What I’ve learned in my second year of RV-living

We are closer to nature, away from the rat-race living, somewhat off the grid, in a much smaller living space, with a lot less. Who knew that we could live in and a 31ft RV, amongst nature and with less than we ever thought we’d need and be thrilled about it? C .Star. V

Now it’s almost our second full year, of full-time RV-living with our 2 dogs. I have continued to learn that there is no wrong or right way to do RV living. As we see and watch many people come and go, we see them in all sorts of RV’s, vehicles, tents and whatever’s. Some travel a bit and then there’s other people that don’t travel at all, but live in their RV, some travel here and there and others just do part time, some do just weekends, holidays, family get togethers or just get out whenever they get a vacation or time to do so..

As for the transitioning to RV-living, I feel it’s an ongoing transition.. As many of us still have a storage (among other places) to clear out. There’s much we also think about in how to rearrange some things or some situations and be able to travel more and to visit family, friends, enjoy other places and make new friends.

I basically feel it is as if we have traded and bartered for a different way of doing some of the same things we did each day in our house, but in a smaller space and get to experience much more. Some people also feel it can be for personal growth and knowledge, for others it is for peace, privacy and serenity, less chaos and/or residential needs. Others find revolving adventures, but it can be all of this as well…it’s all in what you need, want or make out of it.

Some other things I’ve learned:

*No matter how well you plan, organize or progress, chances are there still will be some unpredictability that can go hand and hand with any lifestyle. There can be struggles sometimes in making reservations in places to park and camp or in deciding and finding somewhere as well. Along with staying on a budget, figuring out income and next destination as well as possible needing or doing maintenance on your RV.

*We re-adjusted planning and learned to plan ahead, making reservations 4-6 moths ahead of time (usually just a very small deposit to reserve), this helps with the flexibility and the unpredictability in getting or finding availability.  

*While living the RV-lifestyle, you might be moving your things around several times (a day) to get to things you want or need. So, prioritize and organize for your daily needs, keep those things most at hand in upfront places or easy-to-get-to places and get rid of things you don’t need (well, after all it is suppose to be more of a minimalist life-style, as much as possible anyways). However, we keep a storage to rotate things out such as summer then winter stuff, holiday things, etc. and this all can also make more space and help. . 

*Keeping organized is a must. Measure inside the cabinet, closet or wherever and get some plastic clear (easy to see inside) boxes that will fit, possibly stack and can easily be taken in and out. Then make labels for general contents, so you’ll remember what’s in them and where. Believe me you won’t ‘ always recall.

*In your travels, you may come across some things that are familiar to you and other things not so familiar, even if you’ve revisited the same desired places.

*It’s customary and almost an etiquette to say hello or wave to another rv-er, camper or host, whenever walking by each another or passing by their camp site. Even though many people are friendly, helpful and we greet each other, we can create some additional campite privacy, but pulling up our truck (or vehicle) across the campsite a certain way.

*Pulling our truck across the campsite a certain way also helps us with our dogs when taking them out of the RV, as in coming out of the RV, it helps to block-out from the dogs view for a moment and gives us a chance to see if people or other dogs are coming or going to be passing by.

*We had started a trend at one campsite area that has the beach down the way on one side and the port on the other (it can get really windy), so instead of parking by pulling straight in, we parked the RV sideways. It helped cut down on the wind and give us some more privacy, as we try to book reservations on the water side so, we can set-up our things and sit and face the water.

*You won’t get much privacy, unless you go to places that have sites a bit secluded by trees or further apart from each other or farther spread apart out from each other, learn ways to create privacy. There are also more remote and spacious areas to checkout, but you will need to know or learn being able to manage without running water, sewer options and even no electric, but (not always) most have set-ups have at least electric hook-up.

*We have stayed at semi- primitive places that have only electric hook-ups, no water hook-up and no sewage hook-ups, but have potable water to fill tanks or whatever and bathrooms and showers in campgrounds. At out age, we don’t need to take chances at real remote areas. We would consider more remote areas, if we were traveling with others meeting-up and staying at the same time in those remote places.

*You will possible encounter many creatures, animals, harmful small cactus or other weird plants that a human or animal, could step upon or come in contact with and some germs. So, you’ll need to take precaution and be aware of your surroundings, even ones you may walk by or under your stepping and remember to wash your hands often. 

*You need reliable internet gadget for traveling, we found one, has worked well. 

