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Unlimited Internet on the Road with 7730 Jet Pack Offer

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For a very limited time, this offer is even better! 

Get your AOL Verizon Unlimited Line and receive the newest 7730 Jet Pack for no additional charge! (While Supplies Last)

For Immediate Release:

Internet on the Road is one of the keys to living the Full-Time RV Life with your family successfully.  We know our members rely on consistent internet with high or no limits on data and so we are always looking to partner with resources who can provide this tool and offer our members an Exclusive Rate on their services.

Available immediately, Fulltime Families Members (Annual, Charter, Lifetime) can now receive exclusive pricing on acquiring your very own 100% Unlimited Verizon Data line from Digital Shield LLC .

Existing and new Fulltime Families Members will receive a total savings of almost $225 off of your very own Unlimited Verizon Data Plan INCLUDING a free 6620L Jetpack!

Absolutely no data limits, you own your own line (pay Verizon directly), and when everything is said and done your monthly bill will be less than $60!

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the Members Only Area of FulltimeFamilies.com to reveal the exclusive promo code.

Tips for Organizing Your RV – Guest Post from Outdoorzer.com Founder, Julie McClain

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Space is a major problem for most RVers especially those that practice the full time RV lifestyle. Fitting all your worlds belonging that include kitchenware and clothes into an RV can prove to be a headache for many. When an RV is not well organized, it is not only going to be unpleasant to the eye but it could cause some serious health repercussions. It is important to note that even the biggest Class A Motorhomes have problem with space and it is therefore not just a problem for the small ones. Here are a few easy, cheap and space saving ways one can organize their RV.

Kitchen

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This is the most crucial area in the RV. Food is not only made but also stored here and therefore hygiene is very important. For the cutlery there are several options to use that ensure you use your small space to the maximum. An over the sink utensil rack is great option for utensils. Hooks on the inside of cabinet doors can be used for hanging the cutlery. Vertical space should be utilized to the maximum by placing dishes vertically in a dish cradle. Save some cupboard space by using nesting bowls and measuring spoons. Wall mounted magnets strips can also be used for the magnetic kitchenware such as knives and kitchen scissors. You can get an over the cabinet door waste bucket and therefore no need to create space for it. The aim is to have everything properly stored without the kitchen looking too congested.

 

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For food storage dangling jars can be used to store kitchen spices. This is simply done by screwing the lid of a jar on a wooden surface that is above. Fruits and vegetables can be put in a hung hammock. Spices can also be stored in a fold out spice rack. Foods such as nuts, cereals and meat should be properly stored in airtight containers to prevent rodent infestation. Such foods attract rodents which are a menace to live with, in an RV.

Bathroom

A flat toilet paper holder will create room for a towel rack. Toothbrushes and other toiletries can be placed in storage pods attached to the inside of the toilet cabinet. Use coat hangers to create a toiletries holder to prevent them from falling. Towels can also be hanged on flat toilet holder as this saves so much space. Use a towel caddy to hold all of your bath supply and it can also be hanged in the bathroom.

Sleeping Area

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Utilizing the sleeping area is very essential as the bed takes up most space and therefore leaving little space for the rest of the things. Use of caddy night stands will ensure that minimum space is used for your bedroom supplies. A storage headboard that is basically a sort of curtain with pockets is a great way to store books and other small products in the bedroom. Hanging cabinets can also be used for hanging clothes. Hangers with a slanted rod are perfect for ganging clothes as they utilize space as well as hanging a lot of them.

General Tips

Having known how to maximize specific places within an RV there are also ways to organize that works generally. One of the most effective is the use of pullout surfaces. You can incorporate a pullout on your bed, kitchen surfaces and cupboards to create that extra space for storage. Large supplies such as cleaning ones can be mounted on the ceiling and only used when they are needed. Hanging baskets can be placed anywhere within the RV and can be used for placing random things. Hideaway hooks can be used on doors where they double up as door handles as well as hangers. Magazine racks can also be placed in any room as they can hold a wide range of supplies including first aid kits, books, flashlights and many more supplies.
Most of these solutions for organizing your RV are easy and use materials that are easily available. You can do them yourself and will realize how inexpensive they are.

