Each trip we learn a little more about the RV lifestyle that reinforce some of the things that we have already learned. Even though we aren’t true full timers yet, we are certainly half timers plus. We have a little over 8000 miles on the coach since we took delivery last October. We have stayed a month in Texas and have been in our Brunswick home for at least three out of those seven months so we have been clicking off the miles when we are moving, yet I don’t feel like we have been rushing around to get to places or to do things. We have covered some of the same territory as previous trips, which I would prefer not to do, but that is due to visiting and taking care of family matters.
When we attended the RV Dreams Education Rally in April of 2015 everyone kept saying that you have to remember that you are not on vacation when you are full timing. This is your life now and you are in it for the “long haul”. You shouldn’t rush around to try to include Continue reading Pecked to Death by a Duck!→
One of the great places to overnight or even spend a few days that is many times overlooked by RV’ers are casinos. Twenty years ago there were really two major casino areas in the country – Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Now, over 40 states have some form of gaming activity occurring within it’s borders. These new casinos, for the Continue reading Rollin’ the Dice→
Well finally, we are back on the road, but not without some stress. It seems like no matter how hard we try something always happens right before we leave that throws everything out of whack. We always work through it, but it impacts our preparedness as our minds aren’t totally focused on the trip. Until we start doing this full time, we have to load and unload a lot of our belongings each time so inevitably some things get left behind or left undone. That’s why I said in an earlier post that I don’t want to take a trip less than two weeks anywhere. It just isn’t worth the hassle, in my opinion, to load and unload the motor home for any less time. Ahhh the transition to full timing!
The initial plan for this trip was to stop in Eaufaula, AL the first night and then on to Jackson, MS followed by Tunica and then Metropolis, IL before arriving at our destination of Effingham, IL. In the past, we have had problems finding many camping facilities in the middle Continue reading Discovering the Corps→
Last August we went to Nappanee, IN to watch our motorhome being built at the Newmar factory. While we were there we enjoyed the quaint surroundings of Northern Indiana to include the Amish culture and all that these folks bring to the area. A short drive from Nappanee is Elkhart, IN – the RV manufacturing capital of the US. Here is where we discovered the RV Museum and Hall of Fame. I may have mentioned it in an earlier post, but I want to share more information about it so I’m dedicating an entire post to it.
Frankly, I thought it would be a bust, but to our great surprise it is a very interesting and well done exhibit. Who knows – Maybe the RV you are now driving will be part of the display in 30 years????
There are a few classic RV’s still out there on the road and some of them are in really great condition. Plus there seems to be a resurgence in having something new that looks old. Winnebago for one has brought back a retro look on some of their units. In addition to the Rv’s on display at the museum, there is an area that recognizes those who contributed to the betterment of the industry and/or the RV experience. These folks have been inducted into the RV Hall of Fame just like musicians and sports figures are, in their respective fields.
I think the thing that fascinates me as a new RV’er is the pioneering spirit that many of these folks had back in the 30’s and 40’s. From some of the research I’ve done, many of these people were oil or construction workers that traveled from job to job. This lifestyle had not really caught on as recreational RV’ing as so many people see it today, but was born out of necessity. There was no internet or cell phones to keep in contact with friends and relatives or find out information on most services that we are now accustomed to having at our fingertips. I’m not sure that this lifestyle would be near as much fun for me if I didn’t have the internet and the wealth of information and services it provides. The internet has also opened up great opportunities for young people to live and work on the road, and even raise their families. I would imagine that providing quality education for the kids has increased dramatically now that the internet is available to those choosing this lifestyle.
Thanks to people like Kay Peterson, co-founder of Escapees, full time RV’ers started to have a network of like-minded individuals that could help each other enjoy and manage this lifestyle. Kay’s articles still appear in the Escapees magazine and are an inspiration to all RV’ers.
Note: Escapees is an organization that is committed to provide a total support network for RV’ers.
Below I have attached a sampling of some of the sights that we saw in the museum. You can “click” on each image for a larger view. There is an entire section of the Hall of Fame that is dedicated to individuals who have contributed significantly to RV’ing. I have not included any photos of that section as I don’t believe it translates well, so I’m leaving that for you to view during your visit.
For specific information on the RV/MH Hall of Fame please go to their website at:
Now that spring is here and the chill is coming out of the air in more parts of the US, RV travel is picking up speed. Liz and I drove to Jacksonville, FL on Friday to pick up the Newmar from the dealer who had completed a few small warranty repairs and we could not believe the RV traffic. In the 60 mile trip, we were never out of sight of an RV either on our side of the interstate or the other, and many times there were three or more at the same time seemingly in a convoy. Of course now that we own a motor home, we tend to notice all RV’s more, but I truly don’t believe that I’ve seen such an exodus north. I guess it’s time for the snowbirds that have crammed that southern peninsula all winter to head home.
I’m sure folks will be heading from places like Texas, Arizona, Southern California and the like too, just like Florida. Of course, that means overnight stops in all the places people tend to stay when traveling including Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrrel, and other free Continue reading How’s Your RV Etiquette?→