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.