Though the allure of the open road ever beckons part-time RVers like Jan & I, it’s one thing to drive around Wisconsin in the summers and quite another to drive around North America.
We’ve been part-time RVing for 10 years and have driven our motorhome down many roads, but I think full-time RVing will be a different animal — at least in scale.
With the prospect of living on the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year . . . how much driving is enough? Too much? How long should we stay at a campsite? What will it cost? Where do we go?
There’s no way of knowing for sure, but I think there’s a way of preparing for this transition . . . Virtual RV Trips !
I can’t imagine that I made this term up, but here’s what I’ve been doing over long Wisconsin Winters. Armed with an Excel spreadsheet, I started with a start and final destination and then planned a trip using actual campgrounds along the way.
After creating about a dozen of these Virtual RV Trips, I learned a few things:
- I’d rather be taking real trips instead of virtual ones.
- With each new Virtual RV Trip, the amount of daily driving I did kept dropping. I tended to stay longer and longer at campsites.
- When I added the average temperature for each destination, this seemed like a good guide for both the Winter and Summer months.
- I started to get ballpark figures for campground costs.
- I learned a lot about campgrounds themselves . . . amenities, cost, locations, . . .
Here’s a sample Virtual RV Trip . . . virtual_rving9
Went to the Green Bay RV show on Saturday instead of Sunday to avoid the predicted temperature drop — mid-30’s to single digit.
This was our 3rd or 4th RV show and it seemed well attended.
We toured both exhibit halls and it looked like most RVs on display were tow-behinds or 5th wheels. There were very few pop ups and Class As.
Two of the Tiffin’s were 4-slideout, Freightliner chassis diesel pushers: a 39-foot, 340HP Cummins 2013 Allegro RED (list $228K) and a 400HP Cummins 42.6-foot 2012 Phaeton (show pice $240K).
Loved the Phaeton.
The rear full bath is a great feature and this Phaeton also features a porcelean-tiled living room that includes a fireplace topped with a large flatscreen.
Just finished adding a couple of projects from last year and also was able to finally get up the data I’ve been collecting on all the state parks. Not quite a labor of love, but the info should be useful when we start full timing.
Finally, I’m in less of a panic about how much Verizon 4G data I’m burning up . . . my latest estimate is that I’ll use less than my allotted 12GB/month. However, this is all very tentative. Kudos to Verizon for having a good notification system when you’re at the end of your data rope, and they also have some good online tools for analyzing data trends and downloading your data usage.