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The bad side of fulltimeing

Hello everyone, I owe everyone 2 recipes still and will get them. Things have been very busy with work and broken things. I wanted to do a post on the not so good side of fulltiming that we never hear about in different blogs. Just like problems in the ‘normal’ there will be problems in the RV life but are different issues that we deal with.

Your tow vehicle: its not a matter if something will go wrong but when it will go wrong. You will have vehicle issues no matter what, and if your like me, taking your vehicle to the mechanic shop everytime a problem happens will only keep you broke from doing the things you want to do, and defeats the purpose of living the freedom that we set for ourselves. I try to do as much as I can myself, and if I dont know it, Im on the web learning.

Your Rig: like your vehicle, things will break, and it will be up to you to learn to fix the issues. As you see in the trailer picture I hit the side of my deck since I had no spotter, and was at a 90 degree turn with no view in sight. Other issues are water pump has gone out, vent cover in bath ripped off, and little miscellaneous broken items.

When your low on funds: no one likes to be out of money. The difference for the ‘normal’ life and the nomad life is… Well, in the ‘normal’ life you may not beable to pay the car payment, the nomad life you might not have food or water. Life becomes a little more at stake of what your money is for to survive on.

Your on your own: yes this does have its good and bads. You do get the freedom of true independence, what when there is a good side, there is always a bad side. You are on your own. Decisions made need to be well thought of, and having a backup for everything is the only way to go. This is an area that all future possible nomads really need to ask themselves before making this leap. “Can I be self suffient enough to do this?”

This lifestyle isnt for everyone, and I wish more nomads out there blogging would not only show the good side of this lifestyle, but also the negative side. Things to take for granit (heat, food, water) become a gold living this lifestyle. Your consumption of food, water, and fuel need to be closely regulated when off grid because this could turn into a bad situation if decisions arnt made wisely.

Take care everyone and if you have questions, feel free to ask.

New Long Term Drycamp

Hello everyone, some of you know that Ive been working on getting a long term drycamp set up, and now I have it. This is a 40 acre piece of property within 10 miles from Holbrook. Below are the prices and general information on the site. You can get more details at http://www.hipcamp.com listed under Nomadic Ruins campground. I am still in the process of getting a photographer to the site for more picture also.

 

35.01138, -110.00419 heres the gps coordinates

 

Area info:

 

Located less than 2 Miles from Historic Route 66 (Interstate 40), this 40-acre parcel is close to all that North Eastern Arizona has to offer.  This parcel is accessible via Ranchero Rd and Sheri Rd and is roughly 10 miles from the city of Holbrook as well as the Petrified Forest National park and Painted desert Indian Center; Desert exploration is right within reach. This property is also only 1.5 hours from Flagstaff and 2.5 hours from Grand Canyon National park.

 

Things to do in Navajo County include Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, snowmobiling as well as Fishing, Hiking, Hunting and countless trails for Off-Highway Exploration.

 

Prices:

$5.00 per night

$110.00 per month

$330.00 for the season (4 months)

$660.00 for the year

Cowboy Breakfast Recipe

Hello once again everyone. Its about that time for another recipe for the fire

1 roll sausage Bacaon and ham can be added)

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 dozen eggs

1/4 cup milk

Salt and pepper

4-6 slices of Velveeta cheese

Cook sausage, bacon, ham and onions. Beat eggs and milk. Pour mixture over meats and onions. Cook in large skillet over open fire. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with cheese.optional to add hashbrowpotatoes, mushrooms, and bell peppers.

Hope everyone has a good weekend and we will have some other blogs coming up with “The Lifestyle Working in a Campground” and “The Bad Side of Fulltime RVing”

 

Dutch Oven Breakfast

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Wanted to get you guys another great meal for those camp trips.

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 polish kielbasa sausage

2 onions sliced

4 potatoes boiled and chopped

1 tbsp diced green chilies

On hot coals, heat olive oil, add garlic. Stir twice and add sausage. Brown sausage both sides. Add onions, cook until tender. Add potatoes and chilies and simmer for 10 min.

