On the road in Denver, June 2010

In early 2010 the hubby, the 2 cats, the dog and I quit our day jobs, packed our lives away and moved into a 40-foot tin-can home to follow our dream of living an alternative life and exploring the US on wheels. WheelingIt was born with nothing but 12 paws, 40 feet, the freedom of the open road and the passion to see all those places we’d dreamed about for years. Through our blog our goal is to share that story and hopefully enable and inspire others who dream of this lifestyle to go out and try it. After all, if we can do it anyone can! So, take a peek at the tips, follow us in our nutty journey and share a few laughs with us along the way. Who knows, maybe down the line we’ll meet ya’ all on the road.

signature post (JPG2)

Here’s a little more about the characters on our journey:

Nina: I’m a full-bred Dane and, one could say, legitimate ancestor of Vikings from Copenhagen, Denmark. At the ripe young age of 4, my parents left the homeland and moved to Asia spending 5 years in Singapore followed by another 9 in Hong Kong, which instilled a good, solid shot of the travelling bug in yours truly. After finishing high-school I left home and moved to Paris to experience les français, attending The Sorbonne to learn French and cleaning a fair few houses for moolah along the way. I then went to England to attend uni at Cambridge University leaving with a stiff British accent and a BA in the Physical Sciences. Having frozen enough for a lifetime I was guided by my professor to apply to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA which he assured me was “right by the beach”. It didn’t turn out to be Baywatch, but Stanford gave me a few years of excellent memories and a Masters in Materials Science Engineering. In 1995 I decided to get serious about a job and was hired by Cypress Semiconductor. On my first day of work, feeling rather lost and overwhelmed, I walked into a technical presentation (of which I understood nothing) being given by Paul…it was the beginning of 12 years at the company and a few more with the man.

Paul: Paul is a first-generation Cuban-American born and raised in Miami, Florida USA. His family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in the late 50s, leaving everything behind to establish new roots and lives in the US. He spent his young and tender years in the midst of an extended family with solid Cuban roots and an American twist. After high school he moved north to attend the University of Florida. He spent 6 years in Gator-land with many fond and fuzzy memories and left with a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Electrical Engineering and a thesis on the diffusion of Arsenic in Silicon (indeed!). Once graduated and fancy free he moved to South Florida to work for IBM for a few years, a time he calls the most educational of his life. In July 1994 he was recruited to make the jump to the land of fruit and nuts (San Jose, CA) to work for Cypress Semiconductor where he spent the next 12 years. In 1995, he met me….

Paul and Nina: We met in August 1995 and it was…well…dislike at first sight. Somewhere in the background, however, fate was at work. Being forced to work together in a small group (selling chipsets no less), dislike turned to acceptance followed by tepid interest, sparks of unexpected fire and then a crazy, wild crash into full-blown love. We were meant for each other and after figuring that out (in January 1997, specifically) we moved in together and never looked back. Through work and with a touch of luck and egging on from yours truly we both moved to Brussels, Belgium where we spent 2 years from late 1997 to 1999, followed by 5 years back in the Bay Area and another 4 in Hong Kong. In Dec 2008 we left Asia and moved to San Diego, CA. Then, in March 2010 we moved into the RV and started our full-time lifestyle on the road.

The Furry Friends: Our family wouldn’t be family without our furry friends. Polly, our doggie was adopted from the Humane Society in 2009 and grew from a playful, pooping and eating machine of a pup into a gorgeous 40-lb doggie. Taggart and Rand, our 2 cats were rescues of a litter from Paul’s mom and are the yin-yang of the feline kingdom where the outgoing brashness of Taggart balances the withdrawn sweetness of Rand. The 3 musketeers are firm friends and it’s rare to see one without the other. You can read more about their story here and here.

Boondocking on Quartzite BLM land, AZ

“The Beast” boondocking at Quartzite, AZ Apr’10

The Beast: “The Beast”, as we’ve tenderly named her, is our rolling home on wheels. She’s a 40-foot Holiday Rambler Endeavor that we bought second-hand at a deeply discounted price. Despite her rough start in life, she’s turned out to be a first-class lady. She weighs a svelte ~32,000 lbs, boasts a massive 400 horsepower Cummins diesel engine and is a modern beauty inside. We consider her a luxury home with a view that changes anytime we want it to.

The Life Change: The big change in our outlook and lives will be a frequent topic on the blog but here is a brief synopsis. Hong Kong was where the whole transition happened – the thought of needing a change in life, of finding another way to live, of retiring early, of RV’ing across the US. We’ve always been frugal, money-conscious and adventurous but we didn’t begin planning in earnest for a life change until our time in Hong Kong. We read a ton of material, made several hundred versions of the financial plan and, after a few false starts, finally made the leap early this year. While on the road, I run the budget while hubby masterminds the money-making machine through investing (for more on our methods and means check out hubby’s blog Investing For a Living).

That’s it folks! Hope you enjoy the ride as much as we do!

POST SCRIPT: If you’d prefer to hear a verbal version of our story which includes exciting pictures of us petting the dog and my weird accent, our buddies Technomadia did an awesome job of putting together this 11.49 min video:

http://www.technomadia.com/2014/05/ramblings-tales-from-nomads-wheeling-it/

Note/ Please note that all material, text and pictures in this blog are copyrighted. Should you be interested in using them please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to talk about it!

 

243 Responses to About Us

  1. Ily says:

    Go fo it guys!

  2. Jeff Zammas says:

    Hey Paul

    It is very exciting to read about you and Nina. Congratulations to you both on your freedom from the “grind.” My wife, Kelly, and I are talking about RVing for a while, but not necessarily early retirement yet. Give a holler if you come through Albuquerque. We’d love to see you.

    Later Gator!
    Jeff

  3. Susan Vroom says:

    Hey Nina, Paul, And Polly, I met you guys in Pheonix, AZ . You’ll probably remember me more from my dog Karma. I just wanted to say great blog. We probably crossed paths because I was in the the Grand Canyon and Sedona area just about the same time you guys were. I’m heading back East. We will be in Santa Fe by June 5th. Just wanted to drop a line. Karma misses her friend Polly. Hope you all are well. Happy Trails, Susan and Karma

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hey Susan…of course we remember you! How wonderful to meet up again. Polly still misses Karma. I think it’s the the most fun she’s had w/ a doggie all trip. Good luck on your travels back home. Stay in touch!

  4. Jenny says:

    Dear Paul & Nina —
    I am so happy to see this blog! You guys will be my “model” for making that change — probably one day soon! Loved the photos you have been taking and the adventure stories – keep them coming! Take care, Jen

    • libertatemamo says:

      Lovely to see you on the blog too! If you do decide to make the big change let us know. We’d love to catch up with you on the road :)

  5. Amir Bendayan says:

    Hey Paul,

    It was really nice to read your blog and to see how life has evolved since high school for both you and Nina. I can’t say enough about your decision to retire early from the corporate rat race and enjoy life in the present doing something that really creates great experiences and memories that last a lifetime. I’m somewhat in the same boat travelling a lot and still in IT consulting although now as an independent. I’m based in Broward with a wife and three kids but right now I’m in Panama City, Panama with them. Wish both of you the best of luck in this bold life-changing move. I still owe Jeff a visit to New Mexico and, who knows, maybe I’ll see you there!! Happy trails across the US!!

    Amir

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hey Amir, Great to hear from you. We’ll be spending the winter in Florida this year, in Broward county. Hopefully we can catch up then.

  6. Jason says:

    It was great to met you guys at Kelly Dahl campground. Very interesting blog and story about you two. We wish you lots of good travels and happiness

    • libertatemamo says:

      Jason, nice to meet you as well. Don’t let the slight mishaps you had at Kelly Dahl deter you from your dream. Best of luck. Hope we meet again.

  7. NT says:

    So THAT’S why i keep getting your FB posts about your travels… I finally read your Bio! How cool!! I spent a summer in Estes Park after college graduation and LOVED RM nat’l park! it was so cool! So it was fun hearing that you were there, and I kept wondering when your vacation might be over… I’m glad to see that I’ll keep getting updates on your endless vacation!

    Enjoy it and congrats!
    NT

  8. Lyndon Aguiar says:

    Hey Paul… I knew that you were RVing across the U.S., but I just realized that the blog was yours (I assumed that the FB postings were articles connected to your travels)! I love your style of writing – personal, witty, and informative.

    It’s great that you are sharing the experience with others. I tried to keep an old-fashioned journal on our recent month-long stay in Mexico, but I fell behind and kept writing retrospectively. We would love an early retirement since we love travel so much, but our two kids will keep us busy for at least 8 more years. For now, our travels will need to be limited to the 2-3 week variety. Do you plan to RV outside the U.S. after this adventure? Where is your next big destination?

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks Lyndon. Writing is tough. I must say, my wife Nina, does most of it.

      We don’t know how long we’re going to do this for. There is enough to see out there to do this forever. One thing we do trade off by RV ing is other types of travel, like traveling overseas, which we’ve always done a lot of. So, we’ll see. We also need to decide if and when to go back to work (prob our own businesses) and where to settle down again. Great thing is we have lots of time to think about these big picture decisions.

      We’d love to spend time in a lot of other countries. We first tried out RV’ing in Western Australia, where we rented an RV and traveled for a 6 weeks. We were hooked as of then. We would love to RV in Australia more, also NZ, maybe Europe. Nina’s parents live in the south of France, and we like that area a lot so we want to spend time there. For me, South America is a place I’d like to spend more time in. I have family in Peru, have been there twice in the last few years and want to go back. Like I said, too many places to see too many things to experience.

      Since you love to travel so much, check out this website, http://retireearlylifestyle.com/, its by a couple Billy and Akashia who retired early, at 38, and have been traveling ever since. They were a source of inspiration when we started thinking of doing this.

      Paul

  9. Louise says:

    I am having a wonderful time reading your blog, and hope to create one of my own very soon. Jim, my husband, and I are leaving in 2 weeks for our fulltime adventure of a life time. Jim works overseas in Indonesia, Saudi, and Dubai. I live in California near Yosemite National Park. I am from England and came from an British Army backgroud. I was born in Singapore. Jim will be still working overseas as we travel. I shall remain in a park when he is gone. I read where you can drive the coach.. I think I better do this too. Safe travels my dear. We also boodocked in the desert last year.. away from everyone…your pictures reminded me of our pictures. God bless.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Louis – wonderful to “meet you” on here! My sister was born in Singapore and I spent a good deal of my childhood there. What a small world it is! So excited for your fulltime adventure. Do let us know when you start the blog. I love reading and keeping up w/ other people’s experiences. And definitely try driving the motorhome…it’s daunting at first, but soooo much fun once you get used to it. Good luck w/ everything. Maybe we’ll see you on the road someday? We’re heading back West next year, so you never know!

