By Emily Woodbury
I’m sure many of you who own RVs but don’t live in one full-time often think, “I wonder if I could sell all this stuff and live full-time in the rig.” Am I right? It’s a daunting thought, selling everything in your home, sorting through clothes and shoes and items that were once important but maybe aren’t anymore. Not only is the thought daunting, but it’s a lot of work.
A couple of weeks ago in our Saturday poll we wanted to know if you full-timers missed having a sticks-and-bricks home. From the looks of it, you probably don’t. More than half of you, 52 percent, responded that you don’t miss your sticks-and-bricks home at all (however, we did receive quite a few comments mentioning how you missed your garage/shop), and 19 percent of you miss it a tiny bit, but hardly. Additionally, 18 percent of you miss your home, but not that much, and 12 percent miss it a lot.
Here’s what you had to say:
“I put yes, just barely because after 15 years I do miss having my own washer/dryer (don’t have room for one). But, honestly, I can’t imagine even having all the room one would have in a 1 bedroom apartment.” — rvgrandma
“Why would someone miss cutting the grass, shoveling snow, painting the house, paying the taxes, power bill, trash removal? You get the idea, right?” — Abe Loughin
I think we can easily tell how Rush McKee feels… “NO NO NO NO NO AN ABSOLUTE NO!”
“Yesterday we have celebrated our 2nd year fulltiming in our 40’ fifth wheel and are loving it. Although we started under different circumstances it has been very rewarding. We have found in our travels that we’re the envy of many people and friends who own homes but cannot see themselves parting with the years of collected items. The interesting thing about the items that have been collected thru the years most people never see the items. While we are still alive we gave our children a chance to go through our prized possessions and pick out the things that meant the most to them and the rest we sold. What a weight off our backs and our children. Happy camping!” — Michael
And Traveling Man makes a good point. He writes, ” Nope, Nada, Never… BUT…Just in case, we do have an exit strategy. Everyone has to have one as one never knows what tomorrow holds. Especially with health. Will you return to an apartment? Move in with family? Buy another house? There are retirement homes, mobile homes, or perhaps making your existing RV into a stationary home. Some will consider alternate countries where living expense can be considerably less (or more depending on location). The point is that somewhere down the road, you will get off at that final exit. Being prepared is the best answer.”
Judy G. did things a little differently. She wrote, “I answered no. Actually it’s just the opposite: I recently sold my RV and miss it terribly!”