Well, the kids have decided not to start full-time RV living in the spring. If you haven’t been following my blog, “the kids” are my son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Can’t say that I blame them. It’s a huge decision to start full-time RV’ing with three small children and the uncertainty of whether or not they could make a living on the road and not burn through their savings. They need to step back and take more time to figure this out. The plan is still to leave Indiana and move south in May. They hope to buy a small pop-up or small camper and take baby steps by camping on the weekends. That will certainly help them figure out whether or not they want to live the lifestyle full-time, and how to support themselves if they do.
Well, I finally did it! After months of looking at RV’s online and still struggling with which type of RV to purchase, I finally got off my rear and went to a dealership. You simply can not make a determination without actually getting inside and walking around these things – kicking the tires, so to speak.
I’ve done a fair amount of traveling in my life. Via vacations and business trips I’ve been to New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, Mexico, Toronto, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Ozarks, the Florida Keys (and most of Florida), Upstate New York, New Orleans, the Shenandoah Valley and National Park, every Civil War battlefield east of the Mississippi, and many, many, beaches. I will likely add many of these places to my RV travels bucket list to visit again but, for the purposes of this list, I am focusing on national parks. I’m sure we will visit Washington, D.C. again, as that is definitely a must for the grandchildren.
How do you choose the right RV? Well, I’ve been looking at all the different types of RV’s and floor plans for a few months now and I still can’t make a decision. One day I’m convinced that I’ll buy a 25′ fifth wheel, the next I consider a 25′ travel trailer, and the next I’m considering a Class C and towing a small car. One thing is certain (for now), I don’t want a Class A. For some reason the thought of buying a Class A lasts only a nanosecond.
I’ve been doing a lot of research and reading on the internet this weekend about different aspects of full-time RV life. I’ve also joined several Facebook groups related to RV’ing. Along with all the positive energy out there, there are also some horror stories being talked about. There is also a ton of good advice to be found. Continue reading “Research about the full-time RV life Part 2 – RV Safety”
Searching for the “perfect” RV has been incredibly time-consuming – and tons of fun! My main goal for now, since we’re not hitting the road until Spring, 2019, is to find a floor plan that I absolutely love! RVT.com has become my main source simply because I’m only looking at floor plans (and weight) and their site is the easiest to use that I’ve found. I can watch units I like for price changes or sales, and save my favorites to Pinterest to refer back to later. Continue reading “My Quest for the “Perfect” RV #1″
Meet my side-kick, Sam! He is half Chihuahua and half Yorkshire Terrier – a Chorkie. Sam weighs 6 lbs. and just turned 2 years old. He doesn’t know his lifestyle is about to change dramatically — joining other full-time RV pets. I don’t think he’ll mind much as long as he’s with me. And like most dogs, he’s a great traveler. When he was a pup he mostly slept and/or vomited in the car. Now he’s a bit more interested in what’s going on and the changing scenery. But…. he still runs and hides whenever he knows I’m getting dressed to go out, afraid I’m going to put him in the car! He knows the difference between me getting dressed to go for a walk and me getting dressed to leave the apartment for other reasons.
Starting an RV travel and the full-time RV lifestyle blog may seem overwhelming at first. The thought of setting up websites, domains, and blogs can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Whatever your reason for blogging – just do it!
I love writing, even though I’m no expert. But you know what they say about practice, right? The more you do it the better you become. Not only will your writing get better, but you’ll start thinking about writing topics on everything you see, do, touch and feel. Keep a notepad handy! I started a blog several years ago about my family genealogy, mostly just to record it for future generations. I’m glad to be writing again. Continue reading “Websites, domains and blogs! Oh my!”
About nine years ago I started a little exercise in downsizing my life. Most of it was due to moving from Florida to North Carolina, to Arkansas, to Virginia, and finally Indiana – it was done out of necessity. Each step along the way I would get rid of more stuff. You’d think by the time I ended up in Indiana I’d have next to nothing left, and I am pretty close! As far as furniture goes, I only have one Queen Anne chair, ottoman, and a TV stand that are still with me from Florida. The rest is stuff I simply haven’t wanted to part with (some crystal and some other items I just love), plus I’ve purchased a few things in the nearly three years I’ve been in Indiana. In preparation for moving into an RV full-time, I find myself back in the process of downsizing once again! Woohoo! Continue reading “Let the downsizing begin!”