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Old 09-26-2013, 10:54 PM   #29
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Hey guys,

I've been off the grid working. Downsizing is HARD! I can readily pitch stuff belonging to my husband and kids...but mine...not so easy.

Here is a really good quote: " Live simply so others can simply live."

Sending lots of love,
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:20 PM   #30
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2 Weeks Into the Fulltiming Life

Thought I would post a brief update. We've been in the Airstream living fulltime for 2 weeks now. What an unbelievably challenging experience from every turn around every corner. So far I guess I can best sum it up with a saying I've heard before ... "Plan for the worst and hope for the best." I'm documenting the experience and hope to publish some "pointers" at some time in the future.

The sale of the house was completed yesterday and the keys handed over to the new homeowners. The moving sale lasted 2 long days, with people coming to pick up items extending a week beyond the sale. What was supposed to only be a few possessions going into climate controlled storage ended up completely (when I say completely ... I'm saying floor to ceiling, front to back) filling up a 15 ft. x 20 ft. storage space. Not my plans ... but .........

I never thought about this beforehand, but a simple, yet effective part of the plan should have been to calculate the square footage of the Airstream (238 sq. ft.) and then divide that square footage by the square footage of the house and then apply that percentage to each of the categories of things that we felt would be needed in the Airstream. In our case that percentage of "allowables" to make the move from home to Airstream would have been 7%.

Also calculate the square footage of the climate controlled storage space (300 sq. ft.) and then divide that square footage by the square footage of the house and then apply that percentage to each of the categories of the things that we felt would be retained and moved to climate controlled storage. In our case that percentage of "allowables" to make the move from home to storage would have been 9%.

The remaining 84% has to be sold or donated. I think if I had applied that calculation as part of our planning, the task of sorting what goes in the "keep" pile, what goes in the "storage" pile and what goes in the "moving sale/donation" pile would have simplified at least one major transitioning task.

More updates later. Oh, I don't care what anyone tells you ... it's actually is an emotional rollercoaster.
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You guys did it! We are very excited for you and can't wait to catch up with you sometime.
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Yes, downsizing is hard. We wonder why, why did we buy some of that 'stuff'!! (and, like you, some of it is in storage) You on your way now & living out your dream--good for you!
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Each day the transition gets easier. The dining table has become my home office. Unfortunately Frank's commute into downtown is 35 miles each way. This is the closest RV Park with availability. It appears many people are doing this now. I guess it's the time of year when many people are also coming south for the winter. Attached are a few photos of our site in the RV Park.
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Oh, before I forget. Two tips of the day for anyone considering fulltiming:

1. Make sure you have the correct floorplan prior to fulltiming.
2. The 25 foot SS (rear corner bed), which is what we have, is not the correct floorplan for fulltiming. It's a great flooplan for weekend camping. But fulltiming ... no.
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Yes the 27fb is a better option. No worry if you want to sell there is buyer out there.
As for the commute I recommend books on CD free from the library. Really helps pass the time.
We are all rooting for you! Thanks for the honest portrayal of the issues.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:18 PM   #36
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Yes the 27fb is a better option. No worry if you want to sell there is buyer out there.
As for the commute I recommend books on CD free from the library. Really helps pass the time.
We are all rooting for you! Thanks for the honest portrayal of the issues.
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Thanks for the vote of confidence Annie. I've attached 2 photos below:

1. 1st photo reflects that one of the dogs wasn't pleased with the move. This box seemed to be his favorite place for about a week. I felt really badly for him.

2. 2nd photo shows Frank and the dogs on our evening walk around the RV Park. The dog that didn't seem happy last week has his little smile back and seems be enjoying his evening walks.

I'm trying to convince Frank just to get on the light rail and use it for his daily commute. I think this weekend we're going to ride it into Austin and have dinner and spend the evening hanging out downtown. Maybe he will find the light rail appealing. Fingers crossed.
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Those dogs are super cute!
And yes if a light rail is an option that sounds fantastic! Oh the books I could read while not driving!
Have fun in Austin and keep us posted.
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PS getting ready to quit working in next 6 months...our paths will certainly cross
Our dog is big but he doesn't know he is...plays well with others!
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Where oh where is Pflugerville?
We are going to Big Bend in January...
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Where oh where is Pflugerville?
We are going to Big Bend in January...
Pflugerville is an Austin suburb on the north side. I guess I need to update my location now since we sold the house.

If you come through Austin on your way to Big Bend and would like to connect let us know. Big Bend is absolutely one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. You will love it and find it really interesting. Many great opportunities to photograph beautiful scenery. Also many interesting places in route. Marfa has to be one of your planned visits while there.
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Oh, before I forget. Two tips of the day for anyone considering fulltiming:

1. Make sure you have the correct floorplan prior to fulltiming.
2. The 25 foot SS (rear corner bed), which is what we have, is not the correct floorplan for fulltiming. It's a great flooplan for weekend camping. But fulltiming ... no.
These folks have been full timing in a 25' SS with that same floorplan for a number of years. They put their emphasis on travel, and appear quite comfortable with their Airstream. Quite a few tips on both here.

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We are going to Big Bend in January...
We have spent the last three years in the Austin area and have been to Big Bend twice afterwards. I echo the recommendation for Marfa as a stop before or after.

Austin is a great town. I hope you have time to explore it.

I highly recommend Cottonwood Campground in Big Bend if you can dry camp or boondock. In January, Chisos Basin will be MUCH colder. Rio Grande Village is like a commercial campground -- great if you want hookups, but not our style.

We found Cottonwood to be 15 degrees warmer than Chisos. It has no services, but isn't this why we Airstreams?

See http://65tumbleweed.tumblr.com for our first two visits.
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Thanks for the excellent tips! We will plan a stop in Marfa coming or going.
I had not heard of Cottonwood before. Loved the pictures. Just ordered a DeLonghi heater recommended in the "what did you get for your trailer today" thread.
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