Looking for Open Roads, Gas Stations and Walmarts

If you’ve been following my blog you might remember when I posted about our first RV trip. In a nutshell, two years ago we rented an RV for Spring Break and traveled to two amazing Texas State Parks (Balmorhea and Garner), the McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis National Historic Site. It was one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever taken and we returned to San Antonio ready to buy an RV. The following year we again rented another RV,  but that trip was didn’t go so well. We had trouble with the company we were renting from (our RV was not ready when we went to pick it up),  it was a rainy week and a Dylan was in a bicycle accident that ended up with him having a concussion and a Flight for Life helicopter hovering over our campsite. I was done with camping and RVs.

Even with the two different experiences, Scott would occasionally check Craigslist for used motorhomes. Sometimes he’d see one that’d look like a good possibility, but we were never quite ready to pull the trigger and make the purchase.

That changed this spring when he found a 2010 Class A motorhome with only 11,000 miles. This looked promising.

We went to check it out without telling any of the kids because we didn’t want to get their hopes up. And, I felt it would be easier to realistically discuss this purchase without children putting in their two cents.

When I first saw it I thought, THERE IS NO WAY WE ARE GETTING THIS! It was huge!

Our New (used) RV

And yet, the allure of traveling this way was so appealing. Ever since we came back from Denver last summer and at 3 am we couldn’t find a hotel for seven people and a dog, I was convinced that we should at least consider a different way of traveling with our crew. Heck, any Walmart would let us pull in for the night and leave the next morning–somewhat refreshed and road worthy.

So, after pouring over our budget to consider the impact of this purchase and after talking to so many people about it. . .we decided to put the pedal to the metal and go for it.

And still, we didn’t tell the children.

We told everyone else. Maddie, who has learned that adult conversations can be quite interesting, figured out what was going one. But the rest of them had no idea.

So on the day we purchased  THE BEAST we blindfolded the five children and. . .The Big RV Reveal

. . .took them to their school parking lot.

The Big RV Reveal

Scott had the RV parked there. We guided them to the RV and let them guess. It didn’t take long for them to figure out the surprise and agree. . .

In Front of our New RV

. . .that it was the best.surprise.ever.

The RV Driver

Open Road here we come. . .oh, and if there are a million gas stations along the way that would be very helpful as well. . .and maybe a Walmart or two if we need to pull over for the night. . .

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I am a mother of two sets of twins and a singleton. I explore the wild world of multiples and provide resources for other parents of multiples.
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