Lucille at the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument The year 2020 will be remembered for many things. The year we closed schools and businesses to study and work from home. The year we canceled vacations. The year we stayed home. Well, for some of us at least. For others, it was the year of the RV. According to the RV Industry Association, as of May, RV sales in some parts of the country were up 170 percent over the same time last year. “One of these things lets you shelter in place and travel at the same time.” Making your Home on Wheels For the uninitiated, the prospect of life on the road may seem daunting. There’s a lot to consider and plan, not the least of which is actually purchasing the RV. We consulted some experts. Owning a recreational vehicle (RV) was always something Punta Gorda couple Garrett and Mary Jacqueline Atkinson wanted for their family. Garrett works from home as a patent attorney and they have been homeschooling their children, Samara, 11, and Mitchell, 10, since 2017. That same year their Buick was totaled, and they decided to replace it with a Suburban with towing capacity. “The rest is history,” Mary Jacqueline said with a laugh. In January 2018, they attended the Florida RV Super Show at the State Fairgrounds in Tampa and bought a Riverside Retro 265RB off the floor. They named her Lucille. Mary Jacqueline quickly turned Lucille into a cozy home on the road. She […]