Thoughts about RV Life Full time after 1 full year

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It’s been almost one year being full time. I really love it when we can park anywhere without hookups & just sit in our living room & watch a movie 🤓 There are so many things we love. Everything from unforgettable moments out in the desert under the stars, zip lining high above the trees in Georgia, watching my dogs enjoying all the new smells, & just feeling like we are on a great adventure. 

The main thing we dislike is having to research mechanical or electrical issues. At the beginning of our journey it seemed like our stresses came from so much planning. Like where to go, how long to stay, reservations, navigation…That part is second nature now, but I remember it feeling like a lot of pressure in the beginning. The hardest part for us has been repairs. It’s more the emotional part than the cost, although that isn’t fun either. There aren’t a ton of “Experts” located conveniently at every stop. 😂 

I do believe everything happens for a reason, that reason may be that we take a break from full time Rv life…who knows. I’ve heard that the first year presents challenges with your Rv, it’s a steep learning curve. Our knowledge base on our coach is insane at this point, wish we would’ve known this much at the beginning. You sorta gotta rely on Rv techs to do good maintenance & be trustworthy until you know the in’s n outs of your Rv. We are still out on the road, so who knows. I often have trouble letting my guard down when things seem to be working the way that they should right now. Like, oh god…what’s next. 😂 Certainly don’t feel “free” when we are stuck fixing something. Sorta sucks the joy out of this lifestyle for sure, but we have learned so much.

We don’t mind the small living space at all, although clutter is not good. Our rule is always, put stuff away exactly where it was. Realized what we really need. I kept going through my clothes and shoes and it felt good to get rid of even more things I wasn’t using. Learned ways of situating things in different but small ways that made a big difference. It’s funny how just a little tweak here and there makes sense & how I didn’t see it initially. I guess we get rigid in how we place stuff & it would irritate me in some way, but the solution was just rearranging it slightly. I’m grateful for that & will apply it from now on in everything I do. It’s about slowing down & just observing & having fun with coming up with all the different options. Options are there, sometimes we just don’t take the time to see them. 

It’s easy to get frustrated when plans go astray, but there’s a valuable life long lesson that I feel so deeply now. I feel I’ve changed for the better, my mind is way calmer in the face of uncertainty. It’s one thing to be bold and brave, to just go for it. It’s another to genuinely be unafraid. I’m not sure if I would’ve learned that had we not taken the leap to go out & travel & live full time in our Motorhome. I think I’ve always been brave enough to take chances. The difference now is that my level of fear is way lower. I feel that’s a monumental thing to learn & i’m grateful. 

I had an English teacher once who had a quote on the wall that said, “Life is 10% how you make it & 90% how you take it.” I remember being very resistant to that statement. I always felt I could apply myself to any situation & get my desired result. This led to a lot of harsh let-downs because I was too rigid in my thinking. Maybe I was looking at life too logically & smothering the mystery and magic. Somewhere along the way I lost my natural spiritual flow, & now I feel I’ve got it back.

Changing your mindset isn’t always easy. It can be a hard block to break. it’s often easy to gather up negativity. I realize now that I’m not in control of every aspect of my life, & that none of us are. I do feel the flow of my life energy and intuition again. I’m not afraid anymore, just cruising along the “lazy” & sometimes “crazy” river not fighting myself to tell it what to do. I feel a quiet confidence inside these days.

Should be’s & must be’s, …those are dangerous words to tell yourself. I think everyone will learn greatly from full time RV life, everyone will experience it in a unique way. This has been a great journey for us both. Everyone is different, but I do think It would help anyone to grow in so many personal ways. It’s definitely worth the risk. It’s brave to head out into the unknown & I’m so happy we did this. 

Justin enjoying a breakfast for the 1st time after 3 months. We’ve been staying at home due to covid 19.
The dogs out for a walk in nature. They absolutely LOVE living in the RV full time!
Lil dummies sitting by the campfire sniffing every single possible thing on the ground.
picture of Gemma at night under a full moon by the campfire
My first S’more lol
Selfie of me after 1 yr full time in our RV on the road…
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2 thoughts on “Thoughts about RV Life Full time after 1 full year

  1. Nice we are getting ready to do the same has it been a challenge with 3 pups we also have 3?

    1. Not really, the dogs really love it. As long as they’re on their feeding schedule they’re fine lol. It is a lot of vacuuming, we got two of those dyson fans with the hepa filters which help a lot. We got a few extra pet friendly gadgets like the Nimble temperature alert device & we went overboard & put a nest camera in here too. Lol They give us piece of mind if we need to leave them in the RV. They love all of the traveling & seem happier than ever.

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