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First! Baby Born at a Fulltime Families Event

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Welcome to the World Cecilia Adelina Hartog!  We are so pleased to meet you!

It all started last Thursday night, October 12th, 2017, while 22 full-time rving families were gathered to experience the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta at the FtF Balloon Fiesta Hangout.  Unless you count the false labor on Monday night that served as a drill for ensuring appropriate water supply and set up.

As Thursday afternoon progressed, soon to be mother of three, Clementine Baksteen’s labor pains fell into a regular pattern two minutes apart for 30 seconds.

Did I tell you all the FtFs at the event were in dry camping, including expectant Clementine?  That means that we had no water hook ups, no electricity to plug into and no sewer to receive our waste waters.  To me it seemed that Clementine’s birth would be akin to the experiences of pioneer moms, bringing forth new life in one room cabins on a desolate prairie.

2017 Fulltime Families Balloon Fiesta Hangout aka Clementine’s Support Team

But unlike her 19th century counterparts, Clementine and the whole Hartog clan were encamped among their friends new and old, and many pitched in with last minute preparations which included, filling a birth tub, straightening up the labor and delivery room (ie; Clementine’s camper living room) and in general making the family as comfortable as possible.

As the sun set that Thursday, we gathered with the Hartogs, their midwives and families to feast on steak, potatoes and a big garden salad.  If we weren’t parked on a landfill, the scene would have resembled a vineyard al fresco dinner complete with twinkling lights and mismatched weather beaten chairs.

After Clementine felt satiated, labor came on strong and constant and the Hartogs and their midwives retreated to the toy hauler that has served as their home for the last 7 years, as well as the birth place of their 5 year old son.

20 minutes later, an emotional newly minted dad of 3, emerged from the camper and a jubilant cheer was raised through the darkness as we were all treated to the news of our “balloon baby’s” arrival.

Tiny pink toes and cupids bow lips, she is a delicious delight of new birth and promise.

Want to see Cecilia’s media debut and 21st century birth announcement?

Are you considering having a baby or currently pregnant on the road?  Fulltime Families has birth resources available to you that work with your travel lifestyle.  For more information, click here: Fulltime Families Birth Resources.

Are you a birth resource provider, get connected with our partner, Support for Your Birth to join their directory of nationwide midwives, doula, photographers and other birth support service providers.

Fulltime Families Resource Highlights

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Have you ever  said…

“I need help with a service or a product. I’d love to keep business in the family, but I don’t know who provides the service or has the product I need.”

Some of the most common questions we hear on our FtF Facebook pages are:

  • How can I make money and travel? (this one has become laughable, but we want to help!)
  • How can I find a trusted resource to repair my RV or get me the best insurance coverage?
  • What’s the best deal for internet coverage as I travel?

All of these questions and many more have prompted Fulltime Families to connect their members with trusted Resources for their needs.

Some of our trusted Resources offer exclusive special deals to our FtF members ONLY. Some of them sponsor our FtF events nation-wide. Many of the trusted resources gift us raffle prizes for our events. All of these trusted Resources advertise with us here. Help YOUR community out! Please share this link to help others find the resources they are looking for.

This week our FEATURED RESOURCES are:

HIPPY HOOPLA

Our handmade healing Baltic amber, hazelwood, and crystal jewelry to aid in teething, pain, inflammation, and so much more. In addition to handcrafted jewelry, we’re here to help you on your own journey toward a more natural and grateful life through our blog, experiences, and resources. See Michelle Howard’s website here: http://www.hippiehoopla.com/.  We also sell on ETSY (www.etsy.com/shop/HippieHooplaand Amazon (on.com/handmade/Hippie-Hoopla)and have a couple of PRIME items!

Bill & Lise Enterprises, LLC Consultant for Rodan + Fields

What if you could have great looking skin on the go? R+F just launched FREE TRAVEL SIZE Regimens when you bundle your Fav Full-size regimen and our Active Hydration Serum!!! It’s the perfect bundle to get great skin and the ability to take your regimen in your carry on!! (*While Supplies Last*) See Bill & Lisa Anderson’s website here: https://bilisent.myrandf.com

 

*All of these advertisers are trusted resources within FtF and we encourage you to give them your business!!! See our entire listings here: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/business-directory/.  If you’d like to know how to get involved, email sarah@fulltimefamilies.com.

