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Old 10-20-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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Summer of fun is over!

After losing both of my wife's parents within 10 days of each other in May to cancer, my wife and our 2 dd's deemed that this summer would be the summer of fun. our Roo 233s camper purchase and my daily visits to this site leading up to our trip was my salvation during my in laws final weeks with us and I made a commitment to hold firm our our plans to take a 21 day trip out west.

Our "Adventures with Rooby", became our best vacation ever.

I started sharing some of the adventures on this forum during the trip but ran out of steam mid way through and focused on just being in the moment with my family. We really needed this trip because our kids had received very little attention while we tended to my wife's parents. We never got tired of each other and our kids were very sad when we pulled into the driveway at home.

Reality returned, school and work consumed us and we had to take 3 additional family trips without Rooby. None of us slept well in the hotels on any of these trips and not a day goes by that We don't think about our camper and talk about the fun times we had. We have watched the long long trailer and RV, many times and view our slide show of our adventures frequently. We will carry these memories forever.

My posts and visits to this forum have been few and far between since August and I must say I was very sad when I handed my keys to the dealer with instructions to winterize it.

My wife, an attorney turned writer, had focused much of her time composing posts for her blog,, a site focused on the challenges of being in the middle of raising kids and taking care of parents. With her parents passing though, she has now turned her attention to new topics and has picked up the torch to document our Adventures.

We hope to begin visiting this site more frequently now that family commitments are slowing down and life is returning to normal and we will start posting her tales of our adventures on this site soon.

In the interim, i hope that all of you had your own summer of fun too and I will be counting the days until we pull Rooby out of storage for our first trip next spring.

Kevin, Meg and DDx2
2012 Rockwood Roo 233s
2004 F150 Super Crew 5.4L 3.73 4x4
Days Camped 2012 = 42
Days Camped 2013 = 9 planned before April 1st
Local Ohio CGs - Punderson SP and West Branch SP
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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Very sorry to hear of your losses, but glad to hear that your trip turned out well.

We also had family reasons for a very limited season - just one six-day trip. However, our reasons were not sad ones. Our son and daughter-in-law, who live in a suburb of Tokyo, came over for two weeks along with our 9-month-old grand-daughter whom none of us had seen. My sister came out from England to be part of the celebration.

We had 14 to 18 people for meals all three days of the Labor Day weekend! We all had a great time, but we're glad things are back to our more normal, retirees' pace.

I started the winterisation process yesterday and will finish it tomorrow with the air compressor to blow ou the plumbing and then a trip to our local park's dump station to empty the holding tanks. It's really handy to have a CG dump station within a half mile of home - it's at a city park which has a campground with about 50 sites. I need to drive the RV for about 30 minutes to slosh everything around in the tanks.

Good luck for next season. We hope to get a lot more out of our motorhome next year. We may add a second rescue Lab to the family in a couple of weels. Our present one is a bit down after losing his best friend a year ago. The local Humane Society has three female black Labs up for adoption, new to their website this week.
Frank and Eileen
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