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We got the House!

We located a house in the area of Wesley Chapel, FL that meets all of our needs!  We closed on it and have been working to get it ready to move into, hopefully by the 20th of April.

What a difference this is!  Several things have surprised us.  For example, we’re surprised how much we’ve forgotten about buying a house.  We got too busy and forgot to call the electric utility in time – surprise the power was off, it was Good Friday, and there was no way to get it back on until at least Tuesday.  We had to laugh at ourselves.

Other things that we’re learning over, or learning for the first time:

  • How hard it is to clean a “new” house
  • How much trouble it is to deal with local and state bureaucracies (although some web based services are actually easier than ever)
  • Finding second hand furniture is SO much easier these days with the internet
  • Personal safety concerns.  For the past 8 years we’ve been very open about our location and activities.  Now that we own a fixed residence we need to consider OPSEC (operations security for you civilians).
  • OMG, I need to find a place to store this motorhome!

I’ll be making another post to catch up on the blog.  It’s been a busy few weeks!

It’s Official: April 13, 2013 we have become part-time RVers

Last night was our first in the new house.  After 8 years, 7 months, and 12 days we’re no longer fulltimers. :-(

The house is still empty except for the master bedroom, some appliances, and essential kitchen items like a coffee maker, coffee cups, other dishes and utensils.  Sleeping was comfy, but being awake needs to improve – maybe we’ll find a couch today!  We still need to furnish the living room, dining room, and two offices.  Also need a washer/dryer.  Luckily the house came with a refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher.  They seem to be original equipment, matching Maytag appliances.  Not top of the line but very nice.

Last Saturday there was a large community garage sale in the area.  We picked up a nice bedroom set for only $350, king size sleigh bed, with bed frame and headboard/footboard, chest of drawers, dresser with mirror, and two large side tables.  It’s “American Signature” brand, which is ironic since it’s stamped “made in China”.  :D

Last week I bought a 4×8 foot utility trailer in kit form and assembled it so we would have a way to transport furniture and other things.  That’s a story for another blog post.

Home Depot or Lowes?


Which do you prefer? I’ve found that for me Lowes seems better organized and I can find what I need faster. Also seems to have better selection. Both give me the military discount which is much appreciated.

Our New Motorhome


What do you think? Not really our new RV, but you knew that right? :-D Son in law Aaron saw it today and sent me the pic. Would make a great vehicle for some parts of the country!

Finding Somewhere to Store the RV

These part-timer problems are particularly perplexing.

As fulltimers we never had to think about storage.  But it gets worse; we never owned an RV before going fulltime, so all of these RV ownership issues that part-timers face are new to us.

Here in Florida it seems everyone with a spare acre of land and a chain link fence (or not) operates an “RV storage facility”.  Just casually driving around we see dozens of them.  Prices prices start at $40/mo for storage in a grass field under overhanging trees with a cattle fence.  Oh, and you have to call ahead to get the gate opened.

Our minimum requirements were:

  • Paved lot to minimize pests like insects and mice, plus no chance of it becoming a mud bog.
  • Proactive security measures
  • No overhanging trees to make a mess on the RV
  • Close to our house (whatever “close” means)
  • Prefer North or East.  Better for hurricane evacuation, lower costs, less crime.

We looked around a little and found the cost of covered storage was prohibitive, and outside storage at the big name chains was high too.  We found one that’s locally owned and meets all of our requirements.  It’s 11 miles from our house, paved lot with good drainage, a 6 foot fence, key pad gate, laser perimeter security monitored with police dispatch.  $90/mo seems like a lot, but it was a good compromise.   Also they’ll let us skip payments while we’re away traveling for over 30 days and if the facility fills up they’ll call and give us the option of paying for our space or letting it go — great!

So our beloved motorhome is now safely parked and waiting for our next adventure.  When?  Not sure, but we’ll be sure to tell you.

RV In Storage


It’s temporarily old friend, we’ll be getting you out of there for a trip in a month or two. ;-)