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My New Year’s RVing Resolutions

mikeetrekI counted eight of them yesterday, four Class A motorhomes, 2 Fifth Wheels and two Travel Trailers, pushing the snow flurries around in their slipstream as they moved down the interstates near my Michigan home. And that was just what I spotted while I running a few weekend errands. Truth is, there’s a steady stream of recreational vehicles out there and they will continue to be on the move for the next couple weeks.

Migrating Snowbirds. RVers fleeing the winter weather of the north for warmer temperatures down south. Most, probably, to Florida and the gulf states, some to the Southwest or Texas hill country.

They’re really the second wave of snowbirds. The first departed in late October or early November. This current migration waited till Christmas so they could spend time with kids and grandkids. Happens every year about this time.

Heck, I’ll be joining them in a week on our first trip of 2013, heading to cover some RV stories along the Great Snowbird Route that will end us in Tampa, FL on Jan 15 for the start of the huge Florida RV Supershow at the Florida State Fairgrounds. This is one of the nation’s biggest, big for the industry and big for consumers. I’ll do several video reports from there, as well as things we run across in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.

up200But I’m making plans for lots more. From February 13-18, I want to try out cold – really cold – camping by heading to the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to do a video report about the UP200, one of America’s premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races thatdraws mushers from around the United States and Canada because it is a qualifying race for Alaska’s famed Iditarod.

Then there are the rallies and special gatherings. I have two must-attends. The first is the anniversary rally in Branson, MO May 20-24 that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the founding of Roadtrek Motorhomes. The second is the Family Motor Coach Association’s Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase June 19 to 22, 2013, at CAM-PLEX in Gillette, Wyoming. And, heck, while I’m out there that far west, might as well swing around and visit Yellowstone National park, the Tetons and maybe a couple of other national parks.

I want to find time to get to New England, too. That was on my 2012 bucket list but, well, you know, so many places, so little time. It’s a must visit this year.

I devoted my January Open Mike column in Family Motor Coaching magazine writing about my top 10 RV resolutions for the year. They include things like the trips above, eating right and exercising on the road, seeing more of Canada and volunteering more.

tm-v71s-v71In regards to the later, I have already joined the Emergency Communications team my community’s local Homeland Security Department by installing an amateur radio station (I’m K8ZRH) in my Roadtrek e-Trek to assist in local emergencies and disasters. The e-Trek is perfect for such a role because it can totally power itself with a bank of eight AGM batteries, a rooftop solar array capable of putting out 240 watts, a 5000 watt inverter for 110 appliances and a diesel system that works as a generator to very quickly charge the system, it means that we can run everything we need – all the radio gear, plus heat, air conditioning, TV, DVD, the water pump, even the mircowave – for up to nine hours without having to start the engine to charge those batteries. That’s running everything, all at once.

I also hope to meet many of my readers over the next year. Between this blog, our very active Facebook Page and the Roadtreking RV Newsletter, I have come to know many of you as friends and I hope that we can share a campfire this new year. Jennifer and I had no idea how this new RV lifestyle would influence our life. I’m a journalist at heart, I love telling stories and  our RV takes us to people and places we never would encounter otherwise. But this blog and my other RV writing and video reporting have taken off so fast that we’re still a little breathless, happy and feeling very blessed.

I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings.

To all of you… Happy New Year! See you out there.

 

 

 


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4 comments

  1. Ron and Carolyn Parker

    Thanks Mike for starting this blog. Because of your stories, we actually bought our first RV this year!!! We hope to meet you in person as we travel but even if our paths don’r cross, reading your reports makes us feel like we are traveling right with you. We also really, really enjoy the Roadtreking RV Newsletter. We don’t know how you do it but every issue is filled with great RV stories that make us so glad to have joined this new lifestyle. Happy New Year to you and Jennifer and Tai!

  2. Brad & Michelle

    Hi Mike! Wishing you many happy, safe and fun travels in the New Year! Fellow Michiganders, we traveled up I94 to Port Huron yesterday and also saw many of the late migrations heading south, mostly the large Class A’s. We were somewhat envious since our RV-ing for 2013 won’t start until sometime in April. I am interested in learning more about the amateur radio that you have installed. Is it the one (Kenwood) depicted in the photo? We currently just have a regular CB radio in ours but would like to upgrade to something that receives more emergency broadcasting information for weather alerts and the like. If you make it up to Canada this year, primarily Western Canada, be sure to check out Banff and Jasper in the Rockies of Alberta. I haven’t been there since my childhood but it is a favorite memory of mine from growing up. Again, safe travels and all the best to you in the New Year!
    Brad & Michelle

  3. Ralph G.

    Why don’t you ask the FMCA (and other RV gatherings) to have you do some seminars at their rallies this year? We would like to hear how you manage to blog and video and do your photography all from the road. Also just being able to interact with you and ask questions back and forth would be really interesting. You’ve become the voice of us regular RVers and being able to see you in person and hear how you do what you do would be very informative. I’d like to do some blogging for my family and friends but have no clue on how to do it. Just an idea for you to consider in 2013!