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Funny..

I came into this originally thinking that I wanted to be rich, that I wanted a big house, and wanted freedom.

Well, I got the big house (renting), made a lot of money, but didn't have the freedom because of the big house.

So... we're moving out.

I'm heading out to Virginia Beach today to tell my landlord that we are putting in our 60 days notice.

And then...

We're downsizing, drastically.

From a 4 bedroom house with a pool, hot tub, fire pit, 2 car garage, and all that (what I feel) is glitz and glamour.

Into an RV.

You can call me crazy, you can say "you'll hate it", but no matter what.. it's what we're doing.

The cost of internet is going to be much higher, but the cost of living will drastically decrease and outside from that, we'll be able to go anywhere at any moment.

And I'll be able to do it all while working from "home" in an RV.

I mean seriously... why would I want to be stuck in one place when I have the ability to work anywhere in the world?

This is our chance.. and we're taking it.

It's going to be a rough start transitioning but I know we can do it

Anyways, thanks for reading.

If you wanna share what you feel "real freedom" is go ahead.
#freedom #real
  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    *thumbs up *

    the time comes when we chose what success really means to us and follow that .

    rather than following the path of success that has been marketed to us so we supposedly prove to people we are a success .

    Im provides many way to make money to support a real nice lifestyle ..that suits us ..and makes us happy .

    why get rich if you always have the ability to make the money you need to make to live the way you want to live .
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
      Whatever makes you happy, I say go for it man.

      Only thing I would be a bit skeptical about is extreme weather. It's an RV, not a Tornado Tank (Source)

      So my best advice would be to avoid places like that in the thing :p

      Either way stay safe out there man, and more power to ya for going & making some drastic changes to try and improve!

      PS - if you can stomach the heat, 99% of SC has pretty much perfect weather year-round. Should stop through & hit the beach sometime, would be cool to meet up with a fellow IM'er.. Never met anyone else (in person) who does this stuff for a living before.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    Justin that is awesome. Have you purchased the RV yet? If so what did you get? Post up some pics.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Nice share, Justin. You are quite bold. Keep up the good work. Maybe you'll find that you want something different after a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    i have a very simple idea of personal success at this point .
    the first 35 years of my life has shown ample proof that the last thing i would do was write books. also i was never really attractive i was also chubby and not to strong . and i was shy.

    the last year i have been playing with the idea of writing but with a lot of help from someone else.

    the last few months quite a lot has changed..i have this sudden confidence in my presence and i am suddenly flirting with pretty girls . I am also going through a weird but awesome physical development where my muscles are bulking up on their own.

    mentally i have also gotten much more clear and much of what i have learned in the last 15 years trying to get my head right ..is working as a huge pool of ideas for some great story lines .

    so now i want to build an income that will get me to my tropical beach to live on .giving me plenty of time to write and get me a cute girl with better writing skills to make my work better .

    then once The writing develops travel the world to learn interesting stuff that can be put in stories .
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  • Profile picture of the author 11811
    I like it - wishing you all the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author FreddyBeach
    I can understand that completely!

    Same boat, big house, pool, etc. And it is not so much the cost, but ALWAYS the maintenance (something to fix, repair, update, etc etc).

    Good for you for making the move... but no way my wife is going for it! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Coup
    Awesome Justin. Love minimalism. Simplification is where it's at. Love the idea of traveling/living in an RV. That sounds like freedom to me. It'll probably get to a point where you'll want to settle down again, but you'll be free to travel 'til you feel like settling again, which is perfect.

    We are downsizing too. We'll be selling our current home next year and building a much smaller, simpler home that will serve as a home base for all our crap. Then we plan to travel more (renting apartments for a month or two a few times a year in different places) and have less home upkeep/investment to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    Wow, what a night.

    We talked with the landlord and put in our 60 day notice on the house.

    It's another BIG move.

    The RV we're going after initially is something not too large and I'm hoping we can pay cash for it. Here are some pics..









    I'll also have to get a truck to tow the RV but that's not anything I'm worried about.

    The only thing I'm worried about is a 24/7 internet connection for when I need it.

    That's why we're going to get Millenicom and likely get 2 plans along with a data plan on an iPhone.

    As per serious weather, I have money set aside for extreme emergencies like weather. I'm also comfortable and have the ability to travel to different cities/states if it's a must.

    I live in a hurricane & tornado rich area and even when living in the apartment we sometimes travel to cities 6 hours away to stay safe. Another great thing about working online is that I have the ability to still work even when not at home. And when we do travel usually I make sure to set it up so that I have a coaching session, consult, or web build that can cover the costs of our stay in a hotel.

    Thanks so much everyone for all of the kind words, it's definitely a big move and we'll have to see how we like it, but I'd rather live life given the option (which I have) rather than stay in one place.

    If you want to move forward, don't stay in place
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    I'd also like to give a big shoutout to Grant Peelle for directing and sharing with me, the movie, "I'm Fine Thanks".

