RV Internet: How we get internet in our RV (+Cell Boost)

RV Internet: How we get internet in our RV (+Cell Boost)

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Are you moving in to an RV and need Internet?

Maybe you are planning to travel in your RV, Bus, or Van and are desperate to find an afforable way to get internet.

Well, you’re not alone!

There are so many things in modern society that you need internet for. For example, if you like to stream your shows on Netlfix, Disney +, Hulu, and like to play video games or maybe you need it for work to stay connected and earn that income. If so, then having internet and great connection is a NECESSITY!

There are so many options out there that it can become overwhelming and frustrating to say the least.

I remember when we were trying to find the best internet for RVer’s. I was searching for an option that was reliable and didn’t cost us an arm and a leg.

After all, living in an RV was a chance for us to save money.

So, we went searching, read a ton of blogs on how others get their internet on the road. Some, however, were just way to expensive. Others didn’t provide us with the amount of speed and data that we needed. The first option we tried was the Verizon Jet Pack.

VERIZON JET PACK???

This option was recommened by many RVer’s. So, we signed up for it, received 15 gigs for like $100 a month. We used that 15 gigs in less than 3 days. Then it tethered horribly! We couldn’t even stream a show on Netflix or load a webpage on our laptop.

That was not going to work! I was frustrated and panicked. WE NEEDED INTERNET!!

Afterall, I had just been hired to work remotely for Avoya Travel as a Mastermind Assistant and I needed more data.

What were we going to do? I mean, we were already living in the RV.

So, I returned the device and got my money back for the Verizon Jet Pack.

THAT DIDN’T WORK…. SO, WHAT TO DO NEXT??

Then, one day I was speaking with my brother and he told me about a device from At&t that’s similar to a hotspot but it works like as another line on your data plan.

So, I started to do my research and found that I could purchase this device for $100 or set up a payment plan, and it would be added as another line on to our already existing plan for only $20 a month. We already had unlimited data with our phones, so it was a no brainer to just add another line.

The device we received is called the “Paramount Black”. It is considered one of their Wireless Internet devices. You can check out the link on our Resources page here. 

The device uses Cell Signal to provide you with WiFi, just like your phone uses Cell Signal when WIFI is unavailable. Therefore, if the cell service in certain areas is bad, chances are so is your WiFi connection.

This wasn’t a big issue for us because I knew there were great ways to get around that and boost cell signal.

WE NEEDED A CELL BOOSTER 

So, now that we had internet, we needed to make sure we were going to have great signal anywhere we went. Through all my research in searching for the Best internet for RVer’s, I noticed a lot of RVer’s purchasing the WeBoost Cell Signal package from Amazon.

After talking it over with my husband and recognizing our need to good cell service/wifi, purchasing the WeBoost Cell Signal booster was a done deal.

I mean, when you need Internet and good cell signal to earn an income, it becomes a necessity.

THE COMBINATION IS HEAVEN!

With the At&t Paramount Black and the WeBoost Cell Booster combined, we have great RV internet service. Currently we are in the rural area where getting signal can be scarce, however we have had no issues. It was the best combination of devices and it was so easy to set up!

Currently we run about 300 gigs a month between our two cell phones and the Paramount Black WiFi device. The internet costs us $20 a month as an additional line on our already existing cell phone plan! I am still so glad that I returned that Verizon (steal your money) Jet Pack.

If you’re considering purchasing a cell booster for your RV, the WeBoost is the way to go! It has paid for itself over the last two years we have used it. It is recommended, not only by us, but by so many other RVer’s! You can take a look at some of the reviews;

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So, if you’re looking for an RV internet option and/or need to boost your cell signal on the road the “Paramount Black” from At&t is a great option and the WeBoost is highly recommended.

 

 

Top 10 Budget-Friendly Things To Do in San Diego for Families

Top 10 Budget-Friendly Things To Do in San Diego for Families

Sunny San Diego, California! I dream about this place because it was the first trip my husband and I went on together as a couple. It is also the place my husband was born and revisited every year when he was a kid.

I love enjoying everything this city has to offer, especially if it’s free or budget-friendly.

In case you’re wondering, this picture of us was at La Jolla Cove in San Diego. That day we saw the seal lions on “seal rock” and I can’t stop thinking about how great of a time we had.

So I’ve put together 10 fun things to do for the whole family that is looking to stay on a budget.

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1. Pacific Beach Boardwalk

This beach is great for all ages. You can soak up the bright culture of So Cal while taking a stroll along the boardwalk. There are great places to grab a bite and listen to music. You can also build sandcastles, surf it up, or fish along the pier. This beach has it all!

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2. Children’s Pool at La Jolla Cove

Children’s Pool received its name for the low waves after a wall barrier was built to protect the sandy cove.  While swimming during the season, parents don’t have to worry about large waves or rip currents.

