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Our House on Wheels

Our House on Wheels

Imagine being able to tour the country without ever leaving home. It’s an attainable lifestyle made possible in a recreational vehicle.

“There are so many places to go and see,” said Ben Hopkins of Veurinks’ RV Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. “It could take you five years just to see the National Parks.”

Imagine being able to follow a favorite sports team around the country, supporting them at away games; following the Oregon Trail or Route 66 to the West Coast, stopping at all of the historic sites along the way; taking some time to learn to surf while living on the beach or heading to the Rockies and learn to ski. NASCAR fans might follow the races around the country, where many tracks offer trackside camping.These are just a few of the adventures one can enjoy while living in an RV.

Hopkins has noticed a definite increase in the number of people who are choosing to live, rather than just vacation, in their RVs. Baby boomers are selling their house and furnishings and spending their time traveling. “They are hitting the road for eight to 10 years,” he said.

What is it about RV living that is so appealing? “Freedom,” said Bill Sheffer, Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles & Campgrounds.”The freedom to choose a region of the country to travel to and explore, then the freedom to move on to another region. Buying a retirement home is a big commitment to a new location, new people and new surroundings. Many full-timers travel for several years looking for the right place to call home or to call their second home. The RV lifestyle affords them that opportunity.”

It is that freedom to explore and move on that attracted Mike and Darlene Kohuts, who traded in their Michigan homes in Pinckney and Clarkston last year to live in an RV.

“If you don’t like your neighbors or the season, you can always move on or just move to another campsite,” they said.

The couple share their adventures on the road with the world via their blog at

Towering 800 feet over the plains, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska has been a landmark for travelers for thousands of years.

“People on the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Trail, and with the Pony Express all passed through the Scotts Bluff region,” said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. “This part of Nebraska’s North Platte River Valley tells an important part of the story of western expansion and the settlement of the Midwest. This itinerary highlights places that trace the history of the area from its earliest settlement to modern times.”

Modern day tourists can now easily follow the footsteps of Native Americans, fur trappers, missionaries, soldiers, and homesteaders and explore the area with the help of the National Park Service’s new Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itinerary.
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