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Would you sell off most everything you own and move into an RV with your family?  That is the conversation that has been happening in my household for a few weeks now.  I am SO flipping excited at the prospect of simplifying my life (getting rid of 1600 sqft of crap clutter), packing up and taking my kids to see the country.  It’s also a very scary proposition.

My husband and I have worked really hard the past couple years to organize our finances with the dream of buying a home.  A place to raise the boys, have some chickens, make memories.  But, buying a house has remained elusive.  Things happen, one step forward two steps back.  Now my husband is going to be 60 years old this year….do we really want to buy a house now?  That is a big responsibility to take on.  He is nearing retirement, does he really want to make such a commitment?  Do we want the rest of our lives tied up in a little fixer house (because that is all we can afford in San Diego County)?  Will he be able to perform all the maintenance?  Does he want to?

Is there another option?

Of course there is!

My gypsy heart is soaring at the thought of buying an RV (or likely in our case, a fifth-wheel trailer and truck), packing up and going where chance takes us.  We have always dreamed of taking the kids to see all of our great Country’s National Parks and now maybe we can.  We have family and friends spread out all over the country that we could go spend time with (I have been married to Bob for 13 years and have yet to even meet his brother in Oklahoma).  My best friend lives in Toronto, Canada.  We have friends in Florida, Mississippi, Idaho and New York.  Heck, I could make a mission to meet all of my bloggy friends across America!  FUN!

Logistics of Moving Into an RV

The logistics of it all are daunting.  We don’t actually already own a travel trailer.  That is a big expense to just run out and purchase a big truck and fifth wheel trailer, even though its much cheaper than buying a sticks and bricks house.  We are considering taking Bob’s meager retirement savings to make this purchase, but that is scary in itself.  We do not really want to finance it because living in an RV is really about not having debt and payments on “stuff” to worry about.

Bob will be eligible for Social Security before long, but not yet.  So what do we do to earn an income while traveling?  Goodness knows I certainly don’t make squat blogging!  There are websites that link travelers up with “workamp” opportunities but when you have three little mouths to feed it is scary to just hope for work, you kind of need to know how the groceries are being paid for!  I am now offering up my own Virtual Assistant services in hopes of bridging this gap.

What do we do with all of our crap?!  We have a huge house with boxes stuffed into closets that we haven’t even looked at in six years.  The thought of going through it all and selling off our possessions is terrifying a tad bit scary.  So. Much. Stuff.  On the plus side, selling off all of our stuff would put money in the bank to get us started.

So, what is a girl to do?  I have been stalking other full-time RV families and I know it is absolutely possible to do this and love it.  I think of the memories my kids will make and the fun that our family will have together.  I just know that this is the right decision for us.  Now, it’s time for the hard work.  Please tell me I’m not crazy.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I know people have done it before. lol I think it takes a certain family to be able to do it. I’d have a hard time getting rid of everything, and probably would only be able to do it for a year. Sounds like quite the adventure!

  2. That is a big decision. Part of me would jump on it… but the sentimental part of me would be driven crazy. I can’t wait to hear what your decision is. It does offer some really neat opportunities for your family.

  3. I don’t know if I could LIVE in an RV or fifth-wheel, but it would be SO much fun to travel around in one for a summer or year!

  4. Oh how I would love to live like that, carefree with the people that matter most to me! Love the idea! I say DO IT!

  5. Do it! Do it!

    My husband and I did the same thing with our kids. We lived in our motorhome for 18 months while traveling with his job (which is the entire reason I started blogging). It was so freeing to get rid of everything we didn’t need, realize that we didn’t need half the things we wanted and we ended up saving money since he was working.

    It’s not easy. There were days that were extremely difficult, but my family is so close and I attribute some of that to the time we spent as full-time RVers. Good luck!

  6. Oh Rhea this is sooo exciting!!! A dear friend of mine made the decision to sell everything and buy an RV almost 3 years. ago. She’s been on the road ever since and LOVING it! She is home schooling her two boys who just turned 13. I spoke to her a few weeks ago and she said she doesn’t think they’ll ever settle for a fixed home now that they have discovered this new way of life. She launched a global network called “Chicks Connect” ( http://bit.ly/1xZbdz2) and visit once chapter after the next, helps to launch new ones… I’ll be starting a chapter in LA next month ;-) It would probably be a good network for you to join, great way to connect with fabulous women everywhere and find the work you need to make your dream a reality. I say GO FOR IT!!! I know without the shadow of a doubt that you will love it! It’s such a fabulous way to spend real quality time with your family and depend the bonds that already bind you, instill incredible gratitude and learn to value simplicity… Life is an adventure so go live it!!! Happy trails!!! I can’t wait to read about all your wonderful adventures!!!! :-)

  7. If we could do it, I absolutely would. My grandparents had an RV for vacation purposes and it was so fun to see them pack up and be able to ust go wherever. The freedom, the adventure, the memories, it would be so so worth it.

  8. What a fun idea. Mike’s Dad retired last year and has been on a 6 month RV trip – I love seeing all of the pictures. I dont think I could do it though. Too much for me. I like ROOTS lol

  9. What a fun thought. I say fun because right now, packing up and seeing the world isn’t possible. It would just be a pipe dream for us for at least 2 more decades. My two sons haven’t begun school yet, and unless we homeschool, traveling that much just wouldn’t be an option. BUT, if you are interested in doing it and can make it happen, I definitely think you should go for it. It sounds VERY exciting!!

  10. I can see the dilemma. The lure of living a more carefree lifestyle & being able to pick up and go as you please is appealing. I’m not at a point where I’d be able to do that myself. We’ve got the kids pretty well cemented in their school, sports teams, etc. Good luck with your decision making. I can’t wait to read what you decide.

  11. So, the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person in me says “GO FOR IT!” It really does sound fun and exciting. The realistic side of me would say “I’d get bored of that lifestyle REAL quick.” But, I’m a city girl, so you can’t ask me :) I look forward to seeing an update!

  12. I never thought about living there full time!

  13. I don’t think you’re crazy…I think it would be amazing! There is definitely a lot of logistics to it but I’d love to do this.

  14. Oh, my word. I’d LOVE to do this, but I know that my husband would never go for it. I hope you can do it!

  15. Life is short, possessions aren’t important. I think it sounds amazing. Go for it. Make sure you add Northwest Indiana to your list of travels!

  16. That sounds so exciting! I do not know if I would be able to do that. Not sure how we would live, make a living.

  17. GOOD FOR YOU!!! So many people waste their lives being miserable, you only have one life so better to make the most of it. Good luck.

  18. My parents have an RV. They don’t live in it but they do travel in it. My Dad love sit.

  19. How cool would that be! No. I don’t think you are crazy. In fact, my husband and I have talked about (in jest) but serious too… that we would purchase an RV, be camp hosts and homeschool our boys on teh road. What an amazing learning and life lesson ! I think it would be an exciting adventure. FOR SURE!! :)

  20. I am up to doing this as long as I am able to travel and keep moving around, I could never do it otherwise. Same question here. What to do with everything. I am a jewelry designer and have like a zillion tools and stuff. I would miss that the most.

  21. I love this idea. I would do this kids but I think we might drive each other nuts … maybe when we are empty nesters? I can’t wait to see your adventure!

  22. What a fun idea! I could honestly never do it though. I would go crazy living in such a small space for a long period of time.

  23. Sounds exciting! It would be amazing for your children to be able to see so much of the country at a young age, and fun for you and your husband too.

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