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. 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.
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…
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. 😆😳
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.
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!😁
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.
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.