Motorhome and RV Retirement Living: The Most Enjoyable and Least Expensive Way to Retire – Jerry Minchey

As I was going through my latest move, I was overwhelmed with all the “stuff” I have. I started to really feel that my life was being controlled by my stuff, rather than me controlling my stuff. I remember my mother hitting a point in her life where she went through everything in the house and started getting rid of stuff that was no longer important to her. I now totally understand that. Indeed, as my wife and I are trying to sort through everything that I moved back into our house, there is some discarding going on, but probably not nearly enough.

Why is that relevant to this “bookmark” post? Because if you decide that you want to retire and live full-time in an RV, you better be prepared to get rid of a lot of stuff, and the subject book is all about retiring full-time to an RV.

Besides the appeal of lightening your life by cutting your possessions back to those that would store easily in an RV, there is the appeal of travel. My wife and I have wanted to do that for years, and perhaps this lifestyle would finally allow it.

To get a handle on what it would take to retire full-time in an RV, I read this book. I’ve had it on my Kindle for a bit, though I’m not sure how I got it. It most likely was a deal, though it is only $2.99 to buy in Kindle format on Amazon. There are a few spelling and grammar issues, but unlike some Kindle books, not enough to distract from reading it.

Mr. Minchey give a good overview of what you will need to consider when assessing the lifestyle. Everything from shopping for an RV, to lifestyle cost considerations, to making money from an RV (money never hurts, particularly when you are retired), to healthcare and other subjects. The book offers solid information from a man who has done, and is doing, what he writes about. This may not be the “bible” of RV retirement, but it covers all the basics and will give you a good idea of whether the lifestyle is something you should consider or not.

I have to admit, the author makes it sound easier to do than I would think. The hardest part would be getting rid of the bulk of stuff I own. It would also require changes to hobbies. It’s a little difficult to pack a whole wood shop into an RV, but there are alternatives. Besides, maybe I’m ready for a change.

Finished 8/17/16