For those of you who have followed this somewhat random blog, you will know that our lives have had some crazy twists and turns these past 2 years. So please bare with me while I review our RV life to date.
Three years ago this September (2012), we made the decision when our daughter went to college that we would ditch this crazy rat race called life and strive for something more simple. All our friends thought we were crazy… ditching our awesome HUGE house, selling all our belongings and moving full time into an RV. So we looked on RV Trader and found our new home on wheels!
From there, our plan was to work for another year locally and save, save, save! We were doing great and had a nice tidy sum in the bank when tragedy struck. My husband hurt his back severely at work.
He was doing something he did nearly every day at his job – moving a large propane cylinder – when he heard a POP that brought him to his knees. He told his boss what had happened but his boss told him to suck it up and go back to work. Nice, eh? He suffered for three more days at work before he couldn’t take it any longer and called in sick on Christmas Eve to see the doctor. Doctor felt it was a pulled muscle and he was put on work restrictions (that his work didn’t follow). Back and forth to the doctor for two months(!!) before they finally ordered an X-ray. When that showed inconclusive the workers comp doctor finally ordered an MRI.
The MRI results came back. Not only did he have one SEVERELY herniated disc, he had FOUR. The doctor at that point referred him to a neurologist and kept him on work restrictions. His boss still refused to comply so at that point we got an attorney. Long story short, 3 additional months later and he finally had major back surgery. After surgery he saw additional doctors that our attorney referred us to and they all confirmed he would never work again as he was 100% disabled.
Flash forward to ONE YEAR LATER (yes, you read that correctly) and after surgery, rehab, doctors appts, lawyer appts, depositions, etc, etc the case finally set to settle – but not before tragedy struck again. Our sweet Shine… our 11 year old Oriental Shorthair started bleeding from the mouth. One day he was fine, the next day a diagnosis of untreatable cancer. My heart kitty was gone. 😦
So with our hearts broken, a week later, we attended a mediation hearing for his case. We had success! He was awarded a decent settlement but with the knowledge that he will now have to apply for Social Security Disability and start the lawyer thing all over again. But, after all the stress, hassle and headaches of the past two years, we are happy to say that we are FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY hitting the road to travel and see this beautiful country.
But with a few changes! Our ol’ Georgie Boy wasn’t really meeting our needs anymore. My husband is 6’6″ and he would have to bend over and duck a lot inside our home. With his back issues this was no longer feasible. So when the settlement came through we decided to switch things up. First thing was trading in our Jeep toad for a truck! We purchased a GMC 2500 HD. We love it! The ride is so smooth and we have tons of room. Next up was what to live in? We had looked at a variety of RV’s and we kept coming back to the Dutchmen Aspen Trails. We had looked at these years ago but at the time couldn’tt afford them. So we found the one we wanted and made the trade! Bye bye, Georgie Boy!! Hello Aspen Trail!
The Aspen Trail is a great little travel trailer! It is 6’9″ inside – perfect for my poor hubby – and a nice large slide and a HUGE kitchen! We had a few things added like electric jack, larger LP tanks and will be adding our solar (we removed it from our Georgie Boy) and a composting toilet this week! So far (we’ve had it 5 days!!) we have managed to fit in all our belongings with ease. It has a ton more room than our old Class A had, surprisingly.
So if you’re still with me, I know this was a long and drawn out story, but perhaps it will explain why this blog is 3 years old and we really haven’t posted much in the way of travel. Fortunately that is about to change!
Be sure to stick around and check out our adventures! We depart June 29th! 🙂