So….we bought a fifth wheel camper. Yes, we are going to live in it full time, along with our two labradors. If you’re thinking that we are crazy people, you’re not wrong. We are crazy tired of throwing away over $12000/year on rent while still paying a mortgage on our land. We are also crazy tired of paying hundreds of dollars a month on utilities for our big (but beautiful) 4 bedroom rental house. Let’s back up a bit for a proper introduction, then you can decide for yourself if we are in fact insane.
My husband and I purchased our dream property in July 2015, with plans to build in the future. We originally planned to build a garage with an apartment above it, then build our dream house in 5-10 years. After 6 months of planning, designing and researching, we decided to forfeit the garage apartment idea and just build our house. We would have to save a little more money for the construction loan and push our timeline back a bit, but in the end we would have our forever house.
Let me tell you about the land which we have dubbed Emory Lane. It’s everything we have ever dreamed of. It is 11 gorgeous acres along a creek leading to a river that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean, with rolling hills covered in hardwood trees. We have water access to build a boat dock someday, plenty of room for our dogs to run and swim, tons of privacy, and a gorgeous view to enjoy for the rest of our lives. Which brings us to the camper…
We are both incredibly anxious to move to Emory Lane and finally get to enjoy living on our own property and build our own homestead. If we continued to rent where we are, we would realistically be about 2 years away from starting construction. If we could eliminate our rental expenses, we would put ourselves at the 1 year mark, maybe even sooner. That’s one year closer to our dream home! So we decided to purchase a 37 foot Fifth Wheel Camper to “park” on Emory Lane, and watch our bank accounts grow closer to our goal. We are remodeling the camper a bit to make it more comfortable for us, but it will still be a big change from our 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house with a garage. Sure we have a challenge ahead of us, but we are choosing to use the term “adventure” instead.
So what do you think, have we lost our minds? Have you ever made a big decision or sacrifice to accomplish one of your dreams?