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FtF-Oupon Deal – Get it while it Lasts!

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For a limited time only, get the FtF Superhero Rally Rate and 1 year of FtF Membership at a steep savings!

Save your spot for the Super Hero Rally, hosted at Jellystone Park in Montrose, CO and be a part of this four day, family fun event!  Then tap into the exclusive savings of FtF Membership for a full year!

To get in on this deal go directly to: http://fulltimefamilies.com/deals/super-hero-rally-and-one-year-ftf-membership/

 

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#thisisRVing Tour

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full time rving memeIf you’ve ever heard, “would you like to come to my house for a warm meal or a hot shower?” you know there are many misconceptions about what RVing really is!

This summer Jellystone, RV Trader and Fulltime Families are teaming up to show America what RVing really looks like.

Experience the thrill, as we indulge in the freedom of RVing, seeking out family fun across the country and encouraging other families to reap the rewards of RVing.

Hitch a ride to 7 Jellystones across 5 states and stop in at America’s best RV dealers to see the great family layouts available on dealers lots this summer.

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You’ll have a front row seat to this 1,000 mile journey from Sunny Florida to Elkhart, IN the home of many trendsetting RV manufacturers and MOYride the RV Suspension Expert.
Join the adventure by tagging your pics with  #ThisisRVing!

Want to know more?  Check out the tour trailer 😉

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5 Common Misconceptions about Full Time Traveling Families

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Sometimes it’s easier to tell people what full time traveling families are not, as opposed to what they are.  Here is a countdown of 5 most common misconceptions our stick and brick counterparts have about full time traveling families.  Please feel free to add yours to the comments section below.

#5. We are always on vacation

While it may look like a permanent vacation on our facebook wall, the truth is that posting pics of laundry day, sitting at a computer for hours, and doing homework is not that interesting.  Don’t believe me?  Check out your own wall and tell me its a representative of your daily life.

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#4. Our kids are unsocialized and have no friends

Always a hot button issue, this is actually a non-issue on the road.  Our kids play with kids and adults alike on a daily basis.  Whether field tripping with friends, pot lucking with people or just hanging out, our kids are well socialized.

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#3. We are in desperate need of a hot shower, a warm meal and a comfy bed

While people might assume we have left our creature comforts behind when we moved into 350 sq feet, nothing could be further from the truth.  A great many of us have beds we love to sleep in, satellite television (we have 4 in our rig), small but fully functioning kitchens, and some of us even have not 1 but 2 bathrooms!

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#2. We won the lottery, live off trust funds, or mooch off the government

The majority of full time traveling families have not experienced some wind fall and life changing economic situation.  They have made their dream a reality through perseverance, creativity, and a ‘can do’ attitude.  There are as many ways to make money on the road as their are families living their dream.  Want to explore some of the ways full time traveling families support themselves on the road?  We’ve listed them in “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full Time RV Dreams a Reality“.

And the Number 1 Misconception about families who travel full time…

We live in our camper because we don’t have a choice!

If nothing else, your life is a series of choices, decisions, outcomes and consequences. Families who full time rv, have made the choice to reject the contrived “American Dream” in favor of a more authentic, simple life that places the focus on building family bonds.   You don’t have to live in an RV to accomplish this, but by putting your house on wheels, you are giving your family an opportunity to experiences the riches of this amazing country.

Still don’t believe it’s a choice?  Check out this video and let me know what your misconceptions are about full time rving families.

 

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Fulltime Families Resource Guide Coming Soon

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Finding resources on the road can be difficult.  Wouldn’t it be great to have one place to find everything:FtF Resource Guide

  • Healthcare
  • Web services
  • Graphic Design
  • Tutoring
  • Speech Therapy
  • Trusted RV Repair
  • Insurance Specialists
  • Accountants
  • Attorneys
  • Dentists / Orthodontists
  • Your Favorite MLM Brands
  • RV Inspectors
  • You Name It!

Fulltime Families is currently developing this Resource Directory, reaching out to our trusted and proven partners and looking for the best products and service providers the nation has to offer.

The FtF Resource Guide is currently in development with a hard copy version slated for release and distribution at the FtF Family Reunion in Feb. 2017 (an on-demand download version will be available sooner).
It will be the ultimate resource to connect families to the trusted providers we all need.

Small Business Owners

We want to hear from YOU about your business. Our goal through all of this is to support small businesses in our organization to help them grow.  This is exciting news because our fellow travelers have been looking for one spot to find these resources like yours. We are working hard to give the people what they want and support small businesses in the best way we know how.   Ad rates start as low as $30 per year!
To reserve your spot in this directory, send an email to our Resource Acquisition Director.

 

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Fulltime Families Accepting Reservations for Super Hero Rally

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Today, 5/10/2016, Fulltime Families has opened up registration spots for the upcoming FtF Super Hero Rally in Montrose, CO to the group’s Charter Members.

Please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.

Here are the specifics regarding the event:

Who: Any families who full time RV or would like to. This event is limited to 25 families.

Where: We’re proud to announce this event will be hosted at Jellystone of Black Canyon in Montrose, CO (please make your reservations with us BEFORE reserving your site at Jellystone)

When: Official Rally Activities Kick off with the Charter/Lifetime Breakfast at 11am on Thursday, June 23rd and wraps up at noon on Sunday, June 26th, 2016.  You are welcome make arrangements to come early and/or stay late!

How: Please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.

Interested in helping coordinate this event?  Send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com to be put on the planning committee.

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13 Things You Don’t Know about Friday the 13th

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Don’t let this Friday, freak you out!

Use today as a special road school study on Friday the 13th, past, present and future!

Here are 13 things you probably didn’t know about this grave date.

#1 Did you know that fear of Friday the 13th could stem from The Last Supper?

The trepidation surrounding Friday the 13th is rooted in religious beliefs surrounding the 13th guest at the Last Supper—Judas, the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus—and the crucifixion of Jesus on a Friday, which was known as hangman’s day and was already a source of anxiety, Vyse said.

For more information about why Friday the 13th gets such a bad rep, check out: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140612-friday-superstition-taboo-fear-luck-triskaidekaphobia-phobia/

#2 Do you know what the fear of Friday the 13th is called?

The word is triskaidekaphobia. Its literal meaning is ‘superstition about the number thirteen’, but it’s also used to refer to the specific fear of Friday the 13th.

 

#3 Do you know how rare it is for Friday the 13th to fall on a full moon?

You’d have to go aaaaall the way back to June 13th, 1919 to find a Full Moon that fell on a Friday the 13th in the month of June. This will next occur on June 13th, 2098.

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#4 Did you know if your cell phone stops working today you can blame the sun?

One of the flares created a “coronal mass ejection” that actually could come into contact with Earth on Friday, according to NOAA. The ejection is essentially a huge cloud of plasma that could hit the Earth and cause a shock wave, affecting communications systems.

Want more info about that… click here, but make it snappy ’cause the internet might go down at any minute! http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2014/06/solar-flares-disrupt-communications-on-earth-could-send-shockwave-on-friday-the-13th/

#5 Do you have a list of things you’d like to do on Friday the 13th?

Haven’t had time to make a list?  Here, check out this one: http://www.boldsky.com/insync/pulse/2013/13-things-to-do-on-friday-13-035239.html

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#6 Did you know there’s free printables and lesson plans for Friday the 13th?

Kiddos too ‘scared’ to do their school work?  No problem, set them onto these Friday the 13th math problems and they’ll soon realize how ‘soothing’ their ol’ worksheets can be. http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/EMT669/Essay.Ideas/F13th/Fri.13th.html

#7 Did you know that most sky scrapers don’t have a 13th floor?

Even landlords who are not themselves superstitious realize that the rentability of suites on the 13th floor might be compromised because of superstitious tenants, or tenants who are afraid their own customers might be superstitious.

Want to know how and why they build buildings without a 13th floor… check out the answer here: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060917174241AAgpRlk

 

Since I’ve run out of things so say about Friday the 13th… I’ll end my list here.  You can consider yourself unlucky if you clicked on this expecting 13 things 🙂

 

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Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer? Take the Quiz and see what’s your family’s best fit!

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Are you lost in a sea of RVs? Wondering what is the right rig for your family?  Should you ride in style, making lunch on the go,  in a luxurious motorhome, or is a truck more up your alley?  When it’s time to park, do you want that homey, apartment feel, a fifth wheel provides, or do you not mind, putting the kids beds away every morning.
The Motorhome vs. Towable debate is age old and the answer depends on you!
It depends on the size of your family – as towable accommodates more kids with 2 – 3 bedroom layouts.
It depends on your driving style – as a motorhome is a much more comfortable and convenient ride – allowing you to cover much more ground in a single day.
It depends on your length of stay – as a towable has much more living space if you are going to be spending considerable time in between travel days.
It depends on your budget – as towables are much more affordable, but motorhomes maintain their resale value better.
Still confused?  Take the quiz and see what RV best fits your family’s style.

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The Great Wave Lottery

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The Wave. You’ve seen it on screen savers, calendars, post cards, coffee table books, it’s every where! But you have no idea the drama, the suspense, the intrigue that accompanies being one of the lucky few who can see it in person.

