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Which RV Membership is Right for You?

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One question we get asked a lot is “Which RV memberships do you recommend?” With so many out there offering many different benefits it can be quite confusing to determine which campground memberships or RV memberships are the best ones for your family. Read our 6 most popular memberships for Fulltime Families members and see if they are right for you.

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Be sure to read to the end to find out how you can receive several of these memberships at a large discount, just by joining one!


1. Thousand Trails

Website: https://www.thousandtrails.com

Thousand Trails is a membership-based campground system with 81 member parks and 100 additional parks available through their sister program, Trails Collection.

Leavenworth Thousand Trails in Leavenworth, WA

Photo Credit: thousandtrails.com


  • Free nightly stays at member parks (some charge $3 per night for 50amp service)
  • 81 Campgrounds available nationwide
  • Up to 20% savings at Encore Parks
  • Membership Rebate available for FTF Members


  • $575 annually for a single zone
  • $49 for each additional zone
  • $199 for the Trails Collection
  • Additional membership upgrades with extra benefits are available

The Pros to Thousand Trails

One of the biggest perks of the Thousand trails system is the pricing.  After the initial membership cost and annual dues, members can stay at the 81 parks for 2-3 weeks at no cost.  This is why we consider the Thousand Trails system very budget friendly and a good place for many traveling families to rest for a period of time after more expensive explorations.

Another wonderful benefit of the system is the convenient online reservations.  You can make reservations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can change them at any time without a cancellation penalty.  We have found this to be very convenient as it allows us to be flexible but still have reservations, so we are never without a place to stay.

Our favorite benefit with Thousand Trails though is one that isn’t listed anywhere on their site and that’s the opportunity to meet fellow Fulltime Families!  Many of our families use the system so there are wonderful opportunities for meetups and play dates while staying in the system. So many use the system in fact, that we have a meetup group dedicated to the Florida parks, simply because in the winter they are hopping with FTFs!

South Jetty Thousand Trails in Florence, OR

Photo Credit: thousandtrails.com

The Cons to Thousand Trails

One con that we hear from time to time is the parks are out of the way or not near a major city.  We have found this to be true in some areas and in others, found them to be in the perfect locations.  For instance, TT Diamond Caverns is located in KY and while it is technically out of the way, it is at the entrance to Mammoth Cave National park.  We really enjoyed our quiet stay there and it made exploring the National park a breeze. Another great location we have enjoyed was TT South Jetty, nestled in a tiny coastal Oregon town, we were just outside the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.  TT Williamsburg is also another amazing location, located in the historic triangle in VA, you are close to Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg while nestled in a gorgeous tree-filled park.

We have also heard complaints of the quality of upkeep at some of the parks and have experienced this ourselves on occasion.  Overall, we feel that the price we pay is on par with the quality we receive. We always have a safe place to stay for the night and we have seen them working steadily at improving the parks since we joined several years ago.  This year we saw them upgrade more sites at TT Orlando to 50amp and add a new pickleball court, work on leveling sites at TT Oaks, new playgrounds and fire pits at others and many other improvements.

The memberships can be confusing!  Over the years, Thousand Trails has had many different membership levels with many different benefits.  This creates a sea of confusion on the internet and even when discussing amongst members. The best way to overcome the confusion is to work with a member specialist who can help you navigate to the best membership for your family.  We recommend working with Alisha Deschene, Fulltime Families dedicated Thousand Trails representative. She can be reached by email alishaplus8@yahoo.com or by phone at 207-270-1121.  Working with Alisha not only guarantees a smooth transaction but qualifies you for the FTF rebate on your membership.

Orlando Thousand Trails in Clermont, FL

Photo Credit: thousandtrails.com

Is Thousand Trails Worth it?

For most Fulltime Families, absolutely!!  Between the benefit of low-cost camping, ease of changing reservations and opportunities to connect with other traveling families, it is a no-brainer to make this one of most used memberships in your arsenal.


Passport America

Website: http://www.passportamerica.com/

Discount programming saving you 50% off campgrounds in their network.


  • 50% off Campgrounds
  • 1800+ Campgrounds
  • Basic Route Planning to show member parks on route
  • FTF Members receive a discount


  • $44 annually
  • $79 for 2 years
  • $109 for 3 years

The Pros to Passport America

The low cost of this program and potential savings are the biggest pros.  With most campgrounds in their network costing an average of $35 a night, this program takes those nightly rates down to $17.50 a night.  This means that the return on investment will be realized in just 3 short nights.

Another benefit to the program is the volume of parks that participate, with over 1800 parks across the US, Canada, and Mexico, meaning that there are plenty of places to choose from.

The Cons to Passport America

One of the biggest cons are the rules for the discount are set by the campgrounds.  Some of them are very generous while others only let you stay a night or 2 at the discounted rate or the rate is only available on weekdays.  Be sure to read the rules for the campground you are looking to stay at, to ensure there are no surprises in cost.

We have heard also complaints of the quality of certain parks.  We find using RV review sites helps us to better pick parks and we have stayed at some really cool and interesting ones, like Faywood Hotsprings, an RV park and Hotsprings resort.

Faywood Hotsprings in Faywood, NM

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Is Passport America worth it?

If you are traveling, absolutely!  Since it’s so quick to pay for itself and there are so many locations, we highly recommend it.


Good Sam

Website: https://www.goodsam.com/club/

Discount programming saving you at campgrounds, Camping World and Pilot/Flying J


  • FREE SHIPPING at CampingWorld.com – No Minimum Purchase Necessary
  • Save up to 10% Every Day at Camping World SuperCenters! Plus, Members-Only Specials & Double Discount Days
  • Save 10% on Camping World Installation Fees
  • Save $10 on the Posted Hourly Service Rate at Camping World SuperCenters
  • Save up to 10% Every Day at Gander Outdoors Retail Locations! Plus, Members-Only Specials & Double Discount Days
  • Save 5¢ off gas & 8¢ off diesel instantly at select Pilot or Flying J locations
  • Save 10% off Good Sam Campgrounds
  • FTF Members receive a 1-year membership for free


  • $27 annually
  • $50 for 2 years
  • $79 for 3 years

The Pros to Good Sam

One thing we love about this program is its FREE for one year when you join Fulltime Families!  And who doesn’t love a free membership! But seriously, the biggest pro to this program are the discounts and free shipping from Camping World as well as the discounts on gas, diesel, and propane.  While the campground discounts are nice, your return on investment if you were to buy this one would be longer if you only used it for the camping discounts

The Cons to Good Sam

As we mentioned above if you are only using it for the camping discounts, it won’t save you as much but as travelers, the savings on the gas or diesel and the savings at Camping World make up for it.

Is Good Sam worth it?

Maybe, since you receive a free year of it with FTF memberships it’s worth seeing if it would pay off for your family.  For ours, most years it does based on the shopping discount at Camping World alone.



Website: https://www.escapees.com/

A support network for RVers


  • 10-50% Discount on club affiliated parks
  • 19 Escapee parks that offer low member-only rates
  • Discounts on mail service that provides a domicile address
  • FTF Members receive a 1-year membership for free


  • $39.99 annually
  • $895 for a lifetime

The Pros to Escapees

Many Fulltime Families use their mail service and address as a domicile.  They offer addresses both out of FL and TX and you must be an Escapees member to utilize their mail service.

Other benefits we love are the private Escapee parks, while there aren’t many of them, they are well maintained and we have found the staff and other campers to be very welcoming to families.

The discounts on the club affiliated parks are also a nice perk, just be sure to check with each park as they set their own prices

The Cons to Escapees

Isn’t that the club for retirees?  Yikes! we have heard that one a few times over the years and while yes for years Escapees served mostly those who were retired, they are now embracing the younger generation with their Xscapers club.  Membership in Escapees gives you access to both and the Xscapers are an active group hosting rallies and meetups themselves.

Is Escapees worth it?

