Whether you’re a new or seasoned RVer, or you’re simply interested in our crazy stories as we drive towards freedom, fun and travel, you’re in the right place. Our content includes information that we research and test throughout our journey to full-time RV living and thereafter. Check out our videos on Trippin' Traci's YouTube channel and subscribe to follow our RV adventure and Traci's trips to fun and unique attractions!
Welcome to our journey to full-time RV life and destinations around the United States in the not too distant future! You’ll discover helpful tips and resources for RV living on our site and have a good laugh or two at our expense. Whether you’re a new or seasoned RVer, or you’re simply interested in the crazy stories about our hits and misses as we drive towards freedom, fun and travel, you’re in the right place.
Our first introduction to the RV lifestyle was a Class C motorhome that we camped in and drove to Georgia for a family visit at Christmas time.
When we decided to leave the sticks-n-bricks lifestyle, we knew we wanted something smaller, stealthier, and easier to drive and park. Camping at national parks is also very important to us, so the rig we purchase must be under 30 feet. We’re searching for a small Class C or a Class B+ motorhome.
We spend a good amount of our time watching popular YouTubers in the RV community, from solo boondockers who live primarily on BLM land, to couples who visit high-end RV resorts. Our interest in these YouTube channels lead to valuable online relationships, and ultimately to our inclusion in online RV seminars that have been extremely informative.
Our research also takes us to RV shows and RV dealerships to obtain the latest industry information and window shop for our future motorhome.
More importantly, we're investing a great deal of time compiling data that’s essential for decision making during a transition from sticks-n-bricks living to RV living. Such as, information that allows you to easily navigate laws and fees when determining a domicile.
We met on a dating website in 2002, began dating soon after and were married in 2004. We’re incredibly thankful for our strong relationship and travel compatibility." ...
"Like other pet owners, we find it heartbreaking to leave our fur-babies at a kennel. In addition to that travel roadblock, I'm (Traci) a bit of germaphobe and dislike staying in hotels. The perfect solution for us is to travel in an RV with Roo and Spike!" ... "Not only will the RV lifestyle allow us to travel around the country with peace-of-mind and our kitties close by, should any of our family members need assistance, we can quickly teardown camp, arrive at their home within a few days and stay as long as necessary." ... "Swipe left or click on the small circles below to read our individual stories.
Traci & Curt Thompson
I’m a Virginia native who spent my formative years in Ohio and then moved to Japan in my late teens due to my step-father’s work with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers." ... "After graduating from high school in Japan, I moved back to the United States to attend college in Ohio. I couldn’t reacclimate to the American culture or college life, so I moved to Germany and worked for the U.S. Army as a civilian for five years." ... "I then moved to Pittsburgh to be closer to family and enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after. While serving, I was stationed in Germany, Arizona, Honduras, South Korea and then Washington State." ... "In 1993, I ended my military service and and stayed in Washington State. I enjoyed living on the west coast, but decided family was more important and moved to Florida in 1997 to be closer to my parents and other family members who had made a home in The Sunshine State." ... "I’ve had the pleasure of working in the IT field for the past 20 years and am looking forward to retirement in the next three to five years." ...
"Traveling is in my blood and it didn’t take long for Traci to convince me that RV living was not only attainable, but ideal for my upcoming retirement. She has thoroughly researched (driving me crazy sometimes) everything needed for RV life planning, and together we’ve watched hundreds of YouTubers in the RV community. We can’t wait for the day we hit the road!
I’m a Georgia native who lived in California, Florida and North Carolina during my childhood as my father moved us around the U.S. for his climb up the corporate ladder. Living an hour away from Los Angeles from my teens to early adulthood was an incredible experience and I can't wait to visit that area once we purchase a motorhome." ... "Until December 2007, I was an office manager for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and previously Visit Orlando. I was forced to resign due to various health problems including fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety." ...
"One of my favorite memories is moving from Florida to California when I was twelve-years-old. We drove across the country, stopping to visit national parks and roadside attractions along the way. What an awesome adventure! Since that time, I’ve always dreamed about buying a motorhome and traveling the country." ...
"Curt wasn’t sure about my RV planning at first, but he came around to the idea as I watched RV YouTuber videos while he was in the room. He became interested in their stories and I could sense some excitement. In 2016, we rented a Class C motorhome for a road trip to Georgia and we both knew by the end of our trip that full-time RV living was in our future." ... "Checkout my YouTube channel 'Trippin' Traci' and subscribe to follow my trips to fun and unique attractions. I enjoy visiting amusement parks and quirky locations.
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