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Tips for an Epic 14-month Family RV Road Trip [Podcast #367]

Ever dreamed of taking an epic family RV Road Trip? In this 367th episode of the RV Podcast, you’ll meet a couple that just completed an awesome 14-month adventure that changed all their lives in very positive ways.

And what may be most unusual about all this is Scott and Sarah LaBass had never been on an RV trip of any sort before they did this one.

It’s a great story and the couple shares so many helpful tips on planning a cross-country family RV trip and handling all the unexpected challenges that inevitably will arise on such an undertaking.

Plus we have lots of RV News, your RV Lifestyle Questions, and another great Hidden Gems campground report.

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  • :50 – Welcome from Mike and Jen, on location along the Mississippi River across from Natchez, MS
  • 2:00 – Reference of the Hot Air Balloons over the Mississippi River
  • 5:33 – Discussion of Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky
  • 7:20 – Report on visit to the Woodlands at Buffalo River, TN, our ATV tour of the property and the upcoming Oct. 30 event
  • 10:35 – Interview with Scott and Sarah LaBass
  • 44:07 – RV News: US opens border to Canadian RVers
  • 45:30 – RV News: Dog rescuted after falling in crevace at New York’s Minnewaska State Park Preserve
  • 47:11 – RV News: New Teardrop Trailer has EV charging system
  • 48:50 – RV News: Vehices wth Advanced Driver Assistace Systems don’t always work in foul weather
  • 51:17 – Special Teddy Bear returned to little girl at Glacier National Park
  • 55:00 RV Question: Is AWD necessary on an RV?
  • 56:50 – RV Question: Info on performance chip that supposedly improves mileage in Ford Transit RVs
  • 1:03:40 – Hidden Camoground Gems: Homestead RV Community in Alabama

Transcript: Scott and Sarah Share Details of their Epic Family RV Road Trip

the LaBass family on their epic family rv road trip
The LaBass family inside the 5th wheel they took on their epic family RV Road Trip

Here’s an edited transcript of our interview with Scott and Sarah:

Mike Wendland:          
Joining us now, Scott and Sarah, now back from their trip. We are delighted to have you guys with us today.

Jennifer Wendland       
I can’t wait to hear about your 14-month adventure.

Mike Wendland:          
Yeah. So tell us. What gave you the idea to do it? Had you had a lot of RV experience? And what was this trip all about? The planning for the Family RV Road Trip started 2 years before!

Sarah LaBass:               
So, we decided about two years before COVID even hit that we wanted to take our family on the road before they grew up and left the nest. Scotty came to me and he said,” What would you think if we tour the U.S. for a year?” And I said, okay, let’s do it. So after some research, we got a good idea of what we needed to do. Just so you know, before we started this trip, we did not own a trailer.

Mike Wendland:          
Really?

Sarah LaBass:               
I drove a minivan and Scotty drove a Prius.

Scott LaBass:                
Yep. In California, the typical scenario, minivan, and Prius.

Sarah LaBass:               
So we sold my minivan. We bought an F350 Duty. That was my truck to drive around town.

Research is the key to a successful Family RV Road Trip

And we researched for about a year and a half on trailers and trucks and where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. And literally just propped for you guys. I listened to your podcast every week during that time. And I learned things that I did not need, I needed to know.

And I got answers to questions that I knew I had. And questions arose. You guys answered every question. If I had a different question, I would email you and I got the information. So I owe you guys, we owe you guys the information, our influence smoothly because of the information that we got while researching. So thank you guys.

Mike Wendland:          
Well, thank you. But look here, you are being interviewed on the podcast as experts. You never were RVers before Scott, how did you get the idea you wanted to do this?

Details of the Family RV Road Trip

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This is their 5th wheel

Scott LaBass:                
So all I knew is that we needed to get out and travel the country. We didn’t know if we were going to do it in an RV, a Fifth wheel, a trailer, if we were going to tent camp or hotel or whatever.

So we just decided to go, as Sarah said, figured out and do some research and figure, which would be the best for our scenario. We knew we wanted to be out for at least a year.