However, Children’s Pool does have an offseason. This happens from December 15th through May 15th when newly born seal pups are born. During this time the cove is closed and usually covered with sea lions.

If you do go while it’s open to the public, and you still want to view the natural wildlife, the sea lions like hanging out on what the locals call “seal rock” not far from the children’s pool.

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3. Old Town San Diego Historic State Park

The park connects you to the past of Old Town San Diego. It was California’s First Spanish settlement! You and your family can enjoy great hiking trails, Souvenir shopping, exhibits and museums fun for all ages.

4. Birch Aquarium at Scribbs

Who doesn’t love a good aquarium visit when you’re so close to the ocean? This is a great way to get the kids safely involved with their surroundings. The whole family can enjoy feeding times and shows daily for one admission cost per person. It’s only $15 for children and $19.50 for adults. Also, don’t forget to check out Groupon for extra savings!

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5. All Famous – San Diego Zoo

This one is my favorite and a definite must-go for the whole family while in San Diego! We went and loved every minute of it! You’ll experience about 3,500 different animals across the 100 acres. It is one of the world’s largest Zoos and also the home to the Giant Panda. Their is an admission cost and it’s worth every penny!

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6. Waterfront Walkway

If you love history and enjoy taking your kids places where they can learn, then the waterfront walkway is a great place to take a stroll. Here you can find the Maritime Museum, Cruise ports, Navy Ships, as well as, the Famous WWII Unconditional Surrender Statue. 

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7. Gas Lamp District

This area is great for families during the daytime. In the evenings it turns in to more of the nightlife crowd. However, during the day families can enjoy the historic ventures of the town, dine at Michelin Star Restaurants, and shop at great boutiques.

8. Little Italy

This lively neighborhood is great for families to stroll through during the day. There are cute cafe’s, pubs, art galleries, boutique shopping, and an italian Market place to explore. You will definitly want to dine and enjoy some amazing Italian cuisine.

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9. COranodo Island Dog Beach

Calling all Dog Lovers!! This beach is perfect for the whole family, including the 4 legged ones with waging tails. This Beach is beautiful with white sands, furry friends, fire pit rings, and more. Even if you’re out of town and had to leave your furry friend at home, you can still enjoy the beach.

10. PetCO ball park

For the sports fanatics, watching a live Padres Baseball game at Petco Park is a great way to spend the day! Kids are free under 36 inches with a valid adult ticket.

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We enjoyed our San Deigo trip and I have no doubt that you and your family will too!

Which one of these things do you plan on doing while in San Diego? Leave a comment!

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Family Vacation: Why its Important Save and Plan for One Every Year

Family Vacation: Why its Important Save and Plan for One Every Year

Planning a Family Vacation can be difficult when your life seems so busy. The days just fly by with everything from work, kids, after school programs, trying to stay in shape, family, friends, and so much more.

All of this makes taking a vacation difficult! We get it! 

On top of the busyness of life, you then have the expensive prices of traveling with airfare, hotel stays, and the cost of experiences when you get to your destination.

Everything combined seems to make the idea of taking a family vacation even more impossible. With all these factors in place, before you know it’s been years since you’ve taken a vacation. It’s time to stop letting that happen! It’s time to start saving and taking those much-needed vacations! 

If you ask me, I think taking a vacation should be required at least once a year for every family.

Now, we get that it can be difficult to leave your job for a week when all you can think of is “I need the money” or “I can’t leave my work because I’m afraid to get behind”. 

Just know anyone can make up their own personal excuses as to why they can’t take a family vacation. But we are here to tell you why you NEED to take a vacation and how saving and booking in advance ensures that you do! 

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Many people don’t have the capacity to just book a flight and take a two-week vacation at any time. If you’re like us and you want to take a vacation, it can take time to save up the cost to truly afford a trip and have a great experience. 

You need to save for your vacation because if you don’t, you may end up going years without dipping your toes in the sand or skiing down those slopes. Those years just end up going to waste along with all the Paid Time Off that you may have accrued.

So, whatever your ideal vacation is, start saving and searching now! Don’t let another year go by without taking the time off for yourself and family.

Another reason to save for your vacation is so you can enjoy your vacation while you’re there. Knowing you set aside money to spend will help you have fun without stressing on how much you’re spending.

It will also prevent over-spending and using money that should be used towards other important bills.


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Scheduling your vacations ahead of time gives you and your family something to look forward too.

As a kid, I remember when my parents would tell us months in advance when we were going to Hawaii or Disney. I looked forward to that time! I couldn’t wait until our family vacation.

Depending on your type of vacation, if you book early you can actually save money! Vacations like cruises for example.

Many cruise lines love to give out promotions to cruises a year in advance to get things booked up. Plus, by booking early you have the option to make payments throughout the year.

