It's interesting that a good part of successful living is recognizing opportunity.
We were very happy in our motorhome until we reached the end of the paved road in Labrador, seeing the dirt road across Labrador resulted in the purchase of a 25 year old Sunline, only for a two month trip across that road.
We choose the Sunline because I felt it could be towed by our motorhome's tow vehicle, our 2004 Honda CRV.
Shocking to us we loved that little trailer and our new traveling style. We did the 2 month Labrador trip and actually went on for 8 more months that year, completing a loop of the USA.
'Traveling small' is fun and does offer additional possibilities. First, it is very cost effective. Small trailers, small tow vehicles cost less to own and to operate. It's amazing that our 22 year old Scamp
16 performs as well as the day it was built and without a doubt is more functional.
Second, it can go places that the motorhome could never go, from Dunkin Donuts to the Trans Labrador Highway.
Like you, we like to stay put as well. In our travels, we average abut 30 miles a day towing. We don't plan too far ahead and rarely make reservations. We stop early, check out the area and average 3-5 days at each location. (Of course our first day is usually longer, sometimes more than 200 miles to escape
W. just returned from a funeral of a 66 year old relative who died suddenly, It once again reminded us there is no guarantee on the length of yor life. I was fortunate in a sense when my college roommmate died at 58. It gave me the freedom to quit working, again recognizing the shortness of life.
My revered mother-in-law told me that the golden years were not so golden. I think her message was 'enjoy every day', not so much buy an RV and hit the road. As much as I try to enjoy each day, being on the road, escaping the 'turmoil' of home, is so relaxing. It's not that being home is bad, I do have a wonderful extended family, but being on the road is wonderful, physically and mentally.
Personally I feel the traffic thing is overblown, the need to charge up hills, to stay ahead of the competition. In reality most of the places we try to travel have little traffic. Returning from Newfoundland last week we only saw significant traffic traveling thru southern Maine, a trivial protion of the almost 7,000 miles we drove.
Our rule of pulling over for the more speedy extends beyond our towing time, we do the same thing when we're out exploring with our Honda. We do recognize that many people have reasons to be in a hurry and are more than willing to accomodate their rush.
Though we have a small 4 cylinder tow vehicle, as suggested earlier in this thread, there are plenty of people who want to pass you no matter how powerful your tow vehicle may be. On the Trans Canada across NL the speed lmit was typically 100 Km/hr, we typically drove at 100 yet were blasted by continually by the low density traffic.
To me the key comment about RVing is it is a wonderful opportunity to increase one's enjoyment of life. There is so much in the world to discover, to tickle one's imagination, to continue to experience and to gain knowledge.
We have never regretted the amount of money we might have earned or the things we might have bought had we worked thru our prime earning years.
We truly love our road life.