How would you describe how you use your RV?

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Do you use your RV to get away from it all — maybe spend an entire season on public lands enjoying the peace and quiet, the stunning night skies, hiking, birdwatching … that sort of thing? Or is your RV your home — one that has all or most the comforts of a traditional home, but has wheels so you can move from place to place?

Here’s a list of nine ways we came up with that we believe cover how most RVers use their recreational vehicles. But we likely missed some, so please leave a comment if you use your way that we didn’t consider. You can pick two responses if one doesn’t quite cover all the bases.

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Jay

We bought our RV mainly to use as a seasonal getaway. In the winter, we are in Florida near family that lives there, and in the summer, it is parked on a lot in northern lower Michigan but still within 2 hours drive or our home where we can enjoy it whenever we get the itch. We are full blown “glampers” where we require full hookups and tend to stay in parks that offer higher end amenities vs. state parks or more rustic areas.

Rodney
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Rodney

I have a “B” and “C” motor homes. The B is now a spare car and long distance traveler. The “C” is currently a guest house for the children that returned home.

Pete and Janet
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Pete and Janet

We have a 1995 Georgie Boy purchased for $4500.00,and needed $2000.00 more to pass first inspection.
Used only once first year, then replaced all tires and belts , lights to led and new generator and batteries.
We rent our stick and brick.
But now from April to November we pretty much use it every other weekend for close camping (1-2 hours away).
Then at least one full week and several long weekends more than two hours away , and is stored outside and covered.

Ernie M
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Ernie M

I am 79. My wife is 77. We have a 2001, 40 ft Monaco Diplomat with 119,000 miles. It is our second Class A coach. I have been retired 21 years. We have a home outside Detroit in Michigan, and another home in Naples, FL. We have a boat at each residence. In 2017 we took 5 trips with our Monaco. 1. April from FL to MI. As snowbirds leaving FL, we take our time, usually 10 days or so and stop in different towns each year as we head north. 2. Leaving from MI in the summer to the… Read more »

d’Ann Madore
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d’Ann Madore

We have a 25’ Winnebago Navion on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis. It is our second RV. We started roughing it camping back in the 70’s in tents, then a VW Westfalia camper/bus with our newborn and toddler. We graduated to a camper on the back of a pickup truck through their junior high years, then rented condos, cabins or hotel-ed through their high school years. Sans kids we went back to a 1976 vintage VW Westfalia camper/bus until four years ago when we bought our first Mercedes Sprinter by Thor. We quickly learned what we did and didn’t need, and… Read more »

Hardy Jackson
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Hardy Jackson

We use our motorhome 3-5 months out of the year to see the USA. During that time we “dry” camp 4-5 days and then go to an RV park for 1-2 days to dump, resupply water, etc. The balance of the year, we take short trips ( 30-70) miles from home and stay 4-7 days “dry” camping. We own a 41 ft motorhome and living the dream!

J French
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J French

We use the 32′ Jayco mainly in National Forests or smaller private owned parks, never in RV “Resorts”. Stay generally 1 week at a time & bicycle trail riding, fishing are the hobbies.
Boondock average twice per year.

G13Man
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G13Man

ex back packer , now hiker ! motorcycle injuries have taken a toll migraines have lost 2 houses ! i remember the old fixed up bread trucks from the 7os and thought , neat when i get older ….So i got a mini-micro class C Explorer 20 foot , 86 Toyota I was in it for 5 month full time till the transmission went , sigh , now fixed , it is a cheaper place to stay when i go place , fun to go for weekend , even to the local parks , [ i can cook and shower… Read more »

JR and Judy (Travelx2 couple)
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JR and Judy (Travelx2 couple)

we decided the best way to see what WE wanted to see in the USA was to purchase an RV. Started with 28 foot travel trailer, moved up to an 35 foot 5th wheel. We decided to sell our house and go full time and now we would not trade our times or the places we have visited. Living now in our 40 foot 5 slide 5th wheel. Life is good.

Paula Thompson
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Paula Thompson

We are full timers, no other home. It was my husband’s long time goal. We tell people “we don’t camp…we watch tv”. RVing would be a better term. We are fortunate to have access to military campgrounds but can definitely see that they are becoming more crowded as the large vietnam era population retires and RV’s, especially in prime locations like Key West and San Diego. I am seeing a bigger population of 40 ft + class A’s around. As a counter to your rv sales figures, you should also consider that there are many people “aging out” of the… Read more »

Chuck
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Chuck

Our son has lived in ours in the driveway for about a year. Not a good RV year.

Daniel P
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Daniel P

I worked my entire life to finally travel for more than the work 2 weeks vacation schedule the “job” allowed. I’ve seen everything (well most everything because there is always something different) were I live. Now I want to travel in comfort and see the rest of the USA.

