First, I would like to introduce myself and my family to you. My
husband, Dave, is 55 years old and he is a computer contractor and writes iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad. My name is Tracy and I am 48 years old and we have been married for 13 years. We have 3 precious fur babies: Diego , a beagle/basset mix is 14; Las Vegas, our chocolate lab/bloodhound mix is 11; and Don Quijote a French bulldog/chihuahua mix is 3. I used to be a Young Life volunteer leader and committee member. I was a private Spanish teacher for over 10 years. I was diagnosed with RSD/CRPS about 4 and a half years ago after being kicked by a horse. This is a horrible neurological disorder that leaves me in indescribable pain 24/7. A warmer climate helps those with RSD, hence our dream of moving to a warmer climate. Our dream just happened to include selling everything, including our house, and traveling in a 5th wheel.
I am excited to write about our new experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly, as we became full timers. Full timers are people who live in their RV full time (not a hard stretch of the imagination for the definition). We have learned so much of “what not to do” and “this is a must” in a short amount of time. Dave and I sold our house in Aurora, Indiana on January 1st, 2016. On February 1st, we and our 3 dogs began our journey as we moved from our 3000 sq. ft house into our 325 sq. ft 2006 Carriage by Cameo 5th wheel.
We had a reservation for Indian Springs Campground in North Bend, Ohio for a month as we continued to fine tune our plans and downsize what we thought was already downsized. We ended up downsizing a total of 4 times as we found places for the essentials in the limited amount of space. The realization of what is essential and what is not is a hard process. It is a painful, yet oddly freeing, experience. Believe me, we experienced growing pains, or better said, shrinking pains.
During that time, our plans changed. Instead of accepting my husband’s two-week notice, his employer wanted him to work remote from Florida. That meant that instead of going down in our used 5th wheel, we needed to start looking for a 5th wheel that had room for an office. That began our frantic search. After looking at many, making offers on two, we finally decided on our 42 ft. Open Range 3×427 BH model. It had a bunk room that could be an office/dog room. Problem solved!
Well actually, the problems had just started…