Ahhhhh, it’s been a little bit since I posted last. Wow, lots of changes have gone through my mind.
First – I went through a little bit of panic. Did I say I was a planner? Yeah yeah yeah, I am sure I have, once, twice, yeah, a lot. Ok, so I am planning, doing my due diligence and research. A light bulb goes on and I start wondering. How much Stuff am I going to be able to bring with me??? Not only am I a planner but I am a pack rate (sort of). It comes from my Dad I am sure. He grew up in the Great Depression so he saved everything because one day you might be able to use it again. Hah! This light bulb then leads be to CCC and cubic feet of storage space in an RV. If you are thinking about selling everything (everything can be a subjective word) and heading out to an RV this is something you need to at least think about. I have 3 class a’s on my short list. Not saying which ones yet. We can leave that for another post. I need something to write about in the next 18 months, right? Yes, it’s still 18 months! Off I go to the local Largest RV Dealership in the world. I take pictures of all the weights of the 2 short list RV’s. I know I know. I said 3 short list RVs before now I said two. It’s not a typo. The two coaches (why they call it a coach is beyond me. I suppose a Google search would tell me why. Maybe that’s another post?). Panic overwhelms me. Some of the CCC weights are only 1500 lbs. I know there is no way I can whittle down all my possessions to 1500 lbs. And then deduct the weight for water???? That’s 8.33 lbs. per gallon of water. Nope, I’m in trouble. that was a whole weekend of researching all this. Many many posts on IRV2.com and Google searches on weights for the RVs I am looking at. Work is slow too so I can search search search and read read read there.
I start thinking maybe a motor home is not able to carry the weight. I then spend a whole weekend researching fifth wheels and their weights. Maybe this is the way to go? Research, hours walking the lots of RVs, and it is so hot in Florida in the summer! Push come to shove and fifth wheels will typically have more CCC that a motorhome but it’s not an apples to apples comparison. Motorhomes will almost have more things in them that I want. Add the fact I don’t want to own and rive a pickup as my primary vehicle and my decision is made. Oh, also, the cubic feet storage issue in a fifth wheel will usually be smaller than motorhomes (at least int he classes of vehicles I am looking at. Back to researching motorhomes.
Ok, so I say, wait, don’t panic,,,yet. Do some more sue diligence. Make a list of everything you want to bring. Ugh, that is easier said than done. I have been working on that task for over a week now. This is another great exercise for someone like me. I am into the details. I list all the items I want to bring (maybe another post with a nice spreadsheet???). I weigh the items that I have and look up more of the ones that are on Amazon. I love Amazon. I may work there one holiday season just because (another post topic?). Back on topic. The list. The list is an ongoing project. I have the weight included on the list. Some items I don’t own yet (like a tow bar, portable water softener, satellite dish, solar panels, blah blah blah) so I also include the process. I am really happy with the results of this. I now have an idea on weight and a cost of things I need to buy. The biggest conclusion out of this exercise? my weight of things to bring along are 1700 lbs so far. I am pretty close and I am sure there is more to add but I am close.
After all that research I find another RV and add it to the short list. The thing about this new RV is that I really like it! It has a different layout than the others I was looking at. For a single guy this layout is so much more convenient. The others had 1.5 baths. This one has 1 and it is the same length on the same size chassis. That all means more CCC! I can bring pretty much what I want. This is all good. It was a bunch of time but well worth it.
With all that research I also found the least expensive way to purchase a new RV. Rvdirect.com has some awesome prices. I email them and I get a price of 35% off MSRP of the RV I want! What this means is I am just a little over budget and this will be for a new RV outfitted just the way I want. I am thinking about buying it now. Time for a little more number crunching. Nut that means there is not really a way to back out. Well, there is, but it would be pretty expensive.
That was a long post for me. I hope it is comprehensible. My mind goes at 100 mph sometimes and I simply can’t type fast enough. There is so much more I want to write about but for now, that’s all folks. unitl next time. Be happy and safe out there!