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Comments for Full-time RVing: Tips for downsizing your possessions

  • I love to travel. Want to travel all the time. But I do not want to be a full-timer. I want a home to come home to. So I use your tips to downsize and clean house. It is unbelievable how much ‘stuff’ I have. The old saying, ‘If I knew then what I know now, I would not have accumulated so much ‘stuff.’ I think we all fall into the same category. I wish I would have had back then more discernment, wisdom, etc. not to collect so much. And then there was the old saying, ‘I do not want to get rid of it just in case I might need it some day.’ We just have too many things in America that suck us into believing we need it. We have very little self-restraint or self-discipline. So we wind up with so much “STUFF.”

  • We decided in June to become full time RV’ers and then put our house up for sale. It sold in one day and then we hurried to finalize our purchase of a fifth wheel trailer. We paid cash for the 2006 carriage compass and are now living in it (the traveling part will come in about 4 years when I retire) full time. We have adjusted pretty good. Still we have a storage unit that we want to empty within the next few months. The only thing we cannot figure out is how to stop the shimmies and shakes when someone is walking across the trailer. Already put jacks under the trailer and am using X chocks to keep the tires from bouncing. Any ideas?
    Other than that we have really made the transition pretty easy.

    • Some have commented favorably about a stabilizer system that seems to take out the motion you describe. We’ve never tried one, just got used to a bit of shimmy in both our fifth wheel and our travel trailer experiences. Here’s a link:

  • We retired in June 2015 to a full-time lifestyle. We had begun to sell off our belongings in January of that year and by June all was gone. Two years later, there’s nothing we miss or regret selling. To us, it was really just “stuff”. The whole experience brought into question our modern day consumerism. When you sell your belongings for a fraction of what you spent to acquire them, we really questioned buying retail vs used. We now live by the adage that less is more.