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First Documented Town In Alabama (Moorseville, Alabama)

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Welcome to Moorseville, Alabama, the first documented town in the state of Alabama. This is another town that should be on everyones to see list if in the area.

Located just East of Decatur,Alabama, this is a stop right off the freeway heading into Huntsville, Alabama. The town is set in its own little community that you will find 19th century fencing surrounding the neighborhood.

In the middle of town is where the main history is, that talk about the old tavern (unfortunatly isnt in operations anymore) to the oldest still operational post office in the state, to there first church that hasnt been in operation for many years.

Once you visit the old buildings, take a stroll in the neighborhood to see all of the 19th century house that are still standing today. These houses range from large 19th century victorian mansions to little cottages that takes you think you just landed in a fairytale.

While taking your stoll, you will find the still operational church (Moorseville Church of Christ) that was established in 1854. Its truly amazing on the history on this part of the country.

If checking this town out for commercial photography, you will be required to purchase a permit to take photos.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and we will see you soon!

Old Historic Decatur, Alabama

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Hope everyone is having an awesome day today!

I woke up this morning to a warm sunny day, and decided to take a trip to the old historic part of Decatur, Alabama. We have been through there, but have never really experienced of what this town had to offer. Those of you that know me, or have been following us for awhile know that I love the history of these older towns.

I started my adventures off to see the old historic bank built in 1833 which is probably the biggest attraction for the histiric part of this town. Unfortunately the doors were locked to see inside, but I was happy enough to see what the outside had to offer. Below is a brief history on the bank with a couple of pictures.

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After the bank, I hit the road on foot to see old downtown which felt like I went back in time. All of the buildings are the existing buildings from the 1800’s that are still standing today. I was surprised that with the storms out here that these wouldnt have been demolished yet. With the old alley ways, and good ol southern charm, you can find mostly antique shops, with a few taverns/bars (non were opened until 4pm) to old style barber shops. Deeper into town you will find the old Princess theatre where you can spend a night out watching a play.

After experiencing the town I decided to check out the historical neighborhoods surrounding the district. Most of the houses were built back in the 1800’s and most of them had signs outside of the houses that named the confederate soldiers that lived there during the fight of Decatur

Coming out of the neiborhood, I stopped by the amphitheater that sits on the same grounds as the bank. Below is a little information on that.

The First United Methodist Church shown below was the first methodist church established in Decatur built. One thing about the state of Alabama is that churches are big and on every corner.

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Once I finished in the downtown district I headed off to see Delano Park that is still in the old district, but is far enough to drive instead of walk. One thing Ive noticed about parks in Decatur is that they are large, and very well maintained. You can find everything to a play structure, to a mini water park, to pristine baseball diamonds and tennis courts.

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Across the street from the park is the Delano Park Rose Garden which was a spectacular place to visit. Unfortunately, the roses havent bloomed yet, but was still worth checking out.

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Decatur, Alabama is an amazing place to see. When out of the old town and in downtown Decatur, you will find everything you need ranging from grocery stores, to miniture golf. If your ever in the area, defently make it a stop to see some old history, and eat some good southern BBQ.

Have a great day everyone.

Where To Refill Propane

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I wanted to give a little information on where to get your propane refilled for the cheapest and the best part of it, is that this place is all over the country and well known. Go to U-Haul for your next fillup. Since being on the road, I have always went to gas stations to have my tanks refilled until someone told me about U-Haul having the cheapest propane refills. After doing some research online, I decided to try my luck on a refill at U-Haul and found that there is a huge savings. Before, I would go to a gas station that did refills or actual gas companies which cost me close to $20.00 to refill a 20 pound tank. U-Haul charged for the same tank $11.68. That saved me about $8.00 on a 20 pounder. Wanna know how to get even more off? If you register with U-Haul they will send you coupons for even more savings.

Being a fulltime RVer, it is extremely important to research deals, best prices, and anyway to save a buck or two. Even when your camping for free, fuel becomes a major expense in your trips that becomes a nusense after awhile.

So lets look at what we will be running in propane in the near future:

2- 20 pound tanks (about $16.00 in.           savings

2- 30 pound tanks (about $24.00 in           savings)

1 -60 pound tank (about $24.00 in savings)

Thats about $64.00 saved in propane refill.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little blog on ways of saving for your next fill up, and we will see you soon.

Used Motor Oil (why keep it?)

0413180658When you decide to start fulltiming, you have put dependency on yourself especially when doondocking. Knowing how to reuse materials for diffrent things and doing things on your own is key of lasting longer then 2 weeks on the road.

Knowing how to do general maintance on your vehicle is an area that will make or break the bank. Unless your making alot money, taking your car to the mechanic all of the time will send you packing back home. There are alot of advantages in learning how to do general maintance to your rig:

  1. You can become more reliant to yourself
  2. You save money
  3. You learn a new skill

This post is focused on used motor oil, and why you should take it with you.

When ever I perform an oil change on my truck I keep all of the used oil as a fire starter when mother nature doesnt want to play nice. The wood can be wet, frozen or what ever other condition the wood may be in and will still light instantly.

I understand that most will see this as common sense but is something that might be overlooked for people just getting started in this lifestyle.

Have a great day!

 

 

Solar systems 101

Hello everyone! I wanted to get some information on another hot topic that some are curious about, others want to go this but are still on the fence about going solar. I was going to do a video on this due to the amount of information I am going to explain but decided to have this in writing so that it can be a reference to come back to. I will explain the goods and bads about solar, how to maximize power in the winter months, and show how easy these. Kits are to install.

The easy part is installing the panels. With just a few screws and bracket, you can have your panels hooked in. Depending on if your part timing or full timing, or just taking a weekend trip may determine if you should buy angle brackets for your solar system. These angle brackets (brackets with a bunch of holes) give you the option to angle your panels. Now why would I do this? In the winter season the sun is lower then the summer time which makes it hard to get the maximum exposure to the sun. You typically want to be at a 90 degree angle to the or you may lose up to 40 percent of your power. To figure out your angle use the formula:

Latitude x (0.9) + 29 degrees

This will put you at a good 90 degrees from the sun. There. Are many types of these brackets out there ranging from $25.00 to $100.00. When you buy these, make sure you have the ones that will give you multiple angles. I paid $50.00 per bracket for this set

Once you have your panels installed you will see 2 cables with a male and female end. You will need to hook these in as refered on the diagram below. This set up is a 500 watt system so diagrams may vary by the panels you buy. I highly recommend sketching out a diagram first before panels are installed.

Once you reach your last panel, you will have a breaker that connects to your main power down to your controller. There is no right or wrong way of running your panel cables down since every rig is diffrent. We cut a little hole in our vent screen to feed down into the bedroom, then drilled a hole in our sink cabinet down to where our main trailer battery supply is.

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Now the fun part… The electrical! This can get a bit confusing which happened to me also when I hooked everything up I blew the fuses in my inverter. Which brings me to another point. My 1,000 watt inverter holds 4 40amp fuses so if you here a pop and see smoke, tear the inverter open to check the fuses. See the diagram below for proper install. When I printed the diagram everything was in black ink so I had no color code to go by so it became a guessing game which could be a pricey one if not installed correctly.

You cant just put a car battery in and call it a day. You will need deep cycle 6v or 12v batteries to run. They are pricey (mine cost $375.00 a piece) but will earn your money back in the long run. The ones I run are used in military aircrafts, never need refilled and are 100 percent maintance free. You get what you pay for. You will beed to make sure you have enough battery power to keep up with your panels but not to much that would fry your system. I go by 1 battery for every 200 watts in panels.

Your inverter is where your power source will be to plug in your electronic. Im running a 1,000 watt inverter for my system but I would recommend a 1,500 watt if running a 500+ watt system. Juwt to give you that extra cushion.

Your controller is used to make sure everything is equalized so that your panels or batteries dont fry up. The one I use has a key chain for manual shut off. If the system runs hot, my controllet kicks in to level everything out.

You will have a control panel for inside your RV that reads for power levels, temperature of system and many more details of how your system is running.

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The amount of watt system needed will vary on your load. 250 watt system is pretty good for 2 people to do there every day tasks of showering, watching TV and running appliances. I do recommend having a back up generator though and not soley depend on solar power. Also, solar wont power your air conditioning unit since it requires a couple thousand watts alone to turn over. Another one is your microwave.  My unit will power it but barely. When shopping for a backup generator, I recommend nothing under 3,000 watts and be a duel fuel system to run propane and gas.

Maintance on these systems is nothing more then a squirt bottle of water and a rag. I recommend wiping the panels clean once a week unless you are in an area like Arizona with dust storms. Then I woulf recommend every other day. The shade of something as small as a twig will have a huge impact on your power.

The goods: saves on cost of having free power.

The bads: cant be soley depended on.

I hope I covered a good chunk about solar power and feel free to message me with any questions you may have. For those of you just interested, have a great day, those if you just starting, hope to see you on the road sometime and for the experienced RVers stay safe and keep the wheels turning.

Have an awesome day everyone.

