Today I am interviewing a man who started RVing part-time 20 years ago. Although he still has a sticks-and-bricks home, his love for the RVing lifestyle has made him one of the most-recognizable voices in the RV industry.
John DiPietro is from Massachusetts where he worked in radio advertising for decades. He swore he’d never own an RV until one of his friends bought a big Class A motorhome and John realized that was the way to travel.
As a result, John and his wife have owned several RVs over the years, and currently use a Winnebago View Class C motorhome. For them, it is the perfect vehicle because it is easy to drive, easy to connect to utilities and small enough to park almost anywhere.
Today they use their motorhome to take their six grandkids on adventures and to travel around the country. In fact, John will soon be leaving Massachusetts to head to Arizona to participate in the annual Quartzsite RV show.
John is the co-host of the RVing in New England podcast, as well as the Camper Report Show on the RV Life Network. Both shows promote the benefits of RV travel and discuss ways to get more enjoyment out of RVing experiences.
John likes the RV lifestyle because people are often so friendly and helpful. He believes campgrounds are one of the last remnants of true community remaining in America.
He describes himself as a drifter in that John and his wife often don’t spend more than a few days in one location before moving on. That’s another reason he likes the RV lifestyle. He enjoys the flexibility RVing offers to people who either want to travel quickly to see everything America has to offer, or to slow down and really immerse themselves in a specific area.
New technology makes it possible for John to remain connected to his work as a podcast host wherever they may be. Workamping also gives people the flexibility to enjoy new experiences while working.
To avoid crowds, John and his wife like going to places others may not consider to be tourist destinations, and RVing enables them to do that, too.
Like many people who have been RVing for a while, John wishes he had started doing it much earlier when his children were young enough to enjoy the experience as a family.
John advocates for taking a sabbatical year at any age just to travel and enjoy experiences while people are young enough to do it. He has observed families with young kids who are visiting places that other students only read about in school, and John wishes he would have provided that experience to his own children.
He has known too many people who died before they retired and were unable to experience many of the things John and his wife have enjoyed over the years. He said RVing and Workamping make people richer as a result of the experiences.
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That’s all I have for this week’s show. Next time I will be speaking with a retired Air Force officer who uses his RV to take extended trips while still growing his business as a career transition coach and helping people to develop their leadership skills. I’ll have that interview on the next episode of The Workamper Show. Thanks for listening!