Who are these modern day gypsies who spend their lives on the road? What prompted them to leave their former homes and communities for a life on wheels? Each week we will introduce you to some of the fulltime RVers we meet in our travels and those who read this blog.
While many people think you have to have a huge motorhome or fifth wheel trailer for fulltiming, Joe and Debbie Homich are proof that a big rig, and the accompanying big monthly payments, are not required. They are close to starting their ninth year on the road and are quite happy in their 27 foot travel trailer, towed by a one ton Dodge Ram dually with a Cummins diesel engine. This is the fourth RV they have owned in over 30 years of camping.
During their working lives back home in Naples, Florida, they managed and owned commercial pest control companies but Debbie longed for a change. Joe says that after every weekend of camping she would always say, “I could just stay here forever.”
Like many new fulltimers, they moved around a lot during their first years on the road, but now they are slowing down and settling into a snowbird mode.
They enjoy campground hosting and consider it part of their best experiences as fulltimers.
When asked what they like best about fulltiming, their answer is one we hear often, “The freedom to do what we want, when we want, and easily move where we want.” Their biggest dislike is breaking camp to travel.
While many fulltimers say the worst part of leaving their old lives was saying goodbye to friends and family, Joe and Debbie were more than ready to go and said there was absolutely nothing hard about it. The best thing about leaving their old life was no more work and no more alarm clocks.
Joe’s hobbies and special interests include model trains, while Debbie is into flying model helicopters.
Their goal is to remain on the road as long as possible, seeing new places and revisiting ones they have enjoyed. They agreed that of all the places they have seen, Vermont is their favorite.
When asked what advice they would give to somebody considering the RV lifestyle, they said to start out debt free. “We have never been real “responsible” with our money. We spent what we made and had too many toys. We bought a less expensive camper than we wanted and a late model used truck rather than new. But we were debt free when we started, and we are still debt free. We don’t have much, but what we have is paid for. This was the best advice we ever received and for once, I was smart enough to take it.”
Reflecting on their life on the road, they said, “The lifestyle is different for everyone and we can’t predict how you will do with it. For us, it is total freedom! The freedom to go where we want, when we want, and to stay how long we want.”
So what are the top ten benefits of RVing for Joe and Debbie?
1. The freedom to go where we want, when we want, and to avoid weather extremes.
3. No grass to mow, snow to remove, or all that other maintenance stuff.
4. The ability to have a mountain cabin or a beachfront house within one unit.
5. Not having an alarm clock dictate my life.
6. Flexible planning. Our plans written in Jell-O.
7. No real estate taxes.
8. No small town politics
9. A smaller space. Everything is in its place and easy to find.
10. A feeling of contentment I have never felt in my life before.
These are the top ten. They said they could easily cite 100 more.
And the cons? Not many:
1. A small shower area and limited hot water.
2. No pizza delivery in most areas
That sounds like a pretty good tradeoff to me! How about you?
It’s Thursday and time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of The Music Box by Heather Meyer. It’s the story of a young woman scarred by her father’s suicide on her fourteenth birthday and struggling to accept why it happened. She escapes the city and settles in a small town to write his story and meets a young man struggling to come to grips with his own father’s legacy. It’s a story you won’t soon forget. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Live each day like it’s your last. One day it will be.