Do RVs dream?

Written by on November 11, 2013 in Observations with 7 Comments

It sits out there in the driveway with the season’s first snow flurries dusting its windshield as the last of the leaves fall from the trees.

Inside the RV, there’s the faint but sweet smell of the antifreeze I ran through the plumbing last week. The doors to the refrigerator and the freezer are open to air out. The food and coffee in the storage cupboards are emptied. Only a Roadtreking sweatshirt and a Family Motorcoach Association nylon jacket hang in the once crowded wardrobe.


Tai, guarding the Roadtrek

My wide brimmed hat with the pins and buttons collected from national parks and scenic attractions hangs by its neckstring behind the driver’s seat, waiting, seemingly, to be put on and to begin another trip.

You can see your breath when you step inside.

Tai, our 10-year-old Norwegian Elkhound who has had the best year of his life seeing the country in the Roadtrek, guards and patrols it like a treasure. Sometimes he lies down on the driveway, right outside the sliding door. If it’s going anyplace, he seems to be saying, it’s taking him.

The Roadtrek eTrek that has carried us across 33,000 miles of North America over the last 12 months is ready for the cold Michigan winter.

It would shiver if it could.

Inside our sticks and bricks house is a calendar now filled with planned trips for the coming year. But first comes the slowest travel time of the year, the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and then Christmas.

So right now, it sits parked and – am I imagining this?- looking lonesome and forlorn.

Do RVs dream?

Silly question, I know. But we do imbue them with personalities, naming them, referring to them by gender specific pronouns. We look at them and think of the places we’ve been, the places we will visit. They represent freedom, adventure, the excitement of pulling out and the call of the open road.

They sure make us dream, don’t they?

Soon, loyal eTrek…. soon.



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About the Author: Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, and Norweigian Elkhound, Tai, travels North America in a Type B motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and frustrations of RV life on the road. He is the official on-the-road reporter for the Family Motor Coach Association. a columnist with Family Motor Coaching Magazine and his Roadtreking reports appear in numerous newspapers and publications. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, video editing and all things dealing with technology. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations. .


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  1. Noel and Molly says:

    Wonderful story that perfectly captures the feeling of those of us in the great white north where we are snowbound till spring.

  2. George says:

    Our dog does the same thing as your dog… she guards our RV like a prize bone and can’t figure out why we’re just letting it sit in the drive way instead of taking her for a trip!

  3. Marti says:

    You are an excellent writer, Mike Wendland. You capture the feeling perfectly.

  4. Sandy says:

    You have said it perfectly-exactly what those of us in the colder climates are thinking. While Jim is at work, Hailey and I like to go out and sit inside Ruby at least once a week and pretend we are on the road….soon

  5. Judi Darin says:

    I think I’ll go sit in my Trek for a while and keep her company.

  6. Karl Widak says:

    Do you or your readers have experience with southern RV Treks even after winterizing your water system? Seems the RV should do fine if the trip is flexible enough to avoid icy path on the way to warmer destinations. And if winterizing is as easy as you describe, this could be redone before arrival back in the great white north…

  7. Captain George says:

    What a great story, Mike! Yes, they dream. And our seems to know the way to California wine county all by itself. Fortunately in AZ we don’t have to winterize much, so I just use a little vodka in the fresh water tank. Makes de-winterizing much more fun!

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