We are about a month away from going on the road again so I thought I would talk a little about our plans and the general route we plan to take. At this point, we can plan with some specificity the first two weeks of the trip. We know our first destination to stay for more than a couple of days will be Effingham, IL. We will visit my mother there and then head to Newmar in Indiana for some warranty work. Our appointment date is August 1st but we don’t know how many days we will need to stay to have the work completed. One couple reported on the iRV2 forum that they had expected to be there a week and it turned into 2 1/2 weeks because of unexpected problems. I hope we can avoid that. Once we finish Continue reading Planning for the Summer and Fall
One of the nice things that we face as we prepare to move full time into our motor home is the fact that we do not have to rush. Fortunately, our RV purchase was not contingent on selling the house and we could continue to travel for a few months at a time and still keep the house to return to. However, we decided early on that the cost of keeping the house and maintaining it for six months or less of occupancy out of the year is really going to cost us a lot of money that we could otherwise save by selling it. If the house were Continue reading Time to Re-Focus
It seems like most places that we travel we find some kind of jewel that was unexpected. It was no different on our latest trip to the Portland, OR area. We stayed in McMinnville which is about 40 miles or so from Portland and in the middle of wine country. Well, to our surprise, it is also home to one of the most interesting aviation museums that I have seen. It certainly doesn’t receive the notoriety of the Air and Space Museum in Washington or the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but it is well worth your time and the entrance fee Continue reading Into The Wild Blue Yonder – Evergreen Aviation Museum
If you full time or “most of the time” RV as we are doing now, there comes a time when you probably have to leave the RV behind. We just traveled to the Portland, Oregon area this week to attend the wedding of our nephew, Ben. We had given thought to driving the RV out there, but decided that we weren’t ready for an extended west coast trip and it would be too expensive to just take a couple of weeks to drive to the wedding and back. If we were full timers already, we may have taken a different approach, I’m not sure. I will Continue reading Left the RV Behind for a Trip to Oregon!
We have only been RV’ing since October of 2014, but since then we have traveled around 20,000 miles in 15 states. Some of those miles have been over the same territory, but nevertheless we seem to have different experiences each trip. There are certain places that we have become attracted to and want to return. Either we didn’t see everything that we wanted to or the area’s offerings are something we want to experience again. It could even be both of these reasons. For example, Lajitas and Terlingua, TX near Big Bend Continue reading Hideaway for a Getaway!
We just left the Freightliner Service Center in Gaffney, SC where we had our first year service completed. It’s strange, but Freightliner figures your service date from the time the chassis is manufactured, not the date of sale. We didn’t take delivery of our coach until October but it was manufactured in May so we decided to get it serviced, as we knew we would be traveling near Gaffney this month. You can get service at any Freightliner center but many of these centers prefer servicing the commercial truck line and give priority to them over RV’s. The Gaffney service center has six bays and only works on RV’s.
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.
A brief bio of Kate and her husband Joe:
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:
Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors. This exhibit is definitely worth your time, and there is plenty of RV parking available. : -)