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The Open Road

March 22nd, 2015 at 04:52 am

Right now life is moving faster than I ever thought possible. My DH is unhappy at work and dying to get off the hamster wheel. What can I say? The sadistic VP says things like "those people laid off are lucky...at my previous company we'd fire one person a month and not pay sevenrance. That'd keep people in line. I mean they really deserve to be fired given a gift." Yes telling people commentary like that when it was called a layoff of "realignment of company values" is lovely. This guy is a real "gem". But it's okay since he'll have his comeuppance when he's fired in 5 years, since VP get that long to prove themselves. The previous VP didn't get fired he "resigned" after being called back during a vacation and the board "talked" to him and he decided to spend more time with his family. Not true he was fired, but given a very nice golden parachute. So assholes abound.

If it matters the department culture has shifted a lot and I've known since last May when this VP started my DH has been getting more unhappy. And a lot of negative things have been going on. So this was just the push he needed.

Anyway since we are becoming more serious about moving in July after we sell our house (cross fingers and knock on wood). He mentions he wants to rent an RV and drive cross country. He says it's his dream and something he'll probably never be able to do again. I'm wondering should we do this? He's salivating at the idea of me, the kids, the dog in the RV.

We've researched it because previously we discussed vacationing for a week in an RV to Eastern Canada (hello prince edward island). It's not cheap like $250/day plus gas and incidentals. I'm guessing the trip for 10 days cross country at least $5k.

But at the same time it's an opportunity of a lifetime. I RV one summer for 2 weeks with my best friend's family to Yellowstone and it was so amazing and cool and fun. We did so many great things and my memories are phenomenal. It was an opportunity I am so glad I got to experience. Granted I spent a month in Las Vegas total with her mom and her. I can't believe looking back how much my mom trusted her parents and sent me away for a month! I was 14 though and she was already my best friend for 9 years and we lived at each others houses.

I'm wondering what about driving in our subaru cross country and towing a uhaul hitch? We'd have to have a hitch put on our subaru for $1k, and rent a trailer for $600, then hotels. I wonder would that be cheaper? We could camp or stay at hotels?

What are people's thoughts? I'm willing to listen about the experience of RV.

9 Responses to “The Open Road”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    If you can afford it, you should go for it! Life is too short!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    No RV experience, but if you have the cash and the time it seems like the perfect opportunity to experience this type of vacation.

  3. scfr Says:

    So you would move by RV? Do RV rental companies allow one-way rentals???

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I lived in a travel trailer twice while we built (two) houses because we could not find a rental in our area. I really did not care for it at all. Camping out loses its charm after a few weeks. (I lived in one for 10 months and the other for 14 months).

  5. scfr Says:

    Hey LAL - I know this may sound COMPLETELY INSANE but ... Have you guys thought about buying a used RV that you would drive cross-country, live in until you bought a house, and then sell once you had a house? Crazy, right? But . . . hmm, interesting???

  6. scfr Says:

    With the kids and the dogs you might go absolutely bonkers! Either that or you'd find it a wonderful adventure.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    That is quite the idea scfr!

  8. bluesfemme Says:

    Sounds like a cool adventure. But I would be worried about my goods - our rule for travelling is leave nothing valuable in the vehicles. What is more secure if you're off exploring somewhere or can't park where you can watch over - goods left in the RV or goods left in the uhaul?

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I don't know the answer to some of these awesome ideas and questions. I am also not sure about living in an RV. SCFR that is something worth investigating. I am tabling no ideas or suggestions people.

    RV companies do one way rentals but we are looking at quite a bit for gas and rental. I think I priced it out at $3k for 1 week rental one way if not a bit more.

    Imasaver not sure if I want to live in a travel trailer but it is fun to vacation I will admit when I did it I had a blast.

    I've been suggested Motel 6 and that's what we may do with the dog. Of course we may also end up doing what we did before and send the dog to live with my in-laws until we find semipermanent housing since temporary housing with dogs are hard to find. 10 years ago we did that when we moved cross country with our last dog.

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