We’ve been RVing for 60+ years in everything from homemade campers to motorhomes. We’ve loved every moment of it!
Trivia note: Most recently, we lived in a 43-foot Newmar DutchStar full-time for 12 years — inside a garage — and traveled in it part-time. Today, we drive a Winnebago View full-time, and live in it part-time.
Countless others ventured into full-time RVing long before we decided to give it a try. Many have written extensively about their experiences. Hats off for their guidance! We hope that our somewhat ‘hybrid’ RVing lifestyle will add to the conversation.
I am Tricia’s brother. My wife and I were married 52 years. We traveled and lived full-time in motorhomes for about eight years after retiring.
After selling our motorhomes, we lived in a ‘park model’ log cabin on an 11-acre ‘campground.’ It featured a beautiful pond and just ONE camping spot — for visitors.
FINAL TRIP: Carl passed away in 2021. We miss him dearly. Happy trails, my friend! See you on the other side.
Note: Watch the movie ‘My Friend Carl’ in the LIFESTYLE > MOVIES section of our site.
1946 - 2021
We’re ALL kinda nuts about RVing. In fact, it's nearly impossible for us to drive by a dealership, a camping gear store or a campground without stopping. Browse through our RV scrapbook and you'll see why.
P.S. Wondering about Ron & Tricia’s hats? It’s kind of a running joke with them. They picked them up on the maiden trip of their first diesel pusher RV and have been wearing them off and on ever since.
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YEARS of RVing ...
When I was a young lad of 11, my family embarked on a cross country camping trip. Our ‘RV’ was nothing fancy ... just a wooden box contraption my dad had built and strapped onto the top of our Dodge station wagon. Mom and dad and their four boys were in for an adventure of a lifetime! My $12 Kodak Brownie® was at my side to capture it all.
Back then, campers with all the amenities of home such as a big kitchen were not in plentiful supply. But that was not a problem for us. Roadside hamburgers were just 15 cents and a soft drink was only a dime. I remember many 'spirited' discussions with dad about adding that extra dime to the lunch tab.
To pay for our family vacations, dad had a number of interesting jobs in his career, including a stint as a commercial photographer. I often tagged along on his trips to the photo supply shop. He also took lots of 8mm home movies in those days which, sadly, do not compare to the quality of today's digital video. Some of the movies in our screening room feature dad's old footage and photos combined with recent video we have shot. It's an interesting trip down memory lane.
A lot has changed since then but one thing hasn't. Nearly 60 years later, the scenery in the great American outdoors is still just as beautiful. While I did not fully appreciate that beauty the first time around, those childhood trips etched into my heart and mind a yearning for traveling that has never faded. But instead of my Kodak Brownie®, I now capture all the thrills of traveling on a variety of cameras, none of which — unfortunately — cost just $12!