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post #21 of 519
Right now we're in Victoria for a couple of days, visiting friends and family and doing some shopping/setting up and then we're going to slowly start heading south. Definitely keep in touch, perhaps we'll be in the same area at the same time!!!!! We're going to spend this week working on our website, and once we have it basically up and running I'll post it here!!!!!!!!!
post #22 of 519
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Wow! You have solar power?! That is awesome! I can't wait to tell dh that. I have never heard of that before with an RV. How do you deal with them when driving? Are they easily damaged?


I really would like to sell the house, but the market is horrid here and I would be pretty ticked to lose our rears on the house. I knew the last time we came home that I really would be happier on the road. I just didn't want to come home last time.
post #23 of 519
We are in Shawnigan Lake right now 30 minutes from Victoria visiting friends and family, will be in Vic next week dog sitting, parking in friends and families driveways/land until after the holidays


Yes we run on solar not so much right now on the island where it rains all the time
In Alberta we did awesome on our solar and barely needed the gen set at all to top off the batteries! Right now we are plugged in but as of Thursday will be back off the plug and charging our battery bank by running the generator a few hours a day
At first I was worried about the wind and the panels but they are very secure. We can drive 100km/h on the highway with no issues, just lock them down and we are good to go. We have had them tilted up through a few big windstorms and have been fine there too. I would have to ask my dh but I am pretty sure there is some warranty on them for rock chips etc. They are much sturdier then you would think! The hardest part of getting set up with them was getting them close enough on the trailer (33 feet long) to the battery bank and inverter.
I am so happy we sold when we did thats for sure! All has been good in the trailer so far but I am a tad "homesick" with Christmas and seeing everyone in their windows around the fire and tree but I know that will go when we are back on the road heading to sunnier places
We are keeping our eyes out for the right piece of land for us but want to wait as long as possible and travel more before we buy back in!
post #24 of 519
Hi..we've been in our RV since June. (31', two adults, 4 kids and an 80 pound dog) Glad to see others doing it as well. It's been a challenge in some ways but great in other ways. We're new to homeschooling so that has taken some getting used to. I'd love to hear about other experiences.
post #25 of 519
hello everyone! Happy New Year to you! We have sleeping young children, so are spending the evening catching up a bit on emails, eating ice cream and listening to the ocean crash in beside us!!!!! It's been a great end to 2008, I can't wait to see what kind of adventures 2009 brings!!!

We're on the road, finally figuring out, slowly, how this is all going to work. It seems SLOWING DOWN, not driving tonnes and changing spots often, plus incorporating more down days to just be and not always playing tourist, are going to be key......along with more State Parks for our family, and less RV resorts!!!!!!! We've been slowly trying to figure out a website, feel free to check it out but be patient with me as I figure out many of the bugs!!!!! It's at www.ThoseWhoWander.ca and for now, you have to cut and paste the addresses for the blogs.

Right now we're in San Francisco doing the touristy thing and waiting for some mail, but in a couple of days we'll head down to surfing areas! Disneyland in a couple of weeks, the whole reason we're doing this trip as far as my girls are concerned!!!! Burke-a-bee, where are you guys? ANd Kimmom, what about you?!
post #26 of 519
We are in Austin..heading west looking for work in New Mexico then on to Arizona.
post #27 of 519
Does anyone have thoughts about being pregnant on the road? I'm considering it and wondering about the logistics of having a baby in another state. The plus is that I could choose any pro VBA2C provider in the US

We're both concerned about getting a small enough rig to drive comfortably but yet big enough for us all. We have two kids, three cats and a small dog. How big do we need?

Dh is very nervous about not having roots somewhere. He thinks we need to buy a house and just let it sit while we're gone but I don't see the point.
post #28 of 519
We are still on Vancouver Island, kinda snowed in where we are! Hopefully it will melt soon and we will be able to pull out of here, looks like mid Jan. We will be heading south! Via Portland to visit family, thinking of taking the coastal route then down to California. Disneyland of course Then to Arizona/New Mexico! Would Love to meet up with everyone!!!!
post #29 of 519
After about a month in Austin we have moved on to New Mexico. Hopefully my DH will find work and spend some time here.
post #30 of 519
burke-a-bee: whats your DH do for work on the road? We are going to head to New Mexico eventually too hear it is beautiful there!
post #31 of 519
My Dh works on feature films, commercials and music videos. Although with the actors strike it has slowed down. Thing are to pick up in the next few months but don't know if we can wait it out.
post #32 of 519
Thats crazy! My husband works in the same industry!!! He has been away from us for the past 4 years Mon-Fri that is the main reason we sold our place, so we could be together as a family more.
Things have slowed in Canada too in that industry.. The shifting Canadian dollar may make it pick up again in Canada. My husband may look at changing careers at some point! We will most likely look and see if we can get some work down there too but a bit trickier since we are Canadian. Do you guys have a blog? Ours is Canadianfamilyrobinson.com
It would be fun to meet up somewhere, we both have 4 kids and sounds like our husbands would have something to talk about! Do you guys boondock or park at RV parks mainly?
post #33 of 519
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Thats crazy! My husband works in the same industry!!! He has been away from us for the past 4 years Mon-Fri that is the main reason we sold our place, so we could be together as a family more.
Things have slowed in Canada too in that industry.. The shifting Canadian dollar may make it pick up again in Canada. My husband may look at changing careers at some point! We will most likely look and see if we can get some work down there too but a bit trickier since we are Canadian. Do you guys have a blog? Ours is Canadianfamilyrobinson.com
It would be fun to meet up somewhere, we both have 4 kids and sounds like our husbands would have something to talk about! Do you guys boondock or park at RV parks mainly?
That is too wild. My husband is a grip.What does your husband do in the industry? There are a few movies gearing up to shoot in New Mexico. We'd love to meet up. No blog just a few photos on flickr.
post #34 of 519
Can I join in too? We are a family of soon to be 8 living in our RV while dh travels and works on ranches. We are traveling all around Oregon. I love living life this way! My kids can't get anymore in tune with nature!!
post #35 of 519
Hi Amber! Can you tell me about your rig? We're looking at some now and hoping to buy in the next couple months.
post #36 of 519
We've been on the road since June...we homeschool and we travel wherever my DH can find work.
post #37 of 519
Hey mamas,
I am so envious/impressed by yall. I used to be a nomad but have 'setteled down' now that I am a mamma. I have been to all but 2 states and most of southern Canada. I love tour and traveling whether I'm hitching or have my own ride. When my DD gets to be a bit bigger I hope to buy a bio-diesel van and travel with her for at least a summer.
Once again kudos to you mammas for keeping the vibe alive
peace an love
-sugaree
post #38 of 519
I'd love to hear how you all made the transition from living in a house to fulltiming? We're looking into fulltiming anda re just starting the process so any info/help/tips etc would be appreciated. I've spent HOURS reading all the info online, I'd love to hear from all of you who BTDT! We're debating new vs used 5th wheel, rent vs sell the house etc.

