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    Plan Your RV Trip with Our Favorite Tools

    Have you started to plan your RV trip? We have several tools that we use every time we decide which direction to travel. These tools help us cut our camping budget and help to make trip planning a breeze! I will share our favorite trip planning tools with you in the order in which I actually use them.  Plan Your RV Trip with These Tools I will be giving you my tools in the order I actually use them. Of course, I start with the cheapest option first. 1. Boondockers Welcome If you have been following us on YouTube, you will know how much we love Boondockers Welcome (BW). This…

  • CUT CAMPING COSTS

    How to Cut Camping Costs: Our Top Tips

    Have you been thinking about ways to cut your camping costs? After traveling full time for over two years we have learned a few ways to cut our costs on the road. These tips will help you keep your campings cost low and on budget. Stay Longer  Campgrounds will usually provide discounts based on length of stay. Booking for a week may trip your nightly rate a bit. But booking for a month could slash your nightly rate up to 50%. Monthly stays are an excellent option for those needing to watch their camping budget. It also means less driving, which will save money on fuel! Fewer Miles Decrease the…

  • One Year Full Time RV Living Costs

    Are you wondering what one year of full time RV living costs would be? We just hit our second year of full time RVing, and we are happy to share a breakdown of our expenses throughout our second year. I hope it helps you to budget for life on the road.  Full Time RV Costs Vary When researching full time RV living you will find a wide range of budgets from many bloggers and YouTubers. There are many reasons for the huge difference in expenses. Below are just a few things that can vary from RVer to RVer that will have an impact on costs.  Type of RV Size of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…