Living Full time in an RV
So I’m not really one of those new hippie 40somethings but I sure look like one. I live full time in a 5th wheel trailer which is the kind of RV that doesn’t have a motor and has to be pulled by a truck. I'm living in it full time between my travels to visit family and friends in different cities. I work from home and I can take my job with me as long as I have an internet connection so that allows me an incredible amount of freedom to come and go as I please.
I’m not a full time on the road RV'er as the rig is a stationary 5th wheel which allows me to be hooked to power and water. I’ve all the modern conveniences but none of the issues of setting up or moving and it's a lot cheaper. I am not using the bathroom because I have 3 bathrooms on property that I can use and it's an expense that I really don't need. It does take a bit of getting used to in the middle of the night but really, it’s not all that big a deal.
I only use a little of the propane and I’ve to purchase a new battery because the deep cycle battery is just about dead but other than that I'm hooked up to power just like anyone else. I haven’t used the oven or the burners because I'm a bit freaked out about it and instead use only my slow cooker, small toaster oven, and my electric skillet.
I’m living this way by choice. I decided it was time to do something for myself and when I had the offer to come live here I realized it would give me a bit of freedom that I've not had since before my daughter was born. It has taken time to get used to everything and in truth I ran away that very first weekend because I lost my internet connection which is essential since I work full time from home. I drove back to my old hometown to stay with my daughter until the next weekend when the cable company could send the internet guy out to fix the problem.
lthough I’ve been here for 6 months I've traveled quite a bit and only stay on average 2 weeks each month and spend the rest of the time traveling in my little SUV. I'm a minimalist so I’ve very few personal items – everything I own fits in my SUV and just today I actually culled a few more things from my clothing and I’ll be reading a few books so I can get rid of them too.
I wish I could say this is saving me money but I’m still paying full rent and all my daughters bills as she attends college full time and the only way I can live in the trailer is because my cousin wants me around and refuses to let me pa. Right now I'm working at the bills as well as trying to pay off the last of my debt so that when my daughter graduates and finds a job the money I make can start to grow so I can really do some traveling and maybe quit my job.
Living in the 5th wheel is a good test and a great way to figure out if this is a lifestyle I can do in the future. I have really been enjoying my ability to go back and forth between 3 different cities and because I work from home I can take my job with me.
Right now life is about clearing out debt, paying bills, working like crazy, and writing. I’m really enjoying the ability to move about but I’ve got to work like crazy pretty soon so I might not be able to travel as much which is ironic since I live in a travel trailer.
I’d love to connect to other RV’ers or people living in the tiny home community. If you’ve also let go of conventional living spaces and opted for a non-traditional living then I’d love to hear about it and read about it if you’ve a blog or articles.
Thanks for reading and I welcome comments and connections.
12 Jan 2017 #FullTimeRVLiving #TinyHouse #RV