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  • I Live in Apache Junction, AZ because I don’t have to shovel snow, or put up with tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, or floods. I have been here since 1980 except for 6-months in the Middle East and my RV trips seeing this great Country. The Air Force put me here and Retirement let me stay here. This will always be my home base, travel time in the RV seems to increase each year. The most famous person here ever is the Lost Dutchman. The Lost Dutchman Goldmine is still a draw to the Superstition Mountains here and the State Park with the same name. Speaking of Parks, Chuck, when you leave Nashville don’t miss stopping at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, one of the nicest National Parks Campgrounds I have been in.

    • We are making our move next year to Utah because of its beauty and wonderful national parks besides tons of things to do within hours. We have snowbird in Golden Valley, Arizona for 3 to 4 years. Golden Valley is close to Kingman and i really don’t know anyone who was famous from there except Andy Devine, the actor. We travel in our 1995 Fourwinds Class A……we love to travel to Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and at times Washington.

  • I have lived in Cleveland Heights, Ohio- an eastern inner ring suburb of Cleveland, for 18 years. Born and raised in a western Cleveland suburb, I moved here due to marriage and proximity to work. Just retired, our plan is to return to the “west side” to be closer to families as we age, where you can live in a ranch style home and not a colonial century home, and escape high
    property tax/no benefit scenario. We do not plan to leave the area. Cleveland is a well kept secret – affordable housing, beautiful 3 seasons, an easy commute, 30 minutes to an international airport, world class medical care, the Cleveland Orchestra, sports, metro parks, theater and a huge variety of great restaurants that you don’t need to wait for weeks for a reservation. Now all we needed is a yard to build a shelter for our new little trailer!

  • My wife Susie and I live in Grass Lake, MI. We moved there because Michigan is home for us. We lived outside of Michigan for 10 plus years and then moved back when I retired. We know the area, and feel comfortable there. We are traveling now in the RV and plan on being gone for 5 or 6 months. We don’t like the snow and cold so much anymore. it is very likely we will relocate somewhere warmer and possibly live in the RV full time.

  • My wife, Marty, and I moved back to Fort Madison, IA seven weeks ago to be close to family and old friends. Even though we’re both in our 70s, we didn’t want to full time. We have a 31′ Class C that we love. We’re now in the process of having a RV cover built to take care of it in case of snowy winters that we can get here. It was hard for us to leave Benton, AR. We left a great many friends there, and I personally miss them. We belonged to a great local chapter of Good Sams, and we were friends with a lot of other chapters in the state. We plan to travel a bunch in the coming years. Chuck, if you do make it to Hot Springs, try out one of our great state parks, Lake Catherine State Park. All of the parks in the state are outstanding.

  • We now live in Waynesville, North Carolina.
    The weather is great…not hot and humid….very mild
    winters…fabulous mountain views.
    We relocated from the Northeast (New York Adirondacks & Connecticut).
    Camped since 1985 but decided to sell our RV Travel Trailer when we settled here.
    Since 1985 our family visited almost every state and some of Canada.
    Chuck is correct…..it is getting harder to find campground sites traveling as a free spirit.

  • My husband and I live in Venice Florida. We moved here from Ohio but have always been water people. At this point we are probably a mile from the Gulf as the crow flies. In Ohio we were an hour away from Lake Erie. We have always been water & fishing people. We bought a used 29 foot Gulf Stream BT Touring last year and spent last summer getting acquainted with our RV and staying primarily in FL state parks. T end of June this year we took off for a two month adventure to the top of the UP in michigan and back. We found our RV to be very comfortable for us as we had a Very comfortable bed and a couch to sit on when we watch TV and a kitchen for me to cook in. We thoroughly enjoyed our two-month summer adventure. We particularly enjoyed our week stay at Conley Bottom Rv park on Lake Cumberland.

  • My husband and I covered to San Antonio, TX in 1990 because Uncle Sam told us to. This was his last duty assignment and retired in 1993 after 30 years. Our original retirement location of choice was the Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia area, but life got in the way. By the time he retired, I had a good job at Brooke Army Medical Center, so we stayed. It is mow 27 yrs later and if it wasn’t for our motor home, I would probably be pulling my hair out. I spent the first 50 yrs of my life moving every 3 or 4 years, now I have grown very thick, long roots. So even with the problems we have encountered with our”home away from home”, we get away at least once a month. Thank you, Chuck, for taking the time to keep us up on all the news and, yes, even the industry problems.

  • Chuck, I was born and raised in Edmonds, WA, a place I believe you are familiar with. My work as a civil engineer took me all over North America and Europe. I finished out my career at a local airplane company and THE DAY I retired we moved east of the Cascade mountains to Pasco, WA. With 300 days of sunshine and less than 7 inches of annual precip. it is just what we wanted. We take extended trips in the Spring and Fall with our 42′ fifth wheel. I plan our trips and make reservations and have never had a problem finding space. During the summer, we take short trips during the week when most folks are working (HA), and hit some of the smaller, out of the way places in WA, OR, ID.

  • We live in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. (L.A. suburb, ’bout 50 mi. due east). Have been in the general area since 1981. Working in L.A., there was nothing too affordable for a young firefighter/paramedic . We’ve bought 3 new homes over the years (thank God for VA loans). Starting small , each one progressing in size. In our retirement now, we live in a older, comfortable Spanish/Ranch-style “home” on a 1/2 acre.
    We grumble about Ca. taxes & politics, but we’ll prolly stay. Both of our entire families are here.
    In researching celebs, I came across quite a few pro athletes but I’m going to go with Frank Zappa. He had a small studio here in the’60’s.
    Thanks & safe travels.

  • Jack and Becky
    We live in Bradenton, Fl. We have been here since 1998. I retired from the Air Force after 21 years and moved to south Ga. to get away from cold weather. After some bouts with cold & snow I took a job here in Bradenton working at a hotel. They offered me the Chief Engineer slot and we made the move here. It’s nice in the winters- temps usually in the 60’s & 70’s and I don’t have to winterize our RV!! Getting used to “Snow birds” can be a pain with extra traffic but we are working with it. After I retired a second time and sold my boat, we got an RV. We take a big trip in the RV once a year and some short trips to state parks when we feel like it. We also fell into a crazy group of fine folks known as “Key Limers” and enjoy the rallies with them. We don’t know if we will leave- but we are liking the prospect of full time RVing. Chuck, if you ever get a chance to head across Arkansas, check out a place called “Toad Suck Park”. It’s an RV park just outside of Conway, Ar. It’s run by the Corp. of Engineers and its about 8 miles from I-40. You’ll find a plaque there explaining how this one time river port got it’s name. Strange name but very nice facilities.

  • We now live in Prescott, AZ after many many years in New Jersey. We moved here after retiring from teaching to be in a sunny dry area with 4 seasons. We love it here. Prescott is between Phoenix and Flagstaff so we are in an ideal spot. We have a 40 ft class A that we travel in with our 2 little dogs for 2-3 months at a time, a couple times a year. Our bucket list is to go to as many National Parks as our motorhome will take us to. We have been to 51 out of 59 so far. We just returned home from Washington, Idaho and Utah. It is definitely true that now you must plan ahead and make reservations if you want to stay in decent campgrounds.

  • Colorado! Because, well, it’s Colorado! I was in Missouri for 30 years and went west to escape the humidity. I go to Arizona in the winter, then move around the western half of the US the rest of the year. Every time I go back east, I appreciate the weather and the beauty of Colorado even more.

  • We live in Folsom California and are new to rv’ing. The most famous person who once lived here was Johnny Cash in the prison! We love going to San Francisco or Lake Tahoe or Napa Valley. It’s a great city for the bike trails and cultural entertainment as well. Our hope is to take our 28’ travel trailer to Texas to visit family and see many great sights along the way. So far we’ve ventured only a couple of hours away from home to state parks. We enjoy learning from you pros through this newsletter!

  • Hi, Chuck. We live in Woodbridge, VA, a suburb of DC about 30 miles south. Some notorious folks might be from around here, but no one famous that I can recall. The military brought us here for consecutive assignments at the Pentagon. I don’t really care for the humidity, traffic and high cost of living, but this where jobs are and now our kids are making lives here. I look forward to retiring in couple of years and spending more time in our Super C – south and west for the winters, then north and east in the summer months. We really appreciate your newsletter!

  • We actually live two miles north of Eight Mile, but really, are attached to Detroit. We were both born here, went to college, found careers, raised our family. I would happily relocate just about anywhere, but the Man is rooted here. Our particular town, Southfield, was first a farm community, then a getaway refuge, then a bedroom community. Nothing particularly exciting happened here. Some of our most famous residents have been Tommie Hearns and his manager, Emanuel Stewart, and Geoffrey Feiger. We have a Roadtrek to travel in, and spend some winter time in warmer country than Michigan. I snagged a snowbird nest in Titusville, Florida where we can watch the rocket launches from our corner.