Did you know that this protected piece of Navajo Sandstone draws thousands of red earth adventurers every year to the Kanab, Utah Visitors’ Center but only twenty (2-0) hiking permits are issued per day?

Every morning at 8:30 am, a collection of hopeful hikers assemble at the Bureau of Land Management office and fill out applications for the highly coveted golden (or rather green in this case) tickets.

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You can register a max group of 6 hikers in your party, but with only 10 permits allotted daily (the other 10 are awarded to online applicants) your chances of getting permits for a large party are pretty slim.

Day 1, Greg Felty went to the permit office.  He filed the application for our then party of 6, and waited for the 9am drawing (more on that in a minute).  No dice.

Day 2, Pieter Hartog went to the permit office.  He filed the same application and anxiously awaited our number, but again, left without a permit.

There is no weighting system.  Every day you go, you have exactly the same odds as everyone else anxiously biting finger nails and teetering on the edge of their seat.  The man I stood next too in the standing room only room attended the lottery EVERY DAY for THREE YEARS before hitting pay dirt (or should I say sand stone).

Day 3, I volunteered to go.  I left the camper at 8am with Tonia in tow.  Even if we struck out a third time, we’d at least have a lovely mother-daughter breakfast in bustling downtown Kanab.

At this point, two of our hikers needed to drop out as they were moving on, so I filed an application for 4 with a variety of back up scenarios, in the rare case our number was drawn when only 1, 2, or 3 spots remained.

Oh yes!  That can happen.  Depending on how the parties are called, with each roll of the bingo ball, the number of permits are decreased, so in the worst case situation, a party of 6 could be called, when only one permit remains and there could be bloodshed.  This alone, should entice you to at least try for a permit 😉

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So was it “third times a charm” or “three strikes and you’re out” for us?  Based on the attendance in the room, our odds of scoring a spot were 1 out of 112.

At 9:00am, on the dot, the ranger started spinning the balls and drew the first number…

Number 6 was a party of one, an older Asian gentleman.

Spin, spin, spin

and the next number pulled, 4, was OURS!  With 9 permits to spare, and the drop of a ball, we had just scored 4 of the most sought after hiking permits in the South West!

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The next number was for a party of 2 and lastly a party of 3… perfect alignment (no blood shed – but you can’t win ’em all).

And, then came Orientation…

Words, words, words, “death”, “people have died”, “unmarked trail”, “wilderness”, lots of superlatives and more threats of imminent death.

But We Won!  and so, off we’ll go!

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But we want you to come with us!  Be our guest and join us for our through the sandstone and over the dunes to the Wave we will go!  See how we prepare for this once in a lifetime adventure, what other beauty this untamed treasure holds, and how we hold up on this 6 mile journey.

You can follow along, right on this page as the widget below will automatically update, or on Instagram.

Come see one of the rarest formations in the world, from the comfort of your computer (where there is a significantly reduced chance of death).  We’ll pack some extra trail mix for you!

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Roadschool Moms Share their Top 10 Summer RV Destinations

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No matter what your U.S. location, summer is in full swing with long days and starry nights. The Roadschool Moms team hit the pause button on their summer travel to reflect on their top ten favorite destinations in the country visited in their RV. The July 5th episode of Roadschool Moms, now in it’s fourth season, breaks down the highlights of each destination, where they stayed with their families in each location, and the educational opportunities that were found along the way. Here’s a short summary of the Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations (in no particular order):

 

Bar Harbor ME1. Bar Harbor, ME This coastal town is located at the base of Cadillac Mountain and neighboring Acadia National Park. As one of the premiere North American destinations dating back to the 19th century, this area once included a Millionaire’s Row of summer estates belonging to some of the most powerful families in the history of this country. The resources that grew from that network of the rich and famous, are still apparent today in the way of museums, shoppes, and historical points of interest. The nature scene is overflowing with sport opportunities while the discovery of the beautiful surroundings is an event in itself. For more information about Bar Harbor, go to visitmaine.com.

Cody WY2. Cody, WY The natural beauty of Cody, WY, is like no other place on earth. This old west town has all the charm of yesteryear while entertaining all ages of today’s traveler. Home to Buffalo Bill, this area has a multitude of things to see including rodeos, museums, out-west activities, scenic byways, wildlife galore, and all the adventure of the great outdoors. All the details for what to see in Cody, WY can be found at yellowstonecountry.org.

lancaster3. Lancaster, PA Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country offers a wide variety of fun things to see and do in Lancaster County for all ages. Theater productions, tours, museums, amusement parks, covered bridges, and Amish activities are all on the list of favorites from previous visitors. Much of this area moves at a slower pace and centers around traditions from a different time period. Amidst the peaceful scenery in Lancaster, a unique blend of attractions, history, and opportunity to explore exists. Visit lancasterpa.com to begin the journey to a change of pace.

