This October, Jim and I completed our second circle around the country, and our second year of full-time RVing. After traveling all these months in our only home – a 39 foot fifth wheel RV, I think I’m ready to complete my book. I’ve been compiling stories about our adventures on the road – some amazing, others overwhelming, and a few just too funny to forget.
Since our Bighorn RV became our full-time home in October, 2014, we’ve traveled over 34,000 miles, visited 45 states, 34 national parks, and 65 RV parks. The first year of travel, we moved around a lot, staying in most campgrounds only a week. We began our journey on Cape Cod, and made a huge circle around the country, traveling down the Eastern seaboard, and then across the Southern states, up through California to the Northwest, and then across the Northern states, back to Massachusetts.
In that first year, we wanted to see as many national parks as we could that we’re on our travel route – that came to 25 parks with still so many more to enjoy. In the second year, we’ve spent more time in two places – staying in Florida for 5 months during the winter, and then traveling to Utah where Jim worked as a Camp Host for 4 months during the summer. In between, we visited a handful of national parks, but began to see more historical sites with continuing to visit family and friends along the way.
After all these weeks of living in an RV, Jim has gathered a huge amount of technical experience and common sense about the RV lifestyle. This past summer, he worked as the main contact at a campground – guiding people to their campsites, taking care of the landscaping, maintaining the campground and keeping the peace among the campers and all their pets. Five days a week, Jim was on call for sometimes 12 hours a day. His efforts did entitle us to a free campsite with all the benefits as well as collecting a paycheck after being semi-retired for about two years. During those four months, he learned a lot about the camping experience, and what to do differently the next time around.
His hands on experience also gave me the idea that more people would be interested in a book on the RV lifestyle if it included some practical advice, and handy tips for those newbies on the road. I can still remember my first weeks on the road, and how nervous, I became if we had to back into a campsite, or stay overnight at the Walmart parking lots. Now, I can stay in just about any campground, knowing that I can always move if I want a different view or another experience.
I can honestly say that I never saw myself as the most adventurous person, but so many people commented on how adventurous I must be, to sell my home, and get rid of most of my belongings to live full-time in an RV. It has certainly been the experience of a lifetime. I can picture myself continuing to do this part-time for several more years especially when I have a more traditional home again.
In December, Jim and I will be heading south once again to a new place, a campground near Ashville, North Carolina. Jim will be working part-time for the winter at the campground, handling special projects that require more of his carpentry skills – all in preparation for what’s to come in the spring – when we build our home on Cape Cod. I’ll be continuing to do my counseling work, and working on my next book on the RV lifestyle. And so the journey continues…
By Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A. © 2016
Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A., CHT is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Western Astrologer and Author who counsels clients through her business of Iris Holistic Counseling Services on the road at http://www.DonnaFisherJackson.com. She has published the self-help book, The Healing Path of the Romantic: Type Four of the Enneagram Personality Type System and a novel, Clara & Irving: A Love Story of Past Lives, based on the true story of a Romantic. Both books are available in a print and Kindle edition on Amazon.com. Donna is currently working on a new book on the RV lifestyle. ♥