RV Life: Year One

We moved into the RV, after living with my parents for about a month. When we moved, I was still healing from double pneumonia. We lived for two weeks at Quail Creek RV Park, before moving to where we would be for the remainder of our time in Waco.

For most of the year, we were basically just living our normal daily life.

I had gone back to teaching for the year, and Allen was finishing his second to last year in public school at a local high school.

We spent the summer traveling. We wanted to get an idea of what it would be like to travel full time, before we left to explore the US.

We came away with some memories, and having a good idea of what it’d be like to travel full time.

In fall of 2019, Allen started his last year of public school, the boys started their last full year in public school. He was also teaching English online. I started staying home, and A was going to parents day out 1 day a week. I was working on figuring out work from home jobs that I could do while we travel. Not one of those panned out. I had a plan of how all of this was going to look and work. Needless to say, my plans didn’t matter one bit.

In December, Allen and I decided A would start staying home with me full time beginning in January. So not much had changed. . .until March 2020.

RV Life: The Beginnings (3)

Once we got there, we (ok, I) immediately knew this was the rig for us. “Yup, this is it. Let’s buy it.” It was even on sale.

We told them our situation, and that we wouldn’t be able to make a payment until our house sold in 2 weeks. So, they said that they would set it aside, as if it was already sold, and if for any reason our plans fell through, they’d put it back on the lot.

Our house sold, so we called the RV dealers, told them we were on our way.

We get there, and come to find out…5 people requested to see it, after having zero interest in it for months, until they locked it up for us. At this time, I was starting to get pretty sick.

After everything was squared away, Allen found a truck he liked. We left the RV at the dealership to get prepared for us to pick it up. So, we drove out, test drove the truck. Allen liked it, we bought it, and the next day picked the RV up.

All I remember from those couple of days is being in so much pain.

Everything worked out so smoothly, well most everything.

RV Life: The Beginnings (2)

Because we had done a lot of research before hand, we knew exactly what we were looking for in an RV. So, when the time came to get serious…we weren’t budging on our “must-haves”: enough space that all 3 kids could have a space on days where everyone just needs, well, space, deep storage, and all 3 kids have their own bed, in which we don’t have to repurpose as another space.

So, we began our search. We looked at two locations in Waco, not finding anything we felt was the right rig for us.

So, Allen started searching online. He couldn’t find anything within a two hundred mile radius….

Simultaneously, we had put our house on the market, just after the New Year in 2019.

For two weeks, we were in a phase of keep-the-house-clean-and-find-an-activity-to-keep-the-kids-busy-while-we-wait.

And then, he found it. The rig we were searching for. Allen requested to be able to able to go see it. We got a response back that if it hadn’t sold that day, they’d lock it up until we got there the next day.

RV Life: The Beginnings

Early in our marriage, around year 3-4, I started wanting to live simply. I was overwhelmed with new babies, working full-time, and loads and loads of stuff. I originally wanted to buy one of those sheds you can buy from Home Depot and convert it into a little tiny home.

And, my husband wasn’t having any of it.

Then, a year or two later, my husband was watching videos on YouTube, and found schoolies. He wanted to convert a school bus into an RV…and live in it. This time, I wasn’t having any of it.

A year or two after that, I had gone on an overseas trip with my oldest. My hubby had taken our other two on a quick road trip to Mount Rushmore, and when I got back, the topic for schoolies came up again. This time, I was all in. So, we started researching buses, and RVs. We decided that an RV would best suit our current needs.

When we started telling people what we were planning on doing…we got a lot of support and encouragement.

The most common comment we got was “That sounds like something ya’ll would do”, followed by “ya’ll would be great at that”.

And because humans are curious in nature, then followed questions:

* 3 kids? How will that work?

* What will you do for work?

* What will you do when you’re done traveling? Will you come back to Waco?

* What will you do with all of your stuff?

* How will you cook?

*What will the kids do for school?