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A Typical Day Workamping

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I have encountered many questions on what workamping is like, what does a typical day look like, do I need experience and so forth. Workamping is not just camphosting, it is any type of work performed mobily. This can be anything from a mobile mechanic to a white water rafting guide. Pay may vary from free site and full hookup, to cash only, to all of the above. We only choose all of the above since we are not retired. One thing Ive noticed diffrent from this life style compared to the so called ‘normal’ life style is that companies are finding you for jobs instead of you searching for jobs. This is a huge benefit because you are pretty much guaranteed work so being picky is an option. The reason for this is because there are more of these jobs to be filled then there are fulltimers.

I wanted to give a little insight of a typical day working at a campground is like for entry level no experienced position.

After my morning coffee I walk about 60ft to work to get my time in, and get the day started.

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The first task that needs to be done in the mornings is a rundown of who is occuping the park sites. Different parks may do things a bit diffrent then here but basically all is done is taking a cruise in the golf cart, marking down who is here and who isnt by the site numbers listed as occupied spots. Sometimes you may get night registrations that come in that wont be registered so notes shall be taken on this. When someonr is on site, we will write “O” for occupied or “V” for vacant. Thats about it for that.

0408180813Once Ive checked all of the sites to see who is here, I will perform site clean ups for the arrivals and departures which is done by checklists.

The bathhouse clean up. Yes it isnt fun but its something that needs cleaned daily. We have checklists we go by on the bath houses and are only marked if something beeds done. These are all entry level jobs starting out in this industry but you can quickly move upto management if you do good work.

Here is where the ugly part may come up if you have sites that arnt full hookup. We call this the Honey Bucket and trust me, there isnt honey in the bucket. At this campground, we have pumpout services twice a week.

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Once Im done with the daily tasks I will check maintance orders which may include fixing power boxes, broken items, yard work, gutter cleaning and basically what ever is on the list of things to do. Generally at parks monthlys will be charged electricity so once a month i will check meters also to see what is owed.

Finally, at the end of the day, kick back and just relax.

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Harmony Park Safari (Huntsville, Alabama)

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We spent one of our days off at the Harmony Park Safari in Huntsville, Alabama. The place was listed as #1 places to see in the area. Prices were reasonable and for an extra $10.00 you can use one of the parks cars to see the animals and $5.00 for a bucket of food. They had everything ranging from zebras, buffalo, deer, lamas, rams, giraffes, ostriches, and many more.

Once your done with the driving part, they had areas to walk and see the tortoises, kangaroos, pigs, and a large reptile exhibit.

I highly recommend making a stop if your in the area. Have a wonderful day everyone.

 

 

Sweet Home Alabama (Hillsboro, Alabama)

 

For those of you still around, I apologize for not having any blogs in awhile. We have had  a lack of internet where we are at, and my laptop screen is shattered so I’m running this off of our TV.

Well, we made it to Alabama the beginning of last month to the Wheeler Lake KOA where we will camp hosting until the end of November… No that doesn’t mean that this is the end, we still have information for those of you interested in learning a little bit about the  workamping lifestyle and what a typical day looks like, plus we will be I Nashville, Tennessee in a few weeks to see what all of the hypes about with Nashville, Tennessee is. We will be visiting Georgia, some of Florida, possibly Kentucky, and we cant forget Dollywood Park up in the Smokey mountains of Tennessee.

So… what do we think of Alabama… love it!!! We have all of the greenery just like back home in the Pacific Northwest, BBQ and steak houses around every corner, cheap prices on everything ($0.98 for a gallon of milk, $1.99 per gallon for regular gasoline), and the history is everywhere! Decatur, Alabama is the closest main city to us (20 miles away) that has everything you could want and need with a low population of people, and history of the old town dating back to the 1800’s.

The down fall about here is the tornadoes are here every year. Storm shelters are like 7/11s out here. We had a close call this last week that had us evacuated into a storm shelter from a storm that just missed us that caused baseball size hail, 3 tornadoes and lightning storms that never quit. Weather can have a 40 degree change in a given day for the good or bad. Lawyer commercials! Please, if you are from around here will you please explain what is with the lawyer advertisements EVERYWHERE!!

 

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We have been asked multiple times of what the camphosting life is like. This is our first job that we have been working at for a month and over all, its very easy, can get busy, but is fun and drama free. Brandy works in the store, selling store items, renting kayaks, renting bikes, booking reservations, selling day and boat ramp passes, Our daughter Kayla works in the store, and helps me outdoors. I keep the grounds cleaned up, fix electrical and plumbing issues that come up, and any general maintenance  that needs done around the camp. We will have more detailed information on this type of work for those wanting to learn a little bit more about this lifestyle.

