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 October 2, 2015    ~     Vol VIII    Issue 35



Travel RVing -- A Glance at the History of the RV and a Simpler (?) Life

Travel RVing is getting into posture to welcome 2012 while On The Road Again...or still, as the case may be. And, since we are feeling a little nostalgic, would like to take a trip back in time to see how the RVing lifestyle has evolved into what it is today.

Perhaps it all began with the covered wagon. American pioneers loaded up their canvas covered wagons and set out in search of adventure and new lands to settle. These wagons were a type of caravan and gave their owners living quarters as well as transportation. It may not sound much like the RVs we enjoy today-- but, still, it was the infancy of an industry that millions would follow in search of their own dreams for centuries to come.  Continued at the bottom right....

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In each new issue of Top Active Adult Communities, we bring you new and established active adult communities from across the country.  Not all of these developments are age-restricted - some of them attract singles and families - but many of them offer the amenities and lifestyle sought by retirees and empty-nesters.



The Villas on Bear Creek

8009 Davis Blvd., North Richland Hills, Texas 76180

(817) 498-1650


Priced from $590 per month

Age Restriction: 55+

Web Site

Gated community with putting green, swimming pool and services such as grocery delivery, fitness classes and more

SunRiver at St. George

1860 Horizon View Drive, Saint George, Utah  84790

(435) 688 1000

Single family homes

Priced from $205,000

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Beautiful golf course, community center, fitness center, restaurant


835 Orange Cosmos Blvd., Davenport, Florida  33837

(407) 529-3200

Single family homes

Priced from $299,990

Age Restriction:  All ages

Web Site

Each home comes with a pool

Bailey's Glen

11909 Meeting House Drive, Cornelius, North Carolina

(704) 361-5461

Single family homes

Age Restriction:  55+

Priced from $249,900

Web Site

Lovely clubhouse, resort-style amenities

Sunrise Village

5402 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, Arizona   85205

(480) 985-0548 

Manufactured homes

Priced from $29,000

Web Site

Regular activities coordinated by full time activities director, clubhouse, pool


Travel RVing -- A Glance at the History of the RV and a Simpler (?) Life

Ever since the invention of the automobile, people have been setting up their vehicles with sleeping quarters and cooking facilities. When the automobiles with seats were no longer sufficient for those with itchy feet, the first commercially produced RVs hit the marketplace. That was in 1910. This is the year that is credited with the origin of modern RV history.

In 1910, gas stations were scarce, there was no highway system--heck, any kind of paved road was rare; yet still--there were RVs. No phones, no TVs, no air conditioning-- but the RV was present and accounted for.

The first camping club was formed in the United States around 1919. They called themselves the "Tin Can Tourists". They camped by the side of the road and heated tin cans of food on kerosene stoves and bathed in cold water. By the mid-1930's they had grown to 150,00 members. Wow!

Campgrounds for tourists began to pop up here and there, and by 1922 electricity was offered by some. We have certainly come a long way in just over a century. We have fully equipped kitchens and baths -- no tin can cooking here. Central heat and air conditioning is ours at the push of a button. Flat panel TVs, in-motion satellite receivers, refrigerators with ice makers...and we could just go on and on and on.

I have often been told that life was much simpler "back in the day". Though I admire the zeal and enthusiasm of our RVing predecessors, I have become a "sissy." I like warm showers and sleep number beds and microwave popcorn. Travel RVing says, "Bring on the complications". I think we can deal with them. How about you?

~Sandy St. Germaine has a website devoted to the RV lifestyle.    Article courtesy of GoArticles.

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