TERRY & JULIE
Selling our house, and most of our worldly possessions, to meander full time in a RV is probably the biggest leap we’ve taken in over 40 years together. And we’ve taken some pretty big leaps in our life! Top among them are major moves and sailing Lake Superior.
Terry is an artist by profession. Because of the constraints of tiny house living he’ll be making an adjustment with how he works. No more dedicated studio and wood shop. No more large paintings. And no acrylic and oil paints in the RV please. It’s watercolors and drawings until we’re back into a sticks and bricks someday.
Terry’s constant inspiration is what he sees and experiences around him. That’s what is most exciting for him and this new lifestyle. Every road, every view, every town will give him material to draw from. We look forward to sharing his artwork with you.
As for me, Julie, I’m retired after nearly 30 years as a sales, marketing and web design professional. I’ll be the chronicler in this traveling duo.
We look forward to shining a spotlight on the interesting characters we meet and the places we go as we meander through North America. Visit us on Instagram and Facebook @wemeander.life.
LIVING VEHICLE (LV)
Boy, do I turn heads! I’m a Living Vehicle (LV for shore). I look like a cross between a rectangular Airstream and a highbrow horse trailer. One guy at a dump station said I looked “dangerous.” That one made me laugh. I look tough from the outside but boy am I sweet on the inside.
Sleek and contemporary, with all the comforts of home. Full size queen bed, washer/dryer, central vac, 13 cu.ft. fridge, kitchen island, dishwasher and a spa shower in a spacious bathroom (that’s code for there’s lots of room when you sit on the toilet). Ton’s of storage both in and out.
What I don’t have, and Julie and Terry are glad for it, are slide outs. Sure, slides give you a little more floor space, but they’re notorious for breaking down. Percy’s slide never broke but with the strong desert winds, Julie figured it was just a matter of time before the slide topper would rip. It’s just more relaxing around here not having to deal with that distraction.
Don’t let me forget to tell you one feature that is the best of all. I have a sliding glass door that opens on to a real deck! Boy, do Terry and Julie love that! They have a couple of chairs and a grill on the deck. At night they like to turn on the propane fire pit.
I’m made tough and hold up to 4 season off-grid full time living. I’m all aluminum – inside and out. No particle board to worry about crashing through, cabinet doors falling off and drawers breaking. The only wood in here is the table and a couple of interior doors. My vinyl floors can take a beating too. I have 1300 watts solar and 8.7kw of lithium batteries. With a 3000 watt inverter, there’s no more turning on a generator to run the microwave like they had to do with Percy. We have a couple of portable generators that juice me up if we have a long spell of bad weather or Julie wants to do a little laundry. With my large tank sizes (100 water, 80 gray & 45 black), Terry and Julie can stay off grid for 10 days before having to dump. They’re aiming for 14 days. They’ve decided to hold off on a composting toilet for now.
I joined the WeMeander team November 11, 2020 and I’m excited to provide my owners with a comfortable and dependable home for many years to come. See you on the road!
I’m Scuppers, aka Scuppers the Sailor Camping Dog. I was 14 years old, blind and deaf with a bad heart and more health problems at the end. I passed from this earth January 27, 2021. My folks are very sad about my leaving but I’m glad they’re keeping my story here so you can learn more about who I was.
My name came from the Golden Book Sailor Dog. I had people from 70 to 3 recognize me from the book and it made them smile. I liked that.
Scuppers was a perfect name for me because my parents had a 34′ sailboat when they brought me home (scuppers are drains in the cockpit of a boat). But I’m the Camping Dog now.
Traveling was a challenge for me but I loved that the 3 of us were living together in a small space. I wasn’t much of a walker the last year or so; there were just too many good things to sniff at so it took me a long time to go very far. But I sure did enjoy exploring the world one smell at a time!
Our first RV - PERCY
Terry and Julie might have sold me, to upgrade to a new rig, but they sure enjoyed their travels while it lasted. I’ll always be part of the WeMeander story so here’s a little more about me. You might wonder why they named me Percy? It comes from an artwork Terry did many years ago where he had a mythical character, Percy Seeks, who used to go on great adventures. Maybe Percy wasn’t so mythical anymore – I took them on some wonderful adventures. Now I’m taking the new owners to make new memories.
I’m a Winnebago Navion 24D. 25’8″ long and 7’6″ wide when I don’t have my 3′ slide out.
They chose me for several good reasons:
- You have to love my mileage (I average 16mpg).
- I have Mercedes Benz chassis so I can get them up mountain roads with ease.
- My length is great for fitting into nearly every national park and I’m pretty nibble in town and parking lots too.
- I have a great floor plan for 2 working adults.
- There’s amazing counterspace and a nice size pantry, interior storage for this size coach and a walk around queen size Murphy bed.
They put a few extras onboard to make their life easier. I have HWH levelers, 430 watts of solar and a 300ah lithium battery bank. I’m pretty darn special. Terry and Julie will always have a soft spot in their heart for me.