Sunday, November 28, 2010

Professor of RVing pulls off the road

I've written in the past about the importance of having an exit strategy for coming off the road from full-time RVing. That transition has arrived. Mrs. Professor and I have come off the road after five wonderful years of traveling the country making hundreds of new friends along the way. We purchased a home in Exeter, California with plenty of space for RV parking. We didn't want to come off the road, but we both have health issues that required the move. For my part, I am suffering from a severe case of psoriatic arthritis which makes it painful to walk and almost impossible to type. I'm receiving medical treatment and hoping for a wonder cure. If I can kick this disease, then I plan on doing more RVing. In the meantime my 40' Country Coach motorhome is parked next to the barn. Unless and until my arthritis pain goes away, I won't be contributing new RV articles to I would like to thank all my readers and especially Chuck Woodbury and his excellent staff at for their support and encouragement over the years. Jim Twamley, Retired Professor of RVing


Ann said...

I am so sorry to see you go, hopefully only temporarily. I've enjoyed all your postings, and I enjoyed meeting you 3 or 4 years ago at Lost Lake in Olympia. You included a photo of me in one of your articles. I, too, am having troubles with arthritis, but so far we are able to continue the workamper lifestyle. We are currently at the Denver East KOA for the winter. I will pray for a solution for your pain!
Blessings to you and your wife,
Ann Wilson

Anonymous said...

Bad news...

Jim, I enjoyed your articles/postings since I've found them on the internet. Thank you for your work. BZ!
I wish you all the best - on or off the road.
Hopefully I hear good news from you one day. I am optimistic, so I don't unsubscribe the rss-feed :-)

Mike from Germany (still planning to visit your country with RV)

trish said...

Jim, if you wish to continue to write your computer should have a program to allow you to talk to it while it writes. It is found under accessibility--text to speech.On my PC (windows)I find it under control panel, speech recognition tools.
I set up my mom's computer so she could talk to write her emails and family history stories and it works quite well.

LiveWorkDream said...

Professor, I am so sorry to hear this, and hope that your health gets better.

We will miss your insights and posts. When hubby and I hit the road, yours was one of the first blogs we started subscribing to to give us an insight on the lifestyle. You have so much to offer this community, we hope you return soon.

Be well and take good care of yourself. Hope you get back out there at least on short trips.

Nancy G said...

Jim...It's been over a year since I saw you post and wondered what happened. I so enjoyed your posts. We aren't traveling much anymore due to the economics. We bought a truck camper and go out for short trips and that's about it, don't take the 5th wheel out. Please take a look at and go thru the free program, hot topics and Star McDougallers. It is eye opening and does work. You will get back out on the road soon and you are in California so you could even go there. Best of luck!

Susan Cameron said...

I've enjoyed reading your posts for quite some time now, and I'm sorry you and your wife are having health problems. I hope your situation improves. I appreciate the time you've taken to share your knowledge with all of us. All the best,
Susie C.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes to you and yours Jim.

Ridge Gardner

The Astleys said...

I have enjoyed your blogs over the years and your blog continues as a reference that folks can use. I hope that things improve greatly and rapidly for you so that you can enjoy the open road again.

rvliving said...

Hi Jim: Several years ago when John asked his Dr what causes Cataracts his reply was B'Days - so now we blame B'Days for everything.

We too are winding down. In 2011 we begin our 26th year of Fulltiming. If the Good Lord will allow it, we hope to continue till 2014 but we too have our exit strategy for our Retirement Phase 2 set in place.

Both John and I wish you both all the very best in the years ahead. New Medical wonders surface every day - with luck they will find some that will increase your quality of life. Thanks for all your input and enjoy your new home. Our thoughts are with you Peggi and John

Anonymous said...

Jim, Don't give up. 20 years in the Army, 8 years with cancer, six years on oxygen and I still RV weekends and when possible "non carborundum illigitemi". That was the motto of my recruiting tour and I have adopted it as a life credo. Keep believing it and you will be back in the deiver's seat before long. I will have you in my prayers. God bless.

