by Nadyne Huber
Originally posted on 12/5/20
"You know", I said as I turned to Jack, "I could live in this full time!" Jack looked at me and thoughtfully nodded...
It was 2006 and we were attending our first RV show in Las Vegas, Nevada. We were there on a lark, just looking at RVs to entertain ourselves on a Saturday. We were in a larger Class C out in the parking lot. I had never seen the inside of a Class C, or Class A, or really any real RV. We'd seen all of those, and more, at this show.
I knew there were a great many retirees living, or just cruising, the country in an RV but had never thought about it myself. My parents had an Airstream they spent time in and I had stayed in it as a guest house while visiting them years ago.
Jack and I took a seat in that Class C, as if it was our home. We pretended we were home in this unit. "The only thing I'm missing is laundry equipment", I told him. The salesman was hovering, anticipating a sale, and couldn't wait to show me where the washer/dryer was!
This became Day 1 of our great adventure and goal to full-time RV living! We decided that we would take the next ten years to prepare our lives and finances to meet our goal.
Over the next few years the housing bubble, along with the booming Las Vegas economy, would tumble. As it blew up, we felt our plan -- our dream -- evaporate. Suddenly our goals changed to basic survival mode. Survive this economic downturn and try not to lose everything. We sold our big Vegas home at a loss and down-sized to a small townhouse rental. A month later Jack was laid off. I was still working in my dream job and we needed only one income to live on so we were still ok... but for how long? Jack found a job he loved working with a non-profit, but for half his previous income. We started considering a move from Las Vegas. Our 10-year plan for full-time RV living felt lost forever.
We moved to Wichita, Kansas, in 2008 where we had a son, his wife and our grandchildren. Wichita's unemployment rate was still very low so Jack's prospects for work were very good there. I started working for the world's largest insurance software company from home, with lots of travel. The Huber economy was back, much of our savings still intact.
The dream was back on, there was a little delay of two years but the planning recommenced! In 2012 the kids were transferred to Las Vegas by the Air Force so we decided to move to Denver, Colorado, while we would continue to work on the plan.
By 2014 we had our 5th wheel and the truck to pull it. We set a date to complete the process; we needed to start selling or giving away all of our 'stuff' and ultimately sell the house. We planned to hit the road full-time in October 2017. Jack's employers asked him if he'd stay a little longer and the new target was April 2018.
It was a wild ride but by the end of April, 2018, the house was sold, all our stuff was sold, given away or stored and we hit the road! It was incredibly exciting and not one little bit scary! We missed our Colorado friends desperately but we were finally able to visit our six children and five grandchildren all over the country. They live from Seattle, WA, to Westampton, NJ, and from Los Angeles, CA, to Jones, MI. There are also Jack's six siblings and my three brothers all over the USA!
Now, almost three years into this great adventure, we still enjoy the ride! There are bumps along the way but, life is lumpy anyway, right?