Over all, the state is a pretty awesome place to see, with lots to do and places to see. The history is all over this state with plenty to learn about. If you have any questions please feel free to let us know and we will get back to you. Our next blog will either be workamping in detail, or a trip to Nashville, Tennessee to see what we can find to do. Have a great day and we will see where we end up next.

Chennault Aviation & Military Museum (Monroe Louisiana), Rocky Springs Campground (Hermanville, Mississippi)

 

Hello, everyone!

Once we got into Louisiana, we ended up boon docking in Monroe Louisiana at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum through Harvest Host. We enjoyed the nightly stay, but location was a little iffy since we were located in the middle of town. There were plenty of things to see outside ranging from old WW2 planes, to memorial Plaques of soldiers killed during the war. We had the option of parking where ever we wanted in the parking lot, and everyone there was very nice and helpful. Below is the information if you are a member of Harvest Host, and are looking for an overnight stop if you are going to be in the area.

 

Contact: Alexandria Powell, Public Relations Mgr or any employee
Address: 701 Kansas Lane,, Monroe, LA 71203
Located: at Monroe Reg’l Airport; 1½ mi N of I 20 exit #120, parking is paved
Telephone: (318) 362-5540
Website:
http://www.chennaultmuseum.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChennaultMuseum/
GPS Coordinates: 32.511548 -92.054327
Hours: Tue-Sat 9am-4pm, Mon overnights OK
More: In honor of the Flying Tigers, aviation & military memorabilia, airplane restoration

 

We only stayed 1 night at the air museum then headed off to Mississippi to what I believe was one of the best places we stayed at so far. Do understand that my point of view of a nice place to stay may be different for others. I enjoyed this place because of the campground being so secluded in the wilderness, free camping with running bathrooms, large fire pits, being able to collect our own fire wood, and lots of history… Now if you are basing a nice spot on full hook up and internet, this place is not your place. To get any type of phone or internet service was a 1 mile hike in the woods to the old ghost town of Rocky Springs.

We ended up meeting with a nomad and his dog from Tennessee (called himself Lone Wolf), and the camp host Mike that grew up in Mississippi over some beer, whiskey and a good size campfire. Mike got a camp host position there because his truck broke down and he wasn’t able to get his trailer moved out, so the forest services said he should put in to be a camp host for the park so that he can stay (most free camping sites around the country is 14 days max. stay) so he did.

Hiking in 1 mile to the old ghost town of Rocky Springs was by far the best ghost town I have ever been to. The town started in the late 1700’s, and grew to a population of over 2500 residents. In 1878 Yellow Fever came in and killed quite a bit of residents, which the town rapidly declined. 10 years later, the fever struck again, and killed more, destroyed crops, and devastated  the town for who ever was left. By 1930 the post office was the last building that was still in full operation that finally shut down. The town became a complete ghost town by 1940. As you visit today, the only remains of the town is the church that still holds a service the last Sunday of every month, the original grave yard, a safe from the post office, a cistern.

Besides the lack of internet, there are a couple more down falls for out here that you should know. It is 7 miles for propane fill up at the bar, 13 miles to the nearest gas station and grocery. The grocery store has lots of empty shelves, and if your buying bread, buy it before you show up or you will be looking at over $4.00 for a loaf of bread. Below is the information if your coming into Mississippi on Hwy 20. It is located about 20 miles south of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Natchez Trace Pkwy.
Hermanville, MS 39086
662-680-4025
800-305-7417
GPS: 32.0868, -90.7994

Mississippi is one of my favorite if not favorite state I’ve seen so far, where Alaska is up there also in comparison.

 

 

Have a great day everyone and we will see you in Alabama.

 

Wagon Trail RV Park (Canton, Texas)

Well, we made it to Canton, Texas to the Wagon Trail RV Park in Eastern Texas about 100 miles from the Louisiana border. We arrived just a few hours ago but decided to get this blog out before we are back boon docking with no internet access again for a couple days. Believe it of not, but if you haven’t been in eastern Texas, then you would never believe how green it is. As we start getting into the Louisiana climate, we start seeing more green then we have seen the last 2 months that have been following along. With our passport America cards, we stayed at this site for $15.00 per night. One thing that I’ve noticed is the parks are getting pricier, but the fuel is getting cheaper. We were going to boon dock another night but had a hard time finding free camping in this area until we get into Louisiana. The place is nice, has showers, laundry, internet, and full hook up. We will be back on the road in the morning searching for our next boon docking location and will be posting when possible.

 

We will see you guys in Louisiana, and possibly Mississippi on our next blog. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and we will answer as best as possible of what we have learned so far in the last 2 months