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Things to know about Fulltime Families Facebook participation

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The Fulltime Families Facebook group is sponsored by Fulltime Families, LLC, a company that connects and supports traveling families by providing education, support, discounts, and community. This group is a small part of the resources Fulltime Families provides to families living or seeking the fulltime RV lifestyle.

There are many Fulltime Families groups, including several dedicated groups for paid Fulltime Families Members, including a general member group, consisting primarily of traveling families, a bookclub, and a boondocking group.  Some other Facebook Groups sponsored by Fulltime Families, and open to all, are dedicated to Special Needs, Military Families, Solo Parents and more.

We appreciate that the members of all our sponsored groups are kind, respectful, helpful, and show restraint when necessary. We are more than a group about travel or living in an RV, so we allow conversations that aren’t specifically related to those things. However, to keep the atmosphere positive, we will not allow religious or political debates, cursing, or belittling fellow group members. In addition, there are a few topics that we will allow to be discussed for informational purposes, but as soon as they become debates or opinion based will need to be closed for comments. Those topics are traveling with guns, car seats, and safety of motorhomes.

We do not allow our groups to be used for advertising, sales, or market research. If you would like to partner or advertise with us please email info@fulltimefamilies.com. Please do not private message other members or ask them to private message you as a method of selling or obtaining sales people for your organization. If you want to post a job opportunity or fundraiser please private message a group administrator for approval.

If you are looking for information on how we can all afford to travel fulltime, what various acronyms mean, and other FAQs, check out our FILES section.

We’re so excited to have you as a part of our community.  Please review all these tips, enjoy the community and help here, and consider taking the next step by becoming a Fulltime Families Member. We hope to see you down the road!



RVInsurances.com Partners with Fulltime Families

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For Immediate Release:

ftf-badge-partnerFulltime Families, the resource that fuels your family’s full-time rv adventures and aspirations has joined forces with RVInsurances.com to provide our members with concierge vehicle insurance services.

Marty Adair, Principle Agent at RVInsurances.com, expands on the benefits of this partnership. “What separates us from other insurance agencies is we specialize in the RV industry.  We represent insurance companies that offer specialty RV insurance coverage for the unique lifestyles.

is a full service multi state licensed agency focused on offering customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’re insured with RV specialty insurers and experts. We pride ourselves in dealing only with A+ rated companies that assures our clients the company’s financial stability and fast reliable claim service.

It has been my experience dealing with part time and full-time traveler’s that a lot of RV owners are inadequately insured or have an auto insurance policy on their RV.  A standard auto policy does not provide adequate coverage for this life changing decision or investment.  Full-timer’s especially need to be sure they are insured properly because for most of them this is not just their RV, it is their home.”

Fulltime Families Members can start taking advantage of this valuable partnership immediately by attaining a quote directly from Mr. Adair at marty@rvinsurances.com.

Here are detailed information about the insurance policies RVInsurances.com can provide you.

Total Loss Replacement –

If your RV is a total loss in the first five model years, we will replace it with a brand new one of like kind and quality.

Example: You purchased your motor home for $100,000 in 2007, and during the years 2007 through 2010 it depreciates 40%. In 2011, your motor home is destroyed, and the cost to replace it with a new model is $120,000. Without Total Loss Replacement Coverage your actual cash value payout would be $60,000. If you purchased Total Loss Replacement Coverage the insurance company we would replace the unit, saving you $60,000.

Full Timer’s Personal Liability –

Personal liability for customers who use their RV as a primary residence for more than five months out of the year.  This added coverage stays with (not the RV) you and is similar to personal liability on a homeowner’s policy.

Secured Storage –

Provides coverage for full-timers personal belongings while stored in a commercial storage facility.  Coverage available up to $99,000.

Companion Auto –

We understand that you frequently travel with both your RV and your automobile.  With typical auto insurance, you have to pay separate deductibles if both are damaged.  With some of our specialty RV companies, you will pay just one.

Fulltime Families Members can start taking advantage of this valuable partnership immediately by attaining a quote directly from Mr. Adair at marty@rvinsurances.com.


Roadschool Moms Share Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Road

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In the latest episode of their weekly live internet radio show, The Roadschool Moms, Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff shared the tried and true methods of families who have successfully made their full-time RV dreams a reality and established location independent income streams that fund their family’s travel lifestyle.

