Title: RV There Yet?: The True Story of a Motoring Nightmare
Author: Travis Casey
Genre: Memoir, Satire, Humor
It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. —Mark Twain After selling their Minnesota home, Travis and Wendy plan an elaborate departure from the United States before repatriating themselves to the UK. Buying a second-hand RV, visiting states unknown, and selling the campervan after reaching Florida seems like the perfect exit. So they pack their lives and blind Shih Tzu into a once-luxurious thirty-one-foot RV and hit the open road. As they roll through the Midwest, heading for the Deep South, they soon discover “RV” doesn't mean “Reliable Vehicle.” Historical sites give way to repair shops and the excitement of the once-in-a-lifetime trip quickly turns into apprehension of what's around the next corner. With the wheels literally coming off the wagon, bogus repairs, temperatures rising inside the RV and under the hood, sleeping in junkyards, and being laughed at by the Mississippi police, the once-happy couple just want the nightmare to end so they can return to England. But the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles has the final say as to when they can leave. Of course it's a true story. You couldn't make it up.
After all that Travis and his wife have been through, they make the decision to return to the UK. After they sell their home in Minnesota, they pack up all their worldly goods and take an RV through several states before arriving in Florida. It’s the ultimate road trip where anything and everything can happen. As Travis soon learns, a second-hand RV breaks down more than expected. This is not the happy road trip they envision, and it soon becomes a nightmare. Can they make it back to England in one piece or will they be stranded in their RV forever?
There’s a lot of people who would love nothing more than hitting the open road in an RV. Road tripping has its ups and downs and this point is made abundantly clear for the Caseys. I laughed so hard as he describes in detail the hijinks that happen on the open road. My heart went out for them as they encountered obstacle after obstacle. It’s a good thing they love each other and maintain their sense of humor or else they might’ve just killed each other. Entertaining, a laugh-a-minute travel memoir, RV There Yet makes for the perfect summer read. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Born into a middle-class family in Midwest America, I had a normal upbringing for a preacher's kid moving from town to town every 3-5 years. That bred living in eight cities in five states by the time I was eighteen. So traveling and moving got into my blood. I left Indiana and joined the Navy and began on world travels. After sowing my oats on a Western Pacific Navy deployment, I married an Australian-raised Brit who has ping-ponged across oceans with me for the past 34 years. We've lived in Hawaii, Scotland, Seattle, England, Minnesota, back to England, and back to Minnesota where I reside today—but for how long who knows.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N