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Why we’re Selling Our Home and Moving into an RV full-time

Why we’re Selling Our Home and Moving into an RV full-time

When doubt began to rear its ugly head…

Questions started rolling in. Are we sure moving into an RV full-time is for us? What if we end up hating this lifestyle? How crazy does our family think we are?  How will we ever find neighbors as good as the ones we have now? Will we lose our sense of community? Should we just rent the house our instead of selling it? Will we want to strangle each other living in such a small space?

I could go on and on, but you probably get the point.

We decided it was beneficial for us to compile a list of why we want to live in an RV full-time in the event our doubts would resurface.

Why we want to move into an RV full-time

  1. Be outside more
  2. Experience new places in a way that’s more than a vacation
  3. Meet new people who share the same lifestyle
  4. Ride our bikes year-round and explore new trail systems
  5. Avoid feeling like we’re working towards the weekend or retirement and live in the moment
  6. Save more money and have less expenses associated with owning a home
  7. Find more time for adventure by having fewer tasks associated with owning a house (cleaning, mowing, yard work)
  8. Minimize the amount of stuff we own and appreciate the things we do have
  9. Enjoy the remoteness of BLM land and the beauty of our country – waking up to new views out of our window
  10. Immerse ourselves in cool towns and hang with the locals

 

For us, success in this lifestyle simply means we’re living how we want to.

Would moving into an RV full-time be the only way we could ever achieve all of this? Heck no! However, we don’t want to spend our lives wondering what if we never tried? 

I am writing this post as we travel to Asheville, NC, for a mountain bike trip with our friends, Rob + Anna (otherwise known as Raw Banana). Anna kindly proofread this post (I believe her Engrish is better than mine). I’ll leave you with her favorite poem, The Summer Day, which she shared with me.

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Written by Mary Oliver from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA

Day 10 – Banff + Laundry Day

Day 10 – Banff + Laundry Day

Today we’ll be saying goodbye to Canmore and headed through Banff National Park and over to Golden where we’ll be boondocking outside our friend Amy’s brother’s house.
Up until now, I haven’t mentioned a whole lot about the town of Canmore.
Compared to Banff, it’s a less touristy (but still touristy) town. Canmore sits right before Banff National Park and is only about an hour or so out of Calgary. So it’s a doable weekend trip for Calgarians (<—— I may have just made up this word).
Canmore is a really cute little town, expensive, but cute. There’s plenty to do and to see. Just the simple fact that they have a Sotheby’s is telling.
On our way to Golden, we stopped in Banff to do laundry and run some errands… or maybe just to pose with their cool sign…
 
Doing laundry in a busy town might not sound like a great idea and in fact, it wasn’t. But we made it work. We had to park our RV about a 15-minute walk from the downtown and carry roughly 3 loads worth of stinky laundry through Banff’s busy streets while walking Cooper in the heat of the afternoon.
 
The good news is, we managed to finish all 3 loads of laundry, do a quick grocery run, see the town a bit and get back on the road in just a couple of hours. Next stop – GOLDEN!
Day 5 – Helllloooooo Canada!

Day 5 – Helllloooooo Canada!

We made it folks!

We drove a total of 37 hours and made it to the campground in Bow Valley Provincial Park. We’ll be using this campground as a base camp for the next week as we travel around to Banff National Park.

After a celebratory beer, we tried deploying the Zip Dee awning with a little too much force and ended up bending one of the awning arms… Oopsie. The things we do for shade!

Luckily our friends, Danielle and Bill, had just arrived witness the mayhem.

We knew we either had to bend it back (unlikely) OR saw a piece of the arm off so that we could at the very least put it away.

After about 30 minutes of problem-solving and frustration, we ventured into Canmore to grab dinner at the Grizzly Paw Brewery. We were put on the waitlist and decided to kill time at this fun little bar next door called Where the Buffalo Roam – a Hunter S. Thompson themed bar. Great drinks and hilarious server – I guess it’s what you’d expect from a Hunter S. Thompson themed bar. As if things couldn’t get any better, Jay spotted a double rainbow from where we were seated. After which the entire street turned into “Double Rainbow mania” (as Jay put it). People running out into the street snapping photos on their iPhones. People yelling out of car windows, “It’s a DOUBLE RAINBOW”.

I was able to snap a shot myself before one of the rainbows completely faded away.

We like to think it was a good sign – seeing as tomorrow we’ll be scoping out locations for our emotional vow exhange.

Until tomorrow!

Day 2 – The Midwest Push

Day 2 – The Midwest Push

After powering through Ohio and most of Indiana yesterday we finally rolled into a Walmart parking lot in Michigan City, Indiana.
We tried two rest stops along the way but they were completely filled with tractor trailers.
We awoke today to some pretty heavy rain –  complete with thunder and lightning. Knowing that we were likely going to hit the outskirts of Chicago during morning rush hour in a rainstorm… why not?
One of the better decisions we “thought” we made was going into the express lane and bypassing some heavy traffic, although because of the heavy rains, as tractor trailers passed in the lanes aside of us – huge walls of water would crash into us – some pretty terrifying moments of not being able to see anything.
Once we got out of the Chicago area the roads cleared up, the sun came out and we exhaled!
With using the All Stays app we found a Camping World near Madison, Wisconsin, and decided to check it out for the first time.  Jay couldn’t contain his excitement.
While parked we also thought (given the sunshine) it would be advantageous to charge up our batteries with our Zamp solar system.  Super cool!
Now it was my turn to take the wheel! I was a little apprehensive at first, but I drove the Airstream through the majority of Minnesota. The truck handled very well and I didn’t have to make any technical turns or back up – PHEW.
THUMBS UP for not hitting anything and parking “OK”.
The moment we’ve been waiting for!

The moment we’ve been waiting for!

It’s almost been 2 years since we purchased our travel trailer (Jowanda) and tomorrow we head out on our first big trip across the country.
We are Canada-bound. The “far far away” part of Canada. We’re headed to the Canadian Rockies  -only about a 37-hour drive (sense the sarcasm). Our goal is to get to Canmore, Alberta by Sunday.
It’s a good thing I married someone detail-oriented because I don’t think a trip like this would happen without Jay’s constant research and hard work getting the trailer ready.

 

Here’s Jay making some adjustments to our battery-box to accommodate taller batteries and also to give us a way to connect to our solar set up from ZAMP.
Solar will give us the ability to boondock for way longer than we’d be able to on just fully charged batteries – especially since they recharge the batteries as long as we have sunlight!
I’m excited to see how our adventure unfolds, but for tonight it’s pack, pack, and oh yeah…pack. The trick will be to try not to forget something incredibly important!  Passports…check! Underwear…check!