And Then We Bought An RV

Monday, February 7th, 2011


We paid $6,000 for less than 200 square feet of living space. That includes a queen bed, bunk beds, a stove and sink, and a bathroom.

Oh, and an awning we still aren’t exactly sure how to operate.

So, I guess this whole “sell everything, move into an RV, travel the country for a year” thing is happening.

For real.

Holy. Crap.

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  1. Avitable says:

    That is AWESOME!

  2. LeSombre says:

    That is so cool. And by that I mean you’re a little crazy. Ok more than a little. And I admire that.

    BTW, you’ll have to do something about the rear suspension of that truck. ;-)

    • Miss Britt says:

      I know – and now we’re kind of freaking out about it a little. We purchased this particular RV model because our owner’s manual said it should be able to handle it. So, uh, now we have to figure out HOW.

      Any suggestions that don’t include “buy a new truck”?

      • LeSombre says:

        Keep the truck, but get a better/tougher suspension installed. ;-) Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of other “creative options”. Your RV should have a “tongue weight” number, and your suspension should exceed that number. If you were just going for a week-end in a park, you could probably get away with what you have. But considering you’ll be travelling around for a whole year… ;-)

  3. B.E. Earl says:

    Sweet digs! Especially those bunk beds. Lucky kids.

    • Miss Britt says:

      They are SO excited. Once we saw a model with bunks, I knew we were going to have to go with something with, as Emma calls them, “real beds” instead of just fold down sofas and dinettes.

  4. Dude!
    TOTALLY proud of you for following your dreams. That is exactly what should happen when dreams like this come along. It’s going to be AMAZING.

  5. I am totally in awe of you. this is so cool.

  6. naomi says:

    oh holy hell …. you’ve gone and done it for REALS!!!

    Congrats on the new purchase … get some color in the inside of that bad boy and make it yer own!

    Happy for you guys … and excited to continue to watch this unfold!

    (How is the shoe purging coming?)

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  9. Very cool. I am slightly jealous…except I’m riding on my own high from a vehicle purchase myself….but at any rate, I am happy for you and the family! Get ready for adventure! :-)

  10. Mandi Bone says:

    Congratulations!!!

  11. corrin says:

    That’s all they cost? I’m shocked. I just might pack up and skip town, too.

    • Miss Britt says:

      Well, that is definitely the bottom end. Like… WAY bottom end. The top end is over $100,000.

      But yes, if you do not have a life savings or retirement to use and are not interested in a monthly payment, they can be bought for $6,000.

  12. the muskrat says:

    And just in time for NASCAR season!

  13. sue says:

    Wow. It really is happening, isn’t it? Good for you! This is something most kids never get to experience. It’ll be fantastic!

  14. Hockeymandad says:

    Wow…..welcome home!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Last night after I saw your update on Facebook I told my husband what y’all are doing. His response, “That could be really cool. I mean it’s crazy, but also cool.” That kind of summed it up for me. I can’t wait to follow along through the next year on your adventures.

  16. Rachael says:

    I’ve just thought, “Right if I can’t get the book published, I can in fact afford to live in an RV traveling the country. That would probably be the source of some joy for me.” See it’s taken me a very long time to get how to how to apply this to my own life. Um. I’m pretty slow.

    • Miss Britt says:

      Hahahahhahahaha. Well, at least there’s THAT.

      My in-laws recently built a new house after the tornado and their basement is GORGEOUS. I always tell my husband, “Look, if this doesn’t work out we can go live with them and they’ll never even know we’re there!”

  17. Lisa says:

    OMGOMGOMG! I’m so excited for you! It’s awesome! And big! But it’ll totally fit in my driveway. Just sayin’.

  18. megan totally took my comment!

    i wanna sleep in one of those bunk beds. except the pillows are at the wrong end. but i can fix that! anyhow, will emma share? i’m totally serious. i can’t go a year without seeing yinz so i am totally meeting you somewhere.

    do the kids like the new rv? i think it is fantastic, but my opinion totally doesn’t count.

    love to all of you. so excited for you!

    • Miss Britt says:

      You are not going to go a year without seeing us regardless, but OF COURSE you can come meet us somewhere! The kids can share, we’re packing a tent, AND the dinette turns into a bed.

      Plenty of room for you.

