Not About the Story But the Man

November 30, 2009

by Duane Careb
President RVchurchesUSA
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No doubt, just about every Christian is very familiar with the meaning of Christmas and the story of the birth of Jesus as told in the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke.

Remember? Caesar orders all people (the whole world!) to their go back hometowns to be counted (Luke 2:1-5). It was there that Mary gave birth to Jesus – heralded to shepherds by angels and a Heavenly Army (Luke 2:8-14). This account of Jesus’ miraculous birth is validated in Matthew 1:1-20.

The story, itself, is enough to cause anyone (even Christians) to become awestruck and celebrate with joy and “good cheer”. Wouldn’t you agree?

But it’s not about the story, it’s about the man! We need to focus not just on the events of His birth but rather on the incarnate person of God – Jesus. His character, His mission to do the will of His Father (John 6:37-40), His unconditional love for all who are brought to Him by God and His final gift (His death for our sins) given to each of those who believe in Him and have asked to be with Him in heaven.

It is said that to refuse or reject the ambassador, it is the same as rejecting the one whom he represents. Think of that – if we refuse to accept Jesus, we are really refusing or rejecting God (John 7:28-29) because Jesus is God (John 12:44-45). It stands to reason, then, that if we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the presence of God!

Jesus’ birth is the revelation that we can trust Him to be the mighty “I am”, the Healer of the weary, the Rescuer of the oppressed, the Purveyor of the “bread of life” (John 6:50-51) and “rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38) and Redeemer of our sins who, by His death on the cross, gave us the gift of Eternal Life with Him in Heaven.

So during this time of celebrating with family and loved ones this “holiday season”, keep in mind that the story of Christmas is not just about the virgin birth of a child, but about the man who lived among us – Jesus. He is God among us.

That, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, is why we are called to be “merry”.

Without apologies, Merry Christmas!

Just Do It!

November 29, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late
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God’s words to Cain in Genesis 4 seem to translate into words that have become a present day cliché: Just Do It!

He said in verse 7, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” In essence He said: You know what is right, just do it and you will be accepted. We see here the age old battle of making right or wrong decisions and choices.

God implied that Cain knew right from wrong and He must make the right choice. I recall hearing: the Lord helps them who help themselves and don’t ask God to do for you what you can do for yourself. In our Christian life there are some things God wants us to do ourselves to show our love for Him and our devotion to Him.

We know that we ought to pray more and read the Bible more. There may be old habits that need to be changed. Perhaps God is saying: Just Do It! Throughout the Bible we are admonished to use self-control or, in other words, control our own desires, emotions, minds, and bodies (I Thessalonians 4:4 and 5:6-8; Titus 2:1,12).

But how do we do this? It is a matter of our being willing to do what we know is the right thing—to make the right choice or decision. We must first make the decision. In this sense, the Lord does help those who help themselves. However, we soon realize that we need God’s help since we cannot live the Christian life without it.

The Apostle Paul said, “I can do everything,” but then adds “through him (Christ) who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). Yes, Christ is waiting to help us, for He knows we cannot do it alone. Jesus said in John 15: 5 “apart from me you can do nothing.”

As we realize our own weakness in doing what is right (2 Cor. 12:10), we will turn to Christ for the strength that Paul spoke about. Yes, the Lord does help us; however, we must first make our own decision to do that which we know is right.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

In All Things Give Thanks

November 24, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

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Recently I felt the urge to call a caregiver who had been assisting friends of ours. My goal was to say, “Thank you for caring for my friends.” The husband had been confined to a wheelchair for some time and this lady has been going every day to assist his elderly wife in caring for him.

My friend had been moved to a convalescent home after having his leg amputated below the knee. He is on dialysis three times a week. Yet this lady continued to assist the wife and visit the husband in the convalescent facility. A special bond of love had developed between my friend and the caregiver.

