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We bought an RV!!

Today is the day. After several months of RV shopping, financing, and finally signing the paperwork at an amazing Phoenix based credit union, we brought home our Class A 2002 Winnebago Journey 39QD.

It is awesome!! But I digress…how did we get here?

We decided to make a list of features the RV HAD TO HAVE, and optional features. Here’s what we needed to fit our family of 3:

It had to be a diesel engine, 2 slides, overall length of 35′ to 40′, large wardrobe in back (for conversion to kids area), Separate bathroom (not a pass-through, for obvious reasons), Washer/Dryer combo (it is not installed, however it is pre-wired for it), sliding doors in between kitchen/bathroom/bedroom, newer tires, roof ladder, desk in the bedroom, kitchen on the fixed wall, backup camera, cruise control, large holding tanks, lots of storage in basement, non-floral couch decor, cherry wood, and hardwood floors….oh yeah, and it had to be from a *PRIVATE PARTY (no dealers).

*We decided pretty quickly and easily that we wanted to buy from a private party for a few reasons. 1. No sales tax. 2. they know the vehicle inside and out 3. no price mark-ups, we saved about $10k from what we would have paid at a dealer. 4. we both have good intuition about who to trust, and it’s much easier to feel out real people, not sales people.

Had we ever driven an RV before? nope. Are we complete rookies at RV/motorhome travel? oh yeah. Are we completely excited by the challenge of it all? SO MUCH THIS.

We viewed and test drove several Class A’s, including a 2000 Holiday Rambler 40′, 2003 Safari Cheetah 37′, and 2001 Safari Zanzibar 40′.

When we stepped into this one, it just felt right. Immediately. No doubt about it. Even the sellers fit the description of the type of people we wanted to buy from…and fellow Oregonians!

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Anyhow, we spent about 1 hour in the credit union finalizing loan documents, then the owners handed us the keys, and we drove it home. Excitedly drove it home!!

We have t-minus 2 months to learn this RV inside and out, give it a few test runs, and take her camping with full hookups! Then we will hit the open roads for an unforgettable adventure around the US.

Can’t wait to see how the vehicle will change from now until we are ready to go!

 

 

Work on the road? Live in an RV? Sure, why not!

This is our very first post, in a series, of hopefully several years worth.

>>We will be working and traveling across the US in a Class A 40′ Motorhome<<

Here’s the basics:

Who? An adventurous family of 3, including 2 (30 something) adults and 1 (awesome/intelligent/moody) 2 year old toddler will be roaming in our home around the US. Our dogs, cat, fish, and chickens will be rehomed to excellent care takers. One of us holds a steady 9-5 jobs, working 40+ hours per week, with benefits, 401k, blah blah blah. The other one of us is an entrepreneur owning a professional resume writing business, with the ability to work remotely.

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What? Is more like “what’s at stake?” well…. we currently own a 3 bed 2 bath, 1500+ square foot home in North Central Phoenix, Arizona. We live on a nice side street with low traffic with a huge front yard, carport, pool and large backyard (just under 1/4 acre) with 3 fruit trees (lemons, oranges, and limes), we have a 30′ covered patio, oh yeah did we mention a POOL!?! Because it’s Phoenix, that’s pretty important. Anyhow, we are risking all these comforts and luxuries for a life on the road. Here’s an old pic of our house, there are a lot more trees and plants out front now.

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Updated photo of the house (minus the cone): 

When? Our tentative leave date will be April 1, 2017. However it is very important to keep in mind…that date is tentative and flexible. We’re shooting for this date yes, but we have a GINORMOUS list of things to finish before we can go, let alone all the prep we have on the RV. Our entire trip travel plan is based upon leaving this approximate date. So if we leave earlier or later, we will adjust travels accordingly.

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Where? Around the US is the easy answer. We definitely have a list of must-see places, and some might-see places. We would like to get to Maine, starting from Arizona, and heading North through California, Yosemite, Oregon, and Washington. Then we will break east, go to northern Idaho, and visit Canada and Banff National Forest. Come back through Montana, and head East before the fall kicks in. Ideally, we would like to be on the East Coast by mid-August to see the leaves turning colors. Once it gets cold, we will head south for the winter. Traveling down to Florida to spend time in Key West. Then head back West through Atlanta, Dallas, Albuquerque, and back home to Phoenix.

Again, this is our FIRST TENTATIVE PLAN. We realize that it can and will change.We  plan to remain flexible and adaptable along the way!

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Why?

We have the resources to work remotely. The freedom. The challenge. The sights. The sounds. The once in a lifetime opportunity. Our daughter is only 2.5 so no day to day formal  schooling is required, and… well…we can!! Wouldn’t you? Oh yea, and this…

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