I am a medically retired heavy construction carpenter, full-time dad, and husband to the best gift God ever gave this man. My wife is fun-loving, mild-mannered, but shy to begin with. Once she gets to know someone though, her redneck side comes out and it's non-stop laughter. Our daughter is almost 6, home-schooled, and has DEFINITELY learned our sense of humor... she's using it on us CONSTANTLY. She is als our greatest joy. We are mostly just quiet and low-key, but we have been known to come boiling out of the trailer, one being chased by the others, Nerf guns blazing, laughing like a bunch of crazies.
I am ex-heavy construction, so while I have carpentry knowledge, it's all rough framing. I've done all of my own work on the trailer, inside and out, with more planned, so I know RV construction strengths and weaknesses. I am a passable welder with my own on-board welder. A generator mounted on the truck is in future plans. I know RV wiring, solar power, and wind power, and how to put it on an RV. Because we're on a fixed income, my wife has become pretty good at cooking on a budget, and just recently blew our sosks off with an amazingly good baked french toast dish... using hotdog buns! We home-school our daughter, and even though my wife is disabled due to a severe head injury, she does pretty darned good being a teacher.
We travel with our two cats, Socks in a mostly Abissinian walking attitude, while Twila (Twy-la) is a slim agile Tortioseshell we call "Ninja-Kitty" for the stunts she pulls on the blockier Socks. They are mostly kept strictly in the trailer, but if we let them out they are on harness and leash. Socks HATES dogs, to the point she will stalk them if they are close enough, so we keep her strictly restrained around them. Twila simply does not care.
Our only RVing experiance has so far been in the Pacific Northwest, and for the near future we will stay in this area. We plan to stay at least one winter in the Columbia River Gorge. If we don't have to drive in the ice and wind, we can just sit there and enjoy it. Once we have completed some additional upgrades to the truck and trailer, we will extend out further east, since my wife has never seen the "miles and miles of miles and miles" of the Mid-West plains. Our trips to the southern U.S. will wait until the winter months, since we don't really like high heat environments.
We do not have a home/house of our own, but we home-base out of St Helens, Oregon, off the place of my friend of over 20 years. There we have the run of 10 acres, but because he's got local statutes to deal with, we stay a couple of weeks, do maintenance/repairs if needed, celebrate holidays and birthdays, and head back out.
Our rig is a 1988 Terry Resort 255 5th wheel, hauled by a 1992 Ford F-250. Both vehicles are older, with the cosmetic issues often associated with older rigs, but I promise we don't look like the Beverely Hillbillies. The truck is customized into an RV hauler. The trailer has solar and wind power installed, Trailer clearance to the AC housing is 10' 8". Truck mirror clearance is 9' side-to-side.
We had a wonderful visit with Hundred Acre Dream while they were here. They were friendly and cordial and even helped out with some work around our place. We are looking forward to hosting them again!