Sunday, May 2, 2021

Our Story

After a year and half of full-time RVing, we still get the question why?  Or are you tired and ready to live in a house?  Why do you live in a camper?  And so on and so on.

Well let me tell you our story on why we decided to live full-time in our RV and travel… In June of 2016, Mike’s Dad moved from Buffalo, NY to Montana (their home state) and in October of that year he passed away suddenly of a torn aorta at the age of 67.  The odd thing is that before moving “Papa Ray” (Mike’s Dad) would tell us that he didn’t want to die in New York, almost like he knew.  This made us think how short life is and you don’t know how much time you have.

"Moma" Yvonne & "Papa" Ray


In August of 2017 we purchased our first RV, a Grand Design 2600RB Imagine.  We have always been campers, but tent campers or overnights on our 1989 Bayliner Trophy cuddy boat, but never RV people.  Mike use to say (jokingly) why bother camping, RVing is taking your home with us.  And he is right.  “Papa Ray” and “Momma Yvonne” (Mike’s step-mom) had tent camped, then got a pop-up, then a hybrid and finally an RV, so we saw their transformation into the RV community so we went straight for an RV.



Summer of 2018 we took our Imagine from Buffalo to Montana for a two week vacation and this was another eye opening experience that showed us how nice it is to sleep in your clean comfy bed every night while traveling, a kitchen to make meals and save money, etc.

January 2019 we traded in our Imagine for a 2017 Grand Design Reflection 315rlts, since it had more room, storage and capacity for a washer and dryer for full time living.  Our plan was to go full-time in 2021, until my Dad had some heart issues due to his COPD in March of 2019 and Mike’s Mom, Mary, was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2019.  We believe these were the final nudges from God to move up our timeline and go full time in 2019.  Mike flew out to Montana to visit his mom and step-dad at the end of June and when he returned in mid-July we were full steam ahead to get the house, the boat, the cars and the rest of our belongings sold.

By the end of September 2019 everything was gone and we were off, first stop Montana to visit with Mike’s family before heading south for the winter and to visit my parents in Florida.

That was the start of why, now the question we get is… Are you tired of full-time rving?  Or are you ready to live in a house and “settle down”?  Umm… No.  Mike’s philosophy is never say never or forever; so we can’t say we’ll do this forever but at this time we don’t see a change in our lifestyle in the near future, if it is up to us.  As our savings dwindles, we are currently looking for remote work that we can do on the road as we travel.  But if we have to be stationary for six months, that might be an option.  We just want the flexibility to be able to travel to care for our family across the country.  If you know of an opportunity, please let us know in the comments below or email us.

My niece, Samantha, asked me “why I live in a camper?”  I replied, “So I can see you and your family, grandma and grandpa and all of Uncle Mike’s family every year sometimes a few times a year.  Plus I like my camper, don’t you?  Wouldn’t you like to live in it if you were me?”  She said, “Yep.”

I hope this helps explain our why and our story.  Thank you and God bless.

In memory of “Moma Yvonne”, who passed away from cancer on Thursday; we will miss you.



2 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear of your family members passing.
    My husband and I met you and your husband in a 315 during the February Tampa Show. Since then we sold our home and belongings and lucked up on a gently used 2020 Reflection 337, same floor plan as yours but in a 5th wheel. Our fulltime journey started March in South Carolina. We quickly made it to Florida, Disney Ft Wilderness, and gulf coast. Plans are taking a more northernly route to Vicksburg MS, Hot Springs Arkansas,then heading west. I would love to hear any advice you may have as we've not traveled out west. Again, our sincerest condolences. Cindy Short Childers

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    1. Thank you for your condolenses. I do remember you, Cindy. How exciting for you and your husband for going full-time. Out west the distance between fuel stations can be long in between, so top off when possible or carry extra fuel. Get the he TSD Logistics EFS Fuel Card to save up to 15% on fuel (don't forget to reference - Mike Devine). Route 10 in Louisiana is rough. Be safe and Happy travels.

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