While we’ve only been full time on the road since 2010, we’ve had quite the progression of RV’s leading up to our full time lifestyle. We have owned and traveled in a 1985 VW Camper, a 2009 31ft Damon Avanti and a 2010 32ft Monaco Vesta. Now here we are with a rear engine 2014 33ft Fleetwood Excursion 33D.

Meet Roy, our new home on wheels from December 2013 – April 2014.

Roy is a test unit that we are leasing from Fleetwood.  If you want to know how we ended up with Roy, read this:  Our Next Adventure


Why the name Roy?

We really struggled with what to name this new beast of an RV.  The bold black and gold swirls on the outside, the dark black leather on the inside…it’s comfortable and feels oddly familiar (like a bachelor pad, maybe?).  We kept trying to put our finger on exactly what embodied this new environment.  We thought of a modern day RV version of Sanford and Sons or maybe if National Lampoon and the Griswold’s were to do Vegas again in an RV.  But none of it was quite right.  Then we started thinking about an old man…a feisty, flirty and a slightly flashy old man.  One that acts like he is still 25, only dates women under 25 and enjoys the finer things in life.  That’s when it hit us.  THIS RV IS GRANDPA ROY!  No wonder it felt so familiar, it’s the motor industry’s version of Jason’s Grandpa Roy!  Now of course we do realize most of you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Grandpa Roy.  So you’ll just have to take our word for it when we tell you, he’s a gambling man who is always ready for an adventure.


We’re eco-conscious people and let’s face it, traveling in an RV doesn’t seem like the most eco-friendly way to go.

But just like the old saying goes, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover…well you can’t judge an RV on mpg’s alone.  It’s all about the details and of course the mods, mods, mods!  Now, some of these details and mods are just as much about keeping us comfortable and working while on the road as they are about keeping our carbon footprint down.


Factory details that make a nice difference:


Mods and add on’s that make life on and off the cord better:


Composting Toilet

Separates the pee from the poo and turns waste into compost! Uses no water, no chemicals and we use Coco COIR because it’s more sustainable than Peat Moss.  The big bonus is no more black tank and extended boondocking!


We have two goals with the investment in our RV water system: Create pure healthy drinking water from any available source that tastes so good we never have to purchase bottled water, AND reduce the flow so we can conserve water every day.


Staying connected on the road – Phone, Internet, and Free Wi-Fi 

A good toad

Our convertible Smart Car is eco friendly and great MPG(about 40); 85% recyclable and 95% reclaimable.  We have the RoadMaster Sterling All-Terrain non binding tow bar and the BrakeMaster breaking system. That about sums it up.  Do you have an RV mod that made your travels better or questions about our new home?  If so, drop us a note in the comment box below.

Our Other Top RV Upgrades

We’ll keep this page updated as we continue to live with our #FleetwoodRoy and as we find new upgrades and add-ons to share. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.


  • Gene Lambert

    April 9, 2016 Reply


    In the process of getting a Fleetwood excursion 2016 33d. Since you are on the road full time, what would say say your monthly fuel bill is? Just a guess is okay

    I plan on travel for 6 months for the first trip.

  • Really enjoy your videos. We started camping in a 2001 Coleman Taos (smallest pop up on road) then a 2005 Sunline Solaris, Model 2499 that we bought new and built by the Amish in Denver, PA (we still have it but thinking about selling it 25 foot - $9250 OBO) then our first class A, a 2005 Coachman Mirada QB300. I've updated the standard tv to flat panel and bought enough light bulbs to choke a horse but thought that most of our lighting is this size bulb that it's good to have plenty on hand. We tried a tv in the bedroom but it's more ignoring so we only watch it in the den. I was thinking of updating our unit but at age 67, I don't want 20 more years of payments. I'll just keep updating my unit as I go along. I have added Dish to make my full time camping more enjoyable with 250 channels. Really appreciate your shows. Good luck!

  • Dave

    October 13, 2015 Reply

    Just found your site and thoroughly enjoying it. Your solar series rocks. I have an older 35' Winnebago Vectra that I plan to solarize and you solar series has been a big help. Thanks so much.

  • David Stone

    September 23, 2015 Reply

    I have been soaking up the great information you two are supplying new RVers. My wife and I have started our quest for an RV. Since you have now Experienced numerous RV's including front engine diesel, rear engine diesel and the gas engine as well does it even make sense to settle on gas if funds are adequate to afford a smallish (24-33 ft.) diesel? Of the coaches you have lived with so far, which is your favorite?

    Finally, I am enamored with your kittens. What breed are they?

