Things to Do to Get Ready for the Retirement RV Dream

Re-posted on September 27, 2021 with updates.

Re-posted on April 29, 2021 with updates

Re-posted on April 6, 2021 with updates.

Re-posted on February 16, 2021 with updates.

Re-posted on October 27, 2020 with updates.

Re-posted on July 27, 2020 with updates.

Re-posted on January 24, 2020 with updates.

First posted in December of 2019.

This is a list of things that we need to do to prepare to live the retirement RV dream.

Things Still to Do

  • Buy RV accessories (In progress)
  • Take class on pulling an RV
  • Downsize
    • Sell/donate/give away furniture (In progress)
      • Media cabinet
      • Coffee table
      • Sofa table
      • Bed in second bedroom (In progress)
    • Office supplies (In progress)
    • Get rid of TV
    • Get rid of vacuum cleaner
    • Get rid of tools that are no longer useful (In progress)
    • Figure out what to do will towels (We’ve got to get over the habit of keeping everything!)
    • Donate sheets, since they don’t fit our new bed
    • Give away large house plant
  • Figure out tools to take and tools to store (done)
    • Dispose of tools (In progress)
  • Sell house
    • Talk to realtor (done)
    • Sign with realtor (done)
    • Paint guest bedroom (done)
    • Clean carpets (done)
    • Put house on the market (done)
    • Close on house (in progress)
  • Get a mail forwarding service
    • Get forms from the USPS
    • Get mail forwarded
    • Get mail electronically, when possible
  • Move furniture and art we are keeping into storage
    • My artwork
    • Dinning room furniture
    • Living room furniture
  • Shut off utilities
    • Garbage
    • Electric & Gas
    • Internet

Completed Items

  • Find a truck (done)
    • Research trucks (done)
    • Determine which truck to buy (done)
    • Buy truck (done)
  • Get used to driving truck (done)
  • Find the RV (done)
    • Research RVs (done)
    • Determine which RV to buy (done – narrowed down to these 4 models – Grand Design Momentum 397TH or 376TH and the Riverstone 39FKTH or Riverstone 42FSKG)
    • Buy RV (done)
    • Bring RV home (done)
  • Find a place to store the RV until we start living in it fulltime (done)
  • Go camping in RV once we’ve bought it! (done)
  • Start moving into RV (done)
  • Talk to HR about retirement (done)
    • Get set up to keep insurance (done)
  • Downsize
    • Make a list of everything for Take, Store, and Dispose – (done)
    • Downsize physical book library (done)
    • Downsize wardrobe (done)
    • Sell Wine fridge (done)
    • Sell Boxster (done)
    • Sell Jetta (done)
    • Donate blankets (done)
    • Get rid of seldom used small kitchen appliances (done)
    • Sell Kegerator and brewing supplies (done)
    • Sell Honda motorcycle (done)
    • Webber Grill (done)
    • Get rid of various items from cabinets that we are not going to keep (done)
    • Sell/donate/give away furniture
      • Futons (done)
      • Bookcases (done)
      • Kitchen table (done)
      • Coffee table (done)
      • Mid-century chair (done)
      • Patio dinning table, chairs, side tables, and umbrella with stand (done)
      • Bed in master bedroom (done)
      • Dressers (done)
      • Foot stool (done)
  • Clean out filing cabinets
    • Shred old documents (done)
    • Put other documents in safe box (done)
    • Determine what we need to take (done)
  • Long term storage (done)
    • Determine pricing on long term storage (done)
    • Figure out long term storage solutions (done)
    • Consider a separate storage locker for things we may want while RVing (done)
    • Consider Pods or a storage solutions like Pods (done – not doing)
    • Figure out size of storage needed. (done)
  • Store
    • Filing cabinets (done)
    • Crystal and china (done)
    • Oil lamp collection (done)
    • Handmade quilts (done)
    • Metal art (done)

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