Since we’ve made this decision and have begun to share it with others, we’ve been getting some mixed reactions. On the one hand, those who know us recognize the excitement that we’re feeling as we talk about our plans. Yet, on the other hand, we’re noticing that some people are having difficulty understanding what we’re actually doing. We’ve been asked, on numerous occasions, some of the following questions:
- So, where are you going to live when you’re not on vacation?
- How long do you plan on doing this?
- What if you don’t like living in a trailer? Will you buy another house or get an apartment?
- Are you really sure you want to do this?
Well, maybe it’s appropriate for us to try to answer some of the questions at this point. Here goes…
Because we’ll both be retired when we get on the road, some might say that we’ll be on a “permanent vacation”. It is not our plan to locate and/or commit to another full-time job. If we decide to do something, we’ll possibly look into workamping for site fees.
Our home will be our 42.2 foot fifth wheel (pictured at the top of our website page) which will be towed by our RAM 3500 diesel dually. As we choose where in the 49 states we’d like to go (Hawaii would prove a bit difficult), we’ll travel there, either parking in one of the thousands of RV parks available to us, or parking at one of the thousands of beautiful public parks around, or maybe stopping overnight at one of the available Walmart stores. The possibilities are endless. We just know that, for us as well as the thousands of RV full-timers, “home is where you park it”.
Our plan is to live this lifestyle for as long as our health allows us to do so. When and if the day comes when travelling is no longer an option for us, we’ll find a location that we truly like and park the rig. Because it will hold everything we need, there will be no need to look for another house or apartment.
We’ve discovered, in what seems to many to be a brief time, that the RV community is filled with some of the warmest and friendliest people we’ve seen. There is a wonderful sense of community. So many people are willing to share information, suggestions, and advice. Whether it’s through face-to-face conversations, discussion forums, websites, blog sites, or social media, there is never a drought when it comes to getting answers to the never-ending questions that come up around RVing. Whether it’s choosing the best type of vehicle, or which state to select for your domicile, or who has the best mail-forwarding service, or how to select a health insurance plan, or how to travel with pets, or which parks are the cleanest, or whether or not to have RV Club memberships, or who has a recipe for something, there is always someone (or even quite a few someones) who are there with the answers. And, there are so many opportunities to get first-hand answers at one of the many RV rallies that offer educational forums and seminars. If there’s one thing we’re very sure of it’s the fact that we will never feel alone or at a loss for help if we need it.
Are we sure we want to do this? Absolutely! We have no doubts that we have made the right decision for our future. Of course there will be challenges. But that’s true about any major change one might make in life. But along with the challenges come the amazing rewards. To experience some of the most beautiful places and sights this country has – amazing reward. To have the freedom to choose where you want to be and having the time to do it – amazing reward. To share it all, each day, with someone you love – amazing reward. To give up the work week stress, rush hour traffic, and the hassle of snow shoveling and lawn care and maintenance – amazing reward.
Yes, the countdown has begun to the closing of this chapter of our lives and the beginning of the next chapter – living our dreams – on the road.