So why did we leave the RV? It wasn’t because it wasn’t comfortable – because it was! We are still impressed on how much we were able to bring without the RV feeling stuffed. It wasn’t because we didn’t love the lifestyle of traveling around – because we did! A LOT.
So why have we left the RV (and I keep prefacing this with.. for now)? Two things really.
One, we needed a physical address to register our car. This car saga has been something that has been horrible since December. Needless to say, not only will we never buy a Honda, but we will never be able to recommend Honda of Covington in Louisiana. EVER. We are still so bummed our Jeep started having problems while we were on the road because we hate the car payment, hate the car and hated the entire experience. So long story short, our previous state didn’t recognize us as residents because we didn’t have a physical address. So we needed a physical address to register the car, which is kinda hard considering we were in an RV with – you got it! No physical address. While we knew domicile states might have been an option, what we didn’t want to do was register the car in say, Texas – and than have to re-register when we got to a state where we found employment. So we decided on Portland, Oregon to go back to work – but needed to get there. Nothing like having a dealership threaten you with calls about stealing a car when you are making payments. Did I mention this experienced sucked? So that is reason number 1.
Reason number 2 is a little bit harder to explain, but in summary. RV Parks are loud. LOUD. LOUD. If you’ve been reading since we started planning this whole journey, one of the options if we couldn’t find remote work was to stay near a big city in an RV park and take contract work. Perfect right? Keep traveling, keep the expenses low. etc, etc. A few months into traveling, we knew this wasn’t going to be an option. Basically – I couldn’t get good sleep. And me without sleep = not pretty.
I am unfortunately a light sleeper. Most RV parks, especially those within commuting distance to a city are in louder industrial areas. Take for example here in Portland. The first few weeks we were here, we stayed at a park reasonably close to the city & close to the MAX. Perfect as a long term solution, right? Not so much. Between the constant planes overhead as we were in a flight path, to the noise on the river, the trains at night, and the loud diesel engines within the park, arriving in the spot next to us at 1am, or getting up for work at 3am, I didn’t get any sleep. While we were traveling, the solution was naps! Not so easy when you have to go to work all day.
Anyway – so now that the car is registered, we can cross one of the reasons off the list. But the other still sucks. There are parks 20-30 miles out that are probably nice & quiet – but that also means we are commuting at least an hour, with the possibility of us needing another car. As it is, we are thinking of ditching the car altogether.
We decided to continue on our ‘Life is All About Experiences’ path, and we made the decision to rent in a high rise in downtown Portland. We’ve both never lived in a highrise, so why not? We knew where I would be working, and it is 1.5 miles to work one way & I walk it every day. Keith ended up getting a contract, also in downtown. He walks about .7 miles to work.
And the reason I keep saying …for now, is we both really liked the RV traveling lifestyle & need to find a way to support it. With a few of our bright ideas out the window because of our experiences at RV Parks (not all bad mind you, but we like state parks much more), and the fact that we had a challenge finding remote work in our fields, we need to do more research to see what will work for us, and support our love for traveling the country.
The good news is, we really love Portland as a city and will enjoy our time here while we pay off some more debt & start saving again. Next up – why we chose Portland instead of moving the first place that offered one of us a job!