I was amazed when later I learned the caregiver told my friend’s wife it was the first time anyone ever thanked her for doing what she did. I was surprised. “Was this the first time she had ever done things like this for other people?” My answer was a big no. This lady was one of life’s givers rather than just being a taker.

I recalled an email I recently received about heaven. As the story went, the room where the prayer requests were handled was overloaded with work even though there were scores of employees. However, the room that received the thank you messages had only one working and he was reading a book.

God called my attention to 1 Thessalonians 5:18  “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Paul admonishes us to “always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

I believe that God speaks to us through the circumstances He brings into our lives. But we need to be aware of His efforts to do so. He had used this circumstance to remind me of His Word, calling on me to be more prayerful and more thankful—thankful to Him but also to His servants who are doing His work.

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:12-15).

May each of us not only be faithful in our prayers of asking God for His many blessings and promises, but also in our prayers of thanksgiving when He has been faithful in answering our prayers.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

Opera House Shaped Tent Trailer?

November 23, 2009

as appeared on RVBuddiesOnline.com

The following story on this European-made Opera capsule caravan comes from Jaunted.com, which bills itself as ‘The Pop Culture Travel Guide’.

“There’s a certain class of people who enjoy the idea of being in nature but are less than enthusiastic about the “dirt” and “sleeping on the ground” and “being outside” parts of the experience. Within that group, there’s a certain subclass of folks who also have something of an nouveau riche air about them. In addition to actually “camping” in decadent comfort, they need to look like they’re camping in decadent comfort. The new Opera capsule caravan, styled after the Sydney Opera House, is designed with them in mind.

Made in hardwood, stainless steel and leather, this contemporary living tent features magical dimensions and it sets up inside 5 minutes almost like at the press of a button without tent pegs, stabilizer jacks and loose tent poles. The interiors feature a residence measuring 7 meters long, more than 3 meters wide and 3.5 meters high with two first class and electrically adjustable beds that become one with a single simple movement, hot and cold water, ceramic toilet, LED lighting and a mobile hob and barbecue. The other luxuries include a wine cabinet, warm-air heating, espresso bar and an enclosed teak veranda.

The product’s site, branded “Your Suite in Nature,” insists that “freedom has a new face” and that you can be “comfortably settled within minutes.” There were a few more slogans during the excruciatingly slow flash animation—set to teeth-grindingly inspirational music—but the montage goes for like 20 minutes and we lost patience. There’s also no skip button.

We also don’t have a price for you because the “learn more” screen is just a form where you fill out your e-mail and cross your fingers. In some sense that’s fair. The caravan won’t even be presented until the Kortrijk (Belgium) Design at Work trade fair in December, with limited production to follow afterward. So pricing is a little premature. On the other hand, we kind of get the feeling that the whole point of making customers jump through hoops is to build an ethos of elitism, which would be fine except for how the entire concept of “luxury camping” is kind of moronic.

Also, and this is neither here nor there, but we have no idea what the phrase “magical dimensions” means.”

For more more information on this unique “tent camper” and a look at a video,vist their site by clicking here.

Mixed Thanksgiving for RVers

November 20, 2009

By Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Oregonian
November 19, 2009, 8:45PM
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Myra Steinpreis  had hoped to serve up good news along with her Thanksgiving turkey in the small but tidy motor home that she and her husband have lived in at Reeder Beach RV Park for five years.

She and dozens of other mostly older tenants spent the last 20 months wondering when they’d get kicked out of the Sauvie Island park they’ve made their permanent home.

The pastoral campground on the banks of the Columbia River has for decades provided about 60 low-income residents with a clean, cheap and safe place to live in a county with a dearth of decent affordable housing. But county regulators have said it’s operating illegally and the long-term tenants must go.

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, whose district includes Sauvie Island, has stepped in.

For now the Steinpreises and others are safe, but county regulators still plan to rid the site of its permanent residents and force the park to run as a temporary campground required by law.

