In the morning when the shades are opened the birds are chirping and drinking from puddles left behind from the storm. The crisp, clean air is refreshing and you can't wait to get out and explore. The next week will be spent exploring Yellowstone National Park. After that the plan is to head south into Utah to visit Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zions, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The "Mighty Five" as they call them. While you're in the area you may want to see the Grand Canyon before getting into California. Or maybe you'll head east to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Eh, you'll decide when the times comes. You don't have to decide now because you're free to choose to leave whenever you want. You live in an RV. You are free.
I was twenty six then and we still have that same little 23 foot motor home. Turns out that after twelve years and thousands of miles and countless days on the road we've come to the realization that we need to upgrade. There just isn't enough room for four grown people. We have very little storage and no slides. We have no couch which on the bright side forces us to spend more time outside...or in bed...if we can find it under the pile of supplies we have to move around constantly. Yeah it's time for a new one.
We went to an RV show a few months ago to try to get an idea of what type of RV we want to go with. It's a tough decision. With all of the different options and the costs included I think the only decision tougher is choosing an actual house. You want to make sure it's the right choice and that it fits into your budget. Quality also has to be something that you look at because if there is one constant with RV of all kinds is that things break. If you're not a tinkerer, don't buy an RV.
I think that we've decided that we will get a motor home again rather than a fifth wheel because of our lifestyle. As I mentioned earlier we like to take our ATV's and UTV's out and boon dock for the weekend and I'm not keen on dragging a trailer behind a trailer. That sounds like a bad idea despite the fact that I know people that do it and do it well. Not for me, though. That would also mean I would have to go buy a bigger pick up truck to pull it and I still have a brand new truck in Utah waiting for me to return. I'm not sure replacing it makes sense.
We're also thinking of doing something completely crazy that directly affects the style and quality of the RV we are going to purchase and I'll get deeper into that in part two of this story on Friday. Until then have a great week and remember it's never too early to start planning your next adventure. Spring is just around the corner.