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How We Afford Health Care on the Road

When Brian and I decided to transform our lives by leaving everything behind, jumping in our 35’ motorhome and living on the road, health insurance and how we’d afford it was a HUGE concern. Both of us had great health insurance coverage through our employers and realized that by quitting our jobs, we’d lose that great coverage by the end of our first month. Our great coverage included medical, dental and vision. We researched a ton of plans, some even specific to the full-time RV community, but most were cost prohibitive for us. Afterall, we’d be living off our savings for the first year and didn’t want to spend almost $2,000 per month for medical premiums. PLUS, that $2,000 per month wouldn’t cover pre-existing conditions. So, as we hit the road, we chose the most cost-effective route and went with COBRA insurance. If you’re not familiar with COBRA, it’s offered to you when you leave a covered employer’s plan for up to 18 months. Basically, you remain on the same plan, same coverage, etc. continuing as if you were still employed. The only kicker is that you now pay your portion and the portion the employer was paying. Hence, a significantly higher monthly premium! We decided to go this route to ensure coverage of pre-existing conditions while we’re on the road our first year! Soon after our first year, we found we stayed relatively healthy and only saw a doctor for a sinus infection and renewal of medication. With that, we decided to go ahead and research one of the options we’d heard about originally, called Christian healthcare cost-sharing programs. There are a few out there and they’re similar in structure. Basically, a healthcare cost-sharing program is not an insurance program. Your expenses are not guaranteed to be covered, that decision is left up to the members who pay into the program. Additionally, you may not be able to claim any of your monthly payments for tax purposes. Your monthly payments are generally considered gifts and, in most cases, you must negotiate discounted cash payments, pay for services in advance and submit your bills for reimbursement. So why would you even consider joining such a program? Well, there are three main reasons! You’re relatively healthy, its affordable and you believe in helping others! In most cases there are no limits to who you choose as a provider and in some cases, pre-existing conditions can be covered. It IS a leap of faith participating in a Christian based healthcare cost-sharing program. After researching several well-known healthcare cost-sharing programs and obtaining referrals from other full-time RV’ers who participate in these programs, we settled on Christian Healthcare Ministries. If you’re researching, be careful to get the name right as there are a couple with very similar sounding names and domains. You can check out their website for more information, or if you’re ready to apply, we’d love if you used our referral link. Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM) offers three levels of participation. We chose the highest level called “Gold” and an add-on called “Brother’s Keeper” for catastrophic medical bills. Monthly, we pay $344 to cover Brian and I on the “Gold” plan and $45 per quarter for the “Brother’s Keeper” add-on. That’s a HUGE savings from what we were paying on COBRA or with the other high-deductible plans we researched. Also interesting to note about CHM: · CHM is a federally certified exemption to the individual mandate under the US Affordable Care Act · The longest-serving health cost sharing ministry, CHM has served members since 1981 · The ministry is a Better Business Bureau Accredited charity · Is the only healthcare sharing ministry mentioned on The Dave Ramsey Show. · Generous maternity program at the Gold level (at no additional cost) · No one is dropped or denied membership due to health conditions, nor are costs adjusted based on medical conditions or history The key to saving on this type of healthcare cost-sharing program is to know before you go! With that I mean you should spend some time comparison shopping for healthcare services and costs, negotiate discounts for cash pricing (self-pay) and understand the payment plans your healthcare provider offers. If you’re going to the doc for a routine exam, ask for a list of all the associated charges and let them know you want the cash or self-pay price. Additionally, ask them for any “cash price” or self-pay discounts – many will offer a significant discount for this! If the visit or procedure is going to be expensive, now would be the time to discuss a payment plan. It’s important to note that since healthcare cost sharing is not an insurance plan, you will have a period of time to wait for reimbursement. Asking your healthcare provider or facility to set up a payment plan gives you time to submit your bills and receive reimbursement from CHM. Some members also have a healthcare related credit card from Care Credit. A few comparison-shopping resources include: · www.newchoicehealth.com – a national marketplace to search procedures at self-pay rates in your local area. When asked about insurance type – use Uninsured/Self Pay. · www.MDsave.com – a national marketplace with healthcare provider relationships. Compares all-inclusive pricing, gives the number of quality of provider reviews, bio of each doctor and what procedure each doctor offers. · www.Healthcarebluebook.com/ui/consumerfront - A great tool for understanding pricing of many standard procedures. · www.fmma.org/shophealth - Simply use the services section to find procedures and pricing. The Providers tab gives you a list of providers and their locations. · www.hospitalcostcompare.com The key for this type of medical plan is to understand it is not an insurance plan, reimbursement is not guaranteed and you must take control of your medical expenses. If you’re relatively healthy and willing to do the upfront work and research, you can save a TON of money on monthly premiums. For dental and vision insurance, our plan had been to obtain these services South of the border in either Algodones or Puerto Penasco, MX. Both popular with full-time RV’ers and retirees in the Southwest. That is until Covid-19 reared its ugly head. For now, we’ll hold off on the dental and eye exams in anticipation that the border will open near the end of the year. By going to Mexico, you receive care from very qualified medical professionals (many trained in the United States) at a considerable discount over what you’d pay in the States. For example, you can receive an exam and cleaning for around $20!! But that’s not all! You can receive root canals, extractions, fillings and cosmetic dental procedures there as well. Additionally, you can find some great prices on eye exams, glasses and prescriptions in Mexico. So that’s our health insurance coverage in a nutshell. So far so good. At this point in time, we have not had to use our benefits with CHM, but we feel prepared should the need arise. In putting together this blog, I wanted to share what we’ve done to make life on the road a little more affordable. The healthcare cost-sharing program isn’t for everyone, but I feel strongly that it’s an option you should at least research. We don’t pretend to know all the ins and outs of the plans and highly recommend, if you’re interested, to do your research and compare options & plans. You may be pleasantly surprised! If you’re ready to apply, we’d love if you used our referral link: http://www.chministries.org/default.aspx?mem=499712 Thank you!! See ya on the road! ~Shawnna & Brian Please follow us on our other platforms as well! We share additional information not always contained on our website! 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Have you Heard??? We got THE DYRT – Did you??

