June 2019 Financial Update

Now that we are home from our summer road trip I was able to take some time and put together our long past due financial update for June 2019.

You have to love watching the stock market. In my May update, you can it read here, I discussed the old adage of “sell in May and go away” which appeared to have been holding true and even compounded by all of the uncertainty regarding trade wars and tariffs in addition to historical trends. If there is one thing the market hates is uncertainty and it can lead to strong down moves very quickly. Continue reading “June 2019 Financial Update”

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Checking In From The Road – Part 2

Hello again!

Sadly, we are winding down our road trip and will be heading home soon. At the end of a vacation many people say it’s good to be home. We are not those people. While this is a vacation and not exactly what life will be like once we are able to travel full time, it does offer a small glimpse into the future for us.

We have had many great experiences over the last couple of weeks. We have seen an amazing amount of wildlife. We have fished several lakes, streams and rivers. We have hiked on trails and driven our Jeep on others. We have also spent valuable time with family, most importantly with our son. Continue reading “Checking In From The Road – Part 2”

Checking In From The Road

Hello everyone! We are currently in Yellowstone National Park and have had an amazing experience so far!

In just a couple of days we have seen a black bear, a grizzly bear with two cubs, several elk, two moose, deer, beavers and of course bison. We have seen more wildlife this trip that our previous visits to the park combined.

Couple this with our awesome campsite and the natural beauty of the park and surrounding areas and this is turning out to be an excellent adventure.

Due to our remote location I am not able to add photos to this post. However, I have an Instagram feed on my homepage where you can check out some of our photos.

You can also follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/rvonfire/ Somehow Instagram is still available even with a very poor connection.

Thanks to everyone for following us.

It’s Time!!

Hello everyone! After almost 9 months of planning we are finally hitting the road for our Summer road trip.

We will be posting photos on Instagram throughout our journey. Please follow us as we share our experience.

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Summer Road Trip Final Preparations

We are now just a couple of days away from departing on our Summer road trip. The hard work, for the most part, is done. We spent this past weekend stocking up on food and shopping for the last remaining items on our need-to-buy list. Additionally, we spent a day at our RV going over our pre-trip checklist to make sure everything is in good working order and ready to roll. Continue reading “Summer Road Trip Final Preparations”

Vacation Spending And FIRE

As we continue to prepare for our road trip, it is becoming apparent that we are in a tug-o-war between our desire to keep expenses low for this trip and the necessities required to have a great adventure.

We are less than two weeks from our scheduled departure date and our spending has begun to pick up. We have purchased several items off of our needed items list including an infrared temperature gun to measure tire temperatures, a replacement water pressure regulator for the RV and now a new bike rack. The first two items are necessary for safety and preventive measures. The bike rack however was something we debated over and over and ultimately decided to get it. Continue reading “Vacation Spending And FIRE”

Summer Trip Preparations

As we move closer to the departure date for our Summer road trip, we have begun making preparations and getting everything in order.

This isn’t our first go around, but it seems like we almost always forget something. Last time we made the journey to Yellowstone National Park, I forgot my camera of all things. Nothing like going to the most scenic place in the country and not having a camera. I used my phone, but it was no substitute for a professional grade camera. Continue reading “Summer Trip Preparations”

Essentials For Your New RV

I have seen a lot of questions in different forums from new RV owners asking what items are important or must haves before heading out on their first trip. The first trip is always going to have its ups and downs. If you’re lucky, you spend most of your time getting to know your new coach and putting things away how you like them.

However, more often than not, people end up discovering small issues and end up doing some sort of DIY repairs. The experience can range from euphoric to down right frustrating.

Before you go out, it’s good to be prepared to avoid some self-inflicted frustrations. I have compiled a list of some essential and basic items that we use. Some might seem obvious. But we have experienced, seen and heard stories from people that have left home for a trip and in their excitement, forgot basic necessities. Hmmm, I thought I put the new sewer hose in the wet bay! Continue reading “Essentials For Your New RV”

RV & FIRE = PB&J

When I decided to start this blog, it was really on a whim. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and probably still don’t for the most part. All I really knew at the time was that we wanted to work towards living and traveling full time in our RV. We also knew that we needed to achieve FIRE in order to do it so we were not relying on 9-5 jobs to fund our lifestyle.

Now that we are just over a month into our journey it is obvious that FIRE and our dream of life on the road are like a yummy PB&J sandwich. Each part has its own delicious flavor, but when you put the two together, there is just another tasty level that comes out of the combination. Continue reading “RV & FIRE = PB&J”

Champagne Plans On A Beer Budget

As camping season begins, we are contemplating how we are going to manage our budget and still not short change ourselves on the experiences we have planned. Up to this point, we never really took budgets into consideration. When it came to vacations, our attitude was always “we are on vacation, what does finances have to do with it?”

To say I’m a little nervous about the upcoming adventures would be an understatement. We did well on our first test when we went on one of our regular Vegas trips, which you can read about here and here. The real question now is how do we maintain that momentum throughout an entire summer? A summer in which we will have numerous small trips planned to go along with a two week, six state journey. Continue reading “Champagne Plans On A Beer Budget”