On a road trip to our camping spot, sometime before we were married, Tony and I first discussed how fun it would be to travel the country and be a fulltime RV family. It wasn’t new for me to daydream about this lifestyle, it’s something my dad and I discussed on our family road trips. However, when Tony was just as excited about doing something like this I knew it was in our future.
Buying our new home
Fast forward a few years later, we started getting more serious. We looked at RVs, went to an RV show, and thought about ways we could make this work. In October of 2016, on a whim, we drove to the RV dealership and asked to tour some RVs. The salesperson was good at his job and sold us on a brand new Fleetwood Bounder.
Now what?! We have a 36ft RV in our driveway with no plans of making this crazy dream a reality. One thing we did know – it was happening.
Since we lived in Michigan we needed to winterize it shortly after we bought it. This was a tad heartbreaking to have this large piece of our next chapter sitting in the driveway. We still didn’t even know if we could actually live in a small space and survive. HA!
Testing out living in a small space
May of 2017, we temporarily moved into the RV with plans of moving back into our home in the winter. This was just to see if we could make it work. We still took most of our showers and baths in the house but didn’t spend much time in our home. That summer we went on camping trips including a week-long adventure in the Upper Penninsula and the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin.
In the Fall when we moved back into our house, we knew Fulltime living was happening and honestly we couldn’t wait. We spent the time waiting for summer with house projects, including new siding, room painting, and floorplan changes.
We’re now a fulltime RV family
In May of 2018, we permanently moved into the RV with plans of NOT moving back into our house. The part that took the longest was time spent going through everything and moving our belongings into our RV. We purchased an enclosed trailer to hold the stuff we wanted to keep but not take with us. We ended up donating and selling almost everything we owned. Going from 2000 sqft to almost 350 sqft is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but one of the most rewarding. There was only so much room, but I wanted to keep everything. Everything had memories or feelings and I didn’t want to let go yet. Needless to say, the enclosed trailer is full. Thinking about this now I already know I can let go of probably half the things we kept.
We put our house for sale in October, almost exactly two years after we purchased the RV. Three months later our home was sold and we were traveling south to Texas. It was the most amazing feeling, we are now a fulltime RV family.