So, I attended the RV show on Saturday. It's only 20 minutes from my house, and it was a beautiful day. Perfect for walking around checking out RVs.
I saw one I would have definitely been interested in if I was ready to buy. It's a Tioga - somewhere around 29'. I didn't get lots of information, since it really doesn't matter at this point, but I sure liked the layout. It was listed at $39,999 I think, something like that. In my price range. It's a 2006. It was so clean and spacious! I don't care if I have slides, but they sure do make a difference.
It was really clean, and very light and bright. I don't care about slides, but I will admit they do add a spacious feeling, and that would be nice for full-timing. From what I've read and heard, there is very little that goes wrong with slides, but I think given the choice, I'd go without slides. The Tioga had everything I wanted as far as the inside goes, and I could see myself living in this one with Katie.
This one below - have you seen it? I didn't write down the name/model but I guess if you can afford it, you already know about it. See the price? $899,999.
But you know what I walked away thinking? This is my second RV show now, and there's another one in a couple of weeks in LA - marketed as the biggest one in California - that I was very excited about going to. I realized, though, that I have at least a year before I can realistically buy my RV. I think I'm about a year ahead of myself.
At least I know some of the RVs that are out there, and some of the things I want. But I'm so easy, I've lived in so many places and really liked them all. I think I'll be happy in almost anything, as long as it's clean and safe and mechanically sound. It's really going to come down to finding those three things in a rig I can afford. Being in the right place at the right time, with enough money to get what I need.
So I decided I'm not going to spend the time or gas driving to LA for the other show. I'm going to continue downsizing my "stuff" and paying off my debt, and saving my money so I'll be ready in about a year to seriously look for and then buy my RV. I just have to keep my eye on the prize. It's easy to forget when something is so far away, at least for me, and I think writing this blog, and reading your blogs, is what will keep me moving ahead to my goal.
Which brings me to my second topic, living below my means so I'll be ready financially when the time comes to "hit the road."
The above quote is one I found years ago, and have tried to think about from time to time. When I first saw it, I printed it out on a sheet of card stock and hung it near my desk. I do live within my means, but when I first saw this I was not. In fact, now I'm trying to live below my means, and most of the time I'm accomplishing that. It is such a feeling of empowerment to live below my means.
I'm not doing any big - I still have cable (although it's basic cable), I eat well (but I always cook at home, seldom eat at restaurants), I have a nice phone and laptop, so there are things I can't (or won't) live without. But there are so many small things I do that end up saving money, and hopefully will make a difference over time. I'm also not buying any new clothing unless it's something I really need. I have lots of shirts, shorts and jeans, which is what I'll wear when I retire, so if it's not something I'll need then, I don't buy it now. In my spending days I wasted a lot of money on clothes. Wish I had all that money now!
That's it for today, and now I'm going to cook some chicken breasts, an artichoke and a baked potato with all the trimmings. Maybe some wine. See? I DO eat well.
From me and Katie, have a great evening, everyone! : )