RV Life: The Ups and Downs of Being on the Road

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I wouldn’t take the trip back for anything, but boy it kicked my ass!Jon Vroman Camping

Gents, in this episode we’re talking all about RV life — extended road trips, trailers, camping, and year round travel with the entire family. 

In case you missed it, I bought a 17-foot trailer and embarked on one of the most challenging family trips of my life. We made some incredible memories, but it wasn’t exactly sunshine and rainbows either. 

Since returning home from the Vroman’s big RV adventure (earlier than anticipated), I’ve been getting A LOT of questions… 

  • What should I plan for when it comes to RVing with my family?
  • What type of rig do I need to get across the country in one piece?
  • Can I work from the road AND enjoy the adventure at the same time?
  • How do you have sex with your wife when your kids are 6 feet away?!

Today, we dive into all of this and more. I’m speaking with my friends Aaron Amuchastegui and Jason Shinpaugh who have both travelled extensively with their families. 

You’ll get a high level look at what to expect, how to plan for the worst, food considerations, gadgets to buy, preparation tips, and more. You’ll hear our most epic moments, as well as our biggest failures. 

If you’re considering a trip like this for the first time, there’s a ton of insight from this conversation to set you up for success. Trust me, you don’t want to “wing it” like I did 🙂

Some of the topics I discuss with RV Life

  • Am I selling my RV? You’ll have to listen to find out 😉
  • RV, Camper, Motor Home, Trailer, 5th Wheel, Class A, Class C — what’s the difference and which one is right for you?
  • Why tough family moments only get tougher when you’re on the road.
  • Showing your kids that you’re not perfect. 
  • Aaron shares what it was like driving through 17 states in 3 months.
  • Is it possible to manage work while on the road?
  • Jason’s experience after selling his possessions and travelling full time for the past 5 years. 
  • Why unmet expectations are the #1 cause of stress while living on the road. 
  • How much time should you spend in one location before moving onto the next destination? 
  • I completely underestimated transition time when coming and going. 
  • Healthy eating hacks you can use when travelling.
  • Why planning is so crucial to a successful RV trip — and the importance of doing a trial run before committing to a longer expedition. 
  • Should your kids wear seatbelts when the RV is being driven?
  • The moment I was most ashamed of during the trip — and what I did about it. 
  • The best memory from our entire trip — a moment I would have never have expected. 
  • Saying no to luxury, and yes to adventure. 
  • A funny story about sex in the RV.
  • RVing is not a vacation… It’s life!
“I wouldn’t take the trip back for anything! But boy it kicked my ass at the end.” - Jon Vroman Click To Tweet “No matter how much money you make, you can’t buy back yesterday.” - Jason Shinpaugh Click To Tweet “No to luxuries, yes to adventure.” - Aaron Amuchastegui Click To Tweet

Aaron Amuchastegui and Jason Shinpaugh Links & Other Resources

Aaron Amuchastegui’s Bio

Aaron Amuchastegui has been married for thirteen years and has 4 children.  He is an entrepreneur that likes to run his businesses on the road while traveling with his family.

Over the last 10 years, Aaron has built several successful businesses. Motivated by leaving a legacy of no regrets, instilling the importance of service and lifestyle innovation, Aaron believes that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously and that having fun along the way is crucial.

His membership in Gobundance has helped push him to discover opportunities and create new businesses, while maximizing worldly experiences he never thought he would accomplish. A present and active member of the 5 Hour School Week, he teaches us to live life really big and to love unconditionally.

Aaron and his family are focused on experiencing life as big as they can while they can, with the belief that tomorrow is never promised so we need to live today. He is hoping many of his next ventures will combine entrepreneurship opportunities with creating jobs and opportunities for those in need.

Jason Shinpaugh’s Bio

Jason started his career in real estate in 1997. In 2003, he opened his own real estate brokerage as he wanted to create a true team effort within his real estate company. 

Now, he is the owner of Island Tradition Properties and stays sharp by regularly attending professional and real estate conferences. He is consistently in the top 1% of agents in the local board of realtors and was recognized as a finalist in the 4 under 40 by Lead Brevard. However, there is more to Jason than real estate.

Jason Shinpaugh and his wife, Linda, have two beautiful children (Jason Jr. and Sara) whom they homeschool. Jason Jr. is the ultimate negotiator and Sara is tough as nails! You will mostly find them as a family on their boat fishing or relaxing at an island. Some of their favorite vacations are going to the Florida Keys for snorkeling and fishing and in Asheville, NC for hiking trips.


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