Our 4-H Club: HUB, HUMOR, HELL And City Of HARDIN MT

Well greetings to all who are keeping up on our cheap rv living blog – have we got a post for you! An unexpected stop in the City of Hardin, MT. We just knew things were going a bit too smoothly for us…something we aren’t quite used to experiencing. I’ve titled this post our 4-H Club and will lay it out in that amusing format for your entertainment. Will say the good news is that we crossed the Montana state line (yeah!). That’s it…that’s all the good news I’ve got. Buckle up…here we go!!!!!!! HUB Well it just goes to show you that you can’t plan for everything…how boring life would be, eh? After our past experiences, we thought we were prepared as could be with new tires, bearings, brakes…all of the important stuff were tip-top shape on both truck and 5th wheel. On Wednesday, June 5th, we were due … Continue reading

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Days 7/8 – NOT Cheap RV Campgrounds But We Don’t Give A Damn

Well, without further ado, here is our cheap rv living blog update for days seven and eight, as we continue our trek west…have you missed us? Today marks day 8 since we left Rantoul, Illinois – but given I was too damn tired and lazy to even look at the computer last night, you get two days for the price of one! Speaking of PRICE, I’m so glad I did the research on cheap rving sites to date, because once you get into the tourist utopias of the “Badlands” and “Yellowstone” – well, goodbye frugality. Cha-ching…that’s the sound of everyone making money on your desire to explore the west. It is too funny……..every state has “the gateway to Yellowstone.” Gateway? It’s hundreds of miles away!! We got some laughs on those signs in the past few days. Yeah…turn off here…you’ll get there in a few days. But I digress…… DAY … Continue reading

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Day 6 – Cheap RV Campgrounds! Mobil 24 Express In Wasta SD

Well it’s day six of our rving adventure and we found a true cheap rv campgrounds gem here in Wasta, South Dakota. The Mobil 24 Express has eight spaces for rvs and they only charge $5.00/night for electric! Will share the pros, cons and pics in a minute…but let’s tell you about our sixth day heading west to Montana.   Oh Wall Drug – you were on our mind every .5 miles once more today, with your cute billboard signs telling us if we don’t stop we are complete idiots. However, we’ve been to the tourist town on more than one occasion and had no reason to pull off there today. We left Presho and I had my fingers crossed that our next stop in Wasta, where a few reviews I read said it is cheap, was still in existence. On I-90 in South Dakota, if you mess up, it’s … Continue reading

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Day 5 – New Frontier Campground – Presho South Dakota I 90

Many people looking for rv parks in SD are traveling the long stretch on South Dakota I-90. Aside from 200 miles of billboards pleading with you to stop in Wall, SD, there isn’t much else before then! These are the stretches of highway, as most rvers know, where you just hope the rv gods keep the camper running. It would take hours waiting for a tow truck and there is nothing except Wall billboard signs for shade.   So let’s recap day five of our journey. We left Marion, South Dakota, heading to do some errands in Mitchell, SD. This was our first day of not having a planned stop for the night in an rv park. We called places for a 50 mile stretch only to find they hover around $30 no matter where you go. Ok…we’ve had some cheap rv sites to camp in so far…so we don’t … Continue reading

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Days 3, 4: FREE CAMPING SOUTH DAKOTA! Yes, Free RV Sites…

Well miracles do happen, because we found free camping in South Dakota! Oh, I had it on our itinerary but a lot was at stake. We had to take the plunge, trust in my intuition and research, and risk the 28 miles west off of Interstate 29 to see if it was for real. Yep, it was! A little town called Marion, South Dakota, added rv sites to their city park (Hieb Memorial Park). It includes electric! You can stay 7 days for free or pay $150 month if camping longer. So let’s catch ya up to date…Oh Iowa…how it pained us to say goodbye to your rolling hills…NOT! When we left Anita, Iowa, we headed west on I-80 (then on to 680), then we hit I-29 and headed straight north. Almost instantaneously we hit flat land. Know what else happened? At our next fill up at the gas station, … Continue reading

