OUR RV TOUR + It’s for sale!


As I write this, I have so many mixed emotions. I didn’t think that when I finally posted about our RV tour, that we would also be selling it. Life is crazy sometimes isn’t it? Before listing all of the specs and other details, let’s go on a tour shall we? You can also watch our RV tour video if you prefer to see it that way. Yes it’s from Christmas, don’t judge me. đŸ˜‰

We are firm believers in starting with what you already have, which is why we went with a Forest River 263BHXL. We already had the truck, so that helped narrow down what RV we could tow with it. This is the PERFECT entry level rig because it’s not overwhelmingly large, can be towed by a half ton truck, and has a lot of the conveniences more expensive rigs have. However, our kids are getting bigger, and we are wanting to switch to something that can grow with our family.

On to the tour! There are two entrances, which is nice! One enters into the main living area and the other goes straight to the bathroom, which helps minimize tracking dirt throughout the whole RV when needing to get to the bathroom.

We hang our jackets and hats on the hooks on the door, and also have a cute little wall organizer for campground brochures, National Park maps, etc.

Full time family RV Tour
Full time family RV Tour
Super cute wooden map from Citizen Home Decor

If you are looking to make curtains for your RV, check out how we made these curtains for $10!

Full time family RV Tour

It has a sleeper sofa, and a U-shaped dinette that also converts into a bed. We have had many movie nights here!

Full time family RV Tour

The master is equipped with a queen size bed, a closet on each side, and extra storage space on top. We will more than likely be removing the wall paper headboard, and let whoever owns it next choose what they want to put up there!

Full time family RV Tour
Full time family RV Tour
Full time family RV Tour

Let’s move on to the kitchen! One of my favorite parts about this RV is the pantry. For a family of five, space to store food is a necessity! In the RV tour video I walk you through it all and show you how we store all of our food, pots and pans, cooking utensils, etc.

Full time family RV Tour

Lastly, is the bathroom, and of course the kids bunks! They are nice and big, and the kids can actually sit up in the top bunk which is huge. We hung a curtain for privacy and it has worked out perfectly!

Full time family RV Tour
Full time family RV Tour
Full time family RV Tour

This is so bittersweet for our family, but we are so excited for the next family that gets to make memories together in here!

Season 1: Our West Coast RV Route

I know I know, it has been a long time since we updated the blog. So hello if you are new here, and hey again if you have been following us since the beginning! We seriously appreciate each of you! I had all the amazing plans to keep this blog updated as we go, but man keeping up with RV life and trying to keep the blog updated is a challenge to say the least! However, we have documented our journey on YouTube if you haven’t seen Season 1 yet, and we always put where we stayed in the description box.

This season was all about finding our travel style, learning ALL. THE. TIME. and enjoying this new found time together as a family. So without further ado, here is our Season 1 West Coast Route and where we stayed. Keep in mind we did about ZERO planning or booking ahead. We usually pull up Campendium and search, however we just got a Thousand Trails camping pass so we will see how that goes. It was definitely one crazy adventure. Also, can we talk about how the route is in the shape of a heart? Mostly because we had to drive to a major city when we were having our generator issues! Did not do that on purpose, but it is so fitting!

Season 1 West Coast RV Route
Surprise, AZKathleen’s Mom’s House
Grand Canyon National ParkDesert View Campground
Page, AZHorseshoe Bend
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National
South Rim Campground
Montrose, COJellystone
Central City, COColumbine Campground
Badlands, SDNomad View Dispersed
Custer, SDFrench Creek RV Park
Sheridan, WYWalmart
Gardiner, MTYellowstone RV Park
Yellowstone National ParkMammoth Hot Springs
Kelly, WY Gros Ventre Campground
Salt Lake City, UT Antelope Island State Park
Salt Lake City, UTKOA
 Bruneau, IDBruneau Dunes State Park
Stanley, IDMountain Village Resort
Bruneau, IDBruneau Dunes State Park
La Grande, ORGrande Hot Springs RV Resort
Portland, ORJantzen Beach RV Park
Tillamook, ORBlue Heron Cheese Company
Tillamook, ORPort of Tillamook Bay RV Park
Colusa, CAColusa Casino
Coarsegold, CAYosemite RV Resort
San Clemente, CASan Mateo Campground
Surprise, AZKathleen’s Mom’s House

Since we decided to go through Southern CA, Phoenix was the next stop that made sense so we stopped and stayed at our home base for a couple weeks before heading to the Balloon Fiesta. Here is our route we took before heading back out for Season 2!

