What’s Rv Chickadee’s deal??

Helloooooo! My name is Kelly

Why Live In An RV?

I’m a single, animal loving girl in her 40’s. I am mostly from Northwest Florida. Why did I leave to live in an RV?

I got VERY tired of the mosquitos, heat, humidity, cold, lack of seasons, fire ants, mold, hurricanes, jellyfish, no mountains, not even hills, yellow flies (pic below), endless pine trees, unspectacular fall color, no snow to look at, rednecks, sunburns, flooding (my backyard, below), poison ivy, hornets, rain, and most of all, the ROACHES. Geez, you probably wonder why I left the sunshine state. 😂 Let’s not forget skin cancer.

I knew I wanted to live elsewhere. But, where?

I wanted to live (very) far away from the southeast. But traditional moving is a big commitment. Not to mention it’s very expensive to pack up all of your stuff, only to move to a new, unknown city and move in, only to find you may not like it. Or worse, cannot find a job.

Being an adventurous spirit and having always been a frugal gal and good with my money, the idea of living in an RV sounded SPLENDID to me.Kelly with Falcon Why not??? I had done all of  the other traditional stuff… have bought three houses, had the boyfriend, been married, got the dog, fenced yard, the job, etc. And I was left unfulfilled. I was happiest when I traveled.

Hell, my mom sold her very nice house about 20 years ago and has lived in her RV ever since. It’s cheap, I could literally live for free on public land out west, and I could live wherever I felt like living.

What’s not to like? I could move anytime, and see the country for just the cost of gas. I haven’t met a full-time RVer yet who said “I need a vacation”. 😂

This idea originated in November of 2014, and by May of 2015, I was a legit nomad on the road to everywhere. I have whole heartedly embraced this lifestyle ever since.

Learning and Embracing Minimalism

Being a ‘minimalist’ pretty much comes with the territory of RV life. You have no choice, really because you have very little space. However, I like to push the envelope. Because of how I live, I notice way more how much of a ‘footprint’ I do or don’t leave.

Utilities- I have to gather my ‘utilities’ and keep track of them and manage them (water, gas, propane, solar) because I boondock exclusively. I don’t stay in RV parks where these things are provided for me, for a price. Me? I find them myself and I get to live for free. The cost is that I have to do a little research to find these things, and oh, I have to suffer by having some of the greatest views for a backyard in the country. For free. Woe is me.

Storage of utilities
I keep my water bags in the black container, generator is the blue and there’s a gas tank in there somewhere, (I used to have two. Now only one) while solar panels are out, being used.

Trash- I don’t have a dumpster right up the street. I have to store my trash until I get into town. Seeing it for longer makes me more aware of it and of how wasteful our society is. I do my best to use as little toilet paper and paper towels as I can. I try not to buy food that has excessive packaging. I try to recycle when I can.

Stuff- Getting rid of things has become almost a game to me now. It’s like my own personal challenge to see how much I can live without and how much I actually DO need. I keep downsizing, again and again.

Will you look at all the stuff I have pitched since I have been in my RV??? Sorry if any of these were gifts, people. And this is only the stuff I thought enough to take a photo…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I own maybe 30% of what I started out with. I’m still pitching and selling and giving away. Much of my storage space in my rig is empty now. I didn’t need all of that stuff. I am happier without it. It doesn’t rule my life anymore.

What do I miss that I have pitched? Nothing. Nothing at all.

Rig- I also want to get a smaller travel trailer, an 18′ or smaller.

It will be more gas efficient to pull since it will be lighter and it will allow me to get to stealthier boondocking locations than I can currently make it to because it will be lighter and shorter than my current 24′ TT.

Simplicity- I like the idea of having very little that can break, or having mostly stuff I can fix. This means less maintenance and fixing of the stuff I have. I have even thought about using a bucket TOILET system if you can believe it. (Caca becomes something you just have to ‘deal’ with more in life when you RV, no matter how you go about it. It gets less and less of a big, gross deal. It’s still gross, but, well, you have to live it to learn it I suppose.)

So yes, a composting toilet would be ideal, too, and I may go that route. It will cost a whopping $1,000 though, which really tweaks me. We shall see, stay tuned. 😆😳

 

The Girls with crazy car

My Travel Buddies, Gizmo and Trixie

I live with two Chi type dogs that follow me around, one being quart sized (Trixie) and one being pint-sized (Gizmo, the Chihuahua).

These dogs live better than they ever did. Now they have the freedom of being off leash and having new places to smell all the time.

YES- I watch them like a  hawk when we are out on a walk and when around the campsite, they are always within eyeshot. Gizmo could be carried off by a sparrow. She’s 2.4 lbs, y’all. She’s smaller in person than you can tell in photos.

I watch them like a  hawk when we are out on a walk. When we are around the campsite, they are always within eyeshot. I’m pretty paranoid about losing Giz.

