Since I have been living full time in our RV there have been a few questions that I am asked quite frequently. Keep in mind, I am fairly new to this life style and certainly do not have all the answers, but I have a learned a couple of things over the last year, and as long as life keeps teaching I never stop learning.
One of the questions that is asked most often is:
Where do you put your stuff?
I have noticed that my shopping habits have changed. I used to love to buy little knick knacks, but living in a RV doesn’t really allow for too much of those as they will slide all over while we drive. Clothes shopping however, is my downfall, especially skirts. Now, In order to buy a new skirt, I have to be willing to get rid of one of my old skirts to make room for the new one. When I find a skirt that I like, I look at it long and hard think to myself, “Do I like this skirt more than any of my old ones?” If I don’t, I pass. If I do, I grab it and don’t look back!
How do you and your husband get along in such a small space?
Well, the same as we did in a house. I have found that there is very little difference living with my husband in an RV than there is living with him in a larger home. If we do begin to feel a little cramped, we get out and do something. Whether it be going for a hike, a drive or even just to the grocery store, getting out for even an hour helps with the “Cabin Fever” should it set in.
Do you eat out all the time?
Well, we get tempted since I love a good meal and so does my husband and when you’re traveling around, you get to find all the super cool local restaurants and try them ALL! But we do try and refrain. Once a week we like to find a great local place and check it out, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. However, once you start talking to locals they will tell you about all the great places, so the longer we stay in one place the more cool hangouts we find and of course we want to eat at them all before we leave, so this does present a bit of a challenge. That is how we find places like Alpaca Bob’s Sandwich Adventures and the Blues City Deli. It is equally nice to fire up the grill, cook up some chicken and sit outside and eat at the picnic table in the RV Park. So, I guess the answer is no, we don’t eat out all the time…but we do it a lot!
Isn’t it expensive?
We typically like to travel around 250 miles and then stop for a month, so the gas is not a big issue, especially with the gas prices of today! We will spend the next month checking out the sights and living like locals for the duration of our stay. Sometimes we end up really liking where we are and staying for another month…or two! Our monthly rent in a park is normally half of what our mortgage used to be and our electric, internet, water and cable is included. This provides us with that extra cash to eat out.
How do you stay fit?
Well, so far, I’m failing. But I am learning. When you live in a 2000 sq ft home, you probably get more exercise walking from your bedroom to the kitchen that I do walking the entirety of the the 100 sq ft RV twice! The trick is to make yourself get out and get exercise. Make an exercise schedule and stick to it. If you have trouble forcing yourself to get out and get some exercise…get a dog! They’ll force you get out of the RV and exercise them and you’ll win by default.
Staying for a month at a time in each place gives us the opportunity to really see what it is like living in each place. I think that it is the difference between vacationing and traveling. I love that freedom that living full time in an RV provides and would not change one thing with my new life style, except maybe room for one more skirt!