Brian and I were recently contacted by founders, Sarah Smith & Kevin Long, of THE DYRT. The #1 ranked app for “camping”. We were thrilled and surprised to learn what a valuable camping and RV’ing resource this truly is. This resource is jam-packed with helpful information including campground & RV park reviews, downloadable (offline) maps, contests and prizes, 40% discounts on camping & RV parks, great discounts on outdoor gear, helpful forums for sharing of information, a magazine dedicated to all things camping & RV related and a soon to be released trip planner for one-stop shopping! Unlock a Year of PRO with this link: The Dyrt Pro Yes, there’s a FREE version of THE DYRT! But with the PRO version, you can save 40% off participating RV parks and campsites and with just one stay, you effectively recoup the cost of your membership! PLUS, don’t forget you’ll receive great discounts on outdoor products as well! And right now, you can save 40% off the regular PRO price (Regularly $35.99 NOW - $21.49) – that’s a great deal!! After 7/17/20 the discount will be 10% by using our link and Code LYF. Here’s the dirt – on THE DYRT!! Now you’ll know too! Community Features: • The largest campground database – with over 44,000 public and private campgrounds and parks • The most campground reviews – with 1 million user-submitted campsites, reviews and tips • The #1 ranked app for “camping” – in iOS App store and Google Play • Over 1.4 million website visitors per month • A new user joins THE DYRT every 50 seconds • Top camping search app THE DYRT hits 7-year high for traffic • New forums give campers a place to get questions answered with over 2,500 questions and replies • Monthly campground review contests, badges and prizes Ready to go PRO? Here’s what you’ll get, plus the opportunity to save MONEY! No WIFI? No Problem! Hit the Road with THE DYRT PRO Offline Maps and THE DYRT Downloadable Maps. These features allow campers to: • Spontaneously find camping offline without WIFI or cell service while on the road • Read campground reviews while offline • Download maps within THE DYRT PRO App which include data on campsites, campground info, and campground reviews • Sales of THE DYRT PRO have jumped over 2,000% in the last 60 days • A new camper is buying THE DYRT PRO every 5 minutes PRO Discount Club: PRO Camping and Gear Discounts • Allows campers to save 40% off your first night of camping fees, 10% off following nights • Bundles deals on campgrounds into an app RV’ers and campers are already using • Saves campers & RV’ers 30% on outdoor gear brands PRO Road trip Planner: A ONE-STOP SHOP! • Give you campground options between each destination • Find gas stations that accommodate your rig when you need them • Build out a road trip itinerary based on your stops, vehicle type, and camping preferences PRO BLM and National Forest Boundaries: (Coming September 2020) Who doesn’t love boondocking or FREE Camping? • PRO Boundaries will make it easier to find free camping and boondocking while offline • Find roads and routes leading to BLM and National Forest land with offline maps What are you waiting for?? Now you’ve got THE DYRT! Don’t delay signing up for the PRO while it’s at a 40% discount. Please use this link below to sign up! Unlock a Year of PRO with this link: The Dyrt Pro After 7/17/20, you can still get THE DYRT PRO at a 10% discount by following this link and using code: LYF. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Happy Trails ~ Shawnna & Brian Please follow us on our other platforms as well! We share additional information not always contained on our website! Facebook Instagram Pinterest YouTube (It’s FREE to subscribe) Twitter Email: Lyfuninterrupted@gmail.com And check out our favorite gear in our Amazon Store! Looking for Lyf Uninterrupted Merchandise? Check out what we have to offer! We love to test and review RV related products. Reach out to us at lyfuninterrupted@gmail.com *Lyf Uninterrupted is an affiliate partner of The Dyrt. We earn a small commission when you use the link and our code at check out. Thank you for supporting The Dyrt and our Channel. © All rights reserved, Lyf Uninterrupted Media, LLC

Our first YouTube Live Stream!
6/28 at 6:00 PM EST

Unfortunately, we had to postpone our live stream due to poor wifi connection.  We gave it the ole college try - even purchasing services from another provider - to no avail.  So disappointing!  We did shoot an update video to cover the topics we would have covered in the live stream.  Stay tuned for that!  We will reschedule our live stream in the very near future. We hope you'll join us for our very first YouTube Live Stream this Sunday, 6/28 at 6:00 PM EST.  We can't wait to hear what you've been up to and celebrate YOU as we reach 20,000 LU Crew members.  If you're not a YouTube subscriber, go ahead and hit that "Subscribe" button and ring the bell so you'll be notified when the live stream is launching.  Did you know, it's free to subscribe?  See you Sunday! Link to our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV-3NXSC2invGJYI1p8-G5w For additional information and to connect with Brian and I on other platforms, please check out:
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How We Save Money RV'ing | Travel Smarter Not Harder

