Top 5 RV Must-Haves … My List

It's the one thing we always have a back up container of!

It’s the one thing we always have a back up container of!

I read a post the other day on Facebook asking group members to list what their favorite must-have items for the RV are. I guess the longer you’re on the road the quicker your list of must-haves might be. We’ve only been on the road for a few years, so I suppose our list might be shorter than most. Or, perhaps we’re just learning that less is more. 😉

I think if you asked the hubby he would give you a slightly different list. Probably having to do with more technical things. But for now, here’s my list.

#5 The Crockpot – For our first 3 years on the road we didn’t have a working oven. So, using the crockpot was a must. I have to tell you though, I still use it more often than our convection oven for chicken breasts and pork tenderloin.

*By the way, if you’re going to use the crockpot grab some Slow Cooker Liners.
They make clean-up a breeze!*

#4 The Treager Smoker – This is a must for us because we use it for not only smoking but for grilling and even baking sometimes as well. The electronic temperature control works great and being able to get rid of the gas grill saves us some much-needed storage space.

#3 The Heated Hose – Although we do our best to stay out of areas where we need to worry about frozen water lines, every once in a while it’s inevitable. We’ve never had a problem while using this type of heated hose.

#2 Strongback Chairs – These chairs were a total surprise. We have a couple of zero gravity chairs as well. But the Strongbacks are super comfy and transportable. The carrying bag makes them easy to grab and take with you for an impromptu sunset with cocktails on the beach or to bring over to the community campfire in the park.

#1 Happy Camper Organic Black Tank Treatment – Hands down this is the BEST holding tank additive we have found! We’ve been using it for over a year and a half now and since starting we have never had any funky smells coming up from the bowl or coming from the sewer hose when we dump. Seeing as I’m usually the one doing the black tank dumping and rinsing this is a big deal for me! LoL Seriously, if you haven’t used this stuff yet give it a try. As you can see in the pic above, it is the one thing I always make sure we never run out of! LoL Simply said … It works!

What are your top five RV Must-Haves?

~Cheers~

Working Out on the Road Just Got Easier

Finally, no more dealing with old school DVDs for workouts anymore!

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Hi Guys!

I have a bit of a cross-post here today. I don’t usually do this between blogs but this is BIG news and I have to share! As some of you know, I’ve been developing a passion for health and fitness over the past few months. Yes, everything is still going strong with the new lifestyle. As a matter of fact, things just got a little easier … from technological and storage standpoints anyway. 😉

Beachbody fitness just went digital this week and I am totally psyched about that! No more worrying about scratched and skipping DVDs, or worse yet trying to find a place to store them!

Check out my post on Fit By 50 with Wendy today for all the details. Seriously, for only $2.99 per week finding a better deal would be tough.

Click >>>HERE<<< to go to Fit By 50 with Wendy (shown below)

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That’s all for now. If you have any questions about the Beachbody Club Membership feel free to contact me anytime. 🙂

CLICK. STREAM. SWEAT.

~Cheers~

Proper Tire Size and Rating – Have you checked yours lately?

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Hi Gang,

Just a quick post today to remind you about the importance of having the proper tires on your rig and tow vehicle. When we purchased our new HOW last month we made sure to have the dealership replace all five (the spare as well) with new top rated tires.

Because we wanted to make sure they were a good quality and load appropriate, we ordered them and had them sent to the dealership for installation at our cost. Unfortunately, sometimes the dealers will try to get away with a lessor quality product and obviously that’s not an option for us as we’re traveling full-time.

I bring this up today because with springtime right around the corner (here’s hoping!) many of you might be getting anxious to get those extra wheels rolling. While some of us might be old hands at making sure all is well with the rubber beneath our precious rigs, some might need a little guidance.

Here’s a >>>link<<< for a nice little article about selecting the proper tire size and rating from Kevin at Big Brand Tire Service. Just so you know, I’m not affiliated with this company, or Kevin, but when I received an email from him directing me to his site I thought it might be a good reminder for us all.

The last thing anyone wants is to have to deal with a blow out on the side of the road in East Bumsquat or worse yet in Friday rush hour traffic outside Atlanta. (Yep, been there, done that!)

As much as we all do what we can to avoid being stuck on the side of the road, it’s important to make sure we have the proper safety equipment with us just in case it happens. These are a few of the items we keep on hand easily accessible by both of us in the cab of the truck.

Guess that’s all for now folks. I hope springtime really is just around the corner and you folks getting hammered with snow and ice can get your rigs out on the open road soon!

~Cheers~

Welcome to our new House on Wheels!

