[fool-tahym fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]
1. basic social unit consisting of parent/s and their child/ren, who sell everything they own, pack up themselves and what’s left into something slightly bigger than a breadbox and head out onto the open road!
2. basic social unit consisting of parent/s and their child/ren, who enjoying spending large amounts of quantity time with each other, exploring their world together – no matter what they call home!
3. group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, meet up on the road and/or travel together.
Usage in a sentence – We are a Fulltime Family!
Fulltime Families is an all encompassing membership program for families on the road, or families aspiring towards a location independent lifestyle.
Our members receive the support they need to transition from a sticks and bricks life to living life’s greatest adventure.
Fulltime Families Members can take advantage of thousands of dollars of savings on the goods and services essential to the lifestyle.
As a Fulltime Families Member you won’t have to pay full price for:
- Campground Memberships
- Campground Discount Programs
- Roadside Assistance
- Oil Changes and Automotive Maintenance
- Roadschooling Materials
- Sun Shades
- Specialized Training for making money on the road
- And tons more savings!
Every month, our members are treated to timely and accurate information from our multimedia e-mag. Fulltime Families Magazine will deliver, straight to your inbox; ideas, tips and advice specifically tailored to the needs of families living in RVs and those preparing for the ultimate adventure. From how to celebrate birthdays and holidays, destination reviews and innovative storage solutions, the articles in Fulltime Families Magazine will help you alleviate confusion, save you from wasting time and money, and help you spend more quality time with your family.
Do your family and friends think your crazy for wanting to live in an RV fulltime? Well join the club (literally!). Come to one of our rallies and meet like minded families, destined to be life long friends! A Fulltime Families Rally is a 4 (and sometimes more) day event where you’ll meet other families who have sold it all and hit the road. There’s tons of family friendly activities for every age group (we’ve had attendees as young as 3 mos old!). Campfires, field activities, science projects, educational exploration, talent shows, costume contests, RV decorating, seminars, pancake breakfasts and late night marshmallow roasts – you name it! So much fun, you won’t want to leave (and you may not have to if you live a flexible, location independent lifestyle).
So join the family today and start getting your life off hold and on the road!
Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step by step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality. She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.
I do not remember the last time that I used the stove. But I have a great excuse. The only thing I know how to heat up is a teabag. The downside? I eat out every day and the quality of the nutrition I put into my body is not nearly as good as I know it ought to be.
This is why Carolyn Hansen’s book 100 Healthy Raw Snacks And Treats, looks so appealing to me. Now the truth is, even though I know I could benefit from eating these amazingly mouth-watering delights, I probably never will. Why? Because I am lazy, and the idea of having to go to the store to get ingredients, put them in a blender, and then simply pour them out onto a tray seems like a lot of work to me. But you might not be as lazy as I am, and you might be prepared to take a couple of steps to eat healthy snacks rather than the store-bought items that are poisioning me.
Well, posioning might be too strong a word. Still, we all know that the sugar, butter, and other chemical additives that fill traditional snacks are doing none of us any favors. They all contribute in the long run to obsesity and other chronic diseases associated with poor nutrition. This is why when someone comes up with a set of healthy food alternatives we should all take notice, rather than continue to be lazy like I am. I am going to suffer the consequences of my actions, I have no doubt. But that does not mean that you need to do the same.
At least I hope you do not. At the very least, do me a favor and go have a look at the recipe book that Carolyn is offering on her site. If you take a glance at that Strawberry Fields Forever cheesecake alternative, or the Carob Fudge, and you still don’t bite (ha ha) then I will know that I did my bit to help your ward off the coronary disease or the hypertension that likely will catch up with you one of these days. Assuming you eat as poorly as I do, that is. You don’t, do you?
The bottom line: you will want to go check out 100 Healthy Raw Snacks And Treats, if you are less than satisfied with the quality of the snacks that typically end up inside you over the course of a day.
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Living and traveling in a camper can mean that you will find campgrounds in limited to low cellular service. If you’re like me, you rely on the internet and cellphone for you day to day work and education for the children. I have been to several campgrounds before I got the booster and would have to leave early or pack up the computer and go to the recreation center or a coffee shop so I could browse the web or make a phone call. Since I’ve had the zBoost YX545 SOHO, I now don’t have to worry. It has saved me numerous times in campgrounds with low cell signal. Matter of fact, I am using it right now to create this product review.
What’s included - The package includes everything you need for an easy installation. The base unit, base unit antenna, power supply, low-loss SATV coaxial cable RG-59 (mini), signal antenna and mounting hardware. The omni-directional signal antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers.
- Increases indoor signal coverage-up to 3000 sq ft
- Supports multiple users simultaneously
- Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
- Increases voice and data transmission
- Decreases dropped or missed calls
- Easy to set up – comes complete with everything you need
- No cradle or connections to your phone
- Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
- Protects the carrier network using patented technology
Installation & Performance – I installed the zBoost YX545 SOHO in my 35’ 5th wheel
. The installation took about an hour and the hardest part was running the coax cable to make it hidden and neat.
