Happy New Year!

Does that suck or what?  I hate winter.  Luckily that three years old.  We don't even own that care anymore.   Even so, I want to be in San Diego or Florida or Arizona or...

Does that suck or what? I hate winter. Luckily that’s three years old. We don’t even own that car anymore. Even so, I want to be in San Diego or Florida or Arizona or…

Well, I’m back.  I mostly survived the Holidays.  Everyone in my family got sick except me (knock on wood), my dad and my nephew’s fiance.  Neat!  Other than that, it was enjoyable.  Ate way too much but that’s part of the fun is it not?  Anyway, it’s back to business and time to begin forging ahead.

I’d planned a series of posts about selecting RVs.  The ins and outs, the pros and cons, of the various types.  But then, Jen and I had a conversation.  We’d both love to get a fancy class A and a Jeep to tow behind it but what if we couldn’t.  Were saving money to help out but what if things happen and that doesn’t work out?  What then.  Neither of us are willing to abandon this dream.

So we discussed what we could live with if a class A wasn’t doable.  A fifth wheel has always been a close second.  In fact, the floor plan that so far Jen has liked the best was in a fifth wheel.  But then we wondered what if a late model fifth wheel and a new diesel truck weren’t in the cards.  What then?  Is buying an older unit, of whatever type, that needs some TLC an option.  I don’t want to rebuild a rig but some cosmetic stuff might be acceptable.

Then again, isn’t the point to get out on the road?  I know of people doing it in everything from old Airstreams, which I personally thing are cool as hell, to van conversions to this one guy I saw living out of a Jeep and a utility trailer.  Who knows what we’ll end up with.  I hope life takes the turns we want and we can do this the way we want but if not, there’s options out there.

And that leads me into my series of posts on RVs.  Pros and cons from our point of view that might help you decide and sparks some comments.   In twelve to eighteen months, this won’t be theory.  We’ll be shopping.  Kind of exciting, kind of scary but hopefully, all this planning will get us what we want no matter what happens between now and then.

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. kathryn

    It’s great to have dreams.My husband and I ‘retired’ 4 years ago at age 46 & 50.We live 4 1/2 months in Canada, where our adult children and rental property business is, and then take off to Australia for 7 1/2 months travelling around.
    The first year we housesat, we relied on public transport to get us where we were housesitting. The homeowners provided us with a vehicle to use. The second year we decided to buy a van that had been fitted with a double bed and storage.It gave us more freedom between homes to travel. Since there were very few housesitting positions in the Outback, my husband became a ‘fixer’ at a Roadhouse/motel/caravan park. Here we were provided with a motel unit and all our meals were included. We stay about 4 months here, and travel around before and after we arrive here, in the middle of nowhere. The van died here, and it was cheaper to replace than to repair.
    The next van was a little bit larger (not much). We still travel around housesitting, but have returned to the Roadhouse 2 subsequent years. Will we continue coming back? Probably not. We enjoy housesitting more. We get to stay in one place for 1-4 weeks at a time, and live in a house and care for their home and pets. Staying in one place gives us the opportunity to see the particular community at a closer level.
    We still own our home back in Canada.It is actually a 5 unit apt building that we co-share with our 4 adult children. The first couple of years we rented out our apt to college students, but now we just leave it empty, in case we want to come home early.
    I suggest, you don’t burn your bridges. Keep your home, and rent it out. Don’t buy anything too big and fancy to travel in. Fuel and campground fees get expensive.

    • flyfishnevada

      Sounds like fun! We appreciate the advice and we’re with you on the not too big and fancy. We also plan to spend a fair amount of time boondocking and spend some time in each location so fuel and fees shouldn’t be a problem. We aren’t the run and gun types. We’ve spent too many years taking only week long trips to places and never getting to know them. We want to park a while in each place and get to know it. Thanks again and we wish you continued safe and happy travels.

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