Can We Just Buy Something Already? Our Hunt for the Perfect RV
Does anyone have a few dollars to spare? An extra $100K would be really convenient right now.
Sigh. It would sure make things easier right about now.
If we just had...a little...more. Ok, I know what you're probably thinking $100k is not a little. But, when you're talking about selling your house to put your family in a truck and trailer full time, it could be the push from workable to peace of mind; from will do to comfortably suited with room to grow.
We've spent a lot of time researching our options. We've driven to the local fairground for an rv show, walked dealerships in town, scoured postings online, talked to friends, and way too many salespersons. Lather, rinse, repeat.
There are days when we've looked at so many listings online that they all start to blend together. We look at each other blankly, which one had the bunk? Did that have washer and dryer hookups? How much did that one weigh? Where's the Munchie spot? (Munchie is the nickname of our sassy, beautiful daughter).
In all of this time, looking for our perfect home on wheels, we've discovered that there isn't one that has EVERYTHING we'd like to have.
Money is also part of the conversation, how much DO we spend? More importantly, how much do we need to save? Does our daughter NEED her own space? What would be on our list that we could live without?
Do we take on a loan? We do need a truck AND a trailer.
Some days we end up with research fatigue, overwhelmed with the options that we just can't talk about it anymore.
Twenty minutes later we are back on the Internet.
It's a big decision.
It has consumed our life.
It's going to be our life, we want to make the right choice.
But, we NEED to decide.
We NEED to make a choice. We NEED to move on.
We have deadlined ourselves with a camping reservation mid-June. Full-hookups are kinda pointless in a Ford Flex.
Don't think we haven't thought about just traveling in that too.
What if we just left right now? Let's pick a direction and go.
Ah, choices. Big Decisions.
In the back of our mind, there's a little girl we need to make sure is safe, and warm, and fed. There's a job I have that I need to make sure that I can perform, the comfort of guaranteed income.
The thought of wild abandon, throwing caution into the wind and trusting in the faith of an immeasurable God ... is tempting.
Living freely - what a wild idea.
The freedom of letting everything go. Stop for a minute, close your eyes and pretend that all of your responsibilities are gone, no payments, your daily food will be provided, and the choice to do whatever you want to do...is yours.
It feels good doesn't it? Your shoulders are a little lighter, your face is a little happier, and the thought of that life seems unattainable. Scary, even.
And reality sets back in. We should make sure she has her own space. We should make sure we have a place that it is built sturdy enough for full-time travel. We need a truck that can be sturdy in the wind, four-wheel drive for the precarious roads, comfortable for our most precious cargo in the back-seat. (And the dog)
We are praying. We are praying hard. It's not about the journey, we are ready for the journey, it is about the choices, good stewards of the money we have been blessed with, and responsibility to care for our beautiful daughter, to keep her safe, to keep us safe to be able to care for her and to give all of us an experience of a lifetime.
Back to looking.