The Sooters are selling their house and getting ready to travel full-time in their motorhome. Their first full-timing destination: Alaska.
FMCA membership number:
F408079 (we joined in 2009)
Our current motorhome:
2009 Four Winds Hurricane 31H 33 feet
Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Comfortable, Fun, Relaxing
The best thing about our motorhome:
When we leave home on a trip we can take a part of it with us.
Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
This is our first.
We decided to buy a motorhome because:
When we take a trip we can be comfortable in surroundings we have chosen and created.
Leary: I retired in 2000 from Columbia Healthcare (23 years as a laboratory director, 12 years in hospital information systems and financial operations). Since that time I have worked part-time for Wal-Mart. Sandra says it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. Sandra works at Cracker Barrel retail store.
We have one son who will retire in May as a chief petty officer after 21 years in the U.S. Navy. He is married to a wonderful girl who is an X-ray tech at Fort Hood. They have two boys – 14 and 17 years of age – who are our pride and joy.
How often we go motorhoming:
Most of our travel currently consists of short weekend (two days) and long weekend (four days) trips, but as soon as our home sells we will be full-timing. Usually we are at home working on projects, at our jobs or attending our grandsons’ football and baseball games.
Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
All in Texas: Inks Lake State Park, Davis Mountains State Park and Skyline Ranch RV Park.
Our all-time favorite motorhome trip:
Inks Lake State Park – the weather was perfect and the fishing was fantastic.
Our dream motorhome trip:
Alaska absolutely has to be our dream. We have recently put our home up for sale and when it sells, Alaska will be our first full-timing trip.
Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Any day traveling in our motorhome is a perfect day.
Our worst motorhoming experience:
We have not had a bad experience to date, but we have only had our motorhome one year in January, so I am sure we will have some problem in the future.
Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Drivers who simply must pass you and then immediately slow down to turn.
The best alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
Sandra decorating the interior to personalize and make it our “home away from home.”
If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
Remove all of the carpet and have ceramic tile throughout.
Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
Driving and maneuvering a motorhome is not as challenging as we thought.
When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Pay attention to what you are doing and the road ahead.
Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Slow down, save fuel and enjoy the sights from those wonderful front seats as you travel down the highway.
Leary: fly-fishing, hunting, woodworking and barbecuing. Sandra: traveling and seeing all this beautiful country has to offer.
Any place with authentic Mexican food.
A celebrity we admire:
Something others would be surprised to know about us:
Sandra has put up with me for almost 44 years.
If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose:
South Llano River State Park in Junction, Texas
When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Davis Mountains State park (McDonald Observatory), South Llano River State Park (fly-fishing), the drive from Rocksprings, Texas, to Camp Wood, Texas (the drive looks almost like parts of Colorado).
Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Cheese, mayo, yellow and zucchini squash for grilling, ribeye steak for grilling, hamburger for grilling. As you might suspect, I (Leary) enjoy my grill.
What’s the best motorhoming advice you’ve ever received:
Slow down, take your time and enjoy the sights.
Our advice to new motorhomers:
Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you are unsure of something just ask someone – the motorhoming community is a friendly group overall and eager to help newcomers.
Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4X4 using a Roadmaster Falcon 2 towbar and Brake Buddy Vantage system.
When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
FMCA.com, BassPro, Cabelas
A technical or travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Always make time to maintain your coach according to manufacturer guidelines.
We joined FMCA because:
We wanted to be a part of an organization dedicated to motorhome owners. And, to meet new friends across the country.
FMCA chapters that we belong to:
None. With Sandra’s work schedule right now it is almost impossible to attend rallies, etc. and really get involved in a chapter.
Other FMCA members may contact use via e-mail: