My sister thinks we’re crazy. Our kids just shake their heads. We just keep pinching ourselves to make sure it’s all really happening. You know the saying “Go big or go home?” Well, we are going big and we are determined to make it work because the only home we have to go back to is hitched to the back of our truck!
I initially thought buying the RV (in our case it was a Little Guy Max trailer) was the most daunting decision. I have since changed my mind. Downsizing – really committing to the choice – was the toughest part. We got rid of nearly everything but did wind up renting out a 5′ x 5′ storage unit to put some of the things we just couldn’t part with quite yet. We have a plan to go back to it in a year and reassess what we want to keep and try to pare down further. Other than the storage unit, we have only what fits into our 18ft trailer and the truck. My only bit of advice if you are starting this process, as you downsize don’t dwell on the price you paid for things or even some of the emotional attachments. The song “Let it Go” played continuously in my head during our yard sale. Focus on what you will be able to do once these things aren’t holding you back.
The process is also an exercise in self-awareness. I had to acknowledge I had a problem with letting go of paperwork. I had copies of our tax filings going back to 1991, copies of old utility bills, etc. I shredded A LOT of paper. Anything I couldn’t just let go, I scanned and saved. As each stack of paper disappeared, I felt a huge weight lift off of me.
Watching a lot of YouTube videos and reading blogs from other full-timers really helped a lot. We made list upon list to try to make sure we had all of the “must-have” items. We are to the point now where we don’t know what we don’t know. So far, we haven’t hit any items that we needed that we didn’t have.
At the time of this post, we have been on the road full-time for 5 days. We are taking things slowly and only traveled 4 hours a day to start as we make our way from El Paso to Nashville, stopping along the way for Russ to meet up with people for his work. In the five days, we have stayed at 3 different campgrounds. Lots of practice hooking up the water/sewer/electric! That being said, we have yet to USE the bathroom in our trailer. Baby steps! Are we the only ones that the thought of emptying the black tank seems like a process fraught with the potential for failure and catastrophic consequences?
The one thing that we did that I really like so far…..if we see something interesting along our route – we stop, we explore, we take our time. We have traveled back and forth on the I-10 corridor so many times over the years and just focused on getting from point A to B, never knowing what we were passing by. Our days of travel flew by and made the travel so much more enjoyable. Here are a few things to see just off the I-10 between El Paso and Livingston, TX. (We found them using http://www.RoadsideAmerica.com):
We would love to hear from you! If you are full-time RVers, any tips for the newbies? If you are thinking of going full-time, let us know!