August 20 was our one year anniversary of moving into the RV. And guess what? We made it!
I haven’t taken him (my honey) out, though I’ve sent him out when I need to clean (or write, cook, organize, read . . .).
He still loves me even if the heat factor in an RV – during summer – is higher than my happy tolerance level.
He survived record-breaking snowfall and freezing winter temps regardless of how close I came to helping him build his own snow igloo far far from the RV.
I managed not to throw out the superfluous (not for him) heating items – throw, bed blanket, heat lamps, floor heater – and we were both able to speak in civil tones. Most of the time.
Long-time RV living is not for the faint of heart, but definitely for the adventurous!
Let’s pretend you just arrived for a fancy cooked-mostly-by-BBQ meal. We’ll fill you in on some observations and interesting events that came about from our inaugural RV year.
– It is possible! One can live without piles of stuff – and survive!
– Storage? Premium. If we don’t use it, it has to go. To storage, to someone, to the thrift store…
– Less is more. Truly. The less we have inside the RV, the more space we have to move about.
– Cooking is a bit tricky. Too hot in the summer for the stove. Very humid in the winter.
– Humidity is an issue. One chore I never dreamed of having? Wiping down windows on a daily basis.
– Electrical circuits can and will be blown. Until you figure out which items can be used at the same time.
– The electric skillet will most likely blow the fuse if anything else is plugged in and going. Anything.
– Do not use the skillet and the AC at the same time.
– Splurge on the skirting. We only experienced one tiny freeze in a waterline. That’s saying something when we were below zero several times and hovered in the frozen zone for months.
– Cats. Litter. Fur. Toys. Cat tree. A bit crowded. Now that they are free to roam, we are all much happier. The catio is disassembled.
– Mice. Peek before letting cats back inside. Trust me on this.
– Company. Things will be different when guests arrive. Say, for instance, seating. Or standing. Finding room to maneuver. But that’s what makes entertaining exciting.
– Breezes in the bedroom. This is awesome. Open both windows and the wind just blows across our bed. As does dust, smoke from fires, and stinky skunk fragrance, but still!
– My office. A drawer. Half the dinette bench plus the table. That’s it. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I yearn for a bigger creative area.
– All of outdoors. Right here.
– We have everything we need. Running water, electricity, internet, laundry facilities, bathroom, bed, fridge, grands in and out.
– Our home moves. We can hitch it up anytime we want and hit the road.
I’d say our inaugural year was pretty successful. So you’ve seen me wear the same clothes over and over again. I am dressed, right?
Happy RV anniversary to us! Come on by, we’ll cozy up and share a seat. Maybe even throw in a meal or tour of the facilities. Feeling up to the challenge? Either the visit or the RV living? Love to hear about it.
March 7, 2018 at 3:37 pm
Sounds like such a good life. More advantageous I’d say. You are living life and making memories. How many of us can say we truly are doing that?
March 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm
I hope more and more people do that! Some days we are ready for some SPACE and ROOM. Others we are like “When we move into our house, we will look back at all the fun we had in the RV!” Not that we have decided where to build or anything yet…
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March 8, 2018 at 6:22 am
All will come in good time.
In the meantime, celebrate the days ahead.
You both are in an enviable position 🙂