*Staying in your comfy clothes and PJ’s are always an option and possibly for several days at a time (you may not do laundry or have a laundry facility around, unless one inside your RV), but others don’t notice because they are doing the same too. Plus, many-a-times your neighbors won’t be around for too long anyway to remember what you were wearing nor do they care. 

*What you eat or cook may not be that fancy, yet you can have a choice of area or atmosphere. You may buy less and keep less food, depending on your plans and eating fresh to me, is always better anyways.

*Refrigeration can be tricky sometimes. It would be nice, if stores sold (at more reasonable prices) smaller sized and/or packaged in smaller sized grocery items For years raising a large family, we’d buy in bulk and large sizes, now with less people to feed, smaller sized food-stuff keeps fresh (better) as we use it up and have another not-opened one waiting to use and it doesn’t take up additional space when on the road or in an RV.

*We use a mini heater if it gets too cold instead of using our propane, we plug it into the outside electric hook-up box.

*We have learned how long we can last on our tanks before there’s ever an issue of an overfull black or grey tank or to run out of freshwater tank. We calculate what our water consumption needs are daily to help us gauge the water in our fresh water tanks water better (I always bring or fill up extra purified gallons of water to have on hand), but can only travel with a few because of weight . 

*We cut down on having to buy purified water, by purifying our own with a countertop system and keeping bottles filled in the refrigerator to have when needed. I also saved several water gallon jugs to fill-up when we are going to a campsites that do not provide water hook-ups, but has free potable water spouts to obtain water. We purify this water for cooking and drinking, with our water filters also. 

*We have learned to better live on a budget and a better budgeting method, we have too many expences, we also spent more than expected the 1st year at full-timing and if we were to do it all over again, we would do things somewhat differently, but we did not have much time to plan and do so, nor did we have many options, when we set-out on this journey.  

*We have become so much more comfortable, at ease and adjusted to outdoor living. The weather may have some control over us, but we have had more control over-all, of our own life. 

*We have used so much of our own resourcefulness, all that we learned over the years and it’s all come in handy. I have learned so many tips and tricks in preserving water usage, using natural products for cleaning and bug repellants, to what products and items we enjoy using & having.

*Learned to pack and store things better for traveling, personally and in a moving vehicle as well as having a good routine with my dogs.

*Learned of all we have and wanted, and about more of what all, we really need.

*We are reminded daily, the reason we enjoy the RV-lifestyle so much is because of the peaceful, private nuisance and the freedom feeling.

*We have been told, life is a journey and it couldn’t be more true than when you are out Rv-ing…

*In all reality it’s not all perfect, fun and cheery like on instagram and such. There are things about the RV-lifestyle one may dislike very much, but if you have your exspenses at a minimum when you start (any vehicles or RV paid for) and keep on a good budget, it surely helps a lot. Especially since many RV and Camping places charge to stay at a site or spot.

However, within it all we don’t want to think about having to ever go back to living in a stationery home, at least not yet (and if we did, it would be a home-base) as we’d want to be planning on more rving, camping and traveling away from it and get to be living more than just living for (having to work and make payments on a bunch of stuff collected in life).

More < positive living experiences and >Less of collecting more things…

Have You thought about RV-ing? Let me know.

Traveling and/or RV-Living with Dogs and Pets

“There is something so inviting, about packing up belongings, while in transport to a vacation or having a new lifestyle of a home on wheels, with a stocked kitchen, accessible bathroom, comfy bed and bringing along family and/or your beloved pet, all while getting to the destination of choice”. C .Star. V

While out Camping or RV-living, caring and concerns for your pet is much the same as when you are living in a house. If you are having to leave your pet for any length of time, you want to make sure to check for or put away anything that your pet could get a hold of or into (like foods that may be toxic garbage can, etc.) or that would be dangerous or destructive. Living in the RV, we do have to consider that and other issues, such as turning off our gas-propane and water when we leave. We ensure all food is away and garbage is taken out.

Have a schedule of some type: “Whether you live in a house, an RV (on the road or camping), it is always best in keeping a schedule of some-type, this is a must (whether it be for them to eliminate or a feeding schedule). It is important that your dog (pet) is being taking out to be able to daily eliminate (or for some pets that use litter boxes or other areas and keep those areas cleaned-up). Your pet needs to get a chance to go out often enough and have some-type of consist schedule (so they can learn to depend upon it and will get to go out and “eliminate” when they are out) and if not, then they will go wherever they will, when they can’t hold it anymore. Same goes for feeding your pet, if you don’t have some type of consistency in schedule (as a morning feeding & a dinner-time feeding) of enough and proper nutrition, they may not get what they need and get into other foods they shouldn’t..

