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Monday, February 23, 2009

Things to iron out

We're fairly confident at this point that the whole RV living idea is a viable one overall. But of course there are a few hiccups that we're still trying to iron out details.

Internet access Jeremy telecommutes for work, so no internet means no job, and that would obviously be a dealbreaker. We also clearly need something more dependable than "well, most campgrounds have wi-fi." There is an aircard through Verizon that connects on the cell network, but it's capped at 5gb per month. The salesmen tell us that's over 1.3 million emails. Jeremy is doing a little more than casual chatting with his buddies, and that limit would last about 5-10 days with what he typically does. There is an option for satellite internet. The upfront equipment costs a pretty penny, but even with the monthly fee it wouldn't be terrible averaged over two years. It still has limits, but much higher ones, and the service will be available anywhere.

Sleeping arrangements Believe it or not, no one seems to have designed an RV for a couple with kids who work from home and want to live in it full-time. (We're trying not to read too much into that.) So there are two basic floor plans to choose between. Something like this:

Bedroom for the kids, bedroom for the parents. Only problem is the living space is much less functional. See, it's just one couch facing the kitchen and the door.

We like this kind of floorplan better:

Fantastic living room with a heater that looks like a fireplace, a great kitchen with generous counter space, and a really nice bedroom for us. Only question is, what to do with the kids? If we're going to have such a nice living room, we'd really like to be able to enjoy it past 8pm. We're hoping that a lot of the time, we can hang out outside under the awning with a nice screened in area, but that won't always be possible. So our best current idea is bed tents, like this:

Easy to fold and put away during the day, which is obviously a plus.

Those are the biggies. Everything else I think is more a matter of us making the adjustment to a different lifestyle.


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