assateague island4. Assateague Island, VA The seashore of Assateague Island reaches 37 miles of pristine, white sandy beach and is considered one of the best beach destinations on the East Coast. Bird watching, kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and the many other outdoor activities are the daily routine of visitors to this area. The wild ponies of Assateague Island travel the beach near Chincoteague, Virginia & Ocean City, Maryland offering a grand history lesson in itself. More facts about beautiful Assateague Island, VA can be found at assateagueisland.com.

seaside5. Seaside, OR If the Oregon coast is on your radar for the summer, make plans to stay in Seaside for bonfires on the beach, beautiful summer sunsets, and more things to do than will fit on your travel calendar. While the beach if the place to play, there are so many other sights to take in such as feeding the seals and wildlife watching. Making a day of it can include exploring the galleries, festivals, coastal lighthouses, historical landmarks, and the many sports made available by Mother Nature. Stop by visittheoregoncoast.com for the scoop on Seaside, OR. And if the Oregon Coast is on your route, be sure to check out the Oregon Coast Lighthouses Study Guide in the Learning Store.

montrose co6. Montrose, CO Exploring the Black Canyon and the natural wonder of the Gunnison River is the center of this charming Colorado attraction. Local art and culture are also a treat while the thrill of nature is abundant with fishing, rafting, rock climbing and the breathtaking beauty of the area. Adventure for all ages can be found easily at coloradoinfo.com.

UP MI7. Michigan Upper Peninsula There are four beautiful seasons to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; however, summer can’t be beat in this area packed full of fun. If outdoor sports on the list of important area amenities, then look no further. Biking, boating, birding, hiking, golfing, and fishing can be enjoyed from sun up until sun down. The UP offers famous lighthouses, museums, historic sights, and even America’s first national seashore. If a trip to Upper Michigan in is sight, keep the calendar open because there is much to enjoy. Check out uptravel.com for more details.

Lake Thief8. Horse Thief Lake, SD In the shadows of Mount Rushmore, the rustic mountain scenery of Horse Thief Lake exists in an area where there is so much to explore, it’s hard to know where to begin! The abundance of family fun available here starts with open roads, preserved nature, world-famous roadside attractions, historic landmarks and so much more. The Black Hills of South Dakota provides the back drop for family memories that will be monumental in the memory books. The best place to begin this top summer destination is at travelsouthdakota.com.

knoxville tn9. Knoxville, TN On the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is one of the country’s perfect summer destinations. As a neighbor to America’s most visited national park, the area offers much to see and do for all ages for as many days or weeks as are available. Here lies a quirky combination of art, music, science, nature, sports, and history that comes together for entertainment opportunity like no other. Museums, historical treasures, and attractions of all kinds make up a list that is hard to pare down when looking at the things to do list of the area. Water sports include everything from serene to extreme on the river that is so much a part of the region. To experience Knoxville, go to tnvacation.com and start making plans.

tybee island10. Tybee Island, GA Less than 20 miles from historic Savannah, GA, lies Tybee Island known as Savannah Beach. An area rich in history and natural beauty, Tybee Island really does have something to offer for everyone of all ages. Exploring the island’s beach, salty marsh, and beautiful southeastern coastline is an amazing combination of nature that provides a backdrop that is best known for birdwatching. The usual opportunities for watersports exist as well as historical points of interest but all come together with a twist of Southern charm not available anywhere else in the country. To put Tybee Island on your summer travel schedule, start out at tybeeisland.com.

Kimberly Travaglino, Fulltime Families founder, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, come together as the Roadschool Moms© team with one of the top educational podcasts available on iTunes. Roadschool Moms airs LIVE every Sunday night at 9 pm EST on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. For more details on Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations, check out the July 5th episode.

Join us for a free webinar to learn about affordable health care solutions for the Fulltime Family

How to Get Health Care on the Road – Free Webinar

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When considering the transition to a full-time RV lifestyle with your family, you may wonder “What will we do for health care on the road?”

In this episode of the “How We Roll” Series, Kimberly and Chris Travaglino, co-founders of Fulltime Families, present viable, affordable options and answer your questions*.

Space is limited, so be sure to set an appointment on your calendar to join us, Monday, May 9th, at 4pm (est) from your pc, mobile device or via the phone.

Topic: HealthCare on the Road
Time: May 9, 2016 4:00 PM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/840789873

Or iPhone one-tap:  16465687788,840789873# or 14157629988,840789873#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 840 789 873
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=PLQBtgWSmSLOm6Ir-IiFtT9H-uXrauWk

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