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The RVs of readers and how they use them

Issue 56; Posted June 11, 2016

From Tom and Adelle Christman, Full-timers

RV Christman 5-27-2016In 1966 we began camping. We started out in a borrowed tent, then a pop-up camper. Next was a  36-foot Fleetwood gas motorhome; then a 39-foot Fleetwood diesel Discovery, in which we full-timed for three years; and now we have a 43-foot diesel Newmar, full-timing for two years. We pull a Honda CRV.

Obviously we love to travel. We have traveled all around the U.S. and Canada. Our children grew up camping, and then our grandchildren with us. I would not trade it for anything in the world. We have met so many wonderful campers, who became lifelong friends.

See you all on the road — and who knows, we may meet you all too.

From Doug and Ann Kendrick, Raleigh, North Carolina

RV-Kendrick-5-28-2016We spend many months in our trailer but are not full-time. We have a 2015 Grand Design Reflection 313RLTS travel trailer towed by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup.

The trailer is 37 feet long with a rear living/front bedroom layout. It was primarily purchased to be comfortable while staying in Florida with our two toy poodle dogs for three to six months during the winter. It is spacious, comfortable, lots of storage and offers large glass areas to enjoy the golf course view. We have really enjoyed this comfortable trailer.

In addition to Florida, we crossed the country to the West Coast during the summer of 2015 on a three-month journey visiting national parks along the way and traveling the Pacific coast from Washington to California. This summer’s travel will be New England for two months.

Although our normal tow vehicle is the Chevrolet, occasionally we attend a military vehicle rally with the “5-Ton” M923A2 shown in the picture. Needless to say, the “5-Ton” tows the trailer with ease but towing fuel mileage of five mpg and a rough ride are drawbacks.

Editor: If you’re curious about the “5-Ton,” here’s an interesting review (with pictures) from macanamera on

From Eric and Kathy Meslin, Port St. Lucie, Florida

RV-Meslin-5-22-16We’ve been camping for two years, deciding to buy a new travel trailer just after retirement. It’s a 2014 StarCraft Launch 23RLS. The tow vehicle is a 2013 Ford Expedition. During a pit stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway we snapped the photo.

We love the floor plan, and have spent as long as two months at a time on the road in late summer and fall. Mostly it’s just the two of us and our 60-pound dog rescue, Molly. Sometimes we take some of our grandkids on shorter trips.

We especially like to camp on, or near, the beach. The first year we targeted Mackinac Island in Michigan for our long trip. Afterwards, we camped our way across Canada to Maine and back down to Florida. Last year we went west to Branson, Missouri. This year we are hoping to make it as far as Newfoundland and back before freezing temperatures catch up with us. We’ll never full-time but would like to spend extended periods out west or going to Alaska.

We’ve used our cell phones to plan stops from a couple of days ahead, and sometimes up to a week in advance, but that’s getting harder to do. Many state parks are now booked up well into the future, some a year out. We have met some really great people in our travels, and always look forward to getting out there again.

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