How we Full Time RV and Boondock all the time — 19 Comments

  1. I think it is wonderful for you and Al, as it is what you want. Pamela Douglas living on that little boat is also perfect for her and her husband and makes them so happy. Everyone has their place to be in life that makes them happy and if you find it and live it, your life will be all that much better for it. We need a house in suburbia, as that is what makes us happy, but it isn’t for everyone either. Thanks for the tour of your place and a bit about how you make it work. It looks pretty homey and cozy in your RV!

  2. Hello, I would love to live the full time RV life. Traveling around and following the warm weather. Hubby has trouble with his eyes, I usually am the driver whenever we go on a trip. I could never drive one of these huge RV’s. We thought about two cheap small manufactured homes, one in Florida and one in Washington state but gave up the idea of owning two places. The home we are in now is too big and is too much to take care of in our golden years. I do love to follow your blog and see where you are and your awesome photos.

    • I have learned to drive our rig in the past year, after the big health scare we had last year. It’s not as bad as you would think. We have to have a big rig to haul our stuff for art shows, if we didn’t we would go smaller. The small motorhomes are easy to drive, that could be something for you to think about.

  3. Nice to see Al is back from Seattle. Can’t believe how fast this past week flew by. I assume you aren’t in Q any more and with the big tent event approaching, you’re probably looking for more quiet land. Stay in touch and great post on your life.

    • We are still in Q, and probably will be for a couple weeks anyway. We stay about 15 miles east of town, so the crowds are nowhere near us. It’s always way quite out here. Al was supposed to come back Tuesday, but they got done early so he changed his flight to yesterday. We still need to get together. Will you guys come to Q for shopping?

  4. Thank you for the tour of your lovely home! In some ways I envy your and Al’s freedom; but, like Emma and her family, I need a home in suburbia. I need the convenience of veterinary and human medical services and grocery stores as hubby and I get closer to our golden years (as Eileen called them). I pretty much have to do all the driving these days, too, because hubby sometimes gets confused.

  5. This is exactly what I meant, and I love it! I’m glad I was able to give you a little motivation to share it. :)
    Since we used to have a pretty big RV, I understand a lot of it. I wondered about power when you were boondocking and love that you use solar panels. We had ours parked not to far away from our house at one of the few rustic campgrounds we could find that had more private lots. We would have loved being in the middle of the desert like that!
    We spent so many weekends and vacations there but eventually it made us neglect our main home and we decided to give it up (losing our dog Maggie at the time, and getting more dogs was also a factor!). I still miss it, and if we didn’t have our little farm now that we love, that’s exactly what I would want to do again.
    You are living the good life!

    • I would imagine that would be hard to give up that little bit of freedom. But you guys are happy doing what you’re doing, and that is all that matters for anyone. Thanks again for the “push” to get this written.

  6. I would love to be able to boondock. Maybe someday. There’s so much to see and do.

  7. I used to write for Tiny House Talk and they always love stories like this! I think it’s so cool that you can live in your RV, and you did such a good job making it “home.” Your table and chairs are my favorite part — I need those in my home. We live in a small apartment, and I agree — I just don’t get tired of living in close quarters with those I love most. You just make it work. Maybe someday we’ll get an RV, too :)

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Natalie. Living small is so much easier. We don’t have a house full of “stuff”, we don’t have yard work. Ya, we like it. The table and chairs are awesome, and we just happened upon them 2 years ago.

      • No yard work is definitely a plus, haha. We are slowly getting “real” furniture for our home, and I love that distressed look. I’m all about Craigslist finds! Someday :)

  8. Thank you for inviting us into your home. It is so lovely. I really love how you decorated it and created such a pretty space.

    I am lucky that my boat has beautiful cabinetry. But I have not done much to decorate it. I don’t even have curtains. One of my goals for this year is to do some things to make it more homey. Of course since I need to replace the rigging, I may not be able to afford much.

  9. It was so much fun to read about your solutions to all the little things that we run into with our “very small rig” on our trips. We have repeatedly talked about replacing the fridge to one that will work on propane or electricity. It is our power hog. We do the same thing with the plastic water jugs. I bet that you’re an expert on saving water. When we get back to our house, it always takes me a few days before I use water freely again.

    I love how you’ve gotten rid of all the plastic-looking RV stuff. It does really look like a home. And, you have the best backyard ever :)

    We have a solar panel but nowhere near the power collection that you do. Hmmm, we need to think about that. Our trips are getting longer so we both need to “work” on our computers some while we’re living in the LabMobile. More power would be a big plus.

    • The right batteries are super important for storing power. I’m guessing you are powering from the “car” battery. If you have space, you should get a couple of heavy duty 6 volt batteries. One solar panel, per 2 batteries is the ratio you want too. 150 watt or more panel. Then of course you need an inverter to convert the power. There is a company in Eugene, Oregon AM PM solar. Good prices on everything you need.

  10. It was fun reading about your life on the road and in your home on wheels. I can see why it is appealing, especially with someone you enjoy being with.

  11. Hello Mary,
    You are an inspiration. I traveled to Elkhart,IN this week to check out our Sprinter Van Conversion. discovered a few mistakes and they are taking care of them. It should be transported to Nevada by the end of the month and we will pick it up out there. After a few days of familiarization we’ll be Newbee Full timers. At our age (late seventies), it Will be a challange but we’re going for it. First year should be a learning curve but with folks like yourself to offer advice we can’t miss. You’ll be hearing from me.

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