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We Stayed at a waterfront RV Resort for FREE! But what did it really cost us?

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Recently, Brian and I stayed at a beautiful RV Resort on the Colorado River for FREE.  The price for a 4 night stay at this resort and all its amenities was 90 minutes of our time attending a resort membership presentation - also called a "resort tour".  Sort of like a timeshare presentation.   We were excited to stay at this park given its waterfront proximity on the Colorado River and had heard a lot about the exciting amenities.  In fact, my parents stayed here several years before us and loved it!  The cherry on top was that our contact in the promotions and marketing department verbally promised us a waterfront spot along with several other free gifts in exchange for our time.  How could we go wrong?!

After driving 3.5 hours from Las Vegas, we finally arrived at registration with eager anticipation of getting to our waterfront site.  We could see the Colorado River and it looked awesome!  Now...I'm sure you can guess what happened!  That's right...no waterfront …

Boondocking Jackpot | Beautiful Locations in the Desert Southwest

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By golly, we hit the jackpot!  Nope, not in Las Vegas but in the Desert Southwest!  This winter, Brian and I not only accepted a challenge to boondock (dry camp with no amenities) for at least 30 days, we also committed to boondocking around the Desert Southwest.  Even though we hail from the SW, we've never spent more than a week exploring it in our motorhome.  One, because we didn't have the resources to do so, and two, we didn't have the time. What we found both awed and inspired us to do more of it!!  If you're considering boondocking and looking for free and inexpensive areas to do so, here are four areas we've loved so far!


Quartzsite, Arizona Where is the boondocking area:  If you're looking for free, yet want to be near (within 10 miles) of facilities (gas, water, propane, etc.), consider 95 S to the La Paz Valley Turnoff.  On the right side are numerous boondocking areas that are wide-open and gorgeous!  Also available are four Long Term Visitor Areas (…

It's Only A Matter of Time | How & When to Check Your Tires | FMCA

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Have you checked your tires lately? Why, yes we have!  Recently I had a boulder literally jump out in front of me on the highway and hit it square on!  I was following Brian in the Jeep GC onto the highway when WHAM!  A loud bang occurred at the same time the Jeep lifted up and then down.   I swear this rock was a boulder, but Brian thinks it was a wee bit smaller 😉

I radioed Brian at the same time he was noticing a pressure loss on the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system), indicating something wrong with the driver's side front tire of the Jeep.  We pulled over and sure enough, the bead broke from the impact of that rock.  Aaaargh!  Another repair!



This whole situation got me thinking about tires.  We've had pretty good luck with both the motorhome and Jeep tires since we departed for full time life back in May 2019.  In our latest YouTube video, we share how and when we check our tires and our plans for when they need to be replaced.  Eventually this happens to everyone! …

30 Day Off-Grid Challenge! Hacks and Results! Could You Do It?

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Have you ever spent a month living off-grid?  Letting the sun be your energy source, nature be your entertainment and time be your guide?

While Brian and I have boondocked many times before, we challenged ourselves and our rig to go off-grid, in the AZ desert for 30 days.  In our latest 4-part Boondocking series, we had five goals:  Test our rig's systems, see how efficiently we could use our resources, save money, complete some projects and SLOW DOWN!  

In Week One, https://youtu.be/8yhbNpuqFzQ  we covered our time in Quartzsite, AZ and the Big Tent event.  It was also our first LU Crew Meet Up location and time to be spent with friends and family.  We were off and running and four weeks of boondocking sounded like a breeze!  Waking up each morning to a crisp morning with a beautiful sunset was absolute heaven!  We were conserving water but burning through propane kind of quickly.  The night time temps were getting down there and storm clouds were hanging around.  All in all a gr…

How Much Does A RV Warranty Cost? Without One, We Spent over $10,000 Out of Pocket!

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After the release of our recent video  It's Done!explaining the unexpected engine rebuild on our 2008 Winnebago Sightseer motorhome, we received a number ofquestions from viewers on how much an average RV warranty costs.  As explained in our video, we chose not to purchase an RV warranty due to Brian's mechanical ability, but you know the saying "hindsight is 2020!" We never would have imagined the need to rebuild our engine with only 43,000 miles on our coach.  The thought NEVER entered our mind. The total cost of our repairs came to over $10,000!! I guess it goes to show you, you never know what could happen! 
 Brian and I partner with Wholesale Warranties because of their reputation in the RV community.  If we had purchased a warranty, this is who we would have gone with.  To answer some of the "cost" questions, we attach this informational blog from WW.  If you are interested in  receiving a no obligation quote or just need additional information, please…

CONGRATULATIONS to Our Holiday Give-away Winners!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Bruce Lindeman & Marilyn George who each won a $50 Amazon Gift Card in our Holiday Give-Away.  We appreciate all of our LU Crew who participated and shared your holiday greetings.  Brian and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Joyful 2020.  We'll see you on the road!


Surviving a Major Breakdown - Full-time RV Life

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When you live in your RV, your home is literally on wheels.  The upside is that you get to "live" in beautiful places, the downside is when it breaks down, you may be displaced.

When Brian and I started our full-time RV journey, we had a couple of "fears"that we hoped wouldn't be realized. Both involved something happening to our home whether it be a breakdown or an accident.  When you live in a traditional sticks and bricks home, you at least have the security of knowing you'll have a roof over your head when things breakdown like your AC, refrigerator or plumbing.  Add kids or pets to the mix and things get stressful.


Video of our Breakdown:  https://youtu.be/0voXyg9iozA

You have several concerns and issues to deal with when your RV breaks down.  Questions you may ask yourself:

1) How do I get it to a repair shop?  
2) Where do I get it repaired ?
3) Can I afford the repairs or how will I pay for it?  
4) How long will it take to repair?
and the BIG one 
5) W…