Tuesday, April 21, 2009

RV Travel at it's Best

We have been cleaning our '05 Alfa See Ya motorhome and getting it ready for the day we will be on the road fulltime. There's so much to do around the house but that's not as much fun.

I've had some computer problems lately so that's why I haven't posted for a couple days. But I would need a laptop for traveling anyway, so that's what I got last night and I am back online with no problems.

I hope to figure out how to get the Google group thing figured out. My hope is to get lots of recipes and ideas from all you RVers out there that like to share.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Going Full Time in Your RV is an Interesting Concept

Going full time is a very interesting idea with many interesting decisions to be made.  We didn't realize that.  But even though it may be hard right now to sift through belongings and get rid of things, the reason and the outcome far outweigh the work.  RV full time, here we come!  Quartzsite, here we come!  Arizona in general, here we come!  Warm weather, here we come! 

As we get closer and closer to our target date for going full time on the road in our RV, we're finding it harder and harder to pare down, clean out and say good bye.  We've sold a few things that we didn't realize we would feel so much attachment to.  Like his two Shopsmiths or my piano.  Which I never learned how to play anyway but I am going to miss it's black beauty standing there in the living room.  At least I won't have to worry about dust and finger prints anymore.  It'll be someone else's worry.

He sold his recumbent bike.  He made a trek on his bike from Bellevue, Washington to Westbrook, Minnesota way back in the early 90s sometime.  He had so many wonderful memories from that trip and it was especially hard for him to watch it be driven away in the back of a pick up.  How about our entertainment center and even the stereo!?

There are so many things that you don't even think about.  We are purging and going through things a little at a time.  We've made three piles or use three catagories.  One is charity, one is storage and the last is take with us in the RV.  Everything should be one of the three.  We've done this before.  We sold everything, quit jobs, turned in all our keys and left for Hawaii.  Just go and find a new life when you get there.  So this isn't really much different and you'd think it would be easier but we're also older.  When we did that, we had no "storage" catagory but then we had a home we would eventually find.  The only furniture we took with us, though, was our Grandfather clock which was built by my father-in-law and our refrigerator.  I know that sounds weird but it was new and very expensive and we couldn't part with it at the time.  However, it was left in Hawaii when we came back to the mainland.

Ok, that's history.  We have a new and exciting life ahead of us.  We should focus on that, right?  And this time personal possessions will be put in storage for when we decide either the road is not for us or the we're no longer able to live like that.  

The hardest part will be to rent out the house.  That's a real scary thing to do but first, we're not sure we will like it on the road and second, the economy isn't good enough for selling it right now.  Let's hope that changes soon.

We're packing up the garage this weekend, I hope.  I've been saying that for quite awhile but I'm about done with the contents inside the house.  There's still tons to pack up but I'm down to leaving  what we need for living here until we leave and that target date is June 1st.

Monday, April 13, 2009

RV Travel on the Road Full Time

Our full time RV travel is getting closer and closer. I've been trying to find unique and easy fun recipes to use. Not because of limited space or lack of cooking utensils or anything like that. I want to enjoy my travels, too. So the easier the recipes the better.

I discovered Tastefully Simple and all their extremely easy recipes. If you're interested, please check here. I am not a sales person and don't benefit in any way. Just like to share my discoveries.

If anyone is interested in sharing their easy on-the-road recipes, please email me and let me know. I do have a group started and will post that link when I figure out how that all works. I tried the the beer bread and it was wonderful! Easy, just add beer or any other carbonated drink and bake!
I can't wait to try more. I've heard the quiche is excellent and will try that soon.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Planning Your First RV Road Trip

RV Park Resort Orland, CA 2008

When we started planning your first RV travels we thought it was going to be easy. We bought our first motorhome (actually our 2nd but it had been years) and being we bought it used and it wasn't exactly what we wanted, we took some time to work on cleaning it up and updating it. Actually, that was fun, too. Allow time for getting the motorhome ready. It's best if buying used, to have it checked over completly. We didn't know but even tires have a use-by date, so to speak, and their age needs to be known. Have brakes and shocks checked for sure. Actually, anything you would want to have checked for the safety of a car, you would want checked for the safety of your motorhome. We were ready to go after almost a year of working on it. We already had our memberships at a few RV Resorts or parks so we thought we were ready to travel. Palm View RV Resort, CA

Not so fast. You want to be sure that you plan carefully for everything, but mostly the more important things. Things like insurance, prescriptions, physician information, and nowadays, your passport. Don't forget licensing. It helps to make great RV checklists before you start. Include as many things as you can think of or you can always research RV or camping checklists on the Internet.

When we first went out, we checked the internet for rest stops on the highway we knew we would be taking. They list them all.......all nicely numbered. You can find information there, too, on how long you can stay and if you're allowed to stay overnight. You really wouldn't have to worry about service stations, shopping centers, pharmacies, etc. if you have a GPS. Most list all those points of interest. And they list addresses, phone numbers and, of course, how to get there.

We do recommend having some sort of roadside service protection. We had to use it once when we had a flat tire on the vehicle we towed. And another important document to have is any service warranties you may have. Keep them handy and know how to use them. If you bought a new motorhome, then know your dealership info along with the warranty info. Know their phone numbers and names of contact people. You won't believe how helpful this information is.

Know what your RV insurance covers, too. Know your agents name and contact info. Call them ahead of time and discuss with them what you are planning to do BEFORE you leave town.

It all seems like a lot of work and it's not really the most fun part of an RV travel but once youget through it the first time, it'll be easy planning your next trip.

RV Travel Full Time

I had problems with my computer yesterday and had to completely recovery or restore back to factory setting! Yikes! This computer is 10 years old so I had a lot of program installing and updating! What a time-consuming process. Full time RVing is the purpose of this blog and it will happen! RVing is something we want to do so bad and I can't wait to dive in and share resort reviews, recipes, tips and hints. I do have some resort reviews posted on my blog. Please check them out.

I will be back to post more today, hopefully. Thanks for being patient. I will be posting great info, tips, recipes and other content soon.