Conclusion

With these solutions space in an RV will no longer give you a headache and whether the RV is your full time home or you are just on a vacation with you family, your stay in the RV will not be a nightmare as both you and your family will have enough space to enjoy yourselves fully.

About the Author:

Julie is the founder of Outdoorzer, where she and her associates blog about camping and hiking tips, recipes, and gear reviews. Outdoorzer is a website for those who love the fresh air outdoors ñ Itís the best gift Mother Nature gives us!

FtF 5th Annual Roadschool Fieldtrip to Legoland Florida

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Join Fulltime Families as they take over Legoland, Florida for the 5th consecutive year!

Legoland Florida, is again offering Fulltime Families an amazing rate, with student tickets (ages 4 – 17) $14.25 per ticket (reg rate $71!) and adult rates of $28.50 (reg rate $91!).  That’s an ENORMOUS Savings!

Plus you get to go with all your FtF Friends!

To save your spot visit: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/family-reunions/2017-ftf-annual-legoland-fl-field-trip/

NOTE: DEADLINE to reserve your spot with the group is Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.  Please reserve your tickets by this date.

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FtF Roadschool Field Trip to Legoland 2013

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FtF Legoland Roadschool Fieldtrip 2015

 

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FtF Legoland Roadschool Fieldtrip 2016

 

Also consider joining us for the 7th Annual FtF Family Reunion Rally in Tallahassee Florida this Feb!

Last Chance for Legoland Tickets

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The 4th Annual FtF Roadschool Fieldtrip to Legoland, Florida is Officially SOLD OUT!

If you have pre-purchased your tickets from Fulltime Families, please check your PayPal Email for a confirmation from us.  If you have not received a confirmation email, please email kimberly@fulltimefamiles.com

Here is some info you need to know if you are joining us on Feb. 12th, 2016.

IMPORTANT INFO:
 
Please arrive at the main gate of Legoland by 9:15am. 
  • If you are attending the Tampa Rally: The Legoland caravan will leave LazyDays, from the front gate, by the office at 8am SHARP.
  • If you are planning on going to Legoland separately, be sure to be on-site by 9:15am
  • Legoland charges for parking and this is not included in your pre-paid tickets.
  • We will take a Group Photo at 9:30am
  • The Flash Mob Dance (see details below) will take place at the front gate.
  • The FtF Group must enter the park as a group so it’s important that everyone is on time.
  • You are welcome to pack a lunch!  If you have a cooler and/or lunch sack, you will be able to take those to a location for storage until needed for lunch.
  • This part of the day is time sensitive.  The rest of the day you’ll be free to enjoy the part at your leisure.
  • If you have a rally t-shirt, please wear it to Legoland.
  • FtF Bracelets will be passed out to all so that we can identify each other inside Legoland.
Be a part of FtF History!  Legoland Flash Mob Info:  Please start practicing this dance.  All roadschooler participants will be receiving a limited edition Lego Minifig for doing their part!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoTV0NGtrrM
We are sorry, but no refunds can be processed at this time and tickets are non-transferable.

Additional Fees for Parking apply.
You can bring your own lunch into the park. Legoland supplies a group lunch locker and covered picnic tables for our group.
This field trip is rain or shine.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

We are sorry, but no refunds can be processed at this time and tickets are non-transferable.

 

Winner Announced in the Favorite 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Picture

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The Grand Prize Winner has been announced in the 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Contest.
By gathering the most votes, @boondockedmedia, Dana Haines has won the Grand Prize which includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a bag of swag from Go RVing!
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 Thank you for all that submitted Instagram Pics and participated in the contest.  There is a lot of joy in RVing and so many of you did a great job of capturing and spreading it!!!
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RVing in Cold Winter Weather – Guest Post by Ryan Cornmesser

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With winter being upon us and things freezing (it was 4 here in PA this morning), I wanted to share some winter tips for you full timers who might be new to this.
First things first, most newer and even a lot of older trailers and 5ers have dual tanks, and you can leave both tanks open and it auto switches. DO NOT do this. In the middle of the night it your heat will drain both tanks and you will woke up frozen with no way to get warm. Instead, only open one tank that way if it runs out you can just go switch the to other and refill the empty one. I will even keep a spare tank handy in the winter just in case. If you are going to be gone from your rig all day, check your tanks before you leave. Coming home to frozen pipes or pets is no fun.
I recommend getting online or go to a truck stop and get thermometer with an alarm. Set it to like 40 degrees or something. That way in the middle of the night when propane runs out, the alarm will sound, you can get up and turn on the still full tank and save everything from freezing.
If you are parked for a long time, skirt the bottom of you rig with something to keep the cold air out from under it. Styrofoam insulation and 1×1″ is cheap at any hard ware store. This will keep your rig warmer and pipes warmer.
For your city water supply, you can use heat tape and insulation on your hose, but be careful, stuff can melt. I instead recommend spending the money on a hose that has the heat strip built in. They seem expensive, but they are well worth the investment.
Throw rugs are cheap and easy way to keep your toes comfy in the cold months.
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We insulate our windows, but this can cause a cave like atmosphere. So we usually cover them at night and open them during the day to pull some solar heat in.
Be prepared for an over load of moisture. We keep our roof vent cracked open and you may find you might need a small dehumidifier. In the winter months moisture will build quickly and cause mildew or mold. Keep buckets of damp rid stashed in bathrooms and kitchen. Use your bath room and kitchen fans when showering or cooking to help reduce the influx of moisture. Keep an eye on walls, especially around furniture and mattresses where moisture can become trapped.
Be extremely careful for electric heaters and fireplaces.  You may have 50amp breakers in you rig, but only 15amp power outlets.  The wiring in many RVs was never meant for that kind of stress. Some older rigs actually have aluminum wiring which can melt with current over load. We personally have had an outlet melt but it never tripped a breaker.  If we want to augment our heat while parked, we use a heavy duty extension cord slid out thru the gasket of our slide out and plugged into the shore power box.  We do no plug it into an outlet in the trailer.  And this goes without saying, but always use caution in the small space.  Fires can happen fast if you or your young ones are careless with a heater.    DO NOT use a kerosene heater.  There is no where for the fumes to go and you could suffocate.  ALWAYS REMEMBER that in most RVs the pipes and under belly are warmed by the propane furnace, so if you are running electric heat it will make the furnace not run as much which could lead to frozen pipes and sad campers.


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Keep a heat gun and bottled water handy. At some point, your pipes will probably freeze. Newer rvs use pex pipe and it can withstand a certain amount of abuse. Old rigs used copper pipe and will crack if frozen. Learn your rig, learn where the pipes go and what they are made of just in case. Our rig is fully insulated and the pipes still froze. I found out the pipe had rubbed a hole in the insulation while driving. I was able to fix it since I knew where the pipe ran.
Watch for ice and snow build up on the roof and slide outs. While it’s never happened to us personally, I have heard of some campers having the roof collapse from an overload of snow. Remember that most roofs are just rubber, so don’t try to shovel it off or you may damage roof. And be careful if you are up on it, they get very slippery.
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Check on things constantly as temperature drops, you can catch things before they happen if you pay attention.
ABOVE ALL, be safe and maintain a positive attitude, even in a bad situation. That can be the difference between having an adventure, and just being miserable.
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Ryan Cornmesser is the owner of New Ideas Co. whose work takes him all over the country with his wife and children and dog.
The family run business is computer repair, networking, security, phones, and custom stickers and t-shirts, as well as radio control parts and accessories for the RC hobby with the whole family lending a hand.
While traveling he and his family always try to lend a hand whenever possible to other.
Ryan blogs about his experiences on http://travelingtek.com

4th Annual FtF Roadschool Field Trip to Legoland is Scheduled

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Fulltime Families Roadschool will be taking over Legoland again, for the 4th time and this time we’re bringing a mob… A flash mob to be more specific!

Since Everything is Awesome when you live on the road, we’ll be singing and dancing our way through the gates of Legoland, Feb. 12th, 2016.

