ROBERT & JESSICA MEINHOFER
BIO: Robert and Jessica Meinhofer have been happily married for 14 years after a 5 year non-courtship where Robert emphatically and repeatedly assured Jessica that he’d never marry her. She’s a determined woman. Two children, Daniel (8) and Nadia (5), are homeschooled and sometimes have mixed feelings about RV Life – mostly about how they don’t like the long drives of travel days. Jessica works full time remotely as a government contractor, and Robert works part-year in the airline industry. A 23 year veteran of the ups and downs in aviation, it is like a disease you just can’t, or don’t want to shake. Living full time in an RV has given them the opportunity to break free from the tedium and repetition of suburbia, and they’ve never drank more coffee in their lives. Robert dreams of one day owning a coffee brewing and roasting empire – from the inside of an Airstream Travel Trailer.
THE RIG & PETS: We live in a 31 ft travel trailer. A Forest River Grey Wolf 26DBH to be exact. It has one slide, bunks for the kids, and a master bedroom. It is just right for our family. Our two travel cats, Bart and Carrie, are 14 year old littermates that we’ve had since they were two weeks old. Our lives wouldn’t be the same without them so of course they are part of the adventure!! Our tow vehicle is a 2007 Ford F250 Turbodiesel called Mjolnir. We purchased Mjolnir so we wouldn’t have to worry about the towing weight of the travel trailer.
BOONDOCKING VS. RV PARKS: We are a bit split on whether we prefer boondocking to RV Parks. Robert and Jessica tend to enjoy boondocking more than the kiddos. The kids are more likely to enjoy the amenities of the RV parks – the pool, constant electricity, and internet. Both are necessary for us. Boondocking gets us away from the crowds, but eventually we need a long shower and to do laundry…
FULL TIME RV EXPERIENCE: We have been Full time RVing for 2 years with no plans of stopping any time soon. We have been living in the southeast mostly, with a quick trip out west to the Rocky Mountains the summer of 2016. Right now we are exploring the East Coast before settling in Georgia/Florida for 6 months to work, do maintenance on the RV and truck, and to take care of regular doctor’s visits for the family. In 2018 we plan on heading West and Northwest and exploring a part of the country we have yet to really experience.
UH OH MOMENT: We’ve been pretty fortunate on the road so far. Our main Oops’ occurred when a wind gust caused our awning to tear and collapse. More recently, we slammed our TT’s rear skids into the pavement pulling into a Tim Horton’s for coffee while on the road. We are down to minimum clearance now, and if we drag again, it could cost us a stinky plumbing problem!
TOP SPOT AND FAVORITE MOMENT: Our favorite camping spot to date is in the Florida Panhandle. It is a free waterfront campground and we stayed for several days. Bayside Campground at Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area located in the wilderness to the west of Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle has 12 Boondocking spots and a whole lot of wilderness. We would recommend it to anyone heading to Florida! If you want to know more, click here!
Our Favorite moment happened fairly recently. We boondocked in New Hampshire on the land of some RVer’s. They had this property down the street from their house – it had a beautiful clearing with trails, all the firewood we could ever want, and a dreamy pond. It was also within walking distance to a private city beach. We had campfires and explored the trails. The most amazing moment though was our oldest child kayaking alone. He just asked if he could take the kayak out on the lake. His confidence, his excitement, his maturity! We were blown away. He even kayaked with his little sister. They were both so proud. The place was magical. Our hosts were beautiful giving people. It was one of the most touching experiences to date. It was a launching point for our adventures in New England. After that, we continued to develop as a family and meet other RVers and really experience RVing and the kind and giving spirit of others (hello Maineiacs!).
WHY WE DID THIS: There are so many reasons. The biggest thing for us though, was time together as a family. We know this time is fleeting, not only do we only get one chance on this earth, but we only have 18 years with our kids. Then they leave and start their own adventures. We didn’t want that time spent stuck in traffic or taking them to sports or dropping them off here or there…all in a stress ball hustle. We wanted time. Some days we still shuffle about stressed out to get to the next RV park or to finish those last few hours of work before the timesheet is due or uploading that YouTube video with ridiculously weak wifi… We also know that our parents are getting older, they may need us. We don’t know how things will look like for us in 10 years or when we retire. We don’t need to or want to wait. The time is now. We will never get this back and we don’t want to regret missing out on this amazing, epic, and sometimes crazy adventure!