The last few nights have been restless. My stomach is in knots, my mind is running at max capacity, and yet we move forward.
With no practical experience whatsoever, we’re selling most everything we own and moving into a 2003 40’ long Phaeton Class A Diesel Pusher RV by Tiffin Motorhomes.
Truth be told, I really don’t know how the RV starts and there is some random lever on the left of the driver’s seat that when you pull it up makes this whooosh sound, much like the big Greyhound buses. Oh yeah, and there is that ominous cut-off switch near the door that seems rather important. ~shifts eyes~
As you can tell, we’re truly starting in a complete state of ignorance. As of this writing, we literally know nothing but what we’ve read online. (We don’t even have an owners manual as we got a used RV that was missing one.)
Thankfully, we’ve found the RV online community to be beyond helpful. Specifically in the areas of forums and blogs.
Do a little digging and you’ll find that the RV community is generally a welcoming group of likeminded adventurers and risk takers who are happy to share their experiences.
So to help you along, here is a brief summary of a handful of resources we’ve found that we feel are worth mentioning.
There are many RV forums online. We’ve used quite a few, but so far this is our favorite:
irv2 – Generally speaking, this is the most helpful online forum we’ve found. The people here are kind and responsive. Many of the members are incredibly knowledgable and will go the extra mile (pun intended) to help you get answers to your questions.
You can pretty much ask anything and somewhere there is someone who has traveled a few more steps down the road who is willing to share their experience.
As of this writing the forum has 175,874 threads, 1,885,903 posts and 127,973 members.
Here are a handful that I’ve pretty much been stalking for the past few years:
Technomadia – Brittany and I are pretty much Internet-dependent for our livelihood, so finding Cherie and Chris’ site was a true answer to prayer. These two nomadic techno savvy gurus are the cream of the crop when it comes to understanding RV connectivity.
Wheelingit – I’ve spent countless hours on Nina and Paul’s blog. I love the tone and style of Nina’s writing, coupled with their combined knowledge and expertise. Paul’s photos are fantastic, the articles are meaty and yet fun. Simply put, any time spent on their site is never wasted.
Gone With The Wynns – Jason and Nikki Wynn call themselves perpetual travelers and modern day documentarians, and that they are. Their site is a delight. Their videos are fantastic, the content well-written and informative and their style and tone unique. Definitely check them out.
For what it’s worth, Cherie and Chris, Nina and Paul, Jason and Nikki, thank you for all of your consistent excellence. We hope to meet you some day down the road!
So there you have it, folks. We’ll add to this list as time goes on. If you have any suggestions of RV blogs or forums we should look into, leave us a comment and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.