B-Class Camper Vans

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After a couple years of researching online and looking at the outside of them on the road and at various campsites, we actually spent some time the past two days looking at them up close. We also looked at one smaller C Class (for comparison purposes…laughs).

We liked the E-Trek features of certain Roadtrek models, they are like the ultimate boondocking B Class. And we love to boondock! We like the windows and open feeling of the Winnebago Travato.  Windows are important! We like the work station feature and the general appearance of the Airstream Interstate.  Then they showed us the Pleasure-Way Lexor!  We had not really considered a Pleasure-Way prior to today. Certainly a very nice B Class!  Ultimately any of them would work well!

We wish there was a way to try them before you buy them, it is just such a large investment. We may try and rent different ones over the next month or two.

If you own a B Class, we’d love to hear about your experiences…pros and cons, thoughts, and suggestions!

 

 

 

Florida

Washington to Florida…again in 2017!

In 2016 when we started our RV adventure we left Washington with a goal to get to Florida (actually the Florida Keys) by the end of the year and we did…just not all the travel happened in our RV. And here we are again finding ourselves in Florida…again not in our RV. But, hey…our goal is to experience the serendipity of life and travel…and it is all good…regardless of the how, why, and when…sometimes even the where.

If this year has taught us anything…and it has taught us a lot…it is this…

Love matters.
People matter.
The rest is just stuff.
Stuff does not matter.

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Enjoying spending time with family, friends, and the Atlantic Ocean!

Texas -> Arizona -> Texas -> Arizona

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When we left our RV (our home) and car in Washington a month ago, our hope was to get back to Washington before too long. However, that is not looking possible for the near future. So we are doing the limbo dance…actually, more like the Texas-Arizona shuffle, as we have been going back and forth between the two states.

Currently, Kimberly is in Arizona and Scott is in Texas. Thankfully, Scott is not the areas of Texas that have been so damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in those areas!!

Adjusting our expectations, it looks like it will be at least until the end of September before we are finished going through Scott’s mother’s estate and have the house ready to be put on the market. And the situation in Arizona is ever-changing. Kimberly’s grandmother is in Hospice and we had to recently put her in a care facility as the care got to be too much for Kimberly and her mother. We also need to take care of Kimberly’s grandmother’s house.We have all our possessions down to what fit in the RV and a small storage unit for mementos and special items…and now we have two households filled to the brim to deal with! Basically, we are dealing with two family estates. It is overwhelming. Not just the stuff (and there is a hoarder’s amount of that), but the emotions and other family members involved.

All this to say, our RV days have been put on hold. Our future is uncertain. There will be more of the Texas-Arizona shuffle and then our best guess is that we’ll be spending the winter in Arizona.

 

 

Back in Arizona

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We were in Texas for less than a week taking care of my late mother-in-law’s estate when my grandmother fell and took a turn for the worse. My grandmother is 104 and has been in and out of Hospice this year. We drove 15 hours straight from DFW to Phoenix. It has been a difficult week. We are thankful we have the flexibility to be here to help my mother and grandmother.

Change in Plans

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Wings’ new home in the forest

Or perhaps better stated “change in plans AGAIN”….as I mentioned in my blog post on July 17th…change is part of life and most certainly part of RV living!

July was a strange and sad month…Scott’s mother fell broke her hip, had surgery, and a less than a week later passed away. Scott had two last minute trips to Texas. We also had to leave two campsites quickly due to issues beyond our control.

Towards the end of the month another situation happened that is rather personal and I have debated sharing it. Since the shower in Shasta is small I often take showers in RV parks and campgrounds. Showers can be a vulnerable place and safety is important. Rather than share all the details, I’ll just say this…I was alone in a shower in an RV park restroom and was harassed by three individuals. When you are taking a shower with only a shower curtain in front of you, there is not much to protect you. If there had been cell reception I would have called the police. It was a horrible violating experience. Thankfully, my oldest daughter was visiting us and came to find me in the restroom when I had not returned in a timely manner. The RV park did little to help and actually made me feel worse about what happened. We left the park as soon as Scott and my daughter could get packed up to leave, even though it was evening and we had no place to go. I just needed out of there and to feel safe again.

My immediate emotional reaction was, “I am done with RVing!” However, we knew this was just an emotional rash reaction. But, I did and still do feel that I need a break from RVing. I need to feel safe.

That situation coupled with Scott needing to be in Texas soon to attend the probate hearing for his mother, attend some work training, and my grandmother asking me to visit her in Arizona…led us to leave our RV and car in the Pacific Northwest and fly to Texas.

Our current plans will be traveling (by car) between parts of Texas, Arizona, and Colorado to help with family matters. Our oldest daughter will take care of Wings for us. Then we hope to return to Washington.

Solo RVing

I have long admired people who are brave enough to solo RV. However, it is not something I ever thought I’d experience, even short term. We had talked prior to our adventure about what would happen if we needed to get somewhere quickly for a family emergency and had decided we’d either take our RV with us or store it and either fly or drive wherever we were needed.

Last week we received a call that Scott’s mother had fell and was headed to hospital. She had broke her hip and was scheduled for surgery the next day. Scott caught the midnight flight out of Seattle and I stayed with our RV. We simply did not have time to make any other plans and it was far too long to drive.

Since then I have been doing the “solo RV thing.” Quickly realizing how much of a joint effort taking care of an RV has been for us. Embarrassingly, there are things I have never done alone…like empty the black tank. Lately you’ll find me looking at YouTube videos on how to empty it and other RV basics.

Not sure how long Scott will be gone…and know this will change our upcoming travel plans some. One of the nice things about this way of living is that we have flexibility and are able to help out when needed.

My hats off to all those who solo RV on a regular basis!!

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Picture from a recent Escapees Magazine article, which can also be read here.