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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

RV Rally Time (+ An All-Star HOC Rally Recipe)

RV Rally Time (+ An All-Star HOC Rally Recipe)
​While Heartland Owners Club rallies are held all year round, spring through fall is the busiest time for get-togethers. So, it's time to gear up and start getting registered to attend some rallies near you!  When you joined the Heartland Owners Club (HOC) or when you DO join…you will choose a state as your 'home' state and that state will bec...
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Kelly Barnett

Out of the Ordinary Sight-Seeing Destinations

Out of the Ordinary Sight-Seeing Destinations
​Horicon Marsh – Horicon, WIHoricon Marsh is the largest cat tail marsh in the United States at 32,000 acres. The National Wildlife Refuge makes up 21,000 (or 2/3) acres and the State Wildlife Area, the remaining 11,000 acres.There is a boat tour offered that gives you a chance to experience the marsh and glimpse some of the wildlife found in ...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Tip: Tires and TPMS

RV Tip: Tires and TPMS
If you were running a marathon, you probably wouldn't wear poorly-fitting, second-hand sneakers to do so. Similarly, if you're hauling a huge RV all over the country, you want it to have pretty good shoes too. A tire pressure monitoring system can't hurt either (however, we know from experience if your TPMS isn't turned on…it wo...
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Kelly Barnett

Severe Weather and RVing

Severe Weather and RVing
With tornado, severe storm and flooding season just around the corner, Erika, a fellow Heartland RV owner, recommended that I write a post about what to do in the case of severe weather. It's a subject that should be taken seriously by all campers, whether you are a 'Weekend Warrior' or a Full-timer.We moved into our Heartland Landmark Key Largo on...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Tip: Water, Water Everywhere

RV Tip: Water, Water Everywhere
(Nestled into our site in Elizabethtown)​You'll want to flush your tanks (fresh, gray AND black) occasionally to keep them semi-clean. Since you can't really get inside and scrub them…flushing is the next best thing. However, when you do perform that RV maintenance task you'll want to pay attention and not let yourself get distracted. Why, you...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Recipe: Amish Haystacks

RV Recipe: Amish Haystacks
With the Heartland RV North American Rally quickly approaching I wanted to share a recipe for Amish Haystacks. We were served this dish in 2015 when we had dinner at an Amish home during the pre-rally festivities.It's much like a taco salad with a few twists that make it unique.It's a great dish to prepare for a crowd or for a 'bring an ingredient'...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Destination: Door County, Wisconsin

RV Destination: Door County, Wisconsin
Many years ago, Michael and I went on a weekend getaway to Door County, Wisconsin and fell in love with the area. Michael likes to call Door County as the 'thumb' of Wisconsin and I guess that's a good way to describe it. Look at a map of Wisconsin and you'll understand what he's talking about. On your way to Door County you may pass by Green Bay ...
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Kelly Barnett

RV Maintenance Tip: Water Heater Maintenance

RV Maintenance Tip: Water Heater Maintenance
​It seems that sometimes we tend to learn things the hard way. You know…after a disaster or breakdown.We'd had our Heartland Landmark fifth wheel for about 4 years when our water heater started leaking and ended up needing to be replaced.​Michael removed the water heater from the coach and we took it to a dealer to have them diagnose the problem. B...
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Kelly Barnett

Staying Connected the RV Way

Staying Connected the RV Way
In this day and age technology is all around us. We carry our phones with us, our watches can tell us how far we've walked or monitor our heart rate, we can monitor the goings on in our homes while we're away, automobiles run on electricity and drive themselves, photographs are instantaneous…and that just barely scratches the surface.We as RVers m...
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Kelly Barnett

2017 North American Heartland RV Rally – Elkhart County, IN

2017 North American Heartland RV Rally – Elkhart County, IN
​Have you made your reservations for the North American Heartland Rally? Still contemplating going to the rally? This is an event you don't want to miss…and once you've been to one you'll be hooked!We attended the past two rallies in Goshen but have committed ourselves to a working camping position in Utah which makes us unable to attend this year'...
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Kelly Barnett

Pearsall, Texas: Home of the World's Largest Peanut

Pearsall, Texas: Home of the World's Largest Peanut
For over a year I've driven by a statue of a large peanut when I've gone into town to get groceries at the local HEB and I finally decided to stop and check it out.The monument boasts 'World's Largest Peanut'…whether that's the truth or not, it's a neat little 'off the beaten track' stop located at the corner of FM 140 and Louise Street in Pearsall...
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Kelly Barnett

