You’re driving along and as you are passing or behind an RV, whether it be a motorhome, 5th wheel or travel trailer, you might notice it has a decal showing a funny name or catchy phrase with some funny looking social media icons under it. You wonder, ‘hmmm, I thought only boats and ships are named’.
At sea, naming vessels was a way to communicate with each other. This was done way before radio communication even existed. It was a misnomer for a sailor (or pirate!!) to put his long glass up to his eye and read the name of a ship on her stern to determine whether it’s friend or foe. Tradition has carried itself through centuries to modern day. Seagoing vessels were typically named after important females; either historical or personal, hence why they are referred to as ‘she’.
Well, seemingly, the tradition has gone hard aground and traipsed over to the RV community…
Today, it’s common to drive into a campground or RV park to see what some RV’s and Campers are named. Some names are personified like ‘Rosie’ or ‘Georgie’ however, some have really catchy titles or phrases…like ours…Always On Liberty! And yes, we have those funny looking social media icons under it too!
Originally, when we first started our RV endeavors, we were dry-docked at a local state park campground waiting for our home to sell. We moved all of what belongings we wished to stow into our RV. There were many a campfire when Captain Dan and I would chat over a bourbon on the rocks or a glass of vino. One of the topics was, especially both of us coming from maritime backgrounds, ‘what were we to name OUR land yacht’?
It didn’t take long for ‘Liberty’ to come rolling off our tongues like mermaids singing. It sounded cool and hip…liberating, actually. It’s another word for freedom and that’s exactly what we were about to embark on. So, instantly, our ‘then’ Heartland Cyclone Toyhauler took on the persona of Lady Liberty…but not in the same fashion as the tall green lady in New York Harbor. Our ‘Liberty’ was personal. She was now our new life blood. In the Maritimes, ships were identified as M/V meaning ‘motor vessel’ or S/V meaning ‘sailing vessel’, so, we deamed our land yacht “RV Liberty”…RV meaning ‘road vessel’. We were excited and eager to set up our Facebook page and blog and away we went. We finally had our road name and now our identity.
HOWEVER…BLOW ME DOWN!!
We quickly learned ‘RV Liberty’ dot com website was taken by *gasp*…ANOTHER ‘supposed’ RVer, even though our RV Liberty Facebook page was already set up and we were stylin’ with the big boys and girls in them big boxy homes on wheels with their own cool names. We were perplexed what to do next. I mean, we were already known however, we were like a ship out of water without a paddle. Back to more campfires. More bourbon on ice. More vino. And then it hit us!
‘Always On Liberty’ *mermaids singing*…
…because we ARE always on liberty. See, in the Coast Guard and the Navy, ‘Liberty’ is another word for ‘time off’ aside from taking leave. Oftentimes, they were for several hours up to a four day weekend. In our tenures, there always seemed to be a guy who was ‘always on liberty’ and never at work. We loathed those guys; we so wanted to be them. So there ya have it, now you know and knowing’s half the…oh, whatever! It makes for a good belly-up-to-the-bar story at least.
So, let’s fast forward a few years. We’ve noticed quite a few of our RV friends have their names on the backs of their rigs too! What’s funny, is we will pass each other on the roads and know exactly who they are.
In 2016, while we were at Fort Sam Houston Army Post FamCamp in San Antonio, I was trottin’ around the campground (sort of exercising) when I noticed a very familiar ‘blue honey wagon’ (portable crap tank…see picture!) attached to the ladder on the back of a certain 5th wheel. I kept thinking to myself every time I passed it, ‘I know these people, I’ve seen their photos on social media. I recognize that Bighorn with that infamous blue crap tank’. And then it hit me; Emily and Tim Rohrer from OwnLessDoMore whom we’ve connected with vaguely on Facebook. We instantly got to know each other and that connection grew stronger (something to do with understanding military family life?) Since that day, we’ve met several times on the road (psssst, they keep following us!!! LOL). They have somewhat added to their bold “identifier” showcasing their own road name that’s decal’d on their Bighorn’s upper transom. Oh yes, and that blue shitter tank, is still there but it matches perfectly with their www.OwnLessDoMore.US decal. Oh! They too have a blog. Now that we’ve become ‘RV Besties’, I can get away with sharing this story. Check their daily posts on their OwnLessDoMore.US Facebook page. They are awesome RV peeps to hang with. Oh, and she always has wine (or something stronger) for our “RV Sister Time” while we roll our eyes and watch Tim and Captain Dan talk RV tech gibberish over cables, wires, batteries, and…more power. It’s like we have our own version of Tim the Toolman on Home Improvement.
