Will you work on the road?
Tim works as a freelance software developer. Hannah runs her own business, Sincerely SEO. If you have any freelance software or web projects, let us know!
What do you do for internet?
Our internet connection is dependent on 4G cell service. We have an AT&T Mobley, unlimited Verizon plans (although we realize they are not at all actually unlimited), and a WeBoost Cellular booster.
How long have you been on the road?
Since August 2017.
How long are you going for?
We don’t know. Indefinitely – until we are no longer enjoying the lifestyle, or we want to buy a house again for some reason, or circumstances force us to stop.
How long from idea to launch?
The idea for this came to Hannah in January 2017. It took a little convincing to get Tim on board. We started discussing selling our house with a realtor in March. We put it on the market at the beginning of April. It sold quickly and as of June 1, we were no longer homeowners. We purchased the motorhome in May and it was in the shop for over a month getting repairs. In June, we parked it and started to renovate. We started on the road in late August 2017. So it took about 9 months to make everything happen.
Where are you going? Is there a plan?
Good question – and we don’t really have a good answer! We know we want to go to the beach and we want to go out West. (As of this revision – Feb 2018 – we have spent almost 3 months in Florida and are now out West!)
We want to see the main attractions, particularly the national parks. We also want Calla to have time back in Pittsburgh with family. She also needs to come back to Pittsburgh for her doctor’s appointments (thanks, insurance that only works in Pittsburgh!).
We want to see the USA, but are trying not to force it or rush it. Our sanity is important too, and travel days are stressful. There is no set plan. We plan about 2 stops ahead of time (so a week or two). Sometimes we change our plans last minute. We’ve gotta live up to “Rolling on a Whim”, after all.
Are you towing a car?
Yes, we are towing our 2012 Ford Escape with 4 wheels down using a Blue Ox towing system. We had read mixed things about the 2012 Escape being towed 4 wheels down (transmission problems). We are following the Ford bulletin and lowering the level of transmission fluid and hoping for the best. This will certainly be the topic of at least one post.
Where does the baby sleep?
We chose the layout of our motorhome so we could have room for the baby’s crib. The former owners had a rocking chair + footstool in this spot in the rear of the bedroom. We have re-purposed it as a small nursery area and have added curtains so she can’t see us in the room and get distracted! This actually isn’t working out very well, and we really wish we had a separate sleeping space.
How many MPG does the motorhome get?
We don’t know, and we aren’t sure if we want to know, but our guess is about 6-7 MPG. Ouch.
Who drives the motorhome?
So far, only Tim has driven Trudy. Hannah thought she’d be brave enough, but she chickens out at every opportunity to drive. Surprisingly, you can operate a motorhome with a standard drivers license.