Thursday, December 08, 2011

Downsizing Buying an RV and Hitting the Road This Spring

Well it's been almost a week since my last post, last Friday night.

In my last post I had someone comment that I am just screwing around. They told me what to buy, hitch up my 4Runner, load the hounds and hit the road.

That comment struck home with me and made me think.  He was right.

THAT is the way I use to make decisions, now I over analyze EVERYTHING!!  ...  as you can see from this blog.

So, I spent the week re-thinking, reading blogs, more stories, looking at Class A's, C's and trailers...basically everything that I have been doing since October 21 when this huge urge hit me.

What I found was, all the reasons I first had to RV fulltime, KEPT COMING BACK to me.  A few friends that knew of my plans kept asking me when I was leaving.  "What are you waiting for?".

Then something hit me like a ton of bricks. I had been thinking of everything that could go wrong. I'm a survivor. Just like most everyone, I have had my ups and downs in life, things at times didn't go as planned and yes there have been a few times after taking risks I ended up with very little cash left. Each time I was able to rebuild and continue on.

One thing when I look back over the years, that no matter what happened ... in some way I was always provided what I needed and only when I needed it.

I cannot think of a time I ever went without getting what I needed to go on.

This week I started downsizing again ... a bunch of stuff was picked up by my garbage man sometime around 4am this morning. He may be a trash collector but out here in the rural area, he loads anything I sit out to be picked up. Last night it was a TON OF STUFF.  After I post this blog, I'm hitting my closets again and filling up those 32gal black hefty bags with clothes to take to goodwill on Sunday. I am starting at one end of my kitchen cabinets and throwing away stuff I don't use or don't need.

The For Sale sign goes out front of my house no later than Saturday morning...I am still looking for the sign stand to plant in the yard. I will sell the house as is and will start on minor repairs while it is advertised. If I have someone stop to see the inside unexpected, they will see a "lived in" house, otherwise give me about a week and Ill have it spotless for showing.

I plan on leaving May 14, 2012

I plan on buying my used RV for cash. I will have solar panels and large tanks to boondock and in the spring or as soon as my house sells, my first RV trip will be heading to South Dakota (spring time) to set up residency and getting my SD drivers license.  I will workcamp when I feel like it or see a place that I don't want to leave for a while. I will also follow the weather. I realize it may get a little cold in SW Arizona at night in the winter but I'll take my chances. It can't be worse than what I am feeling right now in Indiana at night.

So there it is ... a plan and a SET DATE for departure!

9 comments:

  1. The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
    Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
    The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
    The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

    The greatest adventure is there if you're bold.
    Let go of the moment that life makes you hold.
    To measure the meaning can make you delay;
    It's time you stop thinkin' and wasting the day.

    The man who's a dreamer and never takes leave
    Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe
    Will never know passion, will never know pain.
    Who sits by the window will one day see rain.

    The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
    Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
    The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
    The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

    The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

    Enjoy your adventure;
    ed

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  2. If you're leaving on May 14, 2011, you'd better get going.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist. LOL

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  3. SW AZ isn't to bad in the winter but you sure don't want to be there in summer. I head for Northern AZ in the summer its bautiful.
    Can we hold you to your leave date?

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  4. Good for you! I think buying cash is the way to go. Frees you up more..since you hadn't posted, I was beginning to wonder if you'd changed your mind! Good luck on the house - hope it sells quickly for you.

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  5. What a great comment by Ed! Glad you have made a decision. that gives you a goal to work towards. Good luck on finding the RV that works for you.

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  6. "Back, To The Future!"

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  7. OK, now THATS more like it!! I know it was my comment you referred to, but really, you know I was right! And I am right there with you on how things can fall apart, but at just the right time things seem to come back together---has happened to me many times in the past.....will be watching to make sure you don't over analyze the decision between now and next May!! PS:I changed my moniker from Gatorep--didn't seem appropo anymore....now you can just call me BlackSheep!! Happy Trails my friend, see ya out here! John...

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  9. Standing outside this morning while the hounds sniffed the tracks of the field behind my house, frost on the ground, temps in the teens...I thought of what it would be like to see the sun come up over the desert landscape, with a cup a coffee and knowing the daytime temps would get higher than my 40's.

    I can't wait to get out in the boonies.

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