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We receive a lot of questions asking which generator we used when we were living in our Little Guy Max. This can be a daunting task and we did a lot of research before our purchase. Below is what thought process went into our purchase, what we purchased and our honest review of the product as well as a video so you can see/hear it in action as well as a special offer at the end of this post if you decide to buy one yourself!
After much deliberation, we came up with five things that our generator had to have:
Now that we had what we needed from a generator identified, we started to look at what was available. Having our list greatly simplified the entire process as we were able to eliminate many right away.
There are many brands out there, but if you are unfamiliar with generators, a good place to start is to see the brand names listed at Lowe’s, Home Depot and Amazon and read the reviews. Visit the manufacturer’s website as well. Ask questions – this is an important purchase!
We ultimately decided on the Energizer eZV3200P. Let’s take a quick look as to how it stacked up against our list:
Easily! We could run our air conditioner while working on our computers in our Little Guy Max trailer without any issue.
We understand affordability is relative, however we consider the eZV3200P a very affordable option at $949.00 USD. There were only two generators that we decided fit our needs (the other was a Honda) and the Energizer came in less than half of what the Honda would have cost.
Yes! We have a lot of sensitive equipment, so this was a must. All Energizer inverter generators come with Smart Device Protection – which means it won’t fry your devices with microprocessors. In addition, Energizer inverter generators will only deliver clean sine wave power or cut power entirely to prevent any damage. This feature is only available through Energizer and Honda Inverter Generators.
Yes! National Parks as well as many others, require generators to operate at 60db or less from 50 ft away. The Energizer eZV3200P comes in at 56db. Make sure to check out our video where you can hear it for yourself!
Fantastic! Energizer is a well-known and respected brand for a reason. They stand behind their products and have the staffing to support your questions and concerns should an issue arise.
Beyond these have-to-haves we were delighted to discover the eZV3200P is equipped with auto choke and auto-throttle that enables a truly seamless remote start.
Other brands with only manual choke claim to be remote start but require customers to pull the choke first and then press the button while standing beside it, which defeats the purpose of remote start!
Speaking of remote start, the eZV3200 has a 48 hour timeout window and 100ft range allowing the remote to be used seamlessly for the whole weekend from inside. Big plus for those rainy/cold weekends!
It weighs about 95 lbs. but it is equipped with a handle and rugged wheels that make it easy to move it around. It comes with 2 remotes for remote start-up, a push-button electric start and a back-up pull start. In addition, it has a low oil alert function that will automatically shut the unit off if your oil is low.
After 6 months of heavy use, we never ran into an issue. Not once. We have been incredibly happy with our purchase and recommend it to anyone looking for a great inverter generator.
We purchased and used our eZV3200P with no affiliation whatsoever with Energizer. That being said, we have recently been in contact with them and they have been generous enough to offer the following:
Receive a FREE generator cover with your purchase of any of the following at www.energizergenerators.com using the code TheRoadsWeRoam at checkout:
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“How do you make money?” is the question most often asked to full-time RVers. The full-time RVer’s demographic is rapidly changing. More and more people not yet eligible for retirement are gravitating toward this unique lifestyle and even those that are retired, are often looking for ways to be socially active and bring in some extra income.
Below are eight opportunities to bring in a paycheck that you are able to do online (for those digital nomad folks!) and seven on-site employment opportunities for full-time RVers. There is also one bonus option to consider at the end of this article. As you read through this list, keep in mind the most successful full-time RVers that work, will often do a combination of these.
This is the one many people think of right away. It can be done, but there are a few things to know before jumping in and planning on this being your main source of revenue:
Direct your audience to products or places through an affiliate program! This often involves consumers clicking a link you provide or entering a special code when they purchase an item and in return, you receive a small portion of the proceeds. Below are some resources to help you find the right affiliate program for you:
In addition, don’t be afraid to reach out to businesses and ask them if they have an affiliate program!
Check out these other great blogs for more affiliate programs information:
Do you have experience that is of value to certain businesses? Contact businesses in your field to let them know of your availability. Don’t let all of that knowledge go to waste!
Do you have a special skill? What if you don’t feel comfortable cold-contacting companies for contract work? Check out these sites, where employers are looking for everything from simple admin tasks, translations, web design, graphics, etc. and all work is done online.
Do you make things that you want to sell? Want to take your passion for acquiring antiques and your ability to travel to the next level? Take your creativity and turn it into cash by working selling on these sites:
For more on where to sell your photography, read this article from PC Magazine
A blog is a great way to work in multiple revenue streams. Use the power of your blog to push your affiliate marketing, sell items, and make money through advertising space!
To get started on your blog, you have to decide which blogging platform to use. For the Top 10 Best Blogging Sites Comparison Guide, check out this article from makeawebsitehub.com
Do you love to write? Be a freelance writer for magazines! Check out the articles below for magazines that actively seek out freelancers for their publications.
Yes, you can make money taking surveys online! Check out this article from The Penny Hoarder to find out the best online survey sites.
Being a digital nomad not your thing? Consider some of these options!