MORryde Partners with Fulltime Families giving them the Keys to a Solid RV Experience

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For Immediate Release

Anywhere, USA – Today, Fulltime Families and MORryde have announced a partnership to provide Fulltime Families Members a discount on the top quality items provided by one of America’s supreme fabricators and RV enhancement specialists.

MORryde is known for producing stellar products such as:

  • MORryde Independent Suspension
  • MORryde Rubber Pin Box
  • Sliding trays, TV Mounts and STEPABOVE – MORryde’s solution for a stable and comfortable way to access your RV

Fulltime Families is the premier resource for full-time RVing families, internationally, serving their members and providing solutions for the challenges that families face when they transition to a mobile lifestyle.

MORryde has been supporting the Fulltime Families community through many years, as a headline sponsor at their events!

With this partnership, MORryde provides Fulltime Families Members an exclusive savings on their products available direct from the manufacturer. Check out their catalogue of products and savings here!

“MORryde is committed to helping people RV safely, and we are excited to connect our families with the tools and upgrades MORryde provides to help our RVing families have the best experience on the road.  We appreciate MORryde’s support of our community and we appreciate MORryde’s valuing our families by providing this special offer”, says Kimberly Travaglino, co-Founder of Fulltime Families who’s RV rides on MORrydes Independent Suspension with disc brakes.

 

Need to Evacuate? Safe Zones with Map and Listings

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We’ve referenced our FtF Family Friendly Campground Directory (campgrounds that waive the kid tax for FtF Members) and reached out to several campgrounds for full-time RVing families in Florida looking for a place to evacuate to.

Here’s what we have so far:

Please call the campground personally to verify appropriate sites for your needs are still available.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DQZwvqRbV6q0wJEUE8cqqLjstyM&usp=sharing

FLORIDA

Bonifay, FL
710 McGee Road
Bonifay, FL
Free field with hook ups
From a fellow FtF: “If they look on Google for the “memorial field of Bonifay”, this place is two big fields at the corner of S. Depot Street and Mc Kinnon Avenue. Heading West on Hwy. 90, turn left at the Exxon (S. Depot Street) and go 1 1/2 blocks. The entrance is on the right. It’s a small entrance, but swing wide to the left before entering and there will be no problem.”

Jellystone in Madison, FL
All sites are $50 plus tax 10.5%
Cabins available / bring linens pillows toiletries
1051 SW Old St Augustine Road
I-10 & Exit 258
Madison,Fla 32340
850-973-8269
$25 plus tax 10.5% Includes use of bathrooms/showers
As long as we have city water service !!!

ALABAMA

Baldwin County Coliseum
44000 sq ft building (address is 19477 Fairground Rd, Robertsdale AL. 36547.( 251)947-3247. It has kitchens, bathrooms and will hold 2000 people comfortably and up to 5000 if needed. They also have outside shelters made for pets etc.

Talladega Superspeedway
3366 Speedway Blvd, Lincoln, AL 35096
Dry Camping

University Station RV Resort
3076 Highway 14
Auburn, AL 36832
20 -30 plus lots of drycamping
current nightly rate $40 per night f/h/up, $20 per night
334-821-8968 Debra, Kayla, Jill Owner
Hayfield can be dry camped on for free, ask for the HayField Dry Camping

Sweet Home Alabama Campground & RV Park
25882 Sailboat Rd
Andalusia, AL 36421
20 open spots 30 amp
2 paved areas dry camping
$40 hookups
$15 dry camping
(334)388-0342
Eric is the Owner

Eagle’s Landing RV Campground
1900 Lee Road 137
Auburn, AL 36832
(334)821-8805, 5 spots f/h/u $47.70

Jennings Ferry Campground
1001 Jennings Ferry Rd
Akron, AL 35441
(205)372-1217 37 sites available, $22 per night

Logan Landing RV & Cabin Resort
1036 Paul Bryant Road
Alpine, AL 35014
(888)564-2671, availability, f/h/u $37.01 per night

White Oak Creek Campground
395 HWY 95
EUFAULA, AL 36027
(334)687-3101
State campground $24 per night
50 sites available

