Hello and welcome to RV Travel Freedom, a new source for what works and what doesn’t with RV Travel Life.
Hi, I’m Jerad Hill. In late 2018, we purchased our very first RV Travel Trailer. We are a family of six and typically would go camping once or twice every year. We love camping, but we wanted to go on longer trips and that required having a few amenities that a travel trailer would provide us.
We went back and forth for months trying to decide whether or not to purchase an RV Travel Trailer or a Motorhome. There are many pros and cons to each, and I plan to go into further detail in future posts about how we made our decision and what some of those pros and cons are.
We haven’t even had our trailer a year, but we have put over 5,000 miles on it traveling up and down California and for two months nonstop during the summer of 2019. Yes, we were a Full-time Travel RV Family for two months. This is also something I plan to dive into. We have learned so much over the past nine months as RV Travel Trailer owners.
What is RV Travel Freedom
I immediately started drinking from the firehose of information online immediately after I purchased our trailer. I wanted to make some improvements to our trailer. We purchased a 2018 Salem Cruise Lite Travel Trailer by Forest River brand new from Epic RV in Madera, CA. I had also read many pros and cons about purchasing a new RV travel trailer vs purchasing one used. In our instance, I was glad I purchased a brand new trailer, but I will get into those pros and cons in another post as well.
Since purchasing our trailer I started making some updates to things I wanted to improve. Some of those updates include:
- Installing Solar Power
- Converting the Deep Cycle Lead Acid Battery to Lithium
- Relocating the Battery bay inside the trailer
- Changing out the speakers on the audio system
- Installing a Cellular LTE Signal Booster
- Upgrading the showerhead
- Adding a splash to the shower to keep water from running onto the floor
- and more…
Through the process of making these upgrades, I have learned a lot. The biggest undertaking was, of course, the Solar Installation and relocation of the battery to inside the trailer. I will go into everything in more detail in future posts on this site.
I have also found what works and what doesn’t work that well. For the most part, I did my research and have made pretty good decisions so far. Having traveled in our trailer full-time for two months up through California, Nevada, Boise, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and back down California, I feel that our trailer and all of my changes to the trailer have been battle-tested.
On this website, I will share tips, tricks, and reviews from my own personal experiences that I hope will help you find your own RV Travel Freedom. I chose the trailer I did and made the changes to our trailer that I did to further separate our reliance on plugin services such as electricity. Through our travels, we boondocked quite a bit and only once came close to not having enough power (which ended up being a fluke situation).
I have a lot of experience using and reviewing products from my years of operating a YouTube channel called State of Tech and another channel called Ditch Auto. I have been writing for decades and I really hope some of my articles here help a few people on their journey to RV Travel Freedom.
First, I plan to catch up. Over the past nine months, I have learned so much and I want to share it all with you. Some of my posts will be about products I have used and how they benefited our RV travel experience. Others will be about decisions you have to make as an RV owner.
Before we started our Full-time RV Travels this summer we started an Instagram page to document our adventures and called ourselves the Wandering Hills. You can follow us at @WanderingHillFam and me personally at @JeradHill to see some of our adventures.
I hope you will join me on this journey. To get updates as I post more, put your email address in at the top of the site. I will make sure to shoot you a short email when I post a new article I think you might like.