On July 11, after months (and actually years) of research and preparation, we set off on a bit of an adventure. We sold everything including our house, bought an RV . . . and a Jeep Wrangler and we set off for the road in quest of . . .
Frankly, we don’t know what. But I knew we would learn valuable lessons and skills along the way.
Now that we have been on he road five months, here are some of our thoughts so far:
- Americans waste an awful lot of water. That becomes immediately clear when you have to take responsibility for this. We learned how little water you really need.
- Problems are usually easier to resolve than they appear to be. We have been in some pretty remote areas and were able to get repairs completed through a combination of resources we located.
- An RV really can handle pretty severe weather. From heat to cold to extreme rains. We have been subjected to torrential downpours without a problem.
- How we live, is a function of how we are brought up to think we need to live. It is really an eye-opener to see how others have interpreted this. There are many options we might not have considered. For instance in Florida, you could live like Jimmy Buffett, palm trees and thatched roofs too! Even views of house size vary.
- RV’ing is not expensive and you can control your burn rate. You want a million dollar Prevost motor coach and two hundred-dollar a night campsites, Just go Glamping away. Want something a bit less expensive, you can find a used trailer for a few thousand dollars. In the end both will give you the same outdoors experience if you go out when you arrive at your destination. The big coaches can’t go everywhere as some older parks can’t handle much more than 35 foot rigs.
- Dry camping (that is camping without any shore connections like electric, water or sewer) isn’t hard and most RV’s can easily handle a week with a little discipline. This allows you to go places that would otherwise be inaccessible. And it makes you feel empowered. You come to realize why people in Montana (for example), are rugged individualists.
- You really don’t need much “stuff’ and by and large, it is not missed. Good thing as with an RV, you can’t buy much anyway
- Broadcast TV still leaves a lot to be desired. While we have a state of the art broadcast HD antenna, we seldom watch TV. There are too many commercials and other than shows like MASH and Andy Griffith, there really isn’t too much good programming. Satellite, while available, doesn’t do much for us so we free up a lot of time (and money).
- It costs money to move. The fiction that the poor can move to where good jobs are is just that. Fiction. Registering our vehicles alone cost about $1,000. there were lots of other costs too.
- Being on the road is great for meeting people. Every park, every stop.
- Being in the shared experience of a campground with other campers breaks down barriers – everyone is equal, everyone is friendly.
Actually, we have gained much, much more insight than this but, we will save that for future posts.