Monday, July 1, 2024

Starting your season

It's funny, when you start RV ing there are so many places to go and adventures to experience. As you start checking those off, you wonder will I run out of adventures? But here we are in season 7 of our adventures and understand why some people have been full time for over 20 years and can still find exciting adventures. 

This year we head to the great lakes, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and beyond to include Iowa since we haven't added that state to our map of states we have stayed in. Then we will head out to dental airstream rallies and along the way we plan to meet up with friends because experiences are even better when you can share them with friends, family, and others. 
We like the outdoors and we are hoping for some great adventures but sometimes the ones not planned for turn out to be the best. 
So come along and follow out you tube channel as we try to keep this season up to date. 

Monday, May 1, 2023

The Joys of Taking Your Dog on an Airstream Cross Country Trip

The Joys of Taking Your Dog on an Airstream Cross Country Trip

There's nothing quite like the feeling of hitting the open road with your best friend by your side. Whether you're taking a short weekend getaway or a cross-country adventure, traveling with your dog is a great way to create lasting memories for you and your family.

If you're thinking about taking your dog on an RV trip, there are a few things you'll need to do to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. Here are a few tips:

  • Choose the right RV. Not all RVs are created equal. Some are better suited for dogs than others. When choosing an Airstream, make sure to consider the size of your dog, as well as their energy level.
  • Pack plenty of food and water. Your dog will need to eat and drink regularly, so be sure to pack plenty of food and water for the trip. You may also want to pack a portable water bowl so your dog can have fresh water on the go.
  • Bring along some pet-friendly activities. To keep your dog entertained on the road, bring along some pet-friendly activities, such as a toy, a bone, or a puzzle. This will help to keep them occupied and prevent them from getting bored. We like a long lead of 50' so or pull can run even if there is only an open field. 
  • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations. Before you hit the road, be sure to make sure your dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations. This will help to protect them from getting sick while you're traveling. Be sure to bring a record of vaccinations and medical history with you. 
  • Be prepared for unexpected events. When you're traveling with your dog, it's important to be prepared for unexpected events. This could mean anything from a flat tire to a medical emergency. Be sure to have a plan in place in case something goes wrong.

With a little planning, you can easily take your dog on an RV cross country trip. Not only will you create lasting memories, but you'll also get to spend some quality time with your best friend.

Here are some of the joys of taking your dog on an Airstream cross country trip:

  • See the country together. One of the best things about taking your dog on an RV trip is that you get to see the country together. You can explore new places, meet new people, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Create lasting memories. Traveling with your dog is a great way to create lasting memories. You'll have the chance to bond with your furry friend and create experiences that you'll both cherish forever. Working on your training is a great way to increase the bond. 
  • Get some exercise. A cross country trip is a great way to get some exercise for both you and your dog. You'll be spending plenty of time outdoors, hiking, exploring, and playing.
  • Spend quality time together. When you're traveling with your dog, you're forced to slow down and enjoy the journey. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your furry friend and really connect with them.
  • Make new friends. When you're traveling with your dog, you're bound to meet other dog lovers along the way. This is a great way to make new friends and share your love of dogs with others.

If you're thinking about taking your dog on an Rv cross country trip, I encourage you to go for it! It's an experience that you'll never forget. Follow us as we make our way from the south east to the west coast. Find out what dog related stuff we do and adventures we find.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Planning a 240 day 10776 mile trip across the country

 The Planning

We start with our high value destinations.

For us planning a 240 day trip starts with a few simple questions which we answered about 5 years ago when we started to RV.

Our first question is where do we want to go,  what do we want to see,  and what do we want to do.  We think RV trip planning is like goal planning,  start with your big rocks and put them in a jar,  then add smaller rocks,  then add some sand,  then fill up your goal jar with water to pack in the most fun filled travel. 

We are trying to visit all 48 contiguos states and see all the national parks in those states. This year's trip was easy,  what states haven't we been to? How many national parks are in those states then figure out other fun outside stuff that is near by or along our route and finally fill in with overnight stops,  quirky roadside attractions and potential fuel stops. 

One other big rock we have added to our itinerary is airstream rallies. We have found so many larger rallys where we meet new people that because of airstreaming we have an instant connection.  Making new friends after 50 seemed like it would be hard but airstream and the airstream club had made this so easy.  The international rally is in rock springs WY this year so that was a stop as we headed out to the west coast. While we were planning our trip south from Washington state we noticed the Potlatch rally was on our way and with in days of where we would be at that time.  After adjusting for that rally we also noticed Pismo Beach rally lined up with our location and timeline. What luck. 
So our big rocks are Nevada, WY, AZ, WA, OR, CA, and Texas. And all the national parks in those states.  Big bend in TX will be our first national park on this trip.  We will then work our way north west to great basin in NV. Then after the international rally,  head over to the north cascades and Olympic national park. 
Then weave our way south from national park and state parks to the next national park. 
We get to see some amazing places,  wildlife and meet some great people along the way,  stay with us as we start out journey,  post pictures, and document our travels to share some great places,  great memories,  and some of the cool people we encounter. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Top 7 items for your first RV trip

You top 7 items and a few bonus items for your first RV trip.
1.You should have a power cord(30 or 50 amp based on your specific connection) if you plan to connect to power in an RV park. If your boon docking your power cord may connect to a generator and you may needed an( 30 to 50) adaptor.

2. A Fresh water hose or full fresh water tank. We like the blue zero G 25' with a camco water filter.  this should be a potable water hose and not a general garden hose if you dont want the general garden hose taste.

3. Sewer hose - all that water from your freshwater tank or park connection has to go somewhere and that is normally your black or grey water tank. You will need a way to drain those tanks. We like the Valterra 15' dominator hose. 10' has been to short and 15 has worked great as an in between the 10 and 20' versions. your airstream can hold 2 10' versions but they just take more work to set up and tear down vs starting your camping earlier.

4.Leveling blocks or a way to level your rig side to side / front to back for a comfortable nights rest and for your RV refrigerator to work correctly. We like the lynx 10 pack. They are bright orange so less likely to drive off and leave them. We also hear some good things about Anderson drive up leveler but know too many people that have broken them on rocks and gravel after just a few uses. Leveling side to side is the first part of backing into you camp site.

5. Chocks to keep your MH or trailer where you put it. We like the big rubber blocks or x chocks if you have tandem wheels. Just remember to put these out as soon as your leveled and before you even think of unhooking. This is really step 2 of backing your trailer into your camp site. once your leveled put the chocks in tight especially if the site has some incline as the trail may want to slide a few inches once it pops off the ball of your tow vehicle. be safe and use a good chock.

6. Surge protector. We like the progressive mfg 50 amp model for our airstream. This saved us on our first trip as the power in the camp ground  kept going out and the  2 AC's would have been toast.

7. You should have a wrench or socket that fits your lug nuts. A big breaker bar to make it easy to loosen lug nuts and a cheap torque wrench to put the lug nuts back on our check them every few hundred miles on a new trailer since they tend to come loose until you get some road grime in there. As part of this tire changing kit a ramp or bottle jack able to sustain 50% of the full trailer weight would be very helpful. If course knowing where to put the jack is also every important to know before you need it. Technically this kit has 3 items in it but if you get a flat you will need all 3 to fix it. Or even if you call a service or somebody stops to help you, it's better to have the tools to complete the jobs.  Check your lug nuts before every trip(even  just down the driveway)

We have also included a bonus item
Your check lists
We have the following check lists and you can find a link to the detailed lists we use here.
Pre departure - these are items we do the day before we leave if we want to get a jump on packing or if we have some extra time.
Departure - this is our detailed list for inside and outside the day we are leaving. As an example our outside list starts as you walk out of the trailer and goes around the trailer in a clock wise direction.
Arrival- we have both internal and external and we use these even if we just stop for lunch. Better to check and verify than forget you left the waterpwater on while traveling.
Storage- this check list helps us get ready to store the RV for a few weeks or a few months. This could also double as winterization check list. Things like empty the hot water tank and turn off propane.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Day 19 covid quarantine

Covid day 19,
It's about 12 days from when our#2020 caravan was supposed to start. We should be trying to use up all the food in our refrigerator, packing the airstream, loading up the truck and generally getting ready to embark on another multi-month long trip across the country. Visiting National parks and states we haven't been too yet. But on day 19 it's a little depressing to not be enjoying the nervous excitement of packing and getting ready for extended adventure. Don't get me wrong. We are very grateful that we are healthy, working, and using our quarantine time to increase our 2000 price puzzles skills and get some more hours as a part 107 pilot. Both things are easily done while safer at home.
So as we think about cancelling over 35 camp ground reservation and how we might salvage the summer of 2020 we just wanted to share our feelings that it's ok to be a little down for a few minutes or hours. But then think about your new 2020 season as we are confident it will be like no other season. Filled with great adventures, even if those adventures are going to the grocery store and finding toilet paper filling the shelves.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

First Trip completed.

Our first Trip down many more to go.
That right we completed our first trip about 2 hours aways and everything went pretty good. We got packed up and ready to leave on Sat about noon.
Friday evening we loaded up some groceries, and did our internal checklist. We did end up leaving a few items not marked complete (like leave the AC on since it was over 90F).
Saturday morning we started our external checklist reinstalling the hitch, checking awning, torquing lug nuts and adding air to the tires. By noon everything in side and outside were checked off.

We had about a 3 hour drive and arrived at Cedar key about 3pm. We grabbed our paperwork ( the office called just before 1pm to let us know they would close at 1 and we should grab our paperwork and pull into our site.) We did just that having checked out the campground layout before hand we knew exactly where to go. The spots were well marked and we pulled right in. Our first time we had to level(but really think we would have been fine without it).
What is wrong witht the AC, its hot out here.
We slowly got set up checking each step on our checklist. After connecting power we got set up and turned on the AC as the temps about 96 and it was hot out. But after the AC was on for about 1 hour it stopped. Oh crap it was way to hot to not have AC for a week or even the night. The control panel in the airstream had an error code and the surge protector had a P7 error. We quickly worked to figure out how to reset the AC ( FYI it will reset after about 2 minutes on its own) but we were trying several button configurations. to no avail. Then after giving up to regroup and look up more info the AC rest on its own. After a few hours the AirStrream cooled off and we were able to get inside and start our first camping trip. The AC and actually all the power went out several times that day and throughout the week in the hot afternoons the power would go out. (we eventually figured out the surge protector was doing its job since the Hertz were going over 60.

The rest of the trip was un eventful as we used everything, showers, toilet, stove, sink, AC, water pump and city water, hot water heater, everything we could. It all worked as it should and our first trip was amazing. MaryAnn was even heard saying this wasnt camping it was staying in fancy hotel room outside in nature.
The truck did great getting 14.7 MPG pulling the trailer even through stop and go traffic for 2 hours.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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Starting your season

It's funny, when you start RV ing there are so many places to go and adventures to experience. As you start checking those off, you wond...