Thoughts? Input? Ideas?
post #39 of 519
Hello everyone!

First off, we're heading into Palm Springs today and then making our way towards Vegas area, down to Arizona and then New Mexico (we'll be in New Mexico for the last two weeks of March for sure, as friends are meeting us there! If anyone has any tips and ideas of places we HAVE to go, places they're hoping to check out, rv parks to stay at, please please please let us know!!!!

Secondly....we're a couple of months into our journey, so I thought I'd answer a few questions from our experience so far....
- we bought a 1973 Barth class A (all in one) motorhome from Craigslist for $7000. and spent a bunch of money fixing it up, adding a new furnace, adding a solar panel, etc Now that we've been traveling for a bit, I see the value in a truck/trailer set-up as there have been numerous times we would have just liked a smaller vehicle to drive around with. However, traveling this way has encouraged us to be more active, by biking places, walking to bus stops, and exploring different areas of the city by transit.
- we found the first month or so to be a huge period of adjustments. Dh not working full time, all of us being together 24/7 - a good thing, for sure, but it changed the dynamics of the family and we just had to figure out our new way. We sold our house and left our beloved neighbourhood, and that was a big transition with lots of sadness. It took a couple of weeks for the kids to start sleeping well, which took it's toll on us, there are 5 of us living in less than 150 square feet and that took a bit to get used to (especially in the rain and cold), cooking can be a hassle as all the kitchen stuff is crammed into a tiny space and I feel like I'm constantly unpacking and repacking to do anything - at first it made me grumpy, but over time it just became the new reality and we found ways to make the space work and that helped. So I would suggest giving yourselves a chunk of time to settle into the new reality.

- Now, the Barth feels like home and we're loving it! We've found warmer weather and live a lot outside. We've accepted that it's so easy for the motorhome to get messy, so we've done even more decluttering, and get less stressed out about it. We stop lots and stay at places long enough to do a bit of touristy stuff but also to just be, hang out, catch up on laundry - it's tiring to always be exploring and seeing new things! We also find that a good mix of State Parks and RV parks are what works for us - we feel much more at home at the State Parks, and love the beautiful settings, and the feeling like we're really camping. However, the RV Parks offer full hookups which is nice at times, pools for the kids, free wireless and also laundry rooms - and if you're traveling with a tv, I notice most even offer free cable as a part of their hook ups!

For now we're just doing it for a year, as a transition to a whole new life in Ottawa. It's gotten us thinking about how we can live full time with very little work away from home, as we're really enjoying the time together. We'd like to buy property in the Ottawa Valley so the kids can be near their cousins and family, but I imagine many rv trips from our home base!!!!!!

Let me know if you have any other questions - and I'd love to hear other peoples' experiences so far!
post #40 of 519
Hello all!

We've been traveling a bit in the desert now....spent a few days in Palm Springs, which we really enjoyed but could not find an rv site in as they were all age-restricted (ie 21 and older OR 55 and older) - we've never run into that before, so were rather surprised. But, there's a great kids museum there, and we really enjoyed the art gallery!!!

We LOVED LOVED LOVED Joshua Tree, stayed at three very different campsites and could have stayed much longer. Bring lots of water in with you, but what amazing geology, rocks to clamber over or boulder/climb, so many birds and neat little animals to see, gorgeous sunsets....LOVED IT! The ranger station also does a brilliant juniour ranger program where the kids have to complete a bunch of tasks that really get them thinking about the desert, and then they get a badge and information about the area. Mojave Desert Preserve was also interesting, very different from Joshua Tree and not as much our favourite, but we enjoyed it. Another junior ranger program, and if you go on the weekend, they have informative walks with a ranger that we really enjoyed. STAY AT HOLE IN THE WALL and not by Mitchell Caverns - that one has winds that reach up to 80 miles an hour and we got no sleep at all, and were shocked to see the rv still in the place we parked it in the morning!!!! WOW!!!

We're off to Arizona and New Mexico soon - would love any tips of places to see or stay!!!!

Thanks!
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