Another reason to book early is you’re more likely to go through with actually going. By booking early, you have the time to put in for PTO and schedule things in advance.

Plus, it also allows time for any family member to ensure that their documents, like passports, are up to date. The last thing you want is to pay more for a rushed passport because they can be up to $200 dollars.

Tips on how to budget for a yearly vacation 

Figure out how much your vacation is going to cost because the price is going to vary depending on where you are going and what you will be experiencing while you are there.

I like to schedule a year in advance because it gives you more time to save and pay it off. However, if you can afford and budget for a vacation sooner than a year away, then go for it!

Once you’ve broken it down, then add it in your budget. Look at it as a necessity like your mortgage/rent payment. After all, taking a vacation should be a priority for everyone! 

I hope this has inspired you to start searching, saving, and even book your next family vacation because you deserve it! Your family deserves it! 
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How To Easily Paint Your RV Interior Walls

How To Easily Paint Your RV Interior Walls

Are you looking to paint your RV?

Are you wanting to add that touch of freshness to brighten up the small space and make it your own?

Well, you are not alone! RV Remodeling and Renovations are all the rave these days with the tiny living movement.

I know for us, painting our walls was the number one thing we wanted to do when we began our Full-time living journey. Although we bought brand new, I was not a fan of the beige walls.

So, whether you’ve purchased a used RV with cash or financed a new one, it’s ok to paint! It’s yours! Now I do want to disclaim that if you are looking to sell at any point, it is best to use colors that are generally neutral.

For us, we went with a satin white because one rule with Interior Design is dark colors will always make a small space feel even smaller. Whereas bright colors allow more light and make any space feel larger than it is.

This is why you see a lot of RV’ers painting their walls and/or cabinets white and then accenting that space with other colors.

Just so you know, and to maybe put your mind at ease, painting your RV’s walls with the right material is EASY!! Also, don’t be afraid to make it your own!

Here is a step by step on how we painted our RV walls and what we used to get the job done.

Step 1: Plan!

Planning is so important! Make sure you pick the colors you enjoy the most and pick the areas in which you want to paint.

For example, are you going to paint just the walls or the cabinets or both?

How much space are you wanting to paint? Our RV is 32 feet long and had to make sure we purchased enough paint to cover all the walls.

These were the top questions I had to answer in order to plan out the painting remodel in our RV.

Step 2: Purchase!

Now that you have the idea and planned out the colors and areas in which you want to paint, now it is time to purchase all the materials.

I feel like this is the step that gets people stuck because RV walls are made out of Vinyl and not the normal sheetrock in homes.

You want to make sure you use a paint and primer that is going to stick to the walls and cabinets. I have heard of many stories of people using paint and primer that ended up peeling off the walls/cabinets. Nobody wants that to happen because it just will cause even more work. Here is a list of what we purchased and used to paint our RV walls.

What we used: 

  • Painters Tape
  • Foam Rollers and Trays
  • Paint Brushes
  • Corner painters
  • Oil Based White Primer by Glidden (Many also use Kilz)
  • Glidden Premium Interior Paint & Primer in Satin White
  • Paint Stirrers
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Plastic or Cloth Drop cloths to protect any flooring or furniture.
  • Gloves (If Desired)

Other Items you may need:

Other options for Painting:

  • Spray Gun (many choose this option as a quicker way to paint instead of rollers and brushes. If you choose this option, I do highly recommend that the preparation stage is taken 100% serious and you cover every inch you do not want paint on.)


Step 3: Prepare

Now that you planned out your colors and where you want to paint and purchased your materials, now it’s time to prepare the space for painting. By this, I mean taping, sanding, and removing any valances and wallpaper that might be on the walls.

Many RV’s have a strip of wallpaper as an accent that has to be removed before painting. For us, we had no wallpaper, therefore, we only had to remove all the valances, tape everything off, and protect the items I didn’t want the paint to drop on.

Please keep in mind this part can become tedious and the anxiousness of wanting to get started on the painting is normal. However, this is a very important part to never skip because you want to make sure it looks amazing once complete! Also, having to go back and goo gone all the mishaps just takes up way too much time.

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Step 4: Prime and Paint

Now that you have your supplies, and have prepared the space, go ahead and get started! Painting to me is fun, but for some, it can be frustrating. I enjoy turning on some good music and tackling sections by sections.

Start with the Primer always first. I recommend doing at least 2 coats of the oil-based primer to ensure the paint sticks.

Here is a little Before and After we painted the walls white and replaced the valances with curtains.

 

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I hope I’ve made it easy for you! I remember when I was about to start the project of painting our walls, I searched through dozens of blogs trying to find the answers to all my questions.

Questions such as; what paint to use? Do I use a water or oil base primer? Do I really need to sand all the walls before painting?

Please, don’t let this project be overwhelming. Enjoy the process and you will enjoy the finished project. Whether you are living in your RV fulltime or just making a beautiful weekend getaway camper, have fun! Painting is just the beginning to making the tiny space your own.