And we knew we wanted, we knew the timeframe because it was our oldest son’s junior year in high school. So allowing him to come back for his senior year and everything that goes along with that. We did all that research, I’ve driven some trucks and a little bit of trailer driving, but backing up and all the other nuances that go with pulling a big giant Fifth-wheel we had no idea. So we turned into truck drivers overnight. Lots of trial and error.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yes. Did. In fact, the joke is, Scotty had to work while we were on the road. So I did a good amount of driving. So the joke was when we got home that I was going to be a semi-truck driver.

Mike Wendland:          
Well, you guys had planned this pre-COVID, then COVID hit. And of course, you live in California, one of the most restrictive states period. Did you ever think that maybe this was going to be delayed or canceled because of COVID?

People thought they were crazy to do this

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah, for a brief moment, we had a lot of people telling us it wasn’t going to happen. We wanted to rent our house out while we left. And we had people telling us that this family RV road trip wasn’t going to work.

And together we definitely felt inspired that we needed to go no matter what everybody else was telling us. We put our house on the market and within one day we had 50 to a 100 people interested within three days at a renter.

Scott LaBass:                
All the interviews and everything was done just virtually. We didn’t really meet anybody until a couple of families that we chose to come in. But it was an interesting thing. As Sarah said, everybody was a no-sayer. It’s not going to work. COVID hit. You’re not going to rent your house out.

You’re not going to find a, we still had to buy a trailer. I had purchased a truck a few months before, but we still had to find a trailer. The one that we wanted, we knew which one, we just didn’t know where to find it. So it all worked out, swimmingly.

Sarah LaBass:               
It worked out literally step by step was laid out in front of us. And all we had to do was do it. And so we bought the trailer. We even left a week earlier because the kids weren’t in school anymore because of COVID. So we left early, I homeschooled the whole time that we were out and it was fantastic. So we got on the trip and we had

The kids were road schooled for 14 months

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There were so many adventures on this family RV Road Trip

Scott LaBass:                
By the way, she had never homeschooled before either.

Jennifer Wendland       
No

Mike Wendland:          
I was going to just ask, you know the term is road schooled these days, and now you’re an expert in that too.

Sarah LaBass:               
It was so wonderful because we were learning about U.S. History and then got to go walk through the civil war sites. And we got to go through Boston, Massachusetts on the freedom trail. We walked through Gettysburg and Vicksburg and literally, we were studying it and feeling it as we were walking through it and seeing it, it was incredible. The education alone was worth every bit of preparation to get us out. It was incredible.

Mike Wendland:          
Tell us about this trip. Now, you left when and where did you go? And I got to ask, were there bumps on the road those first few days?

There was an adjustment phase

Scott LaBass:                
Oh yeah, we had, I’ll tell you this. So Sarah can explain the preparation to where we went, but two weeks into our trip, we’re in Frisco, Colorado, and our family is, part of the activity list that we had included on this included mountain bike, parks, skateboard parks, BMX parks, really kind of high octane high adrenaline activity. Our kids are like that.

And two weeks into our family RV road trip, we were at a mountain bike park in Frisco, Colorado, our oldest son, he was, I think he was 16. He had just turned 16. He fell a big fall, got a big concussion, knocked himself out, broke his clavicle. He had to spend the night in the emergency room. It was right across the way.

And the trailer, we didn’t even have parked at a campsite at the time we were parked at a parking lot. So we stayed the night in the parking lot. Sarah and my oldest son spent the night in the emergency room. And that sort of sets the pace for the rest of our trip with a few more bumps and bruises along the way.

Sarah LaBass:               
But, fortunately, our son was so kind in Frisco, Colorado, and he helped us to meet our deductible for the rest of the trip.

Scott LaBass:                
One, one instance, just like that, just like that.

National Parks are National Treasures

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Scott and Sarah atop Logan Pass at Glacier National Park

Sarah LaBass:               
We left the end of May, and we were, we came home in August of the next year. So we left in the end of May 2020. And we came home August 2021.

