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.

189 Comments

  • René Gamboa

    November 13, 2017 Reply

    Hi I am René and next year I am buying my first RV to live and travel with my wife. I noticed that you have a lot of experience with RVs and I would love to be able to take advantage if don't mind and someday hopefully we can get to meet in person. Should I buy gas or diesel new or used (33/35ft) and all this upgrades how much do they cost , and for now which is the best RV as far as gas mileage is concern

  • Patricia Matthews

    February 23, 2017 Reply

    I sure would love to know the brand of hand held shower head that was used in Roy and Wendy.
    I've looked for it everywhere.

    • Curious Minion

      February 24, 2017 Reply

      Here's a link from our Gear section: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/product/water-saving-accessories

  • 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.

  • Gene Lambert

    April 9, 2016 Reply

    Jason

    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.
    dave

  • 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: https://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: https://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!

  • Rich

    January 26, 2015 Reply

    Did you have any problems with ROY after taking delivery? I'm trying to research pushers that are ranked high on quality. I was considering a THOR until I read so many horror stories about poor quality and customer service. Knowing most coaches have issues at first, some are complete wrecks after delivery and I want to try and avoid that. I know you two have seen and heard it all and probably have a good idea of some coaches that have a good track record. I read your tips for the first trip to check out the new machine, but I'm trying to avoid owning it before realizing it's junk! Any advice would be helpful!

    In the process of selling everything and making the road our home full time! Our goal.....be on the road by 2016!

    • Jason Wynn

      January 28, 2015 Reply

      Rich,
      Have you seen this new post: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/go-rv-shopping-together
      We are starting a series all about new RVs. Our personal experience with Roy has been golden, I can honestly say this RV has been in the shop less than any of our other RVs. The disclaimer is I cannot guarantee your experience will be the same, but I can tell you that Fleetwood wants their customers to be happy, if you have any issues don't hesitate to call them direct if you do purchase one of their products (do not turn to your dealer first, call the factory).
      Hope this helps.

  • Sandy

    January 11, 2015 Reply

    My friend and I are looking to begin full timing within the year. We like the idea of a slide in camper so that we can go almost anywhere...we really don't see ourselves in rv parks. But we are concerned about the limited living space. Our question is, can we look for a 30' +/- Class C or A or even a towed 5th wheeler AND still be able to get off the beaten path for short or extended stays without the need for 4 wheel drive. Maybe publications or even your experiences. Thanks!! Sandy and Kat

    • Nikki Wynn

      January 11, 2015 Reply

      We wild camp more than we are in rv parks and we have a 33ft class A...so yes! You should check out our wild camping page for more info: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/rv-wild-camping

  • Dawn

    November 25, 2014 Reply

    My friend & I are having a discussion about Roy. Where is the litter box? (if it is in video, it's been a long time since I have watched it & I can't watch it right now) THANKS!!!

  • Jeff Woodard

    November 16, 2014 Reply

    I thinking class C for me since just one of me , thinking about $50, 000 , AS LONG AS IT HAS SOLOR PANELS, GOOD ENGINE AND TRANY AND MICROWAVE I AM GOOD

    • Nikki Wynn

      November 17, 2014 Reply

      Sounds like you have some internet shopping to do. :) You may have to add the solar panels yourself but other than that, there are plenty of great used coaches in that price range. Happy searching!

  • mesa mitch

    November 5, 2014 Reply

    You guys are soooo cool! Have you been to OEX?
    http://www.overlandexpo.com/west/ you would fit right in!

    Traval safe!

    • Jason Wynn

      November 5, 2014 Reply

      If we paired down and added 4wd we'd totally be going to this event.

  • Angela Gill

    October 22, 2014 Reply

    Nikki,
    I watched you on the house hunters Rv show when you purchased Windy the Rv, and always wondered what up with you two. I am found you on a TT site and smiled, I am enjoying watching your videos and look forward to more. I love the new Rv Roy nice upgrade,and I see a few things I haven't thought of for my future travels when I finally retire. I hope you do come to the Florida Supershow, Would love to meet you in person. You and your husband Jason are living the dream. My dream is to do the same. Keep up the awesome job. Happy and Safe travels.

  • Geoff

    September 20, 2014 Reply

    Hello Wynns

    Great videos and it is wonderful to watch folks working at their dreams. I wish you all the best and I will continue to enjoy your stories.

    After watching your good and bad vid, one click led to another...have you ever checked these guys out?
    nexusrv.com/phantom_32sc_buildyourown.php
    Might address a few of your issues but will probably raise a few more. And no, I have no association with them in any way just thought you might like the possibilities - I am so with you on the exterior paint jobs and interiors of RVs,,,just plain weird.

    On a whole other note...you might enjoy watching some fellow travelers that remind me of you guys.
    youtube.com/watch?v=3hD7bb-Byag
    Be well
    Have fun
    Geoff

    • Jason Wynn

      September 22, 2014 Reply

      Hey Geoff,
      We are familiar with a few of the "BYO Direct to Consumer" RV companies; not sure what I think about them all other than I'd expect the price to be lower without the 30-50% dealer markup.

  • Matt

    September 4, 2014 Reply

    Hi Jason and Nikki,

    I found the Wynn's on YouTube--great channel. You guys are super informative and playful at the sometime. Very refreshing and well done.

    So well done that you've (nearly single-handedly) inspired me to step out and buy an RV! I'm not even certain of what the lifestyle change will bring for the career, but for the first time I'm prioritizing the former over the latter. :-) I know I need to do it!

    With that said, I came across a 2010 Avanti--call it law of attraction--and noticed you've been to this chapter before. Can you help me and anyone else to understand what compelled you to shift from the 2009 30ft Damon Avanti to the 2010 32ft Monaco Vesta? (The Fleetwood Excursion switch is a no-brainer!)

    This particular Avanti is a 2010 sitting at 14.5k miles priced at $75k with full-body paint.

    Any insight on what I should consider as a first-timer in relation to this Avanti opportunity?

    Thank you so much and happy to support you in anyway I can help out. I think you guys are really paying it forward, and we need more of that our there!

    Cheers,
    Matt

    • Jason Wynn

      September 5, 2014 Reply

      Thanks for your kind comments, and good luck on your adventure! The Avanti was a fine looking coach and it came with lots of amenities for the price, but our particular model ended up being a lemon so that is why we got rid of it. I will tell you $75k is WAY OVERPRICED, they sold brand new in the low $100's! Our 2011 Vesta sold for $100k and it's a much nicer coach. You can find a quick comparison of our 3 RVs in this recent RV Smackdown post: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/rv-discovery-vs-excursion-price-difference
      If you want to continue to support us here's a link to several ways that help us grow and reach more dreamers: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/tip-jar
      Hope this helps.

      • Matt

        September 5, 2014 Reply

        Hi Jason,

        Fantastic and great to know! Again, knockout delivery of some really great information that saved me a TON of money and hassle.

        Here I was thinking $75k for the Avanti at NADA's low side was great. Good to know the real deal on the "streets"! Too bad your Monaco isn't still available; it's a super nice coach and affordable it seems. If I were looking at a 2012 Vesta, what would be the highest price you would pay?

