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RV Inspections – Are They Really Worth It?

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Recently, we asked the question, “3rd Party RV Inspections, Are they really worth it” and the RV Professor, Terry Cooper joined us on a free webinar to share with us the pros, cons and potential income opportunities that RV Inspections provide prospective RV Buyers and Full-Time RVing Families.

NRVIA and the RV INSPECTION CONNECTION have made very generous savings available to Fulltime Families Members on both inspections and the RV Inspector Certification Course.

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Announcing a New Partnership between Fulltime Families and Escapees

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The mission of Fulltime Families is to support the needs of full time / extended time / family rvers and those seeking resources for the full time rving with kids lifestyle choice.

In the past 5+ years, we’ve worked diligently to provide our members with exclusive ftf pricing on the best services and products in the marketplace.  By establishing corporate partnerships with leaders like Thousand Trails, OvernightRVParking.com, Passport America, Time4Learning, as well as small businesses to provide you excellence in Accounting Services, RV Insurance, Photography, we’ve sought to help you make the most of your adventure while saving your time and money. To see the complete list, click on our members’ benefits page.

Last Spring, we rolled out many new membership enhancements,  starting with our partnership with Escapees RV Club.

Escapees has been supporting the needs of RVers since 1978 and they have established an extensive network and support system, including their award winning mail forwarding services.

Fulltime Families has entered into a full reciprocal partnership with Escapees meaning that current and future FtF members will receive a free year of Escapees online membership*.

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Current Fulltime Families Members can take advantage of this offer by calling 888-757-2582 and having their Fulltime Families membership number in hand.  Don’t remember your membership number?  Email me at Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com and I will be able to supply that for you.

Not a Fulltime Families Member yet?  It’s a great time to join, as rates will be going up next week!

Click here to join the premier resource for your full time / part time rv family organization.

*Offer applies to new Escapees members only

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Casting Opportunity for RVing Families in the LA Area

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CASTING
*PAID TV PROMO FOR DESTINATION AMERICA*
SEEKING FAMILIES WHO OWN A RV
(RV MUST BE 2010 or Newer Model and MUST Have The RVIA Seal/Plaque)

SOCAL CASTING COMPANY is seeking RV OWNERS (Must Be 2010 or Newer Model) and
THEIR FAMILIES (prefer kids from 6-15, but don’t limit), any ethnicity,
who are active, fun-loving and find great value in using their RV
(Once again, the RV must be 2010 or Newer and have the RVIA – Recreation Vehicle Industry Association Seal/Plaque)

Whether it’s camping trips, vacations, family bonding time, connecting with
nature, your favorite ghost story, getting out of town or unplugging from the
world around, please come share your passion and RV experiences with us!!!

INTERVIEWS: Saturday/February 6, 2016
SHOOT: February 29 – March 4, 2016 (One Day Only)
Shoot Will Be Late Afternoon Into The Night
Enjoying Family Time Telling Stories Around The Campfire
Pay is $2000.00 per family – all media buyout for one year

For consideration, please email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com
with the following information ASAP:
-Your name and all family member names and ages
-Email and Contact Number
-RV Year, Make and Model
-Pictures of your family, pic of the RV
-Brief 1-2 sentences about your families’ favorite places to go and things to do while RVing
Come Share Your Camping Stories Sitting Around The Campfire
We look forward to hearing your adventures !!!

Interested in more opportunities like this? Complete our simple form to be the first one to hear about casting calls for RVing families.

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Limited Day Passes Released for Sweetheart Soiree

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In an effort to provide families in the vicinity of the rally an opportunity to connect with like minded full-time RVing families, Fulltime Families is offering a limited number of day passes for Saturday 2/13.

Day Pass attendees are invited to arrive at Lazydays at 2:30pm and join in on crafts, games and stay for the Annual Awards Ceremony and Sweetheart Dance immediately following.

Day pass visitors can place an advance pizza purchase (see rally shop for details) and come dance the night away with their new FtF Friends.

The Rally Day Pass grants admission to the Saturday activities from 3pm on which include:

3-4:00 pm  Crafts & Games at the Rally Center

Teens will be led by Claudine Cino for Minute to Win It

Tweens will gather with Bunny Arnold for crafts and games

Middles will meet with Stephanie Simpson for crafts

Littles will meet with Brooke Foster for fun craft activities

 

4:00 pm  Adult Hungry Hippo

Sara Shute will set the stage for a crazy, fun game of adult hungry hippo

 

6:00 pm    Cross-Over FtF Explorers Award Celebration

                 Pizza Party (Pre-Order via Rally Shop)

 

FtF will recognize FtF Explorers for their participation of the 2016 program.

A pizza party will follow. Please bring an item to share for 8-10 people. Family names ending with

A-H :  Please bring a salad.

