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A group for people who are interested in full time rving or are full time RVers with an emphasis on those who tour much of the time.  Want to share a tip or ask a question?&nb... see more

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  • Jeff & Patti
    Jeff & Patti:
    Mon at 7:14 AMWhen you're on the road, how do you figure out your fuel stops?
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    • Jeff & Patti
      Jeff & Patti Mon at 7:57 PM Thank you for all the feedback, very helpful!
    • Jeff & Patti
      Ramon & Elisa Alanis Mon at 9:03 PM Like some here I use Gasbuddy to locate stations and Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers. We are hitting the road from central California to Houston Texas and I have marked all our stops and are stored on Google maps. Pulling a 5th wheel with my truck and I can...  more
    • Jeff & Patti
      Kathryn Piazza Mon at 10:23 PM One thing that concerns me is taking a chance stopping for fuel at a small town gas station and getting bad fuel. During my research of routing from Junction, TX to El Paso, I found there are not many gas station stops along the way. At one of the station...  more
    • Jeff & Patti
      David & Cheryl Scoby Tue at 3:57 AM There is a site for fuel planning called, www.truckstopreport.com/      Check your range (miles left in your fuel tank) to determine the area you will need fuel.  I always keep a comfortable reserve for unexpected delays.&n...  more
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      • Jeff & Patti
        LarandSus Tue at 3:57 AM Rv trip wizard will also tell you when you needed to stop for fuel. When you set it up with your preferences, you tell it your average mileage, tank capacity, preferred minimum tank level. As you put your trip plans in you tell it how full your tank is to...  more
    • Jeff & Patti
      Jeremy and Nikkie 10 hours ago Range is somewhere in the 400's, so when it hits 1/4 tank we still have 100 miles left. That's when we look for the cheapest place or the nearest loves or flying j/pilot and fill it up.
  • Ellen White
    Ellen White:
    December 16Hello Everyone! I was wondering what online "trip planning" tool does everyone use? I am planning a trip cross country in March I've looked at passport america's tool and good sams tool but they don't seem to be very user friendly.
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    • Ellen White
      BJP23 December 16 We use an excel spreadsheet. We use Good Sam's, RVParkReview.com and RVParky as input to our planning. For every planned stop, we have 2-3 RV parks as possible places to stay that we have gleaned from Good Sams, RVPark Review, and RVParky. It works for us.
    • Ellen White
      Lyle & Jan Huff Mon at 4:12 AM We use "RV Trip Wizard" for route planning and "All Stays" to find nearby parks. When we arrive in an area I'm sometimes surprised to see nice parks that weren't listed on any app. If I had the time I'd use multiple apps as well as google maps and street ...  more
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      • Ellen White
        Mike and Donna Wagner Mon at 4:12 AM Lyle & Jan Huff - the RVillage park map has more parks than other apps - just open the Explorer Map on the Home page - there are more than 32,000 Parks, Lodges, Casinos, State, City, County, and National Parks.  Besides Parks, you can also see where ...  more
    • Ellen White
      Ramon & Elisa Alanis Mon at 9:16 PM I have used Roadtrip America Map wizard for finding interesting places to see and campgrounds in the area. I then use Google maps to store that information as places I want to go. I can also send that information with directions to my phone, but I have GP...  more
    • Ellen White
      SACnFrau Tue at 9:35 AM I use RoadTrippers.com & Google Maps for the high level plan, then put daily drive into GPS.  We also use Google Maps to double-check suspicious routing.
    • Ellen White
      Nan33 Tue at 1:44 PM Another helpful tool when you are traveling on an Interstate is an app called iExit - free from google play.  Shows what is at every exit - fuel (and what brand), food, points of interest.  It will also give directions so you know where to turn ...  more
  • Carol Ann Lee Bennett
    Carol Ann Lee Bennett:
    December 16My husband Cliff and I are considering buying a Class A Diesel, Newmar Ventana LE. Does anyone out there have anything they would like to share with us, Good or Bad about owning a Newmar? Manufacturing issues, dealer support, warranty issues?
    Oh, this pi...  more
    • Carol Ann Lee Bennett
      LarandSus December 16 We bought a used 2015 Ventana LE two years ago and couldn't be happier with it. We also purchased from RV One in Tampa. We found several issues at our walk through. All of it was repaired prior to us taking possession. We've had limited need to contact t...  more
    • Carol Ann Lee Bennett
      BJP23 December 16 We bought a Newmar gas Canyon Star 2014 new. We had some issues with it and wound up going to Nappannee, IN to get it fixed. They did, eventually, get everything fixed, but it took some arguing. I was especially irritated when the service rep told me he w...  more
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      • Carol Ann Lee Bennett
        Swtpea December 16 Did you let the dumbie keep breathing after that stupid remark? Or maybe lose all capabilites of ever having kids??
