Tumblewagon

In 2008, I bought a 1996 Dutchmen Class C RV and, along with my then 7 year old son, hit the road with the idea that we’d live, work and travel full-time out of the old girl for one year. And, we did just that. But instead of going back to a “normal life” when the year was up, I gave the RV away and bought a VW Bus to live in. That was a decade ago, and we still have no plans to stop living the vanlife.

There are 7 posts in Tumblewagon.

Choosing the RV

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the prospect of living in a different city every month or meeting new people every couple of days, exciting enough to allow the actual purchasing of an RV to slip to the┬áback-burners, but eventually, if you want to live in an RV, you’re going to [read it!]

Why We Chose to Find a Class C RV

After much debate and consideration over the size of RV that we should purchase, our family reconciled on a larger model of the Class C variety. One of the largest concerns was that we would need plenty of space if we’re actually going to be living in a vehicle, while I was more concerned about [read it!]

Searching for RVs to Buy

Once you’ve decided on your budget and the type of RV that you want to buy, actually finding vehicles that fit into both categories can become quite the daunting task. We’ve found that there are three primary sources for locating and narrowing down your RV selection. Craigslist This is my preferred stop as Craigslist is [read it!]

Comparing Satellite Internet for RVs

While investigating how we would get the Internet into our laptops and keep the coffers filled, I looked at multiple satellite Internet service providers. Here’s a chart to help you compare these services as well as some information below to fill in any blanks. HughesNet WildBlue Dish Network Equipment Cost $199.99 $249 $199 Monthly Service [read it!]

Wireless Internet Options for Boondockers

There are loads of options for getting the Internet while in your RV, from having your own satellite dish to “borrowing” an open WiFi connection. Some are free and some are quite expensive. Similarly, some are easy and reliable, while other methods rely on luck and hope. Here I’m going to look at two options [read it!]

Comparing Mobile Internet Service through Wireless Carriers

I’ve compared various satellite services in my previous post, now I’ll look at wireless Internet service as provided by wireless (cell phone) carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The key advantage of using these providers — and their “air cards” — is that you just plug them in and, provided you’re in their coverage area, you [read it!]

The Leaving Behind

As our official departure date is looming just two days away, we’ve been knee deep in packing up our life. The amount of stuff that a three person family can accumulate is astounding. Piles of toys, knick knacks, documents and various memorabilia that are just kept in boxes and traded from basement to basement fill [read it!]

Roadside Assistance Required

Today we began our journey, after a long week of packing and 6 long months of planning, saving up enough money and anticipation. The trek began quite stalwartly and we had almost escaped the city of Pittsburgh as we approached the on ramp that would have put us on 376 E to wherever. The RV [read it!]

Chapter One: We’re Still in Pittsburgh

What grand adventure doesn’t begin without a bit of misfortune? And so we found ourselves without home or the means to propel ourselves forward as we checked into the 11th Floor, 21st Room of the Holiday Inn just off Highway 30 and Interstate 376. We managed to find some exotic seafood, the kind that I [read it!]

Major Setbacks of the Transmission Variety

After a week of waiting to find out what exactly was wrong with the RV, we found out today that the transmission is totally shot. No forward, no reverse, nothing. So our first setback is proving to be quite the major one. The tranny will cost about $5000 to fix and will take another week [read it!]

Leaving Pittsburgh, Part 3 of the Neverending Saga

I’m going on nearly a week of living out of this trusty red backpack now, as I make my way through a crispy early morning Shadyside to catch the 500 downtown and back into the Amtrak station’s waiting arms. It’s all considerable fun of course, even the constant consecutive early morning wake ups, all in [read it!]

Death Wishes of a Western Pennsylvanian

“I’ll die up in them woods,” and his face reminds me of so many old friends who might’ve been named Cliff or Rob. He heard me tell the conductor I was headed to Johnstown and so we were destined to sit next to eachother on the Amtrak from Pittsburgh, me to Johnstown. Flood City, he [read it!]

Friday Night Full Moons

We’re getting nice and easily settled in here at Hickory Hollow Campground in the rolling gorgeous hills outside of Somerset, Pennsylvania. If only our camera could capture the nighttime scenery wrapped all around us. A big burning nearly-full moon followed up on the opposite horizon that its brother moon sat behind, and now the softy [read it!]

Somerset County Carnival

Climbing down and crawling up these mountains we found ourselves back on the road today, and the road was curvy windy through cattleyards, them grazing in their apple tree shade, and long and steady like a hot engine uphill. Being in motion is slower these days, but it leaves more time for the mind to [read it!]

Leaving Pittsburgh, Part 4 of the Truly Neverending Saga

The RV's transmission is acting up again. Oh yeah, and we're still in Pittsburgh! So much for this being a year on the road. :) [read it!]