Trial Run #3 – There Is A Learning Curve
Every activity worth doing has a learning curve.
Welcome back to our journey toward retirement and the pondering of living full-time in a 36′ RV fifth wheel. To read from the beginning, please go to my post RV Minimalist Wannabe.
We just arrived home from a week’s vacation at Davis Mountains State Park. This was the first time pulling the long, long trailer and it was a dual-purpose journey. We needed a vacation plus we wanted a trial run that actually left our front yard (read Trial Run #1 and Trial Run #2 to understand the humor in this). We tackled a large learning curve and returned home safely with rig and sanity intact.
So Much To Learn
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding (Proverbs 3:13).
Is there a learning curve with RVs? You better believe it! Read more
Trial Run #2 – Peace vs. Anxiety
For the beginning of our RV living journal, go here to read previous articles.
The journey to RV living continues as we contemplate selling our sticks and “Austin stone” house and living full time in a 36′ fifth wheel. I’ve read tons of articles by people who live full-time in their RV and the overwhelming opinion is that RV living is heaven on earth, but there is nothing as truth-telling as a personal experience. Now that I’ve had a few days to process our time, I came up with some pros and cons that will have to be considered.
Is RV living all it’s cracked up to be? We stayed in our RV parked on our property for a total of 8 days. The first 2-day trial run was cut short when the hot water heater went out. We made repairs and this time around definitely gave us a better idea of what it’s like to live in an RV. It is roughly 320 square feet compared to our home of 1576, so the RV is approximately one-fifth of the space we normally stretch out in. Wow!
After this stay, I received some revealing spiritual truth that had an impact on our decision-making process. It involves God’s timing and trusting Him. I will talk about that at the end.
When something happens that annoys you, are you quick to grumble and complain? Here is a great reason to appreciate inconvenience in your life.
I am learning that sometimes, blessings come in inconvenient ways. When things seem to go awry, I almost immediately begin to gripe and wonder why this is happening to me. I recently learned that it could be God trying to bless us. Case in point is something that happened to us this week.
We ordered an RV washer/dryer set from Camping World. We had to pay $150 shipping for the washer because of its weight, but it was to be delivered directly to our door. The dryer was to come UPS ground to our door. Long story short…because our driveway is narrow and isn’t concrete, the semi would have to drop the washer at the gate for us to load and bring to the house or we could pick it up from their facility. Because of rainy weather, we chose to pick it up resulting in an hour+ round trip. Inconvenient, right? But then a few days later, the dryer shows up at the same freight line, so now we have to pick up the dryer, too.
I wrote the company explaining the issue. I figured we’d get a semi (no pun intended)-apology and “please try us again” letter, but they just wrote back with a very nice apology saying the $150 will be fully refunded. Even though the refund came because of our inconvenience, it brought our total cost down considerably. Blessing from God! Woohoo!
So, if you need a great way to appreciate inconvenience in your life, just stop and remember, don’t grumble and complain. It might be God trying to bless you.
Trial Run #1 – Squeaky doors and midnight bathroom trips
As you may or may not know, my husband and I are planning for our retirement years. They are a lot closer than they were yesterday and quite honestly, it’s a bit scary to think about.
We’ve read about people who live in their RV full-time and felt this might be a great option for us. So the search began for just the right type and size of RV. In my previous post called RV Minimalist Wannabe, I wrote how we started out with a small 25′ pull behind, but quickly realized that size was better suited for short vacations. We turned our attention to fifth wheels and bingo…we discovered great layouts with much more living space and storage. We decided to search for a fifth wheel mainly because they are supposed to pull better and be more stable travelling. A salesman told us, “That’s why it’s called a fifth wheel. It actually becomes part of your truck instead of something being pulled behind your truck.” That made perfect sense to me.
Prayers continued for God to show us THE one and He did. We bought a 35′ fifth wheel from a couple who lived very close to us. They had never been on a vacation with it, but had only lived in it while they built their house and then used it on their property for guests. It was in pristine condition considering it was 12 years old.
That purchase set us on another prayer journey. Since God showed us which one to buy, were we to sell our home and go full-time before retirement? This could be very beneficial because it would allow us to put our mortgage payment into savings for the time when we can’t work. We are one of thousands, maybe millions, who have no retirement account. That’s what I mean when I say thinking of retirement is scary. And if God is telling us to sell, can we really handle full-time RV living?
Preparing for Full-Time RV Living.
How big is your home? According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the average size of a new single-family home in 2015 was 2,467 square feet. That is 61% bigger than people bought in 1975, which if I figured right would have made the homes 40 years ago a mere 963 square feet. Houses are definitely getting bigger. How does yours compare? We all want our own space. We need big backyards for our outdoor kitchens and today’s independent children must have their own rooms. Husbands escape into their man caves equipped with large-screen TVs and refrigerators, while the women just nest throughout the whole house.
If homes are getting bigger, then why is there a tiny house movement? Have you heard of this?