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Dana Ticknor

Dana Ticknor and her husband, along with their tribe of 8 gypsy kids (they also have 4 more grown and flown) have been calling the road home for seven years. Traveling with a highly modified toy hauler, their passions are discovering local history and culture, as well as volunteering with disaster relief efforts across the country. You can follow their journey at, where they write about fulltime RVing and the family friendly destinations they discover during their travels.

Disaster relief: RVing to make a difference

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While we wouldn't change how we spent that first year as fulltimers, we did not want to raise our kids to think that life was one big vacation. Even though our RV lifestyle may be laid back, we didn't want our children's work ethics to be.

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Shipshewana, Ind.: More than buggies and RVs

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While our family unanimously decided that our five-day trip to this charming area was not long enough to discover all that Shipshewana offers for RV travelers. If you can block off a week to block out the world, Shipshewana promises to deliver an intriguing, family friendly, and relaxing visit.

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Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail lives up to its reputation

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Last week, we found a fabulous scenic route that shows off the culture and uniqueness of southwestern Louisiana. Called the Creole Nature Trail, this 108-mile loop is a National Scenic Byway, and one of the mere 48 that have earned the elite designation of an "All-American Road."

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Food for any occasion or situation

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Incorporating long-term and bulk food storage into your RV lifestyle is possible with a little awareness and effort. It is of great peace of mind to know that you will not need to rely on getting to the grocery store in a emergency, pay high small-town prices when camping, or even run out of food should you just not want to go shopping!

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Gators galore at Big Cypress National Preserve

Why Big Cypress National Preserve is an excellent RVing destination!

We had intended on just taking a peek at Big Cypress on our way through to the Everglades. But, we ended up loving the preserve, and just took a couple of day trips to the Everglades and spent the majority of our two weeks exploring Big Cypress.

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Corpus Christi — The gateway to Padre Island

There is so much to see and do in Corpus Christi!

For many RVers, the journey from the frigid north to the sunny south is a quick, blinders-on run for the Rio Grande Valley, but there are several destinations along the way that are also worthy of exploration, even of spending the season! Corpus Christi, just two hours north-northeast of the valley, is one of those areas.

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Prepping your kitchen for dry camping

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Over the years we have learned a few tips that make it easier for our larger-than-average family to last two weeks in a remote location without having to leave camp to restock supplies. Here are a couple of my favorite ways we utilize our RV kitchen space to better accommodate perishables and cold items. Many of these apply if you just have a tendency to over purchase at the grocery store, too.

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Fredericksburg, Texas — German flavor in Hill Country

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Founded in 1846, and settled by immigrants overflowing from nearby New Braunfels, Fredericksburg is steeped in a rich German heritage which is dominant in their style of buildings, celebration of festivals, and offerings of authentic restaurant fare. With all of the engaging activities, enjoyable stops, palate-pleasing foodie ops, and the welcoming atmosphere of the locals, we think that it will quickly become a favorite of yours as well.

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Artsy population meets rich western heritage in Oklahoma City


Oklahoma City may be a major metropolis, with a vast artsy population, but it still retains a rich western heritage culture that extends from prior to the plains land run to beyond the oil boom. It's a great destination stop, or even a layover on your way south in the fall, or north in the spring. OKC has so much to offer travelers, whether you are a family on a roadtrip, fulltime RVers, or winter Texans!

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Top 10 tips for seeking RV warranty work

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We recently took our new fifth wheel in for warranty work. Even though we have heard many horror stories of shop visits gone bad, I naively thought that if I crossed all my Ts, dotted all my Is, and was involved in the process, including great communication, that surely our repair visit would be a positive experience. I was wrong.

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Helena — Montana’s gateway to adventure

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(July 5, 2015) -- This city of approximately 60,000 people is nestled in a valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the western region of the state. Located halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, and surrounded by mountains and lakes, Helena is a choice destination for active RVers, whether their interests are nature, history, or just experiencing new people and places.

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