Apr 1stMore into the thought process
We have had many thoughts over the last week about the process we will go through in the next couple of years. One big item of discussion is who to tell and when. Obviously our 16 year old son Patrick will be the one most impacted when we actually make the move to hit the road. Toni floated the idea of bringing it up to him now, but after some discussion we feel this is not the optimal time. Our current thinking is that we talk to him as he nears the conclusion of his junior year of high school. This will give plenty of time for the idea that we will not have a permenant address here in town and have discussions about what his living arrangements will be for college. Both our older sons moved out to dorm situations for their freshman years of high school and never looked back. It worked out great for them and we see no reason (at least I see no reason) why the same will not work for Patrick. Granted, Patrick is a bit different than the other guys, but I feel he will do alot of growing in the next couple of years in maturity and responsibility. With this timing, there will be plenty of opportunity to work through the details of his moving on into the world and how we will help and support him along the way while not having a house so to speak.
At the end of Patrick’s junior year, we will still be more than a year away from our actual move to the road. I am still of the opinion that we do not need to announce to everyone our intention that far in advance. Toni and I both feel we should be able to talk with all three of the children and expect they will honor our wishes to allow us to inform others in our own due time and not spread the word. The last year before our plans really take effect will involve quite a few people and discussion, many of which will center around our electrical contracting business and obligations to family around such. I am hoping that a year from now Toni and I will have a fairly good roadmap established as to how we want to handle the company, but at this point that is not our focus. This topic of when to talk to who will be evolving process as we move along with our plans.
Now, as far as the plans go. One important task is going to be to determine what happens with all of our worldly posessions. One key to our future plans revolves around our family cabin on the rim here in Arizona. Our future goal has always been to rebuild the cabin and have be in the family for generations to come. That is still very much a part of the plan. I am exciting to think that with the decision to go full time in the RV, we will be able to adapt this process to be much more hands on. While I am certain our first order of business when this all goes down will be to hit the road for a few months, we will get back to the cabin in the near future. In our thoughts at the moment is tearing down the existing detached garage at the cabin and creating a covered RV port with hookups. Completion of this task will need to take place in the next couple of years. This will allow us to park and live in our RV at the cabin and actually be our own general contractor for the cabin build. Picture this, live in the RV port and be on-site for the entire process. This means obviously some big $$ savings as we will be able to do some of the work ourselves. We will also have full quality control in the process. Upon completion, the cabin will become our “home base” so to speak in Arizona. We will certainly spend several months a year based out of the cabin to visit family and friends here. It is also part of our plan to set up the cabin as a rental unit, allowing it to cover all of it’s own expenses and even create some income.
That being said, back to the worldly goods. We have started a spreadsheet into which we will list all our items and what the disposition of such will be. There are many thinks in our current home we would like to see used in our cabin. At the cabin we have an out building we call the bunkhouse. This will be transformed into a storage unit when we hit the road in the RV. All the items on our list of worldy goods listed as “cabin” will end up in the bunkhouse awaiting a proment place in the completed cabin. Another dispostion will be “family”. Much of what we own we plan to allow our children and close family to have the opportunity to take off our hands. There would obviously be a pecking order in this process. Children are obviously highest on the list, then brothers and sisters and so on. I am sure we will have certain items we want to go to specific people, and we will make that happen as well. Part of the plan, actually a part I have already started on, is to “declutter”. What I mean by this process is to sell items that we can and turn them into cash rather than goods. As an example, I made a great purchase about 4 years ago of a redwood sauna to place on the patio. I was so proud of my $900 purchase, having saved nearly $1000 over a new one. I have always loved sitting in the saunas at the gyms and was thrilled to have my own. I actually used it alot ( according to Toni 4-5 times is not alot) in the first couple of months. Then, in the last 2-3 years I have used it maybe another 4-5 times. Toni likes to point out that I paid about $50 or so for each session in the sauna, not such a great deal I guess. Well, I bit the bullet and sold it last week for $600. I am proud that I dropped the cost per use down to maybe $15, not bad. I have to say it felt good to see it go and start the little nest egg, just as I knew it would. There are alot of items that will have more sentimental value that the sauna, but every one sold or donated puts us a step closer to our goal of fitting ourselves and what we NEED in the RV and exploring the country. To that end, I have just started to go through my many years of built up treasures in my garage and started to list thing on auction sites. Actually made my first sale tonight! This will be a long and slow process, but I feel it will help me to feel like we are taking steps along he way and not trying to climb the whole hill in the 2 days before we go.
As a note in the time schedule situation, we feel Patrick’s graduation from high school will be the trigger to put our house on the market. That will really be entry into the final phase of the plans. How soon we are on the road after that will be determined by outside forces. A possible scenario is that our awesome home sells quickly. We would most likely move into our RV, but stay here in town until such time as Patrick is settled in for college. If the house is slow to sell, we obviously will be here a little longer. None if that is too important at this time, but it still is part of putting the plan down on paper and setting goals along the way.
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