René M. Agredano
RVing with diet restrictions. Thereâ€™s one in every group. The person who canâ€™t eat this or that, the one who doesnâ€™t want to eat at a certain restaurant when everyone else does. I never thought I would be one of those people, but apparently, now I am. And suddenly, Iâ€™m RVing with food sensitivities is
Murders arenâ€™t usually the topic of conversation among RVers. But then again, two recent Texas beach camping murders arenâ€™t your every day homicides. The tragic end of James and Michelle Butlerâ€™s lives has RVers buzzing with chatter all over the Internet. Many like myself are questioning the safety of free camping in remote places.
The Butlers Did What Other RVers Do All The Time
From the Butler family’s Facebook page, ‘Finding Michelle and James Butler.’
James Butler had recently retired from the U.S. Navy when he and his wife Michelle decided to give the full-time RVing lifestyle a try. The New Hampshire residents were full-time RVers for just over a year when they took a break from a series of workamping jobs.
After staying in a Corpus Christi RV park along with their three cats, they packed up and went boondocking on a lonely stretch of Corpus Christi shoreline.
The Butlers set up camp in a free spot near Padre Island National Seashore between Mile Markers 263 and 264. Itâ€™s called â€œThe Bowlâ€� and itâ€™s near the border, but in an area considered as â€œfamily friendlyâ€� according to locals quoted in news outlets. The stretch of sand has few people, wide open spaces and oceanfront views.
RV camping on Corpus Christi National Seashore camping spot (not the Butler’s rig).
Over the years thousands of people have gone camping on the Texas Gulf Coast. The Butlers may have discovered that free spot in one of the many free campsite websites throughout the Internet.
Once settled, they called their relatives to tell them they found their new home for a week or two and were never heard from again.
What Happened to the Butlers?
Less than two weeks after losing contact with relatives, authorities found their remains buried in the sand on October 27, 2019. Days later, the Kleburg County Sheriff Department
All it takes is one natural disaster, wildfire or other severe weather outbreak to ruin your next camping trip, or your life. Think about it: what if you were camping and suddenly faced evacuation orders, like the tens of thousands of California wildfire victims had to do recently? When the order is given to flee, is your RV zombie apocalypse proof?
When the zombies burn down the forest, will your RV be ready?
How to Make Your RV Zombie Apocalypse Proof
This article isn’t meant to be sensationalist. More than once I’ve had to escape a frightening force of nature, only it wasnâ€™t zombies chasing us, it was nature. Most recently, we fled a wildfire. Here’s what I learned.
One day my husband and I were enjoying our mountain cabin retreat, and the next a power line transformer caught fire and launched us into hell. Dry beetle-kill pine trees exploded into flames as we fled down a bumpy mountain road with only our dog, truck and fifth wheel.
We hardly had time to pack anything more than our â€œimportant documentsâ€� box, computers, cell phones and wallets. When we made it down the mountain to safety, I realized that our RV was lacking any sort of provisions. No sheets, no food, no water in our tanks.
Keep your RV stocked or you may not have time to fill it during emergencies.
Sure, we had shelter and a bed, but because I emptied the RV when we moved into the cabin for summer, there was nothing else to survive on if things got worse. From that moment on I vowed to make my RV zombie apocalypse proof.
Donâ€™t Be Caught Empty Handed
When the biggest Northern California wildfire in history ignited recently, many residents fled in their RVs. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a number of them ended up at
Making a pair of DIY RV workstations in a fifth-wheel trailer. When the term â€œrecreational vehicleâ€� was coined, Iâ€™ll bet nobody imagined that one day RV owners would use their home on wheels for anything but outdoor fun. The Internet changed all that, and today many people â€” like my husband and I â€” live
Making a pair of DIY RV workstations in a fifth-wheel trailer.
When Eli and Kelly Pyke happily sold the used motorhome that ferried them through the creation of their family RV documentaryÂ â€œThe Far Green Country,â€� their full-time RV life went on permanent hiatus. They had no idea that soon they would hold the keys to a brand new Winnebago Adventurer 29B.
Eli and Kelly Pyke are now Winnebago brand ambassadors.
But thatâ€™s exactly what happened when the Oregon couple was asked to become brand ambassadors on another epic road trip. And this time, things look much different for the family.
New Winnebago, new road life for the Pykes
When Winnebago offered the Pykes the opportunity to become brand representatives, it came as a delightful yet unexpected surprise. Just as their family life at home nailed down all new routines, everything was about to get turned upside down. They were excited to do another trip, but leaving didnâ€™t come as easy this time around explains Eli.
â€œWe had just made a great treehouse for the kids, and with them being even more connected with family and friends, there were mixed feelings about whether they wanted to do another year on the road. However, once we got into the national parks and started seeing bears, going fishing, and meeting friends along the way, they were excited – almost ecstatic – to be a part of another great adventure!”
Eli, Dakota, Isabelle and Kelly
As they travel coast-to-coast in the shiny new rig, Eli and Kellyâ€™s RV life is much different this time. For starters, their son Dakota now has sister Isabelle along for the ride. When presented with the idea of a year-long road trip, their daughter was very keen on the idea, says Eli. â€œI think weâ€™d watched The Far Green Country so many times as a family that little sister wanted to make a movie of her