Okay, I’ll be honest. This life is GREAT, but not every day is completely and totally off the chain with adventure and wonder.
Daily life still comes with its rigamarole and challenges.
I have been hanging out on BLM land (It’s free!) in Southern Arizona for almost a week now at the same area with a small group of new friends parked nearby.
Slowly, most of them have departed, leaving just a few who will also be leaving in a couple of days, including myself.
Yesterday was laundry day requiring an 11-mile drive into town.
See? Regular daily life still applies.
I also had to go to the post office and mail a couple of things and get my address permanently changed.
Wait… Here’s a little rant… due to my ADD glory, I ended up visiting the laundromat and the post office TWICE yesterday. I had an incorrect address on the box the first P.O. trip, and I LEFT half of a load in a dryer at the laundromat.
Don’t ask. Just understand these sort of mistakes are a constant/normal part of my life! Rant over.
RV life challenge example:
Yesterday I was minding my own business doing some online work when I looked up to see what my battery charge level was at. (I have a digital meter) The meter was OFF. This was not good.
After checking breakers and a few other things I was at a complete loss as to what was wrong.
Luckily there were still people here from the group who I could seek out for help. I knocked on Clark and Lynn’s motorhome of Tales From The Mutiny and asked Clark if he could take a look.
He came over to check it out. The batteries were tested with my voltmeter (which up to this point, I did not know how to test the batteries with it.) and they showed a decent charge of 12.5.
Perplexed, we went back inside, and while simply gazing at the fuses, the power popped back on.
I suppose Clark has a very electric personality to be able to correct a problem simply by LOOKING at it! Thanks, Clark!
Now I know how to use my voltmeter. I have found that the learning curve for batteries, charging and solar are all going to come with time and experience.
This has been the consensus of everyone who I have talked to. It is frustrating because I want to know and understand all of it NOW.
It’s actually quite complicated, but I am learning.
I work daily, I walk The Girls, eat a couple of meals a day, clean the RV, clean my truck…
I get my oil changed, blah blah blah- all of that stuff doesn’t change.
The good part is that I can change the view of my surroundings, or change who my neighbors are at any time.
Also- with this group, we usually have a huge community campfire around sunset till everyone goes to bed. This is a wonderful perk of this lifestyle.
I still have to go to the grocery store and the gas station. I still have errands to run. I still have to clean my place up. (Especially here in Arizona it’s pretty darn Dusty!)
Once every few weeks, I have to dump my gray and black tanks. I have to turn on my generator twice daily for a few hours at a time to recharge my batteries.
And I must say, My YAMAHA freaking generator has done my ass VERY well.
I would buy it again so get one if you know what’s good for your batteries.
I have to turn on a switch to get hot water, then turn it off after I’m finished to save propane. I must refill my RV water tank when it’s empty.
But they DID! I have found a water filler that screws onto my stupid valve.I have to refill my propane tanks when they’re empty. I have large tanks so the last quite a while a few weeks depending on the outside temperature.
What do I not have to do anymore? Mow the lawn. Maintain a three bedroom two bath home.
Drive the same route Every. Single. Day.
No worries about hurricanes. Wait, actually, I still do have to worry there. I have a rental home back in Florida!
I don’t have to be IN the hurricane, though!
I don’t have to worry about neighbors. Or barking dogs. Or solicitors!
No more miserably humid summer days. No Florida mosquitoes/fire ants/wasps stinging me. I don’t have mounting possessions to clean, move around, store, fix and maintain.
All I have and need fits nicely into my RV and truck.
It’s more freeing than I can express in writing. I enjoy the constant learning experiences I get with this lifestyle.
I enjoy meeting new friends and I have made a lot of them. I hadn’t made a new friend back home for quite a while.
I look forward to each day.
I full-time R.V.!
Thank you for following and reading along!