We feel it is, for those looking for a trusted domicile and mail handling but also for those looking for education, weighing services and for the park discounts.  Members of FTF receive their first year free with Escapees


Harvest Hosts

Website: https://harvesthosts.com/

Harvest Hosts overnight stays are a special opportunity to meet people and enjoy wine tastings, farm tours and museum visits.


  • Free overnight stays with hosts listed on the site
  • FTF Members receive a discount on membership


  • $49 annually ($45 if you sign up for auto-renewal)
  • $115 for 3 years
  • $300 for a lifetime

The Pros to Harvest Hosts

Gorgeous settings for overnight stays are certainly a big pro for Harvest Hosts.  Instead of camping in a Walmart parking lot for your quick stop over you can settle in between the grapes for a quiet nights rest.  

We also love that we get to support small businesses and learn about their business. We have found them to be very welcoming to our family at all the hosts we have stayed with and loved chatting with everyone we met.

Harvest Host site in Virginia

Photo Credit: facebook.com/theroaminghome


The Cons to Harvest Hosts

Harvest Hosts may sound like a dream. Free camping and wine tasting, what’s not to love right? Well some of our members have mentioned that having to arrive during the businesses operating hours can pose a challenge on long travel days if you aren’t an early riser.

Others have mentioned that it’s not technically free as you are asked to support the business with a purchase.  We don’t really see the con in this as even if you aren’t a wine drinker, most sell other locally sourced products to purchase.  We enjoyed blueberry pie at one, scored some delicious wildflower honey at another and dined at a café at another.

Is Harvest Host worth it?

For our family it has been worth it.  We spent last Memorial day bouncing around California’s wine country, avoiding the crowds and spending time with some amazing winemakers.  FTF members receive a discount off of the annual membership and with the cost around the price of a single night a resort, it pays for itself quickly.


Fulltime Families

Website: https://fulltimefamilies.com

Fulltime Families is the only RV organization dedicated to supporting Fulltime Families in their unique journeys.


  • Private members only forum
  • No Kid Tax (extra fees for children) at 350+ campgrounds
  • Planned events, rallies, meetups and hangouts
  • Family Finder, locate other traveling families
  • Discounts on accounting, doctors visits, and much more
  • Free year of Escapees and Good Sam’s
  • Discounts on Harvest Hosts, Boondockers Welcome, Passport America
  • Rebate on Thousand Trails
  • Over $1000 in value


  • $65 annual membership
  • $345 for a lifetime membership

Photo Credit: fulltimefamilies.com

The Pros to Fulltime Families

The pros are numerous!

First, you receive both Escapees and Good Sam memberships for the cost of your FTF membership. This is a $67 value for you right there. Then you also receive discounts off of other popular memberships like Passport America, Harvest Host, and Boondockers Welcome. Fulltime Families also gives you a rebate when you purchase a new Zone pass or upgrade your Thousand Trails membership with their dedicated Thousand Trails representative, Alisha Deschene!

Another perk that can’t be translated into a dollar figure is the support and community that families receive. From the many events that Fulltime Families hosts annually to the online community and support in the private Facebook Groups you will have the opportunity to build the community you dream of on the road.

In the forums, you can pick the brains of those with experience and make lasting friendships. Fulltime Families hosts several in-person events each year all over the country, from large rallies to smaller hangouts to field trips.  After attending these events most families find that they have made friends for life and have started to establish their mobile neighborhood.

If you can’t make it to an event or if you are just wanting to see if there are other fulltime families around you, we have a tool for that….the Fulltime Families Finder.  You can update your location and share a little bit about your family and then see other members locations. You are always in control of your information so you can share the exact park or just the city you are in and because it’s only available to other FTF members you don’t have to worry about prying eyes knowing your location.

Photo Credit: fulltimefamilies.com

The Cons to Fulltime Families

Could FOMO (fear of missing out) be considered a con? Perhaps, I know it’s something we experience.  Seeing all the amazing pictures of our friends in other gorgeous locations, knowing that time won’t let you make all the rallies and meetups (though some of us try really hard) can cause those feelings.  

Or perhaps that you might have to drop your very well-planned route, cancel all your reservation and head in the exact opposite direction to meet up with friends or attend an exciting event.

Is Fulltime Families worth it?

We absolutely believe it is! With over $1000 in savings and the community and support you gain as a Fulltime Families member, your membership will be worth it.  Finding the connections on the road, meeting a circle of friends who can become your traveling neighborhood, is priceless. 

Gardening in Your RV; How to Grow a Garden on the Go

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One of the things I miss from my Sticks and Bricks life, is my garden. The ability to walk outside and harvest fresh grown, organic produce for free is something I know a lot of full time rvers miss.  So when I saw Ashleigh Priest’s pictures of her “garden on the go” on the Fulltime Families Facebook Group, I got very excited and asked her to write an article on just how she made her mobile garden a reality. Here’s what she had to say:

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?


2015 has brought my family a few epiphanies. We had a rough winter for 2014. Too much of it was spent in our camper, as this Floridian family tried to adjust to a Minnesota winter.  It seemed something was always happening. First our truck needed an expensive repair. Our water access port kept busting every couple of weeks. The truck broke down a second time. A third time. We were behind on all bills.  Bad weather, meant work days missed and money was tight.  Some weeks we had to decide between food or paying the cellphone bill. Food obviously came first.

RV Garden

RV Garden

Boy food is ridiculously expensive! How do people with large families do this?

Here’s epiphany number one.

If only we had a garden we could have healthy food. Too bad we travel.

March came around and my back went out. I’m young. This should not happen. It’s always attributed to my weight. Yes, I’m very unhealthy.

This was epiphany number two.

I NEED to get healthier! I really wish we could have a garden. How can this become something we can do?

I did research. Joined gardening groups on Facebook. Asked if anyone in the traveling groups have a garden. The limited replies I received were in the “that’s a cool idea” vain..  and if I followed through with the garden to keep everyone posted.

Garden on the Go

Garden on the Go

So, I got to work.

I planned out what I wanted to grow. What I’d use for containers. How to make my own compost (what’s a better fertilizer than compost 😉 ).

My original plan was to build planter boxes from pallets, have holes on both sides, put some rope through the holes, and make a loop on each side.

Then take two 2x4s, drill 7/8 inch holes in them and put a wooden dowel in the holes after putting the dowels through the rope and hang up the planter boxes. The 2x4s would have a rubber covering on the top and lean against the camper.

Phew! Let me say if that sounded like a lot of work, it was! With two toddler boys, I was already stretch thin. I got two planters built and that was that.

I planted sweet peas and green beans in the boxes.

Then I simplified.  I used four 5 gallon buckets to plant tomatoes and corn in. Everything got covered at night because there were still cool nights.

Then we got a surprise snow! That storm killed all my plants except my sweet peas. I decided to wait until May to replant.


This time I had a different plan.

I bought some storage tote boxes, soil, pea pebbles.

I took my original 5 gallon buckets, and with a hammer, and a nail, poked 4 holes in the sides of the buckets at the bottom. I put about 3 inches of pea pebbles in the bucket then filled up the bucket about 2/3 full with soil and added my seeds for corn and tomatoes (I feel like I just did this lol). Finally, I watered the seeds and set them aside.

I replanted green beans in the wooden box I used before. I watered them and put the box aside.


I was ready to expand my garden.

Butter crunch lettuce, spinach, green bell pepper, parsley, and basil seeds were all planted in the storage totes, which had been prepped like the buckets, with several holes and pea pebbles topped with soil.

In one tote, I planted the lettuce and spinach together. This way I have an instant salad with the combination of these greens.

The other box was a little more tricky. I went to Dollar Tree and bought two long, plastic planter boxes. I poked holes in them. Next I filled the tote box the way I did the other containers. I then grabbed two pieces of broken concrete blocks we had laying around and placed them on top of the soil in the tote box. Afterwards I placed the Dollar Tree plastic planters, each on the concrete pieces. There was space in between these, which is where the green bell pepper was planted. In one planter I put seed for basil and the other for parsley.

So far everything has sprouted wonderfully. I’ve harvested two large handfuls of sweet peas already. My lettuce has been harvested for salad as I please. My corn is growing along with my tomatoes. My last box has just sprouted in the last couple weeks.


