The Wangen’s

Bob & PatBob & Pat Wangen started their full time RV journey in June 2011. They sold their house in DeWitt, MI, sold or stored their “worldly possessions,” and took the big step. Pat wrapped up her business as a part-time consultant. Bob was the owner of Implement Improvement, LLC and continued his training business from the road. Bob fully retired in November 2014 when he finished the last of his contracts and didn’t seek to renew them

Pat is originally from Bad Axe in the “thumb” of Michigan.  Pat began her career in banking with Manufacturers Bank in Detroit.   She left banking to start their family and after the kids were on their own went back to work as an independent consultant.

Bob grew up in the Detroit suburb of Allen Park, and started with the YMCA in Warren, MI, then to the Red Cross, and then to the Michigan National Guard.  Bob retired from the Guard in 1999 and started his training business.

They met while attending college at Central Michigan University and were married in 1973.

Bob and Pat have been camping for years and enjoy kayaking and snorkeling.

Visit their blog as they tell the story of their experiences on the road.

“Not all those who wander are lost….”   J.R.R. Tolkien

19 Responses to The Wangen’s

  1. Robin Helm says:

    Hi Aunt Pat & Uncle Bob! Thought I’d share a few links with you since you’re headed to Florida and all 🙂

    Top 10 Family Camping Spots in Florida

    Top 100 Florida Campgrounds

    And a neat Museum about a 1/2 mile from my house I think Uncle Bob would enjoy…

    Can’t wait to see you soon!

  2. Robin Helm says:

    Uncle Bob –

    You should be in our area this weekend… tsk tsk

    5Civil War re-enactment: Called the Battle of Ballast Point, Civil War re-enactors will be camped out this weekend at Fort DeSoto with ongoing events such as battle re-enactments and demonstrations of mid-19th century life. Have a bag of fresh kettle corn and listen to some drum and fife music or watch artillery demonstrations and infantry drills. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. Free, but it’s now $5 to park.

    Sounds like a perfect date for you and your favorite FL nephew 🙂

    Hope you guys are enjoying Key West.


  3. marie hackel and elmer mcdowell says:

    Love your web site – Your next door neighbors on the Rock Pile in Sigsbee – Marie and Elmer, who are back in NY and looking forward to going to Key West again next winter.

  4. Kay and Lynn Sommerfeld says:

    Hi Bob & Pat,
    Great to see you this past week in Michigan and catch up on old times! We’ll look forward to keeping up with you during all your travels.
    Happy Trails!
    Kay and Lynn Sommerfeld
    (Go Hatchets!)

  5. Katrina says:

    Grandma and Grandpa,
    That sure is something I hadn’t known about you guys!!!!

  6. exploRVistas says:

    Wow, Bob… This really IS a small world! I grew up in Allen Park, also!


  7. explorvistas says:

    Just for a short stopover, as we have some chores to attend to. We are going to be up around TC this summer. More onour blog about that when it happens.

  8. Jeanne says:

    Hi Bob and Pat,
    My husband and I are considering an Alaska Adventure Trek trip. Did you find the 50 day one to be just right, or would you recommend the 35 day trip?
    Thanks for any advice.

  9. I would definitely recommend the 50-day caravan. The 35-day caravan goes to the same locations, but you have more scheduled activities in each day and have no free days to things YOU want to do that are not on the schedule. If you are an active couple I would encourage you to hike to the top of the Exit Glacier in Seward and kayak to a glacier in Valdez. Check out our posts on these to get more information.

  10. Jeanne says:

    Thanks so much. I appreciate your info.

  11. Found your articles to be very interesting. We also are starting our western trip and up to Alaska with Fantasy Tours in June. We also have a 2011 Cameo and we very curious as to how well your camper did on the trip. This is our 2nd one so we know how well they are built. this is our home so we want to take very good care of it. Your thought are very much appreciated.

    • We heard ALL of the horror stories about RVs being almost destroyed traveling to Alaska. NONE of them were true. We had no damage to our 38 ft fifth wheel trailer. Some of the motor homes traveling with our caravan had to have windshields replaced, but that was the only problem. if your RV is in good shape, you are not overweight, and don’t drive too fast, you should not have any problems.
      you shared campgrounds with Fantasy Tour groups – you should have a great time, enjoy! BTW take pictures of EVERYTHING, you may not be back.

  12. RJ CRAWFORD says:
    Bob we just posted your Whidbey article on
    I would like to give you a free your subscription to our website, If you will be so kind as to send me your email I can set you up. Regards, RJ Crawford
    President Miltiary Living 571-216-7829 Intresting article thanks.

  13. Hey Bob and Pat from Michigan this is Dave and Laura from Michigan looks like we’d like to do similar things love your site and will be following you along

  14. Hi David and Laura,
    Welcome to the full-time RV lifestyle. I have no doubt you will find fun and adventure while traveling this great country. Let us know if you have questions.


  15. Doug Richardson says:

    Hi Bob and Pat,
    this is an unusual message in regards to property my in-laws purchased on June 2, 1984 in Harrison Michigan from Bruce O. and Janey H. Wangen on land contract. I realize this is odd, but on behalf of my mother in law who is trying to sell her place up north, could you touch base with me. She need more information for the realtor.
    Doug Richardson

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