A God Thing

I’m not a patient person.

Seriously, I’m not.

Last Tuesday we drove to A&L RV Sales in Columbia, Tennessee to look at travel trailers, specifically the Forest River No Boundaries 19.6. We looked at others as well. You know, covered our bases.

But that NOBO 19.6 spoke to us. Well to me. Daniel liked it a lot. But as soon as we walked through, opened all the doors, looked at the storage, the decor, the floor plan, we both knew. We found THE ONE. Or at least the one we want to start our full time RV life with.

Trying to do the right thing, we took the salesman’s card, asked him to email us a deal sheet, and drove home.

We talked.

We prayed.

We watched YouTube videos.

We decided we want the NOBO 19.6.

Wednesday afternoon I called the dealership, but our salesman was with another customer. I emailed him that we like the camper, but will need three to four weeks to get our finances settled. I asked him if he would take a deposit and hold the rig for us.

No response Wednesday evening.

No response Thursday morning.

No response Thursday afternoon.

Friday morning I called again.

The NOBO sold to someone else on Wednesday. I almost cried until I heard him say “But we’ve got more on order.”

Wait? What?

So not only had they already ordered more of the same RV, one of the new units they ordered is already equipped with solar, which is something we want anyway.

Trying not to sound all trembly and whiny, I asked him if they would possibly take a deposit and hold the solar equipped unit for us.

Yes, it turns out, that is something he is willing to do. And the deposit was about 10% of what I anticipated.

So, while I was fretting for a day and a half, God had a better plan going. You can call it serendipity if you want to, that’s all good. I call it a God Thing.

And I’m grateful, so grateful we’ve found our RV. We should be full time RVers in six to eight weeks.

Why

One point most of the full time RV folks we follow on YouTube make is to say the place to start when planning a full time RV life is to know your why. Probably good advice for any major life change.

Daniel and I talked about this months ago, but we revisited the conversation today. I think it’s good to make sure we’re still in agreement and still want the same general things from this change.

So here are our biggest whys:

  • Freedom
  • See the country
  • Travel at our own pace
  • Time with family
  • Simplify
  • Spend quality time together

Are you planning any major changes to your life soon? Have you identified your why?

RV Research and Rabbit Holes

Research can be fun. Research can be exhausting. And, research can be a looooooong rabbit hole from which I may never return.

Since we moved up our full time rv timeline, I’ve had to put the research into high gear. One of those things is where to domicile. We won’t likely keep our Tennessee resident status. Not because we don’t love our state, but because there are other states where insurance and registration will be more cost effective for our budget.

But, wow there are some serious moving parts involved in the process of changing your domicile.

Back to the rabbit hole. I’ll come up for more air again soon.

A Journey’s Beginning

Here we go. Baby steps. Or maybe a big step-mentally anyway. Today I start scanning and saving our photographs. We can’t take them all on the road when we start our full time RV living dream. But we can take a couple of little external hard drives.

Even though it’s probably three years out, our dream gets more real every day. Each step we take in our plan brings our dream closer, makes it more tangible.

What steps are you taking today to realize your dreams? Do you have a roadmap? What can you check off your list today?