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Old 04-19-2016, 08:01 AM   #1
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My wife and are taking the plunge to full time, after returning a bit early from a three year mission trip to Uganda.

We’ve been downsizing steadily over the past five years, originally with the intent of buying a Flagstaff Forest River and traveling the USA.

It’s a long story, but Uganda and working with special needs children and adults came up sort of unexpectedly. We gave up the lease on our Fort Worth apartment, asked a friend if they’d store/sell our pick-up, quite literally gave away everything we owned except for what we could pack into four suitcases, and flew 36 hours and nine time zones around the globe, to Nkokonjeru, Uganda, Providence Home, and the Little Sisters of St Francis.

A health issue, pretty much untreatable over the long term in Uganda, surfaced for Bonnie so back to America we came; with the same four suitcases.

At that point, we had to make the decision whether to sign a new lease, buy everything we needed to equip a new apartment, and basically resume the life we left behind for Uganda; or to follow through on our other dream of picking up stakes whenever we wanted, and moving on to the next adventure and location.

We purchased a 2016 Forest River Flagstaff 21DS last week, and pick it up tomorrow, Wednesday the 20th. While Bonnie is receiving care and treatment in Fort Worth, we’ll stay at the KOA in Weatherford. After that, we think we’ll move over to the Escapees site in Livingston to set that up as our home base.

Our first six-seven months, we're looking at traveling south to San Antonio and South Padre Islands, east to New Orleans, and then steadily northward, through Memphis, Hannibal, Lacrosse, Bemidji, and finally Williston, ND for the birth of our newest grandchild.

Then we figure to head south again, before we get snowed in, and eventually work our way to Florida for a month or so, before heading north again along the Eastern seaboard.

I’ve owned two other bumper pull trailers over the past 30-35 years; the first being a half-ton Chevy and a small (18-ft?) trailer and the second a 3/4-ton GMC and a 27-ft travel trailer. The second one was at least twenty years ago, and it seems a lot has changed…other than me getting somehow older.

Hope to see many of you down the road somewhere. Don’t mind the small dogs (a Chihuahua rescue and a Rat Terrier mix rescue). Their bark is a lot worse than their bite.

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Old 04-19-2016, 08:18 AM   #2
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Hi Wayne! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Old 04-19-2016, 12:18 PM   #4
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Glad to have you here with us. I hope your wife is doing better.

My hat's off to for being there for others (Uganda).

Sounds like you have a great adventure planned out. I wish you a lot of luck with your new Forest River, and your travel plans.

Happy Trails!!!
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