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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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New vs Used RV – Pros, Cons & Why We Bought a New RV - “Never buy a new RV!” “Don’t you wish you had bought used?” “I bet you learned your lesson, didn’t you?” Those are some of the things we hear when we tell people we bought a new RV. Buying a new vs used RV has to be one of the most debated questions in the RV […]
Shopping For and Buying an RV – Q&A About Our Experience - The most popular messages we receive are questions about shopping for and buying an RV. The questions range from brand comparisons to getting a loan and the final inspection. We hosted a live stream to answer these questions. Viewers tuned in from all over the United States and we even had a few from the U.K., Germany, Canada, […]
RV Living Costs: Full Time in a Motorhome for One Year - After a year of full timing in a Class a RV, we sat down to look at our RV living costs. Some costs are calculated on an annual basis and other costs are calculated on a monthly average. RV living costs will vary depending on the number of people, pets, life style, spending habit, and other factors. We […]
Garmin RV Portable GPS Review – Garmin RV 760LMT - In the market for an RV GPS? Check out our Garmin RV portable GPS review to see if the Garmin RV 760LMT is right for your needs. We consider this to be a must have gadget for RVing. The RV GPS is an expensive purchase with many mobile apps available on the market that can provide a similar […]
Must Have Dog Gadgets Approved by Leo the White Husky - Leo is our White Siberian Husky that we adopted from a local animal shelter in 2010. He has used and tested many dog gadgets since then and these are the only ones that made the cut. We’re not the type of dog owners to buy every cool dog gadget that comes out. These are the basics that […]
Favorite Kitchen Gadgets for RVing - These are our favorite kitchen gadgets for RVing. 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 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 For Full Time RVers - 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. We hope you find it helpful in your RVing journey. Top 10 Must Have RVing Gadgets WiFi Booster […]
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. […]
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 […]
Chinese New Year Dishes to Celebrate Year of the Rooster - As we bid adieu to Joe’s Year of the Monkey, we welcome my grandmother’s Year of the Rooster. Although my grandmother is no longer with us, her Chinese New Year dishes live on. Since we wintered in Florida last year, we had a modest celebration by making pork dumplings. This year, we were able to celebrate with my family and recreate some of […]