Willie St Pierre grew up in the Bayou country of south Louisiana and was introduced to camping at a young age by his parents. Down in Louisiana, any time was camping time. However, they would spend most summer days fishing at the beach camped out in an army surplus tent furnished with the finest “canvas stretched between four wooden stakes” you could find.
He remembers the days when it would rain. His family would wait out the storm in his dad’s truck hoping their tent wouldn’t collapse and wash away. Over the years his family upgraded to a tent on wheels and eventually to a bumper pull. He loved this tradition so much that he continued it with his own wife and kids. His current motorhome is named “Lucy” because his daughter would always roll around the floor laughing while watching Lucille Ball and her hijinks.
To Willie camping isn’t just a fun hobby but a chance to bring family and friends together. He says that whenever you are new to it or not quite sure how to setup there will always be a neighbor that will gladly help you learn the ropes. While our motorhomes are parked and winterized, we should continue to make new connections and special memories.
During this uncertain time social media allows a safe way to meet new people and discuss common interests. Willie started his Facebook group, Classic Class A Coaches, because he was noticing discrimination towards older model RVs when booking at certain RV campgrounds. Willie says he was shocked with how fast his group was growing. He brought over 1500 classic coach lovers together in just the first two days of creating this page. His group allows people to share photos, seek maintenance advice, and just have a common place to interact and connect with other classic RV owners. He hopes that the page will continue to grow and allow people to make long lasting friendships like his camping group the Pooh Line Krewe.