        Thanks for all your tips; and, speaking of tips, check you jar... for your time and love for helping others!

        Thanks again,
        mm

        PS follow me on twitter as after hitting the road, I anticipate combining leadership/motivation and the concept of being "driven" (pun) :-) @matthewjmullins

        • Jason Wynn

          September 7, 2014 Reply

          Matt,
          Thanks for giving some love back! I go by the standard of 3 years equals 50% less than original MSRP. So our Vesta had an MSRP of $210k so after 3 years $100k is a realistic price. For an Avanti I would look at the 2011 only, it the best year for that model. Based on the 50% model I'd expect to pay around $50-$60k. Good luck and let us know what you end up with.

  • Lin

    August 21, 2014 Reply

    Do you drink distiller water on a regular basis or only when boon docking? Do you add minerals?

    • Nikki Wynn

      August 21, 2014 Reply

      We do drink distilled water on a regular basis and we do not feel the need to add minerals. We eat fresh, local and organic foods so we get lots of minerals that way.

  • Scott

    August 20, 2014 Reply

    First let me say you guys are great. Very entertaining and informative. A real vote of thanks for all the great insight.

    We were wondering about the driveability of your new coach vs. the Vesta. Aside from the obvious lower engine noise, how about ride and handling? And mileage too? It's so hard to get a real world evaluation on motorhomes. It baffles me that there isn't a consumer driven information exchange to offer honest advice, on what is to most a huge investment. It's so expensive to get it wrong.

    Stay safe out there and keep up the great posts.

    • Jason Wynn

      August 23, 2014 Reply

      Hey Scott,
      The Excursion drives a bit smoother than the Vesta, a less harsh ride for sure. The Excursion seems to muscle up the mountains of CO a little bit better as well, but the main mountain bonus is the engine brake. The only downside of the Excursion in comparison to the Vesta driveability is because of the more boxy shape it seems wind is a bit more of a factor both from passing semi trucks and extreme side winds, it's not horrible by any means its just hard to beat the aerodynamic design of the Vesta when it comes to slicing through the wind.
      You will be happy to know we're doing a Likes and Dislikes video about the Excursion after we return from Burning Man in early Sept. so keep your eye out, or subscribe to our email newsletter.
      Jason

  • Jeff and Kathy

    August 17, 2014 Reply

    Good day to ya,

    We recently got ourselves a 2014 Fleetwood Excursion 33d...maybe you're familiar with it. Ha.

    Whenever it rains (more than a drizzle), water will collect on top of the big slideout awning, and either drip through or blow in from the sides to also collect on top of the slideout itself. The way we know this is that the water ends up dripping down inside and leaks onto the counter behind the microwave/convection oven.

    Do you all also have this problem?

    Thanks in advance

    • Jason Wynn

      August 17, 2014 Reply

      Hey Jeff and Kathy,
      I think I know a thing or two about the Excursion 33d :) We do not have the same issue you are reporting with water leaking into the RV, you should call the Fleetwood phone number and report this issue. My guess is there's a small screw hole or maybe a crack in the rubber seal of the slideout that needs to be repaired.
      As for water collecting on the slide: this is common for all RV's. A fair warning though...once you bring in the slide after a good soaking make sure the water has been all swept off otherwise you'll get a dousing when you hit the brakes :)

  • David

    August 12, 2014 Reply

    Please compare your likes/dislikes between your previous 2011 32ft Monaco Vesta (Windy) and your new 2014 33ft Fleetwood Excursion (Roy). My wife and I are in the market to upgrade from our 2004 25ft New Horizons 5W Travel Trailer to a ~35ft motorcoach. We've been looking at "short" Country Coaches posted for sale on the Internet. They're kind of a rare breed. Had an opportunity to tour a 2011 or 2012 Vesta this weekend and liked what we saw. Now I read that your Vesta was averaging ~11mph so the Vesta is looking even more like a contender.

    • Jason Wynn

      August 13, 2014 Reply

      When it comes to design we love the Vesta, but overall "livability" and functionality the Excursion wins hands down. Our 33d has held up well to the continuous beating we dish out to it (washboard roads, giant pot holes, long drives, mountains, etc). If you're looking in that 100k range you might be able to score a used 2014 33d similar to ours.

  • Mary

    August 10, 2014 Reply

    I love this video!

  • Ruben

    August 2, 2014 Reply

    Hi Wynns,

    Really glad I found your site. I'm seriously considering following your lead learning all the dos & don'ts about rv''ing. I'm doing some window shopping now and was wondering if you ever considered buying a used rv or new older model. There seem to be some great bargains out there.

    Safe travels,
    Ruben

    • Jason Wynn

      August 5, 2014 Reply

      Ruben,
      If you can locate the perfect used RV I say go-for-it! If you can find an RV that's 5 years old it should save you 50% off the MSRP. Good luck.

  • John

    July 26, 2014 Reply

    Nice rig! How do you keep the cat off the leather? Our's would think he was in scratch post heaven. He killed two Natuzzi leather sofas and an ottoman in no time.

    • Nikki Wynn

      July 27, 2014 Reply

      We have tried all sorts of things (sprays, sticky tape, foil) and not much seems to work perfect. We have throw blankets over their favorite scratching areas and that has helped some. We also keep small scratchers thought the coach. If you find anything that works, let us know!

  • Barrie Loeks

    July 26, 2014 Reply

    When do you think Fleetwood will come out with a model that incorporates your comments and suggestions? We like the 33D and also like your modifications and ideas, and wonder if there will be a new and improved "Wynn" version soon!

    • Jason Wynn

      July 27, 2014 Reply

      Barrie,
      There are some big changes happening with the Bounder, Excursion and a new model release for 2016/2017. We don't have all the details but we're going back to the factory in a few weeks to discuss with the designers and developers. Fleetwood values our opinion and the opinions of their customers so I know changes are coming.

  • Ron Carter

    July 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi, I've seen you're videos with Cleo and singa. How did you train them to not go too far away when there allowed outside?

    • Nikki Wynn

      July 15, 2014 Reply

      I wish there were an easy answer to that question. They have always been inside/outside cats and we started leash walking them before we started RV'ing so it all adds up to pretty well trained cats. They have learned over the years that it is to their advantage not to stray to far from us. If you haven't read this piece yet, check it out: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/traveling-cats

  • Gina & Ron

    June 29, 2014 Reply

    I have so silly question ,I never leased anything always purshased my cars with financing .....When you say your leasing Roy
    1- is it a cheaper way to get your 1 st RV especially if your trying to see if the RV style we get fits our lifestyle, if your becoming a full timer ?
    2- when leasing and adding a Composting Toilet & Solor to the roof of the RV how does that work does the theses items stay when you give the lease back? And can they install since my Honey is not mechanically inclined.
    My husband and I are looking for a 30ft Class C long RV no bigger. We are simple people
    By the way love all the information and videos you give . Your a fantastic couple, my husband said after he watched most of your videos WoW what great personality you both have.you.
    god Bless you both on your Journeys
    So excited to start our new Journay empty Nesters

    • Jason Wynn

      June 29, 2014 Reply

      Hey Gina,
      As we mention in the article we're under a special arrangement with our lease of this test RV, I do not know if an RV lease option is available to public. We did purchase our first 2 RV's, it's a difficult process but the best advice I can offer is make sure you purchase the RV with the floor plan that you love and think you can live with.
      Good luck out there, its not a simple process but once you're in your new RV life on the road is awesome.

