Welcome to RV Living!

Welcome to RV Living!

IMG_1778First, 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.

IMG_1696I 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.

IMG_1174We 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.

IMG_0761During 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 IMG_0429began 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…















10 thoughts on “Welcome to RV Living!

  1. I am Tam… older sister to the dread head. I have lived the good , bad and ugly of rv living. And loosing my sidekick to Florida ( not exactly a bad thing but…. sisters are sisters through thick and thin.)

    1. My sister has helped us numerous times while we sold our house, moved into first 5th wheel, moved into second 5th wheel…need I say more? She is a champ and recipient to some of our downsizing the downsized. Sisters forever!

  2. Hi Tracy! First, I want to make sure this post ends with “well actually the problems had just started….” If so, what a cliffhanger! 🙂 My husband and I have talked about RV’ing in retirement but still maintain a home base somewhere. I’m excited to see your blog and want to follow it regularly because we have a lot to learn!

    Great idea and looking forward to continued posts!!!!

    Take care,

    1. Thanks Vicki! Yes, it did end with the problems had just started… I want readers to want to come back and see the problems that we experienced. It will include tons of info on RVing. Thanks for reading it!

  3. Tracy – I am so excited that you’re doing this and really look forward to catching up with things that have happened in your life after moving to Florida. 🙂 Also, you have a fun, very readable writing style, so it will be interesting to hear about the ongoing saga…and to learn something from what you’ve learned! Love & miss you!

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