Serendipity – or how we got where we are
What put this all in action? Why do we live in a metal house on wheels? Why did we sell the house and almost everything we own?
Well, every time we would go camping we would say “Wish we didn’t have to go back” and once we got back we would ask “Why do we live HERE?”
We would ask each other “Wouldn’t it be nice to sit by a campfire under the stars whenever we want?” We would tell each other “I would love to go out West and see the Grand Canyon, Zion, Yellowstone ….”
We really liked the lifestyle and always met the friendliest people when we camped.
How someday became some time soon
We had the big 2 story 4 bedroom 3 bath with formal living room, dining room and family room house when the kids were growing up. In 2002 we bought our “empty nester” home after our youngest moved away for college. It was a nice ranch with a finished basement with bar and pool table perfect for entertaining. It had 3 bedrooms for when the kids came home for the holidays. In reality, they only came home at the same time for a couple days a year. We really didn’t entertain that much and this house was still too big. As our children began having children of their own, we began to travel to see them, not the other way around.
We loved our Winnebago Journey, but as it approached 8 years old it needed more frequent repairs –Little things that could eventually become bigger things started needing attention. So we were faced with a decision. Should we get a new motor home and if so which one? Winnebago and Coleman (the manufacturer of the AC) no longer supported the basement air conditioning unit and we started having problems with it. Maybe we should look into a new coach.
With the idea that we may be full timing sometime in the next few years, we started looking for a new diesel motorhome,. We narrowed our search to Winnebago, Tiffin, Entegra and Newmar. Right price range, good quality, dealers in area. We bought the Newmar Ventana 4369 in Spring 2015.
Roni was already retired having left the practice of dental hygiene in 2012. In May 2015, When Tom’s job was “down sized” about the time we bought the Ventana we decided it was the sign we were waiting for. If we don’t full time now, we may miss our opportunity to do so. We didn’t want to be that couple that looked back in regret.
So our passage to full timing was set in motion. It’s been at times exciting, stressful, maddening, and scary. We are giving it a year and then reevaluating. We can always come off the road and settle down somewhere to be determined, and either give up the motor home or go back to part timing it.