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The RVs of readers and how they use them

Issue 63; Posted Sept. 24, 2016

From Mick and Pat Mitchell, Tucson, Ariz.

RV-Mitchell-9-3-2016Our fourth RV is this 2004 29-foot Fleetwood Jamboree. We live in Tucson and spend summers traveling in the Pacific Northwest. (The tow vehicle stayed home during this trip to Yuma.)

The 29-foot length allows us to access many state, BLM and forest service campsites that limit size to less than 30 feet. 

Because we hadn’t been able to find an acceptable replacement RV, we finally remodeled what we had in 2015.  Included was new laminate flooring, upholstery, backsplash and wallpaper. We recovered and reconfigured valances, and replaced and/or restrung window coverings. There is more to do but we will have additional years of service after the upgrades.

From Don and Martha Sikes, Deville, La.


This is our 1999 30-foot American Star made by Newmar with one 12-foot slide out, pulled by a 1999 3/4 ton Chevrolet, gas engine. We’ve had them since 1999.

Overall we like the camper and truck very much. We go out with our camping club (Louisiana Ramblers) Thursday thru Sunday once a month, from January thru November. The men cook breakfast for the wives on Saturday morning. We have our Christmas party in December with our camping club.
We just got back from a 2,036-mile trip, when we visited the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky., the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., and Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. We enjoyed all three very much.

From Denis and Diane Shelston, Toronto, Ontario

RV-Shelston-8-28-2016Diane and I retired a couple of years ago and we’ve been traveling ever since. From our base in the Toronto area, we’ve traveled to San Francisco to visit our son and granddaughter by way of Texas, Utah, Nevada, and more. We also love the southern East Coast of the U.S.,  for the ocean and warm weather.

We have a 35-foot 2010 Forest River Sabre 31 REDS-6. We love the floor plan — it has dual slides and a rear entertainment area. It’s a midrange unit with lots of little extras here and there: lots of windows, day/night shades, large 12-gallon water heater, extendable kitchen table, larger fridge, lots and lots of storage, etc. We pull it with our trusty 2011 Ford F-250 gas engine and have installed a Trailair pin box to make the drive sooo comfortable on the highway.

rv-shelston-9-24-2016We generally prefer provincial or state parks for their quiet, wooded sites. We’ve camped in many of our beautiful parks in Toronto and in western New York. We will be joining a caravan of a dozen fellow Canadians RVers to sunny Puerto Vallarta in Mexico this coming January — we’re very excited to do this.

Each year we take our grandkids RVing with us for a week or so, giving a break to the parents and, we hope, making memories for the grandkids.

My wife and and I enjoy cooking, making for great meals in our travels, accompanied with great beer and fabulous wine.

RV is the best way to travel, as getting there is even more interesting than the final destination. Watching the sunset, with a good glass of wine with the woman I’ve loved for more than 42 years …  This IS what’s it’s all about.

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John Rice
6 years ago

We have Keystone Summerland, we bought new last year, Summerland is an entry level travel trailer, we have had only minor issues and our dealer, MidAmerica RV has been good to deal with. We have traveled over 11,000 miles with this unit, only real issue were the tires, just replaced those

john & lana
6 years ago

If you ever come to Texas stop by PALMETTO STATE PARK right off I-10 near Luling, Texas. You will not believe you are in Texas. The park is like being in a rainforest or jungle. Lots of nice walking trails with lots of neat plant life to see. Lots of palms, etc. Very unlike Texas.

Chuck Woodbury(@chuck)
6 years ago
Reply to  john & lana

John and/or Lana,
Sounds like a great place. We’ll put it on our “to stay” list. Thanks for letting us know about it. — Chuck

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