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Future Full-timing Family
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Dec 13 2009, 10:56 pm - By Boyink


Was just browsing the site so thought I'd say howdy. 

 

We're a family of 4 (my wife and I, and 2 kids who will be 12 and 13 then) from MI planning to hit the road for a year starting 9/2010.  We're still pondering what mode we'll go - we're down to either a 30' bunkhouse trailer of some sort pulled by either a Suburban or full size van, or a similar length Class C with a toad.

 I have a web development company and a web development training company so will be working on the road either doing client projects or training classes.

 

We just formally announced our decision here and started a new blog @ http://boyinks4adventure.com.

 

Now that we've made the announcement September seems so far away, but we'll need that time to save money, identify and purchase our RV and make any necessary modifications (mainly creating an office space).

 

Hope to meet other non-retired folks out there!  Not that there's anything wrong with retired folks..  But we'll be happy to meet up with others at our station in life.

A family of 4 ditches their house, gives away most of their stuff and hits the road full-time
http://boyinks4adventure.com

Dec 14 2009, 3:57 am - Replied by: KevsKnight


Welcome to NuRVers! It is exciting to hear about your impending adventure!!


I am a web developer that has been fulltime for three years now. It has been the most incredible experience! My lovely co-pilot and I bring up every so often how we can't picture ourselves in a house in the near future. Seems so.... stationary or something :)


I think you will find out that we are not your ordinary group of fulltimers. This has become a great gathering spot of the freaks, weirdos, and pre-retirement age adventurers! The other "normal" RV forums will be great for researching rigs and getting some detailed info on the lifestyle, but you will find that they all fit a certain demographic. We are not normal for doing this before we retire. But we like not being normal!


Be sure to check out the NuRVers Facebook page as well. There are some members there that don't come here, and vice versa. Also be sure to ask any questions that might come up in the purchase process. We are on our 4th RV, and others here have just as much, if not more experience.


Good luck - and welcome to the group!


--kev
I have washboard abs. They are just hidden under 50#s of laundry.
Dec 14 2009, 12:27 pm - Replied by: Boyink


Thanks Kevin.

 

We could tell this wasn't the "ordinary" group..;)  Not sure if we consider ourselves freaks or wierdos but between self employment and homeschooling we are already living a bit outside the norm.  And - one goal of our trip is to break outside of our "safe zone" and meet/experience other people and cultures.

 

We're not new to RV's.  I grew up motorhome camping and my wife grew up camping in a pop-up.  We owned a class C a few years ago as well (an experience I swore to never repeat, but life is funny). 

A family of 4 ditches their house, gives away most of their stuff and hits the road full-time
http://boyinks4adventure.com

Dec 14 2009, 2:57 pm - Replied by: Emmymau


Welcome!  We started out in Michigan as well (and are headed back to Metro Detroit to visit for the holidays, in fact).  We've been on the road for just over 18 months now, and don't regret the decision one bit.
1995 National RV Dolphin 533--the Incorrigible
1993 Ford Ranger--not yet named
Mushroom--the ship's cat
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Dec 14 2009, 3:19 pm - Replied by: Boyink


Thanks!

 

We're looking forward to it. So much to do...

A family of 4 ditches their house, gives away most of their stuff and hits the road full-time
http://boyinks4adventure.com

Dec 14 2009, 10:24 pm - Replied by: Technomadia


Adding to the welcomes... :)  I love how we're living outside of boxes by living in boxes on wheels :)

 

Chris and I have been on the road full time since May 2007 in a small (17') solar powered trailer.  Loving every minute of it!  I'm a a web application designer and he a mobile tech expert.  We do various tech consulting, training and strategy development (as well as random fun gigs) as we travel.

 

 - Cherie 

Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

Dec 14 2009, 10:27 pm - Replied by: Boyink


Hey Cherie - 

 

I spent a bit of time at your site as well..:)  Thanks for the welcome.  Seems like I saw SXSW mentioned in another thread as well -- I'll be there in March '10 via the standard fly/hotel route.  Hoping in '11 we'll be there via wheels. Should propose a panel on living/working entirely mobile. 

A family of 4 ditches their house, gives away most of their stuff and hits the road full-time
http://boyinks4adventure.com

Dec 14 2009, 10:32 pm - Replied by: Technomadia


Actually, I think some folks from the Location Independent Professionals and Lifestyle Design bloggers community proposed a panel (at least I remember participating on the voting of it). But I didn't see the panel on the list for 2010. 

 

Definitely should try proposing it again for 2011.  Chris and I presented on it at O'Reilly's eTech earlier this year, and it definitely went over really well in the emerging tech crowd.  

 

Looking pretty definite that we'll be in the area for SXSW.. Austin is my home town, and I have family there. So any excuse to be in the area works for me :)

 

 - Cherie 

Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

Dec 15 2009, 6:20 pm - Replied by: KevsKnight



Boyink wrote:
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Not sure if we consider ourselves freaks or wierdos

... 

 

You are getting rid of your domicile and most of your possessions and moving into a box less than 400 sq ft  with wheels and brakelights, which will become not only your living room, kitchen, and bedrooms, but also office and schoolhouse. 

 

You are probably right. There is likely a better word than those :)

 

 

kev 

I have washboard abs. They are just hidden under 50#s of laundry.
Apr 28 2010, 1:44 pm - Replied by: Boyink


Quick update:

- We've purchased the rig: a 30' 5th Wheel bunkhouse.

- I launched a full trip site (that includes the former blog): Boyinks4Adventure.com

- The full site isn't yet live - there are other sections waiting that will make more sense as we get closer to our launch date and finally hit the road.

- We're now looking for a truck (Used Chevy crew cab diesel 4x4 shortbox with
A family of 4 ditches their house, gives away most of their stuff and hits the road full-time
http://boyinks4adventure.com

Apr 28 2010, 1:45 pm - Replied by: Boyink


Whups...post got cut off.

....With less than 200K miles and in white if you please..;)

Getting closer!

A family of 4 ditches their house, gives away most of their stuff and hits the road full-time
http://boyinks4adventure.com

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