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Old 08-30-2016, 02:36 PM   #1
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New to iRV2 Forums - FULL TIMING our 4th MONTH

Hello fellow RVers

My wife Mary who served as RN in the Air Force and I, a Chemical Engineer, have been RVing part time, gradually increasing our trips every year for just the past 4 years. We started with an older Nash 25R bought in Junction City Oregon. Mary was working in Corvallis Oregon at the time. Now we live in a new Airstream, but I will come back to that soon....

We are based in Laguna Niguel CA ; actually Mary is from Long Beach CA and I transferred from Connecticut to Dana Point CA 20 years ago from East Coast. We married in 2006 give or take a few years.

Our first camping and RV experiences are in Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon, the Columbia River in Eastern Washington and Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Our first two favorite campsites were Indian Mary Campground right near the source of the Rogue River not far from Crater Lake and another on Lake Coeur d'Alane. So beautiful !!!. Still our two top places to camp.

(During the previous 4 years , 2011 to 2015, I worked for a Chinese company which brought me to China every 2-3 months. I worked out of the house in California and later on out of the travel trailer when I was not in China. Mary quit her excellent job in Health Insurance and started her real estate brokerage in 2007, give or take a year or two. She is now a successful RE broker in CA, WA and North Dakota).

We explored southern Utah, Durango CO, Sedona AZ and Show Low AZ in the Nash 25R during the second year. Last year we traveled through Arizona , New Mexico and up to Denver on a 1 month work assignment, then we went summer time mountain biking in a few of the Colorado ski resorts. (We both like the thrill of the single track).

Last July I took a full time engineering job in Covington Louisiana. (If anyone is interested in our perspective of the culture and people in Northlake area of Louisiana - which is very positive - we can go into this in a future post). We put the Nash trailer in storage and rented a house on Lake Ramsey LA for 9 months. We got tired of having a landlord, which doesn't go well with 4 dogs, so 3 months ago we started full time living in the Airstream on a 2 acre grass lot in southern Louisiana while I work full time. (We had lots of troubles attempting to drive and tow through mud during the current rainy season. This subject can be covered in future blog if anyone is interested. You can call it "how to tow a F250 pulling a 30 ft new Airstream through 100 ft of mud...)

In June we traded in the old Nash 25 footer for a new Airstream Classic 30 ft which we live in now with our 3 dogs. This is very comfortable living - not too small and just right for us. We both find full timing very relaxing.

Good news - I will be completing my current work assignment on September 1 so we resume our travels shortly.

Bad news - I am unemployed and we had planned on continuing full time income. I guess things will work out; either I get another Chemical Engineering job or switch careers altogether.

We plan to travel the southeast for the next few months - the Carolinas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and up to Southampton on Eastern Long Island where I grew up. Let me know if anyone finds any of this to be of interest and we can chat along. Happy trails !!

PS the picture shows our brand new Classic parked on the Pacific at the famous Doheney beach Campsite in Dana Point CA. Yes we bought the Airstream in California. In May drove the Nash from Covington LA to the Airstream dealer in Huntington Beach CA where we bought our Classic. The we drove the Classic back to Covington LA taking the upper route.

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Thanks for sharing your story.

I particularly enjoyed the statement, " We both find full timing very relaxing. " I hope this is my wife and I soon.

It sounds like you have the right attitude for just about anything and I wish you much more success in the future.

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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches! BTW, there was no picture!

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