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RV There Yet? Chronicles of a Retirement Adventure

Heartland Recreational Vehicles is the fastest growing RV company in the world and we are making news in the RV industry every day.
My husband, Michael, and I have been living fulltime in our 2011 Landmark Key Largo since April of 2011 and LOVE every minute of it.

When Michael retired from the US Army in October of 2012 (after 29 years of service) we hit the road and haven’t looked back.

We usually work in the south Texas oilfields in the winter and spend time with our two sons and their families in the summer. We travel and sight-see as much and often as possible.
Kelly Barnett

Oilfield Gate Guarding

Oilfield Gate Guarding
Looking to bring in some extra money? There are several ways to do that while living/traveling in your Heartland RV. I'd like to tell you about one way that we earn some 'play' money. In the winter months we work as gate guards in the Texas Oilfield.We are starting our fourth year working in the oil patch. We usually work from October/Nov...
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Kelly Barnett

FRVTA Florida RV SuperShow

FRVTA Florida RV SuperShow
One of the biggest events in the RV industry is the Florida RV SuperShow which is held in Tampa each year in early January. We were lucky enough to be able to attend the show…twice.The first time we attended was in January 2011 when we attended so that we could see a brand new floorplan…the Landmark Key Largo!  We fell in love with the pl...
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Emily Rohrer
I didn't know that volunteering at a Heartland table was an option. Thanks! We've been to the Houston and Austin TX shows, but eit... Read More
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:48
Kelly Barnett

2PS Top 12 Restaurants

2PS Top 12 Restaurants
​What is one of most Heartland owners favorite activities?  Why eating, of course!  The list of our "Top 12 Restaurants" includes several places we've enjoyed with other Heartland RV owners, several places that were recommended by other Heartland owners and yet others that we'd highly recommend to others.Here are our favorites, in no part...
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Kelly Barnett

Season's Greetings from The Barnetts (2psnapod)!

Season's Greetings from The Barnetts (2psnapod)!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our RV to yours!                                                                                    ...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Cooking with Kelly

RV Cooking with Kelly
​I enjoy cooking. Baking? Not so much. I'm no gourmet chef but we don't go hungry.When we purchased our Heartland fifth wheel I had never used a convection oven (a microwave/convection oven was standard in our 5th wheel) and was actually quite terrified at the thought of learning to use it…let alone actually using it! Thankfully, when we picke...
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Kelly Barnett

2PS Top 8 RV Parks And Campgrounds

2PS Top 8 RV Parks And Campgrounds
I tend to be a list person. I have a 'To Do' list beside me at all times. If we travel somewhere I make a list of what to pack. I make a list of the Christmas gifts we purchase. I keep a list of what's in our basement. You get it…I'm a 'list person'.I even have a 'list' of where we travel throughout the year. That particular list is more of an itin...
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Emily Rohrer
Thanks, Kelly! I've pinned this for future reference. We've stayed at Ft. Sam Houston, and agree with your assessment. The only t... Read More
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:31
Lisa & Dan Brown
Kelly, your assessments are much in line of ours at the one's we've mutually parked at and what we'd expect. We made note of your... Read More
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 01:49
Kelly Barnett
The 'only' reason I consider it a drawback is that many readers are not associated with the military and wouldn't be able to enjoy... Read More
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 07:34
Kelly Barnett

Storage Matters In An RV

Storage Matters In An RV
Whether you're a Weekend Warrior, Any-Timer, Part-Timer or Full-Timer, like us, the amount of storage in your fifth wheel trailer matters. More than likely, when you were shopping for your camper, you took into consideration the amount of storage each floorplan you looked at had…just like we did. I fell in love with our Heartland Landma...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Recipe: Nelly Muffins

RV Recipe: Nelly Muffins
Have you been to a Heartland RVs rally yet? If not…get signed up for one in your area as soon as possible...you'll thank me for it! ;-)If you've ever been to a rally where Kevin and Nelly W. are in attendance you might have been treated to Nelly's famous Six Week Bran Muffins…or renamed by countless Heartland owners as "Nelly Muffins".These muffins...
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Kelly Barnett

It Can Happen To Anyone

It Can Happen To Anyone
We tend to have a certain routine when it comes to packing up and leaving wherever we happen to be. I usually take care of things on the inside of the 5th wheel while Michael works outside. Then when it is time to hook the coach to the truck we work together. Michael backs up to the coach, while I move the jacks (automatic) up and down as needed u...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Recipe: Stella's Firecrackers

RV Recipe: Stella's Firecrackers
One of the greatest things about being a Heartland owner is other Heartland owners! Over the past six years we have met some of the sweetest, friendliest, nicest people. When we're able to get together it's like a family reunion. As with any family reunion there is always lots of delicious food to share.Several years ago, our friend, Stella C....
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Kelly Barnett

Make It Your Own

Make It Your Own
Just like most people who move into a new 'home', we needed to make some changes and/or improvements to make our home more suited to us. Here are just a few of the 'mods' we've done. 1. One of the first things my 'handy' husband did was to install 12"x12" peel and stick floor tiles on the bed pedestal. Adding the tiles ...
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Jeanne Lewis
Good tip on the bed pedestal I think we will do this also.
Sunday, 04 December 2016 12:12
Kelly Barnett
It makes life SO much easier, Jeanne! I'm sure it will be one of the first things we do if/when we buy a new coach!
Sunday, 04 December 2016 14:26
Kelly Barnett

Our Journey From Dreamers To Full-Timers: Delivery and Moving In

Our Journey From Dreamers To Full-Timers: Delivery and Moving In
We placed the order for our 2011 Heartland Landmark Key Largo in January 2011 but had to wait several months for our fifth wheel to be built and delivered to the dealer in Tampa, Florida.That was one of the longest waits of our lifetime.Preparing For Our New Heartland Landmark We sorted through things to keep, to donate, to give to our ...
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Kelly Barnett

Our Journey From Dreamers to Full-Timers: The Dream Becomes Reality

Our Journey From Dreamers to Full-Timers: The Dream Becomes Reality
In September 2009 Michael was transferred from his duty station in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, to Montgomery, Alabama.We sold our home in Wisconsin and rented an apartment in Alabama knowing that retirement was now just three years away and our dream of living full-time in an RV was getting closer and closer. No use in buying a home if we intended on bu...
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Kelly Barnett

Our Journey From Dreamers To Full-Timers: How It All Began

Our Journey From Dreamers To Full-Timers: How It All Began
Close to 20 years ago (or more), my husband, Michael, and I started talking about buying an RV and traveling when he retired from the Army. Even though I always kind of figured it was a pipe dream we used to tell our boys, who were about 8 and 10 at the time, that when they got older and started buying homes of their own they needed to make sure th...
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