Roger Hinshaw
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Roger Hinshaw

Both of our kids live in the same town that is 5 hours from our home base. One has a horse ranch on which we set up a pad with electricity, sewer, and water for our 39ft Bounder Class A. We spend 2 to 4 or 5 weeks at a time there several times a year and leave it there most of the time. It serves as our home away from home.

Robt
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Robt

We purchased our RV in hopes of becoming full-timers. Now it’s used primarily/solely to remember the adventures we used to have in it and to dream about what may happen again. Basically it was a mistake purchased 10 yrs ago that sits next to the house waiting for the next big road trip, which may never happen because of the wife’s disability. Not an “up” comment, I know, but that’s reality.

Travilenman
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Travilenman

I do both– “Glamp”,and boondock — here in the Pacific Northwest about 6-8 months a year.. Why go anywhere else.. Am preparing for a trip to Alaska next year of about 4-5 months.. I will do both glamp and boondock…IF my RV holds together and don’t fall apart…

Ron Lane
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Ron Lane

We live in the Mojave Desert of Southern California where summer temperatures exceed 110 degrees. However, winter temperatures are mild with very few days reaching freezing temperatures. Therefore, from mid May through mid October we take our 44′ Phaeton and stay at Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort in Newport Oregon where we own our own lot. We do not boondocks, nor do we camp. Our motorhome is equipped with all the conveniences of our SU&B back in California. We will, occasionally, venture out of Newport to attend a local or national rally….but only for a few days. The summer 65 degree… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I’m a scoutmaster, so I still get plenty of “real” camping in. Backpack in, tent, sleeping bag, cooking over a small burner, fishing, etc. It reminds me why I like my trailer.

Billy Bones
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Billy Bones

We full time in our 5th wheel. My wife and I are gate guards with a frac crew. We follow them where ever they go. Sold the brix n stix 5 years ago. I doubt we’ll buy a house again.

W
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W

Two purposes I dont think cleanly fit into your survey: 1) “budget travel” – for the last wedding we went to, flying family cross-country was $5K, hotels another $1-2K… Excluding strip searches and providing my own bed: $1.5K in fuel… Its not “camping” or tourism or because the motivation is really budget and fewer cavity searches. 2) legal/less harrassed travel: I travel heavily armed for work. Although I’m legally licensed to, it is a **PAIN** to go near an airport these days and do all the paperwork and BS security theatre while TSA newbies actually dangerously handle my hardware to… Read more »

JohnV
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JohnV

Semi-full time: 5 months parked in one location (50 amps). 6 months parked in driveway at my “real home”, serving as an extra bedroom (30 amp service). And about 1 month a year driving around (I can do with 30 amp, but usually ask for 50 amp if available).

Barbara
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Barbara

We are full time and travel when we want or stay 6 months in a park if that’s what we decide to do. We’ve been to 47 states in the past 4 years and will not stop traveling until the wheels fall off or we fall down. We are in our late 70’s with a 45 ft MH that is driven by both of us. Love the life.

Bo Walker
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Bo Walker

45 feet, wow! I can see why it is “driven by both of us”. Does it have two steering wheels? Ha, just kidding.

Loneoutdoorsman
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Loneoutdoorsman

My Arctic Fox 990 truck camper is my home. Sold my house 3 years ago. My “new life” on the road is everything Ey dreamed of. No regrets. Have met a lot of great folks and never have had a bad experience. Dry camp and “plug in” about 50–50. Started to enjoy Montana 90 proof whiskey a little too much, but stopped drinking about a year ago after almost falling into the campfire a few times in Glacier National Park. Don’t miss it and now it’s a lot easier to get up early to go fishing. Drink too much coffee—probably… Read more »

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Congrats, Loneoutdoorsman! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying more coffee these days. Happy fishing and RVing! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Ron Vanderhoof
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Ron Vanderhoof

We camp once a month for 5 days with a friends in a Good Sam chapter. And have used our 5th wheel for long vacations.

Jens
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Jens

Our tt is our only home and we have now traveled around the country for 26 months.

Ron Twellman
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Ron Twellman

When I joined DW in retirement a year ago we pondered whether to keep our Class C or go to a TT. Our 6 wk trip to Alaska this summer gave us lots of time to discuss our options. We agreed we are just tourists often traveling with grandkids and seldom spending more than a day or two in one location. We sold the 2000 Coachman Class C Labor Day weekend and just this week picked up our 2016 Gulf Stream Class C. It’s just slightly larger with a real bed and higher end amenities but still no slides. I’m… Read more »

John Koenig
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John Koenig

Until I get my “stick & brick” emptied and sold, I’m an extended-time RVer. I am looking forward to the time when I can live full-time and not have to worry about any problems that might be occurring in the house when I’m away.

