How I became a full time RVer
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to travel the country in an RV. I always had the perception that it would require a big motorhome and a budget to match! So the thought just stayed in the back of my mind as something that would be really cool to do, but not for me.
A couple years ago I began to explore the possibilities and options of being able to do that. One of the wonders of the internet is that it allows individuals to share their experiences through blogs and websites. I began to read blogs written by RVers who live full time in their RVs and are able to do so on a small budget. One of the first such blogs I found was rvsueandcrew.net . Sue has been traveling full time in a Casita with her two pups for several years. She boondocks alot and lives very simply on a small budget. Learning about boondocking was an eye opener to me. Number one, I loved the idea of being in nature and wide open spaces instead of RV Parks. Secondly, the cost savings would allow me to stay within my budget. Reading Sue’s blog was what jump started me down the path to full time RVing.
After a lot of consideration, I decided to go for it! So I began the planning process and started putting things into motion. Over the last 18 months or so, I started selling stuff on Craigslist. I talked to my realtor and came up with a plan to put my house on the market. The timing was excellent as Denver Metro is one of the hottest real estate markets right now.
My goal was to have everything sold and be out of the house by the end of June. It was really amazing how everything fell into place. My last day of work was May 12th. Then the work started for real!! I had to get the house ready to put on the market, continue to sell stuff, have garage sales and so on. It was sunup to sundown!!!
On top of everything else, I also had to purchase a tow vehicle and the trailer. At just the right time, I found the truck I was looking for on autotrader. It was at a dealer in Texas. Interestingly, they specialize in internet sales and have an excellent process established. I have purchased many vehicles in my lifetime, and I can say this is the first one that was really a pleasurable experience. There were no boiler room tactics and they were very honest about the condition of the vehicle – which was excellent. When I arrived there, it was just as had been described! So we finalized the deal and I was on my way back to Colorado.
A few days later I traveled to Grand Junction, CO to look at a Nash 17K travel trailer at a dealer there. After looking at many different trailers this was the model I really wanted. The thing I love most about it is the rear dinette with a HUGE picture window. Once I had seen one, no matter how many other models I looked at, I just kept coming back to the Nash.
I had accepted an offer on my house on June 1, with the closing date set for June 27th. This was a very aggressive schedule and it was a little nerve wracking to say the least. But everything progressed on schedule and we did indeed close on the morning on June 27th. I just barely got all the remaining items in my truck! (Actually I had to put a few things in my neighbor’s garage across the street!) From there I drove to Grand Junction in order to be at Humphrey’s RV first thing Wednesday morning for the predelivery inspection of the trailer and to take delivery.
After a very though 2 1/2 to 3 hour PDI, I hitched up and headed out to Buena Vista, CO. I had a one week reservation at an RV park thru the 4th of July holiday. It was a good place to spend some time becoming familar with the trailer and try to get all my stuff organized somewhat!!