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!!