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Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet? could mean several things such as a location or a state of mind.  When I say it in this post I am referring to both.  Many if not most people rush through life without tasting much of it.  Not really smelling the roses.  To see what I mean, the next time you eat do it very slowly.  Chew each bite and mentally enjoy each flavor.  It is a very different experience than quickly eating fast food.  Or even good food eaten quickly.

This particular geranium was from my mom's patio.
This particular geranium was from my mom’s patio.

So how do you more thoroughly taste life?  You have to take the time to enjoy little bits of the moments of your day without being in a rush.  If you become tired, rest.  If you are are thirsty, drink.  Get off the fast track and move at your own pace.  Of course to do this you have to have the time and financial self sufficiency needed.

Coach at roadside stop

Since I was in my 20’s I have always liked campers/motorhomes.  I started renting them in my 30’s, and buying them in my 50’s.  I think I have always been attracted to them because the offer freedom.  Freedom to explore, stop, rest, and live almost anywhere.  A big one like shown in the picture is not cheap, but no where near as costly as a fixed house.  I am not even sure they are a good substitute for a fixed house forever.  But maybe they are until you “get there”.

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Motorhomes are just tools though.  You can use them to scurry from place to place.  Stop at RV parks next to freeways.  Make most stops one night stays.  And then you are still on the fast track.  You will wear yourself out and ask questions like, “Are We There Yet”.  The answer will be no.  You have just moved into a mobile housing unit and still in the rat race.

freedom rv

Being close to this

Barbara and Frazier on a beach in OR

Not this

traffic-jam

That is how I feel.  But do keep in mind that lots of folks like crowds and buzz.  If that is you then my advice is wrong for you.  I spent many years and millions of air miles running lots of places and now I am through with that.  Time to chew longer on what you have and not spend so much time buzzing around.

 

RVing As A Lifestyle

This is how our motorhome looked when we bought it 5 years ago.  It was used then.
This is how our motorhome looked when we bought it 5 years ago. It was used then.

My first big motorhome trip was in 1980.  I rented a 28′ Beaver class C motorhome and drove it from Southern California to British Columbia.  5,000 miles in total.  We rented a number of additional motorhomes over the years and then bought our first one about 9 years ago.  Then we moved up to our current rig in Nov 2009.  My motorhome trips have always been a combination of business and pleasure.  On our first trip to British Columbia I visited clients all the way up and all the way back.  Our big summer trip last year we also visited clients.  Motorhomes make great mobile work places and also are lots of fun to see the sights in this great, big country of ours.

Lots of people these days buy an RV and use it as their sole place to live.  I have always used RVing as work/pleasure tool and have never been much motivated to get rid of our house without wheels.  I would say to do that successfully you need to be able to be happy in a small space.  Very small.  The biggest RV is smaller than most very small apartments.  I think it is very useful to be mechanically capable.  Lots of things break on houses on wheels and it helps to be able to fix some of them.  You need money.  Fuel, big tires, repairs, insurance, living on the road is not as cheap as many think.  But it is a choice that many have taken successfully.

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It does give you a way to be in beauty spots for extended periods of time.  But it is not the “Sunset” life.  What I mean by that is RV life can tend to be a lot of parking lots with close by neighbors.  The Sunset life is the life of style from Sunset magazine.  I would strongly suggest that anyone thinking of selling all and moving into an RV full time do it in baby steps.  Rent first or do extended vacations first.  See if you like the life.