Carol and I met in 1998, and in this month of August, we are celebrating our 13 years together. About 6 months after we started dating we moved in together in Carol's new home in Pioneer. Shortly after we were living in the house, we bought our First RV, a Dutchman Tent Trailer, this was the beginning of our RV'ing history.
Our first RV, the Travel Trailer was purchased because we thought it would be perfect for towing behind our Ford Explorer. After the first trip with the Explorer, we found out that it was too much trailer for that tow vehicle, so we then bought the Dodge pickup truck. While we had the Tent trailer, we took a number of trips with it including one trip to the Grand Canyon.
Not long after we bought the Dodge, we realized that we could tow a much bigger trailer. We found a Fleetwood Prowler Travel Trailer. We enjoyed many outings with this new trailer, including a week long trip, taking Carols dad, Calvin, to Mount Rushmore. It was a trip that Carol's dad would always remember. We all had a wonderful time. The trailer also served as our home away from home when we were escorting Carol's dad to various medical treatments later in his years.
We decided that if Calvin was going to join us on more trips, we needed a larger RV. We were also hoping that Katie would enjoy RV'ing more if we had a larger rig. Enter, the Mountain View Fifth Wheel. This was a trailer that we bought used from a previous owner. We used this trailer for only a few outings, but one of them was to Silver Lake. We found this trailer had a roof that was failing and we determined that the repairs that would be needed would cost more than the trailer was worth.
When Carol's dad passed away, we needed to get away from it all. Carol had been staying home with her dad for the last few months of his life. Carol was exhausted after her dad was gone, and I knew I wanted to get her out of town for a while, so I took her to her favorite place, San Diego. While in San Diego, we came across a Keystone Cougar fifth wheel that we completely fell in love with. The only problem was, it did not have a bedroom slide. The dealer had a Fifth wheel with a bedroom slide that could be delivered too us. Though that trailer had probably the largest number of trips for us, The most significant one was a great two week vacation up through Oregon and through the south western part of Washington.
In September of 2010, we traded in the Cougar on the purchase of our current rig, our greatly prized Allegro Bus. Though we lived for two years in the Cougar, we are ultimately more comfortable in the Allegro bus which we have traveled to Las Vegas for Katie's 21st birthday and most recently, our vacation to the Zion Utah area.
That is the chronology of our RV's. Hopefully, the Allegro Bus will be around for a number of years to come.
Happy camping! Eric and carol.