ramblinclan

Age: 30-45

Member since July 2012

Homeschooling Family of 4 (+3) in the Planning Stages

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We are a homeschooling family of 4 plus 3...as in my husband and I, our two children, and my husband's three sons. Our children are 12 and 4, and the boys are 22, 20, and 18. Only the youngest is still at home. He graduates from public school this coming school year and is not interested in an RV lifestyle, so we plan on hitting the road some time after he graduates and moves out. Right now, we don't even have a rig...but we do have a dream!!! My husband's job is seasonal, so the plan looks like this at the moment: Get a rig soon (that hopefully doesn't need too much TLC)l, fix it up, when #3 moves out after graduation, the rest of us move into the rig at a local campground. Husband works through the summer/early fall, we squirrel away as much money as we can, then when the work slows down, we pack up and hit the road until March/April when work picks back up again. Repeat seasonally. I'd rather be full time on the road, but we'll probably have to start out this way and that's fine.

I hope we can find a way to earn an income on the road full time so we don't always have to "come back home" every summer, so we're brainstorming and trying to figure out a way to make it work. The first season on the road will show us a lot, I'm sure, about what kind of income we need to have to make this work. I'm very frugal and love a challenge so I'm looking forward to finding ways to stretch our dollars as far as they'll go. I'm also really looking forward to more family time together and a simpler lifestyle...not to mention all the educational opportunities we'd otherwise probably not be able to experience living in the old sticks'n'bricks and paying too much for rent and utilities.

I hope we can offer boondocking here, I'll have to talk to my husband and possibly the landlord. He's a good friend of ours and most likely won't take issue with it. I hope we can meet interesting families and learn a bit how others do the RV thing!

Skills & Expertise to Share

I am very frugal and if I can buy it at the store, I will find a way to make it myself. I cook from scratch and avoid as much processed foods as possible, so I make my own taco seasoning, salad dressings, etc. I love cast iron!! Love to bake and absolutely love it when I open up the cabinet and "there's nothing to eat" because then I end up throwing something together that tastes amazing, and can never replicate again usually. I make my own cleaners, laundry detergents, and soap (in a crockpot even!). Not sure how easy this will be on the road with smaller storage and working area, but looking forward to the challenge. I also love to write and design forms and fliers, brochures, etc. My husband is good with electrical stuff (including Greyhound bus dashboards) and a whiz on the grill.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

We have never done this before so we don't have any yet! But knowing my clan, anywhere close to nature. I'm thinking BLM land. Places we want to visit include any National Park (particularly Yellowstone), the redwoods of California, Arizona desert for stargazing, Gulf of Mexico, every Patriotic historical site we can find, Little House on the Prairie locations, the Grand Canyon again, and every state we can get to! Pretty much everywhere.

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ramblinclan's Rig

Our rig is currently only a dream. We're trying to decide if we want a motorhome or a towable. Class A? Class C? Convert an old school bus or Greyhound? It needs to be big enough for us to actually live in, not just "weekending", so I'm thinking 35 feet. Would love a slide-out or two. We'd definitely do some painting and personalizing inside, as well as modifying storage and such to suit our family's needs. We're also thinking something made in the 80's without a bunch of electronic stuff, just to keep it simple (;

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Nappanee, IN, US
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