Some great quotes we've come across:
- It's my life, and its now or never, I ain't gonna
live forever, I just want to live while I'm alive.
~ Jon Bon Jovi
- Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to
be happy. ~Ben Franklin
- Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather,
just inadequate clothing. ~Oregon Coast Association
- Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places
to play and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to body and soul alike. ~John Muir
You might be a redneck if... (sorry, but we've been
in some rather 'rural' areas and you just can't help
coming up with redneck jokes!)
- ...your dog rides on the bow of your boat, while
its in the bed of your pickup truck
- ...you ride your ATV while it's sitting in the bed
of your pickup truck
- ...you ride in your boat while it's being towed
down the road (at least there was no water skier!)
- ...your RV is bigger than your house
- ...you have more belongings outside your house than
- ...you live in your RV, which is parked next to
- ...most of the vehicles in your yard can't move
On RVing: (answers to common questions)
- In Port Angeles, WA we upgraded our anti-sway bar
and our shocks. Just wanted to mention that we have
seen a world of a difference. We no longer feel the
"big push" from large trucks when they pass us.
- Driving an RV can be a little challenge because
not only do you have to look in front of you (to make
sure the lanes/spaces are wide enough to accommodate
102” mirror to mirror; and high enough to accommodate
11’6”), but you also drive looking to your sides and
behind you frequently (to make sure your back wheels
are making the turn or that your towed vehicle will
clear the car you’re passing). Some funny stories
- Made a right at an intersection in order to
make a quick left into a gas station and try to
beat the cars coming to the intersection, when
Andy realizes the gas pump canopy is only 11’6”
high. No extra space! Tried to veer around the
canopy (note: you can’t back up when you’re towing)
and practically drove down the side walk to avoid
losing our roof and a/c unit to the canopy. No,
we didn’t get any gas there!
- Everyone knows California driving is high-risk.
Imagine it in a 49’ RV. Well, we didn’t have nerves
of steel to tow on “the 5” and thank goodness
we didn’t try. Changing lanes was enough of a
problem in either vehicle. California ’s highways
have a tendency to stop lanes without much warning.
I drove ahead and using walkie-talkies would radio
to Andy in the RV when lanes were ending. Once,
we lost about 3 lanes back to back, constantly
having to move over. Andy had one car who just
didn’t want to give him the lane. With a concrete
barrier fast approaching – Andy decided the bigger
vehicle has the right-of-way and had to just take
- Living in Florida , we hadn’t had to use multiple
gears in our vehicles for awhile. Out west it
is common to drive with over-drive off, or go
into 2 nd or 1 st gear. And the parking brake
is actually being used in our car as well.
- Switchbacks are fun. Maintaining your lane on
a tight curve (usually with sheer drop-offs) is
quite hair-raising at times. Especially when there
is a tractor-trailer on your butt or coming right
at you…on the turn…trying desperately to stay
in HIS lane.
- RVing Definitions:
Boondocking: camping without any hook-ups.
No sewer, no water, no electricity. The campground
may have a dump station or central water. Or,
it may not.
Blue Highways: state highways (recommended
traveling instead of Interstates since they’re
generally more scenic)
Red Roads: dirt or gravel roads
“Toad”: a nick-name for a towed-vehicle.
- RVing is not "camping" - it's too convenient
- Warranty work and/or leaks - expect them :). You
have a brand new house that moves down the road. Things
are going to move or shift.
- A great quote on maintenance: There are only two
maintenance items you need. One is duct tape, for
those things that move and shouldn't. The other is
WD-40, for those things that don't move and should.
- Weight is everything in an RV. You have to consider
the weight before purchasing something new, or deciding
where to place it in the RV. It's a constant battle
to keep the vehicle weighed safely.
- Staying in a place for only days at a home can be
a little unsettling at times. It's a challenge to
remember how to get around town, finding grocery stores,
gas stations, internet cafes or libraries. Haircuts
have also been a little issue - you get spoiled by
your hairdresser at home who knows your hair and what
it can and can't do.
- We try to "shake-up" our travelling by alternating
our stays at state parks/national parks then private
campgrounds. Private campgrounds will offer a variety
of services: swimming pools, jacuzzi, WIFI or dial-up
service, laundry facilities, book swaps, water/sewer/electric
hook-ups, picnic tables, etc. State Parks, National
Forest Campgrounds, Nat'l Parks usually have beautiful,
natural settings but limited services. Some may not have
sewer hookups or even water/electric. It's all about
- Camping Rates vary from $10/night to $50 plus/night.
You can save with weekly rates or by using a discount
club. We belong to Good Sam which gives us 10% off
and we belong to Passport America which gives us 50%
off. Both have helped us out a lot. Our budget is
- We try to keep our travelling days short, preferably
a half of a day. That allows us time to break camp,
set up camp, and learn about the new area. Maybe
even do something fun or physical the day we arrive.
What do we miss
from our home now that we are travelling?
- our reclining chairs and sofa (the reclining camp-chairs
aren't quite the same)
- our large and extra-soft king-sized bed
- a garbage disposal
- not a whole lot!
What do we miss
from South Florida?
- our friends of course!
- Scuba Diving
- biking with Melissa on A1A
- warm, sunny days
- warm, warm water
Let's talk about
"dry heat" for a minute now that we've been out west
and in the desert for awhile:
- it's still HOT
- our skin is cracked
- our noses bleed
- my hair has so much static electricity it's hard
- it's HOT, oh I said that already
- on a positive note, you do get some relief in the
shade or at night it can cool off about 10 degrees