Posted on October 26, 2016
By Katherine Hunnicutt
What do you picture when you think of the great American road trip? For me, it’s about picnics by the lake, hiking through old growth forests on the West Coast, daring to lean over the railing at the Grand Canyon, cresting a mountain ridge in Autumn, and soaking up the sun on a sandy beach. It’s all about showing my boys what makes America amazing.
Early in 2016, my husband started talking up RVs to me, convincing me that our family would benefit immensely from an RV. Of course I immediately agreed! Who doesn’t love a good road trip? But in all honesty- I was skeptical, it seemed like an unobtainable goal. There was no way we could afford an RV as a single income, military family. I thought that even if we could afford an RV, we would have to compromise… a lot … too much. As we began our research online, we developed a wish list of everything we wanted in an RV. As the list grew, so did the size of the RVs, and the price tag.
And what a wish list it was! #1) Permanent beds for the four of us; #2) large enough so we wouldn’t suffer cabin fever; #3) sleeps more than just the four of us since we want to vacation with family and friends; #4) after consideration of both Class C’s and A’s, it needed to be a Class A; and #5) after considering the issues we may encounter with used motor coaches, it needed to be new. We decided on a bunkhouse- which is a great option for families with children. Despite the daunting task of finding that perfect RV at an affordable price, we stuck to our guns and kept searching.
After researching both used and new RVs, we noticed that in years past, bunks could only be found in expensive RV models. But recently, as the demographic of RV consumers seems to be shifting to younger families instead of just empty-nesters, there have been a few budget friendly bunkhouse motor coaches. And we couldn’t wait to tour them in person.
The Thor Motor Coach ACE 30.2 was the second affordable bunkhouse we toured, and it blew the other RVs out of the water! We were so impressed, we ended up spending a couple hours in it at the RV Show, and we explored every nook and cranny until we knew everything about this ACE. It met all our requirements, was surprisingly affordable, and was more stylish than other designs we saw. You could say it was love at first sight. We just knew our family would be happy in it.
So we bought it.
And we’ve never looked back! Since purchasing the ACE 30.2, lovingly named Big Lou, we’ve traveled to the Civil War battlefields in Pennsylvania, through the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, down to taste the beignets in New Orleans, across to the white sandy beaches of Florida, and over the cobblestone streets of Savannah. Once I experienced the freedom, comfort, and straight up fun of traveling in an RV, I understood what the RV fanatics are talking about! My entire family is hooked on road trips now. RVs are not just for the retired, empty nesters with a huge budget; my family is proof that they’re for everyone now.
Katherine and her family love travelling, tasting new foods, and exploring our great nation. The Hunnicutts are on a mission to discover as much as they can on affordable, weekend trips in their RV. Follow her blog www.thepavedfrontier.com to see their RV travels, advice and travel tips.