Hey, how are you? Come in, grab a cup of coffee, pull up a seat, put your feet up and relax. You are about to embark on our journey with us to the freedom of full-time RVing.
We created this blog to help orchestrate our move from our sticks and bricks home to full-time RV life. We wanted to chronicle our trials, successes, mistakes, and accomplishments. And hopefully we will be able to help you (all of our new friends!) highlight or maybe sidestep some possible obstacles along the way. Especially if you are possibly planning on this lifestyle in the future. Be sure to hop over to about us to learn a little more about who we are.
Now on to how we got here…
The typical Saturday morning would find Betty and I sitting in the living room, drinking coffee, watching some useless drivel on the television or playing around on our iPads, probably both simultaneously.
She would begin the conversation saying, “If you could live anywhere, where would you want to retire?” I would consistently reply, “I don’t know. There are so many places I would love to see and so many places I haven’t been, that is a hard one to answer. Then I would ask her the same question. Her response would be, “I don’t know.”
We talked about the climate of different places. Neither one of us like the heat, but agree we are both ready to experience warmer winters than we have here in Alaska. The cost of living and taxes were also a consideration. Alaska doesn’t currently have income tax, however will probably be changing soon. We discussed the cost of moving everything in a 2,000 sq. ft. home, along with 2 vehicles, 3 cats and a dog.
We wanted to be near enough to see family, but not infringe on them. There were so many things to consider and we couldn’t come up with a real answer. So, the conversation would move on to other frivolous topics.
Fast forward 2 years and we were still having the same conversation. Until one of us, I’m not certain who first mentioned it, but I’m pretty sure I said, “We should get a motor home and travel around.” Eureka! What a great idea! Then we could see places we have never seen, we could spend time with family (but not too much time), we could learn about the history of our great nation, the possibilities are endless! Thus, the research began. How would we do this? What kind of RV would be the best for us? What about the house? How will the pets handle this transition?
Oh, my, the planning begins!
Ever since this fateful dialog we have been feverishly visiting every website we can find to ogle over all the gorgeous motor homes. We have been comparing the cost and efficiency of gas vs. diesel, coach vs, trailer, floor plans, etc.. Considering all of the factors to make this adventure happen has been very enlightening. I personally have learned far more about black water tanks than I ever thought would be necessary in my lifetime! I continue to search for every tip and technique out there to make that part of the job less challenging and reduce every possibility of a catastrophe!
So, thus far there has been no definite decision made on a specific type of RV, we are still searching for the perfect one. We haven’t decided on whether we are selling the house or leasing it. We still have to come to a consensus on some minor, or not so minor, pieces to fit into this new puzzle.
Now it is time to start making the decisions.
The only decision we have made, is April 28, 2018, is Betty’s projected retirement date!!! Woohoo!!! We have to keep in mind that there are always unexpected issues which arise, but that is the target date. We have one year to get all the plans firmed up, downsize to next to nothing in square footage, transition from our lives now to the exciting future that lays before us.
Be sure to come back to see how we are progressing. Does this make you want to hit the road?