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By , April 13, 2010 8:09 am

Coffee-Pot-2010-04-13-08.58.27 We’re currently in Oaks ‘N Pines RV Resort in Lake City, FL.  We’re heading out to Gulf Shores, AL, where we’ll probably stay for a couple days.  From there, we head further west and should be in Texas within a few days.

I’ll be posting up accounts of our trips to Big Cypress National Preserve and Sanibel Island in the next day or two.  See you then! 🙂

Taking Care of Business…

By , April 8, 2010 11:37 am

Today is a “downtime” day for us. We’re doing a little bit of maintenance, some packing, sending out some mail (snail), planning our next stops, etc. We hit the Keys on Tuesday and ran through the Everglades to Flamingo yesterday. We’ll probably track down a decent Internet connection tonight so we can post about those.

I added some tail lights to the motorcycle rack, did some other minor Jeep maintenance and may do some stuff on the roof of the RV later. Dasy did laundry and will be doing some “road food” preparation a bit later. Tonight we’ll sit down and plan out our next major stop and the most entertaining way to get there.

Guest Post: Roadtripping

By , February 27, 2010 8:30 pm

Editors note: We were approached by Tripbase and asked to do a guest post on behalf of their site, Tripbase.com.  After checking the site, it seems like something our readers might find interesting, so we agreed.  So, without further ado, here is our first “guest” post! 🙂

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Chris Zwierzynski, from Tripbase.com shares some expert advice on roadtripping.

The very first road trip dates all the way back to the time of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II and so occurred because he took it upon himself to ride his chariot over the course of a single night, on the way back from Memphis. Imagine how far that must have been when you’re not in a car or plane, but just being pulled along by some horses? That was one determined road tripper.

Perhaps even ever since that time, road trips have long become a nigh-on integral part of the human experience, with many a person taking time out to carefully plan, strategize and execute fantastic road trips of their own. Sometimes, people even embark on road trips with little to no planning whatsoever, leading to a spontaneous burst of road trip-related freedom, but a nevertheless thoroughly enjoyable and life-enhancing experience. Carl Jung, that most famous of thinkers, even stated that the humble road trip was a “persistent element of human culture”; a sentiment that I – for one – tend to agree with, especially after seeing the prevalence of road trips in modern society these days. That and they’re awesome fun, of course.

Whatever you might think about road trips in general, it is an inarguable fact that not only do they have an important role as an integral part of the human existence, but they are also rapidly becoming an incredibly popular pastime for many, many people the world over. Road trips – long seen as the journey part of a vacation – are becoming much more than they used to be and instead of being but a fraction of the entire vacation, they ARE the vacation, with friends and/or family journeying on the open roads in their vehicle of choice, experiencing nothing but the good times and what whatever the road may have in store for them.

Also, in the blogosphere, you even have the increasing prevalence of road tripping blogs (much like this one, in fact!), which is just one indication of how increasingly popular the activity of going on road trips is becoming. Here you have a number of bloggers not telling you about their vacations in exotic locales, but rather the details and planning that go into their road trips and then when that part is over, you’re informed of the journey and just the journey, because we all know that the journey IS the road trip.

If you happen to be inclined to embark upon a road trip of you own, then you shouldn’t look for an excuse or a reason to go on a road trip, you should just GO. Carpe diem – seize the day – and make the most of what life has to offer by going on a road trip with some good friends. You’ll be the envy of everyone you’ve temporarily left behind, because you’ll be out on the open road, living life in precisely the way it was meant to be: exactly the way you want, uninterrupted.

For more travel tips and vacation inspiration, check out the Tripbase Travel Blog / Tripbase site.

About Tripbase:

Tripbase eliminates the time-consuming and frustrating online search process by providing travelers with personalized travel recommendations for their next trip.

Tripbase was named Top Travel Website for Destination Ideas by Travel and Leisure magazine in November 2008.
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Looking Back at 2009

By , January 7, 2010 9:59 am

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Now that we’re officially in our RV and the year has ended, we figured we’d post up a recap of the stuff that we did in 2009.  This is the start of our adventures on the road, and we figured some of you might want to see what was involved and the timing of our travels.