Ita a quickquick, and simple recipe that will have you going for more. Take care everyone until next time.

Breakfast Memories Recipe

Hello, everyone. I havent put any off grid campfire recipes on any of my blogs, so from here on out, I will be posting 1 recipe each Saturday. These are intended for campfire cooking so would be good for those weekend campouts, or if fulltiming for the days you might be out boondocking to save your propane.

BREAKFAST MEMORIES:

Sausage

5-6 potatoes, cubed

1/2 small onion, chopped

1/4 cup green pepper, chopped

6-7 eggs

1/4 cup American or cheddar cheese.

GRAVY:

2 Tbsp flour

Salt and pepper

1 glass of milk

Cook sausage over the fire. Remove sauage and add potatoeswith the grease from the sausauge. Add onions and green peppers. Cook until potatoes are tender. Add eggs and crumbled sausage. Add cheese until eggs are done.

GRAVY:

Mix flour with salt and pepper in just enough grease to coat bottom of skillet. Add 1 glass of milk, stir constantly until gravy starts to thicken. Remove from fire and stir until desired consistency is obtained.

Have a great day everyone and send pictures when you make these recipes.

PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) Mansion (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

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After I left the Harley Davidson Museum, I still had some time to see what else Milwaukee had to offer. Fortunatly, 6 minutes away was the PBR Mansion so off I went for new ventures.

The mansion is over 20,000 suare feet, 3 stories, and most is still in original condition with a few minor areas that needed upkeep over the years.

The guided tour look a little over an hour to get through, and our tour guide gave all of us very detailed infornation on the history of the building. Most of the paintings are original, most furniture is original, and the wall paper is mostly original but had to recently have stencil artist fix some areas.

What I thought was interesting that no one knew until our guide pointed it out, is that all of the corner stairway posts had hop structures on the tops.

For $12.00, this is defently a stop to come see if in the area for the beer enthusiast, and the history fans that enjoy these types of places.

I will either be heading to Madison, Wisconsin next to do a brewery touring, or back to Milwaukee to tour the Miller distillery, then brewery hopping. I guess we will see what happens. Have a great day everyone.

Harley Davidson Museum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

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Hello everyone, hope your weekend is going great! Today I decided to take a drive out to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to check out the Harley Davidson Museum, and it was well worth the $20.00 getting in. I knew that this museum was big, but I wasnt guessing 3 stories big. The picture above became the cover picture for this blog because this was the very first Harley Davidson made in 1903. Serial number is 1.

Right when I parked the truck, there was a line of harleys that at first I thought were the riders visiting, but turns out it was a rental area. Heading towards the entrance of the museum you come across a large gift shop and a bar/resturant (went to both). Other things they had was areas you can get your pictures taken on a bike, and ride on a stationary harley to get the feel of the brand new bikes out.

Once in the museum, you start out with the earliest bikes and work your way up to todays models. It was amazing of how much use these bikes got for other purposes.

Does anyone know what movie this replica chopper is from? Yes Easyrider. Unfortunately they couldnt have the original, so they made a replica from the movie.

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There was a few bizarre ones that some were interesting, and others were just plain weird.

There was such a huge variety of bikes here, that you could pretty much find any specific bike that you may be looking for

They had an area that had all of the motors made, and this little game thing that you listen to the sounds of diffrent engines, and you have to guess what engine it is by a selection of answers. In the engineering section, you can build your own bike on a computer that was pretty interesting.

When you get to the third floor, you are in the archives area where all of there bikes are stored, and restored.

In the Military department you will find some old bikes from both world wars.

Had a blast at this museum, and defently recommend anyone in the area to come check it out. For a $20.00 admission, you cant find anything with a Harley Davidson logo for this cheap.

Take care everyone, and we will see you at the PBR Mansion, yes Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame (Elkhart, Indiana)

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Hello everyone and welcome to the RV/motorhome Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.