And we basically did a figure eight across the United States to miss winter storms and to miss certain weather, to make sure we caught fall going down the east coast. It was incredible. We hit 46 states with our kids. We did 33 national parks, which National Parks are the treasures of our country.

We did all the major bucket listings like Niagara Falls, snorkeling, and Key West.

We did the Ark encounter in Kentucky. We dug for diamonds in Arkansas and we [inaudible 00:08:02] in Philipsburg, Montana.

Scott LaBass:                
We rode our bikes through Manhattan, as a crazy family, all on our bikes, in a line for all the crazy across the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan bridge.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah.

Scott LaBass:                
We did some pretty well stuff, Mount Rushmore. Sarah and I did an almost 80-mile bike ride through Mount Rushmore through Crazy Horse Monument back the Black Hills and state park. So we did a lot of fun stuff out there.

The Family RV Road Trip featured lots of hiking and outdoor activities

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Everyone liked hiking

Mike Wendland:          
You are, are both active. I know. I see in your email, 50 marathons by 50, is that a goal

Scott LaBass:                
She’s only 20, she has 30 years to go

Mike Wendland:          
So you got a long time to do it. Yeah.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. The goal is 55 50 and I’ve run 34 marathons. But unfortunately the last three years I’ve been, I’ve had a couple of different injuries, so I’m just biking and waiting till I can run again. So I have 16 left to do, and it’s going to get done.

We’re doing this. We’re very active and it’s not the two of us. So Scotty mountain bikes and road bikes and our boys, we have three boys and one daughter and they all are very active, biking, hiking, wrestling. They do sports. They, I mean, you name it. They do it.

Scott LaBass:                
One of the funniest stories I like to tell is we went to 50 some odd skate parks.

Sarah LaBass:               
No, it was like 58 skate parks across the U.S.

Scott LaBass:                
Yeah. So in the skateboard park world, they don’t necessarily like, or look kindly to California. So we would pull up with the big giant truck with the California license plate.

Six people pile out, Sarah’s got rollerblades. My little daughter has her rollerblades and then scooters and skateboards and bikes and all the kids kind of, you can tell in the face like, oh great. All these people are showing up to our park. But from California, they got little kids that are going to get in our way. This is going to be a not good time.

So we start going around the park and whatnot. And pretty soon our middle son is doing like a 360 crazy trick out the bowl doing backflips on scooters, and then all of a sudden, all the locals are like, “yeah, let’s go” and then all running and we’re all in. We’re all cool. Now we’re all rolling. That’s how it was in 60 plus skate parks all across America.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. It was pretty fun.

Setbacks will happen on a family RV road trip – So learn to Pivot

Mike Wendland:          
You know, I could tell one thing why you guys are successful and do, do you see how you took particularly the accident in stride? You know, you just rolled with it and made it, made it something to tell a funny story about, tell us more about this, this trip.

Sarah LaBass:               
I’m going to tell you a really funny story that helped us learn a lot. One of our stops was in Colorado Springs, CO. So one of the activities we did in the area was to drive up to the top of Pike’s Peak, which is absolutely gorgeous. If you’ve done that, it’s worth the drive.

Mike Wendland:          
We have, we have, yes,

The Pikes Peak Misadventure

Sarah LaBass:               
It’s so beautiful. So we actually did it on a day that we weren’t planning on doing it. So in other words, we weren’t totally prepared in the sense that we planned to go to the gas station before we did the climb up Pikes Peak.

I think it’s 19 one way, but when we got to the gate to enter into Pikes Peak, the lady said “it’s 19 miles to the top and 19 down” and we looked at our gas gauge and it said we had 60 miles left. So we thought, okay,

Mike Wendland:          
Piece a cake

Sarah LaBass:               
So we go, we’re like, let’s go. As we were driving, we started to ascend. And we saw that as we increase in our elevation that the gas was decreasing it like 10 times the normal rate. And we were watching it go from 60 to 55 to 50 to 45, and we’d only gone a couple of miles, and we kind look to each other. “Oh no, what is going on here?” We just kept going. That is what we, we just kept going. By the time we got to the top of Pike Peak, you guys, we had two miles left in our tank.