Flagstaff, AZTwin Arrows Casino
Albuquerque, NMFulltime Families Rally
Alamogordo, NMBoot Hill RV Park
Surprise, AZKathleen’s Mom’s House

How to Install Curtains in Your RV for Under $10

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When we got our RV I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was make it feel more like home. Unfortunately, most RVs still come with those dreaded valances (sorry if you love them they just aren’t my favorite!). At first we were going to refinish them with fabric but once we took them off I loved how much light was coming in. So we decided to attempt putting up curtains. Want to watch the video? Scroll to the end!

The first thing we did was take the valances off. Now, if you are new to RV life, this screwdriver will become your best friend. It’s called a Robertson screwdriver and has a square tip on it. I don’t know why they use them, but they do!

There are obviously holes where the valances were, so you could fill those in if you wanted. We didn’t do this since the curtains are covering them. We wanted to keep our roller shades, but the curtain rod didn’t have enough clearance to be able to pull them down so we used a piece of wood to add more space.

My husband just used scrap pieces of wood and painted them white to make them blend in more and screwed the curtain hardware to it. We used two curtain rods from Walmart that are $2.97 and two packs of rings that were $.98. RV curtains for less than $10!!

Buying Our RV | Deciding between a Travel Trailer Vs. Fifth Wheel

Let’s be real. Starting the RV buying process is extremely overwhelming. Travel trailers, fifth wheels, Class A’s…oh my! Where do you even start? First, let’s start off by defining what each of them mean. (Want to see all of this in video form? Skip to the video at the end or click here!)

Travel Trailer: a towable RV, has all the conveniences of home, including a kitchen, dining area, bathroom and storage. Often called a “bumper pull.”

Fifth wheel: The fifth wheel travel trailer can have the same amenities as the conventional travel trailer, but is constructed with a raised forward section that provides a spacious bi-level floor plan. These models are designed to be towed by a pickup truck equipped with a device known as a fifth-wheel hitch.

Class A/B/C: Class A motorhomes are built using a very strong, heavy-duty frame. These frames are built on either a commercial bus chassis, a commercial truck chassis, or a motor vehicle chassis. From the outside, the Class B motorhome looks very much like an oversized van. They are also commonly known as camper vans. The Class C motorhome is the compromise between the Class A and the Class B. They are built with a cabin chassis.

For the purpose of this post, we will be talking about travel trailers and fifth wheels. The hitch defines the most basic difference between a travel trailer and a fifth-wheel trailer. A travel trailer attaches to the bumper of the towing vehicle with a ball-and-coupler hitch; a fifth-wheel trailer connects to the bed of a truck using a jaw hitch.

A few things we considered when deciding what RV to buy:

  1. What do we already own? The easiest way to avoid overwhelm is to start with what you have. Instead of waiting to get the “perfect” RV, start where you are. For example, we already owned a 1/2 ton truck, so we knew we were limited to a bumper pull travel trailer. That narrowed down our options and made things A LOT easier. Keep in mind most fifth wheels need to be towed by at least a 3/4 ton truck.
  2. New VS Older RV. We considered remodeling an older RV, but we didn’t have a lot of time to work on it and also wanted the peace of mind with buying new. This is all personal preference and what you and your family want to spend. Remember you want to have fun on the road, and not be worried about affording your rig!
  3. How many people will be in the RV and what are their ages? We are a family of 5 with 2 small kids and an older daughter so bunks were a must. Most RVs have sleeper sofas and other places for extra people to sleep. Our 1 year old sleeps in this travel bed (affiliate link) and we have loved it! If it is just two of you, the sky is really the limit when it comes to choosing a trailer it just depends on your travel style.
  4. What are your RV goals? Do you want to visit all the National Parks or boondock (dry camp) or want full hookups every day? Many National Parks have length restrictions so if that is important to you, make sure you buy an RV that doesn’t restrict you.
  5. Walk through different types of RVs! We visited lots of RV shows and walked through a bunch of different RVs. This helps to get a better feel for each model and what layout works best for your family.

We are not experts, but this is what helped us. We ended up purchasing a Forest River 263BHXL. I hope that this helps and gives you a better idea about how to go about this huge (but AMAZING) decision. Happy travels!