Things to Do to Get Ready for the Retirement RV Dream

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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 – I expect this to continue as long as we own the RV!)
  • Take class on pulling an RV (may not do)
  • Retire!

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)
    • Set retirement date (done – 1/28/2022)
  • 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)
      • Sell/donate/give away furniture (done)Media cabinet
      • Coffee table
      • Sofa table
      • Bed in second bedroom (done)
      • Office supplies (done)
    • Get rid of TV (done)
    • Get rid of vacuum cleaner (done)
    • Get rid of tools that are no longer useful (done)
    • Figure out what to do will towels (done)
    • Donate sheets, since they don’t fit our new bed (done)
    • Give away large house plant (done)
  • Figure out tools to take and tools to store (done)
    • Dispose of tools (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)
    • My artwork (done)
    • Dinning room furniture (done)
    • Living room furniture (done)
    • Get storage insurace (done)
  • 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 (done)
    • Deposit check (done)
    • Cancel home insurance (done)
    • Shut off utilities
      • Garbage (done)
      • Electric & Gas (done)
      • Internet (done)
  • Deal with mail
    • Get a mail forwarding service (done)
    • Get forms from the USPS (done)
    • Get mail forwarded (done)
    • Get mail electronically, when possible (done)
    • Notify work about new address (done)
    • Notify companies about new address (done)

10 thoughts on “Things to Do to Get Ready for the Retirement RV Dream

  1. So long as you’re comfy with the backing-in part and the swing out on turns parts, I doubt there is a whole lot to be learned in an RV class that you haven’t already learned “on the job.” Sometimes you can get a certificate froma driving school that may lower insurance rates so there’s that. The one thing that might be worth some investigation is tips on handling that big beauty in mountainous terrain given your location. With Nox as navigator you’ll never get lost!

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