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Old 06-18-2015, 08:55 AM   #1
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The appeal of RV'ing

Maybe it's just me.........

But first let me preface that as a young boy I spent a lot of hours on the road with my father who was a cross country truck driver for 45 years. He taught me to love the road and man do I.

So, back to the main story. Maybe it's just me but I love, absolutely love the traveling part, namely the driving part. Don't get me wrong, I love rv camping. Going to the different camps and meeting new people, sharing rv war stories and becoming regulars at certain parks where people know your name. But I love being on the road.

I mean, I enjoy going to pick up my 5th wheel from the storage, hooking up to the truck, pulling out and towing it down the road to the house. Get it loaded and then pull out to the open road. Pulling in to gas stations after a good stint of driving and stretching my legs, maybe getting a snack.

I know it probably has a lot to do with reminiscing of the days with my father, b/c I notice and my wife notices how I linger in the truck stop section longer than most non-truckers.

At any rate, this is what drives my enthusiasm to the RV life.

What about you?

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Old 06-18-2015, 10:41 AM   #2
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I'm more of a "destination" guy. I think driving 2+ hours every morning to get to work and then 2+ hours to get back home for almost 5 years killed any enjoyment I had of driving.

I want to get where I'm going and enjoy as much time as possible while I'm there.

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Old 06-18-2015, 11:10 AM   #3
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I know how you feel, I drove over the road on and off for over 35
years, The last sent was for 10 straight years with a well known
company that has big green tractor's and a green strip down the
side of the trailer.

When driving down the road I point out to the DW the fuel stops
and different places I use to spend the night. Often I fuel at the
same truck stops I did when I was working, the DW just rolls her
eyes and puts up with me.

I can no longer drive for a living do to heath reasons but I sure
miss it, I believe I can truly sleep better in that truck bunk than
I can at home. I was a team driver off and on and there is nothing
like the hum of those tires going down the road to put you to

Trucking is a life stile and once you get bitten by it, it will be in
the back of your head the rest of your life.... One thing I will say
it's nothing like it was when I started back in the 60'es, back then
I started with 2 sticks and a bunk that you climbed into from the
drivers seat. Now it's like a travel trailer inside were you can
get up and walk around, have your desk, frig, microwave, cloths
storage, two bunks, tv and computer.......
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:25 AM   #4
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I drove all over the Southwest for many years as a Telecom Manager for a class 1 railroad. I don't mind driving. RVing for me isn't just about RVing, though I do enjoy all aspects of it. For me it's about going to specific places to fly fish with my 2 sons, visit my daughter, son-in-law, and grand children, or go to a model sailplane event. I spent half my life in hotels for so long if I never stay in another one, it'll be too soon.

However, I'll be retiring in 16 months and Dee Dee and I will be taking some trips, just for the sake of seeing sights, and enjoying life....

So far this year, I've camped 18 nights...
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:26 PM   #5
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12-15 years from retirement - but already looking forward to it. For us - it's the destination. Not so much being on the road. We can camp 15 minutes from the house and be just as happy as 2 hrs from the house. What does it for us is the 'disconnection' from responsibilities/work. Can't mow the lawn -- not home. Can't do laundry -- not home.... CAN relax and reconnect with God's wonderful earth & your spouse!
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:31 PM   #6
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I don't mind driving but I don't enjpy it as much as I used to. I hate trraffic. If it's scenic byways we are traveling on, I don't mind so much. I do look forward to getting to the destination to begin the relaxing part. Anymore it is the only way I can trully relax. Even at home on days off, I have a hard time relaxing as I feel I haave too much to do. Only at a campground do I trully feel like I can unwind.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:50 PM   #7
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I agree with Paul.

For me, the drive is almost as good as the camping, particularly if we are driving someplace new.

My dad was not a truck driver but we camped all over the US and Canada when my sister and I were younger. We were usually on the road for four weeks each summer and, although every driving day was not eight hours long, many were.

With my own kids, we've been to both the east and west coasts of the US and Canada (+ Newfoundland which is technically off the east coast of Canada) and to Alaska and the Yukon. We haven't done a long haul vacation in three years now and I miss it. Maybe next year...
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Walter and I enjoy traveling and want see the country when I retire (19 days and counting!). We actually enjoy seeing how cheap we can do it. Also, over and above costs, I know just how clean the sheets and bathroom are!
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:03 PM   #9
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I think it shows how important early life experiences are in crafting our likes and subsequently influencing our adult choices. Most children who are exposed to camping, travel, fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities carry that on into adulthood.
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Yep! It's not the destination, it's the Journey and then the traveling around the area of your destination! Don't get me wrong, nothing like camping with friends, corn hole & ladder Golf! But man! I love to see new things!

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