RV newbies waving a hand from just north of the Twin Cities, MN!
Hello everyone. While we are still getting acquainted with our new RV, Skip and I are pretty excited to have our 29'6" Titanic parked in our driveway as of last weekend. I feel so excited that I can hardly complete a singular thought in my mind. There are SO many topics bookin' through my head that they are running over each other! My other feeling is anxiety that we haven't a clue what we are doing, and being overwhelmed with all there is to learn about our rig, where to go ... the lifestyle of RVing.
Even our camping skills are dusty. I grew up with a camping family, beginning with cabin rentals, then a tent, then a tent trailer. When I met Skip in 1983, we got a dome tent and did a little State Park and other camping. Later in the '80s, with our kids in grade school, we did a 10-day South Dakota trip (Spearfish Passion Play, Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse, Badlands) and a week long trip that took us as far north as Thunder Bay, Canada. '90s and on, the little travel we did pretty much involved hotels.
Though we've been together 30 years, November 2012 we had our first long road-trip, just the two of us. Took us 2 days to get to Panama City Beach, FL, where we had a condo for 10 days (current Signature & Profile pic is from that trip). LOVED that entire experience, the driving, the condo, the Gulf of Mexico ... the ADVENTURE! Came home via Memphis, TN so we could see Elvis's Graceland ... as encouraged by my daughter (31 then). Skip's been shopping for RVs ever since, with me pretty much ignoring him ... until a couple weeks ago when I got the bug BAD to have one too.
Both our daughters are 32 now, with 2 kids of their own each. My daughter is interested in traveling in the RV with us, when her adorable 6-year-old twin girls are on school breaks, but we'll mostly be traveling alone. Our last pet just passed away, a cockatiel bird, so we are pretty much "free as a bird" as they say!
We are early retirees Skip is 58 and retired 2.5 years ago (union carpenter-foreman). I'm 56 and retired just over a year ago, after being laid off from Medtronic, Inc. (highest level administrative assistant). On our new static income we aren't rolling in dough, so we'll be seeking economical ways to get in as much RV travel as we can. We'll need all the help we can get learning about how to run our rig, the best ways to do things, and where to go. Our rig's mpg will probably be the hardest part for us, and we can't afford a toad yet (which will of course make that even worse).
This looks like a great and well-run site, with friendly and helpful people. We look forward to interacting with you and are sure you'll be able to help point us in the right direction when we need guidance. Please forgive any of our ignorance until we catch on, and HAPPY TRAVELS to all of you!
:hello: The Skipper & SandiDandi
aka "THE SS HULTMAN" (RV newbies!)
HOME BASE: "The Twin Cities," Minnesota
(Coon Rapids, 20 min. N of Minneapolis)
MEMBERSHIPS: Good Sam Club
2003 Jayco Greyhawk M-28RB motorhome (new to us F., 8/23/2013)
2008 CF-MOTO scooter (can't afford a toad yet)