Kolomoki Mounds State Park
205 Indian Mounds Rd
Blakely, GA 39823
(229)724-2150

Hardridge Creek Campground
592 U.S. GOVERNMENT RD
ABBEVILLE, AL 36310
(334)585-5945

Lakepoint Resort State Park
104 Lakepoint Drive
Eufaula, AL 36027
(334) 687-8011

Lake Eufaula Campground
151 West Chewalla Creek Drive
Eufaula, AL 36027
(334)687-4425

Poplar Point Camp
35 Poplar Point Camp
Rockford, AL 35136

(256) 377-2606

Cullman, AL – 5 hrs north of Pensacola, FL
www.cullmancountyparks.com
SMITH LAKE PARK (403 County Rd 386, Cullman, AL 35057)
219 full service, 5 water and electric, 61 tent areas. (No status, but they always have available spots)
Our recent price was $44/day
NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR KIDS OR PETS
(256) 739-2916

Cullman, AL
Sportsmans Lake Park
1544 Sportsman Lake Rd NW
Cullman, AL 35055
Phone (256) 734-3052
$22.00/day – RV (dry camping)
$14.00/day – tent

Deer run RV Park
25629 US-231, Troy, AL 36081
(800) 552-3036

 

 

TENNESSEE

Bristol Motorspeedway
BRISTOL, TENN. – Bristol Motor Speedway joined several NASCAR venues Friday and opened up their campgrounds to evacuees from Hurricane Irma.
To get more information, evacuees may call toll free (866) 415-4158.

 

GEORGIA

Senoia Raceway
171 Brown Rd, Senoia, GA 30276
FB poster comments “has opened to camping to evacuees as well as free admission to tonight’s race.”

Unicoi State Park
1788 Highway 356, Helen, GA 30545
(706) 878-2201
Unicoi has rooms and campsites we are also doing over flow camping 706-878-2201

Atlanta Motor Speedway is opening its camping facilities free of charge to Hurricane Irma evacuees.
Those interested in RV or tent camping at Atlanta Motor Speedway should enter the facility at Entrance “E” off GA Highway 19/41. The unreserved campgrounds will be on the left.
1500 Tara Pl, Hampton, GA 30228
http://www.ajc.com/weather/atlanta-motor-speedway-offers-free-camping-for-irma-evacuees/8VHZfIoGZHfJHT8enc8hCP/

Alma MX Park, We have plenty of room for campers with hookups available.
Alma, GA
904-894-3730

Chehaw in South West Georgia
RV Camping Rates for Evacuees 17/per night
Tent Campers 13.25/per night
Call 229-430-5275 for more info

 

Bainbridge GA at the Bainbridge airport. No hookups but there is fresh water and bathroom close by. If needing a free spot give me a call 229-522-0542 Wade

Southern Wood Arena
1379 Newsome Gap Rd
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
(205) 532-6653


Beaver Run RV Park
I-16, South at exit 111, Excelsior Church Road, Metter, GA 30439
(912) 362-4737
http://beaverrunrvpark.com/
All the sites have hookups, most are FHU, but a couple have W/E only.
See website or call for rates.
(912) 362-4737

 

Shady Grove Campground, Cumming Georgia is open for business for travelers seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma.
7800 Allyn Lane Memorial Way, Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 205-6850

 

Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center
6770 Cave Springs RD SW
Cave Springs, GA 30124
$35/night or $195/weekly pull-thru
All sites are 50 amp and full hookup
Accept Good Sams
www.bigcedarcreek.com
706-777-3030
Manager: James

Jones RV Park
2200 Willowtrail Parkway
Norcross, GA 30093
FHU 20/30/50amp at all sites, water, & sewer
current rates:  $35/night or $200/wk
770-923-0911
Janes Jones, owner

VICTORIA BRYANT STATE PARK, GA
1105 Bryant Park Rd
Royston, GA 30662
40ft back in, 30amp, max 6 people, pet friendly
$30/night
3 sites available from 9/7-9/11
Reserve at https://gastateparks.reserveamerica.com/campsiteSearch.do

Sawnee Campground
3200 Buford Dam Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
6 sites from 9/7 – 9/11
30 or 50 amp, pet friendly, large back in sites
$30-$32/night
This is a COE park and if you have a National Park Pass the prices might be lower.
Reserve at www.recreation.gov

