Livin’ the Good Life – there’s nothing quite like it. But, you hear that from us all the time. You know that we love hitting the open road and leaving our worries behind in our fifth wheels and travel trailers but what about folks that aren’t surrounded by the best selection of RVs in Iowa? We wanted you to hear it from someone else this blog, so we reached out to an RVing family and asked them a few questions.
Marty and Renee are a 43-year-old couple that lives in Norwalk with their two kids, Libby and Max. They do not have a white picket fence, but they do have a dog named Finn. They also own an RV.
You’ll find their answers to our questions below. No sales spiel, no feature highlights, just some real advice from a real RV family.
When did you buy your first RV, and why?
“Our first RV was a 2005 Keystone Montana Mountaineer Fifth Wheel. We decided on a fifth wheel because my husband liked the fact that it attached to the truck bed and not just to a hitch. We loved it so much that in 2013 we traded it in and upgraded to a 2012 Keystone Montana 3400. We made the decision to buy an RV for two reasons. One: we love our family time and looked at it as an opportunity to stay bonding before the kids grew up and moved away. We also purchased one to serve as sort of a guest house. It’s always ready for when family comes to town. Since we have 12 aunts and uncles and 27 nieces and nephews combined, it always comes in handy! As a matter of fact, we have a fun online reservation document that we share with family so people can ‘book’ it ahead of time.”
What’s your favorite feature on your RV? What feature do you wish you had?
“The kids really love the back bedroom that we have. It has a bunk bed layout that can be just two beds or can turn into four easily if the kids want to bring some friends. The ‘kids klub’, as they call it, also has a small flat screen and a DVD player.”
“Marty and I talk about it all the time; we wish we would be able to bring some more of our outdoor toys with us for our longer trips. Our dirtbike and four wheeler always stay at home. So, I guess the one feature that we’re talking about making certain is in our next upgrade would be the back door ramp and garage area. But, to be honest, I’m a little worried about the living space we are going to lose.”
What’s your favorite thing to do once you’ve arrived at your campsite?
“Well, the kids will say campfires, songs and s’mores. For me, though… I love those, too – don’t get me wrong… but, for me, there’s just something about pulling Melinda – yes, that’s our RV’s name – into her new home for the weekend or week or whatever it may be. Once we get her all situated in our slab, we love getting all our campsite decorations up and making it into our own little home. Marty’s not happy until we put up our Camp Star Wars sign. (sigh) Is that weird?” (laughs)
What’s been your favorite RV road trip?
“We’ve put a lot of miles on our rides over the years, and we’ve been to a lot of places. The Grand Canyon, Black Hills, Colorado – those were some good trips. I think the best was the one time we went to DisneyWorld. We were blown away by how RV friendly the campsite was, and loved that it was right on property. So, we could do the tourist thing during the day and then relax at the site afterwards as we watched the awesome fireworks overhead.”
Why would you suggest a family like yours should consider purchasing an RV?
“If you feel like you’ve lost your connection with your kids or your spouse, we’d suggest buying an RV so you can hit that open road together. Seriously, just leave the video games and internet behind at home and you’ll see how exploring together in your very own Melinda, brings back the good ole days and re-establishes any connection that you may be losing. Honk if you see us! We’ll be the RV with massive Darth Vader decal on the back window!”