Finally Insured! Our Simple, Affordable RV Healthcare

Dec14

We haven’t had health insurance for over a decade but with the new affordable healthcare act (Obama Care) we (and all Americans) have hit the point where we either pay a tax (first years fine is 1% of annual income) or get covered.

Health insurance, much less RVer health insurance, is a fully loaded and complicated discussion. Everything from your state of residency, age and income level all play into, and determine, what kind of coverage you can get and how much it will cost. So, naturally we have been dreading the task, fearing the costs and considered just paying the fine to further avoid the issue!

It was all much ado about nothing. We let society (TV, radio, news, blogs…) scare us into thinking that getting affordable RV friendly healthcare was going to be a tedious, time consuming and costly adventure. And maybe for some it has been, for us that is far from what actually went down this week. It was all much ado about nothing.

Within just a few clicks on RVer Health Insurance and a couple of emails to verify we were indeed choosing the right coverage, it was all said and done. All that fuss and it was no muss.

I am happy to say that for the first time in over ten years, we have health insurance!

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Our Held at Gunpoint Top Ten Best Towns

Dec07

If someone held a gun to our head and said pick a place to live now, there are a few places that pop into our heads.  Our top ten best towns of North America are places we would consider living should we ever decide to stop traveling (but why would we want to do that).

The cities and towns we’ve chosen are NOT in an order of any kind since that would take loads more critical thinking, and alcohol, and since we’re not planning on stopping our perpetual travels we just don’t want to invest that kind of energy.

Now here is the big disclaimer: We are NOT including the Best National Parks in this top ten because we can’t live inside Yellowstone NP or The Great Sequoia NP; we’re NOT including Our Favorite Small Quirky Towns like Idyllwild, Marfa, Trinidad, Mt. Airy, etc; we do NOT want to live in a huge city so places like Chicago, Portland, Seattle and San Diego are out; we’re only choosing towns that both of us want to live in so some of my favorite places to visit such as Lake Havasu City or Palm Springs didn’t make the cut; we’re only featuring towns that we’ve visited since we’ve been on the road full-time so places like Sayulita Mexico, Stockholm Sweden, Zurich Switzerland, or Puerto Rico didn’t make the list.  I think that pretty much covers it.

Below we’ve listed our Top Ten Best Towns that we feel most represent our lifestyle, enjoy.

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How to Connect an RV to Full Hookups

Dec02

As a newbie to RVing we had no idea how to connect an RV to full hookups when arriving at a campsite.  Of course our dealer didn’t explain any of it to us other than “just pull in and connect” (typical salesman) so we had to learn from experience and a little trial and error.  After many years on the road I think we have a pretty good idea of what works and which products are necessary for connecting an RV to a full hookup campground.

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5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Bardstown, Kentucky

Nov25

We rarely spend more than a week in any destination, but the small town of Bardstown Kentucky had us feeling like two weeks wasn’t enough.  Sounds crazy right?  How could a town with a population around 12,000 keep us entertained for so long?

With history dating back to the late 1700’s you’d think visitors like Jesse James, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Stephen Foster and even Pope Pius VII would have made this place famous…sure all these people left their mark in Bardstown history but it’s the more familiar names that really make this place famous:  Jim Beam, Haven Hill, Barton, Willett and Maker’s Mark.  Not bad lineup for such a small town!

To be perfectly honest we came for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and only planned to spend a week, but after just three days of exploring, here are our top 5 reasons we decided to extend our stay:

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Our Top Travel Finds – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Nov23

Turkey Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all those other crazy holiday shopping days are a little too much for us. I mean really, who needs to get into a fist fight for a TV, sleep in a parking-lot line for a coffee maker, or watch a bidding war online for 8 hours just to get a Christmas present? I’d much rather order on Amazon while sipping a cup of coffee and two days later the UPS guy knocks on my door (where ever that might be) with the holidays in hand!

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Each year we scour the internet, the RV shows, the outdoor outfitters and online magazines for cool new toys that make our lives on the road a little easier.  Let’s face it, when you live on the road full-time getting and giving gifts can be difficult, or downright impossible, so to spark your holiday gift giving we’ve packed all our favorite new gear from our 2014 travels into this Travel Friendly Holiday Gift Giving Guide.
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Tahquamenon, not Phenomenon, Falls State Park

Nov13

Can’t say we fell in love with this Michigan State Park, but to be honest we only had a day to explore it so maybe we didn’t give it a proper chance. When we announced that our travels were taking us to “da U.P. eh” everyone said Tahquamenon Falls is the “Gem of Michigan”. In fact we heard this statement so many times we had visions of towering rust colored falls dropping into the river below with massive amounts of spray to cool us off after a long rewarding hike. Ya know similar to Nevada Falls in Yosemite, Marble Falls in Sequoia, Zapata Falls in CO, or Multnomah Falls in OR. I guess our expectations were just too high for this particular adventure.

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RV Smackdown – Bounder vs. Excursion Livability

Nov09

In our past RV Smackdowns we’ve questioned the large price difference between an entry-level Diesel RV & a mid-level Diesel RV, we’ve given our thoughts on Diesel vs. Gas RV engines and chassis…now it’s time to put the “house” part of a Gas RV head-to-head with a Diesel RV.  Doing our best to compare RVs in an “apple-to-apple” style we’ve handpicked the 2015 Fleetwood Bounder 33c and the 2015 Fleetwood Excursion 33d to see how they compare.

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Fresh Fruit & Free Camping at The Bush n Vine

Nov06

Fresh foods just taste better.  I have never gone to a grocery store and picked up any sort of produce that tasted anything like it does strait off the farm.

I grew up in a small (population 1,121) farming community in West Texas and if you didn’t have something edible growing in your yard, you were the odd man out.

Some of my fondest memories as a child are sitting out in the dirt, eating those warm sun-ripened fruits and vegetables right from the vine, tree or bush.  Can you imagine an 8 year old today snapping off raw black eyed peas and eating them like candy?! I even remember destroying ants one by one so they didn’t get to my strawberries before I did (granted this was long before the days of internet at home, cell phones and candy crush).

While I don’t enjoy raw peas as much now as I did then, my love for picking my own fruits and vegetables is still just as strong!

So, you can imagine how excited I get each time we come across a Harvest Hosts farm stay.

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