I'm just up the road from you in NC. I'm an Army veteran, did not retire and got out in 1980. Thank you for your service!
I took the road trip from Cali to NC last year and it was truly the best time of my life. Spent 3 months and visited 11 states camping and boondocking along the way.
I'm also a newbie to the RV world and have decided on a Class B. This is a great place to gain valuable information. Enjoy your journey!