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Smoky Rocky

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I’ve never been a good cook. I won’t ever pretend that. My parents made everything for me and never taught me how to make anything. I was also very, very picky. When I got married, I was just thrown into being a homemaker. My parents never had me do regular chores, either, so I wasn’t good at those…but let’s save that for another time. As the years of being married have gone by (6.5 years), I certainly have improved with the meals I can cook. After I had my son nearly 4 years ago, I started cooking healthier meals (graduated up from using hamburger helper) and trying new things (I finally ate an actual orange), so my meals started to drastically improve from that point. Aside from the improvemsnts, I am still not am impressive cook, but at least I was comfortable with my abilities.

At the house before the trailer, I would cook regularly and I started to use a cast iron skillet. I used Teflon coated pots and pans, but I really wanted to stop using them. I also had some stainless steel ones that I would use, as well. I had a food processor, a standing mixer, rice cooker, blender, crock pot, and I’m sure a couple other appliances. On Rocky, we brought the rice cooker. All other appliances were sold or went into storage. We bought a convection oven to use instead of the oven built in oven because we didn’t want to eat up all of our propane with cooking. I also brought only the stainless steel pots and pans and two cast iron skillets to rid our household of nasty Teflon. Yay for living an even more chemical-free life!

Except now I feel like I have suddenly gotten ten times worse with cooking. Maybe it is the cast iron skillet or the propane stove that is challenging to adjust, but I now set the smoke detector off multiple times a week. Of course I turn the range hood fan, but it doesn’t seem to work very well. So Rocky gets very…smoky and then the RV gets very noisy. We have to open some windows and the door to try and air out the RV. It’s very frustrating and discouraging. I find myself dreading the use of the range. I want to switch back to non-stick so stuff doesn’t stick and then maybe I will also not have the smoke detector going off. The flame on the range doesn’t really seem to adjust well, either, so I haven’t been able to pinpoint where the problem is coming from.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated with cast iron cooking and RV propane range cooking, too. I know my meals normally aren’t this bad. Something needs to be done! I’ve stopped cooking breakfast and have started eating cereal or muffins instead of eggs and bacon. If you are my friend on facebook, you are then very aware of my love for bacon, so this is very upsetting. Please help!!!

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Pio Pico

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A view of the first RV resort thst we will be staying at.

A couple days ago we bought our membership to the RV Resort that we wild be staying in called Thousand Trails. We got the upgraded membership which allows us to stay at any of the resorts for up to 3 weeks at a time without paying a monthly fee or any fees for electricity or water. The downside is we will be moving every 3 weeks, but the upside is that we will be saving tons of money. To pay for a monthly spot, it would cost $750 a month.

The RV resort is very family oriented. They have a mini golf course, a community center, pools, hot tub, laundry, lounge, playground, and different monthly activities. There is also security so it is a very safe area. There are a lot of people with kids and that do the same thing that we will be doing. Here in San Diego County, there are two different RV resorts through Thousand Trails, so we won’t have to travel far between the two. I think I will enjoy the change.

Pio Pico is the name of the first RV resort thst we will be staying at  we already reserved our stay starting February 14th. That will be our Valentine’s Day – settling in to our new home. Since we are new members, we get 2 free weeks, so we will be able to stay at that resort for 5 weeks straight which will give us plenty of time to settle in.

All of this seems great, right? Except that we feel like we are no where close to being ready! Our house is still a mess and we have many belongings left that we need to sort and purge. We don’t even have the trailer yet! Today we are going to be renting a storage unit and moving things that we are keeping there. Hopefully that will help us feel more optimistic.

Rocky the RV

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Yesterday, we went to the RV dealership to try and get our dream trailer for good price. Our dream trailer is a 2014 Rockwood that was just put of the price range that we wanted, but we just really love that layout and had not found anything comparable. So, we tried one more time to haggle and get a lower price, but they wouldn’t budge. My husband and I decided that we needed that extra living space which is why we decided to go with that one trailer, which is a relief since we would have needed to travel further to find a good RV.

Let me introduce to you to Rocky:

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Large living space that has an electric fire place and a pop-up tv


Electric is a perk since then we won’t have to use up all of our propane for heating.

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Sofa pulls out into a bed. It isn't the softest, so I will most likely be buying some comfy pillows


Both kids will be sleeping with us, so this can be for guests or for if our son wants some space as he gets older. I really hope I can find some comfy alternatives for the couch. It’s a little stiff.

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This is the feature that convinced my husband.


My husband was still on the fence when touring RVs until he saw this layout. He loves the idea of so much floor space because of the two slide outs here, and also having a recliner. Everyone needs a recliner.

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Clearly, there is a lot of room in the living area.

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Lots of drawers and extendable counter

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Microwave and two cabinets


At first, I thought, lots of storage!, but no…there isn’t. I guess when you are looking at so many trailers, though, that two cupboards seems spacious. It’s all relative.

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We love that the chairs can be moved instead of a bench


We will be using a booster for our youngest and it will be nice to be able to pull the chairs in the kitchen for the kids to stand on and help out with things.

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Small sink and medicine cabinet


We really don’t spend that much room in the bathroom. It will be an adjustment to only have one toilet.

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We wish we had a tub


I keep on trying to think of ways to get a tub for the kids to have a bath, but there really isn’t a way. You give and take when you minimize.

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TV mounted to the wall, wardrobe

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Queen sized bed with side tables

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Our roomy wardrobe with drawers


We plan on limiting the amount of clothes we bring, which really won’t be too hard for us since neither one of us are big into fashion. It might be s little challenging with the kids, but we will manage.

Now that we have our trailer, our next step is to limit our belongings. We will be getting a storage unit, but we still don’t want to be wagging around a lot of things that we don’t use. Once our debt is paid off, we will save money to buy nice, new furniture…after we get a house, of course. We’ve already sold our couch and kitchen table plus a couple shelves. We are also giving away a lot of things, too.

Our issue, as a couple, is that we are terribly lazy. Really. It’s a disease. We need to get up and just do it. We have tons of toys and clothes to sort through. I don’t feel like the difficult part will be letting go of our belongings, but actually sorting through all of the junk. So. Much. Stuff.

Full Time Rv Living

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My husband and I have done a lot of thinking and decided that living full time in an RV trailer will be a good decision for us as a family. It wasn’t an easy decision to come to, but considering all the pros and cons, we realized this would be a good adventure for our family.

Currently, we do not have a trailer but we know the style that we want. We saw one with a great sized living area, which we decided to be very important for us.

For now, until we find the perfect trailer for the perfect price, we are minimizing our belongings so the transition will be easier and we won’t have a ton of things in the trailer. We do plan on keeping some in storage, but we are getting rid of a lot of big items that we want to buy new after we are done with this adventure.

More updates to come later. We’re already so busy purging our belongings and it feels so liberating!