**A method we use with our dogs: I call “the transition technique” in addition to last thing before bed & first thing in the morning) adjusted to a schedule or routine for elimination needs and whenever we are going to get ready to go somewhere and have to leave our dogs, we make sure to take them out shortly before we leave. This way they can get some fresh air, exercise and eliminate. Then, whenever we get back from being away from our dogs (whether they are with us or if they’re home or in RV waiting for us ) we always take them out promptly, so they don’t have accidents trying to hold it for anymore length of time..

Having a routine, a consistent schedule or a method will ensure that your dog can depend upon and know that they will get to go out to eliminate. Sometimes they’re not feeling well or they have a stomach upset or something else wrong with them and they could have an accident, but it’s not the dogs fault and they should not be punished.

Keep poop bags with you out on walks: There are little holders of doo doo bags that can attach to the leash and you can refill them, so you never are without and dog-safe wipes to clean their paws from coming in when after taking them and outside. You need to make sure to clean up their poop after your dogs go, even if you have to come back with a doo doo bag to pick it up, unless another Rv-er or camper around close by can give you one (not only to be courteous to others), but so dog lovers and owners don’t get a bad name and not welcome to places with their dogs . As well, picking up after you dog helps us to know that our pet went poop and if it has a good consistency or not (if your pet has a upset stomach or any other issue, that they may need something in helping them). As well, when you do take your dog out, watch and make sure they did actually go to the bathroom. One of our dogs goes like clockwork whenever we take her out and our other dog, we usually have to walk a bit more with him or wait, even if he finds a good spot as he will sniff and look around a little bit before he squats and poops!! Many dogs go poop once a day (around the same time-especially if fed on and around a schedule time) some dogs go poop twice or may need to go out because of a possible upset stomach. It all depends and many dogs like to urinate a few times when they get to go out, even if they only out for a short walk. Let them empty those colons and bladders!!

Have your pets needs, food, treats, toys & water: Plan to bring along extra food for your dog (pet), in case the worst should happen and you break down or are away longer than you initially expected and bring plenty of fresh water, along with flea and tick remedies. Keep their water & food bowls clean and accessible at all times (I use white vinegar and water put in spray bottle, spray and wipe after each feeding and clean water bowl too, both get slimy). Pack your dog’s (pets) favorite blankie, toys and treats, to ensure they will be happy and have something to occupy themselves when you are relaxing in the RV. Some dogs will need help in getting in and out of any type of RV, travel trailer or 5th wheel, do there are ramps for assisting them. If there’s several dogs with your travel, create a routine to bring them in last and take them out first or whichever works best, so other dogs can’t trample on them. Make sure to be aware of what safe options of treats and foods are, for you to give your pet. Rawhide should not be given to dogs under 1 yr old and rawhide is not a good option anyway, never give them much of it and especially if dog is left alone while eating it, this can be dangerous. I give bully bones, once in a great while as a treat or bones I get at the grocery store wrapped in plastic for dogs, but when they get to a point of sharp points it broken off shards I throw that all away ( as those could get logged in throat if your dog). Always think to use common sense to keep your pets safe

Exercise & mental stimulation is needed: Your dog (pet) may be accustomed to frequent exercise in a backyard or other exercise routines. If you are staying in a campground or Rv resort, you likely will not have a fenced in area for him to play. Some RV parks and campgrounds have fenced-in, off-leash areas or doggie parks. If not you could find a local off-leash dog park or just remember to take your dog for a nice long walk to get them exercise and easier to relax when back inside. Some campgrounds are near beaches, and other bodies of water and may allow pets to go with you to that area. Many people is that all dogs do you know how to swim and that isn’t necessarily true some dogs need to be taught how to swim and some are terrified of water, a dog needs a life vest just like a child and owners must know for sure that their dog knows how to swim and can swim to safely . If not the dog must be taught to. Be cautious when walking your dogs in wooded areas, critter tend to live in them and keep your dog close to the path or street sides you are on, as ticks also lurk in path and wooded street side areas.

