Over the past 18 months, Cindy and I have towed our Airstream 21,764 miles across 31 States and 5 Canadian provinces. When we left Tampa FL in April 2014, our plan was to travel around the country for 2 years looking for the perfect place to settle down. A lot of towns we visited are high on our list but in every case, there is something about each town that makes it less than ideal. Weather is usually the factor; it’s either great in winter but too hot in summer or the other way around.
Since concluding there is no perfect place, we’ve decided to keep traveling but with one large caveat. Living in the Airstream has been an adventure but the thought of doing it indefinitely was not something we wanted to continue. Just about anything is bearable if there’s an end date. Cindy and I worked for 1½ years in South Korea and lived in a hotel the entire time. It too was an adventure we fondly remember but only because we knew it was temporary.
So here’s what we decided: Since we a) want to keep traveling and b) miss the comforts of home, we’ve combined a&b and moved up to a Class A diesel-pusher motorhome. In late October, we ordered a Tiffin Phaeton 40′ QBH configured to our liking. Not only do we have much more space but we also have a washer/dryer, residential refrigerator, dishwasher, king-sized bed and fireplace. We moved in the first week of January and are on the move again.
Tiffin Factory Tour, Red Bay Alabama
Last November we stopped in Red Bay on our way back east. Red Bay is a tiny town in northwest Alabama where they build Tiffin Motorhomes. Factory tours are free and open to anyone. Some people who order a new Tiffin, bring a lawn chair and follow their motorhome through the entire 10-week build process. We arrived about a week before work started on ours.
What’s planned for 2016
During the first two years on the road, we’ve traveled a lot, rarely spending more than 3-4 days in a single location. This year we plan to slow things down a bit. We’ll start out 2016 visiting family and friends in the southeast then venture west to continue our goal of seeing all the National Parks. So far we’ve seen 26 out of 59 and should add another dozen or so to our list this year. We also plan to visit Nevada and North Dakota, the only 2 states we’ve never been to.by