Wonderland of Dazzling White Sands

Sep14

It doesn’t seem to matter how long we stand atop these glistening white hills, staring infinitely through the white abyss with the craggy dark mountains way off in the distance…we reach deep into our vocabulary hoping to pull out something beautiful, but we’re stunned to one word:  Unbelievable.

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We find ourselves in the midst of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and our minds are blown.  The fine grains of white sand are wavering across the desert floor and we’re frozen, as if our brains can’t compute what our senses are experiencing.  There’s no poetic verses flowing out of our mouths, no heightened sense of enlightenment, not even fantasies of Arabian royalty riding past on well adorned horses…it’s just the one simple word playing over and over:  Unbelievable.
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Top 5 Good, Bad and In-between of Our Fleetwood Excursion

Sep08

We’ve been living full-time with Roy the RV for 9 months now and have formed a lot of different opinions about him.  In last month’s crowdsourced content poll, you voted to have us create a video of the best, worst and in-between of the Fleetwood Excursion (we’re shocked that was your choice by the way).

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So without further ado here’s where we dish the dirt about our home on wheels.
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Big RV Questions: Residency, Mail & Health Insurance

Sep07

We’ve been avoiding some of the biggest RV questions for a while now.  Why? Because choosing residency, handling mail and getting health insurance as a full time traveler are all fully loaded subjects.  Honestly, it’s got to be up there with puberty, the birds and the bees and why drugs are bad conversations.  Yet, these are topics that are extremely important for every full time traveler to figure out.

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We’ve been avoiding these questions because we didn’t necessarily have the personal experience to back it up and everyone’s wants/needs/situation is unique so a general info article wouldn’t provide much help.  Before we even hit the road we were pretty well setup: We were already Texas residents (one of the most popular states for nomads) so we never had to deal with RV residency.  Then there’s Jason’s mom (she’s the coolest) who has been graciously handling our mail for us.  We choose not to have health insurance (we pay out of pocket and sometimes head to Mexico). Read more

RV Smackdown – Excursion vs Discovery, Why the Huge Price Difference?

Aug23

On paper these two RVs look similar enough, so where does that extra $100,000 go?  Is it really worth the extra money?  Do I need all those extra features on an RV?  These are all common questions we get from new and seasoned RVers alike when it comes to purchasing an RV.  We’ve taken some of these questions head-on in the video below by comparing a 2015 Fleetwood Excursion 35E vs. the 2015 Fleetwood Discovery 37R…it’s what we like to call an RV SMACKDOWN!

We chose the Excursion vs. the Discovery because they’re both Fleetwood RVs that share lots of features, and when comparing these two RVs on the website they don’t seem hugely different.  They both have nice floorplans, they have all the standard stuff like beds, toilets, kitchens, etc.  They’re both rear engine diesels built on the Freightliner Chassis with Cummins engines.  The Excursion and Discovery may be similar enough but we feel its pretty easy to see the visual quality difference between these two RVs in the video.  To be clear its not that one RV will last longer or have less issues, its simply a difference of more expensive products and features that you get in the Discovery that aren’t offered in an Excursion (and there’s the extra 2 feet, but who’s keepin tabs?).
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How RV Heating and Cooling Really Work

Aug10

Using the climate control in an RV is simple, but there are a few things that make it different than using a home system.

Understanding when to run the propane furnace vs. the heat pump, how to most efficiently run both A/C units and locating the remote temperature sensors will make the RV life a little more comfortable.

In our first year of RV travel we must have blown through hundreds of dollars worth of propane because we didn’t understand how the heating systems worked.  On the flip side during summer trips we ran the A/C almost non-stop because we couldn’t get the RV to cool down and stay cool.  Now we’re on our third class A RV and we like to think we’ve got it down fairly well, so I’m sharing a few of the tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years about Heating and Cooling an RV.
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Make Money and Travel – Chartering Yachts Around the World

Jul24

Owen and Amanda aren’t your typical working class young couple, their job is to travel the world aboard a luxury yacht in search of beautiful weather and unspoiled sandy beaches.  They are often forced to go wakeboarding, snorkeling and sunbathing in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.

Did I mention they’re getting paid really well to do all of this?

It’s true…but would you believe me if I said it’s damn hard work?

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We first heard of this inspiring couple while driveway surfing with our friends Lynn and Hugh in West Jefferson, NC (they’re part of the  family).  What sparked our interest in telling their story is 1. We want to be on the water soon, and 2. The opportunity to make BIG MONEY and Travel The World.  The more I talked with these two the more I realized its one helluva rollercoaster life in the charter business, but if you can hold on you’ll be taken care of financially and spiritually.  Thanks to Owen and Amanda for sharing their lives in such great detail, they don’t have a blog, they don’t benefit from our article, they are just good people who are hoping to help other dreamers start their own adventure. Read more

RV Smackdown – Diesel vs Gas

Jul19

One of the greatest debates for new RVers, and seasoned RVers alike, has to be the impossible to settle Gas vs. Diesel!  Is a Diesel RV better than a Gas RV?  We take this question head on in what we’re calling the RV Smackdown Gas Vs. Diesel.

We sat down with the Fleetwood design and engineering team, chatted about our take on Gas vs. Diesel and told them we wanted to shoot a simple, easy to understand video that put a Gas RV head-to-head with a Diesel RV in the hopes of making a simple comparison that any potential buyer would understand.

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