We made the tough decision to sell our home. Deciding to sell a home is always an emotional one. Well, unless that home is a money pit, and even then they kept the place. At least I think they did...If I recall correctly. Which is potentially questionable because I'm old enough to have actually seen this movie thereby making me also old enough to have less-than-perfect memory of it.
We moved into our MoHo on March 28th, 2016. One year ago.
We parked at CalExpo RV campground for 5 days and then we moved to Beals Point State Park alongside Folsom Lake. 90% of our possessions were sold or donated. 5% were in a small storage unit. 5% were in the RV.
We had massively downsized and were ready for a massively upsized adventure!
Those last days were full of endless trips, especially to Home Depot. At one point, I swore I would go crazy if I had to go to Home Depot one more time. And then I went again.
Leaving Folsom took another 2 weeks, mostly final work getting the house ready to sell. Those of you who have sold a home know what I mean. I had lived there for 11 years, the longest I have lived any single place since I was a kid. It went on the market just a few days before we rolled out of town for parts unknown.
We had no idea where we would end up or what we would see along the way. Our only commitment was to take at least a year. What happened after the year we would figure out later.
The trip took us through 26 states and two countries. Well, Canada, so one-and-a-half countries. We have stayed in 60 campgrounds. The longest by far was 2 months at Chula Vista RV Resort.
Q4 was the first time we really slowed our pace. Before this we were in full-on sightseeing mode and we covered a lot of ground (over 11,000 miles in the Moho and another 15,000 in the Jeep). Most people who have starting full-time RV living report the same thing - they slow their pace after a while.
Having data on a full year of costs is very helpful for planning. Here are the totals for some of the biggest categories. Two things really stick out when comparing Q4 to Q3 - the drop in diesel costs and the drop in entertainment costs. Moving more slowly means less miles (700 in Q4 vs. about 3,500 in Q3) and it also means less days have a "tourist" destination in their agenda.
Nightly campground fees
Average daily cost of diesel
Vehicle (includes 6mo service in Q1 and 1year service in Q3)
Speaking of money, the idea of making any via Google Ads and Amazon Marketplace links requires a LOT more traffic than I expected. According to WordPress Analytics, I have had:
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