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Maumee Bay State Park + Gifford Pinchot State Park

Up until this point in our blog recap of our early nomad adventures, the Vandy Vagabonds crew had been mooch-docking in the driveway of Jeremy's family's home in southern Illinois, or in the front yard of NeXus in Elkhart, Indiana. 

At this point, mid-September, we'd had a few fixes done on our rig and - finally - our compost toilet installed by the team at NeXus. (Don't you worry - we'll be sharing a post on just how the toilet's been working and what we think!) It was time for us to head out on the road and get a few days of driving and a few nights of camping under our belt before another week of driveway camping with Alexandra's family in New Jersey.

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Denver Mattress + Lippert Components, Inc. Tour

Most RVs come with a standard issue mattress - a mattress that will more likely than not greet the new day with every single joint in your body aching. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating here.  The manufacturer's goal is to keep costs down and to cater to those RV owners who only take their rig out a few times a year.  

Jeremy and I had slept on our mattress for just a few weeks before we realized we wouldn't be able to make it long on the road without a decent night's sleep. Granted, this is more nights than your average RVer will sleep on a mattress all year, but it wasn't going to hold up to long-term daily use.  We started doing research into some modest alternatives we could order and swap into the Velma the Viper. While in in Southern Illinois, we considered reaching out to the Sterling Mattress Factory to see if they could create a custom mattress to fit our short queen platform. It would stretch our budget beyond our plan, but we both felt it was worth it.  Before we could pull the trigger, though, the patron saints of full-time RVing had other plans.

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