A little under 3 years ago my wife and I were deciding on whether or not we should start to live full-time in an RV with our for kids. We prayed about it we researched it and we kept coming back to one location that had the most resources for people that were living the lifestyle and thinking about the lifestyle. Hands down the Full-Time-Family that was created by Kimberly and Chris Travaglino had the most resources we could ever find on what the adventure might look like. They had their blog, their website and a Facebook group or two or three for that fact that provided so much information that made it a lot easier for us to make our decision. But I will let their story speak for itself. This blog post is about how the Full-Time-Family (FTF) group has come around full circle for the Anderson’s by the side of the road.
For this full circle aspect you may want the backstory of our beginning and the family we met way back in 2015. Being A Helpful Mover
We still keep tabs of the Phillips Family on Facebook and comment and pray for them from time to time but it wasn’t until July 3rd when we had a major malfunction with the suspension system on our 5th wheel that they came back into our lives and helped us in a big time of need.
Half of our family had just finished up a mission trip to Mexico with our church and the other half was staying in San Diego with our fifth wheel. We had left that area early and headed back up I-5 to our 1st stop on our return trip at Soledad Canyon TT. We enjoyed a couple nights at Soledad before leaving around 9am for Bakersfield CA for lunch on July 3rd. After lunch we unsuccessfully attempted to fill up with diesel at a very busy Costco and were heading back towards I-5. That is when I noticed a puff of smoke come from the driver side tires on our fifth wheel. I didn’t know exactly what was going on only that I had to get off of the road quickly. Luckily we were on the outskirts of Bakersfield on Stockdale Highway next to an open field and a very wide newly constructed Nord Road.
After pulling over at about 2pm, I started looking at what the issue might have been and I noticed the middle portion of our suspension was not straight up and down as usual so I thought it was the main cause of our damage. One nice guy, Dominic, stopped by to make sure We were all ok and if We needed any help. We weren’t sure yet so he stuck around until We figured more out. So we called around for roadside assistance, we called for parts at a nearby Camping World and also called for mobile RV Tech. We were given an estimate of $500 to tow our trailer via semi lowboy trailer as part of the roadside assistance but that was just for a tow and not to get it fixed. While on the phone I noticed that our issue was much bigger. It wasn’t just a component in the suspension but rather the welds on a U-bracket that holds the rear leaf springs to the frame. After mentioning this to one of the RV techs that called back he said he would come out and see if he could fix it on the side of the road but that we would probably need the part from Camping World and that we should go get that before they closed. So that’s what we did we.
At about 3:30pm, we went into the camping world and got the part that they actually had in stock. The kids enjoyed the AC while I talked to a sales guy as I was almost done with our 5er. A transfers was not in the stars so we then headed back to our fifth wheel. We had hoped for some phone calls from roadside assistance or the mobile RV tech but when we got back to the fifth wheel there was no lowboy trailer, no mobile RV Tech and our hearts started sinking. I was thinking our trip was done and that we would be stranded there, in nowhere Bakersfield due to the 4th of July being the next day.
We then took time and prayed about the situation and God revealed to my wife that we should put out a call for help on the FTF Facebook site. We did that and then I sent my wife and kids back into town to get food for and a generator for the night knowing we would probably be there for a while. So in the shade I sat with a chair in my phone waiting for help praying for the needs of my family to be met. And that is when the following dialogue happened via our full time families on Facebook including a couple of follow up replies from my wife, Nathan Phillips and Jamie Guero.
Looking back at original post and the replies I come away from the whole event with a couple of new viewpoints online. First and foremost always go to God In Prayer first before calling roadside assistance and calling others for help. For if we do not go to the one that controls all how would we ever expect the correct answer to come. I was relying on myself and worldly companies to provide all that I needed at that moment and several of them failed. The minute I fully rely on him I received my complete answer. The second thing I learned was that you can always rely on our full-time family. People of like mind and like-for-like situations will always help people that they know would help them. Looking at the list of people that replied to our original post I only see one or two that I have either met in person or have had further conversations with online about our lifestyle. The rest are FTF members that I have never met but hope to very very soon. The last thing I learned from this adventurer is that God had us right where he wanted us. He wanted us to rely on him more than anything else and he wanted us to fully live up to our name which until this incident we had never actually been the Anderson on the side of the road.
James 1:2-8 NASB http://bible.com/100/jas.1.2-8.NASB
Romans 5:3-5 NIV http://bible.com/111/rom.5.3-5.NIV
So again I want to thank all of those that offered help in our time of need and I especially want to thank the Travaglinos for being the patriarchs of our family that isn’t.