Downsizing is like a "rite-of-passage" for the full-time RV life
Folks on the road for several years still occasionally refer back to their experience. Some with laughter, all with relief. Those of us preparing for launch in the next 1-18 months are deep into the process. Forums and Faceboook pages are filled with stories of purging and packing, garage/estate sales and Craigslist, Goodwill and dumpsters, tears and excitement. Alcohol consumption is a common theme.
You would think that after working on your own "stuff" you wouldn't want to read about other people's - nope. We all want to know that somewhere, someone has discovered the easy, painless, emotionless, dust-free answer to downsizing. At the very least we seek confirmation that others have lived through it, with limited therapy.
For me the hardest part will be final decisions about family/memory/irreplaceable items I would want to have if we ever return to a S&B home. For Bill I think he is torn between hoping it will all be done when he comes home one day - and dreading it will all be done when he comes home one day.
Not the garage!
Selling the house and buying the coach are our two large hurdles. There are multiple scenarios that could make one overshadow the other, but clearly these are two steps that must be taken before we can launch!
The best scenario for selling the house is to our current potential buyer. I say potential because life happens while plans are made, and until ownership is turned over and money is in the bank, anything can happen. This scenario would not only negate the hassle and cost of listing and showing and negotiating, but it would guarantee us a few weeks to "rent back" the house while we move into the coach and dispose of/store the remaining items. I'm preparing a Plan B to implement in March, with no intention of needing it.
Quick and easy!!
The best scenario for buying the coach (short of winning that lottery) is walking on to the lot with a pre-approved loan and deposit in hand, having the money from the house in the bank a short time later to finalize the down payment, and driving it to the S&B following a thorough and easy-to-remember review/walk-through by the dealer. Of course we find the coach (likely the Tiffin Allegro 33aa) at a greatly discounted price and secure a low-interest loan. It has our must-haves, and the great price includes added solar panels and a hitch for the Jeep.
Just nod and smile, don't burst my bubble!
The remaining smaller things all happen before the "big-two", and a year is plenty of time to get them done. They include:
Really I'd be happy(er) if we had to get it all done in 12 weeks instead of 12 months.... Patience and flexibility is also a rite-of-passage for this lifestyle, and I don't have that answer either.