The house is sold and Campground review

Well 14 days on the market and the house sold.  Wow, didn’t expect that.

So we are on to the next step towards our quest to be full timers. Dan still has 18 – 24 mos before retirement so we have rented a condo for the next 12 mos.  I guess you could call this phase one of the downsizing. Although the condo is spacious we have sold or given away about half of our stuff.  This winter in the condo will give us some more time to go through things that we didn’t get to yet, such as pictures, paperwork, and christmas stuff.

We hope to buy the motorhome next spring and are going to take our time looking, now that the sale is over   It was fun looking at all the new motorhomes while we were dreaming about this but now that it is actual spending money time we are going to not rush and hope to find the “almost perfect” used one that is waiting for us.


I think this is one of my favorite campgrounds around here.  It is actually a county park, no hookups but each of the 24 sites have a picnic table and a fire pit. I almost didn’t post about this great little out of the way place because it’s NEVER crowded. As usual there were three tent campers there upon our arrival so our group basically doubled the occupancy and that was it for the rest of the weekend.  The first section, as you enter the park has 8 sites that are spacious and without trees (sorry, no pic), perfect for large MH’s and 5’ers.  The second section (where we were) has a few trees on the sites for shade, and the spots are a bit smaller but great for a group outing.  The last section (around the open field) is a nice mix of both types of spots and also provides a great turn around.  No showers and only pit toilets, cost is $15 a night, no discounts. If you like secluded and quiet, campfires and great stargazing, check it out.

1004692_10201120340063136_525779939_nThree sites across from us

999092_10201120337743078_523165929_nOur three spots.

1157637_10201120343703227_133440345_nAt the end of the lane there is a large field with an additional 8 campsites around it. Note two tent campers…..not at all on top of each other.

1185985_10201120353783479_448301534_nMy friend Tom hiking one of the trails.

1170852_10201120362143688_831855167_nJust a short distance away from the park is this great ole covered bridge.

1174657_10201120365583774_1859145373_nhummmm….I think there is a geocache  somewhere in here.

1157492_10201120381424170_824748500_nYeah!!  Shelly found her first geocache ever, welcome to the club!!

Well back to packing but did enjoy the break and a visit from the oldest three grandkids, love you guys. 1146496_10201120586189289_31115947_n

Looking forward to visiting Mohican Wilderness Campground and Mohican State park in just a few weeks, can’t let all this moving get in the way, I’ll unpack when it’s snowing right??

993992_10201121698537097_1221573083_nparked for awhile…:(


4 thoughts on “The house is sold and Campground review

  1. Hi Kris and Dan,

    It looks like my spreadsheet was convincing, as it hasn’t deterred your plans. It looks like you already have a nice rig to start out with, so don’t be in a hurry to trade to something bigger. As I always tell people, just use “something” to start your travels, and that will get you closer to what you need when and if you need it. So many of the good rigs that we have seen are on the other side of the country. Trying to use equity from the sale of the house, and then go find a motorhome just creates too much of a logistics nightmare. Moving to a rental is a good alternative to buy some time. As for us, we have talked ourselves out of finding a motorhome, and plan to convert our existing 6 x 12 Haulmark. We like the idea of having a toy hauler anyway, for our bikes and Sharon’s piano, and I have a design completed that will work for us. We’re going to get a tall cap for the Dakota and use it pull the trailer, and drive the minivan separately as our daily runner. That will at least allow us to get out there and be places where we can trade both vehicles for an extended Chevy/GMC diesel conversion van at some point. Later on, if we find a trailer we like that will do the job for us, we can always make that trade. Unfortunately, everything I have seen (like the Outback with the front ramp and tip out bed at the back), are more money than we want to spend. Being a builder by profession, I have no problem with getting another cargo trailer and converting it, but I would get a 7 x 14, to give us just a little more room without going too big. We used to live in the Elkhart area, and know all kinds of sources for discount components, once we can get up there again.

    It still looks like our time line is going to be two years out. We’ve had some emergency vehicle repairs come up that have set us behind schedule a bit, but the plan is in place and is still working. I’m sure you are doing well on your own plans. Maybe our paths will cross some day after we can all hit that road.

  2. Congratulations! How exciting! (I hope it’s not Oh heck! What have we done?) Good luck finding your perfect new “home.” There is plenty of stock sitting on lots around the country just waiting for you.

  3. Congratulations. I think you’ll be glad you took it in stages. We’re on week 6 of full-time and are just now recovering from the quick move. I kind of agree with the first comment (John) when he recommended start full-timing with your current trailer. It’ll be tight in the beginning and then you’ll purge some more. By hitting the road with stuff you already own and are comfortable with, you can figure out how and where you like to roll…’re own path so to speak. I really wanted a motorhome to go full-time but wasn’t ready to part with my money and am so glad we hit the road with what we got. Remember there’s no such thing as “perfect”. I look forward to running into you sometime down the road….it’s a small community 🙂

  4. After seeing that last picture, I see that you have a great tow vehicle for a mid-size trailer, too, that will also be great as a daily driver. I’ve heard of many people who are getting 22-24. MPG with their V8 F-150. If you go to a Class A motorhome of any size, you’ll be lucky to get a third of that. We compared what it will cost us for gas to take both vehicles with us (to start out) and a motorhome would have to get better than 8-1/2 MPG just to match it. That’s not going to happen! When we can get that diesel extended van, we’re still expecting to get at least 14 when towing and at least 18 when empty. We would rather spend that extra money doing more traveling. We plan to be “out and about” every day, and won’t need the trailer for much else than sleeping. My design includes two single beds, a 24 x 32 shower, water heating that be either gas or electric, a compressor refrigerator, microwave, sink, stove, A/C, catalytic heater, and 400 watts of solar plus dual batteries, AND a spinet piano. We’ll be able to dry camp for a week at a time, maybe more. We also won’t have to worry about dump stations, because the porta-potty can empty into any standard toilet, and the bio-degradable sink water can go on the ground (in most places), although it will be capable of sewer hookup when necessary. When we get the larger van, it will also be set up for day trip camping and will serve as an extra bedroom for guests. How many people can say they have a 2-BR, 2-Bath, go-anywhere vacation home that will fit in 20 feet of length in two parking spaces, AND get better than 14 MPG? If we want to take a break to use one of our time-shares, we don’t have to worry about where to park a 30+ foot motorhome. (We used to own a 34 and a 40-footer. NEVER again!)

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