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We are fulltimers who began our RV life while still working in corporate America. Our names are Jose and Jill, and the start of our adventure was not the typical picture of RVing. We didn’t head to Florida in December for sunshine and palm trees. Instead, we returned from Florida to New Jersey, where we spent the winter in our new RV.
We moved from a two story townhouse complete with basement and a two car garage… into our 40 foot-long motorhome. We continued to work for a while and adjusted to RV living.
We are still thrilled that we made the move.
We first became intrigued with the idea of RVing because we wanted to travel and to see the USA and beyond.
Considering the RV Life
We couldn’t see ourselves staying in one place watching the grass grow. We’d rather see the scenery and communities across the USA. We wanted to see different landscapes, and small towns and farm country. National Parks, State Fairs and local festivals.
We weren’t interested in accumulating more stuff or a fancier house. We wanted a more adventuresome lifestyle. We knew we could continue our interests in golf, bicycling, hiking and line dancing wherever we went, and that it would be even more fun to do these things in different parts of the country.
We did a lot of research for a number of years before we became RVers. We researched different ways to pursue our RV lifestyle. We went to RV shows and dealers.
We read books about fulltiming.
We talked to RV owners. We kept reading and looking and narrowed down our preferences.
|We gave a lot of consideration to the lifestyle itself.
We knew we could live in a much smaller space. When we looked around our townhouse, we realized that we really only used the kitchen, family room, bedroom and bath. Save for the occasional use of the formal dining room and living room, those parts of our home were mostly just something else to clean. We realized that we had spare rooms and basement shelves filled with stuff we hadn’t used in years.We were pretty sure we could live together in close quarters. We shared the same interests and spent most of our time together anyway.
Preparing for RV Life
We tested that theory with a rental RV. We got even more excited as we
met RVers and discovered an entire RV subculture of happy people living
active and interesting lives.
And we were sick of working in our traditional corporate jobs. Neither one of us planned to work to full retirement age – far from it. Not being made of money, we made the decision that we would rather spend less and live more. We accepted that we would have to pinch some pennies and probably work part-time along the way.
We wrote an eBook to share our journey and everything we learned along the way. We consider ourselves to be pretty resilient and industrious people, and decided to get on with our dream.
And so we started the adventure of our RV life. Over the years we have enjoyed the travels and the everyday living and the wonderful people we meet. We have found lots of things we like about RV life (and a few that are not so hot).
We will keep learning and enjoying as we go along on our journey. Stay tuned as we share those experiences on this website.
“If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can’t just sit back and hope it will happen. You’ve got to make it happen.” – Chuck Norris
Lisa Patten is an avid traveler and lifelong explorer. She has traveled all over the world during her seven years serving in the United States Navy, spending more time abroad in that time than she did in the US. She currently travels in her RV with her husband Travis, son Mason, and their three dogs, Merffy, Herbert, and Carlyle.