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8 Great Destinations to Watch 4th of July Fireworks – Guest Post by The Road Trip Teacher

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Want to watch 4th of July Fireworks with your Fulltime Families Friends?  Save your spot for our upcoming Hang Out!
This month’s guest post from the Road Trip Teacher blog reveals some of the best places to watch fireworks in the country.  Head on over to her site to get a free copy of her newest Fourth of July Curriculum!

The first Independence Day fireworks celebration reportedly took place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777, on the first anniversary of America’s birthday. Although this pyrotechnic pastime has became common for many other holidays and special events, there’s still something extra-special about July 4th fireworks. The Road Trip Teacher crew has these 8 great destinations on their leap list for places to celebrate the country’s independence.


Boondocking in the Winter

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Post 1 of 7  (I hope)

Here’s we go a boondockin’ among the rocks and leaves

Here we go a drycampin’ without utilities….

It’s our first night of dry camping on US Forest Land in Arizona.  The temps tonight are supposed to go down to the teens!  Oh joy!

We spent the morning filling and emptying in preparation for our self contained adventure.

Filling water tanks, refrigerators, batteries, charging electronics and  fueling propane tanks.

We emptied tanks, garbage cans, laundry baskets and a sink full of dishes.

When we pulled in I felt liberated!  Stunning views, hundreds of acres to explore and no neighbors for our rowdy kids to annoy!

We hiked around and saw a deer and four cows (I’m sure they are wild cows)!

There are only 5 other rv’s here right now – die hards who need their space – no matter the temps.

I hope we make it the whole seven days.. but only time will tell.

Tune in tomorrow for our next installment…

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.

FtF 2017 Family Awards Announced

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This past Saturday night at the FtF 7th Annual Family Reunion Main Event, sponsored by Fass Fuel, the FtF 2017 Family Awards were announced.

This year we started a new tradition at FtF to recognize members of our community that help each of us to make our lives on the road easier and more fulfilling!
FtF Family of the Year – lives the DREAM…full-time RV life, explores their surroundings, promotes FtF wherever they go, always presents FtF in a positive light, are unique, inventive, courageous, blazing their own trails across the nation (or the world!)
Nominees are:
Bailey Family
Harkins Family
Royal Family

and your choice for FtF Family of the Year is… The Harkins Family!

The FtF Good Samaritan goes above and beyond to help others in the community, this person is willing to go out of his/her way to come to the aid of another whenever needed.
Nominees are:
Matthew Bookamer
Kent & Dana Butterfield
Chris & Kelly Savory
Jennie Mason
Kaycee Hannen

and your choice for FtF Good Samaritan is… Matthew Bookamer

The FtF Teen Stand Out of the Year exemplifies the attributes that will carry the spirit of FtF into the next generation, this teen is always willing to help during FtF events and help others around the campground, is a good listener, is diligent in all aspects of life

Nominees are:
Jesse Mason
Abbie Bennett
Austin James
Daniel Graf
Jacob, Josh & Zach Pile
Denae James

and your choice for FtF Teen Stand Out is… Jacob, Josh & Zach Pile

FtF Overcomer:  Despite sizable challenges, rises to the occasion and provides encouragement to others, he/she is willing to share lessons learned from said challenges to prevent others from making the same mistakes.

Stacey Schrier
Malissia Doyle Smith

and your choice for FtF Overcomer is… Stacey Schrier

Spirit of FtF *is a recognition of a man, woman or family in our Fulltime Families Community who best personifies the attributes of Fulltime Families which are helpful, supportive, caring, diligent, dependable, generous, and humble.

Keith & Katie Graham
Stephanie Simpson
Church Family
Arnold Family
James Family

and your choice for Spirit of FtF is The James Family!


Congrats to all our families – It is our community who are the real winners to be able to call so many stellar people our family!


Ever Wonder WHY You have So Much Clutter?

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You purge, you downsize, you weed out.  But every time you turn around, there’s another pile of stuff on your dresser, on your table, seeping out of your junk drawer.  Clutter is everywhere!

Did you know there’s a reason you’re not making any headway against your clutter?  Sure, you might be able to temporarily have an impact, but slowly the clutter creeps back into your life.  Have you wondered why that is?

buried blissI did, so I researched it extensively and found that once I addressed by clutter collecting triggers, I could really get to the bottom of things (and piles).

