As 2018 came to a close, hubs and I found ourselves getting closer to one of our big retirement dreams.

We had always hoped that someday, we’d purchase a motor home and hit the road for 5 or 6 years to check out more of North America.

We had already been fortunate to spend vacation time in almost all of the Canadian Provinces and the US States, but most of these trips were on short holidays with definite timelines. For years before we retired, we talked about the idea of trying out the nomad life with no set timeline in any one place. With hubs being a retired long-haul semi-driver and experienced (over 3 million accident-free career miles) in driving big rigs through all of the major cities and on all of the Interstates and secondary highways, the plan seemed like a no-brainer.

Last summer, we got a little closer to that dream and purchased a “new to us” motor home. This 35-foot Newmar Mountain Aire has all of the comforts of home and with two slide-outs, has a very comfortable living area for extended travel.

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My lighting was poor for the photos of the cab area, the bathroom, laundry area, and bedroom, so I’ll include those photos on a future post. Suffice it to say that the entire rig, inside and out, is immaculate and was well cared-for by the previous owners. 

We took “Miss TCB” (as we christened her) on a few test runs over the summer and while we were learning about how everything in the rig operated, we enjoyed “glamping” at campgrounds close to home.

Our first weekend was spent in our own city campgrounds (about 4 blocks from our condo!) and we were happy we made that decision. We were a short jaunt from Canadian Tire and made many trips there as we discovered what we needed/wanted and what needed to be replaced.

The furthest we ventured away was around  375K (233 miles) for a 10-day stint. We spent 7 days with our grandson and 3 days with a dear friend. During that trip, we tried 4 different campgrounds/camping situations so we’d get lots of practice with setting up and taking down and using our RV in both serviced and non-serviced areas. I’ve since learned that the lingo for staying in a non-serviced area is “boondocking”. This is where you rely on your own RV for power, water, sewer, etc. rather than hooking up to these services.  We were happy to try this out on two occasions over those 10 days, as this was another learning experience for us in terms of becoming familiar with our water capacity, power generators, etc.

The next phase has started (aka the planning for next winter). We decided to ease ourselves into full-time (selling everything and living on the road), just in case something happens to make us decide the full-time RV life isn’t for us. This summer, we’re hoping to secure a seasonal camping site at a little regional park close to home. Failing that, we’ll do a bit of the weekend warrior gig again. Next winter, we’ll spend 5 months in the Southern USA. The research and planning around that adds to the anticipation (which is very high already – especially with the deep freeze we’re currently finding ourselves in)

I was delayed in getting this post out in my usual time frame because I was debating whether to continue with posts about past travels or to move forward with a new direction. 

I decided that, as we plan and get ready to go, this will provide plenty of  material for me, and hopefully you, my followers, will enjoy reading about the process. 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain