By Joe Macmillan
Full time RVing. What a fantastic lifestyle. It may not be for everyone but for those who take part, it is a great way to go.
Drive down any highway in the world today and you will see Rv’s of every type and description traveling along, mostly in the slow lanes.
These are happy people doing their own thing. Many are families out enjoying their vacations as well as retirees enjoying life as it comes.
Soon the road will be left to another group of people who have decided to add excitement to their lives by exchanging their permanent homes for a lifetime on wheels. Many will belong to an RV travel club where they may stay in specific RV parks for a week or two at a time before moving on.
Travel through some of the southern states in winter and you will find vast numbers of these folks parked in countless numbers of parks.
There are thousands of RV parks laid out like small, and not so small towns with streets, swimming pools, golf courses and happy folks spending their leisure winters in the warm climate.
Did you know that the little town of Quartzite, Arizona with a full time population of 2,800 expands in winter to over 1,000,000 when the Rv’s arrive and take up their spot in the surrounding dessert. For 16 miles in every direction they set up for an extended stay.
Unlike in the city at home, sewer and water trucks come to them. The owners take part in or attend the many shops and RV sales parks and gem shows and flea markets that seem to spring up overnight.
This area has been featured in National Geographic Magazine many times with photos showing the instant city that springs up every year.
When summer arrives in the north most will hook up their tow vehicles and head for the cooler climate to visit friends back home or to tour the roads of North America in their homes on wheels.
One important thing those folks into full time RVing must be aware of is their security.
Traveling with a group makes good sense because crooks do not care for people watching and will shy away from a group. They generally want to avoid trouble because every crook is basically a lazy coward. They are too lazy to hold a legitimate job and cowardly hide behind a gun to get what they want.
These low-life creatures will search out the lone RV that is parked far away in a spot where no one else may be present. They will approach the RV and look for tracks of a tow vehicle leading away indicating they may be quite free to break in and steal everything in sight.
This is definitely something to think about before you decide to head off alone into that remote part of BLM land.
If you think it may not happen, think again. In the winter of 2010 a couple from Alberta, Canada set out on a trip to British Columbia in their RV. They had a tow vehicle behind their motor home. They disappeared without a trace. Their motor home was found burned to the ground a few days later. Two weeks later their tow vehicle was found abandoned. The couple were never found.
Traveling alone is simply not a safe way to go. Join a group for safety and live to enjoy the lifestyle of full time RVing.
You probably lived many years to get to this point in life. Please do not throw it away
Joe and Irma MacMillan have spent many years backpacking, skiing, and simply enjoying life in the mountains of British Columbia. Their website http://whistler-outdoors.com is full of tips on snowboarding, camping, kayaking, rafting, camp cooking and fishing. They met on a blind date in 1957 and are still married. Take a look at their story here http://www.whistler-outdoors.com/about-us.html