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About Our Family

We’re Caitlin & Ryan. In 2021, we bought our RV Bex when our boys were 4 and 1.5 years old. We lived in Coastal Virginia and we were ready to see the country with our travel trailer! About 2 weeks after we bought Bex, I had the next 3 years of part time family road trips mapped out! Not really. (But kinda.)

Two years later, we moved to the mountains of South Carolina and by the end of 2023, we’d visited our 35th state together!

How It Happened

This was probably a bit of a shock to our friends and family, because we did not set out to become family RVers. In fact, we didn’t have plans to travel much at all while our kids were little. But we had always dreamed of working remotely.

After we had remote work figured out, we booked a 4 week Airbnb stay in Florida. The entire family loved the sunshine and the escape from winter, and we started dreaming how we could make this happen more often.

But frequent road trips with two young kids don’t sound like much fun. Unless… we did it in a family RV. We’d have our home with us. Our own comfy beds. The boys’ favorite toys. No need to unpack and repack our groceries or clothes at each new rental. And so we jumped in with both feet and purchased a travel trailer small enough to tow with our Tacoma.

So What Now?

We caught the travel bug and we made it work, diapers and all! And now that our kids are a bit bigger, we’re really loving this part-time travel lifestyle! We have a wonderful house in the suburbs close to family, and we’re going to see this big, beautiful country a couple weeks (or months!) at a time.

Our Big Travel Goals

  1. See 49 states via RV. Yes, we want to take Bex to Alaska.
  2. Eat at least one famous food from each state we visit.
  3. Find a part time travel rhythm that works for our family RV travels.
  4. Take our homeschool along on road trips and incorporate the history and science all around us.
  5. Spend 6-12 months in the UK. (Obviously not in Bex.)

About Our RV

Bex is a Forest River Ibex 19mbh. We’ve upgraded both batteries and solar and made a ton of small modifications.
She’s full of storage, ready to off-road, and the perfect size for towing with the Tacoma we had. In 2023 we upgraded to our 2021 AEV Prospector XL, and now towing is a breeze!

Family Road Trip Goals

We can’t wait to:

  • Stay at a lavender farm
  • Hike on a glacier in Alaska
  • Visit a cheesy Christmas themed town
  • RV our way through California’s state and national parks
  • See a dinosaur dig site
  • Go on a whale watching tour
  • Visit the Mighty 5, Utah’s gorgeous national parks
  • Photograph the Milky Way
  • Spend a summer in Michigan

Some road trip goals we’ve already completed:

  • Tube down a natural lazy river in Florida
  • Ride e-bikes on Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park
  • Attend the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
  • See the 2024 total solar eclipse