Regulators have asked park owners Jim and Jan Reeder  to submit a map of the lots and information on every tenant by December, including how long they’ve lived there, whether they have other housing options and what kind of hardship moving would cause.

The county will use that information to determine a timeline for moving out the residents, but neither county planners nor Kafoury can say if the moves will occur in months or years.

“As long as I am here, we are not going to be kicking people out of their homes,” Kafoury said. “Eventually they are all going to have to move. Whether that is 20 years from now, that is not yet determined.”

So residents say while they have a reprieve, it does little to alleviate their fear.

“We’re hearing that we can stay for now and that is very relieving,” said 72-year-old Steinpreis as she sat on her worn sofa hugging a scarlet pillow to her chest. “It’s been like this for almost two years and not knowing where we are going or when we are going is wearing on us.”

The quiet campground with pumpkins and haystacks heralding the fall sits on a small portion of a farm that’s been in the Reeder family since 1853.

Jim and Jan Reeder have run the RV park for 60 years — about the last 30 with permanent year-round residents — without running afoul of county land-use officials.

Then two years ago, they asked the county for a permit to expand, triggering a public hearing that alerted neighbors and brought out complaints about increased traffic and litter and impacts on wildlife.

The RV park has dozens of permanent dwellings per lot — instead of only one as required because Sauvie Island is outside the urban growth boundary. Further, county regulations say RV park tenants can stay only 30 days at a time.

The Reeders spent nearly two years battling the county, saying they should be grandfathered in because the park started before the county adopted land-use codes. They also argued that the county had inspected the land and granted permits several times before and never found a problem. But the Reeders lost the appeal this past summer, throwing residents with few options into turmoil.

The park’s rent is $390 a month, the setting pristine, and neighbors look out for each other so much so that no one locks their doors.

“I hope to draw my last breath here,” said Mark Fleming,  a six-year resident who also works as a maintenance man on the farm. “Do they want to put us in some slum with no birds or trees or the river?”

Kafoury said the county is in a tough position between compassion and law. “We’re trying to balance upholding the law and assisting poor, elderly and disabled folks who need a place to live,” she said.

They’ve cut a deal. As long as the Reeders bring other out-of-code structures into compliance, the county won’t push too hard on the residential side. The county will try to move out those with other options first. Assistant County Attorney Jed R. Tomkins  said the county isn’t required to adhere to any specific enforcement timeline.

“We’re not happy with what they are doing with us as a business,” Jan Reeder said. “But we are relieved they are allowing some leeway with the tenants.”

To comply, the RV park will eventually lose between a third to a half of its sites and can take tenants for just 30 days at a time. The Reeders said they’ll likely lose about 75 percent of their park income — the primary income for the farm — and have to lay off two or three of their seven employees.

Like with the Reeders, relief at the camp is tempered. “We’re younger, we’re going to be OK,” said 40-year-old Kathy Peppard,  a six-year park resident who also works at the farm’s country store. “But to hear we might have to move and lose our jobs, I was panic-stricken.”

– Nikole Hannah-Jones

CDL Licenses for RVers?

November 15, 2009

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? November 10, 2009

Last Saturday, a 72-year-old man was driving a 2008 Allegro RV on I-65 in Indiana, pulling a horse trailer. He was driving in the fast lane. When traffic halted, he put on the gas instead of the brake, plowing into a van with a couple and their two young children. The van was pushed into a truck, which then hit three more vehicles. Traffic on I-65 was closed for several hours.
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The driver of the RV was cited for driving in the fast lane illegally, driving a vehicle-trailer combination exceeding the maximum length and speeding when required to reduce speed. He also was given a warning for having an expired trailer registration plate.

It’s accidents like these that make some people – and some states- believe that RVers should be required to have a CDL, or at least a special license, in order to drive an RV or combination over 26,000 pounds (see photo). While having a CDL doesn’t mean that it will stop drivers from doing something stupid or being poor drivers, but it would mean that RV drivers of big rigs would need to know the law in order to be licensed and possibly pass a special driving test to make sure they can safely operate their RV.

