Motorhomes

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If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”  ~ Charles Spurgeon

I bought a motorhome a few months back.  My wife and I will be travelling the nation with my sister's family. Our goal is to live and work out west in and near various National Parks during the summer months and be closer to family during the winter.  Life is short - I want to have my cake and eat it too.

In support of our simple lifestyle and desire to stay out of debt, we didn't want a payment on our motorhome so we bought the nicest 10 year old motorhome that we could afford with our savings.  I was pleased with our choice and thought it was very nice when I purchased it.

A nice new deluxe motorhome is parked next door.  It is beautiful with all of the bells and whistles.  Suddenly my motorhome seems to have a lot more problems and doesn't seem as adequate as before.

On the other side of me is a small 18 ft camper trailer.  It's maybe 20 years old and a very plain and simple model.  I saw the older gentleman looking at my motor home.  I bet he was thinking that maybe his old trailer wasn't as nice as it seemed when he bought it.

On the north side of the next island is a woman living out of her car.  She's often hassled and chased from one parking lot to the next by law enforcement.  I bet she wishes she had the 18 ft. camper trailer and the money to pay for a camping spot.

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22 comments:

  1. Happy Trails, Dan! Excellent post!

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  2. Sound like fun Dan! I live near San Francisco. If you need any pointers on where to go in the Northern California region, let me know.

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    1. Hi Craig, I love California. I lived outside of Fresno 2010 -2011 when I worked at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks so I used to go to San Francisco, Carmel, and San Luis Obispo (sp?)a fair amount, but never went much further north.

      Feel free to link to your blog, http://www.zenchop.com/ here. I'm not so stuffy about people sharing links and there blogs here. This blog is a community so I encourage you to share.

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  3. I think it's so funny that there's still keeping-up-with-the-Joneses (now CJ is going to come here and say something about that phrase!) amongst those of us who live in unconventional housing. Rob and I were looking at marinas, and we always felt better when we saw boats that were smaller than what we're looking at getting! Like motorhomes, boats can get HUGE! But the huge house didn't do it for us--we have to remember that we chose small and simple for a reason! ;-)

    Enjoy your FREEDOM--that's what it's really about!

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    1. Hi Bethany, the feeling I had wasn't really keeping up with the Joneses, I've never been that interested in impressing others. It was more the feeling of never being satisfied - whenever we get something and the newness wears off, then we need something newer or better.

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    2. Reminds me of several years ago when we bought a minivan. The 3 kids had been crammed into the back of a fairly small car.

      We thought they would be thrilled to have all that space. Their excitement lasted about 30 seconds, before they started fighting over seating.

      Not that adults aren't almost as guilty, of course. I recently posted about my husband and I wanting a small popup camper to go on the bed of a midsized truck, visiting the RV store and deciding "gee it would be nice to have a full bathroom, a full kitchen, etc. etc."

      Luckily we were just browsing and not ready to buy, and we regained our senses when we got home!

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  4. My MIL has a Dalai Lama daily inspirational quote thing in her bathroom, and one of them is "if you aren't happy with what you have now, you won't be happy with more". Same sentiment. I always try to remind myself of the abundance I have.

    Katie

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    1. I remember a pastor saying "If you have $20 in your pocket and a few groceries in your home then you are more wealthy than 80% of the world." Very few of us have any room to complain.

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  5. Sounds very interesting...have fun! Thank you so much for the thoughtful comparisons...

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    1. Hi Tony, thanks for participating. Loved your article The Problem With Desire .

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  6. Can we ever stop measuring ourselves, probably not.. but it is the awareness that is important. Sounds like a wonderful plan Dan... enjoy life.

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    1. Very true Diane, awareness...Deep awareness brings understanding.

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  7. I love that you and your wife are doing what you want. It sounds like you have a great plan in place for making it happen. I, like Tony, really liked the thoughtful comparisons.

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  8. Hi Tammy, we are very excited about our plans. I love adventure.

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  9. Dan! Great post on perspective. Very thought-provoking. Sometimes it is nice to simply be and be content. I may always want more more of myself, but I certainly do not want more stuff or upgrades for that matter. @Bethany: Did I say eff the Joneses once in a comment? Help me recall what I said. I hope it wasn't too bad...

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  10. Can't wait for the adventure to begin brother! Nervously excited about this chapter in life.

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  11. Dan, have fun on your adventure. I don't think the keeping up with the Joneses mentality is going away anytime soon. I see it everywhere, from trying to have the big house like your neighbor to having more than 100 items making you not a minimalist. Another blogger I read calls finding that right balance right-sizing your life. She defines it as finding that perfect mix that fits your lifestyle.

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  12. Have fun! Sounds like a great adventure.

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  13. Would love to try living in motorhome too (maybe for a week first?). I just had this idea of motorhomes that they have beds and tables that can be lifted to be a wall so you can have more space in the morning. I heard a lot of great things about it, though I still can't decide to purchase one.

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  14. Wow incredible insight. Thank you.

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  15. I enjoyed your post, but I think whoever sold you that motorhome pulled the wool over your eyes. That thing's not ten years old. It is probably closer to a hundred. :)

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