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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

EAST MANATEE FL— After a long haul, Dawn M. Bastian of Goodrich, Michigan was relaxing at her campsite under a bright blue Lake Manatee State Park sky Thursday.

But next to her wasn’t a Winnebago or fifth wheel.

She was camping out in a 13-foot, turquoise, 1966 Serro Scotty Sportsman trailer coach. It’s shape — like a canned ham — is not conducive to a fancy dining room or entertainment center.

But that’s not what this little dude, which cost $695 new in 1966, is all about, Bastian said.

She says her antique Scotty, which she restored, inspires a bit of happy nostalgia in everyone who sees it since it was born when Route 66 was the main drag across America and there were no cell phones.

“It’s fun to sleep in,” Bastian said with the big smile of someone who doesn’t care about Corian counter tops or a hot tub in an RV.

“It’s classic,” said an admiring Tim Heintz of Panana City Beach, who was parked a few spaces down for the exact same thing, to let people experience history in his 30-foot, 1950 Spartanette travel trailer made by Spartan Air Craft out of Tulsa, Okla., with its shape like a loaf of bread.

Bastian and Heintz are members of Tin Can Tourists, the vintage trailer coach, motor coach and travel trailer club, which continues its 90th Annual Winter Convention today through Sunday at Lake Manatee State Park.

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