I-Q:    Please bring a dessert.

R-Z:    Please bring drinks.

 

7:00 pm Sweetheart Dance

The Main Event! A dance will be held in the rally center to celebrate the end of this sweet event. Dress in red, black or white and dance the night away!    Group Photo at 7:15 pm

 

Cost is $10 per person for non FtF Members and $6 per person for current FtF Members.  Tickets are limited and available by pre-order only.

Day Pass hours:

Saturday February 13th: 2:30 pm – 10pm

To purchase your Rally Day Passes visit: http://fulltimefamilies.com/family-reunions/2016-sweetheart-soiree/

Cancellation Policy:  Sorry there is no refunds on day passes. 

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Roadschool Moms Share Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Road

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In the latest episode of their weekly live internet radio show, The Roadschool Moms, Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff shared the tried and true methods of families who have successfully made their full-time RV dreams a reality and established location independent income streams that fund their family’s travel lifestyle.

To learn what these job opportunities are and how you can start generating your stream of income, tune into “Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Road” at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Then remember to mark your calendar and join the Roadschool Moms every Sunday night at 9pm est, from wherever in the world you are to connect with your community and recharge yourself for the week ahead.

love_rsmComing this February on Roadschool Moms, a 4 Part Series on Love!  Don’t miss an episode!

 

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RV Trader & Rand McNally Host “Hit the Road” Sweepstakes

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RVTrader.com partners with Rand McNally on “Hit the Road” sweepstakes for RV enthusiasts

NORFOLK, VA January 11, 2016 — RVTrader.com has partnered with Rand McNally to offer RVers a chance to win the recently introduced Rand McNally Tablet 80, valued at nearly $500. Two lucky contest winners will take home a brand new GPS tablet. This sweepstakes, launched at the beginning of 2016, encourages RVers to “Hit the Road” this year and explore the great outdoors.

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The Rand McNally RV Tablet 80 is an Android tablet with an 8-inch screen and RV-specific navigation. The tablet includes a Road Atlas e-book, an onboard dash cam, and a powered magnetic mount with commercial-grade GPS boost and back-up camera input. It also features trip planning and navigation and allows the user to email and download apps, keeping the traveler connected while on the road. The tablet comes with the RV Trader app, allowing users to shop, search and browse RVs for sale. With the award-winning navigation and features of Rand McNally’s RV GPS devices plus an Android operating system, the new tablet is a must-have for any RVer.

“The RV industry continues to see tremendous growth as we roll into 2016,” said Christine Knapp, partnership & affiliate marketing manager for RVTrader.com. “We want to spread the word to outdoor enthusiasts everywhere that RVing is affordable and fun, and this is the year to hit the road. We hope this promotion allows RVers to take the next step in researching, finding and exploring the country this year in their new RV.”

The “Hit the Road” Sweepstakes begins at 9 am Eastern Time on January 4, 2016 and ends at midnight Eastern Time on January 31, 2016. Winners will be selected by random drawing on or around February 14, 2016. To participate in the “Hit The Road” sweepstakes, visit http://www.rvtrader.com/research/resources/contest and complete the online entry form.

About RV Trader
RVTrader.com is the premier online classifieds website for buying and selling RVs. Over 145,000 new and pre-owned recreation vehicles are available from dealers and private sellers across the country. With more than 2.5 million visitors every month, RV Trader is the perfect place to search, shop and sell RVs. RV Trader.com offers dealers a comprehensive suite of digital marketing products to help them advertise their products to potential buyers across all devices. Find your dream RV today on RVTrader.com!

About Rand McNally
Rand McNally is the country’s most trusted source for maps, navigation, and travel content. Products and services include: America’s #1 Road Atlas; IntelliRoute® truck routing software; TND™ truck GPS; HD 100 E-Log devices; TPC 7600 and TND™ 760 mobile fleet management solutions; RVND™ GPS for RVers; and leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom. Learn more at randmcnally.com.

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Winner Announced in the Favorite 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Picture

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The Grand Prize Winner has been announced in the 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Contest.
By gathering the most votes, @boondockedmedia, Dana Haines has won the Grand Prize which includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a bag of swag from Go RVing!
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Here are the finalists:
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 Thank you for all that submitted Instagram Pics and participated in the contest.  There is a lot of joy in RVing and so many of you did a great job of capturing and spreading it!!!
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This promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

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Top 3 Tax Deductions Fulltime RVing Families May Be Missing

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I have participated in many discussions in the Fulltime Families Facebook group, and the most common types of tax questions that pop up involve questions over deductions…what is deductible, what is not, specifically in the context of the fulltime RVing lifestyle.  So as a guest on the Fulltime Families blog, I thought I’d tackle 3 of the most common, most aggressive tax deductions people ask about.

