We’ve been traveling around this great country for nearly 4 years and much of that time has been in our 37 foot RV. While we took two city breaks in Portland, OR and Cincinnati, OH, we’ve relied on Crush to be our main home and she’s taken good care of us.
We’ve learned that we love to travel, and love to travel with our dog Samantha. We’ve also learned that at about the 6 month point in the RV, we start to crave a little bit of space. The mantra of life is great if 80% of the RV is in working order gets a bit old, and things that used to be fun, like flipping switches to decide if I get hot water or clean clothes, gets annoying. After a break, all the crazy that comes with RVing is A-ok again!
Renting with a ‘vicious’ German Shepherd is hard and as the rental market gets tougher across the country, it makes it tougher for us to pick a random city and take a break from RV living. Our two previous apartment stays we bought ikea furniture and then donated it when we were through, but that gets expensive and a bit old as well.
We decided it was time to own a home again, but we wanted a small, affordable home as we still plan on traveling 4-6 months out of the year. A house would give us a place to land when we are craving space, and a home base so we can get involved in the community a bit more. I miss doing local theatre and want to return to college to learn a language, and Keith is looking forward to getting involved with tech groups. It will also be nice to get into a better exercise routine!
So why Denton? It’s a college town which brings a lot of energy and we like that. The downtown square has some great bars and restaurants and is becoming quite the hub of activity. It’s a music lovers town and for the size, has a lot of festivals. It’s only 45 minutes to DFW which will support our international travels quite nicely, and it’s centrally located in the country allowing us to still RV during the summer months.
We initially only wanted to be within walking distance to the square, but we quickly found that the homes were either too close to the college, or needed way too much repair for the price. We’ve expanded our search some within 5 miles of the square, which is reasonable biking distance. We’ve found a subdivision (I know, I know!) that doesn’t completely suck and is within a mile of restaurants. We’re being picky as we don’t want to back right up and only see the neighbors roof as our view out the back, so we’ll see how this all shakes out.
So, that’s why Texas…in July. It’s prime house hunting season and we’ve been traveling since last September which means we are past due for a break. We’re struggling a bit as the temps soar and have had a lot of AC issues – we’ve been dealing with 84-92 degrees INSIDE the RV. We currently have two NEW AC units after weeks of struggles and are now much more comfortable.
When we announced we were house hunting on our personal facebook feed, many people were sad that our traveling was over. Believe me, it’s not! Texas summers are a killer and I have designs next summer to RV across Canada. Like I also mentioned, we want to step up our international travels as we loved our time in Italy so hope to find a great dog sitter or nice spot to board Samantha for those trips.
Along with house hunting, we need to plan on RV shopping as we are pretty sure downsizing is in our future. The best part of downsizing is knowing it will be easier to secure state park reservations!
I look forward to highlighting Denton on this blog, maybe even highlighting some of our home updates and of course still highlight all of our travels we plan on doing.