Some states already require that drivers of large RVs have a special license. Changing Gears has a list of all states and notes which ones require a CDL or special license.Of the popular domiciles for RVers – South Dakota, Florida and Texas – only Texas requires a non-commercial A or B license for RVs over a certain size.

What do you think? Should RVers with large rigs be required to have a CDL or non-commercial driver’s license? What it improve safety on the road? Would an accident like the one above possibly have been avoided had this man been required to have a special license? Leave a comment. Let us know what you think

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]

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Why Does Trouble Come (3)

November 15, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

As we discussed in my previous article, sometimes trouble comes to us for disciplinary reasons, as God seeks to get our attention. It may be not be so much to correct something but to simply nudge us closer to other believers and to Himself.

We are encouraged to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Paul states that believers are all members of one body in Christ and “that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, each part suffers with it” (1 Cor.12:25).

Requesting others to join in prayer when trouble comes is one way believers seek relief from trouble and realize the peace of God. It is one of the believer’s greatest privileges (Matthew 18:19) and one way we “encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

If the Lord is allowing trouble to move you closer to Him, take a little time to read and meditate on the Psalm 23. In a book entitled A Shepherd Looks at Psalms 23 (published by Zondervan in 1970), Phillip Keller portrays a unique view since he was sheep rancher.

Verse by verse is unlocks the various uses of the staff and rod, the love of the shepherd for his sheep, his constant vigil over them, their utter dependence upon the shepherd for survival, and dangers encountered when one strays from the flock.

Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” The rod gives us comfort, for it is used primarily as a weapon to drive off predators. That He is with us to help in our times of trouble to drive off our enemy brings us great comfort (Psalms 145:15).

The Shepherd’s staff is a comfort when used to gently guide His sheep onto the right path. He gently places it against His sheep to guide it up those valleys. Occasionally He simply walks along side it with his staff placed gently against its side to assure it of His constant presence.

I cannot tell you why trouble comes into your life. However, I do know that God is “an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1). If the storm clouds are gathering in your life, perhaps it is time to pray as David did in Palms 139:23. For our Heavenly Father is faithful (Ezekiel 34:11).

I have found these promises to be true in my own life. You can read my story of God’s love, patience and forgiveness in my book Its Never Too Late – A Prodigal Pastor Returns available at www.faithrescued.com.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

Homeless RVers Have To Pay?

November 13, 2009

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? November11, 2009
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Should homeless RVers be able to stay put even when they exceed the time period for camping in one spot?

That’s what Tuolumne County supervisors are wrestling with. Paolo Maffei is urging the county to change the rules since unemployment is so high and until the economy improves. He says it is better to have people living in a friend or relative’s RV rather than on the streets.

This would not apply to residents of RV parks nor people camping in campgrounds on public lands. The federal and state governments have their own time limits. Maffei is talking about people camping in fields or forests or on private property.

One of the big concerns is where do you dump your sewage? Usually in these situations there is not a sewage outlet to connect to. It means either using a BlueBoy – a 10-40 gallon tank on wheels that can cart your sewage from RV to a dump – or moving your RV. Realistically, how many people who are not regular RVers will do that? Unless they do not use their facilities or water at all, that black or gray water has to go somewhere. Some RVs that people are living in haven’t moved in years. I can see why some people would complain.

Public assistance for people who have lost their homes is totally overwhelmed in many localities. This puts officials between a rock and a hard place. As Maffei is doing, they could look at RVs as a temporary solution to the housing problem. It is better than being on the street or living in a tent in the forest. If a county RV or municipality paid to have tanks pumped, that would be much less than providing an apartment. More people could be taken care of. Perhaps FEMA could donate trailers to local areas for temporary housing rather than sell them.