When Brian and I set out on this journey of full time RV Life, we were somewhat at the mercy of fellow YouTubers who forged a path ahead of us.  I’m sure we’ve mentioned in our videos that not only did other YouTubers inspire us to do this, but they were a huge help in providing information as to what we’d need for the rig, for the pets and for us!   Having limited resources, we didn’t want to make a huge financial commitment to any clubs, memberships or discount programs until we determined our best style and mode of travel, whether it be RV parks or boondocking or a combination. A year’s now gone by – can you believe it – so we’ve had the opportunity to sit and reflect on what worked, what didn’t and our preferred style and mode of travel.  Here’s a list of how it all went down (or up) depending on how you look at it – LOL! Camping Memberships:  aka Lodging, RV Park Costs, Camping Fees THE BIG WINNER: - Thousand Trails + Trails Collection* – Cost: $750.00 – SAVED: $1,475 (75 Nights) If interested in a Thousand Trails membership, use this link:  www.thousandtrails.com and mention ID# R-0314922 We purchased our TT membership in September of 2019 when we knew we’d be heading to the East Coast and more TT locations would be available.  We’re so glad we did!  We stayed in some awesome locations where we could catch all the blue crab we wanted – right outside our door.  Had swaying palms and turquoise beaches as our view and were able to connect with family and friends in a location that had so much activity going on.  Yes, there were a few stinkers along the way, but overall, the value we received from our TT membership could NOT be beat.  Our advice to you if you’re RV Newbies is to purchase the basic membership and try it out when you’re going to be in locations where parks are plentiful.  You may like it, you may not.  You may find that boondocking is more your style.  We encourage you to try before you buy the big expensive plans unless you KNOW you’ll primarily stay in the parks and in locations where the parks are plentiful.  Insider tip:  Go to Sunshine Key RV Resort in Florida!  Put it on your list and start making reservations now.  You won’t be sorry!  And while you’re there, check out Bahia Honda State Park – GORGEOUS!! SECOND RUNNER UP: - Passport America – Cost: $44 – SAVED: $461 (25 Nights) Get 50% discount off nightly rates:  www.passportamerica.com Mention ID# R-0314922 Passport America is really the first membership we purchased.  We attended the 2019 Quartzsite show and they were selling at a special price for Veterans.  I think it was something like 2.5 years for the price of one, so how could we pass that up! We didn’t know much about PA, other than what we’d heard on YouTube from others.  We’re so glad we bought it and bought it early.  PA, if you don’t know, saves you up to 50% on the cost of participating RV parks per night.  There are restrictions, but for the most part, we were able to use it when and where we wanted.  From the beginning, we used our PA app to locate parks along our route and we spent on average about $20 for full hookups.  Now, let’s be honest here, the PA parks are not your typical KOA resort parks.  You get a parking space and hookups and many are located near railroad tracks, but the savings and convenience can be huge!  We found many PA parks in remote areas or small towns (again, near railroad tracks) and they were great for the one or two nights we used them.  Most have laundry facilities, showers, dog runs and play areas for the kids.  Brian and I consider this a must-have membership if you’re going to be traveling most of the year. PLEASANT SURPRISE: - National Park Pass/America the Beautiful – Cost: $80 – SAVED: $287 (24 nights + 4 national park entrances) Follow this link to learn more: www.usparkpass.com We call this one a pleasant surprise because we didn’t know a thing about it until a park ranger mentioned it to us.  After checking in and paying for our site at an Army Corps of Engineer park, the park ranger asked if we’d like to buy the pass.  When he told us our nightly stay would be cut in half, it was a no-brainer!  Not only do you get free entry to National Parks (think Grand Canyon), you also may qualify for ½ off your campground stay.  Because of this pass, we were turned on to the wonderful world of Army Corps of Engineer parks.  If you haven’t stayed in one, seek it out!  They’re usually at or near a lake, and are some of the best kept parks we’ve ever stayed at. BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS: - Harvest Hosts – Cost:  $49 – SAVED: $41 (3 nights) Get 15% off with this link: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/lyfuninterrupted If you’ve ever dreamed of sleeping in a vineyard, waking up with Alpacas or sipping cocktails next to a landing strip, Harvest Hosts is the way to go!  You’ll find some of the most unique locations and properties to set up camp for the night.  Yes, it’s recommended that you patronize the host by buying a bottle of wine, shopping in their store or whatnot, but you don’t have to go hog-wild.  Unless you’re camping on a hog farm – LOL.  No seriously!  We’ve heard some folks say they wouldn’t buy a HH membership because you don’t save money, but you do!  Think of the money you spend at the HH location as an entertainment expense or the cost of something you would purchase anyhow.  Look past the small donation and revel in the beauty of the where you are!  Brian and I have had some awesome evenings staying at wineries!  Best part, we only had to walk a few feet back to our home.  Unfortunately for us, we were experiencing engine problems in the latter part of the year and didn’t get to use our HH membership as much as we’d liked.  No worries, that’s what this year is for.  Once things start opening up, of course. SAVED US MONEY IN A PINCH: - Campendium & The  Dyrt Apps – Cost: $0 (but you can upgrade for more benefits) – SAVED:  $Unknown Follow these links for more information:  www.campendium.com or www.thedyrt.com Both Campendium and The Dyrt are camping apps that help you find places to camp.  Whether you’re boondocking (dry camping) or looking for an RV park, both helped us out in a pinch several times over the last year.  Not only do they include multiple modes of camping, they include reviews from other campers, locations, phone numbers, pictures and more.  More than a few times over the course of the year, we arrived at a location only to find it wouldn’t work for us for various reasons (either too tight or unlevel).  Our go-to was one of these apps to quickly find an alternative which could be a rest stop, cracker barrel, boondocking spot or another RV park for the night.  In some cases, we were able to shop around parks and find one with a more agreeable price range by using these apps.  If you don’t have them, you gotta get them! Fuel Savings Programs: aka “Where Can I Find Cheap Gas” This was an area, we researched and researched before heading out last year.  We knew gas would be one of our largest expenses and wanted to be sure we took advantage of any discounts out there!  We have a gas coach, so this information is only pertinent to gassers. We used three modes of savings last year: Gas Buddy Gas Savings Card:  Cost: $ FREE – SAVED: $49 For more information follow this link:  www.gasbuddy.com and use this code: EEHY6ZH Gas buddy saves you 5 cents per gallon (sometimes higher) at participating gas stations.  Some of the exceptions are Sams’s Club and Costco gas stations.  The card ties directly to your debit card.  That was a little scary for us, but so far no problems. Good Sam Savings Card:  Cost: $29 – SAVED: $117 (this includes gas, propane and a couple of RV park discounts we were able to utilize. For more information follow this link:  www.goodsam.com/club We originally purchased this membership to save money at Camping World (now Gander Outdoor) and found that it was also a fuel savings card.  You need to use it at Pilot or Flying J to get the discounts, but it’s been well worth it!  We can use it for propane and for some RV parks.  Honestly though, we usually look for a Passport America park or ask for a Veteran’s discount which is usually more than Good Sam offers. Sam’s Club Card: Cost:  $100 (we have the premier membership) – SAVED: $Unknown For more information follow this link:  www.samsclub.com We had this card prior to our full time RV life and already knew Sam’s Club gas stations sold gas for about 10 cents cheaper than regular stations.  When we can, which is not very often, we look for a Sam’s Club station to fill up.  If not, we resort to Gas Buddy or Good Sam. Repairs and Maintenance on the Road: aka, “Damn Good Thing We Had This One” SAVED OUR HINEYS: - Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) – Cost: $75, FMCA Roadside Assistance benefit – Cost: $129 – SAVED: $946 For $10 OFF your membership, please use our affiliate link: https://join.fmca.com/lyf19/ FMCA is a very reputable organization with tons of valuable information, discounts and support for the RV traveler.  Did you know, you don’t need to have a motorhome to be part of FMCA?  While we originally bought the standard membership, we thought it would be a good idea to purchase the Roadside Assistance benefit for JUST IN CASE!  Well, lucky or unlucky for us, JIC happened before our first year was finished.  That’s right, we had an engine problem while in Florida.  FMCA’s RA benefit covered the full cost of our towing (65 miles) as well as a portion of our 11 days displaced from our home.  It’s an excellent benefit to have and FMCA made the process super easy and comforting.  While we don’t expect to have any more engine trouble in the years to come, we still purchased this benefit JIC!!  Next up, we plan to utilize the tire discount program this year when Freeda needs new shoes! General Savings Credit Card: aka, “The Card with the Highest Balance” Sam’s Club Reward Mastercard: - Cost: $100 (premier edition) – SAVED: $751 (Cashback on Fuel & all Other) For more information follow this link:  www.samsclub.com This is another area that we researched intensely before hitting the road last year.  We knew we wanted a credit card with great cash back rewards for fuel, lodging, food and other expenses on the road.  We used this card for just about everything, which made it simple for us to track expenses each month.  If we could give you another word of advice, it would be to have and use a card that gives you back cash for the types of purchases you’re going to make.  Do your research as there are several out there.  This one happened to be the best for us! Membership that DIDN’T save us money! Escapees RV Club Membership: - Cost: $39 – SAVED: $0 For more information follow this link:  www.escapees.com Mention Lyf Uninterrupted Last but not least is the only membership that didn’t save us money over the last year.  Primarily, we didn’t have a chance to use it after purchasing it in December.  We had intentions of using it to stay at Escapees parks in AZ, but once we were ready, COVID 19 hit and we just haven’t had a chance.  They have several benefits that we haven’t taken advantage of along with a really nice magazine.  Perhaps we’ll get to use it in our second year, but this is one membership we’ll probably not renew.  FMCA and others just fit the bill for us. Other Ways to Save Money That Aren’t Membership or Program Related Additionally, there are others ways Brian and I look to save money on the road.  We love, love, love to boondock and the cost per night for that is ZERO!  By researching and changing our medical insurance provider for this year, we plan to cut our monthly premium in half !  Also, we changed our domicile from AZ to SD last June (through Americas Mailbox) and saved thousands of dollars on registration, title and insurance.  Thousands!  Our overall savings listed below are only for memberships, but we saved a ton over the last year by camping smarter not harder.  Stay tuned for an upcoming blog on how we cut our medical insurance premium in half! Tally for the Year: Total Cost       $1295 for all memberships Total Savings $ 4,086 across all memberships Your results may vary, depending on many factors.  This is how we saved money based on our travel style and location.  Overall message: Look into memberships and programs that will save you money on the road.  There are many out there and depend on where and how you travel.  Look at credit cards that will give you cash back.  And, before you commit to purchasing a membership or program, be sure to look for discounts.  We have several listed in our links above. We hope this information helps you as you sort through all the programs, memberships and discounts available for your camping and RV travels. For additional information and to connect with Brian and I on other platforms, please check out:

