What is RECUPIRTE (RECUPIRATE): The story behind our motorhome’s logo

Maybe you found this page because you saw our motorhome driving around your town, noticed the custom logo, and wondered “what is recupirte”. Please read the story of the logo and it’s meaning.

The most common question we get from strangers: What’s your logo mean?

One of the most common conversations we have with strangers is about the custom RECUPIRTE decal on the back of Pippi. They don’t usually know how to pronounce the text so they just ask “What’s the story with your logo?”

The design was custom created by PerdueVision and is a peg-legged, hook-handed pirate enjoying a waterfront sunset from a hammock. The only text is “RECUPIRTE” with a pirate logo replacing the letter ‘a’ in RECUPIRATE. 

Who are you?

We are Kevin & Kara, two Accountants, who sold our house and left the corporate world so we could explore North America in our motorhome, Pippi. We planned and saved for decades to retire early.

If you want to learn more about us, check out our About Us page.   

If you are wondering why she is named Pippi, read our post ‘Who is Pippi?’.

The story of RECUPIRTE (RECUPIRATE) our motorhome’s logo

Kevin and I met in 2001 while earning our accounting degrees at East Carolina University. Pippi was purchased in 2013 while we were still living in a sticks and bricks house and working full-time corporate jobs. 

We kept her in storage during the week and only occasionally used her on weekends. Each September, we relocated Pippi from our home in Georgia to eastern North Carolina where she stayed for the entire football season. She was our tailgate home for ECU Pirates football before we moved into her full-time. 

Who came up with RECUPIRTE (RECUPIRATE)? 

Many years before we found Pippi, Kevin created the RECUPIRATE moniker. Likely with the assistance of a few beers, he dreamed up his perfect boat name, RECUPIRATE.

It is pronounced recuperate and with a minor typo includes both ECU and Pirate in the logo for our recuperation vehicle, Pippi. We have since created the brand Trying to Unwind for our full-time travel blog but aren’t ready to let go of our weekend fun times moniker RECUPIRATE. 

Who designed the logo? 

Our longtime friend, Paul, owns a graphic printing and design business. He worked with us to develop the logo including custom color matching to Pippi’s paint. PerdueVision has always done great work for us so check them out for your graphic design or printing needs. We are a perfect example they can do anything you dream up. 

What does RECUPIRTE (RECUPIRATE) mean? 

re·cu·per·ate directly from dictionary.com 

/rəˈko͞opəˌrāt/ 

VERB (USED WITHOUT OBJECT), RE·CU·PER·AT·ED, RE·CU·PER·AT·ING. TO RECOVER FROM SICKNESS OR EXHAUSTION; REGAIN HEALTH OR STRENGTH.TO RECOVER FROM FINANCIAL LOSS. 

VERB (USED WITH OBJECT), RE·CU·PER·AT·ED, RE·CU·PER·AT·ING. TO RESTORE TO HEALTH, VIGOR, ETC