Keep pet safe & comfortable in travels: Traveling in an RV is most likely entirely new for most dogs and owners may not know what all to expect. Our pets need to have a place for them that they can be comfortable and safe when the Rv is moving from one place to another. Designating a place (such as the couch for some dogs) or others may need to be crated In case they have travel anxiety. Most dogs enjoy riding in a car, but moving along in a motor home can feel a bit different and your pet may need time to adjust. You should have your dog (pet) near where you’ll be riding in the Rv motorhome and possibly encouraged them to relax on a couch or choose a location for your dog (pet) to ride. Create or designate a safe (in traveling) and comfy place for your dog (pet). No matter where you choose for your dog (pet) to ride, be sure that they are comfortable when driving long hours and plan to stop every few hours for bathroom breaks, water and feedings. If you are towing a fifth wheel or travel trailer, your dog will need to ride in your truck with you, as it is never safe for anyone to ride in the trailer while towing. When it’s bedtime, be sure to have a similar routine as you did at home, when it’s time for your pet to sleep. If your pet typically sleeps in your bed, allow the same in the RV. If he has his own dog bed, be sure to bring it along for your trip. This will help your pet and you, to get a good nights sleep.

Have a plan, whenever you can’t bring your (pets): When having to leave your dog (pet) when you can not bring them or it’s not dog-friendly, is one of the biggest factors when having your dog (pet) along camping or on an RV trip. Especially, when you will have to leave your dog (pet) alone for more than a couple hours at a time. RVs may have room for your dog to walk around and most dogs should be fine with being left behind for a little while. After all, most dog owners leave their dog alone at home whenever they are working or running errands, so this is something your dog should be accustomed to. You should put all the blinds down and play some soothing music or TV show to block out extra light and sound. This will encourage your dog to spend more time snoozing and less time barking while you are away. We have used a baby gate put between the kitchen area and bedroom to make an area for our dogs to be in and boundaries to keep our dogs out and calm, if we need to separate them from guests or such. If you are truly uncomfortable with leaving your dog (pet) alone for hours, try to plan and seek out a local pet-sitter or dog-walker to spend time with your dog while you are away. Possibly, (when camping) if you know of a fellow camper out with you or even notify the camp host to have either check on your pet, if need be. I don’t think I’d ever trust some kind “technology” just yet, in leaving my pet in the RV and going away and just assume the AC will kick in at a certain temperature and keep it running to do so. If pets are left inside a vehicle with windows 1/2 down or an RV with windows open, it can still be too hot for a pet to handle if the weather is hot outside, especially if not parked in the shade (and you also have to think about when it’s too cold and must not leave any propane on). If we have to leave our pets, we always turn off the propane gas. We try to never leave our dogs for more than 2 hours or so, but with our routines with them every now and then we have had to leave them 4-6 hours and they do fine because they know we will take them out and (if time to eat) we will feed them as soon as we get back . If we had worries, we would let someone around know to check on them and make sure they are ok and that the AC is running. We take our dogs with us, most of the time even if we have to do errands and let them stay in our vehicle with the AC on or windows down sufficiently for air and that we can see readily see them or we do the errands while we take turn sitting with them in the vehicle.

Pets & Common Sense: Most campgrounds are pet friendly, some allow pets in all areas and some have restrictions. Some have dog run or dog parks and some have restrictions of bigger dogs (usually rare though). However, pet owners should know what their pet is capable of and of their pets personalities. Pet owners should know what can trigger them into an aggravated or stirred up situation and know how to prevent these or what to do in that event. As campgrounds have become more crowded, campers and RVers must practice social etiquette, pet etiquettes and common sense, with their neighbors. However most do, but sometimes you may run into those whom just don’t. Dogs are going to bark, that’s what they do and for the most part that’s their job and protecting and if they see other dogs or commotion going on they may bark and they shouldn’t be punished or hit because of that. I want to believe that pet owners might not know how to properly deal with some issues and yet, etiquettes are just common sense. Perhaps they have not trained their dog(s) and some think the portable pen outside of their RV (as their dogs running from side to side) or on a tether line and stake in the ground or in the pen (possibly barking) while the owner(s) are nowhere to be seen, is adequate. This can be dangerous and not to mention, that one’s personal space is important to everyone, pet owners, the pet and those whom no longer or have never owned pets. What I noticed is some dogs will just bark at everyone passing by or if they see another dog and this is a common thing, but some pet owners just ignore the dog completely or yells at the dog(s) to shut up. The better thing to do, is to take action and remove the dogs from sight of seeing each other and they will calm down. Training dogs the “Quite Command” (by being rewarded) is also good and this can be learned how to do this by searching it on google and following carefully the instructions and steps in doing so.. I have always been an animal lover and really enjoy meeting new dogs, especially if they are well-behaved, but stray dogs can pose risks. You should NEVER assume all dogs are friendly.

