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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Gypsy Journal (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971249113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971249110
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Run Away To A New Lifestyle!
Overworked and underappreciated? Is your nose sore from keeping it to the grindstone day in and day out? Have you ever been tempted to climb out of your rut and escape the rat race? Nick and Terry Russell did it, and you can too!

Come along for the ride as a pair of overworked baby boomers decide that life is too short for their 75+ hour work weeks, sell off the "stuff" they accumulated over the years, and cram what is left into a motorhome and hit the road! Join them as they wander the highways and back roads of America in search of adventure.

If you've ever wanted to climb out of the rut and run away from the rat race, this is the book that will tell you first-hand what it's like to take the big step. Irreverent, funny, and serious, Meandering Down The Highway is a true look at the RV lifestyle, from the good to the bad.

Learn why our pair of modern day gypsies chose the RV they did, and learned to regret it. Discover the delights awaiting you in small towns, historic sites, and campgrounds around the country, and about the one-million-plus community of fulltime and extended travel RVers and their life on the road.

A compilation of a year's Meandering Down The Highway columns from the Russell's popular Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper, this is the book you can't miss if you have ever thought there is more to life than hard work and frustration!

About the Author

Nick Russell and his wife Miss Terry are the publishers of the Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper. Before running away from home to be a fulltime RVer, Nick published daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

Nick is the author of Highway History and Back Road Mystery, Meandering Down The Highway - A Year On The Road With Fulltime RVers, Work Your Way Across The USA - You Can Earn A Living And Travel Too!, The Frugal RVer, and the new Big Lake mystery series.

More About the Author

Before becoming a fulltime RVer, New York Times Kindle bestselling author Nick Russell published daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

He and his wife Terry, are the publishers of the popular Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper, and Russell presents travel seminars at RV rallies across the country.

Nick Russell is the author of Highway History and Back Road Mystery, Meandering Down The Highway - A Year On The Road With Fulltime RVers, Work Your Way Across The USA - You Can Earn A Living And Travel Too!, The Frugal RVer, Overlooked Florida, Overlooked Arizona, and the bestselling Big Lake mystery series.

You can follow Nick on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor

Customer Reviews

This book is at least 13 yrs old and is showing its age.
Charles S. Holzheimer
This book is a must read for anyone considering living in an RV.
Margaret Oester
Naw, I have one much like him watching TV in the living room.
CJ Burt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Susan Walker on August 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
For a true look at what it is like to sell your home and travel full time in an RV, this is the best book I have ever read on the topic. While too many of the books about full time RVing gloss over the problems associated with the lifestyle, Meandering Down The Highway tells both the good and the bad, and leaves you with the certain knowledge that the good far outweighs the bad. Russell covers every step of the way from the day they decided to become full timers to the process of selling their home and a lifetime of possessions, saying goodbye to their friends and family, learning the secrets of the RV lifestyle as they went, and the first year they spent traveling. Also included are their steps in selecting a mail forwarding service, changing their residency to Texas, a look at many of the places they visited in their travels, and the people they met. You will learn what it is like for a new RVer to drive a monster motor home through narrow road construction zones, what it feels like to leave friends and family behind, how to adjust to the extended family of RV nomads, the joys of digging a 36 foot RV out of the sand after getting stuck in the middle of the night, and the pros and cons of membership RV parks, boondocking, and RV clubs Add to all of that the fact that Russell is a very, very funny writer, and I guarantee that you will love this book as much as I did! How much did I love it? Immediately after finishing it, I ordered a subscription to his Gypsy Journal RV newspaper and purchased all of the back issues! Count me as a fan of this relative newcomer to the RV writing field.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CJ Burt on May 27, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm a "sometimer" as they call those of us who meander around the country in our RVs part of the time, but I want to be a "fulltimer" like the author and his wife.

If you are thinking about buying an RV, traveling full-time in an RV, or even camping during vacation in an RV, you need to read this book.

One caveat - at the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like the author much. His habit of refering to his wife as "Miss Terry" annoyed me. I don't do well with sweet talk. Some of his early jokes weren't very funny. And, I almost decided he was a tight wad wanting something for nothing!

Well, that was before he let loose and I got to know the "real" Nick. He's overweight, (like me and so many of the rest of us), he goes down the road thinking about the next good place to eat, he doesn't hike much, he likes guns, tolerates cats, loves his wife and his country, and he was RVing when he couldn't afford it. He is uh, opinionated...well, outrageously outspoken, and just the kind of guy I'd like to sit around a campground and pick arguments with. I bet he gets red in the face when he's mad!

By the middle of the book, I was annoying my husband by reading aloud to him from this book. I was laughing - well, roaring, really, at some of Nick's astute observations ("she must have left her personality in her other clothes") and bad boy outbursts! I'm glad I'm not Terry. Love his book, but if I was her, I might have to kill the sucker. Naw, I have one much like him watching TV in the living room.

Seriously...buy this book. It's pretty cheap (he needs the money) and if you are interested in RV's or traveling, YOU NEED this book. We've been RVing for 17 months now, and I just found this great guy's work. Hope you are luckier - since you can make a list of places NOT to go as well as places to go after reading this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Catt on March 17, 2007
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Nick Russll exceeded my expectations with his highly detailed description of full time days and nights on the road. I particulary enjoyed his willingness to "name names" and be objective whether describing positive or negative events. The book definately helped me in the evolution of my thought process relative to "if, when and how to go full timing."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles S. Holzheimer VINE VOICE on October 24, 2012
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This truly is a journal. It's a dated look at the day to day occurrences for a couple who spent a year in their RV. This book is at least 13 yrs old and is showing its age. There was one reference to getting gasoline for $1.06 per gallon. Ahhh, those were the days.
I wish the author went more into what was necessary to accomplish a whole year of RVing but all this book is is a listing of what they did. For example they would talk about going to an event and how they hooked up at a site but wouldn't discuss what one has to do to accomplish this. Even once would have been enlightening.
As a light travelogue this is an OK read but it doesn't really bring a lot to the table when it comes to being the complete package about full timing it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rntmm on August 2, 2012
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This book is a good entertaining read. It is about his first year on the road fulltiming. This is a lifestyle I am considering, and this book did give me a good ideal of what to expect. I found myself laughing at times, and thinking, Yep, I could see myself in that situation, too. The author is very blunt about he feels about his experience's, both good and bad, and that is refreshing in today's "politically correct" environment.
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By Doc on April 21, 2014
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I really enjoyed the book as he discussed both likes and dislikes. He really gave his opinions and thoughts. This made it much more believable than if everything had been "fantastic" ! Personally I could have used more details such as when they were stuck inside due to weather, how did they spend their time ? Hobbies he had taken up, etc to help pass downtime.
However, overall, great book and I'm glad I ran across it and read it !
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