Bald Ridge Creek, GA
4100 Bald Ridge Park Rd Cumming, GA 30041
50amp, pet friendly
COE park-National Park Pass may get you a discounted rate
8 large back in sites for first come first serve basis available 9/7-9/11
$32/night

McKinney Campground
6659 McKinney Camp Ground Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102
COE Park
13 sites available from 9/8-9/11 for smaller rigs up to 38 feet
50amp, pet friendly
$28/night

MISSISSIPPI

Askew Campground
3412 Askew Ferry Rd.
Edwards, MI 39066
601-852-2331

Red Creek Off Road
1192, Vestry Rd, Perkinston, MS 39573
(601) 945-5055
Fb Poster adds “is offering $10/night for evacuees. They’re on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, on the Alabama side.

Flint Creek Water Park
1216 Parkway Dr, Wiggins, MS 39577
(601) 928-3051Fb poster adds “50 % discount to fl evacuees

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Keowee Falls RV Park
150 Jefferson Rd, West Union, SC 29696
(864) 638-5716

Little Pee Dee State Park
2400 Park Access Rd, Dillon, SC 29536
(843) 774-8872
From and FtF Member: “We evacuated from just north of Savannah. There’s plenty of spots, family friendly, and they’re even running a special right now for half off 2 night stays. So we paid only $25 for 2 nights with 30amp and water. No sewer but they have a dump station.”

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Green Mountain Park – Thousand Trails
2495 Dimmette Rd.,
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 757-4088

Yogi in the Smokies
317 Galamore Bridge Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28791
828-497-9151, toll free 877-716-6711
My direct email is camp@jellystonecherokee.com
A note from the owner: we are open for Irma evacuees. Our sites are $39 per night for a water/electric site, $47 per night for riverside water/electric; $50 per night for 30 amp FHU with Cable, $58 per night for 30 amp FHU w/cable riverside; $56 per night for 50 amp FHU w/cable, $64 per night for 50 amp FHU w/cable riverside; $67 per night for 50 amp FHU w/cable for Deluxe sites able to accomodate 40+ in length RV’s.

VIRGINIA

Jellystone Park™ at Gloucester Point
3149 Campground Road
Hayes, VA 23072
804-642-4316
Jellystone Park at Gloucester Point is offering 30% off all campsite and cabin rentals for Irma evacuees. Cabin rentals do not include linens. Please call 804-642-4316 or email

Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
16 Recreation Ln, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579
$25
 per night for any full hookup Campsite , $75 per night for any cabin
Florida, Georgia North and South Carolina.
Call 540-292-2727 to make a reservation.

LOUSIANA

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park (1 hr north of New Orleans)
46049 LA-445, Robert, LA 70455
(985) 542-1507
Rates are 1/2 Price for Hurricane Evacuees per
Maurice J LeBlanc JR,

 

KENTUCKY

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and Karst Beach
1002 Mammoth Cave Rd.
Cave City, KY 42127
(270) 773-3840
Campsites and Cabins available

Corvette Museum
350 Corvette Dr, Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 781-7973
The corvette museum in ky has open parking for evacuees. And the parks and resort has a 25 percent discount for Fl id carriers

WEST VIRGINIA

Brushcreek Falls RV Resort (right outside of Princeton, WV), is offering discounts for those evacuating the hurricane. We have 51 spots with full hook-ups. The discounted prices we are offering to those evacuating Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and North Carolina are:
Back-In Spots: $20
Pull-Through Spots: $25
Cabin: $32.50+Lodging Tax

Our address is
5127 Eads Mill Rd
Princeton, WV 24740

Know of a campground in the safe zone with availability?  Email Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com with the specifics to be added to this list.

 

Can You Really Be a Full Time RV Family?

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For many families the idea of becoming a full-time rving famly is a pipe dream but yet, there are thousands of families currently living the full-time rv lifestyle and many more joining their ranks daily.

On Episode 155 of the top rated Roadtreking Podcast, host Mike Wendland interviews Fulltime Families co-Founder, Kimberly Travaglino to find out:

  • What are the steps to transitioning to a mobile lifestyle?
  • How do families make money on the road?
  • What is Roadschooling and is it legal?
  • What resources are available for families who are looking into full-time travel?
  • Is there a step by step guide?

