I think for us it happened gradually over many years. It all started because we wanted to experience nature by being closer to it than in a motel. But, gradually over the years we have come to love it as a way to travel and as a lifestyle and a way to take our home with us. We tried getting out of it for a few years and going to Yellowstone was never the same as when we were staying in an RV.
A tent with my Dad when little, 50's and 60's, then a motorcycle and a sleeping bag in my early to late teens,60's and 70's, then a motorcycle and nylon pup tent,70's, then marriage and a tent again, then a slide in camper,80's, then a 21' Itasca til the late 90's. then a 34 class A. Now a 40 class A.
The 24 footer was an Indian, the Braves were the F-17 and D-19. I started the same way in the same 24 footer. I was 11 or 12 my first trip. We never did get a 27 footer because my parents deemed it insanely large and Who needed that much space, anyway? My siblings loved it too. I, however, studied the early'70's Winnebago like my life depended on it. I could have sold the damn things. Would you prefer the green upholstery or the aqua? I remember an amazing amount about that MH to this day. If I had big bucks I'd buy one and restore it - with modern conveniences of course, I mean, that manual step had to go.
I now have a 27 foot Chieftain (later than those '70's ones) and I'm the smallest Class A on the road.
Both the bride and I are retired Navy with a total of 50 years of service and 50 years of traveling the earth. Upon her retirement we promply bought a pop up and started doing the local camping thing, and we progressed through a TT, 5th wheel and now a MH.
We've "been stuck" in the same town working for nine years now and it is driving us nuts. We are roamers and we are ready to do the full time thing starting next October. We just have to travel, can't stay in one spot for too long. We've seen the world and now it's time to see the U.S./North America.
Chuck n Terri
2011 Georgetown 378TS in FireMist
2010 Wrangler Toad
Rica, the old cat
Max E. Dog, the puppy dog
Kirby, the old dog, passed but not forgotten