Well, it’s taken me almost a week to get settled enough to put a quick post together to welcome everyone to our new (to us) House on Wheels … But here she is! 🙂

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Bringing home our new HOW 1.10.15 (Washington)

Now, you would think that bumping up in size from the 26′ TT to a 38′ 5th Wheel would have been a piece of cake to get organized and find a place for everything. Not so much. I am making progress, but I still feel like I need to make some changes and additions to really make the most of the storage we have now. It’s probably just because everything is so spaced out. LoL

Here’s the quick nickel tour …

The kitchen – lots of counter space and cabinets. But the best part is the Sharpe Micro/Convection oven!! It’s been three years since I had on oven!! Woohoo! 🙂

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The living room – The recliners are actually very comfortable and there’s plenty of floor space to get our workouts done! 🙂

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The steps leading to bed and bath – It seems strange to have stairs in our home again.

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Shower – Much bigger than we’re used to and no cold shower curtain rubbing up against us! Even better than the extra elbow room, I don’t have to squat down at all to wash/rinse my hair!! LoL 🙂

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Separate Lav – Believe it or not, we had a hard time finding a separate lav with a basin in the room. I don’t really get that set up at all, but it’s quite common. Thankfully, this unit has a sink!

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Laundry room – This was sort of unexpected and not an item on our must have list. But now that we have them I’m glad they’re here.

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And finally, the bedroom – Look, there’s room on all three sides of the bed! I have to admit, it took me a minute to remember how to use lingerie draws again. LoL But, the built-ins are awesome. 🙂

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20150113_142627I wasn’t too sure about having a vanity and sink in the bedroom. But it actually works out great. It makes getting ready at the same time much easier. 🙂

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We are absolutely in love with our new home. Going from a 26′ travel trailer to this is obviously a big improvement. But honestly, we were so happy together in the little HOW it wasn’t as uncomfortable as some might think. Sure, it was a little cramped at times, but it was an awesome “bonding experience”. 😉 Hey, we didn’t kill each other in less than 100 square feet, so we should be good for the long haul in this one now! LoL 😉

Here’s one more look at the old HOW … thanks for the memories little one!

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The slide was in when I took these pics. It isn’t quite that cramped inside!

One week from today it will be three years to the day since we left Connecticut with everything we wanted to take with us stuffed into the F150. (A look back on that day)

January 26, 2012 Leaving CT

January 26, 2012 Leaving CT

It seems hard to believe we’ve come so far in such a short time. We’ve made a lot of sacrifices along the way. Traveling thousands of miles with short lead times for projects, working crazy long days for weeks at a time, limiting our trips to see family to once a year, and going without many of the things we were accustomed to having in our sticks & bricks lifestyle, just to name a few.

While the sacrifices have been many, the truth is the experience has brought us closer together than I ever thought possible. Through the good times and scary times (Yes, there were a few – living in a tent and eating PB&J comes to mind. lol) we’ve conquered every challenge and weathered every storm. I am so proud of the man I chose to be my partner in this incredible adventure of life! He truly is the captain that leads our little team to victory day in and day out. I love you Babe!!

Naturally we will still face obstacles as we continue to live our nomadic lifestyle. But we are so excited to be facing them together with an even stronger foundation to build upon as we move forward. 🙂

A toast to the future and the many happy miles and memories we have ahead!!

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~Cheers~

 

Americas Mailbox – A 5 Star Review

5 Star Review Americas Mailbox

5 Star Review Americas Mailbox

I hope everyone had a relaxing and peaceful holiday. We’ve been a bit busy as of late with the purchase of the truck and we’re still in the market for our next rig. We’ve got it narrowed down to a couple we like, but for now I’m going to keep our list under wraps. 😉

However, I do want to share a recent experience that I’m sure may be useful for any new full-timers or anyone considering mail forwarding options.

Back in August, Joe and I finally made the move to official full-time status by making the great state of South Dakota our home. After researching our options, we decided on Americas Mailbox in Box Elder as our home away from home residency and we could not be happier with our choice!

From our very first encounter with these folks we have been consistently thrilled with the level of customer service and attention to detail we have received. Whether it was our last-minute call for a site in their RV park, providing us with details on what to expect when we changed our licenses, or the spot-on mail forwarding service since August, the level of service and follow through has been top-notch.

In addition to the services mentioned above, Americas Mailbox also handled our new registration for the truck and transfer registration for our current rig. From the first contact to inquire about the process to receiving our new plates each and every communication was returned almost immediately. The registration for both vehicles was amazingly fast, taking less than a week even during the busy holiday season! Honesty, I can’t say enough about this group of professionals … in short – THEY ROCK! 😀

In a day and age when personal customer service, honesty and truth in advertising seems to be growing extinct, it’s important to point out when we do find a prince among thieves. If you’re in the market for a mail forwarding company that will make you feel like a part of the family (in a good way lol  😉 ) I highly recommend giving Americas Mailbox a call today.

Americas Mailbox handles – Mail Forwarding, Mail Receiving, South Dakota Residency, South Dakota Vehicle Registrations, information about insurance questions. They are located at 514 Americas Way, Box Elder, SD 57719  Telephone (866)747-3700 or by clicking  >>>>HERE<<<<.

That’s all for now. Safe travels everyone!

~Cheers~