That Time We Almost Quit RV Life

This is a continuation of a series of videos that we almost didn’t release and it was due to a very simple reason… we were BROKEN. Our content is issues related at this point because that is the life and the reality we are living. We made the decision to share how sometimes it doesn’t go exactly as planned.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned

We had continued to believe that we could get to the other side of the service hump. After spending several visits at Vanleigh and Tiffin service center with minimal progress and what progress was made quickly unraveled on our first travel day home – we were lost. RV life isn’t always hikes and beautiful locations but we seemed to be living the other side of any RV dream. Our Beacon came with a 1 year warranty so we have spent the first many months of owning it chasing down the repairs knowing that the warranty clock is ticking.

We continued to place upgrades on the rig as it is our home so solar and suspension were added between our service appointments. We had a lot of hope going to Redbay and the Tiffin Service Center however that didn’t go as planned. What we soon realized on that drive back to Idaho is that likely isn’t a chance our Beacon could be repaired. Vanleigh and Tiffin had already failed at the major repair and they had admitted they didn’t know how to repair our rig.

Arriving back in Idaho also brought some additional circumstances. Sarah’s father had passed away while we were down south and she wanted to spend some additional time in Oregon with some of her family. During that time Sarah became ill and along with her illness had a leg infection somewhat extreme.

Grabbing the bootstraps

If you have been with us for awhile you recognized there was a large gap in our content – we didn’t know what to do next. We had considered throwing in the towel. We considered calling Vanleigh praying and begging for additional assistance. We considered moving to a different rig. We stayed in town for several weeks giving Sarah time to mend while Ryan and the pups hung out in a RV park. We then started to talk through what the RV dream was for us. It was much more than the RV – it was about the journey, the people, the places and each other. It was something that we had already learned when we sold our Momentum. This episode (Our Momentum is Gone) we talk about that experience.

Going to Stanley was like visiting our roots of both our camping / outdoor lifestyle and our relationship. The video embedded in this episode was when we were on our way to where we are today. We met as next door neighbor kids growing up together – our first “date” was four years prior to the video of us at Stanley and it was that year that things started getting more serious for us. Stanley for sure is a special place.

What we didn’t talk about in our video

Because sometimes it just is ….overwhelming.

Shortly after we pulled out of the RV spot we were going 65mph down the freeway and the awning electrical cover fell out. Ryan pulled over on the side of the freeway and Sarah had to run back and grab it from the side of the road.

While driving down the highway toward Stanley we passed a large truck on a narrow bridge. The wind of the truck shook us but also popped our hood open but getting caught by the latch hook causing us both to let out a scream as it startled us. We had to pull over close the hood of the truck however still uncertain as to why it happened.

While we were in Stanley the day temps were in the 70s and the evening temps dipped to 19 degrees!

Our stay in Stanley was a start to a 35 day streak of boondocking.

We started our RV journey in 2019 and have traveled over 50k miles between our three fifth wheels. 2021 brought a new set of experiences for us selling our home and going full time in our Beacon and has been a bumpy road.

We are blessed to have each other and the support of our family and friends as we continue our journeys.

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