Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We Really Did It...

Seeing that it's been over a year since updating, Tracy and I really did it.  We made the decision to full-time, so retired in May 2016 and sold almost everything with the plan to live on the road for hopefully about 20 years, Lord willing.

We traded the 2015 F-250 for a 2016 F-350 Crew Cab King Ranch Long Bed Dual Rear Wheel monster (that's CC KR LB DRW). Although they had the same drivetrain, the F-350 is substantially more stable and has the proper weight capabilities for the 5th wheel.

We left Fort Smith and headed for a planned trip through the Pacific Northwest, Canada, down the western coast into Northern California, Lake Tahoe, Utah, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, and eventually making our way to Orlando, Florida for the winter.

Plans were interrupted in Boise when the Montana developed cracks unexpectedly.  We were blessed to find a beautiful used 2015 Redwood for a bargain price with the help of our nephew, Austin.

We picked up kayaks for recreation while we were in Santa Rosa, California, so here is our typical "going-down-the-road" rig.  We are fully enjoying and appreciating our Redwood as home, and it truly feels like home.

Winter 2016 was spent in Florida with part-time fun jobs at Walt Disney World.  Summer 2017 was in West Yellowstone at Grizzly RV Park, (where we stayed in 2015 with the Rainbow, incidentally!)  And of course, all the adventures in between.

The Rainbow and it's partner, my 1924 Model T "Belle", are in storage in Arkansas waiting for us to give them some TLC and get back on the road.  The adventure will continue, and who knows what comes next!


  1. Hi Paul! This is off topic, but I am buying a 1964 Rainbow camper. I don't think it's the same company as yours. Yours uses a trout as the logo; mine uses an actual Rainbow. Also, I've never seen your type of Rainbow past the 1950's. Have you ever heard of any other type of Rainbow camper brand? Thanks! Jenifer

    1. Hi Jenifer,
      I've not ever heard of a Rainbow brand using the rainbow for a logo. Would love to see some pics of it! Also, check out Vintage Trailer Talk, I think it's - they have a great wealth of information and a lot of aficionados of vintage campers. And same for me, I've only seen 1954-1958 Rainbow trailers. Information on the Edwards Mfg. Co. is really scarce, so I don't know how long they were in business or if they moved on to some other type of manufacturing. Seems like they might have been a "flash in the pan" trying to get in on the travel trailer craze of the '50's.