Amazon offers workers at least $15/hr, overtime and end-of-assignment completion bonuses. In addition, workers can receive up to $550 per month toward to help cover their campsite expenses while on assignment.
For more information on positions, availability and locations visit Amazon Camperforce
One of the more well-known workamping jobs out in the RVing community. Why? The potential to earn up to $2400 in just 2-3 weeks of work! Each year, American Crystal Sugar and Sidney Sugars hire more than 1300 workers across locations in Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota during the late September, early October processing times.
To learn more about this opportunity and apply visit The Unbeetable Experience.
Read about the experience from Becky Schade, aka Interstellar Orchard, about her time working the sugar beet harvest.
The types of workamping jobs are endless and there are more opportunities available than people to fill them every year. Jobs like this are attractive to RVers as they often provide free or subsidized camping in addition to a paycheck. These are seasonal jobs, and positions vary from waitstaff, store clerks, security, administrative, maintenance, janitorial, etc. In addition to tourist towns and campgrounds, many of these positions are in national parks.
You can look for jobs going through the multitude of “help wanted” signs in the windows, but here are several websites that help to easily find the right position:
Combine your love of RVing and get a free campsite and (usually) make money at the same time by being a camp host! Camp hosts are needed at national parks, national forests, state parks, private campgrounds, etc. Hosts are typically responsible for answering campers questions, checking in guests, general clean up, and security for the area.
A fantastic resource for more information on how to become a camp host and connections to available openings can be found at Camphost.org.
Don’t forget to check out local state park employment opportunity listings as well!
Take every day things you do and make a bit of extra income doing them! Companies will pay you to shop and then provide feedback on the experience. There are a lot of scams out there, but The Penny Hoarder comes through again (we love this blog, can you tell?!) and has vetted the best ones for you in her post, The Best Mystery Shopping Companies to Work For.
Can’t find a job that fits your needs? Think outside of the box and make one! A perfect example is of a young woman who we recently met at an RV rally. She attends rallies and events and offers a dog walking service. Contact the event/rally organizers in advance and you might even get free admission and a site as well.
As mentioned in the video, this would take a little extra time to set up in each location as drivers can only operate and pick up passengers in areas for which they have been assigned and approved. This has to do with how each local areas have different laws and regulations. But, if you plan on being in an area for an extended period of time, it might be worth your while.
Now, this last one won’t earn you money but it will save you money! Spend some time volunteering on a farm in exchange for fresh produce. Some farms will also provide you a space to park your RV on site, saving you additional money.
Check out the CSA Coalition for more information.
Your full-time RV life awaits…what are you waiting for?
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This week we travel 582 miles! We had a day off from Kerry’s workamping job so we trekked out to Garryowen, Montana by taking the 191-N out of West Yellowstone to the I-90E and reversed it for the trip back to West Yellowstone. The roads on the 191 can be very curvy at times and there are areas of steep grades. While driving on the 191, you will see signs that encourage larger/slower moving vehicles to move to the pull-offs (located at least every mile or so) if you have more than 4 vehicles behind you, so that they may pass. Thankfully, the weather cooperated and it was a fairly easy drive. There were two rest areas along the I-90 between Bozeman and our destination that had plenty of room for RVs of all sizes.
While we were on the road, we boondocked one night at a Walmart in Bozeman (1500 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT) and one night at the 7th Ranch RV Park (https://www.historicwest.com/). It was our first time boondocking at a Walmart and we have to say, it is pretty convenient! We were able to do a big grocery shopping and resupply some of the heavier items that are more difficult for us to carry on our bikes when we go shopping in West Yellowstone.
We got to explore the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument https://www.nps.gov/libi/index.htm Russ has done a lot of reading on this period in history and this is our second visit to the site. If you are able, sit in on one of the rangers talks or watch the video in the visitor’s center. The drive that overlooks the different areas from the battle is well worth your time and there is an audio tour to further explain certain areas of interest. They have markers at each location with a number to dial to hear the details.
While at the visitor’s center, Russ picked up some items to decorate his new hat…..
And we got another National Park sticker for our RV!
While on our trip, we noticed some leaking up by the driver’s side window. We stopped off at an RV supply store just outside of Bozeman and picked up some self-leveling lap sealant by dicor (links on our Products We Use page) and when we get back into West Yellowstone, we will investigate and try to fix the leak.
We had a visitor to our campsite! A fox saw Russ getting the dog’s food ready and came to see if there was a bowl for him! The little guy appeared friendly, but we didn’t interact. The poor thing appears to have a bit of mange as well. We will take extra care when taking little Billie out for her daily walks though!
Click here https://theroadsweroam.com/2019/06/01/recipe-of-the-week-mongolian-beef/ to get Kerry’s recipe of the week for Mongolian Beef! This can easily be made in your RV – no oven needed.
That’s all for this week! Safe travels,
Russ & Kerry
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I have made this recipe for so long that I can’t remember where it came from. All I know is that this is one of my family’s top comfort foods and it is so easy to make! Just make sure you use flank steak….I have tried substituting in other cuts of meat and it just isn’t the same.
