Sunday, July 11, 2021

RVing with a Dog

Our dog, Abby, is 14 years old.  In the two years we have been RVing, she has adapted well.  This post is about her and caring for her while on the road.





Abby is a springer spaniel and even for a senior dog she is still very energetic.  We walk her twice a day and manage her weight.  Every summer while at our summer home base (my mother-in-law's driveway), Abby get’s her annual checkup and all caught-up on her shots.  We also get her prescription refilled for heartworm, flea and tick prevention.


Every six weeks we groom her and have her nails trimmed.  In the two years RV living, we have not found it an issue finding a groomer for her nails.  PetSmarts are almost everywhere and a lot of vets will do walk-in nail clipping.


We have a monitoring system to keep watch of her while we are out shopping or sightseeing.  We contain her in the main living area to prevent her from jumping on the bed which I feel is too high for her.  Turn the TV on to block out the outside noise and close the blinds, to prevent her from barking at our neighbors. We have two baby monitor cameras that we have hooked up to the WIFI that we can access while we are out to monitor her.  We also have a temperature monitor system that is also hooked up to the WIFI that we can check while out. It will also alert us on our phones if the temp gets too high or too low.





This past two years, we had to take Abby to an emergency vet twice this year.  Early this year, she gave us a scare.  We had to keep her overnight at the West Palm Beach Emergency Vet, because she had old dog vertigo.  After the stay and medication, in just a few days, she recovered.  Then in June, we had to take her to the vet because she had a UTI.  Again after a few days and medication, she was healed.





She is a good travel companion and she loves spending all her time with us.  We love spending all our time with her and look forward to traveling with her for many years to come.


Thank you and God bless.


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Ads on our Blog

You probably noticed that we have ads on our blog now (unless your ad blocker is blocking them), we signed up for Adsense with Google.  So if you like any ad that appears on our blog, please feel free to click on it.  By doing so, we get a little fee for the ads you click.

Thank you for your support and God bless.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

“Follow By Email” will be Removed



We have been notified by Google Blogger that on July 1st, they are getting rid of the “Follow By Email” widget that we have on our blog.  



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Thank you and God bless.

Please check out our New Page "Ways 2 Save"


Check out our new Page "Ways 2 Save" in the tabs to the right. These are the programs we use for discounts on camping fees and fuel costs. 



Thanks for checking it out.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Changing our Window Valances

Below are all the steps, tools and tips to change the valances in our 2017 Grand Design Reflection 315RLTS Travel Trailer.



Tools needed: screw driver, small crowbar, sharp scissors, staple gun and plenty of staples, black permanent marker, and material

Step 1. Remove the valances from the wall



Step 2. Separate the valances



Step 3. Measure and cut material



Step 4. Staple material



Step 5. Mark where the holes for the bracket are


Step 6. Rehang



Tip 1: This is a 2 person job, one person to unscrew and one to hold it as it will fall once unscrewed.  That was a lesson learned as we broke our lamp shades when the back one fell.

Tip 2: We used curtains I purchased from Walmart.  We had enough material after un-hemming.

Tip 3:  We stapled on top at each side to hold material in place after folding.  If you can wrap a present you can fold a corner and staple.

Tip 4: You might have to move the wall brackets down and might need to cut them to fit.  We only had to do that on 2 windows.

Material we used (curtains from Walmart): https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Southport-Damask-Print-Light-Filtering-Rod-Pocket-Curtain-Panel-Pair-Set-of-2-Blue-40-x-84/552045071

I love it!  By removing the bottom half of the two piece valances we added about 1 ½ inches to our window view, plus we removed a little weight.



What do you think?  If you have any questions, please put them in the comments below.

Thank you and God bless.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Our Story

After a year and half of full-time RVing, we still get the question why?  Or are you tired and ready to live in a house?  Why do you live in a camper?  And so on and so on.

Well let me tell you our story on why we decided to live full-time in our RV and travel… In June of 2016, Mike’s Dad moved from Buffalo, NY to Montana (their home state) and in October of that year he passed away suddenly of a torn aorta at the age of 67.  The odd thing is that before moving “Papa Ray” (Mike’s Dad) would tell us that he didn’t want to die in New York, almost like he knew.  This made us think how short life is and you don’t know how much time you have.

"Moma" Yvonne & "Papa" Ray


In August of 2017 we purchased our first RV, a Grand Design 2600RB Imagine.  We have always been campers, but tent campers or overnights on our 1989 Bayliner Trophy cuddy boat, but never RV people.  Mike use to say (jokingly) why bother camping, RVing is taking your home with us.  And he is right.  “Papa Ray” and “Momma Yvonne” (Mike’s step-mom) had tent camped, then got a pop-up, then a hybrid and finally an RV, so we saw their transformation into the RV community so we went straight for an RV.



Summer of 2018 we took our Imagine from Buffalo to Montana for a two week vacation and this was another eye opening experience that showed us how nice it is to sleep in your clean comfy bed every night while traveling, a kitchen to make meals and save money, etc.

January 2019 we traded in our Imagine for a 2017 Grand Design Reflection 315rlts, since it had more room, storage and capacity for a washer and dryer for full time living.  Our plan was to go full-time in 2021, until my Dad had some heart issues due to his COPD in March of 2019 and Mike’s Mom, Mary, was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2019.  We believe these were the final nudges from God to move up our timeline and go full time in 2019.  Mike flew out to Montana to visit his mom and step-dad at the end of June and when he returned in mid-July we were full steam ahead to get the house, the boat, the cars and the rest of our belongings sold.

By the end of September 2019 everything was gone and we were off, first stop Montana to visit with Mike’s family before heading south for the winter and to visit my parents in Florida.

That was the start of why, now the question we get is… Are you tired of full-time rving?  Or are you ready to live in a house and “settle down”?  Umm… No.  Mike’s philosophy is never say never or forever; so we can’t say we’ll do this forever but at this time we don’t see a change in our lifestyle in the near future, if it is up to us.  As our savings dwindles, we are currently looking for remote work that we can do on the road as we travel.  But if we have to be stationary for six months, that might be an option.  We just want the flexibility to be able to travel to care for our family across the country.  If you know of an opportunity, please let us know in the comments below or email us.

My niece, Samantha, asked me “why I live in a camper?”  I replied, “So I can see you and your family, grandma and grandpa and all of Uncle Mike’s family every year sometimes a few times a year.  Plus I like my camper, don’t you?  Wouldn’t you like to live in it if you were me?”  She said, “Yep.”

I hope this helps explain our why and our story.  Thank you and God bless.

In memory of “Moma Yvonne”, who passed away from cancer on Thursday; we will miss you.



Monday, April 26, 2021

When It’s Cold Outside

Here are a few ideas to stay warm while camping in the cold… 

·         Skirt your camper

 



·         Fill your fresh water tank
·         Tape AC vents

 



·         Reflectix in the windows, skylights and MaxxAir fans
·         We have 50 AMPS so we can run the fireplace and a space heater
            along with the furnace
·         Electric blanket to warm up the bed
·         Flannel sheets with thick blankets
·         Blankets for sitting on the couch
     ·         Layer your clothing

How do you stay warm in the cold weather while camping, if you can’t travel to warm weather?

Thank you and God bless.