3 Adults + 2 Teens in 300 Square Feet For 6 Months

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So it has been a while now since I shared our crazy change of goals for the year. You know, the one where we put off saving up to purchase another rental home so that we can take a 6 month RV trip with our 14, 16, and 20 year old?

3 adults plus 2 teens in 300 square feet--for 6 months.

I thought you might like an update on how the planning for the RV trip is going.

Our Savings

All though we are using the last of my inheritance from my father for the trip as well as the income from the rentals and this blog, we still need to pad our savings account just a bit more to be on the safe side for all the “what if’s”–and trust me, a trip this long has a lot of what ifs.

Right we are making headway on this goal by reselling items

In June we sold $4,256.40 worth of stuff out of our home. Granted, $3,500 of that was our jet skis, but over $700 of it was simply stuff!

We did this by following our own advice for holding a great yard sale, and selling at a secondhand homeschooler’s curriculum sale.

This month we plan to resell more items. Our goal is to hit another $1000 sold by the end of July.

Our Upcoming Test Drive

About a month before we came up with this crazy idea to take a 6 month RV trip as a family we booked a camping spot for a week  of camping up in Michigan.

We thought about cancelling the Michigan trip once we came up with the cross country plan, but then we decided it would be a good test drive of sorts.

We might find that we need to add more shelving in the cupboards of the RV, for instance, or that the mattresses are not going to cut it for 6 months of sleeping on them every night. I would rather find those things out now and then be able to come home and fix it before we leave instead of finding out during the long trip when we might not have tools and such available to easily take care of the problem.

Summer schooling

Our two high school aged kids had grand plans of finishing all their schooling for the year before we leave for the trip. Then all the fun of summer started rolling in. Youth camp with the church, pool parties, afternoon bike rides to the ice cream shop with friends, etc.

Now we are just hoping they finish their Time4learning subjects since they use wifi, which might not be as readily available on the road.

We will bring  their Teaching Textbook math and Apologia Science and the books they need for an elective with us.

Current Biggest Fears

I am a huge homebody and although I am looking forward to seeing more of the beauty of God’s creation, I am also a tad bit fearful of the whole trip from time to time.

What if…

What if…I have a major panic attack that just won’t stop and my husband (an RN) has to knock me out and ship me home–and they get to continue on having fun without me.

What if…my sensitive digestion issues (trying not to get too TMI on ya) get way out of control and I spend most of the trip in the bathroom or trying to go to the bathroom.

What if…we run low on money months before our intended end date, forcing us to camp in Walmart parking lots for free and eat a steady diet of hotdogs and beans–which would only make my said digestion problems worse.

What if…someone gets seriously ill or injured. We have this one child. Oh, we love him so–but he is kind of accident prone…and he is long overdue for one.

 Current Curiosities

I have always been curious in nature and this trip has me wondering about all sorts of possible outcomes.

Will living with less and in less cause me to crave my current stuff more or will I come home wanting to rid my home of even more than I already have?

What is going to happen to my husband? No–seriously! I am a bit worried; the man is used to working 40 to 60 hours a week or more. How will this much time off from work affect him?

Will we grow closer as a family? Or are we going to come home sick of each other?

How do 5 introverts find the space to refuel when they live in 300 square feet?

As the trip draws closer I plan to share more of our plans with you–but for now know we haven’t given up on our crazy plan and I am looking forward to sharing the adventure with you.

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  1. I don’t know about your digestive issues, but I have IBS. Well, I don’t anymore. My allergist determined I am allergic to beef and cashews, among other things. I am not allergic to the ordinary things–the big 5. Then, a blood test showed I am allergic to all mammal meat. So, if an animal suckles its young, I cannot eat the meat. One day, I was weak, down, discouraged and thought one little hamburger would not hurt me. I spent 7 hours on the commode, screaming. I no longer have the constipation, diarrhea, and pain. I feel free for the first time in my life.

    • Victoria says:

      I too have discovered certain things on my own that just are not worth eating. I have never thought to see an allergist though. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. I’m excited to see how things go for you… and I highly commend you for doing a “test run.” I would love to move my family into an RV for a period of time, so I’m definitely going to be following your journey!

  3. I love your blog. If you take along a small 2 man tent, people in your family could take turns having “their own bedroom” and each person gets some private alone time, even if just during the daytime, and the camper won’t feel so crowded. Wal-Mart and Cabella’s parking lots are great places to sleep when you are just needing a quick place to sleep for a few hours. All your anxieties will probably disappear once you are on the road for a few hours.

    • Victoria says:

      OH I hope so (to the anxiety disappearing part). A tent might be a good idea. We do have one in the attic that the kids sometimes use in the backyard for sleepovers. Thanks for the suggestion.

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