|Fulltime solo RVer Melissa Dafnis and her traveling rig.|
"I wanted to live the lifestyle of freedom and adventure that full-time RVing involves," said the former professional jockey. "I love to travel, I love a challenge, I love freedom. And RVing is all of those things and more."
About five years ago, Melissa, 52, started researching rigs and going to RV shows to help her decide on the exact unit she wanted. She decided on a toy hauler because taking her Honda 750 motorcycle along was her number one priority. "I also plan to spend at least five, maybe 10 years in this RV and I wanted to make sure I had the options to do that."
|Melissa Dafnis on cross-country motorcycle adventure.|
Melissa says she gets some strange looks when she pulls into a park and jumps out of the cab of her big pickup. "People see a 5-foot tall woman get out from behind the wheel of that truck towing a 44-foot fifth-wheel and they say, 'You drive that all by yourself?'"
|Melissa in her pro-jockey days.|
Life on the road with Tigger and Roo
Since 2014 Melissa has lived in her RV with her constant traveling companions: Chihuahuas Tigger (male, 10) and Roo (female, 9).
So far they have spent their winters in Florida and summers in Maryland "with full hook-ups in my Dad's yard because we're very close and we like to do a lot of motorcycling together. He will be 80 years old this year and I don't want to miss a minute of time that I can spend with him."
|Melissa with Tigger and Roo.|
"My best experience to date was being able to walk my kayak to the canal, paddle to the manatees in Homasassa Springs, Florida, and rub a manatees belly as he rolled up right next to me on my kayak," she recalls. "He even held my hand with his flipper."
Then she added: "One of the happiest moments of my life was as I skipped along the beautiful white sand beach in Destin, Florida, with the realization that I had, indeed, made my dream come true. Everyone deserve to feel that."
To read more about how Melissa Dafnis runs her own business while on the road, click here for an RVWheelLife post on her podcast series: “Your RV Dream: Discover the Lifestyle, Make Money While You Travel, and Live a Life of Freedom and Adventure”.
-- Julianne G. Crane
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Photos: Courtesy of MelissaDafnis.com (Click on images to enlarge.)