  • We have lived in Franklin, Wisconsin, a suburb on Milwaukee’s southwest side for 45 years after building a new home in 1972. We were born in Milwaukee and met roller skating! Pat tent camped since 5 years old but I didn’t start until 1981, two years after our son was born. [He loved camping as a child and now his family camps, too.] We have talked about moving but we have friends we have known most of our lives here. Leaving would be emotionally hard but we have discussed it. Right now we spend most winters in the south between Florida and Arizona. We enjoy sightseeing across America too much to settle down permanently.

  • We moved to lovely, rural Warren, along the St. George River in Midcoast Maine, February 14, 1983, when my husband changed jobs. We don’t ever plan to leave our 1820 Cape despite retirement travels in our Winnebago Access. We’ve never visited a nicer spot, a town of rolling hills, farms, lakes and streams. Seven Tree Pond and the St. George River provide peaceful kayaking.

    Ellis Spear, Civil War Brevet Bigadier General with the 20th Maine, hailed from Warren. We are also proud of local historian Cyrus Eaton.

    Our town is named for Revolutionary War hero Dr. (General Joseph ) Warren, who died at Bunker Hill. A trading post as early as 1631, we were part of the Waldo Patent, settled in 1736 and incorporated in 1776. We are home to locks on the Georges River Canal, and were home to early industries.

    If you find yourself traveling on Route 1 or Rt 90 in Warren, why not visit Payson Park to picnic and explore the remains of the canal system, visit our excellent historical society museum at the Dr. Campbell House, take the historical walking tour of Warren Village, visit the café on Main Street and shop at Beth’s, the best farm market in Maine.

  • I am a lifelong resident of Long Island, NY and, have been in my current house for 35+ years. I’m in the process of emptying out 35+ years of “stuff” so I can sell said house. Once the house is sold, I’ll head west in my Super-C Class diesel puller RV and, explore America as long as I’m healthy enough to drive. I won’t miss NY at all.

  • We met in kindergarten in Rochester NY and stayed on after college to raise a family in the wonderful environment there. We camped in tents and the boys and their families do that too now. Our youngest has his own trailer. After borrowing a friends RV and then renting a C for a week we took the plunge in 2001 and bought our first Cl A. Today we live in our 36′ Phaeton moving between Rochester NY in the summer and Jojoba Hills SKP Resort near Temecula CA in the other seasons. We continue to travel both by RV and plane as much as we can.

  • We live in Richland, WA. We were workampers and spent 2 summers working in nearby Prosser. Fell in love with the area. Had to stop traveling due to my husband’s illness 4 years ago. I hope to be able to travel again after he dies.

  • We live in Rendon, TX and I don’t know why, lol! Our mailing address is Burleson, TX , home of Kelly Clarkson, “American Idol”’s Season 1 winner. My uncle has her llama on his land. We have a 2008 Tiffin Phaeton 36 ft. and get away whenever we can. I would love to full-time but haven’t been able to talk hubby into it yet…maybe one day! Love your newsletter!

  • Lemmon South Dakota , Home to the worlds largest Petrified Wood park , Hugh Glass and the Grizzly that almost killed him , George Edward Lemmon the Boss Cowman that saddle handled more cattle than anyone , The famous scrap metal and bronze sculpture maker -John Lopez . Place bound because of homesteading grandparents and parents that survived the dirty 30’s . Only leave when we can take the toy hauler to fly in’s for powered parachutes .

  • We’ve lived on the west coast of Florida for 49 years and for the past 32 years lived on Terra Ceia Island at the south end of the Skyway Bridge and north of Bradenton. We love the water and the quiet. Terra Ceia was home to native Americans and pioneers.
    During prohibition the mangrove tunnels provided escape routes and hiding places for bootleggers.
    Over the years we’ve camped in a variety of styles from tent to old Class C. Anticipating retirement, we purchased a 2005 Winnebago Voyage Class A and have been exploring Florida for the last two years. Now retired we are planning a 3-month trip out west to see our boys and families and places we’ve always talked about visiting. With hubby’s health issues, travelling by RV is the best way.

  • I live outside of Ashland, KY and have all of my 60 years. Why? Appalachian families often cling close to home. It’s pretty and peaceful and we have four full seasons of weather which are all beautiful. Hills and trees and ponds and rivers and country people with a strong work ethic are still around. I nearly left several times but never did. We will sell our country home when hubby retires and travel as long as Health will allow. Right now, we practice as often as possible in our Newmar Ventana. Famous people from here?? Billy Ray Cyrus, Wynona and Naomi Judd, Soupy Sales , Katie Lee ( the food channel) and Jennifer Garner is from just down the road a bit.