Pet Etiquettes: We walk our dogs often and try to find or choose the road, areas or path in the campground that’s more private, has less crowded by campers and are on the lookout for other dogs at campsites as we pass by or approach them and this helps too. As I mentioned, often dogs will bark and some get overly excited and stirred-up when they happen to see or sense another dog (or animal). If we happen to see another owner and their dog(s) coming our way, we usually just turn onto a different way if we can. Best not to look at a dog if your trying to get pass them with your dog, just get control of your dog and with leash, direct them to keep going as you pass them. My one senior dog just goes crazy when she sees another dog approaching (there was even a time where I had to ask another camper, if I could go behind his car and wait till some people and their dogs had passed so my dog didn’t see them and the coast was clear)!! She’s a small dog, so I can also just pick her up and walk the other way.. Every once in awhile we experienced noisy pets and have witnessed those whom leave their dogs (pets) alone in their tents or Rv’s and take off and are gone the whole day and meanwhile their dog(s) are barking the whole time and I mean for hours. This should not be allowed. I realize that people have things to do, places to go and sometimes they can’t take the dogs, but some type of arrangement should be made and especially for dogs that have separation anxiety or that tend to bark when left alone (there are things to get to keep dogs occupied and also dog CBD and such to keep dogs calm if needed). Sadly, I’ve watched owners that don’t even seem to talk nicely to their pet or gently show patients or love to their dogs. Please don’t be one of those people.

Have a plan in case an emergency : If an emergency situation should arise, it is always good to be prepared. Have the number for a local veterinarian handy just in case the worst should happen. Be careful not to let your dog (pet) slip-out when coming in and going out, from your RV and keep an ID tag on your pet’s collar at all times (put cell phone number, where you can be reached on pet’s tags). This will ensure that someone can find you, if your dog (pet) were to escape. There are also magnetic signs or stickers that can be placed on the outside of one’s RV that states information about your dogs (pets) that are inside and how to reach owners in case of emergency while away from RV. Keep a prepared folder of our dogs (pet) info with Vet information, all legal documents, even current COLOR printout pictures of your with lost dog (pet) info, (hopefully never needed), but readily available for instant handing out to Police, Park Campground Hosts and surrounding areas.

Keeping your dog (pet) safe outside: Dogs (all animals in general) are nosey and that’s what causes a risk. If you are going for their last bathroom walk for the night and it’s beginning to get dark or is dark outside, you must bring a flashlight of some type of lighting to be able to see what’s on you and your dogs pathway. There could be something you don’t want to step on or that your dog could get a hold of or such that needs to be avoided for safety reasons. Our dogs are ALWAYS on a leash when outside and I keep their harnesses on inside just in case I have to grab them from heading out the door, when not supposed to go (I’ll take it off to bath them or occasionally when they go to sleep for the night, but generally their soft harness is always on). My one doggie is an older senior dog, but she’s still quick as a whip, she loves to get outside and if she got loose, she’d run everywhere and would love to get away to explore! We always locate where ours dogs are at, before we open the door and since there’s only one door that we have to come in and out and three large steps to get down and another three steps to get out, it has been fine. Being that we’re full-time RV-ers, it has been a major concerns of ours with our one doggie possibly getting out and escaping, one because there are dangers that are in the woods and campgrounds, as well as cars and even with a gps tracker the fact is, it would be still be dangerous and a stressful strain to try and go after her to try and find her. So, I keep a collar and a harness on her and I have created a method of putting the harness on in a more secure fashion (where the opening of the harness is at the top and clipping the harness loop and the collar loop clipped together with the leash clip). Neither has to be real tight and some harnesses you may have to back your dog into it (to have that clip up top). When out walking with her, if she sees another dog or something that excites her, she cannot easily get out of the harness (not without allowing me to have enough time to pick her up). We travel where there are all kinds of wild life and critters, that can pose potential risks. If we go hiking with our dogs, we keep them short leashed and I always walk with a tall rod or wood staff and use it to tap or move brush or bushes out of way and tap the path in front of us (for anything that could jump out). The staff also could serve me in an emergency, if I had a ankle injury while isolated.

