Hello, my name is Doreen and most of the posts will be from me vs. Rocky, though I suspect he may pop in from time to time as well on our account. We have 3 children; boys - 8 and almost 7, girl - 3.5 going on 23. We have a long history with RV's but not a long history with camping.
We owned a 90 TrailManor, 86 Toyota mini class c and 73 Apache Mesa before we ever went on a trip as a family. In 2008 we finally got my dream, a 1980 34v Avion. I ALWAYS wanted a vintage silver bullet. We got 2 good years of camping use out of it until we felt we had out grown it.
Once we had owned the Avion, it was very hard to look at newer TT and not feel that they were cheaper constructed with cheaper materials. The plastics, fabrics, and appliances just weren't made like they were in our Avion anymore. Even the wood felt "less". No one offered real wood cabinetry, the bathroom space, wardrobes and style either. We had a significant conundrum. We looked at various manufacturers and were pleased comparatively with Jayco, both current construction and older models. They were not as good, but were the nicest modern alternative we could find. Then we found our floor plan and felt we had a viable replacement.
A quick search on Craigslist and we found one for 1/2 of what we were quoted out the door by the local dealer, and this unit came with upgrades/mods and extras because the previous owners were getting out of camping entirely.
For where we are now, and will be for some years to come, our Jayflight G2 32BHDS offers just the right amount of comfort, room and function. We definitely feel vey spoiled when we "camp".
We reside in the Piedmont of NC but much of our camping is done at our "seasonal site" at Lake Hartwell, SC or boon docking, we have only one real campground experience.
We have traveled as far as South Western OH. We would like to venture within the next few years to both the upper peninsula in Northern Michigan and across the country to the Seattle area where my sister's family has moved to.
Our pets are new to us (last 3 months) and have traveled with us a few times already. They add an element to travel I have never experienced before, it takes some getting used to.
Rocky and I on our last trip realized that we are those camper people. It feels good. We know that we have a lot to learn. It's a journey though and we are excited to be on it.