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Day 2: RV Camping At Anita State Park Iowa

Well yahoo, we’ve made it through day two and are nestled in an awesome site at Anita State Park, Iowa. First let’s tell ya about our second day on the road. I don’t know WHAT is wrong with me…I’ve driven through Iowa countless times, but I ALWAYS think it is flat. Let me tell you rving folks, it ain’t flat. It is rolling hills, up and down. You know the drill – you go 65 mph downhill and 6.5 mph uphill…all day long.   Then there was a case of the grumpies, compliments of me. I’m sorry Iowa inhabitants, but though I’ve forgotten the rolling hills for 300 miles of straight I-80 travel, I haven’t forgotten that it is always sunny, hot, congested with semis blowing us off the road. I get a case of nausea in those conditions, so I wasn’t happy the first half of the day. I … Continue reading

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DAY ONE IL TO MT: West Lake Park Campground, Davenport, Iowa

Well we are finally off and made it to our destination at West Lake Park Campground in Davenport, Iowa. What a day! The pets haven’t moved since we turned on the a/c and let them in the 5th wheel around 4pm central time. Leading up to our hitting the road today, we did have a really nice time with our old friends on Memorial Day. Rebecca brought us a “little housewarming gift” which she won at an auction…a gigantic teddy bear skin rug! So huge it is now our bedspread decor…and just GUESS who decided to break it in that night? Well, just look at the pic…but I’m SURE you can guess, given our cat is a freak!   So yesterday was take down day…getting geared up to go. Slept like hell so a little fuzzy this morning, but now I’m more adrenaline filled from recognizing we did, indeed, cross … Continue reading

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RV Blog Update – Saying Goodbye To Illinois – Finally Going Home…

We are happy to announce on our rv blog that we are finally planning to head home to Montana – woot! But before we depart, we must update you on the highlights of our stay at the Prairie Pines Campground in Rantoul, Illinois. We arrived here on May 1, expecting to stay 3 weeks and then take off. Our plans changed when we realized, however, that being on the road over Memorial Day weekend was probably not a great idea and we’d struggle finding places to stay, so we decided to stay here through the 28th, given we’d paid for the whole month anyway. We had to get a lot of prep work done on our truck and 5th wheel anyway before embarking on the 1,851 mile drive – plus we got in a few extra visits with Cheyenne, so it worked out for the best. This rv park sure … Continue reading

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Our Top 10 List Of Frugal, Easy Tips For RV Camping With Dogs

When we started fulltime rving in 2009, without a clue as to what we were doing, rv camping with dogs was the least of our concerns! We assumed we would figure it out as we went along. Yeah…well four years later, here we are still learning as we go… But we have learned a few things about rving with pets. We have a crazy, domineering, extra large, sassy cat on board who we talk about quite often. In fact, Spot has his own blog and created his own top 10 list! However, though we just have our Hannah (doggie) now, we had two large dogs with us four years ago (our old yellow lab, Clementine, had to be put to sleep in 2011)…so we kinda have some experience in this area! Ok…so here it is…our TOP 10 LIST OF FRUGAL AND EASY TIPS FOR RV CAMPING WITH DOGS TRAVEL WATER … Continue reading

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Bluegrass, Bandages, Bear Paws – Our Cheap RV Living Blog Update

Hey everyone, time for a little update on our rv blog! Cannot believe how time flies – given we arrived at this rv park in central Illinois May 1st and today is…the 10th?! Here are the main highlights from our time here to date…as you see in the title, we have a lot of “B” words to chat about. Wanted to add “bearings” because we are getting new wheel bearings put on the truck, too…but that brings about another B word – BORING topic. BLUEGRASS Oh to have had my camera. We stayed up a little later than usual one night, enjoying the comfortable and quiet evening, sitting outside. Jim went into the rv first and I was soon to follow…but the I heard music. Not just any music…it was a (here’s that B again) BANJO and a (ok, this is getting ridiculous) BASS plus singing. It sounded so clear, … Continue reading

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