Mike H said...

Have appreciated your insights and advice over the years. My wife Yvonne and I look forward to being able to spend our returement years on the road as you did.

Prayers for you and Mrs. Professor in the next phase of your lives together.

God bless.

Martha in AL said...

So sorry you are forced to stop traveling. Hope you both will be back on the road and healthy soon. Have enjoyed your comments and appreciate your sharing your knowledge with us all.
Martha in AL

Lance and Coralee Kulman said...


So sorry to see you go. Over the years you and Chuck and all his associates are the reason we have had a great time fulltiming. For people who were condo vacationers it was a big transition!!!

You and Mrs. Profession take care. Will miss you.

Betty said...

I've truly enjoyed the information you have so freely shared. My best wishes to you and your wife. Thank you so much for your gift of knowledge. It was most appreciated.

Calvin R said...

I also will miss you columns. You write in a clear and friendly way, and I have learned a lot from your writing.

Please keep taking care of yourself. WebMD offers hope of pain control, if not a cure. I do not know your wife's issues, but keep hoping and working.

As with others, I encourage you to continue writing. My particular suggestion is the Dragon software.

Anonymous said...

Jim, I have found a non medicated
wrist band that will rid your body of all types of pain. I have terrible Ruhmatoid arthritis in all of my joints. Plus shingles pain. This past Tuesday I discovered a product that will rid
your body of any kind of pain.
Major or minor. Guranteed to work in 30 days or get your money back.
My right hip socket hurt so bad I couldn't sleep. Within 20 miniutes
after I put the band on , my pain left all of my joints. by 6 p.m.
that day my hip pain so gone also.
It cost $49.99 plus shipping.I have no pain at all.

Curt said...

Hi Jim, I enjoy your wisdom and info. I have a solution to help get you back on the road and enjoy your writing and R.V.travels.
I have Rumatoid arthritis in most of my joints.and also shingles pain.I bought a product Tuesday 12/1/10. a non medicine product that
works to get rid of all kind of pain.I bought it and with in 20 min.after I put it on, all my joint
and bone pain disapeared and by 6 P.M.that evening my hip pain that
hurt 24/7 plus shotting pain there.
I took Loratab over 6 years, 3to 4
times a day.This product truely works and has a 30 day money back gurantee, if it doesn't work for you I will give your money back.
Less shipping.$49.99 for me if interested.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to learn of your forced retirement, but I will remain optimistic that you will improve and join the ranks of RVers once again. All the best to you and your wife.

Mike McFall said...

Good Luck Jim,,,,It was good meeting up with you out on the road. After 15 years, at the age of 76, we alre also having to slow down and we bought a house at North Ranch......Still have the Motorhome, just like you for a short jaunt now and then. You can catch us at Mike and Pats Travels..
Take care
Mike and Pat McFall
The PressurePro people...

Joe said...


Best of luck to you in your battle. Keep us apprised of your progress once in a while.


Pat said...

Uhhhhh, Saturday mornings will never be the same! How am I going to convince my husband that fixing and updating our RV are both non-violent? Alas!

I also will keep you and your wife in my prayers. When your ears ring just before midnight in the East. you'll know I'm at it.

Now about the computer assistance that a previous note mentioned. There are a number of very sophisticated programs available for both Mac and pc. A lifelong friend is both going blind and losing his ability to type (arthritis, carpal tunnel). He has such a program on his Mac and it really works! He is involved in anti-pollution issues world wide. My husband organized his current set-up for him. E-mail and our friend's Mac/software program set up keeps him connected and active even though he is a tad computer-averse. If you're not too deeply involved in other things, please take a serious look at the computer possibilities.

The "best of the Professor" is great but the "active and not in pain Professor" is better.

SamF said...

I am really sorry to hear this. I have really enjoyed all your input, information and knowledge sharing over the years. You will be sorely missed (hopefully only temporarily). You and the Mrs. will be in my prayers.
God Bless

Nola said...