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Interview with The Best of Us - The Floros

We were flattered to be asked by YouTubers Deana and Duane Floro@thebestofusthefloros to attend a zoom interview where we discussed full time RV topics with fellow RV'ers and content creators. It was a great discussion loaded with ideas, suggestions, advice, challenges, celebrations and learning opportunities.  We hope you enjoy Part 1 and Part 2 below.  Check out their YouTube channel as well as our friendsTravels with Delaney @travelswithdelaney Let us know what you think! For additional information and to connect with Brian and I on other platforms, please check out: FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/lyfuninterrupted INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/lyf_uninterrupted  @lyfuninterrupted #lyfuninterrupted YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/lyfuninterrupted PINTEREST: www.pinterest.com/lyf_uninterrupted REDDIT: u/lyfuninterrupted  or u/mizcopilot We now have Lyf Uninterrupted MERCHANDISE! www.teespring.com/stores/lyfuninterrupted FIND OUR FAVORITE RV LIFE GEAR IN OUR AMAZON SHOP AT:  WWW.AMAZON.COM/SHOP/LYFUNINTERRUPTED For questions or to obtain our mailing address for product reviews:  lyfuninterrupted@gmail.com #rvlife #lyfuninterrupted #fulltimervliving #rvliving @travelswithdelaney @thebestofusthefloros

10 Question Challenge - Quarantine Edition

Hello LU Crew! Brian and I were recently challenged by our friends, Michael & Tiffany of YouTube channel "RV Diem", to answer the 10 RV Quarantine questions. We would have preferred to answer these questions via video, however, we're experiencing wifi challenges in our current boondocking location and by the time the video got out, the quarantine could possibly be over! So here are the answers to Lyf Uninterrupted's 10 Question challenge and stay tuned to the end where we nominate some of our friends to do the same! Here we go! Q1)  How many rolls of TP do you have at this moment? A)  We have three giant rolls!  Back at the beginning of the TP apocalypse, we were running low on TP!  We made a trek to Sam's Club and the only paper product on the shelf was a 1200 pack of napkins!  We went ahead an purchased in the unlikely circumstance we were unable to find TP.  You may have seen our video on that. LINK:  https://youtu.be/syEhGbHUmY0  Additionally, we were told to purchase blue shop towels as they're very soft on the bum and could be a great substitute.  We bought both.  Lo and behold a couple of weeks ago, we found a 24 pack of TP at a local Albertsons!  How ridiculous that I felt like I'd found the golden ticket!  I carried that pack with pride all the way to the cashier.  Never have I felt so accomplished! 🎉  What have we been reduced to?? 🤷‍♀️ Q2) What has been the biggest challenge since the lockdown? A)  Not being able to spend time with family and friends as planned.  We had reservations at a Thousand Trails in Mesa, AZ for two weeks.  Two days before we were to arrive, all TT's cancelled incoming reservations.  This meant we'd have to stay in Quartzsite where we were boondocking for an extended period.  Quartzsite is 2.5 hours from our family and because of this we were unable to spend the quality time we had wanted prior to our travel plans for the summer.  Staying connected and involved with our family has been a big challenge.  Telephone calls, texts, face time and emails are great, but actual hugs and face to face conversations are even better!  I know this has been a huge challenge for most of us during this time. Q3)  Where are you currently parked/docked? A)  As mentioned, we spent 22 days boondocking in Quartzsite, then had to move into an RV park there as the temperatures began to rise.  100 degrees in an RV is no fun! 🥵  Thankfully we have AC, but in order to run both, we needed electrical hookups.  Even with the hookups, the heat took it's toll on us and we began searching for higher desert boondocking.  We're currently chasing the 70's and located in higher desert in Tonopah Nevada.  We actually had to get our jackets out last night!  Score!!! Q4)  What have you gone without recently? A)  Well, I look like a calico cat and Brian's hair is long enough to braid.  We're seriously in need of a hair salon.  I procrastinated scheduling a hair appointment for root touch up and color back in March. By the time I got around to doing it, the Governor of AZ deemed hair salons to be "non-essential" and the one shop in Quartzsite shut down.  A friend of mine suggested trying a box color and doing my own hair.  Since I get highlights, lowlights and toner, I'm a weeeeee bit nervous about doing my own. For the meantime, I'm going to use a root touchup spray (to hide my skunk tail) in the hopes I can make an appointment at some point in Tahoe.  I won't lie, my hair looks terrible!  Brian's just going to wear hats until Sport Clips is open again!  Lucky duck! Q5)  What are you most grateful for? A) First and foremost, we're grateful that no one in our family has been diagnosed with Coronavirus.   Secondarily, having a RV that allows us to move around as needed and at the same time, being in the Southwest with very ample boondocking available. We've been able to hunker down in a beautiful place (Quartzsite) for the majority of the quarantine.  We'd still be there if the weather hadn't begun to turn.  We were in a beautiful location with wide open spaces, close to a small town and had terrific wifi and, we're only 2.5 hours from family if needed.  When it got too hot, we were able to take our home and move to higher ground.  We're now in another beautiful location. Q6)  What do you miss the most? A)  We miss our freedom 🇺🇸 .  Freedom we had to visit a brewery, hug our family, buy a personalized birthday cake, get our hair done, visit a national park, make reservations for more than one night in California, get a pedicure, make small talk with someone in the grocery store, shop a clothing store, grab a margarita at an outside patio, visit a museum, etc. etc.  This is a contentious topic for us, so we'll just stop here.  Our hearts  go out to all of the Americans who've lost their jobs and business owners who will lose their businesses.  It's a terrible thing.  We are still doing our best to support local businesses by purchasing take-out.  We hope our small contribution to your business will help you survive.  Hang in there! Q7)  How long has it been since you've been at a campsite? A)  I guess you could say we're currently at a campsite.  We're on BLM land which is free camping ⛺️ (dry camping) for up to 14 days.  The last time we were in an actual campground would be Picacho State Park campground 🌵  in Arizona.  Geeez, that was in December!!  How time flies! Q8)  What's your favorite quarantine food? A)  Hands down, we've been loving quarantine berries!  What?  You haven't heard of them?  Here's a pic!  I'm sure we're not alone in grabbing the berries more often than we should. Q9)  How are you exercising/doing workouts? A)  We aren't!  No just kidding!  We're taking our dogs for more walks then they're used to, that's for sure.  When we boondock, it's easy to get out and explore our new area.  When we're in a RV park, it's a little more difficult depending on the layout and size of the park.  Additionally, we've been taking advantage of our eBikes 🚲  and using them to get around. See our latest video on how we're surviving the quarantine blues: LINK:  https://youtu.be/rws_FdPToOY  Honestly, we're not exercising as much as we should, especially while imbibing in the quarantine berries! Q10)  Who are you challenging next?  Choose 5! A)  Given the timing of this and now that some states are starting to relax quarantine rules, we'd like challenge the following.  However, we understand if you're receiving this a little late in the game.  Have fun with it! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃 @runawaywithusrv - Drew & Ann @roamingwrosie - Jamie & Linda @ohhomeontheroad - Rick & Dawn @jonesn2travel - Aaron & Tina @mountainbeaches - Norm & Kim @coastingcastaways - Barry & Jen Stay tuned for our upcoming 1-year Nomadiversary Video!  We'll openly discuss our impressions of our first year on the road, how much it REALLY cost us, how we made money, how we afford health insurance, our challenges and our greatest rewards.  It was a jam-packed and eventful year - for sure!  Stay tuned to our Youtube Channel for more information.  www.youtube.com/lyfuninterrupted Consider Subscribing and hitting that notification bell so you never miss a video!  We love our LU Crew Community! Shawnna & Brian ~ For additional information and to connect with Brian and I on other platforms, please check out: FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/lyfuninterrupted INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/lyf_uninterrupted  @lyfuninterrupted #lyfuninterrupted YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/lyfuninterrupted PINTEREST:www.pinterest.com/lyf_uninterrupted REDDIT: u/lyfuninterrupted  or u/mizcopilot We now have Lyf Uninterrupted MERCHANDISE! www.teespring.com/stores/lyfuninterrupted FIND OUR FAVORITE RV LIFE GEAR IN OUR AMAZON SHOP AT:  WWW.AMAZON.COM/SHOP/LYFUNINTERRUPTED #rvlife #lyfuninterrupted #fulltimervliving #rvliving #10rvquestions

