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Florida: Here we are

We made it. 1,100 miles to Grayton Beach, FL. The Roadtrek is now locked and parked behind the beach house we’re staying at with our two sons, their wives and kids.
The whole way from Michigan to Florida was a series of on again and off again gridlock, as spring breakers flocked from winter weary northern states to the Sunshine State.
I have to concede, this was a pretty ambitious trip for the first outing with our new Roadtrek.
But now that we’re here, I’m feeling pretty good about it.
I think even Jennifer is, after she finally got some behind the wheel time, driving the last 100 miles or so on mostly two lane Alabama and Florida roads. It indeed does intake some getting used to. It has a very high center of gravity. It weighs over 8,000 pounds and changing lanes and coping with cross winds, big truck slipstreams and the different visibility a motor home presents makes it a challenge when compared to a a traditional passenger vehicle.
I’m glad I figured it out. And now that we’re down here, I’ll use part of the week ahead to plan our return to michigan Easter Sunday.
In particular, I hope three things are different on the return next week:
•    We’ll do more cooking and eating onboard, instead of on the road.
•    We’ll leave earlier and better plan the campgrounds where we’ll be staying, arranging well before dark..
•    We’ll better figure out where to store stuff.
And I have to try and spend at least one night in a Walmart parking lot. That’s where a lot of RVers stay as the company policy is to allow RVers to stay in their lots fee.
That is a story I want to write about and tell with video.


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6 comments

  1. Karon M

    Glad you made it! The first trip teaches lots of lessons. We had 3 flats the first time we traveled in winter weather. Snow load on the roof…in addition to new tires we bought a step ladder and broom.

  2. Stan M

    Hey Mike, looks like you are having fun with the RoadTrek. Cute litte Van !!

    Karon and I love it here in TX, you might want to go back to Michigan going thru here !! Fredericksbugh is a fun place.
    We are now being offered a job at Oak Hills Church here to set up their RV Volenteer Ministries, quite a challenge, but looking forward to.

    Stan

  3. Stan M

    One other thing Mike, you are going to need a MotoSAT’s Datastorm for the top of the RoadTrek !! haha

    Stan

  4. Congrats on “landing” Mike & Jennifer. Glad to see the pic of Jennifer behind the wheel. Enjoy your stay and keep us posted on your return trip. I’ll be interested to see your video on WalMart camping. Stayed at a few of them over the years, and it’s a great way to break up a long drive and save some $$ in the process. And, Scott, from your first post, is a terrific RT coach. A best friend and a wealth of camping/RVing knowledge. And also, KB1RKH…

  5. Neal Evans

    You’ll always remember your first trip.
    It was interesting reading your “next time” comments. We call what occurs a “road rhythm”. Our rhythm is as follows: A maximum of 200 miles a day. We plan our evening in the middle of the afternoon, and try to do one day in a private, one in a state/national and one day at WM. We grocery shop about every other day and eat out at a “local” about once a week.
    You’ll figure out your own travel pretty quickly.

    Neal 05C210P “Daisy II”

  6. Daisy

    I have a 1996 Roadtrek and was a fulltimer for 10 years. They were some of the best years of my life. I still love being on the road. I wish the same for you.
    I hope you also do some overnights at Flying J, Petro etc. If you don’t already have them, 2 books that are must haves, The Next Exit and The RVers Friend.