See You Soon
This has been an incredible four years. Four years ago Chloe and Brendan planted the seed of full timing in an RV in our brains. Three years ago, we sold our house and took the plunge by buying our 2016 Tiffin Bus. We toured the nation, seeing places (and falling love with them), seeing other places (and running as fast as we could away), making friends, making memories.
By the end of year two in full timing, the best way we can describe what we were feeling was malaise. We started getting into a routine of going to Colorado, then Florida, back to Colorado. We’d visited many areas and of everywhere, there were the two places we kept going back to. We thought about buying lots in both but from an investment standpoint, couldn’t justify it. Buying land and developing it for the rig was also not something we wanted to do. From an investment standpoint, we knew that if we were to buy, we’d buy a house. We’d bought two already and we were starting to become experts at it.
When push came to shove, we knew that we wanted a home base. We found ourselves spending a ton of money for campgrounds that were never quite perfect for us. We visited friends at their full time home and found ourselves longing for that and found ourselves looking at homes. Then we found ourselves going to open houses. And then we found a home we fell in love with.
We found ourselves making an offer, having it be accepted and going through the process in thirty days.
One thing we know a lot of people ask when they’re about to full time is “What if I need an exit strategy?” For us, we never really thought about it. We were fortunate enough to have enough disposible income that the exit strategy was relatively painless. We had funds for the downpayment. We got some of our items moved out of storage. Some items came with the house (washer, dryer, refrigerator, living room couch). We went to furniture stores and purchased a master bedroom set, dining set, two desks and kitchen set. Honestly, it was much more easy than we anticipated, most likely due to the fact that we have full time jobs to sustain us through those large costs.
So what’s the next step? This is the last week we’ll be full timing. We will either sell the rig or rent it out (while the latter has tremendous risk, it also allows us to be more mobile when we want to be). We want the ability to travel when we want so keeping the rig that we customized and built for us is important.
Last night we went out to dinner with Chloe and Brendan in a case of going full circle.
On our last day as full timers, we drove an hour to our final destination to place that is gorgeous. It’s an RV resort as well as a equine facility. We overlook fields as we hear horses whinny. We took Piper for a long walk as she smelled all the wonderful smells (from a dog’s perspective). It’s a beautiful sunny and cool day for Florida – 71 degrees – as we played bocce in the side and back of our coach. It was a perfect day with perfect views, perfect surroundings and perfect weather. We both felt a sadness that full timing was over but on the other hand look forward to our next adventure. We lost two family members on this great adventure and as we move on, we’ll think of them. We gained friends on this great adventure and as we move on, we’ll think of them. We visited family members on this great adventure and as we move on, we’ll think of them. We will take the places, the people, the animals, the sights, the food, the everything and take it with us no matter what.
That’s the beauty of this life – it isn’t a matter of “this is how it is”. Instead it’s a matter of “this is how it is…for now”.
Ever fluid, ready to change and pivot is something we’ve enjoyed about this life. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Until the next trip, we’ll be updating with fun house stuff. See you soon!