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Last week after fleeing another snow storm at Jerry’s Acres and descending down into Fort Collins to say goodbye to friends and family, we woke up to this:

Unfortunately that morning we had a 9 AM appointment to get our trailer axles aligned. Little did we know how much dealing with three inches of snow on the RV rooftop would slow us down.

After breaking camp, the last task was to retract the slide. I pushed the button, but no luck. The slide rooftop was weighed down with heavy, wet snow that wouldn’t budge.

The clock was ticking, we had to get going. What did we do? Well, see for yourself:

Yes, that’s Jim standing on a crate placed on top of an icy picnic table. Not the smartest thing to do, but it was our only option. When brushing the snow with a broom didn’t help, he got out the hose and watered it down. Bingo! We were on our way and only 20 minutes late.

And now we know why so many RVers carry ladders!

With that learning experience behind us, we’re headed west to warmer places where we won’t be dealing with his kind of scenario for a long, long time. See you in the desert!

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Back when we ran our little business enterprise in Eureka, California, the heart of our operation ran on blood, sweat and credit.

As CEO I was proficient at filling out loan applications for everything from American Distress cards to low-doc SBA loans to home equity lines. We did whatever we could to leverage our accounts receivables, believing at the time it was a smart way to run a business.

Thanks to Dave Ramsey, now we know better, but as they say, hindsight is 20/20. Recently when we returned to Jerry’s Acres it became clear to me how enslaved to our lenders we were back then.

I was tossing out records that exceeded the seven-year statute of limitations on IRS audits. With each discarded pile I became more astonished at how much mental energy and physical space it took to maintain credit relationships. Each year of our business took up an entire banker’s box full of receipts, and that was after downsizing and selling the business.

Today, as debt-free believers, it takes one extra-large Ziploc bag to hold vital records from our business and personal lives. Sure, much of what we keep now is electronic, but even that is minimal.

The simple fact is that when you’ve handed over your life, your income and your free-time to debt slavery, it takes an incredible amount of mental and physical resources to keep it under control.

It’s not easy to delay gratification and live without debt, but the rewards are so worth it.


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Looking for RVing tips about everything from maintenance to custom modifications for all types of rigs?

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And in a bit of shameless self-promotion, I’m thrilled to be a part of the editorial team. Here’s my first post, Pet Etiquette Tips for RVing at Campgrounds and RV Parks. Hope you enjoy it!

” . . . Pet etiquette is key to keeping our companions welcome where we travel.  If you’re a pet parent who loves RVing with an animal companion, you can help ensure campgrounds continue welcoming dogs, cats and other critters by practicing a few simple pet etiquette habits. Because whether you have a big, active dog or a laid-back feline fluff ball, nearly every RVing animal leaves an impression. Let’s work together to ensure it’s a good one.”




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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 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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