At Coach-Net, we have a passion for helping other RVers as we are RVers ourselves. Leonard, one of our RV-certified technicians, has been with Coach-Net for 6 years but has been RVing for over 30 years. He owns a 2013 Forest River Wildwood, a 33-ft tow behind travel trailer. Leonard does not miss an opportunity to go camping and recently celebrated new years in Florida. Here’s a look into his trip!
1. Where did you go?
While visiting family in south Florida over the holidays, we celebrated bringing in the new year by camping in my dad’s 1999 Beaver Monticello (40″ diesel pusher) at the Everglades Isle Motorcoach Resort. It’s located right in the middle of Everglade City, Florida along the Barron River. We learned that the river was named after the famous real estate developer, Barron Collier, who established the town. Everglade City is also known as the “Stone Crab Capital” of the world. Boy, are they delicious to eat! Experiencing the unique scenery, and discovering the history of the area are a couple of our favorite things to do wherever we are RVing. There is always something new to see, to do, and to eat!
How long was your trip?
We spent 3 nights, 4 days with family and friends enjoying the resort’s amenities, as well as, exploring the historical surroundings, boating around the 10,000 Islands, watching the airboat tours taking people out to see the alligators, and soaking in the vibrant sunsets. As usual, we packed as much as we could to get the most out of each day.
Was this your 1st time RVing?
No, but this was our 1st time RVing in just my dad’s rig, which made it extra special. We have been camping for over 30 years with our own kids and friends, enjoying many different types of campers and places. Also, it was our 1st time staying in an exclusive “motorcoach” retreat. Being a master Certified Tech at Coach-Net, it was interesting to walk around comparing all the eclectic styles and features of so many of the RV’s we take calls on.
What’s the fondest memory of your trip?
Our fondest memories of this trip were made celebrating New Year’s Eve at the resort. We enjoyed a nice Prime Rib dinner and entertainment in the clubhouse, followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the water. It was a wonderful way to ring in a new decade with exciting “cheers” to making many more memories together RVing.
Did you find anything challenging about your RV trip?
Actually, while we were there the refrigerator supply line starting leaking. My dad and I found that the compression fitting was the issue and had to replace it. A quick trip to the hardware store and our problem was resolved. Another reason RVing is so beneficial to me and my skills. There are learning opportunities for every trip!
Would you go again?
We are always up for another RVing adventure, whether it be in an RV Resort, State Park, or Campground. There are so many beautiful places left to be seen on our traveling bucket list.
Where would you like to go next?
We would like to take a short camping trip out to see the Buffalo again in Caprock Canyon State Park. We were there several years ago when the herd was just being established. Our next long adventure will take us out to the Southwest desert area. Visiting Lake Havasu City, Arizona to see the town where Coach-Net started would definitely on our list of things to do.
Why do you love RVing?
My family and I love RVing for the many opportunities it gives us to explore new places, make lasting memories, meet new friends, and enjoy a relaxing lifestyle as we travel. Cheers to safe travels