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On the road
Jim and Dee Walter hit the road in the 37-foot RV.
Name: Jim and Dee Walter
Age: 60 and 62
Why they love it: Feeling of freedom

My wife is a gypsy at heart, and when I was in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, she loved moving from place to place, bless her heart.

So when I retired last winter, we decided to retire to an RV. It gives you a great feeling of freedom. It's neat to be able to hitch up and move: We can set back up in an hour.

The RV is only about 380 square feet, but we don't need a lot of room because we don't have hobbies. We had accumulated a lot of stuff but it's unbelievable how quick you can get over such things.

Taking your home with you when you travel is great. We used to visit our sons for long weekends, spend a couple of days with them. Now, since we retired last winter, we were able to visit both of them in Illinois for a solid two months without intruding on their homes.

We're not going to stray very far from the eastern half of the country for a while; Dee has an elderly mother in the Raleigh area and we don't want to get too far away. We're going up to Canada next year and plan to return through New England, where we've never been.

That could change, of course. You're making plans, but the plans are like Jell-O: They can melt away.

NEXT: Ithaca, N.Y.

Last updated September 13 2010: 8:42 AM ET

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