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Old 11-06-2016, 08:38 PM   #1
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Greetings! Retiring soon and becoming a full-timer!

Greetings all! My husband and I plan to retire together in October of 2017, sell the house and become full time RV'rs. We purchased a 2016 Grand Design 317RST and a 2016 Ram 3500. Now for the monumental task of downsizing!!
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Nice combo.........Congrats!

At least you have a year to do the downsizing.

We did it in 3 months.
Called family/friends-----told them to come get anything they wanted.
Then we loaded 5th wheel up with items we HAD to keep (really hard...went thru items 4X)
Then stuff we needed.........again go thru items several times LESS is MORE (really only need basics and just ONE)
Then want we thought we might need (more on these later)

Finally time to do away with everything else.
ESTATE SALE
Auctioneer advertised for 2 weeks---crew came out for 3 days prior to sale and put everything together in 'LOTS'
Auction was on Saturday 8-5 (8-9 preview) and by 5 EVERYTHING was sold and removed from property..........EVERYTHING ------DONE
Auctioneer/crew handled inventory/monies etc. We just sat in lawn chairs and watched in amazement as folks 'bid' for our stuff (just plain ole stuff)

We didn't have to lift a finger and ended up with all our stuff gone and MONIES in our pocket (which we set aside as Emergency Fund) Auctioneer got 25%....we got 75% and it was well worth every bit of that 25%

Now for those items we THOUGHT we might need.
We ended up like the Conestoga Wagon train as they traveled and had to 'off load' items.
The first 6 months on the road we kept going thru our stuff and donating items to vs thrift stores/charities because we really didn't NEED them
If we had NOT used it in that first 6 months there was no need to haul it around,

IF later on found out did need it...bought a new one (cheaper then hauling the weight/taking up space etc.) We replaced very few items.

By end of 1st year on the road we could open every cabinet/draw/compartment and SEE everything and get it w/o having to DIG thru stuff.
LESS is MORE
1 bag in----2 bags out (something has to go otherwise you end up with STUFF)
(Souvenirs------we collected mashed pennies from our travels/destinations. Penny Presses ---there is a Penny Press website with locations)

And best thing you can do.........
Get truck/trailer weighed (Cat Scales----$10-12. Fast and easy) and do it every year

Good Luck!

Remember when you hit the road.........you are NOT on vacation It is a new lifestyle!!
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Welcome. Congrats on your new rigs and now the countdown to 10/17 begins. If you ever get to CA wave as you pass through.
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Old 11-07-2016, 05:59 PM   #9
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Nice combo.........Congrats!

At least you have a year to do the downsizing.

We did it in 3 months.
Called family/friends-----told them to come get anything they wanted.
Then we loaded 5th wheel up with items we HAD to keep (really hard...went thru items 4X)
Then stuff we needed.........again go thru items several times LESS is MORE (really only need basics and just ONE)
Then want we thought we might need (more on these later)

Finally time to do away with everything else.
ESTATE SALE
Auctioneer advertised for 2 weeks---crew came out for 3 days prior to sale and put everything together in 'LOTS'
Auction was on Saturday 8-5 (8-9 preview) and by 5 EVERYTHING was sold and removed from property..........EVERYTHING ------DONE
Auctioneer/crew handled inventory/monies etc. We just sat in lawn chairs and watched in amazement as folks 'bid' for our stuff (just plain ole stuff)

We didn't have to lift a finger and ended up with all our stuff gone and MONIES in our pocket (which we set aside as Emergency Fund) Auctioneer got 25%....we got 75% and it was well worth every bit of that 25%

Now for those items we THOUGHT we might need.
We ended up like the Conestoga Wagon train as they traveled and had to 'off load' items.
The first 6 months on the road we kept going thru our stuff and donating items to vs thrift stores/charities because we really didn't NEED them
If we had NOT used it in that first 6 months there was no need to haul it around,

IF later on found out did need it...bought a new one (cheaper then hauling the weight/taking up space etc.) We replaced very few items.

By end of 1st year on the road we could open every cabinet/draw/compartment and SEE everything and get it w/o having to DIG thru stuff.
LESS is MORE
1 bag in----2 bags out (something has to go otherwise you end up with STUFF)
(Souvenirs------we collected mashed pennies from our travels/destinations. Penny Presses ---there is a Penny Press website with locations)

And best thing you can do.........
Get truck/trailer weighed (Cat Scales----$10-12. Fast and easy) and do it every year

Good Luck!

Remember when you hit the road.........you are NOT on vacation It is a new lifestyle!!
Thanks for the input. We combined households with my parents a couple of years back. Much of our furniture was sold at that time. I'm continuing to sell things on Craigslist. Just before we sell the house we plan to have a rummage sale. The rest will either go to Goodwill or the dumpster. We also plan to rent a seasonal spot over the summer to test-run our new life style. That way we will be able to figure out the things we truly need for full timing. Our dilemma is we know we will go back to S&B in 5-10 years. The few pieces of furniture we have left are things we actually both like - an unusual occurrence! We also have photos and momentos from our past trips. My Dad made a "hope chest" when he was young that I treasure greatly and will not give up! There's paperwork/files which have to be stored somewhere also. Our family is small - they are not able to store these things for us. We still have a lot of work to do but hopefully we will get her done in time!!
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