I placed the zBoost in the living area of the camper for best performance as noted in the documentation. I connected the base antenna, connected all the cables, plugged the unit in, and watched my cell phone bars rise from one to full. I couldn’t be more impressed. I then took my phone and walked all around the camper on the inside and out. I was receiving the same signal from the unit even outside at the picnic table. This meant that I could work outside and not be limited to service only within the camper. What a huge bonus! I have also found that with my internet data card that uses the cellphone service, data download speeds are much faster, web pages loaded in a flash, and upload speeds are impressive. While some people at the same campgrounds are stuck on the old EDGE cellphone technology due to lack of connection strength, I am able to use 3G service that provides 10x faster data speeds then the EDGE.
All around, the quality of the product is superb, the benefits are huge, and the price for the unit is excellent.
Disney world is a great place for families to go on vacation and unwind from the normal day to day activates that can cause us to lose focus of fun in our lives. Although this is a great vacation spot, it can be very expensive. This article will include some tips on how to save money when visiting The Mouse.
a. If you are camping in an RV, stay off site in a local campground within a short driving distance to the park.
b. If staying in a hotel, there are several surrounding area hotels off site that will have the same amenities at a lower rate per night.
a. Bring your own snacks and lunch to the parks. You can pack a cooler and bring waters, fruits, and other snacks with you.
b. Disney does have a Dinning Plan that you can purchase. These plans are much cheaper than paying as you go through the park if you intend to eat out.
c. Eat dinner out of the parks at local food chains or buffets. Orlando is known for having the most buffets. You can feed a family of 4 at one of these buffets for around $10.00 per person.
a. Purchase souvenirs and gifts from local resellers in the area. You can find the same gifts and souvenirs at the Outlets or even from bargain gifts hops.
4. Tickets to the Parks
a. Outside the parks are used tickets for sale. There are signs everywhere for these shops. You can purchase a 1 week pass that has 1 or 2 days used on it for about 50% off. Do the research and save tons of money this way.
5. Purchase a Disney Vacation Guide
a. Guides can help you get the most out of your vacation by giving you tips on what to see, where to go for the best deals, and how to get the most for your money.
Follow some of these important steps on how to save money on your trip and you will have a great family adventure and still not brake the checkbook.
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What’s your RV Emergency Escape Plan?
Author: Maine Good Sam RV Club
We are happy to share the following as we saw it on the Rv . Net Blog . It is Important for Safe Travels! We want you to stay safe! www.MaineGoodSams.org ==================================================== When we plan a trip in our RV we tend to think about all of the good aspects of the upcoming adventure. Where we are going, what we’ll do when we get there, and all of the things we will see and experience along the way. What we don’t really think about is what if something happens during the trip and everybody needs to exit the RV in a hurry. What if there is a fire? What if the entry door is blocked and you can’t get out. What’s the plan? Is there a plan? I don’t want to worry anybody. My intent is to bring awareness to the possibility that something like this could happen, so you can discuss it and be prepared in the event of an emergency. An RV emergency escape plan is just one of those things lots of folks don’t think about. For starters, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires that RV’s have emergency escape windows. Make sure that everybody(old enough) traveling with you in the RV knows where the emergency escape window is located and how to use it. It’s a good idea to practice using it so you are familiar with how to get out of the RV in case of an emergency. Consider elderly persons and small children. Can they exit the emergency window without assistance, and if not what is the plan. Here are some more important considerations when formulating your escape plan: * In the event of an emergency the mission is to get everybody out of the RV quickly and in an orderly fashion. *You should have an emergency escape plan for the front of the RV and the rear of the RV. * Time is your biggest enemy if there is a fire. An RV can fill with smoke in as little as one minute. * Design an escape plan specific to the needs of the individuals in the RV. * Sketch your plan on paper and indicate which windows and doors can be used to escape. Review the plan with everybody in the RV. Make sure each adult understands their duties when it comes to assisting others. * Make sure everybody knows where the emergency escape window is located and how to use it. * Make sure everybody knows how to use other windows and door latches in the RV, before there is an emergency. * Practice your escape plan so everybody is familiar with how to get out of the RV in case of an emergency. * If possible, designate a meeting place outside where everybody will meet immediately after exiting the RV so you can get accountability. * When everybody is safely out of the RV call 911 for help. * Never re-enter a burning RV! Most importantly, do not risk your personal safety, or the safety of others, attempting to put a fire out. The first step is to get everybody out of the RV and away from the fire safely. Have somebody call 911 for help, and if you can’t extinguish the fire within the first minute or so let the professionals handle it. Brought to you by Your friends at Maine Good Sam www.MaineGoodSams.org this article is text as it appears on the website http://ow.ly/15Xnwk Oct 26 2009 by Mark Polk
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/rvs-articles/whats-your-rv-emergency-escape-plan-1383569.html
Most people wait for their dreams to come true. Not Kimberly Travaglino. She made hers come true, then she set out to help others with the same dream make theirs come true too.