  • Sharon

    June 19, 2014 Reply

    Hi again, hubs and I are still planning our escape from sedentary life and I love all the information on your site. My big question (and probably for Nikki), how hard was it to learn to drive that beast? Do you need a special license from the get go? We are still debating the motorhome versus fifth wheel, any thoughts on that and why you chose motorhome? Thanks and enjoy every minute of your adventure!

    • Nikki Wynn

      June 20, 2014 Reply

      We like the comfort of a motorhome vs a trailer for our style of travel. I just take my time and feel very comfortable driving the rig on highways and at non traffic times in cities. State laws vary greatly. In the state of Texas you have to have a special license for anything over 26,000 pounds. So we have to have a license. Once you have your rig picked out, call the sheriffs office and ask what the laws are. I say the sheriffs office and not the DMV because a police officer is going to be the one to pull you off the road, write you a ticket and require you to get a properly licensed driver to move your rig.

  • Amy

    June 5, 2014 Reply

    Hello,

    Have you run into any problems with bottoming out in Roy? The clearance looks a little low and I'm wondering if something like a gas station driveway may be difficult to navigate??

    Thanks

  • Jeff Faust

    May 28, 2014 Reply

    Jason &. Nikki

    Hope all is well and you had an enjoyable memorial holiday.

    I'm wondering about "Roy" the RV. It's a diesel pusher, how did/does the engine break feature work?!? Does it ? You mentioned you couldn't wait to try it out in the mountains!?!?

    Thanks for the outstanding videos and post

    All the best

    Jeff

    • Jason Wynn

      June 2, 2014 Reply

      Jeff lets just say the engine brake is a huge lifesaver, not figuratively but actually. So far it's made our down mountain descents much less stressful, and it's saved my butt a few times in emergency stopping situations.

  • Richard Morrison

    May 12, 2014 Reply

    Now that you guys have had a chance to test Roy out on the road, can you give us audience a report on your Wifi Connectivity? I do have the Wilson 4G Booster and can verify improved signal for calls and hot spot amplification in weaker areas. Also, ordered a WifiRanger - RV Mobile Pack (ti). Looking forward to getting the Ranger setup and away from home.. THE WYNN 's - (thats you guys) are the been there - done that folks... tips, tricks, expectations and limitations to these boost systems would be greatly appreciated. :0) Safe Travels

    • Jason Wynn

      May 13, 2014 Reply

      Hey Richard,
      The #1 tip I can offer you for the WiFi Ranger is: Use the DC cable to power the unit, the problem with the AC plug is the unit will reset itself if it gets powered on and off in a specific sequence. Somehow we have reset the unit 3 times over the past 6 months! It has to do with plugging into shore power: the inverter cycles off, the shore power turns on, and if there's an issue the on board power management system will turn it back off...and a reset ranger! Also don't expect the Ranger to work 3 miles away...apparently it can but that was an unobstructed test down a mountain; in the city it's more like a 1/4 - 1/2 mile.
      For the Wilson hold off on any new purchase, the FCC rules have just changed and Wilson will be launching a new product very soon that should be more powerful and includes 4g!

      • Richard Morrison

        May 13, 2014 Reply

        Thanks Jason for the advice on power choices - DC over AC to avoid the system from resetting to factory default. Was favoring DC for its "always on" ability - now affirmed. 3 Miles? Yes a stretch, but possible with the right atmospheric radio wave propagation, for short periods and mostly a night. WifiRanger advertises 2,500' of dependable service targeting RV Parks. Bootlegging after that. Which is alright - picking up McDonald's free McWifi from the Walmart parking lot is acceptable practice. Have a Wilson Cellular Booster with 4G capability purchased last year. If Wilson is building a better mouse trap - glade to hear it. Thanks for the advice on the Ranger - will write down any and all advance settings for future reference. Travel Safe... Keep you posted.

  • Jerry Noel

    May 11, 2014 Reply

    Hi Guys, Just wanted you to know that I was so impressed with your website and videos, that I just purchased an Excursion 33D - I have not taken delivery yet. As an idea, maybe you could do a video of how to operate a diesel pusher, especially if Nikki was driving, then, I could try and get my wife to drive. Hope you are still enjoying the adventure.

    • Jason Wynn

      May 12, 2014 Reply

      Jerry,
      Congrats, and thanks for taking the time to say hello! We'll add the requested video to our list...the Excursion is pretty easy to drive so I'm sure your wife will handle it no problem. The best way to break her in is on the highway when it's not too busy, start at a rest area and just have her drive to the next rest area! Simple....right?!?

  • Tiffany

    May 9, 2014 Reply

    Not sure if you have considered a tankless water heater but we have one in our 5th Wheel and it is wonderful! So happy to hear about the washer/dryer! My husband bought me a set for my birthday last year and now I couldn't live without it!!! We are currently in South Padre heading toward Mobile AL next week. We are staying along the coast for now! I love reading about the way people make a living on the road. My husband works from home as a Network Engineer and I am an accountant. Not so easy for me to find a job unless we stay in one place for an extended period of time. But we have only been traveling fulltime for a few months! Enjoy the new rig!

    • Nikki Wynn

      May 9, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Tiffany! The tankless water heaters are fantastic for houses but I don't know about boondocking with one. We will have to look into it again as everyone (like yourself) that has one loves it! We really love sharing the Make Money and Travel series. If you and your husband ever want to participate, just let us know!

    • Carol Whynott

      May 17, 2014 Reply

      We have a tankless water heater and it works great for our 71 Airstream.

      • Jason Wynn

        May 18, 2014 Reply

        Carol,
        Is your water heater use propane or diesel? Just curious.

  • Mohammad Rasheed

    May 8, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for sharing us your stories I hope I can be a full time RV a day but in my country we haven't that culture
    thanks again

    • Nikki Wynn

      May 8, 2014 Reply

      Where are you from...maybe you need to come here for an RV adventure!

      • Mohammad Rasheed

        May 8, 2014 Reply

        Thanks Nikki for your reply.
        I'm from Egypt and here we haven't any campground or RV park also I can say there's less than 20 motorhome class C , B and A in whole the country.
        I saw a lot of RV self build video and I think to do this project but it will cost more than 15000 USD for class B, here the Van are expensive.
        About coming to US for RV adventure I should think about a holiday and rent an RV to try this life, almost everyday I see a videos for RV for 3 hours it's my daily routine I like it so much

  • Liza Scheer

    April 18, 2014 Reply

    My family and I (two kids and a hubby) are in the beginning stages of planning our big "exit" from the real world and are going to take off for at least two years in an RV. We have two pets we absolutely adore and will, of course, take them with us. I have a question for you about your cats - do you have a litter box? Our cat is a totally indoor cat and would need a box.

