Fast forward to late 2016...
We started to uncover answers to alot of our questions about the full time RV'er lifestyle.
How would we get mail? Well, come to find out there are several mail forwarding companies that cater to the full time traveler. My Dakota Address, America Mailbox, St Brendans Isle and Escapees, just to name a few. They also have several levels of service they could provide from simple mail forwarding to scanning all mail to a site for you to review.. You also can have mail sent to a general postal address and pick up your mail at the local post office, if they allow. Who knew!
RV Insurance-How is it different if you live in your RV? There are specific policies offered by several companies such as National and Geico that insure your vehicles, RV and personal belongings as full time RV'ers.
A big one for us, what do we do about health insurance? There are a couple options for Full Timers including buying a policy on the exchange, starting with a COBRA policy, even exploring faith based sharing programs.
All of these questions and more all funnel up to an important decision of determining where we establish residency. For FT RV'ers, this is one of the most important things to determine. It seems there are a couple states that, for a variety of reasons, float to the top. They are Texas, Florida and South Dakota. As of the moment this blog is published, FL seems to be our front runner as they are the only ones to have a national network for their marketplace insurance option with BCBS. However, that could change so we will monitor that closely.
Next we move on to the all important topic of money.
We met with a financial planner and found we could make this dream a reality, thanks in part to hard work, good investing and the ability to workcamp as we embark on our journey. That was the exciting part! We were going to trade our corporate life for jobs like cleaning fire pits, checking people into their campsite and many, many other camping life type jobs. It also gives us the opportunity to use our current skills to make a living too. If you've read our ABOUT US PAGE, you will know that Rick is a chef and he is really looking forward to making some food at an RV resort for a couple hours and then retiring to the RV. No more staff to manage, corporate clients to please and budgets to meet. Who knows, maybe cooking classes at an RV resort. The possibilities are endless! As for me, I am exploring all sorts of passive income opportunities, dabbling in this blog and other online jobs. I am getting pretty good at being a Secret Shopper, Shipt grocery shopper, etc. You would be amazed at what is out there! I am also now signed up to be a virtual juror. Crazy!!
So at this point, the plan is starting to come together. We still have some unanswered questions like, what are the boys going to do, what kind of RV are we getting, do we have a tow vehicle to use for local drives, etc.
Up next, some big purchases coming in our future.
This story started several years ago with an idea of taking our camping experience to the next level...full time RV'ing. Rick and I have always liked camping and everything about it. The planning and preparation, the journey to the campsite, set up and ultimately camping itself. We both did some form of camping/up north WI relaxing when we were younger. Then we started tent camping together in Georgia with the boys when they were very young. We loved the state parks and the COE campgrounds around Lake Lanier.
Once we moved back to WI in 2008, we bought Rick's sisters expandable camper and began camping all over WI. The entire family really liked the experience so we decided to explore National parks and set our sites on Yellowstone with side trips to Custer State park, Badlands and the Grand Tetons. One small detail though, in order to camp in Yellowstone, campers needed to be hard sided. So the decision was made to upgrade to a 2011 Keystone Outback.
We made many happy memories camping in our Outback through the years around WI, the MI UP and IN. Each time sad for it to come to an end, but already planning the next journey.
Fast forward to 2013 when discussions started to take shape around full timing. Soo many unanswered questions...can we afford it, will we like it, do we sell the house, what about the boys, how do we get mail, what do we do for health insurance, will we get the Packer games on TV (you know, the important stuff!)? Over the next couple years we would spend alot of time researching, following full timer blogs and learning everything we could about the full time life. The more we learned, the more we liked.
This brings us to late 2016 when everything really started to take shape.
Stay tuned to find out about finding the answers to MOST of our questions about the full time lifestyle.
With a New Year brings this new blog. Many have been patiently, or impatiently waiting for this blog to get off the ground. I attempted to start this blog a couple months ago but it just did not feel right. However, I kept thinking of how I wanted it to look and feel and I think we are now getting very close. You will see things evolve as we learn new features. Our goal is to try and post once a week but prior to leaving the sticks and bricks, it might be a bit longer between posts. So sit back, get cozy and enjoy our new journey with us!!
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