  10. Jim says:

    Is it possible that your posted pictures are somewhat bigger (or have a enlarge or zoom option). By clicking on the picture i always get the same size picture in a new tab/window of my browser.
    I would like to see some more details of the campsites etc

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Jim, I’ve kept the campground pics on the smaller side on the blog, but I’ll start to keep a larger version on the site. It’s a good recommendation and I’ll definitely take it up.

  11. Martin and Janie (The States) says:

    Hey, we’ve enjoyed reading some of your blog. We noticed a post in the escapees forum and then peeked at your site. Janie and I are just around the corner in North Carolina heading some activism gigs and then on to Texas. We’re musicians and often feed ourselves by playing farmers markets across the US. Thanks for the blog. we’ll be checking in from time to time.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Lovely to “meet” you on the blog! We looove farmers markets & do alot of that on the road too. We also visit farms and find alot of our produce on eatwild.com…very cool site. Safe travels! Do look us up if we’re close.

  12. Daniel&Shula says:

    Hi Guys,
    Admire your life style,way to go…
    As a non US resident can not do it,but life is all about compromise so we are “FULL TIME SUMMER RVers” and are enjoying every minute.
    Wush you to do all the things you wanted to do but had no time till now.
    Many happy trails and stay warm….

    • libertatemamo says:

      Lovely to “meet you” on the blog! Looks like you have a really nice rig for those summer jaunts. Do let us know if we’re ever in the same area. Nina

  13. Daniel&Shula says:

    Hi Nina,
    It would be great to meet you both,but to make it happen we need an e-mail/cell phone number .
    You can send it to my e-mail address rvsummerdude@gmail.com
    Love your thorough blog and sure will use your advice on C.G .
    We try to stay in Passport America C.G,Corps of Engineer C.G (they are always in great locations,S.P and S.F ones.
    Regards

  14. Terry & Linda M says:

    I’ve (Terry) been reading your blog and enjoying your posts. The pictures are great! I’m between “big” cameras right now but make due with a Cannon G9. We spend about 7 months per year in our motorhome but maintain a home right here in Broward County just up the road from Markham Park (Coral Springs). We have been thinking about using Markham Park for short trips throughout the winter. So I’m guessing that you are enjoying your stay at Markham and would recommend it to us locals (yep, we have lived here for 27 years and have never camped there!). brigadoon77@gmail.com

    • libertatemamo says:

      You guys ARE right next door! Markham is lovely. We are so happy we’re wintering here. Lots of green space for both us and doggie. If you want to come by and visit you’re most welcome to do so and share a coffee or glass of wine. We’re in site J1 until the end of the month. Nina

  15. Greg Burch aka; FDchief says:

    Hi guys, it was great getting to know the two of you via your blog. Lynn and I are envious, but only a short wait behind you for the fulltime lifestyle. We are both CA babies, and have lived on the West Coast since. We enjoy visiting the right side of the Country, and really enjoy Disney World. We introduced it to our daughter when she was a toddler and then vacationed there numerous times since. She is now a Disney insider with a career in finance after a short stint in customer service. When we retire, we will Winter in FL where the only thing white is on the beach. We currently live in the Lake Tahoe area, Truckee to be exact, and are ready to leave the snow. Maybe we will meet someday on the road. Travel safe!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Greg…wonderful to “meet” you and hear your story. Congrats on the upcoming move to full-timing! You’re gonna love it. We’re heading back West this year so let me know if we cross paths. And…looking forward to hearing about your adventures when they get started. Good luck w/ the transition! Nina

  16. Cyrus says:

    Very inspiring! Your story gives me even more confidence that we will one day soon make the successful transition to full time RVing. Looking forward to more updates from the road. Best of luck! Cyrus

    • libertatemamo says:

      We’ll be rooting for you! If you ever have any questions fire away. We’re by no means experts, but we’ve got a few good spots of experience under our wings. Nina

  17. Kristi & Erika says:

    I just wanted to say “thank you” for this blog…it has so much helpful information all in one place! We just purchased our first RV yesterday and will pick it up from the dealership this week. We live in Texas and can’t quite give up living on “the ranch”, so we’ve decided to be “most-of-the-timers”! At ages 34 and 29, with no RV’ing experience yet, we’re just trying to soak up as much information as we can! We’ll be travelling with our “furry kids” as well (2 dogs and 2 cats) and appreciate all of the helpful links that you provided! Also, I am a fulltime software developer who works remotely, so reading about the amplifiers, etc. was extremely helpful. I currently have a Verizon aircard with unlimited access provided by my company, which I use with a CradlePoint router. Internet access will be a must for me on the road, so thank you so much for all of the great information! We also prefer natural sites as opposed to private campgrounds and seeing the size of your rig (ours is 35 feet) and pics of the places you’ve camped gives me great hope that we will find places that we’ll love! Thank you again so much and hope to meet you down the road someday!

    • libertatemamo says:

      So very happy the blog is helpful! A huge congrats on your first RV & do let us know if we pass each other on the road. Nina

  18. Gary Collier says:

    Hi Nina, thrilled to stumble across this blog! You may not remember me, but I was your nominated 2nd year “buddy” (or whatever they called it) at Girton back in 1989 to help you settle in as a fresher (though I don’t remember you needing much help!). The Girton College 2010 Review popped through the letterbox last week and going through some of the names in it made me wonder what became of you. Anyway, enjoy your travels, and thanks for sharing your adventures with such nice photos and words! Gary.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Gary, I DO remember you. What a fabulous blast from the past! Very happy you managed to find me. Where are you these days & what are you up to? Cheers for checking in and do lets catch up. Nina

  19. Gary Collier says:

    Hi Nina, glad you remember me – Girton seems very much a long time ago! Like you, I met someone not too long after leaving Cambridge and we’ve now been together for over 17 years. We’ve got three boys aged 7, 5 and 2 and live in Hitchin, a small market town about 30 minutes from Cambridge. For my sins I work as a software development manager for a hedge fund in the City of London. I’ll drop you a linkedin invite – it was there that I stumbled across the link to your blog.
    Gary.

  20. Fritz Klosterman says:

    Hi Paul & Nina, my name is Fritz and although we have never met… i follow your posts on IRV2 (my avatar there is fkloster). It is really cool to me how you guys are having the time of your lives. I have particular interest in your healthy lifestyle! I am a lumber trader for the last 20 years and I’m 44 years old and my lovely wife Erin is 29 & we will be paying off our coach later this year and are extremely excited! (1991 Beaver Marquis we call Big Blue 40′) We both work and I have a 12 year old son who is my primary focus but I love to read your blog and I know this sounds crazy but i have a feeling that you two are a couple we would love to hang out with while camping! (HA) Anyways we are living in Portland Oregon and we camp like crazy from May through June each year then my son plays football and we put Blue in storage. Anyways take care and have a blast! I am envious but i’m also hard working and capable and I can’t wait to be in your situation! Paul, I want to show you some pics of big ol’ blue…. find me on facebook so you can check us out! Cheers!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Fritz, Lovely to “meet you” on here! I can’t wait to get out to Oregon and try some of the parks there. We’re hoping (maybe) to make it later this year…we’ll have to see. If we do I’ll definitely send you a note. Always looking for good folks to hang out with at the campsite. Nina

  21. Max says:

    Paul and Nina,
    CY …. I was there from 1991 until 1999. Loved the TJR interactions. Which groups where you in? I was in PLD, then ran the IE group for a while until 1999.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Steve, Paul joined CY in 94 and I joined a year later. We both worked in the chipset group so definitely remember those TJ meets. We moved around alot and were both stationed in Belgium when you left. Last post we had w CY was in Asia around 2004-2006 in sales. I was handling Taiwan and Paul was all Asia. Lots of years…lots of memories! Nina

  22. Candace says:

    We are looking forward to hosting you whenever you make it out to the SE corner of Arizona. Rex Vogel – Vogel Talks RVing- blogs about this area often and his pictures of the birds are amazing. Be sure to check him out to get an idea of the special places worth visiting. Lake Patagonia SP will be Pollys’ favorite choice. I wonder if she’ll enjoy a pontoon boat ride ??? Hope to c ya around soon ….

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Candace, Lovely!! We’ll definitely put you on the list of spots to stop at. And yes, I do follow Rex Vogel’s blog. He’s very active and always has tons of interesting info. Nina

  23. Jeff and Deb says:

    Paul and Nina,
    We are considering making the FT RV plunge and came across your website. Enjoyed your posts and are running the numbers to determine launch timing…we are somewhere in the 3 month to 3 year window:) A small cabin 0n Beaver Lake will serve as our home base. If your travels bring you to NW AR be glad to find you an nice place to hook up for a visit – Until then happy trails. Jeff and Deb

    • libertatemamo says:

      Jeff and Deb, So lovely to “meet’ you on the blog, and cheers very much for the invite to NW AR. We’ll definitely be going thorugh there at some point, so will look you up. Nina

  24. Hi Paul and Nina,

    It was nice to come across your web site(s). Very glad things are working out for you! Tracy and I were full-timers for two years, but ended up having to give it up mostly because of finding work as we went along. Tracy is self employed, and can work anywhere, but I had to find work as we moved along. Our first gigs were at RV Resorts …lots of hard work, and long hours! We had bills to pay, so we had to work full-time (not retired) which made it difficult. At first it really wasn’t too difficult to find campground work that would provide a site “and” an hourly wage, but that changed making it necessary to look outside the campground for work … very few employers were willing to hire someone who would only be available for up to six months!

    Needless to say, we were forced to call it quits, but I look at our motor home and wish things could be different! We wish you the very best, and are happy it works for you!

    Jeff and Tracy

    • libertatemamo says:

      So sorry you guys had to call it quits, but I’m sure the 2 years you spent in the RV were the experience of a lifetime. Hopefully you’ll get back on the road again at some point, even if it’s just for short outings. Do let us know if we’re ever close by. Always love to meet blog readers!
      Nina

  25. Henrik Breum says:

    Really enjoy reading your website. Lots of useful information.
    Would like to meet you sometimes. Our next “US adventure” starts late August, and we hope to spend Sept, Oct and Nov. Back for Christmas all of Dec and then back for another 3 month ( we are only allowed for 3 month at a time).
    We hope to go to Quartzite in Jan. What are the chances of meeting you there?

