As Boomers age, a key growth segment of RV travelers is the 55-and-older group. Longtime RVers Sylvia and Tom Gregory of New Bedford, Mass., say it’s the love of adventure that drew them to the lifestyle.
The Vero Beach (Fla.) News Weekly reported that the Gregorys are transplants from the United Kingdom. They followed their children and grandchildren to the U.S. in 1998. Before that time, they had “caravanned” — the British term for RVing — throughout Scotland and the U.K. They started out with a 13-foot camper trailer years ago, moved to a 28-footer and just this year traded in for a 36-foot motorhome.
Following Sylvia’s retirement, the couple had a yen for more extensive travel than the short-term vacations they had taken in New England, so they headed south. Calling themselves “weather wimps,” they stayed in Vero Beach for a month and headed to the Everglades and the Keys last week. Then they will amble up Florida’s West Coast, through the Panhandle, and across I-10 to New Orleans before turning north in April and arriving back in New Bedford in May.
This trip is their maiden voyage in the new motorhome. They have added personal touches and turned the vehicle into their second home. They are also towing their car. Tom says, “I’ve learned you sure can’t cut your corners in this baby. Because of the blind spots you have in a rig this big, I have cameras that show traffic on both sides and in back of me.”
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