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.

RV Repairs, Adjustments, and Improvements

Long Lasting Heat and...

In discovering new ways to find hidden space in Eagle, we have purchased the
Black & Decker SDC850 Thermal Coffee Maker.

Black & Decker SDC850 Thermal Coffee Maker

This model has a thermal carafe.  We found it at an awesome price through Amazon.com.  It was cheaper through them than the glass carafe model at Sears.  

We secured it to the underside of the one cabinet we have that has an underside.  It wasn't overly easy.  But, we got it done.


I am bothering writing about this fantastic piece of plastic and metal because I was impressed with one thing...well, two things.

First, I love the blue lights of the buttons.  Very purty at night.

Second, and most impressive, is the fact that when I made coffee at 10pm, it was still steaming in the carafe when I poured a cup at 10am the next day.  Not hot, but warm.  Steve's favorite temp.  
(I like it hot.)

Worth it if you are looking for such an appliance.
And like to keep your coffee hot.
And like more space
And like blue lights.

LED Bulbs

In the past two years, I have had to replace more than half of my halogen ceiling lamps inside my Eagle. The GY6.35 bulbs were blowing out at a rate of one every 3 months; so, I finally bit-the-bullet and ordered 14 LED lamps to replace the halogens. I opted for the “warm white” effect. Initially, I ordered two @ $14.95 and paid an additional $3.90 for shipping. Although the web-store I purchased thru provided dimensions/specifications for the LED lamp I was purchasing, I figured I would just get two at first to make sure they fit with my OEM glass ceiling fixtures. Well the first two arrived today; and they fit and light just like the halogens. The immediate difference I noticed, is the lack of heat that the LED emits. As most of you know, halogens cast off enough heat to badly hurt you if you touch a bulb while lit (or even after a few minutes once it is off – they retain enough heat to fry an egg it seems). So, after successfully installing the first batch of LEDs, I just ordered 12 more to complete the switch-over. Since I spent more than $99.00 on this second order, I received free shipping. The overall cost will be saved in longevity and energy consumption. I highly recommend this “modification”…


After testing the old bulb’s temp (158˚) and the new bulb’s temp (70˚), I know we made the right decision.

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