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Old 05-26-2016, 10:13 AM   #15
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1. Living in a tiny house - the only thing I really missed was my big kitchen sink and dishwasher. In a big house, you're still only ever in one room at a time.
2. Family - the internet makes staying in touch as easy as living across town. Still go to big family events.
3. Giving up sticks and bricks - miss the most for having a place to work on my vehicles. Something as simple as changing your own oil is hard to find a place to do it. It was also really hard to pare down decades worth of stuff to a few cubic feet. I'm still not done, as I have a 5x10 storage unit with stuff too heavy to travel.
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1. Living in a tiny house - the only thing I really missed was my big kitchen sink and dishwasher. In a big house, you're still only ever in one room at a time.
2. Family - the internet makes staying in touch as easy as living across town. Still go to big family events.
3. Giving up sticks and bricks - miss the most for having a place to work on my vehicles. Something as simple as changing your own oil is hard to find a place to do it. It was also really hard to pare down decades worth of stuff to a few cubic feet. I'm still not done, as I have a 5x10 storage unit with stuff too heavy to travel.

That's one thing we're definitely NOT going to do! I've read about folks that rented storage units and ended up paying more in storage fees than the stuff was worth!
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Tom, I too will miss my shop, but I have bought a portable vise that will clamp onto a picnic table, and I'm taking two Rubbermaid boxes of tools. The smaller box contains just hand tools, and the larger one Skil saw, jig saw, hacksaw, hand grinder, level, soldering iron, etc. I'm also taking a large socket set, both metric & SAE. Hopefully if get out there and need something else, I can borrow it from one of my neighbors!
Joe, consider a mount for your vice that will slide into your hitch receiver. Gives a very strong support. It could even extend out a bit, to give extra working room around vs the table clamped.

Don't forget a good drill, not only for holes, but very nice for driving screws in and out. I bought a cordless kit that has both drill and an impact driver.
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Joe, consider a mount for your vice that will slide into your hitch receiver. Gives a very strong support. It could even extend out a bit, to give extra working room around vs the table clamped.

Don't forget a good drill, not only for holes, but very nice for driving screws in and out. I bought a cordless kit that has both drill and an impact driver.

That would be nice to have! I see that Harbor freight has this one that should work! Thanks for the tip!

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That's one thing we're definitely NOT going to do! I've read about folks that rented storage units and ended up paying more in storage fees than the stuff was worth!
I think storage units are an interim step before giving up everything.

But you are correct if the storage costs 150/mo that's 1,800/year - is the stuff being stored worth it?
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The biggest challenge for me is the combination driving, everyday maintenance and repairs - it's a lot of work.
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I think storage units are an interim step before giving up everything.



But you are correct if the storage costs 150/mo that's 1,800/year - is the stuff being stored worth it?

Yep. We have a 5x5 climate controlled locker with some of the heirlooms etc. $40/month, and hope to distribute the contents as we go.


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The biggest challenge for me is the combination driving, everyday maintenance and repairs - it's a lot of work.

It isn't "every day" for most folks. Our average move is 200 miles, about 30x per year. The MH is home base, the toad does about 18K miles exploring each year.
Maintenance is 1x per year, barring the occasional unscheduled event. None so far!
We relax, almost never do w&@k. Tinkering? Yes. This continent is a really awesome oyster!


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That would be nice to have! I see that Harbor freight has this one that should work! Thanks for the tip!

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Dang!! I need that for my HF tire changer! I change my motorcycle tires at least once a year (145hp on a 2 inch by 4 inch contact patch eats 'em up pretty quick-about 8k to 10k miles) and I thought I might have to pay someone to weld a hitch mount to it. This looks like a bolt-on alternative.
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Our biggest challenge was downsizing. Everyone can say the words but doing it is another story. What to keep, what to toss; I,be spent so much on this or that I can't get rid of it, ect, ect. So we did the
Tee passes and asked ourselves the same questions. How often do we use it, do we need it, what is that, why do we have so many of this or that.

We can say that now we are downsized, our lives are some much better without all the clutter and junk we accumulated over the years.


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I took two years to downsize. And 4 months to sell the place.
I would suggest people take there time and do it right.
I have no regrets at all. Don't miss the shop or the yard work or maintaining a log home.
I never have looked back and never will. Sticks and bricks is just work work work.
We also got rid of our picture albums took months to scan everything but glad we still have our memories.
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Our house sold in 8 days and the buyers requested a 30 day closing. Closed in 33 days; we were already on the road. 😀


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After 10 years we look back and can't find much that was hard. We planned for 18 months and kept nothing. After our children took what the really wanted it was easy to release everything else
Ron missed his tinker toys but since we go!unteer for the USFWS he gets plenty of time to build things, fix things, ride a mower etc
Technology has kept us active in our family's lives and we are super blessed to have very independent children. Because they had already moved to other areas we actually now get to really be there for the big events and fun times.
Truth be told I missed: my morning paper on the porch, my church choir and well nothing else
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