The Mitch and Val "Roadshow"

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By Valerie Coffey

THEY ARE BOTH ORANGE!
When I saw the Daily Post’s photo challenge: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?” I couldn’t resist. Since August, we’ve seen many shades of orange: from the orangey-pink rocks of the Grand Canyon to fiery orange sunsets in the Florida Keys.

Here is a citrus-y collection of The Mitch & Val Roadshow’s orangest experiences in seven months of full-time RV travel around the U.S so far, in rough chronological order. Hover your mouse over each image for more information.

 
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By Valerie Coffey

We have gone nearly coast to coast in a short time, from Palm Springs, California, on Jan. 29 to Pensacola, FL, on Feb. 14 in time for our first Mardi Gras. We learned a lot. Let’s bust some myths! (If you have any trouble viewing this post, WordPress viewed on Chrome is to blame for eliminating spaces between random words and crunching them together. If you are seeing this problem, try viewing it in Internet Explorer or Mozilla instead.)

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By Valerie Coffey

A new  great post on Outdoor Online  from American writer and previous full-time RVer, Katie Arnold, Raising Rippers, goes a long way toward confirming that owning an RV — any RV — is an exercise in patience. All dreamers of this dream (even atheists like me) have a sort of “come to Jesus” moment in which  they  have to ask if all the trouble is worth it.
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By Mitch R.

Valerie and I have now been on the road for close to four months, the length of a school semester, so it’s a good time to evaluate the best of what we have seen, experienced, and accomplished since becoming full-time RVers. If our trip were to have an interim report card, this is how we would evaluate some of our goals:Love Shack US map
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This is just one of too many stories to count about break downs in RVs … but just like us they are still loving the life!

Boo!

I must admit it has been rather a MIXED BAG since our last post, we reached California:

Woohoo!!!! Woohoo!!!!

Saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed in Trinidad:

Wowzers! Wowzers!

and reached San Francisco:

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We caught up with our gorgeous friend Bonnie who works at Skywalker sound- GEORGE LUCAS’S studio, and mixes sound for Disney films:

Ooooh!!

Bonnie and Rich Bonnie and Rich

On leaving San Francisco we got about 14 miles South on highway 1 and broke down going up a hill…. Our ‘marvellous’ breakdown company ‘Good Sams’ turned out to be devils in disguise and refused to help tow us off the highway for TWO DAYS!!!!!!! (Don’t worry, a sternly worded email has been written, received, and apologies have been made)… We ended up with a parking fine and a warning from the SHERIFF that he would tow us off the hill in 72 hours:

yikes! yikes!

Luckily Good Sams…

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By Mitch R.

Since beginning our RV adventure, many friends and family have asked us, “How’s life on the road?” and “How is your life different now compared to living in one place?” The answer is complicated, but having now completed almost three months on the road, we can better describe how our lives and our lifestyles have changed since leaving our “sticks & bricks house.” Some of these differences we anticipated, but many we didn’t.
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By Valerie C.

Welcome to colorful Colorado! In early October, we passed through southwestern Colorado all too briefly on our way between Arizona and Moab, Utah. We took a day to drive the scenic route into the Rockies between Durango, Silverton, and Ouray (pronounced “your-RAY”), Colorado.
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By Valerie C.

Whether you’re buying an RV, or just curious about them, buyers have an important decision to make right off the bat. New or used?

“Don’t buy a new RV,” they say, “because it will depreciate 25 to 30% the first year!”

“Don’t buy a used RV,” they say, “because it won’t be under warranty and so many things need service and repair.”

“Don’t buy a new RV,” they say, “because so many things go wrong with motorhomes the first six to twelve months.”

“Buy a new RV,” they say, so you can get exactly what you want custom from the factory.”

Who to believe? What to think? New? Or used?
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By Valerie C.

We’ve had an amazing start to our full-time RV adventure so far — dropping off the kids at college, having to be towed after a breakdown on the side of the interstate in Kentucky on day 5, visiting friends, family, and National Parks in Utah and Nevada (as described in my last blog post), and generally finding an adventure every day.

Oasis RV Resort Las Vegas

The Oasis RV Resort in Las Vegas…rows of palm trees, an oasis-like pool complex, and 85F at night makes this one of the most beautiful RV parks we’ve seen so far.

This week continued our amazing RV adventure, including possibly the most interesting and fun 24-hour period ever!
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By Valerie Coffey

Welcome to my blog, RVLuckyOrWhat!

My name is  Valerie and I’m a full-time RVer  originally from Massachusetts. Mitch  and I  are touring the U.S. in a 45-foot-long  2014 Thor Tuscany 45LT motorcoach we call the HMS Love Shack. We tow a 2014 Hyundai Veloster to tool around in when the Love Shack is parked.

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