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 19, 2014 Reply

      We do have a litter box and keep it up front by the passenger feet area. I will add a photo soon to this post: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/traveling-cats

  • Nancy H.

    April 16, 2014 Reply

    Jason and Nikki
    Good travels to you!
    We just spent a couple of weeks at The Barnyard campground near Columbia, SC and enjoyed the nice accommodations. And discovered our HR Trip (named Big Trip) DOES have working air leveling system-- as long as we start nearly level.
    Our latest question to you is about your Windy. Did you install hydraulic jacks to assist on more rugged terrain?
    Thanks for your past information. We are enjoying following your adventures in Roy (and considering that toilet and have washer envy ;-) ).
    Happy Trails,
    Nanci

    • Jason Wynn

      April 16, 2014 Reply

      Nancy,
      The best thing we found for leveling are these cheap plastic ramps, they last about 1-2 years, we carried 4 with us: Yellow Tri-Leveler
      Hydraulic jacks are way too expensive and not exactly easy to install. The air leveling works pretty well, but you have to know where the sweet spots are. If it's too unlevel we drive up on the ramp and it typically fixes the problem right away.
      Hope this helps...and yes we are VERY fond our new Excursion with it's hydraulic levelers, washer and dryer, and our traveling toilet! :)

  • Rick

    April 16, 2014 Reply

    I know you guys like to dry camp. And I know your new Excursion comes with a residential refrigerator. Any chance you could do a video on the trend toward residential refrigerators in RVs, and what the implications are for dry camping. A new RV I'm looking at has the residential refrigerator and that's holding me back because I also like to dry camp. Will be interested in your real world feedback on the residential refrigerator. Are you planning on adding solar panels capable of handling the drain of the residential refrigerator? If so, I'll be interested in the size of the system you come up with.

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 17, 2014 Reply

      Hey Rick, great question and one we are currently working on. We have installed Go Powers new flex panels, were testing and should hopefully have some videos coming up soon with the scoop. One thing is for sure, if you want to dry camp with a residential fridge, you are going to need solar!

      • Rick

        April 17, 2014 Reply

        Thanks. Will look forward to your report. I'll also look forward to your reaction to the flex panels.

      • David

        July 31, 2014 Reply

        This is the exact question I have with running a residential style refrig. How "power hungry" is it when you are off the grid and dry camping. Any issues with it from road vibrations and such.

        Thanks

        • Jason Wynn

          August 5, 2014 Reply

          David,
          400ah battery bank is the minimum, I'd say 800ah would be better. We can only last a max of 24 hrs without sun before running the Gene.

  • chris

    April 13, 2014 Reply

    My wife and I are planning to spend a year or longer living and working out of an RV. We've recently set our eyes on a 38ft Winnebago with 3 slides. I've recently read that size may be an issue unless you're just staying in RV resort type parks. We don't want to limit where we can go but we also really like the space of a 38 footer especially to accommodate an office space for both of us.

    In your experience do you think 38 foot rig with a small toad would limit you as to where you can go versus your 33 footer? We're in our 30's/40's, no kids, and enjoy the outdoors and hiking. We plan on doing more off the beaten track type stuff and national and state parks, etc...similar to the type of stuff you guys have done. RV resorts wouldn't really be our thing.

    Thanks so much for any input you could give on this subject. I've already gotten a lot of great, useful info from your site.

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 14, 2014 Reply

      Hey Chris, we so understand the not wanting to be at RV Parks. Its not our first choice either! You will occasionally run across state and national parks that will have 30ft or 35ft limits but not enough to sacrifice your everyday comforts and space. If you think the 38ft is the perfect rig then go for it. Especially if you equip yourself with a some extra batteries and a even a small solar set up, there are plenty of wild camping opportunities for rigs of any size!

  • Dale Lackey

    April 13, 2014 Reply

    We are at retirement age and want to go full time in our 29ft 'C' Class. We have seen the 13 western states as time and money had allowed in the past teen years, pretty much know what to expect. Have signed up for Thousand Trails and am good 2-3 nights 'off the grid'. Honda Generator etc. But...the 'physical address' situation has us stumped. We do nearly everything on line and don't really need or want the US Mail but realize we need a physical address for license, ins. etc. Could be any where we don't care where. Don't want to 'borrow' an address from friends or family. Looks like So. Dakota is the easiest to obtain license but still need a physical address. Sure would appreciate your input on this. Keep up the good work, we plan on 'being out there' by summer.
    Dale

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 13, 2014 Reply

      Hey Dale, we have an address in Texas (because that's where we are from) so we don't have much experience with the whole establishing a residence thing. So we usually recommend people check out escapees because they help with that.

  • steve m

    April 13, 2014 Reply

    How does a young unemployed couple pay
    for a $180,000 RV ?

    • Jason Wynn

      April 13, 2014 Reply

      We are self-employeed and have been for years. We have an entire segment on our website about how to make money and travel if you haven't seen it: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/category/make-money-travel

  • tim moore

    April 9, 2014 Reply

    Jason i have subscribed to the gone with the Wynn, and the two Wynn inc channels, is there any more?
    BTW can't stop watching you two's videos
    thanks
    Tim

    • Jason Wynn

      April 10, 2014 Reply

      Tim,
      I am sorry, there is no more :( We barely have time to keep up with the website, YouTube and social media! We'll keep putting them out as fast as we can! Thanks for taking the time to say hello, we always love hearing people are learning and being entertained with our videos.

  • Jon

    April 6, 2014 Reply

    Hey Jason,

    I'm going to install the MaxxFan on our 2012 Vesta 32'.

    Which roof vent was used on your install on Windy or Roy?

    Thanks!!

    Jon

  • Rob

    April 2, 2014 Reply

    Saw your video on the composting toilet. Sounds good but where/how do you empty? I saw another video where they had to empty out in their garden (liquids and sludge). Doesn't sound like a clean and easy task.

    • Jason Wynn

      April 2, 2014 Reply

      This one is extremely easy to empty. We have a video coming soon so check back or subscribe to our newsletter.

      • JIm S.

        April 4, 2014 Reply

        I like the idea of a composting toilet. Did the factory install yours? Did you use the black tank area for additional fresh or gray water? Did you have "Roy" built special for you?
        So many questions so little time.

        • Jason Wynn

          April 4, 2014 Reply

          Hey Jim,
          You can find all our composting toilet info here: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/all-composting-toilet
          We have another composting toilet video coming out this weekend, and another the weekend after. Both will answer your two questions with more details than I can include in this little window :)
          #FleetwoodRoy was a test vehicle, so when he came to us he'd already been put through the ringer by the factory: www.gonewiththewynns.com/new-rv-adventure
          Hope this helps get you started.

  • Steve

    March 31, 2014 Reply

    I would like to know about your toad. I assume it is a manual trans. Anything you needed to do to make it towable without blowing up the transmission or other vital parts?

    • Jason Wynn

      March 31, 2014 Reply

      The Smart car is made for towing even though it's an automatic. Certain cars are ok to tow and others are not. You should check with the mfr before purchasing a tow car. If you subscribe to our newsletter we'll be posting several post on towing and tow cars over the next couple months.

      • JIm S.

        April 4, 2014 Reply

        Smart Cars are no longer towable. I believe that your year was one of the last wherein the manufacturer certified the vehicle for flat towing. For a list of flat tow vehicles you should visit MotorHome Magazine for their annual listing. However, you should always read the owners manual BEFORE you purchase a vehicle that you intend to use as a toad to avoid costly problems follow the instructions in the original owners manual. I pull a 2013 GMC Terrain with no problems. It's larger than the smart car but it will also hold 5 adults if necessary or with the rear seats down our two folding bicycles are easy to carry. It's not as economic as a smart car, averaging 28 MPG in mixed driving, but the utility is what we wanted.

        • Jason Wynn

          April 4, 2014 Reply

          There are lots of cars that are ok to tow! I too have heard the newer smart cars aren't towable...oh well just more reason to purchase a used one I guess! I believe the Honda Fit works as well which is just a little larger than our Smart but holds a lot more people/stuff.
          Thanks for sharing.

  • George

    March 29, 2014 Reply

    Hey I know you guys are busy and by the way I absolutely love your lifestyle it is inspiring to say the least. I noticed you have previously owned a 2009 30ft Damon Avanti and would like to see from such experienced rv'ers how that unit stacked up to everything you have owned so far? I am interested in a used avanti but hearing what you have to say would be huge thank-you so much. Have fun BTW this unit has the cummins but from what I have researched you could get it with either cummins or international diesel in case this might matter?

    • Jason Wynn

      March 31, 2014 Reply

      Hey George, please read the comments in this post, we shed a little light on our Avanti: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/buying-an-rv
      The International was offered for year one, then they redesigned the RV with a different chassis and engine.

  • elizabeth

    March 26, 2014 Reply

    Looks like great fun. Tried to subscribe and was told I would receive an email. I have not - yet.

    An earlier RV you looked at said you could run the washer/dryer while driving. Sounds like they were not completely honest or it was better than the new one. Other than only being able to use the washer/dryer when you are plugged in, how do you like it?

    I was also wondering about mpg and if Fleetwood has any sort of plan similar to the one we have on our present auto - which is basically prepaying for oil changes and getting a once yearly detail. You pay one fee up front and the service is good as long as you own the vehicle.

  • Ray

    March 23, 2014 Reply

    Just wondering what you're mileage is in the new rig?

    • Jason Wynn

      March 23, 2014 Reply

      Ray,
      We're working on a post to publish this week. Check back or subscribe to our email newsletter.

  • Travlincub

    March 22, 2014 Reply

    Didn't know you had a news letter.. Will the video for the washer and dryer be on youtube?

  • Travlincub

    March 21, 2014 Reply

    I know you seem to really enjoy Roy and I think its awesome how you guys have chased your dreams.I have followed you guys from the night I saw you on House Hunters.

    My curiosity...

    How does the combo washer/dryer unit work for you and house does it work if you are boon docking vs connected to shore power??

    Does a Full Size House Fridge drain the power any more than normal? (Propane RV Fridges scare me immensly as I have seen a number of fires and saftey issues related to them online)

    I am considering getting an RV in the next year (i've traveled the us by car twice now) and the key features for me are comfort.. I can live with very little, but a dishwasher (ive seen some rvs with the small ones), a normal fridge and a combo washer dryer are high on my list of needs and im curious how some of those things affect being able to wild camp or boon dock

    BTW I am amazed at the Cats.. they are incredible. They follow you on hikes and such I think from watching you're VIdeos

    Thanks, Travlincub

    • Jason Wynn

      March 22, 2014 Reply

      If you haven't subscribed to our newsletter please do, we will be launching a video and post very soon with details about our Washer-Dryer combo. In the meantime hope this helps:
      Washer-Dryer: Works great! You can't use it while wild camping as it uses too much water and power.
      Residential Fridge: It really sips power during normal use, but the compressor sucks a lot of juice as it prepares to turn on. I really think a minimum of 600 Amp Hours in your battery bank along with a few hundred watts of solar is a must.
      Dishwasher: Some of our friends have a single drawer dishwasher and they love it! Wish we had one but that means a larger RV.

  • Scott

    March 12, 2014 Reply

    My wife & I are also on our fourth motorhome . We've always bought low mileage 23' Class Cs and then drive them till the wheels fall off. In 23 years we've traveled 190K miles and it's been an affordable and nice way to see North America.

    You both seem thrifty and environmentally conscious but it appears that you are racking up a brutal amount of depreciation with a new 2009 30', a new 2010 32', and now a new 2014 33' It looked like you had the 2010 model set up with everything you liked and that she could deliver many more years of luxurious traveling.

    Can you help us understand how trading in for a new unit frequently fits with your lifestyle?

    • Nikki Wynn

      March 13, 2014 Reply

      Scott, I realize we post often so it can be hard to keep up with everything. We have not been racking up a brutal amount of depreciation (that would be terrible). Our 2009 Damon Avanti was a Lemon and we got our money back from Damon. Our Monaco Vesta was great and we loved it. We did not purchase and do not own the Fleetwood Excursion, its a test unit. https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/new-rv-adventure

    • Scott

      March 13, 2014 Reply

      That's fantastic that you were successful in getting your money back on a lemon and I'll bet lots of your readers would like to hear how you went about that and if your good outcome was due to your states lemon laws.

      I saw your article on leasing the the Excursion about 5 minutes after posting the first question and now wonder if leasing a unit like that is an option for the general public?
      Best, Scott

      • Nikki Wynn

        March 13, 2014 Reply

        Our special leasing agreement isn't something everyone can do. It's a (sort of) sponsorship (i hate using that word because we are still paying and they are not paying us) between fleetwood and us. So far, all is great and it has been a great partnership.
        As for getting money back on our Damon Avanit...well that would be a very long post to write, would cause questions we are not qualified to answer and I don't know if we want to open that can of worms. Maybe one day. What I can tell you is that Texas has your back when it comes to the lemon law and that was a time when we were very happy to be Texans! Damon was very understanding about the process and so it was all settled without going to court.

        • Scott

          March 13, 2014 Reply

          Maybe talking about lemon laws would be sticky for an RV blog--the Open Roads Forum strictly prohibits any mention of them
          http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15546046/print/true.cfm
          Perhaps a safer topic is what class of motorhome accounts for the bulk of lemons? I 've heard of varying degrees of headaches in class Bs, class Cs, class C pluses, and the Bluebird bus class but 100% of the nightmare motorhome from Hell stories that I've heard are about class As.
          We live in a town that manufactured some of the nicest class As that were ever built, but the workers reported that with offering several different models and changing models each year that the numbers of any particular unit built were so low that each one was essentially a prototype and didn't benefit from billions of miles driven in the way an E-450 or other mass produced chassis does.
          Has anyone out there heard of a bona fide lemon is one of the other MoHo classes?
          Best, Scott

          • Jason Wynn

            March 14, 2014

            I would guess the majority of issues are with class A motorhomes as the Mfrs are taking parts from many different companies (Allison, Cummins, Freightliner, etc) and piecing them together while trying to keep cost down. I've said it before: If a class A motorhome was built like your Lexus it'd be $3,000,000.00.
            I would venture to guess each class of RV has their problems, that is why it's best to go with a solid company using the highest quality parts for the budget you can afford. We have been very impressed with the quality and build of this Excursion. What's crazy is this unit we're in is a test model, so it's the first one off the line...usually that means tons of bugs and repairs to sort out. Thankfully the biggest issue we've had to deal with is the passenger seat swivel needing to be re-lubed!

