Hello all, I'm John and am new to this forum.My RV story began on a recent walk through a state park where I stumbled across an orange Volkswagen camper van. It immediately brought a smile to my face and brought back memories of seeing these on the road as a kid in Southern California. On my drive home I started to remember outdoor excursions, how I was invited to travel to Lake Shasta by a family that owned a large camper with the overhead sleeping bunk with the window looking out on the road (which to me was the coolest place to possibly be). Along with that RV experience, it was the first time I camped and water skied (or actually, water plunged
. A few years later in the Boy Scouts I had great camping trips that ranged from canoeing on the Colorado river, traversing Death Valley and a full week of fun and torture at at Boy Scout camp on Catalina island.
It's been decades since I thought about it, but this VW camper van provided a nudging reminder of what I used to truly like and enjoy. Throughout my life I have been fortunate to travel extensively, from 5 months in Europe on Eurorail pass, to Asia, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico. These were trips with the proverbial planes, trains, hotels and rental cars - where every day was planned to squeeze-in as many activities and places and sightseeing experiences as possible. Sometimes I wore my family members out, but I kept marching on....
So now I have been on a deep dive, rabbit hole YouTube and web foray. Originally I just wanted to see if these VW vans were still around, but I quickly uncovered an RV community who are out there exploring all parts of the world, and doing so in vans, campers, converted school buses and travel trailers. The internal dialog began... "what if I could rent one of these and try it out?", "what if I could find one to buy?", "what if I shut the door on my condo and hit the road for a couple of months?"
So after seeing a few RVs I found my 2016 Crossroads Z-1. Funny thing is that for wanting to simplify things and hit the road, I have found that I need to get up to speed on many systems and processes that make an RV hum out there on the road and in the campground. I look forward to learning from this forum, and sharing whatever progress I make in the coming months.