Full-time RVers have all kinds of lists — take-down, set-up, favorite routes and restaurants, where to stay or avoid — and we’re no different. Lately we’ve started a new one.
When we started full-time RVing, we talked about how our travels would help us narrow down the places where we could eventually settle when the time came to “come off the road,” as we full-timers call it.
In various towns and states we scope out the real estate ads and brochures, and have even called a few real estate agents to see some houses. We walk through houses that — even with only a couple of bedrooms — seem huge compared to our cozy home on wheels. Even “tiny” kitchens don’t seem very small to us anymore. We’ve looked at houses with walk-in showers big enough to fit our entire RV bedroom inside.
Then we walk the property to see how close the neighbors are, whether there’s road noise (we’ve had enough of that boondocking in rest areas, thank you very much) or train tracks (had our fill of those, too, at RV parks).
How much lawn care will be needed? Any space for the RV? Would we be allowed to park it in the driveway, side yard, backyard? Do the neighbors have barking dogs? Air traffic?
And if, by chance, the house seems to pass all those requirements, the next list seems to doom the place.
If we’re on the coast, we think about tsunamis. Earthquakes. Inland, wildfires. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Flash floods. Drought. Pesticides and insecticides blowing in high winds.
Or… it’s too hot in the summer. Too cold and snowy in the winter (not to mention the occasional blizzard, ice storm, or other freezing disaster).
So we get back into our RV, our cozy home we can take anywhere we want. And we decide we’re just not ready yet to stop anywhere for any length of time.
We are true wanderers. Nomads. Seekers of Eden. And so far, we just haven’t found anyplace better than our home on wheels.