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VOICES OF EXPERIENCE
" We both love to travel 'off the beaten path', " says Brenda Kay Byler. Her
husband, Crist, drove a truck for 25 years " so he has seen every interstate
from the east to west coast, Canada to Mexico. So, we definitely wanted to
avoid them. On our way to Florida a couple of years ago, we kept seeing
'pull over here' signs for RV stores. " And they did.
After looking at nearly everything on the lot, they decided on a 2003
Coachman Aurora motorhome.
" Pay the extra money and have an inspector look it over, " the couple
says. They also recommend buying an oil-based air filter. " When it's pouring rain, the other types absorb water and put you on the side of the road. "
Another tip involves the awning. " Don't forget when you let it down. If
you have dogs like we do and are trying to get them to act like they have
sense and a few manners [as they burst out the door], you bang your head
on the pole by the time you think to look up. Every. Time. "
Brenda Kay adds with a smile, " But don't let that influence your purchase. I also trip over air molecules. "
The couple's perspective: " RV life is much more private and (can be) more
cost effective. We do what is referred to as 'boondocking' for free. We also
highly recommend a self-contained RV. If you go for an extended time,
stop at a campground once a week to fill up your water tank, dump your
gray and black water, stay overnight and be on your way. The more money
you save, the longer you get to travel! "
She concludes: " The best part [is that you get to] slow down. Breathe.
Look at things. Enjoy life! Go as far as you want...or don't. Set your own
pace. " -AM

COURTESY BRENDA AND CRIST BYLER

COURTESY BRENDA AND CRIST BYLER

TWO VIEWS OF THE BYLER RV LIFE.
Top: Brenda prepares a meal. Lower: RV mirror
provides a double view of fall foliage.

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