When crisis hits, do you take the easy route back to normal? Or use the crisis to justify a new direction?
A couple of years ago, we were in the thick of crises. We had a number of income streams (web development, training, and a book) that were all based around one software package.
The market shifted. Other products entered. The software we used lost market share.
During the first 6 months of 2016, our income had dropped 93% from where it had been 5 years earlier.
The easy answer? Swap the losing software out for the new winner, rebuild the training, write a new book, and keep going.
Business as usual.
Our heart wasn’t in it. We had done it once. The thought of doing it all again just sounded…boring.
So we didn’t. We used the crises to justify choosing a new route. We pivoted, and found new services to offer clients.
We’re in it again.
Our trusty truck of 7 years decided that 109,000 miles of towing us through 42 states was quite enough thank you, and it’s time to retire.
The easy answer? Swap out for a new truck. And keep going.
Life as usual.
Our heart isn’t in it. We’ve been traveling in a truck and fifth wheel trailer for 6 and a half years. The thought of sinking that much money in a new truck and continuing to travel the same way just sounds…boring.
This weekend we put a For Sale sign on the fifth wheel.
We had some people coming through as part of the RV tours at the RV Entrepreneur Summit - so thought we might as well take advantage of that visibility.
Here’s the formal for sale ad.
We were planning to downsize. After Miranda was off on her own. We’re now accelerating those plans. And modifying them to suit a threesome.
We are now looking for a Class B motorhome - what some call a “camper van”.
Our main reason for this move?
We have gotten far too comfortable in the fifth wheel. To the point of complacency. Life these days doesn’t feel all that much different than our suburban life did.
Time to shake things up.
Other reasons include:
- Being able to spend more time outside of campgrounds and RV parks
- Being nimble enough to visit roadside attractions while traveling
- Being shorter and narrower for use on backcountry roads
- Having single rear wheels for better off-road use
- Having a “house” that has steel floors and walls
- Having a roof that isn’t a layer of rubber over plywood
- Being able to go places and stay in places that we can’t with a big RV
We’re shopping for a Class B Motorhome with:
- A tall enough roofline for an upper bunk
- An extended body van base
- A minimum of changes/modifications
We’re on an admittedly small budget of $10K and under. But we’re good with something vintage. Ugly is ok.
And we know. It’ll be inconvenient for while. But we also know there is adventure in the inconvenience.
Our hope is to find the next rig with some overlap before our current one sells. I’m sure I’ll be wanting to do a few modifications to suit our needs.
And we’ll probably have to get a small cargo trailer for additional storage while Miranda is with us.
Yes, there are lots of questions. No, we don’t know all the answers. We are figuring it all out as we go.
In the short term we’re making a temporary repair on our truck that will buy us a little time.
We’re in the Austin/San Antonio area of Texas for about 6 weeks, with flexibility for when and where we go from here.
If this post makes it sound like we are confident, have it all figured out, and all our ducks in a row, that’s not the case.
We are stressed, short on sleep from a long (but awesome) weekend, just back from a 12 hour day to go look at a van, and feeling behind on client work.
Needless to say - we appreciate your prayers while we work through this transition. And if you can help us find the next rig we’d appreciate that too!