Monday, June 04, 2012

Fridge Fixed .. House Cleaned ... Good Weekend

With my accounting degree NOT being a factor, I did a little "reverse engineering" on my fridge Sunday and not only fixed the lingering past problem but it also looks brand new on the inside. (cleaned)  Massive ice build up under the freezer floor and also a frozen drain tube.  As I reloaded the fridge and uncluttered the house, I put more items in the bags and boxes going on the next trip to Goodwill. After 24 hours the fridge is like new!

I am basically down to 2 closets to clear out in my downsizing evolution. They are small closets and I already know what I want to get rid of, so it will not take much time to do both of them.

I still don't know what to do. Some say keep the house and rent it while I am gone. The rent could pay my RV payment if I financed on or go into the bank if I buy an RV for cash. A few say workcamping jobs are available if I choose to work. Some people say pack up and leave now but I need to buy an RV first ... lol

Lately I've been thinking of an older Coachman, or Monoco and even a converted bus that was in good condition. Late last night I even went back to looking at Class C's. The number of dogs (3) I have tends to lead me way from the Class C's. Some that have 35' or longer RVs tell me they would rather have something shorter.

So, a lot of different opinions, a lot of different ideas ... and no answers ... just like I was in October 2011.

I think the weekend of the 16 or 23rd I am going to rent a new Class C and take it to the local State Park on the lake for my first RV trip. I think that will help A LOT in the decision making process. The local RV park (different than the state park) near the area where I work is packed for the summer, near the lake.

I am thinking probably the best thing I can do is keep the house, rent it out for as long as I am gone (months or years), keep downsizing, buy the RV that I have thought most about and hit the road heading northwest from Indiana within the next 2-4 months.  If I would have a deadline I would work my "to do" list faster.

Why all these thoughts today of packing up and leaving???

This morning driving to work through some beautiful 12 miles of land, I was wishing that I didn't have to stop to work but could just keep on going. It was early morning, the sun was just coming up and the traffic was light on a US highway.

Plus, I am in a "rut" with my current situation.  Even with a job I like, a house I like and good income ... I feel like I need a change and have a powerful urge to travel again.

5 comments:

  1. I'm in the accounting department for Aramark at Mesa Verde. If you decide you want to work, most of the companies running the National Park lodging need accountants. And the NPS has accounting jobs available at usajobs.com. I walk back to the RV at lunchtime to check on my cat, so you could do the same with the dogs. I think renting an RV is a good idea since you are still undecided, better than buying an RV that is not the right fit for you.

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    1. THANK YOU for that job information ... that gives me a better feeling knowing I could do some accounting work if I wanted to.

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  2. About renting the house, you might consider if you want that worry lingering over your head while you're hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Best advice that works for me is K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid) The simpler you can make things, the less to go wrong.

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    1. You are exactly right. Nothing like spoiling a beautiful camping spot with one phone call of a unhappy renter because something is broke, something isn't right or anything else that goes with being a landlord. GREAT POINT, thanks. Just before reading this, I sent an email to a local friend saying all I want when I go on the road are my hounds, my large screen tv, my computer, ipad, a comfortable mattress and possibly my car being towed.

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  3. Perhaps you'll know more of what you want once you rent the RV & do a trip. A classC is very doable with 3 dogs, but it's your comfort level that you need to strive for. On my looking at RV's, there's really not a whole lot of difference between some A's & C's on the floorplans. Especially if you look at a SuperC. Yes, if you really want big space, then a big A works for that. But when you go smaller, then the space really isn't that much different between the two on some rigs. If you need basement storage, A's do rule for the bigger basements. But there are C's with that as well, but again, the bays might be smaller. However, I've seen some A's with limited basement storage as well.

    On the house, maybe keep it until you make your maiden trip first. Once out on the road, you might have a better idea of what you want to do with it then. I'd probably not rent it out immediately, just start with your adventure to see if it's really what you want to do.

    At least you are on the right path of downsizing, so that stress level will be minimized as well!

    Good luck!

    PS, I kind of wish I had a tow car behind my rig now....it really would be convienient.

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