A Missed Anniversary

We’ve been so busy visiting family here in Washington that our three year full-time RVing anniversary just slipped right on by us. Here’s a bit of a retrospective of the past year and the past three years.

We took delivery of our original trailer on September 7, 2012 and spent the night in it on the dealer’s lot. We stopped by a campground on the way home on the night of September 8, then parked it in our driveway at the house and spent the night in the house on September 9. On September 10, Malcolm took the trailer to work, then we took it on to Fort Toulouse Campground in Wetumpka, Alabama. We ended up just living in the trailer from then on. We consider September 10 as our anniversary date even though we really didn’t start doing any full-time traveling until January of 2013.

Here are some random stats for each of our three years of full-timing:

Year 1 (2012-2013)
Miles: 16904
States: 25 – AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IA, IN, KY, LA, MO, MS, MT, NC, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WY

Year 2 (2013-2014)
Miles: 18995
States: 20 – AL, AR, CO, FL, ID, LA, KY, KS, MO, MS, MT, NE, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY

Year 3 (2014-2015)
Miles: 21520
States: 22 – AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, IL, IN, GA, KY, LA, MN, MS, MT, NC, ND, NV, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI

Looking at the number of nights we’ve spent in different campgrounds, we come up with the following top 20 over the past three years. The number of days we’ve spent there followed by the campground name:

390 – Fort Toulouse Campground, Wetumpka, Alabama
143 – Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee
32 – Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, Washington
28 – Vacationer RV Park, El Cajon, California
25 – Kentucky Horse Park Campground, Lexington, Kentucky
22 – Traders Village RV Park, Houston, Texas
21 – Fort Wilderness Campground, Bay Lake, Florida
19 – Lone Star Jellystone Park, Waller, Texas
18 – Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana
18 – Westlake RV Resort, Houston, Texas
16 – Whispering Hills RV Park, Georgetown, Kentucky
15 – Lake Chelan State Park, Chelan, Washington
15 – Pineglen RV Park, Panama City Beach, Florida
13 – Lazydays Campground, Seffner, Florida
13 – Levi Jackson State Park, London, Kentucky
13 – Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego, California
12 – Two Rivers Campground, Nashville, Tennessee
11 – Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama
11 – Rainbows End RV Park, Livingston, Texas
9 – Gig Harbor RV Resort, Gig Harbor, Washington

Interestingly, if you take out the campgrounds we’ve stayed in to be near an office where Malcolm works from the above list, it looks like this:

32 – Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, Washington
25 – Kentucky Horse Park Campground, Lexington, Kentucky
21 – Fort Wilderness Campground, Bay Lake, Florida
18 – Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana
16 – Whispering Hills RV Park, Georgetown, Kentucky
15 – Lake Chelan State Park, Chelan, Washington
15 – Pineglen RV Park, Panama City Beach, Florida
13 – Lazydays Campground, Seffner, Florida
13 – Levi Jackson State Park, London, Kentucky
11 – Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama
11 – Rainbows End RV Park, Livingston, Texas
9 – Gig Harbor RV Resort, Gig Harbor, Washington

Some other little tidbits:

Longest driving day in miles: 587 – June 28, 2013, Deer Lodge, Montana to Gig Harbor, Washington

Shortest driving day in miles: 2 – July 29, 2015, From Jellystone Park to the KOA, both in Nashville, Tennessee

We traded in our 2013 trailer for our current 2015 model on March 26, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. We pulled that first trailer 46,991 miles.

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