You know what else I learned, that all that stuff was really making me miserable!   and I bet it’s making you miserable too!

On my quest for clean surfaces, I discovered the 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All and compiled them in one easy to read e-book so you could share the same success and peace of mind.

Now it’s your turn.  Ask yourself if your un-cluttering efforts have worked for you (or maybe just take a quick peek around your home) and if you find the answer is ‘no’ then do yourself a favor and get “Buried Bliss; 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All” .

This time tomorrow, you could finally be on your way to a clutter free lifestyle!

P.S. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to keep and what to toss, tune into Roadschool Moms this Sunday night at 9pm est, when Mary Beth and I share with you what you really need and what you can re-home.





6 Great Podcasts for Traveling Families

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Whether your hitting the road this summer, or planning a stay-cation in your area, you can use your Apple device to tune in and learn all about the nation’s National Parks!

National Parks Podcasts

When you follow the link above to iTunes, you’ll see hundreds of podcasts that help you and your roadschoolers learn all about places like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Bad Lands, the Grand Canyon, Acadia, you name it!


Here are some other great podcasts for FtF Families:

Happy Camper Radio

Get Kids Ready for Life

Nomad Together

Family Adventure Podcast with Erik Hemingway

Raising Miro on the Road of Life


and of course…

Roadschool Moms Live Every Sunday Night at 9pm EST

Does your family listen to podcasts?  Comment below with your favorites!

Are You in the Market for an RV? + Printable Maintenance Schedules

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Roadschool Moms CautionAre you in the market for a new or new to you RV?  Are you interested on how to find the best bang for your buck?  Do you have questions about gas vs diesel? Do you want to know how to decipher your rigs GVWR – Do you want to know what those letters even mean?

2014 07 13 Show Button-1Tune in to this podcast to learn:

  • What manufacturers make 4 season rigs
  • What you can tow behind a Class A or a Class C
  • What truck you need to pull a fifth wheel

If you’re looking to buy an RV in the near future, listen in and educate yourself about all the options.

Click here to listen on demand: http://ultimateradioshow.com/ask-the-rv-dealer-anything-with-master-certified-consultant-lisa-padin-of-lazydays-rv/


 Already have an RV?  Here are some

Downloadable Maintenance Check Lists for Towables and Motorhomes.

FtF Rally Wagon Masters

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As our organization grows, the need to connect families across this great nation also grows and these individuals have risen to the occasion to provide their organization, leadership and coordination skills and run their own Fulltime Families Rally!

FtF Wagon Master Buccaneer Bash


Mary Beth Goff, Wagon Master for the Winter 2014 FtF Rally, The Buccaneer Bash, held in Tampa, FL.  From partying like a pirate, to pet shows, Mary Beth pulled off the 3 day event for 40 FtF Families, without a single hitch! To check out the jam packed schedule of events that Mary Beth created for this event, you can click here!



FtF Wagon Master Roadschool Rally

Jill Denkins, Wagon Master for the Spring 2014 Rootin’ Tootin’ Roadschool Rally, hosted at the World’s Best Roadschool Convention, in Tucson, AZ.  Murder Mystery, Pizza Party, Live Auction, and Ho Down with Live Caller and Band, Jill hosted it all for over 300 attendees without ever breaking a sweat!  She also coordinated the pre and post convention field trips that allowed our families to tour the best of Tucson at amazing group rates!  Wanna see the fun Jill led?  Click here for the complete schedule of this event!

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Jennifer Miles, together with her family, hosted the Castaway Rally in Tampa, 2015.  Highlights of the four day event included a field trip to the Clearwater Aquarium to see dolphins Winter and Hope, along with the Campground Olympics, parade of homes, several informative seminars, tons of crafting and connecting.

Aided by the coordinators, Leah Varner, Jennifer Schillaci, aided Katie Graham, Jennifer hosted over 40 families and provided entertainment for attendees from 1 – 60 (ish)



Are you interested in being an FtF Rally Wagon Master?


Location Independent Income Solutions Exercise 3

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It’s time to set up your Self Hosted WordPress Site.  If you listened to our first “Dream Job Podcast” then you know not to get freaked out by the ‘big words’ or techie terminology.   We are just going to keep taking baby steps together until you are all up and running.  So go ahead and get started on Exercise 3 and start getting the framework of your website in place.

