FOR SALE – 2017 Keystone Montana 3791rd

Beautiful fifth wheel with FIVE slides, LOTS of STORAGE and more! 18 cu ft Residential French Door Refrigerator w/ice maker that operates on a 1000 watt inverter when traveling, convection microwave oven, 3 burner gas stove/oven, pantry & island sink. Living room comes with 2 hide-a-bed sofas & reclining loveseat, fireplace and entertainment center. Also includes king-size bed, stackable Splendide Washer and Dryer, central vac system, an outdoor entertainment center, dual pane frameless windows, 6 point Auto Leveling System & (5) Goodyear “G” Rated tires.

In addition, on the roof is a roof mounted Winegard Satellite Trav’ler Antenna that has been connected to DirecTV, which enables you to receive Standard & HD Programming, stows to less than 10 inches, connects to 3 satellites and is compatible with DirecTV’s Genie programming. For boondocking, there is a Cummins Onan RVQG 5500 LP Generator.

Also included: over 20 feet of sewer hose, a Sani-Con Tank Buddy System with battery and water filtration system with pressure gauge. In addition, a 35 gallon Thetford SmartTote2 LX 4-wheel Portable Waste Tank is included along with a WiFiRanger Elite Pack which includes the antennae and Go system and bicycle rack

All for only $79,900

Bass Fishing on Lake Talquin

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Currently we are spending the winter months on Lake Talquin at Ingram’s Marina in Quincy, Florida. Lake Talquin is a reservoir located on the Ocholockonee River between Gadsden and Leon Counties in north Florida near the Florida capital in Tallahassee. The lake is located south of Interstate 10 and bordered on the east by State Road 20 and on the west by State Road 267.

My husband and I love to fish and could spend every day on the water. When we arrived at Ingram’s back in October we did not own a boat; however, within two weeks that changed after we visited the local BassPro Shop and bought a Bass Tracker 175TXW. Now we’re able to go out on the water anytime we want.

Tracker 175TXM

Tracker 175TXM

You can find many fish species on Lake Talquin including striped and largemouth bass, crappie, bream, speckled perch, shellcrackers,  striped pickerel,  catfish, gar and bowfin. I prefer to fish for bream as they are easy to catch, usually, and I can catch using either worms or crickets.

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My husband (Greg) on the other hand is a bass fisherman and a pretty good one, if I do say so myself.  People who choose to bass fish must learn about different types of tackle, which can be purchased at many stores including online.  Bait and tackle come in many sizes, shapes and colors and after trial and error you will find what works for you.  Part of Greg’s research included asking others who had fished this lake to get their opinion as to what worked for them.  One person swore that he would never catch a bass on a crankbait, which is what he has had success with before on other lakes/rivers. Instead, he was told to use the Carolina Rig with dark colored worms.  Sometimes it’s best to use what works for you, not what others tell you, as all the bass he has caught have been on a DT6 Rapala Crankbait.

Largemouth bass caught on a DT6 Rapala Crankbait

Carolina Rig with dark worm

Carolina Rig with dark worm

On our last escapade, in the last 30 to 45 minutes we were on the water, he caught four largemouth bass ranging in size from 2-3 pounds. He has also caught a 4 pounder on this lake. A sampling of what he has caught below.

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Come spring we will be back on the road traveling and one of our goals is to find a lake that we will one day settle down on. We are looking for either an RV park or a piece of land that we can put our RV on and still live in it on the water. We are not limiting our search to any particular area, although we do like Lake Fork, Lake Guntersville, and Lake of the Ozarks. If you know of a place that we should check out, please leave us a comment so we can check them out.

Lake Talquin is also a good place for bird watching.  In addition to the birds, you can find alligators, squirrels and deer, just to name a few. Something I enjoy as much as the fishing is the is the beautiful sunsets. Here are a few of my favorites!

6 Important Aspects of RVing with Dogs

Oscar, (pic from breeder)

Our life would not be the same without our two dachshunds (a.k.a wiener dogs)! When we first moved into our RV we didn’t have any pets, but once we took to the road we decided we wanted to add a fury companion, so we started with a puppy. I know your thinking a puppy, in an RV, are you crazy? Yes we were! We picked up our first, what was supposed to be a miniature dachshund, in March 2015 that we named Oscar. He was 8 weeks old and had the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. He was only 4 lbs and we thought we had hit the lottery.  He is now 17 lbs and not so mini. He was the hardest puppy to potty train and never did learn to use pee pee pads indoors, so rainy days are crazy days, but that’s a story for another day.

