from the corner of Hither & Yon
There is a myth about RV life: sitting by campfires in the sunset daily, happy hour with friends, and constant travel “hither and yon” with no worries except where to stop next. Those thoughts are popular and occasionally they do happen, especially for weekenders and short-term vacation travelers.
It’s important to realize when deciding to “full-time” in an RV, whether it’s a travel trailer, fiver or motorhome, the myth starts to firm up into real life. The simplest way to say it is, you end up doing the same things you do in a regular house (sticks and bricks). There are bills to pay, insurance, doctors, food, power, water, internet/phone services and all the other things you try to leave behind when vacationing. At least for a little while.
It’s still possible to enjoy some of the myth: make friends, have campfire time (if local laws allow), roll down the road to follow the horizon hoping to find a place to park. Just be alert to daily life needs and try to be prepared for lots of surprises. The occasional frozen pipes in Florida in January or February can even catch you off guard. Who would think temperatures can drop to 25 degrees in Florida – but they do!
In the late ’60s and early ’70s, I was in the mobile home/RV sales and finance business in North Carolina. Those early days were just a taste of the industry for six years and it was nothing like now. If anyone had told me that in the late ’80s, ’90s and 2000s, my experiences would include slide-in camper, various size travel trailers, a fifth wheel and several motorhomes (now full-time in a 42-foot diesel), they would have been laughed out of my office for sure. Yet, here we are doing just that.
Over the years we have been “hither and yon,” but slowed down with age and disabilities that seem to come with time and situations. The myth has come full circle as we start to miss convenience of the space to spread out in a regular house. The youth and enthusiasm that goes with it has lessened, but we would not change anything – we even work camped in Wyoming. Lots of great experiences over the years and, of course, some were a little more challenging.
My husband’s recent heart attack, surgeries, and pacemaker defibrillator are counted as a challenge – one he met head on. He appears to have pulled out of it and is now hard to keep up with. They should issue battery packs to spouses to give us a jump start. Jim seems to think he is 76 going on 40 now. Apparently he’s about ready to start over.
Now, where did I put my own battery pack?