They come in all shapes and sizes. That includes the RVs and the people.
This past weekend, a very diverse group of people came to Gonzales County, Texas, and had a really good time, according to the Gonzales Inquirer. They were all at the Hill Shade RV Park.
The group, called NuRVers.com, is a collection of people from all around the United States who all are full-time RVers.
Cherie Veard, spokesperson for the group, said this is its second annual gathering mainly of people who work in the technology field.
In fact, she said it was technology which really is the basis of the group and how it formed in the first place.
The group was formed by Kevin Ewert who, as a permanent RVer, was trying to find other younger people who were doing the same thing. He felt there had to be a group of people in that age group who were on the road in their RVs and so a blog and web site was founded.
Last year, that group held its first gathering and this year, the second was held in Gonzales County.
Interestingly, it was through a blog that the group discovered Hill Shade RV Park. The park was purchased last August by Christine and Michael Moers, who changed their careers and moved here from Oklahoma to run the park.
Cheri said it was one of the people doing the RV blog who knew Christine and that’s how the suggestion of Hill Shade RV Park came about. It didn’t take long for the group to decide to come to Gonzales County for the gathering.
Recently, the local RV park had Wi-Fi installed for everyone to use, which was a big attraction to the Nurvers group.
The group had a fairly light schedule of weekend activities. One of the activities included touring the brewery in Shiner, which they did last Friday. After that, they had “bartender wars” at the park and then a potluck meal in which everyone participated.
That even included Bob Williams, a columnist for this newspaper who lives near the park, has offered his land for people to camp or to park RVs if the park is full.
The group also did some workshops which included jewelry making as well as how to convert an RV from fuel to run strictly on vegetable oil.
For Cherie and her partner, Chris Dumphy, Hill Shade RV Park has been their home for the past few weeks. Both of them are in the software development business, so they can work just about anywhere in the country. All they need is a computer and Internet access.
Cherie said it is technology which has allowed the group to come together and “find each other.”
Says Chris, “We can stay in touch with family and friends.”
Cherie says the entire group are bloggers, which not only allows them to stay in touch, it also “helps more people realize you can do this,” talking about being a full-time RVer.
Chris and Cherie have been RVing together for the past three years.
“I love it,” said Cherie.
Last year, the traveled 13,000 miles across the United States. They have family in Florida, Texas and Missouri, so they spent time in all of those locations.
She said they spend a lot of time with family and it’s quite simple to park the RV in the driveway, hook up the water and electricity, and have a good time. They can work right out of their RV and they don’t have to be on what many would consider a “normal” time schedule. It allows them more freedom and time to visit with family.
She also pointed out they “rarely” stay at commercial RV parks, but really like the atmosphere at Hill Shade RV Park. She said it’s very friendly and inviting and credits the new owners for making a fine place to stay.
She called owners Christine and Michael “so friendly and accommodating.”
When asked what her favorite place has been, Cherie had an interesting answer.
“I don’t have a favorite place,” she said. “I appreciate the different areas of the country.”
She also discussed the fact the RV industry, in general, has suffered during the recession. Cherie’s point is that living in an RV is still cheaper than a traditional home.
For $300 a month, they can stay in an RV park and that includes utilities.
“It is still cheaper than living in an apartment or city,” she said.
The biggest expense is fuel and she said if fuel prices rise, they can drive less and stay in parks longer to save money.
Both said they enjoy the freedom of life on the road and feel they are getting the most out of living.
“Life is about enjoying,” said Cherie.