My name is R. A. (Bob) McQuade and I have been a full time RV’er since July 21, 2013. For 33 years I lived in Enfield, New Hampshire, and had a varied work career, from the building trades to managing a large four season resort, and for the last 20 years, owning and managing an art gallery and a few custom picture framing shops. Having owned an RV of some sort, from a pickup slide in camper to a fifth wheel to a Class C motorhome to my present Class A, I kind of knew a long time ago that I wanted to experience this “ fulltiming “ lifestyle and the past two and a half years have flown by faster than I ever thought possible.
I started travel with my two small companions, Jenny ( RIP 7/5/2016 ) and Sam, and spend my days searching out wildlife and/or landscapes to photograph and my nights processing images and posting to this blog.
My home is my 32 foot 2004 Allegro Class A motorhome, that has proven to be a good fit for a single traveler, just short enough to be reasonably maneuverable and just long enough to provide all the creature comforts and storage space that I need. The motorhome is gasoline powered on a Workhorse chassis with a six speed Allison transmission and has ample power to tow my 2012 Prius with it’s front wheels mounted on my Acme Tow Dolly. I chose the Prius as a “toad” for it’s 50 mpg economy and figure that it kind of balances out the 8 +/- mpg of the motorhome.
In 2012, I added 3 solar panels, four 6 volt batteries, solar controller and inverter to the motorhome with the idea that once I got on the road full-time, I would then be able to spend more time in remote areas, and not be as dependent on private, and all too often, expensive campgrounds, since I do have to budget carefully to make ends meet or this journey will end sooner than I would desire.
After finding this setup just a little lacking for the amount of boon docking I was doing, in 2015 I added two more solar panels for a total of 550 watts on the rooftop, and installed a new battery monitoring system while replacing the old single stage controller with a new multi stage controller.
This new configuration now gives me plenty of power to run my large LCD screen TV and my power hogging 27 inch iMac pretty much as long as I need to every day without having to resort to firing up the generator. In addition to my builtin onboard Onan generator, I added a small portable Honda 2000 generator for recharging batteries on days with limited sun or when I am forced to camp under shade trees.
In preparing for my “full-time” adventures, I have gained invaluable knowledge from the blogs and websites of other full timers who have been very willing to share their experiences with others, and I would like to say thanks to all of you. In some small way, I hope I will be able to also contribute to others through this journal. Please stay tuned!