Harley, the day we brought her home!

Oscar did not like to be left alone, which I attributed to him being a puppy, but my husband said it was because he was lonely and needed a playmate, so puppy number two came into the picture in July 2015 at 6 weeks of age. This time we got a girl and she became known as Harley and was the darkest chocolate-colored weenie I had ever seen. At 7 weeks she was only 2.10 pounds and also suppose to be a miniature; however, there is nothing miniature about her as she is a plumb 20 lbs. now.  

Over the last two years we have learned a few things about living with these two magnificent animals and can’t imagine what our life would be like without them. Although they spend the majority of their day sleeping and being lazy, they still provide much-needed entertainment for us. They are more than just pets, they are our babies and life would not be the same without them.

They became fast friends!

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LEAVING DOGS IN THE RV

On days that we want to venture out to sightsee, go fishing or just need a break, we leave them in the RV. When they were still puppies, we left them in a crate, which they hated. They did not like being confined to a small space and living in an RV, which is a small space in itself, didn’t really provide much space for a gigantic crate. The solution for us was to use what we had bought to use for an outdoor playpen inside the house. It provided a bigger area for them to move around in. We added their pet bed, a blanket and some toys and they were now good to go. We also leave the television on with their favorite DIY channel playing, which helps to block outside noises. We also leave either the A/C or heat on, depending on the weather, to regulate the temperature. The way we look at it is if we were still in a sticks and bricks house we would leave our dogs at home so what is the difference? This is our home and they have never known anything else, so they do well.

DOGGY DAYCARE

Although most days we leave the dogs at the house when we venture out, there are some days that require us to be gone for more than a few short hours, so we find a local doggy daycare to leave them at. In addition, this gives them time to spend with other dogs, just like children need to interact with other kids, dogs need to interact with other dogs. In the event we ever have to leave them in a kennel overnight, I would rather them be use to the idea of that atmosphere than be put into a situation where they feel alone and scared in an unfamiliar setting. They both love being at daycare and are excited when we drop them off and just as excited when we pick them up.  

EXERCISE AND OUTDOOR SAFETY

We take the dogs out many times a day and spend quality time exercising and playing with them. The most important thing to remember is that most, if not all, campgrounds require dogs to be on a leash at all times. I cannot express how important it is for everyone to keep their dogs on a leash. The last thing you want is to witness a dog fight because someone let their dog run free. I see it in every park we have ever stayed at and it drives me crazy. When your outside, set up a playpen area, if allowed, and let your dog get some fresh air. Do not tether your dog outside and go back into your RV. Tethered dogs can get loose and/or tangled up and most parks require you to be present if your dog is outside.

TRAVEL DAYS

We have a truck and fifth wheel. We have never once thought to let our dogs ride in the fifth wheel on travel days for several reasons. One, it is too hot. Two, the roads are too bumpy and the poor babies would be thrown all over the place.  The safest place is to have them in the vehicle with you. Ours ride in the back seat. I have two small puppy pads, one on each side, that provide a softer area to rest on plus a blanket and toys. Harley is the best traveler I have ever seen. She never makes a sound. Instead she sleeps most of the time and only gets up when we stop, which we do every couple of hours to give them both a chance to walk, stretch their little legs and relieve themselves.  Oscar is the whiner of the bunch and hates to be in the backseat. He would rather ride up front with the passenger so he can see what’s going on, which we do allow for a few minutes every hour or so. Once he gets his special time, then he will lay right back down and sleep as well.  

Enjoying the backseat on travel day!

