The Idea Of…. RVing


I seem to be fixated on a phrase “The idea of” lately. That is people liking the idea of something without really understanding the details involved. This phenomenon spans across a wide sector of our world. I have several ideas for post on this topic.  The one I want to talk about this time is RVing.

Rving, that is buying a recreational vehicle and setting off on the road for daily adventures. I must admit that this one has had me in its clutches for some time now. One of the first books I read as a young man was Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck. It was about how the author had a custom-made cabin made for the back of his large pickup truck (RVs were not nearly as available in his days). In his book Mr. Steinbeck tells the story of how he spent months designing the interior and filling it with everything he thought he would need for an extended trip. The stories and adventures on the road he told in the book fascinated me then and continue to fascinate me today. I have read this book perhaps a dozen time, the last time while we were vacationing in Mesa Verde National park. No, it wasn’t in an RV but in one of the very comfortable lodge rooms there.  That is another trip I will never forget but that is for another post.

I just love the idea of taking off and spending endless weeks discovering America!  The problem with this is that my wife adamantly refuses to leave her home nest for anything longer than a week or so and the idea of living in a “box with wheels” totally turns her off. So, I guess I will have to do a Walter Middy and only dream about it.

I’m sure there are countless people who plunk down $70,000 or more for a new RV only to take it on the road once. They loved the idea of RVing but not so much the idea of flushing out and connecting up the sewer lines and the other chores required to set up camp so to speak.  When the reality of the details meet with the dream some realize they made a mistake. That is good new and bad news.  It is good news for the next round of people looking for an RV because they can get one at a big discount that has hardly been used.

But then there are folks like RVSue and her crew who are full-time at it and loving it. She keeps the dream alive for me.

I have not totally given up on my dream of RVing. As a matter of fact I have spent quite a bit of time taking my old 20+ year old truck and putting a “Steinbeck” cabin on top of it.  I tell myself that this project is mainly for the sake of the project (I love tinkering and getting my hands dirty) and not so much about the end result.  But it will be kind of fun to at least get away for a solo weekend now and then for a mini-version of RVing.

I like the idea of RVing….

7 thoughts on “The Idea Of…. RVing

  1. Couldn’t you just rent an RV for a couple of trial runs? Once again I am siding with your wife on this. I equate the idea of RVing with the idea of camping. It all sounds like good clean fun…good exercise…communing with nature and all that. But, the reality is a whole lot of work, discomfort, bad weather, bugs, etc…. In the spirit of being a good sport, maybe Mrs. Walters would agree to a practice run or two that doesn’t commit your life savings 🙂 Then you would both have some realistic basis for going forward or not.
    Personally, I would prefer nice hotels, interesting restaurants, easy side trips and parking, etc…No kitchen duties, laundry, hunting for parking, fixing broken parts of the trailer. But, each to his own of course. It is fun to dream tho, isn’t it?


    1. Oh gosh, it’s really not like that at all, unless you try really hard to make it so! We’re tucked into in a lovely little RV park here in Palm Springs currently, enjoying gorgeous mountain views and warm weather, plus a swimming pool, spa, clubhouse with library, and nice, heated restrooms. No bugs, no outside cooking, and no camping per se.

      In a perfect world, sure, we’d probably enjoying seeing the world and staying in luxurious accommodations . . . which means we could afford to travel maybe two weeks a year. For the same price, we can be out on the road for weeks on end, sleep in our own bed, and either cook in or dine, out depending on our whims. And at a cost of well under $100 a day.

      RV Sue does it for even less – probably less than $10 a day – but here style is differnet than ours. Which is another wonderful thing about RV’ing . . . you can make it whatever you wish!

      We’ll be out exploring America for 140 days in 2014 because RV’ing is affordable enough for us to do so. 🙂


  2. Two differing views, that’s what I like. Tamara, you don’t have to convince me. Yes, I am in love with the idea but I think I would also love it in the details. I have been following RVSue for a couple of years now. She might be a full time nomad but since she has so many followers she constantly makes a new friend wherever she goes.


  3. We purchased a 6 year old, used RV for $27,000 (and that includes a 5 year warranty on everything inside and out). It took me several years to take the plunge, and a year or two to convince Betty to go along with the idea. Now, she spends time redecorating and reconfiguring the inside of our 30 foot long box on wheels to make it even more comfortable and homey, pouring over maps with me, and planning trips based around themes (Civil War battlegrounds, National Parks, small towns with colleges, etc).

    This year we will be on the road for only 80 days or so, but in 2015 we have already set aside at least 130 days exploring America.

    I can’t help you with the “domestic” convincing job. But, I can tell you Betty and I are home bodies who love to RV travel. The two do go together!


    1. Yeah, Bob you took the sensible approach and found out you actually like RVing as well as the idea of RVing. I have been following you closely in your adventures. Someday I may also convince Yvonne of the joys of RVing. 🙂

      BTW… I live very close to a the college town of Bloomington Indiana which is Indiana University territory. If you are ever in the neighborhood let me know….


  4. Rod, Your RV project has certainly come a long way since these posts back in 2014 . I have a friend who RV’s during the winter months in warmer climates. Check your email bro, for pics. Neil


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