i was in a conversatio today with some frtends, i grow up around camping from tents, pop-up, up to class a unit.and i finnly found a classic winnebago d20.runs great and the people how own it be for us had alreadly done some work to it.and when my wife and i saw i we loved i we instganly started planning things out.and how much fun this was going to be for the kids,all the plasces to go and do.well i drift a little, because me friend said to me you bought yourself a nice classic rv.now that kind of stopped me a minite becase the last thing i was doing we buing and fv for myself but the whole reason and work that will be invalvid is for my family and all  for my family.in all th year i was around rvs growing up did i every see anyone buy a unit and say this is just for me!!!                 scott cremeens  

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Comment by Jim Stoltz on December 19, 2013 at 12:59pm

Some of my fondest childhood memories are camping with our local "camping club". We would all leave our town together and descend upon random campgrounds, some near and some far. I remember we would all help each other along the way. I remember all of the great people I met and the good times we had. When I was in my late-teens, my parents stopped camping and I really haven't looked into RVing since.

Until now.

I went through a divorce a few years ago after being with the same person for 20 years. We have 2 kids together. It's not until you remove yourself from certain situations (or are forced out, as the case may be) that you can truly step back and be objective. I realized at that point that there were some things that I hadn't done that I felt like I should. RVing is one of them.

My kids are 10 and 13 now. The eldest is approaching an age where he may not appreciate camping much longer. My brother bought a small trailer last year and both kids were so intrigued and excited about it that it got me thinking....maybe it isn't too late to introduce them to RVing.

The budget is tight, but I struck a deal with a local guy to deliver me an '84 Allegro 30-foot motorhome with a failed 454 engine. They're towing it here Sunday.

I'm no stranger to engine R&R, and I know enough about RVs to be dangerous. I'm not entirely sure what I've gotten myself into, but I'm confident that at the very least this 30-year-old RV will be on the road again by spring.

My son thinks this is the best Christmas present ever. Not just because RVs are fun to have around, but it's an opportunity to learn how stuff works. My daughter (the younger of the 2) is still on the fence, but I think once the rig is mobile and cleaned up she'll be sold, too.

So this is a new journey for me. Not sure how long it will last or where it will take me, but I'm excited and a bit scared of what lies ahead.

Comment by Pat Daly on December 19, 2013 at 11:20am

Best summation of our lifestyle I've ever read.    Merry Christmas John T and all you other Good Old Rvers.

Comment by John "T" Nordhoff on December 19, 2013 at 10:19am

  The whole to RV or NOT to RV debate all boils down to a lifestyle choice. I used to argue with friends who claimed there's no way they would RV as they prefer hotels and restaurants etc., however I later decided its best to agree with them and hope they keep away from RV travel, because its already crowded enough and I don't want any old grouches around me anyway lol.

 I tell them I like to know who slept in the bed the night before I did and who cleaned the bathroom but if that doesn't matter to them that's fine by me...............They say the little woman doesnt have to cook if they go to restaurants, I say we can also go to restaurants anytime we please, but unlike them, we do have a choice................They say I pay a lot for gas, I say true, the RV takes more gas then their automobile, but I'm NOT out for three meals a day plus snacks at a restaurant nor expensive motels each night.........I also tell them how you don't wear out your welcome near as fast when you visit kids if you can stay in your RV in the driveway versus taking up bed space and them sleeping on the couch and having to wait on you all day for meals etc...........and besides, young grandkids LOVE to stay in the RV which gives the parents a break...........And I tell them how RV folks are the friendliest and most willing to help people out there, and ask them if they have trouble if they would go to the motel room next door in the middle of the night and ask that person for help????

 Then I say, you're right lol and its probably best if you avoid the RV lifestyle if that's how you feel (because I don't really want grouches and grumps around me )

 I tell them I wont bug them for their lifestyle choice nor force them to adopt the RV lifestyle, but expect the same courtesy in return to respect my personal choice and that pretty well shuts them up, but I dont really care one way or the other, I'm getting like the old gentleman in the Jimmy Buffett Song,,,,  "Now he lives in the islands, fishes the pilons, and drinks his green label each day,  writing his memoirs, loosing his hearing, BUT HE DONT CARE WHAT MOST PEOPLE SAY"

 God Bless yall and Merry CHRISTmas

 Ol John T in Indiana, Christian, Conservative, Patriot and Fuddy Duddy and so happy and proud of it all

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