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Moveable Nests

Category: RV News
Source: The New York Times
Publish Date: Friday, March 17, 2006
Summary: All the perks of home, but on wheels!

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WHO Sandy MacGregor, 64, and Marilyn Abraham, 55, publishing consultants from Santa Fe, N.M.
WHAT 33-foot-long Itasca Suncruiser motorhome
MANUFACTURER Winnebago Industries

Sandy: Eleven years ago, we decided to quit our jobs in New York and take an extended trip to Alaska. We were going to do it by car, but then we realized that there were no cute B & B's to stay at on the way. I don't camp, so we decided to buy a used recreational vehicle.

Marilyn: I suppose I went along with the plan out of curiosity. But after living in Manhattan apartment all my life, an R.V. was not confining at all. It's probably the same size as some small studios, and my freezer here has an ice maker. I never had that in New York. The interior is very much like boat storage in that everything has a double or triple uses.

Sandy: We used to have a country house in Putnam County, N.Y., but owning an R.V. is much easier. With a second home, I was always worrying about the property when a storm hit. Last year we put on 12,000 miles driving across the country and into Canada. It costs $20 to $30 a night to stay at a campground with electricity hookups, while parking along a river in a forest service campground runs between $8 and $12 a night.

Marilyn: But it's not just about the money. It's really about nesting. Essentially, we have our little cabin with us. In the summer we are on the road anywhere from six to 12 weeks. We've been to all 50 states, 49 by motor home. We've driven to the tip of Baja and all through Canada. We've stayed at some beautiful places on the Oregon coast and at a campground in Montauk for $16 a night. With our motor home, we can go anywhere. As told to Amy Gunderson


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