Andy Mirdik
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Andy Mirdik

I belong to an rv club and I spend a large portion of my summers at their rally’s. I also visit my sons , and friends who live in the N.W.
I only use my rig in the summer season.
Andy Mirdik, Aurora, Co.
‘05 pleasureway on a Ford E-350 chassis

Tom
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Tom

You left out snowbirding which is one of the ways we use ours. Second home on wheels so winter in FL and the other trips from spring to fall.
Still have our S&B and spend more time there than in coach.

Peggy
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Peggy

From November to mid April I am a Winter Texan. I spend a month at my sticks and bricks home my kids are renting from me, then head to Northern Wisconsin to be a camp nurse till mid August. Then back to MN sticks and bricks home till the end of October with 3-4 weekends out at campgrounds.

David Nowak
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David Nowak

We are ” working ” snow bird’s, volunteers to Habitat for 5 to 6 months. Our Rv with 3 slides gives us great comfort and when we return home we are on the road taking our grandchildren to private and State parks during the summer. We started in tents too many years ago, moved up to a pop-up which made camping with our 6 kids a lot of fun. Now, in our senior years, the Rv keeps us going and my wife and I plan to continue “camping”????

Sherry
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Sherry

We have been travel nursing for 12 years and living in our RV. We pick up and move every three to 6 months taking 2 to 3 months off a year to just travel. 9 to 12 years ago we had a hard time convincing private parks to let us stay for an extended time. Then came the recession and high gas prices and we had no trouble finding RV parks close to cities or any where we worked. For the last three years we have had to turn down jobs because we could not find a nearby place to… Read more »

Bill & Kitty Bateman
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Bill & Kitty Bateman

We are in transition to doing a lot of camp hosting and travel with an emphasis on boondocking. We started with open sleeping on back country Nevada trips with our 69 Landcruiser, then tents. We graduated to a 69 Chev and Westways 10′ cabover, then 87 22′ Sunflyer (my favorite of all), followed by a 24′ ToyHauler, mainly for the large living space, towed by a 97 E350. We are currently back to a 03 Chevy with a 00 Lance 11′. We’ve enjoyed it all and are now looking hard at B+ Mercedes chassis as well as maybe a small… Read more »

Jef
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Jef

Well, at the time I voted, my wife and I were only 3% or this population. We live in our RV full time, because our adult children still live in our house. They have not been able to get jobs that pay well enough to move out on their own. Since they haven’t moved out, we did! But we don’t say we are ‘Camping’. I have always admitted that we RV. We camped years ago when the children were younger, especially when they were in scouting, going away for weekends, stetting up a tent, etc. But that ended years ago… Read more »

harvey
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harvey

It is good to see someone else that I can relate to. Our 2 boys went away to school, graduated, and moved back home. It took a year but they finally have found full time work. They like living at home and don’t plan on leaving. We are. We are moving to our second home in the desert and we just bought our first fiver. Have had a number of different rvs over the years but never a fiver. This is the biggest we have had at 42 feet. We hope to become extended stays for 2-4 months a couple… Read more »

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
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Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC

We only take one trip each season but that is for 5 months. We like power for convenience appliances, heat and tv in our 36’ 5th. We will boondock in parking lots or Walmart maybe 3 nights in 5 months. Also enjoy boondocking with solar on occasion. Will do BLM camping for 2 weeks in our 5 month trip, then using genset only on rare occasions.
In 9 years have visited or touched on with 5th 48 states and 10 provinces.
ISN’T RETIREMENT IN AN RV GREAT!

Bob
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Bob

In 9 years I only manage 49 States and 7 provinces, plus a venter into Baja, CA.
Yes it is great.
It can also be interesting to contrast an RV visit with a cruise to Alaska or ???.

Tom
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Tom

We use it during the week at our state parks when it is not as busy (we try to avoid weekends, especially holiday weekends.) We are “camping”, but in comfort. We outgrew our popup long ago. Now have a 19 foot towable Wini. We took it out to the Canadian Rockies, but mostly use it in our home state of Michigan.

Raquel
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Raquel

There seems to be a missing slot for those of us who have chosen to sell our homes, making our RV our only home by choice. We do not park in one place for months on end, but spend time seeing and getting to know the area. Then we move on to another spot. We’re not driven by “jobs”, nor by “necessity”. We’re driven by the desire to experience this continent and the people who inhabit it. In reality, the people are what keeps us on the road.