  • Derek Wilkins

    March 3, 2014 Reply

    I've asked this before, but can't seem to find where you may have posted anything about this.

    With "Roy" the new RV, you have the washer/dryer combo. Are you able to use this while wild-camping? If so, does it drain the battery bank, or do you try using it only on sunny days for solar to quickly recharge?

    Thanks, Derek

  • Bernard

    March 1, 2014 Reply

    Hi Nikki and Jason, great fun to follow your travels! Just curious, how does the Google "Where are the Wynns" feature on your website works? Do you gave to enter your location daily manually or does it work off your GPS? Thx. Bernard

    • Nikki Wynn

      March 1, 2014 Reply

      It's all thanks to 4 square! every time we check in somewhere it drops the little pin. nifty isn't it!

  • Benny

    March 1, 2014 Reply

    Hey guys!!! Hope New Mexico treated you well!!! Question about SOLAR.....I was trying to do the math on savings.....In the Wendy you had a SOLAR set up that I am guessing cost around $6K (Just a guess)....If you figure a full timer spends $1200 a year on electricity.......it would start to pay for itself after 5 years or so.......Ten 2 years into Wendy....BAM enters ROY!!!! and you have to start all over again purchasing a new and larger SOLAR system.....Maybe I am looking at it from the wrong angle. If its all about living off the grid then I guess its great, but for it to pay for itself it has to be for a long duration I guess.

    Keep the trip reports coming!!!! Love the videos too!!!

    Benny

    • Nikki Wynn

      March 1, 2014 Reply

      For us, we couldn't boondock very long without solar (and we don't want to run a generator 2-4 hrs a day). Our setup on windy was the 4k solar extreme kit from Go Power. When you consider that most campgrounds/RV Parks cost $35+ a night or 500+ a month... that cost adds up quickly. We could have taken our solar set up off of Windy and transferred it to Roy but we really wanted to test out the new Flex panels (and Go Power is our Solar sponsor). Every avid boondocker I know loves their solar and wouldn't hesitate to do it again (technomadia, wheeling it, rv geeks). When we switch to a sail boat in the next year or so, solar will be one of the first things we do.

  • Tim Lavigne

    March 1, 2014 Reply

    Just found you guys and am planning on doing the same thing in a couple years. Sell everything and roam!

    Since I am totally a newbie to the whole thing I really enjoy your stories and am learning alot.

    Thanks,

  • steven

    February 27, 2014 Reply

    Terrific episode with Roy. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  • Leanne Griffin

    February 22, 2014 Reply

    This is fantastic. You really have thought everything through & are a great resource for those of us with travel-envy. But I have to ask - So where is the cat box?

    • Nikki Wynn

      February 23, 2014 Reply

      In the vesta we kept it under the dinette. In roy we keep it up front on the floor by the passengers feet. That way its only seen while driving and out of sight and out of the way while parked.

  • Eric Burgess

    February 18, 2014 Reply

    Both of your bangs (your hair parting from left to right) is very distracting in this video. :D

    Looks like fun though!

  • NickG

    February 11, 2014 Reply

    I really like hearing all your travels and updates on the RV parks and destinations. Really looking forward to hitting the road in about a year, maybe sooner. In all your travels and meting other campers and hearing their stories are you sold on Moterhomes vs 5th wheels? It seams like you like yours obviously but what have you heard from others?

    • Nikki Wynn

      February 12, 2014 Reply

      When it comes to choosing the right RV, it's all about how you plan to use it. Each person travels a little differently and so while a class A motorhome works perfectly for us, a family of 6 may prefer a 5th wheel, while a weekend warrior couple may want a small trailer or class B. We have a post with a little more detail here: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/buying-an-rv Hope that helps!

  • Jim G

    February 3, 2014 Reply

    Good morning! We have followed you and enjoy your blog. I do have a question, if you don't mind. We are thinking of following in your footsteps and doing this full-time. We are not interested in staying in many RV parks and have heard that many national parks do not allow RVs over 28 feet long and since these parks are important to us we were going to go full-time in a 27 or 28 foot RV, recognizing the limitations in space and storage.
    Did you find the 32/33 foot motorhome was problematic? Would you have chosen a smaller one if you had to do it all over? Thank you so much for your time.
    All The Best!
    Warm Regards,
    Jim

    • Jason Wynn

      February 3, 2014 Reply

      Jim,
      There are limitations at some State Parks and National Parks, but don't select a smaller RV based exclusively on this one factor. In the 4 years of RVing we have only been in one 'tight' spot in a National Park: Crater Lake NP says it can accommodate up to 40 feet but the roads are super narrow and a little too close for comfort even in 32 feet!
      In the rare occasion we are hit with a length limit there is typically another state park a few miles down the road that can accommodate.
      If you'd like to wild camp as we do then smaller is better, but we have a few friends who boondock with their 38' rig. Now if you want to get to the difficult to reach places, or go deep into the forest then a smaller RV like an Outside Van, Sportsmobile or GTRV with 4WD should be in your research.
      I guess the short answer is: If we did it all again we'd still purchase a 30-33' RV.
      Hope this helps.

      • Tj

        February 25, 2014 Reply

        Hi Jason.

        Could you tell us what brand of portable water "cleaner" Nikki used in one of the first videos? I would be interested in purchasing one.

        Thanks!

        Tj

        • Jason Wynn

          February 25, 2014 Reply

          Hey TJ,
          We use a water softener and a distiller, check out this page if you want to know the brands and get the Amazon Links: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/roy-the-rv

  • Gary Burk

    February 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Jason,
    Have not seen or heard much about your experiences with Roy. Just curious how you like your new RV compared to Windy.
    Take care,
    Gary

    • Jason Wynn

      February 3, 2014 Reply

      Gary,
      Roy has been Great! We haven't been talking too much about our new home on wheels as we're still figuring out the good, bad, and in-between. To be perfectly honest we likely won't do a review of the Excursion till later in the year, that way we can share real-life experience.
      To give you a little preview here's my thoughts on Roy at this exact moment:
      Bad - Black leather is always dirty with our cats; The exterior isn't as sexy as our Windy, The battery setup is way too difficult to access for maintaining the batteries.
      In Between - Its silly but it hurts to fill up the 90 gallon tank (our vesta only had 50). I like the hydraulic jacks but miss the air leveling of our Vesta.
      Good - Love the loft bed, Love the Washer/Dryer combo, love the slide in the bedroom, the entry door is so much nicer, the cat window is perfect (you can see how much the cats love it in our https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/winterize-rv )

      I'm sure there's a million other little things but I'll have to really get a list together. Overall we're 100% happy with Roy and we feel good about recommending the Excursion to anoyone looking for a small class A.