Click play on Episode 155 to hear it all.  And don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes!

Fulltime Families Canada Rally Limited Spots Available

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The FtF Canada Rally has a very limited number of spots available.

The event sold out in 20 days, our fastest selling event to date, but a few cancellations have opened up spots.  If you missed your chance to get a spot for this event, now is the time to book.  Visit our Fulltime Families Canada Rally Info Page for reservation instructions and FAQs.

 

No RV Yet?  There are options, send an email to the above address for more info.

Keep an eye on our Upcoming Events Page for more FtF Events coming soon!

You’re Having a Baby Where?

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Welcoming a new baby to your nomadic lifestyle should be just as exciting and adventurous as your heart can imagine. Everything from the pregnancy announcement to the First Birthday smash cake pictures should be filled with memories and joy. But sometimes there is stress or worry involved, too.

Sometimes the pregnancy wasn’t planned, the money wasn’t saved, or the travel plans just do not seem to line up right for welcoming a baby to the mix. Sometimes extended family doesn’t support this crazy RV lifestyle we choose to embark on.

Whatever your journey looks like, you don’t have to conquer it alone!

Did you know that the Fulltime Families Membership has a resource that is tailored specifically to growing and expectant families? Kristi Huemoller, Owner of Love & Support Doula Services, and the *NEW* Support For Your Birth Resource Listing has just what you need! You can receive personal and customized care from an experienced professional from conception to baby’s first birthday! Mom groups are great, we agree! But if you ask a mom group for a recommendation on something, 20 different moms will give 20 different recommendations. Sometimes that is helpful and sometimes it is not.

Individualized Care for your Individual Needs

So what if you had ONE person you could bounce ideas and concerns off of? One person that is equipped with the knowledge and experience to assist you with resources for morning sickness, round ligament pain, restless nights, early contractions, birth plan preparations, newborn care options, postpartum mood disorders, and whatever else your questions cover from pregnancy to toddlerhood?

What if that one person was just a phone call or email away and could send you recommendations to professionals that were interviewed, reviewed, and meet specific standards, in whatever care/support category and geographical location you needed? Professionals that understand what your vision is for this nomadic birth and journey. One person that could provide you with emotional and informational support without bias and that is backed by factual resources.

Your Liaison from Support For Your Birth is equipped to be “that one person”. She would be like a wedding [birth] planner, big sister, and best friend all rolled into one but without the emotional strings and baggage attached. Not saying that your sister or bff have baggage but let’s be real, if they got the epidural and you don’t want an epidural, how well can they support that choice with factual information and love at the same time? Plus there is nothing wrong with having two amazing people to provide you with the emotional support you need but your personal Liaison will have the resources necessary to assist you in locating the ideal care providers and professionals you seek while also traveling.

Customized Birth Plans for your Unique Lifestyle

The process is customizable to meet your needs at whatever stage you are in during the pregnancy, postpartum time-frame, or travel status. Generally, it begins with an intake form emailed to you asking basic questions about the types of care or support you seek and once that is received back, a phone call is scheduled to go over that information in more detail. You will have one liaison to work with for as long as you choose to use the service. She can assist you with a preliminary schedule and outline of the care you desire and then help connect you with the professionals that meet your specifications along the way. She will respond to your concerns and needs within a timely manner and maintain a professional level of confidence and privacy.
Support For Your Birth also offers services that are congruent with the needs of traveling families.

  • Online Classes for Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding Basics, Babywearing, and Child Passenger Safety (Car seat basics). All taught by a trained professional and available to meet your scheduling needs.
  • Virtual Doula Support Services on a month-to-month contract that allows you all of the information and support listed above plus more.
  • Connection with other Fulltime Families that provide certain services, should you prefer to use a professional that is personally familiar with traveling.
  • Community support.
  • Event updates specific to expectant and growing families (i.e. baby expos, meet ups, sales, etc.)
  • Discounts on certain services exclusive to Fulltime Family Membership holders.
  • Opportunities for birth related professionals to network, market to traveling families, grow their business, receive mentoring from experienced professionals, and take their business on the road if they desire!