Mike Wendland:          
but it’s all downhill on the way back.

Sarah LaBass:               
That’s what we thought, we thought, okay, we’re good. We have this big, oh,

Mike Wendland:          
you got to use your engine. Yeah.

Sarah LaBass:               
So Scott and I with each other, well, let’s just go have a good time and there’s the rumor go eat the donuts. They’re delicious. And by the way, they were not very good. So we went, we went up to the top and we enjoyed the view and took pictures and the kids ran around and it was just so beautiful. We really enjoyed the top.

And then when we realized it was time to go, then kind of the panic set in like, okay, what are we going to do? And Scotty and I decided that we were going to put the truck in neutral, use the brakes and try and go down the hill.

Scott LaBass:                
Right, as we pulled out of the parking lot, as soon as I pulled out, it was down to zero.

Sarah LaBass:               
Oh, right.

Sarah LaBass:               
This is not our brightest moment. So we descending and Scott’s using his brakes and probably about four miles down. There’s a break check where they stop you. And there’s a convenience store, you know? And so we get down there and she checks our breaks with her little laser thing. And Scotty asked her, so what’s the average break temperature. And she said, maybe in the hundredth, right. She said hundred, 200. And Scotty goes, well, what’s our, she goes 750.

Scott LaBass:                
They’re pretty hot.

People are so willing to help

The fifth wheel used for their family RV Road Trip
The fifth wheel used for their family RV Road Trip

Sarah LaBass:               
She goes, you guys have to pull over, you’re not allowed to go down this hill and sorry, our phone is ringing. And so we pulled over and Scotty said, you know, we ran out of gas. By any chance you have gas. She goes, “oh yeah, I have gas”. And we’re like, “yeah”. Scotty goes, “oh, is it diesel?”

We have to have diesel. She goes, oh no, I just have regular gas. So then we’re like, OK, panic, panic, long story short. We sat there and we talked to people and we tried to figure it out. Eventually, Scotty went up the line that was waiting to come down to the brake check. And he saw a man in a diesel track. And you know, they rolled down their window and Scotty talked to him and said, “Hey, we’re kind of in a jam here. We ran out of gas. By any chance, do you carry extra gas?” And the man goes, “oh yeah”.

Scott LaBass:                
So keep in mind. It was getting, it was, it was almost dark. Right? They were about ready to shut down. There was fear of tow trucks and fees and fines. They don’t let anyone stay on the mountain besides myself.

Sarah LaBass:               
And we have our four kids with us.

Scott LaBass:                
We have our four kids with us.

Sarah LaBass:               
So Bradley was his name and.

Scott LaBass:                
Bradford.

Sarah LaBass:               
Oh, Bradford.

Scott LaBass:                
Yeah. Bradford.

Sarah LaBass:               
Sorry. Bradford pulled next to our truck. And he sat there and filled us up. And I can’t tell you how many pictures I was taking of him, our angel of the day, filling up our track. And we were so grateful. And so we learned a couple of things there. Number one, carry extra gas, number two, go fill up your gas tank. Like when it’s halfway empty, that’s when it’s empty, you go fill it up. So we learned that one the hard way, but that’s what we do now.

The people of America are amazing!

And number three, that people, people in America are amazing you guys, we have had so many angels help us in so many situations, but specifically, in this situation, we were stranded. We were stuck and he was our angel and not even hesitating, he came and he helped us. And he was so bright and shiny. He was our angel for the day.

And we learned through this experience. And so many others, Americans are fantastic and service-oriented and wonderful. And they’re there to help. Every time we had something happen, there was someone there to help us

Mike Wendland:          
What I love so much about your story is, is just, that is what you discovered out there. I mean, if you, listen, you read social media and the news, you would think that everybody is at each other’s throat until you get in an RV and start camping and see in our country, and I’m so glad to hear that, you also found a lot of help from the community, right? You were able to, particularly our Facebook group, you got on the RV lifestyle, Facebook group and ask questions and were people helpful there

The RV Community loves to help

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. A quick story is in our itinerary. I had our itinerary 100% planned before we even set out. I had it done by November before COVID even hit. Meaning I had every stop, every campground, I knew where every airport was, what we were going to do, just because I was, I didn’t know how this was going to work.

