Earlier this week we started our journey into full time travel. Even though we have been living in the RV for over three years now, it was only a few months out of the year we would actually travel, but this past Monday we officially kicked things off by traveling to Golden, CO where we will spend the next few weeks.
Our journey got off to rocky start. Our originally plan was to spend three days traveling to Golden, but the night before we were supposed to leave the power steering went out in the truck. We didn’t let it gets us down though, we had the truck towed to a shop close by, and waited until it got fixed, which as around noon on Monday.
As soon as the truck was finished we hit the road and drove as far as we could. We made it about 6 hours before stopping for the night, and completed the rest of the journey to Golden the next day, but it wasn’t without incident!
We had TWO tire blowouts on the way, and the second time we were only 5 minutes away from the RV park. Thankfully we had replaced the blown tire first chance we got. We knew from past experience that multiple blowouts can occur, and are not uncommon. I’m actually getting pretty good at changing RV tires. The second blowout I probably got changed in about 20 minutes.
Despite the rough start, we are super happy to be parked in Golden, CO for the next few weeks. The weather is amazing, and we are starting new routines. Kristy and I are both working our own businesses, so we now alternate mornings to work, and I keep the option open to work in the afternoon on days she works in the morning. This way, we always have some afternoon time free to do fun things, like hike and explore the city we are staying in.
The new rhythms are a welcomed change, but are also taking some getting used to. I’m learning to be more effective with my time through this process, as is Kristy. The kids also seem to be enjoying getting to spend more time with dad.
While, this is still completely new to us, we are keeping an open mind and being flexible for potential changes and adjustments to life. We are very excited about the new direction we are headed, and can’t wait to share the journey with you.
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Rene & JimAugust 27, 2018 at 3:47 pm
Wheeee! So happy to hear this guys, congrats! Maybe we can meet up, Jim and I will be in Fort Collins from mid-September through early October, then headed to the San Juans for a last Colorado hurrah this year.
Meanwhile about those blowouts…have you guys been professionally weighed yet? That number of blowouts is unusual, I would seriously consider going to the Escapees park in Congress AZ if you’re working your way west. They do professional weighing and can tell you if your rig is overloaded. It made a HUGE difference for us when we finally did it.
Also, one more thing: do you have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System? If not, get one. Like yesterday. I can’t believe we drove 10 years without one. A blowout can do major, expensive damage to the rig, and the TPMS prevents that from happening. See our latest blog posts for more details or email me, I’m happy to talk about our experiences with it.
Happy travels and big CONGRATS!!!
freedomintowSeptember 19, 2018 at 11:33 am
Hey Rene, I can’t believe I’m just now seeing this. We actually just left and came back to Texas. We will be here for a few months before heading out west, so maybe we will stop at the Escapees park in AZ. We did weight the RV when we first got the new one. We were within our limits, but I have no idea how we did in terms of weight distribution on each side of the rig. Something was going on though because tire wear was more on the front right tire.
We did just get TireMinder and also replaced all our tires with GoodYear E rated tires. Hopefully we will connect on the road sometime soon.