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 7/2/2007 6:48 PM
 
Hi there...this is my kind of place! What encouragers you all are!
My story in a nutshell: Married 16 years, 2 boys, 12 and 10, we homeschool, dh is a self professed work-a-holic and I want to show the boys what we have studied...sooooo, I will have to be brave and do parts of the traveling on my own.
I found a sweet rig that I would be comfy driving (26.5 Lazy DAze, 1988) but I would be lying if I didnt admit that the age makes me a little nervous...will it break down on me somewhere?? The rig was owned most of it's life by a mechanic who took wonderful care of it.
Anyway, how did you all leap over your fear of doing all this alone??
Thanks for comments! Paula
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 7/2/2007 7:55 PM
 
I started out by camping locally. There's a nice state park just 3 miles from my house. That way, I got to "practice" all the necessary things like hooking up, leveling, dumping, etc., and if I forgot to bring something...home was not far away. I learned a lot that way, what was needed, and what I thought was needed, but really never used. I used to overpack, and learned to downsize and economize on space. But for this long trip I'm on now I found I packed way too many clothes. We've had to stop and do laundry, not so much because we're out of clothes, but because there's no more room for the dirty laundry! So, I'm still learning as I go. See you down the road, Liz and Roe (dog) '99 Roadtrek 170
"Life in the presence of God is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day."

See you down the road, Liz and Roe (dog) '99 Roadtrek 170 "Life in the presence of God is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day."
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 7/2/2007 8:13 PM
 
Camping locally is an excellent idea...my kids would love that, too. thanks!
Paula
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 7/2/2007 9:29 PM
 
Welcome Paula, Yes, I agree with the idea of camping locally at first. I did that too. Now I range farther and farther each trip. And don't worry about breaking down,... it happens once in a while to everyone. I'd recommend a road service plan. Good Sam's is a good plan and many of us have that.
Good luck and have fun with those boys!
Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 7/2/2007 10:56 PM
 
Welcome aboard Paula, ditto about camping close to home till you get the hang of it. I hear LazyDaze hold up real good, you rarely see them for sale because noone wants to give them up! You are kinda cramped but hey if theres bathrooms to use at the campgrounds go use up all their water and not fill up yours. A must with kids....teach them how to wash their hands quickly so you don't fill up your tanks fast or have plenty of handi-wipes for sticky fingers. Kids will have a blast exploring!
In the Pickle Jar of Life Friends make a Dilly of a Difference Seeya down the road Seeya_Gal

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
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 7/3/2007 1:41 AM
 
Glad to have you with us.
I bet you and your kids will just have a great time. I've also discovered, it's not easier if you have a breakdown 90 miles from home or 500 miles from home - they are about the same. But, you'll have the comfort factor of knowing your dh is close by - which could make it easier for you.
Keep your maintenance - oil changes, etc - and don't run your tires if they are old (even if they still have tread on them).
ENJOY! Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 7/3/2007 10:48 AM
 
Thanks everyone! :-)
Paula
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 7/3/2007 4:44 PM
 
Hi Paula, I think the first thing you do is , get yourself a Tee-shirt that reads "Just Do It", LOL. Seriously, what you are about to venture into , is going to be the best education you can give those boys, first showing them that Moms , can do everything (with a little help) and secondly, expanding their world, so when it's their turn , they will know how much fun it is to go camping ,breaking down, getting lost, and whatever else this experience teaches them. So with ALL our blessings, go for it. Happiness is a Choice...........choose to be happy
bettyfromvero

Happiness is a Choice...........choose to be happy bettyfromvero
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 7/3/2007 4:44 PM
 
Hi Paula, I think the first thing you do is , get yourself a Tee-shirt that reads "Just Do It", LOL. Seriously, what you are about to venture into , is going to be the best education you can give those boys, first showing them that Moms , can do everything (with a little help) and secondly, expanding their world, so when it's their turn , they will know how much fun it is to go camping ,breaking down, getting lost, and whatever else this experience teaches them. So with ALL our blessings, go for it. Happiness is a Choice...........choose to be happy
bettyfromvero

Happiness is a Choice...........choose to be happy bettyfromvero
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 7/4/2007 11:12 AM
 
"Just do it" is right! My immediate issue is budget, though. DH and I are working out a "pay everything off" budget today and in there, I will find the money for my project, I pray. I am very heart set on a Lazy Daze, if I can manage it. I am looking at older models, of course. I just L-O-V-E how they look, inside and out. If anyone knows of a 26.5 midbath for cheap, let me know! :-)
Paula
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