It was flexible. Meaning if we needed to do something we could. But I also had our campgrounds planned out six months in advance. And that was just an intuition that I felt like I needed to do. And I know that that’s one of the sensitive things going on right now, because you can’t just fly by the seat pants anymore. And I just felt super grateful because our trailer was a 44 foot long, fifth wheel and we can’t just go in – Anywhere we needed places to be.

And so I made sure we were safe and had what we needed. Anyways, so what was I saying?

Scott LaBass:                
Learning through the Facebook group.

Sarah LaBass:               
The Facebook group I had planned for us to go to Canada and they, I followed your podcast in religiously the news specifically, because I was watching to see if they were going to open so we could go. And when I eventually found out, you know, realized they are not going to open, we can’t go.

We had two weeks in the itinerary that we had nothing. So I got on your Facebook page and said, “Hey guys, we’re going to be here. We need to be in Yellowstone by the end of these two weeks”. Oh we were coming from Glacier, Glacier Yellowstone. “Are there any ideas of where you guys think we should go for two weeks?” And I don’t remember the name of the sweet lady, but there were lots of ideas, but one lady specifically said, “you need to go to Philipsburg, Montana, because you can dig for Sapphire gems”.

Mike Wendland:          
Yes.

Scott LaBass:                
And they have the world candy shop and I was like “done”. So through the help there, we rerouted our itineraries and we went to Philipsburg and we had so much fun there and it was wonderful. And then we were able to get back to Yellowstone back into our itinerary so, and that was only one example of when the Facebook group actually helped me.

Scott worked remotely on this family RV Road Trip

Jennifer Wendland       
Now, Scott, you said you were able to work from the road. Did you have to work that much? Or what do you do?

Scott LaBass:                
Yeah. All time jobs. So I work for an IT company and I run an Engineering sales, engineering team. So I had to work every day like normal and accommodate for the different hours and the different time zones we were out and whatnot.

But I, I did a lot of, I was on video calls every single day, just like we’re doing now and phone calls all the time. And I had to have a strong internet connection everywhere I was at. As you know, from anyone who goes RV, the campsite itinerary doesn’t always work that well.

So we had, I had three carriers. I had a cell phone booster. I had a Winegard that does wifi and data from a SIM card. And we had our cell phones as well.

So it seemed to work everywhere except for two spots out of the, I think we were in a, out 90 campsites or so throughout the whole trip. Only two of them. I didn’t get a good signal one way or another.

Will they keep RVing?

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The LaBass family

Mike Wendland:          
Yeah. A couple of other quick questions you you’re back home. Your son’s in his senior year. Where’s the RV, are you still, are you done? Did you been there done that? What are your plans?

Scott LaBass:                
We’re actually going to sell the RV, but it’s in, we do always want to have a trailer at this point. We’ll always want to be able to get out and go on the road anytime we can. It’s being repaired right now.

I was driving to the coast of California, Northern California, about San Francisco. And I hit a tree …

Sarah LaBass:               
Just so you know, when I drove, I only hit one stop sign that I completely knocked out. Just one,

Mike Wendland:          
All that practice as a truck driver. Yeah.

Scott LaBass:                
Right. So I hit the tree. Didn’t bend anything. It just ripped the membrane. So that’s getting repaired right now. A replacing the roof and

Mike Wendland:          
Behind you.

Scott LaBass:                
Oh yeah

There were so many memories

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This 14 month Family RV Road Trip brought them all much closer together

Mike Wendland:          
Yeah, behind you are magnets. You’ve collected right from the trip.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. Yep. So you know, all the different places Mount Rushmore, this is Badlands, volcanoes in Hawaii. We did go to Hawaii for two.

Scott LaBass:                
We didn’t take the trailer to Hawaii.

Mike Wendland:          
We didn’t.

Scott LaBass:                
That would have been great.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah, that, that was good. That was fun.

