Ron and I started RVing in June 2014. Our first camper was a 2002 Thor Wanderer Lite Series M-179 UD with aluminum siding we named Lucky; her namesake a sticker on the side window left from a previous owner. Paying $3300, for it from a guy named Scott we met through Craig’s List, she was perfect. Scott lived on the Virginia/North Carolina border. We still say “Hi Scott!” every time we pass that way.
Lucky came into our life because we purchased a Toyota Tacoma that spring to replace Ron’s red Ford Explorer. He was looking for something with better gas mileage, yet versatile. To this day, we miss that truck, she was a gem. Her nickname was Taco and she’s why we decided to try camping. At the time, we had two dogs, RVing seemed the best solution to traveling with them.
However, towing capacity on Taco was 3500 lbs. We needed something light; Lucky was the solution. She was 2800 lbs, a safe tow amount.
As newbies, we spent a night at Newport News Park (NNP) learning the so-called ropes. Located five miles from home, a favorite of ours we still visit on occasion. NNP allows us to invite local friends to enjoy our campfire.
Our first official camping trip was to OBX Campground, where we met a couple from Tennessee who were seasoned RV’ers. His words to us proved prophetic:
“First you buy a small truck and trailer then you get a larger rig, and then a larger rig.”
Our unnamed neighbor was correct.
Lucky’s structure had water damage. We endured a few leaky nights in the rain. Setting up Lucky required much manual effort. After a trip to Christopher Run Campground, a 2 hour plus drive from home, we decided Taco was too small for long trips. But we liked having a hybrid camper that was easy to tow. With the repairs Ron did on her, we sold Lucky for $4100, essentially breaking even on our first RV.
We purchased a 2001 Sequoia in November of 2014, and soon after upgraded to our second camper, the Roo.
Second rig, Sequoia and the Roo Back at OBX Campground.
Our 2015 Rockwood Roo was a delight. Purchased from McGeorge’s RV, Kevin McGeorge was our salesman. We were an easy sale for him that day. Outdoor kitchen, motorized awning, beds that popped open, a bathroom that had a shower separate from the toilet, all the upgrades we wanted.
Kevin McGeorge is a man of God. Single at the time, I remember he talked more about the church than anything else. Son of the owner, he is a big guy, red hair and beard with a sparkle in his eyes. If I recall correctly, he had just come back from a men’s retreat. The McGeorge’s lent them the campers for the trip. And he left early for a church event. He was either a man of God or a really great salesman. I’m choosing a man of God.
Pick-up day was April 10th. We left the dealership and headed to Appomatax, VA camping in Paradise Lake Family Campground. Our goal was to visit Thomas Jefferson‘s private retreat, Poplar Forest, and play golf at the Poplar Forest Golf Course. Ron remembers the red clay from the course, I don’t. Most memorable from the weekend was the Civil War Reenactment we stumbled upon, the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Robert E Lee. Events ran throughout the days we were there.
Appomomatax Courhouse Golf at Poplar Forest Golf Course Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Our Roo brought us many great memories. We intended to keep her for much longer than we did. Ron upgraded his truck to a Ram 2500 in November 2016, he had a thirst for a bigger rig. Living up to our nameless neighbor’s prophecy from three years prior, on February 6th we bought our current second home, the Crusader.
Again, not intending to buy, we visited McGeorge’s RV. Unbelievably, Kevin McGeorge once again met us on the lot. One look at the Crusader was all it took for me. Unbeknownst to us, McGeorge’s announced that morning they had sold out to Camping World. We ended up getting a great deal on our current land boat.
Currently, the truck has over 100,000 miles on it, over 30,000 of them towing. Our biggest trip was to Colorado for my fiftieth birthday. You can read about those exploits here.
Other memorable trips thus far:
Collier Seminole State Park: We have spent the past six Christmas’s in Marco Island. Eighty degree days, beautiful beaches and lots to do. Our “get us through winter” trip.
Ocean Lakes Campground: Located in Myrtle Beach, tight concrete sites along the Atlantic Ocean. Typically, we visit off-season because of my husband’s work. We rotate between Ocean Lakes, Pirateland Family Campground and Lakewood Resort, all located side-by-side on the Atlantic.
Merritt Pond Campground in Bedford, PA is a hidden gem nestled in the hills. A peaceful pond centers the family run campground. We discovered this with family and friends a few years ago and highly recommend it.
Mt. Pleasant KOA outside of Charleston requires booking ahead, especially during the spring and summer. But this campground has everything you need, in an area that you’ll never run out of things to do.