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Stan ochs
4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your recent events. Very well written and I was moved by your story. So sorry for your loss but your mom was lucky to have you so much in the last months of her life. Lucky you to be in that position and add some cherished memories with your mother. Mine is 94 and doing pretty well but I take no visit with her for granted.
Again many thanks for sharing.
Lots going on in your world right now for sure!
Enjoy YOUR next chapter, all the best.

Bill Massicotte
4 years ago

So, you guys finally managed to go full-time! Good for you. I myself don’t get enough traveling. I must be a gypsy at heart. I think your followers would like to see a pick of you and Gail near your new rig if possible. You’ve gone through a big transition from part-time to full-time. Hope you two enjoy it and keep on trucking. How are you liking the new motorhome? Is it behaving according to plans? Let us know
Thanks for your excellent writings.
respectfully
Bill Massicotte

Howard
4 years ago

I noticed the last two weeks you have not had any contests? are you not going to have them?

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Howard

Howard, we will have them from time to time. Right now we are researching some new types of contests — mix things up a bit. More fun!

M. Adams
4 years ago

Chuck – this week’s Editor’s Corner was the best I’ve read over the years. Thank you. And congratulations on going full time – I am envious. I had hoped to do many years of RVing around the country – before I found out my wife didn’t like that way of travel! Now I’m selling my rig. But will still be looking forward to your future stories.

Mary A Lowe
4 years ago

Chuck,….Safe and enjoyable travels for you and Gail. Fulltiming isn’t something I have had a hankering for but we do winter south about 6 months out of the year and by then we are ready to return home. Other then that we don’t do much travelling anymore – age and health tends to catch up to some of us. I read your remarks re: Heartland and their 6 slide 5th wheels. I appreciate our 3 slides especially since we live in it half the year but was aghast when they came out with 4 slides and couldn’t believe it when they came out with 5 slides. Now 6? Is this what is called camping in today’s world? Not in my mind. Camping to me is enjoying our great outdoors and when people have such opulent RV’s you can bet it has nothing to do with the true meaning of camping.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary A Lowe

Mary, can SEVEN slides be too far away? I’m guessing within the next year. Crazy!

DS
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary A Lowe

I think it might help to draw a distinction between camping and living. I’ve met a lot of people in the medical contract profession (nurses and technicians) who move around frequently to the next contract. For them, they are not camping, they’re living. And the ones I’ve met have kids, so I’d guess the extra space would be most appreciated. Not all RVs are used for recreation and sometimes not even as vehicles.

Douglas Rutz
4 years ago

Why can’t the RV industry have more governmental controls similar to the auto industry and be forced to conform to national plumbing and electrical codes. It is appalling that the rv manufacturers are allowed to continue their unsafe manufacturing of RV’s.

Also could you write an article with ideas on how to find an RV site without have to plan months in advance or commit to months at one site. I purchased my motor home to explore, not sit in one RV park.

Laurie Otto
4 years ago

Hi Chuck, I’ve loved your newsletters since we found you about 3 yrs before our Alaska trip. Internet was new, so we got the milepost thru you. It helped a lot. I lost the rig (and everything else) when we divorced (I was forced to choose Mom or husband). Mom is much like yours, only not as light-hearted. Dementia is beginning to develop, so each day is a new challenge. I enjoy your newsletters STILL, and my dream of doing what you JUST DID is in the back of my mind. Your stories continue to inspire. I got NUTHIN in the divorce, so I don’t send you donations, but I have faith that brighter days are ahead. I bookmarked your Amazon site – THANKS for that idea! I was perplexed about how to REMEMBER how to get you a credit when I buy something.
Congrats on your new lifelong companion. Mom is like the teenager I was in her life – long ago. Full role reversal. We are in her home of choice until – however long she lasts, and I think it will be MUCH LONGER with me here. I miss my ex husband and our trailer travels, but he is a stubborn mule. Maybe getting too old also. He may need me when Mom is done needing me. Who knows? I ALSO found suddenly liquidating my life to whatever fits in the car, challenging. But, I only missed a few photos, and my ex dug them up for me 3 yrs later! They were even MORE appreciated than during the move. I know what to grab during a fire now. Diamonds and photos, phone. The rest is replaceable at yard sales, etc. I expect you are on you best journey. Enjoy it. Keep stopping to see the forest for the trees! Thanks for writing!

Laura P. Schulman
4 years ago

Zion NP is in Utah, not AZ. Glen Canyon is also in Utah.

Full-timing is an interesting life challenge. I’ve been living in my Class B for a year and a half, traveling with my dog. One of the challenges I’ve encountered is with health care. Not so simple, if you have, or develop, chronic illness that requires ongoing care, or surgery, that sort of thing…or even a dental emergency, which can keep you in dry-dock for weeks.

For instance, I need to have three vertebrae in my neck fused. That’s going to be some logistical challenge! I think couples might fare a bit better with that sort of long-term pain in the neck. I think eventually most full-timers will have to deal with some kind of major health emergency. And then, no sticks and bricks to go home to….just our homes on wheels, which may or may not be ideal places to convalesce. I myself will be going to a rehab facility postop. Not ideal either, but since I won’t be able to do a lot for myself, and certainly not what I call “camp chores” like dumping (I have a macerator pump, which is wonderful, but I can’t stay hooked up with it), and since my good dog just can’t make her paws do that without making a terrible mess of it, we will both have to go into the boarding kennel until I’m fit to climb back into the saddle!

This, too, is part of the full-time RV lifestyle, like it or not. I still wouldn’t trade it for a barnacle life!

Mike Hayes
4 years ago

Chuck, is their a list, or booklet that explains which roads and tunnels will not allow RV’s carrying LP to enter? Thanks. Enjoy your newsletter.

Mike

OJ
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Hayes

Get a truck drivers atlas. It’s available at most book stores.
I got one in Rochester New York when I started encountering low clearance railroad crossings. I wouldn’t try the Eastern states without one.

Bart & Audrey
4 years ago

We love Saturday mornings and reading your newsletter. We are new to long distance traveling, this is our 2nd trip. Trying to find gas station that fits a 36 ft motorhome with a 21 foot trailer we are finding is challenging. We are wondering why on the billboards places do not say big rig friendly, we know we can always get into a flying J, but not sure of other places or attractions we may want to stop at. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Bart & Audrey

Bart and/or Audrey, if you know the route where you’re headed, use Google Earth or Google Maps and look at the satellite view of the area ahead where you might be ready to fuel up. You’ll see gas stations. Using the street view option, you’ll be able to tell if there’s room for your rig. Look at two or three stations just in case your first choice is closed, out of business or will not work for one reason or another. — Chuck

Audrey
4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Thank you Chuck and happy safe travels to you

Lee Haeberlein
4 years ago

Can you keep us updated on the Dometic refrigerator case. I heard it goes to court this month.

Thomas Kainz
4 years ago

Hi Chuck, love reading your newsletter and look forward to Sat. mornings to get mine. Keep writing and I will keep reading. I know you have many adventures before you. We are not fulltimers but travel a lot in our fifth wheel. Thanks for what you do. Thomas

Patrick Feser
4 years ago

Chuck…Sweet comments by you this week. Thank you for being so open. I also cared for my mother at home until her passing. It was one of the best gifts I could have given myself. She never wanted to go to a care facility and I’m glad she didn’t.

My best to you and yours. Safe journeys.

Pat