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!

Water

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.

Solar

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.

186 Comments

  • Larry Davis

    September 26, 2016 Reply

    What are your thoughts regarding Motorhome with or without toad vs 5th wheel and truck? You must have considered this long debated issue for yourselves. Thanks for all the great advice and for giving us your perspective!

  • Michael Boone

    July 21, 2016 Reply

    My wife and I love your reviews and info on RVs. We have a 30 foot Thor ACE, have really enjoyed it thus far. However saw a 36 foot with full refrigerator and Washer/dyer set up. Fell in love with it, but we are not full or even part time RVers. We use it more like a comfortable travel travel vehicle. So we are in a flux over upgrade or not Gas or diesel.

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