Finding RV Friends

 

I am surprised to find so many others around my age who live this nomadic lifestyle, and I like pretty much everyone I have met. I have a great community of new friends including like-minded Gen- Xers, and Millenials with some Boomers in there as well.

img_2188

I thought it would be all boomers, but happily, I have found peeps my age and even way younger and way older who are very cool.

You can meet people through Instagram. I couldn’t believe it when I heard this, but it’s true. Using travel-related hashtags, you can find others who are full-timing.

Chat here and there with them, and if you find yourself near them, you can plan to meet up. Facebook is another place you could find people like yourself.

Is Full-Time RVing As A Solo Lonely?

RV life is not lonely if you are willing to be social.

In fact, there are times when I need a break from socializing! This commonly happens in the winter months when most full-time RVers are in southern Arizona and California to escape the winter cold and snow.

I have caravanned with a friend for much of my travels. Sometimes I am visiting old friends or family. Other times I am just boondocking near friends of mine. We are nomads and we are fairly rare so we bond easily. Birds of a feather…

How Do You Make A Living, Living In An RV?

Well, when I started, I did side work writing for a magazine and I did customer support for a regional movie theater chain in the southeast. After that, I got a job using FlexJobs.com doing social media consulting. I also had a rental in Florida that gave me a pretty darn good chunk of income. (Again- always been good with $$)

When that job got dreary enough, and another opportunity came along, I quit that job and started working full-time on the new website project called Camp Addict.

It has been fun, profitable, and is right up my alley since it has everything to do with RVing life.

Mostly I am looking forward to continuing to grow Camp Addict, see how much I can live without, and I want to keep traveling full-time while I do it.

RvChickadee Is Gonna Be In An RVing Movie?

Oh, you heard this crazy rumor?🙄

Well, believe it or not, yes!😁

Open Road Nomad Kelly Beasley

Starting in January of 2018, through maybe August of 2018, I will be on and off filming for a movie about full-time RV nomads! It’s called, well, RV Nomads, for now at least.

I’m super excited to have been picked to help to show the world what this nomadic lifestyle is really all about. It’s sort of like a new American dream that thousands and thousands of Americans are starting to embrace. It’s really an honor to be a part of it and I can’t wait to see the end result.

It will premiere in October of 2018. It should be available on most show-watching platforms such as Netflix. We will also have a premiere event release in Wellington, Texas in October. The public is invited, and yes, I will be there along with most or all of the other cast members.

Conclusion

Life is what you make of it. I made this life happen through decisions and through taking action. And I love it.

Thanks for following along with my little stories! It’s no fun to just keep it all to myself.

31 thoughts on “What’s Rv Chickadee’s deal??

  1. Very well written Kelly. I will love living vicariously through your courageous, adventuring, self. Will love keeping up with you via your blog. I love you. Felicia

    Like

  2. Kelly
    Reality set in tonight that u
    r leaving. I began an exercise
    Routine when we hooked up.
    Pilates was the beginning and I
    graduated to training with you.
    You always kick my butt. I did
    Dead Lifts for an hour with you.
    My muscle still hurt. Remember
    Don’t worry, I’ll keep u laughing with funny e-mails during your
    Exciting. Journey.
    Love Ya
    I”lmiss u.
    Muscle Meathead💪

    Like

    1. Nelson!!!!! That deadlift sesh was the BEST! Your form was ‘dead’ on and I got a kick out of it!!! This is just a new beginning, we will def stay in touch, just you may have to find a new butt kicker when you’re at Watercolor. : /
      Love ya, Nelson!!! You have been molded into a meat machine, I must say.

      Like

  3. Kelly Beeeesley!
    I am catching up on FB and read about you embarking on this great adventure…all I can say is WOW, you are brave and courageous for sure, but more that that you are true to yourself. I am happy for you, sounds like an amazing chapter in your life and one you won’t regret. When we moved to Idaho, we took almost 4 days to drive across America…through 13 sates…the beauty will leave you gasping for air! Enjoy every minute of it. The different landscapes, the people, the VAST, VAST lands and the sense of gratefulness that envelops you . Look forward to following your travels via your blog, tell me when you in WA (would love to see you) and take care roomie.

    Much love,
    Shereenie-Beanie-Weanie

    Like

    1. Shereenie!!! Thank you for the comforting words roomie! I so can’t wait to see what you have seen and I’m definitely getting up there to Washington it’s one of my top destinations. So we’re going to have a reunion girl! It may not be this year but possibly next year, it all just depends on where the roads take me. I can’t wait to see you again! And Paul and David too. I’ll keep you apprised on all I’m doing!!!
      Thanks again Shereenie-Beenie-weeny!!!

