Tuesday, July 25, 2017

6 month fulltime update!!!

So after 6 months a lot has happened to us. During the first few weeks our black tank started leaking and I tore the roof off and the awning. After 10 days in the shop and staying in a hotel we got our rig back and its been great ever since.

I also took an RV tech course and found it to be awesome. I also became a certified RV inspector and was hoping to start a business and a RV inspector and RV maintenance tech, as my last post stated. Everything is going well so far.

The freedom of being a fulltime is great. We are still in our home town until we save enough to go on the road. "Going on the road" is the next milestone we are looking forward to. Work camping seems to be where we will start. I am really looking forward to getting out of town. Weekend trips just don't do it anymore, but they do help.

One this i do recommend is everyone that will be going fulltime and inst rich is take the RV Maintenance tech course from NRVIA. Tell them I sent you! This will teach you how to fix most things on your RV in just a short week course.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

More news!!

So after getting laid off last August I have decided to start my own business, a RV friendly business. I am now a NRVIA Certified RV Inspector and maintenance tech. I have started Honest RV Helper.

I have just started and have already had one client. If you need or know someone that needs an RV inspection have them check out NRVIA. I would recommend all RV's either new or used be inspected before purchase. See you out there!


Monday, November 21, 2016

After a few months of fulltiming....

So it's been a few months since my last post.  Let me bring you up to date:

While moving our trailer from the front of the house after packing up I snagged a tree and ripped the roof.  Then a few days later we noticed the black tank was leaking and our batteries were bubbling.  We took the rig to the repair shop and after 10 days we were back up and running.  Insurance paid for the roof and awning, and our new warranty from Wholesale Warranties has been great, paying for the black tank along with some other stuff we found.

Another fun thing that happened is that I was laid off from my job of nine years the week after we moved to the RV park.  Oh well, life happens.  I still need to work for a while to save enough money to really get on the road.

Then to top it off, we had our house up for sale for over two months and couldn't get it sold.  We pulled it off the market, painted the inside and completely rebuilt the kitchen.  Now it's back on the market.  Wish us luck on that one.

[From Cait:  So far living in the RV has been great.  It's cozy and comfortable, with more than enough room for us, the dog and the cat.  It's not the same as fulltiming on the road, since I'm still going to my same job every day, and we're living very near our old home base, but the space is working out fine.  Even having purged most of our stuff, it turns out we really still have more than we need.  I'm sure that will get whittled down over time.  But this is actually a pretty good way to adjust to fulltiming one piece at a time.]

This Thanksgiving weekend we will be going to Joshua Tree dry lake bed for our first trip since we went full time.

Talk soon.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

294 weeks remaining.... Or wait a minute, we are full time now!!

We did it, we are now officially fulltimers. We moved out of our house last week and moved into the Montana on the street for a few days while loading all our stuff. We then moved into a local RV park about 4 miles from town. It was a tight fit for our 37 footer but I squeezed it in there.


I did make one mistake while moving this giant rig to our spot. I hit a TREE! Yikes. I tore off part of the roof and the awning. The entire roof needs to be replaced and will cost about $10k, all covered by insurance.


The house is up for sale and we hope to start getting offers this week.


Stella has already taken a liking to our new home.


FROM CAIT:  We did it!!  I'm so excited to be in our new love nest.  We're still getting organized and finding a place for everything, but we're almost there.  We've got plenty of room for the two of us, plus the cat and the dog.  Everybody's settling in nicely.

I thought getting rid of so much of our stuff would be much harder than it actually was.  I am very fortunate in that we do have a few places to display my favorite keepsakes, so I didn't have to get rid of absolutely everything.  My mom and sister were able to take my grandmother's furniture and family heirlooms.  And they'll store a bin or two of my things in their garages if needed (I've still got a few boxes left in the garage at the old house).

The mental preparation was probably the most important part for me.  Luckily I discovered the writings of Josh and Ryan from theminimalists.com.  That helped me view this process as gaining something rather than giving something up.  And I watched a lot of YouTube videos on organizing small spaces, and that got me inspired and excited.  All of that lit the fuse, then when I was ready to start it felt relatively fast and easy.

I like being in the RV so much, even just parked locally and still going to work every day, that it will be fantastic once we're on the road and living in beautiful, interesting, different places.  Fulltiming:  DAY 5!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

296 weeks remaining....

We are really getting down the the last of our things, everything has either been sent to donation locations or given away. As of the end of this week we will have nothing left but what will go in the trailer.

The final touches were put on the trailer yesterday, a 50 amp surgeguard surge protector to keep our electric system safe. We pick up the trailer in storage Saturday morning and head out to the desert to make sure everything works as it should then return home and load up all the remaining items we own.

The house will be put up for sale later next week and we expect it to sell the first day. During the transition we might look for temporary location to setup camp or just move to the place we plan on living for the next few years.

We still have 296 weeks before we retire, I hope we can make it that long. Though I don't think we will. I'm sure our next post will be when we are "fulltiming".


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

298 weeks remaining....

So for the last few weeks the wife and I have purged most of our "things" and have been fixing up the house for sale.  I think we should be able to list it by the end of the month.

[CAIT:  We're not completely done yet, but it has been relatively painless!  Fortunately, my mom and sister have been able to take the larger family heirlooms and furniture.  And the fifth wheel is big enough so that we do have some leeway for smaller items we want to keep.  We're very fortunate in that respect.  But I got rid of most of our stuff.  I cleared out my bedroom closet on Sunday and I feel a tremendous weight off my shoulders.  It's really remarkable.]

We have also been looking for a place to live in the trailer for the next few years while we save some money before our early retirement.  I found a mobile home park near my office and hope it will work out for us there.

We are so excited to be free of the bondage of debt from the house.  It's time for the next phase of our life.  Living the life of freedom and joy.

Monday, June 27, 2016

300 weeks remaining....

NEW RIG!!!

So over the last few weeks there have been some changes (as always).  We bought a 5th wheel.  A 2008 Keystone Montana 3295RK in near perfect condition.  This will be the rig we start off using to go full time.

The purge in full effect

We also have been getting rid of a lot of the stuff that won't be going with us fulltiming.  Many boxes of stuff taken to the thrift store in town.  We are hopeful that it will find a good home with people who can use it.  (CAIT: I've gone so far as to create a fictional young couple I imagine making their first home together, to feel better about getting rid of all our things.  It's working so far.)

Also a timeline update

We realized that keeping the house for four more years would be more expensive than not continuing to pay that mortgage.  So we have decided to sell the house now and keep working for a few more years, saving as much money as we can.  This will allow us to live a very good life after retirement.  Our friends have room for us on their property to park on and live for the next few years.  So we are all set.

The house should be ready to be put up for sale within the next month or two.  I will post some pics of the new rig soon.