Upsize Downsize


I know, I know, it’s been ages since my last post.  So much has happened, let me fill you in.

We arrived in Southwest New Hampshire the first week of April and are now renting a house!  That’s right, our days of living full time in our RV are over. We decided that we like it right where we are so this is where we will set roots. So, upsizing! Much of our time has been spent moving everything from the RV to the house (who knew we still had so much stuff?), fixing up the house, gathering furniture and more stuff, and of course spending precious time with our family.

And, yes, the RV is for sale!  Let me know if you are interested! We’ll give you a good deal.

2010 Itasca Sunova 33C

And as long as we plan on being here for a while we have become official New Hampsire citizens.

New Hampshirite!

Some of our time has been in New Haven, Connecticut, while our daughter finished up her PhD at Yale!  Woo! We have a doctor in the family. Yale is such a beautiful campus. But it’s doubtful that we will be back to see it again.

Yale University

Of course the MAIN reason we have settled here is this little guy:

Our Grandson

There is a fair amount of wildlife around here. I spotted this little fella in our back yard! We have seen fox, deer, turkeys, raccoon, and a bobcat. Hope to spot a moose one of these days, have heard reports of sightings. There are black bear around too, but probably (hopefully) will not see one in our yard.


BUT we are not done traveling!  Nope.  We have been a lot of places over the last five years or so, but there is more to see.  And since we have a house now, and we don’t feel like driving that bus any more, we are switching to a much smaller and more agile camper-van very similar to this one. So downsizing!

Winnebago Travato

We will be going to Iowa to pick it up in about a month from now. I will be blogging that! There will be other shorter, more local trips around New England; and perhaps a big road trip from New Hampshire to Los Angeles, California, and back to New Hampshire his winter. So stay tuned.

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15 Responses to Upsize Downsize

  1. Rob't says:

    Enjoy your new lifestyle and van! We also decided to come off the road and landed in Bend, Oregon. We still plan to travel, but now as part-timers. Maybe our paths will cross once again somewhere.

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    • marsbern says:

      It has been great, but the timing was right for a change. The smaller rig will change things up for us in a big way, much more flexibility. I plan to continue the blog, so if you can tell we’re getting close, let us know!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Marsha. We are in ME for summer with 2 of our grandchildren. Cancer is back and Bob is taking it personally. Will have surgery at Dartmouth, Manchester on June 21st. We will also be in NH on 17th for grandson, AJ’s graduation and again for Noah’s graduation on June 22. Where in NH did you purchase a home? So excited for you. Great to be with your grandson!!!! Bobbi

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    • marsbern says:

      Bobbi! I certainly hope all goes well on your upcoming surgery. We will be thinking of you. We are renting a house very near Keene NH for now. And there is a place here with hookups for your camper! It sure would be good to see you again. We will be driving to Iowa/Minnesota as soon as we get notified that our new camper van is ready to be picked up, which may be the end of June or maybe into July. Then we plan to take a drive up to Maine at least as far as Old Orchard Beach. And then anywhere we want after that. Would love to see you again. Manchester is not far from here if we can work something out.


  3. Anntanns says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your posts, photographs, charts, and spreadsheets. So much information! This new adventure sounds very wonderful! Family is important 🙂 The Sprinter based van will be a vast change for you…you can go on many roads you couldn’t before; fuel mileage will likely put you into a “happy dance shock”; and finding a camping spot is a breeze 🙂 (we have a Sprinter Camper…joy to drive, even when we tow the jeep). Best of luck to you both!

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    • marsbern says:

      Exactly! While we loved the big RV it did provide limitations as to where we could go. We are SO looking forward to the flexibility this will allow. Thanks for your comments.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Congrats, sounds exciting. Happy for you. Grandkids are great. Have fun.

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  5. Enjoy this new phase of your life! And I love your new camper! After eleven years of part time RV’ers we aren’t traveling as much any more and the idea of something like your new van is very appealing.

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  6. Shirley says:

    Thanks for the update – will you make it to MN when you come to Iowa???


  7. Anonymous says:

    Happy for u!! Linda and Larry, your Palm harbor, FL friends!!


  8. Jeanne says:

    I wish you all the best in your next phase of retirement living. Bernie, June 1st marks 8 years since our 2009 3M retirements. Good move on both our parts!


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