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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Fulltime Families Family Friendly Campground Directory Boasts over 340 Campgrounds

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The FtF Family Friendly Campground Directory now contains over 340 campgrounds who will waive the “kid tax” (additional person fee) for Fulltime Families Members, nationwide.

Look for this plaque at Family Friendly Campgrounds across the country

The Family Friendly initiative was started two years ago, in an effort to keep camping affordable for families.  Many times a nightly rate can soar to an additional 25% – 50% when campgrounds charge separately for over two occupants.  The FtF Family Friendly Campground Directory seeks to connect families to the independent campgrounds across the country who value their business and are willing to waive any additional fees.

Chris Savory – FtF Lifetime Member with family of 7
I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first about the FtF campground directory. Not that it wasn’t a good idea, but that we wouldn’t use very much since we usually stay at a lot of Thousand Trails.

However this month we are in a state that has no TT and I was having trouble finding anything under 700 for a month. Finally I was about to give up and then I checked the FtF campground directory. Found one that was about 10 miles farther out from where I was looking so no big deal there. I called and the guy told me it was 450 + 70 flat for electricity. That’s not terribly bad for us.

Then I asked him about any extra costs and he asked how many people we had. I told him 7 and he said one moment let me calculate your extra costs (the charged for anything over 4 people). I told him that I was a FtF member and he quickly said there was no extra charges for us.

So now that I just saved $150 at this campground I’m a believer in the FtF campground directory!!

Thanks Fulltime Families!!

 

Fulltime Families Hosts 4th of July Hangout in Hershey, PA

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The Boudreaux Family (FtF Trailblazer Lifetime 1324) invites fellow Fulltime Families Members to join them for a Good Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July in Hershey PA, at the Hershey Thousand Trails Campground, June 30th – July 7th, 2017.

Family Friendly Activities will be announced shortly.

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations at this Thousand Trails park, asap.  Not a Thousand Trails Member yet, contact the TT / FTF Rep Alisha Deschene at  (207) 270-1121.  Non-Member rates are also available for this park.

An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 10 families.

Not on the East Coast this Summer?  Check out the other scheduled Fulltime Families Hangouts

Interested in hosting your own Fulltime Families Hangout?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families 4th Of July Hangout Hershey PA
2017 Fulltime Families 4th Of July Hangout Hershey PA
Hosted at the Hershey PA Thousand Trails - June 30th 2017 to July 5th 2017
Price: $50.00

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before May 1st, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between May 2nd, 2017 –May 31st, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after June 1st, 2017  will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

RV Trader Supports Fulltime Families

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RV Trader knows members of the Fulltime Families community have needs different than other RV owners. While some RVers only need certain amenities for vacations or weekend getaways, RV Trader knows you are in your RV year-round, and it’s important that it feels like home. Whether you’re seeking more bunk space, a larger kitchen or the miles on your rig are adding up, RV Trader can help you find the perfect fit for your family.
 
RV Trader has worked with Fulltime Families for many years. We’ve helped sponsor rallies and co-promoted the #ThisisRVing tour alongside the Fulltime Families crew last year. RV Trader also has a special member benefit for Fulltime Families members to upgrade their units on RVTrader.com. When visiting the website, we allow you to compare thousands of units, prices, images, videos and more to make searching for your dream RV easy and fun.
Fulltime Families is the go-to community for families living the full-time experience, and RV Trader is proud to be a long time Official Partner. Visit RVTrader.com to get started today and don’t forget to use your discount code to get $20 off RV Trader’s BEST Sales Ad – One (1)  Year sales ad with enhanced features and video upload. (reg. $99.95)  Go to RV Trader and  and the Promo code found in the Fulltime Families Members Only
Cheers to many more adventures together!

Fulltime Families Hosts Hangout at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Fulltime Families is hosting a “Balloon Fiesta Hangout” at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta,  October 4th to October 11th, 2017* in the Standard (dry camping) RV area, in Albuquerque, NM

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Hot Air Experiments, Arts and Crafts
  • Flying High Dance Party
  • Roadschool Classes
  • Campfires and Corporate Meals
  • Experience Morning Ascensions and Night Glows along side your Fulltime Families Friends! (additional fees apply)
  • Balloon Crewing Opportunities (18 and older, baby sitting swap will be organized if there is enough interest in this feature)
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations with the ABQ Balloon Fiesta as soon as possible to ensure you have a space.  http://balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/rv-information.  When completing the reservations be sure to include “Please park me with the Fulltime Families Group” in the Comments Section 3 (see below)

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An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 25 families.

Interested in hosting another Fulltime Families Hangout in another location?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
Hosted at the Balloon Fiesta Fairgrounds (Standard Sites) Dates: Oct. 4th 2017 - Oct. 11th 2017
Price: $50.00

*The dates of the Hangout incorporate Pre-Fiesta dates and only 1 Fiesta weekend… feel free to choose the dates for this event that best suit your plans.  Fulltime Families will be hosting events during the Hang Out dates only. 

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before August 5th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between August 6th, 2017 –Sept. 4th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after Sept. 5th, 2017 will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping and Balloon Fiesta Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

Fulltime Families Hosts Solar Fest in Oregon, Experience the Solar Eclipse with your Friends

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Fulltime Families is hosting a “Solar Fest Hangout” in Bend, Oregon,  August 17 to August 24th, 2017 at the SunRiver Thousand Trails in Bend, OR.

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Solar Experiments and Crafts
  • Black Out Dance Party
  • Solar Science Classes
  • Campfires and Corporate Meals
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations at this Thousand Trails park, asap.  Not a Thousand Trails Member yet, contact the TT / FTF Rep Alisha Deschene at  (207) 270-1121.  Non-Member rates are also available for this park.

An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 15 families.

Interested in hosting another Fulltime Families Solar Fest (or hangout) in another location?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families Solar Fest Hangout
2017 Fulltime Families Solar Fest Hangout
Hosted at the Sunriver Thousand Trails Bend Oregon - Aug. 17th 2017 to Aug. 23rd 2017
Price: $50.00

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before June 18th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between June 19th, 2017 – July 18th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after July 19th, 2017 will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

Roadschool Moms Series Answers the Question, “How to Make Money on the Road?” and Special Offer

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The Roadschool Moms, a weekly, live radio show, hosted on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, just wrapped up a new series geared towards answering the age-old question, “How do you make money on the road”.

Missed it?  Replays are now up featuring real full-time RVers who have real answers for how to fund your RV dreams.

 

Replays Are Up Now

 

*SPECIAL OFFER: Listeners of Roadschool Moms can use promo “FTF” to get $50 off the new course “How to Start a Virtual Business so You Can Travel Full Time” from our friends at Crazy Family Adventure!

Listen Live on Sunday Nights

Listeners can tune in live and ask questions, real time, on the chat window at the show’s webpage every Sunday night at 9pm Eastern Time.  Replays will be available at www.roadschoolmoms.com and on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2

 

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.

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!

Peek into the Life of a Full-Time RVing Family

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This Spring, the Traveling Travs have kicked off a new YouTube series, giving viewers a bird’s eye view of the life of a full-time RVing family and inviting YOU to peek into the real world of full-time family travel.

From school days, to working from the RV, amazing destinations and off grid locations, you can catch the videos live or watch the replays on a brand new play list here:

If you haven’t checked out the Trav’s camper, you can take a video tour here:

And if you’re looking for more information about awesome adventures on the road, check out their web series “One Epic Adventure” here:

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