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Dedication: This website is dedicated to Mary Ellen Gravois (left), my wife and traveling partner who died of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on January 19, 2005.
She had no regrets and lived her life to the fullest. I miss her. She fought the good fight and now rests in the bosom if Our Lord.
To see pictures from some of the trips we went on go to
MY GOAL: I am Warren Gravois, webmaster of RV Property. RV Property is working hard to build a good reputation within the RV industry. I am a member of the Florida RV Trade Association, Coast-to-Coast, Passport America, The Good Sam Club and The Camper World Presidents Club. A second, but just as important goal is the promotion of Christianity across out RV community. God's mercy is great and His forgiveness is waiting for all men who ask for it.
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www.RVproperty.com was first published in November
We have always enjoyed RVing.
When I was a young boy I learned that there was something special about the outdoors. I was a Boy Scout and looked forward to the monthly camping trips. Now, you have got to remember that I grew up in the 40's and 50's and people didn't have personal transportation like they have today. Most families in our neighborhood did not own a car. Going on an outing to a distant place, about 40 miles away, was an adventure for a kid who rarely left the neighborhood, much less the city. Children attended the same elementary and high school before venturing off to college. Most of us learned about the world through the magazines and movies. TV was just beginning.
As a young father I took the family tenting and graduated to a pop-up camper. We roughed it! Later in the 60's I bought a 17 foot travel trailer and we headed out on great adventures. It became my love and a means of freedom, to travel, to learn and to enjoy the USA.
In 1998, after my wife and I retired from the educational system in Louisiana, we decided to go full-time, living in an RV and traveling across the continent. We sold our house and most of our possessions. It was difficult, but we did what we had to do to prepare ourselves for living on the road. We invited our kids to take what they needed, held a giant garage sale, and attempted to downsize. It did not work at first because we put some treasures into storage. We have since relocated the keepsake treasures to our storage building located at our deeded RV lot in Destin, FL. Eventually, most of the "treasures" we kept are gone. It is a great feeling to have less and less.
A new F350 Diesel truck and a 37.5 foot 5th wheel with three slides was our forte'.
...and we call Destin home!
The spring before going full-time we were staying at our favorite campground in Destin and found that they needed help. We decided to make this our starting point for adventure after retirement. While working at Camping on the Gulf campground we found a RV Park with RV lots for sale. It was only one block from the best beaches in the USA. We were happy in the area and decided to buy the lot. The lot serves as our home base, with a storage building where items could be kept while we took to the road. Besides, we thought it was a good investment.
For more information go to Our Destin page.
As it turned out we bought another lot and rent it out full time. The prices on land have risen in the area and are astronomical. Three campgrounds have sold out to subdivisions and condominiums. The land is so high that it is not feasible to build a RV resort anymore. My lot is worth six times what I paid for it.
Many lot owners use their lot like a condo. They come every now and then for holidays and vacations. Others live like snowbirds and come down for the winter. They spend the summers up north in their home. Since we live here much of the time and we are full-timers, lot owners began to ask if we would manage their lot as a rental property. Our covenants provide for owners to rent their lot out. Committing ourselves to that responsibility was not what we wanted. Traveling whenever we get the fancy is what this lifestyle is all about.
Since it was costly and difficult for them to advertise, the idea occurred that if we provided a web site, owners could advertise their lot and manage it themselves. After all, it was not practical or cost effective to advertise in a number of newspapers across the country. The web offers them a place to reach the world.
After searching the internet for a place that RV lot owners could advertise, I found none. Building a website had not occurred to me before. I got interested, so I bought the software and learned how to do it. The maintenance and building of this website has become a hobby with us and it gives us a chance to interact with other RVers. They see our advertisement on our truck and RV and want more information about the website. The website has taken off and is listed at the top of search engines.
We enjoy contributing to the well being of our lifestyle. We need to concentrate on making the website pay for itself, but the fun and challenge of being a webmaster has taken priority. Hopefully you can appreciate our situation as we travel across the country performing our hobby/business and not be in too much of a hurry when placing an ad. We will service your needs as soon as we get to the next phone modem.
. . . and we have a Truck Camper too!
We love our 5th wheel trailer for long trips and the comfort of fulltime living, but hooking up and taking it a couple of hundred miles every month or so to visit our family for a weekend was cumbersome. Long ago truck campers appealed to me, because of the compactness and facilities it offered and ease of staying wherever feasible. It can be setup in someone's driveway for the weekend. It allows us to go from house to house and park in the driveway. Just perfect for staying a few days and not making problems for the household. We like to have our things and privacy and most of all, our own bed.
While we were on a trip to Alaska we met many RVers who had Truck Campers. We checked out many campers for the last three years and found a Lance with all amenities to be the one for us. It is great for short trips and with an adventurous attitude one could go for a month or more.
Our latest adventure has been a six month trip to Alaska in 2002, with our 38 foot 5th wheel and 19,000 miles. For an account of the trip go to Road to Alaska.
My website theme is "Enjoy yourself! It's later than you think." Well after returning from Alaska we discovered that Mary Ellen had some health problems. Observation and testing produced some bad news. In May 2003 she was diagnosed with ALS, (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Obviously this has necessitated a change of lifestyle. We have decided to purchase a Park Model and install it on our RV lot in Destin. The 38 foot Avion fifth wheel was sold. We scheduled an urgent two month trip out west in our truck camper. We wanted to do what we could while Mary Ellen was able to travel... New Orleans, San Antonio, Los Angeles, her home, Lake Havasu, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Branson, Memphis and back home. I purchased a wheel chair in Las Vegas because she could not walk very far. Our objective was to visit family and friends across the country. We went on a two week cruise in December (2003) and had a ball. We love our simple lifestyle.
She passed away January 19, 2005.
Remember ... Enjoy yourself!
UPDATE - (2012) I sold my Park Model and lot in Destin, FL and moved back to the home we had before retiring, in Pearlington, MS. Now, I can be with my family anytime they get together and I visit my children and grandchildren often. I live on three acres on the bayou which has alligators, turtles, frogs and fish. My son is a Boat Captain and operates a Swamp Tour right down the road.
I am now the happy owner of and live in a 2011 Bighorn 5th Wheel and hope to travel again as a full-time RVer. I am enjoying myself and love living in my Bighorn 5th Wheel. A simple life is what I enjoy.