Affordable Care that Meets Your Needs

It seems we forgot to mention how much this incredible support system is! Basic Liaison services to support and connect you with the listed professionals is offered at an introductory flat rate of $200! Services can start as soon as you find out you’re pregnant and continue through till 6 weeks postpartum for one flat fee. That’s right! Fill out the form, talk to your personal liaison, get connected with doctors, midwives, chiropractors, doulas, photographers, etc. that you need at each stop in your travel plans for your pregnancy for one low fee! This rate is an introductory rate and is subject to change. Be sure to mention this article when scheduling your phone consult.

Want more in-depth support, information about options, video chat options, on-call-anytime contact, etc., there are packages available to meet every budget! Additional services listed above are also available for their associated nominal fees.

Fulltime Family Membership holders receive discounts when they request services and provide their membership number.
This isn’t too good to be true! It was designed with you in mind and to meet the needs of our very unique and exciting lifestyle! If you would like more information about receiving services or about assisting Kristi and Support For Your Birth in providing services to other traveling families, please email her at Yourbirthresource@yahoo.com or submit your information through the website at www.supportforyourbirth.com.

Get to know the owner and creator of this special support resource: Kristi Huemoller is a wife and a mother of 7, a traveling doula, and passionate birth professional that understands the demands of the traveling life. Her and her family have been in their 5th wheel for over a year and have no end in sight to their exciting journey!

Not a Fulltime Families Member yet?  Join Today to get access to this and many other money saving benefits!

Fulltime Families Benefits Whiteboard Video

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Wondering how your Fulltime Famlies Membership can benefit you?  We are thrilled to unveil our brand new white board video from Dingo Doodles!  Give us 1 minute and we’ll give you a Family!

We are pleased to share our newest video tool to help future members easily understand the benefits of the Fulltime Families Membership.

We invite our valued affiliates and ambassadors to use this video tool when promoting Fulltime Families.

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Learn How You Can Have FREE Wi-Fi In Your Rig

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Welcome to Fulltime Families, the RV club for families who live or are seeking to live, the full time RV lifestyle.

A reliable internet connection is like the Holy Grail for many full time RV’ers.  How many crowded lodges have I come across full of surfers, with every available power outlet in use?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have reliable, free internet right in the comfort of your own rig?  Did I just say “free”?  I did indeed, and now I’m going to tell you how!


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I have researched this for a long time and have come up with a solution that will work 90% of the time.  This internet solution requires some hardware and software configuration, but at the end of the day, you can expect to have FREE internet 90% of the time.  That’s right, I said FREE!  How can this be you ask??!!

 

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Ok, here is the answer to FREE internet on the road.  Most McDonald’s, Starbucks, bookstores, or even local libraries offer free Wi-Fi.  I know what you’re thinking; I don’t expect you to sit in at coffee shops, bookstores, or the library all day.  This is about internet in your RV at the location of your choice!  This is about internet in your jammies, with your own snacks an arm’s length away.

With this configuration, I have been able to pick up Wi-Fi  from up to 1.7 miles away!  I said it right, 1.7 Miles away!!!  This is surrounded by mountains.  With that in mind, I think I may be able to get up to 3 miles away on flat terrain.

To get access to FREE internet in your camper, you will need 5 pretty inexpensive hardware components.

  1.  100’ Cat6 Ethernet Cable
  2. RiteAV – Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable – Blue – 6 ft.
  3. Ubiquiti BULLET-M2-HP Outdoor 802.11b/g M2HP
  4. TP-Link 2.4GHz 15dBi Outdoor Omni-directional Antenna, N Female connector, weather resistant (TL-ANT2415D)
  5. NETGEAR WG602 54 Mbps 802.11g Wireless Access Point

I put links in the text to Amazon where you can find all these components for a very small cost when all things are considered.  This is a small sacrifice when thinking about what you pay a month for an Air Card plan or paying a campground a monthly fee for internet.

Putting all these components to work for you is not a hard task either.

1.  Pick a spot! The first thing to consider is where you are going to place your wireless access point and how you are going to run the 100’ Cat6 cable to your Ubiquiti Bullet and Wireless antenna.  I mounted my bullet and antenna on the existing TV antenna so that when I bring my TV antenna with the crank, it brings up the Celluteq antenna as well.  It will also lay flat for travel making this a seamless system.  You can mount this setup on a flag pole style mount, but that will require you set up and tear down every time you move.  For now, let’s keep going!