Mike Wendland:          
So you’ve shared so many fun stories and memories, but a couple of quick lessons you’ve learned that you would pass along to yourself. If you could talk to your 14 months before, you know, or to other people who say, “I want to do that too.” Scott, what, what comes to your mind with that?

Pay it Forward is a Great way to Live

Scott LaBass:               
Here’s what I would say and go along the lines of what Sarah said, the people in the United States are just fantastic. For the most part, I would determine what you’re good at and what skill you have and you have to offer and be prepared to offer that.

And I’ll give you an example. I tried to be prepared with anything that I thought would happen, flat tires and that type of thing. Obviously the gas thing, how, how that slipped my mind, I don’t know, but we’re driving in the desert of Palm Springs out towards Palm Springs and four college students in a beat up car, got off to the side of the road and they had a big flat tire and no one was stopping to help them.

So we’re pulling our big 44 foot fifth wheel and there’s hardly a shoulder, but we pulled over my son and I grabbed all the tools, the jack everything.

Cause we had it all, and we went and changed their tire for him and got them on their way. We knew how to do that. We have the tools.

So we did it for them and strangely enough, someone had done that for us when we were in Chicago and got a flat tire. I wasn’t pulling the trailer at the time, but I didn’t have the tool to lower the spare from our truck, somehow the truck didn’t have it.

We were kind of stranded and we pulled up to a hotel and a gentleman that was a construction worker in the city who was just out, you know, enjoying his piece before he hit the sack for the night, he had an F150 and while the kids and Sarah went up to the hotel room, he and I spent the next two hours just chatting and talking and perfect strangers, nothing too in common.

But he helped me change the spare and he let me use his tool and we were off on our way the next day. So.

Mike Wendland:          
pay it forward, we did that.

Always be prepated to help others

Scott LaBass:               
Yeah So be prepared. That would be my thing. Be prepared to pay forward with any skill or talent that you may have and in whatever way you could do that.

Sarah LaBass:               
And actually, our son who was 14 at the time, the boys that they changed the tire for, they said, “what can we do? Can we pay you?” And our son said “no, no, no” just pay.

Scott LaBass:                
they offered us an open bottle of some alcohol. We don’t drink.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah, we don’t drink. So we said, “oh no, thank you.” And our son said, “just pay it forward.”

Scott LaBass:                
Yeah.

Sarah LaBass:               
And that was pretty incredible.

Mike Wendland:          
Wow.

Educate yourself before going on a long family RV Road Trip

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. I would think one lesson I was thinking of is when we decided to go, we didn’t just go.

We spent time educating ourselves so that when we went out, we had a good idea of what we’re doing. We met so many people on the road who just went and they didn’t know exactly what they were doing, and we saw many problems with how they were hooking up or how they were leveling or how they were, you know, just different things.

And we just, so we were grateful that we were able to have the time to do the research and find the information. I would think another advice I would give myself would be, be prepared, have a plan, but also make sure there’s a good percentage, that’s flexible so that, when things happen, you can change that plan on a dime, you know, but, and the other, so be flexible.

The other thing is be very organized in what you’re doing. When you go out, you need to organize your pictures, your itinerary, your, you know, madness, you’re organized in such a small space was what helped us have more peace within the trailer, living in the trailer was the organization helped a lot.

Jennifer Wendland       
And I, what I thought of right away when you first started was that not to let the negative people stop you from your dream.

Scott LaBass:                
Yeah. Yeah. That’s good.

Sarah LaBass:               
I think that you, you can listen to what the news and people are saying, but you have to decide what you’re going to take in your life and what you’re going to believe and what you’re going to do.

Scott LaBass:                
I’ll tell you this. People said we were crazy. And people from our church, friends. People have known for a long time.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. We were crazy.

Scott LaBass:                
But as we came back, those same people said you were inspired.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah just cause we left her in COVID our kids did not miss school. They didn’t miss sports.

Scott LaBass:                
And in California, everything was shut down.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. So why their friends were doing nothing. Kids were exploring the entire country. It was pretty incredible,

Jennifer Wendland       
One great big field trip.

