Traveling Full Time in an RV
Life is a Journey
Ten years ago, my husband Morris owned two mini dredges and traveled to job locations where he lived in a motel, eating his meals in restaurants, while I stayed home on the farm.
In 1984 I had infections around my heart and after a very long recovery I decided that life was just too short for us to live it apart and suggested we buy a trailer and I would go with him and write while he worked.
We found a used 28 foot 1972 Road Ranger Fifth wheel that had been sitting for sometime and the water lines had frozen, and the refrigerator wouldn’t work either, so we proceeded to fix it up. What fun to furnish this little home on wheels.
The wood interior walls were in bad shape so I refinished all of them and the kitchen cabinets. We put in new carpeting, took out the couch and replaced it with a desk for our computer, printer and copy machine, and I even painted the outside of the trailer and recoated the roof! Now we were ready to roll.
I began writing letters to family and friends about the areas where we working and living. They found them so enjoyable they suggested other friends of theirs who would like reading about our travels too – so the newsletter Travel Trivia blossomed.
In 1991 we sold our 75-acre farm and the dredging business but kept a small rental house we owned in Lamar, Missouri, thinking we would always have a place to come home to if and when we got tired of traveling. Morris started working as a Gas Leak Technician and we traveled full time from job to job. Working in Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas.
In 1993 we purchased this 35-foot Layton fifth wheel trailer that has a 14ft living room/dinning room slide-out. When we are parked we just push the button and the room glides out 4 feet, making it more like a home. The queen sized bed also slides out when we are parked. When we are ready to move down the road we first have to see that the space inside is cleared to make room for the room to slid in, then push the button and hook the truck to the trailer, unplug the water and electric cord, store the sewer hose and the water hose and we are on our way.
Well.. no, we make sure that all the doors on the cabinets are secured (learned that from experience) and the computer and printer are fastened down. Oh yes, see that the phone line is disconnected.
I will be glad to answer any questions you might have about our lifestyle if you will email me at Jpub@aol.com.
Where Are We Now
We are parked at the Flat Creek Ranch Campground in Hogansville, GA (map). while Morris is doing the safety survey in the city of Newnan, GA. It’s just 10 miles north of where we are on highway I-85 and about a 45-minute drive southwest of Atlanta, the capital of the state of Georgia.
If you want more information about this area you can email the author or check out our North America Insiders page.
Greeting fellow Travelers.
I will be writing about our adventures of living and traveling in an RV full-time. Most folks think of an RV (Recreational Vehicles) only for vacation travel, but more and more retired folks and some younger ones who have to move around in their work a lot, are finding this mode of living very inexpensive.
“Our Home is where we park it.”
Finding an RV park is fairly easy in the United States. I will be filling you in on the good ones and the bad ones as well as the best guides books and web sites to visit before you begin your journey.
You can also park in some truck stops and large chain shopping malls for free, although you do not have any water and electric hookups here.
If you are visiting the US and would like an inexpensive way to see the many National and State parks, as well as visit the major cities you can easily rent a Motor Home. Or if you are the outdoors type, tenting is the least expensive.
Many RV parks take credit cards, cash and checks.
Cheap Eats/Dining Out
With a Motor home or travel trailer, you have all the amenities of home and can cook on a gas stove and even have a gas refrigerator and microwave.
However, unless you have an onboard generator, you must stay in an RV park with electrical hookup to use the microwave and the air conditioners. Most of the other equipment will run off the battery backup system as long as the battery is charged from running the motor on your pull vehicle or Motor home.
Weird and Crazy Stuff
Campers are usually friendly and look out for one another. When you stay in a hotel or motel your neighbors don’t usually come out and greet you and offer to help you carry your bags in, but campers will often be there to help you park and set up your RV.
It’s not unusual for them to invite you to share a soda or a beer with them after your set up, while talking over the many roads and parks they have taken as well as giving you advice on good or bad ones.
I am a senior citizen freelance writer and my husband Morris and I live and travel all over the US in a 35 foot fifth wheel travel trailer, pulled by a 1995 Ford F250 heavy-duty diesel truck.
I write about our adventures for my small printed and online newsletter, TRAVEL TRIVIA, and web site of the same name.