U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke last week of his passion for RV travel and how it helps him achieve balance in his life.
Thomas, the owner of a 40-foot bus conversion motorhome, which he bought used four years ago, was the featured speaker Monday (June 7) during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Committee Week gathering in Washington, D.C.
Speaking before 200 RV industry executives, Justice Thomas, who travels with his wife and 12-year-old grandnephew, explained how RVing helps him cope with the high-pressure environment of the nation’s capitol.
“The RV world gives me a chance to balance things out,” he said. “It allows me a sense of freedom.
“Being an RVer helps me do my job better,” said Thomas, who tries to take one RV trip per month. “The world I live in is very cloistered. The bulk of my adult life has been spent in Washington, D.C. RVing allows me to get out and see the real America. In RV campgrounds, you wave at everybody and they wave back. We’re all here for the same reason. The best people in the country can be found in RV campgrounds.”
His experiences have been so rejuvenating, Thomas said, that RVing will be his lifelong passion.
“RVing has been an important part of my life. I don’t play golf, I don’t play tennis, but RVing has provided me with an outlet to this country that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. This has become my avocation. It has been wonderful!”
After his speech, Justice Thomas received the RVIA’s 2004 Spirit of America Award, which was presented by RVIA Board Chairman Claire Skinner, who also is chairman and CEO of Coachmen Industries Inc. The award recognizes Justice Thomas as an exemplary representative of the traditional American values inherent to RV travel and camping.