Debating on the format here…..

Debating on the format here…..

I am currently doing some research on which is the best platform to host this blog. I like the idea of being able to receive comments from my readers but at the same time I am growing tired of the SPAM! If anyone has advice I would welcome it. I want this to be a productive way to communicate our experiences with family, friends, and those who just have an interest in this adventure. I also would like this to…

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Good discussion

Good discussion

I had a good discussion with my Mom tonight it is nice to hear that she is very supportive of this choice. As crazy as our idea is, it’s nice to know that we have people in our corner that are cheering for our success. From day one my Mom, Dad and Step-mom have been backing this as they know that we are trying to make our lives fuller and find time with our girls. I am feeling at peace…

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Did some test fitting for the solar panels today.

Did some test fitting for the solar panels today.

It was 30 degrees here today and I thought what better way to spend my morning than to climb on top of the snow covered RV roof and measure solar panels. The ladder was so cold my hands ached by the time I reached the top. I was able to determine roughly how much space I would have to place the panels. It looks like I can get 5 190watt Topoint panels up there. OH! other big news! I was…

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Slow week, but a big goal was tackled.

Slow week, but a big goal was tackled.

Well it was a slow week for working on the RV, we really didn’t get much completed. I did get the lights from M4leds.com and they are really nice. The only issue is that one of the fixtures has plenty of room to get the wiring inside but three of the others are really tight, I may have to purchase new fixtures….grrr.   On another note I finally had one of the most difficult discussions about this change in our…

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LED lights are Super awesome!

LED lights are Super awesome!

I finished installing the LED bulbs in the fixtures today that replaced all of the incandescent bulbs. I can say the light seems to be a little brighter and cleaner. The biggest advantage is the power savings! It is estimated that the LED replacements will use 12.5% of the power that that the standard bulbs used! I started work on replacing the T5 Compact Florescent bulbs with strip LEDs but I was not pleased with the light output. So I…

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Getting our Demo on!

Getting our Demo on!

Well we finally started the renovations to the interior of the coach. The to list is long and for now includes: New flooring (Vinyl Plank), Paint the cabinets, rip out the dinette and replace with a bunk system for the girls, remove recliner, remove valances, retro in LED lighting, install composting toilet, build a expandable table where the recliner used to be, and fix the small leak that I found in the front drivers area. Man the list seems so…

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Small update.

Small update.

Well this week has been pretty much a wash. Ashley had to have a tonsillectomy which has promoted me to Mr. Mom.  I did manage to get all of the lights in the RV with the exception of the florescent bulbs, changed to led. It is amazing how much light can be generated with such little power. I am very impressed with the output. Next up is replacing the flooring in the coach.  We are ripping out the old gross…

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Our first post!

Our first post!

Hello and welcome to 8 feet and 12 paws, a documentary  blog about starting our life as full time RV enthusiasts. A little background about our family I am 32 years old and a father of two beautiful girls Zoey age 9 and Addison age 7.  My partner in crime and love of my life is my wife Ashley, a devoted mother and exceptional spouse. Several years ago we kicked around the idea of living full time in a motorhome,…

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