|RV's we have owned
2003 Sprinter Fifth Wheel
1992 Coachmen Motor Home
Briefly in 2001
1989 Mallard Sprinter
1968 Starcraft Pop-up
The "good old days"
|We have always enjoyed
traveling and camping. When we were first married we took
a tent, sleeping bags and anything else we could carry on a
motorcycle and went camping. We also enjoyed taking our
canoe into remote areas of the Adirondack Mountains. We
As children arrived, we bought a "pop-up" camper.
It was a 1968 Starcraft and we towed it with a
Datsun station wagon! That was in 1983. As the children grew and
our space needs increased, we upgraded. In August 1986 we bought
a used conversion van to tow with. We towed the pop-up with the van
for the rest of that summer and then the next year, we
bought our first full sized travel trailer. It was a 1976
Prowler 20' tow behind unit.
In 1989 we decided we needed a better tow vehicle. We
became the owners of a 1986 Chevrolet
Suburban, 3/4 ton.
Feeling embarrassed about only towing a 20 foot trailer with it,
we bought a 29 foot Mallard Sprinter travel trailer about a
year-and-a-half later. This had a great floor plan for us. There was
a bunkhouse in the back which the girls slept in and Davy used
the conversion sofa in the living room. We owned this for the next twelve years and in 1993,
towed it cross country. By that year, our children had
visited 39 states as well as five Canadian provinces. By
the time each of them had graduated from high school, the girls
could claim that they had visited 41 of the United States and
Davy had set foot in 42.
As the kids got into high school, their summer schedule cut
back our camping schedule. Not feeling we were using the
trailer to its potential, we sold it. That was in the
spring of 2001. With only Miranda left in high school at
that point and not really doing any family camping to speak of,
we felt we could enjoy our motorcycles and do some tent camping.
A year or so later, in June 2002, we decided that tent camping
wasn't cutting it, so we bought a used motor home. It was
a 1992 Coachmen, 23 1/2 foot Class C
Although there were some advantages to the motor home, at
least one of us wasn't really happy or comfortable with it.
One of the reasons we bought it was so that we could tow our
utility trailer and take our motorcycles with us. It just
didn't have the power to haul that much weight through
hills. Already owning a 3/4 ton, 2002 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab
pick-up with all of the 5th wheel towing equipment, we decided
it was time to upgrade again. In May 2004, the motor home
was traded for a brand new Keystone
Sprinter, 28'4" fifth
wheel travel trailer. This had a double slide and ironically,
with only two of us
camping at that point, this was definitely the
most spacious and nicest unit we have owned.
As 2004 progressed, we also bought the cottage
property on Pillar Point, so our fifth wheel served as our
summer home there during the summers of '04 through '06. By
Labor Day weekend 2006, we were able to move into the
cottage. With the cottage, our traveling style has changed. We probably won't be camping for a while so we
sold the fifth wheel rig on May 31, 2007. We will
undoubtedly buy something else when Marcia retires when we
"hit the road"!