I started this article while sitting in our RV in the parking lot of the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. For reasons I’ll get into in another post, Hidalgo was always one of my favorite stops on tour, and being there for probably the last time got me a little nostalgic…
I think I speak for both Ben and I when I say our favorite part about that gig was the traveling. Owning a motorhome and transporting a preschooler and two cats in it is frequently a frustrating and expensive endeavor, but we’ve really enjoyed it, challenges and all.
Here’s a little article I wrote for Offbeat Home about our RVing life. It’s from three years ago! We have since sold that trailer and replaced it with our current motorhome. Here are a few pictures on the day we traded the ol’ Cougar:
The old trailer was a pain in the ass; the air conditioning didn’t work terribly well, the furnace was unreliable, the cabinets all fell apart, the greywater tank leaked, and the tires constantly blew out while we were driving. It was too heavy for our F250, which needed major engine work done right before we sold them both. Even so, we were both sad to say goodbye to it. We’d moved into it when Kai was just two weeks old, so it was our first home together as a family.
Even now, as the end of this tour meant the end of employment for Ben, we’re still glad to have “upgraded”. Motorhomes have their own set of special issues but our travel days have become far more comfortable with the addition of its seriously luxurious amenities like a built-in generator. This bus will be our home off the road as well, and we’re making lots of memories in it, but we’ll never forget our first home. I hope someone out there got a steal of a deal and is out on weekends in a state park (or perhaps it’s been installed permanently on a farm or ranch somewhere). Wherever it is, I hope its next owners are getting as much utility and enjoyment out of it as we did.