Our First Year Of Full-timing travel blog

Our First Year Of Full-timing

Lee and Mary Benfield travel blog
We have moved on to the next phase of life as full-timing RVers. We'd been planning a life on the road or full-timing for a few years and finally made it happen. We sold our home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in October, 2004 and, after many garage sales, gifts to the kids and trips to consignment shops and Goodwill, we finally moved into an apartment in anticipation. We had done a lot of research on the type of fifth wheel that we wanted and finally found a "new to us" 2004 Doubletree Mobile Suites on ebay. We traveled to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and made a deal for the suite and a Chevrolet C5500 (a big truck!). The truck and fifth wheel were delivered to Cedar Rapids in March, 2005 and we lived in it during the next two summers just to make sure the life would work for us. We decided we had to do that because we were committing to full-timing even though neither one of us had ever done much camping - probably not more than two weeks between us! The only problem we had was when we put our suite into storage at the end of the first summer. It was a real bummer so we knew we would love living in the RV! In September, 2006 Lee took early retirment from the Iowa Department of Transportation after 28 years with them. We were finally ready!! In October we left for Rapid City, South Dakota to establish residency. We got our new drivers licenses, truck, trailer and scooter license plates and headed out. We've been on the road ever since and enjoying ALMOST every moment of it!

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Movie - Golden Compass
 
 
 
 
Visiting With The...
 
 
 
 
Church & Movie "The...
 
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Los Ebanos...
 
 
 
 
Pepe's On The River
 
 
 
 
More Doctor's...
 
 
 
 
Chicken House Oprey
 
 
 
 
Dirty Santa Party &...
 
 
 
 
Christmas Eve
 
 
 
 
Merry Christmas!
 
 
 
 
Hildalgo Festival of...
 
 
 
 
Movie - PS I Love You
 
 
 
 
A Work Day
 
 
 
 
New Year's Eve & Movie...
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