With soo much to look forward to this spring, it makes the winter months drag by!! This is especially true for Rick who is counting the days left for work!!!
Since our maiden voyage with the new RV, we have been in preparation/transition mode for our full time RV journey. We took the RV back down to the dealership for them to winterize it and work on the "TO DO" list from our walk thru. We have been working with the dealership and Grand Design over the last couple months to ensure everything will be ready come April.
We have also been making some purchases as well as selling things. We have been selling some items we no longer use on the FB Buy, Sell, Trade's and Ebay. We also hosted both our families Christmas parties this year and they identified the holiday items they wanted. I was like a notetaker, making sure I logged all the items. Once Christmas was over, we packaged everything up for each person. Happy to report I only have two bins of misc. items left for a rummage sale and/or Goodwill.
It almost seems like there is more coming in than there is going out. Christmas this year was all about what we will need on the road. It was not as hard this year to think of what to get each other or what to put on lists for others. I will do a post for those items, with links, for those interested.
We also sold our Outback camper, rather quickly. We posted it on Craig's List first as well as the local FB Buy, Sell, Trade's. We were selling it with most everything in it, so it was ready to go. We had a couple general inquiries and then we received a text from a couple on a Saturday that wanted to come look at it the following day. They came out Sunday and spent an hour or so with RIck, walking through it, asking questions about camping in general and asking about our upcoming transition. They then said they were going to think about it and call us, but did mention that they were very interested. Well, in less than 30 minutes they called back and wanted to take it. They came back with a deposit to put down and we arranged for them to come back in two weeks to help Rick winterize it so they understood how to do it. They are an older couple who had a pop up several years back when they camped with their kids and now they would like to take their grandchildren camping. They were sooo excited to get back into camping and really liked the camper since it had bunk beds. We have stored the camper for them since they did not have a place lined up and they will be picking it up in April. We even gave them all sorts of information on state campgrounds we have been to and the best sites at each. It is good to see the camper going to a family who is going to take good care of it and is excited to get back into camping.
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.
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