We are the Graysons: Amelia, Pete, Jane, and Tommy. We are taking a break from the traditional American lifestyle of house, jobs, cars, kids, and pets to go experience America in an RV.

Our Story

In August of 2013, we took leave from our jobs in the computer and healthcare industries to pursue a challenging family adventure. Specifically, we traded our comfortable Salt Lake City bungalow for a big-ass truck and a fifth-wheel trailer to go on the road and live like vagabonds for a while. Oh and this is with our two small children ages 0 and 2 -- challenging family adventure.

The Rig

Since you are curious, we are hauling a 2010 Heartland Sundance 3300RLB. No, we did not buy it from Crazy Chris, but this video shows a nearly identical unit. The 3300RLB is a rear loft bunkhouse model which means that there is a room in the back of the trailer with a sleeping loft above and a reasonably large open area below. This setup is ideal for our small children. Our older daughter can sleep in the loft while our baby son sleeps below in his Pack 'n Play. The remainder of the trailer is fairly standard: small kitchen, small bathroom, and small master bedroom -- all perfect for our small family.

We are hauling with a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel option. This is a four-door crew cab model. The interior layout is very good for our two adults and two children. The non-driving adult can climb back into the rear on-the-fly to calm unruly children. In terms of pulling power, the Ram gets it done very respectably. A key feature is the engine brake button which allows the truck to keep the speed under control while careening down mountains without having to ride the brakes.