    If you haven't seen it.. it's a must.

    I'm Fine, Thanks Movie - A Documentary Film by Crank Tank Studios
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    We used to carry Denali and I am familiar with that floor plan. Though I can't remember the model. I believe it was 31RG or something like that.

    If you have any questions on pricing and if it is nationally competitive let me know. I handle the internet marketing now but for years I ran the internet sales department. I've even sold campers to people in Europe and Australia (though to use in North America).
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Aaron Doud View Post

      We used to carry Denali and I am familiar with that floor plan. Though I can't remember the model. I believe it was 31RG or something like that.

      If you have any questions on pricing and if it is nationally competitive let me know. I handle the internet marketing now but for years I ran the internet sales department. I've even sold campers to people in Europe and Australia (though to use in North America).
      You rock Aaron and thanks a lot for all of your feedback

      The Denali we are looking at is the 2008 Dutchmen Denali 295BS, any suggestions on the type of truck we should get? We were thinking a 2500 or F-250 would be big enough to haul the RV + motorcycle (450lb) in the bed of the truck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    3/4 Ton should work great. I would get the diesel though. You will want it when you go into steep grades like mountains.

    The Denali line was a bit heavy I am guessing that is dry around 8500 lbs, maybe 9000. So down the road with everything I would say you should be under 11,000. You could get the full ton truck (350, 3500) but I don't think you will need it. Though if later you might upgrade to a fifth wheel (toy hauler if you do) the full ton would be better.

    One thing to remember on the Denali line is they had a high MSRP compared to cost. Example: Floor plan to floor plan the Denali cost the same as a Jayco Eagle but it had an MSRP $10k higher. So be careful they don't use the original MSRP to up the price. I think we would sell a Denali like that for the high teens/low twenties based on similar ones we have sold lately.

    Also make sure to check for previous leaks and water damage. The brand was built solid but without proper maintenance it could still happen.

    And get an equal-i-zer brand 4 point hitch. Best hitch for the money IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigAlrosen
    I remember you moving into that house and showing pics. RV looks sweat! I learned in the past that you can't live above your means when I had to downgrade my home because my business went downhill. So we are living in a smaller home and living happy as ever
    Good Luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by BigAlrosen View Post

      I remember you moving into that house and showing pics. RV looks sweat! I learned in the past that you can't live above your means when I had to downgrade my home because my business went downhill. So we are living in a smaller home and living happy as ever
      Good Luck!
      Ha.

      That's so awesome that you remember

      Being apart of this forum really warms my heart when people take time to really think like you have.

      It's weird thinking about downgrading but I mean come on.. we have a big house but use only 1 room, living room, kitchen, 1/4 of the garage, and don't even touch the pool/hot tub because it's too much maintenance to deal with.

      I'd rather live in an RV at a resort where all those extras are there for me when I want them and I don't have to maintain them Plus I'll have more time to do the things I love.
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      • Profile picture of the author curly sue
        you know the saying; never live beyond your means'. My advice try Geo-arbitrage move to a low living country like Thailand for 2years and save loads of money. Best part is you can live in fun Bangkok with have a similar luxury house less than half the price you have been paying!
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  • Profile picture of the author dwave
    Awesome buddy
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  • Profile picture of the author Japles
    Justin you are crazy!....Crazy AWESOME! Congratulations man!

    We used to have an RV and would go on camping trips all the time. We didn't have the money to afford huge vacations, but we didn't need it! It's a shame a tree limb fell through the roof a couple of years ago during a hurricane (the joys of living in Florida). It ended up totaling it out and the RV was gone, but all those great memories still remain. Some of the best memories of my childhood were from those RV trips!

    I am a little jealous you'll be "camping out" everyday. Just watch out for tree limbs!
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  • Profile picture of the author Erica Leggette
    I love it Justin!! Enjoy every moment of it!

    Me and my daughter are SOOOO gonna doing something similar one day. We will have the big house(s) too. It's all dreams and plans right now, but it's coming though.

    I love hearing about people doing what they want, not just what they have to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    It wasn't long ago when you posted your $3k a
    day thread.

    I remember the pictures of your home, hot tub
    and pool.

    At the time I thought to myself, "That's so cool.
    He's made enough for his dream home and to
    live his new lifestyle"

    How ironic is it you're moving out of the home
    you at one time dreamed of moving in?

    In pursuing freedom, we often trap ourselves in
    material possessions.

    We're raised to believe the American Dream is
    bigger and better stuff.

    And the more expensive the stuff...the better the
    American Dream.

    Money can be good.

    It can buy you shelter, food and water. The basic
    needs for human beings.

    Few people realize those 3 needs alone is enough
    to make us happy. We can survive and live good
    lives when we have water, food and shelter.

    Problem is...most of us westerners take those needs
    for granted and think the key to happiness is some
    -thing *more* than our most basic needs.

