Some RV window shopping and more downsizing


Saw a sweet 35 footer today at Bass Pro’s RV show. Dan is completely surprised (and happy) that I’m starting to come around to a Class A over a Class C.   The more we look the more I really like the panoramic view you get in a class A front seats and the basement storage  in class C’s just doesn’t even come close to the storage in a class A.  At this point we are keeping our options open and will keep looking.  There are so many different things to consider when you are going full time verses just vacationing in these.  I am so glad that the last year we found so many full time blogs to follow, along with the chat rooms, and the up coming fall rally.  I really can’t stress enough what a difference these have made and how many mistakes they may have helped us avoid (I’m sure we will still make plenty) but we are grateful we have these resources.

Sample: Today when we were looking at RV’s I have been thinking all along that a regular (propane) oven was on my must have list vs a microwave/convection combo oven. Many rv’s only have this combo.  In the chat I asked about this and it was pointed out that if you are boondocking or drycamping you would might want to use the propane oven verses running the generator or running down your solar batteries with the convection oven. They’re right, I want to keep that as a must have option.  Thanks guys!  Again, just one of many things they have helped us through in this process.

So the list goes on, solar, batteries, inverters, BLM maps, boondocking, CCCW, toads, to name a few….Sometimes I feel like we are learning a whole new language that is only truly understood by this nomad group of full timers who love sharing anything you would like info about. Way too cool!

Well here is tomorrow’s project, how embarrassing can a messy garage be…geeze.  There is a 1964 Ford engine behind the incomplete dresser and I don’t think any rv basement storage can handle this.


my first blog pics!!!  🙂

Where to begin??

Oh my gosh.  After 18 years in this house we have so much stuff.

I started going through everything only keeping what we need to live here and stage house, a garage sale is planned and the goodwill store has a lot of our clothes.

Random thoughts:

“Why do I have seven drink pitchers??  ok, down to four, will only need one eventually.”  That was my day yesterday and included more items than pitchers.

Dan worked on the garage. I know he is overwhelmed with it. All those years of collecting tools and now just unload them??  Trying to narrow it down to ones he may need on the road….I feel the same way about my crafts/sewing stuff.  I’m down to 13 small totes of fabric from about 30.  That’s still still too many but it’s a start.  I’ll keep at it. He will too.

Fun Day

Saturday we went up into Michigan and looked at some motorhomes. Was fun but we still are trying to decide.  I wanted a class c (maybe a 30 footer), Dan is thinking a class a diesel pusher (36 to 40 feet).  The more we look and not rush into it the better and until the house is sold there is no hurry. We still have the Travel trailer for weekends trips.

Dan wanted to take me to a restaurant up in Dearborn (he works up there) so we headed to the Westpoint BBQ.  He loves their broasted chicken.  Their french onion soup was to die for and the chicken was really good.  Unfortunately I ordered the two piece chicken meal expecting a breast and maybe a wing,  and Dan ordered the 4 piece meal.  Couldn’t believe when it came that each piece was a whole chicken breast.  We actually had 6 chicken breasts, that’s 3 chickens, omg….we couldn’t stop laughing. Guess we should read the menu a bit closer.  Oh well, that worked, three came home with us and Sunday dinner was leftovers.  They also came with a salad, potato, and a slice of garlic bread (4″x9″) that was huge.  We didn’t eat the bread but they filled our bird feeder up nicely so no waste.  $24 bill, but was way too much food.  If we go back I may have to order off the kids menu.

After dinner we headed to Westborn market.  Dan says the guys he works with in Dearborn rave about the place so we wanted to check it out.  Beautiful produce, a bakery, deli, meat market, wines, beers, and their homemade cheeses, oh yeah, this is our kind of place.  Got some fresh baked pita (no HFC), a few vadalia onions (first crop of the year), huge bell peppers, several cheeses, and a 6 pk of Dos Equis.  Tuesday nite baseball viewing  will include chicken/veggie pitas with homemade yogurt sauce and a few amber beers for sure. Super day exploring a city that we have never hung out in so it was a bit of what we expect to do on the road.  I’m sure if we had been total newbies to that area a tour of the Ford museum and a Detroit Tiger baseball game would have been included.  We are  really excited for our full time journey to begin, it”s good to have these practice days.