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These families gave up everything to road-trip across the country

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If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

What if you piled the family in the car, said goodbye to your home and hit the road for months — or even years? Meet seven families who have taken their lives on the road to create an American Dream of a different sort.

Nomad Baby

If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

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Tired of being weighted down by "weight, debt and stuff," Courtney Baker, her husband and baby ditched the things they didn't need and decided to simplify their lives. Join the Bakers on their unplanned life of road tripping adventure on Nomad Baby.

Kellogg Show

If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

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What happens when 12 kids, two parents and a dog ditch the American Dream and hit the road in an RV? Find out on the Kellogg Show blog, chronicling the Kellogg family's adventures over 19 months, 44,000 miles and 20-plus states and Canada.

Mali Mish

If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

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Ever fantasized about buying an Airstream and exploring the country? Dan and Marlene, their three kids and cat Yoda spend four to six months each year traveling from coast to coast in their 25-foot Airstream. Join them at MaliMish.com

We are the Carneys

If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

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Life getting a little too hectic? Why not trade the comforts of home for an RV and take a "family sabbatical"? That's exactly what the Carney family did. Check out their blog, We Are the Carneys, and live vicariously through gorgeous photography as this family of six explores National Parks, stays on a sheep farm, and explores lakes, rodeos, alpine slides and more.

LivelyRV

If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

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Don and Misty Lively live with their six children in a Fleetwood Discovery 40G RV. Their mission? To travel North America and see all that there is to see. To teach the kids that there's much more to life than material things. Climb aboard and join their adventure on their blog, LivelyRV.

The Reading Mama

If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

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What happens to your kids when you unplug and live a life of adventure? Creativity blossoms, as you can see in the above pic, showing the full set of handmade doll furniture crafted by Spunky Monkey (age 8). Follow along as Chad, Katrina and their 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son spend a year pursuing the simple life as they traverse the country in their 280-square-foot motor home.

Modern Mongolian

If these 7 families can do an extreme road trip, so can you

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Before their little guy hits school age, these "Modern Mongolians" have taken the centuries-old practice of the nomadic Mongolians — attempting to "live on less" as they roam the country in their home on wheels. Learn how this family finances their travels on a shoestring at Modern Mongolian.

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This post was sponsored by Michelin.

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