Why We Moved into an RV
It’s been just over a month since we sold most of our belongings and moved our family into a 200 square foot RV. People often ask, “why did you do it?” with a look on their face that really says “are you crazy!?” Haha! So, I’m going to tell you why we did it, and leave it to you to decide if you think we’re crazy!
Like dominos tumbling into each other, there are many circumstances that resulted in the big decision to move into a tiny home / RV full-time. One of the biggest factors was timing. You know those moments in your life where you realize timing is working in all the right ways for a specific purpose? Well, this was one of those times.
My husband and I had toyed with the idea of moving into a tiny home or RV over the past few years. It had been something that fascinated us both, and has lead us to dream of off-grid living someday. Even though it was something that we have both taken a serious interest in, it was something that just never felt quite right at the time. Four years and a lot of changes later (it’s amazing what can happen in just a few short years!), we were lead back to seriously considering another big change in lifestyle.
Besides our constant craving for adventure and wanting to become more intentional in our living, the major push toward making the move right now, was the current housing market. I probably don’t need to explain much further, as most of us has been touched in some way by the recent BC housing crisis, but I will say it’s still quite a scary time for renters and new potential home owners.
We had been renting a home in a suburb of Chilliwack for three years, when the owners decided to sell. We had 60 days to find a new place to call our home and in the middle of a total housing market crisis, it wasn’t looking good. We searched high and low for a space that was within our budget and time constraint and were quickly realizing that we seriously may not find a home to live in. So, we decided to regain control of our situation, make lemonade out of lemons, and take advantage of the hand we were given – Besides, maybe it was all for good in the end.
Being that it was the middle of the summer season, there were several RV’s being sold on local auction sites, so we started really paying attention to them. A couple days into this shift in thinking that we wouldn’t be finding a traditional house to live in, but an RV, we found our little gem. A local family, just like ours with two children similar in age to ours, were selling their fifth wheel they had lived in while building their home. We went to view the travel trailer twice, and I quickly became obsessed with swiping through the auction ad photos and imagining our life in this little home on wheels. A couple days, some prayer, and a gracious loan from family, we made the decision to do it – To majorly downsize and move our family of four into an RV full-time and actually become home owners! It’s been just over a month of living in our little home, and I haven’t regretted it even once.
I’d love to know if living tiny or off grid is something you’ve pondered before! Share with us on our social media, let’s chat about it!
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