2019 Best EATS !

We’ve been at this for more than ten years now (WOW, right?!?) and along the way we’ve seen restaurants come and go. It’s always sad to head for a restaurant we’ve enjoyed in the past only to find it gone. This past year we looked forward to the Asada Omelet at Main Stop Restaurant in Kittitas, Washington (see last year’s post for an image). “This is the exit,” I said, and Bob made the turn. We found a place to park but ended up staring not at the side of the restaurant but the side of an irrigation business.

When we return to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bob’s Cafe has always been our go-to place for their amazing broasted chicken and a coleslaw unlike any other. Well, they’d moved since the last time we were in town, and though they swore their recipes moved with them nothing tasted as good in the shiny new place as they did in the old dive, and despite now being called Cluckin’ Good Chicken.

Sometimes disappointments like these lead us to find other restaurants, which quickly become favorites. Read on to see our tried-and-true favorites plus some new discoveries. Are any of them familiar to you? Have a better suggestion for a place in one of the towns mentioned? We’d love your comments!

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If You Don’t Like the Neighbors…

…you can always move when you’re a full-time RVer. Right?

Not so fast.

Yep, we hear it all the time: One of the beauties of living full-time on the road is if you don’t like your neighbors you can move.

In theory, that sounds great. Continue reading

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No Vacation

Full-time RVers know this is no vacation, despite how many times people say they want to do this because “it would be great to always be on vacation.”

We once thought that, too. “Ah! We’ll travel where we want, when we want… if we don’t like the neighbors we’ll just move….”

Well, that’s mostly true. I’ve already blogged about how making reservations is now the only way you can be sure to be where you want, when you want. Oregon Coast in the summer? You’d better book a year early. National Park when kids are out of school? Same thing. Winters in Yuma? Yep. Make that reservation.

But there’s another reason the “Go where you want, when you want” mantra is a myth: Continue reading

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Something a Little Different

Can you believe we’re entering our 11th year of full-time RVing?!?

We can’t, either.

In a way, seems like we’re just getting the hang of it. On the other hand, it feels as though we’ve never done anything except travel the highways and byways…!

And although we have found a groove — visiting Pahrump, Nevada, in the fall and spring…

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Marking Places Off the List

Full-time RVers have all kinds of lists — take-down, set-up, favorite routes and restaurants, where to stay or avoid — and we’re no different. Lately we’ve started a new one.

When we started full-time RVing, we talked about how our travels would help us narrow down the places where we could eventually settle when the time came to “come off the road,” as we full-timers call it.

In various towns and states we scope out the real estate ads and brochures, and have even called a few real estate agents to see some houses. We walk through houses that — even with only a couple of bedrooms — seem huge compared to our cozy home on wheels. Even “tiny” kitchens don’t seem very small to us anymore. We’ve looked at houses with walk-in showers big enough to fit our entire RV bedroom inside. Continue reading

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Advantages of a Full-Time Lifestyle

After my last few posts about some of the challenges full-time RVers face, you might think I’m burned out, that I’ve gone negative on the whole experience.

Not true. I’m just trying to be realistic.

Those “Go RVing” ads showing happy families on a riverbank with a cozy campfire, their RV sitting lit up in an otherwise dark woods, are mostly lies. Continue reading

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The Washing Machine Adventure, Continued…

In our last installment of the Great Washing Machine Adventure (see previous post), I described the challenges we ran into while trying to find a replacement for a washing machine for our fifth wheel. After a week or more of research, shopping, and a lot of phone calls to line up someone to install the washer, we thought we were set.

Remember, all of this is to remind everyone thinking of trading a sticks-and-bricks house for an RV that THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. “If you ain’t fixin, you ain’t RVin,” goes the saying, but a lot of people, hearing it, say, “Well, if you have a sticks-and-bricks house, you’d be fixing things all the time, too.”

But it’s not the same thing. Take getting a new washing machine. If you have a sticks-and-bricks house, you can walk into an appliance store, pick out one you want, have it delivered and installed.

Picking out an appliance for an RV and getting it delivered and installed is another matter entirely. Continue reading

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Not Your Average Home

When we talk to people who are thinking of taking on the full-time RV lifestyle, we tell them the one thing we weren’t expecting: that Bob wasn’t really retiring but was going from one job to another.

“If you ain’t fixin, you ain’t RVin,” wasn’t a motto we’d heard before we were in full-timing up to our broken Fantastic Fan and furnace, leaky shower and sink…. and those were the days *before* the quality of RVs generally took a tailspin.

“Well, if you had a sticks-and-bricks house, you’d still have to fix the furnace, patch leaks, make repairs,” we were told.

And of course that’s true.

But anyone who thinks getting something repaired in an RV is the same thing as getting something repaired in a sticks-and-bricks (SAB) house hasn’t been RVing for very long. Continue reading

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Announcing… the 2018 BEST EATS Awards!

Best Breakfast Burrito
California Burrito at Penfold’s in Temecula, CA

Best Mexican Food Breakfast
Asada Omelet at Main Stop Restaurant in Kittitas, WA

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