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Henrik,
      Dejligt at møde dig paa vores blog! It’s so much fun to connect with other people on the road, and I’m certainly very excited to meet another Dane too! We’re not sure exactly where we’ll end up this winter. Quartzite is definitely in the plans, but not fixed in stone yet. If we do end up there we’ll most certainly let you know. I’ll follow along with you on irv2.com and see where things lead.
      Nina

  26. Craig Zander says:

    Great web site ..Love your camp ground reviews, will be very helpful..The pictures of the camp ground are so helpful ..Thanks for your work on this great site ..Happy and safe travels to you ..

  27. mariettta says:

    Just found your blog on iRV2 and am delighted to start following your journey here. I have just taken the giant leap, purchased my 10 yr old Fleetwood Bounder 39Z and will be a first timer RV’r and full timer to boot!
    Starting out from Port St Lucie Fl heading west where I’ll spend 5 mths at Sacred Rocks RV Resort as a workamper. I drive my home myself since my only traveling companion is my 4lb chihuahua Molly and she just can’t reach the pedals. I love driving ‘Frogtruth’ (long story) and haven’t had any logistical problems so far. Have even managed a few back ins successfully using just my mirrors since, once again, Molly is just to short to guide me!
    Continued success and in the moment enjoyment of life! I hope we might meet along the road one day. Really enjoy your blog!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Marietta,
      How exciting! So lovely to meet you on the blog and have you follow along.
      Best of luck on your new fulltiming adventures. It’s wonderful that you’re going
      out there and doing it…with Molly in tow, of course. Wishing you good travels
      and lots of adventure on the road. Do let us know if we’re ever close enough
      to meet up!
      Nina

    • Wow, Port St. Lucie …kind of jumped out at me while I was reading. Our first Workamper job away from NH was at Port St. Lucie RV Resort a few years ago. That guy still preaching at the intersection? Have a great time!
      Jeff and Tracy

  28. Stephen says:

    Nina
    have to add myself to the growing list of followers–found your site while ramping up my research for the RV life I have longed dreamed about–great writing, reviews, and photography!! spending all my time now researching–trying to decide when I have absorbed enough to “just do it” as the Nike ad says–any advice??

    hope to join you and so many others on the open road soon–safe travels

    • libertatemamo says:

      Stephen,

      So happy to have you along for the ride! As for advice on when to do it, you might be asking the wrong gal. As hubby likes to say, he tends to be the one that goes to the edge, and I’m the one that pushes him over. I’m *always* ready to start an adventure :)! I guess practically I’d suggest going to a bunch of RV dealers/shows and looking at different rigs. Also, spend some time on the forums (lots and lots of info on there), and thinking about finances. One day it’ll come to you naturally and you’ll be “ok, time to go!”. Do let me know when you start your adventures! Always intersted to follow other RVers (and photographers) on their journey!

      Nina

  29. I just wanted to say “thank you” for this blog…it has so much helpful information all in one place! We just purchased our first RV yesterday and will pick it up from the dealership this week. We live in Texas and can’t quite give up living on “the ranch”, so we’ve decided to be “most-of-the-timers”! At ages 34 and 29, with no RV’ing experience yet, we’re just trying to soak up as much information as we can! We’ll be travelling with our “furry kids” as well (2 dogs and 2 cats) and appreciate all of the helpful links that you provided! Also, I am a fulltime software developer who works remotely, so reading about the amplifiers, etc. was extremely helpful. I currently have a Verizon aircard with unlimited access provided by my company, which I use with a CradlePoint router. Internet access will be a must for me on the road, so thank you so much for all of the great information! We also prefer natural sites as opposed to private campgrounds and seeing the size of your rig (ours is 35 feet) and pics of the places you’ve camped gives me great hope that we will find places that we’ll love! Thank you again so much and hope to meet you down the road someday!
    +1

    • libertatemamo says:

      Noby,
      So very nice to “meet” you on the blog, and I’m very happy the info on here is helpful!
      Very excited to hear about your upcoming ‘mostly-full-timing’ (I like that!).
      Good luck w/ everything and do let us know if you’re ever close.
      We always love meeting-up w/ blog readers and
      fellow RVers.
      Nina

  30. Tom Bourret says:

    As a reader of numerous rv blogs, I find yours particularly interesting, since you seem to prefer boondocking, as well as the great writing and photography.. However, your 40′ rig seems inconsistent with camping in the boondocks! While it is well set up dry camping, you are very limited in where you can go. It is simply too big to go many of the places I seek. If you were choosing a rig today, would you make the same choice? If not, what direction would you take?

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Tom,

      We are a bit of a contradiction in terms, I do admit :)
      When we originally bought our RV we went for comfort and our home is
      supremely comfortable (no regrets there). However, once we started
      full-timing, we realized very quickly that what we really like is nature
      and getting “out there”. There’s no doubt that our size does limit
      us somewhat in this. We get by, but I do have to do quite a bit of detailed planning.

      If we were to do it over we’d likely to a tad smaller. 35-foot opens up more camping
      spots than 40, and 30 opens up a whole bunch more spots. A 30-foot 5th wheel has
      more clearance than a motorhome and gives you alot more camping options. We like
      to travel with the pets in the home, so when we downsize at some point we
      might still go w/ a motorhome, but just a smaller size (either smaller class A or
      class C). Slides make a HUGE difference to the interior comfort so if you
      can get a smaller home w/ bigger slides I think that’s a great compromise.

      Of course there’s people who full-time in all kinds of sized rigs from small
      pop-ups to trailers to homes, but we’d probably target around 30-foot
      when we go for our next rig.

      Nina

  31. Craig says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. The wife & I have been RV-ing for 20 years now, ever since our kids were old enough to enjoy it. We will join you on the road very soon, as we both retire next year. We will be a little older than you two, but younger than most. Hope to camp next to you somewhere soon!

    Craig

    • libertatemamo says:

      Craig,
      CONGRATS on your upcoming full-time adventure. You guys
      are experts already, so I’m sure you’ll be loving it!
      DO let me know if we’re ever close. We’re always happy
      to share a chat and a glass :)
      Nina

  32. Kevin and Kim says:

    As part-time RVers we are thoroughly enjoying following your full-time travels with thorough blog! I wish I thought I had time to blog like this and to leave such a wonderful reference legacy with fantastic photos. We will definitely be using this material in the future. We love your rating system. The more we RV the more we have refined our tastes. One of the most enjoyable trips we took involved no reservations (yes, even on the coast in summer!) and almost no campgrounds. I too would appreciate knowing how to put google maps in WP. Additionally, (perhaps I missed it in all this information you have) I’d like to know more about cell phone and wireless card service and related “booster” systems you mention to improve coverage. Perhaps a feature article kept up-to-date with current technology and information would benefit all RVers and especially bookdockers who have to stay connected. Satellite internet is very tempermental and slow… Nina (and Paul), thanks for the hundreds of responses to everyone, you are an inspiration to us all. Need to get blogging for now(how many meanings could this have? lol). Happy blogging (and trails) to you both.

    • libertatemamo says:

      So happy you guys are along for the ride and enjoying the blog!
      I know exactly what you mean about refining tastes on the road.
      We’ve certainly changed how we like to camp over the past few
      years going to more and more “natural” spots.

      As for internet I’ve done a few articles on it in the past, although
      it’s possibly time for an update (esp. with 4G now out).
      Here are my previous posts:
      Boosting Your Internet in the Boonies
      Staying Connected

      Also, I highly recommend this site (on another blog):
      http://www.jackdanmayer.com/communication.htm

      Lemme know if you start a blog!
      Nina

  33. Jim B says:

    What do you think of your toad? CRV, right? We are looking to purchase a CRV for our toad….what tow bar are you using?
    Thanks,
    Jim

    • libertatemamo says:

      Jim,
      We’re VERY happy with the CRV. It’s an excellent little car,
      gets great gas mileage, can be towed 4-down (which was
      really important for us) and is pretty versitile. The only thing we
      might want (if we chose another toad) is more off-road capability.
      There are lots of interesting 4-wheel drives where we go, especially
      in the SW…something like a Jeep would probably be worth looking at.
      As for towing we use the Roadmaster Falcon All-terrain tow-bar.
      We also have US Gear Unified Braking System.
      We’ve been extremely happy w/ both and have no issues to report.
      Nina

  34. Peg says:

    Where is your dog? I haven’t seen any doggy pictures for what seems like ages. Just checking and thanks for your blog!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Peg,
      Doggie is on the photos! Sometimes it’s tough to see her ‘coz she’s so dark, but
      she’s always with us. Got a few more of her on there today.
      Nina

  35. Huguette says:

    Hello,
    I recently started to read your blog and I want to thank you for the time and information your put in it. My husband and I are full-time RVers wannabe and we both enjoy all your posts (we read everything from the beginning). If you could find the time I would really love to hear about how you manage your garbage when you’re boondocking!!!!.
    Huguette

    • libertatemamo says:

      So happy you’re enjoying the blog!
      As for garbage while boondocking that’s a good question!
      If we’re in a semi-primitive spot that has closeby dumpsters we’ll use those.
      Sometimes there’s a nearby town or reststop that will take garbage too.
      If we’re reaaaaly out there we’ll either keep it outside (if we’re not in a wildlife area)
      or hang it up in a tree away from camp (just like we used to do backpacking). Then,
      we’ll take it in and leave it in a dumpster.
      Hope that helps!
      Nina

  36. Hallo Nina, best regards from Denmark,- has just sign me up for your blog. After travling around in Italy this summer, I can enjoy your “fredom on the road” though the danish winter until next summer.
    Love from Susanne.

  37. Bob F. says:

    Hello Paul and Nina, I was reading about your internet coverage. I (like Nina) have been slow to adopt the Smartphone craze. I have also been mulling over a Verizon mobile broadband setup. I was wondering if you have found the mobile broadband antenna, amplifier, and router is still necessary when the Verizon smartphones lack reception? I noticed you said you use the Smartphones 20% of the time. Does that mean for RVing and boondocking the Mobile Broadband setup is still necessary? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Bob F.
    Bend, OR

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Bob,
      We still use the antenna/amplfier quite a bit in our travels. It gives us coverage in many places where the regular signal isn’t strong enough. If I was buying today I would still try and find a system I could amplify/boost. The new MiFi’s seem a good option since they can hook several devices together. Looks like it’s time for me to update our internet post :)
      By the way we were JUST over by you guys last week,at LaPine State Park. Awesome spot!
      Nina

  38. Great reviews! Perhaps one day you can paraphrase a few of them and share with the CampfireReviews.com community.

    No reviews from WI yet? :-)

    Thanks,
    Allen

  39. Kevin and Kim says:

    Nina and Paul,

    Here’s a map based site we like for finding campgrounds: http://www.wxtoad.com/uscampgrounds/
    for California the “list” on the left doesn’t have sufficient space to list all of them, however, they are on the map. In most states this isn’t an issue.