The dirt on dirt.

I mentioned compost earlier. We made our own compost as well. We bought a Roughneck tote box (I think like 3 gallons) in dark blue. We have put in things such as used coffee grounds and filter, banana peels, orange peels, egg shells, ashes, mud, corn husks, and whatever else we thought of. We then bought fishing worms (don’t judge) and added them to the box as well. We read that the worms help aid in the breakdown of the matter and their excretions are good for the soil. I will be adding some compost to each plant this week.

I have been asked how we will transport our garden when we move. We have a bumper pull travel trailer so we are able to put the garden in the bed of the truck. We have a contractors topper on our truck so the garden will be protected during travel. As for crossing borders, we’ve never been somewhere we have been stopped, so we will address that if we ever encounter that problem. So I will say, use your best judgement and plan ahead.

Another option would be to place your garden in your shower during moves.

Rver Garden1

I’m excited to see how well our traveling garden does. I hope to have enough of a harvest to give me the opportunity to learn to can as well.

For those considering gardening on the go, this is my first garden ever. I have not killed the plants this go around (so far). If you put your mind to it and do some research, you can do it! Happy trails!

Ashleigh Priest is a proud wife of a union pipe welder/fitter. Mother of two rambunctious toddler boys, traveling this great land since 2011. Always looking for the best in life to make my family the happiest and healthiest it can be.

You can find her on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.huggins1?fref=ts

Dealing with NaySayers and Negative Nelly’s

Kimberly 1 Comments

Naysayers Show ButtonAnyone that has ever aspired to be anything less than traditional has been faced with discouragement in one form or another. If you live in an RV fulltime and homeschool your kids, chances are you have already traveled on Negativity Highway with friends and family members. In a world where many look to others for the measurement of success, it is easy to follow the dreams of another. Commonly, achievements of the modern American family are based on the size of a house, the level of participation in extracurricular activities, and estimated annual income as evidenced by beautiful pictures on social media accounts.

As a fulltime traveling roadschool mom, I have faced my fair share of naysayers. In the beginning, I was respectful and complacent. I listened to the many forms of less than encouraging words and looked away from the faces of disapproval. To be honest, sometimes I wondered why in the world I wasn’t satisfied with the rat race that everyone else seemed to be enjoying. For many months, I tried to paint the picture of my life so that others would see it in the same light. When I came across this quote from author, John Eliot, I was immediately inspired:

History shows us that the people who end up changing the world – the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries – are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.

From that day, I found these five ways to intentionally CRUSH the naysayers from my everyday life:

Consider the source. I take a close look at cynical conversation and quickly analyze if I want to be where that person is in his or her life. If the person I am talking to is not an expert or has experience in the subject, I discount the advice being given. I do not let someone steer me down the path of their own dreams or more importantly, away from their own fears. A short evaluation of the naysayer’s background will undoubtedly lead you in the opposite direction.

Remember your vision. Think about your dreams. Tackle your fears. The best way to do all of these things is to surround yourself with enablers. Instead of facing negativity, invest your time with positivity. How can you expect to do amazing things unless you have amazing dreams? Reflect on your past, concentrate on the present, and look to the future while always keeping the prize in focus.

Understand your position. You are the person who holds the key to your destiny. Decide who you want to be, not what you want to be. Lewis Carroll once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will get you there.” By developing a strong sense of who you are and the goals you have for yourself, following a clear path to success will come naturally.

Safeguard your aspirations by keeping your goals from the killjoy that is waiting to tear apart your ambitions. Naysayers are skeptical in nature and will do nothing more than inject negative energy into your otherwise positive existence. They will point out all the horror stories that may possibly occur while weighing you down with emotional baggage. Your dreams are precious, keep them safe and free from the suffocation of a wet blanket.

Have faith.When I intentionally activate my faith, I am reminded that I will persevere. I am aware of my fears but do not let them serve as a guide to where I go or will not go. Fear is only faith that something will not work out. Do not let the naysayers voice of gloom snuff out the spark that ignites the fire of your dreams. Energize yourself with faith and carry on!

