dog at soaring ridge brewery

Practice Camping Trip #3: Roanoke, VA

Campground We spent the weekend at Dixie Caverns Campground, in Salem, VA. It seemed run-down, but safe. We do not recommend using the campground bathrooms, even to wash your hands. They refill propane tanks, the wifi was fine, and the TV...

ashland americamps breakfast

Practice Camping Trip #2: Richmond, VA

Campground We knew we wanted to be close to Richmond, so right away Americamps RV Resort in Ashland jumped to the top of the list, and then we saw that THERE IS A BREWERY ACROSS THE PARKING LOT. As in, you...

ford truck pulling airstream

Practice Camping Trip #1: Fredericksburg, VA

Campground(s) We spent two nights at the Fredericksburg VA / Washington DC South KOA. It was quiet and woodsy, with a little lake, and pretty sparsely populated on a cold January weekend. The camp store had snacks and supplies, and...

airstream in the snow

Winterizing an Airstream

As we are doing our short practice trips in Virginia in January and February, we’re getting good at winterizing and un-winterizing our Airstream. This is the list we use for reference, and while we are confident in the steps and...

row of new airstreams

Checklist for New Airstream Pickup

We recently purchased a 2016 International, and did a lot of online research to find out all the things we need to look for on our final walkthrough at the dealership. Many of the items we read about didn’t apply...

ford truck pulling airstream

First camping trip with our new Airstream

We picked up our Airstream on Saturday and are on Day 2 of Practice Trip #1! It has been very educational. When we picked up the trailer we did one last walkthrough and checkout with the service department, and a...

2016 international serenity 27FB

We finally picked our Airstream

After weeks and weeks of research, questions, pro/con lists, and hours spent sitting in a trailer of one floorplan, then the other, then puttering around the kitchen of one, then the other… we made a decision. We chose a 2016 27FB...

Towing acronyms defined: weights and ratings

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The total allowable weight for the vehicle, including occupants, fluids, options, hitch hardware, cargo and trailer-hitch weight. Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR): The total allowable weight of the tow vehicle, the trailer, the cargo in...

Where we started…

J and I love to travel. We’ve been all over the world on one- or two-week vacations, but our dream for many years has been to take a camper across the US for a few months and see more of...