Rates start as low as $12 per student and Legoland will be hosting some educational classes just for our kiddos.  This event is open to everyone, so if you’d like to join us, get your name on the by getting your spot here: 4th Annual FtF Roadschool Field Trip to Legoland, FL – Feb. 12th, 2016

 

Come See the Brand New Fulltime Families Website

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Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 12.16.50 AMWe’re unveiling a brand new look!

After month’s of redesign, we are ready to pull back the curtain on the new and improved Fulltime Families.com

The new site:

In the coming week’s we’ll be cleaning up all the old posts, updating our blog roll, and adding fun interactive social media widgets.

So please, take a minute to check out our new look and let us know what you think about in the comments section.

 

Understanding How your RV Refrigerator Works

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As I reflect on all the questions that we were asked during our seminars – Absorption RV Refrigerators are still the number one topic of all.  So, I thought I would provide more information on how to help this appliance work more efficiently with providing some great facts that you may not be aware of.
Compressor vs. Absorption type refrigerators – there is a big different.

The compressor (residential) is an electric motor with a refrigerant pump, whereas, absorption (RV) is done through chemicals and heat.

Recovery time is vastly different from our residential units. For every minute the door is left open – it will take one hour to recover the cold air lost.

RV refrigerators cool better when there are a fair amount of items being stored. However, over packing is a bad thing – temps will go up because of lack of airflow. Try to keep your refrigerator stocked well without over packing.

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For cooling properly these 3 things are needed:

  • Is it level?
  • Is there proper ventilation?
  • Do you have a heat source ( i.e. propane or electric)?

It is not critical to have the refrigerator level while traveling. The rolling and pitching movement of the RV helps the refrigerator operate efficiently.

To check for proper temperature, place a cup of water with a thermometer inside the cup. Wait 2 to 3 hours to check if the unit is already cooled down. If hot (unplugged), turn on and wait to check after 8 to 24 hours.

Most refrigerators will have at least one auxiliary fan on the back side, check that it is working properly.  If more air flow is needed – add an additional fan(s).

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If the odor of ammonia is present with a yellow film coating on the back side of the refrigerator, the cooling coil seal is broken.  This means the coils will need to be replaced.

8 cubic foot and larger units should be at least 43 degrees F. or less at 110 degrees F.

Proper temperature for the freezer is 0 degrees F. and inside the main cooling box is 37 – 42 degrees F.

Place ice cream at the coldest part of the freezer which is the lower left side.

Hopefully, some of these facts about the Absorption RV Refrigerator will help you better understand this appliance.

Evada Cooper (Lady E) is a full time RVer who is a published author of a cookbook titled, “The RV Centennial Cookbook –Celebrating 100 Years of RVing (1910-2010 She has produced 12 recorded segments withRVNN.TV called “RV Kitchen with Evada Cooper”. Evada offers RV Kitchen seminars across the United States. She and her husband, Terry Cooper –The Texas RV Professor, manage their online business, Mobile RV Academy, while traveling full time in their own 5th wheel.

 

Fulltime Families 3rd Annual Legoland Roadschool Field Trip Recap with Video

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This past Friday the 13th, over 200 FtFs took over Legoland for the 3rd year in a row!

Families in attendance paid deeply discounted rates ($8 per student / $27 per adult) and were free to explore the park on their own, or as a group.

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Families were welcome to bring their own picnic lunch or purchase food at the many eateries within the park.

10897924_10205985614070014_5005108979990978635_n  Legoland really does have fun for every age and size.  From miniland which features models of America’s most famous landmarks, to kiddie coasters all the way up to the real deal in thrill rides.

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Teens even enjoy hanging out from opening ’til the gates close!

10996004_10206055583453835_5039457003421858382_nAll Legoland attendees received a custom FtF wristband and FtF Explorers in attendance had the opportunity to earn their Legoland Badge!

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But the greatest benefit of attending the FtF Legoland Roadschool is the opportunity to reconnect and share the park with good friends!

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Special Thanks to Leah Varner for leading this year’s event!

Be sure to get on our mailing list so you can join us next year and check out the recap video here:

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