There will be trials and tribulations in everyday life. Routinely, road blocks will require detours in the journey ahead. Being intentional in achieving your goals and crushing naysayers from your immediate future will put keep you moving in the right direction of your dreams.

To hear more about tuning out the naysayers in your life and how Mary Beth and Kimberly handled this issue themselves click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/dealing-with-nay-sayers-and-negative-nellies/

This episode produced by Forge Fire Media.  The Roadschool Moms recommend Forge Fire Media for your audio needs.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

Avoiding GMOs on the Road

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There’s a company called Monsanto…..there are things called GMOs….you need to know about both.  Who is Monsanto?  Primarily, a company that makes pesticides, herbicides, and, oddly enough, the seeds for many foods we eat, some of which are genetically engineered. Their primary consumer is obviously farmers, so, while a food you eat wasn’t PRODUCED by Monsanto, it was technically MADE by Monsanto.

Fruit and vegetable variety.

Fruit and vegetable variety.

On November 6, 2012, in the wake of one of the most expensive and scurrilous smear campaigns in history, six million voters scared the hell out of Monsanto and Big Food Inc. by coming within a razor’s edge of passing the first statewide mandatory labeling law for genetically modified organisms (GMOs)..

Prop 37, a California grass roots citizens’ ballot initiative that would have required the mandatory labeling of billions of dollars of genetically engineered (GE) foods and put an end to the routine industry practice of fraudulently marketing GE-tainted foods as “natural” or “all natural,” lost by a narrow margin of 48.6% to 51.4%.  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/03-9.   The battle for GMO labeling and numerous challenges against the industrial food system will continue in 2013.

It has permanently altered the national debate surrounding food safety, chemical-intensive agriculture, and sustainability. And it put the consumers’ right-to-know and truth-in-labeling on the table for millions of Americans.  Prop 37 has exposed the dark side of Big Ag and Big Food, and their desperation to keep U.S. consumers in the dark about whether or not our food has been genetically engineered, a fundamental right enjoyed by citizens in over 60 other countries.


A number of large food companies that dumped big money into defeating Prop 37 – companies like Kellogg’s, General Mills, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft and Dean Foods, own “natural” or organic brands. Those brands, including Kashi, Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Ben and Jerry’s, White Wave, Horizon and others, are starting to feel the heat from angry consumers who have joined the traitor boycott.  How long will the nation’s food manufacturers and supermarket chains carry the water and do the dirty work for Monsanto and biotech industry?

A little-noticed rider in legislation, dubbed the Monsanto Protection Act by critics was signed into law by President Obama, March 26th, 2013.  It is sparking outage and I hope it gathers wider media attention and scrutiny.  Government not looking too smart that this “slid in”!  But as you know from my blogs, big biz and big government have been in bed with each other for a long time.  http://live.huffingtonpost.com/#r/archive/segment/obama-slammed-for-signing-farmer-assurance-provision/515a1b6efe344451ee000507

New peer-reviewed research published shows the results of the first animal feeding trial into the life-time exposure of Roundup tolerant GM corn and Roundup, the world’s best selling weed killer. The study, published online by the scientific journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, shows that levels currently considered safe can cause mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage, in laboratory rats.   http://www.sustainablefoodtrust.org/2012/09/safe-levels/  .

Monsanto’s products cause death. They compromise and violate life.   Monsanto’s GM corn grows a toxic chemical right inside each and every corn kernel. This corn is what is subsequently eaten by humans.    Instead of working with the beauty, the genius and the abundance that has already been engineered into nature, Monsanto seeks to violate nature, overriding healthy plant genes with poison genes that generate insecticides right inside the crops.  Instead of honoring the natural ability of seeds to reproduce generation after generation, Monsanto develops “terminator seed” technology that causes seeds to self-terminate after one generation.  Roundup herbicide devastates soils, rendering them contaminated and unable to produce healthy crops using traditional (or organic) farming methods. Once a farm plot is destroyed with Roundup, that farmer is forever enslaved to a chemical-based farming protocol. It’s unhealthy, it’s a disaster to the environment, and the actual crop yields are LOWER than with organic farming, over a period of five years or more.  By encouraging farmers to spray literally millions of acres of farmland with Roundup, Monsanto is engaged in a conspiracy to destroy our agricultural heritage and turn us all into “food slaves” that must pay tribute to Monsanto.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037289_Monsanto_corporations_ethics.html#ixzz2PVaI5UW6

