Full-time and extended RVing has become more popular over the years as Boomers and others pull up roots and opt for a constantly changing view rather than traditional stability. During the Camper, Travel & RV Show, January 15 - 18 at DeVos Place, patrons can learn just what that entails from seminar leaders Shari Gailardi and David Hutchison.
During their two seminars, Freedom In A Can and Living With Less, David and Shari will share the knowledge they've gained, inspire others to give extended RVing a try, and encourage RVers and campers to choose travel options that are sustainable.
After 18 years of working in higher education at various institutions, Shari and David chose the path less traveled – one that they say has taken them on mid-life adventures they simply couldn’t imagine!
They bought, restored and updated a 1957 Sportcraft, 15 foot "canned ham" style camper trailer. Mixing the best of old and new, the couple added a solar-powered electrical system and high efficiency lights to the retro look of the little can that became their home. After renting out their house in North Carolina, and bidding farewell to their old life, they set off to explore North America.
"We've been called brave, adventurous, and somewhat crazy," says Shari, "but to us, it just makes sense." Over the past 2 years, they have traveled over 45,000 miles – through 44 US states and parts of Canada, explored nearly 50 national parks and many other public lands. Along the way, they made countless new friends, found new meaning through volunteer service, and fell in love with their America all over again.
As environmental and outdoor educators, they bring a passion for learning to every opportunity – from sharing organic gardening knowledge to educating people about natural resource exploration and conservation. Both their unique camper and solar panel generate many questions from the curious, affording them the opportunity to start a conversation about living better with less with hundreds of people.
"We're excited to continue those conversations with so many interested RVers at the show in January," says David. "RVers are a great group of people and it will be fun to spend four days sharing stories with them."
Don't miss David and Shari at Michigan's largest RV and Family Vacation show, featuring a dozen dealers with 150 vehicle lines, hundreds of campgrounds and resorts, and all the latest camping gear and accessories.