I never thought this would be me. Neither did Jen, my wife. That’s us right down there:
Dan & Jen McMartin
We both thought we’d stay in our current home, the one we built in 2001 in Smith Valley, Nevada, forever. Five acres and 2400 sq feet surrounded by alfalfa fields and sagebrush, mountain views in every direction…heaven, right? Well, yes and no. We’ve got a big mortgage, lots of chores to maintain the place and we’re isolated from friends. Not how we wanted to spend our retirement. No regrets, however, it’s a great place and a fine house to raise kids in but it’s not where we want to retire anymore.
We want a motorhome and a Jeep. That’s our dream anyway. We say so every time some lucky SOB drives by in a rig like that towing a Jeep. “Livin’ the dream,” is our mantra but that RV blog title was taken so I came up with “Midlife on Wheels”. So, why the change in plans? For a lot of reasons. The big house is too big and too much work. We live in the middle of nowhere, which is nice in some ways but not in others. We want to travel too and we figure why have a huge house and the payment sitting empty half the time. We’re going to be living on my pension. It’s enough but with the expense of a sticks and bricks house, we wouldn’t have much left to travel.
My current Jeep that will likely be replaced before we head out on the road.
So after much talk of moving to a smaller house and what we wanted to do when the kids were gone, Jen and I almost simultaneously started to get curious about RVing. We were both hesitant to tell the other. We’d both said that lifestyle wasn’t for us many times. But it is for us and one of us finally said as much and the other was like, “No way, me too!” And so we started discussing it. I’m a Jeep guy so we had to have one of those and we both liked motorhomes instead of 5th wheels and big pickups. A dream was born.
So when do we leave? Well, we’ve got two boys, Henry who’s 17 as of this writing and graduates in 2014 and Owen who’s 15 and leaves the nest in 2016. I’ll only be 50 and Jen a few years younger (I’m not telling, sorry). So were leaving in 2016 theoretically. I know, I know. What’s an RV blog without the RV, without the amazing trip reports, pictures and stories? Well, I’ve read many blogs and follow quite a few religiously. One thing I’ve learned is that getting our of the house and onto the road is half the journey.
So, you get to come along for the entire ride. From planning, purchase, downsizing, transition and finally leaving convention behind for a life on the road. We’ve got about 3 years or so to do it. I’ll try to update this at least once a month as we prepare and more often as we get close. This is for posterity. Kind of a scrapbook for us and a road map for others who might be thinking of doing the same thing someday. It will be fun and we’re sure things won’t turn out the way we think today and by the end we will have learned a ton of stuff. We’re looking forward to it. Hope you come along for the ride.