After weeks of stress and tears and feeling at times like this would never happen, we finally got to bring “Homer” home today. Who is Homer? Homer is our 38′, 2014 Gateway (3500RE) 5th wheel that we will be living in full-time while traveling the open road.
We had looked at some other styles and brands, but we weren’t completely sold on them. When we walked into the 3500 we both knew that this was the one we wanted. We had a generator and satellite added so we can do some boondocking and parking lot stops. We are planning our first yard sale in October as well as taking stuff to my kids as we eliminate all the “extra” stuff that will not fit in our new home. I’m waiting for the realization to hit me that this is going to be my new home and that everything I have known and done up until now will be totally different as we embark on this new life. I really don’t think that will happen until we actually hit the road.
When Greg and I got married, he was already on his third RV and was use to living in one for extended periods of time. I on the other hand have never owned one. Our current one lacked storage space, washer/dryer space and a residential refrigerator, which were the 3 main items we wanted. Since we will be living in ours full-time as soon as we sell our sticks and brick place and eventually be on the road full-time we wanted to invest in something that would give us the things we wanted the most. So after much searching we decided on the Gateway 3500RE, which is made by Heartland. We cannot wait to start breaking her in over the next few months with our first trip in November to Florida to visit my family.
My first yard sale is coming up as I try to minimize all the “stuff” in the house. Deciding what to get rid of and what to keep is the toughest thing I’ve had to do in a while, but I know I will get through it. I keep reminding myself that the prize at the end of this is being able to see the U.S. in a way I had only dreamed off, but is now becoming a reality.
We are following a lot of blogs and gathering lots of information from all those who have embarked on this type of lifestyle before us and I appreciate all the information. I hope to be able to meet some of you on the road in the near future.
Our chairs like this are connected with a storage and drink holder
Lots of storage areas