One month ago the Beast joined the family. I've spent a little money on it, mostly to replace the converter, but not near as much as if I'd paid an RV center. And now I understand it pretty well.
Next I figure out a place to drain and sanitize the fresh water system, now that I know how. And I take it to my mechanic to get an oil change and have them inspect the truck systems. This'll cost. But I'll learn a bit more about what's underneath the hood and the chassis.
Travel. Next destination will probably be a couple days down in Bisbee, near the Mexican border. Maybe a trip over to New Mexico to see friends in Los Alamos before they take off for Maine for the summer. I'm planning a Colorado swing in July to coincide with a conference in Denver. In June I'll fly to SF for a week for a run over there. I've been looking at Mexico, which at this point seems very scary, simply because I've never been to Mexico. No, I take that back: I walked across the border at Nogales for a few hours just to see what it was like and get some cheap antibiotics for my first aid kit. Didn't like Nogales much.
August: I'm considering heading vaguely northwest toward Seattle at some point, maybe stop and see friends in Olympia. Maybe cross over into Canada, if that's not a hassle with my dog. I'd like to camp by the Pacific again. And then there's Montana and Wyoming.
One step at a time. First get the oil changed.