2nd Generation Heartland Owners: Like Father, Like Son

2nd Generation Heartland Owners:  Like Father, Like Son
​When our sons were young we camped in a tent and then moved up to a used pop-up and a few years later purchased a brand new pop up. Sometimes we camped just as a family, other times the boys brought their friends. No matter the case we always had a good time filled with lots of laughter, and we made a lot of good memories.A far back as I can ...
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Kelly Barnett

RVing Tips: Club Memberships & Overnight Parking

RVing Tips: Club Memberships & Overnight Parking
​Whether you're a Weekend Warrior, Part-Timer, Some-Timer, Any-Timer or Full-timer having some campground memberships can be beneficial. Below I've listed a few of the memberships out there as well as a few no-cost places to overnight when on the road. Good SamWith a Good Sam membership, you receive a 10% discount on the nightly rate at over 2...
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Emily Rohrer
We are currently parked at one of San Antonio's two military RV parks. There's one on Lackland AFB, and one at Ft. Sam Houston, an... Read More
Friday, 17 February 2017 10:58
Kelly Barnett
We usually stay at Ft. Sam twice a year - Aprilish and again Octoberish and really enjoy it. The train doesn't bother us at all..... Read More
Friday, 17 February 2017 11:50
Kelly Barnett

You Can't Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy Pizza: 2PSNAPOD's Favorite Pizza Places

You Can't Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy Pizza: 2PSNAPOD's Favorite Pizza Places
​Who's doesn't like pizza? Well, OK, so there are a few strange people who don't care for pizza, but most of us enjoy the cheesy goodness of a hot pizza pie piled high with our favorite toppings.Traveling the country, pulling our Heartland Landmark Key Largo fifth wheel, has given us the opportunity to sample lots of different pizzeria's&...
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We love Giordano's in Chicago and on Valentine's Day they offer their famous deep dish pizza in a heart shape! Check them out! I... Read More
Thursday, 09 February 2017 10:05
Kelly Barnett
Being from Milwaukee, I've heard of Giordano''s but never been...guess we'll have to add it to our bucket list!
Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:40
Lisa & Dan Brown
We loved Giovanna's in Phenix City, Alabama. They made THE best Greek pizza known to man. Oh, and in Pueblo, Colorado, you must... Read More
Monday, 13 February 2017 01:54
Kelly Barnett

RV Recipe: Home Made Garden Vegetable Soup

RV Recipe: Home Made Garden Vegetable Soup
​In honor of National Home Made Soup Day, which is February 4th, I've decided to share a tasty recipe for Garden Vegetable Soup.   Served with some warm, crusty bread, it's a perfect 'warm me up' for a cold winter day or great for a Lenten meal.  Ingredients​4 – 32 oz chicken broth1 – 15 oz tomato sauce1 stick butter½ onion, diced½ c...
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Kelly Barnett

Looking for Adventure? Here's Two Helpful Websites

Looking for Adventure? Here's Two Helpful Websites
​I tend to be a 'planner'. We usually have a good idea of where we'll be, when we'll be there, how long we'll be there and what kinds of activities we'll participate while we're there. For some people that's too structured, as they like to 'fly by the seat of their pants'…but for us…it's perfect.When sight-seeing we tend to lean more toward th...
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Kelly Barnett

2PSNAPOD's Favorite National Parks & Monuments

2PSNAPOD's Favorite National Parks & Monuments
​We are BIG fans of National Parks as they represent so much of the history and beauty that our country has to offer. We purchase an America the Beautiful pass each year for $80…a small price to pay, in my opinion, to be able to visit as many parks and/or monuments as we are able. However, there are other passes for seniors, disabled and milit...
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Ed Menoche
Love the photos! We are planning to start full timing this fall. You know you can get lifetime senior passes to the National Par... Read More
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:05
Kelly Barnett

Product Review: GlowStep Revolution

Product Review: GlowStep Revolution
​The entry steps to our Heartland Landmark Key Largo were looking pretty shabby even though Michael had completely removed them, sanded them and repainted them in the 6 years we've owned our fifth wheel. We'd even had to have someone weld a spot that had broken a while back.When we were contacted by Kerstin, from Torklift and asked if we'd be inter...
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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

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