Travaglino’s wasn’t a life-long dream. Actually, it came on quite suddenly. She stepped into a pop-up camper and was overwhelmed at the simplicity of it.
“I thought to myself, I could live like this. I could do this. Maybe not in a pop-up fulltime, but in an RV. And from that moment on I became passionate about simplicity and simplifying our lives.”
Initially, Kimberly’s husband Christopher was not onboard with her idea. Wasn’t sure about living a counter-culture lifestyle as a vagabond, the stereotyping, a nontraditional education for their children. That didn’t stop Kimberly’s pursuit of “the dream.” She researched, studied, asked questions, and took Christopher to an RV rally.
At the rally, the Travaglinos met people who were ‘doing it.’ Saw how they were doing it, that it was possible, and fun, and wonderful. At the end of the rally those other people were spending another day or two there, or going off on their own adventure. Christopher would be going back to work. But what he really wanted to do was spend another day or two at the rally or head out on an adventure. He could live like this. We could do this. And now the dream was his too.
When Kimberly does something, she does it thoroughly. She wasn’t going to set out on this adventure until she was fully prepared. She searched high and low for information specific to their situation. Particularly information about traveling and full-timing with children, having a baby while living and traveling in an RV, resources, things to do, places to go, homeschooling, accommodating a special needs child..
She didn’t find much.
Upon finding this void, Kimberly did as Kimberly does, she filled it. Fulltime Families was born. So great was her passion for simple living and full-time families, she was compelled to provide for others the very thing she needed herself – advice, support, guidance, opportunities to socialize with other families, tips on stretching every dollar while making the most of the travel experience.
Fulltime Families www.fulltimefamilies. com is a social organization committed to supporting full-time families (and wannabes) in their adventures and aspirations. Membership has a long list of benefits, resources, discounts, social opportunities, free things, cheap things, local things, training, information, support, and even a family finder.
“Sometimes this simplified lifestyle is a little more complicated than I expected,” says Travaglino. “Six people living in 350 square feet, planning locations, and RV repairs – I spend twice as much time looking for repair materials for the RV than I ever did in Home Depot looking for materials for repairs on our house.”
Don’t head out on the road with debt.
Don’t delay – put your feet on the road in the direction you want to go.
Don’t wait, just do it.
“It took us three years to get ready,” Kimberly says. “Every time I went to the store I asked myself about each purchase, ‘Do I want to buy this or have breakfast at the Grand Canyon next year?’ Grand Canyon usually won.”
Do you have a dream to RV full-time? Want to learn how you can make that dream come true? Maybe just curious? Join Kimberly for a free webinar July 14 and she will show you how you can do it too. Go here: https: //www3.gotomeeting. com/register/341188614 right now and register for Making Your Family’s Fulltime Dreams a Reality.
See you on the road.
Visit Fulltime Families for more info on how to get started and what you need!
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Fulltime Families Camping Club and Magazine is for anyone that dreams of or is actively living on the road full-time. This club offers a monthly camping magazine, exclusive discounts to its members on products and services that support the full-time RV lifestyle, and quarterly rallies in 4 different time zones. This club is great for families that are traveling around via RV, Travel Trailer, 5th wheel, or motor homes.
The owners of the club (Chris & Kimberly Travaglino) are dedicated to serving and assisting its members so they can have a better RV experience. Fulltime Families has also written a book called “How To Hit The Road“. This book will help you from start to finish on what you need to do to prepare yourself and your family for this experience, how to get your finances in order, what type of RV to purchase, and many more useful information that will make your plan a to hit the open road a success.
Quarterly rallies are a great place for other families to meet and share their experiences. Fulltime Families has hosted 2 rallies so far and has a Halloween rally coming up in Tombstone AZ. You can find out what to expect by clicking here. Also, check out the previous Astoria OR Rally and the photos and videos on how that turned out by clicking here.
Another nice feature on the Fulltime Families Website is the “Family Finder“. This is where you or another member can post the city they are currently camped in and can offer recommendations on where to camp, what to see, or you can schedule a meeting to hang out for the day with other people on the road. This will help you to learn about what being on the road is about or if your already on the road, gives your family to hang out with others.
Fulltime Families is a fun organization for families that love to camp, travel, and explorer. Check em out at http://fulltimefamilies.com
RV Travel With Kids is a website dedicated to the RV Family On The Road. This site will prepare you to hit the open road and support you while your traveling. The site will discuss topics on where to camp, what to see, and RVing tips.
We are currently on the road full-time and run a nation wide camping club fo families on the road. You can find us at http://fulltimefamilies.com. Please check out this page for more resources, a monthly magazine, and deep discounts and savings that you will use on the road. Some of these include Passport America, Good Sam Club, Camping World, Oil Can Henry’s, and many more.
See you do the road!
Chris and Kim