course!

But last night – with our limited utilities – there was nothing much to do except get on each others’ nerves – so off to bed it was.

All I actually accomplished was their “getting on each others’ nerves” in a horizontal position from 8 to 11:30 (at least they are consistent).  So tonight I’ll need to formulate a new plan.

I, personally, would be much happier with this situation if it wasn’t so blasted cold outside.  If we could have a fire, and enjoy our rule free surroundings – I would be fine with this whole “self contained / off the grid” phase my husband is going through.  But being stuck in the camper because of the frigid temps –is not my cup of tea.

In fact, I couldn’t even have my cup of tea last night because making it would necessitate that I put on my boots and jacket, fire up the generator, come back inside, and microwave the tea, redress myself, go back outside, turn off the geni and finally “enjoy” my now luke warm tea.  I think you plainly see that this takes a lot of the relaxation out of the comforting cup of tea.

So tea-less, I went to bed and quickly discovered how incredibly drafty this camper is.  A nice cool breeze from the sealed shut window, wafted across my face most of the evening.

This morning, I took the kids on a field trip to a local museum and stayed until IT CLOSED!  THEN… we went to  McDonalds and stayed there for quite a bit.  Lest, my hubby feel that I am avoiding him, we came back home and now I’m typing to you my dear reader, as my battery wanes to less than 10%!!!

I think I’m going to take a nap and hope I wake up 6 days from now.

 

This is a hopefully 7 Part Miniseries…

If you’re just joining us now, here’s what you’ve missed:

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.

Keeping House

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When you live in an rv full time with kids, things get messy, all the time.

I know I shouldn’t complain, since in reality it takes me about 30 minutes to clean the entire camper – but sometimes I wonder if in reality, I am spending more 30 minute cleaning increments than I did in my sticks and bricks.

How could that be?  Well, when everything you own has to always be put up for you to have room to walk, you notice immediately when ANYTHING is left out.

Tonight for instance, as I type, there is a beach bag and a pool float on the floor (it’s November), the toys boxes are out, there are computers all over the kitchen table and dishes in the sink.

It probably doesn’t sound like a big deal – but in 350 sq feet of living space, clutter has a way of building up FAST.

So, tomorrow morning will be spent, putting everything away, only to have it all pulled out again in 5 minutes.

Such is the life of fulltiming with kids.  It’s a constant ebb and flow of stuff in and out.

I find the camper looks the best right before we pull out the chucks and head to greener pastures.  That’s when everything has finally made it to its special spot, and the counters are empty enough to be wiped down.

I only have a minute or two to enjoy the “wide open space” before the outside stuff has to come in and take up any available room.

Living in an rv full time with kids means straightening up full time.  If you maintain a rapid travel pace, it means, packing and unpacking, a lot.

If your kids are old enough to help out, putting them in charge of cleaning up their toys does help to reduce some of the chaos – but only partially.

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.

Checkout NationalRVParks.com for the Info Your Seeking

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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.

 

 

 

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