VET RECORDS

It is very important to keep your dogs shots up to date. The only place that has asked for proof of rabies was at a park in New Hampshire, but I’m sure there are other places that will ask as we continue to travel to other states that we haven’t been to yet. You should keep your pets records with all your other important documents, so they are easy to locate when needed. When we are going to be in a place for more than a couple of days, I also look for the closest veterinarian office just in case we have an emergency. We learned this the hard way after Oscar was stung by a bee, had a swollen face and had to be treated. In our experience, in order to leave our dogs at doggy daycare or for an overnight stay, the kennel cough vaccine has been required. Some locations might not be prone to fleas, ticks or heartworms, but as a precaution we pre-treat our pets for all three. Either a google search or a call to a local veterinarian can provide information as to whether the area you are visiting should be of concern for these pests and if so precautions can be taken.  

CAMPGROUND ETIQUETTE

I saved the most important thing about RVing with dogs for last….etiquette. More and more people are becoming less concerned about what they do affects others. However, when you stay in an RV park or campground we need to remember that we are not the only ones there and not everyone likes dogs. We need to show consideration for those people as well. All dog owners need to pick up after their dogs. I think we all should have stock in the poop bag industry to recoup all the money we spend on those bags. The last thing anybody wants to do when having a nice leisurely stroll, especially at night, is to step in dog poop. Pleeeaaaassssseee pick up after your dog! In addition, do not cut through another campsite especially with your dog, and don’t let them pee on the neighbors flowers or anything else in their yard. Another thing that irritates your neighbors is a dog who constantly barks, especially when your gone. If you’re not sure if your dogs a barker or don’t want to believe it when your neighbor tells you your dog barked all day long, then set up a video camera and record your dog when your gone. We wondered how our dogs behaved while out, so we did just that when we were on our trip in New York. We bought a wireless camera that we could view from our phone, which allows us to watch the dogs, to see what they are doing all day. Not only do we see them, but we can hear them and we can talk to them as well. It provided peace of mind knowing that they were fine and slept more than anything.

RVing with dogs is possible and can be a great experience for all involved. Our life wouldn’t be complete without our furbabies and the enjoyment and companionship they provide is undeniable.

Christmas 2016

How We Wrapped Up 2016

The month of December brings us to the end of another year. This year has had ups and downs. January started with me taking a part-time job as we sat in Tallahassee trying to decide if we were going back on the road or staying put. It didn’t take but about six months for us to decide that what we really wanted was to be on the road travelling, so off we went. Our first trip was only for a couple of weeks to Louisiana and back to Florida. Come July we began what was supposed to be a 4 month trip to the New England states and back along the eastern coastline.  This marks the second time we have tried to visit the eastern coastline and had to cancel and head back home. The first time being back in 2015 when we first began our full-time travel.  

Our journey north started out good and for the first couple months we really enjoyed all the places we got to visit. The most memorable being our trip to Niagara Falls, followed by all the covered bridge sightings. Our time in the North Carolina mountains brought us or at least me some scary moments on the trip up and down the mountain, but nothing that I wouldn’t attempt to do again as the sights were beautiful and seeing the elk was more than worth the drive.

Unfortunately in September we were hit with a big setback when Greg had to have emergency surgery. Thankfully he is doing good and we are hopeful that in February he will have a second surgery to reverse part of the first one and once recuperated we will be back on the road enjoying this beautiful country. After two attempts of trying to see the east coast, we are going to forego that area for now and head west. We want to view some annual lots around Lake Fork in Texas, where we hope to settle one day, before heading to Monterey, California.  

CHRISTMAS

While staying in Florida, I was able to see two of the grandkids at Christmas time. I visited the one who lives in Louisiana right before Thanksgiving and since his mom is expecting a little girl in April, I decided to forego a trip back there until closer to delivery time.

 

Greg and I spent Christmas day out on the lake as we have a great RV spot on Lake Talquin that is known for great bass fishing.  We try to go out in the boat at least once a week at a minimum.  

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and we wish you all a very Happy New Year!

A Synopsis of our Summer Travel in an RV

A trip which started in June and ended in October included 120 days of traveling over 10k miles through 18 states. Our trip started and ended in Florida, which serves as our home base. 

The first 23 days of our journey included traveling through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We had both wanted to visit Duck Commander in West Monroe, LA, so off we went to see if we could meet any of the Robertson clan. The scariest part of this journey was the roads as they were the worse roads we have ever traveled on and some I hope we can avoid in the future.

Once we left Louisiana we headed back to Florida as we were supposed to meet the rest of the family at my parents to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. Once we done that, we were headed out for the next 97 days traveling up to the New England states and back down the eastern coast.