Fulltime Families Members Receive Exclusive Savings on…

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Did you know that your FtF Membership Card gets you exclusive discounts at great Nationwide retailers and providers?  Before you click ‘buy’ on your next purchase, be sure you’re not missing out on your savings!

Here’s the list right now!  But know that we at FtF Headquarters are working on making your FtF Membership even more valuable.

If you’re not a member yet, you can click here to join.

  • RAND McNally
    • Ftf Members receive 10% off RVND 7710, RVND 5510 GPS’s, and all other products store wide.
  • Passport America
    • 1 year reg. $47.00 FtF Members pay $41.00 plus receive 3 months free, a total savings of $16.00
    • 2 year reg. $82.00 FtF members pay $71.00 plus receive 3 months free, a total savings of $30.00
    • 3 year reg. $112.00 FtF members pay $102.00 plus receive 6 months free, a total savings of $55.00
    • Ftf Members receive 10% off HATCHLIFT Products
  • RV Sunshades
    • Ftf Members receive 10% off RV Sunshades – Promo Only Good From Todd and Renee Seeley, Distributors
  • TV4RV
    • Ftf Members receive 10% discount on any order of $125 or more (not including Clearance Items, Replacement Parts, Shipping & Handling charges or Insurance)
  • Thousand Trails
    • Rebate details – New Zone Pass purchases receives $25.00 or new upgrades to existing Thousand Trails memberships receive $40.00 rebate.
  • Mountain Directory
    • FtF Members receive 10% off your entire order from Mountain Directory
  • Woodall’s
    • FtF Members receive 50% off the NCD11 (Woodall’s 2011 Campground Directory)
  • Nature-Zyme
    • FtF Members receive 10% off your entire order + Free Shipping from Nature-Zyme
  • Workamper News
    • FtF members receive a bonus two months when joining with a yearly membership to Workamper News – giving you 14 months for the price of 12!
  • Wi-Ex
    • FtF Members receive 25% Off zBoost SOHO Cell Phone Amplifier – For a limited time
  • Power-Hunt
    • FtF Members receive 10% off their entire order from Power-Hunt
  • Hocus Focus
    • Ftf Members receive 20% discount at Hocus Focus
  • Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J
    • Instant fuel discounts at the pump on diesel, gas, and propane
      • $0.03 off diesel
      • $0.02 off gas
      • $0.10 off propane
      • $5 off dumping fees
    • Register your card to earn special members-only offers
    • Unlimited fuel discounts (no max gallons)
    • Pump Start (Truck diesel lanes only)
    • Members-only benefits such as the Coffee Club, buy 5 hot beverages and the 6th is on us!
  • Hippy Motors
    • FtF Members Recive 10% Any Order from Hippy Motors


Let the Games Begin! FtF Summer Scavenger Hunt; Powered by Lazydays The RV Authority

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FtF Summer Scavenger HuntThis year’s FtF Summer Scavenger Hunt is better then ever!  Better hunts, more points and bigger prizes!!!

RV Hunt Logos New 2

FIRST PRIZE IS $250! Sponsored by Lazydays The RV Authority

Second Prize is a $100 Gift Card to Oil Can Henry’s!

Third Prizes – Explorer Packs from the Road Trip Teacher

This Summer Fulltime Families.com  is hosting the 2nd Annual Summer Foto Scavenger Hunt!

Part scavenger hunt, part educational activity, part family bonding opportunity and 100% fun, this photo scavenger hunt is a point based competition that will unfold on Facebook, with competitors posting pictures to gain points and race to become the Ultimate Explorer and win $250!!!!

The race has been created so family teams can participate anywhere in the world!

Full time rving is not a requirement. Criss Crossing the country is not a requirement.

Having a camera, a family and an sense of imagination is all that’s required!

Join this group now (https://www.facebook.com/groups/fulltimefamiliesscavengerhunt/)so you don’t miss a minute of the fun! and find out how you could win $250 and be crowned FtF’s Grand Prize Winners!

Here’s some of the fun that’s already begun!

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A pic of an insect

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family members swinging

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an aquarium full of fish

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