  • Rachel Conway

    July 29, 2015 Reply

    Hello again Wynn's! i just thought i'd let you know that blow-dryers are very bad for the environment.... air drying doesn't take too much time, and why not just absorb the water with a towel, you're hair will also be natural :) just something you may consider, thanks for your time!

    • Mike Voigt

      April 17, 2016 Reply

      Their power from the sun is free, ergo their blow dryers are carbon neutral.

  • Tim Lanza

    July 11, 2015 Reply

    Hi Wynns. Thanks again for the great videos and info. A question for you: Now that you have a class A pusher, how do you find maneuvering it especially down non-paved roads? How is the weight on the dirt roads? I ask because I am looking for a class A pusher bus conversion and am concerned about traversing remote roads in the US west and Canada. Thanks in advance.

  • Tom & Mary

    June 28, 2015 Reply

    Roy. What an awesome guy!
    Thank you both for that segment!

  • Sue Dyer

    June 18, 2015 Reply

    Is it possible to order a 2016 Excursion 33D directly from the factory with your exact setup i.e. solar, smart charger, pure sine wave, composting toilet, extra batteries, maxfans, wi-fi extenders, etc? It seems a preferable way to go rather than aftermarket remodel especially for those of us who don't have handy mates to call on. Would one talk to a sales manager at the factory and refer to your setup rather than involving a local dealership?

  • Steve Houston

    June 7, 2015 Reply

    Hi ya'll, hope your enjoying where my wife and I honeymooned 21 years ago. Banff, well close anyway. Been following your blog as we start our adventure later this year as full time RV'rs too.

    I was wondering what theme your blog is using I love the layout.
    Be safe and hope to hook up down the trail.

    Steve and Anne

  • Henry

    May 15, 2015 Reply

    I am wondering why more RV's do not use the small hot water tanks that you never run out of hot water and only turn on when you actually turn on the hot water. I have heard they are a great replacement for a house hot water heater. Eliminate the need for a big bulky tank that uses fuel/energy even if you are not using hot water.

  • William

    April 27, 2015 Reply

    You had a video on the flat solar panels and was iffy to durability. So now that you are considering them for this new RV what changed you conclusions?

  • Bob

    February 21, 2015 Reply

    Love your site and all of the great information for those considering the RV life. Do you have any additional information that can be shared regarding the changes coming from Fleetwood with the Bounder, Excursion and new model releases for 2016/2017?

  • Jeff Lerom

    February 15, 2015 Reply

    Hi Nikki and Jason,

    I'm in the process of researching FT RVing and have found your site to be invaluable. I do have a question about your purchase of Roy. Did you negotiate with Fleetwood the installation of the Composting toilet, Solar set up and WI-Fi boost in the purchase price? I'm curious how receptive they were and if it could be used in bargaining a purchase price.

    Thank you.

    • Nikki Wynn

      February 15, 2015 Reply

      You can absolutely use some add ons and upgrades as bargaining tools during negotiations and have them written into your contract. Each dealer is different and some will be far more receptive than others. We have a special lease agreement which you can read about here: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/new-rv-adventure So we don't own Roy. If you haven't looked over our RV shopper series yet, take a look: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/category/rvin/rv-shopper-series

      • Jeff Lerom

        February 18, 2015 Reply

        Thanks Nikki. I reviewed the shopper series and again, great info. Y'all are making it easy for us beginners

  • John

    February 4, 2015 Reply

    Your videos inspired my wife and I to buy a 2015 Excursion 33D. Fleetwood may not pay you, but they should note that your videos influenced at least one person to buy their product. We are somewhat tied down with a 6th grader so our travels will be much more limited than yours. We were going to wait until after he graduates from high school, but figured we could build some memories before he moves on. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I think you are the most informative resource on the Internet. Your RV shopping tips are right on target.

  • Rodney

    January 28, 2015 Reply

    So, you followed thru with the Excursion. I believe either one would have been a nice choice. I watched your video on the Gas/Diesel between the Bounder and the Excursion AND listened to what the sales guy told you about Diesel vs. Gas in the buying video. I have to share that I have heard the exact opposite from salespeople on servicing and costs and resale and was told to avoid the rear dually models if possible. I was unable to compare market pricing on an Excursion as it is a newer model but I did on the Expedition model which runs a bit more with market residual to a Bounder using NADA and current for sale units and found that the value is about the same going back to 2001. But hey, what matters is you got the one you wanted and it is certainly nice! Congratulations

    • Jason Wynn

      January 30, 2015 Reply

      You got it, the great debate really boils down to personal preference!

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