For those of you that dont know, I am no longer in Michigan due to non agreement issues with the camp I was hosting, now we are in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin.

As I was making my trip to Wisconsin, I was struggling to find boondocking locations to stay overnight, but soon came across the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame that allowed free boondocking. What a gold mine!

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Later that night the place got packed due to having prom night at the exbo center exactly next door. It was loud until midnight, but got to see the firework show they had going which turned out to be a pretty good show.

The next morning, I patiently waited until 9am for the museum to open up (which of course I was the first one in the doors) to see what all of the hype was on this place and boy, it is the place to see if your in the area! Yes, just like Cadillac Ranch on Route 66 there is an Air Stream Ranch (Need to put that on the list of things to see).

The museum is 2 stories high with the top floor mainly a large library of all of the classics. On the first floor you will find a gift shop, a theatre, and you will start out at the new RV’s and slowly make your way to the classics. Some of these classics are the rarest you will find as old as 100 years, still original. Some are 1 of a kind or the very last ones atill around.

This Airstream is the smallest Airstream in the world, and was the only one ever made sitting at 10′ in lenght.

Some of the very first motorhomes built.

I gotta love the vintage trailers. These are the newer models out now. Below shows the process that is done to build trailers and motorhomes.

Well, thanks for reading, and I hope everyone enjoyed the pictures. We will see everyone in Wisconsin to learn about the new camp Im working at, and we will be taking a road trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to check out the main Harley Davidson Museum in the world. Have an awsome day everyone.

NASA Rocket and Space Center (Huntsville, Alabama)

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Good morning everyone! I was having issues posting to my blog, but now everything is working good.

Last Sunday at 6pm I recieved a call from KOA asking me if I would be interested in running another camp in Michigan so I accepted the position but still had 1 more place to see in Alabama before I left… Yes, you guessed it! I spent the next day at the NASA Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

This place was about 3 times bigger then I thought, and for only $25.00, you can spend a good 4 hours just checking out the main exibits. There are also diffrent tours, and 4 diffrent I-Max theatres for an extra cost.

When you go into the main entrance, you will have this main lobby area that have plenty exibits to see, and my favorite, plenty of buttons to push. This is where you can get a bite to eat at the cafe, operate a computer generated rover, take a tour at the underwater exibit, or get in the seat as a space station controller.

They had an upstairs area in the main complex that you can find Alabama’s first Aviator.

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Once you head over to the Mars complex, you will be greated by a huge hanging space ship, diffrent rockets, and other misc. exibits.

Outside around the whole complex you will find multiple rockets, military stuff, and simulator rides to spend a good hour checking out.

If you ever wondered if astronauts drink soda in space… Well, here you go. The picture on the left is the soda machine, middle of course is there can, and on the right is the nozzle. It looks pretty complex just to have a soda.

One of the new exibits is the military complex that show some of the futures drones, rockets, and soldier gear that is currently in the works as we speak.

This green screen is set up to feel like a weather man and to di a weather report as if you were on Television. I watched one guy do it and stayed behind the cameras.

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Some more aircrafts and a spaceship by the main entrance. These spaceships look so much bigger in real life. This A-12 Oxcart only made 15 of these planes with only 7 left that are still around.

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If your ever in the Huntsville area, defently take a trip to the space and rocket center. We will see you guys in Michigan. Have a great day everyone!

Dirt Track Racing (Danville, Alabama)

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The smell of racing fuel, mud in the mouth with chills going down your back… This is what a friday night out in Alabama is all about.

A guy from work (Eric) and I decided to take a night out to head over to Danville, Alabama to see the dirt track races. If your not familiar with Alabama, this is a racers dream state. When you come out here there are dirt tracks, and drag racing tracks all over the state with multiple NASCAR tracks within driving distance. Since Eric’s cousin was racing that night we got to head down in the pits to meet alot of drivers, and get up close and personal with the race cars.

Had a blast last Friday and you will know where to find me this Friday! Have a great day everyone.