      Like

  4. Hi, Kelly, I found your blog … somehow!… probably through a link on someone else’s. I’m also single, in my 40s, own 2 dogs, live in Florida, and am currently in the process of clearing out my stuff so I can sell my house, buy an RV and travel the country with the dogs. You mentioned on one of your posts (I’ve been reading through all the ones tagged full-timer!) that you regretted your travel trailer purchase. Can you maybe elaborate on that? I haven’t decided what to buy yet. I know solar would be a good idea, but like you, I’m going to start slow and only get into boondocking after I’ve figured out all the other challenges of RV’ing. I’ve added you to my RSS reader so I’m looking forward to reading more!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Sarah, sure I’m happy to elaborate about my travel trailer purchase. I chose it more for the aesthetics of the interior than the functionality. My trailer has the U-shaped booth all the way at one end, a long kitchen in the middle, and a bed at the other end. For a single person, a U-shaped booth is worthless, in my opinion. I took out the table thinking I could use the bench but is not comfortable. I now realize it would be nice to be able to have company come over but there’s nowhere here for them to hang out comfortably. There’s nowhere here for ME to hang out comfortably! The bathroom is too small, making the bed is the biggest chore ever, and I wish I had some drawers. I have good counterspace though and I do like the big window at the end. Those are my biggest beefs. You’re D oing the right thing by taking it slow, starting im campgrounds, etc. You can’t learn it all right away and besides, the best learning comes from experience! Good luck on your journey and thank you for reading!

      Like

      1. Thanks so much for your quick response! I was thinking the U-shaped dinette would be nice, too — mostly because my dogs like to sit next to me and it looks bigger than the smaller ones. Good to know that you haven’t found it worthwhile! The benches don’t look very comfortable, I must admit. I’ll start looking at more of the armchair plans. And avoid tiny bathrooms!

        Like

  5. Sarah- actually wish I had a dinette. Just not the U-shaped booth. Essentially, I have nowhere to do office work, set my computer down and work on it, or eat! It’s just that they were things I figured I could live with, but after living with them for a while or without them, now I better know what I want and don’t want. Good luck in your search and your upcoming new life!

    Like

  6. Hi There!!! 🙂

    Just found you on IG, looking forward to catching up on your travel and hope to also be out there soon. I’m 45 and want to travel and live my life now.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Tina
    Northern CA

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Tina! Thank you for reading my stories! I hope they help you a little as far as what to expect. Do you have a plan? (Like a date you want to be on the road by?) I’m excited for you!!! -Kel

      Like

      1. Hi Kel,

        Thanks, I’m hoping to be out on the road by early next year, April. I still have the house full of crap that needs to go. I’m thinking of starting with a van and see how that goes. You have been to some amazing places.

        Tina

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Like I commented, I like your writing style! It’s sharp and to the point- no fluff! Fluff sucks. 🙂

      Thank you for the link back! I am moving back into my RV house tomorrow!! Been off the road for around 2 months for reasons beyond my control. CAN’T WAIT!

      Keep on trucking, and keep on sharing…

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Hi Kelly, I Like your blog. Just found it recently. I am in the process right now of getting rid of stuff and looking for an RV. I am pretty much set on a small class c. I lived in a 20 ft. winnebago in the mid 90’s, for 2 years but ended up dealing with having cancer twice so went back to apt. living . I am 62 and am cancer free and feel healthy and ready to go. Not fully retired. Still hope to make some money on the road , here and there or online. I love reading about your mis- haps and discoveries. Have not started my blog yet but will shortly. Cant wait to get back out there and hoping to have found an RV and be ready to hit the road by early summer.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for taking the time to comment and for being so kind! Good job knocking out the cancer!! Now you’re free to go do what you want to do in life and on the road, I hope. You can make money on the road and/or online. I have only done it online- before I launched and then on the road I got a job with Appen. I am now working on developing a website with a business partner whom I met on the road. You never know where life is gonna take you! I NEVER dreamt I would be in website development. Oh, the road is SUCH a joy!! I look forward to hearing about your ‘launch’. And I hope you do start a blog, if not just for yourself to document your journey. It’s not common to hear about single chicks doing it on their own. (I’m assuming you are solo?) GO FOR IT, and zing up your life! I’ll keep tripping and fumbling for your enteratinment. 🙂 I hope we meet on the road someday!

    Like

    1. Just me. Had 3 cats and a dog up until recently. Might have started this earlier but they were all elderly with health problems so decided to wait . I Love people and am outgoing and meet people easily but in a lot of ways I am also a loner. Do a lot of stuff by myself and have traveled a lot by myself. Like being by myself a lot too. When I traveled 20 years ago for a couple years in an RV it was as a single woman and looks like it will be again. No problem. I will be watching your blog and let you know soon as I start mine. Maybe meet up one day.

      Like

  9. Susan-
    I think I would be too lonely without a dog or two with me, living this way. Good for you for putting your pets first! I like you already. : )

    I feel OK being by myself as well. However, I definitely need human interaction. Used to think I was a major loner but now I realize I do crave companionship in one way or another. I’ve met a lot of great people on the road but they do come and go. So having a traveling partner has been nice. Can’t wait to see you start up again and definitely hope we meet one day. Be sure to let me know about your blog. Thanks and happy travels!

    Like

What's your opinion? Share with me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s