Getting Started…

Hello world!  Ok, lets be real, no one is going to read this, at least not anytime soon.  Yes I know 99% of blogs have no readers… but hey 99% of people in the world have never started a blog so what the hell.  Anyways, this is a brand new internet blog that will document the Scott family’s transition to from full time working suburban dwellers, to gypsies with no jobs living in an RV whose interior living space is just slightly larger than the average garden shed.  This first post will be an introduction, so lets begin.

Who are we?

Clan Scott is you’re average family of four living in the suburbs of Colorado’s front range.  Tim has been working in the software biz for the past 15 years and Jackie, a real life (though not medical) doctor, was employed in the biotech field before becoming a full time stay at home mom.  Our sons John and Thomas are the light of our lives, but we hope to avoid this blog becoming a “look at pictures of my cute kid” kind of blog.  But yes, they are cute and there may be pictures.

What are you trying to escape from?

This is a fair question, and yes, part of the explanation of why we’re doing what we’re doing is rooted in escapism. An escape from the every day routine of the working world, a house with all of the chores that come with it, and the same scenery day in and day out is a motivating factor – escaping monotony as it were.

But the truth is that we like our lives, we’re comfortable in our routines, we’re happy for the most part, and are living a good life.  The truth is that life on the road will most likely be far less comfortable than our current lives, and probably not much cheaper.  In short we’re looking for a change, temporary though it may be, knowing full well that we’ll probably return more or less to the same lives we’re living today.  We are hoping adventure awaits on our travels across America.

So what’s the plan?

High level?  We plan to quit work, hop in our RV, travel from one interesting place to another eating local fare and enjoying all that life has to offer.  I get it, this is highly optimistic bordering on unrealistic. Considering we won’t have full time work, there will be money stress.  Hell we’ve already got money stress and we’re still bringing in an income.

We’re going to have to figure out a way to stretch what we’ve got as far as possible.  There will be extreme compromises necessary in order to make this work.  Sleeping in Walmart parking lots, cheap or free entertainment, cheap meals, and infrequent bathing will all be part of our repertoire.  I may even eat hamburger helper, although I will under no circumstances eat spaghetti-ohs or Kraft macaroni and cheese.  Tuna helper is on the bubble.  We won’t be able to travel as much as we would like, our gas budget won’t allow that.  Instead we’ll have pick and choose our locations and live like locals.  We’ll be showering in local community centers, and working from the local library.  We won’t be able to live in “vacation mode”, buying souvenirs and visiting every zoo, aquarium, and museum along the way.

Our best case scenario is to leave in February of 2019, finances permitting.  Between now and then we’ve got a lot to do to make it happen.  We’ve started selling unnecessary belongings.  We’ll need to perform some updates to our house in order to get it rented (the house has carpet in the master bathroom).  We’ll need to talk my parents into letting us use their address as our permanent address for mail purposes.  I think this is a fair trade, we don’t pay them anything and they get to read all of our mail.  We’ll need to save enough money for living expenses plus an emergency fund for potential house and RV repairs.  I need to quit my job, hopefully not burning any bridges along the way.  We need to move all of our belongings into a storage unit.

We’ll need to follow the weather, where daily highs are in the 70’s or low 80’s, and the nightly lows are above ~28 degrees F (and hopefully higher).  RV operating costs can become quite high if trying to run air conditioning all day or running the furnace continuously at night.  We do also hope to earn some extra cash freelancing, but we’re unsure if this is even reasonable given our respective skill sets and potential lack of internet access.

What’s your status and what have you done so far?

We’ve bought the RV we plan to travel in, it is a 24 foot Class C that was a formal rental.  It is a 2016 Coachmen Leprechaun 21QB.  I don’t know why the industry insists on calling a 24 footer a ’21’ or a 25 footer a ’23’, but I suspect it’s because shorter vehicles sell better.  This seems to be confirmed with the popularity of the Sprinter platform in recent years.

Anyways, we wanted a small RV with a lot of storage with a high weight capacity such that we could bring everything we need without violating its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).  We also wanted to avoid slides due to the horror stories we’ve read about slides malfunctioning, getting stuck, and unintentionally extending while on the highway.  We were also on a very tight budget and former rentals were pretty much all we could afford without buying something much older than we were comfortable with.

2016 Coachmen Leprechaun 21QB
Our new home Lucky the Leprechaun and our Jeep Wrangler, as viewed from the outhouse.

We plan on traveling with our 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which we’ve owned since we custom ordered her new in 2011 (cheapest package possible, manual roll up windows, no power locks, etc.).  She’s definitely the funnest vehicle we’ve ever owned and it’s a common choice amongst the full time RV community for use as a toad vehicle.  We however will not be towing the Jeep, but will travel as a caravan.  The main reason for doing this is because the child safety seat situation in most RVs, ours included, is questionable.  Yes I know our combined gas mileage is going to suck, but hey whatever, at least I won’t be stuck going 15 miles under the speed limit nearly everywhere I go.

Well that’s about it for now, no time like the present to start a blog…. Publish!