For Doug and Nicki Craig, the ”aha” moment came in 2007.

He felt terrible. It was his heart. After triple bypass surgery, he and his wife vowed to start enjoying life to the fullest. They didn’t want any regrets.

As reported by the Tampa Tribune, they bought a 27-foot Winnebago and took trips across the country as their work schedules allowed.

The more they traveled, the more they fell in love with the lifestyle. They could bring their dogs and move at their own pace. They didn’t have to mess with booking flights and hotels.

With every mile logged, they wondered, “Wouldn’t it be great to travel full time?”

This spring, they did it. They sold their big house in Ohio and hit the road in a Monaco Dynasty motorhome they bought for about $265,000 at Lazydays in Seffner, Fla.

“It’s freeing to get rid of all your stuff and travel where you want, when you want,” said Doug, 59, who works remotely part time as a recruiter for hospital executives. “You meet the greatest people who you have something in common with right off the bat.”

The Craigs join a growing number of people buying top-of-the-line motor homes, the last category of RVs to rebound after the recession. Shipments of RVs to dealerships grew nearly 10% to 192,065 units in the first half of this year compared with 174,918 last year, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Shipments of the most expensive Class A RVs climbed 23% to 11,274.

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