Because of my parents RV, the concept of RVing was now on our radar, though it would be at least ten years before we would entertain the idea of getting one ourselves. Rob and I started to take notice of them everywhere we went. We started to realize that the different kinds of RV’s that exist is vast! We noticed them on the road, we noticed dealerships on the side of the road that for some reason had been completely invisible in the past, and we noticed them in campgrounds, now with some curiosity rather than scorn.
We went on a few overnight trips and did various fund raising events with my parents in their RV for their dearest cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We had a ton of fun! We met other RVrs. They are some of the most friendly and warm people you will ever encounter. They are also extremely enthusiastic about their rigs and will gladly answer any questions you might have. We started to amass a bit of experience and jargon to go with it…. Despite being somewhat fascinated, it still seemed like something other people did, not us.
The thought that we could be a part of this interesting little club had not occurred to us yet; though my mom every once in a while would subtly suggest it and point out small campers that might be appropriate for us… We just thought, “it is nice for you, but no, that’s not us.” I am certain that this block existed because we are absolutely NOT the typical demographic that the RV market appeals to and we never once saw people like ourselves with an RV. It is no secret that the largest population of RVrs is retired folks; we actually partied with a lot of retired people during this process… The second largest population is families with children. We are a very long way from being retired and we have no plans to have children.
We are artists, we are theater people, we are a fucking rock band! AND then, that is where this all started to make sense for us. Touring. Between 2005 and 2011, we had been doing a lot of it. There were certainly mornings that we woke up not knowing where we were geographically or whose house we had crashed at, not because of being intoxicated, but rather because we were working hard and constantly on the go. We thought, wouldn’t it be nice to sleep in the same bed every night?
We are not famous or on a record label, our tours are completely self-funded. We were crashing at the houses of generous friends and family, staying in really crappy hotels and every once in a while even tent camping while on the road and performing in clubs. We were often exhausted, getting very little quality sleep and eating poorly (especially bad for someone with Type 1 Diabetes).
The idea of getting an RV started to become a big fantasy. We would talk about it and imagine ourselves with our own mobile bed, kitchen and bathroom. Even though this fantasy was starting to bloom, it still seemed like it stopped there. We thought, one day, maybe we will be able to afford such a luxury. We also thought that it was important to buy a house before we bought something seemingly frivolous and of our fantasies like a Recreational Vehicle, even if it was for work………………………………….
Too be continued!
Update: 2/3/16 – We no longer perform as Before Dawn, from Austin, TX. We have an L.A. based rock band called JagLyonz, if you want to know more about us go to www.JagLyonz.com. Here are a few photos from the old Before Dawn days!