This is a totally different RV lifestyle than most of us envision by the term or are living. If you ever have been in a situation where money is not coming in or is far below your needs, you can feel compassion for the many who are now in that situation. I hope Tuolumne County supervisors can be compassionate too while taking into account public health and safety – namely properly disposing of the sewage that a family generates- whether in a stick house or an RV.

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]

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Why Does Trouble Come? (2)

November 6, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

In Proverbs we are warned not to “despise the Lord’s discipline” or “resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (Proverbs 3:11-12). In the Old Testament, we find story after story about God’s judgment on the ungodly and His discipline of His chosen people Israel.

The Apostle Paul explains why these stories were recorded (Romans 15:4 and 1 Corinthians 10:11). Our Heavenly Father, like our earthly fathers and mothers, disciplines His Children when they go astray.

I recall one of my sons coming home from the neighbors and telling his mother, “Joey’s mom must not love him; she lets him do anything he wants to.” Sometimes trouble comes our way because God is trying to get our attention and discipline us. Unlike some earthly parents, His discipline is always administered in love—a love far greater than that known by any earthly parent (Heb 12:7). For He gave His only son to suffer and die on Calvary’s cross that He might adopt us as His children (Gal. 4:5-7).

So, if you find yourself besieged with trouble, perhaps it is time to seek God’s reason through prayer and Bible reading. It would also be good to do as David did in Psalms 139:23-24 when he cried out for God to search his heart. Ask God to help you see the reason for His discipline.

As I have told in my book It’s Never Too Late – A Prodigal Pastor Returns (www.faithrescued.com), after turning my back on God and becoming an agnostic for 45 years, I personally experienced God’s discipline before returning to His arms. As I now look back on those years, I can see His unbelievable patience with me as He disciplined me through trouble after trouble in my life—but always with His unfathomable love.

Yes, trouble sometimes comes as God seeks to correct our paths and draw us nearer or even back into His adopted family. This discipline is never pleasant and often painful, depending upon the reason for it. However, it is always for our good (Heb. 12:11).

It is also important that we learn from the discipline God allows to come our way, for “whoever heeds correction gains understanding” (Proverbs 15:31-32). We are advised to “consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3).

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

Why Does Trouble Come? (1)

November 5, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

We know that trouble will come, since the Master Himself told us it would (Matt. 6:34); however, just why is a question most of us have asked many times. We feel that if we are believers we should be sheltered from trouble.

Looking at Job’s situation might give us a clue. We must never forget that as believers we along with God are engaged in a spiritual battle between good (God) and evil (Satan) (Ephesians 6:12). Job found himself caught in the middle of that battle. There is no indication that Job had displeased God in any way. In fact, God pointed him out to Satan as his faithful servant (Job 1:8).

God allowed Satan to attack Job’s possessions and finally even his health to the point where his friends forsook him and even his wife suggested that he “curse God and die” (Job 2:9).

When troubles come our way, reading Job’s story can lift our spirits and faith. It can remind us that it is important to maintain our faith in God as Job did. It is recorded that “In all this, Job did not sin in what he said” (Job 2:10). In the end of this traumatic ordeal, (1) Satan was reminded that God was in control, (2) Job’s friends were punished for their words of condemnation, (3) God gave Job double all his previous possessions(Job 42:10), and (4) God was glorified through it all.

We must remember the words of the Apostle Paul for he certainly had trouble and understood the battle between God and Satan. In 1 Thessalonians 2:18 he wrote that Satan directly interfered with his desire to visit the church there. In Romans 8:28 he reassures us with these words: “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him..,” yes, just as he did in Job’s situation. For Job said, “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble” (Job 1:10)?

While we can expect some trouble just because we are endeavoring to follow Christ’s teaching and Satan seeks to defeat us and destroy our faith in them, there are other reasons trouble comes our way. Join me next week when we will look at more of the reasons.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

Pets Wearing RV Seatbelts?