Captn John
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Captn John

We stay in the S&B during June/July/August as CGs are too crowded. We are also there during December as family is in the south then too. We spend 5 – 6 months in our 43′ 5er. Rarely north of the Mason Dixon line. We do not camp. We find a new area and explore for a week or more before moving on.

Scott
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Scott

I’m not sure definitions really matter. I think the “doing” is what is important, be one doing all of the different activities u identify in the survey. Don’t misunderstand, I think looking at the distinctions is interesting, but the good thing is many people r out there doing their own thing, whatever u want to call it. I use my Escape to travel and boondock and yes on occasion “Escape.”

Mark Evenson
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Mark Evenson

We use our RV as an affordable substitute for expensive motels or rental houses. We have a very small recreational vehicle, 17′. We also attend rallies with other owners of our type of RV, fiberglass trailers. We are new to this type of accommodation, this year. Our uses are still in development stage.
Mark and Cheryl & Mick, the beagle.

Steve P
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Steve P

I am an ‘Other’ .. for us we largely have it for weekends and vacations, but also for any over the road travel. It is essential that our RV is modest and efficient since we use it as a our rolling motel room, stopping at WalMarts, and US Forests, sometimes rest areas, any free location on our route which will allow us some hours of rest in comfort, and then back on the road. Environmental Allergies make bringing our safe room with us better than risking the unknown reaction at hotels. Most RV’s are far too ‘upscale’ for our tastes.… Read more »

Elaine
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Elaine

We did the “real” camping growing up. We use our 5th wheel to travel in enjoying the outdoors to visit family, friends, & to see the good ole USA. We don’t have to pack up to move which is a great convenience. We love it!

Grumpy too
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Grumpy too

Still have a stick built home in Oregon – return to it from mid April to Early September. “Nana” has to see and take care of grand and great grand kids. Use the motorhome to explore, sight see and attend rallies – chapter functions. Enjoying life.

Jim & Deanne Fellows
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Jim & Deanne Fellows

We use our 22′ trailer for sleeping, eating and getting us from one interesting place to another. We very seldom stay in one place longer than a week.

Alex
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Alex

RV enhancement is a hobby. I prefer older, better built trailers and Class C. I’ve had 5 Holiday Rambler trailers ranging in age from 1988 to 1995 and from 18 to 32 feet. Modernizing them with laminate floors, modern entertainment systems and suspensions while retaining their classic ambience is challenging and fun. When time to move one, the first visitor usually buys it. Yes, we camp and travel in them too. While we enjoy using them, we’re also intrigued by finding ways to improve cosmetics and functionality,

Don
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Don

My definition of camping is “cold, wet and miserable.” I did that while growing up. I have wonderful memories of the TIMES we had while camping, but not “camping.” For that reason the next 40 years I spent “camping” there were always numbers on the door. I now have a class A. I don’t tell people I camp, I tell them I “RV” And I’m OK with that!

Kat
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Kat

I bought my 20′ 2005 Rialta in 2006 so I could research my family history (do genealogy), traveling to eastern US locales where my ancestors lived from my S&B home in the Pacific North West. I urban boondock in her for 2 – 3 months near archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries; she houses my files, computer and printer and permits me to visit new found “cousins” without inconveniencing them. I have 100W of portable solar panels that allow me to write at night, taking care of my electronics. On my way back to the PNW, I stop at National and… Read more »

Bee O'Neil
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Bee O'Neil

My wife & I have been full time RVers and on the road since early ’02 in our 40′ motorhome.

Our full time RVing life style is best described by the Tiffin Mfg slogan “Roughing It Smoothly” after enjoying the other ‘camping’ methods since the early 70s.

JUDY
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JUDY

It is our only home. We use it as transport to and from various volunteer jobs all over the United States. The Rv parks are crowded and difficult to relax in so we work for state and national parks seasonally..winter in the south and summer up north.

Bruce Howard Pedersen
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Bruce Howard Pedersen

We are sightseers and we go somewhere every 4 to 6 weeks. We usually stay at national parks, state parks first choice and then commercial parks if we have to. We do boondocks at times, however we usually only stay at any of the above for 2 or 3 days and move on. Been to Alaska, Cross country, most of the national parks in western US and still plan on seeing more of the country. We been RVing since 1989. Life is good!

Ann
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Ann

We spend 4-6 weeks in AZ in the winter and 4-6 weeks in the Northwest in the summer. We prefer state parks or favorite RV parks. I like to plan trips with reservations but stop when tired on the way to our destination or on the way home. My favorite way to camp is buying a Thousand Trails pass for half price and one more region in the west. Price per month is less than $50. I like to sign up for 2 years and camp for the price of a resort fee.