To hear the entire interview with Leah Johnson, CPA and the Roadschool Moms, click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/tackle-tax-time-for-the-rv-lifestyle/

Can I deduct the cost of my RV?

For most fulltime RVers living in their RV as their primary personal residence, the full cost of their rig is generally not going to be deductible.  Some have tried to take a home office deduction for a portion of their RV, but the IRS has a strict “regular and exclusive use” rule for any portion of a home being deducted as a home office, and it is difficult if not impossible to meet this requirement while living in an RV as your primary residence (see IRS home office guidelines here: https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Home-Office-Deduction; also see this tax court case where an RVer’s home office deduction was disallowed: http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/InOpHistoric/dunfordmemo.gustafson.TCM.WPD.pdf).  If you financed your RV, you may be able to deduct the interest on your loan.  You also may be able to deduct the personal property taxes you pay to your state for registration of your RV and your tow or towed vehicle.  And in the year you purchase your RV, it may be beneficial to deduct the sales tax you paid upon purchase.  If you make special adaptations or purchase equipment for your RV that is primarily or exclusively used for business purposes (such as a wifi booster, work desk, office chair, computer equipment, etc.), this may also be deductible.

 

Can I deduct my travel expenses?

Travel away from one’s “tax home” may be deductible.  The question of where a fulltime RVer’s tax home is can be a challenge to answer, though.  For most fulltime RVers who do not have a “home base” (i.e. a second home somewhere that they check in with regularly where living expenses are being duplicated), they are considered what the IRS calls “itinerant.”  Itinerants do not by definition travel away from home because their home goes with them where they go.  There may be exceptions depending on your unique situation.  If you do plan to deduct travel expenses, it is important to keep a detailed, written log of your miles traveled (the IRS will ask to see it if you’re audited!).  To read more about deductible travel expenses and record keeping requirements, see https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p463.pdf.

 

Can I deduct my campground fees?

This question is somewhat related to the previous one.  If you can’t prove you’re traveling away from your tax home, then in general, your lodging (i.e. campsite fees) is not going to be deductible.  If you can demonstrate you are traveling away from your tax home, then it may be possible to deduct some or all of your lodging expenses.

To hear the entire interview with Leah Johnson, CPA and the Roadschool Moms, click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/tackle-tax-time-for-the-rv-lifestyle/

In conclusion

In my experience, fulltime RVers really do not get any special tax treatment compared to those living in “sticks and bricks.”  If the RV is your primary personal residence, treat it as such, and enjoy the financial savings you reap by not maintaining a second residence while you travel.  Aggressively attempting to write off expenses which are truly personal in nature won’t be worth it in the case of an audit.  For those who own their own business, there may be more gray area.  If yours is a special or complex situation, it would be a worthy investment to work with a qualified tax preparer who can take your unique set of facts and correctly interpret and apply the tax code to your situation.  Remember that you are ultimately responsible for the numbers that are reported on your return, so it’s important to work with a professional who will be fair but not overly aggressive.  Be sure to keep good, organized records so that you may take every deduction to which you are legally entitled to take.

1Leah Johnson (http://www.leahjohnsoncpa.com/) graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and soon after obtained her CPA license.  She has extensive experience in both the private and public accounting sectors.  Leah is an expert in taxation and is passionate about providing personalized, timely service with a high attention to detail for her clients.  Together with her husband, Steven Johnson, they comprise the “Leah Johnson, CPA” team, providing specialized tax, consulting, and bookkeeping services to a variety of clients, including several fulltime RVer clients.  Leah Johnson, CPA is a paperless firm and serves clients completely remotely, making them an ideal firm for those who are comfortable leveraging technology and those with a traveling lifestyle.  Leah, Steven, and their toddler son have been fulltime RVers themselves since June 2015

EXCLUSIVE FtF MEMBER OFFER: Current FtF Members, provide your FtF membership number at the time of your initial consultation for a $25 discount to be applied against your first invoice for services.

 

 

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RVing in Cold Winter Weather – Guest Post by Ryan Cornmesser

