Living in a van down by the river is a figurative expression meaning being a complete failure at life, a drain on society. However, nothing could be further than the truth for many, including us, who choose to live minimally while enjoying freedom and travel. So, fasten your seatbelts! We’re going to take you on a wild ride showing you how downsizing RVs works for us…and maybe give you that nudge to do it too!
As we completed our 5th year as full-time RVers or as they say in the RV community ‘nomadiversary’, I felt compelled to write about how our lives have changed. Here’s our candid view of RV Life: what we’ve learned as full-time travelers and some tips on how we deal with issues and circumstances that surround our RV lifestyle.
If you’ve ever stepped foot into any RV toy hauler, you’re sure to notice how bland, boring and brown their interiors are. The decor lacks personality and zest. While I get that RV manufacturers are purposeful in their design concepts by trying to remain neutral to appeal to everyone, I still think they could try just a little bit harder to make the interiors more stylish and less masculine. Well, we made that happen to our former Heartland Cyclone toy hauler.
Before we set out for the open road in 2014, we had come to the hard-core realization that RV life is vastly different than living in sticks and bricks house. By sharing our RV life skills and how we do it now, we hope others won’t have to learn the hard way like we did. Bear with me in my tongue-in-cheek approach to keep things light in this blog piece. It’s what keeps things going for us. And, we’ll get to that in #5.
We admit, our very first boondocking debacle absolutely sucked! We were so unprepared and inexperienced that we failed miserably! Since, we’ve learned, practiced, and mastered it (and still learning!). Now, we seriously can’t think of any reason why we need to go to a park or campground especially now that we’re more mobile in our 24′ Winnebago View. Read why we enjoy boondocking in our RV!
Your phone’s alarm clock rudely interrupts you from dreamland. You begrudgingly fumble with it shut the damn thing off. Slowly, you get up out of your warm swaddle, scuff your feet making way to the bathroom, push your hair from your sleepy eyes. You then look into the mirror and whisper to yourself, ‘how long is this going to take’?
You want to run away from it. But, you can’t because of that dirty, little, three-letter word…JOB. You then think to yourself, “If only I can only run away from it all and go find somewhere to work remotely in camp chair alongside a riverbank.”
Usually folks gather to celebrate the Christmas with their immediate families, however, we celebrated a little differently in 2017. We decided to spend some quiet time at Joshua Tree National Park and to take in the beauty of this National Park’s thousands of Joshua Trees, Cholla garden, Desert Lavenders and Ocotillos. But, we didn’t end up alone…
Its that time when we bring out the menorahs, kinaras and nativities and celebrate the holidays with family, friends and coworkers. Its a fun event where we can decorate with sparkle and lots of cheer. As decorators, we can choose traditional red and greens, farm stand whites, hunting blacks and reds, country burlaps or….OR go bold and bright! We are going to take you inside our fifth wheel to see how we decorated OUR RV for Christmas!
Before we started turning the wheels of our RV, we’ve researched, read blogs, watched videos about RV club memberships. Talk about massive overload of information. Although they are great for discounts at campgrounds or RV parks, we needed a few that are more so about community.
An RV is a major investment so, it only makes sense to take care of it. One area out of sight but that should not be out of mind is your RV roof. In this blog, we’ll include some details on inspecting, cleaning and maintaining your RV roof and some of the components you’ll see topside. Continue reading “RV Maintenance Tip #5: RV Roof Inspection and Maintenance”