Phil and Stacy Farley of “You, Me and the RV” have been on the road full-time since 2018. With 600Ah of Battle Born Batteries in their 2016 Tiffin 33AA RED Allegro named Ruby, they can boondock for months on end. These Navy veterans remain active in the RV military community and use their platform as a resource for those who served. This Veteran’s Day, we’d like to thank Phil and Stacy for their service and share the story of how they get out there and stay out there.
About Phil and Stacy of You, Me, and the RV:
You, Me, and the RV is a military family with an affinity for the Navy. Phil served in the Navy for 27 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander and Stacy served 5 years as a data processor. They are the proud parents of their son who serves in the Navy as well and their daughter who married a sailor.
Phil and Stacy were stationed in Japan when they first met, a story they affectionately joke would make a great Hallmark Movie. Phil is from Colorado and Stacy grew up in Georgia, so they are thankful for the Navy sending them overseas to meet!
“Today is Someday”
“Today is Someday” was a crucial mantra for You, Me, and the RV. It allowed them to start their journey on the road. For most full-time RVers, there always seems to be this “ah–ha” moment, they ask themselves the question of “Why not today?” So, Stacy and Phil set a date of May 15, 2018 for their departure. They sold most of their possessions, sold their home and Stacy left her promising nursing career for the adventure of a lifetime.
“We tell people all the time that why can’t today be your someday? Especially if you really want to do it,” Phil said. “There’s a lot of different avenues you can take but it really hits home for a lot of people wanting to get into this lifestyle.”
On their most recent trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons they boondocked in the Badlands for about four days and drove to Custer, South Dakota with a group of friends. Known as “caravanning,” they occasionally travel with three other couples to feel connected and gain a stronger sense of community.
Due to COVID, many campgrounds and hotels are still closed, so more and more people are opting to boondock. With their rig running on LiFePO4 technology, they no longer have battery anxiety when boondocking in remote and beautiful places!
“We were fortunate enough to get some BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land for free, go boondocking and rely on our batteries for pretty much the whole 3-month trip,” Phil said. They went 100 days off-grid, with only about a week’s worth of time was spent plugged in to do laundry!
After meeting our COO Sean at a tradeshow, Sean had asked them what they were looking to power in the rig, to which Stacy honestly replied with “everything!” Battle Born made that happen and set them up with the products they needed.
“Battle Born has always given us great customer service,” Phil said. “Anytime we’ve called with questions or issues with our system, it’s been spot on.”
Making a Difference for Veterans
Having served in the armed forces, Phil and Stacy have influenced a lot of fellow military members with their You, Me, and the RV brand and YouTube channel. They also meet a lot of veterans on the road and are grateful to help the community in any way they can.
“One of our goals when starting our YouTube channel was to highlight veterans, talk about our military and just remind everyone out there about the sacrifices they make,” Stacy said. “We’ve actually raised almost $20,000 for three separate veteran charities to date.”
They are getting ready to start their second campaign, focusing on the Army/Navy football game in December. People can sign up, choose a side and donate a minimum of $5 to the Fisher House. The charity provides homes to veterans and their families to stay in while a loved one is in the hospital, free of charge.
They also are working with Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit that builds adaptable homes for disabled veterans. Phil and Stacy will be attending a key ceremony for a veteran to receive their home on Veteran’s Day.
“We’ll really be able to show viewers of our channel what the money they donated went to,” said Stacy. “It’ll be so cool when this veteran is able to move into his home on that day!”
What’s In The You, Me, and the RV Lithium System?
Living in a Class A RV isn’t always easy, especially with high-power draws. Here’s what Phil and Stacy are running in their system:
-1200 watts of solar (rigid panels)
-Magnum PT-100 charge controller
“We use our satellite, TVs and internet all the time, and the reason we went with Battle Born is because we want to be able to do that,” Phil said. “We still consider ourselves to be minimalists though, especially because it’s still less energy used when compared to living in a house.”
After having the batteries for about 9 months, they installed solar panels to help supplement the amount of energy in their system.
“Our solar definitely helps to recharge the batteries and get them to do what they’re designed for,” Phil said.
“We’re not like most boondockers,” Stacy said. “I don’t conserve energy at all. Thanks to the batteries, I use what I want to use, when I want to use it. If I want to blow dry my hair or use my Instant Pot, I can do that as well.”
Phil and Stacy advise people not to sit around and wait for big goals to happen, but rather to go out there and work towards it! Whether it’s starting out slowly and only traveling on the weekends or going all in on a nomadic lifestyle, taking the first step is always the most important.
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