|Transferring to new owners|
Days sick: 0 (think about that!)
|Transferring to new owners|
|First time we saw our home on wheels|
Questions and answers
Thoughts after 3.5 years
1. What are the top 3 reasons you want to do this?
a. Freedom to make our own schedule.
b. Explore places at a leisurely pace and spend time together
c. Eliminate stuff that ties us down (mortgage, home maintenance, excess stuff) and decide what we really need vs what we want.
2. What are your top 3 concerns about full time RV living?
a. Finding a RV that will not give us problems and having our own spaces when we want to be alone.
b. Finances and exit strategy. How will we get back to a bricks and sticks lifestyle when we are tired of RVing.
c. Security of not owning a home, physical security of being in unknown places.
3. What are the top 3 things you will miss most about living in a bricks/sticks house?
a. Gardening, swimming pool, outdoor spaces, projects.
b. Deep personal connections with friends and neighbors
c. Full size appliances and stuff
4. What are the top 3 things you will miss the least about living in a bricks/sticks house?
a. Projects, something to always clean and repair
b. Cost pressures of maintaining a home
c. Responsibilities to groups and organizations
5. What specifically are the things you want to do while full time RVing?
a. Visit family and provide support
b. Make new friends
c. Visit Yellowstone, Glacier, Giant trees, Crater Lake, Maine, Niagara Falls, Mt Rushmore, Key West, Alaska, Grand Canyon.
d. Visit old friends and places we have lived
e. Attend Jeep Jamborees
f. Boondock where we can see stars
g. Participate in disaster relief ministry
h. Take time to learn US history
i. Go where the wind takes us
Making it up as we go and spending time in places many people only get to experience on short vacations was the best part of full-timing.
You really don’t need much stuff. Minimal living has a quality all its own.
All RVs will have some problems. We chose an older higher end motorhome and the more robust systems served us well. We were always able to find our own space.
Still unknown how we will get back and not sure we want too.
We stayed aware of our surroundings and did not have any serious issues with man or beast.
We carry an herb garden with us, some campgrounds have pools, and there is always a project on the RV.
Kept up with old friends on social media and this blog. Made many new friends.
Installed a residential refrigerator and got use to the other small appliances.
Can’t escape these things in an RV.
Can’t escape maintenance costs either.
Responsibilities changed to more family focused.
Our family is spread over a 1500-mile area. We have been able to help five family members move, responded to health issues and attended events all while sleeping in our own bed.
It was easy to meet people and make new friends in the RV community.
We saw most of these and many more places that we did not know existed. Still hoping to visit Alaska and see the Grand Canyon again.
We were able to visit old friends in Maine, Florida, Arizona, California, Idaho, Oklahoma, Maryland and Alabama
We attended Jeep Jamborees in Pennsylvania and South Dakota
We saw the heavens from some dark remote places and were amazed.
We participated in Disaster Relief operations in LA, PA, MD, and NC.
We were fascinated by the history in each part of the country. Seeing the revolutionary fortresses, standing in the Oregon Trail ruts, seeing Petroglyphs, Teddy Roosevelt’s cabin, and so much more.
We made most of it up as we went along. We tried to stay south during winter and north during summer. We never had a designated place to go and the longest we ever stayed in one place was about 60 days.
|Mom and Dad enjoying their motorhome|
|They grow up so fast...Empty Nesters now.|
|Receiver hitch up front provides mounting point for a variety of accessories|
|The Great Fisherman|
|Rest stop repair generator provides power for tools|
Thanks for keepingupwiththejonesrv!
RV Tip: Leveling the RV is critical notably for comfort; but also for the slides and other components to work properly. The Diamond Lake NP Campground listed this site as 70 feet long. It did not say that it was curved and peaked in the center. Being a holiday weekend, every other spot was taken, so we had to make this work. Pattie guided me into the tight spot with only inches to spare. We placed our wood blocks and rubber mats under the tires to level The Bus then dropped the jacks to stabilize it. This was a dry camping spot (no hook up to services), so we had to run the generator for a couple hours each morning and evening to top off the batteries since the solar panel cannot keep-up. Unfortunately, the generator began shutting down and we were afraid we would need to leave. I explained the issue on the Tiffin web page and someone suggested adding oil. It was only a little low, but as soon as I added a quart, it began running perfectly. Apparently the oil sensor can become oversensitive and shut down the generator even if it is only a 1/2 quart low. Good to know.
The campground host and ranger were amazed that we got this size rig in that spot.