I'm thirty one and the idea of owning a rv has interested me for a while now and was just worried about the price. I found this website a few days ago and was suprised that you could comfortably live in a rv. Minimalising my life has been a interest of mine for awhile now and the ability to save even more money doesn't hurt either.;-) So I've decided that I'm going to save up for a rv and start minimizing my possesions. I already got rid of my tv, I don't miss it, and I'm planning on disconnecting from my internet service provider. I've also have gotten rid of or am in the process of selling most of my things. During the past few weeks I've been spending most of my time outside when I'm not working. I figure that the best case situation when I save up enough money is that I'm that much richer and in the best case situation I'm saving money and I'm actually able to go on vacations and have the freedom I've dreamed about.
Awesome! I think that just about anyone who will seriously consider living in an RV will love it. Post pictures here once you get one!
I just bought mine. Stayed a total of 2 nights in it so far and I'm having a blast. I'll be making the switch permanently at the beginning of September.
Awesome! Congrats!! We need pictures!
I only have a couple, and the RV isn't in the best shape, but I'm going to be documenting in detail my efforts to make it as awesome as the ones I've seen on here.
The first gander at it:
Me completely excited about cracking open the manual:
Checking out all of the drawers and such.
Went to pick it up with a few of my friends. Who says the Rialta only sleeps 2?
Sitting outside a Mexican joint in Terlingua.
Bonus: We picked it up in Terlingua, TX and spend the weekend hiking in Big Bend / checking out Marfa. Best hike I've ever been on. Proof:
My recent war that I've been waging has been against stuff. For a while (and by that I mean since 7th grade), I've produced my own income and spent most of it on things from the internet. I've talked about this before so I won't bore you with the laundry lists of my posessions.
Then when I sold my house in North Austin, I was faced with the prospect of moving all that stuff. My most financially productive years were while I lived there, so I bought a ton of stuff. During that period of collection it never occurred to me that I would eventually move. My garage as well as one of the bedrooms in the house because warehouses for my things.
When I moved, I took a pretty extreme approach. I went through every item in the house and made a decision - either I needed it or not. If it was worth more than $50 or so I sold it. If it was worth less than that I put it in a bedroom. If it was worth less than $5-10 I donated it or threw it away. I posted my address on craigslist and let people go into the bedroom and take all that they wanted. Within a few hours the bulk of my stuff was taken away.
I'm moving out of my room that I've been in for eight years. Moving means packing, and packing means going through all of the stuff that I have and deciding what I want to keep, and what I want to get rid of. As I'm going through this stuff, I'm wondering why I've kept some of it for so long.
I'm a sentimental person, but traveling has made me realize how little I really need to survive. After all, the things that truly matter - love, happiness, music, travel, people, adventure, memories - aren't materialistic.
So (excuse my language) why the hell do I have all of this shit? Why do I have ten pairs of socks I haven't worn in years when someone else could be making good use out of them? Why do I have a watch that I got when I was six years old, a baseball I found during band practice (I don't even play baseball!), and a beanie I used to love but haven't worn in three years? Why on earth did I keep a report I wrote in high school that I'm never going to read again, a cheap plastic yo-yo, and six decks of cards?
I'm finding that I've held on to things I don't need or use or even think about anymore. So as I got through my stuff I'm trying to keep only the things I know I'll use or enjoy on a regular basis. So far all I'm keeping are clothes, photos (the ones that mean something), a few books, a music stand, some dvds, my notebooks, my travel maps, and a few posters for my dorm room. Everything else is going.
My new goal is to get rid of these things on a regular basis, so that I'm never keeping more than I need. The most important things are not things at all.