Professional athletes and RVs can be a perfect fit, given the itinerate nature of pro sports.
It is for former major-league pitcher Rod Beck, who lives in his 36-foot Winnebago Journey DL diesel pusher Class A motorhome. It is parked outside the ballpark in Des Moines, where the minor-league Iowa Cubs play.
Beck, who has pitched for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, is married and has two children, but his family remained at their full-time home in Arizona.
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Beck, who missed the entire 2002 season following elbow surgery, is hoping his pitching for the Iowa Cubs will lead to a return to the Major Leagues.
Beck’s version of the RV lifestyle has received a good amount of publicity from media outlets ranging from the Chicago Tribune to ESPN.com. And his life in a motorhome is hardly a lonesome existence, according to the reports. Largely because his rig is parked just beyond the outfield wall, Beck sees a number of autograph seekers and other fans when he is not on the road.
Another professional athlete who made a Class A his residence was hockey player Phil Bourque, who lived in a motorhome during the 1996-97 season when he played for the Chicago Wolves, a minor league team that plays in an arena near O’Hare International Airport.
But Bourque, whose full-tme residence was in California at the time, left the Wolves to play in Germany the next three seasons. It could not be determined whether he took his motorhome with him to Europe.