The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.    The provision’s language was apparently written in collusion with Monsanto. Lawmakers and companies working together to craft legislation is by no means a rare occurrence in this day and age. But the fact that Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri actually worked with Monsanto on a provision that in effect allows them to keep selling seeds, which can then go on to be planted, even if it is found to be harmful to consumers, is stunning.   Corporate greed over service to humanity and signed by our President!  This is, in my opinion, the worst corrupted health issue of our times.  So, what to do?  Even if you buy organic, you are still subject to GMO because labeling is not required.



Responsible companies are taking on the expense of labeling their foods NON –GMO and this website can direct you to companies that are participating.  http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/
Corn and Soy are the highest GMO output at this time.  I stay away from that almost completely.  Protect your families from GMOs!


Daryl Meyer-Hall is the Fulltime Families Magazine, Healthy Living Expert.
Health Coach, Certified in Plant Based Nutrition you can see more of her articles at www.nothinbutnatural.com – Young Living Distributor #941690


My Indy Dream Job – Exercise 2

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Earning Money While on the Road and Loving It – Guest Post

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“Are you nuts?” was a common reaction when we told our family and friends that we’re selling our house and moving into our RV full time. We’ve been talking about doing this for years…but when the economy took a nosedive, we put it off.

Anyone who knows anything about RVing knows that it’s gotten fairly expensive.  The price of fuel keeps going up (especially diesel which is what we use), the parks are raising their fees, and, of course, there are always unexpected repairs to pay for.

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Hi, my name is Chris Butler and I’m the guest blogger today with a little secret that I want to share with you. This secret is what’s helping us enjoy the freedom and lifestyle of full time RVing.  And, it might be the answer for you too.

You see before I discovered this secret, my husband Jim and I were getting concerned that our life dream was disappearing. That’s when I got a letter from Paul Hollingshead of AWAI (American Writers & Artists Inc.) asking me if I could write a simple letter.

My initial reaction was, of course I can! I love to write and I had lots of encouragement about my writing from the folks around me.

Best of all, it was something I could do from the road.

Paul went on to explain that these letters were about things people are interested in – like health topics or investing or new products that can help improve their lives.

He said, “The goal is to get people to take some kind of ‘action’ … whether it’s to try a new product, vote a certain way, donate to a worthy cause or simply request some information.
“What’s more,” he explained, “there’s a simple formula for all these kinds of letters. Once you master it, there’s no limit to the amount of money you can make writing them.  And that’s because these letters are the lifeblood of a $2.3 trillion industry – and companies all over the world depend on them for their business.”
He finished with, “Learn how to write them and you’ll never have to worry about money again.”
So I gave it a try and as they say…the rest is history.

Want more info?  Click here.

AWAI offered us an alternative so we didn’t have to give up on our dream. The skills they teach  taught me how I could keep traveling and make a decent income while doing it.
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Once I got my business going, we made the big decision.  We knew there was no better time than right now to pursue our dream. We put our house on the market, put a few things in storage, and moved into our 40-foot motor coach.

We already had over 100,000 miles on our Rig, but this time was different. We no longer had a home to go back to. But we were ready. We laid out a plan to tour the country with two of our goals being to see as many National Parks and visiting as many states as we can.

We’ve covered a lot of territory in the last two years and have seen some great sights. Everything from hometown country fairs in Washington State, to the Oregon Coast, to the gulf waters off the coast of Mustang Island, TX and everything in between.

