If you have followed this blog for long you know I regularly share RV adventures my wife and I have experienced while enjoying the RV lifestyle. This week I would like to share an adventure in RVing that happened many years ago as related by a 96 year old friend before it is lost to time
October 10, 1971: Clyde Miller and his wife arrive in Havasu City, Arizona towing a travel trailer. Being their first visit and long before onboard navigation they weren’t quite sure on where to find parking for their RV while they visited town. Spying a street without any vehicles and open curbs they turned onto it hoping to find a place to park. Unfortunately, temporary “No Parking” signs had been placed along the edge of the road preventing anyone from pulling off. As they traveled along not only were there more no parking signs along the way but the sidewalks were lined with people much like they would line a road waiting for a parade. As he crossed a bridge and descended the other side receiving cheers from the crowd lining the sidewalk, he realized his mistake. He had just crossed the famed London Bridge moments before it was to be crossed by dignitaries and dedicated.
Keep in mind: To celebrate the English heritage of the bridge, it opened with pomp and circumstance fit for a queen. I can just picture a square, early 1970’s travel trailer crossing the very decorated bridge.
Afterwards, they stopped to eat at a local Havasu City restaurant. As people entered and spotted Clyde and his wife seated at a booth they pointed, snickered and smiled at the guy who made a wrong turn and opened the bridge with a RV. The owner of the restaurant even covered the cost of their meal as he felt their presence at his establishment attracted additional diners.
Not wanting to attract any more attention to themselves, they decided to head down the road rather than finding a RV park in town that evening.
Being the first RV over Havasu City’s London Bridge, a pretty awesome adventure in RVing!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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