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  • Our First Year Full Time RV: What We Learned

    Do you wonder what life will be like when you hit the road full time in your RV? Will it be as enjoyable as YouTubers make it out to be? Every RVer’s experience is different. We were told if you survive your first year then you’ve made it. Our first year as full time RVers came with many bumps in the road and so many learning curves. Today, we will share what we learned during our first year full time RV. Emotions When we first hit the road, we were excited but also very nervous. We were still learning the basics like how our RV works, how to find campgrounds,…

  • Setup and Break Down Checklists for Your RV

    Setup and break down checklists are important for every RVer not just newbies. Using a checklist will help prevent mistakes and keep you on track as you prepare the RV. Our Biggest RV Mistakes Mistakes during setup and break down can happen! Having a checklist will help you to avoid mistakes. Here are a few of the big mistakes we’ve made along the way. Power Cord Our first huge mistake happened while we were breaking down in the middle of a cold, pouring rain. Phil turned off the breaker the pedestal and walked to the passengers side of the rig. He then gave me the go ahead to pull the…

  • Camping Cocktails: Mexican Martini Recipe

    I am finally sharing my secret Mexican Martini Recipe! After living in San Antonio for a few years my love of margaritas has definitely changed. I went from a syrupy sweet margarita drinker and evolved to this yummy salty version. It is delicious! So much better than a mix from a bottle! Give it a try and let me know what you think. Mexican Martini Ingredients I always prefer to use what is on hand before I go out and buy more ingredients. So let’s talk about what is easily interchangeable and what will change the flavor of the Mexican Martini. Reposado Tequila Of course, you can use what the…

  • We Said No to Thousand Trails: BEST DECISION EVER

    Are you thinking about a Thousand Trails Membership? We thought about it before we went full time in our RV. But we said no to Thousand Trails. It is not a good fit for the way we RV. So many people ask us about Thousand Trails. We thought it was time to share all the reasons we decided not to join.  What is Thousand Trails Thousand Trails is a membership program with 81 campgrounds across the continental US. They offer several membership levels with different prices and rules for each. We won’t review every membership level, but let’s discuss a few levels to give you an idea of what it…

  • RV Electrical Myths: Busted!

    Have you seen all the RV electrical myths floating around on social media? After we installed Battle Born lithium and solar, we saw a lot of myths popping up in our social media comments. There is a lot of misinformation floating around and I thought it was time to set the record straight. So let’s do a little RV power myth-busting! Myth 1. Everyone Needs Lithium and Solar It really surprised me to see that a lot of people think they need lithium batteries and solar to be a full time RVer. This is simply not the case. Many RVers prefer to stay in campgrounds with full hookups and do…

  • Full Time RV and the Coronavirus

    Do you full-time RV? Are you trying to navigate life during the coronavirus outbreak? Are you trying to figure out if you should cancel travel plans? It has been such a confusing time for everyone. So let’s dig in a little bit. Full Time RV and Coronavirus Thank you to everyone who has emailed, texted, posted, and commented asking how we are doing. We appreciate you thinking of us during this time. We are doing well and we hope you are also healthy. Many people have asked us what are we doing during the outbreak. We are sitting still, waiting it out and practicing social distancing while avoiding public spaces…

  • Best RV Battery: Which is Best for You?

    Are you looking for the best RV battery for your RV? Not every battery will work in every RV for every application. So let’s break down each battery type and find the best Rv battery for your RV and your wallet. RV Electrical Before we get to the batteries you might want to check out our previous blog RV Electrical: What You Need to Know. It will take you through RV power flow and clarify some questions you may have. We also walk you step by step through RV Power in this video! Best RV Battery Types There are three main types of RV batteries. We are going to go…

  • RV Electrical: What You Need to Know

    When you reach into your fridge for that cold drink, do you wonder how it stays cold when the RV is not plugged into power? Today, we are walking through the basics of RV electrical. We will show you step by step or should I say component by component how that coffee pot turns on when you boondock. So let’s talk about what you need to know about RV electrical. RV Electrical Diagram Above is a diagram of an average RV electrical system. Not every RV electrical system will look exactly like this one. But they will be similar. The diagram has been simplified in an effort to make it…

  • 4 Corner RV Weigh: To Stay Safe in Your RV

    When was the last time you weighed your RV? I hope you didn’t just say never! Having your RV weighed is the number one thing you can do to keep your family safe while traveling in your RV. We recently completed a 4 corner RV weigh with our RV, and it was very eye-opening. So let’s break down what you need to know about weighing your rig.  Why Weigh Your RV Safety is the number one reason to periodically weigh your RV. Overloading your RV puts you and your passengers in harm’s way because it increases your risk for an RV accident. Tire Failure An overloaded RV can lead to…

  • Finding COE Camping: Our Favorite Place to Camp!

    If you are looking for the best campgrounds around look no farther! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds are the best campgrounds around! Finding COE camping is easy. We will show you several ways to find the best campgrounds and how to save money on your reservations. History of the US Army Corp of Engineers George Washington appointed the first Engineers on June 16, 1775, during the American revolution, and engineers have served in every war since that appointment. In 1908 the branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was established. During that same period, West Point Military Academy was created, and for many years it…