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Backpacking Trip Prep

The mad planning from early in the week transitioned to mad packing a couple days ago, and by the time you read this on Friday, Julie and I will be in the car and driving up to Grand Portage, MN where we’ll spend the night at a hotel and then catch the ferry out to […]

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What Kills Dreams (And What Saves Them)

Let’s talk for a moment about what kills dreams. Fear kills dreams. “I worry that this won’t work out, it’s safer not to try.” Practicality kills dreams. “This seems like an unrealistic goal, I better scale it down to something easier.” Uncertainty kills dreams. “I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’ll just […]

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Three happy full-timers: Brian, Vanessa, and I at Borrego Springs, CA

“Can I Go Full-time RVing?”: The Answer

There are so many voices on the internet making their opinion known that it’s hard to know who to listen to when you ask a question about RVing. And once you’ve decide whose answers sound right to you another question arises: Does this person really know what they’re talking about? I don’t want to screw […]

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Bertha and Cas at sunrise in front of Saddle Mountain in Arizona

The Vehicle Replacement Fund

Last fall I experienced my first vehicle break-down since hitting the road, and repairs ended up costing more than my truck was worth. The whole ordeal made me rethink the idea of an emergency fund and ultimately, expand on it. Most experienced full-timers tote how important it is to have an emergency fund and I […]

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You Must Be Crazy

Lately there’s been a lot of comments and e-mails from new readers who are just starting to look into the RVing lifestyle (welcome!). Back in March I wrote a guest post for another blog (CheapRVLiving), and it occurs to me I’ve never shared that content with all of you here at IO. I thought it […]

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Fluid Decision Making

When people make a decision about something, the majority tend to think of that conclusion as rigid and uncompromising. I use to think like this before I hit the road, that once I made up my mind about something, be it a course of action, a purchase decision, a political stance, what I thought of […]

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Revolution Day

Hey everyone, this is a continuation of the story of ‘what came before Interstellar Orchard’ that started on Tuesday. You’ll want to read that first if you haven’t yet! February 20, 2010 Wake up before dawn. Get ready in a haze. Drive 40 minutes in the dark still half asleep. Trudge through eight and a […]

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Words of Encouragement

Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people. One of those people who smiles when they see inspirational messages in poster form in the home decor section of stores. One of those people who Likes motivational pictures posted up on Facebook. Heck, I’ve even had one such quote at the bottom of this blog […]

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The Long Game

“How long are you going to do this?” It’s another one of those questions I get asked frequently from both other RVers and stationary folks when discussing my lifestyle. The answer I eventually settled on is “Until I feel like doing something else more.” Which is the truth, but it’s the truth shortened down to […]

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Zion could have been an uncomfortably hot place to spend the summer, but I was at 6,000 feet on top of the canyon which helped loads

A New Resource

I’d like to start out this post with a shout out to Russ and June, and Debbie, members of the IO community here, and the couple traveling in the Casita (if you gave me your names, I’ve forgotten them, sorry) who while not devout blog readers still knew who I was. These folks have all […]

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What Makes a Successful Full-time RVer

So I’ve been thinking lately about the full-time RVers I know and what contributed to their success on the road where others desired but never tried, or tried but didn’t succeed, or succeeded but didn’t stick with it. I’ve concluded that although money is a big concern, it was not the deciding factor. Despite the […]

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Never Settle

Implementing big ideas means an upheaval of everything you know. It’s a time of excitement, wonder, and lots of energy, but there is another side too. There’s a lot of uncertainty about how to make it all work, the stress of doing and learning new things, long hours, and fear about what happens if it […]

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