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Old 05-25-2009, 09:05 PM   #29
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What got me started RVing? My ex-husband's family all owned some form of RV and when we got married we joined them with a slide-in truck camper. Since then I have also had a Micro-mini MH, Class A, 5th wheel trailer, and presently a Class C. I was about 25 when I had my first camping trip (although my family took car/motel trips every year in my youth) but my daughter was less than 2 months old when she had her first RV camping trip. She grew up camping at least once a month and seems to still enjoy it.
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:31 PM   #30
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I think what started my wife and I was really more about protesting the jobs we were in and up to last year I was in. 30 years of going where they said I must go on their time schedules. Never getting to enjoy the many places and countries I ended up in. I loved the work and the money as that enabled us to experience the RV lifestyle.

Also, I saw my Dad work his whole life and never go anywhere just for fun. He was military for 30 years and then worked for GE for 20. I told him many times to retiree and travel with mom see the country/world on his terms, but he never did. 4 months after his time with GE he was dead.

Is RV'ing in the future, absolutely and for as many years as the DW and I can do it. It's a beautuful thing...

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Old 05-26-2009, 11:33 PM   #31
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Homer And Jim,

I am glad you appreciated my post. It made me feel good about what I wrote. There are so many things in our minds that keep us from doing the dream and people to discount it. People ask me where I am retiring to and I tell them definitely not next to the blade of grass that is twisted the wrong way. This is a lot like motorcycling. You either are or you are not and you just know if you are. HD's ad campagin coined a phrase: "If you have ask then you will not understand"
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:38 AM   #32
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I have been rving since I was old enough to buy my first camper for a truck (1978). I grew up camping with my mother and stepdad who had several campers thru the years. That made me want to have one as well. I have had five campers, three trailers, and three motor homes. We are now fulltiming. That happened after buying the motor home we have and looking at it sitting for the first winter while we were paying out big bucks to pay for it. Decided would rather use it while paying for it. And here we are. Dont know if and when we will ever go back to a stick and brick. Just having too much fun traveling and meeting people.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:31 AM   #33
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I had moved out of my parents home, and gotten married and then my parents decided to buy a 29' Layton trailer. They hooked up the old Cadillac and off they went. (Never inviting me, mind you?)

But they did this for a few years as they were retired and they went allover the country. Once I met them at Stone Mountain, Georgia and stayed over the weekend and that is when I knew I liked camping.

So about 20 years later and a new husband by my side I convinced him to buy a R-Vision 21 ft hybrid which we kept for 4 years before getting our 31' fiver about 1 1/2 years ago. We love camping so much now.

We hike, bike and canoe and hope to camp more and more days out of the year. (As many as we can get off from work that is). So far we've gone 24 days this year.......we usually camp about 45-50 days!

I don't think we'll ever give it up. Wish we could full time, but that really doesn't appear in our future - but you NEVER KNOW !

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Old 06-06-2009, 08:04 PM   #34
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Back in the early 70's, we were looking for a family oriented activity, with the emphasis on "family." I wanted to take flying lessons; DW said fine, she would meet me with the car wherever I landed - so that didn't "fly."

Living in the Seattle area at the time, I thought a boat would be great, but unless you can afford a serious all-weather craft (we couldn't) their season is short; OK, because this didn't "float DW's boat," either.

Then we found campers and motorhomes.

Transferred to the Cincinnatti area, found a "class A" 22' stick-built on a Dodge chassis, 318, no air, by Fan Trailer, their first and last venture into mohos. Had a ball with it. It became our "family sedan." We'd take it out for a day, a weekend, went to New Hampshire and Maine coasts, Williamsburg, Myrtle Beach, etc. Kids grew up with those memories, son and his family now have National class A, daughter and family looking.

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Old 06-07-2009, 03:24 PM   #35
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in a tent 5 of us kids then we got a popup, then a tt
when i was about 25 we bought a popup had it for about 4yrs then i bought a 5th wheel, been going ever since
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:01 PM   #36
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Hotels and restaurants are very limited in their ability to provide a comfortable existence on the traveled road. Big boats and motorhomes always attracted my attention.

Camping was something I did in Vietnam and had no furthur interest for me in my recreation time. Sleeping on the ground in water in a Monsoon is not a pleasure to me.

Rving gave me equipment to learn to operate to maximum efficiency and maintain, a comfortable way to travel that we both enjoyed, and the ability to exit directly to the outdoors not some dingy hallway in a hotel.

Our bed and bath holds no undesired surprises, we have all the features of our house in the MH, and we can visit new locales for a different perspective from the sticks and bricks surroundings.

And, we can still go to restaurants if desired but its not required. We have our refrigerator and freezer stocked with stuff we like.

What's not to like?
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:36 PM   #38
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A good friend of mine let me drive his RV and that was all it took to get me hooked. Been there ever since.
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