  • March 20th – Visited RV showroom
  • Jun 9th-19th – Rented 25 ft RV, drove to Florida for a reunion, stopped at Cheoah Point and the Outer Banks on the way.
  • Jun 22nd – Bought the 30′ Fleetwood Storm
  • Jun 29th – Contacted our realtor about renting our house
  • July 13th – Met up with Chris and Cheri of Technomadia.com
  • July 16th-19th – Flew to Texas to pick up the Storm, stayed at Little Black Water Creek on the way back.
  • July 19th – Subscribed to AAA RV Plus coverage
  • July 22nd – "WeGoFar.com" web site went live
  • July 27th – Announced the plan to most of our friends and family
  • July 31st – Jonathan’s last day of work
  • Aug 3rd – Replace stereo, add surge suppressor, other minor improvements, front brake starts sticking
  • Aug 4th – Towed to shop to fix front brakes and parking brake
  • Aug 7th – House officially listed for rental
  • Aug 13th – House driveway resealed
  • Aug 12th-17th – Drove the Storm to Gatlinburg, TN for a family reunion, inadvertently spent the night on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way down, replaced cabinet handles while waiting for tow truck. 😉
  • Aug 17th – Had our back deck refinished at the house
  • Aug 17th – Realtor called about possible renter, wanted to discuss price and qualifications
  • Aug 18th – Had new windshield installed on the Storm
  • Sept 9th – Sold the FJR, the bigger of my two motorcycles
  • Oct 15th – House officially rented out
  • Oct 15th – 22nd – Officially started "full-timing".  Stayed at Bull Run Regional Park.
  • Oct 23rd – 27th – Relocated to Pocahontas State Park.
  • Oct 27th – Sold Dasy’s Lexus.
  • Oct 28th – 29th – Stayed at RV Resort on Hilton Head Island (we still have to write that up)
  • Oct 29th – Arrived in Florida, set up in my parents back yard
  • Nov 9th – Became official Florida residents
  • December 1st – Bought the Newmar Dutch Star
  • December 8th – Storm listed for sale
  • Dec 21 – Dec 28th – Went to Sarasota, burned up Jeep parking brake, visited friends and family, stayed at Sun ‘N Fun RV resort.  Met Duncan and Jessica of TravelingOnTheOutskirts.com.

Some minor modifications…

By , December 3, 2009 12:25 pm

After thinking about the previous post, we decided to do smthng about the size of the Storm…  We stretched it a bit, added a few slides, tossed a bigger engine in and called it a day.

Newmar2Actually, we bought a 38 foot Newmar Dutch Star.  ;)  It’s a diesel pusher (meaning the engine is in the back) with two slides.  One slide is for the living area, the other for the bedroom.  Even with the slides in (closed), it’s a lot larger than the Storm.  Enough that we felt comfortable and not cramped with four of us chilling out (the parental units came to check it out the night we got it).

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The Star drives much better, is way more comfortable and is in better condition than the Storm.  Most importantly, it has a LOT of room!  It feels more like an apartment than a camper.

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As you can see from the reflection in the picture, our Storm is still here.  We’re going to be doing some minor fixes and customizing to the Star, then moving all our stuff over.  Once we’re done with that, the Storm gets shuttled off to the dealer we got the Star from and he’ll sell it for us.  With the fixes and minor upgrades we did to the Storm, we’re hoping to get back out of it what we have in it without taking a loss. 

In short, it’s a lesson learned.  We made an educated guess on the kind of unit we’d need and came up short (hehe).  We’ve got a few days before we can call the Star “home”, but we’ll be posting up more about it as we go.  Right now, it’s being fumigated and waiting for an electrician to upgrade the connection to 50 amp. 🙂

Finally on the way!

By , October 15, 2009 7:22 pm

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Well, the house is officially rented and we’re out.  We’ve relocated to Bull Run Regional Park, which is about 20 miles away.  We’ll be here until the 23rd, then start working our way south.  We’ve got at least three days of solid rain forecast and temperatures should be dropping steadily.  That’ll make arranging stuff in the RV a bit more of a hassle, but I guess we should probably get used to it. 😉

The park is pretty nice, but since I’m coming off a sinus infection or smthng and I managed to sprain my ankle a few days ago, I’m not really up to checking it out very much.  Hopefully I’ll get some more pictures and info about the park later.

In the meantime, we just wanted to post up and let everyone know that the adventure has actually and officially begun!

My lovely wife has said that I can’t end this post without showing some of our hard work…  Here’s a couple shots of the kitchen and family room.  You might recognize them from a previous post I made…  Just imagine a big fish tank, some rugs, etc. 😉

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There used to be a table there…

By , August 25, 2009 4:46 pm

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I’m not going to bother showing the other rooms, but we’re now rid of a table, a couch and loveseat set, a bed, a bunch of lamps, a weight set, a treadmill, a patio furniture set, a bunch of pictures, a couple hundred DVDs, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember right now.  We’ve got more friends coming over to get some more furniture and rugs and we’re well on our way to emptying out the last ten years of “gathering” we’ve done in our house.

