EJ and I have been considering, “What if we really do sell our house and RV full-time?”
There’s a lot to consider and plan for.
We’d need to get totally out of debt. We don’t have HUGE debt, but we do have some that we’d like to get rid of. This is something we wanted to do anyway, but it’s more important now.
We’d need to (maybe) work a little on the house to prepare it for selling. The more we can sell our house for, the more money we will have. Unless we just sell it for what we can get. We live in an economically depressed area and I don’t know if our house will sell or for how much.
We’d need to sell our possessions. After all, we can’t take it all with us. We’d need to figure out a way to store what we can’t take with us. That presents problems, because storage would cost money, adding to our expenses.
We’d need a source of income. The good thing about having simple needs and few expenses is that we could do just about ANYTHING to earn enough money to survive on. I have realized that most of our expenses involve buying for a mortgage and maintaining the house. Eliminate the house, and the expenses are few. However, there still must be income. We are considering ways to earn money doing the things we enjoy. For example, I love blogging. EJ is looking into e-baying the possessions we don’t need. There are other possibilities, such as finding work at a campground. My friend even suggested housing-sitting for money. She said there are organizations that set it up. We are beginning to do what we can, and looking into other options.
I’ve been wondering what would happen if we reach a point where we don’t want to live in an RV or if we get sick or old, or EJ dies. If EJ dies, I won’t want to be stuck with a big RV. I will want to have a little house. I don’t want to decide not to travel and have no prospects for a house. And there’s the matter of storing the things we can’t take with us, but don’t want to part with–like EJ’s great-grandmother’s bed. So should we rent storage, buy land somewhere, or buy a small house? The problem is that storage is more expense. If we buy a house, we have to worry about expense, upkeep, and thieves. We could buy a small park model in an association campground because they’d take care of mowing and security, but again, that adds to the expense, which would require a better job to afford it at, which defeats the purpose of trying to simplify our lives.
We’d have to figure out what to do with our cats. We love them deeply, can’t imagine parting with them, but we can’t live in an RV with seven cats (can we?).
We’d also have to consider our son. If we travel, how can he finish Boy Scouts. He’s two ranks below Eagle Scout. I’d hate him to miss out on reaching that goal. Also, he’s 16 and in a couple years there will be the difficulty of helping him get schooling, setting up his own apartment, helping him learn how to live independently. We wouldn’t be around to be a safety net for him as he transitions into adulthood.
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There is a lot to think about, and a lot to plan if we really do this.