As I was working recently on an Alaska entry from July 15, 2015 (yes,
I'm several months behind on many of last year's entries) I found this
article written by an unknown writer on the RV Travel.com staff.
I'm guessing it's Chuck Woodbury, the editor, but he usually signs his pieces.
So I don't know to whom to give credit for this excellent piece that
gives readers another person's perspective of the full-time RV lifestyle
Jim and I enjoy so much.
Living in One Place, In One Home, Isn't as
"Normal" as it Once Was
by RV Travel staff
An idea has been bouncing around in my head lately that living in one
place, in one home, isn't as "normal" as it once was. The fact is, every
day the number of people who sell their homes to travel full-time by RV grows.
Just observe the traffic along a busy highway. Notice the numbers of
"big rig" RVs passing by. These folks are not on the way to the Grand
Canyon for a week of camping. Many are on their way to yet another
temporary home base where they will stay a week, a month, or maybe a
season. Some are following the sun.
Have you been
inside a big Class A motorhome
or fifth wheel trailer recently? If not, visit an RV dealer and take a
look. Check out one of these RVs with its slideouts extended. They're
"houses," aren't they? They have virtually all the amenities of a
traditional home. They're not made for "camping" — they're made for
Here's a glitzier motorhome interior
than Jim and I would ever want! It's a photo of a
Tiffin Zephyr -- and there are more
upscale manufacturers than this, even.
The fact is, if
you are the type of person who loves to travel, who gets restless in one
place, who doesn't need a lot of "stuff," then you may find that the
life of a full-time RVer is incredibly stimulating (and ultimately
As the baby
boom crowd grows older and retires,
it seems to me that full-time RV travel will become even more popular
than today. Face it, mowing a lawn gets old. And many of us, as we get
older, realize that most of our "stuff" isn't important.
I can envision
millions and millions of happy, wandering nomads, exploring the nooks
and crannies of wherever a road leads.
And what do they
give up for this life of freedom and exhilaration? Not much. In their
rolling houses, they have cellular phones, computers with Internet
access, televisions, DVD players, and all the amenities of any home —
bedroom, bathroom with shower, heater, coffee maker, refrigerator and,
yes, even a kitchen sink.
Anyone who is
possessed with wanderlust who travels by RV even once
is in serious danger of catching a bug — the travel bug. It gnaws at
you. It won't go away. It makes you question why you continue to live in
the same place and do the same things over and over. You start to feel
like you're rotting. You need to "air out" — to get away — to see
something new — to have adventures. Life is short. You begin to fear
that day by day, week by week, you are letting your life slip away.
Saguaro cacti along a trail in Black
Canyon, AZ, not far from Prescott. (10-23-15)
Those of us
possessed by the travel bug look at a map and go crazy. We see names of
towns and rivers and lakes, and we see thin, twisty blue lines that are
roads. We want to get on one of those "blue highways" to see where it
goes. We want to drop into a roadside cafe to order ham and eggs from a
gum-chewing waitress who calls us "Hon." We want to gab with the
toothless cowboy on the stool next to us at the counter. "Been here
Ariz., as I dined on ham and eggs in a packed, little cafe,
a guy walked in and asked to buy a pack of cigarettes. "We don't sell 'em,"
the waitress said. "Check across the street at the health food store."
Yeah ... that's
what she said. Funny, huh? I could tell you a dozen more stories like
this from my RV road trips. What fun! What a life! How utterly opposite
from boring! When I think of these stories and my many adventures on the
road, I want to drop what I am doing right this moment and run away.
Alas, I can only do it part time ... for now.
Will there be more people on the road full-time in RVs next year than
today? I think so. Maybe one of them will be you.
summary of our five months at Yuma Proving
Ground and photos from nearby scenic areas where we hiked, biked, and drove
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2016 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil