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If you’re committed to taking that leap of faith to go full-time RVing, we encourage you to stop by Living the RV Life, a helpful resource founded by Bobby and Sue Brown.

Bobby and Sue
Living the RV Life

Bobby and Sue are taking careful, measured steps to hit the road soon and they’re sharing all of them with the world via short, succinct blog posts and regular podcasts which you can subscribe to on iTunes here.

“We started a podcast to share our research, struggles, and triumphs with others that might benefit from hearing others work through achieving their dreams,” they explain.

Jim and I were flattered when Bobby and Sue asked us to be their special guests for the September 25th podcast. During the show they asked us questions we hadn’t considered for a while, such as:

  • What were some challenges you faced when preparing to go full time and how did you overcome them?
  • What are some things you miss while out on the road?

If you want to hear the hour-long show, grab a tasty beverage, sit back and learn about the steps we took to hit the road, what life is like for us now and why we love this full-time roadtripping lifestyle too much to stop now!

Listen to us on Living the RV Life here!


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As our Wyatt Ray lounges about recovering from his gastropexy surgery, I’m reminded of how lucky we are to be nomadic RVers.

That’s because finding excellent veterinary care is one of the biggest advantages of our mobile lifestyle.

The same holds true for human doctors too, but for now I’d like to share one of the best tips we have for making sure your pets get great care on the road while full-time RVing.

Veterinary Teaching Hospitals

When Wyatt needs any kind of procedure or has a medical emergency, the first place we’ll point the rig is a veterinary school teaching hospital. Here’s why:

In the U.S. there are a limited number of AAHA accredited veterinary teaching hospitals. These facilities are ground zero for the brightest veterinary doctors, students and researchers in the world. Every day they’re utilizing the world’s newest veterinary medicine technologies and treatment protocols for their patients.

When you take your animal to a vet school for teatment, not only will you have fresh, out-of-the-box thinkers taking care of your fur kid, you’ll also receive great prices. Why?

Because unlike private practice veterinary clinics, vet teaching schools aren’t profit motivated.

Vet school hospitals are in it for the research, not for building a business, so most prices for any type of procedure or pharmaceuticals are far less than you’d find on the open market.

We’ve never had a bad experience at the three different veterinary teaching hospitals where our dogs received care. About the only downside is that because so many practitioners are looking at your animal, service can seem a little impersonal at times. But that’s a very small price to pay for the excellent, affordable care we receive in return.

When your animals need excellent vet care on the open road, check out any of these veterinary teaching hospitals around the US:

Have you taken your animals to a vet school? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience.



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Last week we took a few days off and played tourist for the first time in who knows how long. We meandered along the slow road to Colorado’s North Fork Valley and basked in one glorious last blast of summer heat before heading back to Jerry’s Acres for a few weeks.

I’ll give you a tour of this gorgeous area in my next post, but for now, I’d like to share some tips about vacationing when you’re already on a “permanent vacation.” Just a head’s up; we were compensated for this information but please stick with it, we only do this when presented with worthwhile content we think you’ll find useful (and you’re welcome to let us know what you think of it).

Vacationing When You’re Already on “Vacation”

As full-timers, most stationary people think that Jim and I are always on vacation. You and I know that’s not really true. But what about when we really want to get away and take a ‘vacation’, Then what?

It may seem like a strange question, but if you live all your life on the road in an RV, sometimes you get a hankering for a couple of weeks in a house that doesn’t shake, rattle and roll. It’s not that you’re tired of RVing – but just occasionally a visit to a big city or other tourist destination reminds you of exactly why you started RVing in the first place.

So, where do you go on vacation when you are on the road all the time?

We’ve learned through trial and error that for us, an RV is not the best way to see a city. Aside from maneuvering through traffic insanity, parking is impossible even for our tiny rig, and even if we could find a place to pull over, we don’t want to leave our entire house unattended in the middle of a city parking lot.

On the other hand, camping out in a hotel for a few days sometimes works for us but usually it’s not in our budget. We stay in RV parks outside of the big cities like San Francisco and Seattle, and take day trips into town, but that’s usually not practical because we can’t leave our Wyatt Ray for more than a few hours.

So, what options do full-time RVers have when we want to “go on vacation”?

Vacation Home Rental Tips for RVers

One option is to rent someone’s home. There are literally thousands of people who are willing to rent out their homes online while they are away on vacation or on long-term job assignments. You can easily find a comfortable, convenient place to stay for a few days or a few weeks while enjoying all the amenities of a stick house, like a big kitchen and bathroom!

There are a number of sites where people advertise their homes, but the most trustworthy sources are VBRO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) or Airbnb. These sites offer tens of thousands of different rentals, and also have ratings from former renters which gives you a good idea of exactly what to expect.

Another good way off securing somewhere to stay at a reasonable price is to join a vacation club. With these, you sign up for a share in a number of properties across the United States, including luxury resorts where you can put your feet up for a few days and be pampered. As time goes by, you accumulate points and can then redeem these at different properties.

For example, Bluegreen Resorts has locations around the U.S., ranging from Florida and South Carolina to Wisconsin and Arizona. The nice thing about going down this route is that you can simply work the destination into your normal travel plans, and then show up on the day in your RV. To get a feel for what sort of resorts are available, you can find Bluegreen Resorts photos on Flickr.

OK so maybe you love the exhilaration of driving your rig through city traffic, and perhaps you think you’ll never want to leave it for another home base. But remember, change is good. If anything, taking a break from the lifestyle and vacationing the conventional way will bring an all-new appreciation for your own road-tripping wanderlust!


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This is the third and final post in our series about how to plan and pay for your full-time RVing lifestylePart I | Part II

Design Your Full-Time RVing Lifestyle Budget

During our first year on the road we regularly published our road tripping expenses to show people what the full-time RVing lifestyle cost.

In the name of helping others live their full-time RVing dream, we had no problem revealing our lifestyle expenses like this. We did, however, receive criticism from some people who thought our spending was excessive, with comments on posts like these:

Most of the negative comments came from readers who didn’t realize that our expense report includes the costs of maintaining our various online endeavors. Not every RVer has web hosting and Internet connectivity as a major portion of their budget, but we do. As location independent entrepreneurs, however, we include these business expenses in our monthly report because we work from home—wherever we decide to park it.

We’ll admit  . . sometimes our spending was a bit excessive, especially during our earliest days on the road.

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