    Love your list of things to be done differently.

    Also check out: http://www.campingguidenevada.com/index.html
    this site includes the “Lost Coast of California” under “Sidetrips” here: http://www.campingguidenevada.com/cgnes/sidetrips.html. This covers some obscure camping areas on the California north coast.

    Kim and I like to travel the central California coast HWY-1 from Santa Cruz/Monterey down to Santa Barbara. October is about the last warm month to do it before going to the desert for the winter. We’ve stopped many places along the road (no campground) but enough room to put out the bedroom slides (sometimes we leave the toad on and sometimes we take it off for a side trip) just south of Carmel the “no camping signs” end. They are a little more restrictive once you leave Monterey county and enter San Luis Obispo county. Lots of county parks here (SLO). Forest Service campgrounds along the way too.
    Happy trails!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks for the great links and tips! We’ll be doing more of the coast next year (coming from the South) so they’ll all come in handy for sure!
      Nina

  40. Patrick and Bernadette says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences. We are about a year from retiring and have just purchased a 2008 42′ Monaco Camelot. We are so excited.
    Have you guys had problems experiencing the National Parks because of size?

    Again, thanks from Lago Vista, Texas. You are an inspiration

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yes, we have trouble with some of the NP’s as well as some of the National Forests and even State Parks (depending on state). We get by, but since we love public campgrounds it does means extra time planning to find spots that fit our size. In private parks our size is no issue. Enjoy your rig & upcoming retirement!!
      Nina

  41. Kent Fagernes says:

    I have read you blog and truly enjoyed following your travels to date. I plan on doing the same in a couple years as my retirement is close. My camping tastes are similar to yours which makes your blog a valuable resource. Your posts are not only entertaining but informative and I will use as I prepare for my adventures. I only regret that I had not found your blog when you were in my area (Barstow) I would have loved to stop by for a visit. I wish you continued health and safety while on the road!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Oh, what a bummer we missed each other! We really enjoyed Rainbow Basin when we were in Barstow (as I’m sure you read on the blog). What a neat area!
      Nina

  42. Hi Nina and Paul,
    We love your site. Both your writing and photography are amazing! We have been on the road as full-timers since this past August and have learned much from your postings. We are currently in AZ and are heading to San Diego on Feb. 1st. We will check in often. Take care!
    Lu & Terry

  43. Jack says:

    How anyone could fall in love at a Cypress Semiconductor Ops Review is beyond me. :-)
    Good to ‘see’ you guys.
    Cheers,
    Jack

  44. Larry Powell says:

    My wife and I are thinking of doing the RV life style. Thank you for a wonderful blog, oh by the way how do you find all these campgrounds?

  45. Flo Cade says:

    Paul & Nina,
    Just a note to encourage couples who are thinking of being adventurous and going live-aboard sailboat cruising around the world, or striking out with the cruising RV lifestyle, or whatever. My husband & I had talked about the sailboat thing during the 90s, and going out in the RV in the 2000s. The funny thing about life is that it is always a gift, with no guarentees of duration. We never got around to those dreams. He suffered a massive stroke five years ago & passed away. I can you that I am NO LONGER letting dreams go unfulfilled even though he is no longer beside me. I retired early and have taken some dream trips in the last two years, with many more planned. (And no, I am not independently wealthy.) Be creative and find a way to make it happen. Nina & Paul did ! Just get out there to experience your own adventures.
    P & L Thank you for being inspirational. I enjoy your blog.
    I may just run into you sometime somewhere in our travels.
    Flo

    • libertatemamo says:

      Flo,
      Thank you SO much for sharing your story. It’s very inspiring and brought tears to my eyes. Very much hope we meet each other on the road sometime!
      Nina

  46. MtnHam says:

    We not only talked about it, we did it, cruising our 40′ ketch to Mexico, French Polynesia and the Hawaiian Islands before returning to SF 2 years later in 1980. We then returned to our careers and stared our family. Thirty years later, our children are grown, and we have been RV’ing for several years. Borrego Springs is one of our favorite places! Be sure to visit Marshall South’s homestead at Ghost Mountain in Blair Valley. Read the fascinating story here: http://www.sandiegotrailtramps.com/pages/2010Hikes/10_2_21BlairValley-MarshallSouthCabin.html. Ask any park ranger for details.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Love to hear stories like this! And thanks very much for the tip on Marhsall South’s Homestead. Sounds like our kinda hike!
      Nina

  47. Nice seeing another blogging couple into both RVing and photography. I’ve added your blog to our blogroll and am hoping you’ll do the same for us. We’ll be back in southern California and Arizona next winter and plan to return to Santee Lakes. Great bird photography there!

    Safe travels

    Mark & Chris

  48. bob says:

    nina and paul — you’ve given so much info via your blog that I wanted to reciprocate a bit. Just completed a few days at Usery Mtn Park which is part of the Phoenix/Maricopa County park system in Arizona. I think you’d love this park. Great desert setting, huge well spaced level sites, lots of hiking (in park and nearby), clean restrooms, free showers (and clean), close to town if needed To me best sites are on outside from 29-41 — we were in 39). Check out the reviews on RVpark reviews. Also, park is now reservable through Maricopa County Park website. Happy Travels.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Oh thank you for the feedback!! I heard good things about that park when we were staying in McDowell Mountain (another Maricopa County park) late last year, but hadn’t gotten any first-hand feedback like this. Cheers!!
      Nina

  49. Frank Rizzo says:

    Next time your in Nashville, we found this hidden bbq restaurant with a lot of character and great food, it was called Stone House Q.
    http://www.stonehouseq.com

  50. MonaLIza says:

    Hi Paul and Nina,
    I had been following your journey for a while now and i have to say you have the best, inspirational and informational blogs around. My husband and i will be full timing on April 1. Yeah! We quit our jobs and hop aboard our Betsy. We hope to meet both of you someday and personally thank you and appreciate all your adventures and wonderful stories.

    One question, how do we get into wordpress ?
    Thank you so much for all the information shared here.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Congrats on your upcoming adventure!! Getting a free blog on wordpress is easy. Simply go to http://wordpress.com/ and sign on up! They have standard templates and do all the hosting for you. You can self-host too, of course, but then you need to pay for a hosting service.
      Nina

  51. [...] coming here, don’t you?  We did have a good day, in large part due to the company (Nina and Paul), and that we were wintering in San Diego on a gorgeous day and on the water.  BUT I cannot [...]

  52. Donna says:

    Hi, I just want to thank you for your blog site. it has so much useful, practical information about full-timing which I have not been able to find from other full-timers blogs. I’ve been interested in full timing for about 7 years now and The “universe” has recently made it clear to me that it is time to made the move. I will continue to lurk for more information. Thanks again.

    • libertatemamo says:

      So happy it’s helpful and I DO hope you get to make the move you’re dreaming of. Feel free to ask questions. I love enabling others onto this lifestyle.
      Nina

  53. Donna says:

    Question: Have you come across many women who full-time on their own? This will be a solo adventure for me and wondered if you knew any singles that could give advice or have a blog that I could follow in addition to yours. Thank you so much!

  54. [...] had heard about Anza-Borrego Desert State Park from friends Nina and Paul of Wheeling It.  To be honest, our destination was to be The Slabs but the park was on our way so we decided to [...]

  55. Donnie Wilhelm says:

    Hello Nina and Paul
    I started reading your blog a couple weeks ago and am totally amazed by the variety of well written articles. I have had more entertainment reading your blog than non relevant stories in my subscription to “Motorhome”. A younger outlook makes your site very interesting with usable information we can actually use. My wife and I have a 40′ diesel we call the Black Pearl and tow a covered trailer with our dirt bikes and quads.

    We were headed to McDowell regional park, Az when I came across your assessment of the campground. SPOT ON information and lo and behold we chose a spot from your recommended list….
    Thanks and enjoy!!
    D&N of Palm Desert

    • libertatemamo says:

      Thanks for the lovely comments and SO happy you enjoyed McDowell as much as we did. I love it when others benefit from my reviews.
      Nina

  56. [...] a delightful accent and is full of spunk and we couldn’t help but laugh at the image.  So, Nina and Paul, if you are reading this, go ahead and have a chuckle.  Better yet, laugh out loud.  I insist. [...]

  57. We always enjoyed reading Nellie’s “Midlife Cruisers” blog, and since she’s not posting anymore, I’ve started reading yours. Fun and interesting stuff. I subscribe to over 200 blogs using Google Reader, so don’t always make many comments. Your blog has been one of the most informative and fun blogs to read, and I’m really looking forward to finally meeting you and Paul, and your furry buddies!

  58. David says:

    It was a pleasure meeting you at Tugman as Ray and I made the rounds in the buggy. Hope to see you again as we host throughout Oregon. Your blog is awesome. Carry on and Happy Trails.=)

    • libertatemamo says:

      Fabulous to see ya on the blog! Totally enjoyed meeting & chatting with you at Tugman too. Enjoy your workamping stay there!
      Nina

  59. Gloria & John Sevey says:

    Hi Nina and Paul. John and I live in Gold Beach and met you at Armitage. Thankfully, I finally found your card…it had slipped into a secret hidey hole in my purse. So sorry about Paul’s back but he has found a good acupunturist. Hopefully, he’ll soon be up and about and maybe even swinging a golf club at Bandon Dunes. We loved meeting you and hope to see you if you’re still going to host at Cape Blanco. Let us know your schedule when you get there and we’ll stop by. I’ll email you with our particulars. Your blog is totally awesome and your photos are beautiful.

    I had said that I would mention some of our favorite sights and restaurants on the south coast. My two favorite Highway 101 south bound, come-around-the-corner, WOWZA views arer at Port Orford and Meyers Creek Beach. The beautiful Port Orford view is the first look at the ocean at Battle Rock. The Meyer’s Creek view is heading down from Cape Sebastian. It’s a scene that’s been pictured in movies and a lot of commercials. Walking around in the seastacks there at low tide is a favorite pastime of mine. From Port Orford to Brookings, there are many viewpoints, hiking trails and park after park. Take a drive up on top of Cape Sebastian for a top-of-the-world view. We’d also mentioned that the 104 mile jet boat trip on the Rogue River is a beautiful trip well worth the time and money. http://www.roguejets.com.