To learn what these job opportunities are and how you can start generating your stream of income, tune into “Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Road” at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Then remember to mark your calendar and join the Roadschool Moms every Sunday night at 9pm est, from wherever in the world you are to connect with your community and recharge yourself for the week ahead.

love_rsmComing this February on Roadschool Moms, a 4 Part Series on Love!  Don’t miss an episode!


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!!!


This promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

The Proper way to Defrost Your RV Refrigerator

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Meetup in Austin, TX – You’re Invited!

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Fulltime Families & Ditching Suburbia Meetup in Austin, TX

Dreamers – Meet Doers.

Think about ditching the suburbs? Meet families currently fulltiming in their RVs – living on the road and schooling their kids along the way.

Currently a Fulltime Family? Other families would love to know what life on the road is like – tell them your stories!

Wonder what it’s like to go back to the suburbs? Meet some folks who’ve done that as well!



We’re just asking you sign up so we have a better idea of the size and makeup of the group coming.


17th January 2016.


We’ll be there starting around 10:30AM.

Potluck eating starts at 12:00.

Stay until..whenever!


Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749.

The park has playgrounds, trails, ballcourts and more. We have a ‘just down the street’ backup location in case of inclement weather (we’ll announce that if the forecast looks unfavorable).

What to Bring?

  • Drinks
  • Dish to pass
  • Chairs
  • Outdoor games & sporting equipment
  • Stories
  • Questions

What To Get?

We’ll have a small giveaway of fun prizes:


  • Select 1 ticket per family.
  • In the ‘special requirements’ field let us know your family structure (2 adults/4 kids) etc.

Sign Up!

On the following page use the ‘Organization’ Field to let us know your blog/road name (ie ‘DitchingSuburbia’).


GoPro Giveaway Live Event Scheduled on Google Hangouts

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We did it!  1000 members strong and to celebrate we’re giving away a GoPro to one lucky, active member* of Fulltime Families live via Google Hangout this Friday, Oct. 9th at 7pm.  RSVP and add this event to your calendar via this link: https://plus.google.com/events/cmmhgftkq2flv922nibat6ccdu4

New members, who registered between the contests start date and member 1000, have each received an entry!


Current FtF Members can continue to earn extra entries until midnight,pct Wednesday 10/7 by doing the following:

  • Add our button to your blog.  Send us an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com when it’s ready.
  • Use your affiliate link to refer new members. Earn one extra entry for each referral.
  • Tell us why you love FtF!  Send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com.


*An active member is defined as an Fulltime Families Member with an unexpired membership.  This includes Annual, Lifetime and Charter Members.


Annual FtF Flat Kids Exchange – Join Us!

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Our Flat Kids Adventures!

Join us for a fun exchange project that will help connect our kids and encourage awareness of adventures of other Fulltime Families.

Participate in 4 easy steps:

  1. Just fill out this Google Form with the name, age and mailing address for your flat kid: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19d_2qjo5RKhgavTfNIPgbY6ANVQnNqMxTtrsveRlz8U/viewform More than one child participating? Just hit the “Submit Another Response” button after you submit the info for your first child.
  2. Create your flat kid. You can create one from scratch or use a template: https://www.flatstanley.com/resources?subpage=templates. You may want to consider laminating your flat kid so they will hold up on their adventure!
  3. Send your flat kid off. You’ll be matched with another family and supplied their address. Mail your flat kid to them and receive your visiting flat kid from them.
  4. Go On An Adventure – Take your flat kid on a few adventures, around town, to the park, wherever you go, and take pictures of your non-flat kids with their flat kids. Upload the pictures to the FtF Members Facebook Page and follow the fun!

Fulltime Families Explorers, See the criteria at the bottom of this page on how to earn your badge.

This project is inspired by “Flat Stanley” a series of books about a normal boy, who is flattened by an accident and then, has the opportunity to go on amazing adventures as a result of his two dimensionality!

For more information go to: http://www.flatstanley.com/

Your flat kid will spend a week with it’s host family

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Envelope
  • 1 Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
  • A printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers and Crayons
  • Laminator Optional
  • A Host family to exchange with (we’ll supply that!)




How to create your Flat Kid

Step 1. Print out the Template Above or create your own

Step 2. With markers /crayons have your child decorate their flat kid. Be sure to label your flat kid so you’re host family can refer to it by name!