Mike Wendland:          
Yeah.

Sarah LaBass:               
That’s what it was. It was incredible. If you don’t mind

Take lots of photographs on a family RV Road Trip: Sarah took 27,000!

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They took 27,000 photos!

Mike Wendland:          
I am so glad that you guys are going to stay in the RV lifestyle. You’re just going to get a different trailer.

And, the reason I’m glad is because we would love to have camp next to you guys and spend some more time around a fire, both Scott and Sarah, our regulars on the RV lifestyle, Facebook group, and I’m sure you guys, people are going to be talking about this after we post the podcasts and the links and all that stuff.

I have one last question. You might have one, but you took, I know I saw in a note 27,000 photographs, you said.

Sarah LaBass:               
I did.

Mike Wendland:          
That’s not hyperbole. You really took that many.

Sarah LaBass:               
I took so many pictures. You want to grab one of my books?

Mike Wendland:          
Yeah.

Sarah LaBass:               
So he’s going to grab one of my books. What I didn’t know back here what I did was I did a blog and everyone kept telling me “do YouTube channel do something”. But my main focus was my family.

It was not to spend 40 hours on a YouTube channel. So I just did a blog where every single day in the trip, I put pictures and described what we did. And then now, so all my pictures are organized on the blog and now I print them and into books.

Mike Wendland:           Ah

Jennifer Wendland        That’s awesome.

Mike Wendland:           Is that one, how many do you have?

Sarah LaBass:                Okay. That’s the funny part.

Make books from your photos

Scott LaBass:                
I thought. So I’ll just tell when she had this idea thought, oh, we’ll have three or four books on a coffee table.

Sarah LaBass:               
So, so far I printed 10 of these books and it only covers, it only covers the first three months.

Scott LaBass:                
we’re going to have an encyclopedia. I have to make a books shelf just for me.

Sarah LaBass:               
I don’t care how many it’s, we’re not going to forget any of those memories. The whole thing is completely [inaudible 00:27:14] . And so as far as where the pictures are, they’re all organized on my computer and we have one of those hard drives that we just put it on.

Scott LaBass:                
and you know what the title of this one.

Sarah LaBass:               
Oh, we got to tell you the title of our trip,

Mike Wendland:          
“Skateparcation across the nation”. Sounds like a great little song that we had me. Wow.

Jennifer Wendland       
I can’t tell you how you’ve encouraged us because you say in a small way that we encourage you to do this.

Mike Wendland:          
Yeah.

Jennifer Wendland       
So that makes me really happy to make, to get you guys.

Mike Wendland:          
Oh my gosh.

Jennifer Wendland       
To help you do your dream.

Mike Wendland:          Yeah.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. You guys were our godfather and godmother. Like literally I remember I was getting the house ready to sell it. And I was listening to you guys when working, learning and asking questions to myself and, and so a big of all the information pretty thank you.

Mike Wendland:          
Well, you have now inspired us. We’re taking off tomorrow for a couple of week trip and we’ll handle, handle that trip with a little glow of encouragement that we got from you as well. All of our listeners.

Jennifer Wendland       
Yeah. You just, you just have to roll with it. Whatever happens. You roll that because that’s life, there are the bumps in the road.

Mike Wendland:          
and every day’s a gift, isn’t it? Isn’t it.

Sarah LaBass:               
Yeah. And we’re to pay it forward. What you guys have done for us. We’ve really tried to encourage and educate other people whenever they ask us.

Scott LaBass:                
And honestly, I think other people that we’ve met that have been in the RV world, they pay it forward too. They realize that people have helped them along the way and they, they have that same attitude.

Sarah LaBass:                Yeah. Yeah.

Mike Wendland:          
Well, we will have you back again after you get your new trailer and your head out and just thank you for sharing your adventure with all of our audience. You guys have been a delight. Scott and Sarah LaBass. Thank you guys so much for being our guests.

Scott LaBass:                 Thanks Jen.

Sarah LaBass:                Bye Mike and Jen.

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