Serving suggestion: serve over white rice with steamed broccoli
Yield: approx 4 servings
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We are still camped out in West Yellowstone but ventured into Yellowstone National Park for the first time this week! On this trip, we entered Yellowstone from the West Entrance and turned left onto US-89N. From the entrance of the park to Mammoth Hot Springs, it is 49 miles. Traveling this route, we did encounter road construction, which is expected to last through August, so allow yourself an extra 30 minutes for delays.
For the most up to date road information go to: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm
Our workamping opportunity has provided us with an RV site for the summer, which is not in a traditional RV park. We are within walking distance of everything in town which is incredibly convenient. Not only are we saving money by not having to pay for a campsite, our gas expense has decreased significantly as well!
We ventured into Yellowstone National Park this week which will be one of several trips as we explore the area. This time, we made our way up to the Mammoth Hot Springs and along the way, saw elk, bison, bears and a bald eagle! In addition to a bit of a delay from road construction, we also got stuck in what the locals call a ‘buffalo jam’ – a herd of bison blocked traffic, causing an additional delay of about two hours.
We also give you a glimpse of Kerry at her workamping job. If you travel through West Yellowstone this summer, stop by Outpost Sweet Treats (115 Yellowstone Ave) and say hello!
If you watched our first video with our Class A RV, you will know that Russ had issues filling the fresh water tank. This week, he shows how the ‘burping’ method suggested by viewers has solved the problem and we can now successfully put more water in the tank – albeit with a little bit of a mishap at first!
This week, we made a delicious chili. Kerry’s father has made this for years and is one of our favorites! Click here for the recipe: Big John’s Chili and if you decide to try the recipe, send us a photo and we’ll feature it on our recipe page!
That’s all for this week!
Russ & Kerry
Russ and Kerry are full-time RVers and take you along with them each week as they give you a glimpse into RV life and their travels!
Because we arrived in town a few days before Kerry’s work-camp job, we didn’t have far to travel. We left our site at Grizzly RV Park and only drove a half a mile up the street to our location.
There are a few campgrounds in West Yellowstone, but there are also a lot of RV spots tucked in wherever people could fit them. The one provided by our work-camp opportunity is like this – our spot is tucked in to the parking lot of an apartment complex. There are trees that afford us a good amount of privacy and we are within walking/biking distance of just about everything in town. We have been told that in just a few weeks, there will be bumper to bumper traffic in this area, so our location is exceptionally convenient.
The best part about our spot is the lot and utilities are all included – in addition to Kerry’s pay for hours worked. Quite a few work-camping opportunities offer a similar set up – not bad!
We continue to explore the local area. One of the great benefits of RVing is that you get to take your time and really enjoy and learn about an area. This week, we started to explore more of the town of West Yellowstone.
An increase in travelers had been coming through to visit Yellowstone National Park since it was established in 1872. In the early 1900’s the Union Pacific Railroad laid tracks right up to the western edge of the park, leading to the development of the town. We stopped at Eagle’s Store, located on 3 N Canyon St which is the first business in the area serving as a general store for early visitors and locals. It started off as a 12 x 12 ft building, which was razed and was rebuilt and added onto over the years. From what we can tell, it is still owned and operated by the Eagles family!
One thing we noted were the abundance of signs outside of businesses in the area with “No Pets Allowed” on their doors. There are also not many places to sit and eat outside if you happen to have your dog with you either.
Come each May, these signs are everywhere in West Yellowstone. The town has a population of about 1200, but in the summer hundreds of seasonal workers come in from all over to help with the millions of visitors that come through the area. During our walk around town, we saw no less than ten “Help Wanted” signs!
We had an item shipped to the local post office and were notified it had arrived. We rode our bikes down on Saturday morning and were surprised to find the post office in West Yellowstone is only open Monday through Friday! We did find a shipping center (located at 30 Madison Ave) that can receive FedEx and UPS shipments for us for a $2 per package fee. Since Amazon ships a lot of items via Fedex and the post office won’t accept those under General Delivery, this is a good option to know about.
The closest Walmart is 90 miles away in Bozeman, MT. There are, however, two small grocery stores in town. We have found that Market Place, located at 22 Madison Ave has a larger variety of items and the prices, while more expensive than what you would find at a Walmart, are still reasonable.
Kerry started her first ever workamper job at Outpost Sweet Treats, located at 115 Yellowstone Ave – if you are coming through the area this summer, stop by and say hello! People have asked how she found this position – she found it through https://workamper.com
We have had a lot of rain over the last few days and last night, Russ noticed a leak in the ceiling of the motorhome. The good news? It is in the bathroom and the dripping water falls right into the bathtub. The bad news? Russ has to climb up on the roof in 30 degree weather to repair the caulking!
The name of this recipe has been under discussion for 20+ years in the Balbirona household. Russ calls it “Balbirona Slop” and Kerry just refers to it as “Goulash”. Whatever you want to call it, it is good. It’s perfect for potlucks and large crowds and it is one of those foods that tastes even better the next day as leftovers! Click here for the recipe: https://theroadsweroam.com/?p=1744
Thanks for joining us this week!
Russ & Kerry
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NOTE: Let sit for at least an hour to let the flavors develop.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese!
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