Predisposed to RV?

Friday, June 18, 2010

[While on our cruise to Alaska, I have pre-written a few blogs to keep you reading...I hope. LOL!]
Stu and I have often wondered if some of us are predisposed to the full-time lifestyle. While he lived most of his life, including working years, in one locale in Maryland, he was a Navy brat. He got used to moving at an early age.

Factor in parents that became full-time RVers after retirement and you have to wonder. After his dad passed, his mom continued to full-time (albeit in one spot) and took trips to China and Africa in her later years.

As for me, I lived in two locales growing up...small towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. From that point on I never lived at one physical address for longer than 3 years...1965-2007 when I went RVing. I might live in the same town, but being in rentals for a lot of that time meant annual moves.

Stu and his late wife Linda sold their house and moved into a fifth wheel years before his retirement. They didn't want their off time dedicated to house and yard maintenance.

My many moves meant constantly pruning down my belongings. Stu had to downsize from his house to the fifth wheel. We were both used to doing more with less.

So did this set us up for happy full-timing? I don't know...what is your experience?

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna & Stu


  1. Donna - read the post I just made about our big conversation. Both Don and I grew up in the military, both were active duty military, and the nomadic military life was all we knew until Don retired in 1990. I think that's why I named my blog Wanderlust. It's something I thrived on - the changes, the making new friends, the scenery - and so I think it all set us up for full-timing. Of course, we'll know for sure when we actually START full-timing!

  2. My sister was born in 1960 when I was 8 years old. The people who babysat her while our mother worked lived fulltime in a little Winnebago RV. There were five of us kids, but because my sister was a baby, she was the only who had a babysitter. I used to wish they kept me too, so I could get in that RV!

    When I was a young teenager, around 13-14 years old, a contractor was building a new subdivison behind our house. I used to go over there and pretend one of those houses was MY house, and that I had an RV parked in the driveway. I used to daydream about going to the Grand Canyon and Alaska, camping along the way. I never thought it would actually happen, though.

    When I grew up, I was divorced after 7 years and 3 children, and moved frequently--15 times in 5 years, constantly looking for a better place for my children to live. I also kept belongings to a minimum because I had to move everything myself, quite a job for a woman alone.

    So, when the opportunity arose for Jim and I to sell the house and go RV'ing? It took me 2.5 years to talk him into doing it. Best thing we ever did!

  3. Growing up the longest my family lived in one place was five years and I can remember moving twice in one year more than one time. When Dave and I married he was in the Army and we moved eleven times the first ten years. We continued to move every few years after discharge but we eventually stayed in our last house nine years! We've only been fulltiming two years and we are on our third RV! Settle down? What's that?


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