The RV Life Is Not As Laid Back As You Might Think

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What do you think when you imagine six months on the open road in a RV with most of the luxuries of home. If you’re like my husband and I, you probably imagine yourself booking perhaps your first camping spot or two and then letting the road take you where it will and booking spots as you go.

The RV life is not as laid back as you might think.

 

The Little Known Truth About The RV Life: And How It Cost Us A Month Of Our Trip

If that is you, let me tell you–you are dead wrong! We found this out the H.A.R.D. way very recently and it has cost us dearly.

We were planning on leaving for our 6 month RV trip with our 20 year old son, 16 year old son and 14 year old daughter shortly before Christmas of this year–that is, until we sat down a few weeks ago to rough draft our route and book a few camping spots for the first leg of our trip.

We thought we would keep things to a 2 hour relaxing planning session while we watched some TV and snuggled on the couch. Instead it ended up being an all afternoon and into a late, TV off, voices raised, nightmare of an evening.

There was even a “let’s walk this out a while” 30 minute walk thrown in there.

The RV life is not as laid back as you might think.

You see, it turns out my husband and I are a bit clueless. We thought that RVers were a laid back, B-personality pack like we are. Turns out they are type A personality planners. The slogan should not be “Happy Wanderers” it should be “Happy Planners Who Map Out And Book Everything Months In Advance–Leaving No Spaces For The Wanderers!” Seriously, I’m not kidding.

We had read to book Florida early, we thought 5 months out was early! What we learned is that state parks in Florida and many other states for that matter, start taking reservations 11 months in advance and people do book that early–a lot of people.

Enough people, in fact, that we could only get a spot there for a night and then another spot there for a night. Doesn’t sound too bad until you start figuring out the distance between the two parks and realize it is a good two days drive in between them.

Book a private campground you say? We did look into those but discovered many wanted as much as $100 a night or more and our nightly budget for the trip was $50. I thought I had this problem solved by buying a discount camping card only to discover they had black out dates during the times we wanted to book sites.

At one point of the evening I threw my hands up in the air and said, “Let’s just book some plane tickets to Universal Studios and then later to your parents and give up on this crazy RV trip idea of ours.” That is when taking a walk was suggested by my–only slightly calmer–husband.

Our New RV Trip Plan

During the walk we decided if we cut off lower Florida, which seemed to be the most packed, we could leave a month later and that would take the strain off our budget and allow us to book the more expensive private campgrounds on the way when needed.

Refreshed from the walk, we set to mapping out our new plan and it worked! We found spots in North Carolina, spots in Georgia, a week on the upper east coast of Florida, 3 days near Universal studios (private spot) and a week on the upper west coast of Florida. We booked them all right then.

In the following weeks we have booked New Orleans and have begun booking in Texas. Our plan is to hold a planning session of one to two hours almost every weekend until we have the entire trip booked.

The only time we will stray from this plan is when the 6 months out date hits for our arrival in California. We are a bit scared their state parks will fill up just as fast as Florida so we plan ti spend as long as needed the day our dates open up for booking there.

We have learned our lesson and we are planning on beating the type A personality planners (who cloak themselves as wanderers) at their own game. I guess the laid back part of RV living begins when you hit the open road with a fully booked itinerary in hand–who knew!

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3 Things I am LOVING Lately: August 17

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3 Things I Am Loving Lately What about you

Where on earth has August gone? I feel like I blinked on August first and when I opened my eyes August was half over.

reselling againFirst Thing I am LOVING Lately…

Getting back into reselling items

Once our family started planning our RV trip I decided that one major way I could help add to the savings for the trip was to start reselling things again.

When I started this blog, I put reselling aside for the most part. I needed every second I could scrounge out of my day to do all I could do to make this blog profitable enough to be worth the hours I spend on it–otherwise it isn’t worth the hours it takes me away from my family.

To date I have sold $4454.78 worth of stuff out of my home. My largest item was our pair of 20+ jet skis that sold for $3500 but still you take that sale out and I have earned $954.78 from smaller items we were not using.

I honestly feel my results are not uncommon chances are your home has around $1000 of items you are not using in it too!

Visit my reselling page for how to sell your items successfully using various methods including, yard sales, buy and sell Facebook Groups, eBay and more.

 

gerber daisies

Second Thing I am LOVING Lately…

My Gerber daisies

I am so glad that I grabbed these Gerber daisies this spring and planted them in my front porch flower boxes.

