I remember when we first started this adventure. . .to sell everything we own and go full-time RVing. Shannon suggested we could go as early as March 2017, on my 66th birthday. I remember how I freaked out a little at that, thinking there was no way we could be ready by then. Since then we have adjusted our launch date to May 2017, as he will still be teaching at the college. And I have been wishing we could go sooner (like now)! However, our schedule is mostly dependent on the sale of the house, and I have made a commitment to one of my vendors to keep my business up and running till Christmas, so we can’t even list until we turn my workshop back into a spare bedroom. Who knows how long we will have to dock in our own driveway? Best laid plans, and all that.
We are now a year into the preparation stage. It has been hard to stay focused. It has been hard to be patient. And it has been hard to keep one foot in the present and one in the future. After working for a grueling semester in the behavior program at a local elementary school, I was starting to feel like we were losing sight of the dream. So the day after school was out for the summer we took a big step toward our goal.
Last Thursday, we took our well-worn (paid for) Nissan Frontier and Nissan Altima and turned them into a new-to-us 2014 Honda CRV. This will be our TOAD, our tow-behind vehicle when we get the RV. And even though we will both be working for another school year, we have decided to do what we have to do to make this work. And more than just the emotional boost, buying the car now will enable us to have it paid for before we pull the lever on the Class A. Our goal, when the house sells, is to have everything paid off so we can hit the road debt free. And that, my friends, is true freedom.