November 5, 2009

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? November 2, 2009
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Do you secure your pet with a tether or crate when traveling in your RV or your tow or toad vehicle? What would happen to your pet if you were in an accident? Would it be safe? Could it hurt you by flying through the air?

I came across an article about the Toyota Venza, a car introduced last year, that offers several  pet-friendly options. One is a leash tether for securing your pet in the vehicle. According to their press release:

“A recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association revealed that half of all dog owners consider their pet’s comfort when buying a car. And with unrestrained pets causing more than 30,000 accidents annually, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more states are passing and considering legislation requiring pets to be secured for their own safety and to reduce driver distractions.”

Just like child restraints, most pets don’t love them, at least not at first. They do get used to them and might even feel more secure. The safety factor is worth it. In a Class A or Class C motorhome, you could put your pet in a crate near your seats or a leash tether or harness on the couch or captain’s chair or possibly the dinette, depending on where regular seat belts are located. Or, you might have to make some sort of modification to have a secure place to fasten a restraint.

To give you some other ideas for making your pet more comfortable or safe when riding, other optional pet accessories for the Venta include: a rear hatch pet ramp for easy loading and unloading, a pet booster seat with harness, a first/second row or cargo area pet barrier, pet seatbelt buckles and rear seat zip line-style harnesses. These items can be purchased through other suppliers and adapted to your RV lifestyle. Toyota is hoping, though, that their features will appeal to pet owners so they purchase the vehicle.

The Toyota Venta is not listed in the Motorhome Magazine’s dinghies that can be towed four on the ground, however, two models are 4WD drive and should be able to be towed that way.

Resources

Here are two resources for pet-friendly travel for RVers.

1. 2009 United States and Canada Dog-Friendly Campground and RV Park Guide

2. PetFriendlyTravel.com: Two sections for RVers are “Off-Leash Dog Beaches & Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S.” and “Pet Friendly Restaurants & Bars.”

Let Jaimie know what you think. Should pets be restrained while traveling? Do you secure or restrain yours in either your RV or your tow or toad vehicle?

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]

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Famlies Trading Homes for RV

November 5, 2009

by Greg Gerber
posted on RV D@ily Report November 5, 2009

Some families faced with unemployment and uncertain financial futures are choosing to sell their homes and live their lives on the road in motor homes.

MSNBC reports that according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, about 400,000 Americans live life on the road. Moreover, Kimberly Goza, who runs a Web site for families who live in RVs, noted that recently their traffic has increased tenfold–a consequence, some believe, of the recession’s toll on families’ abilities to afford mortgages.

Dave and Joleen Dudley are an example. When Dave lost his job as vice president of a software company, they decided to sell their sprawling house in Washington state and live with their three children in a trailer.

“Just taking care of the house, with the mortgage and the insurance and the utility bill and all that, we were probably looking at around $3,000 a month,” explained Dave. “Now we’re looking around $300 for the same thing.”

Joleen said that after Dave lost his job, she panicked about being able to foot their mortgage bill. But now their new life allows them to travel throughout the country while their children do schoolwork online. Recently, Dave landed a new job which allows him to work from their trailer home, but the family is still planning on remaining in the RV for the time being.

In a related story, the News Herald in Panama City, Florida, reports that motor home sales rose nationwide for the first time in more than a year. According to Dr. Rick Harper of the University of West Florida‘s Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, people may be buying RVs more because gas prices are lower and summer homes are less attractive since the housing market crashed.

Indeed, Janet Watermeier, who is the Bay County Economic Development Alliance executive director, pointed to the increase in sales as an indication that the economy is beginning to recover. “These are really good signals that we’ve turned the tide,” she said.

But ironically, families like the Dudleys are purchasing RVs in order to help get through the recession. “Who knows when the economy is going to turn around?” said Joleen. “It could be next year, it could be five years, or 10 years. So we’re just making our plans with the best that we can go on right now.”

You can email Greg at [email protected]

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