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Old 07-11-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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Relocating Stress & Detail Management

We're closing on selling our home of 38 years in 30 days. We have a Born Free camper awaiting us in Reno. (Two grown children in California, with two granddaughters). We also have a 6-family building that we own here in Connecticut. As well as "hobby stuff", I have power tools, hand tools etc. I'm cursed with being emotionally connected with my "stuff", and I know that complicates things. I've come up with some options on how to disentangle from "everything", and would appreciate feedback from those who have gone through this.

We've gone on multiple 2 month trips in our camper, and have NEVER "missed home". Although the camper might be a little small, we want to keep this transition as simple as possible, so we're delaying the purchase of a larger unit. Here's my ideas on how to "get out of this place".

1. Store tools in apt. house, store personal keepsakes in local storage, fly to Reno and return with camper to Connecticut (taking our time). Rent trailer and slowly meander out west with trailer of stuff.
2. Put hitch on 2003 Honda Accord, rent trailer, store tools in apt. house and drive to Reno. Use Honda as toad for the Born Free.
3.Rent a "Pod" for keepsakes (or hire a mover of small quantities), fly to Reno, ship Pod to Reno, give some keepsakes to family and store remainder.

Any options that I haven't considered would be appreciated. Thanks for your input!!

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Old 07-11-2016, 07:50 PM   #2
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Old 07-11-2016, 08:46 PM   #3
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We had a 2500' sq. ft. home on a lake before going full-time. To us, it was a big relief and a weight off our shoulders to get rid of all of it. We didn't miss a thing in our 16 years of full-timing. We didn't want our kids burdened with having to deal with it when we passed. We offered whatever they wanted to take to them and they didn't want anything. They were busy accumulating their own 'stuff'. They didn't even want our 'keepsakes'. The 'stuff' owns you. You don't really need it. If you pay for storage you could buy new by the time you use it. Furniture and clothes get outdated. We had every tool imaginable and when we RV'd we whittled it down to a 1'x2' canvas bag for anything we might need.

If you're moving to a new house I hope it small and maintenance-free. Then you can really enjoy RVing!
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:01 AM   #4
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If you are like us and collected many tools it is hard to let go and we likely never will...built a shop to clutter with them...

However table saws and mills are hard to carry.

What is starting to be common now are "builder clubs" where older folks are connecting up with younger ones who never got exposed to making things ( whole nutter discussion) and creating work spaces.

They pool funds to rent space then pool tools to make sometimes great shops.

Se out such places where you plan on landing and maybe setup a loaning arrangement where you can loan them your stuff (free storage) and also have access for use ( free shop) and be sure to consider insurance and liability issues too.
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Storage units are not cheap. Weigh the cost of replacing some of the to be stored things to cost of storage. We had two storage units at onetime(non now) and paid more in storage cost than the cost of replacing those items we really needed.

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i guess you have to ask yourself why you are keeping this stuff. We have a storage unit and I have to stop and try to remember what's in there. We however, are doomed to always have a storage unit. My wife try's to keep everything, especially dead relatives cheap furniture. So my advice is to make the items you may need accessible, either a storage unit out west or a small toolbox you can carry. If the items your storing are never going to be needed till you come off the road, leave them in Conn.
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Congrats on the fulltiming! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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big difference between 2 months and full time. i would save the tools,ect to fall back on if full timing is not for you after a period of time. easier to save than replace quality tools . good luck on your new adventure.

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