    Just a few of our favorite restaurants are Red Fish (with an adjoining upscale gallery) in Port Orford at Battle Rock (www.redfishportorford.com) and in Gold Beach, Cape Cafe, Rollin’ In Dough and Barnacle Bistro (seafood). All are reasonably priced and use fresh and wholesome ingredients.

    Call or email if you have questions about the area. We hope to see you soon.

    Gloria & John Sevey

    • libertatemamo says:

      Totally remember meeting you guys in Armitage. GREAT to see you on the blog again. Thanks for the tips! I did note down Red Fish when we met, but the others are new, so cheers for that! Do hope to meet up again.
      Nina

  60. Your blog is gorgeous and your photos take our breath away…absolutely inspirational. So glad to have met another “sell everything, walk away and jump in an rv” couple…hope to keep in touch!

  61. [...] wonderful Oregon State Parks, Bullards Beach, on the southern coast.  Nina and Paul of the blog Wheeling It are here as well, volunteering as interpretive hosts at Coquille River Lighthouse.  We are [...]

  62. [...] of the area, we had heard, but unfortunately  we ran out of time so we relied on Nina and Paul of Wheeling It, to educate us about the area, given they are volunteering as Lighthouse Hosts at the Coquille [...]

  63. [...] to a tip from RV buddies Nina and Paul of Wheeling It, we hiked the Ridgeline Trail to the summit of Spencer Butte, an in-town hike on the city’s [...]

  64. Charles Porter says:

    Love you guys. Maybe a little advice. I am retiring and have an opportunity to buy a 2006 Monaco Knight 40 PLQ. I have been considering fulltiming for quite awhile. There is much I like about the lifestyle that intriques me and I have friends and family all aound the country and Canada to check in with. One worry that I have is I live in Colorado and am not much of a KOA kinda person, and with a 40′ rig I am afraid I will be very limited in choices of camping areas and be stuck in crowded commercial camping facilities staring at my neighbor cooking hotdogs. You guys have the same size coach and I was wondering if you have found the size to be a problem in this regard. Thanks and love your blog.

    Charles Porter

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Charles,
      Great to “meet you” on the blog and so glad you enjoy our posts. As for having a 40-foot rig (we’re actually 41.6′ measured end-to-end) I’ve written about it a few times on the blog and I do wish (in retrospect) we’d gotten something a little smaller. We LOVE camping in natural spots and having a larger rig does make planning much more difficult. The good news is that it’s not impossible and over the past 3 years we’ve managed to take our 40-footer where many big rigs have never been. Our biggest issues have been in the mountains, especially forest service campgrounds in Colorado. We LOVE the mountains, but many of the NFS campgrounds are limited to 35-feet or smaller so I really have to plan in great detail (and book ahead) to make sure we get a spot that fit. Other places have not been an issue. Most state parks in the mid-west are fine, NM state parks are fine and OR state parks area fine. CA & FL state parks, however, are sometimes a squeeze (CA is especially difficult). So, it just depends where you go. You can get a feel of some of the spots we’ve been by reading thro’ our campground reviews. Also you can get a feel for size limitations in public campgrounds on this wonderful website:
      http://www.uscampgrounds.info/
      We love our space, but planning with something 5-feet smaller would sure be easier.
      Nina

  65. [...] Dunes Trail, highly recommended by our fabulous tour guides and RV buddies, Nina and Paul of Wheeling It.  In some respects I am saving the best for last, or perhaps the most entertaining, at least to [...]

  66. Steve and Jean says:

    HI Nina, We are planning an Or coastal trip in mid Sept. How is US 101 for a 40 foot rig + toad? If you and Paul are still in the light house keepers, we’ll make sure we find your light house and say “hi”. We enjoy your blog and photos.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hwy 101 is perfectly fine for your rig. Great drive all the way down and plenty of gas stations that will take your size. We did north coast last year and southern coast this year. Sept is the perfect month to be here too. We won’t be hosting in Sept so sadly will miss you. Good travels to you!
      Nina

  67. [...] Columbia River Maritime Museum, a must-do by RV “bloggess extraordinaire” Nina of Wheeling It .    She has never led us astray with her suggestions and this time was no exception (thank [...]

  68. Dave says:

    Hi guys love readng about your adventures! Two questions: Are you still thinking about down sizing? What lessons have you learned about storing your “stuff” in a storage building (not the beast)?

    Best Regards,

    Dave

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Dave,
      Personally I’d still find planning alot easier with a smaller rig, but we’ve become attached to “the beast” and probably won’t switch her out anytime soon.

      As for storage, as Al Pachino would say “forget about it”. Wish we didn’t have any. It’s expensive and they raise the price every year…ugh!

      Nina

  69. ed says:

    Hi guys, love your site. You are realy helping me, see I retier this Dec. 21. But can’t leave to fulltime till Dec.26. by the way i also have a H.R. Endevor. The grand kids want me to have a web or Blog site so they can keep up with the old man. Can you guys gi an old guy who is Technology chalanged some helpfull pointers. Hope we meet on the road somtime….ed.

  70. [...] – pretty sweet. The suggestion for this state park came from our RV buddies Nina and Paul of Wheeling It.  Not sure how we would have found our way this past year if not for their fabulous tips (lol). [...]

  71. [...] tucked into the Horton Creek BLM Campground just north of Bishop, CA, with our caravan buddies Nina and Paul.  This was more of an impromptu camping stop after weather reports of dipping temps and snow [...]

  72. rommel says:

    Been reading LuAnn and Terry’s blog, I just thought I’d stop by your blog to say hi. :D Nice to see Paul up and going again.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Great to see you here too! I’ve been following your blog, but haven’t seen you posting lately? When is the next travel adventure for you?
      Nina

  73. [...] are on our first big “boondocking” adventure, thanks to RV buddies Nina and Paul.  They slowly indoctrinated us at June Lake where we were dry-camping but now it is the real deal, [...]

  74. [...] of Wheeling It and her wonderful husband Paul, their near-perfect doggie Polly, and two cats Rand and Taggart [...]

  75. [...] days hence anyway, so we thought erring on the side of caution was prudent for us.  Our friends Nina and Paul had plans to stay another week, so hopefully the high winds bypassed the Alabamas and we will all [...]

  76. Hi Nina and Paul-
    I wanted to let you know how thankful we are for your blog. My husband and I are full-timers just finishing up a 6 week stay on the coast of Oregon and have used your blog for reference the whole way. Even when we made inland trips to Portland and Eugene we followed your excellent advice on places to stay. We love your rating system and all the extra info like Verizon coverage and which sites have the most sun at each campground. Online campground reviews can be so subjective and it’s nice to know that with your blog we’re getting good solid advice that we can trust. We’re heading into CA now and after spending November in the northern part of the state look forward to using more of your reviews for some boondocking in the desert and city time in San Diego during Dec. & Jan. Maybe some day we’ll get a chance someday to meet and thank you in person. Thanks again!
    Amanda

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Amanda,
      Oh how excellent! I’m really happy my blog was helpful to you and you enjoyed your trip along our favorite coast. Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Hope we get to meet down the road!
      Nina

  77. Hi Nina and Paul … wanted to drop you a note to thank you again for your great blog. We’ve learned a lot from you, and are now on the road since mid September.

    We are having a blast. And wanted also to let you know that we’ve just put up our blog. Check us out at http://www.islandgirlwalkabout.com. We hope you enjoy it. And we hope to cross paths sometime … not soon i imagine as we are headed to Florida for this winter …

    But now there are TWO RVing Cubans loose in America :-)

    Hector and Brenda (and Angel)

    • libertatemamo says:

      Oh noooooo…two Cuban’s loose and crazy on the road….:)
      So happy you guys made it. Will check in on your blog and follow your travels. Definitely hope to cross paths at some point.
      Nina

  78. Lynda Harries says:

    Hi Nina. Can you help? We’re about to buy an Ipad and I’m wondering about blogging. I currently use blogspot for our RV Trips (here if you’re interested: http://dlrvtrippers.blogspot.ca/). I know you changed to WordPress fairly recently. Was that Ipad related? I have only blogged with blogspot and like it. Was this what you used before? Anyway, any advice would be great.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Lynda,
      I’ve actually been using WordPress ever since I started blogging. Never used blogspot so can’t comment much on it, but I’ve been very happy w/ WordPress all the way. The iPad app for WordPress is very nice and easy to use.
      Nina

  79. stan watkins says:

    I want to thank you for your site which was brought to my attention by rvsue. I really like your ratings and description of roads to boondocking sites.My bigger rig is a 33 ft Bounder so when i see your 40 ft rig in spots it puts me at ease. Do you ever regret getting such a long rig ? I also wanted to know if you have a toad ?

    • libertatemamo says:

      Nice to “meet” you on the blog Stan! I’ve written about our rig choice a few times on the blog and do wish (in retrospect) that we’d gotten a slightly smaller rig, simply because of the camping we like to do (out there in nature). We are VERY comfortable, but it can take some planning to get into the spots we want :)
      As for a tow, YES we do have one. We have a Honda CR-V which we love!! It takes us sightseeing wherever we are.
      Nina

      • stan watkins says:

        I saw it in the Alabama Hills pics. And in a post above. We will someday look for a rig around 34 with slide so we can fit in more spots but we will probably be probably be part/fulltime so can leave lots of stuff in the stick home. We are also thinking of towing some kind of small camper to stay up in the high country. Keep up the great site. Stan

  80. placestheygo says:

    Just found your blog as I was researching hiking in Santee, CA. We are headed to Santee Lakes for a month on Sunday. I’ve read through several entries. We, too, are fulltime RVers originally from PA. As you are writing of your travels, so are we. Maybe we will catch up one day.

    • libertatemamo says:

      So happy you found the blog! Santee has a ton of really good hiking so I’m sure you’ll love it there. If you’re still in the area by ~Dec 12th we’ll be over in San Diego at Mission Bay, and we’re always open for happy hour :)
      Nina

  81. [...] National Monument was in order.  On an overcast, chilly day we headed up the mountain with friends Nina, Paul and their lovely pooch Polly to see this rare geologic site, about 40 minutes outside Mammoth [...]

  82. [...] once again met up with RV buddies Nina and Paul for an urban hike in Del Mar.  We had given up hope of finding any opportunities for hiking in [...]