Our state map shows all the states we have traveled through regardless if we spent an overnight or not. For us, if we spend a good part of the day sightseeing, then that’s good enough to add a state to the map.

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The other states we made it through were: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. Wow! Saying that out load is scary! I can’t believe we covered that many states in only 4 months. I know there is still so much to see in these states and hopefully we will go back one day and see more.

If you’ve been following my blog, you already know our trip was cut short due to a medical emergency, so we didn’t make it to DC and Maryland, nor the eastern coastline through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and eastern parts of Florida. Hopefully we will finish that portion of the trip in the future.

Our total miles over the expansion of 120 days of traveling were 10,497; of which 5,074 were actual travel miles. The rest were all the miles we spent going on sightseeing adventures looking for waterfalls, covered bridges, lighthouses, Elk and so much more. You can read about all of our adventures in the archives.

Our average cost for camping fees were $29.09 per day for the entire 120 days based on how much we spent on campground fees as well as 4 months’ coverage for our Thousand Trails membership, which we pay monthly.

We learned a lot on this journey and hope to put that knowledge to use when we get through this medical crisis and get back on the road. In the meantime, I’ll spend some time working on my photography skills, reading, sewing, crocheting and knitting. Oh and a little fishing on the lake won’t hurt either as we found a nice quiet little spot on Lake Talquin to spend the next few months.

How to Deal with Medical Emergencies on the Road

Living on the road full-time moving from city to city every few days, few weeks or months can be a hardship when faced with a medical emergency. Things can happen that we are never prepared for, but should take some precautions, so when faced with hard times everyone knows how to handle things at home.

We were hit with a medical emergency on a day that we were suppose to be moving to the next city. We ended up in the emergency room with my husband having to have abdominal surgery, which resulted in a five-day hospital stay and two weeks of staying in a town that we had no intentions of staying in. We were only in this area to pick up our new RV, which we had done on the Tuesday before this happened. Our plan was to head to D.C. to continue on our four-month trip that we were in the middle of; however, our plans were drastically changed.

The biggest obstacle we faced wasn’t going to the ER. The biggest obstacle was that I don’t know how to hook up and pull our fifth wheel and unfortunately we couldn’t stay in the site we were at at the state park. I drove my husband to the ER not knowing how bad the situation was until after several test including a CT scan and blood work were done. The word surgery started floating around and by 11:30 I had to leave to somehow get the RV moved while not knowing what would happen while I was gone. The hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long time is leave my husband at the hospital with so many unknowns and go handle the RV situation.

I was lucky that the dealership we just bought from was willing to send someone over to move the RV. By the time they showed up I had the fifth wheel loaded, but couldn’t get the hitch to lock into place. I could have probably pulled the RV and parked at the next location which I found right across the street, without help, due to the adrenaline rush I was on, but I was still scared of screwing something up and we had only owned the RV for three days. By the time the driver showed up, an hour late, I was growing more anxious as all I wanted was to be at the hospital. I also had two dogs to care for while all this was going on and they knew something was wrong.

Finally by 3:00 pm I was set up and able to head to the hospital. Let me tell you the worse fear is to get to a hospital knowing you left your husband there and being told he wasn’t there, then being told he was in surgery. After what seemed like a lifetime I was brought up to speed as to what was going on and began the wait for him to get out of surgery and finally make it to his room. Five days later we were leaving the hospital hoping our stay in this town would end on the following Monday after his follow-up visit. Unfortunately the doctor wanted to wait on removing the staples, so we would be around another week.

I cannot express enough how important it is for all persons to be able to drive and set up the RV. I’ve watched and helped do the outside stuff enough to know how to hook up water, electric and sewer, so that part I’m familiar with and so should all of you be. Driving on the other hand had only been for about 20 minutes in our old rig, but that will be changing once we leave here. I never want to be put in this position again of not knowing how to do something when it comes to our home.

Since my husbands recovery will take 4 to 6 weeks and then eventually another surgery, we are headed back to our home base in Florida for the next six months at least. Not what we had planned, but we’re just thankful that he’s okay and everything worked itself out in the end. Once he’s all better, we’ll get back on the road headed west.