Live in a sub or live in an RV?

He said…

A few weeks back, we had some family from California visit (a great time was had by all). And, like everyone else we know, their question was something along the lines of “What are you thinking?”  in reference to our selling all and going full time RVing.

An interesting, and insightful, comment to me from my brother and sister-in-law was “You’ve traded living in one tube for another tube” referring to my submarine career (the photo below is of the last sub I was on).  I had never thought about it like that before… am I missing my former life (goodness I hope not).

USS Seawolf (SSN-21)
USS Seawolf (SSN-21)

Let’s take a look at the differences and see which one we prefer:

Size Matters

Although each submarine’s size is different, they are typically about 30 feet in diameter and over 300 feet long.  While the RV we’re looking to get is about 8 feet wide and about 35 feet long.  Seems like it’d be better on the sub with more room to get around in.

Death is Final

You’d think that submarines are dangerous. While they can be, I can remember only a handful of deaths throughout the US Navy submarine fleet in my 20+ years. A quick search of someone else’s research shows that in seven years at the beginning of this century over 200 people were killed in RV accidents.  Hmmm, this seems scarier as we keep going.

In it for the Traveling

So, in a submarine you can literally cross oceans!  I’ve been to MANY countries on a few different continents because of my time in the sub.  In the RV, I expect we might see two countries (three if we get gutsy and go check out Mexico).  I guess if we wanted to get even crazier we could drive to South America!  The sub might be the way to go after all.

We may have to rethink this…  I wonder what the going price is for a submarine!  Ooops – a five room sub is $25 million.  Guess we’ll stick with the RV!

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