We’ve done some other necessary fixes as well…  deck has been refinished, tile ordered to replace a few cracked ones in the bathroom, problematic electrical sockets rewired, screw holes in drywall respackled, wood repainted and sealed, etc.  Nothing major, just a lot of little stuff to get done before we roll out.

Of course, there are some bigger things that still need to get done…  The huge and heavy bedroom set has to go to Dasy’s brothers’ place, along with the dining room set.  I have at least one motorcycle to sell, maybe two (I’m still waffling on the second one), a camper trailer to find a home for, a set of off-road Jeep tires to get rid of (and probably a ton of other Jeep parts), piles of computer stuff to get rid of, etc.  Oh… and the fish tank.  :S

And finally, we’ve still got some RV stuff to take care of.  There were some issues with the title, so we’re still on temp tags and aren’t registered.  We need to get inspected, install some new vent fans, fix the plumbing (done!), wire up some more electrical bits, clean out the black water tank, replace the black water drain valve (leaks – ick!), replace the screen door handle, etc. 

I did find out one of the sources of our dead batteries though…  someone installed the battery charger backwards, so it was constantly draining the main battery whether it was plugged in or not (that’s now taken care of and the battery is charging as I type). 

So, not much exciting stuff going on, but plenty of work. The goal is to be on the road by mid-September, which is rapidly approaching.  We’ll let you know how it’s working out.  Expect a post or two a week until we actually get going.

Short update and a quick tour

By , August 17, 2009 2:52 am

First, a quick update…  we’re in Christiansburg, VA, about 4 hours from home.  We stopped for the evening because we didn’t feel like rolling in to our neighborhood and having to do 12-point turns to get parked at 11 o’clock at night. 😉  We’re not impressed with the campground, but it was there and fairly cheap.  It’s got power and water and we can dump our waste tanks in the morning before we leave.

The trip down the mountain in Gatlinburg was relatively uneventful, except that Dasy hadn’t fastened the front curtain very well and it came loose.  I had to do a quick stop for that, as it was near impossible to concentrate on not falling off the mountain while getting smacked in the face with a floppy curtain.  Otherwise, the RV handled it just fine.  I think our brake issues may finally be behind us, as we’ve noticed no other oddities in that department since leaving Waynesboro a few days ago.

The family reunion was fine, but we didn’t actually do much other than the zip-lining.  That was fine by us and we got to spend a fair amount of time with a bunch of the family we don’t see too much of usually.

Since I’m awake and harvesting various pictures from several of my digital cameras, I figured I’d give you a really short tour of the inside of the RV.  Basically, I wanted a couple of reference pictures before we did too much to change anything.  They’re not great shots, but they show the inside fairly well.

The first view here is from the “hallway” looking forward into the main living room area (click on it for a larger view).  StormInside1 It’s a bit messy, as this was taken after the brake issues on the Blue Ridge Parkway and we were just kind of shuffling stuff around while we waited.  About the only things you can see here that we’ve already changed are the speakers and stereo.  They’re all relatively cheap (on special at Crutchfield), but they’re WAY better than the junker system that came with it.  The rear speakers (you can see one laying on the couch) aren’t mounted into anything.  They’re just boxes with long wires.  I can run them to the bedroom, stick them outside for patio listening, or stick them in the cabinets above for movies.  I just wanted some flexibility instead of cutting dedicated spaces for them.  The next major changes are going to involve the TV system.  It’s an older tube TV, so it doesn’t accept the digital signals and it takes a lot of power.  I’m going to switch it out with a small LCD.  The mounting kit arrived right before we left and I didn’t feel like dealing with it.

StormInside2 This next shot is from the main living area looking backwards towards the bedroom (I’m standing next to the living room table).  The main door is on the left, followed by the small pantry, the fridge, a closet, the bathroom sink, then the bedroom as you look towards the back.  The kitchen is on the right, although it’s not pictured very well.  It has two steel sinks, a microwave, a three-burner stove, an oven and a ton of little cabinets.  The black box on the wall is the main sensor panel that tells us when our various water and waste tanks are full or empty, plus the status of our water pump, propane supply, battery voltage, and a few other things about the RV’s current state.  Behind that wall is the shower and the toilet, which is separate from the bedroom.  I’ll diagram or photograph the whole bathroom area eventually.  It’s kind of neat how it was designed and is one of the things we really liked about the RV when we were looking at it.