2.  So you have found the perfect spot for your wireless access point and antenna.  Now you will need to run the cable as neat as you can from the two devices.

3.  Once you have run the cable, connect the bullet to the antenna with the N style connector.  You just simply screw the two pieces together and you’re ready to go.

4.  Next, plug the Cat6 cable into the Power Over Ethernet (POE) device that was provided with your Bullet.  From the 2nd port on the POE device, plug the 6’ Cat6 cable in and run that to the wireless access point connecting that to Port1 of 4.

Voila! Your hardware installation is complete and all that’s left is configuring the software of the wireless access point and the Bullet.

Using the supplied documentation (included with your wireless access point device), configure the wireless access point to meet your needs.  Once you have completed the configuration and you can connect your access point wirelessly, you will need to configure the Bullet.  Complete the form below to download the PDF on how to configure the Bullet.

That’s it, you now have FREE internet from the local hotspots in your area.

Learn more about our Fulltime Families membership discount and benefits here. We’d love to meet up with you down the road sometime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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New Speaker is a “Pick Up and Party” Must Have for Your RV

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Space is at a premium in your RV!  That’s why it’s important that the items you bring into your home on wheels are high quality and do the job they set out to do, well!

We have such a product to review from our newest partner, DishForMyRV.  The KICKER Bullfrog® Bluetooth® Music System packs a real punch in a small, easy to carry footprint!

Let’s dissect this Bullfrog® and see why it’s a great addition to your RV lifestyle.

See For Yourself!

Handsomely Rugged

The main body of the KICKER features back to back speakers for a surround sound experience.  The sides are covered with thick rubber housing and the entire unit is weather resistant meaning your KICKER can help you start “singing in the rain” or be your fishing buddy on the banks of the river.  The ports that allow you to charge your phone or plug in an auxiliary device (more on that later) have a snug little socket, keeping them protected from grit and moisture.

Get a Grip

The KICKER’s unibody features a man-size rubberized handle that allows you to bring the party with you.  Under the handle you’ll find your device’s control center where you can adjust the volume, pair your favorite Bluetooth device, and check your battery life through the bright LED display.

Get the Party Started

Pump up the jam! The KICKER is PACKED with Functionality!  “Long range and even longer life! The Bullfrog® lets you stream Bluetooth audio from as far as 100-feet away, or connect directly to the charging USB for up to 20 hours of playback on a single charge.”  Unlike other speakers that keep you and your device in the general vicinity, we were able to venture many campsites over while maintaining connection to the speaker.

Our initial charge of the unit also provided in excess of the 20 hours of charge time promised by the unit’s documentation.

We also loved that we could charge the phone from the speaker, while the audio played and it ran on it’s battery.  No one likes to have to stop the party early ’cause your phone’s out of juice and this USB charging feature is a great convenience!

Get the App

DoubleKICK Connect™ joins two Bullfrogs together wirelessly.  This is a great feature for those looking to get more sound for a larger party!  The app also allows you to change the built-in FM tuner to your favorite radio station, adjust the equalizer or be creative and set your own personal sounds.  The application also shows you battery life and lets you update the firmware on your speaker when Bullfrog® releases new features.

Get a Pair

With two of the Kicker Bullfrogs, you can connect two speakers together to have more audio coverage and keep the party going for up to 20 hours on a single charge!  The speaker also has a threaded bottom so you can elevate one or both on stands, dependent on your sound projection needs.

Overall Impression

The Kicker Bullfrog is packed with features in its lightweight durable cabinet for great sound performance for music on the go.  With Bluetooth, aux cable, long battery life, country power adapters and an FM Tuner, you will never be out the tunes!  This is a great device for any RV’er, boater, Tailgater, or just someone who wants great rich sounding music on the go, no matter what the weather!

Speaking of weather, this wireless radio would also make a great emergency radio should you experience bad weather on the road! Broadcast updates to your block while keeping your phone charged!

Since we received our Kicker, we’ve used it both outside and inside.  We’ve used it to broadcast movie audio while showing a film under the stars.  We’ve used it to amplify our nightly audio book reading time.  We’ve used it to have a dance party and to set the mood at our outdoor bbq!  We’ve actually used it every day since we opened the box!

We think it’s a great addition to our RV and we hope you do too!

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