We are Kim and Jerry Day. Together with our four-pawed friends, Jasmine and Pepper, we are realizing our dreams of early retirement by taking to the open road for full-time life in an RV.
Welcome to the Tin Can Chronicles. This blog chronicles our transition to the full-time RV lifestyle (A.K.A: our new life in a glorified tin can) with continued focus on our favorite activities: travel and adventure, hiking, photography, amateur astronomy, and cooking.
Our Furry Companions
We live and travel with our furry friends and family members, Jasmine and Pepper, chocolate and black Labrador Retrievers, respectively. Our Labs are truly water dogs; Given the chance, they would swim and play fetch in the water all day long. They are especially fond of long romps in the waves and along the sandy shores of the Oregon and Northern Californian coasts.
Our new home on wheels is a 2014 Montana 3725 fifth-wheel, pulled by a 2015 Ford F-350 heavy duty truck – diesel, crew cab, long bed, 4X4, with dual rear wheels. Given the amenities of the Montana, this really feels like a luxury apartment with a view that changes whenever we choose.
Here are a few brochure pics of the Montana 3725RL model:
In addition the F-350, we are retaining a second vehicle, a 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup with camper shell. This will require us to caravan between stops, but will ensure that we always have a working vehicle, as well as a vehicle we can take into more rugged areas for sightseeing and photography without risking our primary tow vehicle.
Our Life-style Change
Ever increasing pressures of the workplace lead us to seriously consider options for early retirement. Since we both enjoy travel and camping, it was only natural to research the RV life style as an affordable means to our retirement goals. We read reams of material about the RV lifestyle, both online and off; attended RV shows to find our dream rig; reviewed our finances and drafted many budgets.
By mid-2013, our minds were made up and we began to set our plans into motion. We shifted our home repair and remodeling projects to focus on preparing our “bricks and sticks” house for sale. By July, 2014, we had purchased our fifth-wheel and by August, we had ordered our F-350 truck. Once our truck and rig were delivered, we familiarized ourselves with the on-board systems, outfitted truck and rig with additional equipment, and practiced until we were comfortable with towing such a large fifth wheel. We installed 600-watts of solar panels and took several shakedown trips to test the shore power, as well as solar power systems.
As with any new rig, we found several issues which, although minor, required repeated visits to the RV dealership for warranty repair work.
As of this writing, we are beginning our final transition from the work-a-day life to the mobile lifestyle.
Stay tuned and we hope to see you, someday – out there…