  83. pikeypair says:

    Hi. I want to thank you for your blog.My husband and I have been full-timers for just about 3 years, but we are still very new to it. My husband graduated last month and I quit my job and we are on the road headed to Portland. We have used your blog many times for ideas and information. I have even started a blog myself to keep friends and family up to date if we can’t get in touch. I have added a rating system of the parks, just as you have. I hope I can match what you have done. Thanks again.

  84. don watkins says:

    One of these days I will see you out there. Wondering about your solar. I would like to know how many panels I need to be 100% off the grid. Can you go for a week without using the generator and if so are you really watching the power. Plus I am seeing 5,000.00 prices and that starts to defeat the prupose. Can you point me in a direction of very detail solar usage. Number of panels, cost and real time usage. When your in Denver call me we will take you gus to dinner. Plus you can plug in to my house and you don’t get any freer than that.

    Don

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Don,
      Happy to have you along for the ride.
      Regarding solar we have details of our entire set-up in our “Solar Power” section here:
      http://www.wheelingit.us/category/solar-power-2/
      We have 600 watts of solar which satisfies all of our needs. In fact we’ve only used our generator rarely since we got it (only for rainy days). As long as the sun is out, we’re good to go.
      Nina

  85. [...] on this day as I was looking forward to another 7.5  miler the next day with the gals, friend Nina and her most precious pooch [...]

  86. Bettina says:

    My husband & love your blog! We are getting ready to make the transition and are total newbies. A couple of questions as I go through many of your past blogs learning so much:)
    1. What do you use for water filtration if anything?
    2. Do you use your a/c very much? Do you have 2 units (one for the bedroom)?
    3. Is your solar system sized to run the a/c if needed?
    Ciao for now,
    Bettina

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Bettina,

      Lovely to have you along for the blog ride! As to your questions:

      1. We don’t use any special water filtration. We have in-line water filters in our rig that we change out regularly, but otherwise nothing else.

      2. We only use the AC in hot climates and I admit that we try to stay away from those as much as possible! We do have 2 AC’s and they’ve come in handy the few times we’ve gotten above 90 degrees. This past year we planned our travel route so that we only needed AC once. It was heavenly!

      3. No our solar cannot handle AC and in fact NO solar will be able to. Air conditioning simply sucks too much power too quickly and solar cannot keep up. If you need AC in the boonies I would either look for hookups or make sure you have a generator powerful enough to run it. Some people install swamp coolers…they’re low power and work well in dry climates.

      Nina

  87. Bettina says:

    Thank you! We look forward to rendezvousing on the road someday:)

  88. Bettina says:

    Hi,
    Can I get a better understanding of your inline water filters? Who makes them? Were they an aftermarket addition? How often do you change them? Thanks!!
    Bettina

  89. Bettina says:

    Thanks again for your help:)

  90. Brian Jones says:

    Hi Nina and Paul,

    My wife, Sharon, and I are full time RVers as well. We were actually staying across the campground from you at Antelope Island in Utah. We would loved to have met you both but didn’t get the chance before you left today. I have followed this blog for quite sometime and we were suprised to find ourselves in the same place as the Wheeling It rig. We are headed to Washington to play camp hosts in a National Forest campground for the summer. We’re leaving tomorrow and planning to make it into Idaho somewhere for a coulple days. We’d still like to meet you guys if our paths cross again.

    Safe travels,
    Brian and Sharon

    • libertatemamo says:

      Oh I am SO sorry we missed you!! If you ever see us again don’t hesitate to come by and knock. Hopefully your last night at Antelope Island was gnat-free? Enjoy your time in WA! It’s one of the states we’re planning to visit this month (just a quick trip), but we want to come back and explore it further.
      Nina

      • sbjones7 says:

        Nina,

        Thanks so much for plugging my book in your blog post. I didn’t expect that at all. We very much enjoyed the visit with both of you and look forward to the next time. Hope all is well in Boise. We’ll be headed that way Monday and be there just long enough to visit the Wifi Ranger people. We’ll be heading toward Lewiston after that. Not sure where we’ll stop for the night though. Be careful and safe!

        Brian

        • libertatemamo says:

          You’re welcome..And it was really great to meet you! Do stay in touch and enjoy your summer in WA!
          Nina

  91. Betsy says:

    Hi Nina!

    As a brand new soon-to-bo full-time RVer, I have a question for you. If you’ve already addressed it in your blog, just point me in the right direction! You said you only wear 10% of the clothes you took with you. What would you suggest to be the basic must-haves for you wardrobe. We are very casual people, so I don’t see me needing an evening gown!

    I love reading your blog and really appreciate the wealth of information you’ve shared!

    Betsy

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Betsy,

      Congrats on the upcoming full timing! Your question is an excellent one, so here it goes.

      Most of the time we both wear hiking clothes so I’d say that 80% of the time I’m in hiking pants and shirts with my Keen shoes. Paul is partial to surf shorts, but pretty much wears a similar outfit. We’ve both got fleece jackets (used almost daily), wind breakers (for those windy spring times), puff jackets and thermal underwear (for the mountains/cold), flip flops and a swimsuit (for the beach), rain jackets/gear (we do need them occasinally) and various hats/socks/underwear plus comfy PJs for the evening. That’s really the basics!

      Occasionally we’ll “dress up” to go out, and then we’ll wear jeans or casual pants and a nicer T-shirt or top. So we have a few of these kind of outfits too. I have two pairs of nicer shoes that I keep for those times. I’m not a dress gal, so I don’t have any of those with me, but I do carry one skirt (which I’ve worn once since we started).

      We used to both carry a formal suit in the rig, but got rid of that a while back. Just can’t see the point. If ever we need to attend something that fancy we’ll rent something.

      So, that’s it! I’d say our entire active wardrobe would easily fit into a couple of big suitcases at this point, and every year we get rid of more of it. Good luck with your move to full timing. It’s an exciting time!

      Nina

  92. Maurita Kling says:

    Have you ever camped in AZ’s White Mtns, esp Big Lake???

    • libertatemamo says:

      We have not, believe it or not!! One of the areas we’d love to visit. Any good boondocking out there?
      Nina

  93. wiandflbev says:

    I have read your writings for about a year now. Have you ever considered writing a book with your life’s story and very useful RVing information in it? I hope by the time we get to experience RVing your site is still up and running. I often think I should save your great tips to my computer files, for our future reference. I love your writing style. You are so funny! Thank you for your dedication.

  94. Steve Hyer Sr says:

    We just became aware of your blog and really enjoy reading as we are contemplating going full time RV in the spring. Question re boondocking, are you ever concerned about security?

    • libertatemamo says:

      Honestly I’ve never felt unsafe in the boonies. The only places we’ve ever questioned are big cities. That’s statistically where most crimes happen anyway..more opportunity for the thieves if you want to think of it that way. Out in the boonies I just don’t think you encounter people looking for remote RVs to rob. It’s not a high-reward way to live a life of crime LOL. You’re more likely to run into wildlife than anything else. So, I don’t worry about it.

      Nina

  95. Tom Gates says:

    Met you at Shasta last year–on phones–take a look at Republic Wireless–$19/month with data etc. It’s a hybrid phone that tags onto Wi-Fi when available–if not then uses regular wireless system–pretty easy to use questions via the internet–no need for a stiff drink before contacting.
    Enjoy

    • libertatemamo says:

      Nice to see ya on the blog! The Republic Wireless deal looks interesting, but the underlying carrier is Sprint which really doesn’t work for us (poor coverage map). Looks like a great deal for anyone who lives in a Sprint-serviced area though!
      Nina

  96. Audrey Perry says:

    Well, we’re newbies to RV’ing. Picking up a nice class C in early October and taking a short 3-night trip to the UP of Michigan. Planning on Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier next fall, but see even with our little 31′ rig and towing a Prius we won’t be able to stay inside Yellowstone because their total combined length is 40′ unless you want to stay in Fishing Bridge RV Park at $50.00+ per night. So…

    Love the blog and have gotten a lot of useful information. Thanks!

    • libertatemamo says:

      The Yellowstone campgrounds are notoriously small and packed. We haven’t been yet, but I’ve heard a few of the NPS spots can accommodate our size, although it might be a squeeze. Often we fit our 40-footer plus toad into 40-foot sites (total length). We’ve even done 35-foot sites…it just depends on the campground and especially the roads/turns/trees. For National Parks we often camp outside in the National Forest. Generally more space, plus they are pet friendly on the trails (the NPs are not).

      Good travels on your trip! Your Class C should be able to go just about anywhere.

      Nina

  97. Janet Evpraxia Wehlitz says:

    Greetings,
    My husband are planning to be full-time RVers in about 2-3 years. SO good to see a couple doing what they love. I suspect we will have to do some remodeling on any Class A we can afford: do you have any suggestions/ideas/thoughts about folks to talk with or web sites to visit? Also, our cat, Vanya (a 4 yr old Siberian) will travel with us. She is somewhat accustomed to traveling in our current MH (a 1976 Dodge Class C 23′ Fireball) and will love having more room when we get a Class A.
    Evpraxia

  98. Pam says:

    I love your blog! My husband and I are now empty nesters and just sold everything and bought a 40 ft , 4 slide, fifth wheel last April and have became full time rvers. We are loving every minute of it so far, we live in Nebraska and this will be our first winter. We are landed for the winter at a friends in the country where we have our own electric hook up, also have rented a large propane tank for the winter. The hubby is still working but would love if we could travel more and make some income along the way which is our long term goal. If you have any suggestions for us I would love to hear from you!
    The Lawsons ( AKA Nana and Papa)

  99. I am seriously thinking about packing it in and RVing for life but I can’t live without Yoga. As a yoga instructor will I be able to teach yoga while RV ? PS ZEN

    • libertatemamo says:

      Well I can’t really comment on the logistics of teaching since I don’t really know how mobile that job is, but I can certainly say you can do Yoga anywhere! We often do Yoga right outside our rig, or on the beach, or in the mountains. Nature is our classroom! As far as getting paying teaching jobs, I’d probably advise you to call some Yoga centers outside your area and inquire about possibilities. Who knows what might show up?
      Nina

  100. Thank you for your return message and your comment. There is nothing like doing yoga in nature’s some of my best classes have been in the park. But that makes perfect sense to check out yoga studios where I might be staying. Namaste2U2 http://www.yogirob.org

  101. David & Kathy C. says:

    We really enjoy your Blog. We are planning and retiring in less than a year. We plan on selling our house in CA. and moving to SD. on paper. We are going to get a motor home and full time it until we can’t do it anymore. Were looking @ the Winnabago 42E & 42QD. We like the layout. There are few differences but as far as boondocking is concern, the 42E has propane & electric and the 42QD is all electric (heater burns diesel & electric). If we like the boondocking thing, either motorhome, were going to have to do the solar thing. Any thoughts? Propane or not to propane, that is the ?
    Love the fact you guys get a little kick back from Amazon. Heres a few things I ordered for the motor home via your blog.
    Getting ready little x little
    Fiskars 7857 X15 23.5-Inch Chopping Axe
    Fiskars 7850 X7 14-Inch Hatchet
    Panacea 15251 Canvas Log Tote, Black
    BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer

    • libertatemamo says:

      First of all THANKS so much for ordering through my Amazon link. Sure appreciate it!!

