I’ve mentioned a few times in the past that this year our family took on a new “project.” In January we decided to purchase an RV. It’s something that we have been talking about for nearly 10 years, and this year we finally decided it was time. Since we’ve purchased our RV, we’ve had lots of chats with friends and family about it. Plus a lot of questions about our RV experience. Today I thought I’d sit down and share how our RVing experience has been so far, answer some of the most frequently asked questions, and share with you a tutorial for a fun pillow that I stitched to decorate our RV.
We get asked frequently what made us decide to buy an RV, and how we picked the one that we did. I will say that it was hard for us to decide which RV to buy, and some days I go back and forth deciding if I’m 100% sure we got the right model. Today I’d say I’m 98% sure *wink*.
My husband and I have been talking about purchasing an RV for a long time. In that time went back and forth between buying a motorhome or a travel trailer. We found that there are many pros and cons to each one. For example, motorhomes make for insanely comfortable road trips, yet towable units allow you to use your own car when you’re on a trip (you can also tow certain cars behind a motorhome ). There is also a price range we had to consider, you can find nice towable RVs starting around $6,000 with prices for some decked out motorhomes going all the way up to “celebrity level.”
After deciding on an RV, we next needed to decide the type and size of RV that we wanted. We went back and forth on this FOREVER, and finally made a decision. Like I said I’m 98% sure we picked the right one. After thinking about it for a while, I’ve finally decided that there are things that I would love about each type of vehicle. So no matter what I bought I think I’d be wondering if we should have bought the other. Does that make sense? Isn’t it like that with everything in life??? You pick one thing and spend time wondering about the other, it’s just human nature. I need to figure out how to stop doing that.
As far as tips go, there is one I will give you today: if you buy an RV, you do need to pay attention to the seat belts inside. We have 4, but I wish we had 6. We may have made a different decision if our salesman had been clearer during our purchase. Ultimately it’s our fault for not researching it more on our own.
As soon as we bought the RV my husband wanted to go shopping to get “the RV stuff.” I think it’s a guy thing. He began researching the “best” and most necessary accessories, and for the most part I just let him do his “thing.” Until one day we were shopping and he wanted to buy blankets for the beds. At this point I had to interject and say “NO, that is my department.” *wink*.
Let me tell you, you can bet that at some point the inside of this RV is going to be covered in handmade quilts and pillows. I’ve already started construction on the quilts, they are not done, but are getting close. One day while I was working on the quilts, I noticed that I had accumulated a big ol’ pile of scraps. Today I’m going to share with you what I did with some of those scraps, by creating this Hit the Open Road Appliqué Pillow.
Many people have asked us if we like our RV and RVing. They also want to know if it was hard to figure out how to use all of the “stuff” on the RV. The thing is pretty much a house on wheels complete with electrical and plumbing systems.
The answer to the 2nd question is yes, we’ve figured out how to work all the stuff.
The first time we took the RV out was a pretty big experiment, with us referring to YouTube videos and owners manuals all day. After that first trip things got pretty easy, and we seemed to have figured most of it out (I don’t want to say we’ve figured it all out, because I don’t want to jinx it, but we’re feeling pretty confident).
The answer to the first question is also yes, we have loved having the RV.
We’ve taken it on long road trips (to Disney World in April, where we stayed at their campground) and short trips to local campgrounds. I have to tell you that the thing is pretty dreamy on long trips. I love the fact that I have my own bathroom. All we need to do is pull off the road for a super quick pit stop to let someone use it, no hunting for clean restrooms on the road. I also love that I have my own bed, my own pillow and my own sheets.
One of our favorite things is to take it on quick trips, sometimes we don’t even stay the night. We love to pull into a campground, cook dinner and spend the evening enjoying the outdoors.
Personally, I love that the RV has a fridge and a kitchen. There’s nothing quite like the smell of waffles cooking on an early Saturday morning when you’ve got a terrific view out your window.
We’ve been playing around with Dutch oven recipes all summer, and have discovered a few favorites. Once we get them perfected I’ll have to share a few of the recipes with you guys. The best thing about it I think is that my husband does most of the Dutch oven cooking, which is a major bonus for me!
It’s been so nice to get the kids AWAY. Yes, they still take their phones, but most of the other distractions are far away. We play cards, watch movies, take the dogs on walks and are able to spend a lot of time talking to each other. SO much better than everyone retreating to their “spaces” at home.
We live in Kentucky, and are always on the lookout for fun new places to park. If you know of any places in Indiana, Kentucky or Tennessee let me know. Part of the fun has been exploring new places in our area that we’ve never been to before.
Okay, now onto that project!
This pillow is SUPER easy to make, you can even make it without a sewing machine if you want. You’ll just need to purchase an already sewn pillow cover. I’ve included a free pattern printable for the HIT THE OPEN ROAD lettering. To get the tutorial and the printable pattern just click here (the tutorial is pretty long and detailed so I’ve moved it to another page, to make things simpler).
If any of you are experienced RVers I’d love to hear your best tips and places to go, just leave them in the comments so that everyone can see them.