The Road Less Traveled


Conventional life isn’t for everyone. Being married with children, owning a house in a suburban neighborhood, holding down a 9 to 5 job are all considered societal norms, but there are a select few who have carved out different paths in life.

Marshall Wendler and Kelly Beasley are those unconventional people who broke out of society’s mold to live an adventurous life on the road.

When Marshall’s wife passed away, he found himself at a crossroads in life. Marshall was working in customer service in North Carolina. With his wife’s passing and a career turning stale, Marshall needed to find something different to do with his life.

“I was in my early 40’s and not sure where I wanted to live. Because RVing and living a nomadic life was always in the back of my mind, I decided to make the leap. It was now or never,” said Marshall.

He sold the few possessions he had, and 10 months after his wife passed away, he had purchased a travel trailer and hit the road full-time. He had never owned an RV before.

This was the best decision of his life.

Marshall “moochdocking” at a friend’s house in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico

Kelly had lived it all and decided it wasn’t for her. She had long-term relationships including a marriage, which ended in divorce. She owned houses and made sure her yard was always manicured. Kelly had a long-term job and had even lived abroad. As a single woman, she was bored and began to loathe the extreme costs associated with paying for housing and utilities.

When Kelly realized she could rent her house out for a profit, she hit the road with her two dogs Trixie and Gizmo and never looked back.

Kelly and her dogs in her favorite town, Crested Butte, Colorado

“The RV life offered an escape from all the baggage that comes with living stationary,” said Kelly.

Kelly and Marshall met through a group of friends and became unspoken traveling companions.  “We never even talked about caravanning in our RVs together . . . it just happened. We traveled and worked together, and mostly, we just get along very well as friends,” said Kelly.

To say these two RV travelers have mastered a life on the road is an understatement. Kelly and Marshall have traveled the country in their RVs: Kelly in her 2010 Crossroads Slingshot travel trailer, and Marshall in his 2014 24’ Lance travel trailer pulled by a 2018 Ram 2500.

Marshall Wendler and Kelly Beasley

They fund their lives through their popular RV website they run together called Camp Addict, which began making money 10 months after it launched. Marshall and Kelly each bring their own area of expertise to the website; Marshall brings his technical know-how and Kelly is the writer.

The S2 Expedition Travel Trailer cover is a customer favorite for several reasons: The material is a Marinex marine grade waterproof fabric; it comes in the color tan which is an industry first; sizing comes in two foot increments so you always know you will get a semi-custom fit; and it now comes with endurance roof straps. 

Camp Addict features an RV product guide and review section, and a blog. The RV product guide and review section details RV product categories, offering top picks in each category. The blog portion of Camp Addict is a venue to share information with readers that isn’t only RV product related.

Marshall and Kelly have both lived the full-time RV life for years, and have no intention of stopping. Their website Camp Addict is a place for RV and outdoor enthusiasts to go when they want the facts about everything from RV shower-heads to how to find RV friends and everything in between.

What is their favorite American town so far? Kelly loves Silverton, Colorado because it is “heaven on earth.” Marshall doesn’t have a number one favorite town, but he has favorite categories. In the mountain town category, he loves Crested Butte, Colorado. In the coastal town category, he is partial to the Oregon coast. His favorite high desert location is Moab.

Don’t expect to find them at an RV campground because they are full-time boondockers, which is definitely fine with Trixie and Gizmo. For dogs, boondockers is synonymous with a lot of room to run around and explore. For Marshall and Kelly, being a boondocker means peace, space, and freedom.


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Marshall & Kelly – Camp Addict
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