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Again with the Fear
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(10-29-2017, 09:38 AM)highdesertranger Wrote: " Drink a beer or two and take one thing to the van". 


If 'twas me I'd finish packing, then celebrate with a good bottle of French champagne!
Or at the very least a nice leggy Sonoma chardonnay......

[Image: cool.gif]Charlotte
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" This Too Shall Pass "
Boogie With Canned Heat - On The Road Again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Y3XMmD...521D7DD392

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duckwonder (10-30-2017)
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Hi Duck!

 I feel your pain, or in this case fear. I have been having the exact same problems, and it is so aggravating. I figured it was the fear of the unknown also. Some days I can get a lot done, like yesterday. Then days like today I end up like you, watching more videos and hanging out  on the forum. But I also decided not to beat myself up over it. I haven't been able to set a departure date either, until now. I decided to stay in the apartment one more month. Once I get done with the initial purging I'm going to take off on a short trip maybe to Lake Havaseu to meet some others and look at other builds. It will also give me a chance to see what I need and what I don't.

It will also give me a chance to introduce Bella to the van life, which I'm sure she will like! Good luck, I know you can do it and I will be right behind you. What part of the country are you in now? Fell free to PM me, maybe we can give each other moral support!
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Well, I have no generator, no solar, and no camper shell; all I have is a box and two wheels that will take me anywhere I want. Some of the things that I brought with me I have been disposing of along the way. Fear and anxiety are my generator and my solar to get me going and light my way as I keep driving  Smile

You can do it, take your time, but keep at it, if that's what you really want.
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While I haven't been to one, really wanting to get there, but probably won't make this next one, I get the idea that if you can get to the next RTR, there will be a huge number of friendly folks who may not even let you leave until everything is sorted.

Again, this isn't from experience, but I just get the idea that these are some of the friendliest, most helpful, and generous folks I've encountered... even though I haven't met any of 'em yet.
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Solar isn't a necessity. Lots of supplies in transit, food can last a few days in a basic cooler, even without ice. Minimize your cold food needs with dry, fresh and canned. Heck, dollar menus are everywhere now, in a pinch. You won't starve. Don't be overwhelmed with all the details and completion. Most of us are ongoing with repairs and mods. Took me two summers to get my solar functional (thx Jim) and still don't really need it. You don't have to carry everything, can stop and get an ice cream or whatever on the road. Flex and adapt comes with the lifestyle. Necessity is the mother of invention. You do however need gas(money) and a reasonably reliable vehicle. Those are your first priorities. After that, make a list, prioritize and work at them as you go along. Your rig is your shelter and a good plan is your peace of mind. The open road is calling your name.
Minivanmotoman,  Absolutely Positively.
Crystal Blue Persuasion, music video
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(10-29-2017, 07:29 PM)RollingOm Wrote: Well, I have no generator, no solar, and no camper shell; all I have is a box and two wheels that will take me anywhere I want. Some of the things that I brought with me I have been disposing of along the way. Fear and anxiety are my generator and my solar to get me going and light my way as I keep driving  Smile

You can do it, take your time, but keep at it, if that's what you really want.
Hmm, thank you.  I have been pushing today running my errands and got that done and have tonite to pack, weigh tomorrow and head out if at all possible.  The glitch is that my generator is not running, I was going to fix it at my first stop on the road, but now they don't have the part either.  It's a common part.  It has been confirmed there are parts.  It's a woman thing and a large corporation.  So now I am wondering if I can even leave with no generator and barely, barely any solar and the only way to charge it is to drive and my dreams and plans involve boondocking for longer periods in the southwest.  My hopes for solar are through This community, a community I truly appreciate, but it is all an If because my van may not be able to take enough panels for me to get what I need.  It's helpful to hear one can survive without a generator and no or not enough solar, but no one wants to try that for long!  I do really want this and I plan to keep at it.  It's frustrating today with the company totally changing their attitude.  I am grateful for the forum.
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson   
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Okay, this may help; ... or not, lol:-

F -False
E- Evidence
A- Appearing
R- Real

Also, I read/heard many people say in various forms that they were able to finally "overcome" their fears when they re-imagined their fear signs/signals as something else. For example, several performers/speakers/etc. have transformed in their minds the clenched stomach, dry mouth, sweat, and heightened anxiety they formerly considered as stage fright before a performance into an understanding that their body was preparing for another interaction and/or learning experience so their former fear was really excitement and anticipation. When their viewpoint changed they went from dreading the feelings to celebrating their growth and moving forward.
"Having the gumption to live different and the sense to let everybody else live different.  That's the hardest thing, hands down." --- Alice Venable Middleton
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(10-29-2017, 07:50 PM)Minivanmotoman Wrote: Solar isn't a necessity. Lots of supplies in transit, food can last a few days in a basic cooler, even without ice. Minimize your cold food needs with dry, fresh and canned. Heck, dollar menus are everywhere now, in a pinch. You won't starve. Don't be overwhelmed with all the details and completion. Most of us are ongoing with repairs and mods. Took me two summers to get my solar functional (thx Jim) and still don't really need it. You don't have to carry everything, can stop and get an ice cream or whatever on the road. Flex and adapt comes with the lifestyle. Necessity is the mother of invention. You do however need gas(money) and a reasonably reliable vehicle. Those are your first priorities. After that, make a list, prioritize and work at them as you go along. Your rig is your shelter and a good plan is your peace of mind. The open road is calling your name.

Wow, a lot to think about in there, thanks.
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson   
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one thing for sure your solar or generator is not going to get fixed where you are at. get out of there and get to Jamie's build out, if they can't help, then go from there. highdesertranger
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