Our Story

Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Zuma vs Diesel

When you go from a sticks & bricks home to a home-on-wheels, you leave the mortgage behind (unless, of course, you still owe the bank for the rig and truck you drive!!!!) There can be an incredible amount of savings living in a smaller home and doing with less. However, if you are truly going to travel, you have to put fuel into your engine. And fuel costs money. And if that fuel happens to be diesel, then you are going to spend a small fortune. A few years ago diesel was cheaper than gas. That has changed. It is now, in some places, a whole $1.00 more than gas. And the price climbs weekly.
So, to attempt to combat this excruciatingly annoying, uncontrollable thorn in our sides, we have purchased a scooter.
I hate the name scooter, so let’s forever-more call it as it should be called…a ZUMA!
A ZUMA 125 to be exact.
This pretty little lady gets 89 miles per gallon. Well above the 14-16 we are getting with the Dodge 3500. Of course, you can’t pull a fifth-wheel with it, but it can take Steve to work and Ian to karate and carry some groceries. All for a gallon or so. We’ll be doing a cost-analysis, so check back to see how quickly the $3200 is paid off.

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