Don has been an avid traveler and motorhome owner for most of his life. He shares his experiences along with valuable tips for RV owners.
A Little History of Don and Helen
This will take a little explaining, I guess, but to put it into one sentence, my wife and I are going mobile!
Everyone who knows Helen and me also knows that we have been longtime travelers in a recreational vehicle. We started out with small kids and camped in tents, and over the decades we evolved into RVs with our favorite being a motorhome.
We saved what we could and eventually we were able to retire early (15 years ago) and we actually hit the road full-time in our RV.
Before and after we retired, I have had certain health problems that would set us back in our traveling, but we have been lucky enough that my doctors have always been able to get me back into shape where I could get back to traveling.
Ten years ago, while we were exploring the West Coast, we realized that we needed to purchase a home base where we could see our doctors, refill our prescriptions, and just recover between our RV trips. Luckily, we found a nice house, in an upscale 55-plus community in Florida.
Since then, we have been able to travel as we wished and also have our small home where we could relax.
Well, except for my having a couple of health setbacks where we were forced to stay close to our doctors, we have been content with our lifestyle.
Moving to an RV Resort
Recently, we have become a little antsy and we have been talking more and more about traveling again in our old RV.
But reality slapped me in the face when one of my Doctors told me I had a cyst on my pancreas. We realized we had actually become complacent and lazy; just driving to the local restaurants for a nice meal, and occasionally driving to a different city in another state for something new to explore.
A GI specialist told us that the cyst doesn’t look cancerous and we will be having other tests performed (endoscopy and biopsy) to confirm our good news.
But after this, we’re not waiting anymore for life to just happen. Helen and I are moving our RV down to the Sun ’N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, and we will spend at least the winter there, partying with the other RV people that we have always enjoyed being around.
Next spring, we will look at my health situation, and, God willing, we will continue to stay there, or who knows, maybe we will take a few short vacation runs to other campgrounds in Florida.
Our House Situation
So, you might ask: what about your house?
Well, for this winter, we plan to use it on Helen’s days off from work, and we will be fixing it up, a little at a time for potential sale or rent.
You see, at our age, we are asking ourselves what we really need as a home. Do we need a “brick and mortar” house to stay in until one of us “kicks the bucket” as the old saying goes?
Or do we just need to do what we have enjoyed so much over the years; traveling in a motorhome, meeting new people, seeing new sights, waking up to beautiful sunrises and having cocktails with our new friends as we watch yet another fantastic sunset somewhere.
Right now, we are leaning towards the later; but we really don’t know anything for sure other than we will be in Sarasota for the upcoming winter months this year. Next year, of course, we're going to be updating our thoughts, and our plans, as our bodies and health dictate, but I can guarantee you one thing, we will pick “the path least traveled” as long as we possibly can.
Are we stupid? All I know is that I’ve been called stupid a number of times in my life, but what the Hell, the insult left no scars, even on my psyche!
Oh, and our house? For the immediate future, we will be hopping back and forth between our RV and the house. But I have to say that, in my opinion, with our revamped plans for our traveling lifestyle, the house seems to be redundant to our planned lifestyle.
Personally I'm thinking we should sell the house, and put the money in a bank somewhere, and use it to make a payment on a condo for use someday when Helen and I have to use walkers to hobble to the bathroom and eat pablum-like meals.
Following a Dream
Who knows where fate will put us a year or hopefully, even ten years from now? We have our dreams, and we are making our plans to make these dreams come true.
And money? We have no clue, right now, where the money we would use will come from. But again, we are hoping we are smart enough to follow our dream regardless of the potential cost.
If you’re interested in how we progress in our new Seniors' Adventures, then we would love for you to read more from us, and yes, even comment to us with your thoughts and suggestions.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Don Bobbitt
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 31, 2020:
Jodah - As you inferred, if you want to travel and see the world in a "house on wheels" then you had best know how to take care of what goes bad on it.
And i'm so glad that I have given out a few tips that you may consider helpful.
As to my RV Tips, I am actually writing tw sets of articles; this one I call DON's World, and another one I am calling DON's RV Tips. My goal is to write at least on article on each weekly.I hope you and your spouse can get back on the road again, soon. Right now, Helen and I are drowning in tasks we need to get done at our house before we do anything with it.
But, Life is a complicate thing, right?
Have a Great Day!
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 30, 2020:
Hi Don, wishing you all the best in regard to your health. Thanks you for sharing this interesting article.
My wife and I have an old Toyota Coaster bus converted to a motor home. We haven’t used it as much as we would like, especially since travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, but mostly they have eased now. It was also out of action for awhile due to burning out a clutch on our return from a trip to Darwin in the Northern Territory (a return trip of some 6500 kilometres.) We did use the time off the road to do a few renovations and improvements though and looking forward to hit the road again.
I will be following your series with interest and I am sure I will learn some useful tips and suggestions.
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 29, 2020:
Liz - I like that; RV Covid-free bubble. That's what I have been telling my fellow Rv owners; they have their own safe home environment, sitting there on wheels and ready to go.
Good to hear from you agian, and Have a Great day,
Liz Westwood from UK on August 29, 2020:
I look forward to reading the next installment and I admire your adventurous spirit, especially in current times. Incidentally, during lockdown I predicted that our friends with RVs would be best placed to take advantage of a relaxation in restrictions. It turned out that they were some of the first to get away, reasonably safe and secure in their RV COVID- free bubbles.