Jan 052015

Who are these modern day gypsies who spend their lives on the road? What prompted them to leave their former homes and communities for a life on wheels? In a new feature we will introduce you to some of the fulltime RVers we meet in our travels and those who read this blog.

Doug and Julie Livingston are proof that life really begins at retirement. When Doug left his career as an industrial engineer behind him and Julie finally gave up her daily duties as a mom and an active volunteer, they hit the road in their Class A motorhome and haven’t looked back since. That was almost four years ago and the love of travel that brought them to fulltime RVing has only grown stronger.

Not ready to park themselves in rocking chairs just because they are in their 70s, the Livingstons are always on the go, whether it’s exploring new areas or volunteering at campgrounds and Visitor Centers. They enjoy hiking, bicycling, kayaking, sightseeing, and that most popular of all RVing pastimes, eating out at the many interesting restaurants they find around the country.

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Their RV travels have taken them across much of the country and into Mexico and Canada. When asked if they had any favorite places to visit, they said no. Anywhere they’ve been has been a favorite.

Asked what they like best about fulltiming, they said traveling without having to pack and unpack, and being in their own home. Doug added that not having to mow grass on their ten acres in New Braunfels, Texas and no property taxes are very nice, too. Their major dislike about the RV lifestyle is paying campground fees.

The Livingstons have found their memberships in Passport America, Thousand Trails, Coast to Coast, River City Travelers, and FMCA to be valuable as they travel the country.

If they were to give a new fulltimer advice, it would be not to be afraid to go, and to enjoy your new life.

“We love fulltiming,” they said “We wouldn’t trade it for our old life. We enjoy meeting new friends all over the country. Just made some new RV friends at an RV show.”

I think that making new friends anywhere they are will never be a problem for this fun loving, adventurous couple.

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  4 Responses to “Fulltimers – Doug and Julie Livingston”

  1. I think this new feature is great Nick. Joyce and I share a lot of the Livingston’s feelings about full-timing.

  2. Great topic Nick. I always find it interesting hearing why fulltimers hit the road and the reasons. Looking forward to more stories on this.

  3. Great idea Nick. Looking forward to meeting more

  4. Love the new feature, but would like some more details of the couples adventures….maybe something at one of the parks they worked or volunteered at.


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