  • Keith

    January 29, 2014 Reply

    Love the "Roy" , but missed the update where you went from planning to downsize (showing us your top 3 choices under 30ft) to the upsized "Roy" .....what happened?

    • Nikki Wynn

      January 29, 2014 Reply

      Wow, you really did miss a lot! We couldn't find anything under 30ft that we thought would really work for us full time and have room for all of our work equipment. So we had decided to keep Windy until this came along.... https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/new-rv-adventure and just in case you never read this one on why we were leaving Windy: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/windy-for-sale

    • db

      February 16, 2014 Reply

      I thought the same thing!

  • Kathy Parker

    January 26, 2014 Reply

    Lol LOVE this new rig... but pleeeeese... where are the cat pans??? I want to take my cat and can't figure out where to put them. :P

  • Lisa Wood

    January 21, 2014 Reply

    I love your new RV, its new name, and Roy the Grandad is so cool - Love how he taught his grandson!!!
    Its good to see your new home on wheels, looking forward to following your 2014 adventures :)

  • stephion

    January 20, 2014 Reply

    Okay Jason, here is a topic I make pretty good money but my credit sucks and I want a nice RV, but i may have to just buy an outdated RV that sucks...any blogs or topics or places that offer buy here pay here for Class A RV's or is there a way to buy or lease a new RV with poor credit ...i search your site but could not find the answer...please help I want an RV now and can not wait to buy my 34-36ft RV...please help

    • Jason Wynn

      January 21, 2014 Reply

      Stephion,
      Loans on RV's are a pain in the butt, especially if you have poor credit. Many people end up having to purchase their RV's outright and skip the entire loan process. The best thing you can do is visit a dealership that has a large used stock of RV's and just browse to see if any of them suit your needs. Technology has changed a lot in the RV industry over the past 5-10 years, so don't expect a 2005 RV to have the same look as a 2010 RV.
      That said you should be able to find a used RV that's 2 years old for 1/2 the MSRP of new. Good luck, it's not an easy process but once you're out here on the road it's totally worth it.

  • Alex

    January 19, 2014 Reply

    on winter camping especially at ski resorts, we find its really difficult to find parking for dry camping while there, Whistler for instance has so many rules on parking, we end up camping at Riverside resort, which is absolutely great, but we want to be free and also not have to pay.

    It would be great if you had a link to all the places you can stay free for ski season. Crystal mountain for instance was great, even on their website they had where and what to do if arriving in an RV. Silverstar in the okanagan of BC was fantastic, staff were great. Big White near Kelowna, not really nice to rv people, snow plow guy almost ruined the side of our rv with pushing snow directly against our rv. very unfriendly.

  • Jenna

    January 11, 2014 Reply

    How wonderful to name your RV after your Grand Pa,
    Like you guys even more...
    Love your new home on wheels...
    Video was so cool...you have encouraged a whole new generation to get out there and roam...

  • Julie Bennett

    January 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for another great video Jason and Nikki! Looks like a great floorplan for living - how about working? You don't have a dedicated desk like you did for Nikki in Windy. Do you both work from the dinette and how is that working out? Or do you have a portable table to work from, say from the captain's chair or outside? Working with good ergonomics is high priority for us. Will be interested to hear how you like the rear engine diesel on Roy, especially in the Colorado mountains! We test drove a Fleetwood Excursion last month in CO and loved it, drove great up those mountains! Exhaust brake was super cool... will check out some more options at Denver RV show tomorrow.

  • Cassandra Lawson

    January 10, 2014 Reply

    Wow! Roy is awesome. My brain is on the verge of exploding with all of our RV research. Reading your blog and watching your videos is helping to make it a little more fun. There is no RV dealers here in Okinawa so I am forced to use the internet for all of my information. That might be good because we can't make a impulse purchase. We have a lot of time to consider our wants and must haves in a RV.
    We are buy our RV in June and we will be starting out in Southern California. We are going to head east toward Texas around July for a few months. I know we will make it back to California before it gets to cold. We have big plans ahead and I just can't wait. Thanks for sharing your journey. It is nice to know that me and my hubby are not the only wild, adventurous, and slightly crazy couple with the need to roam.

    Cassandra

    • Jason Wynn

      January 10, 2014 Reply

      Cassandra,
      Are you sure you want to visit TX in the Summer? I'd call you "crazy" for doing that, not buying an RV! HA HA. If you need any advice on an RV model don't hesitate to ask. Hope we can see you on the road soon.

    • stephion

      January 17, 2014 Reply

      Good for you guys, I am going to start my on the road tour soon as well I wish you the best of luck...

      • Nikki Wynn

        January 18, 2014 Reply

        Thanks Stephion, hope to see you on the road!

  • Henry

    January 9, 2014 Reply

    Loved the tour. Your new home looks wonderful and should be a lot of fun. The video with Roy is priceless. Thanks for sharing your grandpa with us.

  • Mike Laudenslager

    January 8, 2014 Reply

    I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on a rear diesel compared to the front end diesel in Windy! The first time I saw a Vesta was the first year they were made whilst driving around Palm Spring CA. Very futuristic for it's time, but I was always curious about engine noise compared to the rear diesel. Safe travels. Look forward to hearing about em!

  • Mary. Van

    January 7, 2014 Reply

    This brought tears to my eyes-but only for a minute. I am touched that you named the RV after grandpa! He is a character and I love him for always putting it all out there. I guess you know it runs in the family.

    Our next generation doing what they love and earning their way. I know you and Nikki will inspire many to follow their hearts and their dreams!

    Love you both!

  • Denis

    January 7, 2014 Reply

    Hi Wynn's,

    Thank you for sharing your modifications, experiences and learnings in such an engaging fashion. Though I will not be "full-timing" anytime soon I hope to use some of your ideas in the near future. My plans in the next year or two are to do some extended "part-time" RVing and work from the road running my consulting/service company.

  • Greg (& Margie)

    January 7, 2014 Reply

    Best part of the video is the end part with Grandpa Roy! Cause that's what really matters! Good luck with the new RV. Hope to meet you on the road someday as we're going full time this year.

  • Roy

    January 7, 2014 Reply

    Hello Wynns Enjoyed seeing you. You got this all backwards " I should be in the motor home and you should be working 15 hours per week". The motor home is slick enough to drive it down town main street, turn up the music and have a dance contest. Love You and very proud of you "living your dream".
    It takes a lot of guts doing what yall are doing. I always followed my dreams and both Cidy and your Mom followed their dreams.

    • Jason Wynn

      January 7, 2014 Reply

      Well Grandpa, since the RV is named after you I'd say you're welcome to join us anytime! We love you and hope to see you again soon. Happy New Year!

  • Jim Brown

    January 7, 2014 Reply

    Between your site, Wheeling It and many others, we're narrowing down what we want in an RV. I like your new setup! It's very close to what I'm looking at with the wifi and cell signal boosters. Also noted how clean the installation looked from the video! Very nice.

