GATHER UP YOUR LOVED ONES AND GO RVING

RVing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My very first RV memory is sleeping on the convertible dinette bed in a borrowed truck camper. When I was in middle school, my parents bought a 1970s Starcraft travel trailer that my dad towed with a gold 1969 Buick station wagon. I’d take along a friend on family camping trips and we would cram ourselves into the tiny bathroom spraying Aqua Net onto our teased bangs. Clearly, I knew how to “glamp” even before “#glamping” was a thing.

 

By the time I was in high school, my parents had changed RVs again and I had changed my hairstyle. (Thank goodness, four-inch tall bird nest shaped bangs aren’t flattering on anyone.) This RV was a Type C. It was our first motorized RV and I can remember hanging out with my siblings or reading in the back bedroom while we traveled to our destination. Cool beans!

 

Once my parents even let me drive it while they took a nap in the back (before seat belt laws required all passengers to be buckled in). That was back in the day when kids could stay out wandering the neighborhoods alone until dark. My brother sat shotgun and we chatted away until my dad woke up from the rough ride and decided I wasn’t ready to be driving the RV after all. More than 20 years later, we still laugh about it. Today I wouldn’t even dream of letting Thing 1 drive while we even relaxed in the back, let alone sleep, but that was a different, more innocent time…

 

The RV I supposedly drove “100 MPH” when I was a teenager. Right!!!

 

The cousins and my sister (I was way cooler in middle school ;-)) camping with Papaw.

 

My parents were not and still are not the only ones in our family with an RV. For as long as I can remember, my mom’s parents, Junebug and Papaw, had an RV. If a weekend at grandma’s house was fun, a weekend in grandma’s RV was even better.

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IS FULL TIME RVING RIGHT FOR YOU?

 

Camping next to mountain lakes. Fishing along peaceful rivers. Evenings spent around a campfire. Hiking through alpine forests. A new “backyard” every week. The love of the open road is as American as apple pie.

“Living the dream!”

This was something we heard multiple times during our four years of full time RVing. And you know what? For us full time RVing was a dream come true. Our four years on the road were amazing, but as our boys grew into teenagers their needs changed. Now in a different season of life we are going to enjoy part time RVing until the times comes when we can hit the road full time again.

Perhaps you have spent many hours dreaming of hitting the road but how do you know if RVing full time is really right for you? For some, full time RVing is a perfect fit, but for others part time RVing or being weekend warriors may be a better fit. From personality types to family dynamics there is much to consider. So before you uproot yourself to hit the open road, ask yourself these 10 questions to know if full time RVing is right for you.

 

Do you thrive on change or prefer stability?

 

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