Yup, you read that right! We are preparing to move out of a house and will start living in a travel trailer full time! Are we crazy? Maybe a little bit! 😆 This lifestyle isn’t for everyone. And quite a few of our friends and family do think we are a bit crazy. How can we give up living in a regular house full of stuff for a much smaller space?
What was our friends and families reactions to this?
The majority have been very supportive and excited for us. Happy for us that we are doing what will make us happy. However, a few of the responses to hearing our news has been, “Oh wow are you guys having financial problems?”. While that assumption is a bit amusing and we laugh it off and then explain that we are doing fine financially and this decision wasn’t made because we are so broke that we can’t afford live in a real house.
On another level, that assumption has gotten on my nerves a little bit. We aren’t broke, and yes we can afford to live in a real house. The thing is, what makes us happy isn’t a big house or all the stuff filling it up. Just because it isn’t something they would choose to do, why assume we are only doing it because we have no money?
Here’s the deal, just because you think it would be a horrible way to live doesn’t mean that it isn’t the ideal situation for someone else. Living in a mansion is some people idea of perfection, but it isn’t mine. But I don’t make assumptions about people based on that. If it brings them happiness, then I say that’s great! Let others live their lives in a way that brings them joy and be happy for them!
Our life and the reality of moving every few years.
We are a military family and moving is a constant thing for us. The last duty station we were a little spoiled and spent 6 years in Colorado. We even bought a home there. Honestly, though, I was starting to feel a bit restless. As weird as it may seem, I actually enjoy moving every few years and getting to go live somewhere I’ve never been!
Then the orders came, and we were selling our house and having it packed up to move to Georgia. And our new duty station was going to have a bonus! A few months before, my best friend left me in Colorado when her hubby got orders for here. A change in scene and my bestie back! We planned early for this move and bought a travel trailer to make it easier not just for the move but to also explore the south with the dogs in tow. Hotels with dogs aren’t always convenient and affordable. Most RV Parks are, however!
The simplest and most stress-free move!
So we left Colorado and decided to make the trip down here to Georgia a big vacation. Our own sort of Christmas vacation. Rather than driving every day and just getting here quick, we made several stops where we spent a few days and explored. We could have made the drive here in 3 days, but we decided on 8 days instead. We spent a few days in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Biloxi before getting here. Little Man loved it! We found things to do in each place and let him pick. His favorite was definitely exploring the U.S.S. Kidd in Baton Rouge and getting to pet an alligator and a dolphin in Biloxi!
The U.S.S. Kidd in Baton Rouge, LA
Little Man petting a dolphin in Biloxi, MS at IMMS. We had a great time there and learned so much from their great tour guide!
And even better, when we got here, we parked the travel trailer at an RV park and got to take our time while looking for a place to rent. All in all, between the time spent in the trailer in Colorado and here, we were living in a travel trailer for a month. We even spent our Christmas in there and we were happy. I thought I was going to be excited when we got the keys to the house we were renting and moved out of the trailer and into there. I was actually a little sad when we parked our little home and moved into the empty house. And it stayed empty for a month!
The only bad part of our move.
All of our household stuff arrived in Georgia and was put into storage the day we left Colorado. After we got here and found a place to rent, we called to schedule the delivery to the new house. But, we were at the mercy of the moving companies, and it was going to be 3 weeks before they could schedule it. Add in a freak Alabama snow storm and 3 weeks turned into just a few days shy of a month! The bed in my travel trailer was much more comfortable than the air mattress we had to sleep on.
Thankfully I had kitchen stuff and bedding and some of our necessities in the travel trailer that I could bring into the house to get us by until we got our stuff. And then when we finally got our stuff, having to go through and catalog all the broken and missing items and deal with the claims process stressed me out… A LOT.
We had our stuff, but we weren’t completely happy. And as the months went on and we got everything unpacked and put away, still not happy. I realized I missed our time in the trailer. So The Mister and I talked one night, and I told him that I had been thinking about living in the travel trailer full-time. He was on board for it, and Little Man loved the idea. We still have around 10 years of the military life ahead of us, which means a few more moves. Those moves will be so much easier when we just hitch our “house” and our belongings up to the truck and go!
OK, so there is a financial bonus for us, but that isn’t the whole reason.
The amount of money it will cost us to buy a new trailer or 5th Wheel and the space rent at an RV park is less than what we spend on rent and utilities now. For us, that just means more money in savings and our travel fund. When we find a place we want to go visit we won’t have to figure out how much we will have to save to go, we just have to figure out when The Mister has a long weekend off work and plan the trip! More chances to take Little Man for more adventures. The wanderer in me is longing for lots of weekend road trips!
For us, the time living in a travel trailer was a much simpler life that we miss and have decided to go back to. We want to spend our time and money on adventures and spending more time together as a family rather than things. While living in a travel trailer isn’t for everyone, we enjoyed it.
We are excited to be living in a travel trailer!
Will there be adjustments? YES! But, we already know some of what to prepare for. We know that storage is always a challenge with living in a travel trailer or 5th wheel, but that is where getting creative with what space you have comes into play. Will I be able to take every kitchen appliance I had, no. But I am perfectly fine with that! Same with the majority of the rest of the house. Living a more simple, less cluttered life is what we long for.
The move also gave us more of an idea of what we want in a new trailer to make it livable and comfortable for us. Little Man will have his own room with a bunkhouse, I will have a bit more kitchen and counter space, and we are getting one with an electric fireplace. I love the coziness a fireplace adds to the living space.
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