From what I have discovered from visiting various RV forums is that most full-timers go back to their home town at least once a year to visit their doctors and other annual appointments as well as to visit friends and family. We had made plans months ago to return to Michigan in June and July. We made appointments with our doctors and financial advisor, and set up times to invite our friends to come out and visit us to see how we were doing after a year on the road. It was also a good time for Bob to set up a get-together with his side of the family.
When we left Indiana we planned to make a short stop in the Grand Rapids area to have some work done on the trailer at TerryTown RV where we purchased it. One of the slide outs appeared to be separating from the piston, and it was not something Bob felt he could fix on his own. We were also due to have the trailer wheel bearings repacked. We found an RV park, Woodchip Campgrounds, two miles from TerryTown RV. We were pleasantly surprised with that such a nice campground could exist in the middle of a residential area. We will certainly keep it in mind when we need to use the services of TerryTown RV again. We pulled in and rearranged the way the trailer was loaded to make the areas they may have to work on more accessible. First thing in the morning we took the trailer into the dealer, went back to the campground to do laundry, did some shopping, met some friends for lunch and picked the trailer up at the end of the day. Bob was pleased with the customer service at TerryTown as well as the quality of the work. We checked back into Woodchip Campgrounds in time to fix dinner and were on our way to the Lansing area the following morning.
Life on the road isn’t that much different than when living in a typical house. You still have to schedule maintenance and medical appointments into your schedule. We just face a different challenge in the physical location for these appointments.