PLAN: Sell Our House, Move into Our RV
When Jim and I decided to right-size and rebalance our life by selling our home and moving into a fifth wheel back in August, we didn't expect to run into any problems finding a spot in an RV park in Boise, Idaho to wait out the winter. When we accepted a buyer's offer and set a closing date for November 30th, I immediately got on the phone to reserve a spot in the RV park we'd determined would meet our location and lifestyle needs. They were full and had a long waiting list.
Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho
I called our second choice. The waiting list for that park was 75 people long. Yep, 75! I called the next and the next and the next. Same story. All were full and had long waiting lists. Although normally planners, we had no Plan B.
AVERAGE TEMPS AND SNOWFALL IN BOISE
Boise is not exactly balmy in the winter. The average temperature for December, January, and February is 33 degrees F, and average snowfall for those three months is 15 inches. The winter of 2016-2017 was brutal. December temps were 7 degrees below normal and January, 10. And it wasn't just cold. We got 38.8 inches of snow during those three months. (Idaho Statesman)
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the winter of 2017-2018 will be colder and snowier than normal too. Reserving space in a local RV park didn't even cross our minds: Everyone knows that snowbirds head to Arizona. Turns out that many do but not all.
NEW PLAN: Hello, Condo
Without a single viable option for RV space and only weeks before we had to vacate our house, we scrambled to find a place to live. Thanks to a family connection, that proved easier than finding RV space. We're now settled into a condo with a view of downtown Boise and the foothills we love.
Jim faced our second challenge when he tried to find a place to store the RV until spring.
RV STORAGE SHORTAGE
Not only does Boise have a shortage of RV living space, RV storage is short too: no covered spots available and only one uncovered spot that would fit our rig.
When I shared our troubles with one of my clients who lives in an RV, he said he's had the same problem in Oregon and Northern California.
So, if you're planning to move into a van, RV, or motorhome and overwinter in your hometown--even if it's in a winter wonderland like Boise, Idaho--plan ahead, and reserve your spot in the RV park of your choice sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you may end up spending more time, energy, and money scrambling to find a place to live and store your home.
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