    • Carol Ann Lee Bennett
      RamblingRozeta December 16 We bought a new Ventana LE this year. Our first and hopefully last as we did a ton of research and hope to stay in this until we decide to stop. We are full time. Other than renting for a week we had no RV experience so we have no other manufacturers to c...  more
    • Carol Ann Lee Bennett
      SACnFrau Tue at 9:37 AM I visited the Newmar factory tour last year.  They seem to have a decent quality program, and I like their coach designs (we have a Country Coach however).
    • Carol Ann Lee Bennett
      Jeremy and Nikkie 10 hours ago I know they are better for pulling and last longer.... But I can't help but wonder how that works out when gas is 1.81 and diesel is 3.28/gal... I'm really happy with our v10.
  • Living In Beauty
    Living In Beauty:
    December 16We have been traveling full-time now for 881 days. Here is our last blog post adventure:
    The Sunshine Gang - Living In Beauty
  • Jeremy and Nikkie
    Jeremy and Nikkie:
    December 15You all seem to have RV dogs... I travel with a witch and her black cat!
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    • Jeremy and Nikkie
      LarandSus December 16 Not all, you are welcome to join our Cats on the Road group.
    • Jeremy and Nikkie
      Tom & Marsha Smith December 16 :D
    • Jeremy and Nikkie
      beyondskp December 16 Looks like my late cat Sibol. I miss her so.
    • Jeremy and Nikkie
      360TRUE (Paul & Gail) December 16 If I called my spouse a witch I'd be sleeping outside in a cargo bay....
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    • Jeremy and Nikkie
      Debbie Lockey 10 hours ago We travel with a golden doodle and four cats!!!
  • Denise Michaelsen
    Denise Michaelsen:
    December 15Will be going full time next year. Although many places offer WiFi now, we are looking at getting mobile wifi for the rv. Looking for input of those with experience on mobile WiFi?
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    • Denise Michaelsen
      Jeremy and Nikkie December 15 We have a Novatel Ovation T1114 purchased from Verizon. It has ethernet ports for my work computers and wifi that we use for the fire TV sticks. It is advertised as not having a sim card (or not needing one) but there is one inside if you have the right s...  more
    • Denise Michaelsen
      Walt & Lanie Confer December 15 We have the Sprint Franklin MiFi thru FMCA... 39.95/ month unlimited...! We can both stream movies or programs at the same time without drop out or breakup. The Franklin will handle up to ten devices
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      • Denise Michaelsen
        LarandSus December 15 Sprint is good in populated areas. We were unable to use it for a lot of our travels this year. Check their coverage map to be sure it fits with your travel plans. Also, though it states there is no data limit, ours tends to slow down or just stop after s...  more
      • Denise Michaelsen
        Walt & Lanie Confer December 15 Sorry, 49.99 month
    • Denise Michaelsen
      Dell & Judy Jackson December 16 Verizon's is $20 a month coupled with cell phone.
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    • Denise Michaelsen
      Rvwoman December 16 We carry a MiFi from Verizon and it works well. It is $20.00 and we have unlimited data so we can stream movies.
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      • Denise Michaelsen
        Bill Joyce (and Diane Melde) December 16 It doesn't slow down after 15GB of data usage?  That is what the current plans do, slow way down at 15GB of MIFI/Jetpack usage.  
      • Denise Michaelsen
        Jeremy and Nikkie December 16 If or when it slows down depends on the plan, and they change their plans all the time! The trick is to watch the plans change, get in on a good one, and don't ever miss a payment. As long as your account stays current you can stay on discontinued plans, ...  more
    • Denise Michaelsen
      Rvwoman December 16 Yes it does slow down and I don’t know how to change that.
  • Debbie Lockey
    Debbie Lockey:
    December 15Our new rig!! Last RV and f450 drown during Florence. State Farm did us right! Dodge 3500 is a beast!! Pulls this 45ft rig with ease.
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    • Debbie Lockey
      Denise Michaelsen December 15 Congrats! Looks like a nice setup!
    • Debbie Lockey
      Joe and Lori December 15 That rig is a beast. It's huge and nice lookin. Is it a toy hauler or all living space?
