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My birthday, October 3rd, 2011.
When the North wind starts howling and the temperatures begin to fall, I start thinking of
warmer climates and ocean breezes. And as my suntan begins to fade, I begin dreaming of sun-
Soon, at the end of the year, my wife, Barbara, and I will retire from the workforce and
will begin to satisfy a life-long dream of travel. Not to all parts of the world, but here in the good
old U.S. of A.
Shortly, we will have the time to go where we want to and stay for as long as we can
afford. We have always been campers, traveling to nearby parks for a few days or a week at a
time. So, it is only natural that we will plan our retirement travel in our RV, our second home.
We will begin our travel from Maryville, Tennessee, near Knoxville. We will take the
month of January to pack our RV and to prepare our home for our departure in February. And at
that time of the year, our Winter will be in high gear, so we will set our sights on warmer areas.
And what warmer area is more attractive than Florida? Florida is a big state, with miles
and miles of sunny ocean-front beaches and countless attractions. We have decided to travel
around the entire coastline of Florida, including the Keys, and back up along the Eastern coast as
far as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and then return to Knoxville. It makes for a nice loop, and
by the time we get into the Carolinas, the weather will be warming up again.
We will be traveling in a 2010 Flagstaff Classic Superlite, model 829FKSS, manufactured
by Forest River. This is an 8 foot wide, 29 foot long travel trailer with a wrap-around Forward
Kitchen, which with the living room and dinette Super-Slide, form a great room. The split
bathroom is between this great room and the rear queen bedroom. It offers all the comforts of
home, is very roomy with the great room, has a lot of storage area, and is light enough to be pulled
by a half-ton truck, yet short enough to maneuver into most camp sites. However, because we
will be living in the trailer full-time, we have replaced both the chair and the sofa with more
comfortable ones, the sofa having two recliners, and we have added a memory foam bed topper.
For our tow vehicle we have purchased a 2010 Ford F-150 with the extended supercab and
with a 5.4 liter engine. It’s just the basic pickup truck with a tow package which includes a
transmission cooler and gauge, automatic sway control, brake controller and oversize extending
tow mirrors. We have added a fiberglass camper shell on the bed so we can secure some of our
gear, like our Coleman Roadtrip grill and our EZ-Up screenroom. Connecting the two is a 12,000
pound Equalizer weight distributing hitch. I tested this combination around the mountains of East
Tennessee and found that the F150 has plenty of torque to handle the light-weight Flagstaff. I