Good Morning, Albany

We got out of Maine a few hours later than we’d hoped yesterday- a client emergency the night before cut into our prep time. With the amount of traveling we do, there’s nothing new or different about packing for a trip, but when you’re leaving home for 4 months, everything feels much more important. Once we hit the road, I immediately became sick to my stomach– the trailer was bucking and pulling and swaying, and I immediately reconsidered every decision we’ve made regarding this crazy adventure. When we made it to the rest stop in Kennebunk, Maine, I was sore and felt like I’d been beat up. It turns out that your trailer brake controller needs to be “tuned” to your vehicle– you can set the level of braking, and our had been turned up to max– so every time I would tap on the brakes in the car, it would slam on the brakes in the trailer. Whoops. Interesting fact: I’m pretty sure our that the designer of our trailer brake controller is a huge spinal tap fan, because the highest setting is 11! We ended up driving until about 9pm last night, started getting tired, used the Allstays iPad app to find a WalMart and within 5 minutes had set up camp for the night and we were in our “house” with slippers on watching TV and having a beer. Beats a hotel hands down! Average gas mileage for day one: 11mpg Lessons learned: Traffic is stressful Extended mirrors are lifesavers Set your brake controller level Take a deep breath or two Some truckers are assholes, and...

Almost ready to hit the road– gear report

We’re hitting the road in 9 days, and we’ve got the mobile office ready to go! Read more for information on our rig and how we’ve set it up.   If you’re thinking about going on your own RV adventure, here’s some info about our gear: The Trailer We went with a 2014 Dutchmen 257RBGS — this trailer hit the sweet spot between weight (just under 5,000 lbs dry, safely towable by my diesel BMW X5), price (under $20k after negotiations), and layout. A lot of trailers are set up to take 4-6 people out for a few days. We needed something that would be comfortable for 2 people (and 2 dogs) for 4 months. That meant that we didn’t want space wasted on bunk beds, we wanted to make sure there was a real oven (many just have a microwave/convection oven) and a decent fridge. We also wanted to make sure that we’d be able to comfortably camp off-the-grid for 4-6 days at a time (known as Boondocking or Distributed Camping), so we had the dealer add an extra battery and we bought a Honda EU2000I generator that we can run for a few hours a day to top off the battery. Internet  Obviously, our biggest requirement has been the ability to get online.  If we park somewhere and can’t get a reasonably fast (I’ll define that as at least 500kbps with sub-200ms pings to google.com) internet connection, then we can’t stay there.  Which would be a big bummer if we found a beautiful spot, got set up, then had to move! So, here’s what we came up...

To visit in the WordCamper…

I am definitely planning to check out Tony Hseih’s downtown Vegas revitalization project and all the tech activity coming out of San Antonio. What else should we be sure to check out as we travel the country?