Updated: Aug 29, 2019
I invited The Ballards to share a little about themselves so you can see how others got started in the RV Life.
Hello! We are Mark and Andrea Ballard. Mark is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and I am Andrea, Mark’s wife and partner in this great adventure.
Our fifth wheel is named “Old Glory” and the blue Ford F350 that tows her is lovingly known as “Babe,” named after Paul Bunyan’s Blue Ox. Why? you may ask. Why would someone sell their home of 14 years, sell most of their belongings and choose to live in approximately 350 square feet? Why would we choose to downsize our lives after 32 years of marriage into this small home on wheels?
Well, I’m not sure exactly when or how it started but we both began to feel like we were missing something, something greater than the same old day after day routine. There had to be something bigger and better than making a huge mortgage payment and living paycheck to paycheck. And that “something” was experiences, travel, family, fresh air and God’s creation. We wanted to see things and meet new people and experience more of this world while we are still young and healthy enough to enjoy it (we are both in our early 50s.) We also wanted the freedom to see our family more often. Both of our sons, Tim and Grant, are grown and out of the house and we have family in Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Carolina, Colorado and Texas.