  19. greg t says:

    Three thinks hit me looking at your pics.
    1) you are not going to have sex for a long time…
    2) The truck needs help.
    3) What happened to your lawn???
    Oh yea 4) you are not going to have sex for a long time…

  20. Angella says:

    I can’t wait to follow along! Wheeeee!

  21. Rachel says:

    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!

  22. Tara R. says:

    Seriously!? That’s exciting!

    • Miss Britt says:

      Yes! Seriously!

      It’s a good thing we’re storing it at a friend’s house or I’d never get any work done. I’d just be outside looking at it all the time.

  23. Now, it’s time for DECORATING!

  24. lettergirl says:

    Holy cannoli, you are awesome.

    • Miss Britt says:

      *blush* Thank you.

      I have to tell you, though, lots and lots of other people have done and are doing this. They really inspired me to know it was possible.

  25. Ann's Rants says:

    Congrats! I’ve got a whole bunch of Playmobile accessories to go with that.

  26. schmutzie says:

    Oh, awesome!

    I have friends who are doing the same thing right now, and I am jealous jealous jealous.

    Check them out. They have the occasional update here: http://thescampercampers.blogspot.com/

  27. Karianna says:

    LOVE it! Oh, I’m envious.

  28. Just Heather says:

    Wow! I am in awe. I think we’ve decided to officially add “sell everything & travel for a year” to our life list, but only after the kids are gone. The whole all 5 of us in a tiny space 24/7 isn’t appealing to me, but more power to ya!

    Congrats!

    • Miss Britt says:

      I think we’d have done things differently if we had more kids or they were different ages. This really just seemed like the perfect time for us, fortunately.

  29. Wow!!! Way to freakin’ go!!!!! <3

  30. mel says:

    so friggin cool! yay!

  31. Woo Hoo! So, when should I expect you?

    • Miss Britt says:

      I REALLY need to sit down and make a better itinerary. Maybe I’ll do that this afternoon….

      Based on where you are in the country, I’d say spring-ish of 2012 – because you guys get snow in the winter, right? NO SNOW. That’s our motto for the year. Heh.

      • Every three years we get a freak snowstorm that dumps an inch on the Western edge of the city, which then melts by noon.

        The best weather for Vegas is usually late Sept.- early Nov. and late March-May if you want to avoid the extreme heat and cold.

        See you next spring!
        :)

  32. It IS happening! Congratulations!

  33. Faiqa says:

    OMYGOD-I-AM-SOOOO-EXCITED-FOR-YOU-AAAAHHHHH, she screamed in exactly the way teenage girls do when the right guy asks them to prom.

  34. Poppy says:

    *Snoopy dance*

    That’s bigger but extremely similar to the RV that Dawg and I LOVE to sleep in when we visit my parents in Tennessee. All the kids love staying in there.

    Yippy!

  35. martymankins says:

    Congrats on the RV purchase. And for only $6,000. Such a deal. It looks like it’s in very good condition.

    So when does the DirecTV dish get installed?

  36. kateanon says:

    I am so inspired by what you’re doing, and I’m glad you’ve made this next step. Congratulations!

  37. FireMom says:

    Congrats dear! How exciting!

  38. Cassie says:

    YIPPIE!! So exciting!!

  39. Congratulations!
    It’s a wonderful thing you are doing. We live and travel in our RV full time, but we went cross country with our then 14 and 12 year olds…best thing we ever did as parents.
    Oh, and as to sex (or finding time to have a loud argument); that is done by putting the kids out in pup tents. Give them walkie talkies or cell phones. And leave them out there. ;-)
    You may not want to stay in RV parks, but it’s good to know that most KOAs have pools and that can be a VERY good thing for dealing with hot bored cranky kids.
    Getting mail is a pain, getting haircuts takes bravery and if anybody starts throwing up get to a RV park with real bathrooms. :-)
    Save your quarters for the Laundry,
    Tina

    • Miss Britt says:

      I have already decided I’m getting one last haircut before we go and then I’ll just let it go. I am not that brave!

      And – we’re bringing a little tent. ;-)

      I was wondering if those campground memberships would be worth it…

      • “if those campground memberships would be worth it…”
        Nope.
        You really don’t need to spend the money. You can get online or get guides at any RV store (Woodalls is one name). really you’ll find RV parks most everyplace. Expect it to cost $25.00 to $40.00 a night. Of some places are higher, especially if they call themselves an RV “Resort”. ;-)
        State parks and national parks vary…you should call ahead.
        Ask me anything, why reinvent the wheel? :-)

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