We’ve seen a lot of the West Coast and the Midwest and I’ve been writing the whole way. Our kitchen table takes on many functions:

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Now we’re working our way East. We have plans to follow the fall colors down the east coast, play golf courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail through Alabama, tour Nashville, TN and then visit Alaska and the Yukon with some friends we’ve met along the way. We’d like to hit all 49 states if we can (don’t think they make floats for a rig to get to Hawaii!) as well as many of the Canadian Provinces.

We have big plans and my pursuing a writing career has made it possible.

To learn more about earning money while on the road like Chris does, click here.

1000 Days on the Road!

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Thank You Arnold Family for delicious cake!

What does 1000 days on the road look like? What does it feel like? Are we tired of our nomadic life? Has the excitement worn off?

For us, 1000 days on the road have been filled with friends we call family, thousand of miles and millions of memories.

The experiences we have amassed in these last 1000 days have changed us. We no longer measure our success in stuff! We are fulfilled by our opportunities to help other families. Whether it be helping a family launch into their own full time rv lifestyle, helping a family redecorate their camper, or even helping unstick a black tank or two.


As many of you, when we were dreaming of full time rving with our kids, we were focused on all the things we would see like The Grand Canyon, Sunrise at Cadillac Mountain, and Cadillac Ranch. While these were amazing sights to see, they pale in comparison to the times we’ve shared laughing til our sides hurt and crying til our tears ran dry with the other intrepid families who have made the ultimate gamble and like us… WON!

and now, as we are looking forward to our next 1000 days, I can say with confidence that full time rving with our kids is just as exciting as it was in the beginning!

If you want to see how it all began, you can check out this video…




GIVEAWAY!!! 1000 Days on the Road for the Traveling Travaglinos!

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To celebrate our 1000th day on the road, we are hosting a GINORMOUS Giveaway!!!

How to Enter:

1. Have a blog

2. Write a blog post about Fulltime Families.

3. Include a link to Fulltime Families.

4. Submit your blog post to us on the form below.

That’s it! It’s sooooo simple!!!

All entries will be verified and winners will be chosen randomly


  • 20 Fourth Prize Winners will receive a free e-copy of our bestselling workbook “Buried Bliss; 7 Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All”
  • 10 Third Place Prize Winners will receive a free copy of our Bestselling Book, “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Families Fulltime RV Dreams a Reality”
  • 5 Second Place Winners will receive a free year’s subscription to Fulltime Families Magazine
  • 3 First Place Winners will receive a free Annual Membership to Fulltime Families


  • 1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a FREE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to Fulltime Families

Details: Contest runs from Midnight Feb. 17th to Midnight Feb. 25th, 2013 (est)

Winners will be announced at noon on Feb. 25th, 2013.

One entry per person. For extra chances to win multiple members of your household may submit their own blog posts also.

So what should you write about?

Here are just some suggestions:

  • Did you attend an FtF Rally? Tell us about your experience.
  • Are you a regular reader of FtF Magazine? Give us a review.
  • Are you a proud member of FtF? Tell us why.
  • Have we (the Traveling Travaglinos) spent any of our 1000 days on the road with you? Remind us of all the fun we had!
  • Has FtF had a positive influence on your family’s life? Tell us about it!

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The 29th Issue of Fulltime Families Magazine is Posted!

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October2012 200X259 Current Issue

Fulltime Families Magazine is now a compelling multimedia experience, with embedded hyperlinks to delve deeper into our articles, and video segments to bring the text to life

Here’s what’s in this month’s issue:

  • Letter from the Editor
  • Lady E’s RV Kitchen
  • Apple Enchiladas
  • What’s in season
  • Road Rebelles Radio /Black Top Teen Radio
  • Excerpt from “How to Hit the Road”
  • Benefits of Water
  • FtF Affiliate Corner / Featured Blog
  • How to Go Non GMO
  • Supporting your OTR Lifestyle
  • Life After the Road
  • Welcome to the Road-New Families who just Launched
  • Join Us for our Fall Free Webinar
  • Special Insert: 4 Day DC Itin for a Fulltime Family
  • FtF Biggest Loser Challenge Update
  • How to Get Your Absentee Ballot
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: Dreamers to Drivers Column
  • Teen Perspective
  • Ten Bests
  • Rally Updates



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