    I enjoy beauty, luxury and opulence as much as
    the next...but happiness should not rely on it.

    I appreciate those luxuries...but I'm fine without it.

    There called luxuries for a reason. To enjoy a way
    of life above and beyond what we need to be
    happy.

    I took the path you took a few months back. So
    obsessed was I about making more more more...

    ...and everytime I made more, I was MORE unhappy.

    How could this possibly be?

    It was because my life revolved around money
    and making lots of it...at the exclusion of family,
    friends, dating and currently playing my guitar.

    The 2 most expensive things I have is my car and
    my $150 guitar. I own nothing else. And I'm living
    the life I was scared of living because I thought I
    needed *more*.

    Funny. Now I'm living my nightmare...and it's a
    dream. No burdens. No payments on anything.
    Little debt. No maintenance outside my car...

    And what I thought was my dream...became my
    worst nightmare.

    What you've experienced can not be taught.

    You can't tell anyone that their pursuit for material
    gain will not make them happier.

    It's a lesson many of us learn quickly...at some time
    in the future if we're alive...or on our death beds.

    Few people have the perspective you have after
    only a year or so living the lifestyle most people
    would trade places for.

    This thread is a wake up call for those who pursuit
    what you once had.

    Not only are you giving it all up for peace of mind
    ...I'd reckon to say you're going to live on less than
    those who *think* there living such terrible lifestyles.

    It's been weeks since I've last responded to a thread.

    And it will continue to be that way.

    There's nothing productive that can come out of
    back and forth chit chat on this forum outside of
    making money with it...but this is one of those rare
    threads that's worth responding for.

    I'd like to hear others perspective on this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Joe Benjamin View Post


      Not only are you giving it all up for peace of mind
      ...I'd reckon to say you're going to live on less than
      those who *think* there living such terrible lifestyles.
      Wow, your response gave me chills.

      I will of course miss some of the "luxuries" but at the same time many of those luxuries weren't worth it.

      We used the pool about once a month.. but spent hundreds keeping it clean/clear. I'd rather just pay for a membership to a gym with a pool or waterpark. In the end it would be much cheaper and I'd probably get more experiences anyways.

      It's a huge transition, but not something I'm afraid of.

      Given the fact that you just have your car & guitar.. that sounds like me when I just had a motorcycle & garage. Not having massive bills, being able to travel, and enjoying the life we are given is so much more rewarding.

      Thank you for your response and just wow... it really did give me chills & so much that I had to read it 3 times
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          I think you'll find you won't miss the luxuries at all. In the past I owned several campers from a large popup to a huge motor coach with all the bells and whistles. The big, fancy one was my least favorite - but I loved the popup and a small travel travel we had for a time.

          People get all bound up in big houses and fancy cars - but truth is, the more "stuff" you own...the more stuff you have to take care of.

          Sounds like a great idea and a fine adventure!
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  • Profile picture of the author Turfhosting
    I'm new around here but I think its awesome what your doing! You can see the world which is what so many people dream of doing. The only downfall of camping/living in a RV is rain - it sucks! Gotta get satelite to haha.

    Anyways, goodluck on your journey.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Whoah Justin, that's awesome!

    About a year ago, one of my old co-workers quit to travel around the country in an RV for 2 years while she made residual income renting out her house.

    It's great that you made the revelation that you don't need so many material possessions. Even though I'm making more money online than I ever did working, I'm still living pretty frugal. I just had a pretty big car repair come out of nowhere and I'm extremely glad I saved the money!

    Keep us informed of your new journey Justin!
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Hey Justin, I totally agree with you, and those pics are awesome. Wish you luck and have a great experience with your new Home Sweet Home.
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  • Profile picture of the author MightyWarrior
    I bought an RV with the wife about 7 years ago now and did nothing but travel for about 3 years. I then sold the RV and we've house-sat for the past year with no other jobs or income at all.

    Seriously!! I'm ready to purchase a BIG van that will pull what you've posted...

    You can then take what you want in the van and tour a lot better then just having a truck to drive around... seriously, don't get stuck with just a truck and be stuck having to travel back & forth to the camper every night.

    Just some thoughts from someone who has done some serious traveling.

    I also run my business from anywhere in the USA... VM usb stick Broadband2Go does it for me at $55 per month.

    Enjoy life!! 'cause it's shorter than you think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Millefiore
    No, you're not crazy. I think it's a great idea!
    Many thinks that the more we have will make us better but only more tied down and even miserable.

    All the best!
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  • Justin,

    You just about summed it up for me. I can't think of creating a better adventure which smacks of freedom and scariness at the same time. Can that be possible?

    I guess even "real freedom" comes with its challenges. But, you know, those are the kind of challenges that make the whole transition all the more exciting and adventurous and freeing.

    I can feel your excitement in your thread. Good post and good luck to you!

    LLS
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