What really is unique here is the diversity of folks and their rigs... from authentic restored (or in process of restoring) first-gen bumper pulls and coaches to first-gen conversions (school bus into elegant motorhome type), to  the ones who start with a blank sheet of paper and build their own "right" rig to simply taking a production piece and trying to update and refresh it for another round of service.  They are all great!

Sure we all must enjoy camping, traveling, boondocking, whatever the personal choice is, otherwise we wouldn't be here - but our rigs all have the personal thumbprint and DNA involved with the coach somehow.  The rigs are not just a utility or an appliance, but an actual extension of the owners and it is readily apparent.  It is not a question of skills or talent but more of identity and some level of affection and personalization for the rigs.

to paraphrase, what is often unspoken but known by those who go or have gone to sea -

"Love. Can know all the math in the 'verse but take a coach in the trails that you don't love? She'll shake you off just as sure as a turn in the worlds. Love keeps her running when she oughtta fall down...tell you she's hurtin' 'fore she keens...makes her a home.”  

-actually from a tv show that I can't remember the name of  - but I remember this line...

Many other sites may share many of the same characteristics and members as this site - it's just not as apparent.

 

Thanks Pat!

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by larry roberts on July 28, 2012 at 8:52am

Very well put. At my age it sure would have been a lot easier just to go buy something vs restore my Pace Arrow.  When I get done this coach will be different than any other.  I know mine is a labor of love but its mine and its unique.  I know you and everyone here feel the same way.  Nice work your doing and doing right.  Keep up the good work!

Comment by larry lawson on May 21, 2012 at 3:26pm

i also agree. i run a 1979 toyota dolphin thats all original and in great shape.this weekend up pulls the fancy dolphin next to me and they couldnt ask me enough questions.i told them that mine was the great great grand daddy to thiers!this site is my favorite.

Comment by John "T" Nordhoff on May 21, 2012 at 3:11pm

  I agree and enjoy and appreciate the site. Sure, theres plenty of RV sites and forums, but this one fills a particular niche for those of us who appreciate older RV's. Now Im NOT envious of the big late model expensive rigs, if all were as tight as me the economy would be in even worse shape lol. Those late model expensive rigs mean jobs for people who make and maintain them.

 

  One thing that applies to "most" RV owners is that I can park next to a dude with a million dollar RV yet we still help and treat each other as equals. Of course there are specialty RV parks that allow ONLY late model Class A's etc but those people can "kiss my grits" they dont want me and likewise I dont want to hang with them WERE BOTH HAPPY

 

 The thing is ifffffffffffff you restore an older RV and maintain it as I and many here do, you can get yearssssssssss of good service from them and its a much better "value" and more bang for the buck over the long haul BUT THATS ONLY IF YOU RESTORE THEM TO PERFECTION AND PERFORM GOOD MAINTENANCE. Anyone can go buy a new expensive RV but an older restoration is more particular and unique and has personality in my opinion a new one just doesnt have.

 

 Nuff said, best wishes and have safe happy travels REGARDLESS what you choose to drive..

 

  John T

Comment by Sam Green on May 18, 2012 at 4:25pm

I love your description of the people and their RVs, you hit the nail on the head.  Judy and I have had ours for going on two months now, it seems that everything we do involves doing something with or to the RV.  It runs really good and is physically in good shape except for paint.  I read your comment about using the Interlux Brightside so I did some reasearch and will be painting my RV in June.  Thanks for the tip.  I also agree with you on Good Ols RVs, as we say around here, it is really kick butt.  (that means really really good).  I would also like to say thank you to Pat. 

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