OK…So you got into this lifestyle to see the country. Have adventures. Experience new things. Well, what happens when you are somewhere enjoying life and you get that dreaded phone call that a family member back home is in the hospital?
You happen to be on the other side of the country. Well, unfortunately, we find ourselves in that current situation.
What do you do with your coach?
What do you do if it’s you or a partner that’s gravely ill? Can you handle driving, hooking up, etc.?
Their are a lot of things to take into consideration. We can’t tell you what to do. Everyone’s situation will be different.
This video below is just to bring awareness to yet another side of traveling you may not have considered. For after all, it’s not all going to be Rainbows and Unicorns.
Fair warning, the below video is not like the others that we do.
Hi David and Brenda,
I am writing from down under (Australia) we are also full time living in a 5th wheeler 5 years in a caravan (Trailer trailer) and 2 in the 5th, just wanted to thank you for your video’s we watched the one called The disconnect. I thought it was just me who felt these emotions as you are aware they pull on the old heart strings a wee bit. Anyway just wanted to thank you for your insight into this life on the road and the other side of the coin.
Ron & Kathy Coleman
Thanks for posting. I like your comment “you can’t live life with the what if’s or you’d never do anything.’ 2017 was our year of cruising and condos. 2018 is our year of motorhome travel. We enjoy your blog.
Good points, we had to deal with that a few months ago, my wife flew across the US while I was able to grab a family member to help me get the RV cross country, but you make it work. A B side moment, but on a whole, we are playing more A sides.
Thank you for sharing. This is a side of the RV life when full-timing that we tend to forget and/or suppress. Hang in there… my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Thank you Brenda and David for sharing. We are 6 months into FT in a MH. Four weeks ago, my wife had an emergency root canal. Three weeks ago, I developed a frozen shoulder, and have been doing physical therapy ever since then. Two weeks ago, my wife passed a kidney stone,…..and just now is getting back to normal. We had to change plans quick, SLOW DOWN the travel and get good at selecting doctors via internet. We expected that issues like this would arise, so it was not a complete surprise,……..but having it happen all at once, every week for three weeks was a real treat! The way we are choosing to look at this, is that these minor health problems are training for “the big one”, if it ever hits me, like Fred Sanford would always talk about in his TV series. Good luck with Dad David,…..
Have been watching your video’s for some time here in western Canada David, and always enjoy the inspiration videos, but it’s important for us all to know the B side as well, as you’ve explained. My wife and I are just in the stage of quite possibly getting our first RV, a Tiffin Phaeton, and although I’d driven big rigs in my past life, I’m sure this will be somewhat different. I appreciate you two being candid on this issue, as you said, most of us ‘can’ eventually be in the same situation, as we may one day be as well with elderly parents, so thank you both for keeping this ‘top of mind’ for us all.
We hope that your father recovers quickly. He will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for sharing the B-Side this is something we have to remember as we go.
I’m in Dallas and would love to treat you to dinner while you’re in town if you find that you need to stay here longer than anticipated. You were also an inspiration when my husband and I were deciding on this lifestyle and which coach to purchase. Holding your Dad in prayer.
My wife and I have been through your situation twice. Based on what we encountered I want to strongly recommend to you that you head home in your coach; do not leave it behind. The reason for this is because you are very likely to be there on the family health matter much longer than you expected. Sometimes, a month or more. You need everything that is in your home…not just what you can put in a suitcase. And your pets need you.
You must have missed the part that it would be update NY. Somewhere there is no RV places open to park at seeing it is winter. I do understand what you mean however, this is why we put ourselves in a position we can fly in an out if needed. Also helps of course that I have 3 sisters whom all still live their.
Thank you for sharing this. Prayers go out to your family. This and the “disconnect” are a few of my fears for the future. I appreciate you acknowledging and sharing your experiences.
Thank you for taking the time in making this difficult video, your right its important to know. I could see in the both of you how difficult it was to talk about. But like you said you cant stop living your life and doing the things you want and dream to do. But understand things come up and it will change your plans.
David and Brenda
Thank you for sharing. Yes you are totally correct that we often only want to see the positive things in camping. Your real life video struck a few nerves and I wanted to thank you for posting. I will share with my wife in hopes she gets the courage to learn more and learn to drive the rig as I have encouraged her to do. I took her to the high school parking lot and that is as far as she cares to go. Prayers for your dad my dad is 86 too. Thank you again for you heartfelt video.
Rodney and Pam Davidson
If there is anything that you may need or I can help in anyway please text me at REMOVED. We live in the Dallas Ft Worth area.
Sorry to here about your father and i hope he recovers quickly. Thank you for showing the “B” side of rving most rving sites seem to suger coat the lifestyle but your site shows the whole lifestyle, good,bad,and ugly. David you and Brenda seem to to take on lifes speed bumps with a can do attitude and that seems to get you through most of the problems that arise. Well again i hope your father is going to be ok and you and Brenda have a safe trip. Keep the rubber side down.
Praying for you and your family. Really hope your father recovers and returns home to be with you mother. We too have family on the East Coast while we winter in Palm Springs Calif. We attempt to winter near larger airports as well just in case as we have been full timing for a long while. Thanks for your continued support to the RV community and all you both do for our Vets. We are looking forward to being with you both at Ooberfest in 2018. Safe travels.
Randy and Karen Meyer
Excellent subject to talk about. It is reality and I applaud you both for broaching the subject. My Mom died 2 days ago at the age of 84 and I hightailed it up to Nor Cal (from So Cal) in my Tiffin to be there in her last hours before she passed away.
Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family
Thank you for sharing on such a personal level in order to help the rest of us consider all aspects of the RV lifestyle. I truly believe that I make better informed decisions thanks to your videos. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your dad David.
Dear David and Brenda,
Thank you for the important video. My suggestion is to go see your dad now before something happens. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Probably one of the most important videos you guys have made to date. A very tough subject that certainly deserves much attention from all of us. As you suggest, sometimes a little bit of prior planning and thought can go a very long way in making a bad situation a lot easier to deal with or manage.
I haven’t read all your posts lately but the last I read you were on the way to Phoenix, we are about 8 to 10 miles north and west of you if there is anything at all that we can do let us know, we are Bill and Sallie we met at your summer camp in Byron. We could take care of the cats or anything else you need. Hopefully things are better than your 1st post. We are at Paradise RV park in Sun City.