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Couple Tours U.S. in Airstream Interstate

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February 3, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

From the Wilsons' website

From the Wilsons' website

With all of the kids out of the house  and intent on downsizing, Rob and Jan Wilson put their past skills to work to take the trip of a lifetime and hatched a plan, Tri Valley Central, Casa Grande, Ariz., reported.

Using his previous marketing skills, Rob came up with a business proposal and a pitch to tour 50 national parks. Within 10 days, the Wilsons had sponsorship and a Mercedes-Benz Airstream Interstate 3500.

Now with many months on the road and a popular website (http://www.SprinterTour.com), the couple don’t want the trip to end.

“I’m ruined for life,” Rob jokes. “I don’t think I can go back to a traditional office environment.”

The two are very happy with the Class B Airstream Interstate. It can make U-turns “very easily and can go places a trailer can’t,” Jan states. The van has about 100 square feet of living space, and as Rob notes, “it is close quarters, but we enjoy being close.”

“It’s cozy, but we’re really only in the RV to sleep and eat breakfast and dinner. The rest of the time we’re out in the parks,” Jan adds.

Being in the parks is very important to both of them. “The whole thing about RVing is it’s just a means to an end; it’s just a way to have the adventure. At the end of the day, we really just want to be in the park, which this vehicle allows us to do,” Rob says.

Do they have any advice for long-term RV travel? “Do it! Don’t wait!” Jan admonishes. Rob offers a more comprehensive list:

“Pack light; have a plan; have some flexibility so when opportunities arise, you can take them.” And most importantly, “get a decent camera and learn how to use it before you drive out of your driveway.”

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