I've lived in my RV for 10 days now. I have only gone back to the condo to get clothes, and to sleep one night (basically I picked a loud parking spot that was 10 feet from the condo and it was 5am so I just went inside instead of driving to a quiet spot). A lot of things have panned out as expected, but there have also been some big surprises.
I could go on and on, but you probably get the idea. I totally love living in this RV. It's a great feeling to drive over to my mom's house and have her say "Oh, you didn't happen to bring those tickets, did you?" and to just be able to walk into my house and get them.
My parents are really into the RV thing, which is funny. They're always a bit skeptical about my schemes. My dad helped me take out the CRT TV and the Microwave which I replaced with a flat panel and a flash bake oven. My mom made me nice curtains. I'm trying hard to resist the urge to totally trick out the RV. The carpet smells a bit musty so I might put in granite tile or bamboo floors. I think that would be neat.
I work overseas in nonprofit right now - and probably will for a few more years, but I'm already planning on taking this course of action once I return home for good. I'm sure I'll take a year or two off to just travel and see the sights, but eventually, I'll return to work. I can't imagine holding down a 9-5 while living in a RV, but it would be kind of cool. I'm so fascinated by the blog you have and the fact that you are doing this, if you're still doing it. For now I'm saving money up to use on this epic trip. What kind of budget do you have for repairs? Thanks again for writing such a fun blog!
@Asa: I'm about to deal with that... the Rialta is going into the shop for engine repairs. I'm going to stay with my family or friends. If I wasn't in Austin I would probably buy a plane ticket and go on a little trip somewhere.
@Valerie: Get as little as possible and add to it slowly only as you need it. I use plastic forks and knives and paper plates and bowls so that I don't have to do dishes and waste water.
In the process of purchasing a small rv. Would like suggestions on what kind of utensils or appliances to get for a family of two, a puppy, and a cat. Any suggestions that would make living comfortable, small, and frugal?
I have finally finished reading your entire blog including all the comments and I am very impressed, I haven't had a blog change my life since I joined the Tucker Max book club and read The Game. Ever since I started reading I have decided to become a more disciplined person (by using a to do list), become more confident (through PU), become more optimistic, read all six of the books you've recommended and start a blog on lucid dreaming, inspired by watching Waking Life which I rented after reading about it here. I will get started after finals, which I finish up tomorrow. Keep up the blog it is truly great.
Ty, I am DYING here. This article is incredibly funny. "What was that, mum? You wanted to know if I brought those keys? Weeelll... let me just step into my house and see!"
You, sir, are responsible for rekindling my "live out of an RV" obsession. One thing, though: have you thought about / experienced any situations where your engine died, say, and the RV needed to be in the shop for a week? Where would you live while the RV was being repaired?
Ty, I am DYING here. This article was incredibly funny. "What was that, mum? You wanted to know if I brought those keys? Weeelll... let me just step into my house and see!" I realized that this was your old (pre-Rialta) RV. I'm obsessing about living in an RV now; it just makes so much sense!
I thought you were going to post some pics of your two friends going on diets may 1st. What happened?
Definitely give it a try. You'll love it. No problems like that at all. I think people assume that someone's in there usually so they don't want to mess with it.
When I first bought an RV to live in last year a lot of people thought that it was a phase I would quickly snap out of. Part of me thought the same thing. Would a move from a 2000 square foot condo to a 100 square foot RV be bearable?
As it turned out, it was more than bearable. I loved it. When I left the country to travel, I sold everything including the RV I loved so much. Seven months later, back in Austin and faced with the proposition of finding somewhere to live, the decision was simple.
I wanted another RV, and it had to be even smaller.
That was me circa 1990 right after I graduated from the University of Colorado. My focus was to get "On the Road to Find Out" and decide if not what I wanted to do with my life when I grow up, where I wanted to settle down at least. Purchased a 1976 VW Westfalia pop-up with the idea that the window in my life I was currently in was a fleeting one and if I was ever to go on this wild adventure this was my one opportunity to do so. I had no immediate need to work, a few thousand in savings, two empty credit cards to get in serious financial trouble with, and plenty of time yet until I entered "the real world"... saddled by the monthly mortgage payment, meager paychecks that would leave me with more month than money, and all that comes along with a wife, children and raising a family.
My original plan was to leave Boulder and take a figure eight journey around the country, traveling as far North as Quebec, the French Gaspé, Turtle Island and Vancouver, and as far South as Key West, Pony Island and Baja California. I planned on following every inch of the US coastlines that I could, seeking out as many new adventures and experiences as possible. The estimated time table the trip would require was approximately 2 months to complete from start to finish, with many different family members and friends to stop in and visit along the way.
As one of my favorite quotes from John Lennon goes - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."