The Christmas before last, my family was blessed beyond belief with the gift of a beautiful pop-up camper. We wanted one for a couple years. But because we are committed to being debt free, it was not in the budget. We love our camper, don't get me wrong, but I see a day coming when the kids are off on their own, perhaps, that we will want something easier to set up.
For one thing, we aren't spring chickens. A pretty funny thing happened to my husband when he was outside playing with our youngest son the other day. A little neighbor boy asked if he was our son's grandfather! Ouch! He's only 46! OK, a lot of grandfathers are 46, now that I think of it.
Thankfully, my husband works out and is pretty strong for a guy with a desk job! (Thank you, Honey!) But, cranking up a camper and getting it all settled is going to get old when we are 10 years older. So, in the back of my mind, I think about RV's.
I think about the travel trailer kind, mostly. I have ruled out the monster class A and the fifth wheel. I want something that our Jeep could pull. I want to be able to back it in and not worry about it.
We've been to a few RV stores. I like the smaller travel trailers. The Airstream is my dream travel trailer, but I don't have to have one to be happy. We did see one at a RV dealer that needed a ton of work. We're not handy people, so we would have to look for a restored one.
Last fall we were camping at our favorite park and there were a bunch of Airstream owners all camping together. It was pretty neat. I wanted to ask to tour them all! I bet they would have let us, but I am too shy to ask! (Silly me! )
I do have a ulterior motive for wanting a travel trailer. I want to be able to visit my future grand kids often, if they are living far away. I am not naive enough to think my kids will live close to us forever. I want to be able to take my grand kids camping, too. I want to pick them up and give their tired, worn out parents a break.
And just once I'd like to drive all the way around Lake Michigan with my sweetie. We'd need a little nicer camper to do that. And if worse comes to worse, meaning I don't get my dream house, we can park our RV in one of our kids' yards and live there without being too much of a burden! Call it my retirement plan!