How to $ave at campgrounds around the USA

We have several different websites and apps that we use to find inexpensive places to stay when we are traveling.  One of our favorites is Passport America.  They offer 50% discounts at many campgrounds all over the country. Their website and app make it easy to search the areas where we want to be or will be driving through.  Each campground sets their own rules regarding which days of the week they will allow the 50% discount, and many also have a limit to how many days you can stay at the discounted price.  However, with a little planning, you can easily save quite a bit of money and still stay in nice campgrounds with full hookups.

For the month of January 2017, they are offering an extra 6 months free when you purchase a one-year membership - use the link below.  It has been so worth the $44 we spent last year, and we have now renewed for another couple of years.   If you stay at any of their campgrounds for more than 2 nights a year, it will pay for itself.

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December in Kansas City

We left Rochester on December 1st and spent 4 days driving to Kansas City boondocking along the way at truck stops and Cracker Barrel parking lots.

We enjoyed some of our favorite things while in KC - barbeque, ice cream, music concerts, SNOW (not a favorite), board games and lots of time with people we love.

Our son lives in KC, and our daughter and son-in-law came up from Texas so we were able to celebrate Christmas together as well as spend time with so many friends in the area. Yay!

While seeing friends and family have definitely been worth it, the COLD has been insane here.  We had our first "run out of propane = no heat night."  Now we know that even though we have two propane tanks, we can't allow the 2nd one to get below about half-full when it's cold weather.   We had frozen pipes two of the nights that the temperatures dipped below zero degrees. Crazy cold!   We found a way to pipe warm air down into the area where the pipes are lying on the cold metal I-beam …

New Business Venture

During our stay in NY, I launched a new business.  I found something that I absolutely love, and something I can easily do while on the road.  I'm now a Color Street stylist.  Color Street is a new company that launched in June, and they sell 100% nail polish strips.   Most of my business comes from sales on my website, but I was able to do a few craft / vendor shows along with my sister-in-law who also signed up with Color Street.  It was so much fun to give away free samples so people could try out the polish and then watch their excitement when they realized how easy it was.

I took some space in the spare bedroom and set up an office area so that I wouldn't be working from the couch and Jeff and I would have separate work areas and be able to focus better.

If you'd like more information about Color Street, contact me or check out my website:

To try a free sample, fill out my form HERE.

Four Months in One Place?

Yes, we just spent 4-1/2 months in one place, but it was SO WORTH IT.    When we arrived at Jeff's parents' house in New York last July, his mom had just recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  Because of some other medical complications, chemo was not an option, and we knew time with her was limited. So we made the decision to be there with her until the end.

Other than our couple of short trips to visit friends nearby (see previous posts,) we stayed there in their driveway.  Jeff was still able to work full-time, I started my own new business (future post to come,) we helped out with grocery shopping and cooking, and we were able to spend every evening visiting, playing games, and spending time together.   She once commented to us that she felt like she had messed up our travel plans.  We assured her that our plans are "to be wherever we want to be, whenever we want to be there; and right there with her was what we wanted."

She passed away in November and will …

Where to dump the RV sewer?

In New York and most of the northeast part of the country, the camping season ends in October.  Most campgrounds are closed by Oct 15th, and for sure by the end of the month.  We had been driving to a nearby campground every couple of weeks to dump our sewer. But once November rolled around, we could no longer use their dump station. We began searching for other campgrounds in the area, but everything was closed.  The nearest Flying J Truckstop with a dump station was over an hour away.  One of Jeff's friends from high school mentioned that the city allowed RVs to dump at the Sewer Treatment Plant.   Sure enough, and it was even cheaper than the campground where we had been going.

We had to go to the City Hall and purchase an RV Dump Pass that we took with us to the Sewer Treatment Plant.  We were able to go downtown one time and purchase three passes and have them on hand for future weeks.

So for any of our other RV friends who might need to find a place to dump the sewer, check ou…

New Jersey and Lancaster, PA

After leaving NYC, we wanted to visit some friends who live in New Jersey. We called ahead and asked the manager at the Walmart if they allowed overnight parking, and they did.  So we parked in the parking lot there on Monday afternoon. While Jeff worked, I was able to do some grocery shopping at the Walmart and the Aldi that were both in the same parking lot. We met our friends for dinner at the Olive Garden right outside our door and had a great time. Seeing friends all over the country has truly been a blessing!   

The next morning, we drove to Lancaster, PA - more driving adventures!  Because we were trying to avoid the Jersey Turnpike, we ended up going right through Philadelphia.  Yes, I use three different devices / apps to navigate.  I hate it when all three of them disagree with each other.  It makes for a somewhat stressful day.  But we made it!

We stayed at the Circle M RV Park.  This is a campground that doesn't assign spots so we were able to drive around until we found…