Inside look at how two eccentric nomads, Diann and Dan, decided to “pull the trigger” and embrace a life of full-time RVing.
A few years ago my husband and I purchased a 2004 used motorhome to get away and relax on weekends. He’s been retired for a while, so relaxing for him was second nature. I, on the other hand, was still working and seemed more likely to bring the job home than leave it at the office. We had our RV for over two years, but it spent more days sitting in storage than it ever did on the open road or in a campground. When we did have a chance to take it out, we got so much joy out of spending time away. As time passed, we talked about taking off and traveling but it still never happened.
Around three months ago, that all changed. We pulled the trigger and decided to put our house up for sale. We replaced our motorhome with a fifth wheel and traded the SUV for a truck. Why didn’t we keep the old motorhome? After much research, we felt it would be better for us to tow our home rather than drive it around and tow a vehicle. It goes to personal preference.
The day after we put our house up for sale, we had numerous offers. Everything moved quickly from there, and suddenly our talking quickly turned into action. A couple of weeks before we closed on our house, I turned in my notice at the office and so began the switch from living in a 2,000+ square foot house to a tiny house on wheels just under 400 square feet.
What to do and how to do it? We learned so much in an extremely short amount of time as we went through this process. One thing we learned is the larger the home, the more stuff you accumulate. The more cabinets you have, the more you want to fill them. The larger the attic, the more boxes you can cram your junk into for safe keeping…holidays…birthdays…the apocalypse.
What do you do with all that stuff? Garage sales, eBay, Craigslist, social media, word-of-mouth, and any number of other ways we could find. Everything that didn’t sell was donated. The only things we kept were items that truly meant something to us. Photographs, artwork, handmade gifts, small antiques, and a few others made the cut and are sitting in a 7×15 storage unit. The rest resides in other homes and we can only hope our trash has truly become another person’s treasure.
Was it difficult getting rid of all those things? Surprisingly, no. I think the first rule of thumb you must remember is not to think about how much money you actually paid. If you do, you’ll drive yourself crazy.
We lived in the RV for two weeks while I was finishing up my job, giving us a chance to get things organized for the road. We’ve been married almost 17 years. In my 51 years on this earth, I’ve lived in 25 different places in 19 communities so moving is almost second nature to me.
We’ve been on the road for a couple of weeks now and have yet to look back. Will that always be the case? We don’t know the answer to that yet but right now our home is where we park it and we are living simply and loving life.
Written by Diann Bayes
Diann is a full-time RVer who runs her own travel blog, Eccentric Nomads. She is writing a weekly series of narrative articles for RoverPass, offering an inside perspective for first-time RVers on what to expect and how to prepare.