We Discuss our Best & Worst of RV Life in Live Interview with Wholesale Warranties

Stay tuned for our upcoming 1-year Nomadiversary Video!  We'll openly discuss our impressions of our first year on the road, how much it REALLY cost us, how we made money, how we afford health insurance, our challenges and our greatest rewards.  It was a jam-packed and eventful year - for sure! Consider Subscribing and hitting that notification bell so you never miss a video!  We love our LU Crew Community! Are you interested in learning how a RV Warranty can provide you peace of mind on the road?  Please follow our affiliate link: https://wholesalewarranties.com/blog/cost-of-rv-warranty/?sr=lyfuninterrupted

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

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 sites available to us.  So, we did what most would do and contacted the person who set us up for the "resort tour".  Our first red flag was being told no waterfront sites are available and the second was being shuffled around to several individuals other than our own contact person.  Basically, we were called "liars" in a politically correct way. 🙁  Since it was 3:00 in the afternoon, we decide to press on and fulfill our obligation.  A park guide in a golf cart greeted us and guided us to our spot which had a wonderful waterfront view from the next row back.  Great consolation prize!.  The sites in this park are large, lined with palm trees and each has its own wooden picnic table.  The amenities were great!!  Two pools with three jacuzzis, putt putt golf, tiki bar & grill, clubhouse, two dog runs, activities, two laundry houses, bathhouses and beautiful beach access.  We were ready to forget the frustration we'd experienced at the beginning of this adventure! We were given a couple of days to settle in and enjoy the park and the BEACH before our "resort tour".  And that we did!  The temps were in the high 70's with a breeze, so it made for a wonderful spring day on the beach.  This park is very large so we took the opportunity to walk the dogs up and down the park to get the lay of the land.  The Tiki Bar was having a lunch special on Taco Tuesday, so we definitely took advantage of it along with $3.00 beers! Our 90-minute "resort tour" was scheduled for the next morning and we arrived with many questions, along with a genuine interest in learning more about California River Adventures, Coast to Coast & RPI memberships.  Several couples were in the waiting room along with us, and the sales office was decorated in cute RV memorabilia and travel posters.  Definitely intended to set the mood! Our salesperson  greeted us in the waiting room and took us back to her office space and began laying out brochures and information. For the next two hours (that's right, not 90 minutes as promised), we listened to our salesperson who was tremendously disorganized, nervous and spoke at a volume you'd expect at a rock concert or construction site with jackhammers.  Yikes!  While there was no resort tour given (as our registration letter described), we were instead shown charts, brochures, pictures and maps with numerous lucky charm symbols.  We were utterly confused and even after asking clarifying questions, had no idea how to make sense of what this salesperson had shared for the last two hours.  When she presented a price for membership (IT WAS A LOT OF MONEY!), our answer was a resounding "No, thank you" and we thanked her for her time.  She quickly stood up and was ready to escort us to the exit.  But wait.... where are the free gifts mentioned in our registration letter??? Her response "I don't know, you'll have to call the marketing office, I need to get to my next clients".  Wait...WHAT???! Out came red flag number three! To make a long story short, our salesperson wasn't willing to honor the free gifts in our letter because of an error in the coding on HER paperwork.  Luckily, the receptionist  at the front desk was more concerned about doing the right thing and honored our letter.  While we didn't expect the "resort tour" to be high-pressure, we did expect it to be professional, honest and informative.  It missed on all points, which is really unfortunate. Now to sum this all up....First of all, we really enjoyed our stay at the park and appreciate CRA for providing us with the 4 free nights in such a wonderful second row spot.  The park staff were very friendly. The park was fantastic and the amenities were great.  We especially enjoyed the onsite tiki bar and grill and the sunsets over the beach.  The red flags, while they didn't impact our stay, were enough that we wouldn't consider a membership with this organization.  The sales & marketing staff just weren't truthful or professional with us to the extent we would expect.  The company's asking for a lot of money for their membership and in doing so, need to refine their practices. The verdict: We LOVED the park and enjoyed our stay!!   It cost us 2 hours of our time and some frustration with how we were treated by sales & marketing,  and because of that, WE would not purchase a membership.  And if you are considering a "resort tour" here and they promise you a waterfront site, get it in writing! Have you ever stayed at a resort to attend a membership "resort tour"?  How did it go?  Would you recommend this process to others? For additional information and to connect with Brian and I on other platforms, please check out: FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/lyfuninterrupted INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/lyf_uninterrupted  @lyfuninterrupted #lyfuninterrupted YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/lyfuninterrupted TWITTER: www.twitter.com/lyfuninterruptd @lyfuninterruptd REDDIT: u/lyfuninterrupted  or u/mizcopilot We now have Lyf Uninterrupted MERCHANDISE! www.teespring.com/stores/lyfuninterrupted FIND OUR FAVORITE RV LIFE GEAR IN OUR AMAZON SHOP AT:  WWW.AMAZON.COM/SHOP/LYFUNINTERRUPTED #rvlife #lyfuninterrupted #fulltimervliving #rvliving