Be patient and if can do trial runs: Give things time to adjust and remember that RV travel is likely brand new for your dog (pet). Some may adjust immediately, but may also need some time to become fully comfortable in the RV or the camping scenarios. If you plan to bring your dog along for a long trip, consider practicing with a few shorter trips first. Perhaps you can plan to spend a few hours in the RV while it is parked in your driveway or? This way, your dog (pet) can get familiarize with the new environment. You could even plan to spend a night in the RV ahead of time, so that your dog knows what to expect. Every dog (pet) can be different and you will recognize and learn to know the best for your pet and create a plan of action that works best for you too. Then, things can become more predictable and enjoyable, just as we have created for our dogs making sure they eliminate, get fresh air and exercise (on somewhat of a consistent schedule). Along with all I have shared here, as it’s been so rewarding to have their companionship and their love, as they enjoy camping and RV-life with us and we love their cuddling, snuggling and sleeping in our bed with us in the RV!!! 😃

RVing with your dog (pet) may seem like a hassle, but it’s worth having them around and many of us have support animals and need them. Most dogs are fairly adventurous and enjoy experiencing new things with their owners. Learn the hazards where you are going. Learning the how and what’s in being prepared. This will help make things less anxious during travel. Do research and thoughtful considerations, plan out your trips and lifestyle that both you and your dog (pet) will enjoy together.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this post and safe and smart travels to all !! As always, any questions about anything mentioned here or about having your pets with you in your travels. Let me know.

C .Star. V

Now is our Someday

“RV-Living, can be for anyone, if you like the outdoors, don’t mind being mobile & likes to travel, respects nature & camping rules, often living by the weather, learn having less can be best, do planning & can be resourceful and can manage yourself wherever you go”. C .Star. V

This picture above was in 2021, we finally started our full-time RV-living journey, as we may never would have had a chance to, unless we just took the jump. We had some experience and know how, but with everything against us, and only a start in plans, it wasn’t exactly the way we had thought we would be (as in having more time, money, travel and options) doing this transition, but finally we had all of our children old enough and able to get on their own (had my last 2 late in life). After raising all the children (having to give-up any career to do so) and after my husband whom had worked the majority of his life, he had progressive disabilities from his past years in the military and injury while at work, which had prevented him from being able to continue his employment. We also had no where else to live, as not only did we have the dream of RV-life, we had to sell our family home and other properties to get out of debts from years of all our family responsibilities, some mismanagement of money, and my husband’s parents had to move-into our home we used to rent out. So with little or no funds or plans we needed to find and purchase our RV months before we ended up selling our home in 2021, due to all of this and various other reasons, we possibly would-never or it would take awhile for us to ever-be-able to purchase an RV and we aren’t in our 30-40’s or 50’s anymore!!

My husband served in the Navy for 14yrs, then became employed as an IT and worked on an oil-drilling-ship for many more years. We always talked about, “Someday “ getting an RV and doing some traveling and live in it (after we raise the children). My husband worked all his young adult to senior life. He always went to work and worked hard at his job, supported his large family and paid his bills, but he didn’t always know the most beneficial way to utilize his income (even while he was finally earning better income), but we survived through much drama and turbulent times. Meanwhile, raising a large blended family with 2 sets of aging parents.

During our marriage, at one point I had a chance to start my career and finally earn an income of my own, but chose to be a stay at home mom, “Since I never found any type of employment that ever needed me, more than my family”. Within all those years, I had to learn how to budget. While practicing it, I became pretty good at creating a fulfilling life, with a full house of children and while keeping on a tight budget. People always thought we had a lot more money then we did, but it was just finding how-to’s and being resourceful by being creative, keeping things simple, yet useful and making-do with what I had. I am now implementing my knowledge and know-how’s, in tips towards a simpler, healthier and enjoyable lifestyle.

**Our Rving journey, had been long awaited. Raised last set of children in my 40’s and when they were all (almost), all grown-up, we bought several RV’s (hoping to do some weekend fun or mini trips), but never had a chance to use them and had to sell them both times (family dilemmas with aging parents and children), but didn’t give up the dream. Even though, our income was shrinking, not solid, with a much tighter budget then ever before, with everything else going on within our life, family and right in the middle of Covid, lost our beloved dog and my husband wasn’t able to continue working because of his injury and progressive disabilities. It all changed from being a dream, in feeling more of a total challenge. After deciding to sell our home (had a quick sale), it was out of necessity to live in our RV (for several reasons) and start our someday, if not now, it possibly may be never.

