I wanted to share some interesting contrasts that illustrate my point about there not being any ‘right way’ to RV. These are all people we have met, or caught up with after a period of time — right here in the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park.
We tend to travel under 250 miles a day, but on occasion will be pushed to 400 miles if the need requires. We tend to sit still for anywhere from 2 weeks to (so far) 10 months when we stop. There are variations, sure, but that’s our normal ‘thing.’ In a typical year we put on less than 5000 miles. We prefer state and federal campgrounds.
We caught up with Ralph and Carol whom we met last year. They have been on the road longer than us, they travel about twice our typical annual mileages and they typically stay in one place for 1 to 2 weeks. They spend a lot of time visiting family and it’s not uncommon for them to go from Wisconsin, to Texas, to Florida, to Arizona and back via some circuitous route to Wisconsin. They prefer RV parks and do a couple rallies a year.
The bright and shiny Prevost that pulled in yesterday is owned by gay couple that did more than 11,000 miles last year, and did 700 miles each day the two days prior to arriving here yesterday. They LOVE rallies! And they are not even full timers.
Then you have Larry and Linda who are our next door neighbors for the two months we know we’ll be here. They are mature friends who just like spending time together. They both still work at traditional jobs — so they are clearly not full timers. They each have their own condo/houses, Larry has a hanger at the local airport where he keeps the Country Coach during the winter — inside in a heated space. He really likes Chrome — they/he has added chrome panels to the sides of their Country Coach and keep them buggers shining! He likes gadgets. And he loves showing off his Country Coach. They don’t really think about how many miles they travel — there aren’t many of them. By their own admission the two of them really don’t ‘go’ anywhere. They camp here at the State Fair RV park through the summer and when the snow flies they put the coach in storage. This year they did attend the FMCA rally in Madison — along with what they said were 1500 other coaches; all I can think is that’s too much congestion for ME. The mass rally there is a periodic affair for FMCA which puts on a LOT of rallies each year; this was their first time attending. They say that they have taken the coach to Pennsylvania, and he bought the coach online. And they don’t really sound like they have any plans to do much differently than what they are doing right now.
If I were to ask the four of us couples almost any RV related question imaginable I suspect we would all have very different answers. The WAY we RV is hugely different; the length of TIME we RV is vastly different; the REASONS we RV are all over the board, and our annual RV BUDGET is monumentally different!
And yet we all seem to respect each other, we’re certainly willing to sit around and share stories and trade info. We are a diverse group, we RV’ers, with polar differences and yet we have something very dear to us in common. I keep coming back to the fact that it’s still hard for us both to realize that we have been fortunate enough to do this for going on 4 years now. Even with the glitches and the bumps along the way it has been a blessing to get a completely different look at life in the US than the one we had when we were typical bricks & sticks residents. We have no deadline for how long we’ll stay on the road — as long as we can and choose — but each and every day is an adventure and a blessing. (when you have a Norcold Refrigerator there are more adventures than you might want, but hey — that’s life in an RV! — And we still love it!)
This is an amazing and a fun lifestyle for those that it fits to a ’T.’ It’s not for everyone, but for the right people it’s wonderful. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.