We are unique in the online RV blog community in that we are neither retired nor are we full time telecommuting workers. We are just regular people like you who love to travel in our motorhome and do it whenever we can. However, we have lives, kids, and careers so we fit this in whenever possible and dream of one day heading out on the road whenever the mood strikes us.
We have a 2015 Itasca Spirit 31K as our RV of choice. We carefully chose this motorhome for several reasons. Let’s back up a bit and give you a background of our RV experience. We started out as many people do, in a tent on weekends with our very young children fishing at a local Army Corps of Engineers park in Granger, TX. We quickly realized that summer camping in the middle of Texas is brutal and an air conditioner would be quite desirable certain times of the year. We purchased a very old Dodge based Class C in the mid ’70s vintage which was wonderful to us since it had a roof air conditioner. I remember this rig well since it did not have working engine air conditioning. I fondly remember me and the kids sweating with smiles on our faces driving to the campground. Once we got there and plugged in at the park, we could get that rig cold enough to hang meat but making it to the park was quite an adventure.
From there we moved to a tongue pull ultra lite travel trailer which we thought was the best RV ever. It was lovely and new on the inside. At about 28 feet, it had more room than we knew what to do with. Well our camping party grew as we got older and our kids made friends that they wanted to bring along on trips. Several years later we traded in the ultra lite for a Keystone Bobcat that was also a tongue pull but this time with a slide out. This thing was over 30 feet long and had bunk beds on the inside so we could sleep nearly a dozen people in it! We always had nine people in there and occasionally there were eleven of us. I remember there being so many people a few times that we had inflatable mattresses scattered about the living room and all the beds were occupied.
We kept the Keystone until 2015 when we had to completely change the RV type due to a wonderful change in our family situation. Our son received a full ride scholarship to play football so we have become an NCAA tailgating family. Now we have a 2015 Itasca Spirit Class C motorhome in which we spend about 15 weeks alternating between traveling to home games and away games at various places in the country. In addition to going to all of the football games we do some pleasure camping that has nothing at all to do with football. For example, this summer we took an 18 day trip to Yellowstone and a plethora of places in the Western United States. It was the trip of a lifetime and I’m so glad we took the time to do it. We created a blog just for that trip on Instagram. We started having so much fun during the trip that our daily blogging quickly tapered off. To this day we are still trying to finish it. Our intention is to have our blog for the trip printed in a hardcover book format as a keepsake that we can enjoy for years to come. (We will have to finish the actual blog first.)
I love the RV lifestyle and study it like there will be a test at the end of it. I intend to catalog the things I have learned here. I am hopeful that it will be a good resource for visitors in addition to being an archive of useful information and links for me. I have learned so much over the years that I don’t even know where to start. I could type for days about the great resources from dedicated people on the internet. My next post will be about small upgrades you can make on your own motorhome or camper to add that little extra something to your camping experience.