Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back To The Original Plan

Back in October 2011 when I read an article on Yahoo Business page about Glen living full-time in his van, that led me to blogs of people doing this full-time in all different kinds of vehicles. I have followed a lot of those blogs since that time, learning a ton of information about the RV lifestyle on the road.

After my blog post last night, thoughts started literally bombarding my mind. Clear thoughts, a lot of thoughts....to the point I wondered if I should go back and delete that post because of all the indecision I had written about. A couple of things struck me as quite clear.

1.  What was my original plan back in October 2011?
2.  What caused all my excitement to the point of an obsession?
3.  WHY ... yes, why was I wanting to do this?

When I answered those three questions, I had my clear plan once again and my "to do list" was out visibly so I could check the items off and get closer to a departure date. Like anything else, when you stray from a plan, confusion, indecision and 2nd guessing come into play.

All of the answers to those 3 questions were applicable 10 months later.

So, with it being a cool sunny morning here in the "tropics" of Southern Indiana, I am having one more cup of coffee then hitting my list of things to do and back to my downsizing expedition.

8 comments:

  1. Yes...we have to keep reminding ourselves of the prize. I sure don't want to have regrets later! Keep that pencil sharpened and checking off that list! :) ~cozygirl

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    1. I don't want any later either. You just never know what is around the corner of life. I got a few things checked off my list today. Tomorrow is going to be another busy day.

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  2. You'll arrive at what's best for you because you are devoting a lot of time and thought during your "dream phase." I did the same thing and my final decision evolved to what suits me best. I like the remark you made in a previous post about being outside when boondocking. That's the way I look at it. I figure if I move to comfortable weather -- weather that's "room temperature" only fresher -- then the outdoors becomes my home!

    Enjoyed the post, Steve. You have an honest, thoughtful blog.

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    1. Thanks Sue. I love where you are camping right now, it's beautiful. I like your idea of "room temperature", I remember posting here last January where it was warmer than normal at 28 degrees. I have read your blog since last October and have enjoyed all of your travels, pictures of where you have been and of course those two dogs that travel with you...perfect travel companions.

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  3. Some clarification......Class A's do not mean just the length/motor. I have a 27ft Class A Gas Winnebago....no slides...do not tow.....and fit where I want.

    A 1989 that I have had for 12 years, intend to keep.......454 Chevy that has parts readily available and a motor a simple shop mechanic can work on. I think you are making it too complicated not realizing how much more simple it can be. Good luck.

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    1. Andrea, you are right about Class A's. It's just a habit to think of a Class A as a 33'-40' MH. I have looked at the short Class A's. For some reason I didn't care for them as much as a 27' Class C, don't ask me why .. don't know. I also like the older RV's and have seen some nice ones but I always wonder how much more maintenance is involved. Probably not much more vehicle wise than my 1994 Chevy Truck. As far as complicated, I am pretty sure I have been hit by "paralysis by analysis" a few times, because my consistant tendency when buying a new car ... it can happen within days. Do you full-time in your Winnebago?

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  4. I have a house in MN and usually spend 4 or 5 months in TX in the winter boondocking on Padre Island. Do several short boondocking trips in MN in the warm months.

    My Winnebago Chiefton was top of the line in its day. Built like a tank and handles well on the road. It was well maintained before I bought it.

    From what I hear....a lot of leak problems with the front overhead on the Class C's and much harder to handle in the wind.

    I have added 270 watts of Solar on the roof and recently new tires.

    In the past a water pump was replaced first year and last year alternator and ignition module. Everything else's maintenance.....belts, spark plugs etc.

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    1. Padre Island would be a great winter spot. I have told other friends that know I am looking, to me an older "top of the line" RV would be better than a newer year NOT "top of the line". I have read about those water leaks in the C and didn't know they were harder to handle in the wind than a Class A. Solar panels are the first thing on the list and I hope to buy an RV with the solar system already installed. Water pump, alternator, ignition module, belts, plugs....just like my '94 Chevy Pickup and it runs like a champ. I will take a look at the Chiefton, I know I have seen them before. Thanks for your information.

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