This past January (2017), we meandered our way over to Quartzsite, Arizona from Yuma for an XScapers Convergence. So, we pull into what seemingly was a good site on the vast craggy desert. Low and behold, who did we park near? Julie and Marc Bennett of RVLove! I instantly recognized their motorhome. Up until then, we had only conversed and networked with them also through social media. (Pssssst they’re sort of ‘famous’!) Anyhow, their road name was beaming from the top of their motorhome windshield. I won’t share how they decided on their RV road name; that’s their own story but it is quite humorous. Since meeting at the Q, we’ve become good friends with this Aussie/American couple, helped with a video or two and met a couple times for dinner. Marc and Julie, though on the same time path as ourselves, have been instrumental to our future success as bloggers. Today, they have their own online RV Success School for those yearning to hit the road as RVers. Check out their RVLove YouTube Channel.
Just recently, while we were parked at a campground in Elkhart, Indiana, I step out of our truck to do something and I noticed the stern of a gleaming Airstream across the roadway from us. They too, had a decal on the back of their silver bullet Our Someday Is Now. Now, I’ve never met these people in my life; in person or online. I get bold and log onto Facebook liking their page and then messaging them ‘pssssst, we see you…we’re right behind you!’ Quickly, I receive a response back, ‘OMG, it’s Always On Liberty!’ We arranged to meet later that day and instantly became friends. We invited Nancy and Paul over to relax in our air conditioned Landmark. Oh and their adorable Corgis, Macy and Jake, stole our hearts! You can keep up with their daily activities on their Facebook page Our Someday Is Now Facebook page.
Lastly, a week ago in Elkhart, Indiana, I was pacing-to-the-80’s (that whole ‘exercising sorta thing’) and stopped dead in my tracks at a particular campsite. While catching my breath, I stumbled closer to their Nissan SUV because I recognized their road name decals…Drive Dive Devour! It was just only two weeks prior that I spoke to them on the phone about their visit to Kentucky since we were so familiar with the area (they were organizing an Xscapers convergence). Again, this fun couple we’ve only corresponded with through Facebook and following their blog.
Finally, I grab my sweaty nerve up, making myself look a little more presentable, I stuff my stray hairs under my redneck ballcap, push my movie star sunglasses up on the bridge of my nose and courageously knock on their door. A big bearded dude came to the door and I said, ‘hey Brandon, how’s it going’? He had NO IDEA giving me the who-the-heck-are-you look until I said “Dude! Always On Liberty? Lisa? Dan?” Becoming instant friends, we had a couple of our own private convergences while they were in town.
BTW, don’t let Brandon’s size fool ya! He’s a really nice guy and very knowledgeable about ‘everything RVing’! And Kerensa is cuter than cute and knows her way around RVing as well! They have a Facebook following on their page ‘RV to Freedom’ helping young and old learn about RVing and how to live in an RV.
Those are just a few that we’ve met on the road by recognizing their ‘road names’ from their blogs or social media. It’s awesome putting faces with names and end up sharing our life stories and future plans. We then become ‘RV Family’. It’s a fun way to identify and be identified on the road, in campsites or on social media. So, when you get your own RV or camper, what are you going to name her?
Next time you’re rolling down the road or highway and you see our RVs with our road names, look all of us up! Give us a shoutout on our Instagrams and Facebooks! We all love hearing from our followers…and fans! Oh, but please, don’t text and drive. We can certainly wait to hear from you when you’re high and dry.
If you are interested in getting your own decals made at great prices, check out these RVers, Mark and Linda Comer, who do this in their own RV! We met them at the Heartland Owners Club North American Rally as they were vendors. We also had decals made for Captain America too. Tell them Always On Liberty sent ya!