If you have any questions regarding painting your RV interior walls, please leave a comment! I would be glad to give any advice I can!

Thank you for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out some of our other posts.

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Best Tents For Your DIY Glamping Trip

Best Tents For Your DIY Glamping Trip

Are you looking for the perfect Glamping tent to make your next camping trip comfortable and memorable? Are you trying to figure out what the best tents out there are that are also affordable to create this memorable experience? 

If so, you’re probably looking for something that has great space and gives you the ability to stand up inside. After all, no one wants to feel cramped in a tent with barely any room to maneuver around or stand up. That to me, doesn’t sound like a glamping experience.

The point of Glamping is to bring the modern comforts of home and civilization to the great outdoors.

If you have read my previous post on “how to DIY your own Glamping trip” then you know this is the first tip to create that glamping experience you desire. Having a larger tent, even if it’s only two people “glamping”, is important.

Let’s discuss our top best tents that are affordable so you can begin creating your Perfect DIY Glamping Experience.

CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars (697 Reviews)

This tent is perfect for the Glamping experience because of the space it provides. It is 14 feet by 9 feet with a standing height of 78 inches. Large enough to fit two queen air mattresses comfortably. This option has Electrical Cord access that can be fully closed when not in use. The CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin takes about 60 seconds to set up, features room dividers, and wall storage pockets.

Where to buy: Amazon

CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent

Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars (97 reviews)

The CORE 10 Person tent is another great option like the CORE 9 person tent. This tent is a little bigger by having space for 1 more person as well as a taller standing center height of 86″. It comes complete with room dividers, front and back door access, as well as, storage pockets and electrical cord access. The CORE 10 person tent comes available in two colors, orange, and maroon.

Where to buy: Amazon 

GigaTent 8 Person Family Tent

Reviews: 5 Stars (3 reviews)

This option is fantastic! It fits 8 people comfortably which is great because if there’s only two of you going “Glamping” there will be plenty of room to create that DIY Glamping experience. The walls are almost completely vertical with access points and 6 windows to allow a nice cool breeze through space. It is created with heavy-duty waterproof material to keep the rain out if you ever get caught camping during a storm. This company also carries a “Satisfaction Guaranteed” policy!

Where to Buy: Amazon

Coleman Tent Weathermaster 10

Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars (1,582 reviews)

The Coleman Weathermaster gives you 2 options. You can choose the 6 person tent or a 10 person tent. Either one, they are great options to give you space so you can DIY your own Glamping Trip. Coleman is a huge name in camping products, so you can’t go wrong with this brand. This ten is easily set up in 20 minutes with a standing height of 6 feet and 8 inches! The Coleman Weathermaster is equipped with Colemans WeatherTec Patented welded floors for you dry throughout your whole Glamping experience.

Where to Buy: Amazon

Tahoe Gear Bighorn XL 12 Person Teepee Cone Shape Camping Tent

Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars (20 reviews)

If you’re looking for that Teepee style for your DIY Glamping experience than this tent is a great option. It is 18x18 and can fit up to 12 people comfortably. Due to the cone shape design, it can handle up to 35 mph winds, is completely waterproof and allows the water during a rainstorm to roll right off the tent and no accumulate on top of the tent. The Tahoe Gear Bighorn has 4-floor vents that can be adjusted and fully closed as well as a ventilated to help eliminate humidity inside the tent.

Where to Buy: Amazon

Winterial Teepee Tent

Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars (36 reviews)

Here is another great option that gives you the Teepee Glamping experience you desire. This tent is durable, only weights 15lbs, and can be set up in less than 5 minutes. You fit 6 to 7 people comfortably so it is great for friends and family. Of course, this tent is waterproof made with 210T polyester. The tallest point of the tent is 10 feet so it allows a lot of standing room.

Where to Buy: Amazon

Happybuy Bell Tent

If you really want the Glamping experience, you can’t go wrong with this Canvas Yurt Tent. It is great for Camping, Hunting, or any other outdoor events, plus it is 4 season tent that you can add a stove into if you happen to be camping in the winter. It is also waterproof, firm, and stable with strong steel center poles, galvanized frame tunes. and nylon rope for tie-downs. This option can fit up to 12 people comfortably.

Where to Buy: Amazon

Creating your first DIY Glamping experience should always start with the best tents and open spaces. These tent options are fantastic to get you started and enjoying camping. Having space to stand up, sleep, add in your gear is essential.

I love these options because they are affordable, durable, and waterproof! You can’t go wrong with anyone of them!

I hope you enjoy your DIY Glamping trip and get the most out of the outdoors without sacrificing some comforts of modern life. If you haven’t already head over to our previous post “How to DIY your own Glamping Trip” for more ideas.

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