Feb 252009

I received three e-mails in as many days from different people who have been dreaming of the day when they could shake their sticks and bricks home and hit the road as fulltime RVers. The theme in all three messages was the same: With the current state of the economy, with the RV industry in such a slump, and with a new president in the White House, would they be foolish to take such a drastic step? Is the dream of fulltiming dead?

Yes, the economy is in the toilet. Yes the robber barons on Wall Street have pillaged and plundered their way through millions of peoples’ retirement funds. Yes, the con artists who run the big banks are wasting the tax dollars the government gave them. Yes, speculators are driving up fuel prices again. Yes, the home you thought would appreciate in value and finance your retirement has become an albatross around your neck that you can’t sell. Yes, many RV companies have dropped out of the game..

Folks, we can’t change the way things are. What we can do is live our lives the way we choose, not the way some jerk in a three piece suit tells us we should live it. There will always be doom and gloom if we look for it. But there is even more to be happy about and to rejoice in, right in front of our noses.

You may have lost a ton of money in the market. But maybe that was a wake up call. Should you really trust what you have left to the same clowns who got you into this mess? Or should you take it and live your dream?

Fuel prices may be on the rise, but they are still lower than they have been in years. I can fill my tank for about half of what it cost me a year ago.

Indeed, many RV companies have closed their doors. But remember, cream always rises to the top. As the weaker RV manufacturers fade away, those who remain should be the companies who build quality into their units and take care of the customer after the sale.

Okay, you can’t get what you hoped to out of your house. But anything is only worth what somebody will give you for it right now. Be realistic. Was its value a year or two ago real, or just numbers in the air? Do you hold on forever, waiting for the market to rebound, or do you do what you have to do to unload it and get on with your life?

The flip side of that coin is that it’s a buyer’s market for RVs and prices have never been lower than they are right now. Get creative and you can probably still make a deal.

When I was in college, a professor illustrated to me the difference between a pessimist and an optimist. A pessimist is a little boy in a room full of shiny new toys who is crying because he just knows if he takes one out of the box, it’s going to break. An optimist is a little boy in a stable piled waist high in manure, shoveling away with a big grin on his face, because he knows there’s a pony in there somewhere!

Only you can decide if the dream is still alive.

Are you in a room full of fragile toys, or are you working your way through all of the crap that life has piled in your way, getting closer and closer to that pony with every scoop?

Thought For The Day – Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
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Nick Russell

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  7 Responses to “New Toys Or Ponies?”

  1. We sold our house at the top of the market in 2005 and went fulltime. Not needing the money, we invested it in stocks and bonds. Should have gone all bonds, for paper loss on stock is equal to devalue of old house. We are still same people, only less money. Now is worst time to sell house, but as Nick said best time to buy fulltime rig.

  2. Thank you, thank you and thank you! We are about to put our home on the market and we know that each month the value has gone down. But we refuse to give up our RV dream to full time. Its just another life choice you make. You can’t fix a “price” on freedom and happiness. We aren’t willing to trade our dream for more financial security.

    I really enjoy your blog! Looking forward to the day when I can deliver some cookies to you in person.

    Safe travels.

  3. Bravo, bravo, Nick. You said it like it is!

  4. You only get one go around in life and there are no do overs so make sure you live this one the way you want.

  5. GREAT NICK….tell it as it is. You never know what the next day may bring you. Our friends and family thought we started too early. Still had a house to sell and a mountain of debt. But we worked thru it and never looked back. We are now starting our 4th year of fulltiming. Some people may want to wait but then they might get sick and never have a chance again to enjoy this great life style. John

  6. Amen and Amen! You say it so well…… Life is very good here in Almost Paradise with Smokey and Pam…sorry we all missed the rally, but September is coming!!!

  7. Ahhh, Nick – you are on-target about making time count NOW. “… there must be a pony in here somewhere” has been a catch-phrase in our family for years when faced with difficult situations.

    Thanx for your wonderful blog – I share the link with everyone we talk to about the glories of full-timing! Safe journeys, L ‘n D

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