Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-17-2016, 09:18 AM   #15
Senior Member
Inthe70s's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Posts: 305
Originally Posted by -Gramps- View Post
How did it start for you? When did you decide to become part of the moterhoming lifestyly? We each have our story, here is the first part of mine:

Blog—Views-My Random Views
That is quite the story that you have regarding the dog attack. Thank God she lived.

I have been around campers since I was about 11. My dad liked slide in truck campers. I bought my first 8' slide in truck camper when I was a college student at age 19. I later tent camped for years including when I dated my wife to be. We bought a new Coleman pop up when we had our 3 babies and traded it in after only 1 year for a 1998 27' Starcraft travel trailer with bunks. Along the journey, I also bought a '73 22' Great Divide travel trailer to restore, a '79 11' Mitchell slide in truck camper to restore (I still own it), a '78 11' Great Divide slide in truck camper to restore, and a '86 Lance 11' slide in truck camper. I then bought our first motor home which was a '79 Mitchell 25' Class C as a restoration project and I still have that. I loved it and then bought our '97 Rexhall 36' Aerbus Class A with a super slide. After 17 years of using the Starcraft trailer, I sold it since the kids were grown and we didn't need bunks any longer. My wife and I absolute love the Class A Aerbus. What's funny is that every single camper, trailer, pop up, motorhome, I just kind of came home with it. My wife is a very understanding woman and thank goodness that she trusts my judgement. I can see the day coming where I might just come home with a DP but we'll see.

'74 F350 44K,'79 11' Mitchell Camper, MINT All Original
'79 Mitchell 25' Class C, 460 46K, MINT All Original
'97 Rexhall Aerbus, 60K, 460, F53, MINT All Original
Inthe70s is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-17-2016, 06:42 PM   #16
Senior Member
LeeOts's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 235
In 2005, while returning from France, an airline agent at Atlanta Hartsfield instructed me to grab my checked bags to ensure they made it on the same flight and run to catch an earlier flight. Not thinking, I got as far as security before an 8ft tall thug of a TSA agent ripped open my bag to confiscate a pocket knife commonly used in France to open wine bottles and cut cheese. Before I could say anything, I was surrounded by more thugs and I got that feeling one gets when arrest is imminent. Fortunately, the Atlanta PD officer assigned to that post returned just in time to see what was happening and took over the arrest. He slapped my wrists (both of them!), admonished me not to do that again and released me.

When I got home, I vowed to never fly again. Throughout my life, I had logged hundreds of thousands, if not a million, miles on both business and personal flights. As a military brat, I had crossed the Pacific 4 times before age 11.

The following year, my wife and I bought a 2006 WGO View and never looked back. I've never stepped foot on another airplane since and I don't ever plan to unless it is a life-and-death emergency of a loved one. If it's my life-or-death, I'll choose death and give TSA the 1-finger salute as I take my last breath. And now, you know the rest of the story!

2010 WGO Vista 30W, 1993 Geo Tracker
Just a user with no RV or mechanical expertise
LeeOts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2016, 07:29 AM   #17
-Gramps-'s Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Crestview FLA
Posts: 1,150
Blog Entries: 7
Lee, I have not been on a plane since Oct 2002 when my wife and I took our last cruise. We put our son in college, couldn't afford to cruise for a few years and just before he was graduated from W&M we bought our first coach...now we are living in the second one full time with no regrets.

08 Holiday Rambler Vacationer XL 38PLT Workhorse R-26 UFO gas pusher,
2014 Cadillac SRX AWD, SMI Smart Box braking system.
-Gramps- is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2016, 10:20 AM   #18
Senior Member
TonyDi's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Posts: 12,316
I had an odd start. I was riding a chairlift in Vail Co years ago and was riding with a couple that lived in southern Germany. I asked if they were here for business and the said, "no we came here to ski". I later thought about why someone who lived in the Alps would come to the US to ski. I then thought about all the things here at home most of us take for granted and never visit. My wife and I decided we would not take anything for granted and decided to tour the USA.

We didn't want to get on a plane and fly over everything. We wanted the Americana experience.

A motorhome was the logical solution. We could travel wherever we wanted to, see what ever we wanted to, and do it at out leisure. Having our own "stuff" with us, makes it more comfortable.

It wound up being one of the best decision we have ever made.
Tony & Ruth........... FMCA#F416727
Newmar Dutch Star 4320, Spartan MM Chassis, Cat C9, Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi, Blue Ox Aventa LX, and Brake Buddy. TST 507 TPMS
TonyDi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2016, 05:45 AM   #19
Senior Member
Ramets's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Conway, SC
Posts: 2,377
I didn't have much of a choice since it seems to have started by my great grandparents who traveled by covered wagon from N.Y. to CA. Then my grandparents who pulled trailers back in the 30's. I wish I had the space to be able to share some their photos. Some go back into the 20's with what looks like a home made popup trailer sitting at Yellowstone & Yosemite. Then my parents in the 50's & 60's while I was still living at home. I remember the Aljo, Scottie, and Shasta trailers they towed. Then I started in the 70's with a popup, then graduated to an old Winnie, to finally a Dutch Star pusher. I guess it was predestined for me to get into RVing.
2000 Dutch Star Pusher
2009 Saturn Vue Towed
Full timed for 6yrs.
Ramets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2016, 06:10 PM   #20
Senior Member
Brian W's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Bartlett, TN
Posts: 1,321
Growing up we had a Scotty trailer and a Winnebago Brave. We used to go up to Bryson City, NC and tube down Deep Creek for a couple weeks at a time. There was/is a campground right on the creek, and what great times we had.

Once I joined the military I didn't have alot of free time, but it was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to get one for myself. The final push was watching my dad get sick, and ultimately die before he and my mom could start their dream of full timing. They were only 1 year away when he got sick.

Not to long after that, me and the wife head down to Camping World "just to look". We left the new owners of a bumper pull. Like many others we have progressed from the bumper pull to a class "C", to our current gasser. We will be moving up to a 45' DP in about 10 months. The best part is my mom now owns her own motorhome and we meet up with her a couple times a year. 17 days and counting until we head south for Fort Wilderness.

Brian and Tammy
2017 Entegra Aspire 44b
2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Brian W is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
We did it......really did it! srrobe Newmar Owner's Forum 54 10-09-2014 05:21 PM
Why did you start motorhoming? Why do you keep doing it? BoogieMan Class A Motorhome Discussions 50 11-06-2011 07:04 PM
Everyone needs a laugh...at least I did and did. Jayco1 Just Conversation 7 09-16-2007 04:29 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:15 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.