RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “I can picture myself on the road of adventure”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is Tish’s story: 

The countdown had officially begun, only 39 more days of work. I was finally joining my husband in retirement and ready to start our adventure as part-time, full-timers.

In preparation for this adventure, we had purchased our 2019 Winnebago Travato. SKOWT, as we named her, was our vehicle for this freedom that we anticipated. We have had several RVs over the years – from tents, tent trailers, a small trailer, a restored VW Westfalia, and now our beloved class B van. We decided that we wanted to be travelers rather than campers when we first entered the retirement life and that a small, reliable class B would give us that opportunity.

As a trial of life on the road, we spent several weeks during the last two summers on the road, first in the Westfalia and then most recently in the new van. We anticipated my retirement from education at the end of May, when we’d hit the road to continue our adventures. But that all has changed dramatically as I finish out my last 26 days of work in a way I had never imagined.

As schools closed and students remained at home, teachers and others in education have begun remote or distance learning. For my school district, this is a whole new world with a huge learning curve for most of the teachers. My job as a curriculum specialist is to support the teachers as they set up their online classrooms. Hours filled with learning new platforms, creating an online curriculum, supporting students and parents, and answering multitudes of questions. School days have never been so long. After 25 years as a teacher, I could never have imagined this would be how I would slip into retirement.

Plans to hit the road are on hold for now and our van sits in the driveway waiting for us to set her free. When I need a break from some of the craziness in the world right now, I sneak out to the driveway, open the door and retreat into my happy place. I can smell the trees, feel the fresh air and picture myself on the road of adventure. It’s going to happen, just not exactly when we’d planned.

Tish Reed


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Danny Evans
5 months ago

A lot of us are the same. I retired last year and we took three long trips. Had plans to have already been gone for most of this month, but… The road awaits us. Right now the best place to be is home.

PennyPA
5 months ago

How can one be a part-time full-timer?? Just wondering.

WEB
5 months ago
Reply to  PennyPA

I would envision it as you have a home base, but not tied to it. So if you want to travel 3 or 6 months or even a year “full-timing” and if a need arises, you shuffle the ol’ butt back home, just like with the current situation. Just saying.

Raymond Shaw
5 months ago

My wife and I both retired, her as an ED charge nurse, after retiring from the USAF, and me from law enforcement. We left on our first trip as full timers. Along with us we our two grandsons ages 10 and 12 were with us. We went to San Antonio, from our base in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. On the way we stopped and spent 10 days in Louisiana, and three weeks in San Antonio. The campground we were at stopped taking new arrivals, but said we could stay up to 180 days. The City of San Antonio, started to shut down.
At that point we decided that it was in all our interest, that we return to Florida. We based this on several facts.
So here we are at the compound. We have a wood shop, a fishing pond, picnic pavilion, and no close neighbors.
Thanks to our daughter and her husband, for allowing to stay on the property, doing our grocery shopping, and unlimited access to our 6 grandchildren.

Warren
5 months ago

Tish
I am in the same situation. Retiring after 30 years of teaching college. What a way to go out! Needless to say my retirement kickoff Raving adventure has been delayed. The trailer is loaded and ready to roll!

Will
5 months ago

Tish: My retired wife naps in our Class B because it’s a quiet cocoon that brings back good memories for her, so don’t feel shy about retreating to the rig.

And I see you have a modern distraction front and center. A dreaded TV. We’re three years into retirement and the idiot box has no place in our world on the road. We leave NBCCBSABC behind when we’re out. Besides, it would be an affront to the redwoods or the mountains to turn on a TV. No news really is good news.

Ronald Payne
5 months ago

Good luck Tish,indeed this is uncharted territory for the education system,however you rv choice is similar to ours,class B is a wonderful sized vehicle to travel and camp in,happy travels.

Joe
5 months ago

Great adventures await! My wife retired from education last May. We were able to travel, explore, and enjoy 4 weeks on the road last summer. Best trip ever! Looking forward to getting back on the road at some point. Stay safe