He said "Full-time RV". Now, that is really the only time, so far, that God was audible to me. Startled at first by His presence in that way, but then again by the message. "What?!" (a typical reply at 3AM). And thus the journey began.
I began my Goggle research, joining of Facebook pages, convincing of the husband, blog reading, product researching. And then it was 48 hours later. Where were we going to start this journey, how were we going to start?
We lived in a 2,200 square foot house that was well stocked. We began the purging process. I was one of those people who was sure I had a hold on everything in my inventory, and could easily do this when tasked to do so in my head. It was not that way at all. The purging, I thought, was a weeks project at best. Wrong. It took many month's to dwindle our possessions down to what would fit in 400 sqft of RV space. In addition to that roller coaster of emotions, unpack and unearthing years of accumulating - we had so much else to consider also. How? How would we do it? How would we make money? How would we sleep? How would we be...ummm..."together" in an RV? Where would we travel to? Who and what do we want to see? What kind of truck do we need? Should we at least go INSIDE an RV first and check things out?
We have spent the last 18 months journeying towards today. I wish I would have started blogging back then, because I really missed out on some gems ;) But, to catch you up to today - we are inside the 45 day mark for making a purchase.
We sold our home, eliminated all our consumer debt, and currently live in an 800 sq ft apartment. We have built our business to the point that it could sustain a life on the road. And we are now in the final stages of "home buying". We have found that going to dealerships is difficult. They only carry their brands (as we are buying new) and the inventory can be low a lot of the times. We shop online (YouTube has been awesome for this!), but we are still very visual and will oftentimes pack up the car and take a road trip to go see a rig in person.
We are at the point though now that a purchase MUST be made, we are there - that part in the story. So our solution is to visit one of the largest RV Shows in the Southeast in January. We are making the trip to Tampa, FL and will spend 3 days hitting the pavement and making our final decision. We are excited to utilize the expansiveness of this particular show to be able to see A LOT and QUICKLY. The very first thing we look for before we even step into a Fifth Wheel is if it has three steps or four steps to get inside. We only look at RV's with four steps, because that means it is a "high profile" and will most comfortable fit my 6'5 husband. We have a lot of other criteria that we have already agreed on, and can use the model number and code on the outside of the rig to even decide if we will pop out head in the door. After 18 months on this journey, we are efficient and ready to hit something as large as the Tampa Show - and come out successfully as new home owners.
I cannot wait to share with you the final purchase process and the most fun part - moving in! Have you ever wanted to get rid of it all and just hit the road? What would be your biggest hurdle to doing this? Stay tuned to see how our story unfolds...as we become nomadic and raise our kids in a home where the U.S. is their backyard, literally.