Something we started hearing almost as soon as we became fulltime RVers 17 years ago was about the importance of having an exit plan. Back then we were in our mid-40s and among the youngest full timers out there. My, how things have changed since then!
More and more of the baby boomer generation retired and hit the road, and many of them are still out here running up and down the highway exploring America in their RVs. Others only lasted a year or two, or five, and found a place to settle down for one reason or another. Sometimes because the lifestyle didn’t fit them, sometimes because they found what they thought would be their forever place, and sometimes because of economics. We saw a lot of people from our generation that had to get off the road and go back to work when the stock market crashed and their retirements went away.
Since then we’ve seen new RVers come and go, and others that have continued traveling and enjoying the mobile lifestyle. But we still hear about exit plans, and I think it’s a good thing to have one.
Exit plans can involve everything from selling the RV and buying another house or renting an apartment, to getting a base someplace and becoming a snowbird, or just parking the rig in a place you like and staying put and living in it.
We have always said that we would love to do this forever, but the reality is that we are slowing down. I don’t see us ever hanging up the keys, but I do see us someday scaling way back and becoming seasonal travelers. Even now we find ourselves staying places for a few weeks to a month or more, when back in the old days we seldom remained any place more than a few days.
One option to consider is a park model trailer, which would be on a lot someplace and serve as a base, while traveling at our leisure when hitch itch sets in. In doing our research, we found that this might be a viable option for us when and if that day comes.
A while back we toured the Kropf Industries factory in Goshen, Indiana. Kropf is a family owned company and has been building park models since the 1970s, and in our research has been one of the most recommended brands on the market.
They pretty much do everything in-house, including building their own cabinets, and will custom make a park model just about any way the customer wants, within certain limitations. One of those limitations is that it cannot be over 400 square feet of floor space, which is a requirement to be listed as an RV. But they pack an amazing amount of amenities and livability into that space!
Some models even include lofts, which can be used as a sleeping area when grandkids visit, or for storage, though even short people like myself and Miss Terry cannot stand up straight in the loft area. But some loft models allow for sit down options, such as for a desk or sewing area.
We were impressed not only with the quality of materials and the construction techniques we saw at Kropf, but also with their attention to detail. These folks are good, and they care about what they put out. If we do go the park model option at sometime in the future, it may well be one of their products. We liked what we saw!
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Thought For The Day – The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.