Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

F. A. Q's

Is it hard to drive?      
       
        Surprisingly no and you don’t need a commercial driver’s license. The transmission is automatic so once the parking brake is off and you push the drive button, you are on your way. There are back-up and side view cameras to assist with changing lanes and watching traffic.

Who drives?
       
       Actually, we both do. Before we bought the coach, the decision was made that we would both drive. It wasn’t until we bought the coach, that we actually drove it. Benny Johnston (the Service Manager at Sherman RV) was a great teacher and really made us feel confident. At no time during the drive did he feel the need to put on his seatbelt.
        When we are travelling, we drive no more than 60 MPH and only for 4-5 hours with breaks during. We are not in a hurry and the fun in this adventure is to stop and see things that catch our eye.

What kind of mileage do you get?

        Not good! Eight – 10 miles per gallon. Our tank holds 100 gallons so a fill-up is expensive. No sugar coating this - driving a big diesel is expensive!

What is it like traveling with a dog?

        That depends who you ask….us or Spirit (our year and a half old black lab). For us, it is great. But we feel Spirit should get a voice. So here she is……“I grew up in the motorhome.  I have lived here since I was 8 weeks old and don't know what living in a real house is like.  RV dog parks are not all they are cracked up to be...they are usually too small for a energetic dog like me.  I like National Forests where I can be off-leash and chase mule deer.  The worst thing is most RV’ers seem to have “yappy” dogs. Now for the good things. Plenty of time with mom, I get lots of walks in new places (they call it hiking but I call it sniffing), I get to ride in a kayak, we frequently stop at rest areas which usually have food scattered on the ground, and in the rv house I am never more than 40 feet away from them”.

What is cooking like?

        Cooking is not much different than at home, except that more is done outside. When the weather is cooperating, I set up an induction burner (or 2) and a grill. Inside the coach, we have a 3-burner stove and convection microwave oven. We did not opt for a dishwasher because of the amount of storage space we would lose. However, the kitchen sink has two deep bowls and hand-washing dishes is not a problem. Besides, Betsy does it most of the time!
        The refrigerator is a standard residential model with automatic ice maker and deep freezer. All Nancy’s herbs and spices are neatly tucked away in the many storage cabinets. We have a Cuisinart stand mixer, ice cream maker, immersion blender, regular blender, crock pot, and a host of other cooking apparatus that Nancy could not live without.

How long do you plan on travelling?

        No idea! The end date was intentionally left open.

How long does it take to set up once you are at a camp site?

        We are usually set up in 30 minutes (or the time it takes to drink a beer). Automatic hydraulic jacks go down, slides go out, hook up water/electric/sewer, put out the patio mat/chairs/table, and open the awnings and we are done.

How do you get mail?

        We have a mail forwarding service that we pay for monthly that holds our mail until we provide a temporary address and request them to forward it. With the opportunity to “go paperless,” there is very little mail that we receive.

How do you find places to camp?

        There are many great camping guides with the best being the internet. Camping “clubs” offer discounted camping. There is a great website that gathers input from RV’ers to provide non-biased reviews. It is tempting to just take your chances that camping sites will be available at your next destination but in the busy season of camping it is usually wise to spend time planning your next 2-3 stops. We spend a couple of hours each week planning ahead. That is also a good way to look at camp costs and quality of the campground so you can make choices. Then we go online and contact the campground of our choice to check on availability and make a reservation.

How do you spend your day?

        On days that we are moving to another campground, the morning is spent breaking down the campsite. That means storing chairs, rolling up mats, putting away the patio lights, folding up the table, dumping the tanks, storing the hoses and electrical cord, and checking the tires. Also, we say our good-byes to any new neighbors we may have met.
        On non-travel days, we always begin the day with coffee and a dog walk. When we are in beach towns, we can’t resist the lure of the ocean. If there are intriguing streams, lakes or smooth areas to kayak, we head there and often return for a wonderful breakfast that Nancy puts together! Afterwards we head out to local sights (including museums, light houses, historical sites, shops, etc.) using the car that we tow behind the motorhome. The kayaks, by the way, are racked on top of the car when not in use. Bikes provide great access to nearby towns and stores.
        There is also housekeeping that needs to be done. Since we live in such a small space, we track in lots of dirt and the open windows mean that dust and pollen blow in. We have a central vacuum that makes the job easier. There is no need for a mop; the tile floor is so small that we just get on our hands and knees to clean. Our moho has a washer and dryer so it is quite easy. Many RVer’s who don’t have that convenience can use the laundry facilities at the campground. Most campgrounds have them and it’s usually $1.50 to wash and $1.00 to dry.