      Regarding the propane thing there is no doubt that for boondocking-lovers it is *much* easier to have propane available, especially for the fridge. We only use minimal propane for fridge/oven/cooking and that allows ALL our solar power to dedicate itself towards computer/TV/internet time. It makes it alot easier if, say, we run into a few days of cloud/rain. Our batteries can easily handle a few “bad” solar days for our usage and (worst case) we can always cut back a little and be fine. With the help of a propane fridge/oven our 600 watt solar system covers ALL our needs and we NEVER need to run our generator in the boonies (unless we have many days of grey/rain). That’s a huge benefit.

      That said there’s no reason you can’t run an all-electric coach on solar. You’ll just need MORE solar and MORE batteries. In our (theoretical) calculations we’ve estimated we need at least 2 more batteries and 2 more solar panels to run an electric fridge. We have a friend who’s running this way and it works great….as long as there is good sun. The problem comes when you have a few “bad” solar days -> the fridge still needs its’ juice so there is nothing you can do to cut back and you’ll just be forced to run the generator on those days. Not a huge deal if you are OK with that. The advantage to electric is less fridge problems (the electric fridges are so much more efficient than the electric/propane ones) and less worry about fridge fires (although I feel that risk is low as long as you do regular service). The other disadvantage of all-electric is that it’s really not practical to use an electric oven on solar. It just pulls too much juice. Again, not a big deal if you don’t use the oven much, plus you can always invest in a solar oven or cook everything outside on a propane grill. So, there are workarounds, but you just gotta be prepared for much higher solar needs & the fact that you’ll probably be forced to run your generator on poorer solar days.

      So, there it is. We love our propane fridge and (especially) our propane oven (which we use extensively in the boonies), but when our fridge bites the dust we’ll probably switch to electric (it’s just cheaper & more efficient) and at that time we’ll need to upgrade both solar & batteries.

      Hope that helps!!

      Nina

  102. David & Kathy C. says:

    Thanks so much for getting back to me.
    That makes sense. If we do get an all-electric coach and go solar then we’ll probably have to run the generator when using the microwave, cook top ect…. We have to get out there, get an idea of what we need as far as batteries and solar to make it work. We can’t wait. I really got a lot out your article on solar. Well Done

  103. Jim Furubotten says:

    Enjoyed your site. We’re in Aberdeen,Wa. Looking at Quartzsite info on your site. Really good! Lot of good info. We stay in eastern Wa about 4-5 months in our 5er then back to the westside. Been self employed forester for 31 years and about to retire.Thinking of Quartzsite in our new camper. Sounds like a great adventure.
    Thanks again

    • libertatemamo says:

      Glad my site is helpful! We’re thinking about heading to WA next year. Got any good spots to hit?
      Enjoy Q if you go…it’s a blast!
      Nina

  104. Jim Furubotten says:

    Nina: When you get close to coming, let us know. We had a outfitters biz for about 12 years. The Olympic Penninsula is beautiful. Ocean or Mountains, what a choice. Some of the best backpacking in the Northwest. If we can help let us know.

  105. Tyler says:

    Hi , My wife found your site and I am afraid to did too deep as I am 43 and already want to hit the Road.

    I have fears about fuel and day to day expenses.

    I know its none of my business but wondering what your Monthly income vs expenses look like?

    I am sure I will have other questions as I dig further.

    Thanks
    Tyler in
    Santa Rosa California

    • libertatemamo says:

      Hi Tyler,
      I did a round-up of our general expenses a few years back in this post:
      http://www.wheelingit.us/2011/02/24/the-costs-of-full-time-rving/
      Our numbers haven’t actually changed much since then (except for health insurance going up) so you can use that as a basis. We’ve seen folks fulltime on anything from $1K to $6K per month, depending on where they stay, how far they travel, whether they workamp/camphost etc. Lots of variables in full-time RVing. Hope that helps!

      Nina

  106. Kay Seliskar says:

    Nina,
    I’ve really been enjoying your blog and just sent you a private email about possibly meeting while you’re still in Q. I hope we get to connect!
    Kay & Tom Seliskar

  107. Nina says:

    We are so glad to have discovered your very inspiring, useful and incredibly expansive website! Extremely impressive. Nina, are you a Neena or a Nine-ah? Since I am a Nine-ah, I have taken to using “9ah” as a key to how I pronounce my name. We are vagabonds ourselves, however we travel in both water-borne and land-bound vehicles. I am simply amazed at your prolific writing and posting, but sure appreciate the bounty of information. Thank you!
    Fun to see you parked in site #11 at Washoe Lake SP. We parked in the same site twice– November 2013 and January 2014. Regrettably, we missed the fall color. Hope to meet you along the road next fall/winter. We are meeting up with friends in Death Valley at Texas Springs beginning November 30 (one of the only times we actually set a date for anything). Since we also love the Alabama Hills, we may be found there in the days leading up to the DV date.
    Again, thank you both for your awesome website.
    Nina (9ah) & Clark

    • libertatemamo says:

      How fun to meet a fellow Nina on the blog! I’m actually a nee-nah so pronounced a little different. Glad you like the blog and the info. We’ve never actually been to Death Valley in the RV (tent camped there many years ago) so it’s on our list. Maybe next year? Sounds like your big fans of 395 too so may see you there at some point too. The fall colors are pretty amazing.

      Nina

  108. Eric Horton says:

    Your blog is very insightful and just plain awesome for a military family that is on the cusp of a retirement transformation.
    I’m trying to read everything I can to assist us as my family and I begin our journey. Thank you very much for sharing.

    Eric

    • libertatemamo says:

      Excellent! Enjoy the blog and good luck with your retirement transition. As ex-Military you’ll have access to outstanding (and inexpensive) military campgrounds too. Lots of great options out there.

      Nina

  109. Lisa Bean Williams says:

    Thank you for your story! We are actually moving into our 1968 Classic GMC bus conversion two days from now on Saturday 2/01/2014!!! I am 51 and Hal is 62. We have been together 3 1/2 years and just married this past June. We are very excited. Hal retires in June from the engeneering in the cable industry. We have been preparing for this day for three years now, it being a dream we each had before we even met. Our plan are to stay local until late summer (we live in Myrtle Beach, SC) and then begin our travel, as this will allow him to tie up business ends as well as finish up a few desired changes on our ride, which we have named “Dixie”. Your blog is one of the best I have found and will be relying on many of your posts, s keep up the good work, and THANK YOU!
    Lisa, Hal, Rascal and Jenks.

  110. Mike says:

    Love your Gypsy spirit,keep up the great blog,the info is precious…We also are hoping to join the happy trail life soon…Thanks

  111. Steve says:

    Nina and Paul, You may have worked with Jason.

    This is an FYI – you are using your time the correct way, enjoy your summer 2014 travels.

    From CY.

    We are sad to inform Cypress employees that late last week, we suddenly lost Jason Konstas (JK), a 17-year member of the Cypress family. Jason held a variety of applications and technical roles over the years, including APAC FAE Manager in both Singapore and Australia, FAE Manager in Japan, and Systems Engineering Director in San Diego. Jason was the first person to work with the product line on ITO, one of the instrumental forces in getting Cypress into the TrueTouch market (including being the first person to get gestures working on touchscreens), and he defined and developed the System Management Control and Made for iPod solutions.

    Jason was a hard-working and constructive teammate and leader, and a friend and mentor to many Cypress employees around the world. He was known for his humor, candidness, and technical expertise. Jason is survived by his wife Leanne, daughter Sophia (12), son Felix (10), and his mother, step-mother, brother, 4 sisters, nephew, and 2 nieces.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Steve,

      Yes, we heard the (very) sad news about Jason and have been following the story and sharing some thoughts and memories with people who knew him. I was really struck when I heard about it on Monday. So terribly tragic. My thoughts go out to his family and especially his kids.

      Nina

  112. Marilyn says:

    We enjoy reading your blog! A few suggestions follow. We prefer taking the ferry between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island to avoid the traffic in the Seattle/Tacoma area when we have our 35′ fifth wheel and extended cab pickup in the Olympic Peninsula. You will love the ferry. We enjoy hearing about your volunteering “gigs.” We volunteered the past two summers at the Forest Service Wyeth Campground, I84, Milepost 51 in the Columbia River Gorge. It is dry camping but has nice restrooms at $10 per site. Your RV would fit sites 12 and 13…just drop your tow vehicle, drive it in, and watch the rock curbs which can be very sharp. Wyeth CG has an awesome hidden waterfall and two hiking trails. It is dog friendly and not busy in the spring and during week days. It is tree covered so no view while camping but far enough away from the Gorge RR crossings to not be a nuisance. Enjoy planning your summer!

    • libertatemamo says:

      I think that’s exactly the ferry we’re going to take! Gonna avoid the entire Seattle traffic problem. Cheers very much!

      Thanks also for the campground tip in the Columbia River Gorge…we’re looking for some new spots this year.

      Nina

  113. Celia says:

    Love your site! Also use to follow Paul’s Investing for a Living blog and really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen an update in a few months. Did he stop doing it? I miss reading his insights.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Sadly he’s stopped blogging altogether due to some rather nasty commenters. In finance blogging the negative guys tend to overwhelm the positive and Paul decided (quite understandably) that it wasn’t worth the emotional roller coaster. He was just getting far too much negative feedback. Really sad, but I totally understand him.
      Nina

      • john says:

        Oh no! I hadn’t noticed any negative comments. I’ve been wondering when there would be an update. I’m sure there are many of us who would love for him to reconsider.

        • libertatemamo says:

          Yeah, believe it or not he turned off all comments on the blog, but some people managed to find his personal e-mail and send long, involved nasty comments there. Honestly I’m really sad. Poor guy doesn’t deserve it, but I guess it’s just the nature of finance blogs. I support him, even though I know there are folks who would enjoy seeing his blog again.
          Nina

  114. Celia says:

    That is so sad. He got us into the Ivy Portfolio. He is missed!

  115. Greg Gino says:

    I just skimmed your blog and it sounds awesome. My wife, Mary and I just bought a 30 RV Trailer and plan a 3 month trip this Spring through Ca., Or., Wa., Mt., Id., UT., and AZ. We are excited to get on the road. Mary is a CFP and will “working” all along the way so Wi-Fi will be helpful. How bad is the 101 North of LA. I have heard some nasty stories of treachery and Logging Trucks.
    I know you have an all in one RV Bus type. Are Travel Trailers allowed to comment here too?
    Thanks

    • libertatemamo says:

      The 101 is fine. I’ve driven it many times over the years. Shouldn’t be any problem. Lots of traffic, of course, but otherwise fine. Try to avoid rush hour near the cities.

      And everyone is welcome to comment here! Vans, cars, trailers, RVs…we’re all nomads on the road!

      Nina

  116. Jodee says:

    Nina,
    Please let Polly know she was mentioned in my little blog yesterday along with Bridget and Sasha……we’re hoping Tessa will follow in Polly’s paw prints down the road!

    Jodee

  117. Nikki says:

    Hello, Nina! (Paul and furry family members as well =)

    I am considering the move to full time RV living and am happy to find your website! I’ve been researching and reading various books, blogs and sites while contemplating this big life change. Yours stands out in the vast Google sea of options and I want to thank you for sharing what you’ve learned, wish you had known and love about RV living. Your optimism and enthusiasm for life shine through! I look forward to visiting your site again.

    All the best!

    Nikki P.

  118. Pat H. says:

    Nina,
    We have a 38′ Endeavor which is not too different than your layout. Where do you store the 45 pound bag of dog food for Polly?

    • libertatemamo says:

      We raw-feed Polly so no dog-food bags anywhere :) We store about a week’s worth of meat and about 2 months worth of organs in our freezer.

      Nina

      • Pat H. says:

        WOW! That is dedication. There mustn’t be any room for ice cream in your freezer.

        • libertatemamo says:

          The space that the doggie food takes up is actually less than you’d expect. 7 chops and 3 bags of organs don’t use more than a small shelf :) the rest of the freezer is filled with our own stuff.

          Nina

  119. Rhinestone Girl says:

    Hi Nina,
    Almost seems weird to have found your blog.
    We don’t have our right YET, hoping by the end of the summer.
    We intend to name it Nina Grace. Nina is after my 89 year old mom that just passed 12/13/13 and Grace after DH mom.
    The majority of what we have been looking at are used 40′ Holiday Ramblers and Monacos!
    We have 2 Bichon Frise dogs, one was a sort of rescue from an unwanted owner that bought her. Got her at 6 months and now she is 7 years. Bought her a sister at 8 weeks and now is 6 years. The primary reason for my post is. There has always been 3 adults in our home and our furry friends have NEVER had to be left alone at any time. Now that we will live in an RV and there will be only 2 adults. My question to you is…do you ever leave your pets alone in the RV? I keep thinking…if I can’t leave them alone in the RV safely and without them panicking, then DH and I will probably be limited at the sights or things we can see over the USA.
    My other question is, being you boondock (which we would like to do to)..do you worry about ticks, scorpions, snakes, fleas, etc? We currently live in Las Vegas. There are no ticks or fleas here. There are scorpions you see occasionally but in 21 years I have never seen a snake, though I know they are here. (I better be quiet). Just wanted to know how you deal with these issues. Lastly, thank you so much for your WONDERFUL interesting blog and animal references! I will continue to watch your blog often. After we get on the road, I will start a blog too!. Thanks for any help and an adventurous journey to you and yours! Judi

    • MrsCAD says:

      I have the same question as Rhinestone Girl, except I’ll be solo with two 50lb mutts.

    • libertatemamo says:

      We take Polly almost everywhere we go, but we do occasionally leave her alone in the RV for up to 4 hours. She sees the RV as her “home” and so she basically just goes to sleep & waits for us to come back. We always make sure we set the temp control on the air and the auto-generator start (just in case the power goes).

      If you’ve never left your dogs alone you might want to try starting with short outings at home and see how they react. The way to ‘train’ this is to leave the house for 5 mins (say) and then walk back in. Then, over time extend that period to longer. It helps to give the dogs something to do while you’re gone too (e.g. a chew)

      For ticks/fleas we carry Frontline and use it occasionally if we’re in bad areas. Snakes & other such animals we simply try to be aware of where we’re going and make sure our doggie has very strong recall.

      Hope that helps!

      Nina

  120. Sherry says:

    Hey Nina! Boy do I love your blog. You go the greatest places and do the coolest things. We do as much boondocking as we can here in the east which isn’t much. We’re seriously thinking about paying the big bucks to get solar for a LONG trip out west where you have paved the way for us. The only problem is that we have to have internet and even here in the east when we get in the boonies even by small towns our booster and antenna won’t do it. I know you have internet all the time. Is there somewhere on your site that tells what you currently have? I’m collecting current set ups from boondockers I follow in order to get a concensus of opinion about what in the world we are doing wrong. Couldn’t find an email address for you so sorry this is here and so long. Feel free to write back to RVdreamlife@gmail.com. Thanks for EVERYTHING you and Paul do for all of us. Happy Camping!! Sherry

  121. Bruce says:

    Hi Nina,

    I was wondering if Paul is still going to post to his investing for a living site. I’m considering dividend investing when we get on the road. Thanks, Bruce

  122. John says:

    I too miss Paul’s blog , I started using a form of the
    Ivy portfolio I first read about on his blog . Wish he would
    Reconsider . ( or do a fee news letter )
    Thanks
    For now I am saving and investing so I can live the life.

  123. John says:

    I agree with all of the above – would love to see Paul blogging again.

  124. Dean says:

    Great site you put lost of work into it….

    We are in Parker AZ.now boondocking but will be at Lake meed in a week or two would love to meet and say Hi.

    • libertatemamo says:

      We’ll probably be gone by then (assuming the weather gives us a window), but hope you enjoy the area.

      Nina

  125. Carol Mc Daniel says:

    Found your web blog this afternoon. We are almost into doing FT RV, but with my horse in tow. We have been in Wickenburg the past 4 winters from our Oregon home place.Have 5.6 acres on central Oregon coast. We find that having too many people around with too much drama is giving us retired ones now a view to being able to pack it up and leave those behind. Will be following your blog and maybe even doing my own in the future once we get this all on the road. Like the tips and links…Carol

  126. Bruce says:

    Hi Nina,
    Did Paul start up his blog again by invitation? I just stopped there and that’s what it now says. I don’t remember seeing that message last time unless I’m not remembering correctly. If he did start up how do you get invited? If he didn’t start up again or you have to to a friend or family I understand. Wishing you safe travels! Bruce

    • libertatemamo says:

      No, he just decided to close it off. I’ll certainly let folks know if he opens up again to blogging.

      Nina

  127. John says:

    In reading both of your bio’s I can see you are both very highly educated, yet choose to live a life that does not need any secondary education. As a parent with an intelligent child who is looking at collage and is very good at math and science, but at the same time has just as much fun with his jeep off road. Do you have any words to advise on school vs. Life experience? Do you see value in higher education still?
    John

    • libertatemamo says:

      Well it’s an interesting question. Education was key to getting us where we are today. It allowed us good careers, which in turn allowed us to save money and afforded us the opportunity to retire early. I’ve had work experiences, thanks to my education, which were very positive and took us to many countries. We both continue to work intellectually (through interactions, thoughts, investing, volunteering and writing) today. So, I never discount the value of our education. We wouldn’t be here doing what we do today without it.

      On the other hand I don’t believe your education ties you to a specific path. There are many ways to lead a life that is both fulfilling yet financially solvent and brings happiness to yourself and others (which is ultimately what we all try to achieve, is it not?). The life we lead now is an expression of exactly that. Will we lead this life forever? I couldn’t tell you. We both strive to make our lives as “rich” as possible in experiences, but we’ll always be intellectually involved too.

      It’s a kinda complicated answer to your question, but it’s also a complicated subject. Every path in life is so very individual. What is fulfilling to me may not be fulfilling to others, but that’s something we’ve all got to sort through for ourselves. And I definitely believe that a good education gives us more possibilities of choice. It’s not the only way to achieve fulfillment in life, but it’s certainly an enabler.

      Nina

      P.S. This is an interesting enough question it could become a whole blog post. Maybe I’ll expand it someday :)

  128. Shelley says:

    Quartzite?? Did you go to the naked book seller’s store, Sweet Pie?

  129. john says:

    Awesome!

  130. Lori B says:

    Hi, Nina.

    I’ve been reading your blog on/off for a year or so and love it. We are getting ready to do our first big adventure next month. One question I have for you, since I know you travel with your dog… If you look at our site (a little dated now, I’m afraid), you’ll see we have two dogs… Dot, however, has passed, and we now have Rokkor, a 7 month old border collie, instead. So, my question is… any ideas on how to keep them entertained while on the road? And do you secure your dog while driving?

    A million thanks.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Our doggie sleeps between the two front seats of the RV while we’re in motion. Many folks will crate and/or use a doggie seat belt.

      As for keeping pooch entertained we simply plan the majority of our travels and activities around dog-friendly spots. We camp 95% of our time in public parks which means we always have plenty of green space and trails to walk. Most of our outings are hiking or outdoor activities. So, doggie is with us most of the time. On the rare occasion we go somewhere we can’t bring the dog we take her for a long walk beforehand.

      Hope that helps and good luck with all your plans!

      Nina

  131. Geary Baroni says:

    Just discovered your site. Very interesting reading and learning a lot in a short time.

    Question: Have you used a computer software program to map a route or several routes? I was wondering if a computer software exists in which you could load all the sites you want to see in the USA and then break out X number of routes based upon how many trips you want the computer to break your list of sites into?

    I would like to make a list of sites / places to visit and turn that list into X number of trips or years to see it all.

    Thanks

    • libertatemamo says:

      I mostly use Goggle Maps to do simple routing, so I haven’t done exactly what you’re looking at, but I think there are a few options out there.

      Microsoft Street and Trips allows you to “pin” sites of interest on a map and do routing. I’m not sure it’s sophisticated enough to auto-route a complicated multi-year route (you’ll probably have to do some manual work), but it’s great for keeping track of spots you hear about and want to visit in map form.

      Another possibility is Good SAMs Trip Planning. Again I don’t know if it’s sophisticated enough to handle a multi-year route, but it offers some cool options in terms of calculating travel time and fuel costs:
      http://www.goodsamclub.com/travel/freetriprouting/

      Hope that helps!

      Nina

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