You will be missed! We wish the absolute best to both you and Mrs. Twamley. We look forward to the day you are able to be back on the road again.

Huntington Beach, CA

Glenda said...

I'm very sorry that you're having to lie low (for a short time, I hope). Just a thought: Would it be feasible for you to dictate your articles to someone who could type them for you?

My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Jim said...

Thanks for your stories, tips and general RV information over the years Jim! And yes, you did call it right on the closing of so many RV manufacturers. I know you took a lot of heat on that, and time has vindicated you. We will miss you and hope that you make a recovery that allows us to share your wisdom again.

Robert said...

We've never met but I've always enjoyed your articles and I'm going to miss them. Get well so you can get back on teh road!


Western Spaceport said...

As Trish and others have recommended, you might want to looking into using Dragon Speaking (voice recognition computer software) to overcome one of your challenges.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see you go. I've enjoyed your posts and have learned a thing or two from them. Hope you and your wife do find those miracle cures...

Teri said...

Not that you need any more encouragement after that long litany of well wishers but really felt impelled to put in my two cents since I've enjoyed your posts for these past few years and benefitted from them. Altho the RV lifestyle is like no other, your new home and lifestyle may have a silver ling and increase your enjoyment of life. Prayers with you both regardless of your location or lifestyle...

Veronica said...

I'm sorry to hear of you & your wife being ill. My prayers go out to you and yours. I thoroughly enjoyed your posting and articles. You will be missed but your health comes first and those of your loved ones. Both of you take care, I'm sure we'll hear from you from time to time. Best to you both,

Sunny One said...

I've missed you these past months and wondered what was up. I hope you will be able to feel better and get well enough to share some of your travels. If the skin on your hands is not open, you could try Soothanol, it really takes the pain away. My arthritis isn't so bad I can't KB all day, but I do feel it.

snowhawkwoman said...

I'm really going to miss your articles...I've learned so much over the past couple of years from you.
Take care of yourself and the wife, and hoping and praying for you both to feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

We are not on the road yet except in our minds, but your articles and short videos have help make the dream closer to reality. Our prayers are with you and your Mrs. in these troubling times. May the situation be temporary and your life free of pain. TARDIS

Anonymous said...

Good luck to you and your wife. I will miss you contributions to my RVing knowledge. Best wishes for a wonder cure.

Anonymous said...

Wish you all the best. You will be missed. Hopefully one of the many treatments available for arthritis will be the one to work for you and you will be back in the near future.
Main thing is to take care of yourselves.

Pat said...

We will miss you. Hope you both recover soon.

Larry said...

Hi Jim
You gotta know that we are all pulling for you!

Mike said...

Shouldn't you say that you aren't retiring, just going on Sabbatical? ^.^

Then you can give the "Arnold-ator" line.

Anyways, positive thinking does wonders. Tell yourself that you are kicking the ailments rear-ends and getting back in the seat.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to read about your condition and sad decision to leave this grand lifestyle, but one must do whats best for family. One day we will all face the same decision. Our prayers and best wishes to you and yours.

Jerry & Ann,
Gila Bend @ Luke Aux Air Field

Allan Jones said...

Dear Jim...I found that miracle twenty years ago. I began eating macrobiotically(grains;veg;beans)and saved my life. Watch the youtube videos. Read the info. Buy a book if you want to. Turn away from naysayers. Eat some grain and watch your symptoms melt away and no need to look back except to smile in gratitude. Best in your journeys....allan, ("professor of great living"

Anonymous said...

I also have psoriatic arthritis and have found a profound change for the better by totally eliminating wheat from my diet.
I means reading all labels- and no pastries, crackers any baked good made with wheat. It shows up everywhere.
It seems tough at first but your good health is worth it.
As previous poster said, i also found macrobiotics to be healing and that is also hard to get used to- you will lose any extra weight you might have as a bonus.
Commit to 3 months and see how you feel.
Good luck- i no longer need NSAIDS and take only vitamin supplements.

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