In the summer of 1984, we traveled across the country in our 21 foot Winnebago Brave (yes we were) and can relate to this article as a new swath of RV drivers hit the roads to dodge COVID restrictions.
Joe Barrett writes in The Wall Street Journal:
Brad Swenson, who lives in his RV, was at a stoplight in the Black Hills of South Dakota last month when he saw a rental RV trying to use a fast-food drive-through—a typical rookie mistake.
“It was like I was about to see a dog get hit by a car. I wanted to help, but there was nothing I could do,” said Mr. Swenson, 50, a Seattle property investor.
“He was about 2 feet away from doing major damage” but stopped when he reached a hanging sign alerting him that the RV was too tall, Mr. Swenson said. Still, the man was going to have to ask everyone in line to get out of his way so he could back up. “I felt bad for him,” Mr. Swenson said. “I almost wanted to send him a Hallmark card saying, ‘We’ve all been there.’”
Gina Marie Eynon knew her new 31-foot RV was too tall for a Starbucks drive-through as the family traveled from Mashpee, Mass., to Scottsdale, Ariz., to visit her ailing father-in-law in late May. So she parked and walked to the drive-in window to order her iced caramel macchiato.
But when she went to drive away from the Starbucks in Effingham, Ill., she cut a tight corner too close. “I tried to go wide,” said Ms. Eynon, 42, who sells essential oils, but all of a sudden she heard a crash. “The pole next to the building literally just pummeled my RV.”
When her husband, Deryk, 49, a schoolteacher, took over to try to free the camper from the pole, the two batteries that power the RV’s appliances fell out of their compartment. It took a repairman about two hours to get the family back on the road—including a brief pause when he got shocked.
“It was a $200 coffee,” Ms. Eynon quipped, adding that the Grand Canyon was amazing.
You never know what can happen on the road until you’re out there. But it’s not all bad.
As you read in Part I about our trip in 1984, “I remember as a kid when we drove across the country in our Winnebago, how cool it was to talk to the truck drivers using our CB radio and also just listening to the chatter. It was Waze before there was Waze, and it was like a game, especially when we’d hear a tip in real time on how to avoid the construction delays up ahead.”