I know I could buy something bigger and tow a 4x4 and that has been analyzed....and tempting....but I don't think my pocket book wants to do that. See, I want to make this transition without touching my savings. I want to do it with cash raised by selling everything (downsizing) and selling my house. I know that once I spend time out west that I will not want to come back to Indiana. I lived in California for 10 years and Whidbey Island, Washington for 10 years....loved it all.
I still can't get the thought of warm weather this winter out of my mind and to do that I should hit the road no later than November to beat the bad Midwest weather.
I'm back to the plan of cleaning out, selling what I can and donating the rest as I wait for that 1 buyer of my house. Once the house is sold, buy the trailer and the truck that is going to tow the small trailer. Will put the Mini Cooper up for sale soon and will use the proceeds of that to buy my 4x4. Then I will drive my '94 Chevy PU until the house sells. Once the house sells, my friend buys my '94 pick-up, that he has been waiting to do for years and is still waiting for me to give it up.
Then I will hit the road with a truck trailer combo, all bought with cash from the house sale and will not have to touch my savings. The feeling of having that savings for emergencies feels better than using some of it for a bigger motor home.
A lot to do this weekend. More stuff to drop off at the goodwill, more trash for Wednesday pickup. I plan to get down to what I would live with on the road as soon as I can, while working and waiting for the house to sell. I have verified with my HR dept, that a 2 week notice is all I need and all vacation time and salary is paid up the day I leave.
I have more "stuff" in this house than I thought I did .... unbelievable.