We did it! Quite unexpectedly we ended up purchasing a mobile home at Palmdale. I know that sounds crazy; and for a while it felt kind of crazy. But when things are right, they are right.
We aren’t going to stop traveling; but once we get her cleaned up Serendipity is going on the market and we’re going to take up residence in Texas for a while.
Previously I said we didn’t know how long this was going to take because at first it appeared that we’d have to wait until the first of April to take ownership of the mobile home. A raft of phone calls later and the previous plans to rent the unit were cancelled and the owner of the park stopped by a few days ago saying, “What can I do to sell you that unit?”
It sounds like high pressure but it wasn’t at all. Ted Cook, the new owner of Palmdale RV Resort is a laid back former farmer and we both like him a lot. He has good plans for the park and I think this unit is what we have been looking for for a few years now.
We always thought if we stopped RV’ing that we’d move into something in the vicinity of 500-600 sq ft. So, explain to me why we ended up with an 1100 sq ft mobile home? It’s not an “answer” but the reason is because of my computers. It made sense to find someplace that I could get up in the middle of the night and work without always waking Peggy. We wanted a place where our daughter could come to visit, or other friends, but that wouldn’t completely disrupt our life when that happened, that meant three rather than two bedrooms — one for an office, one for guests. We looked at a variety of mobile homes, new and used, and this one — sitting right in front of us for a decent price — had the best floor plan for us of all the prospects we looked at.
It was like shopping for our RV — after looking at 100 different RV’s we realized that the only ones we liked were the ones with a single floor plan — and we had only seen three of those, and one of them was right in front of us at the time at a good price.
You know the real estate adage: location, location, location… Palmdale for us has the right location. And this home in particular was in the right location within the park — close to the clubhouse and the pool, off the main road, with a long carport.
We have some few bits of furniture to purchase. Later this winter Kathryn & Mike will visit and bring along with them most of the belongings we left behind in Milwaukee.
I have no doubt that at some point we’ll be back in Milwaukee. But for a few years we’re going to make Texas our base. I really can’t and don’t want to deal with Wisconsin winters again. We will stay more active here, and we’ll have to go through the process of acclimating to a southern climate. I’m prepared to be a bit uncomfortable for part of this summer. It will take time for our bodies to adjust.
Another attractive option for us is the fact that we don’t own real estate — just a trailer. The investment is smaller, we don’t have land worries and if/when we decide to head North to stay the ‘risk’ of getting our money’s worth out of the mobile home is limited.
This year we will stick closer to ‘home’ than we have done in any of our 5 years RV’ing. We are both ready not to be going places for a while. That won’t last long — it never has for us — but for the time being it’s welcome.
Of course, all of these changes mean that the nature of Life Unscripted will change a bit. I won’t be writing about RV’ing per se now. I’ll still be writing about retirement and travel; certainly about Texas and family; other topics will pop up plenty often I’m sure. And it’s not conceivable that we would own a mobile home in a 55+ RV park without touching on RV’ers and what they do.
Out of the 200 sites here only 87 are designated as Park Model / Mobile Home sites — and not all of those are currently occupied by any unit. So many of the parks in this area are much larger — 400, 600, even 800 units. And this is the only RV park that we found with such generous lots — 40 x 70 all.
In our case the home and carport take up most of the lot. We don’t have any grass which is fine with me — even though the park takes care of lawn mowing.
For now, we have to finish moving in. With warm temperatures it will take us a few days to do that — we just got the keys today and we didn’t get a lot done — just enough to feel like we made a little progress.
After that I’ll spruce up the coach a little before posting it for sale. Michael our son-in-law asked whether we were selling the car too — seeing as it already had a Blue Ox baseplate installed an the car is still in good condition even though it’s a 2004. I had never even considered selling the car at the same time but reason says that there might be someone who likes the CR-V and for whom a package deal might be the perfect choice — so I think that’s what we’ll do. The mechanics could be a little hairy if we get a buyer and have to come up with a new-to-us car in short order but he — it’s Life Unscripted, right?
So, that’s our news for the month. 🙂 Thanks for stopping and I’ll be here again tomorrow to chat. Why not stop and say hi!