    And that brings me to my questions - and feel free to decline if you're not comfortable:

    Did Fleetwood, as your sponsor, provide the modifications to the RV you wanted, such as the pure sine inverter, wifi and cell boosters or did you have to pay out of pocket? If at your cost, how expensive is that, price range, to get done?

    The only reason I ask is for planning purposes on my part, not to be intrusive. Very few used RV's I've looked at have these option already installed and I'm curious about out of pocket expenses above and beyond to get the RV "just right" before hitting the road.

    So that's it. Hope you're staying in the area until the nation-wide freeze over breaks. Temps at my mom's house in Colorado are a bone-chilling 24 degrees. Not much better here though... Brrrrr...

    Safe Travels!

    • Jason Wynn

      January 7, 2014 Reply

      Fleetwood did install the WiFi Ranger Sky and the Wilson antenna + amp for us so I cannot tell you an exact cost. I can tell you the install for both only took a few hours, so based on the standard RV service rate of $125/hr I can assume an install for both would cost around $300.
      Both devices are a must if you need to be connected on the road, especially if you plan to do a lot of Wild Camping. Make sure you read over our "Connected" post, continuously update this page as technology changes: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/mobile-internet
      Pure Sine Inverter, this is cool - Because Fleetwood uses Sony TV's in the RV, Sony forces Fleetwood to use a pure sine wave inverter. Now that's a major statement about Pure Vs. Modified Sine wave! So the 2000 watt PSW inverter is standard. If you haven't seen our PSW vs MSW article check it out here: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/rv-inverter-pure-sine
      Hope this helps!

      • Jim

        January 7, 2014 Reply

        Thanks for your reply, Jason. The PSW inverter is on the list of must-hav's. Thanks for the detailed reply.

  • Page

    January 7, 2014 Reply

    I love that the cats are enjoying it too!

  • Aj and Beth

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Sweet new ride! Love checking out all the new stuff inside. I hope y'all do a few videos on all the cool new tech gadgets you installed. Very nice....
    "Roy" fits your new home perfectly. He also seems like really wonderful person, too. Lol!
    Look forward to seeing your future posts soon.

    P.S. Glad your both feeling better after your illness.

    • Jason Wynn

      January 7, 2014 Reply

      We have so many videos planned it hurts to think about it all :) It's going to be a busy 2014!

  • Glenda White

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Loved the tour of the RV, especially with the cats.

  • Jeff & Deb

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    The "Ironman Can" looks forward to seeing Roy Wynn rolling down the road.

    Any chance ROY will be close to Tampa next week, New Orleans in April, RAGBRAI in July or the Grand Canyon Oct 18 or Ironman AZ Nov 16?

  • Martha

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Awesome grandpa!!! Trying look good for the "perty gals". LOL! Great RV. Enjoy. Hopefully one day I an do the same. :)

  • Jenn - Newschool Nomads

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Grandpa Roy looks like fun and I love Cleo just chilling on the counter.

    • Jason Wynn

      January 7, 2014 Reply

      yea Cleo was the show stealer this time around...thing is she was just waiting for me to turn on the faucet so she could drink like a queen! Ha.

  • paulvan

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Be sure you take RV Roy to a casino and a horse race or two

  • JIm

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Very cool! Glad to see ya'll got moved in and settled. Personally, I'll be very interested in learning about how you like the techie mods done over this next year, especially while boondocking.

    Ok, I lied. I'll be interested in all. From how the washer/dryer combo performs to build quality and performance.

    Your RV is right in the size range we're looking at, if it only had a king bed! I"m 6'6" so anytime I can sleep without being curled up in a ball or (worse) pushing my wife out of bed is a bonus. :) I need to shrink...

    Looking forward to the next post, and safe travels to my home state!

  • Churchie

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    " Sweet " covers it all Thanks for sharing

  • Rick

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Roy - good name!

    Ironically I was at an RV dealer on Saturday who had both a 2011 Monaco Vesta 32PBS and a new Fleetwood Excursion 33D in stock, so I had the chance to compare them side-by-side. While the outside dimensions are similar I was surprised how much larger the Excursion's bedroom slide made it feel. But I guess I am really interested in how both of you find Roy over Windy - in terms of build quality, floor plan, features, color scheme, fuel economy, ride, engine power, etc.. Details - we need details!

    I know you shopped long & had before deciding on Windy - and from all my comparison shopping I think you made the best choice. Just interested to see how another brand compares, 3 model years newer.

    Good luck with Roy!

  • Alan Prochoroff

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Great idea to name your RV after a relative. We did the same thing. I named my car Agnes, honoring my mother-in-law who died just after I bought it. Our new-to-us RV is The Darlin' Dot II -- honoring my mother and named after the World War II airplane my father named after her. So good for you! Maybe you should put a picture of Roy on the door.

  • Brenda

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Love the name "Roy." Love the "original Roy," too! He's a hoot!

  • John

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    You should have timed your visit to Colorado to exhibit at the big RV show in Denver this week. It would have been a wonderful open house.

  • RVgeeks

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Go Roys! (both your grandfather and your RV)! Love them both. :)

  • Gayle Cooper

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Being the generation that I am, when I heard "Roy," I thought Roy Rogers. And that works, too!

    Happy Trails to you, until we meet again!

    And being the generation that I am, RV Roy is swanky and golly, really swell!

    Happy New Year!

    • Jason Wynn

      January 6, 2014 Reply

      Ha Ha, thanks Gail! I like your generational spin!

  • sue

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Wow ! you guys sure do travel in style !! Roy , after Grandpa Roy is great !

  • Ken Barney

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Cool ride
    now what motor, Trany, Generator, MPG? did you go with heat pumps? and there still is that invite for a snowmobile ride if your interested.

  • Cassie

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Love the name, and the connection to it! And, I also think you have given "Roy" a warm and inviting "touch of Wynn" already. Enjoy your new home! Happy Travels!

  • cindy

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    ROY Well named!!!! And with that name... I'm sure you will get the good mileage!!!!! Enjoyed seeing you both at Christmas!

  • Randy McCoy

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Everything looks sweet. Thanks again for sharing your info and adventures. Currently still a dreamer and tied to sticks and bricks. As always-Safe Travels in 2014. Looking forward to our RV Show at IX Center in Cleveland, Ohio this week, helping work a booth at Pier-Lon Campground and also plan on exploring all the new units on display. Wouldn't mind trading ours in for a new model as well.

  • Jennifer

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    You are so talented - you can drive an RV...spit...pee in a pool...curse! You make us so proud!

  • Tim Fitch

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    Great article! I'm really interested in how the Fleetwood performs. I remember you switched out the mattress in Windy, how does this one compare?
    Tim

  • Jill

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    I love Grandpa Roy, glad you named your RV after him!

  • Brandon

    January 6, 2014 Reply

    So cool guys! I like the new RV...but have to say...I really did like you're old one.

    • Jason Wynn

      January 7, 2014 Reply

      Windy will always hold a special place in our heart, she is by far the sexiest RV on the block. Excited about some of the new features on Roy, and of course it's always fun to try out new things!

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