So, what exactly does one need to do to prepare for full-time RVing? Glad you should ask. Everyone’s situation and needs are going to be a little different, but here is a peek at my personal list for anyone who might be curious. For those of you embarking on your own full-timing journeys, feel free to steal it and alter it to suit yourself.
These items aren’t necessarily in order. This is just meant to be a loose collection of the big things that need to happen, so that I can stay on track.
To Do! 1/12
- Change all bills/paper mail to electronic where possible, scan important documents and keep copies somewhere safe?
- Buy laptop, look into Millenicom for Internet card
- Sign up for Escapees, sign up for Passport America
- Determine mail forwarding solution (My Dakota Address or Alternative Solutions) Set up new address at least 1 mo before departing to get everything switched to it!
- Work my butt off on figuring out location independent income! Be making /some/ before departing (set a goal for this?)
- Move w/ J to small/cheaper living in September to work on savings
- Buy Casita once circumstances allow (At least $16.5k if staying in one place for a while with steady income, 19k for traveling) See Purchasing Out of state document for details
- Continue selling stuff (TV, gaming stuff)
- Give away stuff that won’t sell (books, etc)
- Decide on Insurance for Rving/truck/etc. Make sure it is full-timing insurance!
- Decide on personal insurance – Likely a high deductable plan through some place like BCBS
- Learn to drive the RV – attend a driving course or rally through Escapees
- Spend at least a couple months taking shakedown trips and determining what is needed for full-timing
- Finish any necessary mods or repairs to RV
- Get old 401k moved to current bank IRA? Stick with Wells Fargo or maybe move to Simple Bank if out of beta and looking good by then?
- Plan our first route, including places to stop to earn income if needed (Quartzsite selling, working at Amazon, etc.)
- Go to doctor, dentist, & get vision checked before losing full-time work benefits/heading out
- Set up SD residency, get driver’s license, vehicle and RV registration settled
- Visit parents, drop off anything that needs to get stored & clean my room.
- Decide on state to live in
- Decide on tow vehicle & RV
- Determine how much $ is needed
- Start downsizing
A few notes. Notice how I don’t have all the answers yet. Some things on this list are ideas I haven’t looked into or decided on, this is quite intentional. If I was to stress about every point on this list right now I’d probably drive myself crazy.
Instead, I know which points on this list are next up to do (purchasing the Casita, finding a better way to make money, rolling 401k over), and I’m just focusing on those points. Or at least, I was until this whole job searching thing got in the way. But once that is all settled, I’ll have this as a guide to get back on track.
I realize some of these little notes won’t make much sense to people who aren’t me. If there is a point on this list you would like clarified, leave a comment and I’ll do my best. If there is enough interest, I’d be willing to explain some of these points in more detail in future posts. For example, why I decided on South Dakota, and how I narrowed my RVing clubs down to those two.
This past week has been kind of crazy. If you every want to shake your life up in a major way: quit your full-time job without having a new one lined up. My last day at the old job will be this Friday. The roomie has 3 days off from work and I’ve been telling potential employers that I can’t start until the 31st. Originally those three days were going to be set aside for auditioning for the Georgia Renaissance Festival, something I’ve always wanted to do. However, the the place I’m likely to be getting an offer from today won’t let me have 8 weekends off in a row, so we’ve scratched that idea (for now, it’ll happen some year!) and instead will be going to the Florida Keys this weekend. It looks like I’ll be getting even more truck camping experience.
Wishing you all a good week, and the same sort of weather that we’ve been having around here lately (highs in the 70’s, lows that don’t drop below 50).