Boondocking Jackpot | Beautiful Locations in the Desert Southwest

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 (LTVA) with a fee that includes dump stations and garbage dumpsters.  95 N also includes areas like the Plomosa Road turnoff.  Off I-10, you can find Dome Rock Road which includes a campground and BLM boondocking.  Most of these sites can be found on Campendium. Why should I go:  Go in January and you'll be in town for the Big RV Show.  February is the Rock and Mineral Show.  Go for the camaraderie and eclectic finds.  Stay for the beautiful wide-open spaces, TONS of 4 wheel riding, proximity to Blythe California, Glamis, The Desert Bar, the Colorado River, Yuma and Lake Havasu City.  You'll find beautiful desert vistas and mountains. Best times to go are November - March. How Long Can I Stay:  Up to 14 days.  For a fee, you can stay longer at the Long Term Visitor Areas in Quartzsite. Where do I get provisions: The town of Quartzsite has many RV parks, gas stations and pit stops where you can get water, propane, dump and trash.  We've heard of the availability of "honey wagons" and 'water trucks" but we've never used them.  The town has some "Dollar General" type stores as well as two fully stocked groceries and restaurants. Parker, Arizona Where is the boondocking area: There are three that we're familiar with.  We stayed along the Colorado River in an area considered to be part of the Bluewater Casino RV Park.  But please note, while you must pay $15 a night to dry camp here, you are not eligible to use any of the RV Parks amenities up the road.  Staying along the river and having our own little slice of waterfront property was well worth the $15 a night.  The Bluewater Casino also permits visitors to boondock in the dirt areas surrounding the casino.  Please note, as of the time we were there, the north, dirt parking lot required a fee, while the south did not.  You will get incredible views of the surrounding mountains, access to the casino and perhaps if you're lucky, a view of the Colorado River.  You can also lot dock in the casino's paved parking lot but it's hugely unlevel.  A third option is down the Shea Rd. (Use google or Campendium to find it).  You'll need to drive down about 5 or so miles on a dirt road to find the boondocking sites.  There are some real beauties in this area. An alternative to Parker could be Earp, California right across the Colorado River.  Although we didn't stay there, we saw several Earp, CA BLM locations available on Campendium. Why should I go: The mountain views are spectacular and the one along the Colorado River is awesome!  If you go down Shea Rd. you'll have more 4-wheeling trails than you can imagine.  The location is close to the casino, Desert Bar and many waterfront restaurants and bars.  This location is also home to the Parker 425 races in January. and Arizona Dragboat Races in February.  Best times to go are November - March. How Long Can I Stay:Generally up to 14 days Where do I get provisions: The Shea rd. location is about 6-8 miles out of town but still an easy ride back in.  The other locations are right in the town of Parker.  You'll have a ton of resources including a Walmart SuperCenter, Safeway, gas stations, propane, RV stores and a whole lot more! Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Where is the boondocking area:  There are several boondocking areas off the 95 heading into Lake Havasu City.  We stayed in an area called "The Steps".  You'll recognize this area as there are several terraced areas where boondockers can set up.  The higher you go, the more you'll need four-wheel drive, but the views of the river are spectacular.  When we arrived, the location was pretty empty; however, we soon found out it was the annual fireworks show the coming weekend and the place quickly filled up.  The Steps were about 10 miles from the town of Lake Havasu City.  When you enter the site, you'll see a small sign stating the land is AZ State Trust Land requiring a permit.  You can obtain it online for $20.  We chose to purchase the permit to avoid any issues; however, we know of several campers around us who did not.  Also off the 95 are Craggy Wash and several other BLM areas that can be found on Campendium. Why should I go:  Great boondocking location with views of the Colorado River.  The higher you go up the terraced sites, the better the view.  There are plentiful four-wheeling trails all around.  In fact, there's a nice dirt road that leads from the camping area to the top of one of the mountains for a beautiful view.  We took our Jeep Grand Cherokee up the hill without problem.  The London Bridge and a multitude of water activities are only 10 miles away in Lake Havasu City.  The "Blast" fireworks show happens in February around the Valentine's Day holiday and lasts several nights.  Best times to go are November - March. How long can I stay:  The AZ State Trust Land permit allowed us to stay up to 14 days.  This is a typical time frame for most BLM land in the area. Where do I get provisions:  You'll need to travel into Lake Havasu City to obtain provisions (about 10 miles away) and they have everything you'll need! There's a small state campground a few miles away that may provide water and/or dumping for a fee.  We didn't use it, but wanted to make mention that it's there.  I believe it's called Cattail Cove. Lake Meade National Park, NV Where is the boondocking area:We found the boondocking site on Campendium and it's called Government Wash, off Government Wash Rd. There are several off shoots from the main road and all lead to beautiful camping.  You'll have a wonderful view of Lake Meade, the mountains and surrounding land.  Most sites were level plus they've carved out several level pull outs for RV'ers.  We had wide open spaces, even through the weekend. Plentiful boondocking available. Why should I go: Go for the views of the lake and the mountains.  Stay for the wide-open spaces, bright stars at night and howling coyotes.  If you have a boat, you can put it in the water at the bottom of the hill.  If you have four-wheelers, there are plenty of trails.  Lake Meade NP takes the America the Beautiful pass and we paid zero dollars to stay.  If you don't have the pass, it's $25 per vehicle.  Be sure to keep your tow vehicle hooked up when you enter or they'll charge you for each vehicle.  The park has a huge visitor center, biking trails, boat docks, RV parks and more! How long can I stay: You can stay up to 15 days Where do I get provisions: You'll be close to Boulder City, NV about 10 miles back to town. Boulder City has everything you'll need.  There is a RV park onsite that may allow you to fill up with water and/or dump, possibly for a fee.  We didn't use it so we don't really know.  We filled up with water and propane before we arrived. We hope this information was helpful and you take the opportunity to boondock and possibly explore these areas.  Campendium is a terrific source of information on free camping and something we use religiously to find great boondocking spots.  If you'd like more information on our 30-day boondocking challenge and how we did, please see our YouTube videos covering each of the four weeks below: Boondocking Week Four: https://youtu.be/lUwWmsT0lNQ Boondocking Week Three: https://youtu.be/PW_Ttf8y6Xk Boondocking Week Two:  https://youtu.be/KlmTdqFkwfU Boondocking Week One: https://youtu.be/8yhbNpuqFzQ For additional information on boondocking and to connect with Brian and I on other platforms, please check out: FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/lyfuninterrupted INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/lyf_uninterrupted  @lyfuninterrupted #lyfuninterrupted YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/lyfuninterrupted TWITTER: www.twitter.com/lyfuninterruptd @lyfuninterruptd REDDIT: u/lyfuninterrupted  or u/mizcopilot We now have Lyf Uninterrupted MERCHANDISE! www.teespring.com/stores/lyfuninterrupted FIND OUR FAVORITE RV LIFE GEAR IN OUR AMAZON SHOP AT:  WWW.AMAZON.COM/SHOP/LYFUNINTERRUPTED

