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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – unknown

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Currently, we travel around the United States in our 29′ motorhome. This website and our YouTube Channel is where we share our travel stories and experiences with special appearances from Leo, our rescue dog. Thanks for stopping by!


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Favorite Kitchen Gadgets for RVs - These are our favorite kitchen gadgets for RVs. The best part is, you don’t need to live in an RV to enjoy most of these gadgets. In our first year of full time RVing, we made the majority of our meals at home. Most of these have been “battle tested” and survived some tough roads in Indiana […]
Best Road Trip Food – Favorite Restaurants Year One - A road trip would not be complete without making a few food stops. Luckily, there is great food waiting ready to be eaten all over the United States. In the first year we put over 14,000 miles on the motorhome and traveled to 22 states. This is a collection of the best road trip food we ate our first […]
Best Campgrounds – Favorite Camping Experiences Year One - There are great places to camp all over the United States. In the first year we put over 14,000 miles on the motorhome and traveled to 22 states. This is a collection of the best campgrounds we stayed at our first year of full time RVing. Below is a list of all the campgrounds along with links […]
How To Find Free Camping in National Forests – Dispersed Camping - Free camping in National Forests have been some of our favorite camping experiences. Referred to dispersed camping, National Forests offer primitive camping opportunities to those looking to get away from crowded campgrounds. On our long drive from Ohio to California, we made it a point to stop at our favorite dispersed camping spot outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. In […]
Is a Costco Membership Worth It? - Yes, a Costco membership is worth the money. No, you don’t need a big family to shop at Costco. One topic that comes up around the campfires quite a bit (at least when we’re around) is about warehouse memberships. Most people who have a membership either belong to Costco or Sam’s Club and we fall into […]
Top 10 Must Have RVing Gadgets - Whether you RV full time like we do or take your RV out part time, there are some items that are essential for RVing. We put together a list of our Top 10 Must Have RVing Gadgets and hope you find it helpful in your RVing journey.  The list below is based on the order […]
Newmar Bay Star Review - 10/16/2016 update: Our 2015 Newmar Bay Star is for sale. If you’re interested send an email to info[at]weretherussos[dot]com. This is a review of our 2015 Newmar Bay Star motorhome for full time use. We moved into our home on wheels in July 2015. We have been traveling around the United States towing a Jeep Wrangler […]
Full Time RVing with Large Dogs - We started our full time RV journey with two large rescue dogs: Duke and Leo. Duke was a Belgian Malinois mix who weighed in at 75 pounds. Leo is a Siberian Husky who weighs in at a husky 70 pounds. They played a major role in our decision to travel full time in a motorhome. […]
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review as a Towed Vehicle - Jeeps have been around since 1941. The current day Wranglers are rugged, purpose built vehicles that can go almost anywhere. Because of this, many people consider Wranglers one of the worst choices for people who never plan to take it off-road. They have the aerodynamics of a brick, get about 17mpg and don’t have a […]
How to Setup a Self Hosted WordPress Site - We’ve received many emails about how to setup a website similar to ours. I thought it would be good to refresh the post I wrote on how to setup a self hosted WordPress site. I hope you find this to be a good start to get you on your way! Several of you have also asked us […]
Pros and Cons of RV Dry Camping or Boondocking - RV dry camping or boondocking is camping without any hookups. Essentially, you rely on everything in your RV to make it for a day, a week or longer. We’ve been on the road full time for 207 days as of writing this post and 112 of those days were spent dry camping without any hookups. […]
RV Dumping Isn’t so Bad – How to Dump RV Tanks - For first time RVers, the idea of dumping can seem like a daunting and perhaps even disgusting task. When you’re used to flushing everything down the toilet never to be seen again, like we were, it’s hard to imagine coming face to face with that waste a week later – and the internet is no […]
6 Months on the Road – Highs and Lows of Full Time RVing - “What do you do?” We get that question A LOT. Our standard response is “We travel full time in a motorhome with our rescue dog.” Most of the time, the response is “I wish I could do that.” If that’s your answer, take a moment to ask yourself “Why?” Is it because the words “full […]
Overnight Parking at Rest Areas - There’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing that “rest” sign when you’re in need of a break. We’ve pulled into many rest areas around the United States and one thing we’ve learned is that not all rest areas are created equal. The number of parking spots, amenities and rules vary from state to state. Some […]
Composting Toilet in a RV – We Tried - This is the story of how I convinced Joe to build a composting bucket toilet for our motorhome and actually use it for a few weeks. Everyone thought we were crazy to use a composting bucket toilet in our brand new motorhome. Even Joe thought I had gone off the deep end when I suggested the idea, […]
RV Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness - RV Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness has been one of the highlights of our adventures so far and we can’t recommend it enough. We got a taste of the American Frontier as we drove our home on wheels down winding pathways through the pine and cypress forest with wild turkeys, squirrels and deer roaming throughout. […]
Becoming Texans via Escapees RV Club - Texas is one of three states ideal for full time RVers looking for a domicile state. When we sold everything and left California, one of the main things we had to figure out was where to domicile. For us, the choice was between Florida and Texas, settling on The Lone Star State because we were […]
How to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler - This post details how we flat tow a Jeep Wrangler behind our 29′ motorhome. In our opinion, Jeep Wranglers are one of the best vehicles to flat tow behind a motorhome. We also wrote a post on why we choose the Jeep as our tow vehicle if you want to read that first. Driveline modifications are […]
California Pomona RV Show 2016 - We spent six straight days at the CA Pomona RV Show looking for small RVs. As much as we love our Class A motorhome, we’ve found that it’s more space than we need. Downsizing has been on our mind for quite a while and this show was a great way to check out small RVs in […]