(Please do not embellish with any three dimensional objects such as sequins, etc as this could pose a problem when mailing the item)

Step 3: Cut out your flat kid… if you can, laminate it to help it last longer

Step 4: Fold up your kid in the envelope and include a short letter about your kid. Where you currently are and what you like to do. Also include your self addressed stamped envelope.

Step 5: Mail your Flat Kid to it’s host family

How to be a Great Flat Kid Host

When you receive you Flat Kid guest, take them along with you on a few adventures.

Take pics of your Flat Kid hanging out with your family. Some examples may be having a meal with your family, joining you in story time or on a field trip with your family. Get creative and have fun!

Post your pics to the Fulltime Families Members Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ftfmembers/

After a week, send your Flat Kid guest back home in the self addressed stamp envelope and include a short letter about the fun you had with your flat kid guest!

Important Dates:

Deadline to Sign Up – September 4th, 2015

Flat Kids Host Families Assigned – September 6th, 2015

Flat Kids spend time with their host families – September ~9th – September 18thth, 2015

Flat Kids get sent home with a note from their host family on or before September 20th, 2015


Special Note: All Fulltime Families Explorers participating in this community building activity will earn their special FlatKids Badge.

Member’s Benefits Increases and Resource Releases

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Fulltime Families Brokers Two New Member’s Benefit, New Resources and
Completes Website Overhaul

Anywhere, USA – Fulltime Families, the membership and support resource for full-time RVing families and those interested in exploring the full-time RV lifestyle, announced two new major member’s benefits, the release of two new powerful resources and a complete redesign of their flagship Web property, FulltimeFamilies.com.

Two New Member’s Benefits:

On behalf of their membership, Fulltime Families (FtF) brokered deals with both RV Trader and The RVer Insurance Exchange.

RV Trader, one of the nation’s premier online RV marketplaces, is offering Fulltime Families members $20 off the 12-week, top-of-the-line RV ad placement option on RV Trader.com. This benefit allows members to post 20 pictures and one video of their unit for sale, as well as receive premium placement in search results and a special feature on the homepage. Sellers who post their RV for sale on the website can also choose from a variety of other options to better showcase their RV to potential buyers, making the upgrade process even easier!  The promo code for this exclusive offer is listed in the Members Benefits section of FulltimeFamilies.com

The RVer Insurance Exchange, a website dedicated to helping RVers become informed insurance shoppers while at the same time connecting them to insurance experts whom specialize in products for the nomadic lifestyle has also entered into an agreement with Fulltime Families.  They will be providing members with insurance quotes for all their underwriting needs including:
and Vehicle Insurance

Perhaps the most exciting part of this agreement is the Telemedicine Option FtF Members will now have access to at a significantly reduced rate. Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication (phone/Skype) in order to provide clinical health care and prescriptions at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in travel lifestyles.
With the RVer Insurance Exchange’s telemedicine plan FtF Members will have access to UNLIMITED virtual doctor visits so that they can save both time and money when in  need of consult with a doctor or nurse.
Family plans are available at a rate of $16.95 per month.  For more information visit: http://www.rverinsurance.com/welcome-fulltime-families/

In addition to these Member’s Benefits enhancements, this fall, Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of FtF is releasing two essential tools for families seeking the full-time RV lifestyle.

Two New Resources

“How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full-Time RV Dreams a Reality” has been wildly successful since it’s release in 2011.  The 2015 Revised edition, set to hit shelves and virtual bookstores across the Internet, September 1, 2015, has been completely updated with more in-depth information for preparing your family emotionally, financially, and logistically for a full-time travel lifestyle.

Also on September 1st, a companion guide, “Our Journey Journal” will be released. This professionally designed one-of-a-kind journal has prompts and spaces for families to record the story of their most daring adventure, their launch into a full-time RV journey. Both print on demand and spiral bound editions have pages to record bucket lists, RV shopping notes, launch dates and milestones along the way.  “Our Journey Journal” is a powerful tool for this transitional time and will also serve as a place to record the details of families adventures and ultimately will become a treasured family keepsake.

