The RV Living Experiment

Many people, myself included, dream of spending their retirement years traveling. We dream of going on globe circumnavigating cruises, backpacking across Europe, diving every reef in the world. But when it comes down to it, most of us are not millionaires ; those dreams just might be out of reach.
The idea of touring the good old USA (or whatever country you live in) in an RV is a reasonable enough idea that it could work out in some form or other.
I have always said that I could spend 10 lifetimes exploring just the western United States. There is so much diversity, so much beauty to take in in the Sierras, the Rockies, Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. It is going to take financial independence and retirement to be able to experience it the way I would like to.
That is my dream, retirement with an RV and traveling around the country. I really do not know, however, what it is really like to spend an extended period of time in a motor home. Therefore my lovely wife Laurie and I are about to embark on a two week RV living experiment. We are going to set out from Los Angeles and travel around California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona stopping at several campgrounds and some national parks.
This trip is going to serve to give us some hands on experience to see if we can handle and find joy in living the RV life in the future. If we like it the we we think we will, we will start setting goals and planning for spending at least some of our retirement years living and traveling around in a motor home.
Follow our progress and read the stories about our experience as we learn as we go about RV life, we leave next Sunday.
We are renting our RV from Cruise America in Carson California, we rented the largest RV they have, a 30 foot class C motor home. The reservation process was easy, we stopped by and looked at the RVs and they look very nice. We have to make a reservation to pick it up so they can show us how everything works. The operation looks very professional and the people we talked to were very helpful and kind.
Since this is our first time ever using a motor home, we want to be conservative with our plans. My initial plan was to go without any reservations and just find where we would stay from day to day. After thinking it through and realizing how much we don’t know about using a motor home, we decided to make reservations in nice RV campgrounds so we have a measure of security about where we will set up. I realized how much I don’t know after I read a great book titled “Living in an RV; Everything I wish I knew before full-time RVing across America” by Alyssa Padgett. I loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone who dreams about RV living.
Please follow my blog and I will provide the play by play about our trip, how we learn as we go on our experiment and the conclusions we will draw from the experience.

The Journey Begins

Introduction

Ever since I was a young boy I had an entrepreneurial spirit. I was careful with money; I collected and saved things that I thought I could profit from later. I found ways to make money by non traditional methods. The concept of Financial Independence came to me naturally. However,  I am a workaholic who doesn’t want to “go to work” so to speak. I once read that the definition of entrepreneur is a person who is willing to work 80 hours per week to avoid working a 40 hour 9 to 5 workweek. That describes me perfectly.
Now that i am at the point in my life that I am calling The Fourth Quarter; I am quickly moving toward an age where most people would expect to retire. My life however has had some unfortunate twists, I have been divorced twice and am now married a third time. I finally got it right this time by the way. But on account of my divorces I had to start all over again from scratch to invest and save for retirement at age 40.

My blog is about my journey; working toward a satisfying retirement on what will be a pretty low retirement income. I strongly believe I have it all worked out, I have been thinking, dreaming and planning for this my whole life. I want to share with you what I have learned along the way with the hope that you could benefit from it as you plan for your retirement.

Please follow my blog and see how my plan is going. Let’s learn together what new tricks and strategies we can use to help us on the way to being able to enjoy retirement to the full. Feel free to chime in and share your ideas and experiences too. Open communication will benefit everyone who follows my blog.

I will be covering a wide variety of topics relating to my theme including:

• Investments
• Health care
• Working while retired
• Traveling while retired
• RV living
• Financial contentment
• Financial security and independence
• Increase income by downsizing and simplifying
• Living within your means; a retirement budget plan
I accept that some of my ideas plans and strategies may not work for everyone. However I am confident that many of the principles that I will promote will help many to shape their own successful retirement plan. Each person has their own set of life experiences, skill sets and circumstances, but we all want the same thing; a life of independence and contentment while we enjoy our life in the Fourth Quarter.
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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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