As someone who did not go up camping, you can imagine my surprise when my sister suggested we get a family RV back in 2012. Neither of us had any experience with this style of travel, but with our large multigenerational group and our passion to travel together, it seemed like the perfect adventure to take on.
Well that was three (almost 4) years ago and we are still RVing. We started out with the Enterra, which a cruiser RV with an outdoor kitchen and plenty of sleeping space.
We really loved the Enterra and enjoyed two years of awesome trips, but as our group continued to grow so did the need for a bigger RV. So, in spring of 2015, we upgraded to a fifth-wheel.
Although we have had a fun year enjoying the new RV, just getting the Voltage home was the biggest adventure yet. In order to upgrade, my sister and Billiam needed to get a new truck to haul it and also decided to throw in a new Razor for fun. They like to buy out of state to save money, so they invited us on an epic cross-country road trip to bring all these new toys home. Unfortunately, we couldn’t join in the fun, because I was on a mad hustle before leaving for St. Pete Beach and Scotland. So, Sis, Billiam and their boys set off on their grand cross-country adventure.
After a long and turbulent flight, they finally landed in Dover, Ohio, to pick up the new truck.
There is not much to talk about Dover, as it was really just a quick stop, but I do want to take the opportunity to discuss the flight. Now, my sister is queen of last minute and it costs her big time. She had to make all the flight no-no’s such as buying last minute and buying during spring break. Ouch! She ended up paying significantly more for a one-way with stops flight to Ohio than I paid for a round-trip nonstop to Florida. Preparation can save you hundreds of dollars; don’t let this happen to you. Read my post Money Saving Tips.
Next stop was Middletown, Indiana to get the Voltage. I remember how excited I was to get this text! That baby was coming home! Our new hub for adventures was in this new RV.
Here’s a look inside
The stop was fast, because then it was off to Louisville, Kentucky to pick up the Razor. Yes, it matches.
Now the fun was underway with all the toys in hand, the first stop was Nashville, Tennessee. The highlight for them was seeing the Grand Ole Opry.
But what really surprised them was how much the loved Memphis, Tennessee. They loved the night life, the BBQ and visiting Graceland! My sis came back a huge Elvis fan.
I have heard that Bourbon St is not a place for kids, but my sis took hers and they had a good time, but you can’t go into many of the bars with kids. However, they did enjoy their roadies, walking along Bourbon St. while sipping Hurricanes. They also tried Café Du Monde.
Next it was off to Texas. In Houston they had a blast visiting the space center and then San Antonio they visited the Alamo and loved the Riverwalk.
After a long drive through Texas, they hit New Mexico! Although the stayed in Carlsbad, they did not get to visit the caverns. Apparently, it takes up to six hours to take a cavern tour and they decided to get on the road to have more time in Tombstone, Arizona. Before leaving New Mexico, they did get to visit Albuquerque and dine in Roswell.
Tombstone, Arizona was the highlight of the trip. Across the board, it was everyone’s favorite stop. They movie Tombstone is a favorite among our family, so it is no surprise the boys loved it. They had so much fun that they can’t wait to go back!
After Tombstone, the Voltage was home. We had tequila and celebrated upon their return. They shared with us exciting souvenirs and stories. I’m so happy they had this amazing adventure, but let me tell you; I will be not missing the next road trip and will be sure to take awesome photos to share with all of you!
Author: Hot Mama
I’m a busy working mama, who understands the importance of taking a time out to enjoy life. Always ready for an adventure, this mama will not hesitate to pack the family up and go. Family vacations are a great way to bond with your kids and create wonderful memories that they will carry with them throughout their life. A fabulous getaway doesn’t have to break the bank! I’ll give you the tips and tricks you need to make every trip memorable, reasonable and HOT!