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post #481 of 519

We are leaving next Friday for our next cross-country adventure!  We're heading to Portland for DH's work.  We will be there 3-6 months - not sure what we'll do after that.

 

We're taking it slowly - driving only on the weekends.  DH will be flying to Portland for the work weeks.  Our first stop is Tucson, second is Los Angeles, then somewhere in northern California.

 

We never did anything about the freezer.  I am looking for a better cooler and considering getting a portable ice maker.  Still trying to decide.  Since we're going north for the summer, I figure we can handle the fruits and veggies for awhile, at least.

 

--janis

post #482 of 519

I'm in northern california, Petaluma to be exact.

post #483 of 519

Do you eat dates?  You can purchase dates and they keep unrefrigerated for quite awhile... they're also extremely filling and full of energy...if you blend them they make great energy drinks.  If you shop every weekend I think you should be fine for produce if you make sure to get some foods that don't need to be refrigerated...like get bananas that aren't ripe and let them ripen, get apples/oranges, figs, nectarines, melons, mangoes, these things don't need to be refrigerated until you open them...also most veggies(greens, celery and herbs) can be put into water to make them last longer and kept out of the refrigerator.  I also leave tomatoes out of the refrigerator and actually find that most fruits/veggies do better when they're not cold, unless they are in danger of over-ripening.  Also look into local farmers, gardeners, CSA's, co-ops and community gardens for better produce costs.

 

As for diesel in Oregon, I know an RV'er in Portland who may be able to help you...sounds like a great deal!  I would love to find a WVO bus!

 

Blogging is great but I personally have yet to be really consistent at it, though I have only recently put the monetizing aspect in place.  I'm trying to get some help with my blogs because I have some positions in niche communities that could be really beneficial to companies and I am in the process of asking for sponsorship to help me start my business and go on tour this summer at some events in my niche. 

 

Congrats JRabbit! 
 

post #484 of 519

Wow, look at all the updates!
I'm totally jealous of the buses you gals are finding that are fully converted AND just $4000. :( Up here in Alaska a $4000 is the cheapest bus you can find and it's just a bus.

Our conversion is going along fairly well but we are running out of time. We have to be out of our house June 1st to the Renters can move in. We could technically move into the bus and work it fairly well but then we'd have to finish is while living in it. If anyone has remodeled you know how long THAT can take.

 

www.TheRoadFamily.com

post #485 of 519
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post

Wow, look at all the updates!
I'm totally jealous of the buses you gals are finding that are fully converted AND just $4000. :( Up here in Alaska a $4000 is the cheapest bus you can find and it's just a bus.

Our conversion is going along fairly well but we are running out of time. We have to be out of our house June 1st to the Renters can move in. We could technically move into the bus and work it fairly well but then we'd have to finish is while living in it. If anyone has remodeled you know how long THAT can take.

 

www.TheRoadFamily.com

 



I totally didn't notice you were from Anchorage! I lived  Anchorage when I was little. Totally off topic sorry!

post #486 of 519

We just got a new trailer trailer. In the spring(2013) we will be living in it full time. But not moving around much. We are moving from NY to AZ which will be a 2-3 week trip. Then in a general area of AZ for a good while. 4-6 months and after that depending staying there or moving again not sure.

We have 8 kids and 1 dog so it will be an adventure that is for sure.

post #487 of 519

Lovemyzoo - what kind did you get?

 

For those who are interested in blogging, I've set up a forum at http://forum.mamarvthereyet.com/index.php, so stop on by. I'll have to manually approve you.

post #488 of 519

I saw some really cool things in Petaluma and may need to check that place out when I return trekkingirl...we spend most of the summer in Dillon's Beach and in the Sacramento area. 

post #489 of 519

Awesome featherstory, come be a moose!

 

lovemyzoo what are you going to do with all your animals?

 

mom2childs I couldn't figure out how to sign up on that linky

post #490 of 519

So I don't even have an RV (or bus) yet but I'm just wondering if you ladies prefer triple A or Good Sam? I figure it's best to be prepared! When i drove a VW Westfalia I had AAA but I don't think their RV coverage offers more than 100 miles in towing. What is good roadside assistance for RV's? What is good (affordable but decent coverage) insurance?
Thanks

post #491 of 519

Oh and I'm thinking of letting go of my dream to get a bus for now and getting a regular motorhome or a truck with a camper canopy... it wouldn't be as awesome but it would be a bit more practacal in terms of repairing if it broke down..

post #492 of 519

We got a salem bunk house with 2 slide out in the bunk rooms. We pull it with my full size van.  We are looking at Sam Goodie but aren't part of either yet.

 

The dog will go with us, the cat will either stay in the barn when we are sell or go to a friend for her barn(it is a barn cat so isn't much options on that) and the chickens will end up in the freezer as they are reaching the end of their laying life anyway.

post #493 of 519

OK what do you all do for washing laundry? I can't image laundry mat with all my kids but can't figure anything else out either.

post #494 of 519

laundry mat with three kids here! unless one of my relatives takes pitty on me and lets me wash at their house. which usually doesn't happen. I even had to give up cloth diapering because the diapers weren't holding up in the Tide stricken fabric softner stricken machines.

post #495 of 519

Yeah cloth diapering is hard with laundromats.  I would wash my diapers either in the kiddie sandbox(plastic turtle) that we used as a kiddie pool sometimes or in the bathtub(pretty stuffy in there).  My plan was to get a wonderwasher, but we moved out of our trailer around the time I thought about getting one.  Other than that yeah...we used the laundromat.  Drying clothes outside of the trailer was pretty easy though until it got rainy.  I think I will get a Wonderwasher this time around or something similar...I know there are some electric washers and some manuals that are portable.
 

post #496 of 519

my mom has a wonder washer, she loves it!

post #497 of 519

I was thinking diapering I could go to flats, they are about 60% of my stash and easy(or the easiest) to hand wash) and wool which I already use 90% of the time and has to be hand washed anyway. 

I guess I don't have to take all my kids since my older ones can baby sit, but we have 8, by then 9 kids and we will not be anywhere near families. 6 hours from his dad, 3 days from my side. I will havea  friend in the area she will feel bad for me but I hate to impose. 

I was looking at the portable washers since we didn't get a bigger rv with hook up. I don't mind line drying did it most of the time in Korea too. 

The 1st month we will be on the road, how do you all find places to stay while on the road? The older girls(14,12,10) want to plan places to check out and see on the way-NY to AZ.

Then we will be in one place for the summer, and then either finding a place for the winter or leaving DH and go somewhere better weather to spend the winter. It is AZ but mountains and it gets cold and snowy up there. 

 

I am excited about it, most of the kids are. I just worry about DH, mainly getting bored and the 14 year old-she is a teen so yea.

post #498 of 519

You have quite an active thread here. Would you be interested in opening your own Group? It would give you the ability to have more organized discussions as you'd be able to post separate threads for each topic - almost like a subforum. If you'd like to open a Group you'll need two volunteer group leaders. Discuss it and if you decide you'd like to, just send me a PM and I'll get you set up. :)

post #499 of 519

I'm cool with an RV'ers group and don't mind volunteering.  Anyone else?
 

post #500 of 519

Sounds awesome to me to. I check the board daily so if you need help I can.

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