RVs, no matter how new, old, big or small, are like little freedom carts on wheels to us. You might find this surprising, but it isn't the RVing we craved and dreamed about - it was breaking free from the daily blah of everyday life that we were certain was killing us, at least in spirit.
If we could have had whatever we wanted, it would have been a small cabin off the grid...and a small camper when we wanted to travel around. But that takes MONEY. We started learning that we lived in the future most days, waiting for the day that we would have the MONEY to simplify our lives. Hmmmm. Money? Simplify? In our experience, those two things are in constant conflict with each other.
We were stuck in the mindset that if we were lucky enough to live to retirement age, we could have the simple life then...as long as there was plenty of money in the bank to PAY for the house, land, taxes, upkeep and all of the other expenses that go along with a home. Sounds great. What is the average lifespan in the US again...eh...this doesn't seem like a large portion of our lives being spent in simplicity....and most likely we'd be too exhausted to enjoy it!
So we thought and thought. We knew, if we sold everything, we could never pay cash for a small cabin or land...it was out of the question. If we took out a loan, we would be back in the daily grind, to PAY for this "peace." Then it dawned on us...an RV! We agreed we would liquidate everything...even books and CDs...and use a portion to pay cash for any RV that had wheels. We would NOT spend it all on a fancier RV, take out debt, etc...we would, for once in our lives, live off of cash in hand and buy only what we could afford.
That is why we love frugal rving and began to blog about it to share the news - it let us have tomorrow, today. We make a small income working online, to pay for the few bills we have (there are man ways to make money on the road), but we don't owe anyone anymore and we feel truly free. There are small expenses, but nothing like the expenses you get flooded with, even when in a tiny apartment. We may not own much, but every single thing we have is truly ours.
Of course there are some pros and cons to the actual lifestyle of rvers, but changing your life involves compromise - if you wait until everything is perfect and you get everything you want, life might just pass you by. There is no down side that would ever convince us it hasn't all been worth it...and someday, when we have to park the rig for the last time, there will be no regrets.
Happy Trails, Jim and Robin