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      • Debbie Lockey
        Debbie Lockey December 15 It is a toy hauler. At this time , we have not replaced our HD, but we love having all that space in the garage. And the back patio is my favorite!!!
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      Donald Bundy December 15 Great looking rig we have a 45 ft. As well and my 3500 did great pulled from Delaware to Florida with no struggle
    • Debbie Lockey
      The Rhoades’ December 16 We have that exact unit. We have loved it for full time rv living. It has been awesome!
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      • Debbie Lockey
        Debbie Lockey December 16 Our first toy hauler was a Road Warrior, nice but this floor plan is perfect for us!! So when our 2014 one drown, we started looking for the exact unit, this one is a 2016.
  • Debbie Lockey
    Debbie Lockey:
    December 15Sooooo, as of yesterday , we are full time RV living! Next stop... Disney!! Then to M RV resort in Moore Haven Fla for a month!!!
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    • Debbie Lockey
      Minton Reunion December 15 LakeMagic for now. Great place. Great people. Too
    • Debbie Lockey
      Clayton and Renee December 15 Congrats! That insurance stuff can be a bit intense. Wish I was headed to FL - Renee talked me into AZ and southern CA this year
    • Debbie Lockey
      Rich & Pat Tardell December 15 Sorry for your loss, but looks like a great new start.  I was surprised when I was able to get a reservation at TT just outside Disney World from the 19th thru the 2nd.  Unfortunately, we are stuck in Livingston, TX waiting on repairs to th...  more
    • Debbie Lockey
      Peggy Dame December 15 Good for you. Have fun. We wanted to stay at M but couldn’t get in. We will be in Zolof Springs for all of January
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      • Debbie Lockey
        Debbie Lockey December 15 We've never stayed there before, but it looked and sounded good. We will know in a couple of days!!
    • Debbie Lockey
      Carol Ann Lee Bennett December 16 Congratulations on being Full-Time RVers. We're still working at getting our house on the market. 
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  • Lois Michele
    Lois Michele: December 14
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      SouthParkSteve December 15 Any time you burn propane, one of the byproducts is water vapor.  This means any cooking or heating of your RV when it is closed up will cause condensation.  If you open your roof vents, that will help some, but you can also go to Walmart and bu...  more
    • Lois Michele
      Mike Hendrix December 15 I owned a 2000 winnebago adventurer for around 10-years.....it was a great RV we put 104,000 miles on it and completely wore out the interior ---- that is why we sold it.  Living in Florida and avoiding COLD at all costs I think you should be looking...  more
    • Lois Michele
      Clayton and Renee December 15 I agree with everything said except the furnace does not add moisture since the byproducts of combustion are separated from the airstream and are expelled outside. Condensation occurs when a surface temperature falls below the dew point temperature of the...  more
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      • Lois Michele
        Lois Michele December 15 Hello, There is a lot of condensation around the windows. That is why I suspect that the metal frame of the RV is weeping.
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      Yoopers Don & Mary December 15 We bought a small dehumidifier and that helps, but in an extreme case, the bucket of Damp Rid should be your first step.
    • Lois Michele
      Dave and Vicki McKenna December 16 We bought a large(for a RV) dehumidifier for use in humid climates. We mostly us it  when we are in Livingston TX in the winter. It's amazing how much water it pulls out of the air. 
  • Karen Grace
    Karen Grace:
    December 14We're looking to camp nearby San Diego in February. It looks like there are 7 or 8 different county parks. Any leads or suggestions on the best ones to try? Thanks.
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    • Karen Grace
      Lynn and Michael December 14 We used the Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. Great spot! 
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    • Karen Grace
      R((OOO))ger December 14 are you just looking at county parks? were do you wish to stay/location? What will be your schedule while here? CAmpland on the BAY RV Resort is close into SD/on the mission bay in Pacific Beach. 9 miles from Balboa Park/ZOO, 3 miles by bike to the Pacifi...  more
    • Karen Grace
      Karen Grace December 14 We've stayed at a few county parks and they seem like a good fit for us.  Thanks for the ideas.
    • Karen Grace
      BJP23 December 14 I have no suggestions on county parks. The length of vehicles is pretty restrictive and unless you have reserved 6 months in advance, you may have issues getting a reservation. We usually stay at Paradise by the Sea in Oceanside. Unfortunately, it's prett...  more
    • Karen Grace
      Judy&Rick December 15 I second the Sweetwater Summit. We stayed there last year for 3 weeks. Inexpensive, full hookups, close to town.  Cons: they will not except packages, close to freeway and airport flight path, some sketchy people coming in late (no nighttime locked g...  more