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

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!  Hopefully it's planned rather than a surprise! Did you know you can have your tires "re-grooved" for longer life??   Do you know what that is and if your tires are eligible?  Do you know how to use a penny to determine your tire's tread depth?  Did you know your FMCA membership entitles you to great discounts on brand-name tires? Brian and I partner with Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) on a quarterly basis to share with you some of the rich benefits we've utilized or plan to utilize through our FMCA Membership.  We've been members since 2018.  The benefit of having a FMCA membership and having the tire savings program is 1) you get a great discount on brand-name tires 2) no matter what state or location you're in, the savings are consistent.  You won't have to shop around and wonder if you received the best price. To learn more about the FMCA tire savings program, check out this link: https://www.fmca.com/rv-tires-discounts Tires are an important and expensive part of owning a RV and every little bit helps to keep costs down.  We appreciate the savings program through FMCA. Remember these important tips to for the safety and longevity of your rig's tires: 1) Check your tires regularly! 2) Understand your manufacturers inspection criteria! 3) Consider a tire discount program like FMCA's Tire Savings Program! 4) Remember IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME - be prepared! If you're interested in joining FMCA, you can find more information atwww.fmca.com For $10 OFF your membership, please use our affiliate link: https://join.fmca.com/lyf19/ We hope this information is helpful.  Please let us know if you've used FMCA's tire savings program and how it worked for you! For additional information on this program and to connect with Brian and I on other platforms, please check out: FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/lyfuninterrupted INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/lyf_uninterrupted  @lyfuninterrupted #lyfuninterrupted YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/lyfuninterrupted TWITTER: www.twitter.com/lyfuninterruptd @lyfuninterruptd REDDIT: u/lyfuninterrupted  or u/mizcopilot FIND OUR FAVORITE RV LIFE GEAR IN OUR AMAZON SHOP AT:  WWW.AMAZON.COM/SHOP/LYFUNINTERRUPTED

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

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 our Week One video, 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 great first week though! Colorado River Boondocking Quartzsite Sunset RV Show Big Tent Meeting Friends In our Week Two video, https://youtu.be/KlmTdqFkwfU, we shared some of our tips and tricks for boondocking.  To do this successfully, we feel you  need to plan for it!  That means purchasing and utilizing paper products to include plates, cups, utensils and LOTS of paper towels.  Additionally, we were all about conservation!  That meant no more than one shower every fourth day and using baby wipes to wash our hands instead of water.  We also refrained from washing dishes as much as possible.  For bathing, we used adult size body wipes.  They can be found at Costco, Amazon, grocery stores and drug stores.  Using these, instead of showering as often, will help you stay "fresh and spiffy"!  With our use of paper products, we were able to reduce dishwashing to 3 times a week or less.  This helped us save on water usage AND the need to dump our gray water. Additionally, Brian took the opportunity to work on outside projects around the rig. Boondocking and slowing down gave him the time and space to accomplish a lot.  He got a lot of work done, but there's always more to do! Aaron Jones from @JonesN2Travel and MobileRVTech.com helped us install a new inverter and that gave our boondocking a nice extra boost! Inverter Project For some fun, we took a drive to the Nellie E Saloon, aka "The Desert Bar"in Parker, AZ and hung out for a bit to eat and have an ice cold beer.  What a place!  It's uniquely powered off-grid, built into a mountain and requires a 5 mile, very bumpy, ride to reach.  The ladies bathroom was the highlight for me.  If you haven't been - put it on your list!  On our way to the Desert Bar, we caught a glimpse of the Parker "425" off road races.  Wow, what an experience!  These guys (and gals) race through the desert, kicking up dirt and going airborne!  Thousands come out to see the races every year. The Desert Bar Desert Bar Ladies Restroom Parker 425 Offroad Races In our Week Three video, https://youtu.be/PW_Ttf8y6Xk, we moved from our beautiful location in Quartzsite to our new "home" along the Colorado River in Parker, A.  We found a beautiful site with the water only 10 feet from our doorstep. How beautiful! The campsite was located on the Colorado River Indian Tribe reservation and they do charge a $15 fee per night and there are no amenities included. What we didn't know was that it was the Arizona Drag Boat Association racing weekend right out front of our site.  That was OK and very cool!  We had a front row seat to these awesome drag boats by day and gorgeous sunsets over the water at night.  While in Parker, we visited the Roadrunner Floating bar and grill.  The restaurant sits atop the Colorado River with gorgeous views. The food was great and the beer was only $2!! Colorado River Boondocking Gorgeous Sunset Golden Sunset When we left Quartzsite, we took the opportunity to dump our gray water and refill all essentials such as water and propane. In our Week Four video, https://youtu.be/lUwWmsT0lNQ, we moved from our beautiful spot in Parker to an equally beautiful spot close to Lake Havasu City. The location is called "The Steps" for the many terraces that are built into the side of this little canyon cut-out area.  We searched high and low for information on the terraces, but came up dry.  If you know, let us know!  There were many spots to choose from and the higher you climb, the better your view of the Colorado River.  Unfortunately we chose not to climb in order to be gentle on our newly, rebuilt engine.  Even in the lowest area, we still had a small view of the river.  The area was great and very quiet at night.  You can find the coordinates and location for this site on Campendium. The Steps on Campendium The Steps Outside Lake Havasu City, Arizona As the week progressed, more and more folks moved in and we found out why.    It happened to be the Winter Blast Pyrotechnics show in Lake Havasu City.  Again, we got a nice treat without knowing it!  The show runs from Thursday to Sunday nights, but we chose only to take in the Saturday night show.  It did not disappoint!  We found a spot, atop a hill, where we had a perfect view of the area where the fireworks launch!  Wow, what a sight to behold.  Brian and I called it the longest grand finale we've ever seen.  If you're in the area next year, don't miss this show!  What was also really cool and unique was the number of four wheel vehicles that took to the top of the hills in the area.  Not only did they set up their chairs, but many had campfires and music going.  What a sight that must have been for the drivers along 95 N.  It was a truly unique experience and one we highly recommend. On a couple of days, we took in the sites in downtown Lake Havasu City where we spent time exploring the London Bridge. This was the first time for Brian, and mine since high school.  There are many shops and restaurants along the bridge area and a nice walking/biking path along the water.  If you go, be sure to take the ferry ride across the water to the new Casino.  While we aren't really into the casino scene, we did it for the ferry ride and views of the lake and Lake Havasu city proper.  At $2.00 for a roundtrip ticket, you can't go wrong! The ferry departs on the hour. London Bridge Week four also topped off our 30-day boondocking challenge.  We had an awesome four weeks!  While we moved around a bit, we didn't go far from Quartzsite to Lake Havasu City.  Just under a hundred miles. When we look back at our four goals, we summarize our success in this way: (1) Testing our rig - we were able to put it through the paces and determined our 400w solar panels were insufficient for our needs.  Will we upgrade?  Probably not as the cost to run our generator is significantly less than the cost of new panels.  All other systems worked well and we were pleased.  (2) Using our resources efficiently - when we ran the numbers, we determined we used 170 gallons of water in 30 days.  While the average US household uses 101 gallons per DAY, our numbers sound low, but that equates to almost 6 gallons per day.  We thought we did a better job of conserving water!  Could we have conserved more?  I don't know.  We used a lot of propane!  We expected this as the nights were cold and we had to keep the rig around 68 degrees for our sensitive little Frenchies!  Our composting toilet only needed one change in the four weeks and we needed only one dump of our gray water in that same timeframe.  Awesome!!  (3) Save money - well this one was a bit disappointing!  We didn't save all that much and mostly due to spending money on camping fees in Parker and the AZ State trust land permit at The Steps.  The biggest cost savings came from the fuel we saved by not moving our motorhome much.  Typically we spend about $366 a month for fuel and we spent only $75!  There were costs associated with boondocking that we'll list below.  All in all, not a huge cost savings for us.  (4) Complete Projects - Brian accomplished a lot in these last four weeks.  He still has the fuel injectors to replace, but has time to get those done.  The time and space were a huge advantage in making sure the projects were dealt with.  AND (5) Slowing Down - this where we saw the biggest return and accomplishment!  We definitely slowed down, explored and gave our minds a rest from decision and planning fatigue!  This was definitely the GAIN in our 30 day boondocking challenge.  In our first 6 months of full time RVing, we moved around 17 states and stayed in 59 different locations.  That's a LOT of decision and planning fatigue.  Especially when a handful of those locations weren't planned and ended up being a "Plan B". Sensitive Frenchies Boondocking Success! Would we boondock again for this or a longer period of time?  ABSOLUTELY!  We gained a ton from this experience and would highly recommend it to anyone considering it.  We're thinking perhaps sometime this summer we may do it again in the mountains of Arizona.  Another one of our favorite places! Listed below are the boondocking specific usage and fees data for you.  Let us know if you've boondocked for 30 days or are planning a 30 day challenge.  We're happy to help you with any questions you might have.  Check out our links below and visit our Amazon shop for items we prefer to use while boondocking!  Safe travels to you and hopefully we'll see you on the road sometime! Boondocking Related Usage & Fees: Water - Used 170 gallons, Cost $15.75 Propane - Used 14.6 gallons, Cost $39.73 Generator Fuel - 8 hours (appx.), Cost $16.75 Camping Fees - 2 locations, Cost $80 Motorhome Fuel - Cost $75 Dump Fee - 1 Dump of gray water, Cost $0 (combined with water fill up) TOTAL with camping fees:  $152.23/ $5.07 per day TOTAL without camping fees:  $72.23/ $2.41 per day Check us out on our other platforms at:

