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A family of four happily living in a 20-year-old van

Like most RVers, I always wave when I pass by other motorhomes of my style and size. And if we're in the same park, campground, rest area or parking lot, I usually saunter over for a visit.
So it was on our travels not long ago when, in the town of Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a spotted an older Roadtrek Class B motorhome with a utility trailer attached to its rear bumper. This one was near the town park and marina. So we pulled over to go say Hi.
And therein led to a meeting with the Greene Family – Christopher and Mindy and their sons Jonah and Levi.
The Greene's were loading equipment into the trailer at the end of the workday and as I came closer, I saw a large pot used to make kettle corn, along with boxes and bottles of various sizes.
greenefamily (1 of 1)The Greenes visit art and craft shows throughout the midwest, selling kettle corn and various syrups made from fruit trees grown on some property they own on the south end of the UP.
There 1994 Roadtrek 190 was their home.
“We travel and we do events and we sell maple syrup, pancake mix that we grind ourselves from organic whole grains, maple roasted nuts and kettle corn,” explained Christopher. “We pull the trailer with the Roadtrek and our home and our business are mobile.”
This is the family's first experience of fulltiming in a campervan. Mindy says it's working out fine. So far. She says check back at the end of the summer.
Jennifer and I hung out with the family for a while, exchanging a couple of Roadtrek hats for some kettle corn samples. The boys loved Tai and took him for a couple of nice walks.
Here's a brief interview with the family.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2014-07-22

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

One Response to “A family of four happily living in a 20-year-old van”

July 22, 2014at8:35 pm, Dave Miller said:

You just have to love the spirit. I’ve given my kids plenty of baths but the ones I remember were in a Rubbermaid tub on a little sailboat anchored in some remote cove on Lake Superior. Always compare your cozy abode to something less cozy. That way it will always be just right. Road Treks win over tents every time. Keep on trekk’n, Bigfoot Dave

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