They have provided beautiful blooms week after week. I have my daughter to thank for these beautiful blooms , she picked out all the flowers with me and when she picked these daisies up I wasn’t so sure they would do well  but I trusted her and I am so glad I did.

 

brownies

Third Thing I am LOVING Lately…

Doing some baking again

I don’t know if has been the busy year we have been having, or perhaps it might have been my plantar fasciitis that made it hard to stand for long periods whatever it was I have not baked as often as I have in the last week in quite a while.

The baking isn’t lasting long though. I made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies and they were gone in two days. I made these brownies pictured one afternoon and by evening only half of the 9 by 12 pan was left.

I think my family is loving that I am baking again too!

Psst….one more thing

This year I really wanted to put myself out there and get to know exactly who reads this blog and let them see who writes it. Lately I have discovered that Facebook live is a great way to do that. I am doing a short 5 minute show each weekday between  10 a.m.  and noon EST. I know that is a big window of time but you can sign up to get notified by clicking at the top of any of my Facebook videos and if you join in be sure to leave me a comment and let me know you are watching–or press like so I can see that big thumb zoom across the screen.

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3 Things I Am LOVING Lately:

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3 Things I Am Loving Lately What about you

This week the majority of the kids in our area went back to school! Even though we are 100% homeschooling this year this effects our family as it means that all the summer activities have come to an end.

The end of summer always makes me a bit sad. I LOVE summer. I love the break from routine, the extra time to spend just hanging out with my husband, my kids and my friends.

However by the end of summer I am so way out of routine that things start getting behind. I have dirty laundry avalanche happening in my basement right now, and I can’t remember the last time I got beyond just keeping up with minimum blog work.

So this week I am pressing the reset button and getting back into routine.

facebook live

First Thing I am LOVING Lately…

Facebook Live

So this week I promised to give you updates on how I am doing with getting up at 4:45 each weekday and following the new morning routine I made based off what I learned in Make Over Your Mornings as well as following my new nightly routine based on what I learned in Make Over Your Evenings (psst…. both courses are on sale for a great price right now)

I was originally thinking these updates would be just be a picture on Facebook or Instagram or perhaps even a daily post but then I got brave and decided to jump way out of my comfort zone and do a Facebook live video sharing an update and a few words on what I have learned from the course.

I liked it so much that I went on to make a second and am thinking this might be a semi regular weekday thing. I am not setting a regular time as yet but generally sometime between 11 am and 12 EST works really well for me. If you go over to my Facebook page and click on the little “v” simple in the top corner of my last video then scroll down the list that pops up and click more and then click on “live notifications” you will be notified when I go live. It is also available for everyone to watch after it is posted too! It isn’t like periscope it doesn’t disappear–unless I did so badly that I decide to delete it  🙂

They dance on

Second Thing I am LOVING Lately…

I got a free copy of They Danced On

I was so excited when Tyndale Rewards offered They Danced On as their feature book of the week. I have read both book one of the series and book 2 and was anxiously awaiting the 3rd . It only came out a few weeks ago so I was surprised to see Tyndale Rewards offer it for points so quickly. I have been running to mailbox daily hoping it would be there when finally yesterday it arrived.

If it weren’t for me writing about how I need to stick to a new routine to get more done, I so would have had yet another book hangover today. But I will be good and save it for Friday night and Saturday when I can stay up a late reading it and be able to sleep it off .

donuts

Third Thing I am LOVING Lately…

My redhead runner and I are keeping our new summer tradition going into fall

It took about 3 summer bike rides to get my redhead runner in  biking shape enough to reach the local donut shop and back.

Once she tried their amazing donuts for the first time she was hooked! At first bite she turned to me and said “oh my goodness this has to be a weekly thing”

And so biking for donuts was born. Sadly she had to return to work this week and so we thought we would have to give up our weekly ride—that is until we realized if we could swap out our Saturday run for biking for donuts until at least October or perhaps even November depending on how long the warm weather lasts.

This makes me so happy! Biking and donuts are two things I really love and to combine them with time with one of my closest friends —win/win!

Oh and if you wonder how my behind can take long bike rides my secret is padded shorts like these and a premium seat upgrade (visit your local bike store for a new seat, they can best fit your body (er behind) shape.

Stop Rushing Around and Start Finding Time To Reach Your Dreams

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