Part of the reason that Liz and I want to RV fulltime is the adventure that comes along with it. Because of certain things that occurred in our lives, we both decided that we wanted to travel more while we still could, plus add a little adventure to our life. Not jump in a snake pit adventure, but something more than we had in Brunswick, GA. We both find ourselves getting bored at being in the same place all the time. We love the Golden Isles of Georgia and the people there, but it does get boring going down the same roads every day to the same stores doing basically the same thing. Going on a cruise or taking a couple weeks vacation here ant there didn’t seem to be enough. RV’ing provides new places, new faces and new challenges almost every day and you can limit the adventure to whatever you are comfortable with. It is also helpful to have resources available if you need them. I’m not so sure that I would have been as enthusiastic about this adventure if the internet were not available. It has changed everything regarding RV’ing. It provides an invaluable resource for everything from campgrounds, weather, online shopping, RV forums, how to do it videos and much much more. If you have an issue, it is so easy to tap into the collective knowledge of the entire RV community. The internet is a topic unto itself, so let me get onto our current adventure.
We are in Milton, FL just east of Pensacola on our way to Mission, TX. The weather has been extremely warm on the entire East coast. While in Ft. Myers we had daily temperatures in the mid 80’s with bright sunshine. That is even warm for Ft. Myers in late December. Traffic over the Christmas holiday has been extremely heavy. It took us over 7 hours to go 300 miles from Ft. Myers to Lake City, Fl on Saturday. We had two slowdowns, with the worst being over an hour delay. Both were accidents that spawned more accidents from the “rubberneckers”. Let me just say that Interstate 75 from Atlanta to Naples is a monster! However, our travel from Lake City to the Milton KOA was uneventful and I 10 was more forgiving than I 75. Our plan was to stay the night and then head to one of the casinos in Biloxi or Gulf Port for a couple nights before meeting up with our friends in Duson, LA. However, the tragic Christmas weekend storms in the South are now affecting us. The weather for Monday, our travel day, is for heavy rain and winds gusting to 30 plus miles an hour. Not a scenario that I want to drive a 40 foot bus in. So we went back to the campground office and booked an extra day so that we could avoid the
worst of the weather. It looks like we might hit rain on Tuesday or Wednesday, but not the heavy winds. We certainly don’t want to end up like the RV pictured to the right. This brings me to my next recommendation on RV travel. Stay flexible with your schedule. I come from a career in law enforcement where we planned and scheduled everything, but we also built contingencies into those plans for the unseen. You really need to do this for your RV’ing plans too. I know it is harder for those who still work and may need to get home and want to try and pack every day full of events, but pushing ahead when the situation is bad may only create an even worse situation. Other issues such as
mechanical failures may delay your travel. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, you will find it easier to deal with these problems. As an example, we have a front leveling jack leaking oil, so we are now in the process of figuring out when and how we are going to take care of it. Fortunately, it isn’t a problem that will immediately take us off the road so we are hoping to take care of it once we get to Texas. Of course these things always happen around weekends and holidays when getting someone to repair it is more difficult. Murphy’s Law certainly applies to RV’ing.
Updates a little later….