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The Beginning (Part 1) - Turning Ideas Into Reality

Posted 11-25-2011 at 09:57 PM by DrivinMyHome
Updated 11-26-2011 at 05:38 PM by DrivinMyHome

The decision to move into an RV was a year in the making for the wife and I. I first mentioned it to her in passing back in early 2010, but she dismissed it as a pipe-dream. A few weeks later I brought it up again and forced a 'could it work' type of discussion. She had reservations...

"Could we afford it?" "What type of RV?" "Could we all fit?" "Was this right for us?" "For the kids?" "Where would we live?" "Would you quit your job?" These were just the first questions she had.

At this point in our lives we had 3 girls and my wife was pregnant with our fourth child(a boy, but we didn't know it yet). She has been a stay-at-home mom since the twins were born in 2005. We lived in an older townhouse which was in need of repairs when we moved in. I took care of the important (safety) issues before the twins were born. In 2008 I went back to work on some planned upgrades, but all work stopped when our youngest daughter was born later that year. My job paid enough to get by but we didn't have much disposable income and, with 3 young children running throughout the house, time was scarce as well. We had grown tired of the house: me for the overwhelming sense that I bit off more than I could chew; the wife because she wanted to live somewhere that wasn't perpetually in a state of disrepair.

I spent the next couple of weeks trying to figure out how to best answer her questions. Every few days I would try to alleviate some of her fears by showing her how much I had 'learned'. I discovered that a travel trailer would be the only viable option, based on our need to fit four child seats into a vehicle. Used TT's were selling fairly cheap as well, which made them even more attractive. I also liked the idea of having the 'vehicle' separate from the 'house' from a maintenance perspective.

By the end of that Summer I had the wife sufficiently convinced that I was serious about this lifestyle change. She started to get involved in the researching with me. Her one big issue was that she didn't want to make the change until after our son was born, as she was nervous that it would be difficult to get him to sleep without a room of his own. This was easy enough to comply with, as we needed time to build up a money reserve to pay for the tow vehicle and trailer.

When our son's due date was nearly two months away, we began searching for a vehicle large enough for our growing family. Our family vehicle at the time was a 1st generation Chevy S10 Blazer, large enough for five but too small for our soon-to-be sixth. We initially looked at minivans that had equivalent towing capacity to the Blazer: the Chevy Astro or the GMC Savana. Each time we looked at another it became more obvious that neither the wife or myself wanted to go with a minivan. It felt like we were just settling, so we looked at expanding our search. We included full-sized SUV's and immediately caught a break which sealed the deal for the TT. We came across a Chevy Suburban which was perfect for us. Plenty of room for the child seats, plenty of capacity for towing. And the price was right. We jumped at it without giving it a second thought.

Then we hit a bump in the road...
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