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Old 07-14-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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How many love RVing but didn't know it?

I at one time in my life thought RVing was a stupid waste of money, well guess who is hooked on the idea.

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Old 07-14-2011, 09:22 PM   #2
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For the longest time I thought there was no better way to be outdoors than in a tent back in the bush. Then my son started to really enjoy our camping trips and after purchasing a quad, we 'upgraded' to a cargo trailer to haul with that we decked out as living quarters when the bike was outside. A countertop here, lights there, add in a stove... It didn't take long to make the jump to a TT and now that we have one the whole family loves camping even more, especially DW who was never a big outdoorsy type anyways! Now I live for trips with the RV!

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Old 07-14-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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We had never given an RV a thought. But when we retired we were planning an extendeed trip including our old dog Major. When Iwas looking at methods to accomodate a dog on a long trip my wife came in and suggested renting a motor home---this was a shcker---my wife had no tolerance for camping.

We rented a Class C and headed south. On Hwy 1, the Big Sur area, we were in a campsite for the night and my wife said "if this thing had a better bed I could live in it for a long time". Wow---is all I could say and that is where it began for us. We finally bought our Class A and have used it as our second home evey since.

We have two favorite days in our year---the day we leave in the motor home for the winter and the day we return to Seattle for the summer.
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:25 AM   #4
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I camped as a kid. My parents had a Nimrod tent trailer. Eventualy as I got older I wasn't interested in traveling. It wasn't until I met my wife that I went with her,her parents,her brother and soon to be wife on my first trip to Disneyworld in a Itasca Class C motorhome, We had a blast.
My inlaws have had several motorhomes over the years and after I was seperated from my job at Western Electric, I decided it was time to try it out again,,,so we purchased a used 35' Bounder. For as old as it was (1990) it was in great shape. The first two years all our vacations and a lot of weekends were spent traveling in the Bounder. When the economy started to fail I thought it was time to move up and we purchased our current Southwind. We are enjoying this one immensly
Now my Brother in Law and his wife have a 5th wheel and we do travel together. Sadly to say my Father and Mother in law are selling their current MH because at 83 my father in law can't do it anymore.
But we plan to continue on,,, I want to step foot in every state in America and I won't do it by "Flying"

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Old 07-15-2011, 07:24 AM   #5
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i thought big mistake. went from tent to pickup camper. than than went to upper mich with my uncle 94 pace arrow. dw wanted one i said we won't use it .so we looked at a lot.i wanted a chevy not that many out there.we go to fl the month of feb.stayed in hotels drag stuff in than out.found a 05 endura kodak chasse. first year went to main love it. fl in winter love it now sitting in alaska. wish i wasn,t so hard headed.no more draging things out & in.have have everything in here and loving it.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:43 AM   #6
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Since finding out how much I love traveling in my RV I have a problem. My credit card gets me Airline Miles that I never use anymore. I need a credit card that gives Diesel miles.
An RV'r is someone driving a $300,000.00 Motorhome towing a $40,000.00 car and looking for a free place to park.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:56 AM   #7
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Never gave RVing a second thought my whole life even though I drove tractor trailer for years. One day we decided to add a spare bedroom. After figuring out the cost we decided to buy a used TT and just park it in the side yard for visitors and if we ever needed to get out of Dodge we could use it. When I found out my custom Ford Harley PU would not haul a tt we decided to buy a class A. Sitting in a bar talking about going to bike week and what motel we would go to I thought "why not take the MoHo?" Hooked up the bike trailer and drove off. Within a few days we were hooked. We are now looking for a DP to go full time....
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:42 AM   #8
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I like most started out tent camping as a kid. I loved it then, but as I got older didn't enjoy it. Got married, had kids, short on $$$, went camping a couple of times and wife hated it. Didn't think about it and had other hobbies (golf). Fast forward 20 years and different wife, 3 oldest kids grown and gone, 2 little ones now and we enjoy the experience of camping. My favorite part is planning, packing, and expecially driving to our destination. Our longest trip has only been 5 days, but are heading out for 9 days at the end of the month. Going to hot weather and lake front. Doesn't get any better than that.

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Old 07-15-2011, 09:58 PM   #9
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We had never owned a MH before. We knew we needed something to visit kids/g-kids and were getting feed up with nasty motels/hotels and all the bugs and other's hair that wasn't cleaned up by the operators. It didn't take long to realize too, that the DW likes to take along a LOT of stuff and I was the pack animal. Motor Home! But what kind...

All we knew was that we were past tents. Spent six months looking and saw a Bounder that had 1&1/2 baths. Weeks later and seven minutes before the end of the bidding on a '05 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36 DBD(1&1/2 baths, two toilets...NO waiting) on e-bay, I called Jan into the room and asked what to do. After a look see at some very good pics and the fact it only had 17k miles on it, the trigger was pulled. One minute later, we owned a MH...we were both physically ill. That was in January 2010. Heck of a deal, but SWORE that we would NEVER buy a big ticket item like that again...one month later, we bought the Jeep the same way... . Geez!

In May of the same year and after a couple dry runs, we set out to visit the kids in TN and on to NJ for a new G-Son viewing. After the NJ visit, all was going so well that we decided it would be nice to see some of the West. Twenty seven states and 17 National Parks later, we decided this RV thing ain't bad. This summer, we're now in Soldotna, AK and headed for Seward where mass quantities of local seafood is planned for consumption. The MH now has 36,543 miles on it and I can now say, "we kinda like this RVing"!

I find it a little ironic that the KIDS are now on their way to Florida, to visit OUR parents in Melbourne and we're in Alaska. Sometimes, the lack of planning really can not be improved upon. Bob

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