So what are your thoughts regarding methods of transitioning from a sticks and bricks house to life on the road in an RV?
I’ve been contemplating what would be the best way for Karen and me to transition to the road. In 2014 I discovered a group of people who wrote blogs. They were a class who attended an RV Dreams Rally together. A year or so later I found the Class of 2017 on a forum. Combined I learned so much by reading about their preparations.
Sitting back thinking a few years ahead led me to wondering about our own transition. So far, our “perfect world” would be to buy our trailer and truck a year early. Then use accumulated vacation time for several long trips during my last year at work. We are thinking about buying the truck before the trailer. By then I’d have a firm opinion on a short list of trailers we would consider buying. My thought process on this includes trading a car for a truck and being able to get used to the large truck before we buy the trailer. We should be able to pay cash for the truck by then. We would have to finance part of the trailer purchase until the house sells. Fortunately, our home mortgage will soon be paid off.
We have decided against getting a lessor rig to use during vacations over the next three years and then trading it in. We just don’t have the time right now to make use of the trailer.
I’m thinking October of 2019 would be my last month on the job but wonder if waiting to sell the house the following spring might be a better idea? Others are telling me spring home sales are best. Then again we could get lucky and sell quickly even in the fall. Having a four seasons trailer to move to would make that possible. We have decided against downsize to an apartment before the RV. We want to enjoy our current home and property while we have it.
Karen and I also talked about what our first year on the road might look like. I work for a county government and might have a better chance than others at landing a summer job at our county park. They pay for all hours worked and provide the camping spot. This would keep us closer to our home town and family the first year after our initial few months of travel or wintering down south.
(update 10/23/16) I sold a small business in 2014 but still do the office work which requires on average 10 hours a week. I sold it to a key employee who tells me I should keep the job while on the road. An interesting twist is we would most likely not have to workamp at all if we did this. So now I’m thinking about how to fit this into the plan, what I would do for very minimal work space, connectivity and more.