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One of the most vocal advocates for the RV lifestyle, former Maine Gov. Angus King, will “very reluctantly” sell his 40-foot, triple-slideout Newmar Dutch Star diesel-pusher motorhome when his family returns in a few days from a six-month, highly publicized 15,000-mile coast-to-coast journey.
King, 59, his wife Mary Herman, and their two children – Ben, 13, and Molly, 9 – left Maine on Jan. 9, the day after King’s successor was sworn in as Maine’s governor.
“The only time we would be able to use it is if we took the kids out of school again,” King said. “We don’t want to do that, and that would mean we would travel in the summer – and nobody in their right mind leaves Maine in the summer.
“Mary and I already are talking about what our next RV will be like – maybe in five years or so,” King added. “It will a smaller motorhome, just for the two of us.”
The journey of family discovery took the Kings through Virginia, down to Florida, west through Texas, Arizona and California and north through Oregon and Washington.
They have been taking a northern route back to Maine through Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Canada.
During the odyssey, the King family generated a substantial amount of publicity for the RV industry, becoming a positive voice for the RV lifestyle, as their journey was mentioned prominently in “Time” magazine and on “Marketplace,” a Minnesota Public Radio program broadcast by many National Public Radio (NPR) stations.
During the trip, King, a first-time RVer, became an RV lifestyle advocate and Newmar Corp. motorhome loyalist. “I’m an unsolicited testimonial,” he said. “I think the Dutch Star is one of the two or three most satisfactory products that I’ve ever bought. It’s right up there with my 1990 Honda Accord and my first Macintosh computer.”