Small House Big World

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Staying Put (For Now) – An Update!

When I arrived to Colorado at the beginning of August I decided it was time to consider parking the RV and staying put for a while. There are many reasons why I found the idea appealing, but my primary motivation was being able to better develop in-person relationships. I decided to choose Colorado specifically because of…

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Redwoods and Beaches! Northern California

One thing we’ve learned so far about living a more nomadic lifestyle:  It is tricky to have to plan around being somewhere at a specific time.  In “normal” life, having a flight to catch can be a stressful event – you worry about running late, you have to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything, etc. In RV…

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Portlandia!

First of all, time to brag. A school bus driver complimented me on my driving of the RV. And it sounded like a really genuine compliment too. Yep, that’s right folks. A person who drives large vehicles for a living thinks I do a good job of driving a large vehicle. It was a big moment…

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Deadwood, Lead and More Repairs (1993 RV, You Sneaky Devil)

Kelly and I have been staying about 6 miles down the road from Deadwood, South Dakota. Deadwood is interesting. It is an old gold-mining town in the Black Hills where back in the late 1800s prostitution was rampant and people like “Wild Bill” Hickock and Calamity Jane lived and thrived. Life in Deadwood allegedly looked much like it…

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Go West Young Max! (so much has happened)

These last few days have been an absolute whirlwind.  After nearly a full month in Minnesota, both Kelly and I were feeling the itch to get going and see some new things. We may have gone a bit too far, literally. We have travelled over 800 miles since Thursday. We have seen forests, grasslands, Badlands, and Black Hills….

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Everybody Get Your Lean On

About a month ago, back in Cincinnati, a nice old man camping nearby came over to chat with us. He wanted to let us know that the rubber pieces attached to our rear suspension looked a bit worn. He was familiar with the problem because he had just replaced his own rear suspension recently.  As…

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Carrying a Heavy Load

If you are like us, you probably figured the worst of our plumbing issues were over. No such luck. This afternoon Kelly and I were a little surprised to find that our black tank was totally full. Now – each of the tanks has a sensor that tells you how full it is. Our black tank had…

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How Much Will it Cost to Start Living Full-Time in an RV?

One of the most important questions we needed to answer before switching over to full-time life in an RV was: Can we afford it? Can we buy the type of RV we’d like with cash or will we need to get a loan? How much will it cost to move all our stuff from Chicago…

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Joining an RV Membership Club

We decided to do some research on if we should join an RV membership club of some sort before we set off. There are a ton out there, but we see a few repeatedly recommended to us that we felt were worth checking into. Below I will go through what I came across in my research, along…

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Holy Sh*t I’m Driving a Living Room

At the time of our RV purchase, Kelly did not have his driver’s license, as he hadn’t needed to drive while living Chicago with its glorious public transit options (or… Uber). When it came time to purchase the RV, Kelly tried to obtain a new license, but due to some unforeseen bureaucratic issues with the…

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In All It’s Glory.

On December 22nd 2014, Kelly and I became the new owners of a 1993 Pace Arrow by Fleetwood. According to Fleetwood, this model is “the leading edge of refinement”. After a very thorough scouring of internet listings across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, Kelly and I found our new home.  You can see the final stages of decision-making…

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Finding The One: The Top 5 and Price Tiers

After my previous post on the top candidates for our Class A motor home, I did another round of culling the option pool further.  My goal was to get the list to 10 units, with a clear preference within each price tier ( <10, 10-15,15-20,20+).  I made a grid with the units broken down by…

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Getting closer to finding The One

After what feels like an eternity scouring the Internet, I’ve managed to cull the list of candidate Class A motor homes down to a modest 15 units.  Our search criteria was as follows: Within about 3 hours of either Chicago or Detroit Sticker price under $25k, although I am using NADA Low prices to consider what…

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Some Rigs We’ve Seen

2002 Fleetwood Bounder 37′ – USAdventureRV, Joliet IL Quoted Price: $27,500 NADA Low Retail: $26,000 ($33,500 @ 6k miles) Anna took this one for a test drive and  thought was a nice unit for the price.  It was a good rig to see to give us a baseline of what to expect in the mid-20k range.  This…

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Hitting the Dealerships

This weekend Kelly and I took a trip to the outskirts of the Chicago area to check out some dealerships. Our main goal was to talk to some knowledgeable folks and get a feel for what we want for the RV. Seeing these things in person makes SUCH a difference.  I think we learned more in the…

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Cases For and Against Towing

Even so early into our adventure, before we’ve even started looking at vehicles, we have to make a decision.  Do we tow our Honda Accord behind our (currently theoretical) Class A motorhome?  We hashed out plenty of cases for, and against, doing so.  We reviewed loads of posts from other bloggers who have also struggled with…

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