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

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 of questions 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 use our link here or at the bottom of our blog post. Whether you have an older RV or just bought a new one, it’s important to consider how it will be protected during your travels. Having an extended warranty is essential for peace of mind on the road, but there is a lot to consider when searching for the right policy. One of the most common questions to come up during your research will be: “how much does an RV warranty cost?” Stick with us during this blog to get a better understanding of how warranties are valued, and how to find the right plan at the right price for your budget. Determining RV Protection Pricing Exactly how much does an RV warranty cost? Well, that all depends. We know cost is a major determining factor in the buying process, and will likely be a quality you compare from provider to provider. It’s important, then, to look at how a company arrives at a given cost, and if that price is fair, and attached to a level of coverage you feel confident purchasing. How RV Warranties are Valued? Your RV protection price will be based on a variety of factors. These include: your RV’s year, make, model, and mileage. The model year of the RV is a major factor determining eligibility. For example, Wholesale Warranties can offer full coverage for motorhomes aged 15 model years and newer, and power-train only coverage for vehicles aged 16 – 20 model years old. The RV extended warranty will also take into account the value of your vehicle, as well as more time-sensitive information, such as whether or not the unit is still under a manufacturer’s warranty, and when and where it was purchased. A common misconception is that you won’t need an extended warranty if your new unit is still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. In fact, this is one of the best times to get a warranty! As your unit ages, the price of the policy goes up. Locking in a policy when your rig is new with little miles can be the winning way to go. Coverage Unique to Your Lifestyle The way you use your rig, how much repair work you want to do on your own, and what items you are most concerned with covering will all play major roles in pricing your policy the right way. Additionally, the number of miles you put on the unit, your desired level of risk for protection products, where you like to take your RV for repair work, and how handy you are with your own maintenance and services should all be factors your provider considers before recommending a warranty or price. When will I get a Quote? Many companies may provide you with a quote upfront, but keep in mind it may not be the best choice for who you are as an RVer. As you work with an RV warranty provider, you’ll want to make sure they’re asking the right kind of questions to get a feel for how you RV, and the type of coverage that makes sense for you. An algorithm that was engineered to fit the majority of people is simply not fair pricing. You might have different travel plans than what is quoted for the “general” RVer. For instance, you might only use your rig during the weekends while others might choose to live in theirs full-time. With several levels of coverage and terms available, these two types of RVers shouldn’t necessarily receive the same quote. The goal of any provider should not be to sell you their most expensive policy, but to sell you one that fits your needs and unit. This type of personalization should be a requirement of your protection provider—not a luxury. An example of this process can be seen in the tailored quotes provided by Wholesale Warranties. When you speak to one of our specialists, they will ask you a series of questions to determine what coverage is right for you, what deductible options are available, the length of term they recommend for your RVing lifestyle, and more. You will then receive a personalized quote that is unique to you and your rig. We simply do not have a “one size fits all” price, as there is no one size fits all RV or RVer! Whether you choose to secure coverage with us or another company, this is the type of service and pricing every RVer should look for from their warranty provider. Finding the right quote can be time-consuming and sometimes intimidating. It’s important to communicate with your provider, and ensure the price offered is accurate and fair, from the basics like your unit’s age and value, down to the lifestyle choices that make your RV adventures so unique. Interested in working with an RV Warranty Specialists to see what type of coverage fits you and your rig? Simply fill out the form attached to this link and voilà, you’re on the way to peace of mind: https://wholesalewarranties.com/blog/cost-of-rv-warranty/?sr=lyfuninterrupted

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