Showing posts from November, 2016

RV Boot Camp

One of the things that helped us determine our launch date for full-time RV life was our desire to attend RV Boot Camp.  Escapees, Inc in Livingston, TX hosts this wonderful, informative weekend training twice a year.  We were able to get a reservation at the November camp.  We spent three days at the Rainbow's End Park and attended the Boot Camp there.

We were definitely the youngest attendees, but it was so worth it!  We learned so much about how to maintain and repair things, about fire safety as well as personal safety on the road. We were able to get our trailer weighed, and not just a typical overall weight. They weigh each tire separately to determine how well the contents inside are distributed and how much weight the truck is able to handle easily.  We passed! They said that most of the RVs they weigh are overweight, and it affects the safety of the rig on the road.  We would highly recommend this to anyone with an RV.  For more information go to

Repairs Already?

It doesn't matter what size or shape your house is - a single family home, and apartment, or even an RV - there are lots of repairs to be done.  Over our first month, we discovered several items that needed repair. Some were minor, but some were pretty major. Anything that involves the black tank (sewer) and water leaking is major in my mind.  We had planned to spend some time in the Tulsa area visiting my parents and other friends in the area.  Since there was a repair shop for our warranty company there in town, we decided to stay with my parents and put the trailer in the shop.

They couldn't get it in right away, so we were able to spend a couple of days working on some "remodeling" that we had wanted my dad to help us with anyway.  He helped us build a huge drawer for the basement (underneath storage area) of the trailer, some shelves for the kitchen cabinets, and some other small projects.  We are so thankful for his help.

While the trailer was getting repaired, w…

Our First Month

And we're off....  Leaving our wonderful neighborhood in Belton.

Our first RV park experience was at the Trail Side RV Park in Grain Valley, MO.  We needed a place to stay in KC for month between closing on the house and our launch date.  But we needed something that wasn't too far away from our jobs since all three of us were still driving to work every day.

Trailside RV Park was next door to the dealership where we purchased the trailer, and it was only about 15 minutes away from Shelterwood where I was working.  Being there was very helpful. We had to have one of the technicians from the RV service department come ove
r one day to show us how to get the hot water heater turned on correctly.  I also enjoyed a short commute to work; however, Jeff had to drive about an hour each was, just like I had been doing for the past three years.  Times like that help us understand each other a little more.

One of the weekends we were there, we decided to make a trip to the lake with some fr…