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With winter being upon us and things freezing (it was 4 here in PA this morning), I wanted to share some winter tips for you full timers who might be new to this.
First things first, most newer and even a lot of older trailers and 5ers have dual tanks, and you can leave both tanks open and it auto switches. DO NOT do this. In the middle of the night it your heat will drain both tanks and you will woke up frozen with no way to get warm. Instead, only open one tank that way if it runs out you can just go switch the to other and refill the empty one. I will even keep a spare tank handy in the winter just in case. If you are going to be gone from your rig all day, check your tanks before you leave. Coming home to frozen pipes or pets is no fun.
I recommend getting online or go to a truck stop and get thermometer with an alarm. Set it to like 40 degrees or something. That way in the middle of the night when propane runs out, the alarm will sound, you can get up and turn on the still full tank and save everything from freezing.
If you are parked for a long time, skirt the bottom of you rig with something to keep the cold air out from under it. Styrofoam insulation and 1×1″ is cheap at any hard ware store. This will keep your rig warmer and pipes warmer.
For your city water supply, you can use heat tape and insulation on your hose, but be careful, stuff can melt. I instead recommend spending the money on a hose that has the heat strip built in. They seem expensive, but they are well worth the investment.
Throw rugs are cheap and easy way to keep your toes comfy in the cold months.
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We insulate our windows, but this can cause a cave like atmosphere. So we usually cover them at night and open them during the day to pull some solar heat in.
Be prepared for an over load of moisture. We keep our roof vent cracked open and you may find you might need a small dehumidifier. In the winter months moisture will build quickly and cause mildew or mold. Keep buckets of damp rid stashed in bathrooms and kitchen. Use your bath room and kitchen fans when showering or cooking to help reduce the influx of moisture. Keep an eye on walls, especially around furniture and mattresses where moisture can become trapped.
Be extremely careful for electric heaters and fireplaces.  You may have 50amp breakers in you rig, but only 15amp power outlets.  The wiring in many RVs was never meant for that kind of stress. Some older rigs actually have aluminum wiring which can melt with current over load. We personally have had an outlet melt but it never tripped a breaker.  If we want to augment our heat while parked, we use a heavy duty extension cord slid out thru the gasket of our slide out and plugged into the shore power box.  We do no plug it into an outlet in the trailer.  And this goes without saying, but always use caution in the small space.  Fires can happen fast if you or your young ones are careless with a heater.    DO NOT use a kerosene heater.  There is no where for the fumes to go and you could suffocate.  ALWAYS REMEMBER that in most RVs the pipes and under belly are warmed by the propane furnace, so if you are running electric heat it will make the furnace not run as much which could lead to frozen pipes and sad campers.


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Keep a heat gun and bottled water handy. At some point, your pipes will probably freeze. Newer rvs use pex pipe and it can withstand a certain amount of abuse. Old rigs used copper pipe and will crack if frozen. Learn your rig, learn where the pipes go and what they are made of just in case. Our rig is fully insulated and the pipes still froze. I found out the pipe had rubbed a hole in the insulation while driving. I was able to fix it since I knew where the pipe ran.
Watch for ice and snow build up on the roof and slide outs. While it’s never happened to us personally, I have heard of some campers having the roof collapse from an overload of snow. Remember that most roofs are just rubber, so don’t try to shovel it off or you may damage roof. And be careful if you are up on it, they get very slippery.
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Check on things constantly as temperature drops, you can catch things before they happen if you pay attention.
ABOVE ALL, be safe and maintain a positive attitude, even in a bad situation. That can be the difference between having an adventure, and just being miserable.
* some images pulled from google images and copyright belongs to their respective owners.
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Ryan Cornmesser is the owner of New Ideas Co. whose work takes him all over the country with his wife and children and dog.
The family run business is computer repair, networking, security, phones, and custom stickers and t-shirts, as well as radio control parts and accessories for the RC hobby with the whole family lending a hand.
While traveling he and his family always try to lend a hand whenever possible to other.
Ryan blogs about his experiences on http://travelingtek.com

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Meetup in Austin, TX – You’re Invited!

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Fulltime Families & Ditching Suburbia Meetup in Austin, TX

Dreamers – Meet Doers.

Think about ditching the suburbs? Meet families currently fulltiming in their RVs – living on the road and schooling their kids along the way.

Currently a Fulltime Family? Other families would love to know what life on the road is like – tell them your stories!

Wonder what it’s like to go back to the suburbs? Meet some folks who’ve done that as well!

Cost?

Free!

We’re just asking you sign up so we have a better idea of the size and makeup of the group coming.

Date?

17th January 2016.

Time?

We’ll be there starting around 10:30AM.

Potluck eating starts at 12:00.

Stay until..whenever!

Where?

Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749.

The park has playgrounds, trails, ballcourts and more. We have a ‘just down the street’ backup location in case of inclement weather (we’ll announce that if the forecast looks unfavorable).

What to Bring?

  • Drinks
  • Dish to pass
  • Chairs
  • Outdoor games & sporting equipment
  • Stories
  • Questions

What To Get?

We’ll have a small giveaway of fun prizes:

Tickets

  • Select 1 ticket per family.
  • In the ‘special requirements’ field let us know your family structure (2 adults/4 kids) etc.

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On the following page use the ‘Organization’ Field to let us know your blog/road name (ie ‘DitchingSuburbia’).

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