Both books come with downloadable budget worksheets, packing lists, and free lifetime e-updates.
To take advantage of the pre-sale discount on these resources visit: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/press-releases/presale-announcement-how-to-hit-the-road-and-our-journey-journal-bundle/

One Great Place to Find It All

To highlight these new benefits and resources, as well as all the logistical support Fulltime Families, the recognized leader in full-time rving with children, provides, the FulltimeFamilies.com Website has been completely redesigned.  The new streamlined highly engaging, experience, allows users to easily find the information their seeking.  With a fully responsive mobile design, readers can access the latest information for traveling families across any device platform.


Don’t Blow Your Top; How to Avoid Low Clearances – Guest Post

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If you’ve ever come across a low clearance, then you know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ll need to cross your fingers and hope you can “squeeze” under, or figure out a detour.  This week, we’re joined by Jon Mills from LowClearances.com on tips to avoid this costly trip expense.


The journey in any RV has its challenges, and those terrible accidents we often see or hear about unfortunately don’t just happen to other people. Of course we never set out to be complacent, but sometimes events just unravel in a way you can never predict.

In our experience we have seen too many times how a loss of concentration, a simple distraction, or a
combination of unexpected bad weather and a forced diversion has resulted in disaster. This is especially true at night, so please don’t let this happen to you.

To help combat this problem, LowClearances.com created ‘Route-1’. Route-1 is a Low Clearance Avoidance System, with a highly accurate Points of Interest (POI) database designed specifically to integrate with your navigation system.

Because Route-1 includes alerts on and off the major routes, it’s perfect for RV drivers. It covers a wide range of heights from as low as 5’6″ all the way up to 15’11” under railroad bridges, overpasses, & pedestrian walkways. The database also has alerts for covered bridges, truss bridges, and even tunnels. So by using Route-1, you will significantly reduce the chances of hitting a low bridge, improve your safety, and be able to relax and enjoy your drive so much more.

The Route-1 database is huge (More than 5000 for USA, & over 750 for Canada)

Our research has uncovered:

  • There are an estimated 5,000 low hazard collisions in the USA each year causing over 100 million
    dollars’ worth of damage to public and personal property.
  • Every year there are approximately 1000 injuries and 5 fatalities in strike incidents, not to mention
    that the fines for damaging a bridge are huge.
  • There are still too many unmarked low clearances out there, and many signs have become too dirty,          obscured or faded to read properly, particularly at night or in heavy rain, snow, mist or fog.
  • No matter how rigorously you plan your journey even the most experienced drivers can get caught
    out, especially after a diversion when you’re likely to be distracted.
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a big accident is one of the biggest stresses a driver can face.


Take a look at the top ten reasons why you should get Route-1:

1. Ease of use
.  It can be used while you’re driving whereas truckers atlases cannot. 
It also has custom designed POI symbols to give higher clarity
allowing you to make decisions faster.

2. Sheer size
. The POI database is by far the largest available. In addition to the
 major routes, it covers towns, cities, and rural areas. Other
databases cover the major routes only.

3. Personal customization. 
Set it to suit the height of your vehicle, and adjust the audio
alert to sound at any distance you choose.

4. Versatility
.It can be used as a warning system while you’re on the move, and as
an avoidance tool when planning your route. Particularly important
to those still unfamiliar with their vehicle, or RVers who rent.

5. High accuracy
. Our location coordinates and clearance heights are checked using
several different resources to ensure peak precision.

6. Compatibility
. Can be used with most GPS and mapping systems.
7. Up-to-date information
You get regular delivery of our latest database of new locations,
height modifications, or deletions. We are notified of any changes
from many different sources including our driver community which we
then confirm.

8. User friendliness
. Simple and clear download and installation instructions to get you
up and running as quickly as possible. With online customer support.

9. Convenience
. Member’s page providing you with a practical way to access your
downloads, updates, and more.

10. Pure value. 
Any smart driver shouldn’t be without it.

So to summarize, you will get the biggest, most accurate low clearance databases for USA & Canada ever created
.  More than 5000 locations across the US. (Over 750 for Canada.)

Route optimization to save time and fuel
,clear audible and visual alerts
, increased driver confidence and reduced stress
.  The ability to plan safer routes
, customizable settings to the height of your vehicle
.  Simple installation instructions
. Regular updates to the database

. As you can see, ‘Route-1’ is an essential tool for all RV drivers.

So to find out more, visit http://www.lowclearances.com and get your copy now.

Safe driving,




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