About Us

Janet and Paul Stearns

Why we sold our house and moved into our RV

Today we officially said “good-bye” to our sticks-and-bricks house and “hello” to full-time RV living.

How we got to today

It was a long journey of observation, discovery, self-reflection, and math (sorry, warning, there is math ahead) to get to today. We began like most newly married couples. Paul and I were excited to build our lives together and began in the traditional way by getting a puppy and buying a new home.

What it’s really like to get rid of all your stuff

If you’ve read my post on why we sold our house and moved into our RV, you’ll know that I had so much fun decorating our home during the 5 years we lived there. When it came time to downsize, I wondered how we would handle giving up literally everything, all those things we bought for the house. Would we really be able to do it? Or would we wind up with a gigantic storage unit?

Obsessed with Aqua!

20-retro-aqua-Items-for-your-RV-kitchenWhen we put the deposit down on our first RV, my next goal was to begin accessorizing! I wanted our RV to have a cool, retro vibe, as I am a huge fan of midcentury modern design and the RV lifestyle undeniably has a very midcentury, Great American Roadtrip feel about it. I knew we would not make many mods to this RV, so accessorizing to bring in that retro feel was important.

Tifton KOA, yes please!

It is almost impossible to read reviews on RV parks and get a sense of what it’s really like. As new RV’ers, some of the things we are concerned with are ease of overnight stop-over parking, good hook-ups, safety, and well, nice would be well, nice! It’s my goal to list all the places we stay and give you a review of our actual spot to help you make your travel planning easier.

Our stay at Unicoi Campsites

Greetings from spot 28 on the Big Brook Spur at Unicoi State Park & Lodge! Campsite Review Private, wooded and quiet! Spot Review Spot 28 is a full hookup site just one spot from the end of the street on Big Bend Spur. No neighbors on the front or...

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Zen and the art of dog parks – Macon Dog Park

When we travel, one of the first things I research are dog parks along our route. After several hours on the road, it’s a big plus for us to find a dog park we can stop at to let Kalani & Tikaa run off some energy.

 

When we’re at our home in Orlando, FL, Kalani & Tikaa visit our neighborhood dog park every day (luckily, it’s only 2 blocks from our house). They love to meet up and interact with all their friends at the neighborhood park and they enjoy meeting new friends and sniffing out new smells at dog parks all over the country.

 

Lessons learned on humidity in an RV

RV camping in Key West almost ended our RV wanderlust! It was just so hot and humid in the RV, we seriously considered packing up and going home.  Was there something wrong with our AC? Canary was going crazy all weekend telling us that temperatures...

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Why we chose the White Canary to guard our RV

Let’s face it, Sara Lance is one badass woman who protects her family and friends at all costs. Who wouldn’t want the White Canary to protect their RV?

Meanwhile back in reality… our white canary is a bit less sexy but just as much of a badass.

Canary All-in-One Indoor 1080p HD Security Camera

  • Built-in siren – the Canary Cry!
  • Climate monitor
  • Air quality alerts
  • Motion detection
  • Person detection
  • Video captures motion and sound
  • Sends alerts and videos to your smartphone

What we paid for our RV

I’ve looked all over the internet for anyone who was sharing their actual RV purchase price numbers. I couldn’t find a single blog or forum post anywhere. There are plenty of articles on negotiating tips and the best time to buy, but not one that I could find has ever posted what they actually paid. Why is that? We have so many resources these days for car buying and what you can expect to pay, why no transparency in RV buying?