I’ll probably do a video walkthrough of the RV eventually.  I found out that my laptop doesn’t have enough guts to handle the video from my camera, so all video will have to wait until I can get time on the home system to do some editing.  I may also have some decent footage of the zip-line stuff, but I haven’t gone through it all yet, so I’m not entirely sure. I’ll let you know when I get some editing done.

Getting ready…

By , August 11, 2009 6:50 am

Not a whole lot of technical info about the RV for you this time… We picked it up from the shop last night and drove it home during a wicked storm.  The front brake caliper slides had rusted a bit and the guys at the shop pulled them apart, cleaned them up, greased the slides and slapped it all back together.  They also fixed the emergency/parking brake for us.  Good timing, because we’re heading out Wednesday for a short trip down to Tennessee to meet up with a bunch of family.  That’ll be a “shake-down” for the RV and should give us a slightly better feel for it and what needs to be done than the three day haul back from Texas.  We’re still having charging issues, but I’ll check on that today and take enough tools and cables to jump it or charge it if needed.

As far as getting ready for everything else that goes along with this…

We’ve pretty much let all friends and family know about our plans.  The reactions were completely from one end of the spectrum to the other.  I expected that, but Dasy was a little taken aback by some of the responses.  We’re fine now though… everyone is different and has their own opinions.  We take a little bit of good advice away from everyone we talk to about our future travel plans. 😉

LockBox We now have a “get moving” motivator…  Our house is now listed for rental.  We had our real estate agent over to get her assistance in renting out our place.  She was incredibly helpful and gave us a lot of details about how to get decent tenants.  In short, the rent we’re asking (for a quite large house) is a bit on the high end of the spectrum.  Add to that a qualification of two incomes and that helps narrow down the list a bit.  Finally, they’ve basically got to have three months rent available to move in (deposits, real estate company fees, etc).  That may rule out some people who otherwise would consider it, but if it ensures a decent family who will take care of the place gets in, I’m all for it.

There are tons of other little things keeping us busy…  Getting rid of furniture, repairing bit of the house, arranging for someone to refinish the deck, power washing the siding, getting the Jeep ready, getting two motorcycle ready for sale, arranging to have the RV windshield replaced (glass is in, just waiting to get the RV back from the shop), getting rid of my fish, etc.  We have a LOT of stuff, a LOT to do and not a LOT of time to do it.  Today’s task is the patio furniture.  I’ll be spending the morning clearing off my trailer to make room for it all.

We’ll keep you posted as we go and I’ll let you know how the RV is when we next get it rolling.

A note about the site and The Beastie

By , July 26, 2009 2:16 pm

Hey all,

Just wanted to give you a quick update on the site here.  It’s not really “public” yet, so don’t expect a ton of updates.  A few of you have gotten preliminary notices and have found us here, and you’re welcome to stick around.  But, I’m going to wait until I have some more content built up before I “publicize” it and start spreading the word. 

Also, I got a ton of spam on my other site, so I’m using a different anti-spam process here.  Hopefully you won’t even notice it, but if it gets in the way let me know and I’ll make some adjustments. 

Finally, I guess I really should show you what we’re going to be in…

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That’s our new little beastie.  She’s a 30 foot Fleetwood Storm with a Chevy Vortec gasoline engine.  Fridge, stove, air conditioner, water heater, generator, vent fans, etc.  She’s a little faded, but mechanically in great shape.  I just wanted to post up a picture for those who have been asking, I’ll have several posts about her a bit later.

‘Till next time!

Welcome to WeGoFar!

By , July 23, 2009 9:36 am

Welcome to our new home on the web!  We’ll be documenting our travels as we go, including how we manage everything, what we do to keep going and any “bumps in the road” we run into along the way.

To learn more about us, check the “About Us” link in the menu bar above.

We’ll be travelling around the country in a 30 foot RV, a 1999 Fleetwood Storm.  It seems pretty reliable and is mechanically in excellent shape.  It does need some “loving care”, but most of that is cosmetic or minor fixes.  As an example, I had to fix one of the leveling jacks yesterday and there are a few electrical switches that are “finicky” that I need to replace.  Nothing major, just wear-and-tear items you’d expect from a 10 year old vehicle (or house).

We’ll be spending some time cleaning up our current “root-based” life, which involves a lot of getting rid of stuff, arranging for care of our “regular” house, streamlining our schedules, alerting family and friends that we’ll be paying them a visit and determining where we’re going.

We also have some customization that we want to do to the RV, so we’ll be posting about that as we go.

Welcome and thanks for joining us!  Expect more as we prepare. 🙂

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