Seven Years On The Road
by Bud Corwin
(Apache Junction, Az. USA)
My wife and I started our full time RVing in December 2003. We had a 33 foot 1993 Fleetwood Pace Arrow. It had a 460 CI Ford engine with 3 speed automatic and gearvender over/under transmission. I purchased this coach in May of 2002 from a fellow who really pampered it. It was like new and if it weren't for not having slide outs, I probably would still have it.
But, living in a space with not a whole lot of room, we traded for our present coach in February of 2004. It is a 38 foot 2003 Fleetwood Excursion. It has two slides which makes a big difference room wise. It also has a few more options.
Our first year was spent traveling from Arizona east to Florida, then north to New York and the New England states. Then back west to Arizona where we spend our winters.
Our second year was about a repeat of the first minus New England. We stayed in Iowa for about a month on the return.
The third year we returned to Iowa to help our nephew out in his new business. We came back to Arizona that fall.
By now, Gerri decided we needed to go to work for our camping space. So we went to work as hosts for one of the many companies out there hiring people to host campgrounds all over the USA. Our first year we hosted at a small lake in Michigan, Sand Lake, which is between Cadillac and Lake Michigan.
The next summer we hosted at The Flaming Gorge in Utah.
Since then we have worked at parks in northen Arizona, central Pennsylvania and South Dakota.
We have yet to be somewhere we do not like. There is beauty anywhere you go in these United States. And talk about nice people, you'll not find any nicer than RVers.
We also work at the resort that we stay at in the fall and winter months here in Apache Junction, Az. Gerri really likes it here as she has many friends and plays cards and other games with all.
Fulltiming is a great life style for some, but not for all. My suggestion would be to rent an RV and try living in it with whom ever you will be with. RVs are for two people, no matter how big it is.
Fulltiming is not for families. It will probably drive you nuts with more than two people in a confined space such as a motor home, 5th wheel or trailer for any extended time period.
The above picture was taken at a wild horse sanctuary in the southern part of South Dakota which we visited this past summer.
I hope this adds some insight into your thoughts on fulltiming and hope to see you on the road.
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