*So, in this month it will be a full year of full-time-RVing for us and our 2 dogs, this was our 3rd RV and 3rd try and the turn of events had us sad at first. Even on our smaller budget, not as young anymore and with my husbands disabilities, we made a go of it. At this point, we had now been able to live in our RV and put it to use, but have to stay a bit stationary (hubby in physical therapy) hoping to one day do more traveling, but grateful for being a part of a super RV-ing community, have met some really great people and made new friends. So, there’s no “one-way” to RV-living and camping. No matter if you are part-timers, weekend warriors or full- timers. “Find-out now, that happiness doesn’t require as much as one may think”.

On this blog I will share some tips and tricks that could be helpful and a glimpse of the things we’ve experienced along the way of our journey so far and as our adventure continues. Also more on my http://www.instagram.com/cstarsrvvibes/

I have always loved scrapbooking, but today we have blogs, Instagram and other platforms that our children, grandchildren and family can see and share.. As well, that possibly could help others, upon their journey or surviving getting to their life goals. Whether they might be thinking about RVing or already in the midst of it.

Meanwhile, keeping our ongoing RV-living and dreams of travel, even with all we’re coping with ..“Aiming to, Send and Receive Good-Vibes Only”.

C .Star. V

RVing

“There are far better things ahead, than something’s we leave behind”.

There is much information out there about RV-ing, camping, travel and more with so many articles, blogs, social media platforms (such as Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook) and sometimes it seems there is such a lot to take in, but it is super to have such access, to all kinds of information. Within all the beautiful and captivating pictures, shown of beautiful people without-a-care-in-the world, traveling and having a beautiful life in a beautiful place, all displayed on these platforms and it may all looks so interesting. Yet, many of the displays and portrayals on the internet of these feelings and lifestyle goals, could be of companies and marketers advertising or selling something. Although! Yes! The experience and the goals for this lifestyle (realistically), may look a little different then some photos or stories we see, but it can be very possible, inviting, very enjoying, relaxing, rewarding and for some very economical.

There are also opportunities as well for bloggers and others on social media platforms (Instagram, YouTube and Facebook) that can suggest and recommend items and earn a small percentage, which can help support them in and on their journeys and that’s great !! Most of us on this planet, needs to earn an income in order to survive and get the needs we need. As well, with all the technology today, it has provided many ways to achieve that.

Yet, just like any other decisions that any of us make in our lives, it’s a choice and how you choose to live it, use it and enjoy it, all can vary. I will be sharing my stories, ideas, & information, about RV-ing from our experience and give realistic-life advice & suggestions, on this blog and my http://www.instagram.com/cstarsrvvibes/

I do enjoy many pleasures from the analog days vs. todays fast pace, as when people told their stories and gave realistic simple advice, before there was a lot of technology and gadgets. Life just was a little less hectic and living simpler, seemed more meaningful and I grew up in those days (tried to keep as much of valuable traditions, as I could in raising my children) and I was very happy to be able to do so. I also enjoy all or any good vibes, coming from today’s world and today’s insights, so I value both as there’s so much information out there to be shared and much to be enjoyed.

So, whether it’s just for a couple of days, for a weekend or Full-time RV-living, there’s no one way that makes it better or it right.. Just read up, make plans and get yourself out there!

C .Star. V

Transitioning to FT-RV-life

“Our FT RV-Life was not fully planned all out, but totally happened! As seniors still wanting to live-the-life we waited for, even on a smaller budget” .

In the Picture above was when we first bought our RV, however we weren’t able to embark and to start any journeys or even live in the RV, at that time because we were still in the midst of selling our house and trying to plan our transition from a large-size home to an RV, just under 300 sqtft.

Although this was our third time buying an RV, (we hadn’t been able to utilize the past two) and we had to sell them. The timing just was not good as we had experienced some crisis with aging parents and our children, but this time we were determined and able to make a go of it and did . More on my Instagram http://www.instagram.com/cstarsrvvibes/

In buying an RV, as in anytime making a large purchasing or a purchase of something that has to be maintained (and in this case lived-in), one must not be in a rush, must research, read reviews and look at many different ones at different places . We did, but had still not found one that we really wanted and could afford. Time was crucial and pressing at this point and it was right in the middle of the Covid pandemic, our income had been drastically cut, my husband now had been dealing with his disabilities progressing and could no longer go to work, we just lost our eldest and beloved dog, and then out of necessity, but (fortunately something that we always wanted to do) we had to find an RV as we may never get a chance again..