  • When we retired we moved from So Cal to my home state, Arizona.
    Picking Chino Valley near Prescott as our new hometown. With a population of about 10,000 we are located at 4,700 feet in the Arizona midlands where we have both mild summers and mild winters, but still enough variation to have four beautiful seasons. And so far, after 11 years here, I still have not had the need for a snow shovel.!
    We travel about 2-4 months a year in our Ole Antique 2000 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher. A couple of years ago we added two slide outs and remodeled the interior. Looking at new coaches it was an easy choice to do an extensive remodel to what has been a very reliable and trouble free coach… Though we love our motorized “mobile home” we still need a place to come home to and a place with a nice garage for me to “mess” with our ole coach…And as a side note looking over the past years trips we were on the road for 67 days and just over half that time we were ” Dry Camping” often on NFS and on BLM land that we are fortunate to have out west……
    Jim

  • My husband and I both grew up in Los Angeles County in Southern California, which has a lot of positives. When we started full-timing in 2006 after selling our house, we traveled to the East Coast and back and saw how nice people are. It is an education to get out and travel. After a while, we joined Thousand Trails and got an annual site north of Los Angeles. We stay in the area because 3 of our 4 kids and their kids live in the general area. After traveling in Oregon and Washington, we fell in love with a park up in Oregon and got an annual site up there too. One of our kids and grandson live up that way, so it works for us to be able to see everyone. We stay 7 months in Oregon and 5 months in California and so far, so good. Don’t know of any famous people who lived in either of our original cities.

  • We escaped from Iowa and Brooklyn and have met and lived in southern Calif for 50 and sixty years and have owned 4 motor homes. We have traveled to Alaska, Nova Scotia and all over the USA. We have discovered that there is no better climate than here in Huntington Beach, Ca. near the ocean and Orange County, Ca. Always a n ocean breeze and very little flying bugs so we can enjoy the outdoors.

    We now ‘camp’ with our two RV clubs every month up and down the Calif. coast in our 28′ class A. We make reservations up to 1 year in advance for the club which is necessary in the nice RV parks from central and So. Cal which are operative 12 months of the year. We will never see snow again and live nowhere near the fires or hurricanes etc.. A great way to enjoy our later years (86 and 75). Keep up your great work.

    H.B. is adjacent to Los Angeles so I guess all those Hollywood people are famous.

  • We live in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley of Tennessee, a primarily rural are with lovely views from the surrounding mountains. We were born and raised here, never wanted to leave. We love the peace and quiet, caring neighbors, low crime rate, low taxes, old-timey values. Nobody famous from here. Come to visit but don’t move in!

    • Living in Crossville, TN, on the Cumberland Plateau, we have easy access to the Sequatchie Valley, just south of us.
      We often take a ride down the valley on the back roads, just to slow down and enjoy the beautiful countryside. I understand why you say “Come to visit but don;t move in!”
      It’s hard to believe (but true) that there are periodic efforts to build a dam at the south end of the valley, to store water for power. Let’s hope that never happens!

  • We’ve lived in Anacortes, WA since late 1999, moving here from Everett when I retired early from Boeing. It has a similarly equable climate to the Everett/Seattle, but with about 35% less rainfall. It’s just on the edge of the rain shadow of the Olympic mountains.

    Its small town character (about 18,000 population) is similar to our home town of Leyland in the UK, from where we emigrated in 1968. Having salt waterfront all around is what drew us here. Anacortes is on Fidalgo Island, the only one of the San Juans you can drive to. I don’t think we’ll leave here unless illness requires it, or I’m wearing a wooden overcoat.

  • Left Marin County Calif in the mid-70’s to escape unreal property values, moderate salaries & expensive living conditions for Cajun Country Louisiana & drilled oil wells all over the world for 40 years until retirement at age 60.
    Still have the primary residence in Louisiana, a condo we rent out 11 months a year for vacationeers in Isla de Mujeres Mexico (we stay all of January) & because of this website & a B-in-law who bought a Forest River (Lemon) which scared us away from buying gas powered Class A’s costing below $200k (our budget for a class A) – we bought a Del Webb retirement community 1900 sq/ft 2 br/2.5ba house built in 1996 in Florida 1 hour from Orlando, 30 minutes from the beach Gulf side where we plan on wintering Dec & Feb plus escaping Louisiana summers July to Sept.
    Otherwise we camp 1 week at a time per month 7 months a year usually in National Park forest areas or small non-resort privately owned campgrounds such as Betty’s in Abbeville La or Hidden Treasure at Cotile Lake in a 2015 Jayco 32RLDS.

  • Sandusky Ohio is our home located on Lake Erie. This is a tourist Mecca that includes Cedar Point Amusment Park, indoor water parks and the islands. This is a beautiful area to explore with several local campgrounds. Looking forward to seeing more of the country next year. Retirement here we come. My husband and I both grew up here.

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