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RV Travel Reader RVs, May 13, 2017



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The RVs of readers and how they use them

Issue 78; Posted May 13, 2017

Joseph and Denise de Leon, Full-timers

We drive a 2010 Coachmen Freelander 21QB, our first RV, purchased in March. Three days ago, we started traveling full-time. We sold our house in Austin to make our dreams come true. I’m from San Antonio and Denise grew up in Houston. Our RV is called “Loretta” and we pull our 2014 Nissan NV200 compact cargo van named “Jojo” on a Kar Kaddy II named “Dolly.”

Kimbo, a ​pit bull mix, is our copilot. We were recently in Palmetto State Park and will visit friends and family on the way to Yellowstone National Park, where I have my first workamping job. We’ll end the year in Washington state with friends and family before deciding where to go for winter. The La Huasteca region of Mexico is our strongest contender. We’re blogging about our experience as “Welcome to Where We’re Going.” (Editor: Joseph is the Urban Farmist on Latina Lista.)

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PJ and Bill Forbes, Virginia

This is our (new to us) 39-foot 2005 Newmar Dutch Star in our favorite campground in the Florida Keys. We tow a 2004 Honda Pilot with nearly 250,000 miles on the clock. We have a Shih Tzu named Phryne.

We aren’t full time, but we spent most of the last 12 months in the motorhome, traveling from our home in Virginia as far as far away as San Francisco. We use military campgrounds when available, but our primary criteria is to be close to the places and people we want to visit, or where our business takes us, or close to the highway for an overnight stop. We haven’t had problems finding campsites (except at Yosemite), but our basic schedule is set a few weeks to a year ahead of time and we make reservations accordingly. While traveling we usually can get one or two nights by calling the same day or a day or two ahead; if not then, Walmart or Flying J is our fallback.

We traded our 2000 Dutch Star for this one last year, after a gust of wind blew in the top of our windshield as we drove past Odessa, Texas. After the windshield was fixed, we started shopping seriously as we headed west. The second photo shows the old motorhome with most of our “stuff” other than clothes packed up for the move. Tucson Park and Sell RV gave us a fair deal and delivered the new unit to us in California when we had to be there, but more time was required to fix a glitch in the engine control system, so we boxed up our things so as not to delay the delivery guy while we made the switch.

We have been RVers for 33 years — Class B’s until 2005 and Class A’s since. It is nice to have lots of room and all the comforts, but we sometimes miss the ease of travel in the B’s.

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James H. Wright Sr., Full-timer

This is my “full-time home” on wheels. It’s a 2011 Excel, Winslow model 34RLE, with three slides, queen bed, and stackable washer/dryer. I tow it with a 2015 Ford F350 diesel dually. The combination is a dream to drive.

I’m a widower and have been on the road for 10 yrs, workamping in summer and living on son’s 41-acre ranch in Spring Branch, Texas, during winter. I’m Getting ready to depart for the Westfield/Lake Erie KOA for six months on outside staff.

My pets consist of four cats, two pairs of brothers, who travel well in the unit and love looking at new birds and other wildlife.

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Ali Fiddler
5 years ago

License plate alert ! 2000 miles away from home, somebody stole our back license plate from our truck. We implore our fellow RV’ers to purchase torx screws to help frustrate thieves. Thanks. AF-Reno