At that time there was also, starting to be a scarce amount of used RV’s, as RV-ing had begun to get very popular again, but we had to make a decision. My husband and I each, may have wanted a different type of RV, but the cost, availability and the timeframe pressed on. We decided on a used class A 31UL Jayco precept. There are so many different types of RVs and any one of them we would’ve been happy with and made it work, as we’ve had different types before, but this specific one met our needs (at that time)..

In choosing a class A motorhome we found comfort and ability since we also have two dogs RV-ing with us. Having the Class A or a Class C, we would be able to take the dogs with us when we travel, opposed to having to hatch on to the back of a truck and pull the RV, wherever you go and be inside your truck to travel (we once had one like that, but it’s just a personal preference any-type can be enjoyed). So, now we all can be in the RV, as we travel from place to place, whether we end up towing our vehicle or not..

The type of vehicle, tent or living component that you’re going to be in, what you can afford to have and keep-up and with, where you’re going to choose to park, camp, live and your ability of and in your income, will have the biggest bearing on what kind of lifestyle you’ll have. Yet, it comes down to your real needs and no matter the budget, everyone can do and see much of the same things… Although, it could be in various ways, as these choices and situations have different needs and requirements, but they also have similar needs and requirements. Since, RV parks, campgrounds, state and city parks offer utilities and amenities and some don’t. So, everyone will adjust and manage in their own way and for what their needs will be.

There are even RV parks that are just like apartment complexes for RVers with a community of its own and many perks such as WiFi, trash pickup, propane refills, a general store, a fitness center and a laundry room. Some places are just available land, that have resources for parking and camping no matter what type of vehicle or tent set-up you have, but some don’t have any various utilities to use. Boondocking usually falls into a category that you will need to be able to be more self -sustainable and Moochdocking could be if you are able to stay at someone’s backyard or land and are able to plug into electricity and maybe use shower or bathroom facilities!!!

For us, I myself, have moved and changed my residence’s many-a-times. For most of us, each and every time we go through a move, it seems that no matter, how much we plan, how much time, money or help we have nor how much or little of stuff we have, it’s never an easy process..

Moving into this Fulltime RV-ing endeavor had been a bit challenging, moving from a 5/5, almost 4,000 sqft house to a 31 ft, 270 sqft. RV. Yet, moving or relocating in itself can be overwhelming, as it is a process when moving and downsizing and that alone is a process within a process.

Here below I’ve listed just a quick general process. I have other posts that go into more depth of downsizing and moving). One should try and go through this process at least 6 months prior to moving. (I started 2 yrs before and I still had a difficult time) so, the sooner the better!

1. First the uncluttering and this can consist of going through each closet, each drawer and each and every space in each room.

2. Evaluating what all you have, which includes your clothes, your shoes and all your stuff, that means even going through paperwork, papers saved, file cabinets and just everything all around your home. Cleaning out things that are garbage or old and outdated (such as: food, spices, medicines, beauty products etc.) things that are broken (either fix or repair them or if beyond repairing that you’ll ever find the time to do) and things you don’t really need or won’t be really needing (think in terms of what needs for your end goal and what path you are going onto).

3. Re-organize (re-group) all your things according to what they are, where they need to be, put or stored (for convenient usage or easy accessibility or if not being used that often stored away). Example: kitchen (what goes into kitchen area) and what will go in each room, bedrooms, bathrooms, office, closet, drawers and if you have a garage as well. Also, important documents saved or wanting to save (put in file cabinet or file boxes and with file folders marked of the contents or what it is pertaining to.

4. Once all of your possessions and the clutter is gone through (good time to get rid of things you’re not going to use or not going to take with you to your new residence) getting a storage for things you want to keep and reorganize them for when and if you need them (seasonal clothing , tools etc.).

There are so many different ways, opinions, opportunities and methods to any of our journeys in life.. just as there are parks, places and people that go camping and RVing. No matter whether one is a part time RVer, camper, weekend warrior or fulltime RV-living. Many people are always willing to offer each other advice and information about transitioning or on certain equipment needs, personal needs, lifestyle needs and about the amenities, utilities, campgrounds, camping sites and more..

“There is no one-way or set-ways to Rv-ing, just tips, tricks & helpful guidelines”

C .Star. V